Dirty kitchen built on river’s dike gap raises concern

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

FROM afar, a two-story residence that sits just beside the Cagayan de Oro river in Ilaya, Barangay Carmen looks like it has encroached on a flood control structure built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong where hundreds perished and damaged millions of pesos in properties in 2011.

A photo posted on social media generated curiosity and wonder why the house owner has built an extension that entrenched on the river dike.

SEA Camp: Empowering youth as leaders in conservation

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

SAVE Philippine Seas (SPS), in partnership with the US Embassy Manila, is looking for young leaders who are 18 to 23 years old and passionate about marine conservation to participate in SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates) Camp in 2015.

The SEA Camp aims to give young people a platform to play bigger roles in conservation. There will be three regional camps: one in Luzon (Batangas) on April 15-21, Visayas (Negros Oriental) on April 27-May 3, and Mindanao (Tawi-Tawi) on May 9-May 15. The national culminating camp will be in Palawan on June 10-14.

MisOr political prisoners fast for freedom

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

FOR more than six years, Vicente Libona, 57, spends each day eating and talking with the inmates at Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail (MOPJ) on the corner of Luna Street and Corrales Avenue.

And for the past years, he does the usual chores and tasks to while away the time waiting for his case to progress.

Army needs expert volunteers on trauma

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

VOLUNTEERS skilled in dealing with post-traumatic syndrome are needed to assist in counseling and processing the experiences of persons who survived an ambulance ambush allegedly carried out by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in a village in Agusan del Sur on Sunday, November 30.

Major Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), said Wednesday that Major General Oscar Lactao, 4ID commander, is appealing to those skilled in handling traumatic situations to help the military in its efforts to assist the survivors and the families of the slain victims.

Manilakbayan calls for release of protester, slams Aquino

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

A GROUP of civil society organizations has appealed to authorities for the release of a farmer-leader who was arrested for allegedly vandalizing the front gate of the residence of President Benigno Aquino III at Times Street, Barangay West Triangle, Quezon City.

The group, at the same time, slammed the government for what it considered as failure to address various issues that affected the people, particularly farmers and lumads.

‘SK system needs to be revised’

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

SOME local officials favored the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, saying the SK system needs revision.

The Congress passed on third reading Monday House Bill 5209 or the Act to Postpone the SK elections to last Monday of October 2016. The election will then be done in sync with the next barangay polls.

Justice for victims of ambulance ambush sought

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:15 a.m.

LORETO, Agusan del Sur – Around 500 people from the local government units and church gathered at San Francisco town in Agusan del Sur on Tuesday, as they condemned and demanded justice for the death of four and wounding of seven civilians after members of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels ambushed the ambulance the victims boarded as it passed by Sitio Latay in Barangay Marfil, Rosario town.

“I want justice for my husband killed by the NPA. What will happen to us now? He provided us food and sent our children to school. They didn’t just kill my husband; they also killed us since our dreams for a better future of the family has gone bleak,” one of the widows, who requested not to be named, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

MILF assures no more child soldiers

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vowed Tuesday to exert all efforts to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers and remove the group from the United Nations' (UN) list of armed groups using children as combatants.

The assurance came during an orientation on the UN-MILF Action Plan on the recruitment and use of children attended by United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) officials and MILF commanders, in Camp Darapanan here.

Local disaster councils gear up for ‘Hagupit’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Local government units and disaster councils are gearing up as Tropical Storm Hagupit is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this week.

The state weather bureau said Tuesday that the weather disturbance outside the PAR has intensified into a tropical storm and is expected to enter the country by Thursday evening or Friday morning.

People advised not to rely on gov’t alone

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

TO PUT an end to human rights violations, the people must stand together and address this issue collectively rather than solely relying on the government, a lawyer-activist said Monday.

Lawyer Beverly Musni, of the Union of People’s Lawyer in Mindanao (UPLM) and regional chair of the human rights group Karapatan, said the people’s organizations and civil society groups play an important role in making sure that cases of human rights violations (HRV) will be reported and documented properly.

