Mindanao Times » under_HEADLINES3 http://mindanaotimes.net Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Dengue cases decrease from January to August 2017: CHO http://mindanaotimes.net/dengue-cases-decrease-from-january-to-august-2017-cho/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dengue-cases-decrease-from-january-to-august-2017-cho/#comments Thu, 07 Sep 2017 01:10:35 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=47420 ]]> THE NUMBER of dengue cases plunged 56% from January to August in 2017 compared to the same period last year.

Based on the record from the City Health’s Office Tropical and Diseases Division, there were 1,403 incidents for the first eight months of the year against the 3,201 last year.

In August 2016 alone, they recorded 408 cases of dengue. Last month, the number plummeted to 185 cases. From January to December last year, the office has recorded 4,710 cases.

Elizabeth B. Banzon, head of Tropical Disease and Control Division, attributed the decrease to their education campaign and coordination with the barangay functionaries to implement the 3 o’clock habit.

“We are in continuous conduct of massive and intensified information on the health education campaign especially on the mosquitoes causing dengue, malaria and even JE,” Banzon said. “Our communities had also helped us and the schools and we create a barangay dengue task Force as they also conducted clean up drive and household surveillance.”

Banzon also said the household surveillance contributed the most to the reduction of the dengue cases.

“We had visited on the hot spot areas and every month there are 100 houses that are being inspected thru “Operation Kulob/ Taklob and Yabo” that we had exerted effort that will be continue thoroughly in the community,” she further said.

The office also urged the community to intensify their search and destroy measures, both the household and establishments including schools. They are conducting search and destroy method in all breeding sites and ask to seek early medical consultation.

“So we have already free dengue NS1 to all main health centers and even CHO main laboratory that could easily detect our dengue virus,” she said adding that at least within two days of fever you can refer the patients to so that it can already prevented.

They have available orisols for dehydration available in health centers. “It also decreases because the cooperation is there and we have conducted larvae siding so you can report immediately those stagnant waters that are not drained,” she said.

All schools are also told to implement preventive measures and fogging, and if there are any reported cases. They have been distributing also insect repellents and chemically treated mosquito nets especially in communities in Paquibato and Marilog.

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Mayor: Kadayawan successful http://mindanaotimes.net/mayor-kadayawan-successful/ http://mindanaotimes.net/mayor-kadayawan-successful/#comments Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:38:42 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46746 ]]> MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio said the celebration of Kadayawan Festival 2017 was a success even with the imposition of Martial Law.

“So far, the celebration of Kadayawan Festival 2017 was successful. There was an overwhelming support from the private sector to the endeavor of the local government to put up a grand show for everybody,” she said.

The city mayor said the Martial Law failed to negate the city’s 32nd Kadayawan celebration.

“We’re happy that the Martial Law had no

negative effect in the celebration,” Mayor Carpio said.

“Despite the challenging times we have here in Mindanao, the visitors did not hesitate to come to Davao and celebrate with us,” she added.

Carpio also lauded the 11 tribes and other local government agencies that participated in this year’s celebration, stating that “if not because of them, the celebration would not have been made successful.”

The mayor also urged the Kadayawan executive committee to set the bar higher in the future festival celebrations as this year obviously topped the past celebrations of the festivity.

“All the observations, including mine, on the 2017 celebration will be collated and then considered to improve the next Kadayawan,” she said.

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Prosecutor charges man with arson try http://mindanaotimes.net/prosecutor-charges-man-with-arson-try/ http://mindanaotimes.net/prosecutor-charges-man-with-arson-try/#comments Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:30:48 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46661 ]]> THE OFFICE of the City Prosecutor has indicted a laborer for trying to burn a vehicle in Tigatto on July 24.

Prosecutor Shahruddin Roberto O. Sencio charged Benjie Vergil Llamera for attempted arson in violation of Sec. 1 of Presidential Decree 1613 (The law on arson).

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Christian Jay D. Guira, a site administrative supervisor of Narra Park Residences, a project of Alson, Inc., located in Tigatto.

