2 arrested for selling porn DVDs

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

MEMBERS of the San Pedro Police Station arrested on Sunday two men who were caught selling pornographic materials in Quezon Boulevard in Davao City.

The police identified the two suspects as Omair Dikatanoman Pasandalan, 25, and Kamaluodin Dimapingun Odin, 34, both vendors and resident of Isla Verde in Quezon Boulevard in Davao City.

Labor group calls for passage of Wage Hike Bill

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

THE Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)-Southern Mindanao reechoed its call for the passage of the House Bill 253 or the P125 Wage Hike Bill.

KMU-Southern Mindanao spokesperson Joel Maglunsod said on Monday that the passage of the bill has been stalled for decades after its proposal and the delay of its approval saw the continuing struggle for the country's labor force.

KMU: US intervention never stopped

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

LABOR Group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said on Monday the United States has never stopped intervening in government policies amid renewed protests against a new defense pact signed by the Philippine and US governments following US President Barack Obama’s visit Monday.

KMU-Southern Mindanao spokesperson Joel Maglunsod, during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at the SM City Davao Annex Monday, said that the US still has a strong influence over how President Benigno Aquino III runs the economy and military in the country.

No suspect yet in teener's shooting

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Sta. Ana Police Station are now looking for a group of men among and one among them who shot a 13-year-old boy in Agdao in Davao City on Sunday afternoon.

Police Officer 3 (PO3) Edifer T. Dorado of the Sta. Ana police identified the victim as Jancel Lanzaderas, a resident of Carpenter in Barangay Leon Garcia in Davao City.

Houseboy in woman’s slay named, motorbike found

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

THE 18-year-old houseboy suspected to have killed his employer at El Rio Vista Village in Davao City two weeks ago has been identified by police.

The victim’s black motorcycle used as escape vehicle was also recovered in Columbio town of Sultan Kudarat.

Central 911 mum on identity of overspeeding driver

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Central 911 on Monday refused to name the ambulance driver who was ordered terminated by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte for overspeeding at Shrine Hills in Matina, Davao City.

Central 911 chief Emmanuel Jaldon remained mum on the termination of all the ambulance drivers of the Central 911, after one of them was caught overspeeding by Duterte on Saturday.

Jacinto resigns from City Planning office

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

CITY Planning and Development Office (CPDO) head Mario Luis Jacinto tendered his resignation to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, citing personal reasons.

In an interview, City administrator lawyer Melchor Z. Quitain said Jacinto cited “health problems” as his reasons to leave his post at the CPDO.

Duterte: No funds for tenements

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the proposal to set up tenement housing for the fire victims since the City Government of Davao does not have enough funds to finance it.

He said it could only be possible if the National Government decides to shut down Congress and allocate the million of funds for the congressmen to the victims who are still at the evacuation areas until the present time.

Duterte, Del Rosario to tackle Talaingod problem

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will be sitting down with Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario along with evacuees from Talaingod, Davao del Norte, some progressive groups, and military officials in the city tomorrow, to address issues that caused the Manobo-tribes to vacate their land.

The mayor, in an interview, said he and the provincial governor scheduled the meeting tomorrow at around 3 p.m. Duterte added that he will try to find a solution to their problem with Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario.

Duterte reiterates appeal to pursue talks with Reds

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

WITH the ongoing armed conflict between government troops and communist rebels in some areas in Mindanao, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his appeal to the National Government to pursue peace negotiations with National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Duterte, in an interview, said the time calls for the resumption of the stalled peace negotiations between the government and the NDFP.

City to extend P10,000 more to fire victims

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said there will be another P10,000 cash assistance that will be given to thousands of families affected by the April 10 fire that hit three villages along the coastline parallel to Quezon Boulevard in Davao City.

In an interview during the 9th National Children's Day and birthday celebration of world-renowned evangelist Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy on Friday, Duterte said the fire victims have nothing to worry about because the City Government is working for their concerns.

