Thursday, December 29, 2011

9 Davao del Norte villages under state of calamity

Nine barangays in a town in Davao del Norte were placed under a state of calamity after flood waters inundated the area on Tuesday.

The local government of Kapalong town placed 9 barangays under a state of calamity after knee-deep waters forced at least 700 families to flee their homes.

An overflowing Pagsabanan River also triggered evacuation in Barangay Poblacion.

No casualties were reported, but incessant rains destroyed hectares of crops.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), meanwhile, said at least 26 houses were totally destroyed in Kapalong by the flooding.

Meanwhile, about 1,500 families from Barangay Guadalupe in Carmen town sought higher ground.

Nine people died due to floods caused by heavy rains.

Two persons were reported missing, while 4 were injured.

Weather bureau PAGASA on Thursday said Visayas and Mindanao will experience better weather condition since the tail-end of the cold front has diffused. – with a report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Higit 700 pamilya, inilikas dahil sa baha

Gamit ang mga rubber boat, isa-isang ni-rescue ang mga pamilya na na-trap sa lampas-bahay na baha sa Purok 10, Barangay Pag-asa Kapalong, Davao del Norte kagabi.

Unang sinakay ang mga bata at mga babae.

Sa tindi ng baha, hirap ang mga rescuers na maniobrahin ang rubber boat.

Pagdating sa mababaw na bahagi, agad inabot sa mga sundalo ang mga naisalbang residente para dalhin sa evacuation center.

Aabot sa mahigit sa 700 pamilya mula sa 9 na barangay sa Kapalong ang apektado ng baha.

“Nag-start ang baha umaga pa dahil sa walang tigil na ulan. Tumaas ang tubig kaya lumikas na ang iba,” sabi ni Kapalong Mayor Eduardo Timbol.

Dahil sariwa pa ang imaheng iniwan ng bagyong “Sendong” sa Northern Mindanao, maraming pamilya ang nagpumilit mailikas dahil sa takot.

“Naniniguro lang kami baka kasi maparehas sa Cagayan,” ani Carol Tatoy, isa sa mga binaha.

Pero mayroon ding nagdesisyong manatili na lang sa kanilang mga bahay hanggang humupa ang baha.

Problema din ang hanapbuhay ng mga magsasaka dahil lubog sa baha ang mga palayan, maisan at sagingan.

Inaalam pa ang halaga ng pinsala ng baha. Francis Magbanua, Patrol ng Pilipino sa Davao

12/28/2011 10:10 PM

Thursday, December 22, 2011

13 unknown Sendong victims laid to rest

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - Thirteen unidentified victims of tropical storm Sendong have been buried in Cagayan de Oro.

Their bodies can still be retrieved if relatives claim them.

Only soldiers, some journalists, and workers at a public cemetery were able to offer prayers for 13 decomposing bodies buried in Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro.

The bodies did not have names -- only tags.

National Bureau of Investigation officers placed the remains in a chamber, so they can easily be exhumed.

"Itong bangkay temporarily ilibing namin. Di nakilala kaya ginawa namin yong identification process. Pag nagkakaroon ng positibo result sa reconciliation stage, kukunin yung bangkay at isasauli sa relatives nila," said Dr. Wilfredo Tierra, chief of the NBI's Disaster Victims Identification Team.

Sendong brought Cagayan de Oro to its knees, but it also gave rise to heroes -- storm victims helping others who suffered more.

"Simpleng kaligayahan po. Eto na yung pang-Christmas ko sa kanila saka sa sarili ko. I know how it feels po, na mabahaan," said nurse Sarah Corpus.

"Mahirap na hindi ka tumulong sa kapwa mo. Kahit na nabahaan ka na, kahit ikaw mismo nawalan ka ng kaibigan, mahirap na hindi tumulong kasi taga-dito tayo eh," said Dr. Tedd Feliciano.

"Overwhelming na ano, masaya po," said Janice Umalay, a volunteer in ongoing relief operations in Cagayan de Oro.

Other survivors, meanwhile, are trying to move on from the tragedy.

Some were cleaning up, while others are rebuilding their homes and their lives.

"Ang sa akin lang, may masilungan man lang kami ngayong Pasko kahit mahirap," said flood victim Teresita Bragas.

Many are still in evacuation centers, where diseases are spreading.

Government is now looking for a permanent relocation site for them. - reports from Jorge Cariño and Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News; ANC

Thursday, December 1, 2011

13 killed in Sarangani road mishap

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Thirteen people were killed in a road accident along a highway in Malongon, Sarangani province past 5 a.m. on Thursday.

Authorities said a Mitsubishi L300 van crashed into a parked truck in Sitio Bankerohan, Barangay Banate in Malongon, killing most of the van’s passengers.

The victims were members of the Victory Chapel Fellowship Center, authorities said.

They were identified as Pastor Renante Ilugsong, Annie Ilugsong, Pastor Arnold Gabrido, Liza Gabrido, Pastor Rodolfo Asejo, Fe Asejo, Pastor Ricky Magallanes, Gigi Magallanes, Genibeth Martinez, Harvey Martinez, Pastor Gilbert Constantino, Liza Constantino and Babab Constantino.

Five others who survived the crash were rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City to receive medical treatment.

“Supposed to be this is a big celebration na gusto namin ibigay sa kanila. Instead of joy, there is mourning. Hindi natin alam ang dahilan pero we have to move on,” said Pastor Francisco Buenaventura, head pastor of the Victory Chapel Fellowship Center.

The victim’s families blamed the parked truck for not having a proper early warning device.

The truck’s driver Leolalio Rivera is facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries. -- Reports from Claire Cornelio and Rodirey Salas, ABS-CBN News Davao; Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Land mine blast kills 3 soldiers in Davao

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Three government soldiers were killed in a land mine explosion in Davao City Tuesday morning.

Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesman of the Army's 10th Infantry Division, said 3 soldiers from the 69th Infantry Battalion died after a land mine exploded some 300 to 400 meters from a military detachment in Sitio Guinobatan, Paquibato district at around 8:30 a.m.

The victims were identified as Pfc. Jeamar Doroteo, Private Isalde Melon and Private Sherwin Madrid.

The military suspects the explosive was planted by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

According to Major Jake Obligado, battalion commander of the community military operations of the 10th Infantry Division, using land mines is a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and the International Law. -- Reports from Francis Magbanua and Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Smuggled luxury cars seized in Davao

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs found smuggled luxury cars, sacks of rice, onions and used clothes stashed in 43 container vans at the Sasa Wharf in Davao on Thursday.

Authorities said the contents of the 40-foot container vans raised suspicion after they passed through an X-ray machine.

They said the items did not match what was declared in the documents.

The bureau discovered that Jexand Trading was named as the consignee of 20 vans containing sacks of rice from Taiwan, which were declared as barite powder.

Yanzen Enterprises, meanwhile, was said to be the owner of 20 vans containing onions declared as pastry ingredients, 2 vans containing luxury vehicles declared as spare parts and 1 van containing used clothes declared as appliances.

The Customs bureau is currently conducting an investigation. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Customs seize 8,900 sacks of smuggled rice

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BoC) seized 8,900 sacks of smuggled rice worth P21 million in Davao City.

