Minda cities, provinces get automated weather stations

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

IN order to spread the network of their weather stations in the country, Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) had given out 16 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) to different municipalities in Mindanao.

WPF was founded by a partnership between Aboitiz Foundation, UnionBank, and MeteoGroup, which is a leading European weather services organization, the foundation aims to deliver timely accurate local weather information in the country in order to help in disaster planning and preparedness.

Man shot dead while watching billiards

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

A 34-year-old man was shot dead while watching a billiard game at Matina Gallera, McArthur Highway, Barangay Matina Crossing, Davao City.

The incident happened on Thursday, July 31, at 7:25 p.m.

Suspected cybersex den operators face more raps

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

CHARGES continue to pile up before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City against the two suspected cybersex den operators arrested in a raid at Purok 26, Barangay 76-A Bucana last February 15.

The list of raffled cases from RTC Office of the Clerk of Court (RTC-OCC) showed that cases filed against April Lyn Sinasap, 24, and her sister-in-law Kristine Abaro-Sinasap, 30, will be tried before the sala of RTC Branch 33 Judge Lope Callo.

IBP-Davao hosts Comelec satellite registration

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Davao City Chapter yesterday sponsored a Commission on Elections (Comelec) satellite registration at the IBP Lounge in the Hall of Justice along Candelaria St., Ecoland.

IBP-Davao City Chapter officer lawyer Butch delos Reyes told Sun.Star Davao in an interview yesterday that over 300 court and non-court employees lined up at the satellite registration.

2 killed in road mishap

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

DAVAO DEL SUR - Two people died immediately after three vehicles collided at Crossing Barangay Inawayan and Baracatan in Sta. Cruz at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Dead were Irvin del Rosario Flete, driver of a Honda car with the temporary plate number 1226-122208 and his unidentified passenger.

2 men ‘salvaged’

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

CARMEN, Davao del Norte - Two men were found dead in a grassy portion of Purok 20, Barangay Ising, Carmen City around 8 p.m. Thursday.

The victims were identified as JonardGalendo and Robert Galo, of legal age, residents of BalusongMatina, Barangay Matina Crossing, Davao City.

Butane refillers threatened with closure

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

THE Davao City Business Bureau warned business establishment owners, regardless of its capital, to stop selling butane canisters refilled with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or face revocation of business permit or closure of establishment.

Business Bureau officer-in-charge lawyer Lawrence D. Batinding said the city added teeth to its policy against refilled butane due to rampant unsafe practices on the use and sell of butane canisters as containers for household LPG.

Ex-Davao representative Nonoy Garcia dies

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

FORMER Davao City representative Manuel "Nonoy" Garcia (2nd District) passed away Thursday morning, July 31, at Rufino Cardinal Santos Hospital in Mandaluyong City due to heart attack.

Davao leaders remember Garcia, 82, as one of Davao politicians who devoted his life to public service.

Suspected rebel charged with arson

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

THE suspected New People's Army (NPA) member who was previously charged for multiple crimes is facing charges anew, this time for burning down a truck owned by a farming company in Calinan, Davao City on January 24.

Man charged with homicide

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

A MAN is facing homicide charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after he was accused of killing the live-in partner of his cousin at Amparo Village in Lasang, Davao City on March 11.

Charged for homicide is Boyet Antoque who was accused of shooting down Chito Cañamo at his residence. Prosecutor Marte Melchor Velasco of the Davao City Prosecution Office found probable cause to charge Antoque based on the complaint of the victim's mother Iluminada.

Aboitiz project right on track

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

ABOITIZPOWER assured its stakeholders and customers that the ongoing construction of the 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant of its subsidiary Therma South Incorporated (TSI) in Binugao-Toril, Davao City and Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur will be completed on schedule within the first half of 2015.

This despite 49 of its 61 foreign workers were arrested on July 24 after the Bureau of Immigration (BI)-Davao found out that some don't have proper working permits.

Voters urged to register early

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) in Davao Region urged the voters to register early and not wait for the deadline set in October next year.

Comelec-Davao estimated a total of 64,237 applicants transacted with the office since May 6, 2014; of them 22,697 were newly-registered in the region and 18,087 have been validated through biometrics.

PMA exams set August 3

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

THE Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will hold its entrance examination on Sunday, August 3, in three testing centers in Eastern Mindanao.

Speaking at the AFP-PNP press conference at Royal Mandaya Hotel Wednesday, PMA officer-in-charge and entrance exam proctor Major Ronaldo Sarmiento, said the testing centers will be at Rizal Memorial Colleges in Davao City, Agusan National High School in Butuan City, and Camp Evangelista Patag of the 4th Infantry Division in Cagayan de Oro City.

Adopt-a-riverbank project launched

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

TO PRESERVE more watersheds in Davao city, the Watershed Management Council (WMC) is calling for the participation of stakeholders in its Adopt-a-Riverbank Project launched on Thursday.

The project, headed by Interface Development Interventions (Idis) in coordination with WMC, aims to gather stakeholders to plant trees along banks of streams and rivers.

Anti-smoking task force to intensify drive vs violators

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

THE Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force will intensify its anti-smoking drive in public markets and cockpits after receiving reports that smoking violations are common among vendors and cockfighters.

Task force head Dr. Domilyn C. Villareiz said they will request the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to deploy an officer in public markets to issue citation tickets to any violator of the anti-smoking ordinance in the next three months.

No coup d' etat plot in Mindanao

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

THE head of the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dismissed any destabilization plot against the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Speaking for the area under his command, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III of the EastMinCom said that the Aquino administration has been delivering what it promised for the modernization of the AFP.

