PHL expects conclusion of 3 agreements, declarations during ASEAN chairmanship

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is optimistic that two to three high-level agreements or declarations, including the framework for a code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea (WPS)/South China Sea, will be reached during its ASEAN chairmanship this year. “That (completion of framework) will really be a big milestone,” said acting Department of Foreign …

PAL hopes UAE airlines to have Dubai-Davao, Abu Dhabi-Davao routes

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) hopes that United Arab Emirates (UAE) airlines such as Etihad and Emirates will have direct flights between UAE and Davao International Airport. PAL explained that if the new routes are established, that would be the first international route from Mindanao to destinations outside Southeast Asia. Thus, this …

Police Supt. Ma. Cristina Nobleza, Renierlo Dongon: Strange bedfellows?

DAVAO CITY, Philippines-– The deputy  director of the Police Regional Crime Laboratory  here is in trouble. Police Supt. Ma. Cristina Nobleza along with his driver/husband Renierlo Dongon, alias  Kudri, aka Reenor Lou Dongon were arrested Saturday in Clarin , Bohol after trying to rescue members of the Abu Sayyaf Group. Nobleza rose from the rank, …

Priest who sells fish for church gets netizens support

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Fr. Joel Silagpo, parish priest of San Antonio de Padua in Lamitan City, Basilan was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the netizens who read his story at www.newsline.ph. “I was so amazed how God responded to our call,  www.newsline.ph, became an instrument, I cannot believe, even my elementary and high …

Davao PNP officer arrested in Bohol for trying to rescue Abu Sayyaf members

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–A Davao police officer and her driver were  arrested Saturday night, April 22 in Clarin , Bohol for  trying to rescue trapped  members of the Abu Sayyaf Group. Police Supt. Ma. Cristina Nobleza and her driver identified as Reenor Dongon were speeding towards Clarin when their vehicle was flagged down by the blocking …

Overseas voter registration increasing

MANILA, Philippines — Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) continue to register as is showed tremendous increase after the 2016 national elections. The Department of Foreign Affairs – Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) in a press statement noted the increase during after four months of accepting new registrants. Overseas voter registration started last December 1, 2016 and will …

Pres. Duterte visits Russian guided missile cruiser

MANILA, April 21 — President Rodrigo R. Duterte visited Friday the Russian guided missile cruiser “Varyag” anchored in the Port of Manila. The chief executive was accorded arrival honors at Pier 15 by the Russian Navy contingent. Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Department of Foreign Affairs acting Secretary Enrique Manalo …