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President Duterte has committed P100 million to help fund agriculture development in lumad areas, particularly those places affected by the communist insurgency. Duterte made the commitment during a talk with over 900 lumad leaders and elders during a summit of indigenous people’s (IP) leaders held at the regional military camp here. He said he would also look for investors, who would pour capital into ancestral domain and develop lumad areas

Two policemen who allegedly beat up three minors here have been placed under “restrictive custody” as Mayor Sara Duterte ordered an investigation of the incident. Duterte warned the police that while minors committing crimes should be taken into custody, force should not be used against them unless they chose to fight.

Moro groups slammed the government’s plan to build a second military camp in Marawi City, saying money intended for this purpose should instead go to the needs of people displaced by the five-month war with terrorists.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Al Parreño is now the acting chair of the poll body. He assumed the post after then acting chair, Christian Robert Lim, retired from office on Friday. Lim announced Parreño’s designation during a meeting on Thursday of the joint congressional oversight committee on the automated election system in the Senate. Lim was unanimously chosen by his fellow election commissioners in October last year following the resignation of former Comelec Chair Andres Bautista.

Pata Mayor Anton Burahan of Sulu and other local officials turned over their unregistered firearms to the military on Friday in a bid to support the campaign against loose firearms in the island province. “The surrender is brought about by the relentless campaign of the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTF) against illegally possessed firearms,” JTF Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said in a statement.

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