Duterte lauds HUDCC for ‘sturdy’ housing units in Marawi City

DAVAO CITY (April 25) — President Rodrigo R. Duterte commended the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) for building resilient housing units for the victims of Marawi siege in 2017. During the briefing in Pampanga Tuesday, HUDCC chairman Eduardo del Rosario was absent but his staff gave update about the plan of the agency …

Hundreds evacuate as army, rebels clash in NoCot

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (April 24) — Hundreds of residents evacuate as firefight between government soldiers and communist New People’s Army rebels clashed in Sitio Tiwayan in Barangay Badiang, situated in the border of Antipas and Magpet towns, Tuesday at about 9:00 in the morning, April 23. The firefight between elements of the Army’s 19th Infantry …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Beach resort owners told: provide emergency crew, paramedics or face closure

DAVAO CITY (April 20) — Beach resort owners run the risk of tourism permit revocation should they be found operating without emergency crew, paramedics and first aide kits. Tourism Secretary Berna Puyat on Thursday said “Beach resort owners should be equipped with paramedics and first aide kit and those is Siargao should have medical staff, …

Marines, BFAR install artificial reefs in Sulu

DAVAO CITY (April 19)  — Marines do not always sail to fight, sometimes they put up a fight to protect the marine life. A reason why the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3) partnered with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the a marine life preservation and protection project in Sulu. Col. Gerry Besana, Western …

Duterte warns MWSS officials : ‘I will not hesitate to replace you all’

DAVAO CITY (April 17) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday threatened to replace the officials of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) with overseas Filipino engineers if the water supply problem continues during the El Niño.  “It comes with regularity…’yang El Niño na ‘yan. Ilang taon kayo nandiyan and you do not prepare for it? And …