New Eastmincom chief to assume post next week

DAVAO CITY — The newly-appointed Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) commander will assume his post next week. Major Ezra Balagtey, Eastmincom spokesperson, said Friday Major Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., commander of the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, will assume his new post on Monday. Santos was appointed this week …

Close to 30K Davao business firms renew permits

DAVAO CITY  (January 18)— Close to 30,000 businesses have filed permit renewal applications here generating PHP299 million in business taxes and regulatory fees during the first 12 days of this month. Business Bureau chief Marissa Torrentera and Acting City Treasurer Erwin Alparaque during the I-Speak Forum at the City Hall Thursday said te figure represents …

P160.5-M drugs in tomato paste cans, luggage seized in Clark

MANILA — Authorities seized a total of PHP160.5 million worth of shabu, ecstasy and kush, a strain of cannabis, concealed in food items and a luggage at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Thursday. In a press conference, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said from Dec. 28, 2018 …

Andal not commissioned to lead backdoor talks with CPP/NDF: Go

DAVAO CITY (January 16)—  President Rodrigo R. Duterte did not order former Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) head Avelino ‘Billy’ Andal to lead the backdoor talks with Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison, his former aide said on Tuesday. Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go made this clarification …

Cops release images of Cotabato bombing suspects

COTABATO CITY — Police on Friday night released the images of two suspects captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) as they placed the second improvised bomb inside the South Seas Mall minutes before an initial bomb exploded last December 31. The bombing left two people dead and injured 34 others. At a news conference, Senior Supt. …