DOH-Northern Mindanao: Focus not on Ebola

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:17 p.m.

A DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) official in Northern Mindanao region said the Ebola virus, which has been claiming lives in some countries in Africa, “should not be given attention because it is far-flung from the Philippines.”

“Dili dapat i-prioritize kay wala pa man nakasulod sa atong nasud. (It should not be prioritized because it has not entered the country yet),” DOH-Northern Mindanao information officer Emiliano Galban Jr. said over the phone Thursday.

Groups slam move to extend Aquino’s term

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:15 p.m.

WITH the plans of extending the term of President Benigno Aquino III by his political allies, civil society groups vowed to oppose any move to keep him in power after 2016.

“We, from the farmer sector, are strongly opposing it as we have not felt any changes in this country and from his promises since he started his term -- how much more if he will extend?” Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Northern Mindanao secretary general Richard Colao said.

Website editor speaks up on online job scam

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

“DEPRESSING news” was how an editor of a website that posts job hiring within Northern Mindanao area described the recent incident that linked said site to an alleged online scam.

“It is regretful and deplorable that my website has been misused in this manner,” said Ninah, who requested that her full name not be revealed for security reasons, the editor and senior writer of misorjobs.com (MisOr Jobs).

Local bizmen now run illegal mining in CdeO

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:37 a.m.

THE City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) said the illegal mining operations in the city are no longer owned and managed by foreign nationals.

The bad news: local entrepreneurs have taken over the mining industry.

Security plan set for Higalaay Kagaya-an fest

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:36 a.m.

HAVING beefed up with over a thousand law enforcers that will be visible throughout the city, security is set for next week's 1st Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014 in Cagayan de Oro to safeguard tourists, 'balikbayans' and residents in the city for its grandest celebration of the year.

Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, chief of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo), assured the public—domestic and foreign visitors and locals alike—that the feast would turn out "pleasant" and "peaceful."

Lawyer maintains CdeO water facility man framed

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:36 a.m.

EVEN with the snarl-up of the motion for the reinvestigation on the case of Cagayan de Oro Water District’s (COWD) senior draftsman Emmanuel Mulawan Sr., his defense lawyer, Earl Hans Santos, is convinced his client has been falsely accused.

“I am a hundred percent convinced that Sir Manny (Mulawan) is just a victim of a frame-up. As to who, I personally do not know. What I do know is that the irregularity of the documents shown to us proves my client has just been [set up],” Santos told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Wednesday.

Oro lawmaker pushes for parliamentary system

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:35 a.m.

IN LINE with the plans of amending the 1987 Constitution by the political allies of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III so he could stay in power beyond 2016, a lawmaker suggested an alternative: change the system from presidential to parliamentary.

“The party’s stand will always be for change in the country; what is better for the country and the laws that we pass can be for the betterment of the Filipino people,” the city’s second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez said.

18 hurt in road mishap in MisOr town

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:35 a.m.

DUE to an overused tire, a passenger jeepney rammed into a tree that brought all of its passengers and the driver to the hospital Wednesday morning in Barangay Kasinglot, Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental.

A report from the Tagoloan municipal police station said 18 passengers were injured following a Jasaan liner jeepney with plate number KJV-331 drove into a mahogany tree. The driver was identified as Resbert Ronquillo.

Minor found dead

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:34 a.m.

GRIEVING family of a minor who was found dead in Barangay Poblacion 2, Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental Wednesday morning positively identified the victim.

Angeles identified his 15-year-old son Johnny (not his real name) already at a funeral parlor Wednesday around 3 p.m. after her neighbors informed her of the news.

Drug suspects nabbed

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:33 a.m.

A DRUG suspect was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tagoloan plaza.

Saidamen Mansawe, 26, resident of Barangay Iponan, Cagayan de Oro, was arrested after an agent of the Tagoloan municipal police station tipped them off of Mansawe's visit to town to meet his clients.

