Martial law in Mindanao necessary to suppress lawless violence – Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Mindanao island under martial law to suppress terrorist groups from wreaking further havoc in Southern Philippines. “In order to suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety, it is necessary to declare Martial Law in the entire island of Mindanao, including Sulu, … Read More

DOTr suspends implementation of anti-distracted driving act

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has suspended the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) that prohibits motorists from using mobile devices and electronic gadgets, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member and spokesperson, Aileen Lizada, said Tuesday. Lizada said that for the meantime, the DOTr will conduct an information campaign. … Read More

Newly appointed MMDA Chair Lim to instill strict discipline in agency

MANILA — Newly appointed Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim has vowed to eradicate corruption in the agency by imposing strict discipline among its employees. Lim formally assumed office Tuesday. He said he has ordered an audit of all existing equipment, vehicles and personnel of the agency. He would also probe into previous … Read More

PAGASA: Light to moderate rains in Luzon Tuesday

MANILA — The low pressure area spotted 1,200 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms in Luzon on Tuesday, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. In its 24-hour forecast, PAGASA said Visayas and Mindanao may also experience partly cloudy to … Read More

Federalism promoter is defense counsel for Russian charged with endangered turtle’s death

DUMAGUETE CITY — A staunch promoter of a federal form of government in the Philippines has announced that he will be lawyering for the Russian national recently charged for the death of an endangered Green Sea turtle in Dauin, Negros Oriental. Lawyer Joel Obar, also a die-hard supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte’s federalism campaign, disclosed … Read More