THE Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) believed that arming of barangay police may help law enforcers to deter criminalities and maintain peace and order in Cagayan de Oro City’s villages.
Dometilo Acenas, ABC president, said that allowing barangay police force to have firearms while performing their tasks is also for their own protection against criminals elements.
COMPLAINANTS of the case for violation of a city ordinance filed against local officials would elevate their complaints to the Department of Justice (DOJ) after the city prosecutor’s office dismissed it last March 14.
The case stemmed from the reported suspension of Mayor Vicente Emano on January 6 that caused ‘panic and hysteria’ among his political supporters due to false information dissemination allegedly orchestrated by Emano, vice mayor Cesar Ian Acenas, some city council members, former city administrator Leon Gan and others.
A LAWMAKER in Cagayan de Oro welcomed the recent Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to stop the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) law citing the constitutional provisions it violated.
Representative Rufus Rodriguez (second district) said the SC’s decision only proves that the constitutional ground against RH Law is wrong.
OPERATIVES from the Agora police scored anew when they arrested Sunday afternoon one of the two suspects who barged into an LBC outlet in Barangay Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City, early last week.
Agora Police Station chief Ivan Viñas said Harold Hongayo, 34, a resident of Bontong, Barangay Camaman-an, was apprehended in a manhunt operation at J.R. Borja Extension.
A POLICE officer of Alubijid Municipal Police Station in Misamis Oriental was recently nabbed for allegedly violating the gun ban law.
In a radio report Tuesday, Police Inspector Arnold Gaabucayan, Alubijid police chief, said Police Officer 1 Brian Labadan was arrested for firing his issued handgun indiscriminately.
A WOMEN’S group criticized the Supreme Court (SC) order stopping the implementation of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law.
Gabriela secretary general for Northern Mindanao Rhodura Bulosan said the SC’s decision will derail the delivery of basic services for the women.
IN SPITE of the rotating brownouts the other areas in Mindanao have been experiencing, Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) assured that Cagayan de Oro City will be spared from the similar situation.
Cepalco Executive Vice President Ralph Paguio said the power firm can source out additional power supply from the diesel-fed power plant owned by Minergy, an independent power producer (IPP).
OPPOSITION Councilor Edgar Cabanlas criticized the memorandum of Mayor Vicente Emano prohibiting all Cagayan de Oro City Hall employees from using their mobile phones during office hours.
“It is such a high sense of stupidity,” Cabanlas said, as he tackled the issue during the council session on Tuesday morning.
AS HUNDREDS of thousands joined and witnessed the formal installation of Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday, Roman Catholic faithful belonging to the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro offered special prayers during masses held for the intention of the Holy See.
Catholic churches across the country also held masses on Tuesday.
COUNCILOR Ian Mark Nacaya, chair of the committee on police, fire and public safety, admitted the appalling state of the peace and order condition in Cagayan de Oro City as another hold-up victim was killed on Friday.
In a forum at a university over the weekend, Nacaya challenged local police to strengthen and intensify their intelligence networking to contain and deter crimes after civil society pointed the seeming lack of coordination and harmonization between the community and the police, including the local government units.
WHILE calling to end criminalities and violence in Cagayan de Oro City, civil society groups, students and families of victims urged law enforcers to arrest criminals during the People’s March against Crimes and Violence Sunday afternoon.
A petition signed by the Concerned Friends and Citizens of Cagayan de Oro City was read during the protest. The groups demanded that the perpetrators be made accountable for the increasingly daring crimes especially occurring in broad daylight.
THE killing of a money changer on Friday may have also been business related, a police official said.
Police Senior Inspector Lemuel Gonda, Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) chief for operations, said the 61-year-old Raul Tan, who was shot to death by a lone gunman who took his bag containing an undetermined cash, may have had a grudge with some of his competitors.
THE resumption of the motion for reconsideration hearing against the dismissal of Sultan Yahya “Jerry” M. Tomawis in connection with the syndicated estafa case has been reset to March 22, after defense lawyers opposed the motion for failure of the prosecution to present the witness.
Lawyer Jose Alejandro Pallugna, legal counsel of Tomawis and his daughter Princess, said that aside from his affidavit of recantation, witness Naim Sampao should also be presented to the court.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught. – Oscar Wilde, “The Critic as Artist,” 1890
MARCH is here and millions of young people in the country rejoice because the years and thousands of pesos spent inside the universities and colleges will finally come to an end.
THE alarming spate of killings and robberies in Cagayan de Oro prompted the civil society, the academe and the business sectors here to hold the People’s March against Crime and Violence today.
The police have recorded more than 10 robbery related deaths employed by motorcycle-riding men since January this year.
ROBBERY incidents in Cagayan de Oro City has now reportedly reached an alarming level after another businessman was shot dead Friday by a motorcycle-riding suspect who took the latter’s undetermined amount of cash.
The suspect, whom witnesses said was wearing a bull cap, shot Raul P. Tan, 61, and took his bag with the money.