In his affidavit, Guira claimed that he saw the respondent outside his office and was pulled away by a security guard. The complainant learned that the respondent was drunk and was striking the wooden chairs and culvert fabricator.

The respondent was also seen by witness pouring gasoline on the tarpaulin which covered the defective truck. Llamera also demanded a lighter from one of his co-laborer who called the security guards.

Llamera was caught after hiding among the stocked culverts in the area and was later endorsed to Buhangin police.

Investigating prosecutor Maria Cynthia Prat, in determining probable cause, said that “there was an attempt to burn a vehicle when the respondent poured gasoline on the tarpaulin cover of the vehicle owned by the complainant corporation.

Prat also noted that stages of crime do not apply in the offense punishable by laws as Presidential Decree 1613 is not a special law.

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No more baggage counter during Kadayawan festival http://mindanaotimes.net/no-more-baggage-counter-during-kadayawan-festival/ http://mindanaotimes.net/no-more-baggage-counter-during-kadayawan-festival/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:55:35 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46494 ]]> IF YOU want to fully enjoy the Kadayawan, don’t bring any prohibited items, such as pack bags, for the police will no longer be accepting them for deposit.

Unlike previous celebrations that items prohibited during the festivity could be surrendered or deposited at the police stations before they could enter the activity areas, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) said it will no longer be the same this year.

DCPO director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said they are no longer allowing anyone to deposit their baggage at the police counters.

“We cannot secure their bags because we don’t want to burden the security,” Tagum said, adding that securing the items is an unnecessary additional work to the security forces.

 So if a reveler is bringing any prohibited items, he/she could no longer enter in the activity area as authorities are strictly imposing the no-entry policy.

Prohibited items include pack bag, bull cap, sharp object, shades and face mask.

“Those who will bring prohibited things can no longer enter the event area,” said Sr. Insp. Maria Theresita Gaspan, DCPO spokesperson.

 Gaspan revealed that in previous year’s event, several items were deposited at the police counters.

 “Last year, several deposited things were lost and the police were made liable for such,” Gaspan said. “We don’t want it to happen again.”

 The policy also doesn’t exempt photographers who are bringing extra baggage for their equipment.

 “We don’t know if the city will provide a baggage center for the photographers,” she said.

 The DCPO is urging the public to obey the rules to prevent any conflict during the activity.

 There are more than 10,000 police personnel, volunteer police auxiliary, and civilian volunteers securing the festivity.

 “These police personnel and other security forces have been deployed already and are conducting foot and mobile patrol in the convergent areas,” she said.

 The Task Force Davao also deployed around 800 personnel in the different areas in the city to provide additional security.

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Pilpil, 70 http://mindanaotimes.net/pilpil-70/ http://mindanaotimes.net/pilpil-70/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:25:57 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46338 ]]> ANTONIO “Tony” Manalo Pilpil passed away yesterday at the Davao Doctors Hospital after a lingering illness resulting to multiple organ failure.

Pilpil was the President of the UM Food Service Inc. (UMFSI), which operates all canteens and food outlets of the University of Mindanao. Prior to that, he was a banker connected with the Davao Savings and Loan Association and later on at the Mindanao Savings until 1989. That year, he joined the University of Mindanao as Vice President for Administration and then UMFSI.

He is the only son of Pedro and Rosario Pilpil of Naic, Cavite who migrated to Davao City in the 1920s. He is survived by his sisters: Ophelia Pilpil-Brillantes; Nene Pilpil-Villarica; Rita Pilpil-Calizo; Pet Pilpil-Tongson and Audrey Pilpil-Ybanez.

His body lies in state at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes along Camus St. Davao City. Interment will be announced later.

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Nurse dies in dawn fire http://mindanaotimes.net/nurse-dies-in-dawn-fire/ http://mindanaotimes.net/nurse-dies-in-dawn-fire/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:24:38 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46336 ]]> A NURSE of Davao Doctors Hospital died when a fire hit five houses in the residential area of Purok 5, San Nicolas, Fr. Selga Street, Barangay 8-A, Poblacion district yesterday dawn.

