Mindanao Times » HEADLINES http://mindanaotimes.net Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 First Malasakit Center in Mindanao launched http://mindanaotimes.net/first-malasakit-center-in-mindanao-launched/ http://mindanaotimes.net/first-malasakit-center-in-mindanao-launched/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:04:08 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62467 ]]> The first Malasakit Center in Mindanao was launched yesterday just across the Southern Philippines Medical Center along Dumanlas Road.

Special Assistant to the President Sec. Christopher Go led the opening with City Social Services and Development Office head Maria Luisa Bermudo and Lingap Para sa Mahirap officer-in-charge Josephine Mitaran.

The Malasakit Center aims to provide a one-stop shop to provide services and assistance to the families of patients in settling medical needs and expenses.

It houses booths of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., and Department of Social Welfare and Development

The establishment and sustenance of the Malasakit Center is funded by the civic funds of the Office of the President, which aims to help Filipinos in marginalized areas.

With the pilot opening of Malasakit Center in Davao City, Go said the government is set to expand the center throughout Mindanao.

There are already a number of Malasakit Centers in Visayas and Luzon.

Currently, the city government is working on a three-story air-conditioned building of Malasakit Center in SPMC to offer better services to the public.

Go also emphasized that no requirement is needed to avail the services of Malasakit Center as it is open for all Filipinos.

By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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Police say informant confessed http://mindanaotimes.net/police-say-informant-confessed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/police-say-informant-confessed/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:00:29 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62464 ]]> Police claimed the construction worker who led authorities in discovering the body of the hogtied six-year-old girl has admitted the crime.

But the suspect told reporters he was only forced to own up killing Christine Angel Tino Laquinario, a resident of Barangay Matina Pangi, Talomo District.

Rico Jay Lauron Labao, 27, is now detained after he reportedly confessed to the victim’s mother that he killed the victim.

Labao led authorities in discovering the body of the girl but his alleged inconsistent statements prompted the police to invite him for interrogation.

According to the police, Jezalle Tino Laquinario confronted Labao on the death of her daughter on Sunday night.

Labao reportedly confided to the victim’s mother that he killed the girl as he asked for forgiveness.

Labao allegedly revealed that he saw Angel playing alone on the road as he was on his way home around 4 p.m. of Sept. 17, a Monday.

Labao allegedly said he called up the victim.

The witness-turned-suspect was allegedly drunk during the crime.

He allegedly hogtied and choked the victim until she died.

To conceal the crime, he allegedly covered the body with coconut husks and set it on fire.

Labao hurriedly left the place.

A couple who allegedly saw Labao adjacent to the crime scene at the time the girl was reportedly missing also showed up at the police station.

The couple, names withheld, claimed they saw Labao passing by their house on the day they girl was reportedly missing. The house was just a few meters away from the crime scene.

The couple said Labao brought a cement sack, containing coconut husks.

According to the witnesses, Labao walked hurriedly, and they noted his “scary red eyes.”


But in an interview with reporters, Labao denied owning up the crime.
“Giangkon nako nga wala koy sala,” he said. (I admit I didn’t do the crime.)

Labao said he was “just forced” to admit.

“Bahala na ug maunsa ko, basta wala gyud ko ato,” he added. (Whatever happens, I have nothing to do with it.)
In an interview yesterday, Sr. Insp. Maria Theresita Gaspan, the spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO) said they are still waiting for the autopsy report so they can determine the case to be filed.

The autopsy was being conducted on Monday. The autopsy result will establish the cause of the victim’s death and will also determine if the victim was sexually molested.

If the victim was raped, Gaspan said they will file a case of rape with homicide. If there was no rape, the suspect will be charged with murder. Both heinous cases are non-bailable.

The victim was found with electrical wires tied around her neck and feet in Barangay Matina Pangi, Talomo District around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, six days after she was reported missing. The body, already in a state of decomposition, was partly burned.

Initial investigation showed that it was Labao who allegedly discovered the body at the grassy portion in Purok 11, Km. 9.

The suspect is just a neighbor of the victim’s family in Morio-Morio, Km. 8.5, Matina Pangi.

Police said they recovered inside Labao’s house several wires identical to the wires found at the crime scene.

