Gunmen shoot village official

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:33 p.m.

A VILLAGE official was shot and wounded by motorcycle-riding gunmen in the island province of Basilan, the police reported Thursday.

The incident took place around 12:56 p.m. Thursday in the village of Matibay, Lamitan City, the Basilan Police Provincial Office reported.

Drug pusher falls in buy-bust operation

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:33 p.m.

THE police are set to file criminal charges against a suspected drug pusher they have arrested in a buy-bust operation in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province, a police official said Thursday.

Isabela City police commander Superintendent Albert Larubis identified the arrested suspect as Eleazar Faustino, 44, a resident of the village of Tabiawan in that city.

Faith healer killed, 2 others wounded

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:32 p.m.

A FAITH healer was killed while two others were wounded on two separate gun attacks in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Thursday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, information Officer-in-Charge of the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9), identified the slain faith healer as Damaso Andales, 55.

OCD gets additional rubber boat

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:32 p.m.

THE Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has provided a boost to the rescue capability of its office here in Zamboanga Peninsula, an OCD official said.

OCD Zamboanga Peninsula Officer-in-Charge Jose Eric Castillo said they have received on Monday an additional rubber boat to be used in rescue operations in times of natural calamities.

COA dismayed over Northrail’s failure to operate

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

THE North Luzon Railways Corp. (Northrail) failed to operate as a government-owned firm for almost two decades despite being funded with over P1.4 billion to run and put in place a railroad system that will serve Metro Manila, Central and Northern Luzon, state auditors said.

In its 2013 annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that the Northrail remains in its "pre-operating" stage although it was created as a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) in 1995.

AFP won’t let go of unused lands in camps

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:24 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is considering leasing out its idle lands in military camps to gain funds for it modernization program, a military official Thursday.

"Ang balak namin lahat ng lupa sa kampo namin paupahan sa kung sino ang interisado kasi ayaw namin mawala kasi pag ibinenta wala na siya, 'yung pera mawawala na siya. 'Yung pera kung papaupahan at least perpetual ang kikitain," said AFP Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang.

PhilHealth paying P1.35B a week for beneficiary benefits

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:43 p.m.

AT LEAST P1.35 billion is being shelled out by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) a week in order to shoulder the health benefits of its members, a top official said Thursday.

PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander Padilla noted the sharp increase in benefit payments being spent by the agency in just the first half of this year compared to 2013.

PHL lauds election of new Indonesian president

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:55 p.m.

DESPITE the controversy surrounding the conduct of elections in Indonesia, the government of the Philippines, on Wednesday night, welcomed the win of newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

In a statement, the Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), congratulated Widodo for his win over Prabowo Subianto in their July 9 face-off.

45-day re-routing takes effect

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:08 p.m.

THE 45-day experimental traffic re-routing in Bacolod City took effect Wednesday to ease traffic congestion in the city, especially at the downtown area.

Affected routes are Sta. Fe-Central Market, San Dionisio-Central Market, Villamonte-Central Market, Eroreco-Central Market, Alijis-Central Market, Mansilingan-Central Market, Fortune Town-Central Market, Singcang-Airport-Central Market, Tangub (Proper)-Central Market, Tangub (Highway)-Central Market, Punta Taytay-Central Market, and Banago-Libertad.

Lacson refuses to sign manifesto for Aquino

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:07 p.m.

ALL members of the Provincial Board of Negros Occidental except for Third District Board Member Patrick Lacson have signed the manifesto of support for President Benigno Aquino III prepared by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

Marañon has asked local officials in the province to show support to the President amid the issue on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) hounding the Aquino administration.

Slain judge’s son hits police for failure to arrest suspects

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:06 p.m.

THE son of slain judge Henry Arles lamented Wednesday the failure of the police to arrest until this time the four suspected assassins of his father.

Philip Arles said that he doubts the seriousness of the police to arrest Rustom Puro, Marvin Salve, Gerald Tabujara, and Emmanuel Medes, who are free to go around their respective residences in Cauayan, Ilog and Kabankalan City.

Security measures for BSAAR pushed

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:06 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod approved Wednesday a resolution requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, and local government units to put up security measures to safeguard the lives and properties of the motorists passing by the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road (BSAAR).

Several stone throwing incidents which caused damaged to vehicles passing the airport access road have been report.

Underemployment rate in WV pegged at 21%

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:05 p.m.

UNDEREMPLOYMENT rate for Western Visayas was registered at 21 percent in the first six months of the year or roughly 659,000 residents who are either overqualified in their present jobs or are receiving insufficient salaries.

Director Ponciano Ligutom of the Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 said the underemployment rate for the first semester this year is actually lower compare to the same period last year, wherein there were 705,000 underemployed residents in the region, or about 24 percent of the total population.

NPA claims 40% increase in forces

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:04 p.m.

THE Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People’s Army in Negros Occidental declared that their forces has increased by 40 percent contrary to the claims of the military that they are already “insignificant.”

JB Regalado, spokesman of the Leonardo Panaligan Command in a recorded statement emailed to the local media, also undermined the military-initiated “marching for peace, serving the countryside” activity which has been fully supported by the provincial government under Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

Police probes hotel hold-up

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:04 p.m.

The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is conducting an investigation to identify the two suspects who held up a hotel in the city last Saturday.

Senior Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO, said Wednesday that they are facing difficulty in determining the identities of the suspects because the owner of a hotel, which he refused to name, is not interested to file a complaint.