Deputy Customs Commissioner for Intelligence Danilo Lim said the sacks of rice, found in 17 container vans in Sasa Wharf, were declared by consignees Jexand Trading and RMG 99 Trading as fertilizers.

The Customs, however, found the consignees were fictitious.

Officials said 13 of the vans contained Taiwanese rice, while the rest contained glutinous rice (malagkit).

The Customs have yet to identify the owners of the seized items, which will be auctioned off by the government. – Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Customs seize 8,900 sacks of smuggled rice

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BoC) seized 8,900 sacks of smuggled rice worth P21 million in Davao City.

Deputy Customs Commissioner for Intelligence Danilo Lim said the sacks of rice, found in 17 container vans in Sasa Wharf, were declared by consignees Jexand Trading and RMG 99 Trading as fertilizers.

The Customs, however, found the consignees were fictitious.

Officials said 13 of the vans contained Taiwanese rice, while the rest contained glutinous rice (malagkit).

The Customs have yet to identify the owners of the seized items, which will be auctioned off by the government. – Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A day at the highland!

I had a wonderful weekend at Kapatagan, Digos City. I wanted to describe it how i experienced it but i can't find the words. Here's how it is there:

The resort is a perfect place among corporate groups for a team building activities. Mount Apo Highland Resort is a wonderful place to relax, appreciate nature and experience adventure. The place is the right venue for family bonding and gathering. Also, a good site for backpackers and for those who love to climb Mt. Apo.

At Mount Apo Highland Resort, you may enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and horseback riding and trekking. Food may be catered or you may bring your own. You may also taste the sweet banana and have a try of the world class Mount Apo Civet Coffee.
Adventure trips like zipline at Camp Sabros may also be tried. Plus, be amazed with Kublai’s masterpiece, “The Art Garden”. Trekking Virgin Falls and a visit in a Bagobo Village would complete the tour.

For details, you may reach them at (082) 275 7955.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fire razed 62 houses in Davao City

DAVAO CITY - Residents in purok katorse, tibungco, davao city was awakened when fire broke up early dawn. Most of the houses were made of light materials. Monsoon winds also added to the problem that caused the fire to spread fast consuming sixty two houses.
Firemen had a hard time reaching the area because of narrow roads leading to purok katorse.
Most of the residents were not able to save their belongings due to fear of being caught up by fire. Carmela salingatag tried to save her three children by jumping to the shore but she accidentally broke her legs.
According to the residents, the fire emanated from the house of dodong canyete. But the firemen are yet to identify the cause of fire.
Last week, about two hundred nineteen houses were alse burned down in the nieghboring purok trese still in tibungco, davao city due to electrical short circuit.
Based on the record of city fire office, this is the 1ooth fire incident in davao city since january, leaving about eight hundred residents homelss.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Just want to share you this parable. I hope you will like it.


Why must everything be so difficult? Couldn't G-d have designed our lives so that we wouldn't need to encounter disappointments, challenges and toil every step of the way?
This must be one of the oldest questions ever asked. The answer--that an "easy" life would also be a meaningless life--is probably just as old. And so is the parable told to illustrate the point:
A wealthy nobleman was once touring his estate and came upon a peasant pitching hay. The nobleman was fascinated by the sight: flowing motions of the peasant's arms and shoulders and the graceful sweep of the pitchfork through the air. He so greatly enjoyed the spectacle that he struck a deal with the peasant: he would give him a gold coin every day if the peasant agreed to come to the mansion and display his hay-pitching technique in the nobleman's drawing room.
The next day, the peasant arrived at the mansion, hardly concealing his glee at his new line of "work." After swinging his empty pitchfork for an hour, he collected his gold coin--many times his usual reward for a week of backbreaking labor. But by the following day, his enthusiasm had somewhat waned. Before the week was out, he announced that he was quitting his commission.
"I don't understand," puzzled the nobleman. "Why would you rather swing heavy loads outdoors in the winter cold and the summer heat, when you can perform an effortless task in the comfort of my home and earn many times your usual wages?"
"But master," said the man, "I'm not doing anything..."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Later than never To love you again

I'm a little emotional today. Today, i decided to take the other way. I thought my relationship is in the right path. My friends were right. I am blinded, i am being stupid. this time, I wanted to try another strategy. If things will work out the way i foresee it, that's the time i would say i was wrong. For now, i want to spend time for myself. I miss myself. This song reminds me of where i am now.

Fra Lippo Lippi

How can you come with me
When you knew all along that you had to go
How could you watch me sleep close to you
Pretending not to know

How could you memorize my name
And forget who I am
How could you think you’re still the same
Believing I can

It’s too late to start pretending
It’s too late for a new beginning
Later than the sunset
Later than the rain
Later than never
To love you again

How could you ask for more
Than an innocent smile
Trust in me to stay
How could you close the door
And leave me here
Supposing I’m okay

How could you break down my disguise
And uncover my fears
How could you look into my eyes
Ignoring my tears


Yeah, yeah
It’s too late

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Evil spirits 'possess' 33 students

MANILA, Philippines – Several students of Compostella Valley National High School were brought to a church to be anointed after allegedly being possessed by evil spirits.

A total of 33 students, mostly in first year high school, became violent and had to be held down by their relatives and other students.

One student, “Leah” (not her real name), began speaking in Latin when she was prayed over.

Classes at the high school were suspended because of the incident. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao.

You Changed My Life

I may be a crazy man, for I allow myself to be blinded by passion and obeys only the impulses of the moment. I may be insane, for i begin to love myself less than for someone else. Whatever you may call, i am just simply in love.

About a month ago, i live a normal life. Thirty-one days after, i should say, i live a wonderful life. I've never been to this situation before. I believe I've had a normal past. During college, i dated three women in four separate months. I also had a six-year old relationship which ended without closure. My son is in Germany. Her mother decided not to provide any line between me and my boy. After the break-up, i focused my attention to work and family only.

Until you came along. I really don't know what transpired in our previous meetings. But things have changed after that. One of the best feelings in the world is when you ’re hugging a person you love and they hug you back even tighter. that's what you made me feel so far. If you're asking if i need you, the answer right now is "FOREVER." If you're asking what I value, the answer is you. If you're asking if I Love You, i know you knew the answer.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

ITIIL (I Think i'm in love)

I found her picture on the web about four months ago. I told myself, she'll be my wife. I thought it was just one of my daydreaming. But days passed and i can't take her off my head. I often find myself browsing through the internet hoping to see that angelic face again, even in pictures. Sometime in May, i saw her again, in person, shopping in a grocery store. What a small world. She's with my cousin. I was shocked so i was not able to do the move when my cousin introduced me to her. I am ashamed of asking details from my cousin so i tried to do what i do best, research.
Alas i found her. I asked her number, she gave it to me. I m surprised she never hesitated to share her digits.

So i invited her in my house to get to know each other. She agreed. She came. We talked. Something wonderful happened.