Middle East-bound OFWs warned of work hazards

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:19 a.m.

FILIPINOS who are planning to seek greener pasture in Middle East countries should think twice before flying there, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Northern Mindanao (Owwa-10) said Tuesday.

“I hope they could think of the stories of people who worked in the Middle East and met their [misfortune] who either came home in a cadaver or [alive but with bruises on their bodies],” Owwa-10 officer-in-charge Harry Borres said Monday.

Oro lawmaker blames NGO for listing names under his PDAF

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:19 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO first district Representative Rolando Uy remains unfazed amid the imminent charges that he will face and instead put the blame on the bogus non-government organization (NGO) which allegedly faked the more than 800 signatures of former and incumbent barangay officials and residents.

Uy said the Commission on Audit (COA) has to conduct an investigation on reports linking him to Kabuhayan at Kalusugang Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. (KKAMFI), an NGO which implemented Uy's Livelihood Technology Kit project.

Foreigners’ biometrics required to enter PH

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

FOREIGNERS, who want to stay in the Philippines, whether as tourists or immigrants, will now be required of their biometrics.

Under the Comprehensive Alien Mapping Program or the Alien Registration Project created by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI), interested immigrants and tourists, and registered aliens in the country will be required of their biometrics or fingerprints to monitor them easily.

Food poisoning downs scores in MisOr village

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:17 a.m.

AN EXUBERANT atmosphere in a village in a Misamis Oriental town which celebrated its 48th founding anniversary Monday turned tragic when more than a hundred residents ended in hospitals due to a suspected food poisoning.

As of Monday, around 130 victims from barangay San Vicente in Medina town have been confined at various government and private medical facilities in the eastern portions of the province after experiencing gastrointestinal disorder and persistent vomiting possibly caused by food poisoning.

Police yet to confirm suspects in Iligan jewelry heist

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:16 a.m.

AUTHORITIES in Iligan City are still probing further on the identities of the suspects involved in P3.5-million jewelry heist in the city 10 days ago.

Superintendent Gervacio Balmaceda Jr., Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) spokesperson, said they still have to conduct further investigations that may shed light on establishing the identities of the suspects.

SEC questioned over firm's registration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:15 a.m.

THE Securities and Exchange Commission in the region (SEC-10) has been put under fire after the provincial board of Misamis Oriental found out that signatures on the documents passed by an energy firm in the province were not of the right persons.

Lawyer Renato Egypto, SEC-10 regional director, was questioned by board members and the vice governor of the province following signatures on the Article of Incorporation (AOI) used to register Pacerm-1 Energy Corporation to the SEC were signed by other signatories.

17 NorMin OFWs home from Libya

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

SEVENTEEN of the 800 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been repatriated due to the ongoing conflict in Libya are residents of Northern Mindanao.

The workers were sent home after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced last July 20, 2014 alert level 4 in Libya after fighting that involved government troops and the militia who want to control key facilities in some parts of the country.

Wife of slain darts man optimistic on NBI probe

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

AFTER weeks of being in the dark and unaware and confused on what to do on the killing of darts man Godwin Vergara, his wife Relanie finally found a refuge in the hands of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to unlock the missing pieces that could lead to her husband's killer.

In a letter from a law office representing the Vergaras sent to the NBI last August 11, Relanie formally requested assistance from the bureau to conduct extensive investigation on Vergara’s death.

2 more victims to file raps vs online scammer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

TWO more victims have identified the suspect that the region’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG-10) had arrested last week for allegedly committing an online fraud as the same person who reportedly swindled them, an ACG-10 official told this paper Monday.

Just last week, ACG-10 agents handcuffed Jaysone Delfin Fabre, 31, for allegedly scamming Deisi Jean Vale who applied to a job hiring posted on a website.

Group launches signature campaign vs 'pork barrel'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

BECAUSE of unresolved issues such as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” scam that figured lawmakers such as senators, government and non-government organizations (NGOs), a people’s initiative through its signature campaign dubbed as the Anti-Pork Barrel Movement (APBM) was launched here on Saturday, August 16.

