Chinese Warships Entered Philippine Waters without Notification

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Zamboanga, Philippines —  Five Chinese warships passed through southern Philippine waters without notifying Manila on two occasions since July, a Filipino general said Thursday, as President Rodrigo Duterte prepares to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later this month to discuss the disputed South China Sea region. Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the Philippine […]

OTC-BARMM Minister puts an end to issues in Tawi-Tawi

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TAWI-TAWI—For over three years now, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) provincial office in Tawi-Tawi has been in confusion in terms of leadership that prompted an immediate ocular inspection on Tuesday, 6 August. Although democratically expressed, Minister of Transportation and Communications (MOTC)-BARMM, Dickson P. Hermoso conveyed a strong message […]

Ex MILF fighters join basic military training in Mindanao

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Camp Lucero, Carmen, North Cotabato — Around 225 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) undergo basic military training today, 1 August at 602nd Brigade, Camp Lucero, Carmen, North Cotabato. They are the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) who will be in this camp for the next 30 days to go through standard military […]

DSWD 12 honor teacher remarkable undertakings for students in North Cotabato


KABACAN, NORTH COTABATO — Concerned about the plight of students in her town, Sampaguita Derecho Martin will always make a  way to squeeze in her tight schedule a time to visit students candidate for drop out, encouraging them the future that awaits should they get a degree in college. The 55-year-old teacher Kilagasan, Kabacan town […]

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Military surgical operation killed 20 BIFF Terrorists in Maguindanao

In this photo shows bomb materials and other belongings of pro ISIS recovered by the military in days of fighting in Maguindanao.  ( AFP Handout photo via Mark Navales )

Maguindanao—After three days of intensive military operation against the Daesh-Inspired terror group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the number of neutralized BIFF terrorists have reached to 20 killed and wounding 11 more militants in the areas of Salibu-Pagatin-Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. The troops of 40th Infantry Battalion headed by LtCol. Rogelio Gabi were able […]

NAPC exec sees 14% poverty rate in 2022


COTABATO CITY, December 18 — President Duterte’s point man in the anti-poverty campaign has expressed confidence the country’s poverty incidence would have been whittled down to 14% in 2022 once “government services are brought closer to the 14 basic sectors of society without let-up.” The country’s poverty incidence currently stands at 21.6%. But in Davao […]

DSWD 12 clarifies rotten relief in Marawi

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Nov. 19 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development clarified Sunday reports over rotten reliefs obtained by people displaced by last year’s fighting between government troops and pro- Islamic State militants that left more than a thousand people dead. Zorahayda Taha, DSWD 12 regional director, said all batches of relief items […]

Family battles to overcome darkness in life

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T’BOLI, SOUTH COTABATO — Like any other poor families in the country, the Malones are not stranger to every life uncertainty. It’s even vivid to Robert Malones, 45, father to six children, about his dark experiences when he was young that until now continue to pops-up every time he is down. He recalled his relatives […]

Poverty rate declines 5 percent due to CCT


KORONADAL CITY, June 13 — The World Bank (WB) reported the country’s poverty rate declined by 5 percent this year, according to a senior official of Department of Social Welfare and Development. In their new poverty assessment report released last month, the WB cited  from  2006 to 2015 robust economic growth helped the poverty rate […]

DSWD 12 provide relief assistance to families displaced by military’s air and ground assault vs. Lawless elements in Maguindanao and North Cotabato

PAGALUNGAN, MAGUINDANAO — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 extended relief assistance Monday to families affected by fresh fighting between military and armed lawless elements in Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces. On June 10, the military launched surgical air strikes and ground assault against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom […]

Philippines rejects calls of rights groups to lift Martial Law in Mindanao

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MARAWI CITY, May 27 The Philippines rejected Friday calls from leftist groups to lift military rule in the southern Philippines as there are no valid reasons to take back the declaration as thousands of loose guns remain unaccounted in areas where pro Islamic State militants holding foreign and Filipino hostages are active.  Armed Forces of […]

DILG to check on choice of 4Ps beneficiaries


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to probe the choice of beneficiaries for the Pantawid Pampamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a government poverty alleviation program that gives some cash to indigent families. “We will check if they are really deserving to benefit from the program of the government (under 4Ps),” DILG […]

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