BBL critics told: Stop finger-pointing

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:24 p.m.

CRITICS of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should stop finger-pointing who's at fault over the botched Mamasapano incident, a leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said Thursday.

In a media roundtable discussion on "Mamasapano Incident and its Implication on the BBL" at the Lispher Inn on Thursday, Mohagher Iqbal, chair of MILF peace panel, pointed out the importance of BBL in bringing about normalization to some conflict-stricken areas in Mindanao.

Duterte mum on son’s bid for mayoral post

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte refused on Wednesday to comment on the intention of his son, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, to run as mayor in 2016 should he run for president.

The elder Duterte also said he has yet to meet his son to discuss the matter.

LGU has power to deny entry of mining companies

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said local government units have the power to deny mining companies from operating within its jurisdiction.

"It's a grey area," Duterte said, when asked about his reaction on the proposed mining ordinance in Davao City pending at the City Council.

Big fishes to be named

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Southern Mindanao is coming up with a complete list of groups and personalities involved in the illegal drug trade that will serve as basis of operation of all police units in the region.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao Deputy Director for operations Senior Superintendent Aaron Aquino said that at the moment, they are consolidating all intelligence data from all over the region to come up with a comprehensive target list.

Reactivation of anti-drug council in barangays sought

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Davao urged the reactivation of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Badac) in the region.

Lawyer Ben Joseph Tesiorna, speaking during the AFP-PNP Press Corps forum at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) on Wednesday, said that the anti-drug body can help them by providing leads on drug activities going on in their respective areas.

Creation of CDRRMO approved on 1st reading

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE Davao City Council approved on first reading on Tuesday a resolution "recommending approval for the creation and establishment of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) under the Office of the City Mayor."

All-out peace in Mindanao

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

RELIGIOUS and civil society groups in Davao City spearheaded by the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) are set to conduct a series of activities today, March 6, to call for all-out peace in Mindanao.

Addu's University Community Engagemenbt and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) chair and convenor of All Out Peace-Davao lawyer Romeo Cabarde Jr. said the activities will be staged to mark the 40th day after the Mamasapano incident.

Arrest warrant vs Felonia out

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:17 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- A Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge here issued Wednesday an arrest warrant against the former Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) Davao head tagged in the killing of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King.

LPA in Davao region

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:53 p.m.

DAVAO region will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms due to the trough of a low pressure area (LPA), said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

In its weekly outlook, the weather bureau said the trough of an LPA is forecast to last until Friday.

Agencies working together to arrest drug syndicates

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:52 p.m.

VARIOUS concerned law enforcement agencies are currently working hand in hand to trace and apprehend different drug groups operating in Davao region.

Members of the said group, according to Police Regional Office-Davao Deputy Director for Operations Aaron Aquino during the AFP-PNP Press Corps at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) on Wednesday, are the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, DCPO, Regional Intelligence Unit, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Maritime and Highway Patrol Group.

Business permits up by 3% in 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:52 p.m.

THE Business Bureau had recorded an increase of three percent in old and new businesses that have applied for business permits in 2015 compared to last year.

Speaking on Tuesday's Pulong-pulong ni Pulong at the City Council, Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said that from a total of 30,458 applications last year, a total of 31,428 businesses applied for renewal as of February this year.

Center for the blind seeks funding support

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:52 p.m.

THE Davao City School and Rehabilitation Center for the Visually Impaired (DSRCVI) made an appeal before the City Council on Tuesday for financial support as their foreign funding have "reduced significantly."

DSRCVI principal Wilmo Capoy, speaking before the council in a courtesy call made by committee on health chairperson Joselle Villafuerte during the privilege hour, said that their funding coming from Hildesheimer Blindenmission (HBM) of Germany had decreased from P5.3 million to only P2.4 million per year.

Zambo councilor meted 3-month suspension

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

A COUNCILOR of the municipality of Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte has been meted a three-month suspension for failing to declare some of his businesses in 2011 and the non-filing of his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for three separate years.

The Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer 1 (GIPO1) Ma. Faith Presbitero, in a decision dated February 20, 2015 and approved by Deputy Ombudsman Rodolfo Elman, has penalized Karon Esmali as he was found guilty for neglect of duty.

2 South Cotabato barangay officials sacked

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

TWO officials of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Koronadal City in South Cotabato were ordered dismissed after they were found guilty of falsifying documents of the barangay officials' meeting on April 4 last year.

Court orders arrest of Felonia

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:27 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- Regional Trial Court Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio has ordered the issuance of a warrant of arrest against the high-ranking police official accused of ordering the killing of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King.

Maguindanao under state of calamity

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 01:57 p.m.

COTABATO CITY -- The Maguindanao Provincial Board has approved a resolution declaring the entire province under state of calamity due to massive evacuation caused by the military's ongoing all-out offensive against rogue Moro rebels.

