Duterte fires Drugs Board chief over ‘contradicting’ figures

Manila, Philippines–Fresh from Russia, President Rodrigo Duterte fired the chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board  (DDB) for allegedly issuing  contradicting figures about the illegal drugs data. Addressing himself to DDB director Benjamin Reyes, Duterte said “You’re fired today. Get out of the service,” Duterte said. “You do not contradict your own government…You’re just a civilian …

WHAT IS MARTIAL LAW?

DAVAO CITY–The word of the day is Martial Law. Below are definitions to guide us to understand the meaning and essence of the declaration. From Wikipedia: Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normally civilian functions of government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or …

Stiffer regulations in firearms procurement-Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines– Gun enthusiasts beware! Citing the loose government regulations in firearms procurement by private individuals resulting to arming the enemies of the state, President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants stiffer regulations for civilians who intend to buy firearms and ammunition. Speaking before the 25th Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines (AFAD) …

Ombudsman suspends Maguindanao Mayor

MANILA, Philippines- Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the one month suspension of Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao Mayor Datu Umbra Bayam Dilangalen for Simple Neglect of Duty. The Office of the Ombudsman found inconsistencies in Dilangalen’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for the years 2009 to 2010. Based on the investigation conducted, the …

Duterte keeps “excellent” trust rating-SWS poll

MANILA, Philippines-Despite the criticisms hurled against him, President Rodrigo Duterte maintains “excellent” trust rating from Filipinos. In a national survey conducted last March 25-28 with 1,200 respondents found 80 percent of Filipinos with much trust, 11 percent undecided, and 10 percent with little trust in President Duterte. This gives Duterte an “excellent” +70 net trust …

Ten bypass roads in Davao City to address traffic woes-DPWH

Davao City, Philippines– Davao City will have ten bypass roads to decongest major roads to address traffic problems here. The new alternate routes will ease traffic problems in major areas of the city. Increased number of visitors and fast socio-economic development have been noticed since President became president. Dean I. Ortiz, spokesperson of the Department …

Poorest regions take Billions infra projects

MANILA, Philippines — A total of P157.44 billion has been allotted to regions which has been left out during the previous administrations. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA director general Ernesto Pernia said thousands of infrastructure projects will spread all throughout the country’s poorest region under the reinstated Three-Year Rolling Infrastructure Plan (TRIP) for 2018 to …

34 Tokhang surrenderers now steel fabricators

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines– A total of 34 drug surrenderers from Barangay 4, Isabela town in Negros Occidental will graduate on May 9 from their two-week skills training on steel fabrication under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). TESDA-Negros Occidental head Joel Villagracia sought the cooperation of Barangay 4 led by village chief Eduardo …

Cayetano to UN Human Rights Council: EJKs not state-sponsored

MANILA, Philippines –Extra Judicial Killings are not state sponsored this was the message of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. Cayetano who defended President Rodrigo Duterte before the UNCHR emphasized “There are extrajudicial killings but it is not state-sponsored and we are trying our best to …

For claiming to be an engineer when he is not: So. Leyte governor charged with falsification

MANILA, Philippines– Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado is set to face trial before the Sandiganbayan after the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge him with Falsification of Public Documents under Article 171 (4) of the Revised Penal Code. Case records show that Mercado failed to submit a true, correct and complete Personal Data Sheet (PDS) …