Closed bridge causes two-hour traffic jam

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

MOTORISTS and commuters ranted Thursday about the two-hour bumper-to-bumper traffic along McArthur Highway going to Bankerohan due to the ongoing repair of the Governor Generoso (Bankerohan) Bridge II.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the traffic congestion was caused by the road closure for the repair of the bridge.

Customs no lead yet on cocaine’s port of origin

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

WHILE authorities only have two remaining bricks of cocaine to recover out of the 64 bricks recovered from a container van at the Sumifru Wharf recently, a top official of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Wednesday they are still in the limbo in finding out the port of origin of the illegal drugs.

BOC Commissioner John Sevilla said they still have no lead on when and where the cocaine bricks may have been loaded.

Duterte: I don't accept awards

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he wants his name out from the list of nominees to the 2014 World Mayor Award, insisting he is not used to receiving awards.

"I disagree with that. If there's somebody doing it, just stop it. As a matter of official and personal policy, I do not accept rewards," Duterte said.

NPA asks Duterte to intervene in Talaingod 'militarization'

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

DURING the negotiation for the release of the captured army soldier in Laak, Compostela Valley Province, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said the New People's Army (NPA) asked him to intervene on the alleged militarization in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Duterte said he will try to find a solution to the problem. "They wanted my intervention. I was asked by the NPA to intervene because nahihirapan ang mga tao doon. They are after the people. I promised them to do something. I'm trying to sort it out," he said.

Landmines seized in Compostela Valley

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

TROOPS belonging to Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division seized several landmines in two separate towns in Compostela Valley on Tuesday.

The 10th Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Ernest Carolina said soldiers of the Peace and Development Team under the 9th Infantry Battalion recovered a landmine along the road of Purok 4 in Barangay Panibasan in Maco town in Compostela Valley around 9 a.m.

Ordinance merging animal laws approved

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

THE Davao City Council approved on first reading Tuesday the proposed resolution on the enactment of an ordinance amending, revising, and consolidating all ordinances of the city relating to animals.

This pertains to Republic Act (R.A.) No. 8485, otherwise known as the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, and R.A. No. 9482, otherwise known as Anti-Rabies Act of 2007.

Customs destroys boxes of fake shoes from China

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

TOP officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) destroyed Wednesday more than 200 boxes of shoes imported from China after they were found to be fake.

BOC Commissioner John Sevilla along with BOC District 12 collector retired Army General Ernesto Aradanas spearheaded the ceremony for the dismantling of 229 boxes at the Port of Davao.

Rice aid for calamity victims gets council nod

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

THE 17th City Council approved on Tuesday on first reading a proposed agreement between the City Government of Davao and the National Food Authority on rice assistance for calamity victims through a grant of sale of rice on credit.

NFA provincial manager Felimon Cangrejo, in a letter addressed to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, said one of the programs of the agency is to assist the local government units in times of calamities/emergencies via a grant of sale of rice on credit.

Cops raid gun factory

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

OPERATIVES of the Davao Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seized at least 17 high–powered firearms in a raid at several gun manufacturing houses and arrested a suspected gunrunning syndicate leader in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur on Tuesday.

CIDG 11 director Senior Supt. Joel C. Pernito identified the suspect as Walter Generosa Miano, alias Loloy, 50, a construction worker, resident of Barangay Sunto in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur. Miano is also tagged as leader of the Loloy Miano Gun Manufacturing.

3 die in Tugbok road accident

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

THREE people died while one is in critical condition after a Mitsubishi truck and a Honda Wave motorcycle collided in Barangay Angalan in Tugbok District in Davao City on Tuesday.

Dead on the spot were Rendo Daboda Inoc, 32, motorcycle driver, a resident of Purok 9 New Loon in Barangay Tugbok, and one of the two passengers -- Allan Daboda Orong, 37, a laborer.

Dabawenyos urged to join forum on Google techs

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

THE Google Business Group (GBG) in Davao City is set to launch its first GDays Davao and GBG Women Program on May 10, 2013 at the CAP Grand Auditorium to educate Dabawenyos on using technologies for their businesses.

"We invite business owners, professionals and students who are interested to learn how to use Google technologies for their businesses, startups, and professions," said Angel Abella, co-manager GBG-Davao.

Customs chief pushes digitalized system

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

BUREAU of Customs (BOC) Commissioner John Sevilla is pushing for the digitalization of its entire office as a major part of the agency's reform program to be implemented by June next year.

"Maraming documentations and processes na ginagawa ng Customs ngayon and 90 percent of that is paper-based. We want to move to as close as 100 percent digital, electronic and contactless processing by June 2015," Sevills said.

Duterte not opposing Samal Bridge

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the proposed P6-billion Bridge connecting Davao City and Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) ‘would lose the essence’ of Samal as an island.

The proposed Samal Bridge was endorsed by Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario to the Regional Development Council (RDC) Davao Region, as among the regional development priorities for 2015.

Communist rebels free soldier

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

DAVAO CITY - The New People's Army (NPA) released Wednesday a soldier, who was held captive for 20 days, to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and peace advocates in Southern Mindanao.

Sgt. Jeric Bucio Curay, detailed at the Army's 72nd Infantry Battalion, was released in Barangay Casoon in Monkayo town in Compostela Valley at 12 noon Wednesday.