Chief Insp. Ramil Macarampat, the commander of San Pedro police precinct, identified the victim as Holden Rainer Gayta, 33, single, the assistance quality director of DDH.

Gayta was sleeping at his rented room at the third floor of the boarding house when the fire broke out around 3:40 a.m. yesterday in the second floor.

The firefighters put the fire under control after an hour.

When the fire officers conducted the clearing operation, they found Gayta trapped in the room.

Rescuers had a hard time in getting Gayta out from his room.

 When Gayta was pulled out from the boarding house, rescuers rushed him to the hospital where he worked. But he was declared dead on arrival at 7:25 a.m.

His body was partially burned.

Macarampat said the house where the fire started was owned by Ruben Macorol Maceren, 50, businessman.

Initial investigation conducted by the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) revealed that the fire started in the second floor of the house, occupied by his daughter Kelzelle Jane Maceren

According to the witnesses, the fire immediately spread to adjacent houses that were also made of light materials.

Four houses were totally burned and one was partially burned.

A defective electric fan plugged in overloaded electrical connection sparked the fire, fire investigators revealed.

  The firefighters declared fired out around 4:43 a.m. of the same day.

The estimated cost of the damage has reached to P600, 000.

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Bask in name recall, spend a mite: Or how Duterte’s kids win elections http://mindanaotimes.net/bask-in-name-recall-spend-a-mite-or-how-dutertes-kids-win-elections/ http://mindanaotimes.net/bask-in-name-recall-spend-a-mite-or-how-dutertes-kids-win-elections/#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:18:20 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46304 ]]> CANDIDATES IN Philippine elections usually complain about what many of them say are outdated, low campaign-spending caps. But the Dutertes of Davao City apparently have no problem with spending limits – at least when they’re running in their family’s political turf.

As a mayoralty candidate of Davao City in the 2016 elections, Sara Duterte-Carpio spent only P138,800 for her campaign or a mere 5.29 percent of the P2,621,010 cap per bet (with a party) for the post. Older brother Paolo Duterte meanwhile spent just P77,270.50 on his second run as vice mayor, which translates to some three percent of the maximum spending limit (calculated to be P3 multiplied by Davao’s 873,670 registered voters).

The Duterte siblings’ formula to keep well under the cap is simple: have a recognizable name that is also heavily associated with the area in which they are seeking a post. Indeed, brother and sister seemed to have been so confident of clinching the vice mayor and mayor seats respectively that they hardly campaigned for themselves. Instead, Sara, 38, joined the 30-day Visayas and Mindanao campaign caravan of their father Rodrigo, who was then running for President. Paolo, 41, took to Luzon to help Rodrigo with his campaign there.

The country’s queen of cities down south, Davao is a 244,400-hectare, first-class metropolis. It has a population of about 1.63 million people, most of whom are now used to having a Duterte at the municipio.

Rodrigo Duterte became Davao City’s acting vice mayor in May 1986. He would later become its mayor from 1988 to 1998, and then from 2001 to 2010, and finally from 2013 to 2016. He was the city’s 1st District representative from 1998 to 2001. When his daughter Sara was mayor from 2010 to 2013, Rodrigo was the vice mayor.

Sara has also had her turn as vice mayor of Davao City, from 2007 to 2010. When Rodrigo decided to run for mayor once more in 2013, though, it was Paolo who stepped up to vie for the vice mayoralty seat, running unopposed.

Paolo again had no rivals in the 2016 elections. Sara, however, was challenged by independent candidates such as Teodoro Mantilla and Kilat Tocante. She ended up winning, like her brother.

Paolo and Sara submitted their respective Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) along with official receipts stating the particulars of their expenditures.

Paolo also indicated in his SOCE that he spent P45,580.50 on the printing and distribution of materials relative to his candidacy, and another P31,690 for sample ballots.

As for Sara, her SOCE indicated that the entire amount that she said she spent went to campaign materials. She would later say in an interview that her expenses were “for tarps, posters, and stickers.”

Neither she nor Paolo included in their SOCEs compensation for campaigners, clerks, stenographers, messengers, and other people they might have employed in the campaign. They also did not hire poll watchers.

