falsification raps filed vs dismissed DOJ employees

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –— The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed a case of falsification against three former employees of the Department of Justice (DOJ) who were involved in the anomalous visa issuance  for  six Chinese Nationals. Facing charges are Cyruz Morata, Abvic Ryan Maghirang, and Shigred Erigbuagas, who admitted receiving huge amount in …

A thousand lumads rejoiced over government support while dozens bleed, cry for justice

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – While about  a thousand indigenous peoples from all over Mindanao  rejoiced inside the Eastern Mindanao Command gymnasium each time President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to  support to the tribe, a dozen held a rally at the gate of the army headquarters, crying for justice and condemning  government’s plan to develop the hinterlands. …

Duterte wants NHA to establish IP ancestral village

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants the National Housing Authority to establish a housing program for the indigenous peoples in Mindanao. Duterte gave the instruction to NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada after his speech during the First IP Mindanao leaders summit inside the Eastern Mindanao Command headquarters in Panacan this city, Thursday, …

Former TESDA exec, wife convicted for graft

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan  convicted the  former provincial director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and his wife for graft. The anti-graft court convicted spouses Edwin Villanueva and Nida Villanueva of violating Section 3(d) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act.” The Villanueva spouses were  sentenced …

Mindanao tribal communities get P100-million support

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte will release P100 million to tribal communities in Mindanao for livelihood program and agricultural development. Speaking before the leaders of tribal communities in Davao City on Thursday, February 1, President Duterte vowed to facilitate the entry of investors and government assistance to tribal areas for them to develop …

For buying supplies from her daughter’s store, Sandiganbayan convicts Palawan Mayor

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan convicted the municipal Mayor Narra, Palawan for buying P93,000 worth of office supplies from the store owned by her daughter. The Sandiganbayan convicted  Narra, Palawan town Mayor Lucena Demaala  over 14 counts of violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Demaala was sentenced to imprisonment of six to …

Three agencies investigating sale of online passport appointment

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Three agencies of government are now investigating the reported anomaly involving the sale of online passport appointment. This, after the Department of Foreign Affairs received numerous complaints about the  “anomaly.” Personnel from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and, the Philippine National Police, are now …

“New” Tokhang operations require human rights, church reps

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine National Police Director Ronald dela  Rosa is now requiring representatives from  human rights office or advocacy groups to join the “New” Oplan Tokhang. Aside from human rights representative, the PNP is also inviting representative from the church to witness the operations. The PNP  also invite members of the media in …

Duterte to visit Marawi temporary shelters

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit the Sagonsongan temporary shelters in  Marawi City,  on January 30, 2018. The President wants “to physically check the condition of the families occupying the temporary shelters,” says National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada. (nha-turns-over-500-homes-in-marawi/ Duterte  was scheduled to turn over 500 temporary …

Men, women in ‘robes’ urged to be role models

MANILA, Philippines  — Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged justices and judges to serve as good role models by personally observing high standards of conduct while upholding the integrity and independence of the judiciary. Sereno, in a statement, said it is high time for judges to live up to their role as dispensers of justice guided …