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 …

P300-M ‘hot’ rice seized in anti-hoarding ops: PNP

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have seized PHP300-million worth of smuggled rice, which is now the subject of forfeiture proceedings in favor of the government. According to PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Benigno Durana, the operations of the PNP-BOC team, which started last July 23 led to the …

Zero aspirant on first day of COC filing in Davao

DAVAO CITY —  The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here received no Certificate of Candidacy (COC) from aspirants for the 2019 midterm elections on the first day of the filing on Thursday. As of 3:00 pm Comelec’s record was still empty. City Election Officer Jerry Mujal said aspirants should avoid filing their COCs at the last …

PH Army dragon boat team wins 3 golds in SoKor

MANILA — The Philippine Army (PA) team has netted three gold medals in the just-concluded 2018 ARA Waterways International Dragon Boat Festival held in Incheon, South Korea last Oct. 4-8. In a statement late Monday, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said the event was organized by the Korean Dragon Boat Association. Participating teams came …

6 PNP officials linked to illegal drugs network

MANILA – At least six officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP), including two dismissed, have been allegedly linked to “enormous” illegal drugs network in the country. According to a very reliable source, the police officials had reportedly served in different anti-drug groups of the PNP under previous administrations but the same personalities were “appointed …

Davao gets P150-M China donation for school buildings

DAVAO CITY  (October 8)- The government of the People’s Republic of China, through its embassy in the Philippines, has donated PHP150 million for the construction of 13 school buildings in this city. The donation was given through the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance, which serves as a conduit between the Chinese government and the Department of Education …

5 PDEA agents killed, 2 others hurt in Lanao Sur ambush

ILIGAN CITY — Five members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency were killed while two others were wounded in an ambush by still unidentified perpetrators in the Kapai,  Lanao del Sur, Friday afternoon, October 5. Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares, director of the Police Regional Office in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-ARMM), said the ambush …

MisOr town farmers slam South Korean TV for abuse claim

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–Farmers from the Misamis Oriental town of Claveria protested took to the streets here Wednesday to denounce what they said was the biased reporting of a South Korean television network. Genevieve Cababarros, secretary of Doalnara Restoration Society Philippines, said the Seoul-based JTBC Broadcasting aired a news segment in its August 25 and …