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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
IMPLEMENTING the farm-to-market roads (FMR) projects’ that would stretch from barangays Lumbia to Tumpagon, and Besigan to Dansolihon, has remained unclear.
“With how I see it now, the FMR [will not be] implemented anytime soon,” city agriculturist Hector San Juan said.
A FORMER city health official denied possession of the government-owned service vehicle issued to him and alleged that former mayor Vicente Emano has it.
Dr. Jerie Calingasan, who used to head the city health office during Emano’s administration, said the vehicle in question, a Mitsubishi L200 Strada 4x4 with plate no. SFP-163, is not with him.
DENGUE may not have a cure yet, but mothers, whose children are afflicted with this viral infection, offered some products and herbs that could help parents in making their kids recover.
“These [supplements] are not recommended by the doctor. But as a mother, we will do anything to save our children,” said Suzan, 38, whose daughter is currently confined at a private hospital in Barangay Carmen.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole 10) in Northern Mindanao has strengthened its implementation of the Kasambahay Law after it released its latest data that domestic or household help is the most in-demand job in the region.
According to the Labor Market Information of the department, jobs categorized under laborer and unskilled occupation consist most of the vacancies in northern Mindanao.
THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-10) in Northern Mindanao has chosen Cagayan de Oro City’s ‘Taxpayer-Friendly Kiosk and Automated Business Permit and Licensing System’ as ‘model on good practice’ among local government units in the region.
The selection came during the agency’s recent ‘Training on Documenting LGUs Good Practices’ which was participated in by 11 cities and municipalities in Region 10 and aimed at drafting a ‘reference document’ of its ‘model projects’ or ‘good practices’ that can be replicated among interested LGUs.
CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Intelligence report showed that a group of robbers targeted two jewelry shops and a bank inside SM City here.
Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, Cagayan de Oro police chief, made the statement Wednesday following the MLhuillier jewelry heist inside the mall on Tuesday night.
AFTER many months of deliberating the annual investment plan for approval, the city council approved on Monday’s session the AIP budget but not without slashing P1.9 billion from the proposed P3.3 billion.
The city’s AIP, formulated by the City Development Council (CDC), for this year has been reduced to P2.3 billion.
FOR the concerns of climate change and its effects to the environment to reach far and wide, concerned government line agencies and other stakeholders launched the country’s Climate Change Advocacy Campaign (CCAC) Tuesday here.
In the strengthened collaboration between the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in northern Mindanao, the campaign was designed to vigorously disseminate information aimed at educating Filipinos on the current trends in weather pattern–effects of the changing climate.
AN AMERICAN was found dead inside his room in a budget motel at Yacapin-Aguinaldo streets in Cagayan de Oro around 11:30 am Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Cogon police identified the victim as Thomas Woodward, 63, of Florida, USA.