The rest of my days with her became sweeter. I wrote this poem years back when i was in college. This portrays how i feel right now.

i love you more
by francis b magbanua

Life took me through its coarse waves

And shaped me best when i used to be naive

After those tumultuous hardships and pains

God is with me, I stayed calm and plain

Your love is my inspiration, my greatest possession

Being with you is a life savoring full satisfaction

Oceans i will cross, portals i will always suppress

Because i love you, the more but no less

At night i pray to the Lord for blessings

That we will succeed as days come rolling

My ear clearly pronounces my emotions with glee

I love you, now and forever it will be.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PNP probes Ampatuan link et al in Tacurong blast

MANILA, Philippines – (2nd UPDATE) The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into several angles in the car bombing attack that targeted Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

PNP Region 12 Director Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele said an investigation will be conducted to determine if the registered owner of the vehicle, identified as Maureen Ella Macasindil, has links to the Ampatuans.

“Titignan natin if she has a link. Lahat ng anggulo, titignan natin,” Mantele told ANC Tuesday.

“Sa ngayon, wala pa tayong basis. We will have to look into this,” he said.

The PNP said they are convinced, based on the evidence and testimonies, that the car bomb was intended for Mangudadatu, and that it was not of a terrorist attack.

Mantele said the bomb used was a locally-made improvised explosive device from a 105mm-howitzer cannon that can be triggered by a cellphone.

Mantele said this type of explosive is a trademark of Maguindanao warlords.

Meanwhile, Zaldy Ampatuan's lawyer Howard Calleja said the Ampatuans have nothing to do with the bombing, and police should present evidence first before pointing fingers.

Mantele also clarified that they are not pointing fingers at anybody and that anything is possible at this point of the investigation.

Car bomb

Mantele said Macasindil had sold the vehicle used in the attack, a Kia Avella with plate number MDJ 274, to a certain Jay Reyes from Cotabato City, whom authorities are looking into.

Macasindil said the vehicle was turned over to Reyes on August 5.

However, Macasindil said she cannot identify Reyes as it was 2 of her employees who negotiated the sale.

The 2 are being investigated by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group XI.

Macasindil is currently residing in Maa, Davao City, but was previously a resident of Maguindanao.

Two killed in blast

Police said the Kia sedan exploded hitting a passing black Toyota Fortuner owned by Maguindanao board member Datu Russman Sinsuat Sr. on Monday afternoon.

Sinsuat Sr. died at 12:13 a.m. Tuesday from injuries he sustained in the blast. He was laid to rest at 12 noon on Tuesday.

The incident also killed tricycle driver Rocky Pareña, who was just in the area.

Meanwhile, the son of Sinsuat Sr., who was also aboard the Fortuner, has been transferred for further treatment in a hospital in Davao City.

Russman Sinsuat Jr., was airlifted by an air force helicopter from Tacurong City to the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Davao City at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sinsuat Jr. was immediately transferred to a waiting ambulance and brought to a hospital in Davao City.

According to his attending physician Dr. Esmael Acob, although his right leg needs to be amputated, Sinsuat Jr. is in stable condition.

“Kaya namin siya tina-transfer dahil para sa safety niya at further treatment,” said Sinsuat Jr.’s attending physician, Dr. Esmael Acob.

Sinsuat Sr.'s Toyota Fortuner was part of the Mangudadatu convoy travelling along Alunan Highway in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat when the bomb exploded.

Sinsuat's son, Russman Jr., Bebot Barang Barang, Mabang Antonio, Noble Abdullah, Richard Sonza, and Robert Formacion, were also injured in the incident.

Tightened security

Authorities said the military in Tacurong City has tightened its security measures following the car bomb attack.

"Checkpoints are being intensified. Our security forces are in place," said Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo, commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division said.

Ardo said Army and police personnel had already been deployed to protect Mangudadatu prior to the blast, but noted that the Maguindanao governor is a "very high-profile target."

Intelligence efforts have also been increased to identify who is behind the attack.

"Right now, we have increased our intelligence efforts regarding the bombing incident. Series of checkpoints were established in that area," said Armed Forces spokesman Commodore Miguel Jose Rodriguez. – With reports from Francis Magbanua, Ron Gagalac, Lora Mae Andong and Michelle Robin, ABS-CBN News

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I've never used a camera since last year due to hectic schedule. But most of the time, i long to do some photoshoots. I dreamt of becoming a known photographer too, you know. Anyway, my cousin Denver invited me to watch their fashion show at NCCC Mall yesterday. Jin Chong also asked me if i could help him prepare. Since i mom left early in the afternoon, the rest of my day was free. I packed up my stuff and headed straight to NCCC Mall.I was amazed how talented Dabawenyos are by their creations. Actually, the show was about live mannequins and the finale is the creation of designer Walter Quijada. i took a few shots. I think i found new subjects to play with my camera. lol Here it is. Hope you like it.

Jin Chong "God of Faces"
Karl Denver Magbanua

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The new Kadayawan Logo

I've heard about Kadayawan Festival long before i was transfered in Davao City on December 2005. In Surigao City, our Bonok-Bonok Festival is dubbed as "the convergence of festivals." What i've heard, Kadayawan festival was known as "festival of festivals." This year, festival organizers promised a more colorful and exciting events. But i was surprised of the changes the organizers made in an effort to hype the event. First the logo, then the tag line. I posted the logo/teaser in my twitter account and it gained many reactions, mostly negative. Zhaun Ortega, a DJ and a partyphile said: "I don't really like it. It lacks character. i also think it lacks color which should be a representation unta sa clors sa festival, sa colorful parades,and sa diversity sa culture and tribes.pero green ra siya.ambot.diko ganahan.however, i think, the logo shouldnt be the focus.we should focus more ont he actiities."
A known blog also received numerous negative reactions regarding the changes in the festival logo and title. The author, Blogie, said "the aforementioned branding efforts, unfortunately, might suffer a major blow if Kadayawan 2011′s festivities are tainted by an ill-received symbolic image. Many of those who answered “I don’t like it” in the facebook survey lament the logo’s lack of festiveness, its bland appearance, the complete departure from its purpose of making the Kadayawan sa Dabaw a recognizable event in the country. Others expressed disillusionment, and still others conveyed confusion over the unexpected mutilation of the 20-year-old festival’s banner."

You be the judge. Here's the link to the Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2011 teaser via YouTube.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Azkals Forever

(team Azkals after the game at Rizal Memorial Stadium)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tough mom, down with hemorrhoids.

It's four o'clock in the afternoon, the busiest hour in the newsroom. I need to finish three scripts before airing. Usually, i don't answer calls or read text message during this time for it will just slow my pace. But today, a text message caught my attention. My sister told me to call mom as soon as possible.
I left the news room and called mom to check. She told me she was so scared. When she defecated early this afternoon, she saw blood on her stool. I freaked out and asked her to see the doctor immediately. Her doctor cannot diagnose what caused her bleeding and advised her to seek medical attention in the city.
My brother decided to bring mom here in Davao City, while i booked her at Davao Medical School Foundation. When she arrived, we immediately went to Dr. Bisnar's clinic for general check-up. Dr. Bisnar ruled out, my mom was having an internal hemorrhoids which caused the bleeding. My mother's condition needs surgical operation.

Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. Hemorrhoids result from increased pressure in the veins of the anus. The pressure causes the veins to bulge and expand, making them painful, particularly when you are sitting. The most common cause is straining during bowel movements. Hemorrhoids may result from constipation, sitting for long periods of time, and anal infections. In some cases they may be caused by other diseases, such as liver cirrhosis. Internal hemorrhoids occur just inside the anus, at the beginning of the rectum.

As i was watching her lying inside the emergency room, i saw how strong my mother was. For more than twenty years, she was able to provide for me and my three siblings after our father died while i was in high school . My father died of complication. My mom, i never heard her complain of any ailments ever since until today. The doctor said it isn't serious but mom needs to undergo surgery to avoid complications and to get rid of annoying pains. My mom is scheduled for operation tomorrow.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Location:Davao City

Sunday, July 17, 2011

4 hurt in Bukidnon landslide

MANILA, Philippines - Four people were hurt and 2 houses were damaged in a landslide in Kitaotao town in Bukidnon on Saturday night.

The accident, which took place at around 7 p.m., left 64-year-old Enoria Pansacala, her husband Thomas, and 2 grandchildren hurt. They were brought to a hospital in Quezon town for treatment.

Pansacala's house, as well as her sister's, were buried by the landslide.

"Natabunan ako ng mga bato, sumalpok sa mukha ko, natangay na ako," Pansacala said in her native dialect.

Meanwhile, a bulldozer has been sent to clear roads from Davao to Maloos, which remain impassable to vehicles because of the landslide. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Duterte returns to work after 5-day leave

DAVAO, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte returned to office on Tuesday, after taking a 5-day leave of absence since July 4.

Duterte said she is ready to face whatever recommendation Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo gives to President Benigno Aquino III involving her punching of court sheriff Abe Andres last July 1.

Robredo said the investigation of the fact-finding team from the Department of Interior and Local Government was concluded on Tuesday as well.

Duterte may also be facing disbarment after sources said lawyer Fernando Perito, a crusader for lawyers’ ethics, filed a petition with the Supreme Court.

Andres, meanwhile, earlier said he does not have any plans of filing a case against the mayor. However, this does not preclude others from filing cases against Duterte.

Duterte supporters held a solidarity rally last Friday to show their support for the mayor.

Duterte expressed her gratitude to her supporters who attended the rally. -- Report from Francis Magbanua ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao

Monday, July 11, 2011

From A Dabawenyo's Point of View

Recenlty, Davao City was rocked with disaster and criticisms. For the first time, Davao experienced a devastating flood affecting five baranggays in Matina, killing thirty residents and displacing about 1400 families. This is first time for Davao City to experience flooding with a huge effect on lives and properties. We were used to flooding especially in downtown area due to drainage problem, but this was different. Pangi river overflowed and washed off houses near in the river bed. Amidst the problem, riot in demolition in Agdao District occured, in spite of the efforts of the Mayor Sara Duterte to at least prevent violence. Sheriff Abe Andres did not heed to the Mayor's request to delay the demolition for two hours for her to personally talk to the affected residents to leave the area peacefully. She went to the baranggays early to deliver relief goods and asked the sheriff to wait for her for at least two hours. But riot broke. Three were injured, including a policeman who was shot with a home made arrow in his leg. The mayor knew these residents and knew this would happen if she won't intervene.
Mayor Duterte arrived just before the riot gets worst. Immediately, she drove away demolition team. The rest who were left in the area were asked to kneel and stay put. She scolded the riot police who were not able to pacify the angry residents and demolition team. To her dismay, she called for the sheriff and punched him several times in the face. Sheriff Andres tried to leave but the mayor asked her bodyguards to bring him back. Again, the sheriff recieved the mayor's disappointment, this time, by scolding him while pointing her fingers in sheriff's chest. The mayor further explained, this would not have happened should the sheriff heeded her call. Duterte explained she was not stopping the demolition, she just wanted to ensure the implementation without trouble.

Sheriff Adnres already asked for an apology for not giving in to the two hour extension and wishes everything back to normal.

Mayor Duterte was criticized, especially those who are not from Davao. DILG immediately sent a fact finding team to investigate on the incident. Shereiff's Confederation of the Philippines filed grave misconduct against her after the Office of the Ombudsman in spite of shreriff Andres' refusal to file any complaint. A lawyer in Manila also filed a disbarment case against Mayor Duterte, who is also lawyer.

But Dabawenyos did not budge. Instead, they showed support to the Mayor by staging a Solidarity rally. About nine thousand residents marched the streets in green to condemn accusations and criticisms against Mayor Duterte. For them, the mayor's action was just an example of the Duterte's promise of protecting the rights of the opressed especially the poor. Peace and order in Davao City was strengthened during the reign of the Dutertes. Investment poured in. In fact, the city was dubbed as the most livable city in the country. During the rally, Davawenyos would like to convey a message to the Mayor's critics. That Mayor Sara is loved by Davawenyos.

The DILG is expected to present the result of the fact finding investigation today. Whatever the result is, Mayor Sara Duterte will remain the leader of Davao City.(fem)

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, July 8, 2011

9,000 show support for Davao City mayor

DAVAO, Philippines – Parts of Davao City were cloaked in green on Friday as around 9,000 residents showed their support for Mayor Sara Duterte, who faced criticism for punching sheriff Abe Andres last week.

Green is the favorite color of Mayor Duterte.

Residents, students and businessmen took part in a solidarity rally to express their support for their mayor.

At around 4 p.m., Davao’s version of Chinatown shut down its establishments to allow its employees join the rally.

The supporters marched towards Rizal Park, which was adorned with green flags.

"We have decided to come up with a rally to show solidarity and support to the city mayor," said organizer Mikee Aportadera.

Green ribbons also adorned People’s Park.

Students of Talomo National High School showed their support to the mayor by pinning green, heart-shaped notes on their uniforms.

"Sinusuportahan namin si mayor. Naiintindihan naming ang kaniyang ginawa," said student Carlou Lopez.

Teachers of the school also infused green accents into their clothes.

Protest walk

Meanwhile, the Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines conducted a rally of their own as they marched towards the Quezon City Justice Hall on Friday afternoon.

The protestors were all dressed in black.

In a letter, the group said:

"The acts of Mayor Sarah Duterte are highly condemnable and should not be tolerated. It conjures up an image of a helpless court sheriff...while in the performance of his court duty and an angry mayor who seemed to be in a total disregard of the rule of law."

They also encouraged sheriff Andres to file a case over the incident. – With reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao; Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News

Dirty finger is freedom of expression: Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Davao City Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at his critics anew Thursday, saying the dirty finger he flashed in public last Monday was "freedom of expression."

In an interview with local media, Duterte "flipped the bird" anew.

"Ito naman si Etta, sabi violation of human rights mag-ganun ako (showing the dirty finger)," he said, referring to Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Etta Rosales.

"It is a sign of anger, it is a sign of extreme disgust. It means galit ako sa iyo," Duterte said, blurting out expletives.

This after Commission on Human Rights chair Eta Rosales wants to have him sanctioned.

His son Paulo, who is a city councilor and president of the city's league of barangays, also flashed a dirty finger in front of journalists when asked about his reactions to his father's stand on the issue.

