DAVAO CITY – A year of mourning was declared by Digos City Mayor Josef Cagas over the death of his uncle, Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Ralota Cagas.The period of mourning will be from June 10, 2021 to June 10, 2022,Cagas, 77, died on June 10 due to Covid-19 complications.Mayor Cagas said the… Read More
Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas did not care if after shocks from two 6plus magnitude earthquakes that rocked Tulonan in nearby Cotabato continue to rock his province and threaten government buildings including the Provincial Capitol.
Gov. Cagas had declared October 30 as “no work day” at the Capitol as engineers check damage to the building. But on the day, the governor had a date with his homeless constituents.
On the day, he was to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the government agency tasked with implementing the government’s socialized housing for the homeless Pinoys.
As the specter of another earthquake and more after shocks looms over the province, Gov. Cagas, with his staff and a few Capitol employees, signed the MOU, atop tables hurriedly parked at the Capitol lobby, with SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.
About 6,000 residents of the city and nearby communities partook in the eat-all-you-can pork lechon (roasted pig) inside the Rizal Park in Digos City in Davao del Sur on Sunday.
Mayor Josef Fortich Cagas said the first-ever free lechon to some residents of the city is in line with the celebration of the 19th Araw ng Digos celebration, which falls on the same day.
“Actually, we planned to give 12,000 tickets to our residents but due to lack of time and available venue, we opted to cut the number into 6,000 so that every ticket holder can be accommodated,” Cagas said.
Ticket holders were divided into four batches starting 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. wherein they will be given 25 minutes to eat the tasty lechon as much as they can.
The first batch came in after the culmination program held at the Rizal Park was formally closed.
The lechon eat-all-you-can became the highlight of the founding anniversary celebration, in addition to the much publicized ‘Litsonan sa Kadalanan’ wherein more than 800 heads of pigs were cooked and displayed for sale along Magsaysay Street in Digos City.
Commercial traders of roasted pigs usually started cooking at dawn Sunday to serve early buyers who were already lining up to buy a kilo or a whole lechon for their family and guests in their respective residences.
Meanwhile, Governor Douglas Cagas was the guest speaker of the culmination program with Rep. Mercedes Cagas and Vice-Governor Marc Cagas also in attendance.
About 10,000 people from national and local government offices, private institutions, non-government organizations, and civic organizations, among others, joined the parade that converged at the Rizal Park.
The weeklong festivities of the 19th founding anniversary was formally opened on September 2 wherein scores of sports and entertainment showcase commenced despite the rain brought by the low-pressure area in this part of the country. (PNA)
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday warned the New People’s Army (NPA), saying that the communist rebels should stop waging war against the government.
The President expressed his frustration over the continuing attacks by the NPA on government forces despite the ongoing peace talks.
“Would you please stop waging war? Alam mo hindi ko kayo maintindihan. Unang sabi doon sa itaas, si Sison ordered to engage government forces in this struggle… That they changed it so that they will stop until such time matapos itong sa Marawi siege. Kasi walang — ang sabi ko nga eh, there will never be a space for you kung terrorist ka, kayong mga komunista. Wala kayong space diyan sa terorista,” Duterte said.
“In the meantime kung mag-usap tayo in the future, then stop waging war kasi baka itong mga sundalo ayaw na rin makipag-usap,” Duterte said during the 50th Araw ng Davao del Sur held at the Davao del Sur Coliseum in Digos City.
“Kami, utusan lang kami lahat. We are just co-workers in government basta pulis. But the only reason na medyo mataas ako, but I do not control everything and I cannot control everybody,” he said.
“You decide. Do not create something which is not acceptable also to me and to the guys doing the fighting,” he added.
At the same time, the President renewed his commitment to bring peace to the country, reiterating his intention to negotiate with major rebel groups, including the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front.
However, he said the government will never negotiate with the ISIS-inspired Maute group that occupied Marawi City.
The President also mentioned the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, sympathizing with the soldiers fighting for the city’s liberation from the Maute group.
He said he always prays that the war will end soon because he does not like people dying.
He said the military offensive in Marawi City will continue until the last terrorist is taken out.
The President meanwhile underscored the hard work of the Davao del Sur’s founding fathers.
“So, one is that I would like to credit the founding fathers of this province for their tireless effort to make what is now Digos,” the President said.
“Maganda na ang Digos ngayon, Davao del Sur,” he noted.
The President however said the only concern today for the province is illegal drugs, as he warned the local police force to stay away from the drug trade.
“Alam mo, ang problema lang ninyo is droga. Medyo malakas pati — I’m also — I would like to warn the police here,” Duterte said.
“Lay off sa drugs ha, kamong mga pulis kay alam mo na. Huwag kayong pumasok diyan kasi kasali kayo sa statistics diyan,” he said. (PND/PNA)
The Davao City Executives turned back Digos City Executives, 97 – 84, in a friendly basketball match on Monday at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.
Christopher “Bong” Go put a brilliant game finishing with double-double as the sweet-shooting guard pumped in 35 points on top of 10 assists to lead the way for the Davao Executives.
Go was on fire right from the opening tip, erupting for 17 with baskets from different variety- floaters, fall-away and pull-up jumpers, running jump shots and from behind the arc.
Davao Executives wrapped up the first period with a 16 points lead, 35 – 19, and dictated the tempo of the match en route to victory.
Glen Escandor backed Go up with 13 points as Gil Ciudadano joined the scoring bash with 12.
By the time the third period ended, the Davao Executives were leading by 18, 78 – 60, and were never threatened anymore the rest of the way.
Cabrera paced with 22 for the Digos Executive squad led by Mayor Joseph Peñas, Digos City Hall department heads, chief of police from various Digos police precincts and personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection
Next friendly game is set on September 8 in Digos City. (Rico Biliran)