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Duterte: ‘Let the people decide’ on who to elect in 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte urged everyone to “let the people decide” who they want to elect into the Senate in the 2019 elections. Sought for comments regarding the senatorial slate which was announced by House Speaker and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte answered, “Let the people decide. It’s not a one-man story …

DepEd clarifies make-up classes need not be just Saturdays

MANILA— The Department of Education (DepEd) recently clarified that make-up classes need not be conducted only on Saturdays. “Make-up classes could be done by adding one to two hours per day in the class,” explained Joyce Andaya, DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Division director. She said the DepEd regional directors would find out how many hours are …

AFP backs Duterte plan to tag NPA as terrorist group

MANILA— Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla, on Sunday said the military supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he would classify the New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist group. “On the matter concerning the NPA, government has done its part and negotiated with sincerity,” Padilla said. Duterte said he was …

DOJ chief eyes new jail facility in north Luzon

MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II over the weekend bared plans to improve other regional penitentiaries and to construct a new jail facility in northern Luzon. Aguirre said the new facility would be built either in Pangasinan, Ilocos or Nueva Ecija. “We will establish one in the north. Wala pa tayo diyan (We don’t have one …

ARMM marks 28th anniversary

COTABATO CITY — All is set for the celebration of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s 28th founding anniversary on Nov. 20 that would be highlighted by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman’s second State of the Region Address (SORA). Hataman, in an interview by newsmen, said his Monday’s SORA could be his last as the region …

Duterte to list CPP-NPA-NDF as terrorist

DAVAO CITY — Like the United States, President Rodrigo Duterte will place the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in the list of terrorists. If he had recognized them before as legitimate rebels, Duterte said he would no longer talk to them with the continued depredations and killing of innocent of …

PDEA seizes P53.83-M drugs in 1st month of leading anti-drug war

MANILA —The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has posted significant accomplishments in its anti-narcotics operations, one month after President Rodrigo Duterte declared it as the lead law enforcement unit to wage war against illegal drugs. PDEA conducted a total of 1,341 anti-drug operations from October 10 to November 10 this year, resulting in the arrest …

Food supply chain ‘perfected’ in 3rd year of Duterte admin

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte is committed to perfect the food supply chain in the country by the third year of his administration. This as the President lauded the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Ayala Corporation for initiating a partnership that would help farmers and fisherfolk freed from middlemen or cartels and provide …

DOT sees 7-M tourist arrivals by end of 2017

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Saturday said the government is optimistic tourist arrivals in the country will reach its 7-million mark by end of the year. According to DOT spokesperson Frederick Alegre, arrivals already hiked 11 percent per month compared to 2016. As of August 2017, he said, recorded arrivals went over …

Aguirre welcomes PDEA, BuCor deal to rid jails of illegal drugs

MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II welcomed the renewed partnership of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to curb illegal drug activities inside government prison facilities and penal farms. “I don’t see anything wrong with it. As a matter of fact, it is good. We all know that before President …

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