Mindanao Times » mindanao times news davao http://mindanaotimes.net Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Jeepney, trike drivers arrested in drug busts http://mindanaotimes.net/jeepney-trike-drivers-arrested-in-drug-busts/ http://mindanaotimes.net/jeepney-trike-drivers-arrested-in-drug-busts/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:18:50 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53542 ]]> A JEEPNEY driver was arrested by members of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) of  the Buhangin police, in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI, in Purok 5, Lower Cabantian, Buhangin District around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sr.  Supt.  Alexander Tagum, Davao City Police Office director, identified the suspect as Emuel P. Orguelles, 24, resident of the area. He reportedly handed over a sachet of shabu to an undercover police officer for P1,000.

Recovered from his possession were 12 sachets of shabu. The suspect reportedly showed up at the Buhangin precinct on Jul. 28, 2016 to clear his name in the drug watch list.

The suspect is now under the custody of the police precinct pending the filing of appropriate case against him in court.

Also on Saturday, the drug enforcement team of the Toril Police Precinct, led by Chief Insp.  Jerome de Guzman, arrested tricycle driver Mark Anthony J. Villarosa, 22, resident of Barangay Lubogan during a buy-bust operation.

He reportedly sold P500-worth of shabu to the poseur-buyer.

Recovered from his possession were one unit of My Phone cell phone and the marked money.

A case for violation of Sec. 5 of R.A 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) is being prepared against the suspect.

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Former Maguindanao mayor faces trial in Sandiganbayan http://mindanaotimes.net/former-maguindanao-mayor-faces-trial-in-sandiganbayan/ http://mindanaotimes.net/former-maguindanao-mayor-faces-trial-in-sandiganbayan/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:16:59 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53540 ]]> THE FORMER mayor of Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao is facing trial before the Sandiganbayan for the alleged anomalous procurement of the municipality’s water project in 2011.

Datu Umbra Dilangalen Al Hadj is indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman with violation of Sec. 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act)

Also set to face trial are municipal accountant Rahima Ali and municipal treasurer Kabiba Mael.

The investigation of the anti-graft body revealed that in 2011, the respondents received P5 million for the construction of the municipality’s small water impounding project (SWIP).

The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) conducted its pre-bid conference on Nov. 21, 2011, just two days before the opening of bids scheduled on Nov. 23, 2011. Then, respondents paid the contractor, FFJJ Construction, in full despite the non-completion of the project.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, in a resolution, said “the attending circumstances show that respondents Dilangalen, Mael and Ali acted with manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence and gave unwarranted benefits, advantage, or preference to FFJJ Construction when they signed the disbursement vouchers, thereby causing the first and final payment for the SWIP. At no time should full payment be made prior to the completion of the project, which is what happened in this case.”

On the other hand, respondents Ali and Mael were found guilty of grave misconduct and ordered dismissed from the service with the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and bar from taking civil service examinations.

The Ombudsman also found BAC chairperson Teng Ungkakay and BAC members Basser Macarimbang and Averose Savidra guilty of simple misconduct and ordered their suspension for three months for non-compliance with Sec. 22 of Republic Act 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act), which requires that a pre-bid conference be held at least 12 days before the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids.

The Decision added that in case of separation from the service, the penalty of dismissal from the service is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondents’ salary for one year, and in the case of respondents ordered suspended, their salary for three months.

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2 choices for Mayor Sara: Reelection or Congress http://mindanaotimes.net/2-choices-for-mayor-sara-reelection-or-congress/ http://mindanaotimes.net/2-choices-for-mayor-sara-reelection-or-congress/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:14:55 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53535 ]]> MAYOR SARA Duterte-Carpio reiterated her plans to run for the mayoralty position in next year’s elections, virtually shutting down all rumors of her gunning for a senatorial seat in preparation for a presidency.

During the 50th Annual Installation of Officers and Trustees of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) on Friday at SMX Davao Convention Center, Duterte said she intends to follow through with her programs for the progress of the city.

However, she’s not fully closing the possibility that she might run as a representative in the First Congressional District.

“Everything is still fluid right now,” Duterte said, adding that she will heed the clamor of the people. “But if it is just up to me, I would like to run for mayor. I want to see the projects like farm-to-market roads and high priority bus system to come into fruition during my term.”

Duterte started to join in politics as the city’s vice mayor in 2007 to 2010. She became the first lady mayor of the city for the years 2010 to 2013 and was elected again for the same position in 2016 to 2019.

Early this month, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released its survey conducted on Dec. 8-11 last year, baring that Duterte was among the top 12 bets for the senatorial race. The mayor ranked ninth after former senator Pia Cayetano, re-electionist Juan Edgardo Angara and former senators Jose Ejercito Jr. and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The mayor’s final decision will be determined before the filing of certificates of candidacy in October.

Ma. Alegria Limjoco, president of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said during DCCCII’s event last Friday that they are also clamoring for the mayor to run for the national position.

“We thought we will see you in the national area,” Limjoco said.

Mayor Duterte said she needed to finish first her pet projects like the farm-to-market roads and high priority bus system that would help ease traffic in the city. The city government allocated P370 million for road developments, including the farm-to-market roads.

The high priority bus system, meanwhile, is aimed to serve as safer mass transport system for the public, Duterte said. She said this is in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, which is targeted to be set up in the middle of next year.

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Mayor Sara to request PNP to assign more police in the city http://mindanaotimes.net/mayor-sara-to-request-pnp-to-assign-more-police-in-the-city/ http://mindanaotimes.net/mayor-sara-to-request-pnp-to-assign-more-police-in-the-city/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:12:36 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53525 ]]> THE CITY government will request the Philippine National Police (PNP) to augment the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) with an additional of 2,500 police officers to keep up with the growing population in the city.

