Slain man's wife accuses cop as behind shooting

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

A SLAIN man’s wife alleges that the man riding a motorcycle who shot her husband in front of her is a police officer.

Leilani Vergara whose husband Godwin, 37, was shot dead in front of a bar in Tomas Saco–15th streets in Barangay Macasandig around 1 a.m. Thursday, July 31.

HR victims claims for Martial law compensation

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

AROUND 300 people holding on to their priority numbers waited for their names to be called during the visit of the Human Rights Violations Victims Claim Board (HRVVCB) on July 31.

The claims board came to accept the applications of those rights victims or relatives of victims during the martial law.

Red Cross needs more blood donors

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

WITH the looming scarcity of blood supply in the city, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) here has called on eligible donors in the region to contribute to prevent the impending blood shortage needed for transfusions.

Dr. Myra Yee, PRC-Mindanao blood blank manager, said there is a relatively increasing demand of blood banks in city.

DSWD 2015 budget seen to improve delivery of services

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

BUDGET for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) next year could further enhance its capability to meet its mandated thrusts addressing calamities after disasters but also in lowering poverty incidence in the country.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Javier Jimenez said that the budget of more than P100 billion, the social welfare would be able to address its logistical needs and minimize its dependence with the private sector in the delivery of its services.

Agri slows NorMin’s growth in 2013

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

NORTHERN Mindanao’s economy, which is agriculture-based contributed to the dipped in the slow growth last year and worsened by the deceleration in the industry and service sectors.

The data on the region’s economic growth as presented by the Philippine Statistics Authority-10 (PSA) showed a growth of 5.6 percent in 2013 owing to the decline in the industry and service sectors. The growth in 2012 was at 7.2 percent.

Surge in dengue cases alarming

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:23 a.m.

DENGUE in Northern Mindanao has reached an alarming level after it recorded a total of 4,150 cases.

The Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (Resdru) of the Department of Health in the region (DOH-10) reported that dengue incidents surged at 35 percent higher as of July 26, 2014 compared to the same period last year.

Peace talks may resume after release of captured cops

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:22 a.m.

MALACAÑANG described Wednesday the release of four policemen who were abducted by communist rebels in Surigao del Norte as a "groundbreaking event" that could lead to the resumption of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF).

P89 wage hike in Northern Mindanao pushed

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:22 a.m.

THE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Northern Mindanao (RTWPB-10) has completed the first round of deliberations on the actual rate of minimum wage increase for workers in the region.

Although initial results of the review were not disclosed yet, labor groups are hopeful the wage board will support the daily minimum wage increase petition.

CSWD exec: Kids in car trunk a sign of child abuse

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:21 a.m.

PUTTING children inside the trunk of a vehicle is a considered child abuse, a City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) official said.

The recent incident elicited reaction from the Cagayan de Oro “netizens” (internet citizens) when a video was uploaded by a concerned citizen on a Facebook page of a local TV network showing two children sitting in a car trunk, with plate number KCA-518, for the entire ride.

Councilors divided on replacing city cop chief

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

AS THE spate of robberies and summary killings have taken their toll on the peace and order situation in Cagayan de Oro, two city councilors wanted the city's police director Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares replaced from his post.

Councilors Teodulfo Lao Jr. and Roger Abaday shared the same sentiments toward the surge of unsolved cases of criminalities that continue to hound the city.

Rape, trafficking victims’ custodian under watch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

SUSPICIOUS-looking men were spotted in Barangay Consolacion asking for information of two female minors who had filed rape and human trafficking charges against a leader of religious group in Zamboanga del Sur, the victims’ guardian said.

Gina Idulsa, the custodian of Lina, 17, and Gay, 15 (not their real names), told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that her neighbors informed her of men who appeared to be following and quizzing information about her.

Lawmaker: ‘It was Aquino’s best Sona’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

DESPITE the nationwide protests and the thumbs-downs directed at President Benigno Simeon Aquino III during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday, Cagayan de Oro City’s 2nd district Representative Rufus Rodriguez praised the President for his achievements.

“I actually think that it was his best Sona out from the five Sonas he has delivered,” Rodriguez said.

Military denies 12 soldiers killed in a month

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

THE military has denied the claim of the New People's Army (NPA) that 12 soldiers died and six were wounded in armed clashes in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental in just one month.

First Lieutenant Patrick Martinez, the Philippine Army's 4th Infrantry Division (4ID) acting information officer, confirmed to Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro Monday afternoon that only two soldiers died and three were hurt this month.

Philcoa assures cure vs coco-lisap

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

WITH coco-lisap bringing millions of pesos in losses in the agricultural industry especially in the northern part of the country, an official of the Philippine Coconut Authority-Northern Mindanao (Philcoa-10) said a ‘cure’ to help deal with the outbreak is available.

“Just like any other pest, we have something to fight against it,” Philcoa regional manager Luis Cruz said Monday.

NorMin groups: Sona filled with empty talk

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon Aquino III made his 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday afternoon, and civil society groups in the region called it “rhetorical” and “typical.”

Representatives from various sectors demanded Monday in a protest rally at Magsaysay Park to take a look at the real condition of his “boss” as Aquino failed to address issues that have plagued the country today.

3 ‘100 millionth babies’ receive benefits

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

THREE babies in Northern Mindanao born in the dawn of July 27 will receive benefits from the government after being included in the “100th million babies.”

These babies are considered “finalists” in the search for the 100 babies born between the 12:06 – 1:05 a.m. on July 27, 2014.

Northern Mindanao safe from coconut pests

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:32 a.m.

