Vessel loaded with smuggled rice recaptured

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The vessel loaded with 10,000 sacks of smuggled rice worth P20 million that escaped from the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) holding area was recaptured Thursday in Patikul, Sulu, a customs official said.

Mayor to veto slashed 2015 executive budget

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO – In response to the reduction of the 2015 executive budget implemented by the majority members of the City Council, Mayor Oscar Moreno is considering to veto it, a city hall official said Thursday.

City information officer Maricel Casiño-Rivera said Moreno is planning to send his veto message to the City Council’s majority bloc, which approved the budget on Monday, December 15, after the prescribed 10-day period will lapse.

Weapons used in lawmaker ambush-slay attempt recovered

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

THE Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental is hopeful the recovery of weapons allegedly used in the ambush of Iligan City lone district Representative Vicente Belmonte will lead to the speedy solution of the case.

Weapons used in Iligan lawmaker ambush-slay attempt recovered

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO – The Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental is hopeful the recovery of weapons allegedly used in the ambush of Iligan City lone district Representative Vicente Belmonte will lead to the speedy solution of the case.

Belmonte cheated death when a group of armed men waylaid him and his convoy on their way to the national highway from the Laguindingan Airport in Barangay Gasi, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental in December 11.

Customs optimistic to reach P8-B collection target

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

DESPITE the low performance in one of its sub-ports, the Bureau of Customs in Northern Mindanao (BOC-10) is upbeat to collect its target of P8 billion for this year, and has remained hopeful to exceed that amount, a BOC-10 official said.

From January to November, the BOC-10 collection has already reached P7.330 billion, according to the Customs report provided to this paper. The target for the 11-month cumulative collection has been set at P7.298 billion but actual collection has already hit P7.330 billion, or a difference of P31.721 million.

4 Oro cops tagged in ‘summary execution’

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:22 p.m.

AFTER an alleged summary execution victim survived an attempt on his life and now the witness of the killings of three others on December 10 and 11 last week, he named the four police who shot them without mercy.

Oro Vice-mayor's office budget increased

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:20 p.m.

IF the majority bloc of the City Council either deleted or cut down many of the items in the 2015 proposed budget submitted by Mayor Oscar Moreno, then they should also serve as “model” and slash their own budget, a city lawmaker said.

‘Sendong’ survivors face another challenge

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:20 p.m.

THREE years have passed but the survivors of the destruction brought by Tropical Storm Sendong on December 17, 2014are facing another challenge.

This time it’s not the deluge they fear but a project that would supposedly protect them from another killer flood.

DILG to launch ‘Operation Listo'

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:19 p.m.

LOCAL executives can be administratively liable when found remiss in their duties in mitigating disaster in their respective localities, said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Rene Burdeos, DILG regional director for northern Mindanao, said with the government’s unified preparedness program to lessen the impact of a foreseen disaster, there is no reason for communities to suffer huge losses of lives and properties.

Approved 2015 Oro budget: Frustrating, disgusting

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:07 a.m.

“FRUSTRATING and disgusting,” was how one minority members of the City Council described it when the majority bloc approved the executive budget for 2015 but cut it down significantly on Monday.

City Councilor Lourdes Candy Darimbang said the decision of the majority members was both frustrating and disgusting, although it was expected “since we don’t have the numbers.”

Bukidnon police seize ‘hot’ logs

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:06 a.m.

ABOUT 4,200 board feet of sawn lumber, with an estimated worth of P63,000, was confiscated by the municipal police station of Kadingilan, Bukidnon on Monday, the Bukidnon provincial police office said Tuesday.

Inspector Jiselle Longakit, Bukidnon provincial police information officer, said the Kadingilan municipal police station received a phone call from a concerned citizen informing them that they saw a 10-wheeler truck loaded with logs headed to Barangay Poblacion in Kadingilan.

Belmonte slay attempt suspect subjected to inquest

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:05 a.m.

THE suspect in the ambush of Iligan City lone district Representative Vicente Belmonte has appeared at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for inquest proceedings, Regional Prosecutor Jaime Umpa said Tuesday.

Umpa said suspect Dominador Tumala is facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the illegal possession of live ammunitions and RA 9516 or illegal possession of explosives.

300 ‘Sendong’ victims remain unidentified

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Over 300 victims of Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) buried in unmarked graves here and in nearby Iligan City have remained unidentified despite DNA tests conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) medico-legal teams three years ago.

Council slashes 2015 Oro budget by P1.72B

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

AFTER more than an hour of discussion, the majority members of the 17th City Council finally approved the executive budget for 2015 during its 64th regular session Monday, but slashed it by more than a billion pesos -- from the proposed amount of P3.8 billion to P2.08 billion.

The reduction was questioned by the minority bloc, saying this would deprive the people of basic services and projects.

Families of captive soldiers remain hopeful

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

IN SPITE of the firm stand of the government forces to rescue two soldiers captured by the New People’s Army (NPA) and the insistence of the Maoist rebels for the suspension of military and police operations, the families of the captives are hopeful that their release will happen during the Yuletide season.

Genieve Yorong-Tagadiad, sister of Private First Class Jerrel Yorong, said she and the rest of her family are still hopeful that he will be released before Christmas.

PDEA agent slain in anti-illegal drug-bust operation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

INVESTIGATION agent 1 Joel Hinita died after sustaining three gunshots on his body and one on his head in an encounter with illegal drug dealers in a drug-bust operation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Monday.

