251 barangays in Davao Region classified as election watch list areas

Marje Pelayo   •   May 2, 2018   •   5104

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A total of 251 barangays in Davao City have been classified by authorities as among the Commission on Elections (Comelec) election watch list areas (EWAs.)

Following validation, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will employ maximum security in the identified barangays.

“Bibigyan natin ng (We will give) more attention and more deployment. We will be securing and ensuring that the public will be secured,” PCI Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of PNP Regional Office XI said.

Driz said placing an area under election watch list is because of high incidence of election-related violence “due to intense partisan to particular rivalries. She added that “the occurrence of the violence could be facilitated by the employment of private groups o PAGs.”

The police regional office is awaiting Comelec’s approval of  areas for inclusion in the EWAs. – Marisol Montaño| UNTV News & Rescue

Skillfully concealed banned items intercepted at Davao Airport

Marje Pelayo   •   February 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A departing passenger was nabbed at Davao International Airport while attempting to sneak in sharp objects past airport screening.

Personnel from the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) found two pieces of nipper and a nail pusher skillfully concealed inside a pomelo fruit on Monday (February 10.)

The x-ray operator Security Screening Officer (SSO) Rolando Pait detected the items after a suspicious image appeared on the x-ray screen.

The owner of the item, identified as Dioleta Barapon, was bound for Cebu via Cebu Pacific flight 5J 598.

According to Barapon, she intentionally hid the items inside the fruit as she considers them her prized possession.

OTS Administrator Usec. Raul Del Rosario warns passengers not to even attempt smuggling illegal items because it may put them in peril.

“Huwag po nating gagawin yung mga ganyan, dahil madedetect po natin yan. Remember, we have procured new and advanced technologies. Gone are the days when we can circumvent security screening procedures by artful concealment,” Del Rosario said.

“Maaari po kayong mapahamak o maabala, dahil baka po mapagkamalan na kayo po ay may hindi magandang intensyon sa pagtatago ng mga prohibited items papasok ng eroplano,” he added.

Del Rosario reminds all passengers to check their luggage before their scheduled flights and make sure no illegal item is inside their bag.

It is also safe to pack your own luggage, Del Rosario added.

Information on prohibited items may be viewed at the agency’s website www.ots.gov.ph and official Facebook page.

The incident was properly recorded and the item was properly discharged as part of the agency’s standard operating procedure.

At least 4 dead in 6.3 magnitude quake in Mindanao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 17, 2019

Four people died after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked several parts of Mindanao on Wednesday evening (October 16).

Authorities reported that among the four casualties, three individuals in Davao del Sur died due to falling debris and objects during the quake.

A child in Maguindanao also died after a wall collapsed on her.

READ: Magnitude 6.3 quake rocks parts of Mindanao – Phivolcs

Meanwhile, a fire broke out at a mall in General Santos City after the earthquake.

Authorities said the fire started at the ground floor of Gaisano Mall and reached the second floor. However, there were no injuries reported in the incident.

According to General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, they will conduct an inspection in the area on Thursday (October 17).—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Deped suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2019

The Department of Education (Deped) temporarily suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao region after receiving reports from National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

The said school are operated by Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center Inc.

According to Deped XI Spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, the National Security Council has reported the involved schools are allegedly teaching ideologies that advocate against the government.

“Number one, allegedly they do not teach in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the department. Number two, allegedly they are using children in rallies and number three they teach the children ideologies that advocate against government,” he said.

A testimony from a former teacher of Salugpungan School also verified the allegation.

Atillo said they will temporarily revoke the schools’ permission to operate while investigations on the report is on-going. “We would like to give them the democratic process of due process,” he said.

Deped XI already received reports about schools teaching ideologies of the New People’s Army rebels.

Meanwhile, Deped is prepared to assist the Lumad students and teachers affected by the suspension.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)


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