NORTHERN Mindanao is safe from harmful insects that attacked coconut plantations in Luzon causing millions of damages, a Philippine Coconut Authority (Philcoa-10) official said Monday.

The outbreak, which started in the province of Batangas a month ago, was caused by pests that have invaded hundreds of hectares of plantations, but Philcoa-10 regional manager Luis Cruz said it is unlikely the same could happen in the region.

Journos call for inclusion of FOI in Sona

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

MEMBERS of the local and national media in the country are hoping that President Benigno Simeon Aquino III will include the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) speech today, Monday.

Although doubtful, Rowena Paraan, National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) chair, is still optimistic that Aquino will have his take on the People's FOI in his speech.

Customs bureau ready to face House probe

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

TO PROVE that anomalous and illegal transactions are not taking place in the Northern Mindanao’s ports, specifically gun smuggling, an official of the Bureau of Customs (BOC-10) said the bureau is willing to face Congressional inquiry anytime.

This is the Customs response to Representative Rufus Rodriguez, of the city’s second district, and his brother Representative Maximo Rodriguez Jr. of Abante Mindanao (Abamin) partylist, who filed a resolution calling for an investigation into the alleged gunrunning activities involving California, USA Senator Leland Yee.

Oro to upgrade its technological system

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

TO ENSURE faster and more efficient delivery of services, the City Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a local university on Saturday that will upgrade the city’s technological system.

“There is a need for the upgrading of the approaches, the technology, among others to better the delivery of services to the city. It is not okay that we stick to our old system anymore, as times are changing, we also have the need to adapt and I am happy that Xavier University (XU) will help us on this,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

Justice eludes 2013 Oro blast

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

ONE year after a bomb ripped through an upscale restaurant just outside the Lim Ket Kai Mall, no suspect has been arrested for the incident that killed eight persons and injured 46 others.

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma who led an interfaith prayer rally on the steps of the mall Saturday morning, said there can be no closure for the families “unless the suspects are brought to justice.”

Lagbas family still grieves, hopes justice to reign soon

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

IT HAS been a year since her husband died from the blast that killed eight, scarred more than 40 and traumatized the Kagay-anons.

Susan Lagbas, wife of the late Misamis Oriental board member Roldan Lagbas, said life has been more difficult now that her husband’s gone and wished she could undo that day and plead to death he won’t take her husband away.

Mayor slay suspects not the killers: NPA

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THE New People’s Army (NPA) has accused authorities of wrongfully charging three men as responsible in the slaying of Impasug-ong town Mayor Mario Okinlay.

In an e-mailed statement released to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Friday, the NPA called the charges against the suspects -- brothers Joven and Efren Yanggo and Ryan Daluniag -- as “trumped-up.”

Army denies 9 soldiers killed in clash with NPA

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THE military has denied the claim of the New People's Army (NPA) that nine soldiers died and two were wounded in an armed clash at Sitio Trucat, Barangay Cawayan in Quezon town, Bukidnon Thursday afternoon, July 24.

Captain Ernest Carolina, the army's 10th Infantry Division (10ID) spokesperson, confirmed to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday afternoon that only three soldiers were hurt and one died.

Council’s minority backs Moreno’s move to file suit

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

THE pro-administration councilors said they will support Mayor Oscar Moreno should he decide to file legal action against the City Council’s majority bloc for modifying some parts of the Annual Investment Plan (AIP), which approved last Monday, July 21.

“Our role from the minority bloc is support the mayor in whatever program he proposes because we believe the programs are all for the benefit of the people in the city,” Councilor Teodulfo Lao of the minority said Wednesday.

‘Coop Radio’ to be launched in Oro

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

THE Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) announced Friday that a "Cooperative Radio" is to be launched three months from now to cater to the needs of the poor all over Northern Mindanao.

CDA Director Orlando Ravanera said the Cooperative Radio is a radio station that will run through the wave channels of the amplitude modulation (AM).

'Henry' leaves P800,000 in damages in MisOr

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:21 a.m.

HEAVY rains and strong winds brought by typhoon Henry last week left the eastern portion of Misamis Oriental with an estimated P700,000 to P800,000 worth of damages.

Edmundo Pacamalan Jr., chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), said the estimated worth comprised the 12 houses destroyed and 137 damaged in the towns of Kinoguitan, Sugbongcogon, Tagoloan, Magsaysay, Medina, Talisayan, Balingoan and Gingoog City.

PNP urges gun owners to get licenses

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

THE Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) is urging owners of unlicensed and yet to be renewed guns to register their firearms to avoid penalties in violation of the Republic Act 10561 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

Senior Superintendent Leony Ga, PRO-10's Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD) chief, said stiffer penalties for unlawful acquisition and possession of small and light weapons will be imposed.

‘No coordination’ in 2013 Oro bombing response

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

AS the city remembers the ugly bombing of a bar cum bistro in a mall complex that will turn a year this Saturday, July 26, the head of the City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said there was no proper management from the responding agencies in the incident that killed six people and injured 46 others.

“When I assumed office in July of last year, I saw there was no coordination among the agencies. A particular agency had no idea what to do, how to respond and if they were allowed to get into the scene immediately,” CDRRMO chief Mario Verner Monsanto said Wednesday, July 23.

‘No hope for Garb under PNoy’

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:19 a.m.

PEASANTS in the region are pessimistic in the passage of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (Garb) under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

“Wala na’y pag-asa among ginasulong na bill kay wala jud gakabuhat na ayo si PNoy (There is no chance that the bill we are pushing for will become a law since PNoy has done nothing about it),” said Richard Colao, secretary general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-10 (KMP-10).

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