Duterte cast dark shadow on ancestral lands and Mindanao’s future-Pasaka

(Press Statement from PASAKA) DAVAO CITY, Philippines — During Rodrigo Duterte’s term as mayor and during the start of his presidency, he brought light to our struggles when promised that we can return to our communities and he will protect our schools and ancestral lands. But now, that light is gone with his recent words …

172 Abu Sayyaf members surrender in 13 months

Isabela City, Philippines — Two more members of Abu Sayyaf surrendered Sunday, February 4, 2018. Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, the commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, identified the surrenderees as Hasib Sarikin Mion and Hamdi Nor Bareo. Mion and Bareo surrendered to the elements of the 74th Infantry Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Templo …

Sulu mayor, barangay captains surrender assorted firearms to military

SULU,  Philippines –—   Pata, Sulu  municipal Mayor Anton  Burahan and his barangay officials surrendered high powered firearms and live ammunition Friday, February 2, 2018. Burahan led the authorities to Pata Island to recover assorted firearms and crew served weapons. Burahan also turned  over his unlicensed firearms. Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, …

Fire hits South Cotabato public market, P10-M damage reported

South Cotabato, Mindanao — Fire of still unknown origin gutted the old public market building of Surallah, along Surallah-Marbel Highway, Saturday dawn, February 3, 2018. The fire which lasted for three hours  razed to the ground stalls and goods which accounts to P10-million damage. Firefighters from nearby towns came to save the establishments nearby as …

Duterte wants NHA to establish IP ancestral village

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants the National Housing Authority to establish a housing program for the indigenous peoples in Mindanao. Duterte gave the instruction to NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada after his speech during the First IP Mindanao leaders summit inside the Eastern Mindanao Command headquarters in Panacan this city, Thursday, …

Duterte to visit Marawi temporary shelters

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit the Sagonsongan temporary shelters in  Marawi City,  on January 30, 2018. The President wants “to physically check the condition of the families occupying the temporary shelters,” says National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada. (nha-turns-over-500-homes-in-marawi/ Duterte  was scheduled to turn over 500 temporary …

PDEA XI given P1.4-million anti-illegal drugs war gadget

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI is among the key cities in the country  which received additional equipment and  gadgets to support their operations against illegal drugs amounting to P1.4-million. Antonio Rivera, PDEA XI director in an interview said the gadget which amounted to P1.4-million was released by PDEA director general …

SolGen asks SC to order filing of homicide raps vs. ex-Pres. Aquino

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Thursday filed a manifestation before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to order the Office of the Ombudsman to file homicide charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and former police officials over the January 2015 Mamasapano clash that resulted to the death of more than …