JERRY N. ADLAW

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The leadership of Bangsamoro People’s Congress (BPC), the political arm of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), is optimistic that lasting peace in Mindanao is soon achieved after President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). BPC chairman Muslimin Sema believed that President Duterte is sincere…

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FORMER Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, former Public Works and Highways head Rogelio Singson and several key officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 12 have been charged with plunder and graft over their alleged involvement in the P7.8 billion illegal transactions on the Road Right…

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THE police chief of Polomolok in South Cotabato was killed while four other civilians were wounded in an ambush inside a restaurant on Tuesday night. Investigators said Senior Supt. Hernan Gabat was peppered with bullets by the unidentified gunmen upon taking a seat inside the Ihaw-Ihaw restaurant at about 11…

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Senior Supt. Romeo Ruel Berango, the police chief of General Santos City, allegedly continues to refuse to implement an order of the mayor to stop the operation of the Small Town Lottery (STL) backed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Mayor Ronnel Rivera had issued the cease and desist…

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Seven component towns in Sarangani were reportedly used as drop-off point of illegal drugs transported by courier from Maguindanao province and Zamboanga City. Intelligence reports identified the municipalities of Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, Alabel, Malungon, Glan and Malapatan to be monitored with some politicians either tagged drug users or engaged in…

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The 19th Tuna Festival in General Santos (GenSan) City that opened on Friday showcased events that promote peace in Mindanao. GenSan councilor Shandee Llido-Pestano, chair of the tourism council committee, said this year’s festivities with theme “A PEACEtival of fun — Bida sa Saya, Bida sa Tuna!” will culminate on…

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GENERAL Santos City local officials are filing administrative charges against their chief of police for refusing to enforce the city council directive to close the operation of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-backed Small Town Lottery (STL) in the city. The Gensan city council renewed its call to stop STL…

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The reinstatement of Police Supt. Marvin Marcos and his new assignment as Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief in Region 12 based in General Santos City triggered strong reactions from various groups, particularly the militant group Bayan Muna. Ryan Lariba, Bayan Muna secretary general said President Rodrigo Duterte’s reinstatement…

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A barangay kagawad (village councilman) was accused of brokering a 62-hectare property owned by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) located in General Santos City, claiming it is part of his family’s ancestral domain. Jonathan Jamir, president of the Arise Christian Homeowners Association said that Kagawad Lando Pascual was brokering…

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Almost 30 percent of the declared Forest Land Grazing Lease Agreements (FLGLAs) out of the 53,606 hectares total land area of General Santos City with spurious titles are facing long legal battle for cancellation and reversion of titles filed by the office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources…

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