Duterte reminds public of firecracker ban

Sunday, December 21, 2014

THREE days to go before Christmas, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reminded anew the public about the firecracker ban being enforced in the city for 12 years now.

Duterte issued on Sunday an order to arrest anybody caught possessing even small quantity of any type of firecracker.

The firecracker ban, Ordinance 060-02, Series of 2002, prohibits “any person or business establishment to manufacture, sell or offer for sale, distribute, possess or use any firecrackers or pyrotechnic device or such other similar devices within the territory of Davao City.”

"Pag matsambahan ka, miski muingon ka dili nimo na ibaligya. Ang balaod man gud, gibawal miski possession. If you are caught possessing, miski muagi ra ka, but if you are caught, sabit ka gyud. Kay kaning mga gaihg ulo, kada tuig naa na sila sa prisohan. Magtapok na sila. (You will be arrested even if you said you are not selling it. Possession of firecracker violates the law. Don't be hard-headed)," Duterte said during his “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” program.

The 12-year-old policy is the reason why Davao City records zero-casualty rate during Yuletide season. However, there are still those who violate the policy.

"(Kung) ako maglagot, akong ingnan ang police nga ibutang ra mo sa isa ka selda, kanang mag tapok mo nga wala nay makahigda. Mukaon mo naga tindog. Matulog, naga tindog. Dudot mong tanan.pinanglitan kanang selda nga good for 10 persons, pansakan ko na ug 50 persons, tan-awon nato dili ba mo mag dutdot. Kanang maguot gyud.Kani akong buhaton ninyo. Mga gahi mog ulo eh (I will place these law violators to packed prison cell, where you can't even move)," Duterte said.

He said even transit of any firecracker is still prohibited.

“Strictly speaking, explosive na eh. Unya kung naa ka, magduda ko nimo. Unsa may buhaton nimo ana diri sa Dabaw? Ambakan ta gyud ka. Malay ko ba gawan mo yan ng bomba. Miski isa. Miski usa lang ka watusi o usa lang ka stick nga kwitis, sabit na ka,” he said.

For those who found violating the ordinance, the penalty for the first offense is a fine of P1,000 or imprisonment of not more than one month but not less than 20 days, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.

For the second offense, a fine of P3,000 or imprisonment of not more than three months but not less than one month, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court; while a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months but not less three months, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court for the third offense.

“If the violation is committed by a business establishment, the president or general manager or the person, acting in behalf of either the president or general manager, shall be held liable in the case of a corporation or partnership, or the owner or proprietor or the person acting in his behalf shall be held responsible in the case of a single proprietorship,” the provision read.

The ordinance also states that the permit of the business establishment shall be cancelled by the city mayor upon the commission of the third offense.

Meanwhile, the Smart Communications will hold its 2nd Smart Davao Torotot Festival on December 31.

“Kung gusto ka ug noise to drive away evil spirits, you can have torotot,” the mayor said. (ANC)

With ceasefires announced, Duterte invites NPA to spend Christmas in Davao City

Now that a holiday ceasefire has been declared, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has extended an invitation for members of the New People's Army to spend Christmas in his city.

Mayor Duterte extended the invitation — as he had done so in past years — to show Christmas is a time for unity despite differences in ideology, GMA Davao reported Thursday.

"Oo naman, ipaalam lang nila sa akin dahil ako ang susundo sa kanila. Kung hindi kasi, baka matsambahan sila (ng militar at pulisya), ikukulong sila. Ako ang umaya sa kanila," Duterte said.

"Kung magpapasundo sila, susunduin ko sila. Hindi rin naman manghuhuli ang pulis at militar kung nariyan ako," he added.

Duterte has cultivated a reputation for having a no-nonsense approach to crime.

Last Monday, President Benigno Aquino III approved a holiday ceasefire with the NPA, suspending offensive military and police operations from Dec. 18 to Jan. 19.

The Communist Party of the Philippines has also declared its own ceasefires.

The ceasefires will be effective from 12:01 a.m. of Dec. 24 to 11:59 p.m. of Dec. 26, 2014, from 12:01 a.m. of Dec. 31 to 11:59 p.m. of Jan. 1, 2015. The CPP also declared a ceasefire from 12:01 a.m. of Jan. 15 to 11:59 p.m. of Jan. 19, the dates of Pope Francis' visit to the country


Davao City

The history of Davao dates back thousands of years to the times when various ethnic groups such as the Manobos, Bagbos, and the Mandayas occupied the land and established formal communities throughout the area today known as Mindanao. For centuries these people lived in relative peace.The Spanish were the first Europeans to discover Davao , when in 1528 they arrived at the coast and encountered groups of the native people. But it wasn’t until the middle of the nineteenth century when the Spanish began populating the area and gaining control of Davao ’s ports, when permanent European settlements began being built. Control of the ports meant valuable trade leverage in the vastly expanding world trade market.Although they tried, the Spanish were unable to gain complete control of the Mindanao Island , as the native people fought back and resisted. he Spanish-American War in 1898 resulted in an American occupation over the next few years. During the early 20th century, Davao grew in size because of the development of the ports, and the global demand for various products from the area such as cotton, rubber and coffee. Davao officially became a city in 1937. Since this time, the city has been damaged and afflicted by many wars, and been occupied by various countries. 
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Map Of Camotes Islands
The Camotes Islands are a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island. It is 34 nautical miles from Cebu City and part of the province of Cebu.

