Cops liable for water district man's arrest

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 02:30 a.m.

THE arrest of a Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) senior architectural draftsman last week can be considered kidnapping and the police officers involved must be held liable, lawyer Edgardo Cabanlas, former city councilor, said.

Four police officers served the warrant of arrest to Emmanuel Mulawan Sr. while he was punching out his time card midday of June 11, 2014.

DSWD releases P42.8-M to DepEd to combat malnutrition

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 02:29 a.m.

FUNDS from the Social Welfare department (DSWD) amounting to P42.8 million has been transferred to the Department of Education (DepEd) to feed the emaciated kinder and grade 1-6 students including their families.

In a statement, lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD-10 regional director, said the transfer of funds aims to address the under nutrition and short term hunger conditions among public school children in Northern Mindanao through the school-based feeding program (SBFP).

Tour guides prepping for Asean integration in 2015

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:41 a.m.

WITH the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) integration in 2015, tour guides all over the Philippines are preparing to refine their standards so they can compete with other countries.

Tour guides gathered in a three-day event that ended here Monday for the National Tour Guides convention and general assembly bringing with them information on tourism in their places.

Stat authority urges applicants to avail other services

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:40 a.m.

THE Philippine Statistics Authority-Northern Mindanao (PSA-10), formerly National Statistics Office (NSO), is calling people to request for needed documents through availing the other services the agency offers.

Following complaints of long and tedious process, Marilou Igbon, regional director of PSA-10, urged residents of Northern Mindanao to try online application, batch request entry system (BREQS), or the authorized partner agencies to decongest the daily long queues at registration offices.

Grenade explodes inside man’s pocket

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:39 a.m.

THE Bukidnon police has declared a province-wide full alert status after a grenade inside a man’s pocket exploded in Malaybalay City in the afternoon of June 14, authorities said.

Inspector Joanne Galvez, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) provincial office in Bukidnon, said the victim identified as Mobahar Darangina, 19, a resident of Purok 2, Barangay 9, Malaybalay City, was suspected to have been lugging the explosive in his short pants' right pocket when it blew up.

OCD holds disaster summit for Oro, MisOcc

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:38 a.m.

AFTER two years of experiencing one of the worst disasters in its history, Cagayan de Oro City hosts a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System (DRRM) Summit.

The summit was attended by the City’s DRRM team together with the local chief executives (LCEs) of the province of Misamis Occidental at a convention center here beginning today until June 18.

Oro pushes for regulation of whitewater rafting industry

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO - The City Government is pushing for the regulation of the million peso white water rafting industry following the international standards to prevent any repeat of the tragic accident that killed an adventure tourist last Friday.

Mayor Oscar Moreno presses for the safety of the adventure tourists that have been patronizing the city’s premier tourism destination.

Mayor’s 'Soca' highlights people empowerment

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:52 a.m.

FOR the administration of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, the nagging issue and the fight against poverty can be won through the empowerment of the people.

Moreno in his State of the City Address (Soca) Sunday morning underscored increased opportunities for the poor by providing them the necessary training and education and access to both the local and international job markets, as more concrete solutions to uplift the lives of the Kagay-anons apart from the efficient delivery of social services and assistance which can supplement the needs of the indigent and physically challenge citizenry.

NorMin 'most wanted' shot dead

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:51 a.m.

A SUSPECT with various criminal offenses, and one of the most wanted persons in Northern Mindanao, was shot dead in Barangay Lapasan following a manhunt operation Sunday morning, police said.

Junie Bataluna, 35, a resident of Barangay Mat-i, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, bore four gunshot wounds after shooting it out with law enforcers.

City fiscal back in office, vows to bring changes

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:50 a.m.

AFTER his preventive suspension was reversed by the justice department recently, City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag who is back in office will implement a few changes at the city prosecutor’s office (CPO).

