Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel intends to move back to October 2021 for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections planned for May 2020. Pimentel submitted House Bill 905 requesting the postponement of the said elections from 11 May 2020 to 11 October 2021. The lawmaker said this is to offer more time to prepare for the Commission on Elections (Comelec). He stated that they want to offer the Comelec


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was accused of being the most brazen violator of a new law he approved that would penalize a broad variety of sexual harassment, from catcalling to wolf whistling. The controversial remarks about females by the 74-year-old president include countless jokes about rape and incensed women’s rights activists, but did not dent his common approval at home. Duterte’s government published information of a law he signed that


At this year’s Taste of London, an annual gathering of over 50,000 foodies, chefs, and culinary taste-makers around the world, held at Regent’s Park, the Department of Tourism showcased the best of the Philippines, especially its food. The Philippine booth served dried mangoes from Cebu and snacks in the 5-day case, attracting crowds with live musical performance and jam sessions. Through the involvement of the Philippines in this year’s London

President Rodrigo Duterte

West Philippine Sea is “ours,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday, July 2, amid prevailing maritime tension with China. The President’s seemingly bolder statement came following the June 9 allision of Filipino and Chinese fishing boats at Recto (Reed) Bank, which is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In a speech delivered in Pasay City, Duterte asserted the country’s ownership of the West Philippine Sea, as he took


DAVAO CITY — Mike “Magic” Plania, the bantamweight protégé of General Santos City will be back in action as he bouts in the United States on July 26 against a yet to be announced opponent. 22-year-old Plania (20W-L1-0D, 11KO) knocked out Nicong “The Destroyer” Calamba of Butuan City in their April 30 fight in General Santos City. Plania also shattered American Juan Antonio “The Wolf” Lopez by a unanimous decision

Ilocos Norte

A 77-year-old tourism ambassador Ana Magbual of Alogoog village in Badoc, Ilocos Norte said Friday an average of around thousand pilgrims visit the Minor Basilica of St. John the Baptist in a day as compared before when barely a hundred local churchgoers hear mass at the Badoc church. This is where a lowly-church located at the heart of Badoc town continues to attract pilgrims all over the world a year


Low-income families felt inflation had accelerated in May after six straight months of slowing down, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Monday. The inflation rate for the country’s bottom 30% income households clocked in at 4.6% in May, faster than the year-on-year overall price increase of 4.3% in April, but was slower than 6.4% in May 2018. The latest reading brought the year-to-date pace for this income segment to

Davao city

DAVAO CITY — The New People’s Army (NPA) continues to lose its members in Paquibato District here as another ranking political officer surrendered and handed over explosives to the 16th Infantry battalion under the 1003rd Infantry Brigade. Capt. Erick Wynmer Calulot, the Civil-Military Operations Officer of 1003rd Infantry Brigade, said that Epifanio Blas, 49, married, and a resident of Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District, abandoned the NPA days before he surrendered


MANILA, Philippines — Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stated that the Filipino seafarers at work in one of the two oil tankers damaged in a supposed attack near the Strait of Hormuz have returned home. A statement on Wednesday, the DFA stated the 11 Filipino seafarers of MT Front Altair arrived in Manila this morning. The MT Front Altair is one of the two vessels hurt during the incident near

José Rizal

MANILA – Google on Wednesday celebrated the 158th birth anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal with a special doodle for its default search engine. The search engine’s doodle features a likeness of Rizal together with a quill pen, an excerpt from his novels that inspired the Philippine revolution, and a magnifying glass to represent his occupation as an ophthalmologist. Google gave a statement, “Today, Rizal is remembered as a Filipino