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

DSWD workers and volunteers unload sacks of rice intended for residents affected by conflict in MarawiÊCity.

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

Malones family.

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

A man inspects the headquarters of the state-run Oil Company after it was hit by airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 27, 2018. 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. (Xinhua/Mohammed Mohammed)

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 […]

Muslim protesters participate in an anti-LGBT rally in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Feb. 2, 2018. (Reuters)

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

People drive past an APC in Kauran, Ampatuan in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao on December 24, 2015. Seven Christian farmers were killed on December 24 as Muslim guerrillas launched a series of attacks in the troubled southern Philippines, the military said. (Mark Navales)

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

Abu Toraifie 02

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 […]

China alarmed by PHL military officials’ visit to Pagasa Island

Pag-Asa Island. (Photo by Rappler)

BEIJING, April 22 — China has lodged representations with the Philippine side following a visit by the Filipino defense and military officials in Pagasa Island, according to the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. ”Gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with this, China has lodged representations with the Philippine side,” Lu Kang said in a press […]

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