P25-B coal plant in limbo

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

THE ongoing construction of Therma South Incorporated's (TSI) P25-billion 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Binugao-Toril, Davao City and Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur is stuck in limbo.

Forty-nine of TSI’s 61 foreign workers arrested on July 24 were subjected to deportation proceedings after having been found out that some don't have working permits.

Interconnectivity project to be completed in 2018

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is eyeing to complete the planned Leyte-Mindanao interconnectivity project by 2018, an official of the NGCP said yesterday.

During the AFP-PNP press conference at the Royal Mandaya Hotel Thursday, regional corporate communications head Milfrance Capulong, said that the grid operator hopes to commence the construction of the project by 2016 that will connect Mindanao Grid to that of Luzon and Visayas.

Hakab Na breastfeeding activity set

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

IN celebration of August as the National Breastfeeding Awareness month, the Facebook group Breastfeeding Pinays (BFP), in collaboration with Stockbridge International School, will conduct its 2nd Hakab Na breastfeeding activity at 9 a.m. on August 2.

The simultaneous event will also be held in Manila, Cebu, Bacolod and Iloilo.

Body formed to protect seniors

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

TO ADDRESS all concerns, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte created a group who will act on the complaints filed by a senior citizen against anybody who violates their rights for social security.

Duterte, by virtue of Executive Order No. 35, formed the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca) Complaint Board, with him as the chair.

Waste management seminar slated today

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

ALL 182 barangay captains are expected to attend a seminar on healthcare waste management today in a bid to empower local leaders to report improper disposal of medical wastes in their area.

Councilor Joselle Villafuerte said the information/consultation seminar will be held at SM City Davao from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for barangay officials and 3-5 p.m. for healthcare facilities representatives.

Raised eyebrows in POWs' release

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

EYEBROWS were raised when national officials suddenly took interest in the release of four prisoners-of-war on Tuesday, July 30.

No less than Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Peace Process Adviser Teresita Deles and Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima received the four POWs right at the poblacion area of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte past five in the afternoon.

2 soldiers killed, 6 hurt in clash with rebels

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

TWO soldiers were killed while six others were wounded in an encounter with the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Gupitan in Kapalong town in Davao del Norte on Tuesday, July 29, the military said.

The two fatalities were identified as Private First Class (Pfc.) Elvero I. Batacandolo Jr. and Pfc. Fernando L. Mendoza Jr. while the six wounded were Pfc. Genesis R. Celestial, Pfc. Ronnel D. Merisco, Pfc. Orlan V. Parac, Pfc. Travinio A. Dennis, Private Alfon A. Rocaberte Jr. and a certain Caa Bunsot.

Justice department issues lookout order vs Felonia

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a lookout bulletin order against the former Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU11) director Senior Supt. Leonardo Felonia accused in the June 12 murder case of Cebu–based businessman Richard Lim King.

Speaking at the AFP–PNP press conference at Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday, Senior Supt. Camilo Cascolan, chief of staff of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11, said the order has been issued by DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima against the accused dated July 23, 2014.

Another intel officer relieved

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

ANOTHER intelligence officer in Davao Region was relieved from his post last month after he was tagged in the murder case of Laak town Mayor Reynaldo Navarro of Compostela Valley, who was ambushed in Davao del Norte two months ago.

Relived was PO3 Eduardo Badilla Bajalia of the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU), Davao del Norte. Bajalia was ordered relieved by Police Intelligence Group (IG) Director Diosdado Ramos, after he was accused as one of the suspects in the ambush-slay of the mayor.

Dengue tops list of ‘notifiable’ diseases

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

THE Department of Health Region-Davao (DOH 11) recorded a total of 2,162 notifiable diseases or illnesses that are required by law to be reported to government authorities from June 1 to 30 this year in the region.

In their monthly surveillance report, the top three highest cases recorded in the region were dengue, influenza and measles.

DSWD does its part in 'Pablo' rehabilitation

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao Region (DSWD 11) said it has already done its part in implementing the projects as part of the rehabilitation program in areas wreaked havoc by Typhoon Pablo in the region.

This was in line with President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday wherein a group of protesters held a rally in front of the DSWD 11 regarding the allocation of the funds for the typhoon Pablo victims.

Felonia set to file counter-affidavit

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

THE police official who was linked to the murder of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King is set to file his counter-affidavit before the Davao City Prosecution Office within 15 days, the legal counsel of the respondent said.

Lawyer Caesar Europa, legal counsel for accused Police Supt. Leonardo Felonia, told Sun.Star Davao in an interview that they will answer the complaint of the victim’s brother James King.

AFP declares 5-day ceasefire

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines-Eastern Mindanao Command (AFP-Eastmincom) unilaterally declared on Sunday a five-day ceasefire with the New People's Army (NPA) in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte in Caraga Region.

Eastmincom public information officer Capt. Alberto Caber, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao Thursday, said the suspension of offensive military operations (Somo), which started 1 a.m. on July 27 and will end at 1 a.m. on August 1, came from the directive of the AFP chief of staff Lt. General Gregorio Catapang Jr.

Bike rider swerves from dog, gets killed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

A COLLEGE student died after flying off from his motorcycle while he was avoiding hitting a dog at Purok 1 in barangay Bayabas in Toril, Davao City Monday evening.

Police identified the victim as John Ray Carriedo Paraña, 23, a criminology student and a resident of Barangay Isum Inawayan in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur.

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