Sandiganbayan suspends Iligan City Mayor for 90 days

DAVAO  CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan ordered a 90-day preventive suspension against Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia for functioning as the chief executive  while he was in jail.. Regencia was ordered to cease and desist from performing his duties as mayor and from any other public office which he may be holding for a period …

Duterte ‘no comment’ on divorce issue

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has declined to comment on the proposed divorce bill, leaving the decision of its passage instead to Congress. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. made this pronouncement Monday or a week after a House of Representatives panel approved a measure institutionalizing divorce in the Philippines. It can be recalled that …

“Shoot in the vagina remark, a sarcasm” : Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said his remark to shoot women rebels in the vagina was a “Sarcasm” and not intended to offend women. In his speech at the inauguration of Armscor Shooting Range in Buhangin, this afternoon, February 26, 2018, Duterte said he feels bad everytime he hears that women fighters of …

Senate orders arrest of ex-Comelec chairman Bautista

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Senate has ordered the arrest of former Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista for repeatedly  ignoring their  invitation to attend the investigation on his alleged unexplained wealth. Senator Francis Escudero, chair of the committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies, said  the warrant would be forwarded to Bautista’s residence and …

Marwan’s wife, police officer, 3 others arrested in Lanao del Norte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Authorities arrested Juromee Dongon, wife of slain Jemaah Islamiyah bomber Zulkifli Bin- aka Marwan, in Tubod, Lanao del Norte around 6:22 in the morning, Sunday, February 25, 2018. The synchronized joint operations by the Police and military authorities led to Dongon’s arrest as well as four family members. -SPO4 Andy Atta …

Ricky Vargas in, Peping Cojuangco out as POC prexy

MANILA, Philippines  — Change is coming at the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). Ricky Vargas was named the new POC president during the sports orgaization’s general election at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club clubhouse in Mandaluyong on Friday

. Conjuangco held the post for 13 years. Vargas and Lawmaker Abraham Tolentino, heads of NSAs for boxing and …

Palace summons US envoy over intel report on PRRD

MANILA – Malacañang on Friday said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea had summoned United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim to discuss the latest US Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the meeting between Medialdea and Kim took place on February 22, a day after the US Intelligence Community’s assessment tagging President …

NHA to build additional 12,016 housing units for “Yolanda” survivors

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The National Housing Authority (NHA) will build 12,016 housing units out of the P4-billion unspent budget for Yolanda rehabilitation and reconstruction program. The additional units will address the housing needs of the  survivors who are  left out in the resettlement project. “There is a need to provide additional housing to accommodate …

Duterte expects better life for Filipinos middle of his term

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — With all the reforms being instituted by the administration, President Rodrigo R. Duterte believed that the quality of life of Filipinos would be better in the middle of his term Duterte issued the statement Thursday as he addressed the soldiers during the launching of Tienda Para sa mga Bayani at the …