The older Duterte earlier flashed a dirty finger and cussed at critics of his daughter Sara following her widely publicized punching of a trial court sheriff last Friday.

“Ano? Mga columnist? Oh! (shows dirty finger) ta#@n*a (expletive), hindi lang sampal ang inabot noon. (Expletive), you wage a battle against your own people using policemen?” he said.

Rosales, meanwhile, shrugged off Duterte's latest outburst.

"Nako-kornihan ako sa kanya at di ko siya papatulan. Marami pa kaming gagawin, walang magagawa kung mabulaklak talaga ang bunganga niya... bahala na taumbayan kung gusto nila ganun public official," she said. - Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

After the report aired, many reacted, mostly bad comments against Duterte. But to some Dabawenyos, this they have to say:

by: SamsonZ on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:11
Our brave Vice Mayor Rody Duterte is willing to defy even The President of the Philippines, Noynoy Aquino because he believes he's doing the right thing. Displaying a "dirty finger" in public is not bad and he taught that to his oldest son. Is there anyone in the counrty who's brave enough to face our Vice Mayor ? Magsalita kayo !! Lahat lang kayo dada mg dada. Eh alam namin gusto ninyo ng boto sa pagdating ng election.Di ba ninyo nahalata ? Tahimik ang mga Senator at Congressman natin ngayon sa ginawa ng mga Duterte? Kung hindi sila takot eh gusto lang di mawalan ng suporta ng mga Duterte sa Davao City. So anong masasabi ninyo BAYAN ? Long live the Dutertes and may your tribe increase...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Green Campaign

Davao City - Early this morning, i was awakened by a text from unknown number. The text says "put on a green ribbon in support to mayor Sara." I did not give any attention to it. When i opened my facebook account, i was surprised, almost all of my friends in Davao has the same profile picture, a green ribbon. When i arrived at work, i asked one of our reporters of her stories gathered. We were following the development of punching incident of Mayor Duterte. The reporter told me, she has a green campaign story.

Then i realized, everyone is going green!

I can't blame Dabawenyos.

I've been reading comments and blogs about Mayor Sara Duterte. Bloggers not from Davao like Gel Santos Relos who wrote:

"Many Davaoenos say, “The people of Davao proudly support our mayor. Only Davaoenos can understand, given our long history of having been left to fend for ourselves. We feel lucky to have such a hands-on and emphatic mayor who doesn't hide behind a fake smile for the cameras like most do. Behind the cameras these scheming politicians are much worse than her -- they are thieving, conniving and bribing!”

Even in social networking sites, the incident is a trending topic. Those who are not from Davao are condemning mayor Duterte. Which prompted the Vice Mayor, the mayor's father, lashed critics by showing the "dirty finger."

I don't know if that made Dabawenyos love them less. Because as far as i know, a rally will be staged on Friday by private sectors to show the world they support the mayor.fem

Monday, July 4, 2011

Flood hits Davao City anew

MANILA, Philippines – Several areas previously affected by flashflood in Davao City were submerged in waters again Sunday.

Residents of Bangkal, Matina Pangi and Talomo, Davao City immediately evacuated their houses at around 10 p.m. when knee-high waters submerged their area in just 15 minutes.

Rescue teams deployed in the area assisted the residents in their evacuation. Davao City Rescue 911 provided ropes to support Matina Pangi residents wading through the flood waters.

The rising water in the river in Bangkal prompted residents to evacuate their houses for fear of another flashflood. The local church served as the evacuation center for the affected residents.

In Talomo, residents did not wait for flood waters to rise for them to evacuate their houses.

Carrying their respective belongings, they stayed along the highway while waiting for the situation to get better.

Meanwhile, a bridge in Alcantara Calinan was damaged by the ravaging flood waters.

The flood waters subsided around 1 am. No casualties were reported. – report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Duterte tells daughter not to say sorry to sheriff

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Davao City Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has urged her daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte, not to apologize to court sheriff Abe Andres for punching him in the face during the demolition of informal settlers' shanties in Agdao last Friday.

Instead, Duterte commended her daughter, saying she was doing her job.

He encouraged her to face whatever charges may be thrown her way.

Duterte said he is proud of his daughter, who should not be worried about losing her job and being disbarred. "You celebrate, be happy, at least with the thought na nagprotect ka sa mga tao," he added.

Mayor Duterte earlier apologized to judges and court employees, saying she was just carried away by her emotions.

Andres, meanwhile, also said that he too was just doing his job.

He added that he might be charged by the court if he decided not to implement the demolition order.

"Kakasuhan kasi nila ako, nade-delay na daw kasi, antayin ko nalang yung court advise kaya lang nung ginagawa na yung pagsusurvey, nagkagulo na. Hindi pa niya nalaman yung buong katotohanan. Gusto ko sanang magpaliwanag sana makarating sa kanya. As a lawyer, bilang abogado, dapat alam niya na hindi siya naghimasok. me rule kasi na sinusunod," Andres said.

He did not say if he will sue the mayor.

Mayor Duterte said she will take a 5-day leave beginning Thursday as the Department of the Interior and Local Government starts its investigation of the incident. - Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao; ANC

Friday, July 1, 2011

Davao City Mayor Duterte sinapak ang court sheriff

Alas-8 ng umaga kanina, nabalot ng tensyon ang Barangay Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. sa Agdao, Davao City dahil sa demolisyon.

Kasado na ang riot pulis at SWAT kasama ang demolition team.

Nakabarikada naman ang mga residente.

Ang mga babae, gumawa ng human chain.

Sa loob ng barikada, nakaabang ang mga lalaking handang lumaban.

Habang nagnenegosasyon sa pagitan ng mga residente at ni Sheriff Abe Andres, tumawag si Mayor Sara Duterte. Humihingi siya sa sheriff ng 2 oras na palugit.

Hindi pa man natatapos si Mayor sa kanyang relief operation ay nagbigay na ng go-signal si Sheriff Abe Andres ng RTC Branch 16 na simulan ang demolition.

Nagkasagupaan na.

Binuwag ng demolition team ang barikada. Nagliparan naman ang mga bato.

Nagkabakbakan pero wala ring nagawa ang mga residente at natuloy ang demolisyon.

Habang nagkakagulo, biglang dumating si Mayor Sara Duterte at pinaalis ang demolition team.

Ang mga naiwan sa demolition site ay pinaluhod at pinagalitan.

Binalingan din niya ang hepe ng Santa Ana police at ang commander ng City Public Safety Management Company dahil hindi napigilan ang karahasan.

Pinatawag ng mayor si Sheriff Abe Andres at sinalubong ng magkakasunod na suntok sa mukha.

Sinubukang lumayo ni Andres pero ipinahabol ito ni Duterte sa kanyang mga bodyguard at kinaladkad pabalik kay Mayor.

Dinakma ni Mayor ang sheriff at pinagalitan.

Sa galit ni Mayor Duterte, dinuro-duro pa nito si Andres sa dibdib habang patuloy na sinasabon.

Nang humupa ang galit ng mayor, ipinadala niya si Andres sa ospital.

Habang nakaupo, kapansin-pansing nilagyan ng towel ang kamay ni Duterte dahil namaga.

