Hazing Death In Mindanao

TACURONG CITY -- A criminology student of Notre Dame of Tacurong College here died at a hospital due to severe beatings he sustained from an initiation activity of Tau Gamma Phi-Triskelion fraternity.
Nor B. Silongan, 16, a resident of Lambayong town in Sultan Kudarat, died on September 15 and was buried the following day in accordance with the Muslim burial rites.

Naughty Indians In Davao

A total of 31 Indians were held for questioning in Davao City by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) during a crackdown on illegal aliens in the southern Philippines.

BI commissioner Ricardo David on Friday said the BI-Davao field office rounded up and investigated the 31 Indians last Sept. 19, after months of intensive surveillance on their activities.

David said the foreigners found violating the Philippine Immigration Act would undergo deportation proceedings, adding that most of the 31 Indians were either undocumented or having fraudulent visas.

Bomb At Regional Court

Proceedings at the Davao City Regional Trial Court (RTC) got disrupted by two bomb threats on Thursday morning.
The first bomb threat was received by Branch 14 employee Bernadeth Espiritu around 8 a.m.
According to Espiritu, a certain Ahmed told her over the phone that there was a bomb at the 3rd floor of the building. This prompted people inside the building to evacuate.

No Sex Please


Displaced women in two villages on Mindanao Island find an unconventional way to stop their menfolk fighting, clear roads and start rebuilding amid a separatist rebellion

Tagum Killings

A trader and son of a former vice governor of Davao del Norte was found dead on a village road in the municipality of Carmen town Tuesday morning, the authorities said.
Senior Superintendent Edgardo Wycoco, Davao del Norte police chief, said Fredelyn San Jose, 46, married and a resident of Trebajo Village, was found on a road in the village of Alejal past 9 a.m. with a wound in the right temple and investigators were still trying to determine what caused it.
The victim was the son of former Davao del Norte Vice Governor Pedro San Jose, who is currently an official of the University of Mindanao.
The victim was last seen alive early Monday morning as he left his home in his car, said Supt. Glenn Cristenes, Davao del Norte police public information officer.
Reports about the victim being abducted by unidentified men were shot down by authorities, saying they could not see any indication yet of the supposed kidnapping.
Police were already communicating with the victim’s family Monday night after his vehicle was found abandoned at Purok 10-B, Alejal, said Wycoco.

Cotabato Bombing

The City Government here has offered a reward to anybody who could provide information that could help preempt future bombing attempts and arrest those behind bombing incidents in the city.
The offer came following military intelligence reports citing plans of saboteurs to blow up three more bombs here this month.
"I am condemning the bombing incidents, as I would like to clarify that I am offering bounties to get the culprits and charge them before the court," Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. told media in a press conference.

Mindanao Tourism

THE Mindanao Development Authority's (Minda) advocacy for an increased budget has finally paid off following the approval of the P157-million budget for tourism development in Mindanao this year by the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza).
Speaking before the 20th Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon) held in Davao City recently, Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Minda chair, said that in the last 10 years, Mindanao would only get an average of 7-10 percent budget share from Tieza (then Philippine Tourism Authority).

Davao Fire

 At least 60 houses were razed to the ground in an early morning fire that hit Bunawan district here Tuesday, nine days after a bigger fire rendered 218 families homeless in a neighboring village.
Fire Officer 2 Arnold Juaneza, Bunawan Fire Station safety inspector, said the fire started at the house of one Dodong CaƱete, Purok 14, Km. 19 in Barangay Tibungco.

Drugs In Davao

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) submitted to the Mayor Sara Duterte a list of drug personalities in the city, which include a policeman and a former soldier.
Duterte, in news conference Monday, said the policeman has a rank of Police Office 2, the second lowest rank in the Philippine National Police.

Human RightsViolations

A Filipino farmer’s group held a picket in Davao City in Mindanao to denounce alleged human rights violations of government soldiers.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in southern Mindanao also joined calls for the pull out of troops of troops who put up a detachment outside a school in the village of Paradise Embac in Paquibato district.

Two local council members Leah Yap and Jimmy Dureza have passed a resolution proposing the pull out of the army detachment after parents of students complained about the presence of troops near the school. But Mayor Sara Carpio was opposed to the proposal.

“It is dismal to hear Mayor Sara Duterte issue such statement attuned to the military’s claims that the detachment in question has been in the area ‘by history and that there were no complaints from the residents,’ when instead she is expected to hear first what her constituents have to say about these lies by the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Pedro Arnado, chairperson of KMP, said.

Cocadile Monster In Mindanao

The biggest crocodile captured along a creek in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on Sunday will soon become the "biggest star" in a future ecotourism park to be built in the town by the local government.
Villagers and veteran hunters ensnared a 20-foot saltwater crocodile (not freshwater as earlier reported) over the weekend after a three-week hunt along a creek in Bunawan town, where terrified villagers have reported at least one deadly attack by the huge reptiles.

Breast Cancer In Davao

“Silver Linings,” the educational forum and homecoming for breast cancer survivors, and the people who care about them, that’s staged by the ICanServe Foundation, will be held on Sept. 17, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Dawn Zulueta, supporter of ICanServe’s barangay-based breast-cancer screening program, will lead the opening ceremonies.

Britain's Wife Kidnapped

Gunmen have kidnapped the Filipina wife of a British national in the southern Philippines, the second abduction of a woman married to a European in three months, police said Monday.
Luisa Galvez Morrison, 34, was seized by armed men in her beauty salon in the island of Mindanao late Sunday and taken away in a van that was later found abandoned, said regional police head Chief Superintendent Elpedio de Asis.
"Our police and military forces have been tracking down all the leads on this kidnapping case," de Asis said.
The woman was from the area and recently returned to open the salon, de Asis added. Her husband worked for an oil company in Malaysia.
So far, there has been no ransom demand for the woman, he said.

More Flights To Davao From Cebu Pacific

AIMED at helping promote Davao tourism, Cebu Pacific, the country's largest airline, will increase its Manila-Davao-Manila flights effective October this year.
Presently, Cebu Pacific flies from Davao to Manila 45 times a week, 24 times a week to Cebu, daily to Iloilo, four times a week to Cagayan de Oro, and daily to Zamboanga.

In a press briefing on August 26, Cebu Pacific corporate communications specialist Michelle Eve de Guzman said flights frequency to and from Davao City will increase by October this year, as follows: effective October 1, Manila-Davao-Manila flights will be up from 45 times to 49 times weekly or 7 times daily; effective October 7, Manila-Davao-Manila flights will increase to 8 times from 7 times daily or 64 times weekly; and effective October 14 Cebu-Davao-Cebu flights will be 28 times from 24 times weekly or four times daily.

Food Poisoning

A “pamamanhikan" in Davao del Sur in Mindanao turned sour after a guest died and 32 others were hospitalized due to food poisoning supposedly from the meal served during the event Wednesday night.

Radio dzBB’s Davao affiliate on Friday said the incident occurred in Malalag town in Davao del Sur, where 13 of the 32 hospitalized guests remained in serious condition.

The report identified the fatality as Serapio Campus Jr., 76. It added the other guests who complained of stomach pains were brought to the Pineda Medical Clinic in Malalag.

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