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Military coordinating with traditional Mindanao leaders to defeat ASG threat

MANILA –To deny the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits their traditional harboring communities, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it is connecting with the “Indigenous Muslim Traditional Leadership” to seek support for the Duterte administration’s ongoing campaign violent extremism. AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said dialogue with traditional Mindanao …

Robredo camp employing delay tactics on poll protest case –Marcos

MANILA –The legal team of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos on Monday said that dilatory tactics are being employed by Vice President Ma. Leonor Robredo saying that they were designed to prevent the truth about the massive cheating in the May 2016 elections from coming out. ”Today (Monday), we file the reply of Sen. Marcos …

27 convicts to receive pardon Tuesday—DOJ

MANILA—Some 27 convicts are set to receive certificate of conditional and commutation pardons on Tuesday in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order granting executive clemency to 127 convicts. This was bared by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday. Aguirre said he will give the pardons signed by the President in a …

Aguirre orders probe on killing of barrio doctor in Lanao del Norte

MANILA—Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II on Monday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe on the killing of a barrio doctor in Lanao del Norte last March 1. ”The National Bureau of Investigation through Director Dant Gierran, is hereby directed and granted authority to conduct investigation and case build-up over …

Top military commander in Sulu vows to finish Abu Sayyaf

MANILA –Once we have started it, we have to finish it!” These were the fighting words of Army Col. Cirilito E. Sobejana, a decorated combat officer who was awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest military award, for leading his men, though outnumbered, in a mortal combat against the Abu Sayyaf in Maluso, Basilan on …

PHP50-M to be allocated for review of mining contracts

MANILA –The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will allocate PHP50 million to enable the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) to undertake a comprehensive review of mining contracts nationwide, starting with those ordered shuttered or suspended last month by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said DBM Secretary …

Gov’t needs to fix justice system –Recto

MANILA –Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Sunday urged the government to “fix” the country’s justice system as there are “ills” that must be solved. Recto made this call following the recent human rights report on the Philippines of the US State Department which noted a “a weak and overburdened criminal justice system notable for …

China vows to accelerate efforts to pursue Belt and Road Initiative

BEIJING –China will make solid efforts to pursue the Belt and Road Initiative which calls for integration of the Asia, Africa and Europe into a cohesive economic area through infrastructure, cultural exchanges and trade, Chinese Primeri Li Keqiang said on Sunday. In his 42-page government work report during the opening of the 5th Session of …

RDNA ongoing following magnitude-5.9 quake in Surigao City

MANILA –Field units of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) with their local government counterparts in Surigao Del Norte are now conducting rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDNA) following the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck Surigao City Sunday morning. “At around 8 a.m. (Sunday) a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Surigao City. PHIVOLCS …

NFA head faces sanctions over refusal to extend rice importation under MAV system

MANILA –National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino is facing serious disciplinary sanctions that could lead to his removal over his repeated defiance of the lawful orders of the NFA Council. In a statement, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco Jr., who is also the ex officio chairman of the NFA Council, said that Aquino’s willful disregard …

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