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,”  …

‘Oplan Katok’ nets 427 loose arms from town execs

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat — Seven municipal  mayors in the Province of Sultan Kudarat turned over 427 loose firearms on Friday, March 9. Central Mindanao Police Regional Director Marcelo Morales said the turn over of loose firearms was the products of their campaign to monitor all gun owners earlier issued with license to carry firearms but …

Residents surrender 15 loose firearms in Maguindanao

ZAMBOANGA City, Philippines — Local residents surrendered loose firearms to authorities Friday March 2, 2018 in the Municipality of Datu Unsay Maguindanao. Brigadier General Diosdado Carreon, Commander 601st Infantry Brigade said untiring support of the local chief executives in Maguindanao on the Joint Task Forces Central’s campaign against loose firearms are continually progressing. Carreon and  …

Manobo Accuses ABS CBN of Cultural Misappropriation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–  Despite the appeal from the Manobo tribe, television giant,  ABS CBN airs the first episode of its drama fantasy series  “Bagani” tonight. The Manobo artists earlier  claimed the “Bagani”, a television drama fantasy series,   does not reflect the real culture of the indigenous peoples and a “blatant disrespect of taking advantage of …

MinDa bats for P1.35 trillion budget share for 2019-2022

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Mindanao’s lead agency for socio-economic development continues the call for an equitable budget share for the island-region to achieve greater impact on poverty reduction and economic growth. Mindanao Development Authority chairperson Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto appealed to lawmakers to increase the budget allocation to Php 1.35 trillion, to be spread …

“Abu Sayyaf leader” killed in Malaysia not Nurhassan Jamiri -Westmincom

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Western Mindanao Command Chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez dismissed the claim of Malaysia authorities, saying Abu Sayyaf leader Nurhassan Jamiri is not among three fatalities killed in East Coast of Sabah, Malaysia,  last Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Galvez based his statement on physical appearance of the dead men. Galvez yesterday told …