THE intensified campaign of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) against illegal drugs in Northern Mindanao region scored anew after anti-narcotics agents nabbed a “high value target” during a buy-bust operation Friday morning in Misamis Occidental province.
PDEA Regional Director Emerson Margate said Jennifer A. Pactol, 35, a resident of Barangay Lower Loboc, Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental, was arrested after selling a suspected shabu (methamphetamine) to undercover drug enforcement officers.
FOR giving honor and pride to Cagayan de Oro City, four pupils received commendations from the 16th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas.
During their regular session last Tuesday, legislators adopted a resolution congratulating Joseph Angelo T. Alcala, Reyson Boss Leigh Ruiz, Conrad Maisog and Shekinah Niña Paraiso for bringing home medals and awards during the 10th National Science Quest held last week at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City.
A PROVINCIAL Capitol official called in Mayor Vicente Emano to address the rising criminality problem in Cagayan de Oro “squarely” and stop issuing “irresponsible statements.”
Maricel Casiño-Rivera, head of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Press Office, said Emano is giving a wrong signal to the criminals, citing his statement will only encourage criminal activities by lawless elements.
ROMAN Catholics happily welcomed the first non-European and Jesuit priest, Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires in Argentina, as the new pope when he emerged at the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica shortly after a white smoke billowed from the chimney around 2 a.m. Thursday (Philippine time).
The new pope chose the papal name Francis. He was elected during the fifth balloting.
THE special panel of prosecutors is set to conduct Friday a preliminary investigation on another syndicated estafa case filed by a new set of complainants against Jachob “Coco” Rasuman, leader of the NAD 21 Auto Options P300-million investment scam, and his group.
City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag said Thursday that the syndicated estafa case was filed by more than 10 complainants.
THE province of Misamis Oriental and Gingoog City are this year’s winners in the search for Outstanding Local Project Monitoring Committees (LPMCs) of the Regional Development Council (RDC).
Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Ozamiz City are the first runner-ups.
CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano denied the decision of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) ordering the reinstatement of a government employee illegally detailed as security guard of the City Public Library from her post as Administrative Officer III at the JR Borja Memorial City Hospital.
Esparcia was issued a permanent appointment as Administrative Assistant III at the JR Borja Memorial City Hospital. However, Emano, then vice mayor, issued a memorandum dated October 5, 2009 reassigning Esparcia to the city hall Security Unit assigning her as security at the City Library.
CITY Councilor Edgar Cabanlas urged Mayor Vicente Emano to move the intelligence fund the City Government has allocated following what the former calls a breakdown of the peace and order in Cagayan de Oro.
Despite appeals from different civil society groups in Cagayan de Oro to stop or the least contain the armed robberies and killings, another two individuals have fallen victims to the crime wave on Wednesday.
LOCAL police scored against the publicly perceived crime wave in Cagayan de Oro City on Tuesday after personnel from the Police Station 4 nabbed a group believed to be responsible for the series of robberies in Sitio Macanhan, Barangay Carmen.
Arrested were Roy Suson alias “Ponkly,” 24, alleged leader of the group; his brother Ronnie; 22; John Ordista, 18, all residents of Hilltop, Macanhan, Barangay Carmen, Hornelio Pelinio, 20, of Flores Compound along Gaston Park, and a 17-year-old (name withheld), a resident of J.R. Borja Compound, this city.
CAGAYAN DE ORO - Persons who kidnapped the brother-in-law of Jachob “Coco” Rasuman were reportedly hired by investors who were victims of the Rasuman investment scam, intelligence reports said Wednesday.
The abductors of Henry Khalid Tomawis were reportedly hired to do the job in the amount of P500,000 but were paid only P150,000 by the group of alleged investors who promised to pay the remaining balance as soon as they will get the ransom they demanded from the victim’s family.
THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) is reportedly monitoring alleged extortion activities of a group believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to some establishments in the city.
Cocpo Police Director Graciano Mijares said although this is still to be verified, he assured that they will monitor this report.
UNMINDFUL of the heat of the sun and dust from passing vehicles, Elsie, a 50-year-old mother of seven, patiently waited outside the Postal Bank along Rizal St. in Cagayan de Oro to claim her financial grants from the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, more popularly called as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.
"Moagwanta na lang man gyud mi og hulat sa among linya kay yawat na lang man pod na para sa mga bata," Elsie said.
THE Misamis Oriental Association of Public/Private Technology-Based Education and Training Institutions Inc. (MOAPTBET) formally opened on Tuesday its 1st Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) school fair at the De Lara Park of the Provincial Capitol.
The two-day school fair, slated March 12 and 13, is participated by around 30 school members of MOAPTBET, which aims to create awareness on TVET as an alternative education to those who cannot afford to have a four year degree course.
ALARMED over the spate of killings in Cagayan de Oro City, the business sector will be holding a security forum that will give updates on the peace and order situation that resulted to people’s feeling of insecurity.
Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation (ORO Chamber) president Efren Uy encouraged business communities to attend and be informed of the status of armed robberies, murders and rebel infiltrations in the city.