Russian vessels’ visit to bolster naval cooperation with PH

MANILA — Three ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet berthed in Manila on Monday for a five-day goodwill visit to the Philippines and to bolster naval cooperation with its Filipino counterparts. “The main objective (of this visit) is to enhance our naval cooperation,” Russian head of mission, Captain Sergey Alantiev told reporters in a press conference. …

6 LGUs declare CPP-NPA persona non grata

DAVAO CITY — The Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division (10ID) has already recorded six local government units including a barangay that have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP) as persona non grata in the first quarter of the year. Capt. Jerry Lamosao, spokesperson of the 10ID and …

Duterte slams PCIJ report on family’s wealth

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has criticized the report of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) for scrutinizing his family’s wealth and accused journalists of being paid hacks. “Eh ngayon, tinitira kami ng mga anak ko. All about lawyering. Ano ba naman pakialam nila na (Now, me and my children are being targeted. All about lawyering. …

Foreign hostages swim their way to freedom, while Marines launched operations in Sulu

DAVAO CITY (April 7) — Two Indonesian swam their way to freedom, but one drowned, another Malaysian hostage was rescued while Philippine Marines launched the rescue operations against Abu Sayyaf bandits at around 5:45 p.m. Friday in Simisa Island, Banguingui, Sulu. But the rescue operations caused the lives of three government forces. Three bandits were …

Overstaying Vietnamese couple arrested for presenting fake documents at the airport

DAVAO CITY (April 7) — The Bureau of Immigration arrested Vietnamese couple who tried to leave the country using a fake immigration stamps on their passports. The overstaying coupled identified as Nguyen Thanh Quang, 35, and his wife Pham Thi Dung, 34, attempted to board a Philippine Airlines flight to Ho Chih Minh City last …

Duterte champions better protection for prosecutors

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, April 4, urged the Prosecutors’ League of the Philippines to work with law enforcement agencies in crafting solutions to better protect prosecutors and their families. In his speech at the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutors’ League of the Philippines here, the Chief Executive said, “The assassination …

Duterte frustrated over unending efforts to end war on drugs

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “frustrated” that despite efforts to make his war on drugs “harsher” than ever, the entry of illegal drugs in the country still persists, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after the President said, during a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Malabon City on April 2, …

Duterte orders review of all government contracts, removal of onerous deals

DAVAO CITY (April 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, April 2, ordered the Solicitor-General, the Secretary of Justice, and all those in the legal departments of different government agencies to review all contracts entered into by the government. In the same order, Duterte stressed that priority for review are contracts on concession agreements and …

Gov’t to help rehabilitate celebrities in the narcolist if help is sought – Palace

DAVAO CITY (April 1) —- Malacañang on Friday, said the government is always ready to extend rehabilitation help to celebrities named in the narcolist. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo relayed this to Palace reporters in a press briefing, saying the government has the means to help in rehabilitating these people.  “Certainly [the …