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Service, transparency, mark first 100 days of city council

Service, transparency, unity, and accountability marked the first 100 days of the city council under the leadership of Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy. The City Council has held 13 regular sessions, 74 committee meetings and conducted several ocular inspections to address various concerns and requests of the city’s constituents. These …

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Plaza wants pro-active Peza, create more regional offices

by Ben Serrano Correspondent BUTUAN City- The new Peza Director General Charito “Ching” Plaza wanted a pro-active Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) as she vowed creation of more ecozones in the country as well as the establishments of PEZA regional offices. In an exclusive interview this publication in the presence …

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Reds’ revamp peace panel

THE negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front has revamped its membership with the resignation of erstwhile peace panel chairman Luis Jalandoni. In an emailed statement, the NDF said they granted the long-standing request of Jalandoni to resign his post as peace panel chair. “The national leadership of the NDFP …

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Landslide in old quarry site buries, kills teenager

By LITO RULONA, Correspondent A 16-year old boy is dead after a landslide in an abandoned quarry area in Barangay Pagatpat during heavy downpour Tuesday afternoon. Authorities identified the fatality as John Gabriel Mercado, 16, and a resident of Phase II-B Lot-31 Block-3 Relocation Site, Sitio Calaanan, Barangay Canitoan. The …

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‘Internal cleansing’ in PNP an internal, secret affair

By Malou Mangahas, and Vino Lucero, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (Last of two parts) At the PNP National Headquarters, there are only 40 multi-skilled SOCO personnel performing multiple tasks under the PNP’s Crime Laboratory Office. They include: Team Leaders, 12 personnel Photographers, 2 Fingerprint Identification Examiners/Technicians, 8 Firearms Identification …

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Oro dads to summon local petrol players

By LITO RULONA, Correspondent The City Council Committee on Ways and Means, Trade and Commerce will summon local oil players in the city including local petroleum dealers association to shed light on the alleged predatory pricing of oil products in Mindanao. City Councilor George Goking, chairman of the Ways and …

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City intensifies campaign against dengue

To lessen the increasing number of dengue cases in the city, the city council urged the City Health Office in coordination with the barangays to strengthen its campaign against dengue. This, after the Committee on Health, Sanitation and Health Insurance convened together with Dr. Fe Bongcas and Ramon Bautista both …

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‘Internal cleansing’ in PNP an internal, secret affair

By Malou Mangahas, and Vino Lucero, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (First of two parts) THEIR TASKS have never really been easy, but President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has most probably made their life much more toxic. Aside from their regular duties, they are now expected to run after …

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Pimentel: Federalism is next step to decentralization of democracy

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said the next step in Philippine democracy is to move from decentralization to federalism to ensure a “society which is just and fair” for future generations of Filipinos. “If we truly want to empower the regions, we must federalize. If we want to speed …

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Kids & violence on TV

By Karol Ilagan, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism TV REMAINS the major source of information and entertainment among Filipinos even as watching content via digital platforms has risen in the last two years among those with Internet access. Nielsen’s TV Audience Measurement, released in December 2015, shows that Filipinos watch …

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