5 Abus Dead, 7 Marines Wounded in Sulu Clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Three members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were killed while seven members of the Philippine Marines were wounded during the search and rescue operations, in Bud Bawis, Pamanao, Sulu Sunday, February 11, 2018. The incident happened when the Marine Battalion Landing Team encountered  undetermined number of ASG  at about 4:15 in …

Duterte welcomes ICC, says willing to sit down

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, February 9, welcomed International Criminal Court  (ICC)  Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, saying he is willing to sit down with her. Bensouda is here in the country to conduct  “preliminary examination” into the alleged extrajudicial killings in relation to the “war on drugs” since July 1, 2016. The …

Duterte to Penalize Illegal Recruiters

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the  various line agencies involved in the recruitment of  workers to stop the illegal activities, as he warned to prosecute illegal recruiters. Citing the dangers awaiting the illegally recruited workers abroad, Duterte on  Friday night, February 9, ordered the  Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Immigration (BI), and other law …

DoT stopped promoting Boracay, Duterte plans to close it

Davao City Philippines — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has warned to close Boracay, the country’s top beach destination, if environmental problems there would remain unsolved. “I will close Boracay. Boracay is cesspool,” Duterte said during a Manila Times business forum in Davao city Friday night. Duterte described   “You go into the water, it’s smelly. Smell …

Duterte offers P20K bounty to Lumads for every dead NPA

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte offered to pay Lumads ₱20,000 bounty  for every dead member of the New People’s Army (NPA). This, as Duterte asked the indigenous people’s in the hinterlands of Mindanao to find temporary shelters near the military camps for their safety. During the press conference Friday night, February 9, Duterte …

Duterte wants Bong Go to testify on Frigates in an open court

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants his special assistant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to testify in the P15.5-billion Frigates navy deal but in an open court and not in an executive session as suggested. In a press conference Firday night, February 9, at the Matina Enclaves here, Duterte instructed Go “Huwag kang pumayag …

Duterte bans OFW deployment to Kuwait, 185 deaths recorded in 2 years

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte banned the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers to Kuwait. The announcement was made by the President  following the discovery of a Filipina worker in an abandoned apartment, Philippine authorities believed that the killing happened  for over a year now. In a press conference Friday night, February 9,  at …

Electoral Tribunal sets VP poll recount on March 19

MANILA , Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) is set to begin recount of votes on the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo in March. This was a month late compared to the projection that the recount would …

Ombudsman indicts Bohol mayor for overpriced building 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman indicted Anda, Bohol Mayor Angelina Simacio for an overpriced P2.4million multi-purpose center built in 2013. The Ombudsman investigators found out that Simacio initiated the construction of the Anda Multi-Purpose Building/Center that was publicly bid and won by A.S.O. Construction at the price of P2,498,923.50. Records show that …

Duterte signs EO, empowers NHA to expedite Marawi rehab

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  In an effort to fast track the rehabilitation and construction of houses for the internally displaced persons in  Marawi City, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has  signed Executive Order (EO) No. 49 on Monday, February 6, 2018. The  EO  49  is specific  “Exempting the National Housing Authority from the National Economic and Development …