Fate of government’s tax reform law now in Senate’s hands

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The fate of the government’s  tax reform package is now in the hands of the senators, said President Rodrigo Duterte Monday. In his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte reminded the members of the senate that the comprehensive tax reform package is now in their hands. In May, Duterte certified  as …

Duterte tells protesters : Let’s respect each other

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— Protesters of the second State of the Nation  Address (SONA) were caught  off guarded when suddenly President Duterte took their stage and talked with them as he  asked for mutual respect. After his two-hour ten-minute (2:10) SONA Duterte  went  to see the protesters mostly composed of militant leaders and their allied organizations. …

Duterte’s 2nd SONA: 2:10 mins; 79 handclaps

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—President Rodrigo R.  Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) in  two hours and ten minutes which earned 79 handclaps and on light moment laughter among attendees  inside the  House of Representatives. Duterte started his speech by recalling his days as representative for the first legislative district of Davao which …

BREAKING! Senate and Congress extend Martial in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Updated)—The Senate and the House of Representatives in a joint session Saturday approved a resolution extending martial law in Mindanao and the suspension on the writ of habeas corpus until December 31, 20017. President Rodrigo Duterte asked for the extension of martial law citing the need to respond to the Marawi crisis. …

Ombudsman orders dismissal of NCot municipal Vice Mayor over P7M water project 

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered dismissal from service and perpetual disqualification from public office of former Mayor Betty Allado of Banisilan, North Cotabato. Allado served as Mayor of Banisilan when the water project was implemented. The newsline.ph learned Allado is now serving as the Vice Mayor of said municipality. The …

GRP cancels backchannel talks with rebels following attacks

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza announced the cancellation of the backchannel talks between the government and the national Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines due to the recent attacks. In his Facebook page, Dureza posted: Dureza cited the attacks by the New People’s Army Wednesday as among the reasons for …

NPA rebels ambush PSG convoy along Davao-Cotabato-Bukidnon boundary

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Suspected members of the New People’s Army ambushed Wednesday  morning a convoy of the  Presidential Security Group (PSG)  along the tri-boundary of Davao-North Cotabato and Bukidnon. Romulo Tapgos, Municipal Councilor of Arakan valley said the incident happened about 6:30 in the morning Wednesday in   Barangay Gambodes, Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. PSG …

Duterte wants his photo and other public officials off from gov’t offices, schools

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants his picture, and that of other government officials, removed from all public offices and schools. In his speech during the ceremonial turnover of 3,000 pistols to the Armed Forces of the Philippines  Tuesday, Duterte made public his plan to  issue a decree encouraging the  display of pictures of …

Duterte to government executives: Don’t treat rank and file as your servants

DAVAO CITIY, Philippines– President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  Monday reminded newly appointed government executives not to treat rank and file employees as their personal aides or servants. During the mass oath-taking of Presidential appointees and officials at the Rizal  hall in Malacanang, Duterte reminded the government officials to be humble in serving the Filipino people. In …