Drug suspect sued for P350,000 shabu

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:42 a.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao seized around P350,000 worth of illegal drugs from an arrested drug suspect in Panacan, Davao City, on Friday evening.

PDEA-Davao Director Emerson R. Rosales identified the suspect as Alih Akbar Ibbo Muharanni, alias Akbar Akmad Musa, Alex, and Akbar, 32, businessman, resident of Block 25 Lot 29 in Luzville Subdivision, Panacan, Davao City.

Suspect nabbed for slay of Lacson village chief

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:41 a.m.

POLICE arrested Saturday a suspect in the killing a village chief in Barangay Baganihan, Marilog District, Davao City.

Senior Superintendent Ronald M. Dela Rosa, chief of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), identified the suspect as Petronilio Demicilio, a resident of the same village.

Ombudsman suspends execs for oppression, grave misconduct

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:41 a.m.

TWO top officials of Phividec Industrial Estates in Misamis Oriental were ordered suspended for one year without pay by the Ombudsman-Mindanao.

The order came after a guilty decision of oppression and grave misconduct over a disputed land in Tagoloan town where a 3,000-hectare business center is located.

56,000 families to benefit from state anti-poverty program

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:40 a.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) and local chief executives of Caraga and Davao regions signed Monday a joint-memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) benefiting 56,594 in the two regions.

DSWD undersecretary Mateo Montaño said the government has allocated P151 million for 12,587 families in Caraga and P591 million for 44,002 families in Northern Mindanao.

Cops seize shabu worth P20,500

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:40 a.m.

OPERATIVES of the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) confiscated shabu worth P20,500 and drug paraphernalia from five people who were arrested in separate anti-illegal drugs operations the other week.

RSOG head Police Inspector Patrick Jess Paguirigan said a pack of shabu worth P12,500 was confiscated from Leonil C. Lina, 34, a resident of Aluba in Upper Macasandig, and Christopher Robert S. Guzman, 21, of Rizal-Gomez St. in Cagayan de Oro last April 10 at around 11:30 p.m.

20 firms eye mining sites in Northern Mindanao

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:40 a.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Davao Region said Monday that a total of 20 mining firms are eyeing possible mining sites in Davao.

During Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City, MGB Regional Director Edilberto Arreza said two of the 20 firms are set to submit results of their respective feasibility studies on the identified sites.

Agri office studying steps for fish growers’ problem

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:39 a.m.

THE City Government of Davao is eyeing two actions with regard the 34 fish cage operators in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya: to relocate the fish cages and to form an interagency collaboration.

City Agriculturist Office (Cao) officer-in-charge Leonardo R. Avila III, speaking at Wednesday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City, said the fish cages will have to be relocated to other areas after water samples showed high concentration of Escherichia coli or fecal coliform.

Ban on hydraulic mining approved

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:39 a.m.

THE Provincial Board finally approved Monday an ordinance banning hydraulic mining in all small scale operations in Misamis Oriental.

Board Member Benedict Lagbas, chairperson of the Committee on Environmental Protection, said the ordinance is in response to reports of illegal mining in different areas of the province, particularly in the towns of Manticao and Opol, especially in the sitios of Barangay Bagocboc, and along the Iponan river.

Laser clinic operator sued for abusing girls

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:38 a.m.

CHARGES have been filed before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) against a man who allegedly abused three young girls by shaving their pubic hair with a laser hair remover.

Prosecutor Lady Zozobrado recommended the filing of three counts of violation of Republic Act 7610 (Child Abuse) and Republic Act 9208, otherwise known as Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, against Stephen (real name withheld), 38, based on the affidavit-complaints of three minors.

Anti-graft court hears 5 cases on 1st day

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:37 a.m.

THE Sandiganbayan First Division scheduled Monday a total of five cases on its first day of hearing at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10.

The court calendar of the anti-graft court showed that the five cases were scheduled for arraignment, defense trial and rebuttal.

Labor groups hold protests vs contractualization

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:37 a.m.

VARIOUS workers’ group held a pocket protest Monday to fight against the contractualization law as they called for its abolition.

Joel Gabatan, chairperson of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), said the pocket protest is in commemoration of the National Day of Protest and in preparation for the Labor Day celebration on May 1.

City cops face raps for violent dispersal

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:37 a.m.

SOME members of militant groups said they are set to file complaints against members of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) after they were injured during a dispersal of rallyists outside the Waterfront Insular Hotel where the Mindanao Power Summit was being held on April 13.

Anakbayan regional spokesperson Cherry Orendain said Monday that around five members and leaders of Anakbayan and Kabataan party-list groups were injured after city policemen allegedly dealt with their leaders violently.

Travel agency robbed

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:37 a.m.

AN EMPLOYEE of a travel agency sought the help of the police after he was allegedly robbed by two suspects who first posed as “ukay-ukay” vendors on Sunday afternoon inside the establishment.

Kennford A. Plastina, 26, a resident of Xavier Heights Subdivision in Upper Balulang, Cagayan de Oro, said two men entered Kicker’s Travel and Tours Agency located inside De Leon Building along Velez St. around 5:10 p.m. bringing “ukay-ukay” (used clothings).

Students, private geologists eyed for geo-hazard mapping

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:36 a.m.

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau Davao Region (MGB) is eyeing geology students and private mining geologists to fast-track the completion of its 1:10,000 scale geo-hazard maps.

MGB Regional Director Edilberto Arreza said there is only one government geologist working in Davao region and had mapped at least 16 towns.

