Archive for October, 2012

Baktin’s head is P5-M

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – A fuming Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte put up millions of money as reward for the arrest or killing of Ryan “Baktin” Yu, tagged as the most notorious carnapper in Mindanao, who was the brains behind the series of carnapping incidents in the city and entire country.

“If you can arrest him, I will give P2-million. If you kill him, I will make it double, P4-million. And if you can bring in the head of Yu to me, I will make it P5-million,” Duterte said in a hastily-called press conference Wednesday night at the Grand Menseng Hotel here.

He said the bounty has been raised by car dealers who were very mad at Yu who painted a very bad image on their business.

“Enough is enough for this man,” he said, adding that the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) can also join in the manhunt against the notorious carnap ring leader.

Present during the conference were chiefs of the Davao City Police Office, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Immigration, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Highway Patrol Group and Regional Intelligence Unit.

Duterte said that they are still checking on the records of the BI if Yu was already out of the country after reports have it that he may be already in Thailand.

“We can’t yet say his location right now. If he is in Taiwan, we can easily coordinate there. If he is in Kota Kinabalu, we have also contacts there. The problem is in Thailand,” he said.

He said he is also coordinating transnational agencies for close coordination so that they can catch up on the wanted carnapper.

Duterte said he did not discount the possibility that Yu already assumed another identify after he was put in the BI watchlist.

“Marunong kasi ito kaya possible talaga yan (He is very wise, that’s why, it is very possible)”, he said.

The vice mayor said he became very furious after President Benigno Aquino III tried to contact him through Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, warning him for the alleged involvement of his son, Paolo Duterte, president of the Association of Barangay Captains, on the smuggling of Toyota Tundra Truck and Hummer.

He said he immediately confronted Paolo about it but the latter denied knowledge on the reported smuggling.

Paolo then turned his ire on Yu, who was later turned out that it was him who was responsible for the smuggling.

“He used to drop names. He is this good. But his world is getting smaller now,” he said.

But Duterte warned that even he is now on the run, Yu is still very dangerous because he is reportedly armed with high-powered MP5 firearm, Super .38 caliber revolver, Colt .45 caliber pistol and .9mm caliber pistol.

“Just be careful because if you can’t kill him, you will be the one to be killed,” he said.

Meanwhile, the vice mayor also presented a namesake of Yu, purportedly not to be mistaken to be the suspect.

“This man is a peace-loving citizen of Davao City. The carnapper is a resident of Tandag City,” he said. (ASA)



Davao Light signs contract with Therma South for additional power supply

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – In anticipation of power shortage by 2015, Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) signed a contract with Therma South Inc. (TSI) Thursday noon to secure the supply of power in the city and surrounding areas.

Under the power supply agreement, DLPC will receive 100-megawatt additional power capacity  once the construction of the 300-MW clean coal power plant of TSI is completed by June 2015.

DLPC Executive Vice President  and Chief Operating Officer Arturo Milan, First Vice President for Mindanao Manuel Orig, VP for Engineering Rodger Velasco and VP for Marketing and Sales Affairs and representing TSI signed the deal.

Milan said the contract is good for 25 years, an assurance to meet the power demand in the cities of Davao and Panabo as well as neighboring municipalities of Carmen, Dujali and Sto, Tomas, all of Davao del Norte.

In Mindanao, only these areas served by the DLPC are not experiencing brownouts because of several sources of power supply.

Sources of power supply for DLPC are National Power Corporation, Hedcor, Sibulan, Therma Marine Inc. and DLPC Bajada Plant.

To date, the power supply is 337-MW but the demand is only 290-MW, an excess of 47-MW.

But since in 2015, the NPC is reducing its power supply distribution to DLPC by only 195-MW, it initiates to tap the TSI to be one of their power distributors to meet the power demand.

“We are happy to have earned the confidence of Davao Light and we will do our best to build and deliver our power plant as scheduled. The people of Davao have welcomed our investment and it is just right that they reap the benefits of the power that we will prodice, TSI chief operating officer Benjamin Cariaso Jr. said in a press statement.

Cariaso  said that they have the advantage of having already started the construction and assured they will build a world-class power plant that the people of Mindanao will be proud of.

For his part, Milan said that the combination of rapid economic growth in the Davao Light franchise area and the expected deteriorating supply from the NPC require them to act responsibly and secure this power now and ensure the power needs for Davaoeños in the future.

