Walkout upstaged

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

PARTYLIST lawmakers, including a representative from Davao City, on Monday walked out of the Batasan Pambansa before President Benigno Aquino III delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona).

But, the walkout was not among the scenes panned by cameras inside the Batasan Pambansa session hall. There was more interest and camera focus on presidential sister Kris Aquino wiping tears from her eyes.

Kadayawan Invasion 2014 set August 16

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

AMIDST recent controversies, the first ever Kadayawan Invasion is now set for a vibrant kick off on August 16 at Davao Crocodile Park's concert grounds.

The party, organized by Spectrum Philippines in partnership with businessman Sonny Dizon, promises to turn the spotlight on Davao as it will feature the country's best DJs.

Militant group rallies vs Sona

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan from North Cotabato, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, and Davao City marched from Magsaysay Park to Rizal Park at 8 a.m. Monday to rally against President Benigno S. Aquino III who delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in the afternoon.

Protesters criticized the Aquino administration based on what they see as the country's current situation regarding the economy, corruption, education, peace in Mindanao, and the contentment of the people of the Philippines with his leadership.

August 15, special non-working day in Davao City

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

MALACAÑANG has declared August 15, Friday, as a special non-working day in Davao City in celebration of the Kadayawan Festival.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. inked Proclamation No. 829, declaring August 15 as holiday to allow the people of Davao City to participate this year’s event.

Anti-Sona rally jams traffic in Davao

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

TRAFFIC flow in some of Davao City’s main thoroughfares slowed down for almost an hour as marchers belonging to progressive groups convened at the Rizal Park to air their protest against the Aquino Administration in time for the 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III Monday.

Another house ransacked in Matina

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

POLICE are still looking for the suspects who broke into the house of a retired government employee at GSIS Heights in Matina, Davao City Sunday evening.

The victim was identified as Josefina Agusto Barbadillo, 68, a resident of Cancer Street in GSIS in Matina.

Duterte: City improved under PNoy's term

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte said that Davao City had improved on President Benigno Aquino III's administration.

In Duterte's show "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" on Sunday, he said that the city's employment rate had increased because of the entry of the Business Process Outsourcing or BPO industry and new companies.

‘Yolanda’ not the cause of medical wastes in Talomo

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

"YOLANDA is too far to be an excuse," said Mayor Rodrigo Duterte pertaining to the medical wastes found in Talomo, Davao City.

Duterte said that it does not coincide because Typhoon Yolanda happened in Visayas and syringes were found in the area. He cited a local report which stated that the probable cause of the wastes found in Talomo was caused by typhoon Yolanda and that no syringes were used.

3 men face murder raps

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:02 p.m.

THREE men are facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after they were arrested for ganging up and killing another at Del Pilar Extension in Agdao on July 21.

Facing charges for murder are Josefino Adolfo and his siblings Don Christopher, alias Don-Don and Joseph, alias Jumbo. The three were charged after they jointly mauled and killed Rodolfo Malagad.

Man nabbed in gun buy-bust charged

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

CHARGES were filed before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Davao City against a man arrested for selling firearms to a police officer in a buy-bust operation in Binugao, Toril last July 15.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition is Marianito Berenguil Jr. 42 of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. He was sued after he was arrested in a buy-bust operation launched by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Militants to stage anti-PNoy, anti-Sona rally

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

VARIOUS militant groups are expected to rally around government offices in Davao City today, July 28, in line with the 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Althea Amoguis, spokesperson for the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, in a program list emailed to the media Sunday, said the nationwide protest dubbed as “Enough of BS Aquino”, is expected to be bigger due to the controversial Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP) of the present administration.

Hospitals fail to submit waste management reports

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

THE 17th Davao City Council required health facilities here to submit their respective medical waste management handbook to re-assess proper disposal of hazardous wastes.

However, none has submitted yet.

Journos still hoping for PNoy to take up FOI

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

ON THE 4th State of the Nation Address (Sona) today, Monday, Davao City journalists and broadcasters said they still hope that President Benigno S. Aquino III will speak about the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill although some doubt that he ever will.

Sun.Star Davao gathered the opinion of some Davao journalists and broadcasters, as well as other professionals, on their expectations from PNoy's 4th Sona today.

Fetus placed in plastic container found

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

A FETUS, placed in a plastic container, was found on a road in barangay Langub in Ma-a, Davao City on Saturday evening.

Talomo police reported that a certain Antonio Bagondol Estrella, 48, a barangay police auxiliary, informed the police that a group of teenagers found the fetus at Purok 1-A in the area.

NPA wants to keep captives longer: AFP

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

AN Army official said the New People’s Army (NPA) wants to hold on to captive policemen, seized during a raid of the Alegria Municipal Police Station in Surigao del Norte three weeks ago, for reasons only the rebels know.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) public information officer Captain Alberto Caber issued the statement after the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Mindanao cancelled the release of the four policemen whom the NPA rebels seized last July 10.

Eastmincon denies casualty in Bukidnon clash with rebels

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

THE Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) belied the claim of the New People's Army (NPA) that nine government troops were killed while two others were wounded in an encounter with the rebels Thursday afternoon in Quezon town, Bukidnon.

