Duterte wants unified pension for uniformed personnel

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to pass a measure providing for a unified system for separation, retirement, and pension of military and uniformed services personnel to address the bloating pension system. “I am asking Congress to pass a unified system of separation, retirement and pension of military and uniformed personnel to maintain …

Over 650 transport infra projects completed under Duterte admin

MANILA – There are at least 671 infrastructure projects already completed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) less than a year before President Rodrigo Duterte steps down from office, with over 200 more projects expected to be completed before and even beyond his term. In an editorial on Wednesday, Build, Build, Build Committee chair Anna Mae …

Marawi IDPs begin transfer to new housing units

MANILA – The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) has guaranteed the turnover of all completed permanent houses to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi City starting this month. “As promised last month, we will be turning over or inaugurating completed projects starting this month with these housing units and another mosque,” TFBM chair, Department of Human …

PH well-equipped against Delta variant cases: NTF

MANILA – The Philippines is “well-prepared” against the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 assured on Friday. NTF Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the government has scaled up the hospitalization and treatment capacity under the Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate strategy. “We are well prepared against …

Enough evidence vs. Karapatan, unfazed Parlade to Palabay

MANILA – A ranking military official lashed back at militant human rights group Karapatan over its recent statement urging the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to withhold clearances for the former’s retirement over alleged human rights violations, saying the government has enough evidence against them. “What HR violations are you talking about? I have been …

Strict border, quarantine rules can keep Delta variant away

MANILA – There are is no better way to stop the coronavirus stain Delta variant from entering the country than by imposing strict quarantine policies and border controls. National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid medical adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa said Thursday the Philippines should not let its guard down as the Delta variant remains a threat. …

PRRD yet to receive 2nd dose of Covid-19 jab: Palace

DAVAO CITY — Contrary to the claim of Presidential Security Group commander Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III, President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to receive his second dose of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine, Malacañang said on Friday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the clarification after said the President has been fully vaccinated. “Gen. Durante …

Solon wants to revive House subpanel on Marawi rehab

MANILA – A party-list lawmaker from Mindanao on Tuesday emphasized the need to revive the House sub-committee on Marawi Recovery, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation to help oversee the necessary actions that will hasten the post-disaster recovery and normalization of the most affected communities in Marawi City, four years after it was laid to siege. In a press …

SC reprimands Davao judge for ‘texting’ case participants

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has warned a judge in Davao for texting parties in a pending case before his sala. In a six-page resolution recently published online by the SC, the court’s second division found Davao del Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 15 Judge Mario Duaves guilty of violating the New Code of …

New bus routes connects Mindanao people despite the pandemic

DAVAO CITY – A bus company strengthened its operations despite the challenge in the movement of people in the midst of the pandemic as it added new routes to cater to Mindanao’ans. Celer Estologa, Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC) legal and media relations manager said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Region 10 recently …