President Duterte honors soldiers killed in Marawi siege

MANILA, Philippines— President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday led the arrival honors at the Villamor Air Base for the eight soldiers killed in hours-long gun battle between government forces and Maute militants in Marawi last Friday.
 President Duterte arrived at the Air Base grandstand around 7:50 p.m. where he personally condoled with the families of the …

Beware! federalism/Duterte groups not allowed to collect fees -Evasco

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–Beware! No group or person is authorized by the Office of the President to collect fees, in exchange of cash or livelihood project,  this was the clarification of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. Saturday, June 10, 2017. Evasco issued the statement after series of inquiries and reports reached his office that groups are …

Maute Mom arrested with two wounded fighters

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Ominta Romato Maute or better known as Farhana Maute, the mother of notorious Maute brothers Omar and Abdullah was arrested along with two wounded terrorist in Marawi City Friday. The Maute brothers who are responsible for the ongoing Marawi crisis are subject of military and police operations. Police authorities arrested Farhana together with …

The 45 Knights of Marawi

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The Philippine government lost 42 soldiers and three policemen in the ongoing fight between the government forces and the ISIS-backed Maute group in Marawi City. The list of the casualties was released by the Presidential Communications Operations Office Friday, June 9, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte said he mourns for the death of his …

Angel Locsin visits Marawi evacuees

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Internally Displaced Persons in Marawi City temporarily forget their miseries at the evacuation centers when seasoned Philippine actress Angel Locsin visited and showed support on their plight. Locsin with staff from Tudla productions escaped from her schedules in Metro Manila and volunteered to help internally displaced residents of Marawi Thursday, June 8. The …

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of Cagayan De Oro city Mayor Oscar Moreno for graft involving P1.4-million lease of heavy equipment without conducting any public bidding. The graft charges against Moreno stemmed from a lease of heavy equipment during his incumbency as Misamis Oriental Governor. He is now serving as …

Mayor’s son, 3 others arrested in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines — The son Pigcawayan town Mayor Herminio Roquero and his three companions were arrested in a joint anti-narcotics operation by Police Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (PRDEU-12) and local police Wednesday afternoon June 7. Chief Inspector Reylan Mamon, Pigcawayan town police chief, identified the suspects as Jade Roquero, Julio Canja, Florenjo Segundera and …

Nine Filipino militants sentenced to death in Malaysia

Nine Filipino militants were sentenced to death by the Court of Appeal in Malaysia over the 2013 Lahad Datu incursion. Malaysia’s New Straits Times reported that the prosecution panel led by Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh unanimously rendered death penalty to Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54, Julham Rashid, 70, Virgilio Nemar Patulada @ Mohammad, 53, Salib …