Ship CO relieved, crew on restrictive custody: AFP

 MANILA, Philippines —  The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday announced that the captain of the BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19) has been relieved of his command while the rest of his crew are placed on restrictive custody following the death of two Vietnamese fishermen off Bolinao, Pangasinan last Sept. 23. “To ensure that …

Gov’t programs continue in Marawi City to assist IDPs

MANILA, Philippines —  The government has so far released PHP3.35 billion to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the fighting in Lanao del Sur, an official of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) said Monday, September 25. OCD Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima said the money, released through the Department of Social Welfare …

PH thanks Saudi for extending amnesty to undocumented OFWs

MANILA , Philippines — The Philippine government  Sunday expressed its appreciation to Saudi Arabia for extending an amnesty program that would allow thousands more of undocumented Filipinos in the kingdom to go home. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said the extension of the amnesty program was expected to benefit more …

SMB to plant 70k trees this year to sustain re-greening project

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Beer market leader San Miguel Brewery Inc. has vowed to pursue more tree planting activities this year to sustain its support to the government’s re-greening program, particularly in its areas of operation, through its Trees Brew Life program. This year, the beer company aims to plant 70,000 seedlings of hardwood, mangrove …

Iloilo’s top “drug lord” killed in police raid

Iloilo City, Philippines —A composite team of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Western Visayas cornered and shot dead suspected drug lord Richard Prevendido in a police operation conducted here at about 8 p.m. Friday. Prevendido, leader of the Prevendido Drug Group, had a PHP1.1 million bounty on his head. The team, consisting of personnel …

Beauty queen return home to protect environment

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Reigning Miss Earth Philippines-Fire 2017 Nellza Mortola-Bautista returned to her hometown to do what she loves most — advocate for the environment. A native of Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental, Bautista was crowned last month along with four other pageant winners who form part of the “elemental court” of …