Groups gather signatures for resumption of peace talks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

AS ARMED conflict between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels continues to claim more lives in the spate of raids by the Maoist rebels, several groups in Cagayan de Oro gathered to begin the signature campaign for the resumption of peace talks to end the bloodshed.

"Our people aspire for and deserve a free, prosperous, and peaceful society," read a joint statement by 10 major networks from different sectors advocating genuine peace in Northern Mindanao.

Oro no land development yet

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:23 a.m.

DESPITE being touted as the most progressive city in the country last year due to emerging business entities, growing investments and the rise of infrastructures, Cagayan de Oro has remained without land-use development plan yet, a City Hall official recently revealed.

“We have rising buildings and becoming [a] progressive city, but we still do not have that sort of plan yet,” City Social and Welfare Development head Teddy Sabuga-a said.

Contract on Z Benefits for renal illnesses patients inked

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

KIDNEY transplant surgery is expensive.

With this, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) signed an agreement Monday to provide a new privilege under the Z Benefits Package (ZBP) for patients with renal diseases, particularly the indigents in Northern Mindanao.

Comply with law, CH urges establishments

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government encourages establishments to cooperate in the implementation of the Barrier-Free Tourism (BFT) ordinance.

They should adopt barrier-free designs and standards to benefit the mobility-impaired, such as persons with disabilities (PWDs), people of short physical stature, the elderly, pregnant women and children.

Rafting rate hike pushed due to expensive equipment

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

DUE to the changes in their operations, the six whitewater rafting operators in Cagayan de Oro hinted on wanting to increase the rates of the services they offer.

“There are many things that we considered before raising the issue on rate increase. All of them are reasonable,” Kagay Journey-White Water Rafting and Kayaking co-owner Chisum Factura said.

Rebels identified in Bukidnon plantation raid

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

TWO of the suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) responsible for the raid of a pineapple plantation at Sitio Kiantig, Barangay San Jose in Quezon, Bukidnon last July 15 were identified by the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office over the weekend.

The attack left two persons dead and about P1.5 million in damaged properties.

NPA ‘not behind’ banana plantation attack

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

THE New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were not responsible for attacking a banana plantation in the municipality of Pangantucan in Bukidnon last week, a provincial police official said Sunday.

Contrary to earlier reports, authorities in the province have clarified the perpetrators of the incident were local bandits and not the leftist insurgents.

'Robber' nabbed in LBC robbery try

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

IN HIS fourth attempt to steal from the same company, a suspected robber was arrested by police Saturday afternoon even before he could poke his gun to a teller of a courier firm at Pabayo-Chaves streets.

Divisoria police were patrolling on foot around 1:30 p.m. near an LBC branch in the area when a suspicious looking man entered the establishment.

Undie leads to identification of charred body

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

AN UNDERWEAR led to the identification of one of the unnamed bodies that were burned and dumped recently in a barangay bordering Libona town, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro.

Jenisel Saharena positively identified the brief worn and the body tattoos of Lynde Madula to police authorities Friday.

Teener, 4 others nabbed for drugs

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

FOUR persons and a minor female were arrested after an estimated P330,000-worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) was confiscated by authorities in two separate buy-bust operations in Cagayan de Oro Thursday evening.

The Divisoria police said the illegal substance, which was seized from the three suspects inside a hotel here, has an estimated street value of P100,000.

Man owns up killing aunt, hurting ma

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

HAD it not for the throbbing pain in his head that bothered him, a mentally challenged man admitted he would have not killed his aunt and hurt his mother in Barangay Iponan Friday morning, police said.

Errol Lumayog, 28, single, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that his headache had triggered him to kill his own aunt and bang his mother's head using a huge stone.

Rafting mishap that killed tourist ‘an accident’

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- After more than a month of evidence-gathering, Task Force Rapids (TFR) finally revealed that the whitewater rafting mishap that killed a 26-year-old nurse in the Cagayan de Oro River was an accident.

Pagasa: ‘Henry’ to skip Philippines

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Tropical Storm Henry, the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year, is not going to make a landfall in the country's territory, the state weather bureau in Northern Mindanao said Thursday.

“He will not make a landfall anymore. Probably, he is going to land in Taiwan area of responsibility,” said weather specialist Joeffry Frivaldo of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Northern Mindanao.

Group pushes for resumption of GPH-NDFP peace talks

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:20 a.m.

FOLLOWING the series of rebel attacks in Mindanao that left more deaths, a multi-sectoral group composed of all peace advocates in the island is calling on the Philippine government (GPH) to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao (SSPM), a multi-sectoral group advocating peace condemned the continuing bloody battles between the New People’s Army rebels (the armed wing of the NDFP), police and the military.

Village officials ‘behind’ illegal mining, logging

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:20 a.m.

A GOVERNMENT official and an environmental advocate alleged that some barangay officials are involved in the illegal mining and logging operations in the city’s upland villages.

“I am very sure the barangay captains are behind all of these widespread illegal mining and logging activities in the upper lands of the city,” Orlando Ravanera, regional director of Cooperative Development Authority said during the press conference at Cagayan de Oro Press Club’s “Media Konek” on July 17, 2014.

Another body dumped in Oro

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:19 a.m.

