“Rappler might be CIA sponsored” : Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday said, he invoked executive prerogative when he ordered the ban on all Rappler reporters from entering Malacañang and covering his events. Duterte said “Because it is not a legitimate agency, according to SEC. So, I am now invoking executive action based on the SEC ruling,” During the …

Duterte broke bread with former rebels in Malacañang

Davao City, Philippines  –  Another group of Former Rebels (FR) broke bread with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Thursday afternoon,  February 21, 2018. The former rebels left Davao City to Manila  via two Philippine Air Force C-130 on February 20. Armed Forces of the Philippines,  Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Gurrero,  welcomed the group …

Ozamiz City Mayor fires accountant for dishonesty

OZAMIZ CITY, Philippines —  Acting Mayor Irene Luansing fired her own City  Accountant for dishonesty. In an order dated January 25, 2018, Luansing dismissed the local government’s City Accountant, Cynthia G. Ferraren, after a probe “found her to have committed serious dishonesty in turning a blind eye to Civil Service rules pertaining to the collection …

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Davao del Norte Congressman Antonio Floirendo Jr.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED)– The Sandiganbayan ordered the arrest of banana magnate and Davao del Norte (2nd District) Rep. Antonio Floirendo, Jr. in connection with the graft case filed against him by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for the alleged anomalous lease of land at the Davao Penal Colony. The arrest order was out Wednesday, February 21, …

Duterte suspends Rappler’s MPC accreditation, Ranada and Ressa cannot enter Malacañang

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo R. Duterte temporarily suspends Malacañang’s media accreditation issued to Rappler, which in effect prohibits Pia Ranada and Maria Ressa to enter Malacañang Complex and to cover the activities of the President. In lieu of this development, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, emphasized “Rappler still has the right to write, anything …

PSG threatens to ban rude journalists inside Malacañang complex

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential Security Group Commander, Big. Gen.   Lope Dagoy threatened to ban rude and disrespectful  journalists,  to enter the entire Malacañang complex following the Tuesday incident involving reporters from Rappler and television giant ABS-CBN. Dagoy was reacting to the “rude” attitude displayed by Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, ABS-CBN reporter and cameraman,  who …

Rappler reporter barred from entering Malacañang Palace

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A reporter  of Rappler was initially prevented from entering Malacañang Palace Tuesday morning, but few minutes later she was allowed entry. Pia Ranada, a Malacañang-accredited reporter was stopped by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) from entering the New Executive Building of Malacañang compound citing an order from “Higher Ups” which turned …

Zamboanga del Norte ex-mayor, 8 others facing graft charges

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of charges against former officials of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, Mayor Wilfredo Balais and Vice Mayor Virgilio Go for Falsification of Public Documents in connection with irregularities in the 2011 procurement of a Nissan Patrol Wagon. Included in the charge sheet are Bids …

“Malay ko, Pakialam ko”, says Bong Go over Frigate deal

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — “Malay ko, Pakialam ko,” a phrase Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go,  delivered before the cheering crowd outside the Senate Building, Monday morning, February 19, 2018. Go was invited for a Senate inquiry over his reported intervention in the P18-billion  Frigate deal of the Philippine Navy. While Go’s …

Bong Go faces Senate Frigate probe: Reiterates innocence

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go appeared in a Senate hearing on Monday, February 19, denying anew accusations that he intervened in the Philippine Navy’s frigate deal or influenced the selection process for the combat management system (CMS) of the two new warships. In his opening statement during …