Duterte to newly appointed officials: Help in nation-building

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday asked the newly- appointed government to active and help in nation-building. Speaking before the mass oath-taking of newly officials, Duterte said he looks forward to having the new officials become national government partners in the administration’s efforts to intensify the fight against illegal drugs, criminality, terrorism, corruption, …

78% of Filipinos believe there are ninja cops in police force

MANILA — Majority of Filipinos believe that ‘ninja cops’ exist in the Philippine National Police (PNP), according to Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Tuesday. The SWS survey, fielded from December 13-16, 2019, found that 78 percent of Filipinos believe the accusation that there are ninja cops or police who allegedly sell confiscated drugs they …

SC thumbs down same-sex marriage case ‘with finality’

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has denied “with finality” a motion for reconsideration on its previous decision junking same sex marriage petition in the Philippines. In a notice sent to reporters on Monday, the SC through Clerk of Court Edgar Aricheta ordered that entry of judgment be made on the suit filed by lawyer Jesus …

NPA should walk their talk for peace dialogues to resume: Galvez

MANILA — Before peace talks can resume, communist rebels should first walk their talk, Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Monday as he condemned the recent attacks made by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) since December despite the ongoing truce. In a statement, Galvez denounced three separate attacks made by the NPA …

Duterte to NHA: Build Houses for quake victims

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Housing Authority to build houses for the victims of earthquakes from North Cotabato to Davao del Sur. In his speech during his visit in Mlang, North Cotabato on December 30, Duterte publicly instructed NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada to rebuild the houses of earthquake victims …

AFP to utilize resources in crushing remaining Reds: Santos

 MANILA — While supportive of all government efforts to bring the local communist insurgency to a peaceful end, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is more than willing to use all its assets and resources to crush the movement’s remaining supporters and members. “The AFP can now focus all its resources, manpower and firepower …

Eastmincom Commander Felimon Santos is next AFP Chief

DAVAO CITY — Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Felimon Santos is the new head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Santos serves Eastmincom since January 2019, He is in charge of battling communist rebels in the Davao, Soccsksargen, and Caraga regions. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday confirmed the …

Duterte urges Filipinos to ‘do better, aim higher’ in 2020

MANILA — A day before the entire nation welcomes 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday encouraged all 1Filipinos to seek improvements and aspire for a better life next year. The President made the call as he joined his fellow countrymen and the global community in welcoming the New Year. “We celebrate this occasion with our loved …