Pasko Fiesta budget cut

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 09:27 p.m.

DAVAO City Pasko Fiesta 2014 executive committee is set to finalize the budget for the event next week.

Festival director Richard Dian Vilar, speaking during the I-Speak Media Forum on Thursday, said that from an initial proposal of P9.6 million, the committee cut the proposed budget to P5 million.

LPA seen near Davao, to bring heavy rains

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 09:27 p.m.

A LOW Pressure Area (LPA) has been sighted near Davao City, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

In its weather advisory issued at 11 a.m. Saturday, Pagasa said the LPA was at 150 kilometers east of Davao City.

Strict observance of firecracker ban urged

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 09:26 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) advised the public to strictly follow the firecracker ban during the celebration of the Yuletide Holidays.

DCPO head of operations division Police Superintendent Angel Sumagaysay said during Thursday's I-Speak Media Forum at the Davao City Hall said that they will continue to inspect stores and markets to ensure that they are not selling firecrackers.

Addu survey: City peace and order improve

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 09:26 p.m.

MAJORITY of the respondents in a survey conducted by Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu), through the University Research Council, believe that the overall peace and order situation in Davao City has improved in the past six months.

In the second series of City-Wide Social Survey (CWSS2) conducted by Mildred Estanda and Dr. Christine Diaz, 61.30 percent of the respondents strongly agree that the peace and order situation has improved while 19.50 percent moderately agreed, 11.90 percent said somewhat it did so while the rest believes it is otherwise.

Man faces raps for trying to kill another

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 09:25 p.m.

A MAN is facing charges before the City Prosecution Office for trying to kill another in Daliao, Toril in Davao City on November 23.

Facing frustrated murder charges is Ricardo Villamor Singson Jr., a 26-year-old construction worker.

Dabawenyos urged to welcome IPs

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

COUNCILOR Berino Mambo-o appealed to Dabawenyos to welcome and respect the indigenous peoples (IPs) who are expected to come to Davao City during the Yuletide season.

Mambo-o, the IP representative to the City Council, said IPs deserve to be treated fairly as brothers and sisters.

Legal education seminar on Dec. 3-6 in Digos

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Davao del Sur chapter will sponsor a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Seminar (36 units) on December 3 to 6 at Crisbel Crown Convention Center in San Jose, Digos City.

Chapter president lawyer Israelito P. Torreon said the seminar fee is P9,000 but those attending on a per day basis will have to pay P2,500 inclusive of free snacks, lunch and lecture materials.

Container van with traces of cocaine seized in Canada

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

THE Davao Bureau of Customs (BOC) confirmed Friday that the container van that was found to have traces of cocaine in it was previously seized in Canada.

BOC Special Agent II Leonard Goerge Carillo, during a media interview, said that through their coordination with Maersk in tracing the container van's path, they found out that it was apprehended by the Canadian Customs around September 30 last year in Vancouver, Canada.

Sun.Star Davao bags 3 of 4 Globe awards

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

SUN.STAR Davao bagged three of four awards for print media category in the 2014 Globe Davao Media Excellence Awards on Thursday night at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier.

Sun.Star Davao editor-in-chief Stella A. Estremera bagged this year's Reporter of the Year with her article "Haiyan, six months hence," former Sun.Star Davao columnist Henrylito Tacio bagged the Columnist of the Year award with his article “Take heed of these warnings,” and Sun.Star Davao SuperBalita photojournalist Seth delos Reyes was adjudged Photojournalist of the Year with his photo entry "Basura Mo - A Child's Play."

Research: 75% want Duterte to run for president

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

MORE than 75 percent of the respondents in a survey conducted by the Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University through the University Research Council want Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for president in the 2016 elections.

Based on the City Wide Social Survey (CWSS) released by lead researchers Mildred Estanda and Dr. Christine Diaz on Friday, 75.27 of their respondents want Duterte to run for president.

2nd series of city-wide social survey released

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

THE Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu), through the University Research Council, released Friday the second series of the City-Wide Social Survey (CWSS).

Project leaders for CWSS Mildred Estanda and Dr. Christine Diaz said during the presentation of the survey Friday at the Addu Finster Auditorium that the sample size was composed of 630 respondents who were chosen randomly across the three districts in Davao City; 51.4 percent of the respondents were females while the rest were males.

Ex-guv: Duterte ‘changes heart’ on presidency

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

DAVAO -- After months of saying no, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is no longer closing his doors on the possibility of running for president in 2016, said former North Cotabato governor Emmanuel Piñol.

Piñol, who was with Duterte in Macau during the Pacquiao-Algieri fight last Sunday, said the city mayor said "okay" when asked to listen to the voice of the people before making any final decision.

SoCot town pushes aerial spraying ban

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

THE Municipality of Surallah, South Cotabato has pushed an ordinance banning aerial spraying in its area.

Vice Mayor Pinky Divinagracia has tasked the Municipal Committee on the Environment to fast-track the passage of the Ban Aerial Spraying Ordinance.

Ampatuan massacre witness awaits protection

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

AMPATUAN massacre witness Kaharudin "Butch" Saudagal is still awaiting for his admission to the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ), nine days after he was ambushed in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

Saudagal, a former bagman of massacre suspect Andal "Datu Unsay" Ampatuan Jr., was attacked by six unidentified armed men last November 18.