Drivers ordered to implement fare adjustment

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

MOTORELA drivers are ordered to adjust the fare based on the prevailing pump prices of gasoline or face penalties if mandated ordinance would be violated.

The committee on public utilities chaired by Councilor Roger Abaday tackled the issue on Friday, November 28, after complaints on the non implementation of the automatic fare adjustment from commuters reached his office.

Will Bangsamoro setup need new taxes?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Given the significant level of resources that will soon be commended to the control and disposition of the Bangsamoro government, will it require the central government to raise new taxes?

This question cropped up during the recent public hearing here of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Misamis Oriental pegs LPA damage at P12M

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

A LOW pressure area (LPA) that hit Misamis Oriental over the weekend did more damage than Tropical Depression Queenie that moved past Northern Mindanao last week, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said Monday.

Provincial administrator Edmundo Pacamalan Jr. said the LPA left portions of bridges in the villages of Tagbalogo and Digkamara Mapulog in Naawan town torn apart due to the flashflood that occurred Saturday night.

35 chosen from the archdiocese to see Pope Francis

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

A TOTAL of 35 individuals from the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro have been chosen to attend the mass at the Manila Cathedral in which Pope Francis will preside on his visit to the country on January 15, 2015.

The 10 priests chosen from the vicariates of the Archdiocese are Rev. Fr. Perseus P. Cabunoc, SSJV, rector of San Agustin Metropolitan Cathedral; Fr. Jose Isagani Villamil, Fr. Raul Dael, Fr. Jobel Gulisao, Fr. Rosauro Valmores, Fr. Ramir Colanse, Fr. Eleuterio Datoy, Fr. Jose Alan Pulgo, Fr. Wilfredo Tuquib, and Fr. Joel Oga.

Livelier Christmas for City Hall workers

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

CITY Hall employees will have a merrier Christmas after Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno announced they will receive an additional compensation once the City Council approves it.

Moreno, who made the announcement after the flag-raising ceremony at the City Hall Monday, said regular and casual workers will get a 14th month and a half productivity enhancement incentive.

Philippines ‘not there yet’ in combating HIV/Aids

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippines is nowhere near the finish line in terms of completing one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations (UN).

Speaking in Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw in SM City Davao, Dr. Jordana Ramiterre, head of the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) of the Davao City Health Office, said that “we are not yet there,” referring to the sixth MDG: to combat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases.

Lanao Norte guv is new RDC-Northern Mindanao chair

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III appointed Lanao del Norte Governor Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo as the new Chairperson of the Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-10) for the term 2013 2016.

Dimaporo is a third termer as Governor of Lanao del Norte. He is presently the vice-president of the Confederation of Provincial Governors, City Mayors and Municipal Mayors League President of Mindanao (CONFED Mindanao) and chair of the RDC-Social Development Committee.

P16,000 proposed wage not enough

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

A PUBLIC school teacher and a former factory worker may have different job descriptions, but they share the same goal: an increase in monthly wage, which they agree has long been overdue.

Ophelia Tabacon, a Grade 2 teacher at Camaman-an Elementary School and vice-chair of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in Northern Mindanao, said it’s high time for the government to raise the salaries of both public and private employees.

Witness says DOJ marshals’ training vital

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

A RADIO commentator who survived an assassination attempt more than seven years ago has welcomed the recently concluded training of the Department of Justice (DOJ) marshals serving as protectors of witnesses especially on high-profile cases.

Jose Pantoja, who was shot nine times in Iligan City on various parts of his body on October 8, 2007 but cheated death, said the survival of the witnesses who are covered under the DOJ’s Witness Protection Program (WPP) will depend, in part, on the quick response and skills of the department’s internal security officers.

Anti-discrimination ordinance ‘needed’

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

AS THE World Aids Day is being observed today, December 1, all over the globe, an advocate feels there is still a tremendous amount of bias and discrimination against individuals who have contracted this disease and those who have different sexual orientation.

Rey Namocatcat, of the local advocate group Tingog-CdeO, said the best way to stop this animosity is for the city legislature to craft an ordinance that will protect people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV), as well as those belonging to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual (LGBT) communities.

