DOJ handles Oro water district worker's case

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) is now looking into the arrest of Engr. Emmanuel Mulawan, a senior architectural draftsman of Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD), whose arrest involved some secrecy with regard to the people behind it.

Mulawan has been arrested for rape.

Services assured of safety, order at DFA in NorMin

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

DIFFICULTIES on renewing and applying for passports are hopefully over as the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Office here moved to its new location at Centrio Ayala mall last month.

It started to serve passport applicants on June 23, 2014 and held its inauguration ceremony Thursday, July 17.

Drug bureau dismayed over release of drug suspect

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 02:00 a.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-10) in Northern Mindanao was dismayed when one of the drug suspects, who was caught in a July 10 buy-bust operation, was freed on order of the city prosecutor’s office Wednesday.

The anti-narcotics body also learned that the 61-year-old woman from Marawi City, who reportedly attempted to pay off a ranking PDEA-10 official in exchange for the liberty of suspect Ricondaya Alib, was actually her (Alib) sibling.

AFP denies backing tribe head’s ‘private army’

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 02:00 a.m.

THE Philippine Army has denied claims of the New People’s Army (NPA) that the military is behind the “private army” that the NPA encountered last Tuesday inside the compound of Datu Calpito Egua.

Major Christian Uy, public information officer of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division (4ID), in a phone interview with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Wednesday afternoon, said the NPA's accusation “is something to justify their criminal act.”

Majority bloc councilors urged to hasten road project

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:59 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Council’s minority bloc wants to speed up the farm-to-market road (FMR) project in various villages where a counterpart from the city government is needed to bankroll its construction.

City councilor Lourdes Darimbang said they wish to hasten the project so that residents’ needs in the hinterland barangays can be addressed immediately instead of hindering it.

2 dead, P1.5M lost in Bukidnon NPA attack

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Two workers died and an estimated P1.5 million worth of properties were burned in the facilities of a pineapple grower in Quezon, Bukidnon as New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents raided anew Tuesday.

13 NPA rebels, 2 lumads die in Agusan Sur attack

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

SUSPECTED New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked the house of a Manobo chieftain in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur Tuesday morning but his followers fought back, killing 13 of the attackers, the military said.

Major Christian Uy, public information officer of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said two Manobo fighters also died in the two-hour gun battle in Barangay Sta. Irene in Prosperidad.

COA ‘disparities’ traced back to former mayor

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

BEFORE accusing the present administration of any wrongdoing, City Councilor President Elipe must explain to the people first the alleged infractions, based on the Commission on Audit (COA) report, committed by former city mayor and Elipe’s father-in-law Vicente Emano, a City Hall official said Tuesday.

During Monday’s regular session of the City Council, Elipe, in his special report, revealed that COA has noted 36 “problems,” most involving financial matters the City Government must rectify.

Low conviction rate hounds PDEA

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

EVEN with more anti-drug operations conducted, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao admitted there is a low conviction rate from cases brought up by the anti-narcotics body to courts.

Rosemarie Bajao, information officer of PDEA-Northern Mindanao, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Tuesday afternoon that witnesses' failure to attend court hearings may have primarily caused early dismissal or acquittal of many of the drug-related cases.

Church-owned pharmacy puts partnership with CSWD on hold

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

THE Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro has decided to temporarily halt the church-run pharmacy’s dealings with the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) starting July 15 to iron out some issues affecting its operations.

“We decided it would be for the best of everyone that we put Botika ng Parokya on hold lang sâ,” director of the Social Action Center (SAC) Fr. Nathaniel Lerio told reporters in a press conference at the archbishop’s residence Monday.

Church opposes Oro's megadike project

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

NOW that the proposed megadike is waiting for President Benigno Aquino III’s nod in the next National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) board meeting this August, the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is opposing its expected construction in 2015.

“The Church in general would be for the betterment of the people but we are not saying that we are for its construction,” said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, who also chairs the environmental body the River Basin Management Council.

Residents in storm-surge-prone areas urged to seek higher ground

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

EVEN if Typhoon Glenda has headed toward Luzon, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has warned residents in the Visayas and in Mindanao to take precautionary measures as heavy rains lash out the entire country.

Residents in communities with a forecast two- to three-meter (six to 11 feet) height of the storm surge are urged to seek higher ground and take extra precautions.

Sans cellophane or pay P1 for plastic bags

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

FOLLOWING the examples of highly urbanized cities, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro will start implementing the collection of P1 for the use of plastic bags or cellophane in retail establishments to minimize the use of non-biodegradable materials.

This declaration is in line with Mayor Oscar Moreno’s environmental protection program.

Church 'not walking its talk' on curbing teenage pregnancy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

THE Catholic Church admitted she has done little to curb the increasing prevalence of teenagers getting pregnant, particularly in Cagayan de Oro City and the neighboring areas under the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

Asked on the trend of teenage pregnancy, Monsignor Rey Monsanto, one of the consultors of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, said despite the church’s interventions, the social problem persist among the youth, owing to the lack of involvement of the community.

Detention vs patients who couldn't settle bills denied

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

ADMINISTRATORS of a privately-run hospital facility denied detaining patients who could not settle their bills.

“We do not do that because we also sympathize with their situation,” Sister Arcelita Sarnillo, administrator of Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH), told reporters during a press conference held at the Bishop’s residence Monday morning.

Police to go after violators of cybercrime law

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:15 a.m.

LAW enforcers belonging to Northern Mindanao's anti-cybercrime unit are confident to go after violators of cybercrimes and other related acts involving the use of electronic gadgets and the internet.