Jefry Tupas, who was a Duterte campaign volunteer and now Davao City’s Information Officer, says that the Duterte siblings did not need to employ anyone because people volunteered to help them.

Paolo himself said in an interview, “We did not pay for people to campaign for us. We did not even campaign for ourselves. I did not campaign for myself. We campaigned for my father. And everyone who joined us in the campaign were our friends and volunteers.”

He clarified, however, that the bulk of his expenses went to the printing of tarpaulins for his party.  Both Paolo and Sara ran under Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, a local political party established by Rodrigo in the early 2000s.

According to its own SOCE, the party spent a total of P1,117,943.05 or about 26 percent of the maximum amount allowed it. Hugpong also said that it received contributions that reached a total of P1,150,000.

Based on its SOCE, Hugpong spent most of its campaign funds on the hiring of poll watchers (P768,000), followed by the printing of campaign materials (P132,000), employment of counsel (P105,000), communications (P40,650), and finally travel expenses (P25,848.05).

Notably, however, Hugpong’s SOCE did not include any expenditure for a political rally, even though it had at least one that was held on April 4, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the J. Cruz Elementary School Covered Court in Panacan. Paolo Duterte was apparently at that rally, along with the then councilors of the city’s 2nd District.

Lawyer Marlon Casquejo, Comelec officer for the city’s 1st Congressional District says that if Hugpong were proven to have committed a violation of election-campaign rules, its “secretary general could face imprisonment and should pay the appropriate fine.” But he says that for any investigation to take place, Comelec must first receive a complaint. He also says that the complaint must include evidence that a political rally was indeed conducted, even though nothing of the sort is in the party’s SOCE.

Political analyst Ramon Baleno meantime comments that Davao City residents may tend to accept whatever the Dutertes say in their SOCEs, regardless of whether or not these are accurate. He also says that one negative impact of a place turning into a politician or a clan’s bailiwick is that voters there tend not to mature electorally and politically and become dependent on one person or family.

But he allows, “The Dutertes have massive support because of the programs that the people love.” Thus, even though poverty incidence in Davao City has increased (the latest available statistics show it has risen from 13.2 percent in 2009 to 25 percent in 2012), Davaoeños still believe in the Dutertes because they feel secure and happy with the basic services provided by the local government.

In truth, the Duterte name is so resonant among Davaoeños that other politicians use it in their own quests for local posts. For instance, SOCEs of the candidates for councilors in the 2016 elections show that the top campaign spenders among them had used the Dutertes in their tarpaulins, sample ballots, and campaign jingles – and later received the most number of votes. These candidates for councilor – Maria Belen Acosta, Melchor Qutain, Bonifacio Militar, Danilo Dayanghirang, and Cherry Ann Bonguyan – each spent at least P400,000, far more than the campaign bills of Sara and Paolo Duterte.

But then Baleno says that in fact, the Dutertes had been spending – during the “pre-election campaign period,” which is not covered by SOCEs. The Ateneo de Davao political science department head explains that “in political science, pre-election is the period after they won and took oath.” This would be when local officials embark on populist projects like basketball courts.

“Since they (the Dutertes) are already established, they do not need to campaign extensively in the election period,” says Baleno. He adds, though, that this is worrying since it only means the matter of who will take office has already been settled even way before the polling centers open.

Says Baleno: “It is a sign that there is no choice and in elections choices are really needed.” — PCIJ, August 2017

* Ma. Cecilia Badian is a justice reporter for the Davao City-based Mindanao Times.

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6 Chinese in fake cigarettes charged http://mindanaotimes.net/6-chinese-in-fake-cigarettes-charged/ http://mindanaotimes.net/6-chinese-in-fake-cigarettes-charged/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:26:24 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46211 ]]> MULTIPLE charges have been filed in court against the six Chinese nationals who were arrested for allegedly distributing counterfeit cigarettes in the city.

 The Office of the City Prosecution has found probable cause to indict the respondents who were allegedly caught in possessing of P18 million-worth counterfeit cigarettes.

