Tourism Secretary says she transferred 27 officials “To flourish”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says the major reshuffling she is implementing at her agency is to enable the regional directors to “flourish” and get them out of their “comfort zones.” The Business Mirror in an interview quoted Teo saying “We’re transferring them to get the best out of them. We need …

Wanted bomber killed in Army airstrikes in Maguindanao

Maguindanao, Philippines  — The military here announced Monday that one of four bodies of IS-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) found in an ongoing military airstrike in Mt. Firis in Maguindanao was that of a wanted bomber trained by slain Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli bin Hir. A certain Salahudin, also known as Abu Omar, was …

Cocaine shipment found in Sorsogon not from Taiwan: TECO

MANILA, Philippines  — The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) on Monday denied that the reported cocaine shipment found drifting in Sorsogon the previous Wednesday had come from Taiwan. The PHP120-million worth of cocaine packed into a container was believed to be from Jin Ming No. 16, a cargo ship that made a distress call to …

Duterte remains PH most trusted official

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte remains the most trusted and got the highest approval rating among government officials. According to the last quarter survey conducted by Pulse Asia from Dec. 10-15, 2017, President Duterte got the highest approval at 80 percent and highest trust rating at 82 percent among the country’s top five …

Tourism stakeholders petition to retain their directors

DAVAO CITY , Philippines — Tourism stakeholders  from  different regions affected by the recent memorandum transferring/reassigning their regional officials are up in arms for the retention of their officials. The petitioners claim tourism officers must come from their regions because they know the language and culture of their respective areas which makes tourism promotion earlier. …

27 tourism officials reassigned for still unknown reasons

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The regional directors and directors of regions producing high tourist arrivals were transferred and/or re-assigned for still unknown reasons. Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo in a Memorandum dated January 4, 2018 cited “In the exigency of service” as the reason for the reassignment and the memo  “Shall take effect immediately.” The reshuffling …

PDEA probes Taiwanese vessel over P125-M cocaine

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating the circumstances involving a Taiwanese vessel  discovered carrying  24 kilograms of cocaine in Sorsogon worth an estimated P125 million on January 3. Authorities suspect the illegal drugs came from a foreign cargo vessel marked Jin Ming, which made an emergency docking last Tuesday, January 2, …

Duterte accepts son’s resignation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of his eldest son, Paolo Duterte  who resigned as Davao City vice mayor. “It has been transmitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary, nandoon na,” a highly placed source said. Asked about the effectivity of the resignation, the source said “Parang effective immediately.” …

Duterte appoints OIC DILG Cuy to DDB , Año as OIC DILG

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It’s a switch! President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy as the new chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board to repleace terminated chairman Dionesio Santiago . While DILG Undersecretary Eduardo Año replaces Cuy at the DILG. Asked about his new assignment, Cuy …