Oro teachers demand wage hike anew

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

WHEN the request for P25,000 monthly salary increase of the public school teachers fell on deaf ears last year, a teacher’s group has renewed its call for the wage hike by holding a protest action Tuesday.

Guv vows to stamp out drugs in Bukidnon

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY -- As reports indicated that Bukidnon province is almost “overpowered” by illegal drug activities, Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. has vowed to pour the local government resources into stamping out this social menace.

Zubiri said the drug trade has already penetrated many areas of Bukidnon’s 20 towns and two cities.

CBCP proposes ‘obligatory’ prayer for peace

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The leadership of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has proposed that “Oratio Imperata for Peace” be said in churches throughout the country to help “calm the anxieties” of the people and arrest the continued stirring for war after the tragic January 25 incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Comelec scraps election recall on Oro mayor

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

FOR leaving out a minor yet important detail in its paperwork, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) recently scrapped the request of a group of individuals who wanted Mayor Oscar Moreno removed from office through a recall petition.

The recall petition is defined as the procedure by which the people may remove a government official from office, in this case, the city mayor. To fill this vacancy, a special election may be held upon order of the Comelec.

Xavier names Iqbal, Ferrer as Masterson awardees

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

IN ITS aim to take part in the peace process of the island, the Jesuit-run Xavier University will be recognizing individuals who have gone extra mile to pursue peace however bumpy the roads have been.

The University will honor Mohagher Iqbal, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, together with Miriam Coronel-Ferer, chairperson of the government peace panel, with its Fr. William F. Masterson, SJ Award for contributions to social development.

Mindanao ‘TreeVolution’ bags 2014 Guinness World Record

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

“WE COINED the word TreeVolution because we want the revolution to be positive instead of destruction, chaos, negative things, [we] want to make it positive through trees –let’s plant trees, not fear and anger,” said Lordilie Enjambre, Development Management Officer of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Northern Mindanao coordinator of TreeVolution.

The need of reforestation should be intensified as the phenomenal climate change poses a huge problem in our planet.

Ex-village chair wants Oro’s radio units probed

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

A FORMER village chairman has asked the Cagayan de Oro City Council to conduct a reinvestigation into the allegation that Mayor Oscar Moreno has authorized the purchase of overpriced communications equipment in the amount of P500,000, which City Hall considered as another round of legal harassment directed against the local chief executive.

Former Taglimao village chair William Guialani recently filed an anti-graft complaint against Moreno before the Ombudsman for the overpricing and “want of permit from [National Telecommunications Commission] of the vendor which sold the handheld radios” to City Hall in 2013.

MisOr farmers dismayed at DENR, DAR on land dispute

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

PEASANTS from a town in Misamis Oriental are dismayed Monday over the alleged disregard by two government offices on the former's petition to own a tract of land their ancestors had occupied and tilled for decades.

More than 100 farmers from Barangay Plaridel, Claveria town held a picket rally in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office in Barangay Carmen Monday to demand from the agency the fulfillment of its promises to them which until now have yet to be realized.

17 NorMin cops tested positive for drugs

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 09:41 p.m.

MORE than a dozen law enforcers in Northern Mindanao have been tested positive for illegal drug use, the regional police director said recently.

Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., Philippine National Police (PNP)-Northern Mindanao director, said that 17 police officers had been found using illegal drugs and are now undergoing the legal proceedings.

Nabbed Aussie lures kids with food, school

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

FIRST he would lure them -- female kids so young they can barely write their name. He even promised these children's parents he would take care of them; some were offered to attend school for free.

MILF: War not an option

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 08:52 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- To dispel any notion that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would resort to war should Congress fail to approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in light of the Mamasapano incident, a ranking MILF official has assured that going back to the negotiating table to resolve issues through peaceful means is still the path that the group will pursue.

Groups hit gov’t over its powerlessness on power shortage

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 11:04 p.m.

SECTORS most likely to be impacted by the impending power outages following the shutting down of two generators of a coal-fired power plant for maintenance lambasted the government over what they perceived as its inability to provide the energy needs of the Filipinos.

It is the government’s responsibility to provide the basic demands of its people but it seems that it has become “powerless” to intervene in the looming power deficiency, said Ireneo Ubarde, a farmer from Misamis Oriental.

No OFWs from NorMin sent since Yemen, Libya conflict

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 11:04 p.m.

WITH the ongoing conflict in Libya and Yemen, the government has banned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from flying to Libya and Yemen.

According to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Northern Mindanao Director Harry B. Borres, Libya and Yemen are now on Alert Level 4, which means there is a mandatory evacuation among Filipino OFWs working in the two countries.

Gov’t intervention sought vs lumad evac in AgSur

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

WITH the ongoing evacuation of members of the Banwaon tribe in San Luis town in Agusan del Sur, a religious group has questioned the government’s inattention to the loss of lives in the country that is blatant among the marginalized, including these evacuees.

“When does a loss of life merit attention? Here in the Philippines where heroes and villains are determined by the media, the value of life and death is reserved only for the prominent and the powerful,” said Ma. Famita Somogod, MSM, sub-regional coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines–Northern Mindanao Region.

Army refutes tour guide’s claim

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 11:02 p.m.

THE military has refuted the accusation that they disregarded tour guide Carlito Gayramara when he was shot in a secluded spot in the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Barangay Dalwangan, Malaybalay City on February 13.

During the incident, Gayramara was with some foreigners out on a bird-watching trip in Mt. Kitanglad when he was hit by a bullet.

