GSIS may soon include barangay officials: Drilon

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:16 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin M. Drilon said the leaderships of the Senate and the House have agreed to work on expanding the coverage of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to include the country’s barangay officials.

Drilon, speaking before delegates of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas-Bulacan Provincial Chapter Convention held in Davao City on Friday, said barangay officials and workers will get more benefits once the various measures that seek to give them additional remunerations, particularly the granting of retirement pensions and loan packages, are passed into law.

Classes in public schools open today

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:15 p.m.

EXPECT a mad rush and traffic congestion outside public elementary and high schools today, Monday, as classes officially start.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) assured that measures are now in place to ensure public safety.

1,000 cops deployed as classes start

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:14 p.m.

SOME 1,000 police personnel of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will be deployed today to ensure security within the city as school year 2014-2015 begins.

In a phone interview Sunday, DCPO director Sr. Supt. Vicente D. Danao Jr. said the police personnel will be deployed in different areas in the city particularly in the downtown area.

2 men nabbed for masturbating

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:13 p.m.

TWO men landed behind bars after they were caught masturbating along Palma Gil Street at around 1:25 a.m. Sunday.

Marco, 33, a laborer and resident of San Juan Village in Bangkal, and Daryl, 23, a sales agent and resident of SIR New Matina, were arrested by a neighborhood patrol under the Philippine Civic Crime Monitoring Group (PCCMG) headed by Jerry Balobar Ponayo.

Still no word about abducted DENR men

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:13 p.m.

THE Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines revealed that there has been no word yet coming from survey inspectors of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) abducted by armed men, not even from their abductors.

The environment personnel were taken by armed men in barangay New Leyte, Maco, Compostela Valley, Friday afternoon.

Project up to capacitate IPs on maternal, child health

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

THE National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous People Education hatched a project on Friday that will capacitate the IP members on maternal and child health.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed at the Pamulaan Center at the University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep) in Mintal. The project cost is 399,990 euros or about P24.9 million, of which P5.9 million was awarded to Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) while the remaining P18 million was for the Pamulaan.

Drug raps filed vs couple

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

CHARGES were filed before the City Prosecution Office Saturday against a couple for allegedly selling illegal drugs.

The suspects Jose Garry Abella, 43, and his wife Rowena Abella, alias Winky, 43, were charged with violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 26 (Conspiracy) in relation to section 5 of the Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

1 killed, another hurt in shooting incidents

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

A 42-YEAR-OLD man died, while the other was wounded in two separate shooting incidents in Davao City on Friday.

The first incident took place around 3:10 p.m. in front of the Mercury Drug at Crossing Ulas, Barangay Talomo Proper, wherein the victim was identified as Arturo Cayona Chavez, 42, a resident of Farland Extension in Dacoville.

2 face charges for duping woman

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

CHARGES have been filed before the City Prosecution Office against two suspects, including a lady who allegedly swindled a woman in Tugbok District, Davao City on March 21.

Facing estafa charges are Kempee Pangan, alias Joseph Fernandez, and Marlen Pardillo, both residents of Brgy. Sto.Nino in Tugbok. The two were charged for duping Florencia Chavez Espino, 66, and a resident of Purok 5, Brgy. Tacunan in Mintal.

LTO 'fixer' arrested, sued for gun possession

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

A FIXER is facing charges before the City Prosecution Office after he was arrested for illegal possession of firearm at an emission test center near the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Quimpo Blvd. in Davao City Tuesday.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions is Diosdado Flores Singcol Jr., a 26-year-old fixer at LTO-Davao City and a resident of Brgy. 76-A Bucana.

18 public attorneys handle 300 cases each

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

WITH only 18 lawyers at their disposal, an official of the Public Attorney's Office (PAO)-Davao said they will have to work with the available personnel it has despite averaging 300 handled cases per lawyer.

PAO-Davao assistant director lawyer Rudy Alonzo, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said their office currently has 18 lawyers including himself and the director with each lawyer handling around 300 cases that are mostly for the defendants or plaintiffs.

Davao Sur guv: Guns-for-hire proliferate in Digos

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

DAVAO del Sur Governor Claude Bautista bared on Friday that notorious gun-for-hire men proliferate in Digos City, amid the series of killings in the city.

"Kini ang naging rason nganong among pakusgan ang peace and order program sa Davao del Sur (Thus, we are strengthening our peace and order program in Davao del Sur)," Bautista told reporters in a chance interview at Apo View Hotel.

Duterte forms body to manage city's public cemeteries

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has formed a policy-making body that will manage the existing 11 public cemeteries in the city and address all other related concerns and issues.

Duterte said some of the 11 public cemeteries are nearly full while others already full.

Senator: Pork scam won't shut down government

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon assured on Friday that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam will not result in a government shutdown.

"The government is in full control of what is happening now and is continuously pursuing its policy of good governance. If this happened in the past, this would be hidden under the rock. PDAF scam is a law enforcement and legal problem, not a political issue," Drilon told reporters in a press conference held at the Apo View Hotel Friday morning.

1 killed, 6 hurt in factory blast

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

ONE worker was killed while six others were injured when a boiler exploded at a factory in Bugac, Barangay Ma-a, Davao City, on Friday.

Senior Fire Officer 4 (SFO1) Dioscoro Baja Jr., commander of the SIR Fire Station, told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview that the explosion happened around 11 a.m. at the Superstar Coconut Products Co. Inc. when its boiler machine may have reached its pressure limit.

Revamp in city's 3 police stations

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

NEW station commanders were recently installed to three district police stations of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) while two other stations have yet to install their chiefs.

