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Supreme Court favors the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) on Tuesday ruled in favor of Proclamation 216 placing Mindanao under martial rule. Spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive was issued following Tuesday’s regular en banc session of the magistrates. Voting 11-3-1, the high court dismissed the three consolidated petitions challenging the constitutionality […]

Law grad from University of San Carlos Cebu tops 2016 bar exam

A law graduate from the University of San Carlos in Cebu topped the 2016 Bar exams while a janitor at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) also passed the Bar. These two are part of the 3,747 who passed out of the 6,344 examinees who took the 2016 Bar examinations, or […]

PH government errs in defending OFW Jakatia Pawa from death sentence?

The execution of Overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait reflects the general sorry state of cold treatment from the Philippine government these ‘heroes’ receive in return. Pawa’s execution by hanging was pushed through on Wednesday by the Kuwaiti government. The hapless OFW is the sister of Air Force Col. […]

The very ugly face of mining in the Philippines

After looking, staring at the images, what can one say, but that is the very ugly face of mining in the Philippines. So, indeed, you will be looking at the very ugly barren lands left behind or still being raped through surface mining in some parts of the country. This […]

Typhoon Auring makes second landfall in Bohol

In its recent update, the state weather bureau said typhoon Auring made a second landfall over Ubay in Bohol province. Residents of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 are warned of possible flash floods and landslides. Areas under TCWS No. 1 are Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros […]

NAIA on full allert status after Davao City bombing

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been placed in full alert status following Friday’s bombing in Davao City. Manila International Aairport Authority general manager Ed Monreal clarified that the alert status was raised as a proactive measure to ensure safety and security of airport users. Monreal clarified that the […]

Friday evening bomb blast in Davao City kills 10, injured dozens more

A bomb blast kills 10 and injured dozens more in Davao City about 10 in the evening of Friday at the Roxas night market near Ateneo de Davao University. Police authorities confirmed the incident but has yet to verify the actual number of casualties. Witnesses disclosed they saw at least […]

Peeved Duterte just declares vacant all positions with presidential appointment

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 21 — At a press conference after midnight Sunday at the Presidential Guesthouse in Panacan, President Duterte unceremoniously declared all positions in the government with appointment by a president must consider themselves resigned effective immediately (Monday) to push through with the cleansing of the ranks in the […]

8 dies in Cotabato war on drugs campaign

MIDSAYAP, Cotabato — A fire fight erupted when joint government forces were to serve warrants of arrest against a certain Commander Mabrook, leader of armed elements in Barangay Nabalawag, Midsayap, (North) Cotabato at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The clash resulted into at least eight persons killed and eight soldiers wounded during […]

Review of coal plant permits gets support from Greenpeace

The call of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez’s to review all permits and operations of coal-fired power plants in the country gets a loud support from the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace Philippines. The organization’s energy campaigner Reuben Muni also challenged DENR to take the initiative further […]

Irked Duterte reminds Sereno: Don’t create crisis

A feisty but visibly irked President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte has remained defiant amid the pronouncement made by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the inclusion of some judges in the list of persons allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the country, during his speech in […]

Duterte tells NPA deadline to declare truce until Saturday only

As if part of the present political establishment, the New Peaople’s Army just got word from President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday it has to declare a truce or else. Duterte on Friday gave the ultimatum that the rebels have until Saturday afternoon to declare a truce during his visit to […]

Duterte vows to deliver campaign promises to the people

DAVAO CITY, June 27 — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to deliver his promises to the people, will be harsh towards criminals, strict to the wrongdoers but caring for the helpless, hopeless and defenseless people. Duterte emphasized a no let up campaign against corruption and criminality in his farewell message during […]

More Mindanao politicians, personalities on incoming Duterte cabinet

KORONADAL CITY — Four leaders from the provinces of  (North) Cotabato, Maguindanao and South Cotabato were among the favored faces of the new cabinet of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Foremost among the four was incoming Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol who, after his appointment was made public,  immediately embarked on “Biyaheng […]

Conditional, release of political prisoners if Reds ok to meet for negotiations

DAVAO CITY — Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will release all political prisoners if leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines – National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) say “yes” to come home and sit down with government for talk peace. Duterte said coming home for the negotiations will be his only […]

Busy Monday for presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

DAVAO CITY – Presumptive President-elect and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will formally receive well-wishers at the privately-owned clubhouse of Matina Enclaves residential condominium here on Monday. Peter Laviña, spokesperson of the Duterte camp, said he was not sure if the mayor would be meeting the public. He said Monday […]

Comelec to hold special elections on May 14 for areas with voting failure

MANILA — A total of 52 clustered precincts from 11 towns, many in the Autonumous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will hold a special voting on Saturday, May 14. This was confirmed as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared failure of elections in 11 municipalities in the […]

