Judge who wed brgy dad issues search warrant against him for drugs

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines — Judge Renato Arroyo of Misamis Oriental officiated the wedding of Barangay Kagawad Joseph Christian Lim, 33, of Lugait, Misamis Oriental last April 18, but just three days after his wedding the same judge issued a search warrant for his alleged involvement in drugs. Lim was arrested early morning of Saturday, April …

Sandiganbayan convicts six SK officials over P2.6-million fund

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan affirmed the conviction of former local officials of Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat for misappropriating P2.6 million in public funds. In a 17-page Resolution, the court affirmed the conviction of Tessie Lagnaoda (Barangay Captain of Masiag, Bagumbayan), Carlito Abrera (Audio Visual Equipment Operator), Rizaldo Solito (Security Guard, Mayor’s Office) and Rodrigo …

Duterte admits ordering investigation against Autralian nun, assumes full reponsibility

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte assumes full responsibility over the arrest of Australian nun, as he admitted ordering the investigation. The Bureau of Immigration and Deportation detained Australian nun Patricia Fox Tuesday and was subjected to series of investigation, but she was able to present her passport which is still active. During the …

Ombudman indicts Maguindanao mayor for SALN violations

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Montaser Sabal for five counts each of violation of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act . Sabal was cited for  his untruthful statements in his Statements of Assets, …

Duterte to new gov’t officials : “Resist temptation”

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, April 17, called on newly appointed government officials to stand up to any temptation that may hurt their good name. The President administered the mass oath taking of officials from various government offices at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace. “Resist any temptation that will …

BI releases detained Aussie nun

MANILA, Philippines  — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) released from its custody on Tuesday afternoon Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary. She was apprehended in Quezon City on Monday. Commissioner Jaime Morente approved the recommendation of the BI legal division for the Catholic nun to be released for further investigation after establishing that she is a …

P67.9-M smuggled rice shipment intercepted off Zamboanga Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), through the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem), apprehended a Mongolian-registered ship loaded with some PHP67.9 million smuggled rice off Zamboanga Sibugay. Rear Adm. Rene Medina, Navforwem commander, said the vessel, M/V Diamond 8, was intercepted during a counter-action operation 15 nautical miles southwest off Olutanga Island …

Immigration agents arrest Aussie nun in Quezon City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The Bureau of Immigration arrested and  detained a 71-year-old Australian nun who has championed human rights in the Philippines for 27 years. The nun, identified as  Sister Patricia Fox,  was arrested  as six Immigration agents went to her  home Quezon City, Monday,  at about 2:00 in the afternoon. April 16, 2018 Fox,  …

GSIS, DepEd ink agreement to improve teachers’ financial capability

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed on Monday the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Department of Education (DepEd) aimed at facilitating the payment of teachers’ loans as well as other education department personnel from private lenders. Education Secretary Leonor Briones signed for DepEd …

Arson, grave threats filed vs NPA over equipment burning

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— Police authorities filed arson and grave threat charges against a New People’s Army (NPA) commander, four of its members and other members who torched 10 heavy equipment in three hinterland barangays in the city on Black Saturday. City Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said charges were filed against Ka Roy …