‘Maximize SC guidelines to hasten massacre cases’

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- A lawyer representing the 17 families of the 58 individuals, 32 of them media workers and journalists, who were killed in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre said the justice department should hasten the prosecution of the case by maximizing a set of guidelines crafted by the Supreme Court (SC).

Fleeing villagers sick, tired

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

WALKING in the forest for two straight days has taken its toll on the group of evacuees who fled the hinterland communities following armed clashes between military and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, an official said Friday.

Misamis Oriental Provincial Administrator Edmundo Pacamalan Jr. said the 300 villagers from Sitios Lakbangan, Kalhaan and Impadiding reached Minalwang on Wednesday and all of them were accounted for, although some of them got sick along the way.

Slain rebel ‘son of NPA top official’

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

A NEW People’s Army (NPA) fighter who was killed by the military in an encounter in the mountain village in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, on Tuesday was the son of a top Maoist guerrilla official, a source said Friday.

The source, who requested not to be named, said the slain rebel, the 21-year-old Francisco Manseguiao, was the son of a top NPA commander known popularly as “Bajoy.”

DSWD workers join national protest on wage hike

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

SEEING that their income is not enough to survive the daily needs, the workers at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Northern Mindanao office have joined other public servants all over the country in calling for the increase in their monthly salary.

According to the Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (Sweap), the current minimum monthly wage for government workers is P9,000. Sweap wants it raised to P16,000 a month.

Family retrieves rebel’s body

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

THE body of the slain New People’s Army (NPA) member who died in an encounter with the military in a mountain village in Claveria, Misamis Oriental on November 18, was retrieved by his family Thursday, the Provincial Government said.

The casualty, Francisco Manseguiao, 21 years old, who hailed from Sitio Lantad, Barangay Kibanban, Balingasag town, was killed when the military and insurgents figured in a firefight somewhere in Barangay Minalwang, Claveria.

Ex-village official, 2 others face raps

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

A FORMER barangay kagawad and two others are now facing charges as authorities filed complaints against them before the City Prosecutor’s Office Thursday.

According to Senior Inspector Harvey Abellanosa, chief of the Detective Management Desk (DMD) of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), charged were Dan Donald Galvez, Allan Dumpas, and Rex Farly Caingin.

Oro’s P3.8-B budget slash seen

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

THERE is a possibility that Cagayan de Oro’s proposed annual budget of P3.8 billion for 2015 would be cut down, a city legislator said Wednesday.

Councilor President Elipe, who chairs the ways and means and finance committees, said it is likely that slashing the budget for next year would affect the operations of some executive departments at City Hall.

Church leaders appeal to army, NPA

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

CHURCH leaders appealed to the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) to stop the fighting in the hinterland village in Claveria, Misamis Oriental as it has displaced residents caught in the crossfire.

Bishop Felixberto Calang, of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), said the evacuation indicates that the pursuit operation of the military to rescue the two soldiers held captive by the Maoist rebels is now displacing the communities in the area.

Ched scholarship funds need increase

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

FUNDS for scholarship grants that the Commission on Higher Education (Ched)-Northern Mindanao has been awarding beginning this academic year after the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) was abolished are not enough for the volume of applicants in the region.

Roy Roque U. Agcopra, chief administrative officer of Ched-Northern Mindanao, said it is insufficient for all the expenses and fees that the scholars need to pay.

‘Listahang tubig’ to map out water service utilities

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

GOVERNMENT line agencies are fast-tracking the gathering of data to improve the management of all the water resource in the country and enhance its regulation for better water service coverage.

A national survey dubbed as “Listahang Tubig” will map out water service utilities and providers in provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays to determine the extent of water service coverage and water system condition nationwide.

Another project for Oro after mayor's US visit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

THE recent trip of Mayor Oscar Moreno and other city officials to the United States has resulted in another project that would be implemented by the American government in Cagayan de Oro.

The city has become a recipient of the Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAid).

Misamis Oriental government ready to help ‘bakwits’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:55 a.m.

THE Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental is ready to extend assistance to the 152 residents who left their homes Monday as a result of the recent armed encounter between the army and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in a remote village in Claveria town.

The villagers, who belong to the Higaonon tribe, had to walk for kilometers from their community in Sitio Lakbangan, Barangay Minalwang, and this has taken its toll on the children, elders and the sick who are among the evacuees.

Gas stations refusing to rollback prices must be penalized

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:55 a.m.

FUEL refilling stations that repeatedly do not comply with the order to decrease the prices of their petroleum products should face the consequences based on a local ordinance, a City Government official said Tuesday.

City Councilor Ramon Tabor reminded those refilling stations that refuse to lower their fuel price have no right doing business in Cagayan de Oro.

No ebb on abuse vs OFWs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

MALTREATMENT against the 69,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from northern Mindanao has not ebbed as Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-10) records an average of 50 cases of abuse every month.

Thirty-year-old Darlene Andales Saladaga from Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental who worked as a domestic helper in Kuwait returned home last Saturday, November 15. She had been abused by her wards aged 7 and 8 years old.

Nurse in UK died in road accident

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

A NURSE from Barangay Kauswagan in Cagayan de Oro met a fatal accident Wednesday, November 12, after a vehicle hit him as he crossed the street at the grounds of the University Hospital in Heath Park, in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Anecito Obsioma, 55, worked as a nurse at University Hospital of Wales (UHW).

