Government  soldiers rescue 17 Marawi hostages, mostly teachers

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Seventeen hostages were rescued by soldiers in Marawi City Wednesday as the government pushed operations in the village of Lumbac Marinaut near Lake Lanao. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement said the  military is focused on bringing the Marawi rebellion to a decisive end. “Government troops have successfully rescued 17 …

Duterte signs law postponing barangay and SK elections

MANILA, Philippines — The barangay  and Sangguniang Kabataan elections is postponed. This after  President Rodrigo Duterte Monday October 2,  signed into law Republic Act No. 10952 postponing the October 23, 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to the second Monday of May 2018. The Palace released the information about the postponement Thursday, October 4. …

NHA issues “show cause” order to 20 Yolanda housing contractors

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Twenty contractors involve in the thirty  Yoland housing were issued show cause order by the National Housing Authority for various violations. Marcelino Escalda Jr.,  NHA general manager revealed they issued show cause order to twenty contractors to explain why they should not be charged and   blocklisted by the agency. The P75.7 …

Ombudsman bars ex-agri secretary from government service

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman recommended the perpetual disqualification from public service for former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. In two separate decision,  the Office of the Ombudsman has found Alcala guilty of Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service. The Ombudsman meted the penalty of dismissal from …

Mindanao expo in Glorietta to promote Matigsalug brand

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The upcoming Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE) in Glorietta Mall in Makati City from October 2-5 will strongly promote Nasabeka – the recently-launched brand of the Matigsalugs, a group of indigenous people (IP) in Davao City. The birth of Nasabeka is a result of the sustained partnership between the government and private …

Government soldiers killed top Malaysian terrorist in Marawi

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia —- Government soldiers killed one of the top Malaysian terrorist during the aerial bombing Thursday, September 28, which took place at the vicinity of the  Bato Mosque in Marawi City. The Bato Mosque used to serve as the command center of the Islamic State  (IS-inspired) Maute  terrorists. A report published in Malaysia …

Duterte cries while singing “Balud sa Kapalaran”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It’s lonely at the top! Teardrops fell as President Rodrigo R. Duterte sings he favorite song “Balud sa Kapalaran” (Waves of life). Duterte was very emotional while singing the song. The song Balud sa Kapalaran  speaks of a man’s wish that trials of his life  to stop. It speaks of the …

Maute terrorists use metals and coins to make IEDs

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Six sacks of coins and assorted metal objects are used by the Maute terrorists to manufacture  improvised explosive device (IED). Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of the Task Force Ranao  6 sacks of coins and assorted metal that it recovered from Bato Mosque. On Thursday, September 28, the military recovered 82 …

Sayyaf abducts town councilor, cousin of Sulu guv

BASILAN CITY, Philippines — Members of the Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted Wednesday night  a municipal councilor who is a cousin of  Sulu Governor Abdusakur “Toto”  A. Tan II. Brig. gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu identified the councilor as Ezeddin Tan of Jolo Municipality. Reports revealed Tan was abducted by members of …

Marawi siege 128 days: casualties 152 Army, 711 Isis-Maute terrorists

DAVAO CITY — On the 128th day of the  Marawi  siege, the death toll to government troops is now placed at 152 while 711 members of the Isis-inspired Maute terrorist were killed. Over 200,000 families are displaced due to the crisis. The government has so far released PHP3.35 billion to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) …