4 bus drivers, 4 conductors tested positive of illegal drugs use-PDEA

DAVAO CITY (April 16) — Four bus drivers and four bus conductors of the 308 transport industry workers, tested positive of illegal drugs use in a surprise drug test yesterday at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT). Antonio Rivera, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA XI) told Newsline.ph, “We conducted the drug …

Region 9 records 2,577 dengue cases with 20 deaths

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Department of Health-Region 9 (DOH-9) has recorded high cases of dengue with 20 deaths in the Zamboanga peninsula and in Basilan since January this year. Neo Walter Ted Folgo, Aedes vector-borne diseases regional program coordinator, told the Philippine News Agency Friday that they recorded 2,577 cases of dengue since January, double than …

Crop damage due to dry spell rises to P12-M in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The damage to agricultural crops here due to the prevailing dry spell brought about by the weak El Niño phenomenon has increased to about PHP12.4 million, as the drought affected more areas in the past weeks. Elsie Villanueva, assistant head of the City Agriculture Office (CAO), said Friday their monitoring showed that …

12 Sayyaf men killed, 5 soldiers hurt in Sulu clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Government troops killed 12 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits while five soldiers were wounded in four separate clashes as offensives against the ASG continue in the hinterlands of Sulu, military officials said Friday. Col. Gerry Besana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer, said the first firefight broke out around 10:37 a.m. Thursday in …

P50-M smuggled exotic animals seized in DavOr

DAVAO CITY — Authorities on Monday confiscated 447 exotic birds and animals worth PHP50 million in Barangay Dahican, Mati City, Davao Oriental. Among the seized species are black palm cockatoos, wallabies, and echidna that were believed to be smuggled from Indonesia, said Col. Marcial Magistrado, director of the Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office. Monday’s operation led …

Fishermen found 40 cocaine bricks floating off Surigao del Norte shores

DAVAO CITY (April 9) –— Forty bricks of suspected cocaine were found floating about two kilometers away from the shoreline of Burgos Town, Surigao del Norte, last Sunday April 7. The cocaine bricks weighing 48.575 kilos has an estimated value of P257.4 million. Fishermen Alvin Dumanjog, Abundio Dumanjog and Rodulfo Romero told police authorities, they …

Customs confiscates 757 live tarantulas at NAIA

DAVAO CITY (April 7) — Bureau of Customs personnel stationed at the central Mail Exchange of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday, April 1, confiscated 757 live tarantulas. The Tarantulas are classified as endangered wildlife species. The confiscated items was worth P310,000, were gift-wrapped and hidden in the boxes of oatmeal and cookies. “The …