Rescued kidnap victim turned over to Vietnamese officials

Zamboanga City – The Western Mindanao Command officially turned-over the rescued Vietnamese kidnap victim to the Vietnamese officials in Zamboanga City today, August 23, 2017. Do Trung Huie was presented to the Vietnamese Assistant Defense and Armed Forces Attache (Dafa) to the Philippines Senior Captain Pham Than Tra and Vietnamese Embassy Third Secretary Ngo Tuan …

Duterte appoints Lapeña as new Customs chief replacing Faeldon

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Embattled Bureau of Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is out, he will be replaced by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director Isidro Lapeña effective immediately. Meeting the members of the Malacañang press corps Monday night, Duterte said “He (Lapeña) is going to be the commissioner of Customs.” In the midst of the P6.4-billion …

Abu Sayyaf attacks village in Basilan, nine killed, ten wounded

LAMITAN CITY, Philippines — Nine villagers were killed while ten others were wounded when Abu Sayyaf bandits attacked the village of Tubigan in Maluso, Basilan, Monday. Tubigon is located in the hinterlands of Maluso. Police reports said the residents were preparing for their fiesta when Abu Sayyaf, clad in military uniform,  numbering about 70 started …

Lanao del Norte Mayor arrested for carrying unlicensed firearms and explosives

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The municipal mayor of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte along with four other companions were arrested in Ozamiz City port for carrying unlicensed firearms and explosives Saturday morning August 19, 2017. Ozamiz City police operatives  were conducting checkpoints and  flagged down the vehicle of  Kolambugan Mayor Lorenzo Mañigos. Ozamiz City police in …

NBI director transferred to ARMM, files Libel versus newsline.ph

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — National Bureau of Investigation XI director Arnold Rosales filed cyber libel against this reporter and a certain Amadea Aquino Thursday before the City Prosecution Office here. A Davao-based  newspaper Sunstar-Davao reported Auguts 18, “Rosales filed a libel case against Editha Caduaya, of Newsline Philippines, and a certain Amadea Aquino, before the …

NBI and CIDG investigate Plaza Roman KTV bar “raid”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The internal affairs division of the National Bureau of Investigation central office and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group are conducting separate investigations on the reported “payoff” after a raid was conducted August 7, 2017. Exzel Hernandez, Assistant Regional Director of the NBI XI in a news conference Wednesday said the …

Plaza Roman KTV bar closed, Aquino emotional

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines— The four-decade old  Plaza Roman KTV bar closed its doors after the controversial “raid” by the operatives of he National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) XI on August 7, 2017. Owner, Miguel Efren Aquino, was emotional when he told Newsline, “ayaw ko na! ayoko ng ganitong buhay, we operated legally, lahat ng employees …

Package contains ginseng tea not money, says NBI XI director

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regional director Arnold Rosales denied  receiving P500,000 “for the boys”  from the owner of Plaza Roman KTV Bar. Lawyer Arnold Rosales, director of NBI XI in newspaper reports denied receiving any amount from businessman Miguel Efren Aquino, the owner of Plaza Roman. Rosales admitted receiving the …