Safety in sea travel

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:38 p.m.

THE Philippine Coast Guard Davao Station has stepped up measures to ensure safety of sea travelers who are spending the Holy Week and summer vacation on the Island Garden City of Samal.

Other than close monitoring of motorized boats servicing the Davao City Samal/Talikud Island route, the Coast Guard is also set to deploy more than 50 personnel in various jetty ports in the city as part of its Operation Ligtas Byahe Kwaresma 2015.

Honor student hurt in landmine blast

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

A GRADUATING honor student failed to attend the school's commencement exercises after she was critically hurt in a landmine explosion that hit sitio Totoy in Barangay San Jose, Monkayo, Compostela Valley last week.

Fighting for her life at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City is 12-year-old Marcelyn Domicillo, a consistent honor student at New Totoy Elementary School in Monkayo.

32 NPA rebels yield since January

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

AT LEAST 32 members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to government authorities since January this year, the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) reported.

Eastmincom spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner said two of these 32 surrendered recently, contributing to the six percent reduction of the NPA strength in Eastmincom areas.

Couple found dead

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:35 p.m.

A COUPLE was found dead at their house at Purok 3 in Barangay Colosas in Paquibato District, Davao City on Sunday afternoon.

Police identified the two victims as Rico Jimenez and his partner Maricel Jimenez, both legal age, both residents of Purok 3 in Barangay Colosas.

DCWD to stop utilization of some production wells

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:34 p.m.

THE Davao City Water District (DCWD) will stop utilization of around 75 percent of its 56 water production wells for it to replenish once the P10-billion Tamugan Surface Development Project is completed.

DCWD spokesperson Bernardo D. Delima, in an interview with reporters after Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, said they will not rest the production wells all at the same time but will be done gradually.

Duterte hands off in cement mix company probe

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:57 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday refused to comment on the complaint filed by a city councilor against a construction material company that allegedly dumps waste materials to Davao River.

"Let the investigation proceed," Duterte said in his Sunday television program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.

Passenger vans ordered: Remove window tint

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:56 a.m.

OPERATORS of public utility vans in Davao City have been ordered to remove the tint on their windows. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte issued the order to vans plying the Cotabato City-Davao City route.

"I've warned you many times. I will task police authorities to remove dark tints. To make it easier for them, I can order them to remove the entire windows instead,” he said during the Gikan Sa Masa, Para sa Masa yesterday.

Barkers get Duterte warning

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:55 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said he will have barkers who extort from taxi and jeepney drivers arrested.

The mayor issued the warning after taxi drivers complained that the barkers are demanding P5 for every passenger they pick up.

Sleeping boy stabbed dead; stepfather held

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:55 a.m.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy was stabbed as he slept in his house in Davao City on Sunday.

Killed was Jhondhyle Mora Barrio of Excess NHA in Maa. Police arrested his stepfather, Crispel Perote Rosalita, 33, as a suspect. Investigators said the boy’s 10-year-old sister Jhondishy, found her brother with a pillow covering his face and blood oozing from his neck.

Participants to Mt. Apo trek limited

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:50 a.m.

PARTICIPANTS to the Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge will be limited to ensure the 250 people per trail requirement on the country's highest peak is strictly followed.

Sta. Cruz Tourism Officer Julius Paner said 70 climbers from 40 teams have signed for the event on April 25-26.

AirAsia vows safety is 'utmost priority'

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:49 a.m.

AN OFFICIAL of AirAsia Zest said the safety of the airline’s passengers is its "utmost priority."

"My commitment to the public is that everyone in my staff has safety as priority so we always look at it and improve our system. Accidents (involving the airl;ine group) do not held us back, it actually wants us to push stronger and push harder look at more ways and look at more processes and train people," AirAsia Zest CEO Joy C. Caneba said Friday.

Bad cops told: Leave Davao City

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warned once again policemen involved in criminal activities to leave the city or they might just get killed.

Drug bust nets 3 big-time 'pushers'

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

THREE suspected big-time drug pushers were arrested on Friday in a dug bust in Ma-a, Davao City as local authorities have intensified anti-illegal drug campaign in the city.

Suspects were identified as Edwin Canadalla Duy, 40, a businessman and resident of Malakas, General Santos City; Rizaldy Gonzales Banluta, 36, event organizer, of Narra Street in Matina; and Laila Espinosa dela Cruz, of Deca Homes in Cabantian, Davao City.

Drug suspect killed in police shootout

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

A DRUG bust led to a shootout that killed a suspected notorious pusher at Times Beach in Ecoland, Davao City Saturday.

The suspect was identified as Allan Belida Said, 38, who hails from Cotabato and transient resident of Times Beach.

Red alert up ahead of NPA anniversary

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE military and police under Eastern Mindanao have raised red alert ahead of the 46th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA) today, March 29.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner, in an interview earlier, said though there were no major threats monitored, it has been routine to place the region under red alert.

