Duterte, Trump meeting in APEC warm and cordial 

Danang, Vietnam— President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met US President Donald J Trump on Saturday, November 11, during the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Ha Noi Hall, International Danang Resort. “The meeting was warm and cordial,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during a press briefing held at the International Media Center. …

Duterte and the APEC Summit

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends the APEC summit in Da Nang Vietnam. Here are some pictures highlighting his trip. Duterte earlier said Russia helped the Philippines by sending a ship loaded with firearms and it came as a grant to the country.

EU, UN chiefs,18 state leaders confirmed for ASEAN meet: DFA  

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday announced the names of 20 leaders confirmed to attend the various summits this week in Manila — an attendance that signify “deep and strong bonds” between the bloc and its dialogue partners, an official said. DFA Acting Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said these leaders would cover …

President Duterte Asks ASEAN to Strengthen their Ranks; Says Globalization has damaged poor economies

DAVAO CITY, Philippines- President Rodrigo Duterte asked members of the Asian nation to put their acts together and forge links to strengthen their ranks in the face of globalization as many countries are lagging behind. Facing before the leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) “CEO Summit on Regional Economic Integration: Lessons Learnt from …

DILG strips governor and 23 mayors supervisory power over police for alleged drug links

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The National Police Commission (Napolcom) indefinitely stripped  the supervisory power of a  governor and 23 mayors power over the police  in their respective areas until their names will be removed from the narcolist. In series of resolutions dated October 30, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge (OIC) Undersecretary …

Troops engage ASG in Basilan six killed, four wounded

BASILAN City, Philippines —   Elements of the 18th Infantry Battalion conducted a strike operation targeting the Abu Sayyaf under Siar Alhamsirol and Parong Tedi in Barangay Upper Cabengbeng, Sumisip yesterday November 8.. The military troops were engaged by lawless elements reinforcing Abu Sayyaf fighters near the Basilan Circumferential Road in Sumisip.  “As they edged towards …

Duterte provides P500-M for rehab and treatment of wounded soldiers

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he had ordered the release of PHP500 million for the treatment and rehabilitation of soldiers injured or disabled in the war to liberate Marawi City. The President made the announcement at the Bonifacio Naval Station Officers’ Clubhouse Social Hall, at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City during the …

Taiwanese mother-daughter supplying illegal drugs inside women’s correctional arrested

Manila, Philippines —  Enterprising illegal drugs queen continue to sell prohibited drugs inside her detention cell at the government’s Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong  City while her daughter operates as conduit in her trade. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino identified the mother as Yu Luk  Lai, 72, Taiwanese  and her daughter Diane Yu. …

Smoking ban implementation remains a challenge: DOH

MANILA , Philippines— The implementation of the smoking ban in the country remains a challenge, says Health Secretary Francisco Doque III. “It is easy to have an Executive Order (EO)  issued but the success of implementation is another story,” Doque noted. On May 16, 2017 or  five months ago, President Rodrigo Duterte signed EO No. 26 …