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Sandiganbayan nixes Maguindanao exec’s plea bargain in graft raps

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan has turned down a plea by a former Maguindanao town official to downgrade his graft charges.

The anti-graft court’s Third Division rejected the appeal by former South Upi treasurer Onofre Natividad for plea bargaining and the lesser charge of "failure of accountable officer to render accounts."

Galvez named new DND chief

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has named Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. as the new secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND), Malacañang announced Monday.

In a press statement, Presidential Communications Office (PCO) officer in charge (OIC) Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil announced that Galvez was named DND chief after the President accepted the resignation of Jose Faustino Jr.

The PCO also shared two photos of Marcos and Galvez having a chat and shaking hands.

PBBM appoints Centino as AFP chief of staff

MANILA – Gen. Andres Centino was appointed Friday by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), replacing previous appointee, Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro.

Centino, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1988, previously served as AFP chief from Nov. 12, 2021 to August 8, 2022. Bacarro is also a member of PMA Class 1988 and a Medal of Valor awardee, the highest decoration in the AFP for combat.

Leaders see peace, progress in 2023

COTABATO CITY - Local and military officials in Region 12 and the Bangsamoro Region are certain of more gains in Malacañang’s Mindanao peace process in 2023.

Three members of the Bangsamoro parliament, Physician Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., the lawyers Suharto Ambolodto and Paisalin Tago, separately told Mindanao Cross last weekend that they are optimistic of more improvements in peace and order in the autonomous region in 2023.

They separately expressed willingness to cooperate in formulating regional laws that can protect the gains of Malacañang’s Mindanao peace process.

Fireworks-related injuries climb to 32: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has posted seven more fireworks-related injuries, bringing the total to 32 from Dec. 21 to 27.

The DOH logged the additional injuries on Dec. 27 from its 61 sentinel hospitals across the country.

"Sa kasalukuyan, ang kabuuang bilang ng mga kaso ng pinsala dulot ng paputok ay nasa 32 na mas mataas nangkumpara sa naitala noong nakaraang taon sa sakop na petsa (At present, the total number of injuries by fireworks is 32, up by 39 percent compared to the same period last year)," it said Wednesday in a statement.

‘No work, no pay’ on Dec. 26, Jan. 2

MANILA – The “no work, no pay” policy will be implemented on Dec. 26, 2022 and Jan. 2, 2023, both declared as special non-working holidays, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said those who will report for work on both days will receive an additional 30 percent of their daily salary.

“If they did not report for work, they have no pay unless there is a different company policy,” he said in a radio interview over the weekend.

Kidapawan ranks 1st in energy efficiency nationwide

KIDAPAWAN CITY  – The city government has topped the 2022 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award for the City Government category organized by the Department of Energy (DOE).

The award aims to promote the implementation of energy management systems and best practices on energy efficiency in all designated establishments, including local and government facilities.

Mayor Jose Paolo Evangelista said Friday the recognition reflects the local governments "commitment to serve better with less expense from government funds.

AFP honors outstanding units, partners for role in peace-building, among them is Esperanza LGU

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday presented "Kapayapaan (peace) Awards" to its partners for their invaluable and continuing support to the military.

The awards were given in simple rites as part of the AFP's 87th founding anniversary celebration, according to military public affairs office chief Col. Jorry Baclor in a statement.

BHRC vows to continue protecting, promoting every Bangsamoro’s human rights

COTABATO CITY — For Chairperson Atty. Abdul Rashid Kalim of the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission (BHRC), the issue on human rights was one of the reasons why the autonomous region was created.
 
“[It is] why our leaders and martyrs devoted their lives to fight oppression against our Bangsa and stood up to promote and protect the rights of the Bangsamoro,” Kalim said in his message during the celebration of this year’s International Human Rights Day on Saturday, Dec. 10.
 

MILG gears for a robust local governance, crafts 2023-26 strat plan

DAVAO CITY – The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) ended Thursday the 3-day ministry-wide Post-Implementation Review and Strategic Planning Workshop at the Acacia Hotel in Davao City.

Interior Minister Naguib Sinarimbo said the event was aimed to review and realign the ministry's planning, implementation, and monitoring mechanisms to prepare for a more strategic and leveled-off implementation of the MILG’S programs and projects for the fiscal year 2023-2026.

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