275 soldiers undergo sniper training in Zambo Sur

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — A total of 275 soldiers from different Army divisions are undergoing snipers training at Camp Sang-an that houses the Army’s 1st Infantry Division headquarters in the neighboring town of Labangan, officials said Wednesday. Capt. Clint Antipala, Army’s 1st Infantry Division information officer, said the Squad Snipers Training Class-3, which started …

KWF tightens bid to protect indigenous languages

MANILA — Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) aims to better help avert the extinction of indigenous languages nationwide. KWF will align its efforts to achieve such a goal with the endangered language preservation and rehabilitation agenda developed by the agency and other stakeholders. “We’ll move based on that agenda,” KWF language researcher Earvin Pelagio said. He …

Davao’s LGBTQ groups call for equality, legal rights

DAVAO CITY–This city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and transgender (LGBTQ) community gathered on Sunday afternoon for a pride walk as they push for equality, community acceptance, and legal rights. Despite the heavy downpour, more than 3,000 members of various LGBTQ groups gathered at People’s Park here, part of a smaller gathering for a …

Four Filipino pilgrims died during Hajj, buried in Meccah

ILIGAN CITY (July 29) —– The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has recorded four Filipino pilgrim who passed away while attending this year’s Hajj in Meccah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Dimapuno Alonto Datu-Ramos, Jr., public relations and information head of the NCMF, identified the fourth pilgrim who passed away while performing Hajj as Abdulnasser Hosain …

VM Baste first to arrive for city’s ‘shake up’ drill

DAVAO CITY (July 27)— No one expected it, Vice Mayor Sebastian ‘Baste’ Duterte was the first official to arrive at the designated command center for the city-wide disaster drill on Friday, July 26. The drill was simultaneous as it marked the start of the National Disaster Resilience month. The Vice Mayor arrived with his staff …

Army provides food to abandoned, hungry anti-SONA rallyists

MALAYBALAY CITY–Some 70 participants invited to a protest action against the 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday were seemingly abandoned and left hungry by organizers, prompting the Army to give them food and water. A statement by the Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade Tuesday said the rallyists were bused in from rural villages …

Army Special Forces train ‘Descendants of the Sun’ actors

MANILA — Actors who will play roles in the local remake of South Korean drama series ‘Descendants of the Sun’ underwent two-day training by the members of the Philippine Army’s Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) (SFRA) at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on Monday. In a statement Friday, Army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the unit SFRA …

GenSan all set for 5th Blaan Day celebration

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The local government will showcase anew the rich culture and traditions of the Blaan tribe, the city’s first inhabitants, during the 5th Blaan Day celebration on July 22. City Councilor Lucio Cawayan, the city council’s Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR), said Friday the three-day event will include cultural activities such as the …

PRO-9 deploys ‘hijab PNP contingent’

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) has formed a “hijab PNP contingent” to undertake community affairs programs across the region. Brig. Gen. Froilan Quidilla, PRO-9 director, said Wednesday the contingent is part of the 692 new policemen they deployed to undergo a six-month on-the-job Field Training Program (FTP) in the different parts of the …