Homicide convict SPO1 Adonis Dumpit headed for Bilibid

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

HOMICIDE convict SPO1 Adonis Dumpit may soon find himself at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City to finish his jail term.

Regional Trial Court Judge Ester Veloso issued an order of commitment to transfer Dumpit from the Cebu City jail to the national penitentiary.

Probe pushed on cop with gambling ‘link’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:36 p.m.

A HIGH-RANKING police official ordered an investigation on a police officer who is allegedly protecting an illegal gambling operator in Barangay Poblacion Pardo, Cebu City.

Senior Supt. Marciano Batiancela Jr., Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) acting director, said he tasked the Investigation and Detective Management Branch (IDMB) to check the allegation of Poblacion Pardo Barangay Captain Altea Lim.

Kintolimbo folks oppose dumping of fill materials

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:34 p.m.

RESIDENTS of Sitio Kintolimbo, Barangay San Roque, Talisay City are complaining about the dumping of filling materials by a private construction firm.

The operation was reportedly sanctioned by Talisay City Administrator John Yre de los Reyes and the barangay chief, but it did not have the permission of the City Council.

Girl’s suicide provokes call for parents, teachers to talk

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:32 p.m.

TEACHERS and parents should work together to address problems concerning students, an education official said yesterday.

Dr. Eduardo Ompad, head of the Department of Education Lapu-Lapu City Division, gave the advice following the suicide of a 12-year-old girl who was set to graduate from elementary this month.

Buzz: That nose-bleeding incident at City Hall

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:31 p.m.

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...

... A POLICE OFFICIAL WHO SUFFERED FROM NOSEBLEEDING after a pep talk by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama in his City Hall office.

Aquino to lead PNP graduation rites Thursday

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:31 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will lead the graduation rites of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Lakandula Class 2015 at Camp Mariano N. Castaneda in Silang, Cavite on Thursday.

Lakandula, which means "Lahing Kayumanggi na Handang Ialay sa Bayan ang Dugo at Lakas" (Filipinos ready to serve and die for their country) is composed of 247 cadets, including 15 females.

Cardinal tells Congress: Don't water down BBL

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:29 p.m.

COTABATO Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo has urged members of Congress not to water down the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) so as not to render meaningless the Moro people's aspiration for self-governance.

"By all means, let the BBL be refined and (be) attuned to the Constitution," Quevedo said in his Open Letter to our Honorable Legislators.

Grid consortium pushes line safety campaign in Mindanao

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.

DESPITE the dispute over right-of-way (ROW), the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) continues to reach out to barangays and other local officials to spread the message about taking care of the power transmission lines to ensure the safety of the communities around its power lines.

As part of measures to address ROW issues and prevent tripping and accidents, NGCP has been participating in the sessions of the Association of the Barangay Council (ABC), Sangguniang Bayan (SB), and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).

MILF to pursue BBL even beyond Aquino’s term

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:45 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said on Wednesday they would pursue the passage of the Bangsamoro Law beyond the term of President Benigno Aquino III if Congress will not pass it before 2016.

Local zoning board formed

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte created a committee that will act on the complaints and violations on any of the provisions under the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

By virtue of Executive Order 9, Duterte assigned the city legal officer, city assessor, city engineer, city planning and development coordinator, city environment and natural resources officer, two representatives from private sector, and two representatives from non-government organizations as members to the Local Zoning Board of Adjustment and Appeals (LZBAA).

Government urged to stop power privatization

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

AFTER the Aboitiz Power Corporation announced that Therma South's coal-fired power plant is ready to supply power to its customers in Mindanao, the "No to Coal" alliance called on the National Government on Wednesday to reverse the trend of privatizing the electric power industry.

Dr. Jean Lindo, spokesperson for the alliance, said now that the coal-fired plant is ready to supply power, Davao City would definitely face the contamination that will be brought by the coal-fired plant.

Security also tight for lawyers' confab

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:31 p.m.

ASIDE from the lenten season and summer vacation, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has also beefed up its security measures for the Prosecutors League of the Philippines Inc. (PLP) 27th National Convention of Prosecutors in Davao City on April 6 to 10.

Expected guests include Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Compostela Valley Province Governor Arturo Uy, and Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario.

2 hurt in blast

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

TWO civilians were injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the New People's Army (NPA) exploded on Tuesday afternoon in Barangay San Jose in Monkayo town, Compostela Valley.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner identified the wounded as Marcelyn Domicillo, 12, and Rosalya Andaya, 58, both residents of Sitio Patong in Barangay San Jose.

Septage, sewerage management law to be implemented

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:25 p.m.

THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) Environment Sanitation Division is just waiting for the "go signal" from the city administrator to start the information campaign for the full implementation of the Septage and Sewerage Management Ordinance in the city.

In an interview Wednesday, CHO Environment Sanitation Division chief Robert L. Oconer said that he formed two teams currently getting the number of households along the coastal barangays with and without comfort rooms.

Food terminal in Toril approved on 1st reading

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

THE Davao City Council had approved on first reading the proposed memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Trade and Industry-National Development of Corporation (DTI-NDC) for the establishment of a food terminal in Toril.

