Cayetano to UN Human Rights Council: EJKs not state-sponsored

MANILA, Philippines –Extra Judicial Killings are not state sponsored this was the message of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. Cayetano who defended President Rodrigo Duterte before the UNCHR emphasized “There are extrajudicial killings but it is not state-sponsored and we are trying our best to …

For claiming to be an engineer when he is not: So. Leyte governor charged with falsification

MANILA, Philippines– Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado is set to face trial before the Sandiganbayan after the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge him with Falsification of Public Documents under Article 171 (4) of the Revised Penal Code. Case records show that Mercado failed to submit a true, correct and complete Personal Data Sheet (PDS) …

Lopez sings “I believe I can Fly” after CA rejection

MANILA, Philippines— The powerful Committee on Appointments rejected her bid for confirmation as Environment Secretary but Regina Paz Lopez she never showed bitterness. In fact, the former secretary sing the song “I believe I can fly”, even invited her staff and reporters to sing with her. Lopez was rejected but her advocacy for environment remains. …

President Duterte to issue executive order for ‘endo’

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte announced Monday during the celebration of Labor’s Day here that he will issue an executive order directing employers to strictly implement the end of contractualization (endo) or labor-only contracting jobs. The President also asked the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to deputize trade unions to strictly monitor …

Lapanday attacks ‘to displace hundreds of workers, business partners’-Lapanday

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —The Saturday attack by the New People’s Army on the facilities of Lapanday Fruits Corporation (LFC) will displace hundreds of employees and business traders On Saturday dawn communist rebels simultaneously attacked and burned two box plants of LFC in Barangay Mandug, burned Macondray plastic plant in barangay Tagpore, Panabo City and raided …

PHL to import fresh fruits and processed foods

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants to open market for fresh fruits and processed foods to be imported in Indonesia. This after the launching of the Davao-GenSan-Bitung Roll-on, Roll-off (RoRo) route Sunday. Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo witnessed the maiden voyage at Kudos Port in …

Rebels launch three simultaneous attacks, Mayor Sara Duterte condemns terror acts

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Members of the News Peoples Army (NPA) launched simultaneous attacks against a local business tycoon by burning their factories and disarmed security guards here. The militant groups and the Lorenzo’s, owner of the vast track of land mostly dedicated to banana are at loggerheads involving the plantation workers. To weeks, ago, Agrarian Secretary …


Duterte vows to investigate police station’s ‘secret jail’

MANILA, Manila— President Rodrigo Duterte wants to investigate the so-called “secret jail” inside a police precinct in Tondo, Manila. Asked about his opinion on the discovery by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of eleven individuals hidden inside a polica station Friday, Duterte quipped ”I will look into this after… this afternoon. I will call …

SC to hold special en banc session for Bar Exam results deliberation 

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) set for May 3 the special en banc session to deliberate on the results of last year’s Bar examinations. This was bared by SC Public Information Office through their Twitter account on Wednesday. The special session usually deliberates on whether to maintain or adjust the passing grade. “The …