CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has committed to help the government solve the July 26 bombing in this city, as police filed murder and frustrated murder charges against a Moro rebel for the death of eight persons and injury of 46 others.
Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, who appeared at a Senate hearing Wednesday, said MILF peace panel member Robert Alonto met with him on Tuesday and relayed MILF's commitment "to help the City Government in ensuring peace and order in the city."
THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gave its commitment to help authorities solve the July 26 bomb explosion in the city, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said Wednesday.
MILF peace panel member Robert Alonto met with Moreno in a visit Tuesday, lifting any cloud of doubt the group has a hand in the bomb blast that killed eight persons and injured 46.
EASTERN Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Lieutenant General Rainier Cruz said, “it has stepped up its intelligence gathering and set-up check and chokepoints in light of the recent bombings and terror threats in the last four weeks.”
Cruz, who was in Cagayan de Oro to attend the formal assumption of command of Brigadier General Ricardo Visaya as commander of the army’s 4th Infantry Division added that the recent bombings in Mindanao could be or not related but one thing is sure -- bomb making skills has proliferated and instructions on how to make one are available on the internet.
ILIGAN CITY – The government’s chief negotiator for peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has called on Mindanao folks to “rage against the violence” happening in various parts of the region.
Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer spoke here Wednesday in a forum attended by leaders of indigenous peoples, academe, business, civil society, and the local communities during which she explained the status of the peace negotiations with the MILF.
AS THE City Government tightens its security measures in all areas of the city for the annual celebration of the city fiesta, the police are also urging the business community and tourism stakeholders to help secure their establishments.
Superintendent Ronnie Francis Cariaga, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Nothern Mindanao regional spokesperson, assured the tourism industry players during a forum Tuesday that police offices will be on red alert status.
DESPITE the July 26 bombing in the city, cultural activities in line with the celebration of the city’s annual fiesta will push through as planned, a city official said.
Eileen San Juan, chair of this year’s fiesta committee, themed as the “Higalaay Kagay-an Festival,” said the bomb blast will not deter the conduct of the festivities.
CITY Hall has convened on Monday a council that would not only focus on peace and order but also on development.
Instead of the traditional city peace and order council, the City Government chose to name the new body the City Peace, Development and Security Council (CPDSC).
INSPECTION on the carnivals operating in the city for the fiesta is carried out by various city departments to ensure that carnivals comply with the safety and sanitation regulation.
Councilor Dante Pajo, committee chair on health and sanitation, said the City Government will begin its inspection on Thursday.
THE Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Northern Mindanao has already sent invitations to companies that would like to manufacture new license plates for private and public vehicles.
LTO-Northern Mindanao Regional Director Hilarion Ulep said they have started the process of sending invitations to bid to prospective license plate manufacturers.
CHARGES will be filed against the lone bomber of the July 26 blast in Cagayan de Oro after the police have identified his name.
Police Senior Superintendent Michael John Deloso, spokesperson of the Special Investigation Task Group said his office will be filing charges to the said bomber, but his name can’t be divulged yet to the public to ensure his arrest.
CAGAYAN de Oro (CDO) Customs district collector lawyer Lourdes Villamar-Mangaoang tendered her courtesy resignation on July 29 following Commissioner Rufino Biazon’s instruction for the collectors and other officers to relinquish their posts in the wake of the bureau’s crisis that Biazon described as “suffering from negative perception.”
Biazon planned to reshuffle the collectors, whom he called “little commissioners,” to reform the Customs’ blemished reputation due to massive smuggling and other illegal activities that plunged the bureau’s income.
AFTER months of hiding, the primary suspect in the rape of a two-year-old girl in Barangay Camaman-an was finally arrested in Davao City on Saturday afternoon, police said Monday.
The 2-year-old girl was raped on Holy Thursday as the Catholics observed the Lenten season in March this year.
“THEY (blast suspects) better admit their crime and turn witnesses. They’d even become instant millionaires.”
Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) spokesperson Superintendent Michael John Deloso urged the blast suspect whose computerized composite facial sketch has been released by police last week and his possible accomplices to surrender and earn the P2 million bounty that Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno offered on Friday.
NINE persons stricken with dengue fever have been admitted at the J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH), a city official said.
Councilor Dante Pajo, health and sanitation chairperson said, “since Tuesday last week, there were already nine patients confined at the government-run JRBMH, six of them are infants and three are adults."
BLISTERED feet and a raging pain shooting throughout his body is what 50-year-old American Thomas Macintosh got after walking for ten days from Davao City to Cagayan de Oro City.