Fire victims itching to rebuild livelihood

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

DESPITE relief and cash assistance of the government to families affected by fire that hit three barangays in Quezon Boulevard in Davao City last April 5, families would prefer that they be allowed to return to their plots of land so they can rebuild their livelihood.

“Lisod nga naa ka lang sa evacuation center. Bisan tuod walay ingon na samok diri, pero ang among problema man gud ang among panginabuhian. Dili pa mi kaaginod kay wala pa man mi kabalo asa mi mu-puyo unya ang ginahatag na tabang sa gobyerno hapit na mahurot (It’s difficult in an evacuation center. There is no crime here, we are well secured, but we would want to start earning again. We can’t rebuild our stores because we do not know where we will be allowed to build our homes and the relief assistance given by government might soon run out),” said Annora Solayman, 35, resident of Purok 3.

‘Radio announcer’ extorts P60,000

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

A WOMAN complained about a man who identified himself as a member of the media after allegedly extorting P60,000 from her for a prisoner's release.

The San Pedro Police Station said Bernadeth Davis Gementiza, 29, visited Tuesday her husband who was imprisoned in the station for violation of the Anti-fencing Law.

Duterte nominated to World Mayor Award

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte was nominated to the 2014 World Mayor Award along with four other mayors from the Philippines.

This is the second time that a mayor from Mindanao has been nominated to the most prestigious search in the world.

Bridge under repair; motorists to take alternative routes

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

THE Traffic Management Center (TMC) advised motorists to take alternate routes while the Gov. Generoso (Bankerohan) Bridge II is temporarily closed for reconstruction starting Wednesday, April 23.

Motorists are advised to follow traffic rules for six months. TMC head Superintendent Rodelio Poliquit said it is but proper for drivers, especially private vehicles, to avoid passing through the Gov. Generoso Bridge.

Duterte urges rebels to release prisoner of war

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte urged the Communist Party of the Philippines to release the soldier who was arrested and held captive early this April in Compostela Valley province.

“I expect the Communist Party of the Philippines to do what is right, isurrender nila na sa akoa,” Duterte said.

Agri dep’t urged to stop producing Golden Rice

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

AFTER a court banned the field trials for the genetically modified eggplants in the country, environmental advocates are now calling the Department of Agriculture (DA) to halt the production and commercialization of the genetically modified crop “Golden Rice”.

The golden rice is a new type of rice that contains beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A. It is a variety of Oryza sativa rice that is being developed through genetic engineering to biosynthesize beta-carotene as a potential new food-based approach to improve vitamin A - which has been a serious health problem globally.

Wife tagged in hubby’s death claims frame-up

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

THE woman who is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City Branch 10 for allegedly contracting an assassin for her husband in 2012 vehemently denied the allegations claiming that she is only being pinned by her brother-in-law who wants to claim the inheritance of the victim.

Travel agent accused of using client’s card

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

A lady travel agent is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City Branch 10 for allegedly using another woman's credit card to purchase plane tickets for her other clients in 2012.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 8484 or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 is Crystal Joy Barcelita, a travel agent for Kenjoy Travel located along Km. 6, Buhangin.

2 accused of robbing Coke delivery truck

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

TWO men were charged before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City for allegedly robbing a Coca-Cola delivery truck in Barangay Cawayan in Calinan, Davao City in 2013.

Facing raps for violation of the Presidential Decree (PD) 532 or the Anti-Piracy and Anti-Highway Robbery Law of 1974 are Sony Umpad, 21, hailing from Dumoy, and another suspect who is yet to be identified.

Duterte: Holders of 2 cocaine bricks identified

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

DAVAO CITY - Members of the Task Group Davao Cocaine are already looking for two men who are holding the last two missing bricks of high-grade cocaine.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the authorities have already identified those individuals who have the cocaine. He also confirmed that these men are already outside the city.

3 monitored for Mers-Cov

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Dr. Edgardo Sandig, head of the City Health Office (CHO) of General Santos City, confirmed that there were three persons from Soccsksargen who were onboard Etihad Airlines flight EY 0424.

The flight was carrying OFWs who were quarantined on suspicions of carrying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (Mers-Cov).

2 housing options up for fire victims

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

A DAVAO City Government official said Monday that

THE 3,116 families affected by fire in three barangays have two housing packages to choose from: Isla Verde Building Back Package or the Los Amigos Relocation Package, said an official of the City Government.

Bankerohan bridge rehab starts Wednesday

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

EXPECT heavy traffic starting Wednesday for five to six months.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Monday that it will finally start its reconstruction of the Governor Generoso Bridge II (better known as Bankerohan Bridge) on Wednesday, April 23.

Hand of Jesus' statue disappears

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

THE left hand of a statue of Jesus Christ has been reported missing Sunday dawn after the traditional “Salubong” or “Sugat” celebrating the resurection of Christ for the Roman Catholics at the San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City.

Right after the “Salubong” outside the cathedral, the Easter Mass was held inside during which the statue of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was displayed where devotees can line up to touch it and pray in front of the altar right after the mass.

Prelate: Care for your health as gratitude to God

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Sundday reminded Filipinos to take good care of one’s health as a response of gratitude for God’s graciousness in creating the people in his image and likeness.

In its Easter Pastoral Instruction on stewardship of health, CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said taking care of this body is not always an exercise of vanity but is a spiritual duty as good stewards of health.

Duterte wants to drown drug pushers

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

DAVAO CITY - More than just to catch drug pushers in inner city settlements, what Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte really wants to do is round them all up and drown them.

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