Mindanao Times » under_HEADLINES2 http://mindanaotimes.net Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Taxi driver killed in dawn hold-up http://mindanaotimes.net/taxi-driver-killed-in-dawn-hold-up/ http://mindanaotimes.net/taxi-driver-killed-in-dawn-hold-up/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:00:07 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56951 ]]> A TAXICAB driver died after he was stabbed by unidentified perpetrator/s along ZRU road, Barangay Mandug, Buhangin District around 1:30 a. m. yesterday.

Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, the spokesperson of Davao City Police Office identified the victim as Erlindo Moreno Jr., driver for Mister Taxi and a resident of Father Selga Street.

According to the report, the victim sustained a stab wound on the right portion of his neck. Medical personnel arrived at the scene but could no longer save him.

Police are looking into robbery as the possible motive of the killing.

The tracker team of Buhangin Police Precinct is now conducting follow-up and hot pursuit operation for the possible arrest of the suspect.

The last time a taxi driver was killed in a robbery was in 2015.

Rommel S. Parreno, 36, who drove Xanna Issa taxicab with body number 630, and resident of Matina Pangi, was found lifeless beside his unit in Sapphire Street, Matina. The victim managed to crawl outside to ask for help from one of the residents but no one came out.

Parreno succumbed to three stab wounds on his neck when he was found by 18-year-old student, Ivann Alexa C. Lansin, resident of the said place.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives found a pair of sandals, a bull cap and medicines allegedly left behind by the suspect.


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Couple nabbed for P.35M drugs http://mindanaotimes.net/couple-nabbed-for-p-35m-drugs/ http://mindanaotimes.net/couple-nabbed-for-p-35m-drugs/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:36:39 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56811 ]]> A SUSPECTED marijuana pusher was wounded in a shoot-out during a buy-bust operation that resulted to a car chase from Ladislawa Village in Barangay Buhangin to Cabaguio Avenue in Agdao District on Sunday night.

Agents arrested Karl Michael Tantano, 29, and wife Katrina, 28, for allegedly selling and possessing marijuana, reportedly amounting to P350,000.

Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, the spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said the Buhangin Police Precinct, under Chief Insp. Jack Tilcag, through its drug enforcement unit, conducted the buy-bust operation at Olive Drive in the said barangay at around 7:30 p.m., Sunday.

The operatives were targeting a marijuana-selling couple who were identified as Uncle and Madam, of Deca Ezperanza, Barangay Tigatto, Buhangin District.

Upon arrival at Olive Drive, the operatives moved to Ladislawa Village upon the request of the suspects.

At around 8:30 p.m. that day, the suspects arrived onboard a dark green Kia Pride Sedan, bearing plate number UFM-183, at the entrance of Ladislawa Village.

According to the report, the female suspect, said to be a home-based call center agent, gave five rectangular-shaped packs in a zipped-locked cellophane, suspected to contain dried marijuana leaves to the poseur-buyer in exchange of P2,500.

The male suspect gave the cellophane to his wife.

When the husband reportedly sensed that they were transacting with a police officer, he immediately took a firearm.

He allegedly aimed the gun to the poseur buyer and pulled the trigger. However, the gun malfunctioned.

It went off on his second try, but he failed to hit the undercover policeman.

This prompted the operatives to retaliate as the male suspect already posed imminent danger.

The couple then sped-off on their vehicle and even tried to bump one of the operatives. The police officer was able to evade the car.

The vehicle fled towards Palm Drive in Buhangin, prompting the operatives to give chase.

The car chase reached Cabaguio Avenue, at the boundary of Barangays Wilfredo Aquino and Paciano Bangoy in Agdao District, where the suspects were subdued.

Operatives found out that the male suspect a sustained gunshot wound on his right arm.

He was immediately brought to the nearby Southern Philippines Medical Center for treatment.

The female suspect was brought to the station for proper disposition.

The suspect’s firearm was recovered at the flooring of the driver’s side of the car.

The homemade .38 caliber revolver, with defaced serial number, was loaded with four live ammunitions and one fired cartridge.

The operating team recovered inside the suspects’ vehicle the buy-bust money amounting to P2,500, three bundles of suspected marijuana leaves wrapped in Manila paper, one big transparent cellophane, 91 rectangular-shaped packs in zipped-locked cellophane containing suspected dried marijuana leaves and one weighing scale. Authorities said the confiscated drug is estimated to worth P350,000.

The confiscated illegal drugs were turned over to the regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI for laboratory examination and custody.



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Fire gobbles six rooms of Baguio public school http://mindanaotimes.net/fire-gobbles-six-rooms-of-baguio-public-school/ http://mindanaotimes.net/fire-gobbles-six-rooms-of-baguio-public-school/#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:04:40 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56753 Read more ›]]> The Bureau of Fire Protection is looking at electrical short circuit as the cause of the fire that hit Baguio Central Elementary School in Baguio District around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sr. Insp. Merlito Tubog, commander of Baguio Police Precinct, told TIMES yesterday that his personnel immediately responded to the scene. They also called up Central 911 for assistance.

