Aid packages ready for ex-MILF fighters, says senior DSWD official

September 10, 2019 KORONADAL CITY – Aid packages are ready for former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels that will be decommissioned this week in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao, a senior Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) official said Monday. Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD-12 regional director, said on the day of decommissioning set […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

4 civilians killed in fresh Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen’s capital

SANAA, May 26 (Xinhua) — At least four civilians were killed when Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit the headquarters of the state-run Oil Company and neighboring houses in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday evening, officials, residents and rescuers said. Eleven others were wounded, including four children, said security officials and rescuers at the scene. Police cordoned […]

Sulu town mayor, barangay leaders surrender guns, ammunition

ZAMBOANGA CITY, February 4  — A Sulu town mayor and his barangay captains on Friday surrendered high-powered firearms in response to the campaign against unlicensed firearms in the province. Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said the weapons were surrendered to his command at about 1 p.m. Friday by Mayor Anton Burahan […]

More than 100 people rallied in Indonesia’s Aceh province Friday in support of the police chief who sought permission from Islamic scholars before raiding five beauty salons and detaining 12 transgender people last weekend. The rally following Friday prayers came days after national Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian ordered an investigation into the raids, according […]

2 Mindanaoan pugs vie for Interim OPBF light flyweight title

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 11 — Ivan Soriano of General Santos City and Jaysever Abcede of Valencia City will be fighting against each other for the interim Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) light flyweight title on December 16 at the Makati Cinema Square Boxing Arena in Makati City. Soriano (16W-1L-1D, 8 KOs), a former interim […]

Reporter’s Notebook: What I Saw in Cox’s Bazar

Usually it takes an hour to travel from the port city of Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf, the southernmost town in Bangladesh, on a road that runs along the sea. But these days, buses plying Marine Drive take at least four hours to reach Teknaf. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have flooded the roadside spaces. […]

Four policemen wounded in Maguindanao roadside bomb attack

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 9 – Suspected Muslim rebels detonated a homemade bomb Tuesday morning in Mamasapano town in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao leaving four policemen wounded. Town mayor Zamzamin Ampatuan said cops were on board a patrol car heading to the provincial headquarters in nearby town of Shariff Aguak around 10:45 a.m. […]

ISIS cell in Mindanao

A Video grab photo of Esmail Sheikh Abdulmalik alias Abu Turaifie (center) released three days ago shows by his jihadist militia he is still alive leading the newly formed organization “Jamaatul Muhaajireen Wal Ansar”, a breakaway group from Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that supports the demands of the international terrorist organization Islamic State of […]

China’s Leader Urges Restraint on North Korea in Call With Trump

BEIJING — China’s president, Xi Jinping, has urged President Trump to show restraint toward North Korea despite signs that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. Mr. Xi made the appeal in a phone call with Mr. Trump on Monday that reflected growing alarm over North Korea’s plans, which could tip the region into […]

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