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.
POLICE filed charges before the City Prosecution Office (CPO) on Monday against a driver and a helper for illegal drugs.
Charged with violation of the Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were Virgilio Ramos Laput, alias Tating, 32, a tricycle driver and Mhike Jed Catulong Rufino, alias Makoy, 19, a helper, both residents of Vista Verde, Lawaan Street in Barangay Sasa in Davao City.
SASA Police Station commander Superintendent Royina Garma said the police station is increasing police visibility in the different communities in Davao City to reduce the numbers of crimes.
Out of the 35 crimes against property, 15 were robbery incidents while 20 are cases of theft.
POLICE arrested a suspect who was caught in the act of stealing inside a house in Barangay Tungkalan, Toril, Davao City at 1 a.m. Sunday.
The suspect was identified as Bobby Otico Abejuela, 29, and a resident of Purok 1, of the said barangay, while the victim was identified as Jerelyn Tamayo Borja, 26, and also a resident of the same barangay.
THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is holding a basketball tournament for teenagers linked to drugs in a bid to further combat the proliferation of illegal drugs and minimize crime.
DCPO director Senior Superintendent Ronald M. Dela Rosa said by organizing a basketball tournament, he expects a decrease in the involvement of teenagers in drug-related activities and other crimes.
A councilor-elect in Davao Oriental was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen Sunday night.
Romie Almacin, who just earned his second term as councilor of Governor Generoso, was gunned down at 7:45 p.m. Sunday after his proclamation by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
THE law that will penalize those who own structures without septic tanks and that are not regularly desludged has already been signed even before Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio went on maternity leave.
The Davao City Septage and Sewerage Ordinance was approved by the City Council in February 2010, but without its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), it was nothing but paper.
THE proposed first supplemental budget (SB1) of Davao City for 2013 is P173 million, or 37.85 percent lower than last year's approved SB1.
The City Council approved the amount under first reading on May 10 and was referred to the committee on finance, ways and means headed by Councilor Myrna Dalodo Ortiz for discussion.
AMONG the 15 councilors who submitted their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 2012, Vice Mayor-elect Paolo Duterte has the highest net worth at P20.4 million.
A copy of the summary of SALN for the City Council members showed that Duterte has a net worth of P20,411,800 with total assets worth P21,911,800 and P1,500,000 liabilities.
THE case proceedings of the administrative charges earlier filed against a police officer continue this month.
Facing criminal charges for rape and administrative raps for grave misconduct is Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Adonis Tablo Imbestro, a former employee of the Toril Police Station and resident of Toril in Davao City.
POLICE arrested two of the three suspects who figured in a shooting incident that killed a 19-year-old man Friday at Samantha Homes in Lizada, Toril, Davao City.
The suspects were identified as Lestger Cascejo Fuentes, 18, a jobless resident of Sitio Sook, Rasay St., Toril and alias Randy, a minor and resident of Barangay Daliao Toril.