Young Maute member yields to Army in Lanao Sur

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao de Norte — A 15-year-old ISIS-linked Maute fighter on Tuesday surrendered to Philippine Army in Butig, Lanao del Sur. The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 49th Infantry ‘Good Samaritan’ Battalion of the Joint Task Force Ranao facilitated the surrender of alias AJ (not his real name). AJ was reportedly recruited by his cousins, …

NFA to review reference price for rice imports

MANILA — The National Food Authority (NFA) will review its reference price for government-to-government (G-to-G) rice importation after participating countries offered to sell at prices higher than what was approved in the budget. During Tuesday’s bidding to supply 203,000 metric tons (MT) of 25-percent broken, well-milled long grain white rice, Thailand and Vietnam initially offered USD480.50/MT …

‘Dugong’ netted accidentally released back to sea in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — A 200-kilogram live female “dugong” (sea cow) that was accidentally caught recently by fishermen in the municipal waters of Brooke’s Point, was released back into the wilds by last Monday. Richen Mission Bajar, administrative aide of the Office of Municipal Agriculturist of Brooke’s Point, said the “dugong” was freed on the …

Balangiga bells’ return thrills Eastern Samar town

TACLOBAN CITY — The town of Balangiga in Eastern Samar is preparing for the celebratory welcome for the much-awaited return of three bells seized by American soldiers 117 years ago. After hearing the report on the bells’ repatriation, priests, local government officials, and some volunteers have met to talk about possible activities for the welcome ceremony, …

Comelec asked to disqualify Cayetano couple from 2019 polls

MANILA — Separate petitions to deny due course were filed on Monday against former senator Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for not possessing the minimum residency qualification imposed by the 1987 Constitution for the members of the House of Representatives. Petitioner and Taguig resident …

IPs seek legal aid from PRRD; to file raps vs. CPP-NPA

MANILA — A group of indigenous peoples (IPs) on Thursday met with President Rodrigo Duterte and presented four resolutions, including one seeking legal assistance for the filing of appropriate charges against the communists and their founding leader Jose Maria Sison. The meeting between the 31 IPs representing at least eight tribes from Mindanao and Duterte took …

More flight cancellations seen as CAAP upgrades NAIA navigation system

MANILA — Air passengers should expect more flights to be affected on Nov. 15-20, as arriving flights will be reduced by four per hour, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesperson Eric Apolonio. In an interview with  Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday, Apolonio said, this  is part of the safety measure needed as CAAP improves …

DICT defends integrity of 3rd telco selection process

MANILA  (November 8)– The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) defended the validity and integrity of the bidding process, which resulted in the provisional awarding of the third telco slot to a consortium between Davao City-based holding company Udenna Corporation and Chinese state-owned firm China Telecommunications Corporation last Wednesday. Mislatel Consortium, led by local …

Army, reds encounter in Misamis Occidental

ZAMBOANGA CITY—  A soldier was wounded during the  two separate encounters  with the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the province of Misamis Occidental. Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade commander, on Tuesday said the first clash happened around 4 p.m. Monday in Panaon, Misamis Occidental. Gaerlan said the troops from the 10th …