New 10th ID chief assumes post

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

MAWAB, Compostela Valley -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) top intelligence officer Major General Eduardo M. Año has formally assumed his post as commander of the Army's 10th Infantry "Agila" Division at Camp Manuel T. Yan here on Friday.

Philippine Army's commanding general Lt. General Hernando Delfin Carmelo A. Iriberri administered the change of command ceremony.

Ban on videoke faces obstacle

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:57 p.m.

AFTER it was approved on first reading last January, the proposed ordinance regulating videokes and vehicle sound systems is currently facing a "major obstacle" in the committee hearings.

"There appears to be an unfavorable legal opinion from one department provided to this office that hindered our efforts," said Councilor Karlo Bello.

School-based feeding program starts

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

THE School-based Feeding Program (SBFP) sponsored by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the Department of Education (Deped) Davao City will begin on August 11.

Division feeding coordinator Melornita Macarayen and division nutrition coordinator Maricel Ando said it is a nationwide program sponsored by the government for the purpose of rehabilitating 70 percent of the wasted and severely wasted elementary pupils.

Gov't urged to stop labor export policy

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

MIGRANTE-Davao and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)-Mindanao called on the government to stop its labor export policy, claiming that it has opened opportunities for illegal recruiters and human traffickers to victimize Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Migrante-Davao spokesperson Irish Maquilan told reporters during a press conference at the KMU-Mindanao office along Rizal Street, Davao City that the most recent victims in the region were 27 individuals from Lupon, Davao Oriental who were offered job opportunities in South Korea but were duped by a couple.

Drug suspect sued for selling MJ to cop

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

CHARGES were filed before the City Prosecution Office against a suspected drug pusher who was caught selling marijuana to an off-duty police officer in Davao City on July 18.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is Marino Ayala, a 34-year-old layout artist and a resident of Barangay 76-A.

Army seizes bombs in fresh clash with NPA

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

TROOPS belonging to the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division recovered several improvised explosive devices and detonating materials after an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) members Wednesday in a hinterland in Barangay Mandug in Davao City’s Buhangin District.

Captain Alberto Caber, Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) public information officer, said the soldiers under the command of the 72nd Infantry Battalion recovered improvised explosive devices (IED), blasting caps, detonating wires, and assorted ammunition for M60 machinegun at Sitio Fatima in Mandug.

CHR is agency to act on Danao ‘mauling’

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:58 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Task Force Davao has said that the alleged mauling of a Special Civilian Active Auxiliary (Scaa) member, accused of carnapping with frustrated homicide, by Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Senior Superintendent Vicente D. Danao will only be handled by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

TF Davao commander Colonel Macairog Alberto made the statement when he was asked about the accusation of Lita Cuizon, mother of the accused Floriano Cuizon, that the latter was allegedly mauled by Danao.

EO inked to form office for PWDs

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:58 p.m.

IN ORDER to address the need to prioritize the concerns of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), an executive order (EO) was signed by acting Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte for the creation of the Interim Persons with Disabilities Office (IPDAO).

“The high number of PWDs considered as among the vulnerable sectors in the society that need the utmost attention from the government who should be afforded with favorable institutional environment to promote their general well-being,” Duterte said in his EO No. 34 which was signed last July 21.

No penal provision for dog law

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

NO PENALTIES were added to the “Davao City Adopt-a-Dog (DAD) Ordinance” so as not to discourage potential adopting individuals, said Councilor Karlo S. Bello.

Bello, the main author of the DAD ordinance, said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao that “the animal welfare act and the anti-rabies act shall apply to cover the responsibilities of dog owners to proper treatment and care of the dogs.”

3 King suspects’ arraignment moved

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:56 p.m.

THE arraignment for the three suspects in the murder of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King on Friday was postponed after their legal counsel filed a motion asking the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao Branch 17 to wait until the murder case against the police official also tagged in the murder will be resolved.

Korean couple accused of illegal recruitment

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:55 p.m.

OVER 20 alleged victims of large scale illegal recruitment from Lupon, Davao Oriental are set to file criminal charges against a Korean couple who failed to live up to their promise of providing employment in a factory in South Korea.

Rave party still on

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

THE controversial rave party “Kadayawan Invasion” will push through in August, but new faces will organize the event.

Kaz Onozawa of Spectrum Philippines paid a courtesy call to Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte on Thursday and vowed to comply with all the government requirements before holding the event in time for the Kadayawan celebration.

Duterte expects Aquino to tackle DAP in Sona

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

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is expected to explain the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (Sona), said Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte.

“It’s the burning issue of the day. I expect that he would explain his side. It’s the very thing that Filipinos want to hear,” Duterte said.

‘Kaansa Dan’ still needs concessionaires

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

THE Kadayawan 2014 Executive Committee (Execom) is calling for more concessionaires to join the Kaansa Dan during the upcoming celebration of the festival.

Orly Escarilla, spokesperson for the Kaansa Dan from the Kadayawan Execom, said there are still 20 booths remaining out of the 30 that they have prepared.

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