Indian president to visit PH next week

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday confirmed that Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is slated to undertake a state visit to the Philippines from October 17 to 21 at the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte. “The state visit marks an important milestone in the Philippine-India bilateral relations as both countries commemorate the 70th …

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating down, but still ‘very good’: SWS

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dropped slightly but remained “very good”, the third quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for 2019 showed. The SWS survey, conducted from Sept. 27 to 30, showed that 78 percent were satisfied by Duterte’s performance, 13 percent were dissatisfied, and 9 percent were undecided. Compared to June 2019, …

Duterte sees greater level relations with Russia

MOSCOW, Russia — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed optimism Wednesday for a closer relation with Russia as both countries sow the seeds of greater cooperation accelerated by his first Russia trip two years ago. “In 2017, during my first visit to Russia, we successfully set the foundation for a closer bilateral cooperation. Since then, we have …

Police heightens alert as ‘Latigo Gang’ strikes

DAVAO CITY — The Davao City Police has heightened its alert level as massive reports on suspected ‘Latigo Gang’ reached their office on Monday, October 1. Here is the official statement of the Davao City Police Office: This pertains to the reported series of gang riots and whipping incidents in some areas of Davao City. …

Senate approves bill postponing Barangay, SK elections to 2022

DAVAO CITY — The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to December 5, 2022. Voting 21-0, the Senate Bill No. 1043 was approved which in effect will postpone the elections to 2022 instead of 2023. The Bill also sets that village and …

Mocha Uson is new OWWA Deputy Administrator

DAVA CITY —Resigned Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson,has been appointed as the Deputy Administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA). Uson replaced OWWA Deputy Administrator Arnaldo Arevalo “Arnell” Ignacio, who tendered his resignation in February this year due to “personal reasons”. OWWA is an attached agency of the Department of Labor …

Reds also corrupt IP tongue: NCIP chief

MANILA – Aside from committing atrocities and other acts of violence against the country’s indigenous peoples, the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and its allies are also parties to corrupting words sacred to the IPs. This, according to National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) head, Secretary Allen A. Capuyan, during the Annual Panel …

Duterte wants new AFP chief to focus on terrorism and insurgency

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte wanted the newly installed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff to focus on various security threats and vowed to upgrade their capabilities as the new chief of staff assumed office Tuesday. “I now enjoin the troops to continue the fight against the threats of terrorism and insurgency under the leadership of the new Chief …

Immigration intercepts 3 aliens with fake papers

DAVAO CITY — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) arrested three foreign nationals for attempting to enter and leave the country with spurious travel documents. In a press statement issued today, September 19, the BI revealed they intercepted on three separate occasions three foreign nationals at the …

Davao solon defends Duterte’s P4.5-B intel fund for 2020

DAVAO CITY  — Third District Representative and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Isidro Ungab on Monday, September 16, defended the proposed P4.5 billion confidential and intelligence funds under the Office of President (OP) for 2020. Of the P8.25 -billion proposed budget for the Office of the President, P4.5-billion is allocated to the intelligence and confidential fund …