City Council endorses proposed coastal, marine resources pact

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:03 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod passed Wednesday a resolution endorsing the proposed Metro Negros Coastal and Marine Fisheries Resource Management agreement between the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay and municipality of E.B. Magalona for a joint management and development, of coastal fisheries resources within its territorial waters.

The resolution, authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, cited Section 33 of Republic Act 7160 that provides that Local Government Units may enter into joint ventures and such other agreements to engage in the delivery of certain basic services, capability-building and livelihood projects and to develop local enterprises designed to improve productivity and income, diversify agriculture, spur rural industrialization, promote ecological balance, and enhance the economic and social well-being of the people.

Mothers resort to alternative cure for dengue

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

DENGUE may not have a cure yet, but mothers, whose children are afflicted with this viral infection, offered some products and herbs that could help parents in making their kids recover.

“These [supplements] are not recommended by the doctor. But as a mother, we will do anything to save our children,” said Suzan, 38, whose daughter is currently confined at a private hospital in Barangay Carmen.

Househelp most ‘in demand’ job in NorMin

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:36 a.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole 10) in Northern Mindanao has strengthened its implementation of the Kasambahay Law after it released its latest data that domestic or household help is the most in-demand job in the region.

According to the Labor Market Information of the department, jobs categorized under laborer and unskilled occupation consist most of the vacancies in northern Mindanao.

Oro chosen as model on good practice

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:36 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-10) in Northern Mindanao has chosen Cagayan de Oro City’s ‘Taxpayer-Friendly Kiosk and Automated Business Permit and Licensing System’ as ‘model on good practice’ among local government units in the region.

The selection came during the agency’s recent ‘Training on Documenting LGUs Good Practices’ which was participated in by 11 cities and municipalities in Region 10 and aimed at drafting a ‘reference document’ of its ‘model projects’ or ‘good practices’ that can be replicated among interested LGUs.

Intel report shows jewelry shop in Oro targeted

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Intelligence report showed that a group of robbers targeted two jewelry shops and a bank inside SM City here.

Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, Cagayan de Oro police chief, made the statement Wednesday following the MLhuillier jewelry heist inside the mall on Tuesday night.

Duterte to give rave party a second chance

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was more inclined to give the controversial event organizer Kat Dalisay a second chance to stage parties, contrary to the recommendation of the City Council to revoke the business permit of her Manic Nightnings Production.

However, Duterte did not categorically state on Wednesday if he will approve the council’s recommendation or not.

Encouraging words flood Dalisay's FB

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

EVENT organizer Katrina Mae "Kat" Dalisay's Facebook account was flooded by words of encouragement and support from her friends in the industry amid the controversy that she's currently facing.

Days after Acting Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte called Dalisay's attention on the alleged violations of her organized rave parties, her friends expressed their support through the social networking site.

P1M up for info on racer’s killers

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:23 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte offered Wednesday a P1-million reward to anyone who can give information and lead to the arrest of the killers of a race car driver in Quezon City last month.

The race car driver was identified as Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor, 32, of Manila, who was gunned down in Quezon City last June 12. Pastor was shot dead by a masked gunman at the corner of Visayas Avenue and Congressional Avenue, Quezon City while driving a truck carrying his race car.

Couple's quarrel stirs up police

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:23 a.m.

AN OVERSTATED report on a family dispute at Times Beach in Barangay 76-A Bucana stirred up members of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Wednesday dawn as they were made to believe that it was a hostage-taking.

What authorities got were a surprised neighborhood and a much more surprised household where the crime was supposed to have been happening.

Police probe 2 shooting incidents

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

MEMBERS of the Talomo Police Station are conducting investigations on two separate shooting incidents that killed a meat inspector of the City Veterinarian's Office (CVO) and hurt a tricycle driver in Davao City on Tuesday.

The first incident took place around 10:35 a.m. at Ortega Village in Bangkal where the victim was identified as Lina Balorio Jamora, 59, a meat inspector. Jamora succumbed to two gunshot wounds in her head and in her left palm.

Casualty in Mandug clash being verified

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

MEMBERS of the Buhangin Police Station are verifying if there were any casualty in the encounter between the government troops and members of the New People's Army (NPA) in a hinterland in Barangay Mandug, Buhangin District, Davao City.

Buhangin Police Station head Chief Inspector Alfredo Miguel, confirmed in a phone interview yesterday the clash between the government troops and the rebels. He said the incident happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Toxic waste in Talomo points to doc

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

INVESTIGATION by the Davao City Health Office (CHO) Sanitation Division with regards the medical wastes washed ashore on Talomo Beach is pointing to a doctor, whose identity is being withheld.

This was revealed by CHO Sanitation Division head Robert L. Oconer in an interview with Sun.Star Davao.

Private buildings violate code for PWDs

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

PRIVATE buildings are mostly the violators of the Batas Pambansa (BP) 344 or the building code that caters to the access of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in both public and private buildings, an official from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH 11) said.

BP 344 is dedicated to "enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices."

Ma of ‘tortured’ TFD member urged to go to CHR

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

A TOP official of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Davao urged the mother of the Task Force Davao (TFD) member accused in a carnapping with frustrated homicide case to appear before their office to provide details on allegations of torture against the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief.

Jesuit confab kicks off

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

OVER dozen superiors from different member countries of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (Jcap) gathered at the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) Community Center along Jacinto St. that played host to the annual superiors' meeting which kicked off Monday.

Jesuit heads from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand converged to discuss various issues primarily on ecological and environmental awareness, migrants' welfare and youth empowerment.

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