Anti-poverty commission chair Liza Maza resigns

DAVAO CITY (August 20)— Secretary Liza Maza of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) has announced her resignation early this morning in a press conference. Maza revealed she already sent her  “irrevocable” resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte. In a  press conference, Maza said “Gusto ko lang i-aanunsyo sa araw na ito na kaninang umaga nagsumite …

Duterte increases reward for ‘ninja cops’ to P5-million

DAVAO CITY (August 20) — President Rodrigo  Duterte raised the reward for “ninja Cops” from P3-million to   P5-million, to  any individual   who could provide information on police and military officers directly involved in the illegal drug trade. In August 2016, Duterte offered P2-million reward for the capture of “ninja cops”, but in  September 2017, he …

Two police officers in Zamboanga City killed in buy-bust operation

ZAMBOANGA CITY (August 20) — Two police officers were killed in a buy-bust operation turned armed confrontation, at around 2:25 in the afternoon, Saturday August 18. The incident happened few  minutes before President Rodrigo Duterte increased the reward for ‘Ninja Cops” to P5-million. The Zamboanga Police office identified the dead officers as Police Officer (PO) …

Calida asks SC to stop Senate probe on security firm’s gov’t deals

MANILA — Solicitor General Jose Calida has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Senate inquiry in connection with his family’s security agency contracts with government agencies worth PHP150 million. In a 39-page Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition with urgent application for Issuance of Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction filed on August 14 …

Davao City allots P1-M assistance for typhoon affected Marikina

DAVAO CITY (August 14)- The Davao City government will send P 1 million assistance to typhoon affected Marikina City in Metro Manila to be used for its relief assistance to the victims of the calamity. On Tuesday, August 14, the Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved  under its suspended rules, the resolution for the aid that will …

House Majority Leader: No move towards re-enacted budget for 2019

DAVAO CITY (August 14)–  House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya has reiterated that there will be no move towards a reenacted budget for 2019. “We are not moving towards a reenacted budget. We are just taking a detour to understand deeper what this cash budget is,” Andaya said.  Last week, the House suspended its budget deliberation …

Duterte to new gov’t officials : Be competent and honest

DAVAO CITY (August 14) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked newly appointed government officials to be competent and honest in serving the people. Duterte urged the 178 new  government servants to  be sincere in serving the public, after he   administered their oath of office at the Heroes hall in Malacañan Palace. The chief executive issued …

Bomb expert hurt as Army foils bombing attempts in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A military bomb disposal expert was slightly injured when an improvised bomb he was deactivating went off Sunday morning. The accidental blast came hours after military bomb experts discovered several improvised bombs planted by IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao, where a brief encounter between the Army’s …

Russia to provide ‘soft loan’ for PH submarine project

DAVAO CITY (August 11) — Russia is more than willing to provide soft loan for the  Philippines to have its first-ever submarine, through “soft loans’ . Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Russia is offering to sell to the Philippines its Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, which has surface displacement of 2,350 tons, a length of 73.8 meters and …