KILLER OF DAVAO BROADCASTER DENNIS DENORA ARRESTED

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has announced the recent arrest of Richard Posas Bolastig, one of the suspected gunmen in the murder of journalist Dennis Denora, with the active involvement of the Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office.

In a report submitted to Malacañang by Lt. Col. Verna Cabuhat, acting chief of police of Panabo City Police Station, police operatives were able to serve a court-issued warrant of arrest against Bolastig on Feb. 22 for the murder of Denora as earlier directed by the Task Force.

Bolastig is now detained at the Tagum City Jail awaiting trial.

“This is proof of the government’s unwavering commitment to bring to justice all perpetrators of media killings in the country. I commend the men and women of the PNP for capturing this most wanted criminal. We will not rest until all those responsible for the murder of Dennis Denora are brought to justice,” PTFoMS co-chairman and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said in a news release on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, executive director of PTFoMS, said the arrest of Bolastig is a validation of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s unbroken promise to end the plague of violence against media workers by bringing perpetrators behind bars.

“We assure our media workers that the so-called culture of impunity in the Philippines has finally ended with the creation of the Task Force by President Duterte. PTFoMS is living proof of the government’s pledge to safeguard press freedom,” Egco said.

Denora, the publisher of Trends and Times, a community paper based in Davao del Norte, was killed by two gunmen in an ambush in Panabo City last June 7, 2018, one of whom was said to be Bolastig.

Earlier, a murder charge has been filed against Bolastig and another unidentified cohort in 2019 for the killing of Denora under Criminal Case no. 425-2019. The case is pending at Branch 4 of the Regional Trial Court of Panabo City presided by Judge Carmel Gil Grado.

The only one in existence in the world, PTFoMS was created by Duterte in 2016 with a dedicated mandate to resolve all media killings in the country.

Egco earlier declared that in just four years, the country has achieved another world’s first by so far resolving 50 cases of media killings with the conviction of accused Leonardo Banaag Jr. for the murder of broadcaster Jovelito Agustin.

This brings to 67 the total number of suspects that were found guilty by the courts for the killing of journalists, with sentences ranging from reclusion temporal to life imprisonment. (PR)

AGRIYA – Agricultural City By Anflocor

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Many years of planning and ready to share with everyone the first master planned Agricultural Metropolis in the Davao Region.

With its beginnings deeply rooted in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, ANFLOCOR is proud to highlight the importance of agriculture and its role in the community and particularly the families its affects.
Over 88 hectares of Residential, Commercial, Institutional and Agri-Tourism offerings, AGRIYA will be able to cater to the needs of its residents, guests and surrounding communities for generations.
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Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) Group chair Linda F. Lagdameo (3rd from right), ANFLOCOR Group agri operations president Vicente Floirendo (2nd from right), ANFLOCOR Group real estate and livestock operations president Ricardo Floirendo (rightmost), Industrial Group president Anton Lagdameo (center), Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (3rd from left), Damosa Land first vice president Ricardo Lagdameo (2nd from left) and Panabo City Vice Mayor Biboy Gavina lead the cutting of ribbon to mark the launching of DLI’s Agriya in Panabo City on Thursday. Contributed photo

 

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DEL ROSARIO: Panabo City is DavNor’s second industrial city

Panabo gets nearly P700 million investment in 2018

By SILVER C. BALANZA, Reporter

Governor Anthony del Rosario vowed to hasten the full industrialization of Panabo City as Capitol’s investment generation efforts earned for the Davao del Norte city a total investment of nearly P700 million last year.

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The huge investment volume in Panabo City alone is a slap to the face of critics of the del Rosario administration claiming that investors are shying away from Davao del Norte for lack of a comprehensive zoning plan.

ALVAREZ CAMP SNAPS AT DUTERTE FOR SAYING DAVNOR IS FASTEST GROWING PROVINCE

Panabo City will be our second industrialized city after Tagum City, said del Rosario in a radio interview Monday, March 11 in the “IKAW NA BA?” segment of the Banat radio program of brodcaster Jun Bersamin of ABS/CBN’s DXAB radio.
Tagum, the capital city of the province, is emerging as one of Southern Mindanao’s fastest growing cities. Davao del Norte’s third city, the tourist island, Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos), is being promoted by the Department of Tourism (DoT) as one of the country’s major tourist destinations.
“IKAW NA BA?” interviews candidates in the Davao Region running in the coming May 13 mid-term election.
Del Rosario is running for First District Congressman under the banner of the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP), the Davao regional political party of presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Zimmerman.
The incumbent governor is challenging the reelection of Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez of the Alvarez Wing, a local faction of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Lakas ng Bayan (PDP/Laban).

