Palace: No peace talks until NPA stops violence

DAVAO CITY (December 19) — President Rodrigo Duterte will not  re-open the  peace talks between the Philippine  Government and the Communist Party of the Philippines/National Democratic Front (NDF) until the rebel groups stop attacking government forces, entities and civilians. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during the  press briefing Wednesday said,  Duterte would only be willing to …

160k drug personalities arrested in Duterte’s war on drugs

DAVAO CITY (December 19) —More than 160,000 drug personalities have been arrested since the start of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs. The data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) showed since July 2016 to  November 30, 2018,  164,265 were arrested. PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon during the press conference of Real Numbers  …

Palace stands by Diokno’s integrity and competence

DAVAO CITY (December 18) — Malacañang on Tuesday,reaffirmed its trust and confidence on Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno amid calls for his ouster due to alleged pork insertions in the 2019 national budget. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said in a press briefing that Secretary Diokno’s integrity and competence remain intact. …

GenSan to probe selling of gov’t-owned land to informal settlers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The city government is pushing for a comprehensive investigation into the operations of alleged “squatting syndicates” in the area. Mary Ann Bacar, head of the City Housing and Land Management Office (CHLMO), said Monday they have asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the activities of some groups …

Town folks tearful on return of Balangiga bells

EASTERN SAMAR (December 15)–  Tearful residents in Balangiga welcomed home the three bells which was returned by the United States after more than a century. On December 15, children waved and residents expressed joy as President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the turnover of the Transfer of Certificate of the Balangiga Bells from United States (US) Deputy …

Balangiga bells ‘property of Catholic faith’: PRRD

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said nobody from both Philippine and United States governments should take credit for the return of the Balangiga bells, noting that they have always been property of “the Catholic faith.” “The credit of the return of the Balangiga (bells) does not belong to any worker or officials of …

NorMin peace and order body backs ML extension

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–Members of the Regional Peace and Order Council in Northern Mindanao (RPOC-10) unanimously passed a resolution on Monday in support of the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, RPOC-10 chairman, reiterated his support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to place the island under martial rule …

Duterte promotes motorcycle safety

DAVAO CITY  (December 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, December 7, emphasized the importance of road safety and safe motorcycle riding during the closing ceremony of the Motorcycle Riding Course (MCRC) and Motorcycle Riding Safety Training (MRST) held at Rancho Palos Verdes Clubhouse. “I am glad to join you today as we honor the graduating …