Davao football champions dropped from Palaro

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:10 a.m.

A DAVAO City councilor wants an official from the Department of Education (DepEd) to explain why elementary and high school football champion teams from the city were not chosen to represent the region in the Palarong Pambansa in May.

Second District Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, speaking at the council’s session Tuesday, said the players' parents, team coaches and local sports enthusiasts were questioning why the teams were left out of the Pambansa meet in Tagum City.

Bomb defused in North Cotabato

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:10 a.m.

AN IMPROVISED explosive device (IED) hidden in a bag near the bus terminal in Kabacan, North Cotabato, was defused by authorities Tuesday afternoon.

The bomb was found as the military intensified its offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Central Mindanao.

Coal plant tax-sharing scheme still up in the air

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

A DAVAO City councilor said Tuesday the tax-sharing scheme over a coal-fired power plant cannot be decided on until the result of an equipment inventory has been submitted.

The city government is figuring out how to divide the tax take from the Therma South Inc. (TSI) plant with the town of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Davao marks International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:08 a.m.

DAVAO CITY will mark International Women's Day with a Women Summit that opens Wednesday at the Garden Oases Convention Center.

The event will last until Friday and will culminate in a march of about 3,000 gender equality advocates.

Generators to pump water during brownouts ‘too expensive’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:07 a.m.

THE Davao City Water District (DCWD) said it will be too expensive to use generation sets to supply water during brownouts.

City Councilor Diosdado Mahipus had proposed that the DCWD acquire generator sets to pump water from its 54 wells because the outages could also disrupt the water supply.

Customs orders 260,000 liters of fuel products seized

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:06 a.m.

THE acting District Collector of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the port of Davao has ordered the forfeiture of the 260,000 liters of petroleum products that became one of the issues that led to the relief of a Customs official last year.

Acting District Collector Ricardo Butalid Jr., in an order dated February 12 a copy of which was obtained by Sun.Star Davao, said the petroleum products consigned to Noifranz Fuel Products were illegally shipped to the port of Jolo.

Trafficking charges vs 3 affirmed

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:05 a.m.

THE Davao City Prosecutor’s Office has recommended charges against three people who allegedly lured seven women to have sex with seafarers whose ship had docked at the Sta. Ana Wharf on February 23.

In a resolution dated February 25, Prosecutor Serafica Weis found probable cause to charge Peer Paulo Euguenio Omega, Jeffrey Lampios and Cherry Ann Martinez Maylas for human trafficking and child abuse.

19 face drug, gun raps

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:04 a.m.

NINETEEN people were arrested for possession of P2.7 million worth of shabu and a cache of firearms and explosives during a raid in Davao City on Tuesday.

Plastic mgmt project to cut waste disposal by 20%

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:51 p.m.

THE City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) said Monday that it is planning to partner with Holcim Philippines Inc. in plastic management project, a move that will reduce the garbage disposal by 10 to 20 percent.

In an interview, Cenro officer-in-charge (OIC) Eliza Madrazo said if the project pushes through, this will free up more space at the city's seven-hectare sanitary landfill in New Carmen, Tugbok District.

15 ‘Mutya’ finalists named

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:50 p.m.

THE 15 finalists who will compete for the crown as this year's Mutya ng Dabaw are now preparing for the grand coronation night slated on March 14 at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC).

From 30 candidates, the number was pared down by half during the pre-pageant night held at The Atrium of the newly-opened Felcris Centrale on Saturday.

367 dengue cases from January to February

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:50 p.m.

THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) recorded a total of 367 confirmed dengue cases from January to February, this year.

Based on the data from CHO, the number decreased by 433 cases as compared to 800 cases recorded in the same period last year. No deaths recorded so far.

Anti-hazing bill passes 1st reading in Congress

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:49 p.m.

HOUSE Bill (HB) 4717, also known as the Servando Act, was passed on first reading in the House of Representatives.

The proposed bill principally authored by Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian hopes to put an end to violent hazing practices of many fraternities.

Pulong eyes mayoral post if Rody seeks presidency Ben O. Tesiorna

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

DAVAO City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte declared his intention to run for mayor come 2016. But only if his father, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, would run for president and if the people of Davao would welcome his candidacy.

In a statement, the young Duterte said that his decision stemmed from the strong possibility that his father would seek the presidency.

Don Bosco belies robbery in school

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Don Bosco Training Center in Mati City, Davao Oriental denied reports that a robbery incident happened inside the school during the staging of Davao Region Athletic Association in the city last week.

Delegates from Panabo City earlier reported they were robbed of 17 cellular phones, P8,000 cash and a bag full of clothing while they were on their sleep last February 21.

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