In a privilege speech during Tuesday's regular session, Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, chair of the City Council's committee on agriculture, said that she received a copy of the proposed MOA between NDC and City Government for the establishment of the Agri Pinoy Trading Center (APTC).

Prosecutor: PNP-IG request violates law

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE private prosecutor in the murder case of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King insisted that the request of the Philippine National Police-Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) to maintain custody of the accused police official is a violation of the law.

RPO-Davao to adapt template in filing criminal cases

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

IN A bid to hasten the resolution of cases, the Regional Prosecutor's Office (RPO)-Davao will adapt a template that will be used by all prosecutors across the country in filing criminal information before the court.

Speaking during Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at the SM City Davao Annex, Regional Prosecutor for Davao Antonio Arellano said they have conducted seminars and workshops in preparation for the adaptation of the template for offenses.

SC issues TRO vs SM

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:07 p.m.

SM CITY Baguio was ordered to stop the tree-cutting and balling activities in Luneta Hill.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court en banc issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the decision of the Court of Appeals dated December 12, 2014.

Villar property affected by Devco-BCDA tiff

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:06 p.m.

FORMER senator Manny Villar has properties inside Camp John Hay.

Villar is part of the group stuck amid the squabble between state-run Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) and Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo).

Only 1,000 persons allowed to visit Mt. Apo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:06 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- Climbers wanting to scale the highest peak in the country, Mt. Apo, will be limited to only 1,000 persons this summer, as the area is experiencing dry season and the threat of forest fire is high.

Baguio mayor acts on dairy farm settlers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan, in coordination with Tuba, Benguet Mayor Florencio Bentrez, directed the composite team of the City Buildings and Architecture Office, City Engineer’s Office, Department of Public Works and Highways-Baguio City District Engineering Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture and the Baguio City Police office to fast track the investigation regarding the massive squatting in the Baguio Dairy Farm at Green Valley.

Baguio mayor acts on dairy farm settlers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:00 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan, in coordination with Tuba, Benguet Mayor Florencio Bentrez, directed the composite team of the City Buildings and Architecture Office, City Engineer’s Office, Department of Public Works and Highways-Baguio City District Engineering Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture and the Baguio City Police office to fast track the investigation regarding the massive squatting in the Baguio Dairy Farm at Green Valley.

City to establish recognition of PMA grads from Baguio

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:57 p.m.

THE Baguio City Government will institutionalize the conduct of a recognition program for Philippine Military Academy graduates who hail from the city.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently announced this during a simple program held to honor the new officers from the region who graduated from the academy last March 15 as part of PMA Class 2015 called the "Sinag-lahi" or "Sundalong Isinilang na May Angking Galing at Lakas, Handang Ipaglaban Ang Bayan."

Annual report shows HR violations still exist in Philippines

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:54 p.m.

HUMAN rights violations still persist in the Philippines, an annual report for 2014/15 by Amnesty International (AI) shows.

AI Philippines Campaigner Wilnor Papa presented to local media the state of Human Rights in the Philippines when AI started its annual State of the World's Human Rights Report launch with its first ever leg here.

Fire razes 27 shanties

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:48 p.m.

TWENTY-SEVEN shanties were razed in a 45-minue fire that broke out in Zamboanga City's dumpsite, a Bureau Fire Protection (BFP) official said Wednesday.

Superintendent Dominador Zabala Jr., BFP's Zamboanga City Fire District marshal, said the fire broke out at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at the dumpsite in the village of Lumbangan.

City agriculture office recommends cloud seeding

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:47 p.m.

THE Office of the City Agriculture has recommended a cloud seeding operation this month instead of May to ensure success of the project, which aims to cushion the effect of long dry spell.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat made the recommendation after P4.8 million had been committed for the operation.

10 inmates afflicted with TB cured

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:43 p.m.

THE Zamboanga Hermosa Tuberculosis (TB) Council spearheaded Tuesday the observance of World TB Day at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC) as part of its campaign to raise awareness on the control and prevention of the disease.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said the whole-day activity included sputum smearing, HIV testing on tuberculosis patients, food safety and health seminar, and lectures on health and sanitation and communicable diseases.

Mayor's day benefitted 400 people

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:39 p.m.

A TOTAL of 400 residents have benefitted from the "Dia de Acalde (Mayor's Day) outreach mission Wednesday afternoon in the village of Dita, Zamboanga City.

The outreach mission was held at the Dita Elementary School grounds, where Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar met and joined the throng of residents who availed themselves of the services offered for free by personnel from different local government offices, the Philippine Marines, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Palace hopes MILF report on Mamasapano debacle to help in quest for truth

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:15 p.m.

MALACANANG expressed hope on Wednesday the investigation report submitted by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to the Senate would help the country's quest for truth regarding the Mamasapano incident.

"This report, as well as those of the PNP (Philippine National Police) Board of Inquiry and the Senate, provide different views and perspectives on the incident that would hopefully contribute to the process of determining responsibility and accountability, such that the ends of justice may be served," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.

BCDA prepares Clark rail reference terms

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:09 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said it is now preparing the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the public tender of the Clark Rail Transit System (Clark Rail) that will link with the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said BCDA is in the process of drafting the TOR and intends to bid out the Clark Rail as a joint-venture (JV) project.