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.

Another 2 burned bodies found

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

ANOTHER burned bodies were found along the national highway in Barangay Gango, between the boundary of Libona, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday morning, police said.

At first, there were talks circulating among the ‘habal-habal’ (motorcycle for hire) drivers and then the police personnel of Libona decided to check if the rumors of the burned bodies were true.

Nutrition body: Food vital for survival in disasters

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

POST-DISASTER response is not limited to the relocation and rehabilitation of the affected lives.

For the victims of disaster to go about physically, meeting their nutritional needs is paramount to their survival.

Woman stabbed after ‘dumping’ suitor

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

A WOMAN was stabbed after she dumped a guy who was courting her at Barangay Kauswagan Tuesday night around 8 p.m., police said.

Janneth Andres, 38, a resident of Barangay Molugan, El Salvador City, was rushed to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) about 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday. The victim arrived at the hospital conscious; but in critical condition.

P7-M 'shabu' found in footwear

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY – Agents of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency in Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) nabbed a person, suspected to be involved in a drug syndicate, who claimed a package in one of the mail couriers in Iligan City around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“The package contained 16 pairs of children’s sandals from Caloocan City. Lodged in the outer sole of each sandal was methamphetamine hydrochloride or 'shabu' placed inside a plastic bag and wrapped with carbon paper to prevent x-ray detection,” PDEA agent known only as Tor told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

LTFRB to hold public hearing on Oro fare hike

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Tuesday it will soon conduct a public hearing on the fare increase petition filed by the Transport Federation of Cagayan de Oro (Trafeco) last month.

It is in public hearing where everyone can participate in the discussion of the fare hike petition.

DOST recognizes entrepreneurs, scholars

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

AS THE country celebrates the National Science and Technology week, the Department of Science and Technology in the region (DOST) recognizes entrepreneurs and the scholars who graduated with the highest academic awards during its opening ceremonies on Tuesday.

With this year’s theme, "Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges," DOST awarded entrepreneurs – micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who successfully utilized the technology interventions and have shown impressive productivity improvements and market performances.

Bright Leaf Awards hits the road

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

THE 8th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards (BLAJA) is inviting journalists from the tri-media—print, radio and television—for its search for the best agriculture stories, photos, TV and radio segments.

The Bright Leaf Awards is a nationwide search for the year’s best stories that were aired or published between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.

Kin eyes politics as motive on Bukidnon mayor slay

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 01:38 a.m.

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon – As this town continues to weep for its slain mayor, Mario Okinlay, the family sees politics as the motive behind the killing.

“Ay! Politika ra gyud kana. I do not believe that it is pure New People's Army (NPA) lang ang nagpalikod ani, they were used by rotten politicians,” Okinlay’s wife Julia said Monday.

Bukidnon on alert after mayor’s slay: Police

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

THE province of Bukidnon is on full alert following the murder of Impasug-ong town mayor Mario Okinlay, provincial director Senior Superintendent Glen dela Torre said Monday.

Dela Torre told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone that all police precincts in the province have been on heightened security as law enforcers were instructed to watch over vital installations and places of convergence like malls, bus terminals, churches, and public markets.

1 dead, 2 wounded in bloody youth party

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 01:36 a.m.

ONE person was killed and two others were injured when a gathering of members of youth “clans” turned ugly at a beach resort in Barangay Bonbon early Monday morning.

A Carmen police report showed a stabbing incident happened around 2:35 a.m. on July 7, 2014 involving three male victims, namely, Judy Quezon, 18; Denjie Remando, 22; and John Rey Talipan, 23.

Government, MILF thresh out Basic Law kinks

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 01:35 a.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Negotiators of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are trooping to Kuala Lumpur to thresh out concerns related on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law that is scheduled to be submitted by President Aquino for urgent legislation when Congress reopens July 28.

Police clueless on identities of 3 charred bodies

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

POLICE are clueless on the identities of the bodies of three men who were killed, burned and dumped in Zone 1, Barangay Santa Ana, Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental, over the weekend.

Last Saturday’s torching of the bodies was the second incident in less than a month after residents discovered a charred corpse in Barangay Natumulan, Tagoloan, on June 15, said Senior Inspector Maricris Mulat, Tagoloan police station chief.

Rebel suspects in mayor’s murder face charges

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

AUTHORITIES filed on July 4 murder charges against three suspected members of the New People’s Army deemed responsible for killing Impasug-ong Mayor Mario Okinlay at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Malaybalay City.

The Regional Task Group-Elected Government Officials (RTG-EGO) Okinlay headed by Police Senior Superintendent Pedro Austria, regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said the court docketed the murder charges under NPS No. X-01-INV-146-00231.

Laguindingan airport needs another terminal - Caap

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

DUE to influx of passengers at Languindingan airport, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) revealed it is planning to put up additional terminal building and facilities.

CAAP chief William Hotchkiss said the plans are now underway to study the new location and facilities needed for this terminal.

Export standard slaughterhouse to rise in NorMin

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

THE agriculture department has belied the claim of hog farmers in the region that the planned construction of an export-grade slaughterhouse will not be pushed through due to budget realignment.

“Actually, dili ‘na tinuod. Wala pa diha ang pundo (It’s not true. The funds are not yet in.) We’re still working out nga masulod sa 2015 budget,” Roxan Hojas, Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) assistant regional director, told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro in a recent interview.

Wait for 2016, Emano told

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

ALLIES of Mayor Oscar Moreno had downplayed the petition for recall initiated by the camp of former mayor Vicente Emano and even called it a mere political strategy designed to get noticed by the city’s voting population and the media.

Lawyer James Judith, legal consultant of Moreno, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Friday afternoon that the recall petition is “politically motivated” as he also urged Emano to wait for 2016 so he can run again.

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