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Thousands flee as fire razes Philippines slum

A huge night fire sent slum swellers running for their lives and destroyed more than a thousand homes in the Philippines' largest southern city, officials said Sunday. Davao city's skyline lit up as firefighters battled for more than five hours against flames that leapt swiftly from one shanty to another in the depressed coastal neighbourhood of Isla Verde on Friday night, witnesses said.

Rights monitors slam Philippine mayor for murder threat

Human rights activists in the Philippines expressed outrage Tuesday at a mayor who told a parliamentary inquiry he would happily murder an alleged criminal, warning his threat fuelled the country's infamous culture of impunity. Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking politician nicknamed "The Punisher" , issued the warning in the Senate Monday to a businessman being investigated for allegedly controlling a major rice smuggling cartel.

2 Vessels collide in Philippines leaving 31 dead,172 missing

Bangkok, Aug 17 (EFE).- Philippine authorities on Saturday raised to 31 the death toll from a passenger ferry that collided with a merchant ship and sank in the central Philippine region, while 172 people remain missing. The MV St. Thomas Aquinas ferryboat took just 10 minutes to sink after crashing into the MV Sulpicio Express freighter at around 1 kilometer (2/3 of a mile) off the coast of Cebu province, according to GMA television.

9 Philippine "Nikkei-jin" try to acquire Japanese citizenship

Nine second-generation Filipino-Japanese will fly to Tokyo on Wednesday to try their luck in acquiring the citizenship of their Japanese fathers. Their five-day trip includes appearances at a Tokyo Family Court for interviews by judges on their formal petition, said Yuka Kanamaru, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Nikkei-Jin Legal Support Center, a nonprofit organization that has been helping Filipino-Japanese get Japanese citizenship since 2006.

Philippines probes police 'murder' of criminal

The Philippines is to investigate a group of police officers who were allegedly filmed executing a criminal, the government's human rights commission said Saturday. The video was at odds with a police account of the event in which they said they had killed three gangsters, including the suspect allegedly executed, in a shootout on the streets of the southern city of Davao on Thursday. In an interview broadcast by the ABS-CBN network that ran the footage, Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Loretta Ann Rosales said: "That's clear murder."

Camella puts up P500-M initial investment to develop township in Davao City

An initial investment of P500 million has been poured in to develop a 30-hectare property in Communal, Buhangin into a township, a first of its kind in Davao City.The residential development project called Camella Davao is the latest addition to Camella's roster of master-planned communities in Davao Region and is a joint venture between Camella Communities and the family of Compostela Governor Arturo UyIt was launched over the weekend during a two-day exhibit that featured Camella development projects in Southern Mindanao, including the cities of Davao, Tagum, General Santos

Davao City to hold 1st Catholic traditional pilgrimage

The city will hold its First Catholic Traditional Pilgrimage on April 27 as part of the "Year of Faith" celebration. Brother Ryan Mejillano, founder of Latin Mass Society (LMS) of Davao, said the pilgrims will walk for 12 kilometers, visiting at least five churches in the city.Among the churches to be visited by the pilgrims are the Sta. Ana Shrine Parish, San Pedro Cathedral, San Pablo Parish, Ascension of the Lord Parish, and the Shrine of the Holy Infant of Prague where pilgrims will be given spiritual conferences."Distance of the pilgrimage will be 12 kilometers.

Davao City chesser off to a fiery start in chess tourneys in Taguig City

Fide Master John Ray Batucan of Davao City got off to a blazing start with two quick wins in the Grand Finals of the 2013 National Age-Group Championship Boys 20 and under category in Taguig City.International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia also started strong as he defeated his first two opponents to tie Batucan at the helm.Garcia, who is from Manila, trounced Paul Robert Evangelista of Pangasinan in the first round then crushed Mark Prince Aquino also from Pangasinan in the second round.Batucan, on the other hand, defeated Marc Christian Nazario of Quezon City and Romy F

British consultants to conduct city public transport planning

A team of consultants from the United Kingdom will be conducting a nine-month transport planning for Davao City.The U.S.

Davao power firm opens during ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’

The Davao Light and Power Company has announced that its services will still be available to its customers on April 9, declared as a regular non-working holiday in celebration of the “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor).Ross Luga, DLPC’s assistant vice president for corporate communications, said that their Ponciano, Bajada, and Panabo offices will accept payments from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with no noon break.Luga said their Toril, Calinan and Sto. Tomas offices will also be opened from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and from 1:00 p.m.
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