House OKs bill lowering gov’t retirement age on 2nd reading

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure lowering the optional retirement age of government employees from 60 to 56. Voting via voice vote, the chamber passed House Bill 5509, which seeks to amend Section 13-A of Republic Act 8291, otherwise known as the “Government Service Insurance (GSIS) Act of …

Netizen nabbed over fake post on ‘van-riding kidnappers’

CEBU CITY – A male minor who was arrested Tuesday for posting fake stories on abductions allegedly done by men on board a white van is now facing charges for violating the anti-cybercrime law. Col. Roderick Mariano, chief of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), said the false reports posted by the minor who identified himself …

Duterte moves barangay, SK polls to 2022

DAVAO CITY —- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday has signed into law a measure moving the May 2020 the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections to December 5, 2022. Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) 11462 also known as the Postponement of the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections Act during a ceremonial signing …

Davao Oriental Hailed as the Region’s Most Outstanding Province in Anti-Drugs Campaign

DAVAO ORIENTAL— For its active and notable campaign against illegal drugs, particularly the establishment of the Balay Silangan for drug reformists, the Province of Davao Oriental has recently been hailed as the only province in Davao Region to be awarded as Outstanding Provincial Local Government Unit in the anti-illegal drugs campaign. The Philippine Drug Enforcement …

RP-RI conference strengthens 1975 border agreement

DAVAO CITY — The  38th Republic of the Philippines – Republic of Indonesia Border Committee Chairmen recently strengthened the 1975 agreement aimed at protecting both countries against transnational crimes and human trafficking,  highlighting   border security measures in  conference held  at the Waterfront Insular Hotel here. The  Philippine Government through the Eastern Mindanao Command Armed Forces of the Philippines was represented by  Major …

Petition to sue Panday Sining over vandalism gains public support

MANILA — Over 9,000 people have signed a petition calling on Manila City government to pursue legal action against cultural youth group Panday Sining’s vandalism in the Philippine capital’s public spaces. The petition, initiated by Hands Off Our Children Movement, wants to punish Panday Sining for defacing the walls in Metro Manila. “Panday Sining vandalized some parts …

BI to deport 2 Chinese nationals wanted for economic crimes

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of two Chinese fugitives wanted by authorities in their country for involvement in economic crimes. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified one of the aliens as 56-year-old Chen Yanhua, who was arrested last Sunday at a five-star hotel in Parañaque City by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search …

Regional security tops Duterte’s agenda in SoKor trip

DAVAO CITY —- Regional security will be the top agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte when he meets other leaders during his attendance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-South Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan, South Korea. Duterte told reporters during a Palace press conference Tuesday that he would have a bilateral meeting with the …

NHA allocates P20-M for Zambo footbridge project

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The National Housing Authority (NHA) has allocated PHP20 million to build a concrete footbridge for those living in houses on stilts in one of the siege-affected barangays here. The recipient of the concrete footbridge project is Barangay Rio Hondo, one of the five most-affected barangays in the 2013 Zamboanga siege. Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, City …