Iranian beauty queen granted refugee status in PH

MANILA — An Iranian beauty queen seeking asylum in the Philippines has been granted refugee status and is now allowed to go out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Bahareh Zare Bahari, who represented Iran at the 2018 Miss Intercontinental pageant in Manila, and who has studied dentistry in the Philippines since 2014, has been …

P40.8-M shabu seized from Filipina passenger in NAIA

MANILA – Authorities on Friday seized PHP40.8 million worth of shabu from an arriving Filipina passenger at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Beth Pableo, Arrival Operations Division officer in charge, identified the passenger as Marie Ruzol, who apparently claimed a friend just asked her to bring the package. “(Shabu) was (hidden) under the lining of …

Davao City gives more aid to quake-hit areas

DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sara Duterte approved on Tuesday the release of PHP4.2 million from the city’s Quick Response Fund (QRF) as additional cash assistance to earthquake-hit areas in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato provinces. The city earlier provided PHP1.5 million to five towns affected by the October 16 earthquake; Bansalan, Magsaysay and Matanao towns …

Australia, PH partners send aid to quake-hit Mindanao

MANILA— Australia, Austria, China and the European Union (EU) have separately offered sympathies and humanitarian aid to the people of Mindanao following the series of earthquakes that hit parts of the region last month. Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson on Tuesday said Canberra is in solidarity with the Philippines particularly those affected by the powerful tremors. …

PRRD designates VP Leni as co-chair of anti-drug body

DAVAO CITY— President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, November 5, has signed a memorandum designating Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) until the end of his term on June 30, 2022. Dutetre said the purpose of which is for the Vice President to help his administration’s aggressive …

Duterte calls on ASEAN to resolve territorial dispute in South China Sea

DAVAO CITY —  President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday called on leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to discuss the issue on the disputed South China Sea issue as it creates regional uncertainty and instability. The Philippines , according to Duterte is ready to work with its partners for the immediate conclusion of …

Duterte asks support in cleansing government

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the newly appointed government officials on Monday, to help him eliminate corruption in the bureaucracy, which he said is the major stumbling block for the country’s progress along with the proliferation of illegal drugs and lack of law and order. In the event held in Malacañan Palace, …

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, …