Duterte to resolve insurgency problem peacefully-Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte want to put an end to the end to the insurgency problem of the country peacefully. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana even called on the fighters of  the  New People’s Army (NPA) fighters to lay down their arms and live normally in the meanstream society. This developed as  undetermined number …

4,000 returning residents benefit from ARMM People’s Day in Marawi

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — About 4,000 internally displaced persons in Marawi received medical and relief goods from the one day  outreach mission conducted by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Monday. The outreach mission was held the day when residents returned to their homes in Barangay Basak Malutlut, Marawi City. The village was the …

DFA resets passport appointments for ASEAN Summit

 MANILA, Philippines —  In light of the upcoming ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) rescheduled passport appointment dated November 13 to 15 for accommodation at any date until Nov. 29, 2017. This in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 332 declaring November 13 to 15 as special non-working days for the …

Navy needs more urban warfare training

MANILA, Philippines — An official of the Philippine Navy sees the need for Navy force units, especially those involved in ground assault missions, to get more training and exposure in urban warfare. In an interview, Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado said subsequent debriefings after the liberation of Marawi City indicated there is a …

Duque to prioritize rebuilding of Marawi’s health infra

MANILA, Philippines —Newly-appointed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department will give priority to the rebuilding of health infrastructure damaged during the five-month siege of Marawi City. “Ang priority program natin ngayon (Our priority program at present) is to help rebuild Marawi City,” Duque said when asked about his priorities during an interview Friday, a day after …

Indonesia holds food fest to raise donations for Marawi



MANILA, Philippines —  As the Jakarta and Manila maintain “good” bilateral ties, the Embassy of Indonesia in the Philippines on Friday held the “One Day Exquisite Indonesian Food Festival 2017” to promote their local cuisine and at the same time raise revenues to be donated to internally displaced persons (IDP) in Marawi City. “We would …

New AFP chief vows to eliminate remaining security threats

MANILA, Philippines —  Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, on Thursday vowed to neutralize all the remaining security threats in the country during his term. Guerrero replaced Año who is due to retire on October 26. He will be serving the AFP until December as he is due for …