Inquest murder raps filed

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

THE Davao City Prosecutor’s Office extended its office hours Monday night after authorities brought the suspects tagged in the murder of businessman Richard King for inquest proceedings around 8:40 p.m.

Facing murder charges are Rommel dela Cerna, his brother Rodel, and Paul Dave Molina Labang. The complaint was filed by the brother of the victim, James King.

Davao Region police still looking for ‘King mastermind’

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in Davao Region is now digging deeper into the connection of three suspects to the police officer in the murder case of Cebu-based businessman Richard Lim King and that they are still looking for the mastermind.

Davao PRO spokesperson Chief Inspector Jed Clamor said that while the three suspects are now detained, the regional Special Investigation Task Group (RSITG) is still closely monitoring "persons of interest" who may be the real brains in the murder case.

Customs exec charged over failure to file Saln

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:39 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Gensan is facing charges before the Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao after he allegedly failed to file his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (Salnw) for the years 2007 and 2009.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees is Cabili Makmd Lucas, special agent of BOC-Port of Gensan.

Man charged for raping masseurs

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

A MAN is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) for allegedly raping a massage attendant in Davao City last June 13.

Charged with violation of Republic Act 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 is Mueds Kinona Dimonot, 18, of Barangay 76-A Bucana and a native of Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.

Duterte keeps hands off Felonia

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he does not want to interfere with the probe being conducted against Superintendent Leonardo A. Felonia, pending the result of the investigation.

"He is not a suspect as of this time. But alam ko at alam niya na lumabas ang pangalan niya doon. Whether true or not, give him a chance to explain. I'm waiting for the final result of the investigation," Duterte said in a press conference held at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) office on Monday.

Business sector to be consulted on CCTV law changes

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:37 p.m.

THE committee on peace and public safety of the 17th City Council is set to invite Davao City businessmen during the third committee hearing on the proposed amendment of the existing closed-circuit television (CCTV) ordinance.

Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Sr., chair for the committee, said the committee will take down the concerns of the businessmen in the city regarding the proposed amendment—revocation of business permits and high resolutions of the CCTV cameras.

Mt. Hamiguitan now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THE Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in San Isidro, Davao Oriental is now officially the Philippines’ sixth world heritage site as inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage List Monday.

Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Arturo P. Boncato made the announcement in his social network account on Monday.

DCPO chief orders news blackout on crime reports

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

DAVAO CITY Police Office (DCPO) director ordered the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) members not to release any spot report of crime incidents to the media starting Monday.

The media were stunned when they noticed that there were no copies of spot reports or blotters placed outside the IDMB office. It has been a standard practice that the spot and progress reports are posted at the media lounge.

Davao City cited as ‘clean land’

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

THE Asean working group on environmentally sustainable cities recognized Davao City as a "clean land" under the big city category.

Davao City is the lone city from the Philippines that will receive the recognition during the awarding ceremony tentatively scheduled on September 2014 in Laos, the host country for the 15th Iamme.

Gun raps filed vs alleged King triggerman

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:58 a.m.

ONLY illegal possession of firearms charges were filed before the Davao City Prosecutor’s Office on Monday against the suspect accused as the triggerman in the murder of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition is Paul Dave Molina Labang, 24, and a resident of Daliao, Toril. He was charged after getting arrested by operatives of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

Ombudsman sues ex-cashier for malversation

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao found probable cause to charge a former cashier of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC)-Tacurong City for incurring more than P2.2 million in shortages in 2009.

Facing charges for violation of the Article 217 (Malversation of Public Funds or Property) of the Revised Penal Code is Amelita Olivo, former cashier of PPC-Tacurong City.

LTFRB 11 warns PUVs of stiffer penalties

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:56 a.m.

LAND Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 11 Monday warned colorum bus, jeep, and taxi operators of stiffer and higher imposition of penalties on franchise-related violations.

According to Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 issued by LTFRB and Land Transportation Office (LTO), the new fines penalties imposed increased by many folds: P1 million for buses, P200,000 for trucks, P50,000 for jeepneys, and P120,000 for taxi units effective on June 19, 2014.

Duterte hits groups opposing oil palm plantations

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

DAVAO CITY - Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte hit environmental groups that are opposing his move to allow Malaysian and Thai companies to develop thousands of hectares of palm oil plantations in Paquibato District.

Duterte issued the statement on Sunday after Panalipdan Southern Mindanao expressed its concern regarding the negative effects of oil palm.

Mayor backs higher fines vs ‘colorum’ vehicles

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte expressed support to a new national policy imposing higher fines for colorum vehicles and traffic rule violators.

"Colorum is a problem. Pag nadisgrasya yan, wala pati insurance. It’s about time," Duterte said Sunday.

Duterte still bristling over Juvenile Justice Law

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte once again hit former Senator Francis Kiko Pangilinan, who is now the presidential assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, following the increase of the number of crime incidents here because of the juvenile justice law.

In his television program "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" on Sunday, Duterte again blamed the Republic Act 9344 or The Juvenile Justice and Welfare System for the trouble it caused to local government nationwide, particularly in curbing criminality in which some were committed by those children in conflict with the law (CICL).

2 more robberies in city, suspects hunted

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

POLICE are hunting down the suspects in separate robbery incidents in Davao City on Saturday.

The first incident happened around 2 a.m. at Purok 20 in Calinan, where the victim was identified as Fe Rodrigo Ortega, 55, a businesswoman.