Just recently, a person was arrested by authorities after he violated Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.

Woman arrested for bribing PDEA official

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

A WOMAN came to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao office Monday morning bringing P50,000 in cash and allegedly asked the agency’s regional deputy director Rayford Yap to release her "friend" from PDEA's custody.

Bansa Haron Socor, a 61-year-old woman who traveled from Marawi to Cagayan de Oro, brought five bundles of cash in uneven denomination amounting to P50,000.

P500M lost in Lanao Norte fire

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

KOLAMBUGAN, Lanao del Norte -- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here initially placed damages of Findlay Millar Timber Company (FMTC) conflagration last week at P500 million, Inspector Rommel Villafuerte, provincial fire marshall, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview over the weekend.

Villafuerte said the fire started around 6:30 p.m. of July 10 and the firemen declared fire-out around 4 a.m. of July 11. Seven firefighting groups from the municipalities of Kapatagan, Lala, Baroy, Tubod, Bacolod, Kolambugan and one from Iligan City responded to the distress call.

Tribal leaders to press Oro council to hasten FMRs

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

TRIBE leaders of hinterland villages in Cagayan de Oro City would attend the City Council session Monday to press the officials to hasten the approval of the city’s equity on the farm-to-market road projects (FMRs) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The leaders of the recipient villages sent a letter to the City Council through Vice Mayor Ceasar Ian Acenas, asking him to speed up the approval of the ordinance so these DA projects can start.

Suspects release kidnap victim 'for P300,000'

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

LINAMON, Lanao del Norte -- A four-year-old female child who was abducted by two armed men on Saturday, July 12, was released in less than 12 hours in Barangay Lumbac, Baloi town in this province.

The victim is a daughter of a couple engaged in trading copra who resides in the municipality of Linamon.

Youth ‘investment’ for a better society – PopCom

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

IN CELEBRATION of the World Population Day on July 11, the Population Commission (PopCom) in northern Mindanao celebrated the day anchored on the theme “Investing in Young People.”

PopCom said the youth, which comprises nearly 20 percent of the country’s population, is an investment for a better society.

2 killed in skirmish in Lanao Sur

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

MARAWI CITY – An alleged member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) under Azadullah “Bravo” Macapaar of 102nd Base Command in Balindong town in Lanao del Sur and a soldier died in a clash.

The clash happened along the national highway in Barangay Bacayawan in the municipality of Marantao in Lanao del Sur on July 11.

Broadcast media draft manual on climate change

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

FOR concerns on climate change and its effects to the environment to reach far and wide, government agencies invited broadcast media for an advocacy seminar workshop to appreciate the current trend of the weather.

The primary focus of the activity dubbed as “Media Advocacy and Write Shop” organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in northern Mindanao was to draft a broadcaster’s manual for Climate Change.

Killings in Oro due to drugs

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

“BY LOOKING at what is happening today in our region, drugs may have played a big role in the [recent] killings.”

This was the pronouncement of Rosemarie Bajao, spokesperson of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Office (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao, on Friday.

Climate change, a 'threat to the economy'

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

THE effect of climate change is the number one threat to the country’s economy, Graciano Yumul Jr., a geologist and a teacher, said during the Asean Economic Briefing held recently.

According to Yumul, the Philippine economy remains stagnant due to various disasters that hit the country.

NUJP protests ‘inhuman’ prison term for Burmese journs

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:17 p.m.

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is protesting what it deems as an “inhuman” sentence meted Thursday by a Burmese court on four reporters and a media executive who were found guilty of “publishing state secrets and trespassing.”

The Burmese publication The Irrawaddy reported the Pakokku Township Court has ruled that reporters Lu Maw Naing, Sithu Soe, The Yazar Oo and Aung Thura, and their news organization’s chief executive officer Tin Hsan be imprisoned for 10 years and undergo hard labor.

Eradication of dengue ‘impossible’

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH-10) Northern Mindanao admitted that the dengue virus is impossible to defeat, with to the intermittent cases per month and the widespread propagation of its carrier, the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

“It is difficult to eradicate dengue. It has been going on for years but there are still cases of death from the virus because we do not have a cure for it yet,” said Ivan Rubio, the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (Resdru) of DOH-Northern Mindanao, on Thursday.

Reloc site identified for families affected by mega-dike

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government said it has already identified a potential relocation site for the residents who will be affected by the mega dike project, a 12-kilometer flood-protection structure which is expected to be built in 2015.

City Social and Welfare Development (CSWD) officer Teddy Sabuga-a told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Thursday that Barangay Balubal is the most feasible relocation for the approximately 2,000 affected families.

Traders may be responsible of rice, spices hoarding

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

A GROUP of traders operating in Northern Mindanao may be responsible for the hoarding of rice and spices that created artificial shortage of basic goods in the market, the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA) said on Wednesday.

“Possibly, that the hoarding in Northern Mindanao is done by only one group. Although I don’t have the concrete data yet, pero may duda kami,” DA assistant regional director Roxane Hojas said.

Aquino soon to approve megadike’s phase 1

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

THE construction of the proposed 12-kilometer megadike that will be soon approved by President Benigno Aquino III is just the first phase of the entire project, National Economic and Development Authority-Northern Mindanao (Neda-10) regional director Leon Dacanay said.

“That is just the phase one of the entire project that will be submitted to the president. There is a long list of the projects that have been approved already at the ICC (Investment Coordination Committee) cabinet committee which awaits the approval of the Neda board,” Dacanay said Tuesday.

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