Oro Hall of Justice fire: 2 dead, P28M damage

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 01:06 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Two persons were found lifeless after a conflagration gutted the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Hall of Justice which structural damage has been estimated to cost at P28 million and turned into ashes all documents on cases filed in courts.

Hall of Justice in Oro being razed to the ground

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- High profile cases in Northern Mindanao might be facing much delay as the Hall of Justice has been gutted as of this posting Friday while the firefighters are still putting out the blaze.

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.

A TRIBAL group leader is pressing on the government to stop coercing the indigenous people (IP) of San Luis, Agusan del Sur to sign the document that would pave the way for the entry of mining companies, which he said could destroy not just the environment but the culture of the lumad communities.

Rogelio Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said Friday the Banwaon tribe members living in hinterland areas in San Luis are being pressured to sign the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

DTI destroys P160,000 Christmas lights

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

FOR violating manufacturing laws, Christmas lights estimated to be worth P160,000 were destroyed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at the City Engineers Office (CEO) compound in Barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City, Friday.

Maria Eliza Pabillore, DTI-Misamis Oriental provincial director, said the products were found to be either uncertified or had expired Import Commodity Clearance (ICC), prompting the agency to confiscate them.

Oro cop official to support mass leave

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:17 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- A ranking police officer is open to joining the mass leave of absence by members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) alumni association if the government would fail to act promptly on the encounter between Moro rebels and law enforcers that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos in Maguindanao.

Government, MILF panels stand firm on peace roadmap

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- They stood their ground.

The negotiating panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) didn’t waver amid a public clamor for war to push for the agreed roadmap for peace in Mindanao.

Summary killing case witness flown to Manila

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:38 p.m.

THE witness in the alleged summary killing of three persons last December was brought to Manila so the Department of Justice (DOJ) could evaluate his application for the Witness Protection Program (WPP), Regional Prosecutor Jaime Umpa said Thursday.

Umpa accompanied Jim Jamaca and Rolando Jamaca, the father of the two victims, on a 9 a.m. flight from Laguindingan Airport to Manila aboard Cebu Pacific.

Aquino ‘should punish perpetrators’ on torture, killings

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

THE government of President Benigno Aquino III should take decisive action against torture and extrajudicial killings by the police and other state security forces, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday in its World Report 2015.

Moro group leaders appeal to push through with BBL

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

CONDUCT an investigation but pursue the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) no matter what.

This was the call of the leader of a Muslim group, which is advocating for peace in Mindanao, amid the contradicting opinions stemming from an encounter that killed scores of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday.

Village folk, groups to draft waste management plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

HUNDREDS of village leaders and residents and representatives from various sectors have converged to draft the Cagayan de Oro City's 10-year solid waste management plan Thursday.

Initiated by the City Solid Waste Management Board (CSWMB), the participants were asked to provide their inputs in addition to the draft already crafted by the CSWMB’s technical working group (TWG).

Protocol on deactivation of MILF arms, forces up

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:33 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Against the backdrop of renewed doubts on the viability of the peace process due to the recent Maguindanao clash, the peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are pushing for a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to flesh out the mechanism on decommissioning rebel arms and forces.

The meeting is aimed at signing the protocol on implementing the decommissioning process, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) said in a news release.

Ruling on summary killing case seen in 2 months

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:33 a.m.

PROSECUTORS handling the probe into complaints filed against four law enforcers and a lawyer, the main suspects in the alleged summary killing of three persons in December 2014, are confident to come out with a resolution in less than two months.

“We will be able to come up with a fair and just resolution of the case in less than 60 days,” Assistant Regional Prosecutor Merlynn Barola-Uy told reporters after holding the preliminary hearing, this time attending to the suspects’ side inside the Regional Prosecutor’s Office (RPO) at the Hall of Justice on Wednesday afternoon.

MILF forming own team to probe Mamasapano clash

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:31 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is forming a special body to probe the bloody "misencounter" in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25 that left at least 44 police officers and several Moro rebels dead.

The MILF announced this decision in an official statement on the incident that was released Wednesday morning. The statement was signed by Al Hadj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the MILF’s central committee.

Court gives residents 90 days to vacate contested areas

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:29 a.m.

“MAKAGINHAWA ra gyud ‘mi (We can finally heave a sigh of relief).”

Relief summed up the collective feeling of the residents living in a contested area after the court granted the motion filed by the City Government to defer the execution of the demolition order that could have left dozens of families homeless in barangays Puntod and Macabalan on Wednesday had the eviction pushed through.

Army: NPA offensives displacing Caraga folk

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:28 a.m.

THE combat operations by the New People’s Army (NPA) have been driving thousands of residents out of their homes in a village in Agusan del Sur recently, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) said Wednesday.

The military said some 222 households or 1,515 persons, including children, have been displaced in hinterland sitios of San Luis town in Agusan del Sur. They are currently staying at a public school in Barangay Balit.

MILF forms team to probe Maguindanao clash

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:51 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has formed a special body to probe the bloody "misencounter" in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday that left at least 44 police officers and several Moro rebels dead.

Cops, Army secure summary killing probe witness

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:56 p.m.

LAW enforcers in full battle gear deployed to secure Jim Jamaca, the survivor and only witness in the gruesome killing of three persons in December 2014, swarmed around the Hall of Justice during the preliminary investigation held at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday afternoon.

