“Marawi rehab must be structurally sound, culturally sensitive” -Escalada

DAVAO CITY (February 15)—  The  process of rehabilitation of Marawi City “Must be structurally sound and culturally sensitive” says  Marcelino Escalada, the general manager of the National Housing Authority (NHA) Friday morning. Establishing a new Marawi is a big challenge not only to the government but also to the Meranaws especially, as a new edifice …

‘MNLF member’ nabbed for illegal gun possession

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Police arrested a man who claimed to be a member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for illegal possession of a firearm in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. Supt. Alvin Saguban, Pagadian City acting chief of police, on Wednesday identified the arrested suspect as Abdullah Yassen, 32, a resident of Purok Avocado, …

BOC personnel warned vs. ‘campaign solicitation’ scam

MANILA — Officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have been warned against unscrupulous individuals who are using President Rodrigo Duterte’s name to solicit or accept campaign funds or materials supposedly for senatorial candidates he is endorsing. Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero issued the warning Thursday after receiving reports that certain individuals have been …

Malacañang to Ressa: Just focus on your defense

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday urged Rappler chief executive officer (CEO) Maria Ressa to just focus on her defense after the Manila Regional Trial Court branch 46 ordered her arrest over a cyberlibel case. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has given Ressa all the opportunity to defend herself. “The charge …

Duterte distributes land titles to farmers in Maguindanao

  Buluan, Maguindanao – President Rodrigo Duterte led the distribution of Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) on Monday, February 11, at this town’s gymnasium.  A total of 834 land titles were awarded to 780 farmers from 17 municipalities in Maguindanao namely: Ampatuan, Buluan, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, …

NBI arrests Rappler’s Maria Ressa for cyber libel

DAVAO CITY (February 13)—  Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Ressa inside the news agency’s office in Pasig City, for cyber libel at around 5:00 in the afternoon today. The NBI conducted the arrest following the warrant issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 Presiding Judge …

Duterte entertains the idea of holding parents of child delinquents accountable

DAVAO CITY (February 13) — President Rodrigo Duterte is entertaining the idea of holding the parents of child delinquents accountable once they are proven to be neglectful of their parental duties.  Duterte said parents should be conscious of the criminal accountability of their children for they too can be implicated on the basis of neglectful …

Duterte to Cabinet members, AFP, PNP: Stay away from politics

DAVAO CITY (February 13) —  President Rodrigo Dueterte ordered his cabinet members, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to remain neutral as the official campaign period for the May’s mid-term elections started yesterday, February 12. During the Peace and Order Summit last Friday, Duterte stressed “I want the AFP (Armed …