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.

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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)

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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