Airstrikes vs. BIFF coordinated with MILF: OPAPP

MANILA — The airstrike carried out against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a local armed group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, was conducted “with full coordination” with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said Monday. On Sunday, the 6th Infantry …

Banana growers hope Duterte’s Korea visit results in lower tariff

DAVAO CITY — The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has expressed hope that President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to South Korea would result in reduced tariff for the export of Cavendish bananas. PBGEA members were elated when they were invited to join the team of the President, through Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, PBGEA executive …

285 candidate soldiers undergo training in Maguindanao

 Maguindanao — The second batch of this year’s candidate soldiers took their oath on Friday, and in four months they will become new foot troopers. Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, newly-installed Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander, administered the oath-taking of the 285 candidates, witnessed by their proud parents, relatives and loved ones. Of the 285 candidate …

PH Navy contingent for RIMPAC to sail for Hawaii June 6

MANILA (June 2)  —  The Philippine Navy (PN) contingent for this year’s “Rim of the Pacific” (RIMPAC) naval exercises will leave for Hawaii on Wednesday. Two Navy ships, the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), along with its AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter, will join RIMPAC 2018 scheduled …

P500-M fake cigarettes, tax stamps seized in Bulacan

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday seized counterfeit cigarettes and fake Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) tax stamps worth PHP500 million during a raid in three warehouses in Meycauayan City, Bulacan. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the raiding team, composed of the bureau’s Enforcement and Security Service and local authorities, uncovered the items …

Dairy firm denies engaging in labor-only contracting

MANILA — Dairy company, Magnolia, Inc., said Wednesday it was one of the companies identified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in a list of firms engaged or believed to be engaged in labor-only contracting. In a statement, Magnolia said the 2,248 affected employees in the department’s list, are not their workers but are …

Duterte against legalizing medical marijuana: Roque

BONTOC, Mt. Province –– President Rodrigo Duterte is against legalizing medical marijuana, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing here on Tuesday. “Ang Presidente po, tutol diyan (The President is against that),” Roque said, citing the President is not inclined to approve the medical marijuana bill if Congress okays it. “In no certain …

Gunmen kill Army intel officer in Basilan ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY– Police and military authorities are investigating the killing of an Army intelligence personnel in an ambush in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan province on Monday. Basilan Police Director Senior Supt. Rufino Inot said Tuesday he has ordered the case investigator to work closely with the military and all individuals to identify the killers of Sgt. Moh …