Troops distribute gifts

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

MORE than 100 residents from two villages in Mawab town in Compostela Valley received gifts from troops of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division at Camp Manuel T. Yan in the province on Friday.

Dubbed as “Community Christmas Party,” the event was organized by the 10th Infantry Division troops in partnership with health organizations, such as Department of Health-Davao Region (DOH-11), Kiwanis Club of Golden Tagum, and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Number of Davao voters down

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao Region has recorded a decrease in the total number of registered voters in the region.

From 2,539,415 registered voters last July, the region now has a total of 2,484,233 registered voters as of the latest Electoral Registration Board (ERB) meeting last October 20.

Iacat serves 132 trafficking victims

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

THE psychosocial unit (PSU) of the Interagency Council Against Trafficking-Davao Region (Iacat-11) Network has served a total of 132 human trafficking victims for this year.

Social welfare officer Alma Acera of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-11, which is the lead agency for Iacat 11 Network's PSU, cited in her year-end report at Hotel Tropika in Lanang, Davao City on December 12 that this year's total victims served is an increase from last year's total of 100.

Drug suspect nabbed in buy-bust

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

A MAN accused of selling illegal drugs at the Bankerohan Public Market in Davao City is facing charges before the City Prosecution Office following his arrest in a police buy-bust on December 15.

Charged with violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is Dranreb Sarvida Dimalanta, a 27-year-old vegetable vendor and a resident of Magallanes St.

3 suspects who robbed, killed money lender sued

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

CHARGES have been filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office against two siblings and another suspect who were tagged in the killing and robbery of an Indian money lender in Tibungco, Davao City on December 9.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) reported homicide charges were filed against Allan and Omi Saliling while a separate robbery complaint was filed against their companion who has yet to be identified.

P675,000 razed in house fire

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:28 p.m.

AROUND P675,000 worth of properties were damaged in a fire incident at Purok San Miguel, Dumanlas in Buhangin, Davao City on Thursday afternoon.

Initial investigation conducted by Police Officer 3 Ronnie Relator showed the fire started at the second floor of Niño Posa Nuñez’s house, which was made of light wood materials.

Duterte to NPA: Free soldiers before Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:28 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he wants the two soldiers abducted by the New People's Army (NPA) to be freed before Christmas.

"I am telling the NPAs now that I would like the soldiers to be with their families on Christmas Day. It would not be clearer than that," Duterte said in a media interview at the sidelines of the clubhouse blessing of Matina Enclaves and groundbreaking of the first building of its Enclaves Residences first condominium building Thursday afternoon.

10 firms to join 'Lamdag Parada'

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 06:27 p.m.

TEN private companies and 40 individuals and groups will be joining the Lamdag Parada, a lighted-float and costume competition, today.

In a phone interview, Reynan Librado, of Pasko Fiesta 2014 executive committee, said that seven out of the 10 private company floats will compete in the event while the remaining participants will join in the non-competing category.

Multi-billion investment in Davao

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

DAVAO CITY'S property development sector gets further boost with the entry of another big national player bent on pouring in multi-billion investments, mostly for horizontal residential projects in the city next year.

Taking advantage of a new market segment, the so-called affordable market that is emerging in the city, whose economy is projected to be driven by manufacturing and agricultural sectors in the next few years brought about by stable power supply, property developer Eco Dwellings Corp. has focused its expansion in the city.

Duterte: Nothing's wrong if Sara represents exporter

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said there is nothing wrong if former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is hired as legal counsel for Peking duck exporting company.

Instead of berating the company, Duterte said hiring his daughter is just "part of the job."

Rebels welcome to spend Christmas in city

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the New People's Army (NPA) rebels are welcome in the metropolis should they want to spend the Yuletide season here.

“Pahibaw-on lang ko nila. Kung magpasundo sila, sunduon nako nila, (They must inform me. If they want, I can get them there),” Duterte said Wednesday.

Man who tried to stab cop charged

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

CHARGES were filed Wednesday before the City Prosecutor’s Office against a suspect who tried to stab a policeman in Barangay 76-A in Davao City.

Facing charges for violation of attempted homicide is Renato Makinano Onggay, 25, resident of Purok 2, Barangay 76-A.

No violation committed

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

A BUHANGIN police official, who is facing administrative charges after filing an appeal for his promotion, requested the Regional Trial Court (RTC) to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Police Regional Office (PRO) to prevent the imposition of the misconduct offense filed against him, claiming he committed no violation when he filed an appeal.

DOH to give free vaccination next year

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

THE regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) will be giving out three doses of rabies vaccination for animal-bite victims for free next year.

DOH-Davao medical officer-in-charge for rabies Dr. Gracita Berguia said this is due to the agency's increased budget, which can now support all the three doses needed for rabies vaccination.

Court junks motion to submit footages of slay suspects

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 Judge denied the motion filed by the public prosecutor who requested for a subpoena asking a local TV station to submit the footages of its interview with the suspects in the Ramon Teodoro Garcia homicide case.

RTC Branch 17 Judge Evalyn Morales, in an order dated December 12, dismissed the motion filed by Prosecutor Carlos Castaños.

