Duterte to new gov’t officials : “Resist temptation”

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, April 17, called on newly appointed government officials to stand up to any temptation that may hurt their good name. The President administered the mass oath taking of officials from various government offices at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace. “Resist any temptation that will …

BI releases detained Aussie nun

MANILA, Philippines  — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) released from its custody on Tuesday afternoon Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary. She was apprehended in Quezon City on Monday. Commissioner Jaime Morente approved the recommendation of the BI legal division for the Catholic nun to be released for further investigation after establishing that she is a …

P67.9-M smuggled rice shipment intercepted off Zamboanga Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), through the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem), apprehended a Mongolian-registered ship loaded with some PHP67.9 million smuggled rice off Zamboanga Sibugay. Rear Adm. Rene Medina, Navforwem commander, said the vessel, M/V Diamond 8, was intercepted during a counter-action operation 15 nautical miles southwest off Olutanga Island …

Arson, grave threats filed vs NPA over equipment burning

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— Police authorities filed arson and grave threat charges against a New People’s Army (NPA) commander, four of its members and other members who torched 10 heavy equipment in three hinterland barangays in the city on Black Saturday. City Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said charges were filed against Ka Roy …

Davao City’s new IP rep from Bagobo-Klata tribe

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – — Davao City has a new Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative (IPMR) after members of the Bagobo-Klata tribe chose their representative to the city council. The 31-year-old registered nurse Bae Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla was selected by the majority of her tribe to represent the IP sector in the city council. Codilla bested …

5 BIFF men arrested in Maguindanao

Sultan Kudarat, Philippines  — Government forces raided a marshland village in Maguindanao at dawn Friday, arresting five members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and seizing three firearms from them. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion (IB) commander, said joint military and police elements, backed by armored personnel carriers, carried …

5 tuna firm execs face estafa raps

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed estafa raps against officials of a tuna processing company for allegedly duping their investors. In a 23-page resolution dated March 27 but was released to media on Thursday, facing charges for estafa are executives of Alliance Select Foods International, Inc., namely board of directors chairman George …

Leyte retains ‘I shall return’ tourism slogan

TANAUAN, Leyte, Philippines  — There is no need for Leyte province to launch a new tourism slogan, since the famous words of Gen. Douglas McArthur’s “I shall return” is still the best tagline in promoting Leyte to tourists, according to Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla. This was Petilla’s reaction when asked if the province will follow …

Vice President poll recount begins

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC),  sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Monday started the recount of votes for the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. SC spokesman Theodore Te said the principal objective of this exercise is to ascertain the number …