PRRD calls on village chiefs to resist CPP-NPA

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte is calling on barangay officials and tribal leaders to strongly resist the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and cooperate with the government in ending the communist insurgency in the country. President Duterte made the call and voiced concerns over the continued harassment by the CPP-NPA in …

Peace body in DavOr asks DepEd to cancel permit of lumad schools

MATI CITY (December 18) — The Provincial Peace and Order Council here passed a resolution asking the Department of Education to cancel the permits of Salugpongan schools operating in the province which have not complied with the DepEd’s K to 12 curriculum. The decision was made after the peace body evaluated the documents of the …

Integrating RH Rights and HIV protection

UNPROTECTED sex heightens the risk of unwanted pregnancy or acquiring sexually transmitted diseases.   The recent UP Population Institute survey on sexual practices of young people shows about 5.4 million engage in premarital sex without protection. Out of 1.4 million involved in casual sex, more than half a million young men have sex with men.   The …

Former chief justice Puno points out “fatal omission” on federal charter

DAVAO CITY (December 14)-  The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed on third and final reading its version of a draft federal charter which adds “lawless violence” as a ground for the declaration of martial law.  It also lifts the term limits for lawmakers. However, former Chief justice Reynato Puno said the process followed by the …

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. …

National government to use re-enacted budget

MANILA (December 14) — The national government may have to use a re-enacted budget beginning next month.  “The senators appear exhausted,  They requested a break,”  Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said. Lawmakers has already adjourned their session for their month-long Christmas vacation without approving the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for next year. Under a re-enacted budget, …

Balangiga Bells arrive in Eastern Samar

MANILA (December 14)–  The historic Balangiga Bells arrived ahead its supposed turn-over in Guiuan, Eastern Samar at about 10:28 a.m. Friday, Maj. Aris Galang, Philippine Air Force public affairs office chief, said.  an official of the Philippine Air Force said. “Around 8 a.m. po umalis dito sa VAB (Villamor Air Base, Pasay City) ‘yung C-130 (with tail number 5011) and …

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 …