Public school teacher killed in NoCot anti-drug op

COTABATO CITY — Police agents have killed in a shootout a public school teacher involved in illegal drug-peddling in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Thursday afternoon. Lt. Col. John Miridel Calinga, Midsayap police chief, identified the slain suspect as Jake Fargo Placibe, 23, of Barangay Cabayuran, Libungan, North Cotabato. Calinga said the suspect resisted arrest and pulled …

Duterte extends state of calamity due to Covid-19

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the declaration of a state of calamity throughout the Philippines for one more year due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. In Proclamation No. 1021 signed and released on Sept. 16, Friday, Duterte extended the state of calamity “for a period of one year”, or from Sept. 13, 2020, …

Gov’t forces build projects in NPA-infested DavSur village

DIGOS CITY – Davao del Sur’s provincial police joined hands with the Philippine Army in putting up several projects for residents of a village in Kiblawan town, which has been a flashpoint for communist guerilla activities Colonel Alberto Lupaz, Davao del Sur provincial police director, led the turnover of several projects that included a concrete pathway …

No need to place GenSan under ECQ: Lorenzana

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The National Task Force (NTF) against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) said on Thursday there is no need to place the city under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) despite the increasing locally transmitted infections. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, NTF chairman, said their assessment showed that the Covid-19 figures in the city are “not very alarming” and …

Customs-Davao unveils customer care center

DAVAO CITY – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Davao launched on Thursday the agency’s Customer Care Center to address queries and transactions of clients via a digital platform. The facility is a one-stop-shop center that features services such as centralized document receiving and releasing, gate pass insurance, and other Customs service, according to Atty. …

Lanao Sur town councilor, 3 others fall in Marawi anti-drug op

COTABATO CITY – A town councilor in Lanao del Sur, two former municipal council members, and their alleged cohort were arrested by authorities during an anti-drug operation in Marawi City on Thursday. Director Juvenal Azurin of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Bangsamoro Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) said anti-narcotics agents seized more than PHP6.8 …

Mindanao major recipient of ‘Build, Build, Build’ projects

DAVAO CITY – Even amid the coronavirus disease health crisis, Mindanao has become the forefront of the government’s Build, Build, Build (BBB) program, widely considered as a key initiative for the country’s economic recovery. “Mindanao is at the front and center of the ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program. The Department of Finance has been able to …

FB page to receive quarantine breach complaints created

MANILA – The Joint Task Force Covid Shield on Friday created a Facebook account where netizens could directly report blatant violations of quarantine protocols. In a statement, JTF Covid Shield head Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the move is part of the effort to empower the people not only to help the government in the enforcement …

Duterte signs P165.5-B Bayanihan 2 law

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which provides for a PHP165.5-billion fund to finance the country’s response and recovery interventions intended to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed in a statement on Friday that Duterte signed the …