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Lawyer killed http://mindanaotimes.net/lawyer-killed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/lawyer-killed/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:53:29 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62462 ]]> -Riding-in-tandem guns down mining officer in Tagum

A Lady lawyer was killed in a road attack by still unidentified riding-in-tandem hitmen in Barangay Mankilam, Tagum City, Davao del Norte yesterday morning.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the spokesperson of the Police Regional Office XI, identified the victim as lawyer Connie del Rio-Villamor, 39, married, of Purok Pag-asa, Barangay Visayan Village in Tagum City.

Villamor reportedly worked as the community relations head of the Compostela Valley-based Apex Mining Corp. On Linkedin, the victim is listed as corporate lawyer of Tagum Doctors Hospital Inc. She owned several businesses in Tagum and Maco, Compostela Valley.

“We’re looking at personal grudge or work-related issues as some of the possible motives in the attack, or other motives that may arise depending on the evidence gathered,” Driz said.

A special investigation task group (SITG) was set to be created to investigate the incident.

The victim was driving her black Subaru Forester XT, with plate number ADP 3141, on her way to Apokon National High School.

Upon reaching Purok Gabayan, Barangay Mankilam, two unidentified men on board a motorcycle overtook the vehicle.

At 8:34 a.m., the back rider of the motorcycle opened fire towards the driver’s seat of the Subaru.

The car swerved to a concrete fence before bumping on the cemented barrier.

The suspects fled.

Rescuers from the City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office reportedly rushed the victim to the Davao Regional Medical Center.

The lawyer sustained multiple gunshot wounds on her body and was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician at the hospital, a report from the Tagum Police Station said.

The victim’s body was then transferred to Rubio Funeral Services.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered a .45 caliber pistol in the crime scene.

“For now, investigators are still digging deeper,” Driz said.

She urged witnesses “to come out and report to the police the circumstance of the case and cooperate so that we may easily bring justice.”

Police are still verifying the court cases handled by the victim.

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DOE to file cases vs. sellers of LPG-refilled butane canisters http://mindanaotimes.net/doe-to-file-cases-vs-sellers-of-lpg-refilled-butane-canisters/ http://mindanaotimes.net/doe-to-file-cases-vs-sellers-of-lpg-refilled-butane-canisters/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:00:17 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62408 Read more ›]]> Sellers and buyers of illegally refilled butane canisters may soon be facing criminal charge, an official of the regional Department of Energy said.

“As per our information, more than 30 criminal cases have been filed in Visayas. Here, in Davao region sooner and later, we will do the same,” said Engr. Nilo Geroche, DOE’s chief supervising research division in Davao region.

In Cebu, Geroche said the Philippine National Police and its investigating arm, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), have filed criminal cases to sellers and buyers of illegal refilled butane canisters.

Here in the city, Geroche said that for this month alone they already seized 2,164 canisters in a joint operation with the Business Bureau.

Per DOE record, 15,806 canisters were confiscated through the joint operation since March in the public markets of Panacan, Agdao, Bucana, Boulevard, Roxas, and Bankerohan.

“We are still looking for a storage area intended solely for the confiscated items,” said Garoche.

“We are now on the process of the disposal. So, we really need a discussion to talk on the process on how to dispose this. So far, none has won the bidding for the decanting machine yet,” he added.

The DOE is partnering with the city government and other agencies to intensify its campaign against illegally refilled butane canisters as those pose threat to the consuming public.

Last year, Mayor Sara Duterte issued Executive Order No. 29, creating a task force on the matter.

She also encouraged the public not to patronize the illegally refilled canisters.

However, Geroche said, “the consuming public is still very persistent in patronizing this one.”

The campaign against LPG refilled canister is constantly emphasized on the notes that it is unsafe, illegal, and affordable but not economical.

DOE underscored that butane canisters are not designed for multiple uses as the canister valves do not have pressure relief valve which automatically open to release gas during increase of pressure.

Geroche also emphasized that although butane may appear affordable, there is no means to ensure the amount refilled by the retailers unlike the LPG which has a displayed net weight on its tank.

