Authorities declares “lockdown” in Cotabato; blast claims lives of two, wounded 27 others

DAVAO CITY (December 31)–  Authorities have declared Cotabato City under “lockdown” when an improvised explosive device (IED) claimed the lives of two people and wounded 27 others in a Monday afternoon explosion in front of South Seas Mall in Cotabato City. Initial reports  indicated that the IED exploded at 2:15 p.m in front of South …

Report persons making illegal offers for 2019 polls: Comelec

MANILA (November 19) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has urged the public to report to them individuals or groups who are making illegal offers on election matters. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez made the appeal following the arrest of an individual allegedly asking money from political aspirants with promises of being able to compromise the automated …

Palace: Duterte, Congress need to join hands to abolish ‘endo’

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is still bent on fulfilling his campaign promise to end labor contractualization or “endo,” after Malacanang said the President could coordinate and discuss with Congress to come up with a measure that would totally ban endo. Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra made this comment a day after he said that an …

San Juanico Bridge to be lit up in November

TACLOBAN CITY — The San Juanico Bridge, the country’s longest, will be the first in the Philippines to have a new nighttime face with the approval of an PHP80-million budget to illuminate the 2.16-km. structure this year. Transforming the 45-year-old bridge would draw more visitors to Samar and Leyte provinces and attract tourism-related business in the …

Cebu village chief nab for drugs, gun

CEBU CITY — A barangay captain in Bantayan Island, Cebu was arrested in a buy-bust operation Sunday night that yielded 141 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” and unlicensed handgun and ammunition. The Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) identified the incumbent village chief as Rey Christopher Paclibar, alias “Reypac”, 58, and a resident of Barangay …

Minors caught having pot session

Isabela City, Philippines— Five senior high school students of  Basilan National High School  were arrested while having pot session  Tuesday afternoon, January 9, 2018  at the rubber plantation in Barangay Sunrise, Isabela City. Police Superintendent Restituto Pangusban, OIC chief of Isabela police said a concerned citizen sounded off that five persons where holding pot session …

3 NBI agents face probe over ‘involvement’ in S. Korean kidnapping

MANILA, Philippines —The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to probe the alleged involvement of its three agents in the kidnapping of a South Korean national in Angeles, Pampanga. Recently, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced the rescue of Korean restaurant owner Lee Jung Dae and is looking into the involvement of NBI agents …