An officer from the Administration Division of DCPO, who refused to be identified for lack of authority to speak, said the change of command has been implemented at the police stations of Buhangin, Sasa and Tugbok.

Laak's new mayor, vice mayor sworn in

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

VICE Mayor Carlito A. Pacatang and 1st Councilor Milagros Y. Camile took their oath on Thursday as new Laak mayor and vice mayor, respectively, after the tragic death of Laak Mayor Reynaldo B. Navarro, who was ambushed Wednesday morning.

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy swore Pacatang and Camile into office in a ceremony held at the Big 8 Hotel in Tagum City.

P1.2B finance center to rise at Megaworld's township

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

PROPERTY giant Megaworld is set to start the construction of the 15-storey state-of-the-art finance center in the first quarter of next year.

It will be the first to rise in the P15-billion master-planned township, the Davao Park District (DPD), in Lanang, Davao City.

Duterte: There was animosity between slain mayor, NPA

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he believes there was "animosity" between slain Laak, Compostela Valley Mayor Reynaldo Navarro and the New People's Army (NPA).

"Talagang may alitan na sila. I was really trying hard to just come up with a reconciliation sana but I could feel the animosity in the room," Duterte said in an interview.

Task force formed to probe mayor's death

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:41 p.m.

A SPECIAL Investigation Task Force Group (SITG) was created on Thursday to investigate the death of Laak town Mayor Reynaldo Navarro who was ambushed at Kilometer 9 in Barangay Sigayen, Asuncion, in Davao del Norte on Wednesday.

The task force, headed by the Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (DSPPO) director Senior Superintendent Samuel Gadingan, is composed of members from the Compostela Valley Provincial Police Office (CVPPO), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Davao, and Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division.

Mayor inks EO aimed at ending malnutrition

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has pushed for the implementation of a global protocol that will be integrated in the nutrition program of all barangays in the city to manage the rising problem on malnutrition.

Duterte signed Executive Order 26 last May 27, seeking to integrate and institutionalize the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (Imam) in the local health system of Davao City.

Tanods sued for selling illegal drugs

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

THREE barangay tanods were charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Davao del Sur on Tuesday for allegedly selling illegal drugs in Hagonoy.

Charged with violation of the Sections -- 5 (Sale), 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), 12 (Paraphernalia), 26 (Conspiracy) of the Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, were Judy Vargas, alias Junmar, 53; Nemesio Bengil, alias Iti, 53; and Jerry Abadila, alias Jerry, 53, all residents of Hagonoy.

NPA denies hand in mayor's ambush-slay

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- The New People's Army (NPA) denied on Thursday involvement in the ambush-killing of Laak Mayor Reynaldo Navarro, saying "Navarro's track record did not make him a legitimate target."

The NPA even condemned Navarro's killing, as the group also expressed sympathy to his family and colleagues.

Politics, illegal logging eyed as motives in mayor's killing

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

AUTHORITIES are looking into politics and illegal logging as possible motives behind the ambush-slay of a town mayor in Compostela Valley Wednesday morning.

Laak Mayor Reynaldo Navarro, 62, on board a white Montero Sport with plate number SHE-663, was on his way to Tagum City when six armed men riding in two motorcycles attacked him upon reaching Km. 9 at Purok 12 in Barangay Sigayen in Asuncion town in Davao del Norte around 8:20 a.m.

Security guard charged with slay try

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

A SECURITY guard was charged before the City Prosecutor’s Office for trying to kill the pump boy of a gasoline station in a shooting incident at Tigatto Road, Buhangin, Davao City on Sunday.

Facing frustrated murder charges is Arman Singson Betil, 19, and a stay-in at My Gas gasoline station. He was charged for trying to kill Elbert Besande Bagay, 22.

Man with pending case arrested

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

POLICE arrested a man who has a pending case before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Davao City after he was tagged as one of the suspects who stabbed a "habal-habal" driver before robbing and stealing his motorcycle at San Francisco St., Barangay Mintal, Tugbok District in 2013.

Operatives of the Talomo police led by station commander Superintendent Julius Silagan arrested Romick Ignacio Estabilla.

3 drug suspects face charges

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

CHARGES were filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office against three illegal drug suspects who were arrested for selling and possessing around P600,000 worth of shabu in separate buy-bust operations of the San Pedro police in Davao City on Sunday.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are Joseph Lastra Campos, 21; Norhan Mangorangka Dibaratan, 25; and Nasser Disumimba, 28, all residents of Barangay 23-C Mini-Forest.

P200,000 reward up for info on guv's aide attackers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

NORTH Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza offered P200,000 cash reward to anyone who can provide information on the whereabouts of the gunmen who shot and wounded a Provincial Government employee on May 26.

The victim identified as Bernabe Abanilla, alias Bantito, was shot by unidentified gunmen around 3:45 p.m. Monday in Kidapawan City, while on his way home.

New PRO chief urges cops to work hard

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

NEWLY-INSTALLED Police Regional Office (PRO) in Davao Region Director Wendy Garcia Rosario urged all police personnel to continue working hard for a safer and peaceful community, as he assumed his post at Camp Quintin M. Merecido in Catitipan in Davao City.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima administered the turnover of command from the outgoing PRO-Davao Director Wency Pascual at the Grandstand of Camp Quintin M. Merecido around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Hydro plant faces tough battle at council

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

A MULTI-MILLION dollar hydropower plant proposed to be set up in Davao City is facing a tough battle at the City Council after some officials frowned on the proposed project.

This developed even as Mayor Rodrigo Duterte refused to comment on the planned entry of a power company eyeing to construct a 140-megawatt hydropower plant in barangays Gumalang and Lamanan in Calinan District.

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