Army vs MNLF in Zamboanga Sibugay sports event

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Some 200 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members “clashed” with troops of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade (IB) during a sports fest in Zamboanga Sibugay province. Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd IB commander, said the sports event was held at the grounds of the brigade headquarters in the province’s capital town of Ipil …

GSIS releases pensioners Christmas cash gift

DAVAO CITY (December 7) —  Here’s good news to all pensioners! The  Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has started releasing the Christmas cash gift of its old-age and disability pensioners, currently numbering 280,000. In a press statement, the GSIS stated that the  cash gift has been deposited to the pensioners’ eCards beginning December 1. GSIS …

60 Lanao del Norte kids with cleft lip, palate get free surgery

ILIGAN CITY — Around 60 children with cleft lip and palate from known conflict areas in Lanao del Norte were recipients of free surgical operations this year held last Nov. 15-17. Now, the children, ages one to 16 years, can flash their innocent smiles and talk clearly. The Adventist Medical Center, where the surgeries were …

DepEd-ARMM honors 2 outstanding Bangsamoro teachers

COTABATO CITY (November 20) — The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) honored on Monday two outstanding Bangsamoro teachers, as part of its “Search for Outstanding Bangsamoro Teachers 2018.” Joymanil Tiblani, 33 of Sulu Division won the recognition for elementary level. Tiblani has been a teacher for the past 13 years …

Bulacan marks 143rd birth anniversary of Gregorio del Pilar

BULAKAN, Bulacan — Bulakenyos commemorated on Wednesday the 143rd birth anniversary of the young general of the Philippine Revolutionary Army, Gregorio H. Del Pilar, in a simple yet meaningful way. The celebration dubbed as “Catorse De Noviembre” was highlighted with a parade and street dance participated in by residents dressed in colorful costumes. Town Mayor …

Balangiga bells’ return thrills Eastern Samar town

TACLOBAN CITY — The town of Balangiga in Eastern Samar is preparing for the celebratory welcome for the much-awaited return of three bells seized by American soldiers 117 years ago. After hearing the report on the bells’ repatriation, priests, local government officials, and some volunteers have met to talk about possible activities for the welcome ceremony, …

Badjaos avail of community outreach program in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Some 700 residents here, mostly marginalized Badjao indigenous people (IP), benefited from the one-day Medical-Dental and Community Assistance Package (MEDCAP) caravan initiated by the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) over the weekend. The MEDCAP, held in partnership with the PRO-9 Officer’ Ladies Club, was conducted in Barangay Mariki, one of the greatly-affected areas during …

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal Quevedo; appoints Bishop Lampon as successor

DAVAO CITY (November 8) — Pope Francis has finally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the archbishop of Cotabato and named Bishop Angelito Lampon of Jolo as his successor. The resignation and appointment were made public in Rome on Tuesday at noon (7:00pm local time). “After 20 years of service as Archbishop in Bangsamoro territory, …