Iniutos ng korte ang demolisyon ng 200 shanties sa lupang pagmamay-ari ng isang negosyante. Francis Magbanua, Patrol ng Pilipino sa Davao

Search continues for Davao flash flood victims

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Search and rescue teams combed through flooded areas in Davao City on Thursday to find those who went missing during the disaster.

In Pangi, they found the bodies of a woman and her 3 children whose house was carried away by the flood.

Only the father survived.

Twenty-nine have been confirmed killed in the flood, while 2 others remain missing, according to authorities.

Meanwhile, hundreds of families are now homeless, after the flood swept away their houses.

Evacuation centers in the city that received relief goods from ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya remain crowded.


Magno Adalin Jr., chief of the city's public safety command center (PSCC), has admitted that despite their modern equipment and readiness, they did not anticipate the magnitude of the flooding.

He added that Davao City is almost never hit by storms and typhoons.

The rains, which started Tuesday at past 10 p.m., were caught on the center's CCTV camera.

In less than an hour, the flash flood hit Barangay Matina.

Motorists were left stranded and rescuers were unable to cross raging waters.

In just 15 minutes, the water had already risen to more than 10 meters.

"Iyung gabi na yun, (we were) not expecting na ganun kabilis ang flooding. Usually, 1 hour bago mag-move ang water per level. But during that time, as early as 10:30, umabot na siya sa 6.5 meters ang taas ng water level," said Pepito Capili, officer-in-charge of the city's disaster risk reduction and management council.

As the waters began to recede, the damage caused by the floods became clear.

Cars were overturned, and houses were totally destroyed.

The PSCC, which was only established last year, is now pushing for all barangays in Davao City to again undergo disaster preparedness training to prepare for similar calamities.

The local government, meanwhile, is now studying possible relocation sites for those living in flood-prone areas.

City Mayor Sara Duterte said 5 barangays have been placed under a state of calamity.

She added that the local government is now focused on the distribution of relief goods and clean-up operations. - Reports from Francis Magbanua and Michelle Robin, ABS-CBN ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao; ANC

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mga namatay sa baha sa Davao, umabot sa 29


Nagsimula nang magsibalikan sa kanilang bahay ang mga nagsilikas noong kasagsagan ng baha sa Davao City.

Ang problema nila ngayon ay kung paano muli babangon dahil halos lahat ng kanilang naipundar ay inanod na ng baha.

Muling sinuyod ng search and rescue team ang mga binahang lugar para hanapin ang 14 pang nawawala.

Sa Kilometer 5, Matina Pangi, natagpuan ang mga labi ng isang taong gulang na si Rogelio Valderoza III.

Inanod ng baha ang kanilang bahay kasama ang kanyang inang si Elsa at mga kapatid na sila Catherine at Rowena.

“Nabitawan siya ng aking asawa sa kasagsagan ng baha," sabi ng ama ng biktima.

Isa pang bangkay ng babae ang natagpuan kagabi sa isang resort.

Kinilala ng amang si Lucio Tanio ang biktima na si Keizle Tanio, 16, at isa sa nawawala dahil sa baha.

Siksikan pa rin ang nagsilikas sa mga evacuation centers.

Lalo na't bigla na namang bumuhos ang ulan kagabi.

Marami tuloy ang natakot na baka maulit ang mala-delubyong baha.

"Naulanan kasi ang anak ko kagabi paglikas namin kaya po nilagnat ang anak ko ngayon,” sabi ni Rose Orpina.

Ang iba naman, bumalik na sa kani-kanilang lugar pero halos wala silang nadatnan.

Nagkalat ang mga yero sa paligid, mga nagibang bahay, at maruruming gamit.

Ang mga sasakyang binaha, nakahambalang pa rin kung saan-saan.

Namahagi naman ang lokal na pamahalaan ng pagkain.

Ang ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya, namigay rin ng lugaw at relief goods.

Naghahanap na ng relocation site ang lungsod para sa mga nakatira sa tabing-ilog at magpapatayo na rin ng flood control.

Sa kabuuan, mahigit 12,000 pamilya ang apektado ng pagbaha dito sa Davao at 137 kabahayan ang nawasak.

Nilinaw naman ng OCD-Davao na 29 ang official count ng patay sa flashflood sa Davao City.

Mula sa 30 na unang iniulat na patay, nilinaw na 29 lang ang aktuwal na bilang dahil na-doble ang count sa isa sa mga namatay.

May isang bangkay na nakuha sa Isla Punta del Sol at dinala sa Sta. Ana Wharf kaya’t na-doble ang bilang.

06/30/2011 10:17 PM

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

27 dead, 15 missing in Davao flash flood

DAVAO, Philippines (4rd UPDATE) - The death toll from a flash flood that caught Davao City residents by surprise Tuesday night has now climbed to 27.

Five barangays have also been placed under a state of calamity.

As the local government assesses the damage, the search for the 15 people who are still missing continues.

Weather bureau PAGASA, meanwhile, warns of even more rains in the coming days.

Local officials and residents said the rains began around 10 p.m. Tuesday, with the Balusong river overflowing its banks that led to flashfloods in 4 barangays.

While some residents were able to evacuate in time, many were caught unprepared.

The latest bodies to be found were those of 16-year-old Keizl Tanio, who was seen floating on the bay in front of a resort in Punta Dumalag, and 1-year and 8-month old Rogelio Valderosa from Matina Pangi.

One resident, Rene Ayag, blamed himself for the death of his 3-year-old son Kenneth. His daughter, Rachel, is also missing.

Rogelio Alvarez, meanwhile, is still in a daze after 2 of his children drowned.

Elsa Balderosa, on the other hand, lost her mother who was trapped in their home.

The floods have affected 12,410 families.

Many families until now have chosen to stay in evacuation centers for fears of another flashflood.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said the city needs flood-control projects but they lack money.

"Last night [Tuesday], we did not expect (floods) to be that high. We expect that it is normal for that river to overflow in some portions," she said.

"But last night [Tuesday], all areas were flooded. It (river) overflowed to a height of 10-15 meters," Duterte said.

Members of the 911 Urban Search and Rescue Unit used rubber boats to rescue residents trapped in their homes.

Elements of the Regional Public Safety Battalion, Philippine Air Force, and Coast Guard also helped in the rescue operations.

The local government designated the Central Park Gym in Bangkal and GSIS gym in Matina as temporary evacuation shelters.

Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul said an isolated thunderstorm caused the heavy downpour.

"What happened is that 8 mm of rain fell for a 2-hour duration so that is classified as heavy. It was an isolated thunderstorm embedded in the intertropical convergence zone... Isolated thunderstorm, biglang bumubuhos at biglang nawawala," he said. - With reports from Francis Magbanua and Rodirey Salas, ABS-CBN Davao; and ABS-CBN News Channel

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Involve China in Spratlys discussion, US envoy says

DAVAO, Philippines – U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. has urged Philippine government officials to raise the Spratlys issue at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum.

Thomas also said China officials should be invited to avoid conflict.

“We believe all sides should sit down at the negotiating table and follow the 2002 Declaration of Conduct between ASEAN and China. Bring the issue to the ASEAN Regional Forum next week. Try to bring China in," he said.

