GenSan reports rising cases among younger individuals

 August 23, 2021

GENERAL SANTOS CITY –Health personnel here have raised concern over the increasing number of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases among younger individuals.Zyrnx John Octavio, HIV/AIDS Core Team (HACT) nurse and HIV counselor of the City Health… Read More

BRIGADA NEWS exec gunned down in Gensan

Rriding-in-tandem assassins shot dead a top female executive of media network Brigada Group of Companies based in General Santos City, while she was driving home from the office past noon last Friday.

Case ‘solved’ as suspect in GenSan media exec slay nabbed

 June 7, 2021

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Police here have declared “solved” the murder of a female executive of media network Brigada Group of Companies following the arrest of the alleged gunman on Monday morning.Col. Gilberto Tuzon, city police director, identified the suspect as Ralph Gerald Antoy… Read More

Capt. Abdulsalam Mamalinta, chief of city police station 4, identified the victim as Yentez Quintoy, 34, executive office director and chief of staff of Brigada Group which operates a local television station and a network of newspapers and radio stations in Mindanao.

Investigators said the gunmen riding in tandem on a black Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle appeared to have tailed Quintoy’s vehicle from the office and struck as she reduced speed at the corner of Guinto Street in Purok Masunurin.

Mamalinta said Quintoy was driving a Mitsubishi Xpander along NLSA Road, Barangay San Isidro around 12:15 p.m. when waylaid by the motorcycle-riding gunmen who immediately opened fire at her sports utility vehicle.

The report said Quintoy sustained at least one bullet wound in the body and was taken to the St. Elizabeth Hospital on Santiago Boulevard, where she was declared dead on arrival.


Tourist arrivals pick up, reaches over 430K in Q1

 April 20, 2021

GENERAL SANTOS CITY –South Cotabato province has started to recover from the drought in tourist arrivals last year due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic as it recorded a total of 434,706 domestic and foreign visitors in the first quarter.A report from the Arts, Culture,… Read More


DENR taps 119 Sfamilies for greening projects

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has tapped some 119 households in three municipalities in Sarangani province to help rehabilitate starting this year over 500 hectares of forestland in the area.Forester Abdul Cariga, chief of the Community… Read More


17 resorts shut down for forestry law violations


13, 2021

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the closure of 17 inland resorts here and nearby Polomolok town in South Cotabato for violation of the forestry law.Elvira Lumayag, head of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, said… Read More

MEDICO-LEGAL REPORT: Dacera died of natural causes

Based on the available information on hand, the manner of death is classified as natural death


Flight attendant Christine Dacera died of natural causes, said a medico-legal report.

Dacera was found dead in a Makati City hotel room after celebrating New Year’s Day with her friends.

The report was submitted to the prosecution at the resumption on Wednesday, January 27,of of the preliminary investigation into the rape with homicide complaint filed by the Philippine National Police against the 11 known companions of Dacera in a New Year’s Eve party.

“Manner of death as homicide is ruled out in Dacera’s case because the aortic aneurysm is considered a medical condition. Rape and/or drug overdose will not result to the development of aneurysms,” the medico-legal report, signed by Police Lt. Gen. Joseph Palmero, read.

“No alcohol or recreational drugs taken the night prior to her death will case that kind of dilatation or defect on her aorta. That dilatation is a chronic condition and was present long before she died,” it added.

The report said that Dacera’s heart had an abnormal weight, which “supports [her] apparently undiagnosed hypertension.”

“Based on the available information on hand, the manner of death is classified as natural death,” the report stated. Read More


PROBE. Photo shows the Philippine Eagle rescued last Jan. 8 in a forest in Maitum, Sarangani province. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has launched an investigation into the wildlife hunting activities in the area after the discovery of marble and lead pellet bullets under the skin of the eagle. (Photo courtesy of the municipal government of Maitum, Sarangani)

DENR probes wildlife hunting in Sarangani forests

 January 25, 2021

GENERAL SANTOS CITY –The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched an investigation into the wildlife hunting activities in portions of a key mountain range in Sarangani province that is a known habitat of the endangered Philippine Eagle.Dr. Ali Hadjinasser, chief of… Read More

SOCCSKSARGEN gets P8.1-B for social services

Social services and welfare programs for the poorest of the poor

 January 22, 2021

GENERAL SANTOS CITY –The national government has allotted nearly PHP8.1 billion for the implementation this year of various social services and welfare programs for the poor in parts of Region 12 (Soccsksargen).Cezario Joel Espejo, director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development… Read More

5 TERRORISTS killed in South Cotabato encounters

GENERAL SANTOS CITY –Five alleged members of an Islamic State-inspired local terrorist group were killed in separate encounters with government operatives Thursday morning in Polomolok and Tboli towns in South Cotabato province.The encounters reportedly ensued during the serving of search and… Read More