Repair of riprap needed, not cutting of trees

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

CONTRARY to reports, the root system of the mature trees lining the Dacudao drainage canal has kept parts of the infrastructure stable and intact, Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) said.

IDIS Advocacy Coordinator Chinkie Pelino said the report should finally put to rest all future plans to cut the trees.

Light rains expected

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

DAVAO Region has experienced cloudy skies with light to moderate rains due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Based on Pagasa's 24-hour public weather forecast issued at 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Regions of Caraga and Davao would have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Roxas earns snickers after Davao visit

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

INTERIOR Secretary Mar Roxas visited Davao City Tuesday to attend an event at the Ateneo de Davao University.

Although this is not the first and definitely not the last visit of Roxas here in the city, it was the first time that a very presidential-like security was implemented during his visit.

Mindanao-wide disaster drill competition set today

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in Davao Region is set to host its Mindanao-wide Disaster Preparedness for Contingency and Response Drill Competition today, October 2.

Davao PRO spokesperson Supt. Antonio Rivera, in a statement emailed to Sun.Star Davao yesterday, said the drill was scheduled following a directive from the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters.

2 high-powered firearms seized

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

TROOPS recovered two high-powered firearms after their encounter with the New People's Army (NPA) members in a hinter-area at Sitio Brazil in Barangay Mat-I in Surigao City on Tuesday morning.

Army's 4th Infantry Division public information office Major Christian Uy said troops from the 30th Infantry Battalion recovered two M16 rifles and subversive documents from the encounter site at 12 noon.

Suspect in slay attempt hunted

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

POLICE are hunting down the suspect who tried to kill a dance instructor in Barangay 37D in Trading Boulevard in Davao City on Monday afternoon.

Members of the Sta. Ana Police Station launched its pursuit operation against a certain Jordan, who allegedly shot the victim Reynaldo Castañares Castillo, 34, a dance instructor, resident of Purok 5 in Barangay 37-D.

DOH extends Ligtas Tigdas to reach target

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:27 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Davao Region had extended vaccinations for their "Ligtas sa Tigdas" campaign until Friday in order to reach their 95 percent to 100 percent target.

Mary Divene Hilario, unit head of Health Education and Promotion Section of DOH 11, said in an interview with Sun. Star Davao that as of Tuesday they have already covered 89 percent of their target for the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine in Davao Region.

7,071 applicants to take CSC exams

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:26 p.m.

A TOTAL of 7,071 examinees are set to take the sub-professional and professional Civil Service Examination on October 26.

Edna Plata, Civil Service Commission (CSC-11) chief of Exam Services Division, said that this is an increase of 1,071 from their initial set target which was 6,000 only.

Felonia's request to defer warrant of arrest opposed

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:26 p.m.

THE private prosecutor in the murder case of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King has opposed the motion filed by the police official who asked the court to defer the issuance of the warrant of arrest against him.

Police official tagged in King’s slay files motion for reconsideration

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

FOLLOWING the submission of the manifestation and new evidence before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 by the police official tagged in the murder of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King September 25, the respondent has filed a motion for reconsideration in contention of the resolution of City Prosecutor’s Office.

Respondent Superintendent Leonardo Felonia, through legal counsel Caesar Europa, has filed a motion for reconsideration with submission of newly discovered evidence before the City Prosecution Office on September 27.

Treevolution organizers apologize to volunteers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

ORGANIZERS of the controversial TreeVolution issued a public apology Tuesday for the undesirable experiences that some of the volunteers, especially tertiary students, had.

In a statement posted on the official page of the TreeVolution: Greening Mindanao, the organizers emphasized the good and bad circumstances, taking the opportunity to thank and apologize to the volunteers.

Roxas: Lifestyle check for all PNP

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday assured that all members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be subjected to lifestyle check.

However, Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said that not all the 150,000 PNP members will undergo lifestyle check and there will only be "prioritization".

Military denies hand in slay try on activist

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

THE military belied the accusation of the human rights advocates that the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division and Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) commanders are behind the murder attempt on a Davao del Norte activist.

Dexter Ian Librando, 32, among the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) peasant organizers in Davao del Norte, is now in critical condition after he was shot by two unidentified riding-in-tandem men at 4:35 p.m. along 3rd Avenue in Tagum City.

One more dies in motorcycle crash

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

A LABORER died after his motorcycle crashed to a vehicle in Barangay Gumalang in Baguio District in Davao City on Monday.

The vehicles involved are one color black Honda Civic Sedan with plate number KEL-886 and one black and white Honda XRM 125 motorcycle with plate number 8940-YT.

7,000 non-uniform staff to be hired

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to hire about 7,000 non-uniform personnel (NUPs) in lieu of policemen who are doing clerical and administrative work.

"Ang bilang ng pulis natin ngayon ay sobra-sobrang kulang doon sa talagang dapat subalit napakahirap nga mag-hire nang pulis," said DILG Secretary Manuel A. Roxas during the Regional Launch of the Koalisyon ng Mamamayan para sa Reporma (KOMPRe) at the Finister Auditorium in Ateneo de Davao University on Tuesday.

‘Flight’ list-up extended

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

IN order to accommodate more participants, organizers had extended the registration for the 12th Flight of the Eagles cycling event.

From its original schedule on October 5, organizers said in a statement that the event will be moved to October 19 instead.