Macauyag was suspended on orders of Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary Leila De Lima for failing to submit to the DOJ main office in Manila an estafa complaint, which accordingly was in violation of department order 963 and memorandum order 003, both dated November 14, 2012. His suspension began April 22, 2014.

Oro folk commemorate 64th Charter Day

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:48 a.m.

AS EARLY as 7 a.m., the streets of Cagayan de Oro City Divisoria were flooded with people, who were eager to witness the 64th Charter Day Ceremony of the city at Kiosko Kagawasan on June 15, 2014.

The ceremony started with a prayer followed by the singing of the national anthem.

Tourist missing as raft capsizes in Cagayan de Oro River

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Updated) - A tourist who had gone white water rafting with friends has reportedly been missing after the raft she was on capsized in one of the rapids in Cagayan de Oro River around 2 p.m. Friday, June 13.

Chisum Factura, one of the owners of Kagay Journey-White Water Rafting and Kayaking, said Azzi Calipusan Balbin, who was part of a group of eight tourists, went missing after the raft she was on with four others overturned while negotiating one of the rapids in the beginners section of the course.

Suspected gunman of slain radioman captured

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

AFTER months of being at large, one of the alleged killers of radioman Joash Dignos was captured by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Friday morning.

Superintendent Canilo Fuentez, Bukidnon police deputy provincial director for operations, led the capture of Dionesio Daulong, 21, at Purok 6, Barangay Paitan, Quezon in Bukidnon around 5:30 a.m. Friday. Read related story

COWD workers hold prayer rally for nabbed colleague

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

EMPLOYEES of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) who are members of First Labor Organization of Cagayan de Oro Water District (Flow) offered prayers on Friday as their way of helping their co-worker Emmanuel Mulawan who was recently arrested and brought to the Regional Trial Court, Branch 20 of Imus, Cavite, to face the rape case filed against him.

Massing outside the COWD building along Corrales street, Mulawan’s co-workers, who wore black shirts, prayed for his safety inside the jail.

Lawmaker won’t challenge Oro mayor in 2016 polls

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

TO take out rumors that he was eyeing the mayoralty position against his political ally, 2nd district Representative Rufus Rodriguez made it clear Friday he won’t challenge City Mayor Oscar Moreno in the 2016 elections.

“Rufus Rodriguez… is not running for city mayor. We (Rodriguezes) are supporting Mayor Moreno,” he categorically announced in front of reporters and visitors during the blessing of the newly renovated Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) office along Velez Street Friday.

2 sexual assault suspects arrested

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

TWO men who allegedly molested minors in two separate incidents were arrested by police Friday morning.

Suspect Floro, 56, was turned over to the Macabalan police station for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl Thursday evening.

Pa to face charges for maltreating son

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

FOR allegedly abusing his one-year-old son, a father will be facing charges in violation of the law that protects women and children, a government psychologist said Thursday.

Stella Ferrarez, a psychologist at the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), said that complaint for the violation of Republic Act 9262, or the Violence against Women and their Children (VAWC), has already been prepared against the suspect.

Kin of arrested water district employee seeks help

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:05 a.m.

THE arrest of an employee of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) has caused alarm and apprehension for his safety.

The family of Emmanuel C. Mulawan, senior architectural draftsman of COWD, sought the help of Mayor Oscar Moreno on Thursday after he was arrested by the police at the COWD office midday on June 11.

P2.3-M worth of ‘shabu’ seized in 1 week

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:04 a.m.

ABOUT P2.3 million worth of shabu was seized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) in a series of drug bust operations in the region.

PDEA-10 chief information officer Rosemarie Bajao told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Thursday that the four operations from June 10 to 12 led to the confiscation of not less than 176 grams of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and the arrest of four suspected drug couriers.

Protest, prayers greet 116th Independence Day

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:04 a.m.

ON THE 116th commemoration of the Independence Day Thursday, a contrast in the observance with the militant groups holding protest and the Cagayan de Oro City Government spearheading in the offering of prayers was obvious.

