THE New People's Army (NPA)-Southern Mindanao confirmed it has abducted five soldiers belonging to the Army’s 60th Infantry Battalion (IB) under the 10th Infantry Division (ID) and declared them as prisoners of war (POWs).
In an e-mail sent to Sun.Star Davao, Leonardo Pitao known as "Ka Parago" said Corporal Emmanuel Quezon, Private First Class Vernie Padilla, Ronald Gura and Donato Estandian and Private Martesiano Pasigas were being held by the 1st Pulang Bagani Command of the NPA.
POLICE authorities will file charges against the New People's Army (NPA) for abducting five unarmed soldiers in the hinterlands of Paquibato District Monday afternoon.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Ronald dela Rosa said the Paquibato police will file serious illegal detention against the 1st Pulang Bagani Battalion of the NPA-Southern Mindanao Region.
THE proposed Davao City's Comprehensive Land Use Plan (Clup) will serve as a guide for investors on where to put up their businesses in the city, a councilor said.
Councilor Melchor Quitain, in an interview on the sidelines of the regular session on Tuesday, said Clup is very vital not only to the Dabawenyos, but to the businessmen and future investors of the city as well.
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Mayor Lani Candolada of Tulunan, North Cotabato has urged the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to withdraw their forces now positioned in several areas that used to be thickly populated, and respect ceasefire and other agreements relative to the ongoing armed fighting that affected three towns along the tri-boundary of the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, and Maguindanao.
Candolada, in an interview over dxND, said there seems to be a “breakdown” of agreements made earlier by three local government units from Tulunan in North Cotabato, Columbio in Sultan Kudarat, and Datu Paglas in Maguindanao, when MILF forces continued to occupy puroks and sitios of barangays Maybula and New Bunawan.
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Both the beleaguered president of the state-owned University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and the protesters wanted speedy resolution of the charges they filed against each other.
USM president Dr. Jesus Derije, who filed on Friday his leave of absence from office for 29 days, said he sought early resolution of the administrative and criminal charges he filed against a hundred of their employees.
PRESIDENT ROXAS, North Cotabato -- A cop who was about to apply for a search warrant for gun possession was gunned down in Barangay Greenhills here, around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police identified the victim as Senior Police Officer 2 Eldorado Dolloso of President Roxas police.
THE Davao City Council deferred the approval of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (Clup) on second reading on Tuesday since the number of members present did not reach the exact count of votes needed.
The local lawmaking body needed 21 members to vote on the proposed Clup, but there were only 19 of them present in the plenary around 5 p.m., thus the move to defer the item to the next regular session.
TULUNAN, North Cotabato -- An armed civilian and an alleged Moro rebel were killed while three others were wounded after they engaged in a running gun battle at the hinterlands of Barangay Maybula in this town last Sunday.
Senior Inspector Ronnie Cordero, chief of Tulunan police, identified one of the fatalities as Dondon Palomo, one of the members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of Maybula and an employee of a banana plantation in the village.
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- A 14-year-old boy died while four members of his family were wounded when a still unidentified suspect tossed a fragmentation grenade inside their house in a remote village in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, a police official said.
Senior Inspector Emerson Policarpio, chief of Lambayong police, identified the slain victim as Muad Ambolodto, 14, of Purok Libertad in Barangay Madanding, Lambayong.
A MAN was killed in a road mishap around 1 a.m. Monday along the Davao-Bukidnon Highway in Calinan, Davao City.
The victim was identified as Allan Tambis Galima, 23, single and a resident of Purok 11, Barangay Wangan, Calinan District.
POLICE have launched a manhunt operation against a suspect who stabbed to death a 54-year-old man around 12 a.m. Tuesday at Purok 3, Barangay 23-C, Davao City.
Now being hunted is Saraha Datudacula, alias Charlie, a resident of Purok 4 of the same barangay.
DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio asked the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Tuesday to immediately release the five soldiers they kidnapped in Paquibato District last Monday afternoon.
"It doesn't have any positive contribution to the city. It only adds to their (rebels') notoriety," Duterte said. "Gahatag lang sila kaguol sa families of those abducted."
DAVAO CITY -- A total of 167 families were displaced after a flood hit Barangay Tanglaw in Braulio Dujali, Davao del Norte, Sunday afternoon.
Davao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) action officer Sonio Sanchez said heavy downpour caused the flooding.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS participating in the revisions of Davao City's Comprehensive Land Use Plan (Clup) welcomed the City Council's decision to protect Shrine Hills from further urbanization by designating it as a protected zone.
Idis policy advocacy specialist Chinkie Pelino lauded the move as a "strong exercise of political will" as the City Council in a special session last Thursday moved to declare Shrine Hills as an Urban Ecological Enhancement Sub-zone.
