Retraining Davao Police

THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has a total of 82 police investigators, who have already undergone the Criminal Investigation and Detection Course (Cridec), a month-long basic training on case investigation.
This is contrary to reports published in a local daily (not Sun.Star Davao) that only 20 of the city's 170 police investigators had completed the formal training.
Superintendent Antonio Rivera, chief of the DCPO's Intelligence and Detection Management Branch (IDMB), said that for this year alone, 38 had completed the month-long training, in addition to 44 others who had undergone similar trainings in the past.

Kidnapped Mayor

 Mayor Herny Dano of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, has appealed for the suspension of military operations against a band of New People’s Army guerrillas that has been holding him captive since August 6.
In a voice message e-mailed Wednesday to the media by Rubi del Mundo, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front in Southern Mindanao, Dano addressed his call to President Benigno Aquino III.
Governor Rodolfo del Rosario of Davao del Norte  also called for the suspension of military operations to rescue four jail guards of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology who were taken by the NPA in Bukidnon last July.
Del Rosario met with the wives and other relatives of the captives on Tuesday. Also in the meeting were  representatives of the group Sowing the Seeds of Peace, which is composed of religious and human rights and peace advocates.

Bomb Blast Davao

An improvised explosive device went off near a school in Davao del Norte province early Thursday morning, but no one was hurt, police said.

Philippine National Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the blast happened near the Tibungol Elementary School in Barangay Tibungol in Panabo City at about 5:45 a.m.

Cruz said the "improvised landmine" exploded some 10 meters away from back portion of the school.

The blast "slightly damaged" a stage at the back of the school, he said. Authorities also recovered a 50-meter electrical wire and four "suyak" or sharpened bamboos.

Americans Kidnapped in Jolo

 Police say militants have kidnapped two traders in the southern Philippines where they are already holding two Americans and at least four other people for ransom.

Police commander Felicisimo Khu said the victims were snatched at gunpoint as they were returning homes on a motorcycle Sunday after selling clothes in a marine camp on Jolo Island.

The latest abduction near Patikul town is in the same area where the militants killed seven marines in a July 28 clash that prompted President Benigno Aquino III to order a new crackdown on the notorious terrorist group.

Davao City Overland Transport Terminal

THE Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (Dcott) is set to undergo rehabilitation to further improve its service to commuters. The rehabilitation will cost some P6 million, appropriated through Supplemental Budget No. 1 approved last month by the City Council.

Jose Elmario Guintadcan, assistant chief of the City Economic Enterprise, told Sun.Star Davao in an interview that the terminal rehabilitation is expected to be completed before the end of 2011 or early 2012.

Digos Sex Pest

DIGOS City, Philippines—The municipal circuit trial court here has ordered the arrest of former Davao del Sur police director Senior Superintendent Cesario Darantinao in connection with a sexual abuse case filed against him by at least six women, four of whom are police officers.
The warrant, issued by Presiding Judge Norma Ruste-Calatrava on July 29, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer on Monday, asked the authorities to present Darantinao before the court to answer the allegations of acts of lasciviousness contained in Criminal Case No.  97.
The charges against Darantinao were made by the six women in July 2009.

Car Bomb Mindanao

The suspect in Monday's car bombing incident in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat was arrested, police authorities said Thursday.
The explosion that struck a convoy of Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu killed two people and wounded six but missed the governor.
The suspect who was identified as Datu Karim Masdal, a resident of Macasampang, Guindolongan, Maguindanao, is now facing double murder and multiple frustrated murder charges, Philippine National Police-Soccsksargen Director Benhardi Mantele said.

Mobile Training Van

Students determined to have a job by learning some skills did attend training courses, not in a school, but in a van! Some 471 students in Malalag, Davao del Sur finished vocational courses from the Mobile Training Van program of the provincial government.
The students received their certificates in various vocational fields such as Welding, Plumbing, Automotive Servicing, Masonry, Carpentry, and Electrical.
According to a press release of Davao del Sur provincial information office, the students learned and were trained in their chosen courses for 120 days in the mobile training van which stayed in Malalag to cater to two batches of students.

