PRRD again names Pangarungan amirul hajj this year

By Ali G. Macabalang MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has named for the fourth time lawyer Saidamen Pangarungan as head of the Philippine Pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca), even as officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have announced having resumed regular hajj activities on a regulation fashion in deference to the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic.… Read More PRRD again names Pangarungan amirul hajj this year

SEAL awardees each get P2.5-M incentive, 18k gold medallion from MILG

COTABATO CITY – For the first time since its launching in December 2020, the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) granted the Salamat Excellence Award for Leadership (SEAL) to six (6) local chief executives (LCEs) in the Bangsamoro region. Named after Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) founding chair Sheikh Salamat Hashim, the prestigious SEAL… Read More SEAL awardees each get P2.5-M incentive, 18k gold medallion from MILG

LWUA mulls takeover of MKWD mgt over financial mess

By Ali G. Macabalang KIDAPAWAN CITY – The Local Water Utilities Administration intends to take over the management and operation of the Metro Kidapawan Water District (MKWD) due to alleged financial woes, which authorities like the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been probing on. “We are now researching on the possibility of a takeover… Read More LWUA mulls takeover of MKWD mgt over financial mess

COVID pandemic ‘nowhere near over:’ WHO chief

PMT Foreign Desk, Jan. 18, 2022 The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, the World Health Organization chief said Tuesday, cautioning against a narrative that the fast-spreading Omicron variant is risk-free. “This pandemic is nowhere near over,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. Tedros warned against dismissing as mild the coronavirus variant Omicron, which has spread… Read More COVID pandemic ‘nowhere near over:’ WHO chief

North Korea to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests

North Korea says it may consider resuming “all temporarily suspended” nuclear and long-range weapons tests to boost its defenses against Washington’s “military threats,” amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and renewed US sanctions against Pyongyang. North Korea’s official news agency KCNA reported on Thursday that the decision was made after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un… Read More North Korea to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests

Goods giving marks BARMM’s 3rd anniversary fete

By Ali G. Macabalang COTABATO CITY – Giving of goods, including clientele-capacitating awards, has characterized the 3rd foundation anniversary celebration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), with the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) sustaining the streak at the end of the weeklong fete on Friday. The OCM, which maintains special programs for… Read More Goods giving marks BARMM’s 3rd anniversary fete

COMELEC cancels gubernatorial COC in Sultan Kudarat of Maguindanao mayor

By Ali G. Macabalang COTABATO CITY – Former beauty titlist Sarifa Akeel-Mangudadatu is virtually left without a rival in the gubernatorial race for Sultran Kudarat after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) cancelled the certificate of candidacy of her lone opponent. The First Division of the COMELEC under Commissioner Rowena Rueda-Guanzon upheld the petition of the… Read More COMELEC cancels gubernatorial COC in Sultan Kudarat of Maguindanao mayor