Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Bataan residents scramble for relief goods

Matinding gutom ang inaabot ngayon ng ilang mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pablo lalo't matagal makarating ang tulong sa ilang apektadong lugar sa Compostela Valley at Davao Oriental. Kaya ang ilang binagyo, hinaharang na ang mga sasakyan sa pag-asang meron itong dalang pagkain. Magba-Bandila si Francis Magbanua. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cateel residents form barricade to get aid

Residents of Barangay San Antonio in Cateel, Davao Oriental resorted to forming a barricade, hoping to get relief goods first. Details from Francis Magbanua.



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Davaoenos capture Pablo's wrath on camera

Nakunan naman sa video ng ilang taga-Davao ang paghagupit ng bagyong Pablo. Ikinuwento nila ang hindi malilimutang karanasan. Magba-Bandila si Francis Magbanua.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

3 Davao Oriental towns remain isolated

More than a hundred people are dead in Davao Oriental, where typhoon "Pablo" made its first landfall. As Francis Magbanua tells us, many areas also remain isolated after a major bridge gave way. Prime Time, ANC, December 5, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

2 HPG-12 Police, gunned down by armed men in Makilala, North Cotabato

PO3 Sumugat og HPG-12 died on the spot
during the ambush. (Photo by:  Makilala Police Station)

Makilala, North Cotabato - Two Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) personnel died in an ambush in Makilala, North Cotabato on Thursday morning, a police official said. Senior Inspector Joyce Birri, Makilala Police Station commander, said a group of alleged New People's Army (NPA) rebels on board a vehicle strafed a checkpoint manned by HPG personnel along a national highway in Sitio Patulangon, Barangay Malasila at around 9:20 a.m. The fatalities were identified as PO3 Sumugat and PO1 Pablo. Three other personnel were injured and rushed to a hospital in Kidapawan. HPG personnel are tasked to look out for stolen or unregistered vehicles. (with report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Radio reporter ambushed in Davao

MANILA, Philippines – A radio broadcaster was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Mati City, Davao Oriental Tuesday afternoon, police said. Nestor Libaton, 45, a reporter for dxHM-Diocesan News, was killed while on board a motorcycle with another reporter, identified as Eldon Cruz, at around 2 p.m. Cruz was not hurt in the incident. Police have yet to determine the motive behind the shooting. Senior Supt. Perpetou Macion of the Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office said investigations are ongoing. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Job fairs, protests held on Labor Day


Lines were long at a job fair in Baguio on Tuesday but those who wanted to gain employment endured the wait.
“Gusto ko kasi talaga ‘yung stable na trabaho. Mahirap ‘yung pahinto-hinto eh,” said Anselmo Mintar Jr., one of the applicants. Out of over 3,000 applicants, nearly 700 were hired on the spot.
The Labor Department and ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro also held a job fair.
Among those who joined the long lines was Emmanuel Ravidas.
He is determined to get a new job after his wife gave birth, saying his salary is not enough for their daily needs.
In Davao City, Jeaneth Puno, a teacher, applied to become a receptionist in Dubai.
She was among those who were hired on the spot.
In Iloilo, a job fair offered free hair cuts, massages and check-ups.
Meanwhile, demonstrations were also held in the provinces to protest against government's labor policies.
Protesters in Cebu threw tomatoes and stomped on a photo of President Benigno Aquino III.
They said government is not prioritizing the welfare of workers.
In General Santos City, militants held a noise barrage in front of the office of the Labor Department. Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News

Friday, February 24, 2012

Duterte sets arrest quota for Davao cops

Davao City, Philippines - Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has set a daily arrest quota for police officers to ensure that peace will prevail in the city.

“May quota sila sa akin, 10 holduppers a day, kung hindi ipa-assign ko sila sa Tawi-Tawi. Mas maganda kung patay kasi uulit lang ‘yan eh. ‘Pag hindi niya pinatay, bailable ‘yan eh, pwedeng mag-pyansa and will commit the crime in another day,” he said.

A robber in Davao City who stole the bag of student Feby Villa-Abrille was recently killed after a follow-up operation by Davao police.

Police brought Villa-Abrille to a street in Governor Sales to identify the suspect who was killed in a shootout and to return her stolen bag.

Duterte gave a stern warning for other robbers in the city.

"Those who lived violently will always die violently also," he said.

Villa-Abrille's complaint was quickly acted on and the crime was solved in just one day.

Duterte acknowledged the immediate action of the police and gave a reward.

“Mayroon silang premyo sa akin,” said the vice mayor.

He said he is unfazed by the criticisms of human rights groups against his methods.

"That’s the problem with human rights people, when I give incentives to the policemen [it is] because I am happy. I like to make people happy also for doing their work," said Duterte.

Another suspected robber was shot dead by police along Pearl Drive Wednesday night.

As in previous cases, Duterte showed up on the scene and even wore the suspect's wig and explained his modus.

The slain suspect is the second suspected robber to be killed in Davao City in a week. -- Reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Early Birthday Surprise

I did not expect to receive a surprise today at Maayong Buntag Mindanao. In previous years, i've been able to discover all surprises the staff prepared for my birthday. But today, i really had no clue. I thought it will just pass just like a normal day.


And so the show went on, until the last minute when michelle announced my birthday. They also prepared a cake and a video presentation for me.
I love MBM. They never miss to impress me. Thanks guys.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bigcas ready to face raps for Davao shootout

DAVAO CITY – Mindanao-based car dealer and alleged smuggler Lynard Allan Bigcas said on Wednesday that he is ready to face the consequences of his actions in relation to a shooting incident in Davao City.

Bigcas claimed he did not instigate the shootout with lawyer Miguel Palma Gil, saying the latter threatened him a day before the incident.

