7 deaths due to measles

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

A TOTAL of 1,250 cases of measles with seven deaths have been recorded from January to August 8 this year in Davao City, according to a City Health Office (CHO) report.

The report was shown to Sun.Star Davao by City Health Officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte during an interview at her office Wednesday afternoon.

ITCZ brings light to moderate rains in Davao

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

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

Based on Pagasa's 24-hour public weather forecast issued at 5 a.m. Thursday, the ITCZ was affecting Visayas, thus the island, as well as the regions of Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Bicol and the provinces of Palawan, Mindoro and Davao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Ordinance on medical waste management urged

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

BARANGAY officials and healthcare facility workers in Davao urged the 17th City Council to craft an ordinance on medical waste management.

Councilor Joselle Villafuerte said results of the survey given during the seminar on waste minimization show that many respondents want a local policy that would govern them further.

Lasang River overflows, displaces 50 families

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:37 p.m.

A HEAVY downpour that lasted for almost an hour on Wednesday night caused Lasang River in Davao City to overflow, displacing 50 families.

Rescuers from Central 911 and police Mobile Patrol Group (MPG) alerted residents living near the river when the rise in the water level was monitored around 8 p.m. Wednesday, triggering knee-deep flooding in low-lying areas.

Another revamp at Davao police office

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) Director Vicente D. Danao Jr. is set to revamp other police units in the city today, August 22.

Senior Inspector Ronald Lao, chief of the DCPO Intelligence Section, will be reassigned as commander of the San Pedro Police Station, while Senior Inspector Jacy Jay Francia, deputy chief of the Sta. Ana Police Station, will take the former's post.

41,544 dogs, cats vaccinated

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:35 p.m.

THE Davao City Veterinarian's Office (CVO) vaccinated a total of 41,544 dogs and cats for the first half of the year.

City veterinarian Dr. Cerelyn Pinili said vaccination of dogs and cats is one of the components of their Rabies Control Program being implemented in the city.

59,926 families targeted for sustainable livelihood program

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region targets a total of 59,926 families for the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) this year.

Arlene Morpus, DSWD regional program coordinator for SLP, said in an interview that the program had benefited 24,515 families so far in the region.

Lawmaker vows to immediately tackle draft Bangsamoro law

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

SENATOR Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has vowed not to waste time, once the draft Bangsamoro basic Law (BBL) reached the Senate, to fast-track its approval.

Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, assured he would commence hearings as soon as the Senate receives the document.

Raps filed vs drug suspect

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:33 p.m.

THE Davao City Prosecutor's Office recommended the filing of charges against a suspect drug pusher arrested in a police buy-bust inside an inn at Times Beach in Barangay 76-A, Bucana, Davao City, last August 4.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is John Regoti Panerio, 34, of SIR Matina.

Arraignment of woman in trafficking reset

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:32 p.m.

THE arraignment of a woman accused of pimping her friend was rescheduled next month. It was originally set on Wednesday before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 8.

RTC Branch 8 presiding Judge Salvador Ibarreta Jr. postponed the arraignment of respondent Charity Clemente Sayre on September 9 after Prosecutor Serafica Justiniani Weis, who handled the case, went on leave.

Duterte against Aquino’s term extension

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, one of the staunch supporters of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, is strongly against a term extension for the president.

If given a chance to talk to the President, Duterte said he would tell him to "Calm down and not be the savior of this universe because we are not. Leave it to the people to decide."

BFAR: Davao Gulf is fish breeding ground

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

A SURVEY conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-National Assessment Program (BFAR-NSAP 11) confirmed that the Davao Gulf is an important spawning ground for fishes, including the highly migratory tuna species.

In line with the implementation of the close fishing season in Davao Gulf from June to August, the Oceanographic survey was conducted during the period in order to assess its physical, chemical and biological condition.

900 tanods to help curb criminality

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

A CITY councilor on Wednesday said the reinforcement of the recently-hired 900 barangay tanods (village watchmen) to the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will help curb criminalities in villages.

City Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Sr. said it is high time that barangay tanods will assist the DCPO in maintaining peace and order in the barangay level.

Scavengers blamed for dumping medical wastes

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

SCAVENGERS were blamed as responsible for dumping medical wastes in several cases, a Davao City councilor said Wednesday.

Committee chair for health Councilor Joselle Villafuerte, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said scavengers were paid to collect medical wastes from healthcare facilities and dump these in prohibited areas, even in city’s garbage collection points. [READ: Toxic waste in Talomo points to doc]

Teacher nabbed for forging document

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

A TEACHER accused of forging a public document was arrested Tuesday morning by police authorities at Panorama Homes in Buhangin in Davao City.

Police identified the suspect as Lorna Neneria Gulay, 56, a City Social Services and Development Office's (CSSDO) teacher for Day Care Center at Purok 4, Upper Ilang, Davao City.

Robbers nabbed

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

FOUR robbers, including three women, were arrested Tuesday morning by the police authorities along Magallanes Street in Davao City.

The four suspects were identified as Jonalyn Tormis, 19; Jessa Asprin, 18; Mikaela Atuel, 18; and one John Mark Aspren, 18, all residents of Lubogan in Toril, this city.

