19 face drug, gun raps

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:04 a.m.

NINETEEN people were arrested for possession of P2.7 million worth of shabu and a cache of firearms and explosives during a raid in Davao City on Tuesday.

Plastic mgmt project to cut waste disposal by 20%

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:51 p.m.

THE City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) said Monday that it is planning to partner with Holcim Philippines Inc. in plastic management project, a move that will reduce the garbage disposal by 10 to 20 percent.

In an interview, Cenro officer-in-charge (OIC) Eliza Madrazo said if the project pushes through, this will free up more space at the city's seven-hectare sanitary landfill in New Carmen, Tugbok District.

15 ‘Mutya’ finalists named

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:50 p.m.

THE 15 finalists who will compete for the crown as this year's Mutya ng Dabaw are now preparing for the grand coronation night slated on March 14 at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC).

From 30 candidates, the number was pared down by half during the pre-pageant night held at The Atrium of the newly-opened Felcris Centrale on Saturday.

367 dengue cases from January to February

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:50 p.m.

THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) recorded a total of 367 confirmed dengue cases from January to February, this year.

Based on the data from CHO, the number decreased by 433 cases as compared to 800 cases recorded in the same period last year. No deaths recorded so far.

Anti-hazing bill passes 1st reading in Congress

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:49 p.m.

HOUSE Bill (HB) 4717, also known as the Servando Act, was passed on first reading in the House of Representatives.

The proposed bill principally authored by Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian hopes to put an end to violent hazing practices of many fraternities.

Pulong eyes mayoral post if Rody seeks presidency Ben O. Tesiorna

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

DAVAO City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte declared his intention to run for mayor come 2016. But only if his father, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, would run for president and if the people of Davao would welcome his candidacy.

In a statement, the young Duterte said that his decision stemmed from the strong possibility that his father would seek the presidency.

Don Bosco belies robbery in school

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Don Bosco Training Center in Mati City, Davao Oriental denied reports that a robbery incident happened inside the school during the staging of Davao Region Athletic Association in the city last week.

Delegates from Panabo City earlier reported they were robbed of 17 cellular phones, P8,000 cash and a bag full of clothing while they were on their sleep last February 21.

Dabawenyos blame Purisima for botched Mamasapano op

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

DABAWENYOS put the blame on resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima from among those involved in the botched Mamasapano operation, according to a survey conducted by the University of Mindanao-Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO).

"Nine in 10 or 91 percent Dabawenyos believe that Purisima should bear the brunt of the trouble," said UM-IPO specialist Dr. Adrian Tamayo, who guested in Monday's Kapehan Sa Dabaw at The Annex of SM City Davao.

Steag plant back online

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:47 p.m.

THE 105 MW Unit 2 of Steag State Power Inc. (SPI)'s 210 MW coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental gets back online after it was placed under preventive maintenance shutdown last February 19.

SPI Power Plant manager Dr. Carsten Evers said in an emailed statement that the unit was officially synchronized to the Mindanao grid around 6 a.m. Monday.

Davao LGUs to receive weather tracking equipment

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:46 p.m.

THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will formally turn over 56 hydro meteorological sensors (HMS) to local government units in Davao Region on Friday.

DOST-Davao Assistant Director Mirasol Domingo, who guested in Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, said DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo will hand over to local chief executives the sensors in time for the first leg of the Science Nation Tour, which will be held in Davao City.

TSI vows action on residents' complaint

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

THE Therma South Inc. (TSI) confirmed on Monday that they received a complaint from residents regarding a foul smell emanating from the construction site of its power plant at the boundary of Binugao, Toril in Davao City and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

TSI, in an emailed statement to Sun.Star Davao, said: "Therma South Inc. confirms receiving a complaint from its host community regarding an alleged 'foul smell' reportedly emanating from the power plant construction site."

Police: No whitewash on probe vs cop

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) Director Vicente Danao Jr. assured there will be no whitewash in the investigation on a policeman who brutally killed a tricycle driver for allegedly trying to steal his motorcycle.

"Rest assured that there will be no cover up in the probe being conducted by police authorities here against the accused (PO2 Jozel Salgon Jorolan). We will give justice to the victim (Mario Israel Magno)," Danao said.

Duterte to addict cops: Better leave the city

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warned anew men in uniform involved in illegal drugs to better leave the city before they face the consequences of their action.

In his television program "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" on Sunday, Duterte issued the warning after four police officers at Sta. Ana precinct were accused of using illegal drugs.

All-out war vs drugs

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

AUTHORITIES have vowed to continue their all-out offensive against illegal drug activities in Davao City even as they are set to file Monday charges before the City Prosecutor's Office against 19 suspected drug pushers who were arrested in a raid at Isla Verde in Barangay 23-C on Saturday.

Davao Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Director Joel Pernito said the suspects will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Ched encourages students to take techvoc courses

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in Davao Region advised parents who will be sending their children to college this school year to consider technical-vocational (techvoc) education.

"They should guide their children accordingly. Meron tayong mga priority programs, programs na malaki yung pag-asa na naay employment after. Huwag na silang mag-bandwagon doon sa mga uso na courses pagkatapos mag-istambay lang ang estudyante magdugang lang sa job mismatch," Raul C. Alvarez Jr., Ched regional director, said in an interview.

Day of Healing set on March 6

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

IN LINE with the 40th day of the death of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) during the Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash, civil society organizations will hold a National Day of Healing for Unity and Peace on March 6.

