CROSSFIRE: For the record

By ROGER M. BALANZA “I am just concerned and intrigued…on how the barangay officials of Maa reacted or extended assistance to the late…Mariannet Amper.” “I have not seen any barangay official neither the barangay captain (of Maa) tinker into the problem of this innocent lady, Ms. Amper, and what they have done as far as their office is concerned.” “The barangay government is the smallest government unit….supposed to be in the frontline of ….handling barangay constituent’s problems.” “Under the law….barangay officials can be accused of negligence….can be ground for suspension or removal from office…for remiss of duties and responsibilities.” “The … Continue reading CROSSFIRE: For the record

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Heartbreak kid

Love drives man to suicide A man killed himself by hanging on Saturday, in a suicide that the man’s family could have been triggered by love. The dead body of Nanding Palacio, 19, was found Sunday with a nylon rope looped around the neck hanging on a jackfruit tree inside the family compound in Catalunan Grande. His brother Leo said the victim was moaning about rejection by his girlfriend days before he killed himself. He recalled that on Friday, Nanding had joined a singing session among friends in the neighborhood but that he kept ruing about his break-up with the … Continue reading Heartbreak kid

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Amper girl suicide

Davao City councilor told: Keep off Mariannet’s death By ROGER M. BALANZA City councilors should not earn “pogi” points from Mariannet Amper’s death. Councilor Bonifacio Militar yesterday dished out this stern rebuke at the direction of councilor Danny Dayanghirang for his privilege speech that heaped blame on officials of Barangay Maa for the suicide of the 12-year old 6th grader. In his speech in yesterday’s session of the Davao City Council Dayanghirang said the officials of the Barangay Council of Maa should also be probed for their failure to address poverty in the barangay. The girl hanged herself on November … Continue reading Amper girl suicide

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Suicide refuses to die

Duterte cautions media on Amper girl suicide MYNEWS by ROGER M. BALANZA Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has cautioned media on further speculating over the circumstances that led to 11-year old Mariannet Amper’s death, asking police be allowed to complete investigation. But Duterte stuck to his position the 6th grader could have been raped leading her to kill herself by hanging inside their house in Maa. Duterte has ordered police to look deeper into the case after the medico legal said after autopsy that the girl was violated. Let us allow the investigation to be finished, said Duterte as the Nov. 2 … Continue reading Suicide refuses to die

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