Tag Archive: General Santos City

3 men gunned down in Gensan

Three men facing drug and robbery charges died after being shot by still unidentified assailants in General Santos City Friday night, police said.

Senior Supt. Froilan Quidilla, General Santos City Police director, identified the three as Edwin Laranio alias “Gorang,” Emmanuel Fajardo alias “Tata Fajardo,” and Ronel Fuentes, all residents of neighboring Alabel, Sarangani.

The shooting occurred past 9 p.m. in Brgy. Baluan.

The three were eating at one of the “balut” stalls along the road when four men on two motorcycles arrived, shot them, and quickly fled, Quidilla said.

“Nagko-coordinate pa kami sa Sarangani provincial police office kasi mga taga-dun ‘yung mga pinatay, right now nag-iimbestiga pa kami,” he said.

Quidilla said investigators are looking at criminal cases where Laranio, Fajardo, and Fuentes were implicated.

Police received information that the three had drug-related cases and were accused of “akyat bahay”-robbery in Alabel, he said. (John Roson)

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Two persons were reported killed while eight others remain missing as tropical storm “Ofel” (international name: Son-Tinh) slammed into several provinces in central Philippines and Metro Manila on Thursday, authorities said.

Ruben Tabura, 66, died after being buried in a landslide while fetching water from a river in Brgy. Jaclupan, Talisay City, around 3:30 p.m., Senior Supt. Patrocinio Comendador, Cebu Provincial Police director, said in a text message.

A certain Sophia Recto reportedly died of hypothermia in Marinduque, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Among the missing are fisherman Jonrey Acaso, 28, who set to sea from Pintuyan, Southern Leyte, on Monday and Jonny Ocson, 8, who went swimming at a beach in Odiongan, Romblon, on Wednesday.

Also missing are Muhammad Kanape Guiamad, 11, who went swimming at the Tamontaka River in Cotabato City, and Rigel Saycon, 18, of Dumanjug, Cebu, and two other persons in General Santos City, the NDRRMC said.

Still not included in the NDRRMC’s list are fishermen Christopher Maranan, 24, and Eric Presto, 15, both residents of Brgy. Cuta, Batangas City. The two were last seen 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the Batangas Provincial Police.

In its 5 p.m. report, the disaster agency said nine people, including three whose boat capsized near Tacloban City, Leyte, were still missing.

But Senior Supt. Romulo Cleve Taboso, Tacloban City police director, said the three, identified as Clemente Umban Sr., 50; Ariel Posto, 23; and Olavit Posto, 12, have been able to return home.

The three took shelter on Dio Island and were confirmed to be back at their homes in Sitio Costa Brava, Brgy. San Jose, Thursday morning, Taboso said in a text message.

Southern Luzon, Visayas bear brunt

On Thursday, strong winds and rains brought by “Ofel” hit Quezon, Batangas, Masbate, Romblon, Marindue, Mindoro Island, Pnay Island, and Cebu, after the storm passed through Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.

The town of Bantayan experienced big waves while Tudela reported a power outage and Talisay City, the landslide, Comendador said.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama ordered the suspension of classes at all levels in the city, according to the NDRRMC.

In Masbate, strong winds and waves destroyed three houses in Dimasalang and six fishing boats in Placer, Supt. Jeffrey Fernandez, deputy provincial police director, said.

Quezon experienced “continuous” rain but no storm-related incidents have been reported as of Thursday afternoon, provincial police director Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon said.

Earlier, the NDRRMC reported that 296 families or 957 people in Maasin City and St. Bernard of Southern Leyte, as well as Palo, Burauen, and La Paz of Leyte fled their homes due to floods.

Landslides occurred in Bontoc, Southern Leyte, affecting roads and bridges, according to local police.

Floods occurred in Brgys. Lagao and Baluan of General Santos City, prompting at least seven families to evacuate, the NDRRMC said.

Metro Manila hit too

Rains also hit Metro Manila from early morning Thursday up to the evening, causing floods in several roads, according to police.

Gutter-deep floods occurred along Sipac st., Almacen, and M. Naval in Navotas City; Nascano st. of Brgy. Tugatog, Malabon City; Pasong Tamo and Pasong Tirad sts. of Makati City, but all remain passable to vehicles, the National Capital Region Police Office reported.

No other storm-related incident has been reported so far in the metropolis.

16,000 stranded in ports, 20 flights cancelled

Some 16,473 people remain stranded Thursday in ports in Cebu City, Tagbilaran City, Dumaguete City, Matnog and Pilar of Sorsogon, Cagayan de Oro City, Surigao City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Caticlan of Aklan, Roxas City of Capiz, Batangas, and Mannila, according to the Coast Guard.

Sea travel is still suspended to prevent maritime disasters, according to the agency.

Thousands of airline passengers are also stranded as more than 20 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have been cancelled. (John Roson)

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A P-3C Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft (photo from US Navy website http://www.navy.mil)

A US maritime surveillance plane will join local security forces in five days of naval exercises in Sarangani Bay starting Monday, the Navy said.

The US Navy’s P3C Orion aircraft will take part in the Coast Watch South Capability Exercise (CWS-CAPEX) from September 3 to 7, Capt. Robert Empedrad of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) said.

The P3C Orion is a four-engine turboprop, anti-submarine, and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the US Navy and introduced in the 1960s. The aircraft has a tail “stinger” used for the magnetic detection of submarines.

The upcoming drills, the second phase of CWS-CAPEX 2012, will feature a command post exercise at the NFEM headquarters in General Santos City and a field training exercise near the Maasim Point of Sarangani Bay.

“This exercise is focused on simulating the actual operations of the Coast Watch System and its stations in addressing maritime security in Eastern Mindanao,” Empedrad, the director of this year’s drills, said.