Mayor Sara Duterte said in the 50th Annual Installation of Officers and Trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. on Friday at SMX Davao Convention Center that the figures have to be increased from the current at 1,700 police officers under DCPO.

“We have about 1.6 million population as of 2015 and we think we have more now,” Duterte said, citing that it is high time to increase the number of those that would secure the growing number of people in the urban center.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recorded that as of 2015, the city posted population of 1.63 million with a growth rate of 2.30% a year.

As of 2012, data from PSA bared that the ratio of police to population was 1:756, or one police officer for every 756 residents, in Davao Region. There were 132 police officers for every 100,000 population in the region.

“To ensure the safety of people and businesses in the city, the city government and the DCPO are working hand-in-hand in providing better and more security logistics,” Duterte said.

In April last year, the city approved to provide around 900 police auxiliaries to the DCPO. But since then, about a hundred of police volunteers quit their post.

“We are also continuing to deploy police auxiliaries to augment the police in patrolling strategic areas throughout the city. We want to keep Davao City’s pride of being the safest city in the country for both people and businesses,” Duterte said.

The issue on the safety and security remained a challenge to attract investors.

European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Guenter Taus said recently in the Mindanao Business Briefing at Seda Abreeza Hotel that the government has to pursue a swift action to address the issue on peace and order situation for the entire Mindanao, which includes Davao.

“As a chamber of commerce, our mandate is to encourage businesses and investors from Europe to consider investment destinations in the Philippines such as Davao. However, I must highlight that it becomes increasingly difficult for us to do so as the peace and order situation continues to remain volatile and the region remains under Martial Law,” Taus said.

But Duterte said the city continued to become a safe haven for investors despite the Martial Law declaration. She said the city government, through the City Tourism Operations Office and Davao City Investment Promotion Center, is also working on a brand campaign to highlight the city as a peaceful destination.

“A series of road shows, targeting foreign chambers of commerce, tourism associations, and embassies, will also be organized to promote the city as a safe and secured choice to invest, live, and play,” Duterte said. (KMF)

Last year, the Japanese government donated 40 Montero vehicles to the PNP, with 26 of the vehicles detailed at the DCPO.

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Teen killed http://mindanaotimes.net/teen-killed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/teen-killed/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:12:19 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53528 ]]> A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was shot to death by an unidentified perpetrator at Angels Hideaway Beach at Punta Dumalag III, Matina Aplaya around 8 p.m. on Friday. Based on the report given by city police director, Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum to TIMES, the victim was identified as Johnny Boy Dabuan, 16, a resident of New Lanzona Street in Matina.

According to the report, the victim was sitting in the area with his 15-year-old girlfriend, when a man wearing a full-faced helmet shot the victim at close range.

The victim fell to the sea below.

The gunman left the place on foot.

Scene of the Crime of the Operatives (SOCO) reported that the victim died from multiple gunshot wounds to the different parts of his body.

The motive of the killing is yet to be determined.

The Talomo police recorded several blotter reports linking the victim to several robbery incidents in the city.

He also had a pending robbery case that was filed on Mar. 22, 2017.

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DILG’s Año vows to sue culprits in deadly NCCC fire http://mindanaotimes.net/dilgs-oic-ano-vows-to-sue-culprits-in-deadly-nccc-fire/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dilgs-oic-ano-vows-to-sue-culprits-in-deadly-nccc-fire/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:09:09 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53522 ]]> DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local government (DILG) officer-in-charge Eduardo Año has vowed to file charges against those who have the accountability in the deadly Dec. 23, 2017, NCCC fire that killed 38 persons.

Año said the filing of charges is necessary because “we don’t want a repeat of such kind of incident.”

While the investigation is yet to be completed, Año said “more or less you have an idea why it happened and for sure someone is responsible for this.”

He lamented that the recklessness of some responsible individuals had caused so much loss of lives.

Año said the incident is very heartbreaking.

The DILG controls the Bureau of Fire Protection, which is investigating the incident.

The BFP initially relieved five fire officials assigned in the area. Three other retired BFP officials are also implicated.

The Inter-Agency Anti-Arson Task Force initially said that eight active and retired BFP officials assigned in the city may face charges in connection to the fire.

In an earlier interview, Sr. Supt. Jerry Candido, spokesperson of the task force, said they are still collating the documents from 2003 – the year that the NCC started operation — until the day of the fire.

Candido said they are tracing the names of all those who signed and approved the safety certificate, referring to the fire inspectors and the fire marshal, of the ill-fated mall.

“Without those documents, it’s unfair if we reveal names because we don’t have evidence,” Candido said.

Candido said they have requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to issue a subpoena to the district fire marshal to produce all the documents necessary to finish the investigation immediately.

He said the NCCC and SSI management may possibly be included in the charge for their failure to comply on the provisions of fire exits and automatic suppression system.

The task force has already finished its investigation in determining the cause of fire and the three main violations why the victims were trapped to death in the fourth floor.

“For now, we are in the process in determining the people who are liable on this,” Candido said.

The three violations that the task force noted were:
• The fire alarm of SSI was not linked with the shopping mall;
• The exit was not fire-proof;
• The automatic fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers, were not functioning.
Probers established that the fire was caused by electrical short circuit.
Thirty-seven of the victims were call center agents of the American-owned SSI, while the other one was a safety officer of the mall who braved to go to the fourth floor to lead other call agents to escape.

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