LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental – Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano vowed on Thursday to help the displaced families, even as efforts to negotiate with the claimant of the disputed land didn’t prosper.
Emano wanted to persuade the claimant, Emma Añora, through her lawyer to extend the eviction schedule for two months to prepare the relocation site of the displaced families.
THE demolition in Barangay Calangahan, Lugait, Misamis Oriental is illegal based on the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) of 1992 or Republic Act No. 7279, an officer of an urban poor association said.
Francisco Pagayaman, chairperson of Kalipunan ng Damyang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in Misamis Oriental, said that according to the law the persons or entities involved in the demolition should be informed 30 days before the date of demolition.
THE J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH) is now shedding its old image as it strives to improve its services and facilities, chief of hospital Dr. Evelyn Perez said.
Perez said they are now “embarking on an ambitious vision to become the premium hospital and to reach level-three accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH),” which is expected to be materialized soon.
LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental -- One person died while six others were injured in a demolition that turned bloody along the highway in Barangay Calangahan here Wednesday.
The fatality was identified as Nixxon Tungao, 35, who sustained a gunshot wound on his stomach. He died before reaching a hospital in nearby Iligan City.
THE gruesome death of a radio reporter was seen by her twin daughters as her former partner shot and killed her in Barangay Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, Tuesday night.
“Tag! Tag! Tag! Nakita nako naay gamay nga buslot, nay daku nga buslot (I saw that there’s a small hole and a big hole),” said one of Maricel Pamisa’s daughters a few minutes before the 32-year-old victim was brought to Puerto community hospital where she died.
CHARGES can be filed against facilities and projects that not only caused degradation to the environment but also brought health risks to the community, said a lawyer for the environment Jennifer Ramos.
THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Northern Mindanao filed murder raps against one of the identified suspects in the killing of Bukidnon radioman Joash Dignos at the City Prosecutor’s Office in Valencia City on Tuesday afternoon.
CIDG-Northern Mindanao chief Pedro Austria said Dionisio Daulong is one of the suspects whose sketch was bared by police on Monday.
THE barangay officials in Cagayan de Oro City had been divided as some of them joined the oath-taking with Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgenvy Vincente Emano earlier last month while on November 30, the rest of the barangay officials were sworn in by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno.
Lawyer Edgar Cabanlas, a former city councilor, said those who didn’t join the DILG mass oath-taking might have their elected position nullified.
AFTER being sworn into office, Cagayan de Oro City’s village chiefs are preparing to elect their leader on December 9.
Rene Burdeos, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Northern Mindanao regional director, said the chiefs from 80 barangays will gather in one venue to choose the new Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president who will sit as an ex officio member of the City Council.
THERE’S no case filed yet against a Chinese-owned mining company operating in Cagayan de Oro City’s upland village, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said Tuesday.
Engr. Daniel Belderol, officer-in-charge of the MGB’s mine management division in Northern Mindanao, said the mining firm has stopped its operations at present.
ILIGAN CITY -- Negotiators of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will meet today, December 4, in Kuala Lumpur to settle the details on power sharing and normalization that are preventing them from clinching a comprehensive peace accord more than a year after inking a landmark preliminary pact.
ONE of the notorious robbery suspects in Cagayan de Oro City struck anew and carted away more than P160,000 cash and worth of jewelry from a cashier of a business firm while onboard a jeepney in Barangay Agusan late Monday afternoon, police said Tuesday.
Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office’s (Cocpo) operations and plans branch, identified the victim as Rosalinda Aban, 33, of Barangay Indahag, while the suspect was identified as Harold Bongayo, a resident of Barangay Camaman-an.
THE Misamis Oriental Provincial Board commended the volunteers of the Misamis Oriental medical mission team for their selfless effort in helping out survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims in Barugo town, Leyte.
Provincial Board Member Vincent Pelaez, of the first district, said after the 10-day medical mission dubbed “Misamis Oriental Cares,” the 68-man team returned home safe Monday evening.
THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), through its Environment Management Department (EMD), launched on Tuesday its reforestation projects in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental -- areas affected by the company's expansion program in Mindanao.
NGCP said that with its ongoing and about to start expansion projects in Mindanao, it will be cutting trees in areas where their lines traverse.
SPECIAL Task Group Dignos has been created to fast track the investigation on the killing of a journalist in Bukidnon province.
Police Superintendent Roy Aque Magsalay, Valencia City police chief, received orders from his superiors to hasten the investigation of the murder of Joash Dignos, a block timer of dxGT Radyo Abante in Maramag town in Bukidnon following Malacañang’s promise to give justice to Dignos.
THE Cagayan de Oro City Council was urged by one of its members on Monday to stop the blaming and focus on the fight against illegal mining operations in the hinterlands, after an alleged foreign company was discovered financing illegal mining activities by another councilor.