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Alvarez is facing a steep hill in his bid to return to Congress, with Mayor Duterte-Carpio vowing to campaign against the reelection of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Alvarez faces the coming election still limping from the painful wounds of his ouster in a July 23 coup in the House that led to him being replaced by former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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Even as Alvarez is a party mate being the ruling party’s secretary general, President Rodrigo Duterte, who chairs PDP/Laban, has already expressed support for del Rosario and the rest of the HNP bets. President Duterte is confident that Davao del Norte is on its way up with del Rosario playing key role in its march forward.

Davao del Norte, under the command of Governor Antonio Rafael del Rosario, will continue to become one of the fastest-growing provinces in Mindanao, said the President.

“With its vast resources and strong, resilient, and vibrant people, the province will be able to achieve greater development at par with the rest of the nation,” the President said in his speech during the 50th founding anniversary celebration of Davao del Norte.

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Alvarez and his rag-tag bench under the Alvarez Wing are facing a powerhouse political machinery led by the tandem of del Rosario and cousin  Second District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. Running for Governor under the HNP is the governor’s older brother Rodney del Rosario who is up against virtual unknown former bus conductor Edwin Jubahib of the Alvarez Wing. Re-electionist Floirendo is facing a token rival, his former political protegee Vice Governor Alan Dujali of the Alvarez Wing.   

Once elected to Congress, del Rosario vowed to seek national funds for the faster industrialization of Panabo City, which shares boundary with Davao City south of the province and is now home to various major industries, including international-standard port facilities.
Panabo City is the take-off point for export Cavendish bananas, Davao del Norte’s major export industry, shipped to the world market.
Davao del Norte’s investment climate under del Rosario figures in the value of investments last year.
Panabo City got a total of P700 million in investment last year, said Ma. Lourdes Lim, director of the National Economic Development Authority in Region 11 (NEDA-11).
Lim said Panabo City took a large share of the total investments in the Davao Region, with the PHP365.1 million expansion project of the Good Shepherd Hospital and the PHP325.9 million poultry production facility of Syntek Agri-Bio Corporation.
Davao Region bagged a total of PHP17.2 billion investments in 2018, with the Davao City Water Bulk Project of the Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc. in Marilog District in Davao City as the single biggest project, according to the Board of Investments (BOI).
In Bersamin’s program, del Rosario said the investment generation campaign of the province would be backed up by massive construction of farm-to-market roads in the First District and Second District in support of local agriculture.
Davao del Norte’s infrastructure building program would make it ready for business and economic opportunities that would come with completion of the Tagum City-Davao City-Digos City component of the Mindanao Railway System, said the governor.
In the Second District, Floirendo  is hauling in large infrastructure funds from the national coffers for the development of Igacos, Davao del Norte’s third city in the middle of th Davao Gulf, as a major tourist destination.
Last year, Floirendo caused release of funds for 9 multi-million-peso road construction and rehabilitation projects 9 multi-million-peso road construction and rehabilitation projects  by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) leading to various tourism sites of the tourist island.
The funds came after the ouster as Speaker of Alvarez, who is accused of deleting congressional development funds for the Second District following a spat with Floirendo

MALACANANG: INFLUENTIAL POLITICIAN “SUSPECT” IN DENNIS DENORA KILLING

panty5Malacanang said  an influential politician could be behind the June 7 killing of print and broadcast journalist Dennis Denora of Panabo City in Davao del Norte.

But House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the object of commentary of Denora in his radio program and weekly newspaper Trends and Time, denied he has a hand in the murder of the 67-year old journalist.

Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) head Undersecretary Joel Egco said that Denora’s death appears to be politically motivated.

A “very influential politician” could be behind Denora’s killing, Egco said.

“The initial report we received is that his killing has something to do with politics. I can’t give the name, we cannot say it’s the official finding but a politician with strong influence is one of the suspects that we got from the ground,” the Malacanang official said.

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PTFoMS has condemned the killing of Denora.

“The Presidential Task Force on Media Security is deeply saddened and condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of Denora,” the task force said in a statement.

The presidential task force said the death of Denora is presumed to be “related to his work as a journalist.”

Egco has instructed the Philippine National Police to leave no stone unturned in the investigation on the Denora killing.