The Bureau of Fire Protection in Calinan arrived some 30 minutes later followed by Central 911 firefighters who arrived at the scene at around 3:20 p.m.

Six classrooms of Grade 5 and 6 students were razed to the ground

The BFP declared a fire-out around 3:30 p.m. The estimated cost of damage was estimated to reach P100,000.

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Van operators seek reduction of trip ticket http://mindanaotimes.net/van-operators-seek-reduction-of-trip-ticket/ http://mindanaotimes.net/van-operators-seek-reduction-of-trip-ticket/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:20:31 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56701 ]]> VAN OPERATORS at the Davao Overland Transport Terminal have appealed to the City Council to amend the 2017 Revenue Code.

In a petition letter, the van operators asked lawmakers to reduce the trip ticket from P75 to P50.

The petition letter was signed by Daniel Estavillo of Southbound Utility Van, Benjamin Reyes of MKATA, Medel Tabanao of MONVODA, and Romel Bajador of Victoria Terminal.

“The trip ticket will be shouldered by the drivers and not of the van operators. Therefore, a P75 per trip ticket or “arkabala” is too much to be incurred by the van drivers,” the petition letter read adding that “it is proper and deemed appropriate that a P25 reduction from the approved rate or P50 per ticket is reasonable.”

The van operators also said that they do not have representation in the public hearings as they were not organized.

“Our representation as a group was not heard during the public hearings,” the van operators said.

The group also cited that they are paying own rental fees and/or contract lease to the private landowners where they rented their terminals unlike the buses that have their own terminal.

The van operators also asked for the presence of the City Transport and Traffic Management (CTTMO) personnel at the checkpoint areas to apprehend illegal van service operating in the city.

Moreover, they also request a Board Resolution from the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) Board requiring the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to furnish them a copy of fare matrix for their prescribe franchised in order to avoid conflicts and harassment by the passenger with their drivers.

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Comelec, PNP, AFP meet, discuss barangay, SK polls http://mindanaotimes.net/comelec-pnp-afp-meet-discuss-barangay-sk-polls/ http://mindanaotimes.net/comelec-pnp-afp-meet-discuss-barangay-sk-polls/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:17:58 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56588 ]]> ELECTIONS, police and military officials yesterday met to discuss the security preparations in case the barangay and youth elections will push through this May.

In a command conference held at Camp Quintin Merecido in Catitipan, Buhangin, regional officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PGC) discussed a number of measures.

“Rest assured that Davao (will have) a safe, honest and peaceful election,” said Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) XI.

Driz said among those discussed during the Regional Joint Security Coordinating Council (RJSCC) meeting were the calendar of activities based on Comelec Resolution 102496, the deputization of AFP and PNP (Comelec Resolution 10204), the deputizing of the Philippine Coast Guard (Comelec Resolution 10275), and placing some areas under Comelec control (Comelec Resolution 10199).

With Comelec regional attorney Karina Samantha Caballero representing the poll body, the group also discussed the exemption of AFP and PNP from the transfer/detail and use of any armored car, water or aircraft during campaign period and election day (Comelec Resolution 10205), reconstitution of the regional joint security control center (Comelec Resolution 10249) and the Comelec gun ban, check points and liquor ban.

Driz said the PNP presented the security preparation for elections as delivered by Davao City Police Office director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum and the five police provincial directors.

“They presented the situation update in their area of responsibility,” Driz said. Among the concerns were the various election-threat groups like the terror and the communist groups.

She said the Philippine Army will be coordinating with the Comelec and PNP for the deployment of their troops.

Driz said coordinating conferences in the provincial level will also conducting as the election period is set to start on April 14.

Earlier, the regional Comelec said it is 100% prepared for the upcoming synchronized manual barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections set on May 14, 2018.

Speaking during the recent AFP-PNP press conference, Comelec XI spokesman Atty. Omar Samama, also the election officer of the third district, said they are now verifying the voters’ list.

“After verifying with our stakeholders and non-government organizations (NGO), we will be posting in the different voting areas the approved voters’ list that will indicate where the voters will vote and the assigned precinct numbers,” Samama said.

The election period will run from April 14 to May 21.

The filing of the certificate of candidacy is scheduled on April 14 (Saturday) to April 20 (Friday). The Comelec will be opened on weekend (April 14 and April 15, a Sunday) to accommodate those who would want to file their certificates of candidacy.

Based on the Comelec data, a total of 923,539 voters are registered in the region. Around 30%, or 300,036, will vote in the SK elections.



