President has sole power to craft foreign policy-Duterte

DAVAO CITY — Contrary to the claim of Senator Panfilo Lacson that the Senate has a hand in crafting foreign policy, President Rodrigo Duterte has fended off criticisms saying neither the vice president nor senators have function in deals such as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) arguing only the president has the sole power under …

PH remains neutral despite heightened geo-political tension-Duterte

DAVAO CITY –— President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he is in a tight balancing act insisting, however, that his government will remain neutral and his allegiance will be for the Filipino people in the midst of the tense geo-political environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Speaking during the inspection of newly delivered air assets to the …

Eastmincom Commander Maj. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr. is next Philippines Army Chief

DAVAO CITY –— Eastern Mindanao Commander Major General Jose Faustino Jr., has been named as the next Philippine Army Chief. Malacañang on Friday, February 12, confirmed the appointment of Faustino Jr. as the new acting commanding  general  of the Philippines Army. Faustino replaces Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, who was appointed as the 8th Armed Forces …

Davao City creates Task Force for its bus system

DAVAO CITY — Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered the creation of an inter-agency task force for the Davao City High Priority Bus System (HPBS) Project. The order was contained in an  Executive Order (E.O.) No. 3 which seeks to ensure the successful integration and effective implementation of the HPBS project, and, to properly …

Army unit settles ‘rido’ in Sulu town

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two warring families have ended their two-year-old family feud or “rido” and surrendered their firearms to military authorities in Sulu, officials announced Wednesday. The feuding families of Kagayan and Ladjahali of Barangay Pasil, Indanan, Sulu settled their disputes though the efforts of the 100th Infantry Battalion of the 1101st Infantry Brigade. Lt. Col. Alex …

Sara Duterte tops list of presidential bets: survey

MANILA – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has topped the list of possible presidential bets in a survey released by Pulse Asia on Thursday. The Pulse Asia survey, conducted from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2, showed that 26 percent of Filipinos would support Sara succeeding her father, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, as president should the 2022 elections …

Ampoloquio appointed as ad interim Comelec Commissioner

DAVAO CITY — Davao Lawyer Aimee Ferolino-Ampoloquio has been appointed ad interim commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Ampoloquio took her oath of office for a term expiring on Feb. 2, 2027, replacing Al Parreño last December 23, the poll body said. She will outline a few of her priority projects as commissioner once …

DavNor named 2nd most competitive province in the country, Tagum City ranks 3rd

DAVAO CITY — The province of Davao del Norte has been adjudged as the Second Most Competitive Province in the Philippines during the recently held 8th Regional Competitiveness Summit.  It is four ranks higher than its having been in the sixth spot in 2019. Davao del Norte garnered the said award after the province and its …

Duque still has PRRD’s trust: Palace

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III still serves at the pleasure of President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said Monday following a senator’s call to replace the health chief for the government’s missed opportunity to secure Pfizer’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine by January. In a press briefing from Davao City, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this …