Duterte wants Congress to act on important legislations, discuss corruption

DAVAO CITY (July 25) — President Rodrigo Duterte spelled out Monday a number of legislations he wants Congress to prioritize to realize his vision for the country before stepping down in 2022. President Duterte, in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa, called on lawmakers to reinstate the capital punishment …

Duterte wants government agencies to go digital to curb corruption

DAVAO CITY (July 24)— President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked all government agencies to do business via the digital way, human interaction and to get rid of corruption. In his speech during the 4th State of the National Address (SONA) Duterte said corruption starts when client try to negotiate for a legal government transaction which …

PhilHealth holds employers forum to tackle erroneous claims

KIDAPAWAN CITY — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) 12 (Soccsksargen) has taken steps to reduce erroneous claims, which often result in losses and inefficiencies, through a series of forums for employers in the region. Friday’s forum here also tackled ways to improve compliance with corporate policies, understand the implication of underpayments or selective reporting vis-à-vis …

Navy, Customs seize P18-M smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga

DAVAO CITY (June 27) — The Bureau of Customs and the Personnel of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem) have intercepted a shipment of smuggled cigarettes amounting to P18million in Zamboanga City, on Wednesday morning. Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan, Navforwem commander, said the smuggled cigarette shipment was intercepted around 3 a.m. Wednesday in the seawaters …

Duterte vows to run after big, powerful landowners

DAVAO CITY (June 14) —President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday expressed dismay over the continuous ownership of vast tracks of land by wealthy landowners despite the implementation of the government’s land reform program. The President named some powerful landed elites in the country who circumvent the law to continue taking hold of huge agricultural lands, depriving …

NBI arrests dialysis owner tagged by Duterte in Philhealth scam

DAVAO CITY (June 11) – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday arrested businessman Bryan Sy, owner of Wellmed Dialysis and Laboratory Center Corp. which was tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte over the alleged multi- million fraudulent claims from Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for dead patients. The NBI arrested Sy after the Philhealth …

Duterte fires FDA chief over alleged corruption

DAVAO CITY (May 17) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday fired Food and Drug Authority (FDA) Director-General Nela Charade-Puno due to corruption allegations. In a letter to Puno signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea dated May 15, he said the reason for her termination is “in line with the President’s continuing mandate to eradicate graft …