FOLLOWING the achievement and success of Jake Vamenta, a Kagay-anon who won both the prestigious Philippine Art Awards (PAA) and the Metrobank Art Awards 2013, at least 40 visual artists from Northern Mindanao flocked to the launching of the Philippine Art Awards 2014 at Xavier University on May 2.
The PAA, one of the country’s most coveted awards is on its 15th year, and Cagayan de Oro has yielded the likes of Errol Balcos, Christopher Gomez and Kelly Ramos-Palaganas and Gerald Saway of Lantapan, Bukidnon.
ONE of the suspects in the proliferation of fake peso bills in Cagayan de Oro bailed out from jail Friday afternoon.
Chief Inspector Henry Cay-as, Divisoria police station commander, said Allan Nara, 30, of Kalanawan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, is now out on jail after paying a P20,000 bail for his temporary liberty.
MAYOR Vicente Emano still dominates the second pre-election survey on voters’ preference for local candidates that Xavier University–Kinaadman Research Center (XU-KRC) conducted on April 26 to 28.
Statistically, Emano remains the choice of the masses as a wide margin shows that respondents whose emotional quotient with below high school education and whose income ranges from none to P5,000 below preferred him over his political contender Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno.
MAYOR Vicente Emano waves off the unification of two strong political figures in the city as the May 2013 election draws nearer.
Representative Rufus Rodriguez of this city’s second district and Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno have joined forces to strengthen “Team Cagayan.”
RESIDENTS at Mahogany Village in Calaanan will hopefully enjoy flowing water in the days ahead as a pipe deep well has been inaugurated Friday by pastors and representatives of Kagay-an Evangelical Disaster Response Network (KEDRN).
Pastor Alex Dañe of KEDRN said the water pump will provide water to the 136 households of Mahogany Village and will also cater to other areas of the relocation site.
REELECTIONIST bets are warned to avoid painting, carving, or plastering their names and pictures involving ongoing projects on public structures.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that the public takes these “epal”, attention-grabbing, acts for granted, but it reiterates that the poll body is serious and strict in the implementation of the Omnibus Election Code prohibiting the posting of “epal” materials.
THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has apprehended as of May 1, 2013 some 77 violators of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban and confiscated 210 firearms, explosives and ammunitions since its enforcement on January 13.
Police Senior Inspector Lemuel Gonda, Cocpo’s chief for operations, reports that 31 firearms, including six airsoft/airgun/replica; 164 rounds of ammunitions; nine other explosives; and 46 knives were confiscated during the conduct of checkpoints.
ALCOHOLIC beverages will be prohibited beginning May 9 to 14 as the May 13 polls get nearer.
It is prohibited to drink alcoholic beverages from May 9 to 14, the day after the synchronized elections, unless you one has permission from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the city election office announced recently.
CALLING for a change in leadership in Cagayan de Oro City, civil society group Managsilingan Ta has openly expressed its support to the candidacy of Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar “Oca” Moreno and Councilor Edgar Cabanlas as mayor and vice mayor, respectively, including the entire ‘Team Oca.’
Mitos Ortigas, Managsilingan Ta convenor, said that the city “needs a leader who could inspire, mobilize, energize and synergize its people to feel up to the challenge of development.”
MILITANT labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) demanded for decent jobs and higher wages on Labor Day Wednesday.
Teresita Hadman, KMU district coordinator for Northern Mindanao, in a statement, said the prescribed minimum wages among agricultural and non-agricultural workers in the region are “insufficient when faced with the glaring reality of sky-rocketing prices of basic commodities of recent times.”
TWO business organizations in Iligan City opposed the wage increase petition due to the power problem and slow tourist arrivals in the city, according to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)
The RTWPB conducts a series of public consultations and hearings since Monday.
THE Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperative (Amreco) and the Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy, Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED) is pushing for a policy in the energy industry that will mainstream renewable energy in Mindanao.
Amreco has 33 member-electric cooperatives and accounts for 1,941,554 residential consumers in Mindanao.
THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Cagayan de Oro scored in its campaign against the proliferation of fake bills following the arrest of a suspected counterfeiter in an entrapment operation Monday afternoon in Barangay Tablon.
Senior Inspector Pepito Reyes, chief of the city’s CIDG, identified the suspect as Rogelio Gaid, 57, married, a native of in Kitaotao, Bukidnon.
THE re-election bid of Representative Rufus Rodriguez (second district) seemed to gain another feat after the sister of his political opponent, councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, threw her support to Rodriguez, his brother Abamin party-list Rep. Maximo and mayoralty candidate Governor Oscar Moreno.
Rodriguez and Moreno joined forces to strengthen Team Oca.
AS Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano continues to defy court order to restore city hall worker Leonor Esparcia to her original position, the latter has filed an urgent Omnibus Motion before the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in Manila.
