Duterte: Misuari must not be set aside in peace efforts

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:17 a.m.

DAVAO -- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte advised Malacañang never to belittle the capability of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari with regard to the Bangsamoro peace efforts.

The call came amid the statement of Secretary Teresita Deles of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (Opapp) saying that the congressional consultations in Mindanao on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can still be successful even if Misuari would not attend it.

Duterte prefers retirement, death than presidency

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:05 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he prefers to "retire and die early" than to live in Malacañang and that he'd love to kill the person who jumpstarted the Duterte for President Movement.

Duterte dismissed anew campaigns insisting him to run for president in 2016, adding that everything just "started with a bad joke."

Rody thumbs down liquor ban leeway

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte thumbed down Sunday a petition circulating online asking for reconsideration so as to allow serving of liquor until 3 a.m. during weekends.

Instead of giving lengthy response to the petition posted on the website www.change.org, Duterte just reiterated that the liquor ban was implemented to discipline his constituents, especially the young ones.

Eveready launches disaster preparedness drive

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

EVEREADY Philippines Inc., in collaboration with the Davao City Risk Reduction and Management Council (DCRRMC), launched its nationwide preparedness campaign at Matina Town Square (MTS) in Davao City on Sunday.

Dubbed as "Pamilyang Ready, Ligtas na Community," Eveready brand manager Johanna Emata said the campaign aims to educate the public on what to prepare and what to do when a certain natural crisis arise.

Man shot dead

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Buhangin Police Station are still looking for the four men behind the death of a taxi driver who was shot at Deca Homes, Barangay Tigatto, Buhangin District in Davao City on Saturday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Edwin Lariosa Bituin, 34, driver, resident of Purok 9 at Lapanday in Tigatto. Bituin succumbed to several gunshot wounds. His body was found around 4:45 p.m.

Escaped inmate caught

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:02 p.m.

AN INMATE, who has escaped from Davao City Police Office (DCPO) jail, was arrested Saturday morning in Barangay Pangibiran in Mabini town in Compostela Valley.

Senior Inspector Dionisio Escobañez of DCPO's Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) identified the suspect as Roberto Gaking Gabini, 61, a resident of Mabini in Boulevard in Davao City.

Kidnapping group leader arrested

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

COTABATO CITY - The notorious leader of a ransom gang and robbery hold-up group was arrested at 1:20 in the early morning last September 21.

The suspect was identified as Khaddaffy Guiamelon, 41, married and a resident of Mother Barangay Bagua.

Quakes hurt 3 in North Cotabato

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:29 a.m.

MANILA -- A series of earthquakes hurt 3 people and damaged 83 houses in North Cotabato on Saturday, officials said.

A magnitude-5 quake, the strongest of the tremors that shook the area, caused most of the damage in one mountain village, said Eduardo Buenacosa, disaster officer of Makilala municipality in North Cotabato province.

P1-M items lost in fire

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

SOME P1 million worth of properties were damaged after a fire hit an apartment at Hitachi Drive along Suazo Street in Barangay 28-C, Davao City on Friday.

FO2 Darwin Solibio of the Davao Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the fire started around 6:05 p.m. from Door No. 3, which is occupied by Nomeriana Q. Auditor, 70.

Suspects in policeman's house break-in hunted

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

POLICE are hunting down suspects who broke into the house of a policeman at Vista Verde Subdivision, Panacan in Davao City on Friday evening.

The victim was identified as PO2 Ramir Avila Lozano, 52, who is currently assigned at the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 at Camp Quintin Merecido in Buhangin District, resident of Lawaan Street at Vista Verde.

2 high-powered firearms recovered in encounter

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

TROOPS recovered two high-powered firearms after their encounter with the New People's Army (NPA) members in Barangay Hinapuyan in Carmen town, Surigao del Sur on Friday morning.

Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division public information officer Major Christian Uy said the troops from the 36th Infantry Battalion recovered an AK-47 rifle and an M16 rifle at Sitio Togopon in Hinapuyan after their clash with the rebels around 9:15 a.m.

5,000 4Ps beneficiaries to join nat'l family day

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

SOME 5,000 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Davao Region will join the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day and Convergence Caravan on September 28.

Sheryll Jane S. Fernandez, DSWD-Davao information officer for 4Ps, said in an interview that the program will also serve as the launching of their "Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago Campaign".

Anti-PNoy protest marks Martial Law anniversary

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

IN LINE with the upcoming 47th anniversary of the Martial Law, progressive groups conducted a rally along Roxas Avenue, Davao City on Friday calling President Benigno Aquino III a dictator.

Around 100 protesters coming Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Southern Mindanao Region (Bayan-SMR) and its regional affiliates from Soccsksargen and Caraga gathered at the Freedom Park, accusing the president for being a so-called fiscal, judicial and economic dictator.

PhilHealth exec's libel raps affirmed

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

THE City Prosecution Office has affirmed the libel charges filed against an official of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth)-Nabunturan service office who was accused of sharing a defamatory letter against a co-employee in 2013.

Facing charges for violation of Article 353 (libel) of the Revised Penal Code is Christopher Molina, head of the PhilHealth-Nabunturan service office.

3 alleged illegal recruiters enter not guilty plea

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

THREE suspected illegal recruiters accused of overpricing the placement fee of five migrant workers in 2012 have pleaded not guilty in an arraignment before the sala of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 on Friday.

Respondents Charles Sanico, Cherry Sanico and Lynne A. Didal pleaded not guilty to the raps for violation of the Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995. RTC Branch 17 Presiding Judge Evalyn Morales has then scheduled the pre-trial on October 3 for the marking of evidence to be used on the following proceedings.