Yet, the pain has been anesthetized by the scenic bliss and the sweet smell of Bukidnon, which for the first time he experienced as he always takes the plane whenever he goes to Cagayan de Oro from Davao.
THEY came clad in white and wore black armbands as a symbol of mourning.
Some brought red, white, and black placards with statements for peace and unity.
SOME tiptoed and others craned their necks as he walked down the aisle of the Immaculate Concepcion of Xavier University (XU). For most of those who were present, it was their first time to see him in person.
Many were amazed that at 56, he still possesses a youthful look.
THE “City of Golden Friendship” is feeling the crunch as three companies cancelled plans to hold conferences here in the wake of the July 26 bombing at the Rosario Arcade in Lim Ket Kai Center that killed eight persons and injured 46 others.
Anxious officials from the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Nothern Mindanao are closely monitoring whether more groups or corporations are cancelling plans to hold their conferences or conventions in the coming days.
THE TWINS Harvey and Harry Suarez, 15, rushed to the City Tourism Office (CTO) after their classes to catch the last day of the registration for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections on Wednesday.
The synchronized barangay and SK elections are set in October this year.
THE CITY Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) has urged the filing of charges against the suspected bomber of the July 26 blast that killed eight and hurt 46 others.
City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag said authorities should file multiple murder charges against the suspect even if he has not been identified.
A MURDER charge has been filed against an agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) after he accidentally shot a police officer arrested in a buy-bust operation in Iligan City last week.
PDEA-10 Deputy Regional Director Rayford Yap said it was “unfair” for Senior Police Officer 2 (SPO2) Neil Pabilona to be charged with murder since he was with the PDEA team that conducted a legitimate buy-bust operation against suspected illegal drug traders in Iligan City.
THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DOT) and business sectors said Cagayan de Oro City remains safe despite the July 26 bombing incident in a business establishment here that claimed eight lives and injured 46 others.
DOT Regional Director Catalino Chan, in a statement, said the blast might affect the tourism industry in the region.
MEMBERS of the medical community banded together to call for justice for their colleagues who lost their lives during the July 26 bombing incident at the Kyla’s Bistro inside Lim Ket Kai center.
On Monday, the death toll rose to eight. Forty-six others were injured by an improvised explosive device consistent with an 81-mm mortar round.
CAGAYAN de Oro Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas said travel advisory specifying Cagayan de Oro was issued earlier by the American government.
Acenas said the US Government has warned their citizens not to travel to Cagayan de Oro.
A POLICE officer who was arrested Sunday in an entrapment operation in J. R. Borja extension is facing charges for kidnapping, motorcycle theft, robbery, and illegal possession of firearms.
The Cagayan de Oro City Police Office’s City Public Safety Company (CPSC) filed Tuesday multiple charges against Police Officer 1 Jun Reil Barrientos.
CAGAYAN DE ORO -- A computerized facial composite of the suspected lone bomber who planted an improvised explosive device (IED) at the Rosario Arcade on July 26 was released by the Regional Crime Laboratory of the Philippine National Police to the media Monday afternoon.
Superintendent Michael John Deloso, chief of the city investigative and detective management branch and the designated spokesperson of the special investigation task group (SITG) of the blast, said the facial composite was based on the accounts of eyewitnesses, as well as footages taken from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras of the establishments adjacent to Kyla’s Bistro and Candy’s.
THEY only wanted to unwind on that Friday evening.
The couple Antonio and Lilibeth Paredes came from a wake when they decided to drop by at Rosario Arcade.
ILIGAN CITY — Researchers at Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MUS-IIT) found that the academe and religious institutions are keys in molding the perspective on peace issues among the youth of Mindanao.
The MSU-IIT researchers delved on the knowledge gaps among Mindanaoans in relation to the peace negotiations between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
CAGAYAN de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) spokesperson for the Rosario Arcade blast Supt. Michael John Deloso told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that they are considering on the bomb blast direction if it has been intended to harm people.
Deloso explained that the bomber stayed in a secluded place. “If the intention is terror attack, the bomber should have chosen the car park where the crowd was and not in that secluded place where he left the bag. We can now question the intention – is it to harm or scare?
POLICE investigators on Sunday said they have found metal fragments of what they believed to be gunpowder residues and a mobile phone circuit board at the blast site that killed six persons and injured 48 others at the Limketkai Arcade last July 26.
Chief Supt. Catalino Rodriguez, Region 10 police director said the pieces of evidence gathered by investigators from the blast site at Kyla’s Bistro are being analyzed and examined by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory and post-blast experts from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine Army.