Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi City up for demolition

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The 84-year-old  St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi City,    will be among the structures up for demolition should the government start to rehabilitate the war-torn city. The Catholic Bishop Conference  of the Philippines (CBCP),   website reported that  Bishop Edwin dela Peña of Marawi, has given his consent for the demolition of …

Army, cops uproot marijuana plants in Sultan Kudarat town

Sultan Kudarat, Philippines  — Government troops uprooted Friday more than 3,300 marijuana plants in a remote and mountainous village of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat. police said Saturday. Senior Insp. Jethro Dave Doligas, the Columbio Police chief, led government troops – who included soldiers from the Army’s 27th and 39th Infantry Battalions – in raiding the marijuana …

5 BIFF men arrested in Maguindanao

Sultan Kudarat, Philippines  — Government forces raided a marshland village in Maguindanao at dawn Friday, arresting five members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and seizing three firearms from them. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion (IB) commander, said joint military and police elements, backed by armored personnel carriers, carried …

Barangay, SK polls hopefuls flock Comelec office in Basilan

ISABELA CITY, Philippines — A handful of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan hopefuls flock the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office here to file their certificates of candidacy. As early as 8:00 in the morning, April 14, nine hopefuls processed their Certificates of Candidacy inside Comelec. This marked the first  day  in the filing of COC for …

GMA to withdraw her version BBL in favor of the new draft

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- Former President, now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will withdraw her version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and support teh new version of the draft bill pending in Congress. Presidential Assistant on Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza, in a a press statement Wednesday said Arroyo, in a phone conversation with him and …

PAL Davao-Siargao flight, a relief to local travelers

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The newly inaugurated Davao-Siargao flight is a big relief to local tourists, they can now visit and  enjoy in the country’s surfing without spending long road travel. Vanessa Mabini, 38, a solo traveler,  a resident of Davao City,  woke up early to catch  the debut  flight which will bring her to …

Tacurong City to host Philippine Bird Festival

TACURONG CITY, Philippines — The city government here is preparing for this year’s 12th Philippine Bird Festival, come May 10 to 12, 2018. The festival is aimed at increasing the awareness of the people in conserving and preserving the winged-creatures. Tacurong is the only city in the region which maintains a bird sanctuary, witih more …

LTO employee penalized to pay P5,000 over P400 “token”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For  a measly sum of P400 pesos, an  employee of the Land Transportation Offfce (LTO), was penalized  to pay P5,000  for receiving  money from a client. This after LTO Traffic Aide III Marilou Alferez   pleads guilty over charges of  illegal solicitation. Cebu City Presiding Judge Jenelyn Forrosuelo of the Municipal …

Duterte advises personal aide : Be with your husband

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday advised his personal security aide to take time with to be with her husband as newly wed couple. “Marriage is not only about exchanging the sacred vows. It is also about committing a life filled with eternal love and happiness despite all hardships and difficulties,”  …