“This unprecendented economic growth in Davao City needs electric power and we in Davao Light will do ourt best that this power is delivered reliably and the progress of our city goes unhampered,” he said.

The power supply contract will be submitted for approval by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) which will ensure that the rates are fair and are to the best interest of the consumers.

Therma South is utilizing the latest circulating fluidized-bed technology to ensure power plant operations meet stringent government environment and safety standards.

The Davao Light has an estimated peak demand of 290-MW, serving more than 30,000 customers. (ASA)


HPG 11 to conduct more anti-carnap operations

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – After unmasking the Baktin Carnap Syndicate led by Ryan Yu, the Highway Patrol Group 11 is still not done yet.

“Expect more anti-carnapping operations in the few days to come. We have still a lot of unfinished business,” HPG 11 regional director Sr. Supt. Gregorio Pimentel said in an interview Thursday afternoon at his office in Candelaria Street in Ecoland here.

Pimentel said we have already identified the targets and that they are just waiting for the right timing and opportunity.

He confirmed there are still many car owners here in the city who bought carnapped luxury vehicles from Yu’s group but were just pretending to legally-owned those cars.

“They should better voluntarily surrender these stolen vehicles to us before they themselves could face the carnapping charges if we caught them using those cars during our operations,” he said.

Pimentel said those who would voluntarily endorse their cars to HPG will be subject for investigation and inspection to clear their names if in case they have bought them from carnappers.

In a series of raids since last week, operatives of HPG 11 and Davao City Police office already recovered 30 vehicles, mostly made of Toyota brand, from warehouses and shops owned by Yu, who was tagged as Mindanao’s most notorious carnapper.

They also dug out 11 pieces of Toyota keys and 10 sets of plate numbers from Yu’s shop in Barangay Wilfredo Aquino in Agdao district here.

A P5-million reward is up for those who can bring in the suspect’s head on a platter with ice to Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

But reports have it that Yu was already out of the country and was said to be spotted in Thailand. (ASA)

Techies gather for 54-hour startup weekend in Davao

By Anthony S. Allada
DAVAO CITY — Technology enthusiasts gather here in the city to attend the three-day Startup Weekend Davao at the Philippine College of Technology in J.P. Laurel Avenue here.
Dulce Rose Lada, leader organizer of Startup Weekend Davao, said that the event will be on November 9 to 11 that will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers and startup enthusiasts to come together to share ideas, form teams and launch startup businesses in 54 hours.
“This event supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market,” Lada told reporters during the Kapehan sa SM Monday.
She said that Startup Weekend will also re-awaken the local technopreneurial spirit and help promote an innovative technology ecosystem.
Lada said Zachary Cohn, bootcamp director of Startup Weekend Headquarters, Seattle, USA, is also coming to facilitate the event while other serial entrepreneurs and experienced mentors from abroad and and based here in the country will participate as coaches over the weekend to provide entrepreneurial insight and inspiration.
She said pitching starts on Friday night, adding anyone is welcome to pitch their business concepts in 60 seconds or less to the audience.
“Attendees will vote on their favourite ideas after the pitch-fire session. Teams form around the top ideas and an evolution of business model creation; coding, designing and market validation commence,” she said.
Lada said by Sunday evening, the event culminates with the final presentation of ideas by each team in front of a panel of judges who will award the prizes.
Winning team will compete at the Global Startup Battle that might earn them a VIP trip to Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Googleplex, $15,000 startup support services and other exciting prizes. (ASA)

Davao solon wants PNP internal affairs placed under President’s office

DAVAO CITY – Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles has proposed that the  internal affairs service (IAS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) should be placed under the supervision and control of the Office of the President to rid the police of scalawags and misfits spawned by the “mistah” system which is prevalent within the police organization.

Nograles said the PNP’s internal affairs service and the National Police Commission have been largely  ineffective in the campaign to cleanse the police of scalawags and misfits because of the prevailing culture of brotherhood among policemen.

“Honestly, I can’t fault them for this culture of brotherhood because you really cannot remove this bond, especially because they went through the same hardships during training. Right or wrong, they tend to protect each other lest they want to be ostracized,” Nograles said.

Nograles said the current campaign of the PNP leadership to get rid of scalawags could really take-off if its IAS is “removed from the wings of the PNP to be more effective and credible.”