Lawyer Rey Raagas, legal counsel of Esparcia from the Center for Legal Assistance to Workers (CLAW), said the motion prayed that the Commission’s resolution dated February 5, 2013 be modified to order Emano to pay the backwages and benefits of his client.
WOMEN and children’s rights group assailed the alarming state of prostitution involving minors.
Around 70 members of Tisaka (Tingog sa Kasanag) belonging to the local women in prostitution (WIP) gathered Tuesday for their 6th general assembly. The group said it will provide a basic paralegal training to the group of WIP.
IGLESIA Filpina Independiente Bishop Felixberto Calang, main convenor of the group “Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao,” cautioned the chief peace negotiator of the government on trying a new approach on pushing for the talks.
Last week, the Aquino administration said it is considering a “new approach” to peacefully resolve the armed conflict with Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP) which has been going on for the last 44 years.
WITH barely two weeks left before the May 2013 elections, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the Roman Catholic faithful to “be honest and active evangelizers of the Gospel.”
Tagle, in his message posted in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website, said that by achieving a well-governed society, it is important to live in accordance with the teachings of the Church and to bring Christ’s message in the governance and exercise of democracy in the country.
OVER 4,000 job seekers from Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, and as far as South Cotabato, trooped to the first ever job fair organized by online site jobstreet.com over the weekend at the Limketkai Center Atrium here.
Kelvin Villafuerte, jobstreet.com senior marketing supervisor for Visayas and Mindanao, said the job fair is the second leg of the activity his company organized for this year.
ILIGAN CITY -- The ambush on the group of outgoing Nunungan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Abdul Malik Manamparan Sr. on Thursday evening is a tragic irony in his life as a public official.
Manamparan, who is running for vice-mayor under a local slate with his son and namesake as mayoral bet, is now recuperating bullet wounds at a hospital here under close security watch.
OZAMIZ CITY -- A worker of the Liberal Party (LP) in Zamboanga del Sur was shot to death Sunday morning in Pagadian City.
According to initial police report, Nelson Escario, married, a resident of Balintawak village, was gunned down around 8:45 a.m. in Purok Tinangkong Uno, not far from his house.
THE Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of prosecutors has urged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to enforce the arrest warrant of Sultan Yahya “Jerry” Tomawis, one of the respondents of the financial investment scams.
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, who led the panel of prosecutors on Friday, has called on all enforcement agencies, particularly the NBI, to arrest Tomawis.
THIRTY-FOUR years old construction worker Dennis Salente’s hands are all rough and callous. His fingernails worn, with veins prominent, a testament and badge of honor for a job that does not pay him well.
A native of Bohol, Salente migrated to this city to look for a job as a construction worker. In Bohol, Salente shared that he worked part time as a maintenance personnel when not working at a rice paddy as a farmer.
A CLOSED-door change of command at the 4th Infantry Division on Friday afternoon came in as a surprise to the soldiers, media, and the human rights group, Karapatan.
Brigadier General Ricardo Visaya took over the reins of leadership of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) from Major General Nestor Añonuevo who will be assigned to the army’s general headquarters in Manila. He is set to retire in November this year.
THE Commission on Elections in Northern Mindanao (Comelec-10) placed the municipality of Nunungan in Lanao del Norte under “area of immediate concern” after the group of Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan was ambushed by unidentified gunmen Thursday evening.
The ambush resulted in the death of 13 people, including Manamparan’s daughter, 32-year-old Adnanie Manamparan. Seven others were also wounded, including the mayor.
FORMER senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. urged the public including poll body watchers to fully guard the official ballots that have been handed over to the City Finance Department of the City Hall on Wednesday night.
Pimentel was referring to independent watchdogs like National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cagayan de Oro started distributing the official ballots to the different municipalities and barangays in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday.
A government-contracted cargo company delivered 360 sealed boxes containing the official ballots for Cagayan de Oro’s 277,931 voters Wednesday evening.
ILIGAN CITY -- Although, it has stood against involvement in Philippine electoral exercises, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has acknowledged that the outcome of the May 13 balloting is “material” to the Mindanao peace process.
“(We) are appealing to the people to vote intelligently and choose the candidates who are clearly pro-peace and reject those who are clearly anti-Moro,” said a recent statement of the MILF posted on its official website.
THE government’s campaign against illegal mining has taken another step after police operatives confiscated five 24-horsepower hydraulic machines and other equipment used for hydraulic mining in a joint police operation in Barangay Mambuay, Cagayan de Oro City, Wednesday.
Superintendent Danildo Tumanda, chief of the CPSC, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the operation was conducted at Purok 6, Sitio Manigue in Barangay Mambuaya around 11 a.m.
XAVIER University’s research and social outreach (XU-RSO) sponsored a forum at Capitol University attended by congressional candidates and tackled issues on environment, good governance, and food security on Thursday afternoon.
The forum aimed to assist the electorate to identify political candidates who best suit to meet the development needs of the city.