The Navy will use one patrol gunboat, an Islander aircraft, two patrol boats, and a special operating unit as “boarding team” in the field training exercises.

Members of the Coast Guard, PNP Maritime Group, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will also join in boarding the “target” boat.

Other agencies participating in the exercises include the Philippine Ports Authority, Bureau of Immigration, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Bureau of Customs, and the Department of Justice. (John Roson)

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Unidentified gunmen shot to death a newspaper publisher in General Santos City Thursday night, police said.

Christopher Guarin, 42, publisher of the community newspaper Tatak News, succumbed to bullet wounds on the different parts of the body, Senior Supt. Cedric Train, General Santos City Police director, said.

The incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. while Guarin, his wife, and son were riding their Kia Pride sedan (UTN-393) along Conel road, Brgy. Lagao.

Guarin, a resident of Naval Subdivision, was driving the car home when one of two men on a motorcycle fired a caliber-.45 pistol at the left passenger side of his vehicle.

Guarin stopped and disembarked from the vehicle then run towards Sunrise Subdivision, but was shot again until he fell down 12 meters from the car.

Investigators have not yet ruled out the possibility that the killing was related to Guarin’s work, but are also looking at other possible angles.

“Most probably not journalism-related. We are still exploiting some angles, merong personal at business,” Train said.

Guarin, also a radio blocktimer and former manager at the defunct dxBB RGMA Super Radyo General Santos, is the first media worker killed this year and 10th under the Aquino administration, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

Rowena Paraan, executive coordinator of the NUJP’s media safety office, said Guarin had been receiving threats prior to his killing, the last of which he read during his radio program around an hour before he died.

Guarin was on board his radio program Bantay sa Kahimsug sa Panglawas (Health Watch) when he received a text message carrying the threat, Paraan said in a statement.

Freddie Solinap, Guarin’s co-host, said the latter even read on air the threat that went, “‘Wag kang lumabas (ng istasyon), papatayin kita. (John Roson)

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At least 12 killed in Sarangani mishap

At least 12 people, some of them pastors, got killed while six others were injured when the van they were riding smashed onto a cargo truck in Malungon, Sarangani, early Thursday, police said.

PO2 Ricky Salazar, desk officer at the Malungon Police station, said the incident occurred around 5 a.m. along the National Highway in Sitio Bankerohan, Brgy. Banate.

Confirmed killed were the van’s driver Gilbert Constantino, 40; Ricky Magallanes, 32; Arnold Cabrido, 48; Liza Cabrido, 45; Reynante Ilogsong, 42; Annie Ilogsong, 42; Jane Martinez, 32; Arbie Martinez, 5, Jelyn Magallanes, Alice Constantino, Nikki Constantino, and Rodolfo Asejo.

Vic Martinez, 42; Jaymark Martinez, 5; Fe Asejo, Myka Constantino, Leah Magallanes, and Reniel Ilogsong, were brought to the Digos Doctors Hospital and Gonzales Hospital, both in Digos City, Davao del Sur. Salazar said they recieved information that one of the six expired while undergoing treatment but were not told who.

Constantino was driving the Mitsubishi L300 van (LCW-509) from General Santos City to Davao City, where he and his passengers, all members of a Protestant church, were supposed to attend a “pastoral meeting.”

“Most of the males are pastors of their church,” Salazar said.

The van smashed onto the back of the truck, which was parked beside the road. “Hindi yata napansin yung warning device ng truck, may warning device… lumabas din sa investigation na nagkaroon ng mechanical malfunction ‘yung van” Salazar said.

Truck driver Eulalio Rivera, 21, is now detained at the Malungon Police station. (John Roson)

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Bomb found inside bus in Gensan

Authorities found an improvised bomb inside a passenger bus in General Santos City late Friday afternoon, police said Saturday.

The bomb, composed of two rocket-propelled grenade tubes, a bottle of black granules, an improvised blasting cap, a 9-volt battery, a fuse holder, and switches, was found inside a Husky bus (LBX-662), Soccsksargen regional police spokesman Supt. Resty Damaso said.

Members of the 12th Regional Intelligence Division, General Santos City Police, and PNP Special Action Force intercepted the bus, which came from Cotabato City, in front of the Iglesia Ni Cristo church along the National Highway in Brgy. Apopong around 4 p.m.

“Nakasagap kasi tayo ng intelligence report na may sumakay sa Tupi (in South Cotabato) na lalaki na kahina-hinala, so nag-checkpoint na dito sa Gensan,” Damaso said.

Authorities are still trying to identify the man with the help of other passengers.

“Mga half a kilometer palang after sumakay bumaba na daw ‘yung lalaki kaya may concerned citizen na tumawag sa intel operatives natin. Buti naagapan,” Damaso said. (John Roson)

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Newspaper exec gunned down in Gensan

The circulation manager of a local newspaper in General Santos City got killed after being shot by a still unidentified assailant just outside his office early Friday, police said.

Senior Supt. Cedric Train, city police director, identified the victim as Alfredo Velarde Jr., 42, circulation manager of Brigada News.

Velarde was brought to the General Santos Emergency Hospital due to bullet wounds around 5 a.m., but was declared dead on arrival by doctors, Train said in a text message.

The incident occurred around 3:35 a.m., while Velarde was about to enter the Brigada News compound along NLSA Road in Purok Bayanihan, Brgy. San Isidro.

Velarde was waiting for the guard to open the gates when the gunman shot him at close range, Edwin Espejo, chairman of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) General Santos-Koronadal Chapter, said in a statement.

Velarde’s female companion, who was seated at the passenger side of the company vehicle, escaped unharmed, Espejo said.

Velarde is the first media worker from General Santos City killed after the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, Espejo added. (John Roson)

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