General Santos Soldiers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, The Philippine Army (PA) has deployed soldiers who will be tasked to undertake peace and development efforts in the conflict-stricken villages of Malita town in Davao del Sur.
Col. Gloriouso Miranda, 1002nd Infantry Brigade (1002nd IB) commander, said the peace and development teams will compose the “Task Group Mulawin” under the command of Lt. Col. Adolfo Espuelas, the commander of the 73rd Infantry Battalion.
Miranda led the send off ceremony early this week of the “peace soldiers” shortly after they took their oath of commitment before local officials led by Vice Mayor Bradly Bautista at the Malita Municipal Hall.
“We express our support to the peace and development efforts of the Army and urged the local and barangay (village) officials to cooperate with the Army teams deployed in their areas,” Bautista said.
Municipal Councilor Marianela Malinao, chairman of the Committee on Budget and Appropriation, said the local government will support the peace and development efforts launched by the military.
She said the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) has approved a resolution that seeks the merging of the Peace and Order Committee and Peace and Development Volunteers – with corresponding funds.

Davao TB

DAVAO City reached only 5 percent of its goals in its campaign against Tuberculosis or TB.
Dr. Ashley Lopez, medical coordinator of the National TB Program, despite the insignificant figures on record, they are positive that they will be able to strengthen the program's advocacy.
"We can say na 'di masyadong significant ang figure on our development program, but we are trying hard to address the problem," Lopez said during the Club 888 forum at the Marco Polo Hotel. A total 2,934 TB patients underwent treatment last year.

Kadayawan Festival Holiday

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has declared August 19, 2011 as a special non-working day in Davao City in celebration of the annual festivity called “Kadayawan Festival.”
By virtue of Proclamation 215, the President declared August 19 which falls on Friday as a special non-working holiday in the city upon the request of the City Government to enable the people to participate in the event.

Ship Collision

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) plucked 21 crew members of a cargo ship that collided with a container ship off this city Tuesday night. Two crew members were missing and presumed dead.
Two crew members of the ill-fated M/V Bulk Carrier 1, which collided with M/V HS Puccini amid heavy downpour and zero visibility, are still unaccounted for and were presumed dead as crewmen said the two were sucked in by water from the engine room as the Bulk Carrier


 Philippine troops killed three Abu Sayyaf gunmen in a clash with the al-Qaida-linked militants blamed for killing seven marines and wounding 26 others in a recent gunbattle, officials said Monday.
Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz said a soldier was wounded in Sunday's brief but fierce clash with about 30 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Patikul town in the mountains of southern Sulu province. Troops have been scouring the jungle area in search of the militants who killed seven marines in a July 28 clash, including two who were beheaded.

Two Mayors Abducted

 Suspected communist rebels ambushed Saturday government troopers who are pursuing the abductors of a Surigao mayor, killing one and wounding five others.

Mayor Henry S. Dano , mayor of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, and two of his military escorts were abducted early Saturday morning.

The Crisis Management Committee (CMC) reported that members of the 75th Infantry Battalion, who immediately pursued the abductors, were on board three vehicles when a landmine exploded within Sitio Mahogany, Barangay Pagbacatan, Lingig, Surigao del Sur on Saturday.

Child Trafficking in Davao City

TEN girls believed to be victims of human trafficking were rescued from a manpower recruitment quarters in Matina, Davao City on Tuesday.

The rescue operation, conducted at 747 Molave Street in Juna Subdivision in Matina around 11 a.m. Tuesday, came after a resident of Mintal complained to authorities that his niece from Maguindanao was being held there and will only be released if he pays P15,000 for board and lodging.

The man, 48, said he was asked by his cousin from Maguindanao to get his daughter from the M.R. International Manpower Services Inc. quarters in observance of Ramadan.

He went to the quarters last Monday to fetch his 19-year-old niece but was told by the caretaker that he can only do so if he pays P15,000.

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