Even the recruitment process should be reviewed, Nograles said, as he noted that the pattern of abuse in the police service may also have something to do with the recruitment and training of new policemen.

“There seems to be a prevailing perception that cops can get rich  quickly which attracts many recruits, some of whom even resort to cheating just to be able to become a cop,” Nograles said citing the  April 2011 PNP entrance examination where at least  387 passers were discovered to have cheated, possibly through leakage.

“These cheats should be permanently barred from entering the police service instead of simply issuing a temporary ban. As far as I’m concerned, they have lost their right to be part of any law

enforcement agency or any public office or employment for that

matter,” Nograles said.

Cops exhume 11 Toyota duplicate keys

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – The series of anti-carnapping operations since last week here and in Tandag, Surigao del Sur has proved more discoveries.

This came after operatives of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 11 and Davao City Police Office exhumed Tuesday night 11 pieces of duplicate keys for Toyota vehicles from the raided shop owned by big-time carnap ring leader Ryan “Baktin” Yu in Sarphil, Barangay Wilfredo Aquino, Agdao district here.

“With this discovery, we immediately send this morning formal letter addressed to Toyota Davao and Toyota Philippines to explain and give their side on the discovery of duplicate keys,” HPG regional director Sr. Supt. Gregorio Pimentel said in an interview.

Pimentel said aside from the recovered keys, there might still be some of them which were already used in the group’s illegal activities.

“We expect that they will cooperate with us if they are not hiding something so that we can unmask this illegal acts,” he said.

Pimentel said aside from keys, they also exhumed more 10 sets of plate numbers, which were believed to be replaced by those registered by Yu at the Land Transportation Office.

He said right now he is now coordinating closely with other law enforcement agencies since they are not done yet.

“More operations are still to come. We expect more carnapped vehicles to be recovered,” he said, adding those individuals who might have bought carnapped vehicles should voluntarily surrender the cars before authorities can catch up on them.

Pimentel also welcomed the statement of Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte accusing the some HPG personnel to have connived with Yu in his illegal transactions.

“That is highly interesting. Dapat na tanggalin natin ang mga bulok sa opisina natin. Panahon na para magka-alaman tayo,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said that anytime soon Yu will be arrested as they are now already closely coordinating the Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Coastguard, Philippine Navy and even the Philippine Army so that all exit points will be checked and monitored.

Yu has a standing arrest warrant for carnapping, anti-fencing and other violations. (ASA)


Davao carnap victim identifies car

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – An abviously happy  31-year-old businessman arrived at the office of the Highway Patrol Group 11 along Candelaria Street, Ecoland here to see for himself his carnapped black Toyota Hilux pick-up.

Andy Mark Lucero, of Quirante I, Tagum City, said a friend who was a policeman informed him that his vehicle was already recovered by HPG 11 personnel, prompting him to immediately proceed to Davao City.

Lucero’s vehicle was among the five vehicles which were transported from Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on Tuesday night.

As of Wednesday, 30 carnapped vehicles were already recovered by operatives of the HPG 11 and the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

Lucero said his car was stolen at around 2 a.m. on September 27, 2012 while being parked in front of their autoparts store at the same time residence in Quirante I, Tagum City.

He said at first his helper asked him if he let his service vehicle borrowed by a friend but he said he did not and upon checking their keys they were intact.

That was the time that they concluded that the vehicle was stolen and so they immediately reported the incident to Tagum City Police Office.

But just minutes before the incident, another carnapping also took place just near Lucero’s place.

According to Joselito Paredes, who also came to HPG 11 office Wednesday morning, his company issued gold-rush Toyota Hilux pick-up was carnapped by unidentified suspects.

Paredes, branch manager of the Christian Investigation and Security Agency based in Tagum City, said he was awakened of the car alarm as the vehicle moved out from their place.

But his vehicle with plate number ZGW-536 were not among the recovered vehicles.

Paredes said he was able to talk with one of the four arrested suspects, who reportedly admitted to him that they were the ones who took his vehicle.

HPG 11 regional director Sr. Supt. Gregorio Pimentel said that they are still conducting more recovery operations but refused to divulge the areas.

Lucero’s plate number which is LGC-174 was already replaced with LFW-618.

As to the turn-over of the recovered vehicles, Pimentel said they have to undergo a process where owners should precent proof of ownership and other supporting documents while they are also encouraged to file a case against the suspects. (ASA)


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