This nationwide activity, led by the Mindanao Peace Weavers (MPW), will simultaneously call for continued peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

More residents flee as offensive vs BIFF continues

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:17 p.m.

RAJAH BUAYAN, Maguindanaso -- More and more civilians from the adjoining municipalities of Mamasapano, Shariff Saydona, Shariff Aguak and Datu Saudi Ampatuan, all in Maguindanao, have fled over the weekend due ongoing offensives against rogue Moro rebels, local officials said.

24 arrested in Isla Verde drug raid

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:15 p.m.

DAVAO CITY – Authorities arrested 24 suspected drug pushers and users in a raid at Isla Verde in Barangay 23-C, Davao City on Friday.

However, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Davao Region deputy director Chief Inspection Edilberto DC. Leonardo has yet to identify the suspects pending investigation.

Man faces raps for carnapping

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:45 p.m.

CHARGES were filed before the City Prosecution Office on Friday against a 26-year-old man who allegedly took a motorcycle in Calinan in Davao City last week.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 6539, or The Anti Carnapping Law, is John Jaymar Erasga Yusop, who hails from Basilan City and transient resident of Davao City.

Davao bank exec sued for theft also engaged in money lending

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:43 p.m.

A FORMER broadcaster who claimed to be victim of the bank manager charged with qualified theft and for issuing bouncing checks in 2013 said the accused was also engaged in a money lending business where she allegedly used account holders' funds as capital.

Complainant Vincent Virtucio, a former television broadcaster based in Davao City, told Sun.Star Davao in an interview through Facebook chat that the respondent Jo-Ann Fandiño allegedly enticed him to lend his money in 2011 as she was allegedly engaged in a lending business.

6 in Christmas Day killing face charges

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

CHARGES were filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office against six suspects who were tagged in the killing a security guard in a stabbing incident at Greenland subdivision in Dumoy, Davao City on Christmas Day last year.

Facing murder charges are Antonio Colonia, John Lloyd Colonia, Rose Colonia Argie Gabas, PremoGabas and an alias Cara.

Teachers flee as military sets up camp in school

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:53 p.m.

TEACHERS from a community-based school in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, evacuated due to threats from a paramilitary group, a day after Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)-Davao chair Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to stop setting up camps near schools and barangay establishments.

Teachers from the Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center Inc. (STTICLCI) in Sitio Lasakan Barangay Palma Gil has reportedly fled to Sitio Nasilaban after paramilitary group Alamara allegedly threatened to attack the community.

Demolition members ‘stole’ confiscated items

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:51 p.m.

SOME personnel from the Davao City Demolition Unit (CDU) are currently under investigation for stealing confiscated items during the demolition operations.

Speaking during the I-Speak Media Forum on Thursday at the Davao City Hall, CDU chief retired colonel Yusop Jimlani said they initially investigated four personnel from their recent demolition of shoe stalls who are violators of one-third two-third policy.

Discussion on IPMR postponed anew: Bello

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

A DAVAO City councilor said that the discussion for the temporary assumption of office of the former Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) representative to the City Council was again postponed to March 10.

Duterte to Army: Stay away from schools, village halls

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:43 p.m.

EVACUEES from various areas in Eastern Mindanao are set to return home this week after a dialogue with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at the Grand Men Seng Hotel Wednesday.

Duterte, chair of the Davao Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), asked the military to stay away from schools and barangay halls in far-flung communities.

Center taps kids to implement disaster, waste mgmt program

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:42 p.m.

TAMBAYAN Children's Rights Inc. launched the Disaster Risk Reduction, Waste Management and Urban Gardening program in Barangay 23-C on Wednesday.

The program, according to Tambayan Center project officer Efraim D. Grandeza, organizes children in the barangay whose ages ranged from nine to 17 years old in a group called the Kabataan Kontra Kalamidad (KKK) tasked to conduct information campaign on disaster preparation and collect garbage for segregation.

150MW coal plant online by March

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:41 p.m.

THE first 150-megawatt (MW) unit of the P25-billion 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant project of Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of the AboitizPower Corp., located at the boundary of Binugao in Toril, Davao City and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, will go online anytime by March, a TSI top executive said.

TSI Mindanao Affairs First Vice President Bobby M. Orig, at the sidelines of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) Davao Chapter General Membership Meeting at Park Inn Hotel on Thursday, told reporters that the coal-fired power plant is now nearing completion and they are expecting the first 150 MW unit to go online anytime this March while the second 150 MW unit is expected to go online anytime in June this year.

Bank manager sued for theft

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:41 p.m.

A MANAGER of a bank in Davao City is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after admitting that she illegally withdrew more than P4 million from different account holders in 2013.

Facing one count for qualified theft and three counts of qualified theft through falsification of commercial document is Jo-Ann Fandino, kiosk manager of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Express Banking Center at the NCCC Mall of Davao.

Hearing of accused in King's murder stalled

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:40 p.m.

THE hearing on illegal possession of firearms charges filed against the self-confessed killer of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King was stalled anew for "lack of material time."

The hearing of respondent Paul Dave Molina Labang was scheduled at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 on Thursday but did not push through as the court went on lunch break.

Labor center files plaint for harassment

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:39 p.m.

A PROGRESSIVE labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)-Southern Mindanao filed Thursday a complaint against the Philippine government whom they accused of harassing union leaders in the region.

Representatives of KMU-Southern Mindanao led by Joel Maglunsod appeared before the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Davao to file the complaint.

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