BI arrests 276 aliens in Makati raid

DAVAO CITY (February 20) —Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced the arrest of 276 foreign nationals in a massive raid of a network technology company along Ayala Avenue in Makati City. In a statement, Morente said they received reports that there are foreign nationals working in the building without the required immigration visas …

Duterte signs law creating Human Settlement and Urban Development

DAVAO CITY (February 20)— President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed a law creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD). Under Republic Act No. 11201 signed by Duterte on Feb. 14 and released to the media on Tuesday, the new department will be responsible for establishing Housing One-Stop Processing Centers (HOPCs) in the regions to …

PRRD doesn’t personally know Ressa’s accuser: Palace

PRRD doesn’t personally know Ressa’s accuser: PalaceMANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte does not personally know Wilfredo Keng, the businessman who filed a libel case against Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo defended Duterte from having connection to Keng after a report from the Pinoy Ako Blog claimed …

WHO eyes SoCot as model site for HIV/AIDS intervention

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The World Health Organization (WHO) is eyeing the province of South Cotabato, as the model for the initiatives on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) local government intervention. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, said Monday that a team from the WHO visited …

PNP maritime modernization to fight illegal drugs smuggling

DAVAO CITY (February 18) — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Abayalde, said his organization has intensified its fight against illegal drug smuggling, through maritime modernization. Albayalde revealed, they purchased a number of seacraft and patrol boats, along with the recruitment of new personnel and trained them for maritime operations. The PNP modernization effort …

Eastmincom to talk with CHED on NPA recruitment of studes

DAVAO CITY — The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) will hold a dialogue with officials of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd) and members of the academe over the recruitment of students by the communist New People’s Army (NPA). Eastmincom spokesperson, Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey said they don’t have the exact number of …

PNP allows only 2 bodyguards for candidates

DAVAO CITY (February 17) — A Philippine National Police (PNP) sets the rule, Candidates for the May 13 mid-term elections are allowed to have only two bodyguards. Citing the Alunan Doctrine, PNP spokesperson, Senior Supt. Bernard Banac said “Let me reiterate the PNP’s strict adherence to all election related resolutions covering the carrying of firearms and …

40 Senate bets have illegal campaign materials: Comelec

MANILA — More than half of the total of 62 senatorial candidates have been identified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as having illegal propaganda materials. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said 40 aspirants in the senatorial race have been found to have posters violating election laws. “34 plus 6 senatorial candidates have illegal posters, as of …

Rescue of NPA captives in Agusan Sur ongoing

MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said efforts are underway to track down and rescue two troops and 12 militiamen kidnapped by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur last December. “Yes, there is an ongoing operation supervised by the (Cagayan-based) 4th ID (Infantry Division),” AFP public affairs office chief …