No irregularity found in ‘dredging vessel’ off Iligan Bay

ILIGAN CITY — The local government here said no illegal activity is being conducted by a barge that has remained anchored off Iligan Bay for three weeks now. The City Environment and Management Office (CEMO) said this was the result of Tuesday’s inspection on the vessel.  The inspection was conducted by the CEMO together with the …

PRRD arrives in Beijing for Belt and Road Forum

DAVAO CITY (April 25) — President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Beijing on Wednesday night to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation from April 25 to 27. Duterte arrived at the Beijing International Airport at 7:40 n the evening. This is Duterte’s fourth trip to China since he assumed the presidency in 2016. Duterte’s …

Palace to bishop: Time to help quake victims, not criticize drug war

MANILA — There is a proper time to make “vicious” remarks about the Duterte administration’s drug war, but now is a time to help victims of the 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck parts of Luzon on Monday, Malacañang said. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo urged Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David to prioritize quake victims’ “spiritual needs” after …

Security in Davao to remain tight for Palarong Pambansa 2019

DAVAO CITY — Despite Saturday’s explosion inside the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) headquarters, the city and the entire region was generally peacefully during the observance of the Holy Week. This was the assessment made by the Police Regional Office (PRO) – 11, but tight security measures will continue to be implemented with the upcoming 2019 …

Palace sympathizes with families of Sri Lanka blast victims

MANILA – Malacañang expressed condolences to the families victims of the explosions in Sri Lankan churches and hospitals that killed over a hundred people and injured over 400 others on Easter Sunday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace is offering “sincere solidarity” and “heartfelt prayers” to the people of Sri Lanka, renewing its commitment to …

NoCot folks welcome ‘persona non grata’ declaration vs. NPA

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato — Residents and officials in this province welcomed the decision of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in declaring the New People’s Army (NPA) as “persona non grata.” Charlie Segucal, chairperson of Barangay Kabalantian in nearby Arakan town, spearheaded a peace rally last weekend denouncing the atrocities of the NPA following …

Davao City to help drought-hit areas in DavSur, Visayas

DAVAO CITY — The city government is set to extend some PHP3.4 million in cash assistance to areas in the Visayas and Davao Region that are reeling from the dry spell. The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DCDRRMC) backed the move to extend financial aid to five municipalities in Davao del Sur, 29 …

BIFF follower killed, leader hurt in NoCot clash

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato — A member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed while a BIFF leader and a soldier were injured in a firefight in a remote village here, a top military official said Thursday. Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander, said the firefight ensued while a joint military …

Duterte urges China not to ‘surround’ Pag-asa Island

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday asked China to stop surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), warning that just one harmed soldier could “precipitate trouble there.” Duterte, in a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Batangas, made this statement after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) bared that a rise …