Pa, daughter lost P23,000 to budol-budol gang

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

A FATHER and his daughter lost P23,000 worth of cash after they were duped by the "budol-budol" gang at around 11:40 a.m. Saturday on Lim Street, Barangay Toril Proper, Davao City.

Based on a report from Toril Police Station, the victims were identified as Arcole Deocampo, 54, married, and his daughter Dafney Bacala, 27, married, residents of Central Binugao, Toril District.

Doc: Ban aerial spraying in T'boli

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:09 p.m.

A MEDICAL officer of the T’boli Evangelical Clinic and Hospital (Tech) in T’boli, South Cotabato called for the banning of aerial spray as skin diseases have already afflicted some residents living near banana plantations in the area.

The Mamamayan Ayaw sa Aerial Spray (Maas), in a statement emailed to Sun.Star Davao on Saturday, said Tech director Dr. Levista Dagang, who appealed for their support, had issued a position paper asking to ban aerial spraying in the area.

2 gun runners sued

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

POLICE filed charges before the City Prosecution Office against two gun runners arrested in a buy-bust operation at Central Park Subdivision in Bangkal, Davao City on Monday.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition are Rosid Rajad Coring, 32, hailing from Buhangin and Reynante Quino, 37, of Calinan.

Man charged for killing mentally-ill in Tugbok

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

MURDER charges were filed before the City Prosecution Office against a man accused of killing a person with mental illness at Sitio Egay in Barangay Biao Escueta, Tugbok, Davao City last March 30.

Facing murder charges is Porsiso Atis, alias Ondo, 26, and a resident of Marilog District. Atis was charged after he was tagged in the murder of Jerry Diamalon Gollodo, 35.

Environment groups: Spare trees in Dakudao Avenue

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 09:10 p.m.

ENVIRONMENTAL groups opposed the proposed plan to cut down the trees along Dacudao Avenue, the only major thoroughfare in Davao City shaded with mature trees, insisting that the idea is "too extreme and alternative options have not been explored."

In a statement sent to Sun.Star Davao, the Interface Development Interventions (Idis) said such proposal was revealed by City Environment and National Resources Office (Cenro) Forester Chris Asibal during the Rainwater Harvesting Forum organized by the Idis and the Davao City Water District on March 24.

3 kids die from poor sanitation in evac centers

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 09:08 p.m.

THREE children were reported to have died from different causes exacerbated by the worsening state and sanitary conditions of evacuation centers for the fire victims in Davao City.

Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte underscored the lack of sanitation in eight evacuation areas for fire victims, admitting that the city only owns a few portalets, which cannot serve all.

Tribal leaders urge Duterte to mediate in negotiations

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

TRIBAL leaders, who are part of the evacuees from Talaingod, Davao del Norte, re-echoed their call to halt the militarization in their homeland but this time, they want Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to intervene in the negotiations.

Leader of the Ata Manobo tribe in Barangay Palma Gil in Talaingod and spokesperson for Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanogon, Datu Duloman Dawsay told Sun.Star Davao in an interview that he has been very grateful of Duterte for welcoming the evacuees in the city yet he would appreciate him more if the mayor assists them in getting back to their homeland.

Closed bridge causes two-hour traffic jam

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

MOTORISTS and commuters ranted Thursday about the two-hour bumper-to-bumper traffic along McArthur Highway going to Bankerohan due to the ongoing repair of the Governor Generoso (Bankerohan) Bridge II.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the traffic congestion was caused by the road closure for the repair of the bridge.

Customs no lead yet on cocaine’s port of origin

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

WHILE authorities only have two remaining bricks of cocaine to recover out of the 64 bricks recovered from a container van at the Sumifru Wharf recently, a top official of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Wednesday they are still in the limbo in finding out the port of origin of the illegal drugs.

BOC Commissioner John Sevilla said they still have no lead on when and where the cocaine bricks may have been loaded.

