Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.
ON THE occasion of the 40th day of the Mamasapano incident, civil society organizations will launch the national campaign All-Out Peace (AOP) at the Kiosko sa Kagawasan today, March 6.
The local launching is initiated by Tulay sa Kalinaw sa Mindanaw (Tulay Kami), a multi-sectoral body convened by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, head of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.
DAVAO CITY -- Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator and Bangsamoro Transition Council chairman Mohagher Iqbal reiterated on Thursday his appeal to wean away the discussion on the January 25 Mamasapano incident from cultural and emotional biases and tackle the issues based on reason.
Speaking before journalists, Iqbal said the Mamasapano incident, which killed 44 SAF policemen, 18 MILF fighters, and five civilians, has again brought to the forefront long standing biases against the Moro people.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:06 p.m.
LINAMON, Lanao del Norte -- The military, police and the province of Lanao del Norte are working closely to secure the province from a possible spillover of the all-out offensive campaign of the government against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.
IN SPITE of the furor it created within the academic walls of Xavier University, the Central Student Government (XU-CSG) is supporting the school’s management and policy-making body as it recognizes three personalities who have played a vital role in the signing of the peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government that paved the way for the crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.
AUTHORITIES halted a group that snatched a businesswoman over unpaid debts in millions of pesos, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao said Thursday.
The victim, identified as Genoveva Billanes, 57, a resident of Trento in Agusan del Sur, was abducted by three suspects on Tuesday, March 3, around 3 p.m., said Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., PNP-Northern Mindanao regional director, during a press conference at Camp Alagar Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:43 p.m.
DAVAO CITY -- In a sign of the official shift from using bullets to ballots, members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will troop to a scheduled special registration of voters on Saturday, March 7, inside Camp Darapanan, the rebel group’s administrative base in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:13 p.m.
WHILE the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has advocated for blended sources of power for the country’s second largest island, a civil society group has criticized the government for its preference on the use of fossil fuel, particularly coal, in generating energy.
Environment watchdog Sulog chair Orlando Ravanera said the pronouncement of MinDA chief Luwalhati Antonino to encourage a combination of renewable and non-renewable energy sources may be laudable but she has to keep in mind the hazards of coal-fired power plants to the environment.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:11 p.m.
A FORMER village chairman has filed plunder charges against City Hall officials anew alleging that they misused public funds intended for the renewal of PhilHealth registration of indigents.
In his complaint submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman based in Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday, former Taglimao barangay chairman William Guialani accused Ma. Lourdes Gaane, lawyers Percy Salazar and Beda Joy Elot, and Dr. Glenn Bañez for allegedly disbursing some P120 million as payment for the PhilHealth premiums of 25,000 individuals.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.
THOUSANDS of Cagayan de Oro electorates may not be able to vote in the local and national elections in 2016 since they failed to comply with the biometrics requirement of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), lawyer Palmer Palamine, acting city election officer, said Wednesday.
Palamine said that out of the 283,173 registered voters of the city, 23,815 or 8.41 percent of them have failed to process their biometrics at the Comelec.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.
THE heat is on as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)-Northern Mindanao declared that the start of dry season will fall on the third week of this month.
Luz Mercado, Pagasa-Northern Mindanao weather specialist I, said the onset of summer of this year will be on March 26 and that there has been no indication of rainfall based on Pagasa's weather system.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.
BOTH the military and police, including the local government unit of Misamis Oriental, have vowed to uphold the law to maintain the peace and security in the province and Cagayan de Oro.
The assurance was made should hostile forces attack the province and the rest of Northern Mindanao in light of the possible unrest once the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) doesn't get ratified by Congress.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:28 p.m.
A PUBLIC school teacher was one of the eight persons recently arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao following two buy-bust operations it conducted.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.
SECOND district Representative Rufus Rodriguez is open to the decision of the leaders of both houses of Congress to move the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by June 30.
In news reports that came out Tuesday, Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. had agreed to put the BBL to a vote in June.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.
COTABATO CITY -- An improvised explosive device (IED) planted near a national road in North Cotabato was successfully defused Tuesday afternoon by Army bomb experts.
In a statement, Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the 6th Infantry Division, said that at 11:40 a.m., a civilian reported having found a suspected IED in Sitio Lotte, Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan town, beside Simuay Hardware.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.
DAVAO CITY -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (Armm-Heart) has recorded at least 54,370 internally displaced persons (IDPS) or “bakwits” in at least nine towns in Maguindanao province due to armed conflict.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:08 a.m.
COMPLETING maintenance work at one of its two generating units, a power plant operator announced it has brought 105 megawatts back to the Mindanao grid Monday.
