Prelates urge faithful: Remain vigilant vs terrorism

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Catholic Church officials called on the faithful to remain vigilant despite the government’s declaration that Marawi City is free from terrorists. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on the Laity (CBCP-ECL) Chairman Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the fight against the extremists are not only with the Maute group but other groups …

Surigao town cited for marine protection, conservation

SURIGAO del Sur, Philippines — Fisherfolk of this coastal town of Cortes, Surigao del Sur have been guarding their rich marine sanctuaries and fishing grounds with utmost dedication. No wonder this once virtually unknown town gained national prominence when it received a national award for sustainable coastal management competition, besting other finalists in the country. …

Zamboanga City declared under the state of calamity

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The City Council of Zamboanga approved the request of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco to declare  Zamboanga City under a state of calamity due to the widespread destruction brought about by Typhoon Paolo to its agriculture and infrastructure.   Climaco wrote  a letter …

Hapilon, Maute killed in Marawi

MANILA — Malacañan confirmed Monday the death of two terrorist leaders, Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, during a military operation meant to retake the last remaining Daesh-Maute stronghold in Marawi. In the same operation, 17 civilian hostages held hostage by the terror group were rescued. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said operating units in Marawi have …

Abella: Maasim mayor’s arrest proves extent of narco-politics in PH

MANILA — Presidential Spokesperon Ernesto Abella said Monday that the surrender of Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr. last week underscores how deeply entrenched narco-politics is in the Philippines. “The raid by PDEA operatives of the rest house of the Maasim Mayor proves the administration’s claim that illegal drugs and corruption have captured local politics,” Abella …

Marawi siege strengthens Christian-Muslim relationship in neighboring areas

LAMITAN CITY, Philippines — The wounds of war brought about by the  on-going Marawi crisis strengthens Muslim-Christian Communities of here and in Basilan City. The relationship among Christian and Muslim residents in the two cities is not affected as the government runs after the IS-inspired Maute terrorists. Fr. Joel Silagpo, parish priest of San Antonio …

Mindanao expo in Glorietta to promote Matigsalug brand

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The upcoming Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE) in Glorietta Mall in Makati City from October 2-5 will strongly promote Nasabeka – the recently-launched brand of the Matigsalugs, a group of indigenous people (IP) in Davao City. The birth of Nasabeka is a result of the sustained partnership between the government and private …