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 …

Davao peace council seeks closure of 11 NPA-linked schools

Davao City — The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) has formally asked the Department of Education to revoke the permits of at least 11 tribal schools previously linked to the communist guerrilla movement. CPOC requested DepEd Secretary Leonor Mirasol M. Briones to cancel the permit to operate and the certificate of recognition granted to 11 …

Seized exotic birds undergo quarantine

DAVAO CITY — The exotic birds confiscated during a raid in Davao Oriental will be quarantined to prevent the potential spread of bird disease. Karen Lou Deloso, provincial information officer of Davao Oriental, said Saturday the move was agreed between Governor Nelson Dayanghirang and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) after consultations with veterinarians …