Suspect in arson try on ex-councilor’s house to be sued

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Sasa police station is set to file charges before the City Prosecution Office today, Monday, against a man accused of setting fire on the house of a former City Councilor in Panacan Relocation, Davao City.

To be charged with arson is one Vonn Andrew E. Villacruz, 23, a resident of Purok 1 at Panacan Relocation in Panacan this city.

Task force urged to solve King murder as soon as possible

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- After President Benigno Aquino III ordered to solve the murder of Cebu-based businessman Richard King in one month, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao Director Wendy Rosario directed members of the Regional Special Investigation Task Group (RSITG) to solve the crime as soon as possible.

CIDG: Crime groups in Davao closely watched

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Davao Region (CIDG-11) has been closely watching individuals who are involved in illegal drug and other criminal activities in Davao City following the arrest of a crime syndicate leader in a buy-bust operation at Times Beach in Matina.

CIDG regional director Sr. Supt. Joel C. Pernito warned these individuals to watch-out.

TFD chief asks public to follow security rules

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

NEWLY-INSTALLED Task Force Davao (TFD) commander Col. Macairog Alberto has appealed to Dabawenyos to abide with the security measures enforced by the unit for their own safety.

Alberto, in a press conference at Royal Mandaya Hotel, said they have taken extra effort to tighten security following threats reported in Cagayan de Oro City and other areas in Mindanao.

2 barangay officials face graft charges

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

TWO officials of Barangay Don Salvador Lopez in Mati, Davao Oriental are facing criminal charges after the Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao found probable cause to charge them for mishandling the funds of a construction project that was supposedly accomplished in 2006.

Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer (GIPO) 1 Randolph Cadiogan, in his resolution dated May 7, 2014 and penned by Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Rodolfo Elman, found probable cause to charge Barangay Don Salvador Lopez treasurer Marilou Pilapil and kagawad Aldredo Luchavez for violation of the Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Man also charged with gun possession

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

A SUSPECTED drug pusher is facing additional charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after he was also arrested for illegal possession of firearms in a police buy-bust at Upper Piedad in Barangay Bato in Toril, Davao City on June 7.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions and RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is Dave Barrios Pavico, 30.

Bookkeeper slay suspect arraignment set

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

THE suspect tagged in the killing of a former bookkeeper of Barangay 76-A Bucana last year is set to appear before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 for his arraignment on June 30.

RTC Branch 10 Judge pairing Virginia Europa, who acted on the absence of presiding Judge Retrina Fuentes, who was on leave, ordered respondent Rammil Galadin, alias Jao, to appear before the court for his arraignment.

Drug syndicate leader nabbed, charged

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

A SUSPECTED leader of a crime syndicate operating in Maguindanao is facing charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office after he was arrested in a buy-bust operation at a karaoke bar at Times Beach in Matina Aplaya, Davao City, on Thursday.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is Nasser Pasandalan Cudales, suspected leader of the Matalam Group.

Ombud slaps 6-month suspension on town treasurer

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 09:14 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao slapped a six-month suspension against a municipal treasurer of Maasim, Sarangani who was found to have mishandled more than P100,000 of local government funds in 2008 to 2009.

Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer (GIPO) 2 Grace Morales, in her decision dated April 30, 2014 penned by Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Rodolfo Elman, ordered the six-month suspension to Moises Villadelgado Magalona Jr. for simple misconduct after he was accused of mishandling P114,377 between November 18, 2008 and December 10, 2009.

City gives P444,000 aid to 64 families

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 09:14 p.m.

THE City Government of Davao distributed a total of P444,000 cash to families whose houses were burned in two barangays.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte personally handed the cash assistance on Thursday to 64 families in Barangay Tibungco and seven families in Barangay Hizon.

Oil palms ‘not good’ for environment

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

DAVAO -- An environmental group urged the Davao City Government on Friday to also look at the perils of foreign corporate-controlled oil palm plantations based on people's experiences and not only the companies' promises of economic development.

Panalipdan Southern Mindanao expressed its concern after Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told Paquibato residents to engage with Malaysian and Thai companies in thousands of hectares of palm oil plantations to supposedly address poverty and joblessness.

DCPO chief apologizes to 3 journalists

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) chief Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao Jr. on Wednesday issued a public apology for what he did to three young journalists.

"I am personally apologizing sa nahitabo. My apologies. Pasenysa na mo, day," Danao said during a radio interview with DxAB Radyo Patrol on Wednesday evening.

City's PSSCC plans to buy 100 CCTV cameras

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

THE Davao City Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) mulled purchasing 100 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to enhance its traffic and intelligence monitoring system in the city.

Jennifer Jay Ellano, PSSCC technical support group chief, said the technical team of the PSSCC found out the importance of CCTV cameras along Lasang road to Panacan where there are plenty of "blind spots".

Rebel in drug pusher's slay set for prelim conference

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

AFTER pleading not guilty to the murder of a suspected drug pusher in 2013, one of the accused New People's Army (NPA) members is set to appear before the Regional Trial Court (RTC)-Davao City for the preliminary conference of the case on June 26.

RTC Branch 10 Judge Retrina Fuentes, in her order dated March 30, scheduled the preliminary conference on the murder case against suspected communist rebels, Ricardo Castillote, alias Ka Marvin, alias Marquez; Garry Cloma and another unidentified suspect who were accused of killing Ruel Catigan Pague.

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