Category: Local News

JAMES GALVEZ, REPORTER Suspected poachers on board two Chinese fishing vessels flying an inverted Philippine flag were arrested by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) team off the Balintang Channel between Babuyan Island and Batanes province. BFAR national director and Agriculture Undersecretary for Fisheries Asis Perez said…

ERNIE B. ESCONDE BALANGA CITY, Bataan: The family of vice governor-elect Enrique “Tet” Garcia in this province have asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to have their patriarch replaced by his niece to ensure continuity of service. Reelected Gov. Albert Garcia said they filed a petition with the Comelec to have Ma. Cristina “Kris” Garcia…

Al Jacinto ZAMBOANGA CITY: Reelectionist mayor Beng Climaco aired an appeal to presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to exclude the city from the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that seeks to create a separate Muslim territory in the Southern Philippines. Climaco, who campaigned for Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party, sent a congratulatory message…

THOM F. PICAÑA BAGUIO CITY: Environmentalists and indigenous people in Northern Luzon are pushing presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to nationalize the mining industry “that prioritizes people over profit.” Amianan Salakniban (Defend The North), through spokesperson Igorot leader Fernando Mangili, said Duterte could also work for the junking of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 that…

Patrick Roxas SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: Alleged illegal construction and excavation work being undertaken by an American resident in one of the upscale villages here has caused uproar among his neighbors expressing concern for their safety. Brian Lance Giles, who was given a 50-year lease on a 740-square-meter area by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)…

MICHAEL JOE DELIZO AND ROSELLE AQUINO BACOOR CITY, Cavite: Police arrested at dawn on Tuesday four suspected drug peddlers and seized P20.8 million-worth of shabu here. Cavite Police Provincial Director, Senior Supt. Eliseo Cruz, identified the suspects as Isa Umpara Abundas alias Tarapas; Michael Ruiz Dumagay Jr.; Jamil Umpara Abundas alias Ato and Camallouding Ruiz…