SK chair gunned down in Albay town

LEGAZPI CITY — The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leader of Barangay Ibaugan, Daraga, Albay was shot dead on Monday by unidentified gunmen in the said village, a Philippine National Police official said. Lt. Rodelon Betita, Daraga chief of police, identified the victim as Jane Nuñez, 25. Betita said more or less four unidentified suspects approached the victim … Read More

PRRD orders gov’t agencies to simplify transactions

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered five government agencies to simplify their transactions and use technology to accelerate service delivery. The President issued the directive to Land Transportation Office (LTO), Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Land Registration Authority (LRA), and Pag-IBIG Fund as he delivered his fourth State of the … Read More

Teachers’ pay hike in new Salary Standardization Law

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to pass a new Salary Standardization Law (SSL) that would increase the salary of public school teachers and other government employees. “To the teachers who toil and work tirelessly to educate our young, kasali na po dito ‘yung hinihingi niyo…hindi masyadong malaki pero (your request is included here… it’s … Read More

2 nabbed, P340K shabu seized in Zambo anti-drug ops

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), backed by policemen and soldiers, have arrested two suspected drug dealers in separate anti-drug operations here, officials said Monday. Arrested were Manny Mustapha alias Boss, 49, a construction worker; and, Abdulmajid Jackan, 43. Lawyer Jacqueline de Guzman, PDEA regional director, said Mustapha was arrested around … Read More

PhilHealth mess magnifies ‘pervasive’ corruption in gov’t: PRRD

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday stressed the prevalence of corruption in the country by citing the ghost claims that hounded the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in the past months. “The recent uncovering of the massive fraud that perpetrated against the public health insurance proved that corruption is pervasive. (A) Huge amount of medical … Read More

Duterte touts Boracay’s rehab: ‘It’s just the start’

MANILA— President Rodrigo Duterte has included the Boracay rehabilitation in his administration’s legacy for the past three years, touting the island’s makeover as step one in the government’s bid to rehabilitate more Philippine destinations. “Equipped with political will, the government ordered the closure of Boracay island for six months to prevent its further deterioration. We … Read More

Isko Moreno vows to go after fugitives

MANILA — Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday vowed to intensify the city’s anti-criminality efforts as he presented three fugitives arrested in separate law enforcement operations during the last few days. Domagoso presented murder suspect Ricky Bacani, 36, who has been into hiding since the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 issued a … Read More