Duterte provides P500-M for rehab and treatment of wounded soldiers

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he had ordered the release of PHP500 million for the treatment and rehabilitation of soldiers injured or disabled in the war to liberate Marawi City. The President made the announcement at the Bonifacio Naval Station Officers’ Clubhouse Social Hall, at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City during the …

Taiwanese mother-daughter supplying illegal drugs inside women’s correctional arrested

Manila, Philippines —  Enterprising illegal drugs queen continue to sell prohibited drugs inside her detention cell at the government’s Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong  City while her daughter operates as conduit in her trade. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino identified the mother as Yu Luk  Lai, 72, Taiwanese  and her daughter Diane Yu. …

Smoking ban implementation remains a challenge: DOH

MANILA , Philippines— The implementation of the smoking ban in the country remains a challenge, says Health Secretary Francisco Doque III. “It is easy to have an Executive Order (EO)  issued but the success of implementation is another story,” Doque noted. On May 16, 2017 or  five months ago, President Rodrigo Duterte signed EO No. 26 …

Major Davao road still close

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) — Erratic soil movement causing landslides forced the highways department here to close one of the major roads Saturday noon, November 4, 2017. The section of the Old Dumpsite along Carlos P. Garcia Highway also known as Philippine-Japan Friendship highway along  Matina Pangi-Maa Diversion boundaries  was rendered CLOSED to all vehicle …

PAL pays P6-billion unpaid airport obligation

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s flag carrier, the Philippine Airlines Friday settled its P6-billion unpaid obligation representing the air navigational charges. The PAL, issued two checks totalling to P6 billion in favor of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). The Department of Transportation (DOTr) in a …

Ombudsman files graft charges vs. former Butuan city mayor 

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge former Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. for violation of the anti-graft law. Charged along with Amante are  former officials, Licensing Officer IV Paul Cabrera and Acting City Fire Marshal Alric Gomez. The  case against Amante et al. stemmed from ] …

Infra projects on the rise with Japan’s $9-B pledge-Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Filipinos should expect more infrastructure projects out of the $9 billion pledge from the Japanese government. The pouring of fund is part of the success of  President Rodrigo Duterte second visit to Japan. With the fresh fund, Duterte’s  Build, Build Build program thrives. The support form the Japanese government does not …

Duterte on Japan visit: ‘Most productive, engaging’

Davao City, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte arrived here on Tuesday from his official visit to Japan, describing it as “most productive and engaging.” Duterte said that he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and discussed concrete, time-bound and specific ways to further intensify bilateral cooperation between Philippines and Japan. “On top of our agenda …

4,000 returning residents benefit from ARMM People’s Day in Marawi

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — About 4,000 internally displaced persons in Marawi received medical and relief goods from the one day  outreach mission conducted by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Monday. The outreach mission was held the day when residents returned to their homes in Barangay Basak Malutlut, Marawi City. The village was the …

Phl illegal  drugs campaign:173 Shabu labs dismantled,  3,967 killed,  181 officials  arrested in 16-mos

MANILA, Philippines — In sixteen months,  government authorities successfully dismantled 172  clandestine shabu laboratories and drug dens in the country. The data collated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) “#RealNumbers” shows  from June 2016 up to October 25, 2017, 163 drug dens and nine clandestine shabu laboratories were dismantled while different illegal drugs were …