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)