Comelec backs bid to cancel Gabriela party-list registration

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has upheld a government anti-insurgency body’s petition seeking cancellation of the Gabriela Women’s Party’s registration in the party-list system for violations of the election law and the Constitution. In an order dated November 27 and signed by presiding Commissioner Socorro B. Inting, the Comelec’s Second Division ruled that the …

P7-B worth of illegal drugs destroyed before Duterte’s eyes

DAVAO CITY —Authorities destroyed on Thursday some P7,51-billion worth of confiscated illegal drugs before President Rodrigo Duterte, making it a milestone in the government’s fight against the proliferation of illicit narcotics. A total of 1,333 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), liquid shabu, marijuana, liquid marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, and other dangerous substances were destroyed through thermal …

Relatives of missing teacher in South Cotabato cry for help

DAVAO CITY —The relatives of the school teacher in South Cotabato who has been missing since Dec. 2 are calling upon the officials of South Cotabato, particularly of Polomolok town, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to help locate the said teacher, dead or alive. Mohatir Malo Adam,  a  teacher at the …

House OKs BFP modernization bill on 2nd reading

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on second reading a measure seeking to strengthen and modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection. The lower chamber passed via voice voting House Bill 7406, otherwise known as the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Modernization Act. The bill mandates the establishment and implementation of a Fire …

Expanded task force whole-of-gov’t approach vs. corruption: Go

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday said the recently created expanded inter-agency task force to address the systemic corruption in government agencies shows President Rodrigo Duterte’s firm commitment to deliver real change before his term ends through a holistic and whole-of-government approach in fighting corruption. This, he said, will not overlap with the functions …

Police, Military should take credit for country’s high score in Gallup report-Duterte

DAVAO CITY —The police and the military should be given credit for maintaining peace and order in the country after the Philippines scored high in the 2020 Global Law and Order report released recently, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday. Addressing the nation on government’s response on the coronavirus pandemic, Duterte said he was surprised …

Hundreds displaced by fighting in NoCot return home

MATALAM, North Cotabato – Some 200 villagers from the far-flung Barangay Arakan here returned home Monday after fleeing their homes following the sporadic encounters between government forces and the communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. Barangay Arakan chairman Harold Mantawil said the affected families are all residents of Sitio Valdevieso who temporarily took shelter at a …

Group heightens call to protect children vs. CPP-NPA recruitment

MANILA – An anti-communist group on Sunday appealed for increased protection of children against illegal recruitment activities made by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its allied organizations. Remy Rosadio, chair of the League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), made this call during the commencement of the National Children’s …

DepEd XI sets up mechanism to monitor attendance of learners

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Education regional office (DepEd-XI) is setting up a mechanism for community-based monitoring and learning help desk requiring class advisers to have a regular schedule of a compliance check of learners that will strategically and randomly monitor the attendance of learners. The establishment of the mechanism was the result of …