Man faces murder raps after attacking couple

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

A MAN is facing charges before the City Prosecutor's Office after he attacked a couple killing the husband and wounding the wife in a hacking incident at Purok Pag-asa in Barangay Megcawayan in Calinan, Davao City on March 26.

Gilbert Escobar is facing murder and frustrated murder charges after he killed Melindo Sosmeña and hurt the latter’s wife, Chello. Escobar surrendered to authorities.

2 more drug suspects sued

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

CHARGES have been filed before the Davao City Prosecutor's Office against two drug suspects who were arrested in a drug bust in Barangay Sasa on March 25.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are: Eric Bahian, 37, resident of New Pandan, Panabo City; and Regine Secuya, 20, resident of Barangay Dagatan on the Island Garden City of Samal.

Coliform in Davao beaches a tourism turnoff

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:20 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- The high levels of coliform in beaches are not only an environmental problem but for tourism too, an official said.

Cloudy weather until March 30

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

TO THOSE who plan to go to beaches this weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) advised that the weather will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers.

Women groups form peace action plan

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:43 p.m.

VARIOUS women peace advocates gathered Friday to create an action plan pushing for peace in Mindanao.

Women's group: Peace `goes beyond the president`

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

ISSUES on peace "goes beyond the president," an official of the Women's Peace Table said Friday.

"Our view is that, this peace agenda goes beyond the president kahit sinong president yan may obligasyon na itaguyod ang kapayapaan it just so happen that it is President Aquino who initiated this, sa amin beside the point yun. It goes beyond the question of the president," said Aurora Javate de Dios, Co-convener of the Women's Peace Table and executive director of Miriam College's Women and Gender Institute, during the Mindanao All Women Conference press briefing at Seda Hotel.

Adlawan appointed RTC Branch 13 judge

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

THE cases lodged before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 13 in Davao City are expected to be decongested as Rowena Apao-Adlawan was officially appointed as presiding judge recently.

A source from RTC Branch 13 who requested anonymity said Adlawan took oath before RTC-Davao City Executive Judge Pelagio Paguican on March 12.

More benefits for prosecutors mulled

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

THE Regional Prosecutor for Davao said they may propose for additional health benefits for all the prosecutors in the country claiming that fiscals may have more health risks as most of them are overworked.

Regional Prosecutor Antonio Arellano, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, expressed concern over the shortage of health benefits despite their existing hospitalization assistance program through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).

IBP-Davao has new president

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Davao City Chapter will have a new president effective on April 1.

Outgoing IBP-Davao City Chapter president Jose Edgar Ilagan, in a memo posted at the IBP Lounges at the Hall of Justice in Ecoland, named lawyer Marie Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes as the incoming president whose term will take effect on April 1 and will end on March 31, 2017.

El Nino to affect Davao City's 11,000 farmers

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

THE Davao City Agriculturist Office has requested the Department of Agriculture (DA) to conduct cloud seeding to ease the effects of El Nino.

In a letter to the DA’s regional office, City Agriculturist Rocelio T. Tabay, said El Nino could affect at least 7,000 hectares of land planted to rice, corn, vegetable and other high-value crops.

Aquino’s lies on Mamasapano ‘dragged down his ratings’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

BAYAN Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate on Thursday blamed the decline in President Benigno Aquino's trust and performance ratings on his failure to accept accountability in the Mamasapano incident.

The ratings will “will further decline as President Aquino continues to lie on his accountability on the Mamasapano incident," Zarate said in a statement.

Another policeman relieved for using shabu

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

A MEMBER of the Bunawan police was relieved Wednesday after he tested positive for shabu use. Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Sr. Insp. Milgrace Driz refused to name the officer pending the result of a confirmatory test.

Chief Insp. Simplicio Sagarino Jr., Bunawan police chief, said the policeman has been in the force for 18 years.

Grudge possible motive in recent killings in city

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:23 a.m.

THE Davao City police is looking at personal grudges as a possible motive in the rash of killings in the city.

Based on initial investigation, most the stabbing or shooting victims are involved in crimes, so a personal grudge or vendetta could have triggered the incidents, Davao police spokesperson Senior Inspector Milgrace Driz said.

Davao mayor reconstitutes water resource management body 

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:21 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reconstituted the Davao City Water Resource Management Task Force to “protect and conserve” water resource areas in the city.

Duterte recently signed Executive Order (EO) 10, which amends EO No. 37 series of 2012 that created the group.

P32M for Davao feeding program

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:21 a.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region turned over a check for P32 million to Davao City government as assistance to the city's Supplementary Feeding Program.

The check was handed over last Monday by DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon to the City Mayor’s Office chief of staff Nathaniel Dalumpines.