MATALAM, North Cotabato -- A top official of the state-owned University of Southern Mindanao (USM) was wounded when one of unidentified gunmen shot her while she was about to enter her house on Uyanguren St. around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, a police officer said.
Senior Inspector Elias Dandan, chief of Matalam police, identified the victim as Dr. Cynthia Alpas, head of USM's human resource management office.
THE business community called on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to re-study the implementation of the new revenue collection regulation that invalidates unused receipts after June 30.
In a letter addressed to BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares last April 30, the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) also asked the national office to extend the deadline on the validity of unused receipts to December 30.
EACH barangay council should also include the issue on resolving child labor as one of its priority programs, a non-government organization (NGO) said on Monday.
Speaking during the Kapehan sa SM Davao, Florie May B. Tacang, executive director of Kaugmaon Center for Children's Concerns Foundation Inc., said the barangay council should keep an eye on the number of child laborers among their constituents.
DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) installed new station commanders on three police stations in the city effective Monday, June 17.
Chief Inspector Ariel B. Acala, former head of the Operations Division of DCPO, is now the new station commander for Tugbok police, replacing Senior Inspector Antonio Villacarlos Jr.
POLICE arrested a former soldier and two other suspected drug pushers in separate buy-bust operations in Davao City last Saturday.
The first operation was launched by the intelligence operatives of Sta. Ana police around 6:35 p.m. at the corner of Artiaga St. and Quezon Blvd., resulting in the arrest of Dante Hairal Ja-Alain, 42, a former Army soldier assigned at the Military Intelligence Battalion at Camp Felix Apolinario in Panacan and a resident of Barangay 37-D.
A 41-YEAR-OLD teacher and a 75-year-old man were victimized by robbers in separate incidents in Davao City on Friday.
The first incident happened around noon at Diho 2 Subdivision, Carlos P. Garcia Highway.
A MAN was killed in a road accident at R. Castillo St., Agdao District, Saturday afternoon.
The fatality was identified as Petronilo Zamora Samson, of legal age and a resident of 60 Fatima Village, Bajada, Davao City.
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Davao Region filed on Friday charges before the City Prosecutor's Office (CPO) against a manager of a business company for alleged scam.
Charged with large-scale estafa of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Presidential Decree 1609 was Zosette Socorro Ortiz, owner of a certain "rice investment/production business," human resource manager of Now Outstanding Services, and resident of Tugbok in Davao City.
CHARGES have been filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) against a man for breaking in a car and stealing valuables.
Superintendent Caezar Cabuhat, chief of Sta. Ana police station, identified the suspect as Jerrymiah Ahos Datwin, 18, resident of Kilometer in Sasa in Davao City.
KABACAN, North Cotabato -- Classes are set to resume Monday at the state-owned University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato after a two-week standoff between authorities and the group calling themselves, Oust Derije Movement.
North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco took the lead in negotiating with some of the organizers and leaders of the rallyists.
A 21-YEAR-OLD tricycle driver and a 19-year-old man were killed in two separate shooting incidents in Davao City recently.
The recent incident happened at around 9 a.m. Saturday in front of the Barangay Hall of Wilfredo Aquino in Agdao.
PERSONNEL of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Davao region arrested some 300 traffic violators in Davao City during the Balik Eskwela operation that started last June 3.
LTO Davao officer-in-charge of the Enforcement Division Ramon Zartiga bared this during the Kapihan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) at the PIA office Saturday.
ONE was killed while another is in critical condition after they figured in a road accident at around 1:50 a.m. Saturday at Diversion Road at sitio Tinago in Davao City.
Killed in the accident was Alvin Marquez Bajenting, 24, single and driver of the motorcycle with plate number 8100-NF while the injured was Romel Sojor Monterona, 25, and back rider of the motorcycle.
POLICE have yet to file charges against a former police officer, who was earlier arrested for allegedly selling illegal drugs.
Supt. Antonio E. Rivera, chief of the Davao City Police Office's Investigation and Detection Management Branch (DCPO-IDMB), identified the suspect as PO3 Ray Calungsod Matildo, 45, of La Vista Monte in Matina, Davao City.
CHARGES have been filed against a 37-year-old man for allegedly stabbing his neighbor.
Police identified the victim as Elmer Salvacion Dechosa, 28, laborer, of Malambuon in Ecoland, Davao City, while the suspect was identified as Orlando Pueblos Romano, 37, of the same place.
THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas has offered outgoing Mayor Sara Dutete-Carpio a job at the DILG.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio confirmed this in an interview with reporters at City Hall Thursday but said she is not entertaining the idea of working at the DILG as of the moment.