Former Mayor, Vice Mayor indicted for getting transport allowances while using government car

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Mayor Reynor Gonzales and Vice-Mayor Cesar Gonzales of Lambunao, Iloilo, are set to face charges for  receiving transportation allowance (TA) in 2014. The complaint stemmed from the 2014 Commission on Audit (COA) Annual Audit Report finding that respondents received TA despite being assigned government vehicles for their official use. Based …

Duterte signs resolution increasing the salaries of soldiers and cops

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed the joint resolution by the Senate and House of Representatives authorizing the increase in base pay of military and uniformed personnel (MUP) in the government. Duterte signed the joint resolution earlier passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on January 1. A copy was released …

Duterte targets corrupt local officials

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants corrupt local government officials out. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in the Tuesday press briefing at the Palace said the President would expand his “cleansing of the bureaucracy” to local officials. In 2017, Duterte fired ten top officials of his administration over corruption issues. (duterte-fires-10-top-officials-in-2017/) Last week he …

Former Negros Occidental mayor charged for SALN violations 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman charged former Mayor Francisco Nazareno of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, for four counts of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and two counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Ombudsman investigators from  …

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 …