Machines needed to clear hyacinths in flood-prone Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (February 9) – The town of Maguindanao badly need machineries to clear an 8-hectare water hyacinths embed in a six-meter deep of soil. Recent flashfloods prompted the local government and private sector of Dansalan River in Datu Piang, Maguindanao are now finding ways to address the problem as floodwaters continue to submerge …

Foreign students barred from staying in apartment due to smell

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (February 9)–Management of a condominium here is under fire by netizens for refusing Indian medical students entry to their units because of smell. The incident happened last February 2, in Maa, Talomo District, this city. In a report filed by Sheillah Vergara-Rubio of GMA’s 24Oras-Davao, the student who refused to give statements …

GRP to AFP and PNP: Protect the people while talk uncertain

DAVAO CITY (February 3) –Government of the Republic of the Philippines chairperson Silvestre Bello III asks the military and the police to protect the people as the communist rebels backtracks from the ceasefire agreement. In a statement issued February 1, Bello said “the last six months have given us a glimpse of the sort of …

Duterte won’t give in to NPA demands to free 400 prisoners

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (February 3)–President Rodrigo Duterte is not ready to give in  to the demands of the New People’s Army (NPA) to immediately release about 400  political prisoners . This, after the Central Committee on the Communist  Party Wednesday (February 1) announced their  withdrawal from the unilateral ceasefire agreement with the government. Speaking before …

Newly-engaged junior officer killed by suspected NPAs in Davao Oriental  

DAVAO CITY  — A junior  army officer who was engaged weeks ago  was killed when armed men suspected to be members of the New People’s Army attacked the joint military and police team in Sitio Paliwason, Brgy. Lambog, Manay, Davao Oriental Wednesday afternoon , February 1, 2017. The soon to be wed soldier was identified …

Duterte wants total log ban

MANILA, Philippines –President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a tripartite committee that would study the implementation of a total log ban in the country. The announcement came a week after flashfloods damaged multi-million properties and crops in  Davao region and major cities in Mindanao. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement announced “The …

Duterte disbands  police anti-drug units

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte disbanded the sis-month-old  anti-drugs units of the Philippine National Police following the killing of a South Korean businessmen by rogue officers. Duterte emphasized that  police stations would no longer have an anti-drug units. “Wala na iyon. If you violate that, I will dismiss you kung meron. Hindi lang iyon, …