SC dismisses 3 graft cases vs. NCot Guv Catamco

DAVAO CITY — The Supreme Court dismissed three (3) criminal charges filed by the Sandiganbayan against businesswoman Nancy Catamco, who was elected North Cotabato Governor in the 2019 elections, citing violations to her Constitutional rights to speedy disposition of cases. In a 10-page decision rendered by Supreme Court  Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin A. Caguioa, which …

Livelihood Assistance Distributed to Help Beneficiaries start their small business

DAVAO ORIENTAL – In a bid to help individuals from the marginalized sector start up for their small business, the provincial government recently turned over cash assistance to identified beneficiaries from the province’s second district. A total of 65 beneficiaries have received cash assistance of P5,000 under the Nakakaisang Lingkod Bayang ng Davao Oriental (NLD) – …

State must protect nurses, assure their benefits- Solon

OZAMIZ CITY — A Mindanao Congressman wants the government to protect its nurses and ensure their benefits in the midst of the pandemic and even during normal times. In light of the pandemic, Misamis Occidental Congressman Henry S. Oaminal sought for the protection of the welfare of nurses. Citing a  Supreme Court decision which affirmed …

Mindanao major recipient of ‘Build, Build, Build’ projects

DAVAO CITY – Even amid the coronavirus disease health crisis, Mindanao has become the forefront of the government’s Build, Build, Build (BBB) program, widely considered as a key initiative for the country’s economic recovery. “Mindanao is at the front and center of the ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program. The Department of Finance has been able to …

Duterte signs P165.5-B Bayanihan 2 law

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which provides for a PHP165.5-billion fund to finance the country’s response and recovery interventions intended to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed in a statement on Friday that Duterte signed the …

Duterte wants publication of all government infra projects

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte wants more transparency in the implementation of infrastructure projects and called for the publication of projects under negotiation, as well as those already bidded out and completed. “Malaman ko ngayon kung — malaman ng tao ‘yung estimated project tapos magkano ang winning bid, to whom it was awarded to, …

House panel defers PCOO budget briefing

MANILA – The House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday deferred the deliberations on the proposed PHP1.59-billion 2021 budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s (PCOO) over the supposed “red-tagging” of Makabayan bloc lawmakers by one of the agency’s officials. ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro raised the motion to suspend the PCOO’s budget hearing due to …

Tagum City ready for the P82-billion Mindanao Railway

DAVAO CITY — The city government of Tagum is now preparing for the much-awaited P82-billion  Mindanao Railway Project which is set to take off in the second quarter of 2021. The project when completed, according to Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon, will shorten the travel time among key cities and provinces in Mindanao, “It will …

9 Sulu cops face admin raps on killing of Army intel officers

MANILA – The nine police officers involved in the shooting of four military intelligence operatives in Jolo last June and the three top officials in Sulu have been slapped with administrative charges, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan said Monday. Cascolan said administrative charges have been filed against Senior Master Sgt. Abdelzhimar Padjiri; Master …