PCG intercepts 47 undocumented Filipinos, 16 minors off the seas of Basilan

Zamboanga City (August 17)– The Philippine Coast Guard Zamboanga Station intercepted at least 63 undocumented Filipinos, including 16 minors who were on board a local inter-island vessel off the seas of Basilan area. Zamboanga City Coast Guard Station chief Lt. Commander Noriel Ramos said that members of his command under their advance station based in …

Aircraft skids off at NAIA; causes int’l runway closure

MANILA (August 17)– Due to heavy rains, Xiamen Air flight MF8667 skidded off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) shortly before midnight Thursday, causing the airport’s international runway (runway 06/24) closure until noon Friday, authorities said. All passengers and crew were safe and were deplaned using the aircraft’s emergency chute. They are being assisted …

Calida asks SC to stop Senate probe on security firm’s gov’t deals

MANILA — Solicitor General Jose Calida has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Senate inquiry in connection with his family’s security agency contracts with government agencies worth PHP150 million. In a 39-page Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition with urgent application for Issuance of Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction filed on August 14 …

Shift to federal form, an investment to boost country’s economic activity- ConCom

Davao City (August 16)–  The shift to a federal form of government is an investment that entails additional expense at the start but will improve the stature and condition of the nation, Consultative Committee (ConCom) member Professor Edmund Tayao said. “The additional costs in federalizing the country is an investment that would boost the country’s …

Joint operatives arrests high value target in buy-bust operation

ILIGAN CITY (August 16) – Joint operatives of Baroy Municipal Police Station and Lanao del Norte Provincial Intelligence Branch arrested a 33-year old woman in a buy-bust operation inside a lodging house in Poblacion, Baroy, Lanao del Norte. Police identified the suspect as Liezl Comilao, a resident of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.  Her two daughters, aged …

Sacked PMA comptroller used P15M cadets allowance in money lending business

DAVAO CITY (August 16) — Lieutenant  Colonel Hector Maraña, the recently sacked comptroller of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA),  used the P15-million  money he took from the cadets allowances for his money lending business. This was uncovered during the investigation undertaken by the Provost Marshall of the PMA. Colonel Edgard Arevalo, spokesperson of the AFP …

PDEA arrests ex-cop, allegedly a cohort of the Parojinogs in Ozamiz

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (August 15) – Joint operatives of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 10, the Provincial Drugs Enforcement Unit (PDEU) in Misamis Oriental, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-10 and Lugait Municipal Police Station, arrested Tuesday morning a retired policeman in Purok Mabini, Poblacion. The operation was implemented by virtue of a …

PDEA arrests son of Lanao del Norte first district Congress Representative

ILIGAN CITY (August 14) – The Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao has arrested the son of former Lanao del Norte’s 1st District Congress Representative Alipio Badelles in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Palao. Erik Dominique Badelles, also known as Boji, was caught after PDEA’s asset bought a sachet of shabu in …

House Majority Leader: No move towards re-enacted budget for 2019

DAVAO CITY (August 14)–  House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya has reiterated that there will be no move towards a reenacted budget for 2019. “We are not moving towards a reenacted budget. We are just taking a detour to understand deeper what this cash budget is,” Andaya said.  Last week, the House suspended its budget deliberation …

Duterte publicly fires PMA comptroller for cutting cadets budget amounting to P15M

DAVAO CITY (August 14) — President Rodrigo Duterte publicly fired the comptroller of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) for allegedly cutting over P15-million funds from the cadets allowance. Duterte identified the comptroller as Lieutenant Colonel   Hector Maraña, whom he said committed various offenses, including fraud, conduct unbecoming of  government employees, conduct prejudicial to government, among others. …