Marawi Learners go back to school, a year after the siege with new hope

MARAWI CITY  (June 7)– Najib Sarip, 16, and Yasser Marohom, 14, are supposed to be in grade seven now, but at the opening of classes on Monday, they were seen sitting together in the classroom that they were in two years ago in Saduc Elementary School (SES). Teacher Salima Tampi, grade five adviser, said Najib …

Duterte fires Philhealth President

DAVAO CITY (June 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte fired Philhealth  president and chief executive officer Celestina Ma. Jude dela Serna due excessive trips,  lavish lifestyle and the reported P8-million deficit incurred by the agency under her watch. Dela Serna was fired as the Palace received  many complaints which is now being investigated. Presidential Spokesperson Harry …

Duterte plans to buy Bell choppers from SoKor

DAVAO CITY (June 4) –- After cancelling the USD234-million Bell chopper deal with the Canadian government last February,  President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday said, the government is now considering  to buy helicopters  from South Korea. Speaking before the Filipino community in  Grand Hilton Hotel,  Seoul, South Korea Sunday, Duterte said “I went here, I’m trying to, …

12 coco oil mill workers killed in Davao del Sur road mishap

DAVAO CITY (June 3) — Twelve workers of Franklin Baker in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur,  were killed while four others were wounded,  when the company’s service vehicle collided with a ten-wheeler truck  along Barangay Astorga, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, midday,  Sunday, June 3, 2018. Police Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Police Regional …

Sandiganbayan suspends 4 CamSur officials over Thailand junket

DAVAO CITY (June 3) — The Sandiganbayan has  ordered the 90-day suspension against  former Mayor of San Jose, Camarines Sur,  now provincial board member, Gilmar Pacamarra, former SB member Norman Bruzo and Roberto Primavera, and municipal accountant Imelda Caballero. Pacamarra, Bruzo, Primavera and Caballero are  facing trial for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act …

Hundreds stranded as Coast Guard suspends Zamboanga-Basilan trips

ZAMBOANGA CITY  (June 2)  — Hundreds of boat passengers are stranded at the ports as the Philippine Coast Guard suspends all boat trips  plying the Zamboanga-Basilan and vice versa  due to rough seas and  bad weather condition brought about by a Low-Pressure Area (LPA). Lt. Commander Alvin Dagalea, Zamboanga Coast Guard commander, said the boat …

Ombudsman fires 3 Bukidnon NIA execs over P9.44-M fertilizer scam

DAVAO CITY (June 1) —The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal from the service of three officials from the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) Bukidnon Provincial Irrigation Office after uncovering multiple irregularities in the 2009 procurement of fertilizers worth P9,447,200.00. Found guilty of Gross Neglect of Duty are NIA Division Manager Editha Abdon, Administrative and …

Sandiganbayan affirms plunder case vs ex-Immigration commissioner

DAVAO CITY (June 1) –— The Sandiganbayan affirmed the  plunder case  against former  Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Al Argosino for reportedly mulcting Macau gambling magnate Jack Lam in 2016. In a resolution penned down by sixth division  chair Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez, dated May 31,    anti-graft court junked Argosino’s motion to dismiss the case …