Davao City creates local peace committee to talk with CPP-NPA

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A multi-agency  Local Peace Committee  to dialogue with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) here. Dubbed as the DC PEACE, the local peace group  involves  personalities from the judiciary, the church, social service agency and village chiefs as members. Davao City is among the urban centers identified by …

Duterte thanks Japanese envoy for service

MANILA,Philippines  – President Rodrigo Duterte thanked outgoing Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa for his service in the country on Tuesday, October 3 at the Palace. Ishikawa was appointed Ambassador to the Philippines in August 2014  paid an exit call to Duterte  as he  concludes his stint as Japan’s top diplomat in the country. Duterte …

Duterte looking forward to Trump visit

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is looking forward to welcoming  US President Donald Trump in November for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)/East Asian Summit in the Philippines. “We confirm US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Philippines this November,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. He said Trump’s visit “underscores the improving PH-US …

GRP’s 1st CARHRIHL monitoring station in Davao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine government peace panel talking with  the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) established Friday the first Compliance Monitoring Station in Davao City. The monitoring station  will receive and record complaints of non-compliance to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). All complaints …

Palace vows to cooperate with Senate on SALN probe

MANILA, Philippines —  Malacañang on Wednesday said that it would cooperate with the Senate should it decide to investigate the redactions made by certain Cabinet officials in their December 2016 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs). “The Executive (Department) would cooperate and would attend the investigation on SALNs, if and once called by …

‘Shaded’ SALN not in accordance with CSC guidelines

MANILA,  Philippines —  An official of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Wednesday said redacted or shaded portions of the statement of assets, liability, and net worth (SALN) of some cabinet members are not in accordance with the commission’s guidelines. “Yun pinakita nilang sample pati amount ng properties ay shinade nila (Even the amount of properties …

Ship CO relieved, crew on restrictive custody: AFP

 MANILA, Philippines —  The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday announced that the captain of the BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19) has been relieved of his command while the rest of his crew are placed on restrictive custody following the death of two Vietnamese fishermen off Bolinao, Pangasinan last Sept. 23. “To ensure that …

Gov’t programs continue in Marawi City to assist IDPs

MANILA, Philippines —  The government has so far released PHP3.35 billion to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the fighting in Lanao del Sur, an official of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) said Monday, September 25. OCD Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima said the money, released through the Department of Social Welfare …

Duterte releases illegal drugs diagram and its connections with terror group

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte presented the the Lanao del Sur drug matrix which according to him shows how illegal drugs operate in the province and some provinces in Mindanao which provided financial support to the local terrorists in the island. Duterte however emphasized, they are still trying to configure how the illegal …