Palace urges transport groups to hold down strikes, talk to gov’t instead

MANILA, Philippines — Transport groups should find better method or ways to air grievance against government rather than protest through transport strikes. During the Tuesday, December 5, press briefing,  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said transport groups could reach out to the government through formal dialogues.   “Idaan po natin sa tamang proseso ‘yung mga hinihingi …

DepEd to monitor students vaccinated with Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines  — The Department of Education (DepEd) is closely monitoring students administered with anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, following reports that the world’s first-ever dengue vaccine poses risk to individuals with no prior dengue infection. In a statement, the DepEd stressed “As the health and safety of our learners are of principal importance, the [DepEd], in close …

Davao Oriental: Rising above the rubbles of Typhoon Pablo

CATEEL, Davao Oriental —The challenge brought about by Super Typhoon (international name Boopha) on December 4, 20012 has become the opportunity for the people of Davao Oriental to showcase the best of the Mandaya people. Truth is, the tourism industry became more vibrant and its people became stronger and closer to one another. Then Provincial …

Duterte brings Holywood’s Steven Seagal to Julu

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited government forces in Julu Friday with a special guests- Holywood Action Star Steven Seagal. Duterte visited the soldiers who were previously assigned in Marawi and Seagal, was Duterte’s special guest. Speaking before the soldies Seagal said “I know you guys put your life on the line …

Palace respects local talks with Reds-Roque

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Local peace initiatives Local government units (LGUs) could still push their peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) despite the existence of Proclamation No. 360. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during the Monday press briefing stressed  “We have local autonomy, so the peace talks can …

P23M worth of illegal drugs and expired medicines burned

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Authorities here destroyed A total  of P23.6 million worth of illegal drugs evidence and expired medicines were burned Monday afternoon at the Holcim plant. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI regional director Antono Rivera said destroying the confiscated drugs which have been submitted as court evidence in  regions XI and XII is …

LTO revokes Ma. Isabel Lopez’s driver’s license

MANILA, Philippines —- For violating the ASEAN lane,  The Land Transportation Office (LTO) revoked the driver’s license of former beauty queen and actress Maria Isabel Lopez. In revoking her license the LTO cited that Lopez breached the special lane designated for delegates of the ASEAN Summit. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago announced …

PDEA personnel trained on tracing drug money trail

MANILA, Philippines — Some 35 Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) personnel underwent a workshop in a bid to strengthen their financial investigation capability to uncover drug money trail and prevent drug lords from using their money and influence to evade punishment. PDEA Director General Aaron N Aquino said the workshop is timely because “the purpose …

Duterte to launch pro-poor program in Davao

Cebu City, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte will launch the “Biyaya ng Pagbabago” poverty alleviation program at the Freedom Park in Davao City on Dec. 9. This was announced Saturday by Undersecretary Joselito “Penpen” Libres of the Office of Participatory Governance (OPG), which is initiating the pro-poor program. Libres said “Biyaya ng Pagbabago,” short for “Biyaya …