Dozens of soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) and the police from the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), brandishing high-powered firearms, positioned themselves within premises of the Hall of Justice, and stood guard for more than three hours as the clarificatory hearing went on.

Calls for sobriety mount amid Maguindanao clash

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:53 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Amid an emotionally charged situation arising from Sunday’s "misencounter" in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, groups and leaders of various sectors have asked for sobriety and calm, cautioning against mounting calls for abandoning the peace process between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“We call on the Government of the Philippines to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into the incident in close collaboration with their counterparts in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF),” the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation (MPI) said in a statement.

Court may consider postponing Oro demolition

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:50 p.m.

A CITY Government official is optimistic that the court will rule on the motion it filed in favor of the residents in barangays Puntod and Macabalan who are facing the prospect of being displaced from their homes due to a demolition order that is supposed to be executed today.

Teddy Sabugaa, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) chief, said that based on his recent conversation with Judge Arthur Abundiente, the presiding judge of Regional Trial Court’s Branch 25, he believes the latter will give weight on the motion to extend the date of the demolition.

Youth leader urges gov’t, MILF to continue peace dialogue

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:49 p.m.

DESPITE the incident in Maguindanao where more than 40 policemen of the Special Action Force (SAF) were killed in an encounter with armed men at a village in Mamasapano town last Sunday, a youth leader has appealed to the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to continue the dialogue on the peace process.

Ernesto Neri, of the Oro Youth Development Council (OYDC), a coalition of youth organizations, said what happened must not derail the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as it would pave the way for a lasting peace in Mindanao.

Alert up in NorMin following Maguindanao encounter

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:47 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao has maintained the full alert status in the region in the wake of the encounter in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao that left 43 police commandos dead.

Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., PNP-Northern Mindanao police director, assured all the police units in the region are ready for any eventuality, although confident that the region has remained relatively peaceful despite some blast incidents in Bukidnon last year.

City: COA action triggered by ‘malicious’ design

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:45 p.m.

CITY Hall has accused some of its political adversaries as responsible for dragging the name of Mayor Oscar Moreno over some unreturned government funds that were allegedly used without going through the proper bidding procedures during his stint as the governor of Misamis Oriental.

The allegation stemmed from a Commission on Audit (COA) report asking Moreno, some of his former department heads and two contractors to return to the Provincial Capitol some P35 million as payment of the rented heavy equipment.

City hopeful motion for stopping demolition to be granted

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:44 p.m.

IT IS now up to the court whether to push through Wednesday with the demolition of houses in a contested land bordering between Barangays Puntod and Macabalan after the City Government filed a motion to delay the displacement of the families living in the area.

Lawyer Edgar Cabanlas said Mayor Oscar Moreno asked him, on behalf of the local government, to file a motion to defer the execution of the writ of demolition scheduled this Wednesday.

Customs targets P9.8B for 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:26 p.m.

AFTER hitting its annual target in 2014, the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Northern Mindanao has upped its collection for this year.

Last year, the BOC attained more than its P8 billion target by earning an excess of P188 million, or a .26 increase from its projected revenue, said lawyer Roswald Joseph Pague, BOC-Northern Mindanao administrative officer.

Lack of prosecutors prompts DOJ to handle Iligan rep case

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:25 p.m.

THE lack of prosecutors in Northern Mindanao is one of the reasons the complaints filed by Iligan City Representative Vicente Belmonte against the suspects in the attempt on his life should be handled by the Department of Justice (DOJ) main office.

Since the provincial prosecutor’s office in Misamis Oriental is understaffed, Regional Prosecutor Jaime Umpa said over the weekend that it would be hard for the prosecutors to efficiently investigate the multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder complaints against the suspects.

Child-friendly barangay search discontinued

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:24 p.m.

WITH the removal of some items in the executive budget, a program aimed at promoting children’s rights would have to be discontinued in the meantime, a Cagayan de Oro City Government official said.

Accusing the City Council's majority bloc for failing to see “the essence of the program,” City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) chief Teddy Sabugaa is dismayed over the decision of the majority councilors to delete the proposed P1-million fund for the "Search for Child-Friendly Barangay" from the 2015 executive budget.

XU students on topping NLE: ‘Not just a dream, but a goal’

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:56 a.m.

TOPPING the Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE) is always a dream, but for the three of the five students from Xavier University who landed on top 10, it was not just a dream, but also a goal.

Xavier University together with St. Paul University in Iloilo City, Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation and St. Paul University in Tuguegarao City has been ranked the top one performing schools in nursing as each garnered a 100 percent passing rate.

Mayor opts legal action on 2015 budget cut

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:52 p.m.

BEFORE the people’s initiative 30-day timeframe could lapse, Mayor Oscar Moreno will also be taking legal action against the majority members of the City Council for reducing the executive budget he proposed, a City Hall official said.

Duterte on presidency: `I`m waiting for signs from God`

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:51 p.m.

BUTUAN CITY -- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not closing his doors to running for the country’s presidency in 2016, revealing in his “listening tour” here, the first of a series, that he’s “waiting for signs from God to make the final decision.”

No action yet from NHA on looming villages demolition

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

THE plight of the residents who will be booted out from their houses as the impending demolition nears is in the hands of the City Council, as the National Housing Authority (NHA)-Northern Mindanao waits for the legislative body’s resolution that would ask the court to defer the issuance of the writ of demolition that would leave more than 50 families homeless next week.

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