DSWD notes 204,000 families enrolled in 4Ps

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

THE Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao Region (DSWD 11) benefits a total of 204,486 families in the region as of August 13.

DSWD 11 information officer for 4Ps, Sheryll Fernandez, said in an interview that the estimated overall budget for the whole year of the program is 200 million pesos.

Suspected drug pushers in school charged

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

THREE suspects including two minors are facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after they were arrested while having an alleged illegal drug transaction inside the Davao City National High School (DCNHS) on August 6.

Charged for violation of the Republic Act (RA) 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are Rey Conde Aguilar and two other minors only identified as alias Karlo, 16, and alias Antonio, 15.

Theft raps vs couple affirmed

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

THE Davao City Prosecutor’s Office affirmed the charges filed against a couple who allegedly ransacked the store of their employer in Barangay 76-A on January 13.

Facing qualified theft charges are live-in partners Elizar Jecale and Wilma Barbero who are helpers of a general merchandise store along Nograles Street in Barangay 76-A.

Barber faces murder charges

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

A MAN is facing charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office after he allegedly killed another for not paying his debt in a stabbing incident in Talomo, Davao City on Sunday.

Facing murder charges is Junesan Cobilo Sagarino, a 26-year-old barber. He was charged after he allegedly stabbed Alfredo Villegas Majados dead.

City admits error

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

OFFICIALS of the City Government of Davao admitted there were lapses on the information dissemination between the marshals and the media during the coverage of the highlights of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2014.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre said the executive committee learned a lesson from the "misunderstanding" that had happened.

Man killed; police identifying suspects

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

POLICE are now trying to identify the four suspects who killed a 28-year-old man at Malinawon Village in Matina Aplaya in Davao City on Monday.

The victim was identified as Julius Guevarra Natividad, a resident of No. 46 Malinawon Village on Arcades Street.

NPA mum on appeal to release preacher

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

THE New People's Army (NPA) remained tight-lipped over the Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's appeal to release the female preacher who they have held captive since August 7.

Duterte, who is also the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Davao, appealed to the rebels for the immediate and safe release of Jemima Canillas Dimaano who was abducted at Purok 2 in Barangay Anitapan in Mabini town.

Less illegal meat seized this year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

THE CITY Veterinarian's Office (CVO) had recorded a decrease in confiscated hot meat in the City for the first semester of this year compared to the same period last year.

Dr. Cerelyn Pinili, City Veterinarian, told Sun.Star Davao that from a total of 1,400 kilos of meat last year they have only confiscated 581 kilos from January to June of 2014.

Ched official explains the K+12 transition

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

AN OFFICIAL from the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Davao said to view the transition for the full implementation of the K to 12 in the "academicians" view.

Dr. Raul C. Alvarez, Regional Director of Ched, speaking in a press conference Tuesday about the "Labor and Management Component in the Implementation of K-to-12 Program (Republic Act 10533)" at Grand Men Seng Hotel that the main focus of the new general education curriculum is to make the students college ready.

Arraignment of bizman's killers set

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

THE suspects in the killing of Davao businessman Ramon Teodoro Garcia are set to appear before the sala of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 at August 28 for their arraignment.

RTC Branch 17 Judge Evalyn Arellano-Morales, in an order dated August 14, scheduled the arraignment of suspects Jamora Liawan, alias Jan-Jan, 23, and his girlfriend Daisy Joy Supatan Cachapero, alias Angel, 27 at 8:30 a.m. on August 28 to determine whether they will plead guilty or not guilty to the kidnapping and serious illegal detention with homicide, carnapping and theft charges filed against them.

Two face charges for selling guns

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

TWO men are facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after they were arrested for selling firearms in a buy-bust operation at Malagos in Calinan, Davao City on August 7. Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 10691 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition are Jason Oxales, 42, and Manny Peñol, 41, both from Malagos.

They were arrested in an operation launched by the Davao City Criminal Investigation and Detection Team led by Chief Inspector Warren Dablo.

Robber gets additional charges for grenade stunt

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

CHARGES are piling up against a man who allegedly tried to detonate a grenade before he was arrested for robbing a woman at a junk shop at De Guzman Street in Toril, Davao City on August 8.

Facing charges for robbery with intimidation and violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Republic Act 9516 (illegal possession of explosives) before the Regional Trial Court is Romeo Togon Jr.

Duterte: Bautista always welcome in Davao; apology is enough

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

DAVAO -- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that comedian Ramon Bautista is still welcome in Davao City despite the City Council declaring him as persona non grata on Tuesday.

Bautista was declared persona non grata, which literally means "an unwelcome person," after he made a joke describing the women of Davao City as "hipon," a Filipino pejorative that means a person with a sexy body but with an ugly face.

Comedian declared persona non grata

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 04:40 p.m.

DAVAO (Updated) -- Comedian Ramon Bautista is no longer welcome in Davao City after the City Council declared him persona non grata on Tuesday.

Persona non grata is a Latin word that literally means "an unwelcome person." In the legal sense, a person so declared is no longer welcome in a country or specific place and "is usually forced to return to his or her native country/place."

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