Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte today, June 14, took to social media to hit at government agencies handling vehicular traffic, hours after ten people were killed in a deadly van-truck collision at a city highway.

Speed maniacs continue to litter highways and roads with dead bodies in tragic vehicular accidents because traffic enforcers  take  bribe money to close their eyes on speeding violations, according to VM Duterte.

The vice mayor expressed his condolence to the families of the victims of the latest multi-death road tragedy that he blamed   on the agencies for “faltering in their duties and obligations.”

He named the agencies as the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchizing Board (LTFRB) and the City Hall’s City Traffic and Transport Management Office (CTTMO).

 VM Duterte said the agencies have failed in implementing the city’s Speed Limit Ordinance, which could have prevented the deaths.

LTO, LTFRB and CTTMO are in the frontline of implementing the ordinance.

“The speed limit ordinance of Davao City is aimed specifically at putting an end to deadly vehicular accidents in the city,” VM Duterte posted on Facebook hours after the early morning incident.

Ten people were killed while 7 others were injured in the collision between a passenger van and a 6-wheeler cargo truck in Bunawan District.

The passenger van from Monkayo, Compostela Valley was on its way to the city when it overtook another vehicle and crashed head-on with the 6-wheeler truck in Barangay Mahayag, about 20 kms from the city proper, at  past 5:00AM, initial police investigation showed.

Among the dead was the van’s driver.

Nine passengers of the van died on the spot. The tenth fatality died at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

“When it was first implemented four years ago, we saw a remarkable decrease on deaths from vehicular accidents. This year though, we again observed an increase on incidents of vehicular mishaps. Just this morning, several people perished while more were injured when a passenger van collided with a truck.” VM Duterte wrote.

“It seems that authorities have again faltered in their duties and obligations,” he adds in his Facebook post.

RDL 2Armed with Speed Guns, the LTO-LTFRB-CTTMO anti-speeding joint operation catches violators of the Speed Limit Ordinance that pegs speed limit at 60kms/hr in the national highways and 30kms/hr in the downtown city roads.

The vice mayor said he was not wanting in dishing out reminders to the agencies to strictly implement the ordinance  in order to discipline speed maniacs and prevent tragic vehicular accidents.

Apparently, his constat reminders to the agencies went unheeded.

“Dugay ug gikapoy na ko cge pahinumdum sa LTO, LTFRB, ug CTTMO nga disiplinahon ang mga van drivers entering Davao ug mga bus drivers ug labi na mga jeep nga Toril ang biyahe,” he posted. The Toril to downtown route is the most notorious in vehicular accidents, mostly involving Public Utility Jeeps (PUJs), that inspired the passage of the anti-speeding ordinance.

After today’s deadly accident, VM Duterte said he expects the personnel of the agencies to make a show with their presence in the roads watching out for violators.

“Wa nako kabalo kung buta mo o bungol. Karon nga naa napod nangamatay mag atik atik napod mo og dakop.” VM Duterte posted.

The vice mayor said the Speed Limit Ordinance is not properly implemented because speed maniacs pay their way off traffic personnel to avoid being slapped with speeding violations.

“Mao di madakpan ni mga van kay naay under the table sa mga traffic officers. Yes that is an accusation because I have informants, “ VM Duterte posted.





Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday condoled with the families of the two soldiers killed in an encounter between government forces and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) on Sunday morning in Sitio Bajada, Paradise Embac in Paquibato District, Davao City.

sara duterteDuterte-Carpio said it was sad and unfortunate that government lost two lives and wounded six soldiers in the fight against some 50 memebers of the NPA. She however committed to assist the families left by the two soldiers.
Despite the incident, Athe mayor was still committed to open talks with the NPA, saying, it was her duty as mayor of Davao City to bring peace in the community.
Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastincom) spokesperson Maj. Ezra Balagtey confirmed Monday that the troops of the 16th Infantry Battalion encountered more or less 50 members of the Pulang Bagani Command 1 under Zaldy Canete alias Kumander Jinggoy on Sunday.
The encounter, which lasted for about two hours, left two soldiers dead and six others wounded. Balagtey identified the two fatalities as Cpl. Casidy Uday from Taguig ad PFC Freddie delos Santos from Bicol. One of those wounded is an officer while the five soldiers were enlisted personnel. He was not sure there were casualties on the other side although there were evidence of bloodstains along the way of fleeing rebels.
Balagtey said troops were able to find one M653 Colt AR18 with serial number 127538 with one magazine long, two jungle bag, one civilian bag, electrical wire and other belongings at the site.
Balagtey said the troops were responding to a reported consolidation of NPA rebels planning to conduct atrocities in Paquibato District when the army patrol was fired upon that led to the intense exchange of gunfire.
MGen Noel Clement, commander of Joint Task Haribon expressed his appreciation and grief over the death of the soldiers while vowed to pursue the NPA rebels to prevent them from coercing and intimidating the communities.
“While it is sad that we lost two of our soldiers, their ultimate sacrifice is worth noting, they displayed the finest core value of honor, duty and patriotism as they prevented a possible atrocity against our people,” Clement said in a statement. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)





