Right-of-way  problem delays P585-M bypass road in Bukidnon

DAVAO CITY (November 15) —  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday  sounded off the delay in the P585-million bypass roads in the cities of  Malaybalay, and Valencia Bukidnon due to road-right-of-way problems. Explaining the delay before the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan,   during the regular session on Tuesday, Engr. Florentino Macarayog …

Comelec asked to disqualify Cayetano couple from 2019 polls

MANILA — Separate petitions to deny due course were filed on Monday against former senator Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for not possessing the minimum residency qualification imposed by the 1987 Constitution for the members of the House of Representatives. Petitioner and Taguig resident …

IPs seek legal aid from PRRD; to file raps vs. CPP-NPA

MANILA — A group of indigenous peoples (IPs) on Thursday met with President Rodrigo Duterte and presented four resolutions, including one seeking legal assistance for the filing of appropriate charges against the communists and their founding leader Jose Maria Sison. The meeting between the 31 IPs representing at least eight tribes from Mindanao and Duterte took …

Kidapawan dad goes to session on horseback

DAVAO CITY (November 9) — Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Datu Radin Igwas attended the session on Thursday, Nov. 9 on horseback. This was after Kidapawan City  Mayor Joseph Evangelista recalled his  government-issued service vehicle. Igwas was left with no choice but to  go back to basics–ride his horse-to attend the Sangguniang Panglungsod regular session in …

PH, Japan firms up development assistance on defense, MRT3

MANILA (November 7) — The Philippines and Japan on Wednesday inked an agreement for two official development assistance (ODA) projects worth PHP5-billion for defense enhancement and PHP17.79 billion worth loan for the MRT3’s complete rehabilitation. The  aid for defense enhancement includes spare parts and maintenance equipment of UH-1H helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) consisting …

Duterte: Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism to raise awareness on constitutional reform

DAVAO CITY (November 6)–  The Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism has been formed to develop strategies to raise public awareness on federalism and constitutional reform. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the creation of the task force through Memorandum Circular No. 52, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on October 31 and released to the media on …

Nograles is the new Cabinet Secretary

DAVAO CITY (November 5)— First District Congressman Karlo Nograles has been named the new Cabinet Secretary to replace Leoncio ‘Jun’ Evasco  who resigned last October. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during the Palace press briefing on Monday,  revealed Nograles is expected to take his oath before President Rodrigo Duterte anytime today. Nograles is currently the chairperson …

PH’s global impunity index improves anew

MANILA (November 5) – Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) Executive Director, Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco expressed elation after the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) listed the Philippines anew as among countries with improved status in addressing media killings. The CPJ has recently released the 2018 Global Impunity Index with the Philippines still on the …

DepEd reiterates commitment to implement IPEd Program

DAVAO CITY (November 5)– Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones  has reiterated the Department’s commitment in continuing the implementation of the IPEd Program, which is anchored on the recognition of the right of IPs to basic education that is responsive to their context, respects their identities, and promotes their indigenous knowledge, competencies, and …