The Camotes Islands are made up of 3 major islands and 1 minor islet, divided over 4 municipalities. On Poro Island are the municipalities of Poro and Tudela. Pacijan Island's sole municipality is San Francisco. Ponson Island's sole municipality is Pilar. Tulang Island is an islet and part of San Francisco. The main islands of Pacijan and Poro are connected by a causeway bridge. Ponson is separated by the Camotes Sea, lying about four kilometers northeast of Poro. Tulang is located off the northern tip of Pacijan.

The Camotes are low-lying with several hills, some used by a telecommunications company for relay stations. The highest point is Altavista, 950 feet (290 m) above sea level, on Poro. Pacijan has a large lake, Lake Danao,one of the cleanest fresh water lakes in the country. Palm trees are the dominant plant on the islands. There are also numerous native varieties of fruit such as banana, mango, pineapple and other plants. The main port is the Poro Port.

The total population according to the 2010 census is 92,278. San Francisco has 47,357; Poro 23,498; Pilar 11,564; and Tudela 9,859.

It was once known as the "Lost Horizon of the South". Camotes has seen increased visitors and tourism especially over the past 3 years and a growing expatriate community.


The islands were first mentioned in 1521 by Antonio Pigafetta, one of the survivors on Ferdinand Magellan's fateful voyage, as they waited off the islands for several days before going onto Cebu.

When the Spanish first arrived they asked the locals what was the name of the island and the locals thought they wanted to know what they were planting. They said camote. This is how the island got its name and became the Spanish word for sweet potato.

In 1942, Japanese forces occupied Camotes Islands. In 1945, Japanese soldiers massacred almost all of the inhabitants in Pilar which led to a war crimes trial after the war[citation needed]. The liberation of the islands happened soon after the massacre when Philippine and American soldiers landed and fought the remaining Japanese soldiers in the Battle of Camotes Islands.

In the early 1970s, residents unearthed a variety of artifacts dating back to the 16th century. An excavation was done at Mactang, Camotes, revealing spears, daggers, swords, crosses, iron pendants and a skull pierced with an arrowhead. The question arose: Could Mactang, Camotes rather than Mactan, Cebu really be the site of the battle between the native army of Lapu Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan's forces where Magellan was killed?


The predominant industries on the Camotes Islands are farming (including corn, rice, pigs, chicken and cattle), fishing and tourism.

There are about 20 tourist resorts catering to both domestic and international visitors with many public and private beaches.

Also in the Camotes Islands you can find tourist spots such as Buho Rock, Greenlake Park, Mt. Calvary (Kalbaryo), Lake Danao and the vast Mangrove Plantation along the sides of the road from Pacijan (San Francisco) to Poro. There are many underground caves such as Bukilat Cave, Timubo Cave and Guadalupe Cave which has a fresh water underground lake. There are also 2 waterfalls, 1 in Poro and 1 in Tudela. There is diving and snorkeling opportunities at some of the resorts.

The major employers are CELCO (Camotes Electric Cooperative), Camotes Hillside Academy and Kinoshita Pearl Farm. There are 2 small colleges and 1 small hospital. A new airport is currently under construction as is Fiesta Mall, the first mall on the island. A new integrated casino resort with condos is scheduled to break ground in September, 2013. Tourism in the key economic development for the future of the island with a focus on the white sand beaches, safe and clean environment.

There are two colleges on the island: Cebu Technology University (Camotes) and Mount Moriah College.


Bisaya is the primary language with English as second as well as Tagalog, which is a national language. School children are taught all three languages. Porohanon or Camotes Visayan is spoken in the town of Poro only. The dialect is very similar to the language spoken in the rest of Camotes Islands and throughout the province of Cebu, Northern Mindanao and other parts of the Visayas. Porohanon is distinguished by the way the locals substitute the /y/ sound for /z/. Example: Maayong buntag (good morning) in Cebuano would be changed to Maazong buntag in Porohanon. Na-a diha (in cebuano), Ara dira ( in porohanon )


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The municipality of Tudela is one of the 4 municipalities comprising the island of Camotes, located across the northeastern part of Cebu Province. The other 3 municipalities are Poro, Pilar and San Francisco 
Tudela is composed of 11 barangays, namely: Buenavista, Calmante, Daan Secante, General, McArthur, Northern Poblacion, Puertobello, Santander, Secante Bag-o, Southern, Poblacion and Villahermosa.


