Tourism stakeholders petition to retain their directors

DAVAO CITY , Philippines — Tourism stakeholders  from  different regions affected by the recent memorandum transferring/reassigning their regional officials are up in arms for the retention of their officials. The petitioners claim tourism officers must come from their regions because they know the language and culture of their respective areas which makes tourism promotion earlier. …

27 tourism officials reassigned for still unknown reasons

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The regional directors and directors of regions producing high tourist arrivals were transferred and/or re-assigned for still unknown reasons. Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo in a Memorandum dated January 4, 2018 cited “In the exigency of service” as the reason for the reassignment and the memo  “Shall take effect immediately.” The reshuffling …

PDEA probes Taiwanese vessel over P125-M cocaine

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating the circumstances involving a Taiwanese vessel  discovered carrying  24 kilograms of cocaine in Sorsogon worth an estimated P125 million on January 3. Authorities suspect the illegal drugs came from a foreign cargo vessel marked Jin Ming, which made an emergency docking last Tuesday, January 2, …

Duterte accepts son’s resignation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of his eldest son, Paolo Duterte  who resigned as Davao City vice mayor. “It has been transmitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary, nandoon na,” a highly placed source said. Asked about the effectivity of the resignation, the source said “Parang effective immediately.” …

Duterte appoints OIC DILG Cuy to DDB , Año as OIC DILG

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It’s a switch! President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy as the new chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board to repleace terminated chairman Dionesio Santiago . While DILG Undersecretary Eduardo Año replaces Cuy at the DILG. Asked about his new assignment, Cuy …

International monitoring team arrives in Basilan

BASILAN CITY, Philippines — Members of the International Monitoring Team arrived here Friday, January 5, 2018 to conduct their investigation on the alleged misencounter  between the  Joint Task Force Basilan  and the  Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In November 8, 2017,  six soldiers were killed  and four other wounded when the government troopers clashed with suspected …

BIR files charges against Mark Taguba ang Kenneth Dong

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed separate tax evasion charges against controversial customs broker Mark Taguba ang businessman Yi Shen Dong also known as “Kenneth Dong” in relation to the shipment of P6.4-billion shabu from China in May last year. In his complaint filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ), …

Mortar explosion kills 8 in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A rubber plantation worker of Dacon Company and seven others including three minors were killed when a 81mm mortar shell exploded inside their bunkhouse in the village of Washington, Barangay Guban, municipality of Sirawai Zamboanga del Norte Wednesday 5:00 in the afternoon.. The explosion also wounded three others  who are now …

Duterte fires MARINA chief over lavish foreign trips

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For spending government money in various trips abroad, President Rodrigo Duterte  fired Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III. Records obtained by Malacañang showed, Amaro went abroad 18 times in 2017 while another six trips in 2016. The President decided to “terminate the services” of Amaro for excessive foreign trips, …