Mindanao radio station torched soon after slay try on owner

A local radio station based in Tagum City reported that two unidentified men burned their transmitter building in Mawab, Davao de Oro.

Pat Lucero, owner of 99.9 RP-FM, told the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) by phone that he received a report from his staff that the arsonists arrived in a motorcycle at the transmitter site around 6pm while the on-duty staff was in the kitchen.

The suspects entered the transmitter room and burned equipment like the radio transmitter, Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR), and electric wiring, causing estimated damage of P1Million.

Authorities are investigating the incident but Lucero said it could be connected to an attempt on his life on October 11.

Lucero was the Provincial Information Officer of Davao del Norte before he was forced to resign by Governor Edwin Jubahib last month.

NUJP said Lucero is now in sanctuary for his safety.

He used to host a daily program and was station manager of 99.9 RP-FM.

NoCot guv orders take down of “Serbisyong Totoo” slogan in all gov’t equipments

North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco, who just returned from work after having been suspended by the Sandiganbayan for 90 days, ordered Provincial General Services Office head Jorge Silva to “remove all Serbisyong Totoo tagline from all vehicles and all signages in the provincial capitol compound”.

In the same order dated November 25, Gov. Catamco directed to replace Serbisyong Totoo with the phrase “North Cotabato Province”.

Serbisyong Totoo slogan is identified with the administration of former governor and now Vice Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza since she was congresswoman for nine years and governor for another 9 years.

Catamco suspects Mendoza to be behind the corruption cases against her that led to her suspension.

Catamco was suspended by the 6th Division of Sandiganbayan for 90 days for her alleged involvement in the P5 million fertilizer fund scam that included her former husband Pompey Perez and former Poro, Cebu Mayor Edgar Rama.

The respondents each posted a P110,000 bailbond last year.

The couple were accused of overpricing their delivered products by as much as P4.58 million.

Catamco and Perez allegedly conspired with Rama in the delivery of the supposed overpriced liquid fertilizers to the local government of Poro.

The 3,333 bottles of Vitacrop liquid organic fertilizer was said to have been marked up by as much as P1,092 per bottle.

Duterte says speakership to be shared by Cayetano, Velasco

President Rodrigo Duterte has officially endorsed Alan Peter Cayetano and Lord Allan Velasco for House Speaker in a shared term.

In his speech during the oathtaking of newly-appointed officials in Malacañang Monday, President Duterte said Cayetano will hold the post for the first 15 months while Velasco will hold the remaining 21 months.

Rep. Martin Romualdez will meanwhile be the Majority Floorleader.

The final decision however still lies with the more than 300 members of the Lower House who will be the ones voting for their choice speaker.

According to insiders, Rep. Romualdez still has the most number of congressmen on his side.

Sen. Go throws support on Duterte Coalition in House

Dabawenyo Senator Christopher “Bong” Go is throwing his support on the Duterte Coalition in the Lower House that seeks to unite the lawmakers now divided by the hotly-contested speakership race.

In an interview in Davao City Sunday, July 7, Senator Go said that being a Duterte ally since the beginning he will naturally support whatever the Dutertes decide or do in politics.

He said that he is one with the Dutertes in its effort to unite Congress behind the administration for the betterment of the Filipino people.

Hugpong ng Pagbabago headed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod headed by Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte created the Duterte Coalition in the House of Representatives (HoR) last week aimed at uniting all congressmen behind the Duterte administration.

It was learned that division in the HoR is very high due to the three pro-administration bets seeking the fourth highest position in the land.

The Dutertes met last Saturday with Reps. Lord Allan Velasco, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Martin Romualdez who are said to be the three frontrunners in the speakership race.

The Duterte Coalition is however pushing for Davao City 3rd Dist. Rep. Isidro Ungab as House Speaker.

Sen. BG visits Davao fire victims

Dabawenyo Senator Christopher “Bong” Go paid a visit to victims of fire in Purok Cabaguio, Lakatan Street in Barangay Wilfredo Aquino, Davao City Sunday, July 7.

The fire victims are currently staying at the evacuation area in SOS Children’s Village, Lakatan St. Agdao, Davao City.

During a media interview, Senator Go expressed support on the Duterte Coalition in the Lower House that seeks to unite all lawmakers.

Here’s the clip of the interview:

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