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PRRD calls for unity amid calamities

Despite skipping his visit to this earthquake-stricken town on Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte told the affected individuals in Davao del Sur to unite and rise to the challenges of last year.

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“Let me remind the people that you are not alone and everyone is here to help. It pains me to hear the stories of suffering and I express my heartfelt sympathies and condolences over the loss of lives brought by the earthquake,” the President said in his message to the residents of Malalag and Padada towns delivered by Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian.
He also said the government’s priority is to ensure that rebuilding efforts in Mindanao are completed as soon as possible.
“Rest assured that we will continue to exert our efforts until all of you are able to recover and get back on your feet,” Duterte added.
Along with Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, the presidential son led the turnover of the PHP5-million calamity assistance to Malalag and PHP2 million to Padada.
They also distributed food packs to the earthquake victims and assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Extent of damage
About 1,250 families from the eight municipalities of Malalag town were displaced when the magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the province on December 15.
Malalag Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) assistant Leah Frias said 487 of the displaced families from five barangays have been staying in five evacuation camps, while 763 families in three barangays are camping out near their homes.
The MSWDO report revealed that there are a total of 2,347 partially damaged houses and 111 totally damaged houses from all barangays in the municipality.
Marideth Regoner, 46, of Purok Talisay, Poblacion, Malalag said she came to the gymnasium, hoping that the visit of the President could ease their situation due to the series of earthquakes that hit the province last year.
“I and my husband have no money for the repair of our hut that was destroyed during the temblor,” said Regoner, who was with her five children.
On the other hand, some 7,421 families or 37,105 persons were affected in the 17 barangays of Padada.
Data from DSWD showed that there is only one evacuation center in Padada catering to 32 families or 110 persons.
About 3,331 houses were damaged, 347 of which were totally damaged while 2,964 were partially damaged.
DSWD’s total cost of assistance reached PHP2.85 million covering food and non-food items and crisis intervention unit. (PNA)



Magnitude 5 quake hits Cotabato anew







Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas did not care if after  shocks from two 6plus magnitude earthquakes that rocked Tulonan in nearby Cotabato continue to rock his province and threaten government buildings including the Provincial Capitol.

Gov. Cagas had declared October 30 as “no work day” at the Capitol as engineers check damage to the building. But on the day, the governor had a date with his homeless constituents.
On the day, he was to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the government agency tasked with implementing the government’s socialized housing for the homeless Pinoys.
As the specter of another earthquake and more after shocks looms over the province, Gov. Cagas, with his staff and a few Capitol employees, signed the MOU, atop tables hurriedly parked at the Capitol lobby, with SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.


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National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents in Region 11 (Davao Region) arrested on Wednesday Davao del Sur 2nd District Board Member Arvin Malaza along with seven others in an entrapment operation at a radio station in Digos City.

The seven persons who were not named by the NBI were all workers of the Kakampi Meuws Radio, which is owned by Malaza.

In an interview, NBI-11 director Jonathan Balite told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that Malaza and other suspects were arrested after they confirmed the illegal resumption of operation of the Kabos Padatoon or the Kapa Community Ministry International Incorporated.

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ARRESTED. Davao del Sur 2nd District Board Member Arvin “Jun Blanco” Malaza (extreme left) was arrested on Wednesday (September 18) during an entrapment operation his own radio station in Digos City. National Bureau of Invetigation in Region 11 (NBI-11) said the arrest was due to the resumption of investment solicitation activities of the Kapa Community Ministry International Inc., which the government shut down earlier for fraudulent activities. (PNA Photo by Che Palicte

Balite alleged that Malaza, who also goes by the name Jun Blanco and describes himself as Kapa’s chief media officer, has resumed the group’s illegal investment solicitation activities under Kapa Worldwide.

Kapa Worldwide, the NBI official said, has no business license and is not allowed to solicit investments.

In June, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) and NBI to shut down illegal investment firms such as Kapa.

Dozens of dubious investment schemes promising huge returns were shut down, including Kapa, whose founder Joel Apolinario is facing charges of large-scale estafa.

After Kapa’s closure, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had warned Kapa officials to refrain from reopening their offices as their registration had been revoked.

However, in several social media posts in the previous month, there were announcements on the revival of KAPA under its new name KAPA Worldwide Ministry Association wherein offices in various areas will be reopened and relaunched.

NBI-11 spokesperson, special investigator Joel Ayop said Malaza continued to receive “pay-ins” from investors through his radio station.

Ayop said an NBI operative posed as an investor and gave the PHP10,000 marked money to Malaza’s staff.

Right after giving the receipt, the NBI agents swooped down on the area and arrested Malaza and radio station employees.

“Prior to the entrapment, we already did a pay-in of PHP30,000 yesterday (September 17) to make sure that they are really operating. And we tried it again using our marked money and we have proven that they are really operating so we conducted the entrapment,” Ayop said.

Seized from Malaza’s radio station were the PHP10,000 marked money, Kapa member identification cards, ledgers, books of account, a shotgun with four rounds of ammunition, and other pieces of evidence.

Ayop said Malaza will undergo inquest proceedings on Thursday (September 19) and will face charges of syndicated large scale estafa and violating provisions of the Securities Regulation Code (SRC).

Ayop said they will still investigate each of the seven other suspects to decide who will be included in the charges.

Malaza was elected to the Provincial Board in the May 13, 2019 elections. (PNA)