What to look forward to from newly-elected president of the Philippines

With opponents having conceded defeat, the elected, new president of the Philippines (POTP) is Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The maverick candidate from Mindanao garnered 15,763,349 votes, Manuel Roxas II with 9,595,188 votes, Grace Poe with 8,857,728 votes, Jejomar Binay with 5,263,232 votes and Miriam Defensor Santiago with 5,263,232 votes. […]

No record of abuse, captive army man freed by NPA in North Cotabato

TULUNAN, North Cotabato — Emotions ran high after the family of an Army man met him following his release Tuesday by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a remote village here. The freed captive, Army Private First Class Eduardo Hilaga Jr. was abducted by members of the NPA Front 72 […]

The latest on the Kidapawan farmers violent dispersal, and more

Try keep watching the live stream video of the Philippine Senate hearing by the Committee on Justice and Human Rights last April 20 on the bloody dispersal of farmers’ rally in (North) Cotabato and Kidpapawan. Even at the first few minutes of the stream, one will get irked by how […]

Ombudsman charges N Cotabato guv for P2-M diesel fuel scam

Controversial Liberal Party member and (North) Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza faces corruption charges before the Sandiganbayan for illegal procurement in 2010 of diesel fuel worth P2.4 million from a gasoline station owned by her mother. Mendoza, who received the ire over the recent Kidapawan farmers bloody dispersal operation of the […]

North Cotabato top cops booted over violent dispersal of Kidapawan rally

KIDAPAWAN CITY, April 8 –- Two of the top Philippine National Police officers in North Cotabato province were sacked of their posts as part of the fallout of the violent dispersal of protesting farmers last April 1 here. PNP region 12 administrative head Police Sr. Supt. Danilo Peralta confirmed Friday […]

Two dead, dozens injured in violent dispersal of protesting farmers

MANILA, April 2 – Senators on Friday condemned the violent dispersal of farmers, mostly lumads, who gathered along the Cotabato-Davao highway in Kidapawan City to protest and demand for immediate relief from the devastating effects of El Niño. Initial reports disclosed that two persons were dead, identified as Rogeli Daelto […]

PDEA 11 douse cold water on Mar Roxas’ drugs accusation

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao doused cold water on the claims of a presidential candidate that anyone can buy drugs in the city. PDEA region 11 Director Adzhar Albani refused to be dragged to political mudslinging over the drugs issue in Davao City but defended the city’s […]

No fisherfolk should be left behind – Mar Roxas

Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II vowed on Sunday that he will take concrete steps to modernize the country’s fisheries system if he is elected in the May 9 national polls. Roxas shared his plans during the first Presidential Debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in […]

Duterte vows to deal decisively with crime, rice cartels

If elected to the presidency in the coming May 9 elections, PDP-Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Sunday to eliminate crime and rice cartels within the first few months of his six-year term. He made the statement during the second round of the first Pilipinas Debates, which was held […]

The qualities of the next president according to Sen. Miriam Santiago

Presidential candidate and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said the next leader of the country should have moral excellency apart from being excellent academically and professionally. In her statement during the Presidential Debate held in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, the lawmaker said she believes that it is important that […]

Mindanao Ombudsman dismiss 156 mayors, top rank public officials in 2015

Too many bad eggs in Mindanao. There were 156 mayors and other top ranked government officials got dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman of Mindanao in 2015 for various unlawful transactions. Of these number, five mayors, one regional director, and one deputy provincial treasurer were axed from public service. […]

Comelec to conduct mock elections in 20 cities and towns nationwide

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to conduct mock elections on 13 February 2016 in 20 cities and municipalities nationwide, in preparation for the 9 May 2016 national and local elections. According to Comelec, the mock elections will test and ensure the adequate security, accuracy, system and functional capability […]

Commission on Elections OK’s presidential candidacy of Duterte

The Philippine Commission on Elections OK’s candidacy of Duterte. This after the Comelec First Division unanimously denied the four disqualification cases filed against presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for lack of merit. Dismissed petitions include one filed by Ruben H. Castor. The Petition to Deny Due Course and/or […]

P336.8-M funding, contracts for three river irrigation systems signed

Three huge National Irrigation Administration projects worth P336,845,505.73 is underway for Ilocos Norte, Bukidnon and Davao Del Sur. The amount is earmarked to rehabilitate, improve irrigation systems and fund the construction of irrigators’ association support facilities. The finalized project contracts under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) […]

Get to know the new National Cultural Treasures of the Philippines

The National Museum of the Philippines has come up with identifying more national cultural treasures and cultural treasures, the latest batch in 2015. The National Museum (Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas) is a government institution which serves as an educational, scientific and cultural institution in preserving the various permanent national collections […]

ADB raise urgency for fast-tracking greenhouse gas emission reduction

A new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report raised urgency for fast-tracking Southeast Asia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, warning limited impacts of climate change arising from these discharges can already reach some 11 percent of this region’s GDP by 2100. Launched Monday in Metro Manila, the report ‘Southeast Asia and […]

