Easter Mindanao hightens alert after US travel advisory

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–The recent travel advisory issued by the United States placed areas under the Eastern Mindanao Command on hight alert level. The US advised its citizens to avoid visiting Palawan due to possible terror activities in the area. Army Major Azra L. Balagtey, spokesperson for Eastern Mindanao Command told reporters that the alert status …

Xinjiang communications has everything the world needs

XINXJIANG, China–Name it, they have it! That’s how journalist from 24 countries describe the communications center here. Government communications centre is concentrated in one big compound which the government owns. The facility is the home of Xinjiang’s communications from publication to broadcast (radio to television) to theatre, film making and digital media. The building showcases …

Duterte to visit Cambodia, Hong Kong, Beijing this week

MANILA, Philippines– President Rodrigo Duterte will be traveling to Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Beijing this week to attend several economic events. This as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Filipino community in Hongkong eagerly awaits Duterte. Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar in a press briefing Monday revealed Duterte will be participating as honored guest at the …

Drug use contributes to HIV epidemic, says health expert

MANILA, May 7 — Drug abusers, especially those who share needles when they inject drugs, run the risk of contracting communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), program manager of the Dangerous Drugs Abuse Program of the Department of Health (DOH), Dr. Jasmin Peralta, said drug users are inclined …

34 Tokhang surrenderers now steel fabricators

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines– A total of 34 drug surrenderers from Barangay 4, Isabela town in Negros Occidental will graduate on May 9 from their two-week skills training on steel fabrication under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). TESDA-Negros Occidental head Joel Villagracia sought the cooperation of Barangay 4 led by village chief Eduardo …

For claiming to be an engineer when he is not: So. Leyte governor charged with falsification

MANILA, Philippines– Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado is set to face trial before the Sandiganbayan after the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge him with Falsification of Public Documents under Article 171 (4) of the Revised Penal Code. Case records show that Mercado failed to submit a true, correct and complete Personal Data Sheet (PDS) …

For not declaring five motorcycles, ex-Dinagat Islands mayor faces trial

MANILA, Philippines–For failure to declare five motorcycles, the former Mayor of Dinagat Islands is facing charges of perjury as she misrepresented her Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth (SALN). The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge former Dinagat Islands mayor Gwendolyn Ecleo with three counts of perjury as penalized under Article …

ARMM economy soars in 2016

Cotabato City, Philippines–Leaders of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM) claims economy soared in 2016 after a lean growth during the previous years. The region recorded an increase in gross domestic product (GRDP) from negative 0.4percnt in 2015 to positive 0.3% last year. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which conducted simultaneously media briefings nationwide …

Duterte to Gina Lopez: Sorry

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–President Rodrigo R. Duterte felt sorry for former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez over the rejection of Commission on Appointments (CA). “You know how it is, this is a democracy. And lagi (always) money talks,” Duterte added. “Sayang si Gina. I really like her passion but I remember talking about her in one of …