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Missing girl dead http://mindanaotimes.net/missing-girl-dead/ http://mindanaotimes.net/missing-girl-dead/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:00:12 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62412 Read more ›]]> - Girl found lifeless in Matina Pangi

A six-year-old girl who was missing almost one week ago was found lifeless with electrical wires tied around her neck and feet in Barangay Matina Pangi, Talomo District around 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

Sr. Insp. Ma. Theresita Gaspan, the spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), identified the victim as Christine Angel Tino Laquinario, a resident of Morio-Morio, Km. 8.5, Matina Pangi.

The body was already in a state of decomposition.

Gaspan said around 9:50 a.m. yesterday, a concerned citizen called the DCPO to inform that a body, believed to be a child, was found at Purok 11, Km. 9 in Matina Pangi.

Talomo police duty officers and investigators from the Women and Children Protection Desks responded to the crime scene and confirmed the discovery of the body.

The victim’s mother, Jezalle Tino Loquinario, positively identified the girl.

According to Jezalle, the girl was missing since 4 p.m. of Sept. 17, a Monday.

Police are now holding the man who initially reported the discovery of the body.

Rico Jay Lauron Labao, male, 27, single, construction worker and also a resident of Morio-Morio, reportedly gave inconsistent testimony during the conduct of investigation, making him as person of interest.

Initial investigation conducted showed that at around 8:30 a.m. of Sept. 23, Labao allegedly discovered the body at the grassy portion in Purok 11, Km. 9.

Accordingly, Labao was invited for interview at the DCPO.

Furthermore, police recovered from Labao’s house several wires identical to the wires found at the crime scene.

The body of the victim was brought to Angel Funeral Parlor in Torres Street for the required autopsy.

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Council okays reclamation for coastal road http://mindanaotimes.net/council-okays-reclamation-for-coastal-road/ http://mindanaotimes.net/council-okays-reclamation-for-coastal-road/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:42 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62343 ]]> The city Council has allowed City Mayor Sara Duterte to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) for the reclamation of areas affected by the coastal road project.

On Tuesday, councilors approved on final reading the ordinance authorizing the mayor to sign in behalf of the city government to enter into an MOU with the PRA “relative to the reclamation of the area enclosed by the coastal road project and the existing coastline of Davao Gulf for the city’s infrastructure development projects.”

The ordinance was endorsed by Councilor Jesus Joseph Zozobrado, chair of the council’s committee on public works and highways.

The local government endorsed on March 8, 2018 to PRA General Manager and CEO Atty. Janilo Rubiato a letter of intent to undertake the reclamation and land development of the area that will be enclosed by the Davao Coastal Road and the other infrastructure development projects in the coastline of the Davao Gulf.

As the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has been delegated to approve reclamation projects, the PRA will recommend to NEDA for the approval of the projects provided that all requirements are provided.

These requirements include the letter of intent from the applicant, area clearance, feasibility study of the proposed reclamation project, environmental impact statement and the environmental compliance certificate, City Council resolution expressing no objection to the proposed reclamation project and legal documents to be submitted by private entities, local government unit, government owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) or national government agencies (NGA).

The national government has allocated P19 billion for the four-lane coastal road starting from Barangay Bago Aplaya to R. Castillo. The project, a flagship project of the Duterte’s administration, started last year and is expected to finish by 2022.

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Pusher killed http://mindanaotimes.net/pusher-killed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/pusher-killed/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:35 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62347 ]]> An alleged drug pusher was killed in a shootout with police officers during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Daliao, Toril District at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Insp. Francisco Pana III, the officer-in-charge of the Toril Police Precinct, identified the fallen suspect as Larry Magnos Jagonos, 38, and resident of St. John, Bucana, Barangay 76-A, Talomo District.

Pana said they had monitored the suspect to be engaged in illegal drug operation in Toril area.

So on Wednesday, right after they received information that Jagonos resumed his drug activity, Pana said they immediately coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI to conduct a buy-bust operation.

During the buy-bust operation on Saint Michael Street, Pana said Jagonos sold a sachet of shabu to an operative who posed as buyer.

But when he sensed that the buyer was a police officer, Jagonos drew a gun and fired the operative, Pana added.

“So with that, the operatives also returned fire,” Pana said.”(This resulted) to his death.”

Recovered from Jagonos were four other sachets of shabu.