Early Thursday morning, different local government units, war veterans, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the academe, national government agencies, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), members of the Philippine Freemasonry, private groups and individuals joined in the commemoration at Kiosko Kagawasan in Divisoria.

Clenro belies refusing permits to loggers

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:03 a.m.

A VILLAGE official blamed the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) of Cagayan de Oro on why loggers resort to illegally cut down trees.

Barangay Dansolihon chairman Gilbert Nacalaban has called on Clenro to release to loggers the permits to cut and transport trees the soonest possible to avoid rendering their activities illegal.

Cops face blank wall on found charred body

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:02 a.m.

AUTHORITIES on Thursday are still facing a blank wall on the identity of a man whose charred body was found in Barangay Indahag Tuesday.

Senior Police Officer (PO1) Neil de las Alas, chief investigator at the Cogon police station, said the body cannot be simply identified because it was scorched beyond recognition.

Charges filed vs police official, aide for extortion

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

AFTER a thorough examination, the City Investigations and Detective Management Branch (CIDMB) of Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) found sufficient evidence to file administrative charges against a high ranking police official and his assistant.

Superintendent Danildo Tumanda, summary hearing officer at Cocpo, said the evidence culled from the entrapment operation of the National Bureau of Investigation-Northern Mindanao (NBI-10) on March 17, 2014 will affirm the pursuit of administrative charges against former Superintendent John Michael Deloso, chief of the traffic division of Cocpo, and Police Officer 3 (PO3) Ernesto Galleto.

Isla Cupa residents soon to get land titles

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

RESIDENTS at Isla Cupa in Barangay Consolacion may soon have their land titles from the Registry of Deeds under the Urban Poor Emancipation Program (Upep) of the government.

One of those residents, Robert Bolong, who has been living in Isla Cupa since he was eight, applied for the program when he first heard it in 2000.

Oro councilor wants curfew law on minors amended

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

WITH the city-wide implementation of the curfew for minors in at least 20 barangays, a city councilor said that the existing codified ordinance is conflicting with Republic Act 9344 also known as Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA) of 2006.

In a special report he delivered at the city council on June 9, city councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr. said that there is a need to amend chapter 108, section 486 of the City Codified Ordinance of 1994, the basis in the enforcement of the curfew.

5 issues plague educational system

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

THE country’s educational system is in disarray due to various problems, according to a civil society group leader.

Dr. Geoffrey Salgado of the Northern Mindanao Abolish Pork Movement and chairperson of Barog IIT of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) said the top five problems in the educational system are less prioritization of funds for education, low salary of teachers, graft and corruption, tuition increase, and unemployment of the graduates.

Another ‘salvage’ victim dumped

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

LINAMON, Lanao del Norte — A body dumped in a thicket near a diversion road in the village of Bosque, Linamon town was found early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Florentine Rama, a member of Civilian Volunteer Organization, told reporters he chanced upon the corpse while watching over his livestock in a secluded part of the village.

Peasants urged to bring protest to Congress

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

INSTEAD of criticizing the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) over the seeming failure to distribute lands to the peasants, they should instead bring their sentiments to Congress.

A DAR-10 official told farmers from Bukidnon who massed outside the department’s regional office in Macanhan in Barangay Carmen on Tuesday to protest how the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (Carper) is being implemented.

Family big factor to suicide, experts say

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

PSYCHOLOGISTS in Cagayan de Oro underscored on Tuesday the importance of the family’s role toward children with depression that could lead to suicide.

Psychologist Stella Ferrarez, head of the Center and Institution Division of the city government here, stressed the crucial role of family members when children are experiencing the worst in life at an early age.

B’moro Law submission to Congress set in July

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

COTABATO CITY—The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be submitted to Congress when it resumes session in July, top officials said.

“At present, efforts have already been made to coordinate with the Senate and House leadership to ensure that the draft BBL is submitted to Congress when sessions resume in July,” said a joint statement of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Mohagher Iqbal.

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