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Comelec to hold special elections on May 14 for areas with voting failure

MANILA — A total of 52 clustered precincts from 11 towns, many in the Autonumous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will hold a special voting on Saturday, May 14. This was confirmed as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared failure of elections in 11 municipalities in the […]

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Bukidnon bus bombing kills 11, dozens more wounded

Police offficers in Maramag, Bukidnon are conducting manhunt on suspects who planted an improvised explosive device in a bus that killed 11 persons and dozens more wounded. Nine of the passengers were killed on the spot, two others died at the Lavinia General Hospital in Valencia, Bukidnon while forty three […]

Get to know the new National Cultural Treasures of the Philippines

The National Museum of the Philippines has come up with identifying more national cultural treasures and cultural treasures, the latest batch in 2015. The National Museum (Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas) is a government institution which serves as an educational, scientific and cultural institution in preserving the various permanent national collections […]

Ombudsman charges N Cotabato guv for P2-M diesel fuel scam

Controversial Liberal Party member and (North) Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza faces corruption charges before the Sandiganbayan for illegal procurement in 2010 of diesel fuel worth P2.4 million from a gasoline station owned by her mother. Mendoza, who received the ire over the recent Kidapawan farmers bloody dispersal operation of the […]

These voters will elect the next president of the Philippines in 2016

It is final. The Philippine Commission on Elections has released the final report of registered voters that will elect the next president, vice president, 12 senators, and other elective local government officials by May 9, 2016. And 54,363,329 registered voters valid to cast their votes will make their final choice, […]

Review of coal plant permits gets support from Greenpeace

The call of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez’s to review all permits and operations of coal-fired power plants in the country gets a loud support from the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace Philippines. The organization’s energy campaigner Reuben Muni also challenged DENR to take the initiative further […]

Man breaches Laguindingan Airport gate with a commandeered passenger van

Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Occidental was gripped in fear when a man commandeered a passenger van in the airport compound and breached the main gate on Monday. Police identified the suspect as Victor Samban of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Junal Andaya, the driver of the commandeered passenger van, said that the […]

Duterte vows to deliver campaign promises to the people

DAVAO CITY, June 27 — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to deliver his promises to the people, will be harsh towards criminals, strict to the wrongdoers but caring for the helpless, hopeless and defenseless people. Duterte emphasized a no let up campaign against corruption and criminality in his farewell message during […]

Zamboanga hosts first city bird watching festival

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 25 — Almost there. Everything is ready for the holding of the first local bird festival to be hosted by the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) on Friday, February 27, here. State college president Dr. Milabel Nazario made this announcement Tuesday, citing the […]

PH government errs in defending OFW Jakatia Pawa from death sentence?

The execution of Overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait reflects the general sorry state of cold treatment from the Philippine government these ‘heroes’ receive in return. Pawa’s execution by hanging was pushed through on Wednesday by the Kuwaiti government. The hapless OFW is the sister of Air Force Col. […]

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The latest on the Kidapawan farmers violent dispersal, and more

Try keep watching the live stream video of the Philippine Senate hearing by the Committee on Justice and Human Rights last April 20 on the bloody dispersal of farmers’ rally in (North) Cotabato and Kidpapawan. Even at the first few minutes of the stream, one will get irked by how […]

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PDEA 11 douse cold water on Mar Roxas’ drugs accusation

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao doused cold water on the claims of a presidential candidate that anyone can buy drugs in the city. PDEA region 11 Director Adzhar Albani refused to be dragged to political mudslinging over the drugs issue in Davao City but defended the city’s […]

Mindanao Ombudsman dismiss 156 mayors, top rank public officials in 2015

Too many bad eggs in Mindanao. There were 156 mayors and other top ranked government officials got dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman of Mindanao in 2015 for various unlawful transactions. Of these number, five mayors, one regional director, and one deputy provincial treasurer were axed from public service. […]

What to look forward to from newly-elected president of the Philippines

With opponents having conceded defeat, the elected, new president of the Philippines (POTP) is Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The maverick candidate from Mindanao garnered 15,763,349 votes, Manuel Roxas II with 9,595,188 votes, Grace Poe with 8,857,728 votes, Jejomar Binay with 5,263,232 votes and Miriam Defensor Santiago with 5,263,232 votes. […]

Duterte tells NPA deadline to declare truce until Saturday only

As if part of the present political establishment, the New Peaople’s Army just got word from President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday it has to declare a truce or else. Duterte on Friday gave the ultimatum that the rebels have until Saturday afternoon to declare a truce during his visit to […]

More Mindanao politicians, personalities on incoming Duterte cabinet

KORONADAL CITY — Four leaders from the provinces of  (North) Cotabato, Maguindanao and South Cotabato were among the favored faces of the new cabinet of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Foremost among the four was incoming Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol who, after his appointment was made public,  immediately embarked on “Biyaheng […]