In a radio interview, Thomas reiterated the good relationship between the U.S. and Philippines.

"We remain an ally to the Philippines,” he said. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Escape to Seagrass

Seagrass Resort Barangay San Miguel, IGACOS (near Central Warehouse Peñaplata)
09278350299 / (082) 224-0116

Island Garden City of Samal(IGACOS): I was left alone in the office the whole Friday. It only means one thing, i am in-charge of everything, from dispatching, desking, editing, and producing the whole program for a day. It was tiresome. I badly wanted to take nap for the rest of the day. But my boss in my morning program told me to get ready for Igacos for the summer special episode shoot. I tried to convince her for me to take the morning trip but she insisted.
Exhausted of the day's work, i packed up everything i could grab from the closet and drove back to the station. I slept all the way from Matina to Penaplata. As soon as we arrived at the resort, the owner, Mr. Boy Sarmiento offered us a sumptuous dinner buffet. After the rejuvenating meal, i started looking around to check the area
And i saw the white sand beach. You can actually see the seabed because of the lead lights. The water was so calm and relaxing. But i prefer not to take a dip just yet. I and Michelle, my executive producer, decided to take a rest by the beach. Aside from the beach beds, they have this rattan "duyan" designed as a comfy couch. It feels so relaxing as the wind blows from the sea, stargazing while listening to my enya.

We felt sleepy so we decided to retire at the duplex rooms. The rooms is nice, good for two persons but you can ask for extra bedding if you have other companions. For P2,400.00, you get a free breakfast and wonderful view of their infinity pool. They have hot and cold shower too if you want to freshen' up.

By the beach, they also have cottages, with prices ranging from 300 pesos to 950 pesos. If you plan to just drop by for lunch and dinner, they also have tents, should you prefer to dine by the beach.

What i like about this place is that, it maintains natural covers, trees, coconuts, mangroves. Not very commercialized that is why, you can have a nice and quite sleep if you want to spend a weekend by the sea. It also has a wide activity ground fit for corporate event.

The place is also accesible, just a fifteen minute ride from the port. So you can always come and go back home to Davao anytime you want.

Other interesting facts about the place:
1. fine white sand beach
2. NATURAL SPRING WATER - you will notice the spring water coming out from the beach during low tide.
3. great accommodation and amenities


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mom greives for husbdand, kids burried in landslide

Sa pagkakahukay ng tatlong bangkay sa Sitio Panganaso Lunes nang umaga, humagulgol si Anicita nang makita ang mga labi ng asawang minero na si Cristituto Torrejos.

Ang masaklap, tatlo sa kanyang mahal sa buhay ang natabunan sa landslide.

Noong Biyernes, unang nakita ang bangkay ng anak niyang si John Ric. Nawawala ang isa pa niyang anak na si Cristituto Jr.

"Sabi niya 'Maglinis daw ako ng bahay kasi uuwi daw sila,' ani Anicita.

Ilan naman sa 13 nakaligtas sa trahedya ang nanatili sa mga ospital. Tumutulong naman ang kanilang mga kaanak sa paghahanap sa 15 pang nabaon sa landslide. Francis Magbanua, Patrol ng Pilipino, Compostela Valley

Monday, April 25, 2011

3 more bodies recovered from Compostela landslide

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - Three more bodies have been recovered from the landslide-hit area in Compostela Valley.

Philippine Red Cross' Joseph Randy Loi said two bodies were recovered separately at 8:55 and 10:40 Monday morning.

Another was recovered at 11:00 a.m. The unidentified remains were said to be in an advanced state of decomposition.

This morning's find brings the number of dead to 8 while 14 others remain missing. Retrieval operations continue in the area.

The numbers have yet to be “cleared” by higher officials, a report from ABS-CBN News Jeff Canoy said.

The landslide-hit Kingking, a remote mountain district near Pantukan on the main southern island of Mindanao before dawn Friday after heavy rain, burying illegal gold mines as well as houses, stores, and crude gold processing mills.

Pantukan town Mayor Celso Sarenas said chances of survival for the other victims are slim.

Sarenas said search and rescue operations may be halted tomorrow because of the dangers also facing rescuers. He said the operations will be suspended “indefinitely.”

Geologists saw a crack in the same area, which is moving “3 inches every 24 hours.” This may result to another “potential landslide,” he added.

This is precisely the reason why officials have already directed a forced relocation of the families still living in the area.

The relocation will start at 2:00 p.m. today. Some 112 families should have been evacuated by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sarenas said.

Major General Jorge Segovia, commander of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, told ANC Top Story that the ongoing evacuation is voluntary until the Tuesday 4 p.m. deadline arrives.

He said a forced evacuation will be implemented if some residents refuse to heed advice to seek safer ground.

"We hope these people will understand the risk and will evacuate voluntarily," he added.

Segovia said local leaders are conducting dialogues with affected families to convince them to leave the area.

He added that temporary shelters have been set up for evacuees. – Reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao; Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News; ANC

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Rescuers found survivors in Compostela landslide

Nakilala na ang bangkay na nahugot mula sa natabunang bahay sa landslide sa Compostela Valley. Kinuwento naman ng mga nakaligtas kung paano nila nalusutan ang tiyak na kamatayan. Nagpa-Patrol, Francis Magbanua. TV Patrol, Abril 23, 2011, Sabado

(Click on the link to view full story)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Flies swarm villages in Panabo City

Malaking problema para sa mga residente ng Barangay Kiotoy, Panabo City, Davao del Norte ang pamemeste ng napakaraming langaw.

Sa sobrang dami, mistulang disenyo na ng mantel ang mga langaw.

Hirap ang mga residente na itaboy ang mga langaw.

"Perwisyo talaga 'to sa buhay namin, eto nga, nagkakasakit na kami," ani Vicente Alipio, residente sa lugar.

Bahagi na ng buhay dito ang mga langaw. Sa hapag kainan, tila nakikisalo sa pagkain ang mga langaw.

Nakasanayan na raw ng mga residente dito ang pagtaboy ng langaw habang sumusubo ng pagkain.

Hindi tuloy maiwasan na mangamba ang ilan sa kanila sa sakit na posibleng dala ng mga pesteng langaw—lalo na sa mga bata.

Si Lola Josefina Caballes, na namatayan ng apo at sinisisi ngayon sa mga langaw: "Masaklap ang sitwasyon namin. Namatay ang apo ko dahil sa langaw na 'yan."

Isinisisi ng mga residente ang pagdami ng langaw sa katabing manukan, pati na sa binibilad na saging na ginagawang kaning baboy na siyang kabuhayan ng maraming residente.

Tumanggi namang magpa-interview ang mga may-ari ng manukan.

Nagbabala ang mga opisyal ng barangay. "May napagkasunduan na kami na kung 'di nila ma-control ang pagdami ng langaw, hangang ngayong taon na lang sila. Ipapasara namin sila," ani Lucena Macasling, kapitan ng Barangay Kiotoy.

Idadaing na rin ng mga residente sa Panabo City Health Office ang kanilang nakakadiring problema. Francis Magbanua, Patrol ng Pilipino sa Davao City

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Davao City places 8 farming villages under state of calamity

MANILA, Philippines - Eight farming villages in Davao City ravaged by rats have been placed under a state of calamity.