Crime incidents in Davao down

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) reported a 19.9 percent decrease in the Region's crime volume from January to November 2014.

PRO Davao Region spokesperson Antonio Rivera said the crime volume in the region went down from 77,874 in 2013 to 62,352 during the same period this year.

Police hunt Ecoland, Maa robbers

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

POLICE authorities here are looking for those involved in the series of robbery incidents in Davao City on December 17.

Talomo police commander Alfredo Santillana said only two robbers were behind these incidents in Ecoland and Maa on Wednesday.

Anti-trafficking drive intensified

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

THE advocacy unit (AU) of the Interagency Council Against Trafficking (Iacat)-Davao Region Network has intensified its advocacy campaign against human trafficking this year.

Carina Cayon of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in her report during the Iacat-11 Network year-end assessment held at Hotel Tropika in Davao City on December 12, has cited the different accomplishments of AU for this year.

German firm invests P1.2M for marine protection study

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:18 p.m.

A GERMAN company will invest P1.2 million to conduct research on Davao City's marine protected areas calendared on year 2015-2016.

Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, chair for committee on agriculture and food, said the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will allocate P1,268,000 through the University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep) Extension Office that will facilitate the research.

Anti-trafficking ordinance hoped to be implemented in 2015

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:17 p.m.

DAVAO City Councilor Leah Librado-Yap said she is hopeful that the proposed ordinance on anti-trafficking in persons will be implemented next year to prevent further violations and protect victims.

Librado-Yap said the committee on women, children and family relations are currently working on the ordinance with a proposed title, "An Ordinance Implementing and Enforcing Republic Act No. 9208, otherwise known as the "Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act Of 2003".

Alleged drug pusher nabbed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:16 p.m.

POLICE arrested Tuesday evening a suspected drug pusher at Kilometer 12 in Panacan, Davao City.

The suspect was identified as Joey Andrew Pantoja Suganob, alias Andi, 36, a resident of St. John at Km. 12 in Panacan.

Documentation of 4Ps beneficiaries continues

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao continues to verify beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in order to identify and remove those who are no longer qualified in the program.

In an interview, DSWD-Davao information officer for 4Ps, Sheryll Fernandez, said that as of December this year, they have delisted a total of 365 households.

Anti-rabies program held

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

VARIOUS government organizations conducted a city-wide health forum with different barangay leaders in Davao City on the national rabies prevention and control program on Wednesday.

Dr. Ma. Vilma V. Gonzaga, medical coordinator for the Davao City Health Office (CHO) rabies program, said in an interview that the forum was conducted due to five deaths from animal bites that they have recorded this year.

Visiting lumads are safe

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:14 p.m.

THE Davao City Health Office assured Wednesday that visiting lumads, who are to celebrate Christmas in the city and are allowed to ask gifts from residents, are safe, as the agency has continued to monitor their health conditions at various shelter areas.

This developed amid reports that two of the more than 11,000 visiting have died due to diseases.

2,000 lumad families get gift packs

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:00 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- At least 2,000 lumad families from four districts in Davao City received Wednesday goods and gift packs from multi-stakeholders at the Task Force Davao (TFD) Headquarters, Sta. Wharf in Barangay 27-C.

Sara defends exporter

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

THE 17th City Council approved on second reading Tuesday its favorable endorsement for the establishment of the first Peking duck dressing plant in the country in Barangay Tamugan, Davao City.

Former Davao City mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, who is a lawyer by profession, represented businessman Vicente T. Lao, CEO of Maharlika Agro-Marine Ventures Corp., during the council deliberation on Tuesday. The company is into exporting dressed Peking duck to Japan.

IP rep cites issuance of land title by NCIP

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

COUNCILOR Berino Mambo-o lauded Tuesday the certificate of ancestral domain title issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) but is cautioned with external threats.

Mambo- said the commission recently issued a certificate of ancestral domain title (Cadti) to the 87,000-hectare property of Ata tribe.

Quarantined OFW released on December 21

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

AN OVERSEAS Filipino worker (OFW) who came from West Africa and who has been quarantined in Davao City is expected to be released on December 21 after exhibiting no symptom of the dreaded Ebola virus.

The male OFW came from Sierra Leone arrived in Davao City from Singapore last November 28.

Guard killed in drug buy-bust

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

A SECURITY guard who is believed to be a drug pusher was killed in a shootout with police authorities in a buy-bust operation at Purok 1, Barangay 19-B, Bajada in Davao City on Monday evening.

San Pedro Police Station commander Ronald Lao identified the suspect as Jake Richard Artieda Ronimo, alias Tol, 27, who hails from Cotabato City and a transient resident of Davao City.

5 nabbed in pot session, to face raps

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

STA. Ana Police Station has yet to file charges before the City Prosecutor's Office against the five suspects who were arrested in a pot session in Barangay 37-D, Quezon Boulevard in Davao City.

Police identified the suspects as Angeline Tibay dela Cerna, 20; Marcel Santiago Marigon, 27; Rizel Flores Inutan, 18; Roberto Diwa Cruz, 42; and Rudy Solarte Eranjo Jr. of Barangay 37-D in Quezon Boulevard.

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