Nobody can use gov’t resources, not even Bong: Duterte

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured that nobody, including Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, can use government resources during the election campaign. Duterte made this assurance as he also appealed to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) not to get involved in …

No pressure on court to rule vs. Trillanes: DOJ

MANILA — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday denied allegations that the government is pressuring the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to issue an arrest warrant and hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Guevarra said the Department of Justice (DOJ) “does not interact with the judge except through the pleadings filed and …

Gov’t ‘open’ to suspending fuel excise tax: SAP Go

MANILA — Suspending excise tax on fuel is an option being considered by the government to tame inflation, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said Sunday. In a statement released to the media, Go said while the Duterte administration is “open” to suspending the excise tax on fuel, lawmakers and other stakeholders should …

CDO hospital opens ‘kangaroo’ unit for premature births

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Justiniano R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) here on Friday opened its “Kangaroo Mother Care Unit” for premature newborns. Dr. Ramon Nery, JRBGH chief, said the new unit is intended to give a “dedicated care” to premature newborn children without being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which usually …

EastMinCom sends troops to protest-hit banana plantation in Comval

DAVAO CITY – The military’s  Eastern Mindanao Command will send  soldiers to a tension-gripped  banana plantation in Compostela Valley as clash between militant labor groups and local growers broke off the other day. Major Ezra Balagtey,  EastMinCom spokesperson, said the military would be sending soldiers to the Sumifru plantation in Barangay San Miguel in Compostela …

Bukidnon town increases rice farmlands due to conversion

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The National Irrigation Administration in Region 10 (NIA-10) said the Bukidnon town of Baungon has seen an expansion of rice farmlands in the last five years. Engr. Kienzel Glenn Carrillo, officer-in-charge of NIA-10’s Bubunawan River Irrigation System (RIS) office based in Baungon, said that land devoted to rice production in Baungon has …

Palace declares March, October weekends as barangay assembly days

MANILA — Malacañang has issued a proclamation declaring the Saturdays and Sundays of March and October of every year as barangay assembly days. The proclamation was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday (Oct. 9) but was released to the media on Thursday (Oct. 11). Proclamation No. 599 recognizes the need to provide flexibility …

Panelo is Duterte’s new spokesperson

MANILA — Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Thursday confirmed that he will replace Secretary Harry Roque as Presidential Spokesperson. Panelo will replace  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roeuq, said Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. On Monday, Panelo will  start to  work as the  Presidential Spokesperson and at the same time the …