Miss Universe eyed as SoCot ‘adopted daughter’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — A member of the South Cotabato Provincial Board is pushing for the declaration of newly-crowned 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray as the province’s “adopted daughter.” Board Member Dardanilo Dar, who is currently the acting provincial governor, said Tuesday the move aims to recognize Gray’s efforts to promote the province during the …

DAF-ARMM employee gunned down in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY — Riding-in-tandem gunmen shot dead an employee of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) here at past 5 p.m. Saturday, police said. Senior Supt. Rolly Octavio, city police director, identified the victim as  Bayam Angkad Blah, , 43, of Sitio Malagapas, Barangay Rosary Heights 10, here. …

SoCot completes P500-M infra projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY  (December 14)— The provincial government of South Cotabato has completed nearly PHP500 million worth of infrastructure projects in the first three quarters of the year. Engr. Marnilo Aperocho, chief of the Provincial Engineer’s Office, said Friday the accomplished projects comprise structures that were funded by the local government and national government agencies. …

Balangiga bells ‘property of Catholic faith’: PRRD

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said nobody from both Philippine and United States governments should take credit for the return of the Balangiga bells, noting that they have always been property of “the Catholic faith.” “The credit of the return of the Balangiga (bells) does not belong to any worker or officials of …

PRRD to attend Balangiga Bells turnover due to peoples’ requests

MANILA — After initially canceling his attendance at the turnover of the Balangiga bells to Eastern Samar local officials on Saturday (Dec. 15), President Rodrigo R. Duterte has decided to show up due to the peoples’ “persistent requests.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark early Thursday morning after announcing on Wednesday night that the President …

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 …