American Caught In Davao


An Indonesian-American detainee who bolted the Bureau of Immigration (BI) detention cell in Davao City three days ago has been recaptured.
Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. on Sunday said Tigor Hasongan Siapanar was returned to jail following his arrest on Thursday night by joint operatives of the BI and Davao City police.
David said Siapanar did not resist arrest when BI operatives and police raided his safe house on Madagascar Street, St. Vincent Heights, Mamay Road, Davao City.
Siapanar’s escape prompted David to relieve Maria Kiamco, BI-Davao alien control officer.
Lawyer Nimfa Edroso was designated officer in charge (OIC) of the BI-Davao field office.

Iligan Kidnap Victim Freed


 A businesswoman and her driver were freed in Iligan City yesterday after more than a week in captivity, while the New People’s Army (NPA) released here on Tuesday night six traders it kidnapped 53 days ago, authorities said.
Col. Daniel Lucero, of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, said Faridad Ulama Adilao, 37, a gun store owner, and her driver, Casan Adilao, were released near a police checkpoint in Barangay Manukan, Iligan City at around 3:30 a.m. yesterday.
“The victims were released with their hands in handcuffs,” Lucero said.
The victims were immediately brought to the Mercy Hospital in Iligan City where they were given medical treatment.

Dipolog City Infrastructure


DIPOLOG CITY The local government here has completed at least two infrastructure projects funded under the 20 percent development fund of the city. In a report submitted by City Engr. Nedilla D. Magdayo to Mayor Evelyn Uy indicated that were about 11 projects her office has completed as of September this year.
These projects include the P1.92-M Dipolog City Airport Parking Area and the P2.5-M Urban Poor Road Network at Barangay Galas, Engr. Magdayo told Mayor Uy. The two projects were funded by the 20% Development Fund of the City Government. (Nonoy E. Lacson)

Italian Preist Murdered


An Italian priest who had been serving Mindanao since 1978  and was head of the Tribal Filipinos Apostolate of the Diocese of Kidapawan, was gunned down at around 8:30 Monday morningjust as he was preparing to leave his convent in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato, for the 9 a.m.  Presbyterium in Kidapawan City.
Bishop Romulo dela Cruz  told MindaNews  Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME, parish priest of Arakan Valley, was hit on the left side of his head, chest and side while in his vehicle, preparing to drive for Kidapawan City.

Full details on Mindanews.com

Bureau Of Immigration Bribery


 An Indian man has been arrested for attempting to bribe Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents in exchange for the release of two of his compatriots from the immigration jail in Davao City.
Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said Thursday Sukhdarshan Singh, 35, was apprehended last October 3 in an entrapment operation at the Victoria Plaza Mall along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao.
Singh was arrested by a team from the BI and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after he went to the BI office in Davao and offered P200,000 bribe for the release of Gurmeet Singh and Amandeep Kaur who are both detained at the office.
Singh was later brought to the NBI headquarters in Davao City where he was booked for attempted bribery and corrupting public officials.

Shit Coffee


Civet coffee, the “world’s most expensive coffee” being sold at an average of P1,000 per 100 grams, is now in this city.
For coffee lovers, the taste and aroma of civet coffee is all that matters even if they knew it came from the intestinal tract of the civet cat.
The civet cat is of the family Viverridae of Africa and Asia, having anal scent glands that secrete a fluid with a musky odor which is even used in the manufacture of perfumes.
Local trader Philip Dizon said the civet coffee industry is moving so fast that he never regretted engaging into such kind of business.

Davao Tourism


Around 30 delegates from the Philippines attended the recent China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) 2011 held in Beijing, China. Last year’s CIBTM 2010 saw record-breaking attendance, and this year’s event topped it. Most of the delegates came from Davao City, for an important reason.
During the three-day event, Davao was one of the featured destinations of the Philippines after Boracay and Palawan, which are already popular among Chinese tourists. During the Philippine Travel Conference held  at The Regent Beijing, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gave a brief presentation outlining the “Let us Meet in Davao” campaign, positioning the country’s biggest city as a potential international MICE destination.

Bukidnon Release


The New People's Army (NPA) released Tuesday six mattress peddlers after 53 days in captivity, bringing to 13 the total number of released captives since October 8.
Released in Barangay Dimagat, between the borders of Bukidnon and Davao City, were the six men who were abducted in Paquibato District, Davao City, on August 20.

Freed Jail Guards

Communist insurgents in the Philippines freed four jail guards who they took hostage two months ago, the rebels and officials said Saturday, helping ease tensions in peace talks with the government.
The four guards, seized by New People’s Army guerrillas on July 21, were turned over to the International Committee of the Red Cross in the isolated town of Magpet on the southern island of Mindanao, an NPA spokeswoman said.
The four were released for ‘humanitarian reasons’ and were all healthy, NPA spokeswoman Rubi del Mundo said in a statement.

Hotel Bomb Zamboanga


Suspected homemade bombs exploded in a budget hotel and at a cockfighting arena in a southern Philippine city Sunday, wounding at least eight people, officials said.
The nearly simultaneous blasts ripped through a room inside the hotel and at the cockfighting arena at around noon in Zamboanga city, which was celebrating an annual Roman Catholic festival, said Zamboanga Mayor Celso Lobregat, who rushed to check on the wounded at a hospital.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blasts. The city has been hit by deadly bombings by al-Qaida-linked militants in the past.

Mid Sea Express To Davao


A NEW Cebu-based airline is now expanding its operation and adding new routes to connect Cebu-Bohol-Davao and Cebu-Bohol-Cagayan de Oro.
Mid-SeFor inquiries and constant updates on the latest routes offered by Mid-Sea Express, visit their official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/midseaexpress or visit www.midseaexpress.com. (PR)a Express will have its delivery of a new British Aerospace Jetstream 32 before the end of this year.

Maguindanao Bus Attacks


 Gunmen opened fire on two buses in the troubled southern Philippines on Friday, killing two passengers and wounding 20 others, police said.
The attack, which police said could be a failed robbery or kidnap attempt, was the latest outbreak of violence in the province of Maguindanao, where a local political clan was accused of murdering 57 people in 2009.
The passenger buses were shot at when they sped past gunmen in military-style uniforms who had tried to flag them down along an isolated stretch of highway, said regional police chief Felicisimo Khu.

US Hostage Freed


 A Filipino-American woman abducted in July in the Philippines was found Sunday on an island stronghold of the Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf, police said.
Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, 43, was found at Suba Kampong township on the Philippine island of Basilan after her captors released her, said Bienvenido Latag of the Philippine National Police.
The U.S. Embassy in Manila on Monday confirmed Lunsmann's release in Basilan after she was held hostage by a still unidentified group of bandits.

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