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Pacquiao WINS by KNOCKOUT: now the Lighweight CHAMP

Manny Pacquiao's quest to get the four championship titles has succeeded after he knocked out David Diaz in the 9th round. Pacquiao is now officially the holder of four major boxing titles making him the only Asian who has joined three others who were able to achieve this record including Mayweather.

In the middle of his glory, Pacquiao however proved he was just another fan when he asked for a picture taking with Kevin Garnett of Boston Celtics. David Diaz said he will rest for several months and decide which move to take next in his boxing career,

Davao Medical Center refuses admission to cancer, TB patient

If you don’t have money and you have cancer and tuberculosis don’t go to the Davao Medical Center because the hospital will just throw you out anyway. This seems to be the message imparted by DMC when they refused admission to a patient suffering from Prostate Cancer stage 4 and Tuberculosis.

“Sinabi sa min ng doctor sa Emergency Room na di nila tatanggapin ang pasyente namin kasi wala raw silang facilities para sa kanya at di nila kayang maalagaan ang pasyente dun,” Rizaldy Ancheta, the patient’s brother said. He said the doctor further added that “sa private niyo na lang dalhin yan kahit ilang buwan sya dun pwede.”

The patient, Arnold Ancheta, 64 years old and an employee of the Mindanao Economic Development Council for several years already was brought by the 911 ambulance to DMC. However, barely an hour after the ambulance brought him to this facility, the nurses started removing his dextrose since they are refusing him admission. He was not even brought home by the ambulance b…

Ces Drilon, cameraman released by Abu Sayyaf

The release early this morning of ABS CBN reporter Ces Drilon and her cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion as well as Professor Octavio Dimampo was a relief not only to their families but to the Philippine media practitioners as well. Angelo Valderama was released ahead of them several days ago.

Indanan Mayor Alavarez Isnaji's son Jun said nothing was given to the kidnappers except the promise of livelihood projects for their families and the community. The kidnappers earlier asked for a P15 million ransom and even indicated a deadline yesterday morning.

This was not the first time that a member of the 4th Estate was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf bandits but this was nevertheless a case in point to show the world why the government could not stifle a small bandits group hiding in a small area like Zamboanga. A lot of people are wondering why the Abu Sayyaf still exists even after the kidnapping and the death of some foreigners who were kidnapped in Patikul, Sulu several years ago. Even the US…

Classes in Davao suspended due to heavy floods

Classes in Davao City public and private schools (elementary and high schools) have been suspended due to heavy floods barely a week after the start of classes. The Office of the City Mayor announced as early as 5AM today the suspension of classes in public schools within the poblacion adn Talomo areas. City Administrator Wendel Avisado said while it may be discretionary on the part of private schools to follow the mayor's directive, the schools usually do so when the situation calls for it.

Matina area is flooded, with the street just in front of GSIS somehow unpassable. Matina Aplaya has knee-high waters already while Acasia Street near Ateneo de Davao in Matina is also flooded. Stella Maris and Ateneo de Davao have declared a suspension of classes.

RICE MISADVENTURES 2: NBI raids rice warehouse repackaging NFA rice but NFA declares it is authorized

The National Bureau of Investigation raided several warehouses over the week and in one warehouse, they found out that NFA rice is being repacked and repackaged. However, National Food Authority Davao Manager Lorenzo Camayang said it is one of the warehouses of the NFA and is authorized to repack the NFA rice which is intended to be sold to compete and discouraged retailers from increasing the price of commercial rice.

Camayang said the NBI was not aware that the said warehouse was under the NFA. Turns out that NFA could not even properly coordinate with the NBI. Why not just give the NBI a list of the NFA accredited and owned warehouses to avoid bloopers like these in the future--if this is indeed a blooper?

RICE MISADVENTURES: NBI raids 40 rice warehouses, 15 with minor violations

The National Bureau of Investigation reported to the City Council Tuesday that they have inspected 40 rice warehouses of rice retailers in Davao City particualrly in the areas of Uyanguren, Bangoy and Toril. At least 15 of the warehouses raided had minor violations.

Among the violations were:
1. no labels on the packaging or sacks of rice
2. failure to keep a record book of the daily transactions
3. Substandard weight which means each sack is less than the 50 kilos required

NBI said a case has already been filed with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Manila Times Gets Flak From Mindanao Journalists

The June 2, 2008 issue of Manila Times drew flak from various sectors in Mindanao particularly Mindanao journalists who criticizes the paper's portrayal of Mindanao as "strife-torn". This negative portrayal of Mindanao is said to be economic sabotage because even papers with a small amount of credibility (not in reference to the Times) gets to be read by decision makers and businessmen who might change their minds about investing in Mindanao just because of a blurry, much more erroneous and ignorant report.

The questionable article stems from an AFP release published by the Times on the unannounced Zamboanga visit of US Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. Mullen, who was with US Ambassador Kristie Kenney was accompanied by AFP chief Lieutenant General Alexander Yano when he visited the Edwin Andrews air base just days after a bomb exploded outside a US project office located near the base.

A lot of news organizations have conducted seminars for journalists on rep…