Trillanes faces arrest over 4 libel cases

DAVAO CITY — A regional court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with the libel cases filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio. Regional Trial Court Judge Melinda Alconcel- Dayanghirang issued four warrants of arrest and fixed the bail for Trillanes at PHP24,000 for each …

GSIS releases pensioners Christmas cash gift

DAVAO CITY (December 7) —  Here’s good news to all pensioners! The  Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has started releasing the Christmas cash gift of its old-age and disability pensioners, currently numbering 280,000. In a press statement, the GSIS stated that the  cash gift has been deposited to the pensioners’ eCards beginning December 1. GSIS …

Duterte appoints Madrigal to replace retiring AFP Chief Galvez

DAVAO CITY (December 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Lt. Gen.  Benjamin Madrigal as  Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff,  to replace  Gen. Carlito Galvez, who is set to retire on December 12. Duterte confirmed Madrigal’s appointment through a  letter addressed to  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Dec. 5. Madrigal  is a member of …

Ex-DavOr Board Member, 5 ‘ghost employees’ face jail term

DAVAO CITY (December 6)— — The Sandiganbayan sentenced former provincial board member  Ma. Consuelo Palma Gil-Roflo  to a maximum jail term of 58 years for allowing hiring of “ghost employees” in the provincial government from July 2001 to March 2003. Palma Gil-Roflo , is  daughter of Gov. Ma. Elena Palma Gil. Aside Palma Gil- Roflo, …

PUJ drivers, operators to get P20K fuel subsidy next year

MANILA — The government is set to provide fuel subsidies amounting to PHP20,000 to public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers to mitigate the impact of higher fuel prices due to the imposition of excise taxes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, a transportation official said Wednesday. “As we prepare for …

Duterte administers the oath of Chief Justice Bersamin

MALACAÑAN — President Rodrigo  Duterte on Tuesday, December 4, administered the oath of office for newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin During the ceremony, Chief Justice Bersamin was accompanied by his family at the Heroes Hall. The President appointed Bersamin to replace former Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired last October 8. …

9 South Cotabato cops sacked for allegedly receiving gambling payoffs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Nine police officers assigned to the South Cotabato town of Banga have been relieved for allegedly receiving payoffs from illegal gambling operators. Senior Supt. Joel Limson, South Cotabato police director, said Tuesday he ordered the relief of the policemen after confirming their connections to operators of the “last two” illegal numbers …

Mindanao’s tribal leaders vow to fight ‘bloodless war’ vs. NPA

DAVAO CITY – Tribal leaders from across Mindanao on Monday vowed to keep the New People’s Army (NPA) out of their ancestral lands in response to the call of support by President Rodrigo Duterte to end the communist insurgency. Bai Pilar Libayao, the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Talaingod town, Davao del Norte, said …

ICC complaint vs. Duterte mooted by Kian’s case: Roque

MANILA — The complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been disproved by the Caloocan City regional trial court’s verdict, convicting three police officers for the murder of 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. The Hague, Netherlands-based ICC was established as “a court of last …