Ship CO relieved, crew on restrictive custody: AFP

 MANILA, Philippines —  The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday announced that the captain of the BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19) has been relieved of his command while the rest of his crew are placed on restrictive custody following the death of two Vietnamese fishermen off Bolinao, Pangasinan last Sept. 23. “To ensure that …

Gov’t programs continue in Marawi City to assist IDPs

MANILA, Philippines —  The government has so far released PHP3.35 billion to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the fighting in Lanao del Sur, an official of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) said Monday, September 25. OCD Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima said the money, released through the Department of Social Welfare …

Duterte releases illegal drugs diagram and its connections with terror group

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte presented the the Lanao del Sur drug matrix which according to him shows how illegal drugs operate in the province and some provinces in Mindanao which provided financial support to the local terrorists in the island. Duterte however emphasized, they are still trying to configure how the illegal …

Duterte does not want power to appoint barangay and SK officials

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte  does not want to appoint barangay officials. Duterte on Tuesday said he does not want that he will be given power to appoint barangay officials even if his allies at the House of Representatives moved to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. Two weeks ago, the Congress passed House Bill 6308 which …

Duterte visits Marawi Grand Mosque, Mapandi Bridge

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  visited Marawi City for the fourth time Monday afternoon, September 11. This time, Duterte visited two major areas used to be  heavily controlled by the terrorist for about 100 days; the Marawi  Grand Mosque and the Mapandi Bridge. The ongoing military fight against the Isis-inspired Maute group …

Congress approves national ID system

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives on Friday approved on final reading a measure seeking to create a national identification (ID) system that will streamline, integrate and simplify public and private transactions in the country. The approval of House Bill 6221  was supported by the 142 Representatives, seven voted in the negative with one abstention. …

Lapeña scraps Customs command center

MANILA,  Philippines — Newly assumed Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña  scrapped the bureau’s command center but empowers district collectors to issue alert. On August August 31, Lapeña signed  Memorandum Order No. 14-2017 reverting the deputy commissioners of the Intelligence Group, Enforcement Group, and all district collectors nationwide the authority to issue alert orders. In scrapping the …