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 …

Duterte honors policemen killed by NPA rebels in Negros Oriental

DAVAO CITY (July 22) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag on four policemen killed in an ambush by communist insurgents in Ayungon, Negros Oriental on Thursday, July 18. Duterte led the conferment of the Order of Lapu-Lapu during the awarding rites held at Camp Francisco Fernandez, Sibulan, …

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 …

Palay, corn production may decline in Q2: PSA

MANILA — Palay and corn production in the second quarter of the current year may decline based on standing crops, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Palay production for April-June 2019 may decrease to 3.86 million metric tons (MT), or lower by 5.6 percent from its previous year’s level of 4.09 million …

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 …

PhilHealth holds employers forum to tackle erroneous claims

KIDAPAWAN CITY — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) 12 (Soccsksargen) has taken steps to reduce erroneous claims, which often result in losses and inefficiencies, through a series of forums for employers in the region. Friday’s forum here also tackled ways to improve compliance with corporate policies, understand the implication of underpayments or selective reporting vis-à-vis …