CDO Journalist Shot

A Philippine radio journalist who reported critically on local corruption and drug trafficking was shot and seriously wounded on November 24, a day after the International Day to End Impunity was commemorated.
Two gunmen on motorcycles shot Michael James Licuanan, reporter for Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro City, while he was riding his motorcycle home from his evening radio program in Cagayan de Oro City, on the southern island of Mindanao, news reports said. The journalist fell off his motorcycle as a bullet entered his left buttock and exited through his abdomen. He was able to take cover in a fire station, and had emergency surgery at an undisclosed hospital where he is now stable, news reports said.

Hotel Bombing

An explosion has ripped through a small hotel in the southern Philippines, killing three people and injuring at least 27 more.
Reports said most of the casualties were at the hotel in the city of Zamboanga to celebrate a local wedding.
The explosion blew the roof off the hotel and destroyed the upper levels, according to witnesses.
Officials blamed the Abu Sayyaf group - a small Islamic militant organisation with links to al-Qaeda.

Lose A Game And Bomb A Bus

 A man who lost a coin-tossing gambling game at a carnival in the Philippines hurled a grenade at other players, killing a teenager and injuring 22 people, according to police.
The suspect was furious because he believed another player at the gaming venue had cheated him, said local police chief Senior Inspector Jordaen Maribojo.
"He was searching for the man who he believed had cheated him. Apparently, the grenade thrower saw the man in the middle of the gambling area. When he saw him, he lobbed the grenade and fled," said Maribojo.
The explosion on Monday killed a 19-year-old man, while most of the 22 injured were also teenagers who had been watching or playing the game, according to Maribojo.

Death was witnessed by his family

Members of the New People’s Army assassinated a government soldier this morning in Paquibato District here, the military said.

Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesman of the 10th Infantry Division, identified the victim as Corporal Wenie Carampatan, who was shot to death around 6:30 a.m. at Poblacion Malabog village.
“He was non-combatant, and worst, his death was witnessed by his family. This is a clear manifestation of NPAs brutality even if it involves defenseless civilians”, the military official said.

CARMAN FLOODING

About 30,000 people fled from their houses after floods submerged several towns in Davao del Norte, officials said today.
Hours of torrential rain Tuesday night burst the banks of Lasang river in the area, inundating rice paddies and banana plantations in Carmen and Dujali, according to Sonio Sanchez, provincial disaster risk reduction and management division chief.

Floodwaters as high as nine feet swamped 16 villages in Carmen town, forcing some 5, 980 families to flee, Octavio Valle, the town administrator, he added.

One Bank Grows

The One Network Bank Inc. (A Rural Bank), or ONB, will be opening five micro-banking offices (MBO) in the greater Davao City area within the next few months.

Last month, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) approved the ONB request for five MBOs in Davao City “pursuant to BSP Circular No. 694 dated Oct. 14, 2010.”

The five MBOs will be located in Brgy. Catalunan Grande, Brgy. Cabantian, Brgy. Bunawan, Brgy. Sasa and Piapi (to be replaced by another location in Sandawa), all within Davao City.
The total estimated capital expenditure (capex) for the five units is P4.17 million or roughly P834,000 each. This represents cost of leasehold improvements, furniture and equipment on a rented five meters by six meters commercial stall space.

Silk Air Happy To Stay In Davao

 Singaporean carrier SilkAir expects to maintain passenger volumes on its flights to Davao despite the entry of competitor Tiger Airways, an official said.

SilkAir is expecting a load factor of about 80% for its five times-weekly Singapore-Davao flights, said Chandran Menon, SilkAir manager for the Philippines, on the sidelines of Tourism Malaysia’s promotional drive here over the weekend.

Steven Tan, head of the airline’s Mindanao office, said the company is using Airbus 319 -- which can carry about 120 passengers -- and the 150-seater Airbus 320 for the route.

Ground Assault killed three Abu Sayyaf

A Philippine military air and ground assault killed three Abu Sayyaf commanders and two other militants but failed to snare a key Southeast Asian terror suspect in the south, officials said Monday.
The five militants killed during the weekend assault on an Abu Sayyaf jungle encampment near mountainous Indanan town in southern Sulu province were Filipinos, military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said.
But the primary targets — Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan, and Abu Sayyaf commander Umbra Jumdail — escaped along with two other Asian militants and dozens of Abu Sayyaf fighters, Burgos and marine officials said.
"These offensives keep them on the run, disorganized and unable to plot attacks," Burgos said.
The troops were also after Singaporean militant Muhammad Ali Bin Al-Rahman, also known as Muawiya, and an Indonesian who has been identified only as Qayyim. Both are believed to be affiliated with the Southeast Asian militant network Jemaah Islamiyah, officials said.

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