Tag-anito was the original name of Tudela because its inhabitants worshipped anitos or spirits. But during the early Spanish era, a parish priest named Ramon Alegria, from Tudela, a beautiful city in Spain renamed the place to Tudela.

Based on the research at the National Archives in Metro Manila, the creation of the place as Tag-Anito was approved on May 20, 1892 by the Consejo de Administration through the petition letter of Pedro Solano, the then cabeza de barangay. On the same year, the name was changed into Tudela.

Many individuals assumed the position left by Pedro Solano as the head of the village. They were Marcelo Reusora, Benedicto Solante, Victoriano Solante, Sotero Martinez, Lino Polancos, Ruperto Labajo, Fernando Polancos, Ponciano Estremos, Leon Pesquera, Anastacio Baring, Ignacio Labayan Sr., Victorio Enero and Faustino Lanuza.

Tudela was once part of the bigger town of Poro as one of its barrios. While the late President Sergio OsmeƱa was then the Speaker of the House of Representatives 1916 -1922, a group of prominent residents of Tudela led by Juan Pugosa, together with Eustaquio Polancos, Gervasio Zarsona, Santiago Maroda, Felix Solante, Ramon Martinez, Salvador Roxas and Eulogio Belarmino, petitioned to the Speaker in behalf of the Tudelanons to make it a municipality.

Not long thereafter, the Speaker fulfilled the townsfolk’s desire and Tudela became a separate municipality. Juan Pugosa was elected to be the first president and erected the first municipal building and the first primary school building.

Many followed Juan Pugosa as the municipal president. Emiliano Oyao was elected as the first Municipal Mayor in 1934.

The town is dwelt with Roman Catholics mostly. Every December 8, Tudela observes its annual fiesta celebration in honor of its patroness, Immaculate Conception.



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San Francisco is 38 nautical miles of Cebu city in Central Philippines.  It is a small piece
of paradise. A general small island in northeast of mainland, Cebu.  This third class municipality
sprawls 12414’04’’ to 124 30'37 and 10 32'48 latitude .  The municipality is bounded on the
north, south, and west by the shark infested Camotes Sea and on the east by Ponson Island
(municipality of Poro).

 According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 47,357 people.

 The municipality composed of 15 barangays namely:  
Barangay Campo,  Cabunga-an,  Consuelo,   Esperanza,   Himensulan,   Southern Poblacion,  
 Northern Poblacion,   Western Poblacion,   Sonog, Union,  Montealegre,   Santiago, Unidos ,  
 San-Isidro  and Sta. Cruz.
The municipality is being created in the year 1928 . 

The Municipality of San Francisco is the biggest town in Camotes in terms of income, land area and population. The town used to be called Suangan because of the abundance of Sawong trees. The town’s name was later changed to San Francisco to honor one of the early settlers whose name was Francisco. One of the main attractions in San Francisco is Lake Danao, which is shaped like the figure 8 and is the largest lake in the Visayas. The lake has won awards as the cleanest inland body of water in the region.


Lake Danao is located in the northern part of Pacijan Island, one of Camotes Islands’ smaller islands in Cebu Province.

It takes around two hours to reach Camotes by boat, ferry, and other watercrafts.

The lake has a shape of a guitar whose park is the entry point in accessing Danao Lake - one of the popular tourist attractions on the island.

The Park is north of Mangodlong and Santiago Bay, which is about 30 minutes to the towns of Campo and Union.

The Local Government of San Francisco (Camotes) takes charge in maintaining, preserving, and developing the whole area as eco-tourism as well as educational facility.

Lake Danao is also popularly labeled as the Lover’s Lake. For some obvious reasons, it is serene and has romantic appeal for couples or lovers to be at.

You’ll be mesmerized by the tranquility of the place, which is harmonized by the singing birds on the trees and the gentle blowing breeze.
The park is best not only for couples but also as a picnic area for families and friends.

Lake Danao has diverse flora and fauna that lives and survives within and around the lake. The most noticeable plants surrounding the lake are the coconut trees and some hardwood species planted by the locals living by the lakeside.

There are diverse plants found around the lake – cultivated and natural. Some of the cultivated plants include corns, yams, sweet potato (that is the literal name for “camote” from which the island got its name), and some vegetables.

Locals also develop their traditional way of curing (minor) ailments by using indigenous medicinal plants.

In the lake’s fresh water a number of fish species can be found, such as tilapia, etc.

The lake is also home to some wild ducks, purple herons, and some migratory birds.


For lovers and couples, it is the most romantic way of being together and sharing intimate time in this serene lake. You can rent a small boat and just paddle around the lake’s shores.

It is some sort of a motor-powered boat that can accommodate more than 10 people for a ride around the lake. This boat has sits and tables for visitors to use in case they want to enjoy some food and drinks while touring the lake and enjoying the scene.

During the one-hour cruise on that boat, you’ll have the chance to step on an islet in the middle of the lake where you can take photos with the lake’s wonderful view.

Mangodlong Rock Resort
Santiago Bay Garden
Santiago Bay Cliff