Leaders gather at 1st 'Find X Project' in Oro

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

AT LEAST 200 young leaders, professionals and social entrepreneurs across the country will gather for the inaugural "Find X Project" leadership congress at the Lourdes College Auditorium on Saturday, February 21.

Find X Project is a one-day Mindanao-wide event with moderated talks and breakout sessions that will give youth leaders a venue for convergence, mentorship, and inspiration to create or scale initiatives in their communities.

NBI nabs Aussie for trafficking girls

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Northern Mindanao arrested Friday an Australian for his alleged involvement in physical and sexual abuse, and trafficking young Filipino girls.

Military, NPA rebels told: Respect Mt. Kitanglad

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

NATIONALLY declared natural parks like Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon should not be desecrated and must be respected by both the government forces and the New People’s Army (NPA), a human rights watchdog said Thursday.

In a report by Karapatan, it said that the firing of shots within the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park alone should not have had happened if both sides were aware of a law that protects the area.

MisOcc to file raps vs drug suspect

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 09:54 p.m.

APPROPRIATE charges will be filed against a suspect whose rented room in an establishment in Ozamiz City yielded the alleged illegal drugs worth P10 million on February 17, said Senior Superintendent Archival Macala, Misamis Occidental provincial police director.

Macala told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in a phone interview Thursday that he is just waiting for the formal and written result from the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) crime laboratory on the result of the examination of the seized substance.

Oro Chinese distribute free ‘tikoy’ on lunar New Year revelry

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 09:52 p.m.

AS THE Filipino-Chinese community in Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City, celebrated the Chinese New Year on Thursday, the temple, also known as Bell Church, was adorned with beautiful Chinese lanterns and ornaments and a neat arrangement of different fruits in the altar.

Some Filipino-Chinese families started the celebration on Chinese New Year’s eve where they held a program and showcased the much-anticipated fireworks display at Bell Church.

Firms urged: Use own power source to mitigate brownouts

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 09:27 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- With the scheduled shutdown of two Steag State Power Incorporated’s generator units that would cause shortage of electricity in the Mindanao grid, Representative Rufus Rodriguez is urging huge businesses to help address this deficiency.

North Cotabato on alert vs BIFF threats

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- North Cotabato is on heightened alert following threats from the spokesperson of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that it would attack the Provincial Capitol.

4 cops snub Napolcom hearing

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:09 a.m.

FOUR law enforcers who are the primary suspects in the alleged summary killings that resulted to the deaths of three persons last December failed to show up at the National Police Commission (Napolcom)-Northern Mindanao for the preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday.

Rolando Jamaca, one of the complainants and father of victims Roland and Harold Jamaca, said the suspects’ legal counsel told the Napolcom hearing officer that his clients did not receive the subpoena, thus their absence from the proceedings.

Rights group condemns US intervention in ‘Oplan Exodus’

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:06 a.m.

INDICATIONS that the United States government played an active role in "Operation Exodus," a clandestine effort meant to capture notorious international terrorist Zulkifil bin Hir, alias Marwan, that resulted in the killing of 44 elite policemen and more than a dozen others, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015, has prompted a human rights group to condemn this act which it says is a “blatant” incursion of American forces on Philippine soil.

Park keeper says 'shot meant'

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:04 a.m.

CONTRARY to the earlier claims of both the police and the military that a tour guide was hit by a stray bullet when state forces and the New People’s Army (NPA) engaged in a firefight inside the premises of Mt. Kitanglad in Sitio Damitan, Barangay Dalwangan, Malaybalay, Bukidnon, last February 13, 2015, a report has surfaced that he had been allegedly shot.

P10 provisional taxi fare rollback in Oro waits nod

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:04 a.m.

TAXI drivers and operators in the city agreed to 10-peso cut in flag-down rate.

Cagayan de Oro First Taxi Drivers Alliance (CAFITADA) president Bernie Jamaca said in an interview with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the P10 provisional rollback is reasonable since there has been a series of decrease on the price of fuel for the last several months regardless of the current fuel hike this week.

P16,000 wage hike pushed anew

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:50 p.m.

VARIOUS worker’s groups from northern Mindanao are pushing anew to the government the national monthly minimum wage of P16,000 as they visited companies in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental to inform workers and management of these firms Tuesday.

This increase in salary has been long overdue since prices of commodities have consistently gone up, said Tita Hadman, spokesperson of the All Workers Unity (AWU), an alliance of labor unions, association, federations and individuals from the public and private sectors.

2 importers in smuggling cases on tight watch

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

WITH the recent confiscation of agricultural products worth P140 million in a local port, the Bureau of Customs (BOC 10) is keeping a tight watch on the importers who allegedly consigned these goods.

Although currently facing legal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the two consignees can still ship in imported items but these have to go through a very thorough examination, said lawyer Roswald Joseph Pague, BOC 10 administrative officer.

Public urged to dispose old bills this year

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

INFORMATION dissemination on disposing old banknotes and replacing it with the new ones has been keeping Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Cagayan de Oro Branch busy lately.

The public need not fret on the demonetization or replacement of old banknotes, which are the New Design series (NDS), with the New Generation Currency (NGC), Onofre D. Pascua, deputy director and branch head, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview Tuesday adding that “the demonitization is a normal process.”

Coordination key to avoid crossfire in Kitanglad Range

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:48 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY – Coordination is key in ensuring birdwatchers and other tourists visiting Mt. Kitanglad’s attractions avoid a repeat of what happened to seven foreigners and two tour guides who got caught in a crossfire between government forces and the New People’s Army last Friday, February 13.


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