"The unit was officially synchronized to the Mindanao grid at around 6:08 a.m. on March 2," said Steag State Power Inc. plant manager Dr. Carsten Evers in an e-mailed statement to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:07 a.m.
CAGAYAN DE ORO city is financially liquid, Mayor Oscar Moreno assured Monday.
Moreno told city hall employees and city officials during the flag-raising ceremony Monday that Cagayan de Oro has enough funds but these could not be released right away because of the city council's majority bloc.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:06 a.m.
PEOPLE living in barangays will play a vital role in fire prevention, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said Monday.
Fire Superintendent Shirley Teleron, the district fire marshal, said residents can help the BFP in combating any fire if they are trained in basic firefighting techniques.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:02 a.m.
THEY had to ford rivers by at nighttime with their children and farm animals to escape being caught in the middle of the fighting.
This was just one of the hardships endured by villagers displaced by the intensified military offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Saturday night.
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.
AWANG, Maguindanao -- Military and police authorities in Maguindanao are hunting down four “Indonesians” and an “Arab-looking chemist” who are reportedly hiding in the province with Filipino bomb-making expert Basit Usman, officials said Saturday.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:29 p.m.
FOR Mindanao to have a stable power supply and reasonable electricity rates, it needs to have combination of fossil fuels and renewable energy (RE), an official of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (Amreco) said Sunday.
In a statement sent through email, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Luwalhati Antonino underscored the necessity of having both nonrenewable and renewable sources of power in the island.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:28 p.m.
THE plan of Xavier University (XU) to invite Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal as one of the guests of honor during its graduation ceremonies sometime this month has elicited opposition especially from some parents, but Mayor Oscar Moreno said he has no problem with the Jesuit-run school’s move.
In an interview with Moreno on his 64th birthday celebration over the weekend, he said the appearance of Iqbal in Cagayan de Oro City couldn’t be more appropriate.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:24 p.m.
IT WAS just supposed to be casual bonding time for the two pre-teen girls in the mall. But an offer of food turned ugly when they met a female a few years their senior that led to their harrowing experience last year in the hands of a foreigner who was recently arrested for various offenses, including rape and assault by authorities.
After the meet-up at the mall, Mia, 11, and Lynn, 10 (not their real names), were brought to the house of Peter Gerard Scully, the 51-year-old Australian, by his Filipino lover identified in an online news article as Angel (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro is withholding her real identity) in Apovel subdivision, Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, last year.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:51 p.m.
THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on February 27 recognized exemplary health care providers in northern Mindanao which demonstrate outstanding performance in the delivery of quality service by upholding health and financial risk protection to PhilHealth members in line with the Universal Health Care.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, PhilHealth 10 awarded three health care institutions namely: Pangantucan Rural Health Unit of Pangantucan, Bukidnon; Malaybalay Polymedic General Hospital, Malaybalay City; and Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro.
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.
THE Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division (4ID) is ready to send its soldiers to areas in Mindanao where government troops are fighting the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Although the areas where the clashes are taking place are outside its coverage, the division will move out once the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) higher command orders a deployment, Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the 4ID based at Camp Edilberto Evangelista in Barangay Patag, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in a phone interview Friday.
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:10 p.m.
ECHOING the stand of the peace negotiators from both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to resume peace talks if the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not approved in Congress, a former government peace negotiator said dialogue, not war, is still the best option.
"There are other paths to peace," former presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza said in a recent online interview, referring to ways to attain peace should the country's legislators do not pass the BBL.
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.
ABOUT a thousand displaced members of a tribe in San Luis, Agusan del Sur, are afraid to return to their communities because paramilitary groups have not pulled out, a human rights group leader said Friday.
Aida Ibrahim of Karapatan-Northern Mindanao Region said the hundreds of families belonging to the Banwaon tribe insists on staying at the evacuation center in Barangay Balit in San Luis.
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:06 p.m.
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Northern Mindanao and 26 local government units (LGUs) in Misamis Oriental have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to protect consumers in the region.
The MOA, signed in Cagayan de Oro City last Thursday, aims to create the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) in the region.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.
CAGAYAN DE ORO -- An Australian nabbed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Northern Mindanao together with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Malaybalay City last week may be facing another criminal case following the excavation of a skeleton of a girl that he allegedly killed in Surigao City in July 2013.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:55 p.m.
WITH its relentless offensive operations, the military has claimed it has driven out the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels away from their bases scattered in Caraga, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) reported Thursday.
In its e-mailed statement sent to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Thursday, the 4ID said it is now fighting the Maoist rebels “at their doorsteps.”