After ordering police and military to wrap  Davao City with a tight security cordon, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued her own guideline for Dabawenyos to follow while Martial Law in Mindanao  declared by President Rodrigo Duterte is in effect.

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The guideline revolves around a “Hold and Secure” strategy for security agencies and a to-do list for Dabawenyos.

The Hold and Secure method will be implemented in ensuring the security of our people, the guideline premised.

The Davao City Police Office and the anti-terrorist Army contingent Task Force Davao have sealed the city with land-and-sea checkpoints to thwart entry of terrorists.

Hours after President Duterte, her father, declared Martial Law in Mindanao on May 23, Duterte-Carpio gathered security agencies to map out contingency plans and strict security measures as the terrorist Maute Group laid siege on  Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.

She ordered a lockdown and intensified deployment of checkpoints, aware that the Marawin violence could spill over to the city.

Duterte-Carpio is no stranger to the Maute Group violence. Police  identified the Marawi-based terror group as behind the Night Market bombing in September last year that killed 15 people and injured 70 others.

Duterte-Carpio presented the 30-point guideline during a media briefing on May 24.

  The mayor said she has ordered lifting of the lockdown order she imposed on May 23.

Coming in as a security measure is the “hold and secure” strategy to prevent violence in the city.

“What we are trying to do is prevent violence from entering the city and prevent violence from erupting inside the city,” Duterte-Carpio  said.

She discouraged outsiders  from travelling to and from Davao City  and  advised city residents to stay home if there is no pressing importance to leave homes.



  1. A “Hold and Secure” method will be implemented in ensuring the security of our people.

  2. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious-looking persons, materials and actions by group of persons.

  3. Exercise prudence in planning your activities.


  1. Travel to and from Davao City is discouraged, as well as in other places in Mindanao, unless there is an urgent matter that needs to be attended to.

  2. Do not leave your residence if you do not have business or matters to attend outside.

  3. Travelling via motorcycle convoys is discouraged.

Crowded places, churches

  1. Avoid crowded places.

  2. Religious activities are encouraged to be conducted during daytime. Muslims observing Ramadan are encouraged to hold their activities inside mosques and residences.

  3. All rallies and large-group activities should have permits from the local government.


  1. Ensure that you have updated vehicle registration papers, and driver’s licenses.

  2. Ensure that you have valid and existing licenses for your guns [License to Own and Posses Firearm (“LTOPF”) and Permit to Carry (“PTC”)].

  3. Cooperate with the AFP and PNP personnel conducting checkpoints.

  4. Familiarize yourself with the contents of your own baggage. Do not accept baggage from strangers.

  5. In the conduct of checkpoints, turn off your headlights and turn on your overhead lights during inspection. 15. Allow the inspectors to smoothly make the inspections.

  6. Always bring a valid personal identification document.

Minors and evenings

  1. Minors are extremely discouraged from going out of their residences except when accompanied by adults. 18. Avoid going out late at night and consuming excessive alcohol.

  2. Buddy system is encouraged to those who work at night especially during travel to and from work.

  3. We encourage that you conduct your personal activities in the daytime.

  4. Loitering in all areas is discouraged.

Personal belongings

  1. Do not leave bags and other personal belongings unattended.

  2. Do not leave your cars unattended for a long time.

  3. Do not retain large sums of money in your residences.

Business establishments and schools

  1. Business establishments and schools are required to create emergency plans for their respective premises.

  2. Business establishments and schools are encouraged to invest in private security, modern security equipment and fire extinguishing equipment.

  3. Do not retain large sums of money in your premises.

  4. Schools are encouraged to implement tighter security measures by properly screening guests. Tourists and tourism activities

  5. Tourists are discouraged from going to areas that are not included among the main tourism areas of the city.

  6. Always bring with you your passports and other proofs of identification.