Army soldiers drop firearms to carry PWD who receive relief goods, wheelchair

MAKILALA, North Cotabato— On November 19, Army soldiers Cpl. Brian Ayo-on and Pfc Allan Raagas of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, dropped their firearms to carry Luwel Laguyo, a person with disability, who travelled about 24 kilometers from his village Guangan, to join his group in the town center and receive his …

Duterte to developed countries: Stop shipping garbage to Asian countries

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte wants developed Western countries to stop shipping their garbage marked as “recyclables” to developing Asian countries. The President said Monday that the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia are among those who become dumping grounds for hazardous shipments. “If we are talking about improving the ecology of the place, the environment, then …

Indian president to visit PH next week

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday confirmed that Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is slated to undertake a state visit to the Philippines from October 17 to 21 at the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte. “The state visit marks an important milestone in the Philippine-India bilateral relations as both countries commemorate the 70th …

Gov’t urged to pursue cases vs. ‘narco-politicians’ who won in polls

MANILA — In the aftermath of the just concluded elections, several lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Thursday called on the government to “seriously” pursue cases against winning politicians, who were included on President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “narco list,” especially if there are sufficient evidence against them. Representatives Robert Ace Barbers (Surigao del Norte), Alfredo …

Residents evacuate as Tropical Storm Vinta hits Surigao Sur

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Hundreds of residents from coastal villages of Hinatuan and other low lying areas of  Surigao del Sur left their homes for safety as  Tropical Storm “Vinta” (Tembin) threaten the province and parts of Caraga region. This as the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) in a text blast at 10:30 …

Pablo year 5: housing and Aquino’s unfulfilled promise

MATI CITY, Philippines— It’s been five years,  when Super Typhoon Pablo (International name Bhopa) hit the Davao Oriental, but until now, the survivors struggle to stay a normal life in a house built from a broken promise. Pablo made landfall in Mindanao and was considered one of the worst typhoons to hit the island. The …

Roque urges Communist leaders to move on

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is asking the Communist rebels to move on as other communist countries have fully developed while they are lagging behind. President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) saying the rebels never reciprocated his goodwill and worse, …