Cocaine shipment found in Sorsogon not from Taiwan: TECO

MANILA, Philippines  — The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) on Monday denied that the reported cocaine shipment found drifting in Sorsogon the previous Wednesday had come from Taiwan. The PHP120-million worth of cocaine packed into a container was believed to be from Jin Ming No. 16, a cargo ship that made a distress call to …

Duterte remains PH most trusted official

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte remains the most trusted and got the highest approval rating among government officials. According to the last quarter survey conducted by Pulse Asia from Dec. 10-15, 2017, President Duterte got the highest approval at 80 percent and highest trust rating at 82 percent among the country’s top five …

Tourism stakeholders petition to retain their directors

DAVAO CITY , Philippines — Tourism stakeholders  from  different regions affected by the recent memorandum transferring/reassigning their regional officials are up in arms for the retention of their officials. The petitioners claim tourism officers must come from their regions because they know the language and culture of their respective areas which makes tourism promotion earlier. …

27 tourism officials reassigned for still unknown reasons

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The regional directors and directors of regions producing high tourist arrivals were transferred and/or re-assigned for still unknown reasons. Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo in a Memorandum dated January 4, 2018 cited “In the exigency of service” as the reason for the reassignment and the memo  “Shall take effect immediately.” The reshuffling …

Teachers’ take home pay increase takes effect

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Public school teachers will enjoy the increase of their take home pay as the government implements the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) Act, plus increases in their allowances, the Department of Education (DepEd) said. In a statement, the DepEd stated it is supporting the administration’s tax reform initiative as this …

Duterte accepts son’s resignation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of his eldest son, Paolo Duterte  who resigned as Davao City vice mayor. “It has been transmitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary, nandoon na,” a highly placed source said. Asked about the effectivity of the resignation, the source said “Parang effective immediately.” …

Dan Isleta is new Army chief of staff

MANILA, Philippines — Brig. Gen. Danilo “Chad” D. Isleta was appointed as Philippine Army (PA) chief of staff during change of command ceremonies in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Thursday morning. He replaced Major Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, who was appointed head of the Tarlac-based Mechanized Infantry Division. Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson said the ceremony …

Duterte appoints OIC DILG Cuy to DDB , Año as OIC DILG

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It’s a switch! President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy as the new chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board to repleace terminated chairman Dionesio Santiago . While DILG Undersecretary Eduardo Año replaces Cuy at the DILG. Asked about his new assignment, Cuy …

Palace releases new set of appointees

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Malacanang on Thursday released a new set of presidential appointees including five special envoys of President Rodrigo Duterte to the People’s Republic of China (PROC). The appointed special envoys to China include Ferdinand Selim Borja, Wallie Lee, Carlos Chan, Cheng Yong and William de Jesus Lima. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said …

BIR files charges against Mark Taguba ang Kenneth Dong

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed separate tax evasion charges against controversial customs broker Mark Taguba ang businessman Yi Shen Dong also known as “Kenneth Dong” in relation to the shipment of P6.4-billion shabu from China in May last year. In his complaint filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ), …