City monitors PhilHealth members in barangays

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

TO WARRANT that the health services of the city government reach the poor, a continuing medical check up is undertaken to ensure the health conditions of the more than 111,000 Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) members.

The Cagayan de Oro City Health Office said the monitoring of the PhilHealth members would run in four months, starting this August until November this year in all the barangays particularly in the densely populated areas.

Military: NPA nears end

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

THE existence of the New People’s Army (NPA) may be nearing its end as its members in Agusan del Sur totaling to 137since October last year to August 2014 went back to the folds of the law, a military official said.

Major Christian Uy, chief of the Division of Public Affairs Office of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID), said the NPA is on its weakening state following its crippled support system by its indiscriminate extortion activities.

New Zealander nabbed in drug bust

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

A NEW Zealand national and a Filipina believed to be his girlfriend were arrested after being caught in the act in an alleged pot session Monday afternoon.

The 58-year-old Reginald Graeme Adcock and his 19-year-old girlfriend Mary Ann Caberto were in a motel along Rizal and Cruz Taal streets this city around 1 p.m. Monday while police authorities responded to the scene.

Village officials deny pork scam involvement

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:07 a.m.

FORMER and incumbent barangay officials have denied the veracity of the documents that included their names as beneficiaries of an agricultural project allegedly tied to the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

The Office of the Ombudsman in Davao City issued a distribution list of those who benefited from the P39-million agricultural project of Cagayan de Oro City's first district Representative Rolando Uy.

New traffic lights up soon

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

THIRTEEN new traffic lights of the 43 installed in vital locations around the city will be activated within the fiesta week, city traffic management consultant Jose Edgardo Uy said.

Aside from the expected activation of the traffic lights, closed-circuit TV cameras (CCTVs) are expected to undergo a dry run during the fiesta week.

Task Force implements measures on raising revenues

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

MARAWI CITY – The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has created the Task Force Lanao del Sur Cooperative, Incorporated (Task Force Lasureco), which has been organized and mandated to implement the rehabilitation measures to enhance management and operations system to improve the electric cooperative’s revenue collection. TFL is chaired by assistant secretary Matanug Mapandi of NEA; Col. Glen Macasero, commanding officer of 103rd Army Brigade; and Police Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ingking as co-chair.

‘No need to increase intelligence fund’

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

CAGAYAN de Oro City Councilor Ramon Tabor is not convinced that increasing the budget for intelligence network fund is the primary solution to curb the surging crime rate in the city.

Tabor, committee chair on police, fire and public safety, believes the current P8 million intelligence budget for the network is enough to overcome the criminalities that plague the city.

Comelec: Recall election ‘impossible’

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

THE election officer of Cagayan de Oro City has reiterated that pushing for the holding of the recall election for the mayoralty seat is “impossible.”

“First and foremost, recall elections [are] expensive. If the former mayor would really want to push it through, he would really spend big amount of money for it,” said lawyer Aleli Ramirez, head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in the city, Friday morning.

MisOr to become ‘chocolate capital’ of PH

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

MISAMIS Oriental is beginning the first few steps to becoming the Philippines' chocolate capital as an international producer of cacao beans has tapped the province to put up hectares of cacao plantation.

Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, in his recent State of the Province Address (Sopa), revealed that Kennemer Foods International has entered into an agreement with Misamis Oriental where 1,000 hectares of land have already been made ready for the planting of cacao trees.

Army admits hardship in arresting ‘The Butcher’

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

ELUDING arrest from pursuing authorities for more than three years, the arrest of retired army general Jovito Palparan proved to be a difficult task, the military admitted.

“Finding and catching Palparan [was] difficult to do. Let us bear in mind that he is from the military and he knows what to do, where to hide without getting attention thus the three-year pursuit,” Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), said Friday.

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