Duterte: I don't accept awards

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he wants his name out from the list of nominees to the 2014 World Mayor Award, insisting he is not used to receiving awards.

"I disagree with that. If there's somebody doing it, just stop it. As a matter of official and personal policy, I do not accept rewards," Duterte said.

NPA asks Duterte to intervene in Talaingod 'militarization'

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

DURING the negotiation for the release of the captured army soldier in Laak, Compostela Valley Province, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said the New People's Army (NPA) asked him to intervene on the alleged militarization in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Duterte said he will try to find a solution to the problem. "They wanted my intervention. I was asked by the NPA to intervene because nahihirapan ang mga tao doon. They are after the people. I promised them to do something. I'm trying to sort it out," he said.

Landmines seized in Compostela Valley

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

TROOPS belonging to Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division seized several landmines in two separate towns in Compostela Valley on Tuesday.

The 10th Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Ernest Carolina said soldiers of the Peace and Development Team under the 9th Infantry Battalion recovered a landmine along the road of Purok 4 in Barangay Panibasan in Maco town in Compostela Valley around 9 a.m.

Ordinance merging animal laws approved

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

THE Davao City Council approved on first reading Tuesday the proposed resolution on the enactment of an ordinance amending, revising, and consolidating all ordinances of the city relating to animals.

This pertains to Republic Act (R.A.) No. 8485, otherwise known as the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, and R.A. No. 9482, otherwise known as Anti-Rabies Act of 2007.

Customs destroys boxes of fake shoes from China

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

TOP officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) destroyed Wednesday more than 200 boxes of shoes imported from China after they were found to be fake.

BOC Commissioner John Sevilla along with BOC District 12 collector retired Army General Ernesto Aradanas spearheaded the ceremony for the dismantling of 229 boxes at the Port of Davao.

Rice aid for calamity victims gets council nod

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

THE 17th City Council approved on Tuesday on first reading a proposed agreement between the City Government of Davao and the National Food Authority on rice assistance for calamity victims through a grant of sale of rice on credit.

NFA provincial manager Felimon Cangrejo, in a letter addressed to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, said one of the programs of the agency is to assist the local government units in times of calamities/emergencies via a grant of sale of rice on credit.

Cops raid gun factory

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

OPERATIVES of the Davao Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seized at least 17 high–powered firearms in a raid at several gun manufacturing houses and arrested a suspected gunrunning syndicate leader in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur on Tuesday.

CIDG 11 director Senior Supt. Joel C. Pernito identified the suspect as Walter Generosa Miano, alias Loloy, 50, a construction worker, resident of Barangay Sunto in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur. Miano is also tagged as leader of the Loloy Miano Gun Manufacturing.

3 die in Tugbok road accident

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

THREE people died while one is in critical condition after a Mitsubishi truck and a Honda Wave motorcycle collided in Barangay Angalan in Tugbok District in Davao City on Tuesday.

Dead on the spot were Rendo Daboda Inoc, 32, motorcycle driver, a resident of Purok 9 New Loon in Barangay Tugbok, and one of the two passengers -- Allan Daboda Orong, 37, a laborer.

Dabawenyos urged to join forum on Google techs

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

THE Google Business Group (GBG) in Davao City is set to launch its first GDays Davao and GBG Women Program on May 10, 2013 at the CAP Grand Auditorium to educate Dabawenyos on using technologies for their businesses.

"We invite business owners, professionals and students who are interested to learn how to use Google technologies for their businesses, startups, and professions," said Angel Abella, co-manager GBG-Davao.

Customs chief pushes digitalized system

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

BUREAU of Customs (BOC) Commissioner John Sevilla is pushing for the digitalization of its entire office as a major part of the agency's reform program to be implemented by June next year.

"Maraming documentations and processes na ginagawa ng Customs ngayon and 90 percent of that is paper-based. We want to move to as close as 100 percent digital, electronic and contactless processing by June 2015," Sevills said.

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