‘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 …

4 killed, 120 arrested in SOCCSKSARGEN anti-drugs campaign

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Four suspected drug pushers were killed while 120 illegal drug users  were arrested in the  13-day anti-drug operations here. The 13-day operations  in the areas of  South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat,Sarangani and General Santos City (SOCCSKSARGEN), was in line with the government’s anti-illegal drugs  campaign. Chief Inspector Aldrin Gonzales,  spokesperson …

Ombudsman fines NIA exec for ignoring letter 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has found National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region 12 Regional Manager Ali Satol guilty of violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and Simple Neglect of Duty. Satol was ordered to pay a fine equivalent to his one month salary. Respondent’s …

Duterte broke bread with former rebels in Malacañang

Davao City, Philippines  –  Another group of Former Rebels (FR) broke bread with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Thursday afternoon,  February 21, 2018. The former rebels left Davao City to Manila  via two Philippine Air Force C-130 on February 20. Armed Forces of the Philippines,  Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Gurrero,  welcomed the group …

2018 SOCCSKSARGEN SRAA ends peacefully

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines —The five-day  competition dubbed as  2018 SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Athletic Association (SRAA) peacefully ended having more than 6,000 participants and delegates. The athletic competition started Saturday, February 17, inside the four-hectare South Cotabato Sports Complex. Arturo Bayucot, regional director of the Department of Education (DepEd) in SOCCSKSARGEN region, said the athletic competition did …

DILG asks absentee barangay captains to explain

  COTABATO CITY, Philippines  — The Department of Interior and Local Government in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ordered absentee barangay captains to explain why they were not in the office when a surprise inspection was conducted. The DILG-ARMM in a surprise inspection found that many village chiefs were not in their office during …