PRRD vetoes bill designating PUP as nat’l polytechnic university

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed the bill seeking to grant the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) a status of a national polytechnic university. The measure, approved by Congress, sought to grant fiscal and institutional autonomy to PUP. “While I recognize the noble objective to promote, foster, nurture, and protect the right of all …

Japan starts accepting Filipino language teachers

MANILA— The Japanese government is now accepting applications for assistant language teacher positions under its 2020 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. Filipinos accepted in the program will work in public or private schools, or local boards of education in the prefecture or municipality they will be assigned to. Their primary task will be to …

CSC exec caught SoCot employees ‘sleeping warns erring gov’t workers in SoCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — A number of government employees in nearby Koronadal City, South Cotabato, could face suspension of up to six months after being caught in the act of violating provisions of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employee. No less than Civil Service Commissioner Aileen …

More parents join awareness drive vs. NPA recruitment of minors

MANILA — Around 300 participants, mostly parents, staged a peaceful rally in Manila on Thursday to spread awareness on the deceptive recruitments of minors by alleged communist front groups. Parents whose children were taken away by youth organizations Anakbayan and Kabataan backed up the mothers who previously appeared in public to share their struggles and seek help to …

‘Baste’ Duterte wants laws for envi protection

DAVAO CITY — To further promote environmental awareness among Dabawenyos, the local government here has thrown its support behind a private company’s social media campaign aimed at helping to ensure the welfare of the environment. This, as Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte called for a cleaner and greener celebration of Kadayawan Festival this month. He said …

GenSan all set for ‘bigger, grander’ 2019 tuna fest

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Locals and tourists alike are expected to “experience new flavors” of the famed tuna from the thriving multimillion industry here as the city government unveils this week a “bigger and grander” Tuna Festival 2019, an official said. Rofil Mae Rillo, festival director, said Tuesday that this year’s weeklong festival has been reinvigorated …

Duterte hits Aquinos for excluding Hacienda Luisita from land reform

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday described the exclusion of the Hacienda Luisita from the agrarian reform program as “the greatest aberration” done to farmer-beneficiaries. Duterte said although he has “nothing against” the Aquino family, including the late President Corazon Aquino and her son, President Benigno Aquino III, he said farmer-beneficiaries should have been awarded …

Kapa members tagged in Kidapawan radio anchor’s slay

MANILA — Three members of the Kapa-Community Ministry International (Kapa) were tagged in the murder of Brigada News FM radio anchor Eduardo “Ed” Dizon in Kidapawan City, Cotabato last July 10. In a Malacañang press briefing on Thursday, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar and Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) Executive …

Former Maguindanao town vice mayor arrested for gun possession

DAVAO CITY — Authorities arrested on Wednesday, August 21 , Nasser Gumila Uko, the former vice mayor of Kabuntalan town in Maguindanao for possessing an unlicensed firearms. Major Joseph Nandu, deputy police chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-BARMM), said a team of CIDG and city police operatives …