Ex-mayor: ‘Bangsamoro sets the stage for federalism’

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- A former city mayor here has urged members of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to consider the proposed measure “in the larger context of reforming the political system in the country.”

Lawyer Franklin M. Quijano told the members of the committee on November 28 that the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law will set the stage for serious discussions on how best to reform the country’s political system amid renewed stirrings for greater decentralization of power to the regions and localities.

Oro lawmaker: Support for BBL is 'universal'

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

DESPITE some concerns, the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is receiving overwhelming support from residents in Northern Mindanao, the chair of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law said.

“I saw the universal support for the proposed Bangsamoro law. It is undeniable,” said Cagayan de Oro second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez.

Lawmaker to Iliganons: Listen to your hearts

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 01:05 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY — Warning that the rejection of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would mean “more killings and destruction,” a lawmaker appealed to some 500 people who attended the House public hearing Friday on the proposed law to “listen to your hearts” and try to reach a “compromise on conflicting positions.”

Muntinlupa City Representative Rodolfo Biazon, a member of the House ad hoc committee on the BBL said that while he said it here the same request holds true for the rest of the country.

Violent dispersal greets Manilakbayans from M'nao

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

VIOLENT dispersal was the response of President Benigno Aquino’s administration to the legitimate dissent of the “Manilakbayan ng Mindanao” contingent during a protest outside PNoy’s house on Times-Street in Quezon City.

At least nine policemen were injured and a leader of the protesters was arrested.

Army insists on ‘stand down’

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:07 a.m.

THE military is considering on extending its temporary ceasefire from three to four days, but it has maintained its “stand down” policy to allow the New People’s Army (NPA) to release its captive soldiers in areas in Bukidnon, an Army official said.

In his November 24 letter to Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria Zubiri, Colonel Jesse Alvarez, commander of the Philippine Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade, said they are amenable to a four-day stand down, a term the military used instead of suspension of military operation (Somo).

Over 200 families evacuated as Quennie passes Oro, MisOr

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said Tropical Depression Queenie did not bring significant damage in Misamis Oriental except for a four-meter portion of a barangay road in Camanga in Manticao town that caved in due to the rising waters. It displaced a hundred families.

Provincial Administrator Edmundo Pacamalan Jr. said 96 families moved to safer grounds following the swelling of rivers and creeks in various parts of the province on Wednesday.

Oro residents block access road in Macajalar

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

FOR blocking the road leading to their homes, more than a thousand residents of a neighborhood in Barangay Lapasan found themselves inconvenienced, and in turn barricaded a public street, bothering motorists at Macajalar road Thursday morning.

The residents at Sitio San Miguel in Barangay Lapasan said they find it hard to get to their residences or to go some place from their homes as the private road going there was fenced by the owner of the property whom the residents identified as Mindanao Health Care (MHC) Wednesday night.

SC chief backing on efforts vs impunity: Breakdown of justice (Part 2 of 3)

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:03 a.m.

“IMPUNITY represents a breakdown, in part or in whole, of governance. In its most recognizable form, it is the impossibility of enforcing accountability, in whatever form, against offenders by reason of the unavailability of existing proceedings and processes, means and methods to effect an effective and meaningful investigation, charge, arrest, trial, judgment, sentence or service of sentence,” Sereno stressed.

Fire rages as ‘Queenie’ brings heavy rains

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:03 a.m.

THREE residential houses in Barangay 31, Cagayan de Oro City were razed to the ground amid the heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Queenie as it made its landfall Wednesday evening.

The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m.

Mindanao peasants, lumads storm Camp Aguinaldo

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

FARMERS and the indigenous people from Mindanao stormed the General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, demanding a halt on the ceaseless military operations that have been yielding grave human rights violations among farmers and lumad communities.

“Implementing the Aquino administration’s counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan, almost 60 percent (about 55 combat battalions or around 50,000 troops) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are deployed in key economic zones in Mindanao,” said Jomorito Goaynon, chairperson of Kalumbay regional lumad organization.

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