Fight over recovered stolen car continues

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

WHILE the bank which is fighting ownership over a vehicle recovered from the warehouse of alleged carnap syndicate leader Ryan "Baktin" Yu has filed a manifestation showing that a court in Manila has ordered the private claimant to return the vehicle, the Judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 has ordered the bank to file a supplemental motion and attach the necessary documents to support the claim that the vehicle is still encumbered to the bank.

RTC Branch 10 Judge Retrina Fuentes, in an order dated September 26, has ordered the East West Banking Corp., through its legal counsel J. Melchor Quitain, to file a "supplemental motion with the attached loan documents as well as the certified copy of the Writ of Replevin and Certificate of Registration" of the Toyota Hilux also claimed by Odess Tiu Recto.

Homicide suspect also murder suspect

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

A MAN who has a pending warrant of arrest for a frustrated homicide case is facing stiffer charges of murder before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after he was tagged in a shooting incident that killed another at Andaya Street, Daliao, Toril in Davao City on February 15.

Facing murder charges is Ricky Bayron Jr. who was accused of gunning down Danny Boy Lastimado.

City hall exec: Incentives not enough to thank retirees

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

DAVAO CITY administrator lawyer Melchor Quitain belted out a phrase in a song as he closed his speech, thanking the 74 retirees of the City Government during Monday's Pasasalamat program at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.

"The cash assistance and plaques are sincerely received and sincerely given but not enough to compensate all the years you have spent to serve in government service. I don't know how to thank you," Quitain said before ending his speech with a phrase of the song “Till We Meet Again”.

Cutting of Dacudao trees alarms group

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS expressed alarm over the proposed cutting of trees along Dacudao Avenue allegedly led by the City Engineer's Office (CEO).

In a Facebook post, Chinkie Pelino-Golle of Interface Development Interventions (Idis) said the CEO and Davao City Task Force Drainage plan to cut the trees "to rehabilitate the main drain canal".

Five facing estafa charges

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

CHARGES were filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office last Saturday afternoon against five suspects who allegedly duped several security agencies in Mindanao.

Facing syndicated estafa charges are Andy Gacusana Pascua, 46, of Zambales; Rosalie Monkayo Abila, 37, of Imus Cavite; Adelaida Silva Esguerra, 40, of Navotas; and Elizabeth D. Uy and Stephen F. Ygay, of c/o BEP Prime Properties Inc. in Matina in Davao City.

Cop injured in gang melee

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

A POLICE officer was rushed to the hospital after a group of teenagers threw stones and bottles at him, as he tried to break up a fight at Gravahan in Matina, Davao City Sunday evening.

The victim was identified as Police Office 3 (PO3) Stevenson Roma, who is presently assigned at Talomo Police Station.

Local government code consultation today

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will conduct a Mindanao-wide consultation on the Local Government Code today at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao.

DILG-Davao’s Atty. Erwin Enad, speaking on Monday's edition of the Kapehan sa Dabaw at The Annex of SM City Davao, said they will discuss some provisions and suggested amendments to the Local Government Code.

Only half of city’s massage therapists are licensed

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

OF THE some 2,000 massage therapists in Davao City, only around half of them are licensed massage therapists (LMT), an industry leader said.

Benjamin B. Eugenio, president of the Philippine Association of Licensed Massage Therapists (PalmT), who guested in Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, said that around 40 to 50 percent of the some 2,000 massage therapists in the city still need to get a license from the Department of Health.

Cabbie accused of rape

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

A TAXI driver is facing multiple charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after he was accused of abducting a 16-year-old girl before molesting her in a motel in Davao City between 2013 and 2014.

Facing multiple charges of forcible abduction with rape and for violation of the Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act is Rodrigo Barile, a 47-year-old taxi driver.

Man faces murder charges

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

A MAN is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) for allegedly killing another while having a drinking session on May 18 at Tugbok District, Davao City.

Facing murder charges is Gregie Balbin Balagot, 32, of Purok 3, Barangay Ula, Tugbok who was accused of stabbing Marlon Amistad dead.

‘Kids pimping kids’ an alarming trend in Davao

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- "Children pimping other children" is the new alarming trend among prostituted children, said an officer of a non-government organization working closely with prostituted women and children in Davao City for over 20 years.

Sun.Star Davao named top employer in Visayas, Mindanao

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

SUN.STAR Davao Publishing Inc. was proclaimed Top Employer in Small Medium category for the Southern Mindanao Division and also emerged as the Top Employer for the Visayas-Mindanao Division by the Social Security Ssystem (SSS) in its Balikat ng Bayan Award for 2014.

The award was given by the agency's officials last Friday during a ceremony at Marco Polo Hotel Davao.

Flood control, disaster preparedness projects all on track

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

DAVAO City Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) chief Emmanuel Jaldon denied Sunday reports that only P20.203 or 11% of the P175-million budget allocated for Davao City's flood control and disaster preparedness projects were utilized in 2012.

"That is wrong. Delayed lang yun entry sa report nila," Jaldon told Sun.Star Davao.

6,344 ready to take Bar

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

THIS year's Bar examinations will have a total of 6,344 candidates.

In its official website, the Supreme Court, through Ma. Christina B. Layusa, deputy clerk of court and Bar confidant, issued Bar Bulletin No. 20 where it listed this year's examinees.

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