Dureza: Nothing will move us from our unwavering stand to achieve peace

  ZAMBOANGA CITY (August 1)– Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza yesterday said that the terrorist bombing in Lamitan City in the island province of Basilan on Tuesday was “a tragic incident that serves to remind that the road to lasting and sustainable peace is fraught with threats and dangers.” The incident, perpetrated by suspected …

Commissioner Arellano: No Dictatorship, federal system to distribute power

DAVAO CITY (August 2)– A member of the Constitution Consultative Committee fired back to the critics who are raising the specter of dictatorship under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Commissioner Antonio B. Arellano, during the Federalism Road Show media forum on Wednesday at Davao City Hall, expressed  his grief over the rumors being …

Palace welcomes UN, EU support for signed BOL

DAVAO CITY (August 2) — Malacañang on Monday, July 30, welcomed the positive response of the international community to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. in a Palace press briefing said the Philippine government acknowledges the praises it received from the United Nations (UN) and …

PDEA embarks on nationwide re-orientation on brgy. drug clearing program

DAVAO CITY (July 31) – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is conducting a nationwide re-orientation of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program (BDCP) to enable it to come up with a precise output on the campaign against illegal drugs. PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said the training is aimed at developing the capabilities of …

PH to Uphold Freedom of Religion

MANILA (July 30) — Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella reiterated the country’s commitment to uphold the right to freedom of religion, as it is enshrined in the Constitution and reflected in the country’s laws, policies and standards. In a Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom,  an international meeting hosted by the US Department of State in Washington, …

Duterte distributes aid to fire victims in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the distribution Thursday of relief assistance to the survivors of a blaze here, promising them to rebuild their houses soon. At least 403 families in Barangay Labuan were affected by fire last July 22, with the city’s fire bureau putting the total damage at P4 million. President …

Davao City to give P4.25-M aid to flood-stricken areas in Luzon

DAVAO CITY  (July 27) — The Davao City Council has approved a financial aid worth PHP4.25 million for the eight municipalities and city in Central Luzon affected by floods caused by storm-intensified monsoon rains last week. In a special session on Thursday afternoon, the City Council approved the ordinance to extend aid to eight municipalities and …

DA to embark on farmers’ training program

DAVAO CITY (July 27)- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will embark on a nationwide vegetable farmers’ training program.  The participants will be provided with technical support on agricultural technology, inputs and other post-training assistance such as farm tools and farm equipment. In a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), Agriculture Secretary Manny …

Duterte to new Ombudsman: “Do what is right”

DAVAO CITY (July 27)— President Rodrigo Duterte told  newly appointed Ombudsman Samuel Martires to “do what is right.” Duterte made the announcement during his speech in the 69th Araw ng Ipil, Thursday afternoon, “I signed his appointment today and told him to do what is right,” the President said. Martires, 69, served as trial court …