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3 Davao cops caught drinking beer in public sacked

DAVAO CITY -- Three police officers who were caught on video drinking beer inside a restaurant in their uniforms have been relieved of their positions while an investigation is being conducted. Police Regional Office (PRO)-11 spokesperson Chief Inspector Jason Baria made this disclosure on Wednesday afternoon. ...

Screen capture of a video shot by Brigada News Davao anchor Jun Digamon of police officers drinking beer inside a restaurant in Davao City.

Ayan Mellejor | 7 hours ago

The Nation

Duterte: No need for communism to implement genuine land reform

MANILA -- The communist ideology is not needed to implement genuine land reform program in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday. "To date, I have distributed something like 6,000 titles. You do not have to be a communist to have a good, true-blue land reform program," Duterte said in a speech at the Annual Asse ...

MOBBED. "To date, I have distributed something like 6,000 titles. You do not have to be a communist to have a good, true-blue land reform program," Duterte says in a speech at the annual assembly of the Provincial Union of Leaders Against Illegality (PULI) in Lucena City on Tuesday. Story on Page 8. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNA | 7 hours ago

The Nation

Conjoined twins get chance at normal lives

Like other twin babies, Divine and Mercy are cute, bubbly, and look almost exactly alike.It’s only when you look closer that you see the almost insurmountable problem they face: they were born conjoined at the chest. As residents of Sabang in Camarines Norte, their parents Rubelyn Guinto and Edmund Cerilo sought the help of Gover ...

Go meets conjoined twins Divine and Mercy.

MDM | 1 day ago

The Nation

US imposes one-year ban on new Filipino workers

The high rate of overstaying FIlipinos and concerns over the high volume of  victims of human trafficking have prompted the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to impose a one-year ban on Filipino migrant workers. The DHS published a notice on Friday in which it announced that new workers from the Philippines are no longer allowed to seek employment under H2 status in the United States. The ban runs from January 19, 2019 to January 18, 2020. The DHS said it believes the concerns on overstaying Filipinos and human trafficking are "severe enough" to warrant the removal of ...

MDM | 1 day ago

Mindanao

1 dead, 2 missing in Davao Oriental flash flood

DAVAO CITY – One person was killed, two were injured, and two others have gone missing when rapid flooding of a “dead creek” washed out 50 houses in San Ignacio village in Manay town, Davao Oriental on Tuesday morning. The initial report of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-11 identified the fatality ...

Photo courtesy of Davao Oriental Provincial Information Office

Ayan Mellejor | 1 day ago

The Nation

House panel approves bill lowering age of criminal liability

MANILA -- The House Committee on Justice approved on Monday a bill lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old, which amends Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. The panel only took about five minutes to approve the committee report containing the still unnumbered substitute bill after Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro motioned for its approval, following the opening remarks of panel chair Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador “Doy” Leachon. Castro’s motion was immediately seconded despite objections from Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas and Agusan ...

PNA | 2 days ago

Mindanao

Comelec says BOL plebiscite successful

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) plebiscite was "successful" despite recording cases where some precincts did not open on time after some teachers did not report to their assigned areas. “Overall, successful ang ating BOL.& ...

Women look for their names at a voting precinct in Maguindanao on Monday during the plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Noel CELIS / AFP

PNA | 2 days ago

The Nation

Oil prices up for 3rd week in a row

MANILA -- Local pump prices are set to go up again Tuesday, the third increase in as many weeks. Oil firms announced Monday that prices of diesel will increase by P0.40 per liter, gasoline by P0.10 per liter, and kerosene by P0.15 per liter. According to industry sources, oil prices have gone up by 4 per ...

PNA | 2 days ago

Mindanao

FROM BULLETS TO BALLOT: MILF chair Murad votes in school where he learned to read and write

By Carolyn O. Arguillas COTABATO CITY  (MindaNews) – On Monday, January 21, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will return to the school where he learned to read and write, this time to cast his vote to formally end the nearly 51-year armed struggle and move on to the parliamentary strug ...

MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim registers as a voter in September 2018. Photo courtesy of Bangsamoro Transition Commission

MindaNews | 2 days ago

Mindanao

ARMM, Isabela, Cotabato cities vote on BOL today

Today residents of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Isabela City, and Cotabato City cast their vote on the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Signed by the President on July 26 last year, the BOL seeks to establish a new Bangsamoro political entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It is consid ...

Photo from OPAPP

MDM | 2 days ago