Duterte to military, police: “Shoot me if I overstay even for a day”

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte told the military and the police to shoot him is he extends his term even for a day in 2022. In his speech before the military and their families Monday, January 22, Duterte said  “Ako sinasabi ko sa inyo ngayon, pag ako sumobra sa aking termino, isang araw …

Three NPA rebels and one CAFGU killed in North Cotabato fight

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED)  — Three suspected members of the New Peoples Army and a member of CAFGU Active Auxiliary were killed in the hinterlands of Makilala town  late Sunday night, January 21, 2018.. Rudy Caoagdan, Makilala Municipal mayor said  still  undetermined number of rebels  stormed the detachment of sitio Garing, Barangay Luayon. Luayon is …

Surrendered NDF officials from Far South Mindanao meet Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –— After spending twenty years in the revolutionary movement, Noel Legaspi, the National Democratic Front spokesperson in the Far South Mindanao  and his wife Wendy Bendalian surrendered and met President Rodrigo Duterte Saturday night at the Matina Enclaves. Legaspi known as ka Efren Aksasato was the spokesperson of NDF (NDF-FSMR) while his wife, …

About 4,000 MIASCOR employees agonize over contract cancellation

Davao City, Philippines — About 4,000 workers will be displaced in the next 60 days as the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) terminated it’s contract with the ground service provider MIASCOR Groundhandling Corporation Friday January 19, 2018. MIAA Airport General manager Ed Monreal in a letter to MIASCOR president Fidel Hernan Reyes asked the company …

Sanofi refunds gov’t with P1.16-B for unused Dengvaxia

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III disclosed on Friday that the drug manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur has already made a refund of more than Php1 billion for unused Dengvaxia vaccines. Duque, in a press conference here after the Provincial Dengue Summit, said Sanofi on Thursday paid the government some PHP1.16 billion out …

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III suspends the deployment of  overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait following the death of seven Filipino workers in the Middle East. “The suspension took effect after I signed it today” says the Labor Secretary  Friday night, January 19, 2010. Bello signed the   Administrative Order 25-2018  affecting …

Duterte orders termination of MIASCOR contract after OFW lost his “pasalubong”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte ordered airport and transport officials to clear the airport of theft victimizing passengers especially returning Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). In a meeting with airport and transport officials in Malacañang Duterte Thursday afternoon, Duterte emphasized “Itong nangyari kahapon (This what happened yesterday), I would  demand that there will be …

Duterte appoints a bemedalled police general as PCSO chair

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte appointed retired police general from Davao to chair the government-run Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Duterte signed the appointment of Anselmo Simeon P. Pinili last January 15. Pinili will serve the remaining term of resigned PCSO chair Jorge Corpuz who was appointed in July 2017. Corpuz resigned last …

NTC XI wants 30 colorum radio stations to sign off

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For operating without the necessary government permit, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) XI wants 30 unlicensed or colorum  radio stations in the Davao region to sign off. Among those recommended for closure is a radio station in Davao Oriental reportedly owned by a Congressman. “They operate without the required permit,” says …