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Sudagar exits council http://mindanaotimes.net/sudagar-exits-council/ http://mindanaotimes.net/sudagar-exits-council/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 01:59:30 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56396 ]]> TWO SEATS at the City Council are now vacant as sectoral representative Halila Sudagar has ended her term.

In yesterday’s regular session, Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag, whose vacated council seat is also yet to be filled up, announced that Sudagar, the indigenous peoples mandatory representative (IPMR) in the council “is no longer part of the council and the seat for the IP representative is now vacant.”

Sudagar, a Kagan representative, ended her three-year term last March 30.

Sudagar won in a six-way election in 2015 after getting 147 votes from 382 tribal leaders.

She was then the lone female candidate and also the youngest.

According to Al-ag, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) is set to select the new IPMR to the local council on April 12.

City Ordinance Number 0448-10 provides a mandatory representation to the City Council from the six major IPs in the community, provides that the IPMR should be a natural-born Filipino, registered voter of the city, bona fide IP by blood or consanguinity, acknowledged leader of the tribe, has continuously engaged in IP undertakings, able to read and write and is knowledgeable of the IP customs.

A member from the Klata tribe is set to assume next as the lumad representative, as tribes in the city rotate representation alphabetically every three years.

Sudagar’s exit added to the vacuum at the city council following the resignation of former Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte last Christmas Day.

Al-Ag, being the highest vote earner among the 24 elected councilors, assumed Duterte’s post.

With this, Al-ag’s council seat was vacated.

Mayor Sara Duterte, based on the endorsement of the ruling party, Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, has forwarded to President Rodrigo Duterte the appointment of Barangay Captain Carmelo Clarion (Mulig, Toril) to take Al-ag’s vacant seat.


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Home-sharing operator vows to work with city http://mindanaotimes.net/home-sharing-operator-vows-to-work-with-city/ http://mindanaotimes.net/home-sharing-operator-vows-to-work-with-city/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2018 03:11:25 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=55884 ]]> AMERICAN company Airbnb is not blocking any communication with the city government, the company’s officer said.

“We are ready to work with the CTOO (City Tourism and Operations Office) to address any challenges it may have,” Jake Wilczynski, public affairs officer of AirBnb in Asia Pacific, told TIMES.

Wilczynski said they are willing to help the city government in crafting the ordinance on the regulation and taxation of home-sharing applications in the city.

Last week, Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre revealed that they were having problems in contacting Airbnb, one of the companies included in his proposal to regulate home-sharing applications. He said the company apparently “blocked” all communication from the city government.

Wilczynski sent an e-mail to TIMES to clarify the report as he said they are looking deeper into the incident if such happened.

He said they never have any problem in working with local governments.

“Airbnb has put in place partnerships with more than 400 governments around the world,” he said.

Based on the regulations of Airbnb, VAT may be charged depending on the laws of the jurisdiction involved establishments.

Airbnb can be accessed via either its websites or mobile apps for iOS, Apple Watch, and Android. Registration and account creation is free.

CTOO chief Generose Tecson, in an interview by TIMES, said “there’s no way to contact AirBnB, we tried through their main (office) in the States. But in our end, we tried contacting Airbnb establishments here in Davao through their site, that’s when they blocked us eventually.”

Tecson added that they sent their letter through an e-mail to the Airbnb’s head office some time in December or January.

With Wilczynski’s statement, regulation proponent Alejandre is pushing for his project.

“That’s a good development that they will cooperate with us for legislative regulatory for home-sharing applications here in Davao,” Alejandre told TIMES.

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Mayor wants HPBS operational by 2019 http://mindanaotimes.net/mayor-wants-hpbs-operational-by-2019/ http://mindanaotimes.net/mayor-wants-hpbs-operational-by-2019/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2018 03:40:28 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=55689 ]]> MAYOR Sara Duterte has asked the proponents of the high priority bus system (HPBS) to implement its initial plans by 2019, as the plan has failed to hit its target.

In an interview after the conferment of the 2018 Datu Bago awardees at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Duterte said the proponents have estimated the running of one route that is still undefined at the moment.

“That will be either by the end of this year or next year,” Mayor Duterte said.

According to the Mayor, the project is already delayed as it is.

In case the implementation exceeds Mayor Duterte’s term in 2019, Duterte said she wants to see what the proponents wish to do beyond the target date.

“At least show me what you intend to do after 2019,” Duterte said.

Earlier, the city government said it was still consolidating a win-win solution for all stakeholders, especially jeepneys that may want to invest in the HPBS as investors.

Under a scrappage proposal, owners of old jeepneys would be encouraged to sell their units for around P80,000 or the prevailing price of scrap metal, whichever is higher, according to the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) in an earlier interview.

This is based on the omnibus plan of the Department of Transportation that would remove vehicles that are non-Euro 4 compliant off the roads and replace them with modern vehicles instead.