6 robbers, gun-runners nabbed in separate ops

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Davao arrested this week a member of a Manila-based robbery hold-up gang and five suspected gun-runners and drug pushers in separate operations in the Region.

First arrested was Terry Joy Vergara Garcenilla, member of the Abraham-Katipunan-Anover Robbery Group, at S.I.R Matina in Davao City on November 25. The warrant of arrest was issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 213 in Mandaluyong City.

Army, NPA clash anew in New Bataan

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

TROOPS belonging to the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division clashed anew Thursday with suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) in the village of Manurigao in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

First Lieutenant Vergel Lacambra, 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the Army's 66th Infantry Battalion was conducting a medical mission in the area when its personnel encountered the rebels around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Cop sued for mauling minor

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

THE San Pedro Police Station in Davao City has filed charges against a police officer who mauled a 14-year-old boy inside a building along Bolton Street, Davao City on November 22.

Facing charges for grave misconduct is Police Officer 3 (PO3) Edward Malot, who is currently assigned in Mati City Police Office.

3 cop-mauling suspects' arraignment suspended

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

THE arraignment for the three suspects accused of mauling a policeman set before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 15 on Thursday was suspended after the presiding judge has granted the motion for re-investigation filed by the respondents.

RTC Branch 15 Judge Ridgway Tanjili, on Thursday’s hearing, granted the urgent motion to suspend proceedings and arraignment with motion for re-investigation filed by respondents Abdul Moamar Manlao, Adzmin Kumayog and Harold Tomawis.

Garcia slay suspects to appear in hearing

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

THE suspects in the killing of Dabawenyo businessman Ramon Teodoro Garcia are set to appear before a regional court today, Friday, for a hearing on the motion for the issuance of a subpoena on the footages of the their interview over a local news program.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 Judge Evalyn Morales, in an order dated November 24, has scheduled a hearing Friday for the motion filed by public prosecutor Carlos Castaños, Jr.

Raps piled up vs robbery suspect

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

COMPLAINTS have piled up before the City Prosecutor's Office against a man arrested for an attempted robbery on a taxi driver on Km. 7, Diversion Road in Bangkal, Davao City, on Monday.

Facing charges of robbery with intimidation against a person, violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, and RA 6539 or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972 is Arnel Dizon Estrada, a 30-year-old electrician who hails from Malita, Davao del Sur.

Task Force Cocaine monitors ‘persons of interest’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:25 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Task Force Davao Cocaine are closely monitoring "persons of interest" who might know something about the reefer van in a container yard in Tibungco, Davao City that showed traces of cocaine.

The container van, with the suspicious traces that indicate it once held cocaine bricks, was noticed Sunday morning.

Davao cop faces drug charges

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

THE police officer who earlier texted a suspected drug pusher to inform about a buy-bust operation in Toril District, Davao City was charged with criminal and administrative charges Wednesday.

Facing charges for two counts of grave misconduct and violation of Section 5 of the Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is Police Officer 1 (PO1) Luis Pantig Gabrinao.

‘Pasko fiesta’ opening rescheduled

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

THE opening of this year's Pasko Fiesta in Davao City will be moved from December 5 (Friday) to December 8 (Monday).

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre said they had to postpone the program because Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is on official business until December 5.

Tambobong to get 15 light posts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

THE Davao City Council has approved on its first reading a request of Barangay Tambobong in Baguio District to install 15 light posts.

The item was approved on Tuesday and was referred to the committee on energy for committee hearings.

Christmas tree burns in Davao mall

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

THE giant Christmas tree inside the SM Lanang caught fire Wednesday morning just before the mall opened.

The Central 911 said the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit.

Weather info to be made more understandable to public

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

MANILA -- An official from the Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) said Tuesday that they are working on visual tools that will help weather information more understandable to the public.

"The idea behind communication is that it doesn't stop with mere words or definitions, we could use new technologies, we have this videos na maliit ang media file and yet ang ganda nung graphics so we are attempting to that with our communications," WPF General Manager Celso Caballero said in an interview during the “#WeatherWiser Nation Conference” held at Blue Leaf Events Pavillion in Taguig City.

Thalassemia lay forum on December 6

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

A NON-GOVERNMENT organization helping thalassemia patients will conduct a lay forum on December 6 at Seamen's Hospital along R. Castillo St. in an effort to spread information about the disease.

Thalassemia is a hereditary disorder of the blood wherein the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin (the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen) that result to the destruction of a large number of red blood cells which leads to anemia.

Stricter rules, stiffer fines on net operation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

STRICTER regulations and stiffer penalties will be implemented to all Internet cafes in Davao as a councilor has proposed to amend an existing ordinance on internet operation in the city.

Councilor Joanne Bonguyan, committee on information and communication technology chair, said several provisions are set to be amended to impose Internet security and discipline among internet users, especially the minors.

Indigenous people ’s inclusion in 4Ps hailed

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

A CITY councilor lauded Tuesday the inclusion of indigenous peoples (IPs) to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)'s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Councilor Berino Mambo-o, IP representative to the City Council, said he hopes that the communities will be given enough attention especially with programs that will help them alleviate poverty.

Lack of quorum adjourns City Council session

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

A TOTAL of 30 items under unfinished business were not tackled by the Davao City Council as its regular session on Tuesday was adjourned due to lack of quorum.

Only 14 of the 24 members of the 17th City Council of Davao were present. The session was adjourned as early as 11:20 a.m.

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