Pimentel steps down as Senate President, nominates Sotto as successor

DAVAO CITY (May 21) — Saying he has to be open for change, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III stepped down as Senate president on Monday, and nominated Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III to take the helm at the upper chamber. “This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the senate, …

Asec. Umpa asks DPWH Director to collect 1 to 2 percent share from contractors

DAVAO CITY (May 21) — A regional director squealed.     Resigned Highways Assistant Secretary Tinganun “Roger” A. Umpa, instructed her  to ask for 1 to 2 percent share from the projects awarded to contractors. In a report addressed to DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Director Zenaida Tan of Region X , bared what she …

Dureza rallies stakeholders to work together vs violent extremism

SAN JUAN CITY — Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza called on various stakeholders to work together towards creating new strategies to confront the serious threat of violent extremism. Speaking during the launch of the book “Ramadi to Marawi: Peace and the Prevention of Violent Extremism” on Wednesday at Club Filipino, Dureza said all efforts must be …

Duterte won’t tolerate even name-dropping relatives: Palace

MANILA (MAY 17)  – Malacañang on Thursday reiterated that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not tolerate anyone even members of family who are using his name to get favor in the government. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made this statement amid reports that Duterte’s youngest brother Emmanuel Duterte is applying for government approval for his cryptocurrency …

Davao City Police Office intensifies security measures in Brgy. 23-C

DAVAO CITY (May 16)– The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will intensify the security measures in Barangay 23-C even after the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election is over. DCPO director Sr. Supt. Alexander  during the AFP-PNP Press Corps media briefing,   said  there are unverified information on a possible “rido” or clan war as a result …

Duterte declares Philippine Rise as marine resource reserve.

DAVAO CITY (May 16) — President Rodrigo Duterte  Tuesday (May 15),  declared the Philippine Rise underseas feature as a marine resource reserve of the country. On the same day, Duterte  led the send off of a team of Filipino scientists who will undertake the Coordinated National Marine Scientific Research Initiatives and Related Activities or CONMIRA …

Duterte’s no show during barangay elections, “purely political”

DAVAO City (May 15) — The decision not to cast his vote during the barangay elections, was “purely political” , said President Rodrigo Duterte who emphasized that he does not want to hurt supporters. In a chance interview with reporters at the wake of former Senatro Edgardo Angara in Taguig Monday night, Duterte said “Purely …

President Duterte a no-show in barangay and SK elections

DAVAO CITY (May 14) — President Rodrigo did not show up to cast his vote in his polling precinct at the Daniel Aguinaldo National High School,  in Matina, during the May 14 barangay ans Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. Duterte was expected to cast his vote at Cluster 889, in precinct – 1245-A, his chair remain unoccupied …