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  • Defense chief visit to Pag-asa Island a morale boost for troops

    April 23, 2017 12:18 PM 3

    PAG-ASA ISLAND, Philippines — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s long-planned visit to Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on Friday was a big motivation for troops stationed there. “Masaya kami dahil ‘yung balita na dala niya na nakakapagpa-high morale sa amin. Mapapabuti yung buhay ng mga kasundaluhan,” said Lieutenant

  • Duterte taps Cimatu as envoy for OFW refugees

    April 23, 2017 11:46 AM 3

    MANILA — Malacañang on Sunday night said President Duterte has appointed former Armed Forces chief of staff Roy Cimatu as special ambassador for overseas Filipino worker-refugees. Presidential spokesperson Ernie Abella announced Cimatu’s newest Cabinet position. Prior to his appointment, President Duterte had designated Cimatu as special envoy to the Middle

  • Slain Boholano Abu Sayyaf was a ‘very good kid’

    April 23, 2017 10:20 AM 5

    Joselito Melloria, a Boholano who became an Abu Sayyaf Group member, lies lifeless and surrounded by law enforcers following a gunfight with soldiers and policemen along a wooded area in Barangay Bacani in Clarin, Bohol, on April 22, 2017. Moreover, he was a “kind and respectful person” that it came as a shock to his former landlady Pacing dela Torre

  • Waterspout seen in Batangas; no one hurt

    April 23, 2017 9:10 AM 4

    LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – A waterspout was spotted offshore Mabini, Batangas around noon on Sunday. Lito Castro of the Batangas Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the waterspout, which formed over the sea between Mabini and the island municipality of Tingloy, was first reported to them by local officials of Mabini at 11:54 am. Mabini Mayor

  • PH security officials: We can't fail ASEAN Summit

    April 23, 2017 9:06 AM 3

    Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa uses the NBA playoffs to explain the importance of the task at hand MANILA, Philippines – Like coaches rallying team members to start and finish strong, top Philippine security officials on Sunday, April 23, gave pep talks to government personnel tasked to provide security and emergency response during

  • Palace: DND chief’s visit to Pag-asa Island ‘routine’

    April 23, 2017 6:46 AM 5

    MANILA, Philippines — Malacañan on Sunday defended a visit by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Año and other defense officials to Pag-asa Island last Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the defense officials' visit to the disputed island is nothing new. President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier floated

  • Reds attack popular tourist spot in Davao Oriental

    April 23, 2017 5:29 AM 3

    Communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels staged an attack at Aliwagwag Falls, one of the main tourist destinations in the province of Davao Oriental, at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday (April 23), an official said. “No tourist was injured in the attack,” Captain Rhyan Batchar, chief information officer of the 10th Infantry (Agila) Division, said in a phone interview

  • Sleeping woman mauled by own brother in Albay

    April 23, 2017 5:13 AM 3

    LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — A woman was attacked by her own brother with a hoe while she was sleeping Saturday night in Tabaco City in Albay province, police said Sunday. The Tabaco City police said initial investigation showed that the victim, Merriam Obcian, 36, was lying on bed when her brother Michael Obcian, 26, came and without any provocation, struck

  • Palace welcomes LP’s rejection of impeachment bid vs Duterte

    April 23, 2017 4:55 AM 2

    Malacañang on Sunday welcomed the stand of Liberal Party lawmakers from the House of Representatives not to support the impeachment proceedings against President Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said any move to oust Duterte from office would be “counterproductive” especially for the country’s economy, which had been foreseen

  • Boholano was ‘kind, respectful’ before joining Abu Sayyaf

    April 23, 2017 3:38 AM 2

    Authorities find the body of slain Abu Sayyaf leader Joselito Melloria following a clash in Barangay Bacani in Clarin, Bohol, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Bohol provincial administrator ALFONSO A.E. DAMALERIO) CLARIN, Bohol — Boholano Joselito Melloria, the slain Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member, was not only familiar with the town of Clarin