The Davao City's agriculture office said that the rat-infested villages include Salapawan, Lumiad, Colosas, Tapak, Mapula, paradise Embac, Fatima and Pandaitan, all in Paquibato district.

Leo Avila, city agriculturist, said that at least 2,000 hectares banana, corn, cassava, camote and rice farms have been ravaged by the rats.

Avila said that the damage to agriculture of the rats' attack in Davao City has been pegged at P30 million.

The city government will use the calamity funds to aid the families of the farmers that have been affected by the rat infestation.

Meanwhile, the local agriculture office said a 5-hectare coconut plantation in Calinan district has been damaged by an attack of caterpillars.

It said that the caterpillars started spreading in Calinan district last month. The caterpillars also been munching on cacao and banana trees in the district. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao

6 men take P3-M jewelry, cash in daring mall robbery

MANILA, Philippines - Six gunmen took P3 million worth of cash and jewelry in a daring mall robbery in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, on Friday night.

Superintendent Joel Niel Salcedo, Tagum City police chief, said the 6 armed robbers barged into the Gaisano mall at around 7:45 p.m..

Salcedo said that the gunmen split into 3 groups and raided the Elle Jewelry Creation and the Diamond Place pawnshop on the mall's second floor. Two of the gunmen stood as lookouts outside the shops.

Holding sales ladies at gunpoint, the suspects hammered the glass display cabinets and emptied the cash registers of the 2 shops.

The gunmen ran to the mall’s front entrance and escaped on 2 motorcycles, police said.

Salcedo said they have yet to determine what group was behind the heist. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao

Saturday, February 12, 2011

5 patay sa masaker sa Davao

Lima ang patay matapos pagtatagain ng live-in partner ang kanyang kinakasama, anak at mga apo sa Davao del Norte. Nagpa-Patrol, Francis Magbanua. Pebrero 12, 2011

(click on the link to view full story)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The green scrub

I was watching TV and browsed by a movie about a shopaholic woman in green scarf. It reminded me of my cousin who is also a shopaholic. Although this is not about being shopaholic, this is about his green scrub suit I baught as a gift for him last December. He is presently a therapist in a cozy spa in the city and at the same time a model for hire. Early December, their manager decided to change the color of their spa’s motif from purple to green. He had been using the scrub suit he baught at a bargain store. He was complaining because the fabric was not that soft. He said he is not comfortable wearing it.
So I browsed the internet to look for the best scrub suit. I’m not particular with this. What comes to my mind when I hear the word scrubs are nursing uniforms. Finally I found this site that offers an array of suits that I’ve been searching. I ordered that green scrub uniforms my cousin needed and decided to wrap it as my Christmas gift. First time he used it at work, he said it felt comfortable and cool.
I believe it is always best to use comfortable suits or uniforms at work. It makes you feel confident too considering that you love what you are wearing.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Journalists call for speedy solution of colleague’s murder

By Niña Calleja
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 13:47:00 01/18/2011

Filed Under: Media, Media killings, Crime and Law and Justice

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on Tuesday appealed to President Aquino and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima for a speedy and impartial resolution of the killing of a media practitioner whose alleged killer has tagged two provincial officials as the masterminds.

Lawyer Adel Tamano, counsel of the NUJP and the son of slain journalist Nestor Bedolido, said the killing was “a rare case” because the evidence pointing to the alleged masterminds, Gov. Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur and Matanao Mayor Butch Fernandez was clear.

“In most killings of journalists, there are no witnesses and, hence, it is very difficult for the cases to move forward. However, in this case the killer has turned himself over to the police, executed an affidavit admitting his guilt and has explicitly stated that Governor Gacas ordered the killing,” Tamano said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Last October, the main suspect, Voltaire Mirafuentes, made a confession and named Cagas and Fernandez as the brains behind the killing.

Bedolido, a writer of a local weekly newspaper and once an editor of the Digos Times owned by the Cagas, was shot dead in Digos City in June last year.

Tamano said Bedolido was a "PR man" of Cagas but had a falling out with him before working for his rival, former Davao del Sur Rep. Claude Bautista.

“The Aquino administration, through Secretary De lima must quickly and impartially to resolve the case. This is one of the rare instances when there is strong evidence to bring criminal charges against the killers of a media man,” Tamano said.

In light of the fact that the killing involves an incumbent governor, the case will be a litmus test of the Aquino administration's commitment to address the spate of media killings, he added.

On Monday, Tamano filed a pleading with the Department of Justice disputing Cagas' counter-affidavit containing his defense alibi.

According to Cagas' counter-affidavit, the governor was attending a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminar for lawyers in Manila on the date when he allegedly ordered the gunman to kill Bedolido.

“In Criminal law, alibi is viewed as a weak defense,” Tamano said, stressing that governors such as Cagas are exempted from attending these seminars.

“He has not proven that it was physically impossible for him to be in Davao to talk to the gunman and order him to kill Bedolido in the morning of June 19, 2010,” he said.

Tamano, a senatorial candidate in the last elections, took over the case before the Christmas break last December.

Flashflood kills girl in Davao; 2 more missing

MANILA, Philippines - A flashflood hit a village in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur on Monday afternoon, leaving a girl dead and 50 people homeless.

Police said joint rescue teams recovered the body of Ellen Mae Iligan, a 1st year high school student, at around 10 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said the flashflood hit Barangay Darong in Sta Cruz town around 10 p.m. Reports said the Sibulan River overflowed due to continuous rains in the province.

Police said a total of 15 houses, occupied by at least 50 people, were swept by the flashflood.

Rescue teams were still searching for 2 more missing residents, including a pregnant woman.

The affected families have been evacuated to the Darong Elementary School and a covered court in the barangay. -- reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao and Noel Alamar, radio dzMM

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Migratory birds invade town in Davao del Norte

MANILA, Philippines - Birds escaping the severe cold weather in Southeast Asia and the Americas are invading a town in Davao del Norte.

Jonathan Diretso, a resident of Santo Tomas town, said the birds started arriving last August.

"Mga Agosto bigla na lang silang dumating dito. Noong simula konti lang pero dumami nang dumami," Diretso said.

Residents said the birds fly over the town in thousands and stay on electric wires starting 5 p.m. daily.

Some residents plainly see the phenomenon as a once in a lifetime spectacle and some believe the birds' unusual migration to their town is a sign of luck.

The residents initially thought that the birds are the famous cave swiftlets, which is known locally as balinsasayaw . The birds' nests are built from threads of saliva, which are collected for the famous bird's nest soup.

Nilo Rivera of the environment department's Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau said the town's invaders are barn swallows.

Rivera said barn swallows originate from Southeast Asia and South America. These birds like to hang out on wires, roof bridges and in human populated areas.

He said that the severe cold weather in their countries of origin could have forced the birds to look for temporary breeding grounds.

"Migrant birds sila galing South America, Southeast Asia. Umiwas sila sa cold front na tinatawag natin," Rivera said.

He expects the birds to leave Santo Tomas once the weather stabilizes. – Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao