BUREAU of Customs (BOC) led by Commissioner Ruffy Biazon inspected on Thursday P12-million worth of smuggled rice seized by authorities at Sasa Port in Davao City in March.
Joint operatives of the Customs Intelligence Group in Manila and Davao port seized the illegal rice shipment that were placed in 23 misdeclared 20-footer container vans consigned to two different Davao traders.
AN OFFICIAL of the Anti-Smoking Task Force of Davao City told distributors of cigarettes in the city on Thursday to remove its big signages placed atop some stores in the metropolis.
"We encourage them to remove it and transfer it to a city which is not implementing an anti-smoking ordinance. So do not dare us na lang to remove the ads," Dr. Domilyn C. Villareiz, chair for Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force, said during the I-Speak Forum on Thursday.
THE New People's Army (NPA) rebels were only able to get a measly P26 million from their permit-to-campaign collections in the recently concluded midterm elections. Not a huge amount considering their target of P500 million PTC fee from candidates, according to the military.
Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP) Public Affairs Office chief Major Ramon Zagala said the figure came from documents the military recovered from various armed engagements with the rebel group.
DAVAO City mayor-elect Rodrigo Duterte apologized to Taiwanese government on Monday over the killing of a fisherman in a shooting incident last May 9, a Taiwan-based national daily reported.
In an online report published by The China Post dated May 21, 2013, it said that Duterte called Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin to ask for apology for the slain fisherman, Hung Shih-Cheng, 65, who was killed during an anti-illegal fishing patrol by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) off Philippine waters.
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- A hardware store owner and her live-in partner were killed while two of their workers were seriously wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked them while inside their house at a subdivision here around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
City police director Supt. Chino Mamburam identified the slain victims as Gina Bayhon, wife of a former military officer and owner of Donamae Hardware, and his live-in partner, Kenneth Gelloriza.
A FOURTH year high school student is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) for keeping a seven-inch ice pick.
Charged with violation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Gun Ban was Jebson Alayao Bansag, 19, of Calinan District in Davao City.
HUNDREDS of colleagues and supporters of Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio are asking the Aquino administration to initiate a speedy investigation into the death of the priest.
In a post outside a hotel on Porras Street, Barrio Obrero, Davao City on Thursday around 4 p.m. the colleagues and supporters of Tentorio held a liturgy and candle lighting, hoping that the probe of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will have a positive result.
JOINT personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao region and Philippine Air Force (PAF) arrested two big time drug pushers in a buy-bust operation in Tulip Drive, Barangay 76-A on Wednesday.
A 26-YEAR-OLD man was shot dead Wednesday in Gotamco, Barangay Leon Garcia, Agdao, Davao City.
The shooting took place around 1 a.m., killing one Ronald Villabas, 26, a resident of the said place.
TWO houses were robbed in separate incidents in Davao City on Wednesday, victimizing an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and an employee of a gasoline station.
The first incident happened around 7 a.m. at Purok San Lorenzo, Buhangin. The victim was identified as Joan Maquiling del Mondo, a 26-year-old OFW and a renter of #0407 Sto. Niño St.
DAVAO - Journalists covering the fire at the Department of Psychiatry of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), more commonly referred to as the Mental Hospital in Davao City, had their attentions turned when hospital personnel grabbed Sun.Star Davao photojournalist, took his camera by force, and erased the photos taken of the fire.
King Rodriguez was but one of many mediamen covering the fire.
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Cotabato Governor-elect Lala Talino-Mendoza denied claims by her rival gubernatorial candidate Manny Piño, that she only won in two towns in the province last May 2013 elections.
Data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed that Mendoza garnered 254,121 votes over Piñol's 203,657 or a difference of 50,464 votes.
A FIRE razed the Department of Psychiatry of Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) along J. P. Laurel Avenue Wednesday morning.
The fire displaced 197 patients while the damage was placed at P2 million.
POLICE filed charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday against a suspect who threatened a driver.
Charged with grave threat under the Revised Penal Code and violation of the Commission on Elections gun ban was Jose Angkay Paraguya, 55, a laborer, resident of Baliok, Talomo District.
POLICE launched a manhunt against three suspects who were believed to be responsible for the slaying of a 26-year-old man in Barangay Leon Garcia, Agdao last Wednesday morning.
Superintendent Caezar Cabuhat, chief of the Sta. Ana police station, identified the victim as Ronald Oliveros, 26, of Gotamco in Barangay Leon Garcia, Agdao.
AN OFFICIAL of the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod said the local administration party has yet to discuss on who will succeed Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as their president.
Councilor-elect Melchor Quitain said members of the party are still busy assessing the recent midterm elections, which was dominated by Hugpong candidates.
TWO city councilors wanted the proposal of Mayor-elect Rodrigo Duterte to make the liquor ban one hour earlier be tackled in the City Council.
In a text message, Councilor-elect Joanne Bonguyan said she saw the importance of putting the issue on the table as it may create an impact to the tourism industry of the city.
THE City Government of Davao and the Task Force Davao (TFD) will ink a memorandum of agreement (MOA) allowing the TF personnel to occupy a space at the second floor of the Davao City Overland Transport terminal (DCOTT) Lounge and Hostel Building as living and office quarters.
The move was endorsed to the City Council and was approved under first reading during the regular session on Tuesday.
THE City Council of Davao deferred Tuesday the discussion on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (Clup) to give other members of the body time to study the measurements.
The item is set to be tackled on June 4 with the three volumes, copies of which will be distributed to each of the councilors.
DAVAO City mayor-elect Rodrigo Duterte is keen on changing the 2 a.m. liquor ban in the city, but instead of the midnight ban, he is contemplating on making it to 1 a.m.
The main objective, Duterte said, is to keep the younger generation from harm's way.
A FARMER is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl eight years ago.
Charged with four counts of Republic Act (RA) 8353 or The Anti-Rape Law of 1997 and RA 7610 or The Protection Against Child Abuse was Redelio Espina Montero, a farmer, of Paquibato District in Davao City.
A CHINESE national earlier charged for carrying a firearm during the election period denied on Tuesday the charges filed against him before the Regional Trial Court (RTC).
Charged with falsification of documents and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban was Jimmy Huang Te, a businessman, of Tagum City.
FIVE soldiers and three civilians were wounded in two separate landmine explosions allegedly perpetrated by members of the New People's Army (NPA) along the national highway in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley on Tuesday morning.
The first landmine blast took place at 6 a.m. that wounded Private First Class (Pfc.) Lovie Joy Semillano, Pfc. Bai Johana Durado, Pfc. Joseph A. Mendio, Pfc. Erwin Cordero, Pfc. Ryan Torena, and one civilian named Gina Gubantes.
THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) recorded a slight increase in the crime volume for the first quarter of 2013 compared to same period last year.
Based on the data gathered by the DCPO-Investigation and Detection Management Branch, the Davao police office tallied a total of 2,863 crime incidents, or a 5.25 percent increase compared to last year's total of 2,689 in the first three months.
POLICE arrested a son of a former policeman in a drug buy-bust operation conducted in Barangay 37-D Poblacion, Davao City, around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Nabbed was Jessie James Batulan, a 30-year-old businessman and son of a former Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4) based at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).
THE Davao City Comprehensive Land Use Plan (Clup) is among measures that members of the City Council will tackle in Tuesday's regular session.
Councilor Arnulfo Cabling said the final draft of the Clup will introduce new features, like imposing administrative fines against violators.
MEMBERS of Davao City's board of canvassers (BOC) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) left the City Council on Monday to give way for the council's regular session today, Tuesday.
BOC chair lawyer Aimee Ampoloquio said Monday afternoon that the session hall was used for the canvassing of votes and proclamation of elected officials from May 13 until Monday.
DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will deliver her last State of the City Address (Soca) in June 11, before she steps down from office on June 30.
The first initial schedule, September 25, was postponed because of her first trimester of pregnancy, while her second schedule, November, was again deferred as she decided to come up with the Soca before her term ends.
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- A loud blast rocked Poblacion in Kabacan, North Cotabato Sunday evening.
Superintendent Leo Ajero, chief of Kabacan police, said the explosion came from a projectile of a 40mm mortar fired from an M203 grenade launcher.
CHARGES have been filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) Monday against a man who stole a Starex van last Saturday.
The suspect, identified as Joseph Ramie Oyao Cortez, 47, of Rizal Street, Poblacion, Tagum City, was charged with violation of the Republic Act 6539 or The Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972.