NorMin peace and order body backs ML extension

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–Members of the Regional Peace and Order Council in Northern Mindanao (RPOC-10) unanimously passed a resolution on Monday in support of the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, RPOC-10 chairman, reiterated his support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to place the island under martial rule …

Ex-Zambo Sibugay town mayor faces 8-year jail term for graft

DAVAO CITY (Decembmer 10) —  The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former municipal mayor of a town in Zamboanga Sibugay province to eight years imprisonment for giving higher typhoon cash aid to her husband and sister in 2007. The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division, in a 32-page decision dated Dec. 4, 2018, also perpetually barred former Naga Mayor Gemma …

Puerto Princesa vows to conserve Philippine cockatoo

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Penal authorities, village leaders, and conservationists renewed here Friday a memorandum of agreement designed to protect the critically endangered Philippine cockatoo inside the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF). The covenant covers the conservation, protection, management, and preservation of the bird species’ known nesting and foraging grounds in 10 barangays …

Trillanes faces arrest over 4 libel cases

DAVAO CITY — A regional court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with the libel cases filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio. Regional Trial Court Judge Melinda Alconcel- Dayanghirang issued four warrants of arrest and fixed the bail for Trillanes at PHP24,000 for each …

PUJ drivers, operators to get P20K fuel subsidy next year

MANILA — The government is set to provide fuel subsidies amounting to PHP20,000 to public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers to mitigate the impact of higher fuel prices due to the imposition of excise taxes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, a transportation official said Wednesday. “As we prepare for …

ICC complaint vs. Duterte mooted by Kian’s case: Roque

MANILA — The complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been disproved by the Caloocan City regional trial court’s verdict, convicting three police officers for the murder of 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. The Hague, Netherlands-based ICC was established as “a court of last …

AFP to push for one-year martial law extension in Mindanao

MANILA — Outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. on Monday said the military will recommend a year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao. “We have recommendations already, nakikita po namin ang lahat ng (we see that all) RPOC (Regional Peace and Order Councils) and also the local government units …

Ata-Manobos want salugpungan schools out

DAVAO CITY — With thirst for education, members of Ata-Manobo communities in Talaingod, Davao del Norte once welcomed schools known in their communities as “salugpungan”. But they soon found out that what they thought was a blessing, brought them a curse. Now, they are shouting for such schools to be closed. Spokesperson of Talaingod Tribal …

60 Lanao del Norte kids with cleft lip, palate get free surgery

ILIGAN CITY — Around 60 children with cleft lip and palate from known conflict areas in Lanao del Norte were recipients of free surgical operations this year held last Nov. 15-17. Now, the children, ages one to 16 years, can flash their innocent smiles and talk clearly. The Adventist Medical Center, where the surgeries were …

Huge 500-kg saltwater crocodile caught in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Wildlife authorities in Palawan have caught a saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) measuring 15.6 feet in Balabac, days after a fisherman was attacked and killed by a crocodile last month. Experts from the Palawan Wildlife Reserve and Rescue Center (PWRC) “extracted” the saltwater crocodile in Barangay Malaking Ilog at 2 p.m. …