4 rebel suspects in cockpit blast charged

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:36 a.m.

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder cases were filed against four members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) suspected to be behind the grenade explosion inside a cockpit in Cotabato last Saturday.

The explosion killed Vicente Sabando, Fermin Caloguen and Jose Mario Dela Pena, and wounded 34 others.

Town to put up community college

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:36 a.m.

THE local government unit of Opol town in Misamis Oriental has set aside an initial fund of P34 million for the construction of the Opol Community College (OCC).

Mayor Dexter Yasay said the proposed community college, which has a budget of P80 million, will be constructed near the town plaza along Max Suniel St.

Mayor stops sheriff’s talk with Tomas

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:35 a.m.

SEVERAL of Cebu City’s politicians turned up yesterday “to give moral support” to the residents of Sitio San Miguel, Barangay Apas whose houses were about to be demolished.

Despite the tension, there were no fistfights. No warning shots. No catfights.

Philippines files new protest vs China

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:01 a.m.

MANILA -- The Philippines lodged Monday a diplomatic protest over the harassment by Chinese ships and aircraft on civilian ship M/Y Saranggani, a Philippine-registered vessel that was conducting archeological studies over the Panatag shoal (Scarborough).

The protest was coursed through Chinese ambassador to Manila Ma Keqing during a meeting Monday afternoon with Philippine foreign officials led by Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio.

Justice chief tells NBI to help find, arrest Ecleo

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 01:01 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to help in the hunt for Dinagat Island Representative Ruben Ecleo Jr., who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife in 2002.

“I have a directive that when it comes to high-profile cases, the NBI will help the PNP (Philippine National Police),” de Lima told reporters.

SC ruling in Jalosjos case may apply to solon from Dinagat

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:59 a.m.

CAN a lawmaker be allowed to continue fulfilling his duties in Congress after being convicted of a crime?

The Supreme Court (SC) thinks not.

City gets TRO from CA on release of P133M

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:58 a.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) granted a reprieve to the Cebu City Government by issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the release of a P133-million award to the Rallos heirs.

The TRO, which is effective for 60 days, enjoins the Regional Trial Court Branch 9, from “causing the release of any funds of the petitioner in satisfaction thereof.”

14 girls ‘rescued’ from bar in Bogo get counseling

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:57 a.m.

THE 14 girls who were rescued by authorities from two bars in Bogo City have undergone counseling starting yesterday, a social worker said.

Rose Tatoy, a member of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU), said several registered counselors talked with the girls in hopes they won’t work again as guest relations officers.

Councilors bicker over donation of refrigerators

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:56 a.m.

“WHY are we giving principals refrigerators?”

This was the question posed by some members of the Cebu City Council when Councilor Jose Daluz III proposed resolutions for Mayor Michael Rama to sign the deed of donation of some equipment to four different schools.

Fire razes 3 houses, damages 3

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:55 a.m.

A FIRE broke out in Sitio Cahipa, Barangay Hipodromo, Cebu City yesterday, destroying three houses and damaging three more.

The houses were mostly made of light materials.

Capitol closes Kawasan Falls to make way for demolition

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:55 a.m.

STARTING today, local and foreign tourists are not allowed to visit Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu after Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia ordered it closed.

The falls will be open to the public again after the demolition of 44 houses and other structures in the area, an operation which is expected to take a week.

CH to remove lampposts a week early

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:54 a.m.

THE lampposts installed on Cebu City’s streets for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in 2007 will be removed starting tomorrow.

City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) Executive Director Rafael Yap said this is earlier than the target removal date of April 23.

Traffic manual introduced in Talisay City

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:53 a.m.

THE Talisay City Government has created its own manual to further strengthen the power of the City’s traffic authority.

The traffic manual, which is based on the City’s traffic code, was patterned after the manual of the Cebu City Traffic Operations and Management (Citom), said Talisay City Vice Mayor Alan Bucao.

Group: No to Balikatan in Clark, Floridablanca

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:50 a.m.

ANGELES CITY -- A farmers group has opposed the Balikatan military exercises between the United States and Philippines, particularly those to be conducted in Clark and Floridablanca.

The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (Farmers’ Alliance in Central Luzon) or AMGL said the military exercises would also be held in Subic in Zambales; Crow Valley in Camp O’Donnel in Capas, Tarlac; and Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija.

Foundation to train households on proper segregation

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:49 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Mother Earth Foundation (MEF), which will undertake the city’s Ecological Solid Waste (EWSM) program, will introduce the use of the Palawan template in training households on solid waste management, particularly segregation at source.

“Our agreement with Mother Earth Foundation stipulates that they will conduct the program comprehensively starting at the barangay level. They will do the rounds and train household members on proper segregation. The garbage problem is recurring that is why the goal of the program now is to address the culture of waste disposal just like what has been done in Palawan,” city administrator Ferdinand Caylao told Sun.Star Pampanga.

Retired general asked: Relocate 6 PAF units in Clark

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:49 a.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- A golf course and furniture owner in Angeles City has asked the newly installed Clark Development Corporation (CDC) chairman to relocate the headquarters of some six major units of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) located inside the Freeport.

Ruperto Cruz, owner of Royal Garden Golf and Country Club and Cruz Wood Industries Inc., asked Retired General Eduardo Oban Jr. to transfer the PAF units from Clark to Camp O ‘Donnell in Capas, Tarlac and Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, Pampanga.

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