Egco issued the directive to Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management director Superintendent Elmo Francis Sarona, Police Regional Office 11 director Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, and Davao del Norte Police chief Senior Superintendent Marcial Mariano Magistrado IV.

In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2016 which created the Presidential Task Force on Violations of the Right of Life, Liberty and Security of the Members of the Media.

SPEAKER ALVAREZ DENIES HAND IN KILLING

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he had nothing to do with the murder of Denora .

“I don’t kill people, I file cases,” Alvarez said. Alvarez represents the First District of Davao del Norte in Congress.

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FLOIRENDO CONDEMNS KILLING

Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. believes that the murder of Denora was related to the exposés his newspaper, Trends and Times, had carried.

Malacanang said  an influential politician could be behind the killing of print and broadcast journalist Denora.

But House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the object of commentary of Denora in his radio program and weekly newspaper Trends and Time, denied he has a hand in the murder of the 67-year old journalist. Denora is said to be a “supporter” of Floirendo. Alvarez and Floirendo were former friends and political allies. Alvarez has instigated a House inquiry into a land deal between the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Floirendo-owned Tagum Agricultural Company (Tadeco) involving the reservation area of the Davao Penal Colony. The Speaker also filed a graft case against Floirendo with the Ombudsman.

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Probe into slay of media men, priests, fiscals not just ‘lip service’

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Malacanang on Wednesday defended the efforts of the Duterte administration to investigate the series of killings that have targeted media practitioners, priests and prosecutors, saying the government’s initiatives are not merely a “lip service.”

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark three days after the killing of Nueva Ecija priest, Fr. Richmond Nilo last Sunday, noting that the government will make the case its “top priority.”

Nilo is the third Catholic priest killed in the country in the past seven months.

Roque said President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself has expressed concern on the rise in the number of killings.

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Nababahala talaga si Presidente dito sa pagtaas ng kriminalidad ‘no (The President is really concerned about the rise in criminality in the country),” Roque said.

Roque said that Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is supervising the probe into Fr. Nilo’s killing.

Ang pinaka-latest na balita nga pala dito sa pinatay na pangatlong pari, eh si PNP Chief Albayalde na po ang nagsu-supervise sa imbestigasyon. Ito po’y in-assure sa akin kahapon lamang ni Gen. Albayalde (The latest news about the third priest killed, is PNP Chief Albayalde is supervising the investigation. He gave me the assurance yesterday),” Roque said.

He also emphasized that unlike the administration of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the current administration is not taking lightly the spate of killings, including those of media men and prosecutors.

Hindi gaya ng mga nakalipas na administrasyon, mayroon po tayong task force pagdating sa patayan ng mga mamamahayag (Unlike the previous administration, we have a task force focusing on the killings of members of the media),” Roque said.

Hindi lang po ‘yan lip service, talaga pong mayroon tayong isang Undersecretary Egco na siya mismo po ang nagsu-supervise ‘no ng investigation (It’s not just lip service, we have Undersecretary Egco supervising the investigation),” he added.

Communications Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco heads the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) created by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in 2016 to address media killings and harassment.

Roque assured that the government will provide justice for the civilians killed.

At ito namang pagpatay po ng mga prosecutors, eh tinututukan po din namin ‘yan. In other words, ang katungkulan po natin ‘pag may patayan, imbestigahan at bigyan ng katarungan ang mga biktima (On the killings of prosecutors, we will also prioritize that. In other words, our duty is that if there are killings, we will investigate and give justice to victims),” Roque said. (PNA)

ADB CHIEF VISITS ADB-FUNDED DAVAO PROJECTS

BY JOANNA C. BALANZA

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 Undaunted by reports of foreign countries barring their citizens from travelling to Mindanao, Asian Development Bank (ADB) president Takehiko Nakao last week visited Davao City in Southern Mindanao for a tour of  projects funded by his lending agency.

            In Panabo City, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario escorted the Japanese executive  in visiting ADB-funded projects.

            Among projects funded by Asia’s biggest lending agency are a public market, a transport terminal and a village water system.

            Nakao’s visit comes on the hells of advisories issued by the United States, Australia and Canada advising their citizens not to travel in Mindanao for security reasons.

            The Davao Region, particularly Davao City, had been recently placed on military and police high alert over reports of terrorist attacks on key urban cities.

            The alert was sparked by information given by President Benigno Aquino to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte about the impending violence fed him by military. Aquino would later say however that the information about threats from terrorists was “raw” that was not verified.