 Yuequn Shi, said to be the owner of the raided company, is charged for five counts of trademark infringement, five counts of unfair competition and five counts of false designation of origin, false description or representation, for the different Philip Morris brands in violation of Republic Act 8293 (Intellectual Property Code).

 Chun Qun Shi, Mei Qun Shi, Tian Pei Shi, Lian Zai Shi, and Jian Qun Shi are indicted for six counts of trademark infringement, six counts of unfair competition and six counts of false designation of origin and false description or representation

 Respondents were arrested after the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-XI) served 48 search warrants issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Retrina Fuentes on several warehouses in San Pedro Village, Buhangin; Rivera Village, Bajada; F. Bangoy Street; 6th Avenue, Agdao; Sta. Ana Avenue, and Agdao on July 21.

The CIDG-XI launched the operation after they received complaint from the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. Inc. (PMFTC) on the proliferation of counterfeit cigarettes in the local market.

The operation led to the confiscation of some 800 boxes of counterfeit cigarette products worth P18 million.

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Davao-KL flight starts December http://mindanaotimes.net/davao-kl-flight-starts-december/ http://mindanaotimes.net/davao-kl-flight-starts-december/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:41:08 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=45531 ]]> AFTER nearly two decades, the city will be connected anew with Malaysia via budget carrier AirAsia that would directly link the city to Kuala Lumpur beginning Dec. 21.

 Anthony Francis Fernandes, chief executive officer of AirAsia, said during yesterday’s Davao Investment Conference at SMX Davao Convention Center that the city has vast potentials to attract tourists and investors from Malaysia, which has been touted as among the top chosen destinations with about 2 million tourists a month.

 This, Fernandes said, is their first air link from Davao as they planned to connect the city to nine more other international destinations within the next three years.

 “We will bring the world to Davao,” Fernandes said.

 Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the introduction of the new direct flight between Kuala Lumpur and Davao is timely, which could further boost the tourist and investor influx in the city. As of the first quarter, the City Tourism Operation Office recorded 459,104 tourist arrivals.

 The city government targeted to reach 2 million in tourist arrivals by the end of the year.

 “(The Davao-Kuala Lumpur direct flight) is a key step in this direction to empower local players across various economic activities,” Carpio said.

 The Davao-Kuala Lumpur will be the second international direct flight at Davao International Airport, next to the current route from the city to Singapore. Backed in 1996, there was a direct link to Malaysia specifically from the city to Kota Kinabalu.

 Arturo Milan, trustee of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., said the air connectivity was halted following the Asian financial crisis in 1998. Now that the economy has normalized, he said they hoped that new air link will be sustained.

 “We also hope that there would be direct flights to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and in Manado and Jakarta, Indonesia,” Milan said.

 The Malaysian-based airline company AirAsia has been servicing the city since five years ago, beginning with Clark-Davao route which was temporarily stopped for a while but resumed this year along with new other routes from the city to Palawan, Cebu and Boracay.

 The company also has a Davao-Manila connectivity since 2015.

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Nabbed Chinese fugitive deported http://mindanaotimes.net/nabbed-chinese-fugitive-deported/ http://mindanaotimes.net/nabbed-chinese-fugitive-deported/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 01:38:18 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=45289 ]]> THE LIFE-TERM Chinese fugitive who was arrested by in Dacudao, Agdao on Friday was already brought to Manila for deportation.

 Davao City Police Office director, Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, identified the suspect as Fong Hao Ling, alias Fong Jou-rong, a Chinese national wanted by the International Police Organization (Interpol) for large scale fraud.

Tagum said Fong is in the blacklist of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) with red letter notice from the Interpol for the crime of Commercial Fraud and Contract Fraud with the penalty of lifetime imprisonment.

 Fong, 53, has been hiding in his rented house in Bo. Obrero.

He was collared near a gasoline station in Dacudao Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. after police received report on his presence in the area.

 Mobile 72, with a team from Sta. Ana Police Station led by Chief Insp. Hamlet Lerios, immediately responded, with the coordination of the BID, the Interpol and the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime (PCTC).

In an interview yesterday, Lerios said Fong was already sent to Manila for immediate deportation procedure.

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