Two charged with murder

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:02 p.m.

TWO gang members are facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 after they were tagged in the murder of another in a stabbing incident at Cuaco Beach in Lanang, Davao City on August 17.

Facing murder charges are Raymar Yanong, 23 and a resident of Panacan and Mondie Lee Farrales, 23 and a resident of Tibungco who were accused of killing Jerome Magallanes, 19, a construction worker hailing from Sasa. Both are members of the Watas Gang which the Sasa police have branded as one of the notorious gangs in their area-of-responsibility involved in riots, murders and robberies.

Liquor ban petition circulating online

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

A PETITION has been circulating online appealing to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and the Davao City Council "to consider giving allowance to the liquor ban during weekends until 3 a.m."

The petition, entitled "Liquor Ban Weekend Allowance Petition," was posted on the website www.change.org. It claimed that many establishments were affected due to the liquor ban since its implementation in July last year.

Relief of 8 cops part of discipline: Duterte

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that the relief of eight police officers from Toril police station for possible involvement in the killing of Manuel Coral VII does not affect the good image of Davao City police as it is only a "part of discipline."

"It improves the image of the police because we do not allow abuses," Duterte said.

Bangsamoro autonomy a ‘way to federalism’

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:14 p.m.

A SUCCESSFUL Bangsamoro autonomy through the implementation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) could pave the way for a change to a federal form of government.

This was the statement made by Secretary Teresita "Ging" Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Oppap) when asked of her reaction on the growing clamor for federalism by Mindanao leaders.

Techvoc scholarship slots still available

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:13 p.m.

THE Davao City Educational Assistance Program is currently looking for more technical vocational applicants.

Scholarship on Tertiary Education Program (Step) head Marcelino Escalada, during Thursday's I-Speak Media Forum at Davao City Hall, said that there is still a huge budget available for the technical vocational slots offered by the program.

Graft case vs 4 Customs officials stalled anew

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

THE graft case against four former Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Davao personnel and a customs broker was stalled anew after the presiding judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 inhibited from the case.

An employee of RTC Branch 16 who refused to be named for lack of authority to speak said the documents of the graft case against former district collector Anju Nereo Castigador, former acting assistant wharfinger Alicodsaman Dimasicil, examiners Lerrie Natividad and Moctar Amir and customs broker Michael B. Corong have already been forwarded to the RTC Office of the Clerk of Court (RTC-OCC) after RTC Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio inhibited from the case.

Davao City terror threat free

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte assured on Wednesday that the city is free from terror threats, amid the raised alert level.

"Walang natanggap na threat. Sa awa ng Diyos, wala naman tayong kalaban," Duterte said.

3 Dabawenyas top Medtech board exam

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

THREE graduates from San Pedro College (SPC) of Davao City made it to the top 10 of the Medical Technologist Licensure Examination administered early this month.

Based on the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) results, Jannie Leah Prieto Miedes got a passing score of 89.40 percent, to place seventh among 2,986 passers out of 3,615 examinees.

Duterte: Let Felonia answer charges

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he will not comment further on the case involving former Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU)-Davao Region head Superintendent Leonardo Felonia who was charged for his involvement in the murder of Cebu businessman Richard Lim King.

"Let Felonia answer that," Duterte said on the murder charges recommended by the City Prosecutor's Office against the police officer.

1,391 students get educational aid

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

A TOTAL of 1,391 college students, who are also children of Pantawid Pamilya grantees, availed of the educational assistance program of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

4 women charged for swindling broadcaster

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

POLICE are set to file charges before the city prosecutor’s office against four people accused of swindling at Pitchon Street corner Quirino Avenue in Davao City.

Facing charges for swindling are: Cherry Rose Requero Contemplo, alias Joy Abellenosa, 37; Jorine Grace Roquero Bahinting, alias Samantha Cubos, 18; of Buhangin; Shio-Eng Lu Larida, alias Kimberly Chua, 29; and Joy, 17, all residents of Dumanlas in Buhangin.

1 killed, 4 hurt in road mishap

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:57 p.m.

ONE person died while four others were wounded after a van lost control along Don Julian Rodriguez Road in Barangay Maa, Davao City on Wednesday afternoon.

Dead on the spot was identified as Rogelio Legazpino, 47, a resident of 25 People's Village in Ma-a; while the four wounded were Paolo Tallo Baja, of People's Village, 16; Meljen Perida Pepito, 20, of NHA Ma-a; Rene Vincent Dal, 19, of NHA Bangkal; and Rosalina Meniano, 88, Carmen town, Davao del Norte.

P10-M budget set for livelihood projects

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:57 p.m.

AN official from the City Cooperative and Development Authority (CCDA) said that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had committed to give a P10 million annual budget for livelihood projects in Davao City.

CCDA head Marcelino Escalada, speaking during Thursday's edition of the I-Speak Media Forum at the Davao City Hall, said that with the allotted budget they are now offering free trainings and loan assistance to cooperatives in the city.

Witness protection apparent for King's suspects

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

THE Witness Protection Program (WPP) application of the self-confessed killers has become more apparent after the City Prosecution Office recommended the filing of charges against the police official accused of ordering the assassination of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King.

Plaint vs PhilHealth official yet to be resolved

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

THE complaint against a top official of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.-Davao Region (PhilHealth-11) who was accused of falsifying his credentials has yet to be resolved before the Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao, said one of the complainants in the case.

Bernadith Ipanag, a former Philhealth-11 public information officer, told Sun.Star Davao in an interview that the case against Philhealth-11 regional vice president Dennis Adre is still pending. Ipanag is one of the complainants along with former co-workers Florence Mananes, Jocelyn Puzon, and Lady Bee Go.

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