“It’s not easy to curtail all the illegal activities in our hinterland villages. Not then, not now,” said President Elipe during the City Council’s session Monday.
TANGUB CITY – Glittering lights of the 17 gigantic Christmas symbols were switched on in the evening of December 1 here.
This year, the festival showcases part two of “Christmas around the world” theme. It depicts the various landmarks of different countries around the world.
THREE persons died in a recent attack believed to be carried by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the hinterland of Talakag town in Bukidnon on Sunday dawn, an official of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) said Monday.
4ID spokesman Capt. Christian Uy identified the fatalities as Eddie Gawahan, Jonel Yanda and his mother Germinia Yanda, all residents of Sitio San Abel in Miarayon village.
MORE than 60 student leaders and writers from various cities and provinces in Northern Mindanao convened in Cagayan de Oro City to organize their ranks and create a significant force against all types of corruption in the country.
“In every area–Lanao, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental—there will be coordinators who will build chapters and initiate activities in line with the principles of Youth Act Now (YAN),” said Rommel Limjoco, regional coordinator of College Editors Guild of the Philippines–Northern Mindanao Region (CEGP-NMR).
POLICE are hunting down two village officials suspected to have shot and stabbed to death a resident early Monday morning in Barangay Bagocboc, Opol town, Misamis Oriental.
Senior Inspector Edwin Ipan, chief of the Opol Municipal Police Station, said Bagocboc barangay councilors Nestor Bahian and Eugene Papin were the primary suspects, according witnesses’ account, in the killing of Rollen Langala, 36, married, a farmer, and also from Bagocboc.
MALACAÑANG vowed Sunday to bring to the bar of justice those who killed Joash Dignos, a commentator of dxGT radio station in Bukidnon province on Friday, November 29.
Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operation Office said the Aquino administration condemns the incident.
ILIGAN CITY -- The replacement of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) with the Bangsamoro government does not mean that it will become sovereign from the Philippine government, officials said.
The Bangsamoro government is an autonomous political entity intended to replace the Armm. It is the product of the preliminary peace agreement, the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, to achieve peace.
ILIGAN CITY -- Hundreds of students of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) staged a protest march inside the campus on Friday, November 29, denouncing the Aquino government for its education budget cuts and lack of will power to bring lawmakers involved in the “pork barrel” scam to courts.
Barog-IIT and Abolish Pork Barrel Movement, an alliance of concerned students and faculty in MSU-IIT, spearheaded the event.
CAGAYAN de Oro gradually is turning into a highly urbanized city, thus, traffic congestion is expected to worsen as the number of vehicles keeps on growing.
But with the construction of the P200-million bypass road on the city’s coastal area, this perennial problem is seen to dramatically decrease, said second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez over the weekend, as he led the groundbreaking of the 4.46-kilometer project along the Gusa-Puntod section that has been designed for a four-lane highway.
CAGAYAN DE ORO (Updated) -- A radio blocktimer was shot dead in front of CAP building at Sayre Highway in Poblacion, Valencia City in Bukidnon province around 9:30 p.m. Friday, November 29.
The victim was identified as Joash Dignos, a radio blocktimer of DxGT Radyo Abante in Maramag town, Bukidnon. He was shot in the head.
A TRIBAL group in Barangay Dansolihon wants the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) to be respected by proponents of the reforestation projects in six hinterland villages in Cagayan de Oro.
“The reforestation project is good because of the prevalent problem we are facing (that is) climate change,” said Carmelito Nacalaban, also known as Datu Hapitan.
IN TIME for the observance of Andres Bonifacio’s 150th natal day, a lawmaker is set to file a bill in Congress next week to implement a separate academic curriculum to give recognition to one of the country’s greatest heroes.
THERE is an alternative source of power other than the controversial coal-fired power plant that is safer and pollution-free, a technical expert from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Northern Mindanao said Thursday.
The expert, who requested anonymity, is an engineer who works for more than two decades at DOST-Northern Mindanao.
ILIGAN CITY -- The Independent Commission on Policing (ICP), the body tasked by the peace panels of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), to recommend the appropriate form, structures and relationships of the police force for the future Bangsamoro autonomous entity, has started consultations with different stakeholders in Mindanao.
In a statement, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) said the ICP kicked off its Mindanao sortie Monday through a courtesy call with MILF chair Murad Ebrahim in Camp Darapanan, the group’s administrative headquarters in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
TACLOBAN CITY -- More help from international forces are coming in this week to Tacloban City, Ormoc City in Leyte and other Samar provinces to assist the clearing operations headed by Metro Manila Development Authority.
Major General Jet B. Vilarmino, commanding general of 8th Infantry Division Philippine Army, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview Tuesday that the presence and assistance of international forces will provide equipment and facilities that could easily remove the debris which have remained littered and hampered the search for more bodies that could be buried under the ruins.