Cayetano elected as House Speaker

DAVAO CITY (July 23) — As expected, 266 members of the House of Representatives voted for Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano as House Speaker. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier endorsed Cayetano for the post under term-sharing condition with Representatives Martin Romualdez and Lord Allan Velasco. Romualdez and Velasco who earlier eyed for the post, were among …

Congress urged to postpone May 2020 barangay, SK elections

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte, in his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, urged Congress to postpone the May 2020 barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections to October 2022. “Congress has to postpone the May 2020 elections and ‘yung (the) Barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan to October 2022,” Duterte said his speech. …

DavNor Governor Jubahib visits the farthest IP village of his province

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte (July 22) — Governor Edwin Jubahib on Friday visited the isolated tribal village of this province, Sitio Tapayanon, Gupitan, Kapalong, in keeping his promise to look after the welfare of the Lumads and provide full support for their welfare and development. During the visit, Jubahib asked the tribal leaders to …

NoCot guv, BARMM chief meet on fate of 63 villages

COTABATO CITY — North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has expressed readiness to turn over 63 villages in her province to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Catamco personally visited BARMM Interim Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim at Shariff Kabunsuan Complex, the provisional seat of the BARMM in this city, on Friday. Catamco was accompanied by …

Duterte leads turnover of NHA houses to former rebels

TAGUM CITY (JULY 17) —– President Rodrigo Duterte personally handed the documents symbolozing the awarding of housing units produced by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to former communist rebels here on Tuesday night. As of yesterday, 71 former rebels were given certificates of award while 34 former rebels are still processing to complete their training, …

Zambo Sur Sports Academy ordered closed

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – The provincial government has shut down the Zamboanga del Sur Sports Academy (ZSSA) due to lack of legal basis in its operation. Gov. Victor Yu made this announcement during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at the provincial capitol grounds, adding that ZSSA’s closure was effective last week. Yu explained that there …

Duterte admires Arroyo’s tough leadership as House Speaker

DAVAO CITY (July 11)— No less than President Rodrigo Duterte commended the leadership of outgoing House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, saying he drew inspiration from the former leader particularly in strengthening the country’s armed forces. In a speech during the appreciation dinner for the former president and House Speaker at the Manila Hotel, Duterte said Macapagal-Arroyo …

NoCot OIC guv suspends office work at Capitol

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Acting provincial governor Board Member Onofre Respicio ordered the suspension of office work in all departments at the capitol grounds here after a series of aftershocks rocked the province since 8 a.m. Wednesday. “No clients or visitors shall be entertained,” said Respicio, who was named as officer-in-charge by Governor Nancy Catamco who is …

‘Baste’ urges youth to be politically active

DAVAO CITY–Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte has called on the youth to be politically active in order to participate more in the affairs of the city. During a media briefing Tuesday afternoon, the young Duterte stressed the need for the young Dabawenyos to be well-informed on the current issues facing the local government. “They should …

Son of Maguindanao ex-guv, 4 others killed in checkpoint shootout

DAVAO CITY (July 8) — Five men including the son of a former Governor were killed, after the group onboard a luxury vehicle allegedly opened fire on soldiers manning a checkpoint on Friday night in Pikit, North Cotabato. Brig. Gen. Alfredo del Rosario, commander of the Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade, said the soldiers manning a …