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 …

NorMin peace and order body backs ML extension

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–Members of the Regional Peace and Order Council in Northern Mindanao (RPOC-10) unanimously passed a resolution on Monday in support of the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, RPOC-10 chairman, reiterated his support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to place the island under martial rule …

Duterte promotes motorcycle safety

DAVAO CITY  (December 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, December 7, emphasized the importance of road safety and safe motorcycle riding during the closing ceremony of the Motorcycle Riding Course (MCRC) and Motorcycle Riding Safety Training (MRST) held at Rancho Palos Verdes Clubhouse. “I am glad to join you today as we honor the graduating …

Duterte appoints Madrigal to replace retiring AFP Chief Galvez

DAVAO CITY (December 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Lt. Gen.  Benjamin Madrigal as  Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff,  to replace  Gen. Carlito Galvez, who is set to retire on December 12. Duterte confirmed Madrigal’s appointment through a  letter addressed to  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Dec. 5. Madrigal  is a member of …

PUJ drivers, operators to get P20K fuel subsidy next year

MANILA — The government is set to provide fuel subsidies amounting to PHP20,000 to public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers to mitigate the impact of higher fuel prices due to the imposition of excise taxes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, a transportation official said Wednesday. “As we prepare for …

ICC complaint vs. Duterte mooted by Kian’s case: Roque

MANILA — The complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been disproved by the Caloocan City regional trial court’s verdict, convicting three police officers for the murder of 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. The Hague, Netherlands-based ICC was established as “a court of last …

AFP to push for one-year martial law extension in Mindanao

MANILA — Outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. on Monday said the military will recommend a year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao. “We have recommendations already, nakikita po namin ang lahat ng (we see that all) RPOC (Regional Peace and Order Councils) and also the local government units …

Rebels hiding truth on Satur Ocampo arrest: Governor del Rosario

DAVAO CITY (December 3) — Left-leaning organizations are reportedly hiding the truth on the arrest of former Bayan Muna lawmaker Satur Ocampo, said Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario. In a statement released on Monday, December 3, del Rosario said the  leftist organizations are using the  indigenous people (IPs) “to push their own agenda,” …

Sandiganbayan allows Imelda Marcos to enjoy post-conviction remedies

MANILA (November 30)– The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division has allowed former First Lady Imelda Marcos to file a motion for reconsideration,  post bail in the amount of P300,000 and enjoy temporary liberty while the court tackle her appeal for seven cases of graft. The bail was “double the amount of her original bond,” which was P150,000 …