PDEA to burn another batch of illegal drugs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) is set to destroy another bunch of seized illegal drugs this Friday, November 21.

The second batch of illegal substances, composed of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and cannabis or marijuana, that are ready for incineration at a cement company in Lugait, Misamis Oriental, were confiscated by the PDEA Provincial Special Enforcement Team (PSET).

Police beef up security anew as terror threats loom

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

POLICE Chief Superintendent Francisco Genabe Jr. ordered deployment of police forces in Northern Mindanao following the spate of bombings in some areas of the island.

“Security in regional boundaries leading to Cagayan de Oro City is tightened due to terror threats and all the bombings, and the latest incident on North Cotabato is very alarming,” said Police Superintendent Bernardo Mendoza, chief public information officer of PRO.

Philippines still insufficient in processing corn

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

THE Philippines still has insufficient capability to process its corn, an agriculture official said Monday.

Milo delos Reyes, head secretariat of the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program, said of the 7.8 metric tons of corn the country produced this year, only 10 percent of it had passed through mechanical drying.

Kin of deceased person with Aids may opt silence

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THE family of a person who died in Cagayan de Oro City last week due to complications brought about by Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Aids) has the option not to divulge the death of its member to the media, an advocate said Monday.

Fritzie Estoque, president of the Misamis Oriental Cagayan de Oro Aids Network (Mocan), said it is up to the relatives to keep their silence if and when one of their loved ones has died due to Aids.

Retailers told: Follow SRP on 'noche buena' products

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

AFTER monitoring the prevailing prices of “noche buena” products from wet markets to supermarkets and groceries, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) came out with its suggested retail prices (SRP) that merchants should possibly heed.

Chief Almer R. Masillones, consumer welfare division of DTI, warned that retailers selling the products higher than the SRPs must be able to present Show Cause Order (SCO) and explain their valid reason for selling those products at higher prices.

MisOr villagers flee homes as Army, NPA clash

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- More than a hundred residents fled their homes in Sitio Lakbangan, Barangay Minalwang, Claveria town in Misamis Oriental on Monday due to ongoing clashes between troops and Maoist rebels.

Ireneo Ubarde, of Misamis Oriental Farmers’ Association-Kilusan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (Mofa-KMP), told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone late Monday that the villagers are fearing for their lives, as they have been forced to leave their homes in a hurry.

‘Philippines must brace for brain drain’

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

WITH the imminent regional economic integration of member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, there is a possibility that the exodus of more Filipino professional and skilled workers going out of the Philippines to work elsewhere would result in shortage of the country’s human resource, a lawmaker said.

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said the country must not worry about the liberalization of goods and products that comes with the institutionalization of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 but on the “brain drain.”

Families of HR victims want justice

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

FAMILIES of victims of human rights violations in Northern Mindanao are bent on bringing their cry for justice to President Benigno Aquino III.

One of them is Joseph Paborada.

Rise in obesity continues

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

OBESITY among children and adults in Northern Mindanao is rising.

Based on the National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute from 2008-2013, it has been found that the improvement of the nutritional status of the children, pregnant women, lactating mothers had only reached a minimal level.

2 charred bodies dumped

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

ANOTHER case of suspected summary execution has been eyed on the two charred bodies found at Sitio Anhawon in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, on Saturday, November 15.

The victims are believed to be 20-25 years old.

New law for seniors' health membership to take effect soon

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

A LAW requiring all senior citizens of the country to become members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is expected to take effect in the next few days.

Lawyer Aisa Maunting-Alonto, of the PhilHealth-Northern Mindanao's public affairs unit, said Republic Act (RA) 10645 would take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette of the National Government.

HR caravan barred entry at Gingoog jail

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:39 p.m.

A CONVOY of sectoral leaders and human rights violation victims bound for Manila was flagged down as the group made a brief stop to visit an inmate at Gingoog City jail Friday afternoon.

Datu Jomorito Guaynon, chairperson of the indigenous people’s (IP) group Kalumbay, said law enforcers barred them from entering the premises of the detention facility to check on Joel Yagao.

Oro teachers hold classes, wear black armbands

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

CLASSES went on smoothly in Cagayan de Oro City's public schools amid the nationwide call for teachers to join the sit-down strike as they press for across-the-board wage increase on Friday.

Instead, the city public school teachers held classes and wore black armbands to show their support for the wage hike they are demanding.

Lawmaker: No environmental law violated

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

A NORTHERN Mindanao lawmaker refuted the allegation that a chicken dressing plant in a Misamis Oriental town has violated environmental laws as reported by a group of fisherfolk.

Misamis Oriental first district Representative Peter Unabia said the complaint on the JP Poultry Dressing Plant at Riverside I, Salay town was unfounded and could be motivated by politics and not a concern for the environment.

Students more responsive to quake drill

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

THE students of a public high school in Cagayan de Oro are more attentive to disaster training, especially on earthquake drills, than adults in the barangays.

This was the observation of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) official Marla Cristy Seriña after an earthquake drill was conducted at the Regional Science High School (RSHS) in Barangay Gusa on Friday.

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