            Davao City has ended up as the biggest casualty of reports about a potential terrorist attack, with the organizers of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) 2015 delisting the city from a list of cities that would host side meetings of the annual summit of the 21-nation APEC. Davao City was the only Mindanao city in the shortlist.

            Davao City was initially in the shortlist of cities picked to host ministerial meetings but was cancelled out due to potential security threats from terrorist groups.

            APEC 2015 is a yearlong event starting in December 2014 and ending with the APEC 2015 Summit in Manila in December 2015.

Panabo in’t container terminal to boost Davao shipping image

SIGNING CEREMONY. Gracing the signing ceremony for the loan facility for Davao International Container Terminal are (seated l-r) Ricardo R. Floirendo, Senior Vice President of ANFLOCOR, Alberto S. Villarosa, President of SB Corporation, Antonio Floirendo, Jr., Vice Chairman of ANFLOCOR, Aurelio R. Montinola III, President of BPI, Vincent R. Floirendo, Vice President of ANFLOCOR, Cecilia L. Tan, President of BPI Capital Corporation, (standing l-r) Luis Martin E. Villalon, Director of SB Capital Investment Corporation, Federico C. Galang III, Executive Director of SB Capital Investment Corporation, Victor Q. Garcia, Vice President of BPI, Loretta G. Mangilit, First Vice President of SB Corporation, Oscar V. Grapa, Chief Financial Officer of ANFLOCOR, and Barbara C. Untalan, Vice President of BPI Capital Corporation.

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

With its state-of-the-art facility, the proposed P2.7 billion Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte was expected to raise to a higher level Davao’s image as a major port in Mindanao.
Groundbreaking rites were held last week for the single biggest investment in Davao del Norte, a project of the Anflocor Group of Companies of Don Antonio Floirendo.


Anflocor, anchored by Tagum Development Corporation (Tadeco), built its wealth as a pioneering Cavendish banana producer and exporter. It has gone into real estate and property development with the Panabo City terminal as its latest project, the second biggest after the P8 billion Abreeza Complex in Davao City in tandem with Ayala Land.
The terminal would be in operation before end of 2013, said Alexander Valoria, Anflocor president and chief executive officer.
“We are certain that this project will definitely support the growth of the export and import sector and the economy of the entire region as a whole. This is a milestone to mark the beginning of a new age for international trade in Mindanao,” said Valoria.
To explain the capability of the terminal, Valoria said the DICT can accommodate giant shipS like Panamax-type vessels.
Panamax ships are vessels designed to fit in the Panama canal’s locks–hence the name, denoting that they both maximize the freight transported through the canal, and that they are the biggest ships able to pass through.
Anflocor’s Anflo Management and Investment Corporation and San Vicente Terminal and Brokerage Services Inc. secured funding for the huge project from Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and Security Bank.

“Lakas/Kampi/CMD deserters are political opportunists”

Panabo City mayor slams political Judases

By ROGER M. BALANZA

The most hated persons today for Panabo City Mayor Jose Silvosa are the Judases in the administration party Lakas/Kampi/CMD.

In his book, they are the incumbent administration governors and congressmen hatching up the dirty plan to jump ship and join other parties if admin presidential bet Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro’s ratings in surveys fail to fly.

But in his record, the fastest Judas in the race of betrayal of the “political opportunists” is Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, a long-time Lakas follower, who has joined the Liberal Party of Nonoy Aquino and Mar Roxas.

This breed of political tyrants is aplenty in the Davao Region, according to Silvosa, but refused to give names except to say they are the governors and congressmen who are no longer young.

“It’s the height of political opportunism,” Silvosa said of the alleged cabal of administration officials hatching up the plan to join the Aquino-Roxas tandem or that of Manny Villar and Edu Manzano of the Liberal Party if Teodoro continues to hug the bottom of the cellar in presidential surveys consistently topped by Aquino, Villar and former President Joseph Estrada.

Silvosa, a human rights lawyer who was at the forefront in Panabo in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship, said he is staying put with Teodoro, come hell or high water, or the exodus of political opportunists. 

“I would still support Gibo even if I’m the only last man standing to vote for him in the country,” Silvosa, Lakas-Kampi-CMD city chairman. Teodoro, he said, is the man to watch in next year’s polls given his outstanding credentials and capacity to lead the country.

While burning he rats, he is all praises for loyalists who are sticking it out with the admin party: Sarangani Governor Miguel “Migs” Dominguez, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD national chairman, Davao del Norte District Rep. Anton Lagdameo and Compostela Valley