In areas such as Metro Manila, the vehicles include electric jeepneys, among other alternative modes of transportation.

In the case of Davao City, the Land Transportation and Franchise Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said the plan for the HPBS is along the recommended programs of the transportation agencies.

The HPBS, in itself, is a plan around eight to 10 years in the making, with the initial studies being conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and consultancy firms.

According to that study, the transportation system needed for the city is an HPBS despite the demand of then-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for a train system here.

The ADB will set aside $70 million as loan for the national government to pursue the transport modernization.

“This is still at the design stage. As we know, it is a high priority project. We hope that most of that (design) be completed shortly,” said ADB-Philippines country director Kelly Bird in a recent press conference in line on Philippine Economic Briefing at SMX Davao Convention Center.

The project, he said, includes the establishment of bus terminals in six locations and bus waiting stations.

The HPBS is among the priority projects of the city government. The national government, through Department of Transportation (DOTr), will pay the loan for the project.

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Police officer lands in jail but gets instant freedom http://mindanaotimes.net/police-officer-lands-in-jail-but-gets-instant-freedom/ http://mindanaotimes.net/police-officer-lands-in-jail-but-gets-instant-freedom/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2018 02:50:05 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=55474 ]]> A POLICE officer temporarily landed in jail after a heated altercation with his policewoman wife inside their house in Barangay Mintal, Tugbok District Wednesday morning.

PO2 Alsibar Jama Ismael, 30, assigned at the Calinan Police Precinct, reportedly fired a gun during the argument with his wife, PO3 Joyce Corcino, inside their house on San Francisco Street in Mintal.

Reports from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) said the couple fought at 10:45 a.m.

Ismael reportedly fired his government-issued firearm in anger.

This alarmed the neighborhood.

The Tugbok police then responded and arrested Ismael at 11:05 a.m.

Responding police officers confiscated Ismael’s Glock 17 9mm pistol, bearing serial number PNP 18909, loaded with one magazine with 15 live ammunitions. An empty shell was also recovered.

However, Sr. Insp. Paulino Zaulda Jr., the newly designated Tugbok police precinct commander, said they were forced to release Ismael due to lack of witnesses and a complainant.

Without any witness or complainant, Zaulda said they could not file any case against Ismael.

The precinct commander said they released Ismael at around 5 a.m. yesterday.

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DCPO to press suit vs. 4 drinking men http://mindanaotimes.net/dcpo-to-press-suit-vs-4-drinking-men/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dcpo-to-press-suit-vs-4-drinking-men/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2018 02:40:53 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=55353 ]]> DESPITE the apologies issued by the four so-called disrespectful drinking buddies, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is adamant to file charges against them to teach the public that everyone should respect persons in authority.

“It’s unfortunate, that these same people whom we serve and protect will curse the people who are there to serve and protect them,” said DCPO Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum. “Therefore, we will pursue the filing of appropriate criminal case against these persons.”

Yesterday, the four men went to Sasa Police Precinct to ask apology to PO1s Sheila Mae Medel and Rosemarie Rodriquez.

On Friday at around 10 p.m., the two policewomen approached the four men for having a drinking session at the parking area along the highway in Vista Verde, Panacan.

But instead of following the order, the four men–Richard Roscael Saycon, Dannyboy Silvosa Maratas, Harvey Porras Cruzada and a certain James–scolded the police officers.

The existing city ordinance only prohibits drinking in public places from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. However, the city is under Martial Law, where the law enforcers can impose curfews and suspend civil rights.

Tagum told TIMES yesterday that what happened in Panacan is “part of the normal hazard of our police service.”

“I have reminded them that as female members of the Police Force, they should never feel self-pity for what happened but rather they should immediately arrest these social deviants who disrespected their authority as police officers,” Tagum said.

Chief Insp. Emerson Pugong, the commander of Sasa Police Precinct, said they are preparing a case for disobedience of person in authority against the four respondents.

Based on the report, the two policewomen and two police volunteers were conducting foot patrol in the area when they saw the group of persons having a drinking session along the highway.

The police officers said they politely approached the men to wrap up the session.

But one of the men, identified as Maratas, got irked.

Maratas insisted that there is no ordinance yet that forbids the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places as Mayor Sara Duterte has yet to sign the ordinance (see related story).

Maratas further said they are willing to see the police officers in court because they didn’t violate any law when they were drinking in the parking area.

Further, the group of men belittled them saying they are only police women with the rank of PO1.

And Maratas bragged that he could ask for their re-assignment in the far-flung Marilog district.

PO1 Rodriguez then called for a back-up. A mobile patrol arrived few minutes later.

Maratas claimed it was the policewomen who were impolite when they were approached.

But the two police women said they greeted the men with “Maayong gabii, Sir” (good evening, sir).

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