Arroyo administration blamed for Scarborough standoff

A party-list group blamed Thursday the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for a naval standoff between Philippines and China in the disputed West Philippine Sea citing the Baselines Law signed in 2009.

The two nations were locked in a political and military impasse on Tuesday after the Philippine Navy tried to arrest eight Chinese fishing vessels that were conducting “illegal fishing activities” inside the Scarborough shoal. (more)

Public asked to continue monitoring cases vs Arroyo

MALACA√ĎANG urged the public Wednesday to continue monitoring the cases filed against former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her alleged cohorts.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the call as Arroyo and her husband, Jose Miguel, and former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos pleaded not guilty on the graft case filed against them before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Wednesday morning. (more)

From around the world, people join Araw celeb

DABAWENYOS from different parts of the world took part in the celebration of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw last March 14-16 via the live streaming of events on the Sun.Star website.

Streamed over and its micro site,, were the Mutya ng Dabaw pageant, Sayawan sa Dan, Datu Bago Awards and, the highlight of the Charter Day celebration, the Parada Dabawenyo.

The live streaming resulted in an increase in the number of visits to the Sun.Star Davao website at and a rise in new visits by Dabawenyos formerly not aware of the local information provided by the site, said Mildred Galarpe of the Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex) that runs Sun.Star’s online and mobile products.

“They viewed the events as they happened, listened to the sounds, and exchanged greetings or interacted with other readers,” Galarpe said.

The micro site and the live streaming were done in partnership of Sun.Star Davao and Sunnex with the Smart Communications Inc. that provided its latest LTE technology to allow fast upload of the video.

A total of 11,349 views were logged during the live streaming and 2,033 readers participated in the live blogging of events as they happened, Galarpe said.


Matt of Seattle, WA, USA:
Salamat sa mga sponsors for sharing this celebration. I’m not a Dabawenyo, but I visited the city in late 70s. Look where it is now! Move on, Davao!

It feels like I’m home. Thanks Sun.Star for this live streaming!

RicAtencia of Dili, Timor-Leste:
No doubt, people of Davao City will keep their city as one of the most livable cities in Asia!

Debbie of Makati:
Seeing familiar places eases my homesickness, at least.

Yanix of New York, USA:
Happy Araw ng Dabaw. Glad to see you here! Kalami mouli diha oi, kaon ko durian. Hehehe.

No question (about it) but watching the Davao parade miles and miles away.

Julie of Germany:
Salamat kaayo Sun.Star Davao and Smart’s LTE. Clear kaayo ang sounds and pic diri sa Germany. Happy kaayo ko watching this event! Dugay na kaayo ko na wala na makawitness ani na event diha sa ato!

Family in Singapore:
Hello sa tanan taga Davao, from Singapore. Congrats!

Daniel of Saudi:
Enjoy na enjoy kami dinhi sa Saudi. Makawala og kamingaw! Basta naay mga kalingawan diha sa atoa, please Sun.Star, stream niny opirmi. Daku kaayo ni’g tabang sa amoa nga mga OFW. Salamat Sun.Star og Smart.

Franilyn of Singapore:
Missing Davao City. Happy Araw ng Dabaw everyone! Kudos co-Mutya’s all the way here from Singapore!