Six alleged drug dealers were arrested and now under PDEA detention. The suspect on the shooting was identified Ibrahim Jafar Undaki, 32, also known as “Ibra.”

5 killed, 18 injured in Bukidnon road mishap

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

INJURED passengers of a vehicular accident at Sitio Balaon in Talakag, Bukidnon on December 14 are seeking for financial assistance from the company that owns the products loaded to a trailer truck whose container van fell off after it negotiated a curve in the area.

Police report showed the trailer truck was on a descent on a curve when the container van it was carrying got detached and fell on the left side down and hit the approaching passenger jeepney.

Ambush suspect still uncooperative

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- One of the suspects in the attempted slaying of Iligan City lone district Representative Vicente Belmonte Jr. has remained uncooperative with the authorities.

Suspect in Iligan lawmaker’s ambush arrested

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

ONE of the suspects in the ambush of Iligan City Representative Vicente Belmonte was arrested Saturday, two days after the attack that killed at least four people, police said.

The suspect, identified as Dominador Tumala, alias Salvo or Doming, 62, used to be a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) under District Lando operating in Zamboanga del Norte. He is also an ex-paramilitary member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu), said Chief Superintendent Isagani Genabe Jr., Philippine National Police (PNP)-Northern Mindanao regional director.

Clenro doubts use of biomass on proposed power plant

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:48 p.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) is doubtful that the proposed power plant in Barangay Tablon will only resort to coal as a “final option.”

Clenro chief Edwin Dael said the planned power plant to be constructed by Cagayan de Corn Products Corp. (CCPC), a corn processing facility, will employ biomass by using plants, such as napier, as fuel for its generator.

Caap: Business as usual at Laguindingan Airport

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:47 p.m.

THE attempt on the life of Iligan City lone district Representative Vicente “Varf” Belmonte did not affect the operations at the Laguindingan Airport, an official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) said Friday, December 12.

“It’s business as usual at the Laguindingan Airport,” said airport manager Engr. Jose Bodiongan.

Lumads, peasants renounce Aquino

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

“NOYNOY has never been the president of the people of Mindanao.”

This was the shared sentiment of the members of the delegation from Mindanao, who during their brief stay in Manila to personally bring their grievances to the government recently, were given a cold shoulder by President Benigno Aquino III.

Firms told to implement ‘voluntary compliance’

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

RATHER than forcing business owners to implement labor laws, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Northern Mindanao said it is now relying on employers to follow these laws on their own.

Rodrigo Deloso, Dole-Northern Mindanao assistant regional director, called this paradigm shift in addressing the various labor concerns employees and employers are facing as “voluntary compliance.”

Duterte: Terrorists behind attacks in Mindanao

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

A MINDANAO politician has reiterated that the series of bombings in Mindanao, including the explosion of a passenger bus that killed 10 passengers and injured 42 others, is the handiwork of terrorists.

Although he did not pin the blame on groups such as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), who police and military tagged as the prime suspect in the bombing of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) in Barangay Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon last December 9, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is positive that terror cells are behind these acts.

Bus firm warned to pay up or else

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

THE Rural Transit in Mindanao Inc. received a flurry of text messages from unknown persons to pay P50,000 a month or one of its buses would be bombed, police and military officials said.

An RTMI bus bearing body number 2640 was bombed late Tuesday afternoon in Barangay Dologon, Maramag town in Bukidnon, leaving 10 people dead and 42 others wounded.

MisOr workers complain of labor abuse

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

A BATCH of young men from Misamis Oriental came home after complaining of working for almost two months in a harsh environment in Isabela Province in Luzon, the Provincial Government said Friday.

Jonafe Tapulgo-Rodas, Public Employment Services Office (Peso) provincial manager, said the workers were employed by the sugarcane plantation of Ecofuel Land Development Inc. in San Mariano town, Isabela as “mananabas” (cutters).

Bus blast suspect facing raps

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:38 a.m.

AUTHORITIES have filed charges against the suspect in the bombing of a passenger bus that claimed the lives of 10 persons and injured 42 others across the main gate of Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Barangay Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon.

Bukidnon Provincial Police Chief Glenn dela Torre said the complaints against suspect Macmod Manibpil, alias “Mang,” were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Malaybalay City Thursday afternoon.

Male survives ‘salvaging’

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

A SURVIVOR of a suspected summary execution and a potential witness of the killings of his girlfriend and two cousins now fears for his life, as he claimed the shooters involved some police.

Jimboy Jamaca, 24, a resident of Barangay Upper Carmen, is recuperating from his wound and the horrors he went through from his assailants at a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City.

Customs seizes P200M imported glutinous rice

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

AROUND a hundred container vans filled with thousands of bags of imported glutinous rice (“pilit”) were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Northern Mindanao at the Mindanao Container Terminal subport in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

Lawyer Roswald Joseph Pague, BOC-Northern Mindanao administrative officer, said the imported items from Vietnam were seized by the Customs through the alert order issued by Jessie Dellosa, the deputy commissioner for the intelligence group.

Power supply to worsen, affect Mindanao after Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:32 a.m.

SURIGAO CITY -- On top of the two-hour daily blackouts in nine towns of Surigao del Norte, the power situation in the province is expected to worsen some more after Christmas.

This is possible as the National Power Corporation-Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (NPC-Psalm) will reduce the energy it will supply to the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Surneco) by 27 percent.

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