Norway: ‘We’re committed to facilitating peace talks’

OSLO, Norway, June 20, 2018 — The Norwegian government is still strongly committed to facilitating the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF). This was emphasized by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide to Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza during a meeting here, days after some …

Int’l partners and CSOs bring hope to Ramadan celebration in Marawi

MANILA– Various international organizations and Civil Society Organizations participated in the Peace Caravan as part of the recently concluded “Duyog Ramadhan, Alang sa Kalinaw,” a 10-day activity organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in Marawi City from June 6 to 15. The Government of Australia, and the World …

Duterte appoints new CA, Sandiganbayan justices

DAVAO CITY (June 20) — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed two new justices of the Court of Appeals and Sandiganbayan. Documents released by Malacañang Wednesday, June 20, revealed, Duterte appointed Caloocan City Regional Trial Court Judge Georgina Dumpit-Hidalgo to the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, replacing retired Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada. Dumpit-Hidalgo is the president of the Philippine …

Motocross turns deadly in Davao del Norte

DAVAO CITY (June 19) —  A motocross rider was killed while several others were wounded when  an curve execution turned deadly during the race last Saturday, June 16,  in Carmen Davao del Norte. The incident,  prompted  Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan  to order relevant government agencies to review laws and policies on the …

84 new CAA members hurdle military training

DAVAO CITY–Eighty-four newly-recruited members of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary II (CAA II) are ready for deployment to beef up the city’s security following their completion of the 45-day Basic Military Training on Monday. In an interview with reporters on Monday, Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, the deputy commander of Task Force (TF) Davao, said the additional …

Lanao del Sur councilor arrested in Anti-Drug Operation

ILIGAN CITY (June 18) —   A municipal councilor of Balabagan, Lanao del Sur was recently arrested by the  joint anti-drug operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Lanao del Sur’s Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit, Special Action Force and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) 14. Arrested was Balabagan Municipal Councilor Abedin Disalongan for violation …

Firefight between Gov’t and Maute group displaces 1,500 families in Lanao Sur

ILIGAN CITY (June 18)  – At least 1,500 families in Lanao del Sur fled home due to a firefight between government forces and the Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist group that started Sunday morning, June 17, 2018. The fight took place at the boundaries of the municipalities of Pagayawan and Tubaran towards the town of Marogong, the …

Palace : Gov’t probing “Tanim Bala” incident

DAVAO CITY — Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday, June 16, assured that an investigation on the recent “tanim-bala” incident is being conducted, reiterating anew President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s promise that the said modus-operandi would not be tolerated under this administration. This was after passenger Kristine Bumanglag-Moran was caught with …