Senate ratifies Bangsamoro Organic Law

MANILA — The Senate on Monday unanimously ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the Organic law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri presented the report on the floor and thanked his fellow senators, who helped him during the lengthy, and sometimes …

Justice Samuel Martirez is JBC’s top choice for Ombudsman post

DAVAO CITY (July 21) — Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires  is the top choice of the Judicial Bar Council (JBC)  to replace outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. The members of the JBC in a meeting  Friday voted the for the contenders, based on the result Martires garnered seven votes,  against other contenders which include …

PTFoMS forms task force to investigate broadcaster’s death

BAGUIO CITY — The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) executive director and Communications Undersecretary Joel Egco said a special investigation task group, dubbed “Task Force Llana”, has been formed, less than six hours after the reported killing of Blocktime broadcaster Joey Llana in the morning of Friday, July 20. Egco in an interview …

Localized thunderstorms to cause more rains, flooding and landslide in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (July 19)–More rains are expected due to localized thunderstorms, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).  For the past days,  Cagayan de Oro was battered by consistent rain brought by the southwest monsoon causing flooding across the city, landslide and subsequently, the cancellation of classes. Landslide occured at …

Duterte breaks ground for two China grant-aid bridges

DAVAO CITY (July 18) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday graced the groundbreaking ceremony of two bridges, which are seen to aid the government’s goal to prompt economic activities in the country. In his speech, the President said the Binondo-Intramuros and the Estrella-Pantaleon bridges both represent the desire to use connectivity and mobility as catalysts …

Jaafar ‘100% satisfied’ with BiCam handling of BBL concerns

DAVAO CITY (July 18) — Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar expressed  “100 percent satisfied” at how the Bicameral Conference (BiCam) resolved the issues on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during a caucus held Tuesday. In a press statement issued by the Office of the President on Peace Process, Jaafar was quoted saying  “Nagpapasalamat kami …

Duterte-Mahathir reaffirm PH-Malaysia ties

DAVAO CITY (July 17) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia Monday,  where the two leaders renewed and reaffirmed the long-standing friendship between the two Southeast Asian nations. Malacañang said President Duterte is “grateful” to the Malaysian leader’s invitation to visit Kuala Lumpur and meet with him for the …

Random tests done to verify prevalence of drug use, not users: DepEd

DAVAO CITY (July 16) — It is still too early to conclude the effectiveness of the random-sampling  drug test  survey  among  high school and college students, said  Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones. Briones was reacting to the statement issued by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director Aaron Aquino, that the Education department’s scheme …