Larena, Siquijor municipal mayor suspended for simple misconduct 

MANILA, Philippines— For confronting his  brother who is also a politician, the municipal Mayor of Larena, Siquijor  has been ordered suspended  for one month after he was found guilty of Simple Misconduct. The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the suspension of Mayor Dean S.  Villa following an incident in March 10, 2016 when Villa confronted …

Alonto asks Marawi grads, keep hopes high for Mindanao

Iligan City, Philippines — Aspire for a better, stronger Mindanao, rebuild a stronger and better Marawi City. This was the message of Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto  to the graduates of Mindanao State University who held the graduation rites at the MSU-Iligan City campus, The commencement exercise for the MSU-Marawi was held in …

Bohol under state of calamity due to power shortage

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines —The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol on Friday approved the resolution placing the province in a state of calamity as the power shortage enters the second week due to the July 6 Leyte earthquake. The Provincial Board, in the resolution approved en masse, also requested President Rodrigo Duterte and concerned national agencies to …

Again! Congress urged fast-track passage of national ID system bill

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives  must hasten the passage of the bill which will pave the way for the national ID system. Senate Minority leader  Franklin Drilon  in a press statement Friday reiterated the call for the issuance of a national ID  as Malacanang rejected the proposal of certain provinces in Central Luzon  to …

BEWARE! No collection allowed for OIC Barangay captain appointment

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—No one is allowed to nominate anyone for the proposed appointment of an OIC barangay captain. This warning comes from Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy who has been receiving reports that enterprising individuals are  collecting money in exchange of getting appointment as Officer in Charge (OIC) Punong Barangay or Barangay …

Retiring school official killed during his farewell party

Pagadian City, Philippines—A retiring schools division superintendent was killed while tendering his farewell party here on July 3 at around 6:pm. Police identified the victim as Department of Education Pagadian City Schools Division Superintendent Marcom Burongan. Burongon was enjoying the farewell party hosted by the teachers inside the San Jose Elementary School in Pagadian when …

Beheading of Vietnamese sailors a propaganda ploy — AFP

MANILA, July 5 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday said the beheading of two Vietnamese hostages by the Abu Sayyaf is a propaganda ploy by the terrorist group to project strength amid heightened military operations that “tremendously degraded their capacity.” “This (beheading) is a show of force although they are not …

P800-M needed for rebuilding of Marawi schools — Briones

MANILA, Philippines —The government needs to spend P800-million to rebuild the 15 schools destroyed by the clash between the government troops and the IS-inspired Maute group  in Marawi City. There are 132 schools in Marawi which need rehabilitation but fifteen are severely damaged which needs reconstruction. Rebuilding  and rehabilitation will cost the government about P2.3-billion …

 The list of 132 Mayors in Mindanao affected by the NaPolCom order

DAVAO CITY (July 5)—The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) ordered the withdrawal of the deputation of seven (7) Governors and 132 Mayors in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and in the city of Cotabato. Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that their …