“Tinuro niya ako, sabi niya, ‘Ikaw ba si Allan Bigcas?’ Sabi niya, ‘Hindi mo ako kilala dito, pwede kitang patayin ngayon, pwede kita ipabugbog.’” said Bigcas.

Bigcas said he did not expect that he would cross paths with Palma Gil again.

Footage from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera taken last Sunday shows Bigcas firing a gun at Palma Gil at Mabini corner Torres Streets in Davao City.

“I saw a black bag tapos binubuksan niya. Sabi ko baril ‘yan. So kinuha ko na ‘yung baril ko. I heard the first shot. Tinumba ko ‘yung seat ko para hindi ako tamaan. Tapos may tatlong putok pa,” said Bigcas.

Bigcas may face charges of frustrated homicide, police said.

"Of course they will be filing a case against Bigcas pero sila na mag-file dahil may mga abogado naman sila," said Chief Inspector Angel Sumagaysay, deputy station commander of San Pedro police.

The Cagayan de Oro Philippine National Police, meanwhile, said Davao police have yet to coordinate with them on the incident.

Police suspect that Gil Palma, Bigcas, and Atty. Aimee Salisi Torrefranca are involved in a love triangle.

Torrefranca, reportedly a former girlfriend of Gil Palma, was with Bigcas at the time of the incident.

Torrefranca was the one who brought Gil Palma to the hospital. -- With reports from PJ dela Peña, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao; Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao; ANC

Cops hunt Bigcas after alleged slay try

DAVAO CITY - Davao police are on the hunt for alleged luxury vehicle smuggler Lynard Allan Bigcas following a shooting incident on Sunday.

Police said footage from a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera shows Bigcas firing a gun at Atty. Miguel Palma Gil at Mabini corner Torres Streets in Davao City.

In the video, Palma Gil is seen approaching the pick-up truck driven by Bigcas.

Bigcas is then seen going to the back of the truck and returning with a gun and attaching what appears to be a silencer.

Bigcas' female companion, later identified by police as a certain Atty. Aimee Salisi Torrefranca, tried to stop him to no avail.

Bigcas is then seen pointing his gun but the person on the other end is not visible on camera.

Bigcas appeared to calm down and raised his gun but pointed it back after a few moments.

Gil Palma, a son of former Davao Oriental Governor Elena Palma Gil, was rushed to a hospital where he is currently recovering from a gunshot wound in his shoulder.

He also had a gun which was confiscated by police.

Police suspect that Gil Palma, Bigcas and Torrefranca are involved in a love triangle.

Torrefranca is reportedly Bigcas’ legal counsel.

Bigcas may face charges of frustrated homicide, police said.

"Of course they will be filing a case against Bigcas pero sila na mag-file dahil may mga abogado naman sila," said Chief Inspector Angel Sumagaysay, deputy station commander of San Pedro police.

Bigcas was arrested in August 2011 in Cagayan de Oro in connection with the charge of illegal possession of firearms. The suspect was also alleged to have bought high-powered firearms from the United States.

The suspect is also facing a charge of smuggling luxury vehicles into the country, after more than 20 cars were seized from his residences in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro.

One of the vehicles is a Martin Brothers motorcycle owned by Hollywood screenwriter Skip Woods. -- Reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao; ANC; The Philippine Star

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

5 nadaganan ng gumuhong pader sa Davao

Alas-7 kagabi nang bumuhos ang malakas na ulan sa Davao City. Umapaw ang tubig at binaha ang mga kalsada. Stranded ang mga motorista at pasahero at nagdulot ng traffic. Pinasok din ng tubig ang ilang gusali.

Tumaas ang tubig sa Purok 9 sa Barangay Communal.

Bumigay ang pader at bumagsak sa dalawang bahay. Limang residente ang nadaganan ng mga bato at semento.

Mabilis na nailigtas ang isa sa mga biktima.

Pahirapan ang paghugot sa apat pang natitirang nadaganan ng pader lalo't makapal ang putik sa lugar.

Inabot din ng isang oras bago nakuha ang mga biktima na nagtamo ng mga bali sa paa.

"Nasa loob ang aking asawa, anak, at mga apo. Buti na lang na-rescue agad sila ng mga kapitbahay,” sabi ni Lorna Villarubia, asawa ng isa sa mga biktima.

"More on na-trap sila sa lower extremities," sabi ni Jeffrey Tahura, team leader ng rescue team.

Itinayo ng isang kumpanya ng kotse ang bumagsak na pader na humina ang pundasyon dahil sa lakas ng agos ng baha. Nangako naman ang kumpanya na tutulong sa pagpapagamot sa mga biktima.

"Mabigat kasi ang pader at maputik ang ilalim kaya bumagsak ito," sabi ni Alfredo Baluran, hepe ng Buhangin Police Station.
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Ang sabi naman ni Joseph Magaway, finance manager ng Toyota-Davao, "We committed that all the victims, we will attend to them until their full recovery."

Dali-dali namang lumikas ang mga residente sa Matina crossing dahil tumaas ang lebel ng tubig sa Balusong River.

Ayaw nang maulit ng mga residente ang sinapit sa nangyaring flashflood noong Hunyo 2011 kung saan higit 30 ang namatay at daan-daang bahay ang nasira.

Bagama't humupa na ang baha nagbabantay pa rin ang mga residente lalo't hindi pa gumaganda ang panahon. Francis Magbanua, Patrol ng Pilipino, Davao City

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Gold swept away by floods found in Davao del Norte

Trahedya ang karaniwang dala ng baha pero swerte ang pakiramdam ngayon ng mga taga-Asuncion sa Davao del Norte dahil dinala umano ng baha ang mga ginto sa kanilang ilog. Mula Davao, magba-Bandila si Francis Magbanua.