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 …

Road projects in Maguindanao to be completed this year 

Cotabato City, Philippines — About 30.1 kilometers of paved roads in 10 conflict-affected affected municipalities in Maguindanao are expected to be completed this year. Official data from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) showed a total of 22.5  of the 30.1 kilometers  have already been paved out under the Humanitarian and Development Action Plan …

PDEA 10 arrested DAR chief legal officer “in the act of sniffing drugs”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 10 led by Director Wilkins Villanueva arrested the chief legal officer of Department of Agrarian Reform 10, while in the act of sniffing suspected shabu in his house at RER Subdivision, Cagayan de Oro City. Villanueva identified the suspect as Atty. Mario Jay …