Also recovered from him was a .38 caliber revolver with three live bullets and three fire cartridge shells.

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Wanted: police officers http://mindanaotimes.net/wanted-police-officers/ http://mindanaotimes.net/wanted-police-officers/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:23 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62345 ]]> -Davao regional office needs 800 more cops

The Police National Office (PNP) Regional Office XI is in need of additional 800 officers.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the regional police spokesperson, said 464 applicants are set for final interview, and the remaining 363 posts are still not filled up.

Speaking during the recent AFP-PNP press briefing held at Task Force
Davao, Driz said applicants will undergo rigid screening that include background investigation and drug test.

Driz is encouraging those who are qualified to apply.

Among the educational applicants being sought are those with baccalaureate
degrees, or National Police Commission passers.

Male applicants should be at least 5’4” and female applicants should be
5’2”. They should be at least 21 years old but not more than 31 on the
date of oath taking.

Driz said applicant can register online via www.regular.pnp-dprm.com. Interested applicants may click on PRO XI if they want to be assigned in Davao region.

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2 new lawsuits http://mindanaotimes.net/2-new-lawsuits/ http://mindanaotimes.net/2-new-lawsuits/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:00:32 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62292 ]]> -Pulong files 2 more libel cases against Trillanes

Two more  libel cases were filed against Senator Antonio Trillanes before the Office of the City Prosecutor (OCP) regarding the legislator’s linking of former vice mayor Paolo Duterte with the P6.4 million shabu shipment that slipped past the Bureau of Customs last year.

In a press conference, lawyer Rainier L. Madrid, the legal counsel of Duterte, announced that the two libel cases were filed yesterday afternoon based on the interview Trillanes gave to Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja that aired on DZMM on June 6 this year, and another interview with Pinky Webb on June 14.

Earlier this month, Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio also filed a libel case against Trillanes who accused them of extorting Uber and other companies regulated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Road Board and Department of Public Works and Highways.

Madrid explained that he sought the help of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for the investigation, and not the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), because the former has been recently empowered to exercise subpoena powers through the Republic Act 10973.

The CIDG started the investigation in late June but “it is only now that the CIDG has completed its investigation. We have filed these cases down and it’s too bad that it has joined the amnesty issue.”

“We did not target to join this amnesty issue but I know Trillanes will once again say that this is part of the harassment,” he added.

Madrid said they filed the case in Davao City because the younger Duterte is a resident here. According to the rules, the complainant is given the choice of jurisdiction either in the place of publication or the residence of the offended party.

He also scoffed at the motion by Trillanes to move the case to Manila, citing possible influence of the Dutertes in the legal system here.

“We, as residents have to rely on the system. You cannot just simply say that when things go against you, you will cry for a change in venue,” said Madrid.

On record, there are now three libel cases filed by the former vice mayor and one libel case filed by Carpio.

While Trillanes was declared “persona non grata” in Davao City, Madrid said it’s his duty to follow the subpoena and appear before the court here.

Duterte was not present in the press conference as Madrid advised him to skip the event to avoid being misquoted.

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P20.5M assistance http://mindanaotimes.net/p20-5m-assistance/ http://mindanaotimes.net/p20-5m-assistance/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:53:42 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62288 ]]> -City approves aid to Ompong victims

The CIty will give P20.5 million to the victims of Typhoon Ompong.

City councilors, during the suspended rules in yesterday’s regular session, approved the ordinance authorizing City Mayor Sara Duterte to release the fund.


The city mayor can utilize portion of the 30% Quick Respond Fund (QRF) from the 5% Calamity Fund of the City Government as aid to the local government units declared under the State of Calamity following the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.


A total of P8.5 million assistance will be extended to the victims while P12 million will be allotted for food assistance.



The provinces of Abra, Benguet, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Kalinga and Tuguegarao City were allotted with P1 million each while the municipality of Mayoyao in Ifugao province will get P500,000.



The city was set to distribute 10,000 food packs yesterday for more than 70,000 families, with 270,000 individuals, displaced due to the typhoon.


The typhoon entered the country on Saturday, leaving at least 74 people dead, 74 wounded, and 55 others still missing.


Heavy damages on agricultural commodities and infrastructure were also reported.


The city has been helping areas affected by typhoon in the past years.


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