Archive for November 6th, 2012

Lawmen closing in on big-time wanted carnapper

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – The crack team composed of several law enforcement agencies here and abroad tasked to conduct manhunt operation against notorious and illusive Ryan Cain “Baktin” Yu has already a lead on his whereabouts and just waiting for the right timing to arrest him.

“We have already a lead but we cannot divulge yet the details so as not to jeopardize our on going manhunt operation,” said Sr. Supt. Greg Pimentel, regional chief of the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group 11 here.

Pimentel said that they are very extra-careful in their “operational plans” to pursue Yu, who carries a P5-million reward on his head offered by Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, while they are also still busy filing more cases against him and other suspects.

“Actually we are so busy right now. While we are the lead agency to run after Yu, we are also moving double time to act on the documents to be filed in court against the carnapping suspects,” he said.

He also appealed to owners of recovered carnapped  vehicles to be patient in claiming their vehicles since they have to undergo due process to avoid technicalities.

This came after some vehicle owners were pressuring them to immediately turn over their vehicles to them.

The PNP-HPG 11 headquarters now looks like a motorpool with more than 30 carnapped vehicles, which had been recovered two weeks, occupying the small parking area.

“We have no other area to use. So we have to bear the burden to use this as holding area of these motor vehicles,” Pimentel said. (ASA)


Peñas dares Cagas to name politicians with private armies

By Anthony S. Allada

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – Mayor Joseph Peñas challenged political rival Governor Douglas Cagas to name politicians allegedly employing private armies or Partisan Armed Groups (PAGs) that could be used by means of violence to win the upcoming May 13, 2013 mid-term elections.

“If he is brave enough to come out in the open, he should name names,” Peñas told the Edge Davao in an interview Tuesday morning at his residence in Estrada I here.

Peñas, who is seeking reelection against Cagas, said that only him and incumbent Vice Governor and first district congressional aspirant Arsenio Latasa are known politicians in the city that Cagas might be referring to in his earlier revelation.

During the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting last week in Davao City, Cagas asked the Police Regional Office 11 to contain the existence of PAGs in his province employed by incumbent officials, especially mentioning Digos City, Jose Abad Santos and Malita.

He described the incoming polls in the province to be the bloodiest to happen because of the presence of the so-called PAGs.

But Peñas, a lawyer and certified public accountant, said that since he has been a politician in the late 1980’s he never engaged in hiring henchmen, adding he is only in the company of his driver-bodyguard who is a policeman.

He said Cagas has been very vocal about the existence of PAGs when he himself had been even hiring bodyguards known to be involved in gun-for-hire operations.

“Look, who has been talking now?”  Peñas asked.

This was the first time that Peñas and Cagas are squaring off for the mayoral post after the latter opted not to seek reelection in the gubernatorial race but instead fielded his son, Marc Douglas Cagas IV, who is the incumbent first district congressman, against former second district Rep. Claude Bautista.

Latasa is running against third and last termer first district board member Mercedes Cagas, the governor’s wife. (ASA)

BOC-Davao posts highest revenue surplus in October

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Davao posted an all-time high revenue surplus in the month of October, registering a whopping P88,847,919 or 19 percent.

BOC-Davao District Collector lawyer Martiniano Bangcoy said that its assigned target for October was only P458,850,000 but their actual revenue collection reached to as high as P547,697,919.

“This is the highest revenue surplus so far this year with only two more months before the year ends,” Bangcoy said.

With this, the monthly revenue collection of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Davao has continued to impress Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon after it has been consistent to exceed from its assigned quota.

Bangcoy said that Biazon described the Davao port to be the saving grace of customs bureau with most of the 17 ports in the country missing their monthly target revenue collection.

Biazon was recently here to lead the recognition for the second time Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. as the Top 1 Importer in Davao City that contributed P1.2 billion in duties and taxes to the over-all collection of BOC-Davao.

The recognition was given even as the year has yet to end. The first awarding happened on February 2012 in Metro Manila, citing Phoenix’s big contribution to BOC’s 2011 coffers.

Bangcoy said more than 20 percent of the total collection of the Davao port come from Phoenix importation of petroleum products.

Phoenix, a leading independent oil company with an expanding network of operations nationwide, maintains a depot in Lanang here.

Bangcoy said their annual target could already be met after its November 2012 collection and its December collection will already be the annual surplus. (ASA)



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