Zamboanga Mayor vows justice for siege victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY–Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar on Monday said the local government will continue to fight for justice for the victims of the 2013 Zamboanga siege. Salazar’s statement came after the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 158 recently ordered the release of 96 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) involved in the 21-day siege. …

Measles spike prompts massive vaccination drive in Sibugay

Zamboanga Sibugay (May 28 ) –The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) has been tasked to conduct a massive campaign to contain the rise of measles cases in this province. Gov. Wilter Palma issued the order on Monday after his office received the IPHO report indicating a high number of recorded dengue cases since January this …

Male giant sperm whale found dead off Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY–A male giant sperm whale or “cachalot” was found dead floating near Sacol Island located east of this city, an official said Friday. Dr. Arnedo Agbayani, Animal Health Division chief of the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet), said they were not able to conduct necropsy to determine the cause of the whale’s death …

Coast guard activates station in Turtle Islands town

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has activated a station in the Turtle Islands Municipality, Tawi-Tawi, the south-western tip of the country, a top PCG official said Saturday. Capt. Ronnie Gil Gavan, South Western Mindanao Coast Guard District commander, said the facility, known as the Coast Guard Station Western Tawi-Tawi, was activated on Tuesday. Gavan …

Aussie nun wants to stay in Ph, asks BI to reverse leave order

MANILA — Australian nun,  Sr. Patricia Fox,  wants to stay in the country, a reason her camp filed a petition before the Department of Justice on Friday, seeking to reverse the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) decision to forfeit her missionary visa and ordered her to leave the country. Fox appeared at the DOJ together with …

Malacañang takes note of PH’s world competitiveness ranking

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday said the government is already addressing the issues which the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) used to rank the Philippines as 50th among 63 countries in terms of global competitiveness. “We take note of the results of the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings 2018 citing that the Philippines ranked 50th …

Oops! board of canvassers proclaim wrong winner for kagawad post

KIDAPAWAN CITY–A candidate for the barangay council here said he was relinquishing his post after finding out he was erroneously proclaimed winner in the May 14 polls, a mistake readily admitted by the village board of canvassers. Garnering 186 votes, Jaime Recosana was proclaimed the 7th placer for the village council elections in Barangay Junction. …

SAP Go vows to help curb Tacloban flood woes

TACLOBAN CITY — Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go vowed to talk to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar to address the perennial flooding along a main highway leading to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in this city. “I will personally request Secretary Villar to find …

Duterte may attend commemoration of Marawi siege anniversary

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte may attend the commemoration of the first anniversary of the day when ISIS-inspired Maute Group laid siege to Marawi City, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that there have been plans for the President to visit Marawi City but could not confirm because of security considerations. …

DOTr assures no delays, corruption on Mindanao Railway Project

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assures the public that it will implement the Mindanao Railway Project without delays and corruption. The department made this statement as it expressed support to the decision of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to sack Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino due to questionable dealings and involving members of the First …