ANOTHER male body placed inside a sack was found 20 meters away from Macapagal Road in Barangay Upper Carmen on Thursday.

It is the second time a body was dumped in the area.

DOJ handles Oro water district worker's case

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) is now looking into the arrest of Engr. Emmanuel Mulawan, a senior architectural draftsman of Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD), whose arrest involved some secrecy with regard to the people behind it.

Mulawan has been arrested for rape.

Services assured of safety, order at DFA in NorMin

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

DIFFICULTIES on renewing and applying for passports are hopefully over as the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Office here moved to its new location at Centrio Ayala mall last month.

It started to serve passport applicants on June 23, 2014 and held its inauguration ceremony Thursday, July 17.

Drug bureau dismayed over release of drug suspect

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 02:00 a.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-10) in Northern Mindanao was dismayed when one of the drug suspects, who was caught in a July 10 buy-bust operation, was freed on order of the city prosecutor’s office Wednesday.

The anti-narcotics body also learned that the 61-year-old woman from Marawi City, who reportedly attempted to pay off a ranking PDEA-10 official in exchange for the liberty of suspect Ricondaya Alib, was actually her (Alib) sibling.

AFP denies backing tribe head’s ‘private army’

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 02:00 a.m.

THE Philippine Army has denied claims of the New People’s Army (NPA) that the military is behind the “private army” that the NPA encountered last Tuesday inside the compound of Datu Calpito Egua.

Major Christian Uy, public information officer of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division (4ID), in a phone interview with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Wednesday afternoon, said the NPA's accusation “is something to justify their criminal act.”

Majority bloc councilors urged to hasten road project

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:59 a.m.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Council’s minority bloc wants to speed up the farm-to-market road (FMR) project in various villages where a counterpart from the city government is needed to bankroll its construction.

City councilor Lourdes Darimbang said they wish to hasten the project so that residents’ needs in the hinterland barangays can be addressed immediately instead of hindering it.

2 dead, P1.5M lost in Bukidnon NPA attack

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Two workers died and an estimated P1.5 million worth of properties were burned in the facilities of a pineapple grower in Quezon, Bukidnon as New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents raided anew Tuesday.

13 NPA rebels, 2 lumads die in Agusan Sur attack

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

SUSPECTED New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked the house of a Manobo chieftain in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur Tuesday morning but his followers fought back, killing 13 of the attackers, the military said.

Major Christian Uy, public information officer of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said two Manobo fighters also died in the two-hour gun battle in Barangay Sta. Irene in Prosperidad.

COA ‘disparities’ traced back to former mayor

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

BEFORE accusing the present administration of any wrongdoing, City Councilor President Elipe must explain to the people first the alleged infractions, based on the Commission on Audit (COA) report, committed by former city mayor and Elipe’s father-in-law Vicente Emano, a City Hall official said Tuesday.

During Monday’s regular session of the City Council, Elipe, in his special report, revealed that COA has noted 36 “problems,” most involving financial matters the City Government must rectify.

Low conviction rate hounds PDEA

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

EVEN with more anti-drug operations conducted, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao admitted there is a low conviction rate from cases brought up by the anti-narcotics body to courts.

Rosemarie Bajao, information officer of PDEA-Northern Mindanao, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Tuesday afternoon that witnesses' failure to attend court hearings may have primarily caused early dismissal or acquittal of many of the drug-related cases.

Church-owned pharmacy puts partnership with CSWD on hold

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

THE Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro has decided to temporarily halt the church-run pharmacy’s dealings with the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) starting July 15 to iron out some issues affecting its operations.

“We decided it would be for the best of everyone that we put Botika ng Parokya on hold lang sâ,” director of the Social Action Center (SAC) Fr. Nathaniel Lerio told reporters in a press conference at the archbishop’s residence Monday.

Church opposes Oro's megadike project

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

NOW that the proposed megadike is waiting for President Benigno Aquino III’s nod in the next National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) board meeting this August, the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is opposing its expected construction in 2015.

“The Church in general would be for the betterment of the people but we are not saying that we are for its construction,” said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, who also chairs the environmental body the River Basin Management Council.

Residents in storm-surge-prone areas urged to seek higher ground

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

EVEN if Typhoon Glenda has headed toward Luzon, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has warned residents in the Visayas and in Mindanao to take precautionary measures as heavy rains lash out the entire country.

Residents in communities with a forecast two- to three-meter (six to 11 feet) height of the storm surge are urged to seek higher ground and take extra precautions.

Sans cellophane or pay P1 for plastic bags

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

FOLLOWING the examples of highly urbanized cities, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro will start implementing the collection of P1 for the use of plastic bags or cellophane in retail establishments to minimize the use of non-biodegradable materials.

This declaration is in line with Mayor Oscar Moreno’s environmental protection program.

Church 'not walking its talk' on curbing teenage pregnancy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

THE Catholic Church admitted she has done little to curb the increasing prevalence of teenagers getting pregnant, particularly in Cagayan de Oro City and the neighboring areas under the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

Asked on the trend of teenage pregnancy, Monsignor Rey Monsanto, one of the consultors of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, said despite the church’s interventions, the social problem persist among the youth, owing to the lack of involvement of the community.

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