LANAO del Norte police vowed on Wednesday a crackdown of the Macari group allegedly responsible of various criminalities in the province and nearby towns and cities.
Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Madid Paitao said they are still monitoring on the remaining members of the dreaded kidnap-for-ransom group whose leader and two of his companions were killed in a clash between police officers and army soldiers in Poblacion 4, Sitio Kalayaan, barangay Gamal in Sapad town on February 12, 2014.
THE Northern Mindanao Police Regional Office (PRO) is keen on establishing more police stations in urban centers in the region to enhance security against criminals who continue to commit unlawful acts that affect local residents and business establishments.
Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado, PRO deputy regional director for administration, said more police sub-stations or “advance security command posts” are necessary for the growing cities like Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
NORTHERN Mindanao’s crime rate went up in the last two years with the Philippine National Police (PNP) recording 70,000 cases.
Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado, deputy regional director for administration in Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10), said that from 30,000 crime incidents, the figure has substantially increased.
TO avoid dual membership for its thousands of members in the city, the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) office hopes that the city legislators will reconsider the approval of the ordinance allowing Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Boyet Martinez, consultant of the city’s PhilHealth office, said they are optimistic that the City Council will give Moreno the green light so he can access data from the DSWD.
FOR rendering heroism and bravery in action, police officers in Northern Mindanao were awarded medals of honor during the regional office’s 23rd founding anniversary at Camp Vicente Alagar in Barangay Lapasan on Monday.
Superintendent Michael Pareja, Police Regional Office-Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) spokesman, said six police officers received the medal of honor including PO1 Oliver Espira who was wounded during a skirmish with wanted persons in Poblacion 4, Sitio Kalayaan, barangay Gamal in Sapad, Lanao del Norte on February 12, which resulted in a brief exchange of gunfire that killed the suspect identified as Nasser Macari alias Commander Tigre.
A CITY Council member accused the majority bloc of running the City Council as ‘Martial Law-like’ on its 31st regular session on Monday.
City councilor Lourdes Candy Darimbang said she noticed it since the council started in July last year, adding that the martial law-like discussions worsened lately because the minority bloc rarely gets the chance to explain their arguments or air clarifications or queries during the past sessions.
MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano has appealed to both the New People’s Army (NPA) fighters and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to minimize the collateral damage of the possible conflict that could affect the indigenous peoples in the Caraga Region fearing its possible spillover in the province.
Emano said that the NPA and AFP forces should be mindful to the human population in the areas.
TO HARMONIZE the relationship of the senior citizens belonging to the different organizations here, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro recently created a council of elders to better address their concerns.
Mayor Oscar Moreno said that the creation of the Council of Elders for Senior Citizens (CESC), would iron out differences of the members of the Cagayan de Oro Federation of Senior Citizens Association (Cafesca), which is in existence for 31 years, and the Cagayan de Oro Federation of Elders (Cafe), which have been at odds on how their affairs should be managed.
EDUCATION and awareness of the people will help keep the cleanliness of Cagayan de Oro City, said the volunteer students who launched a citywide cleanup drive last Saturday morning, February 22.
Denise Gonzales, National Service Training Program (NSTP) Educators Association (NEAR) coordinator in the city, said if the people in will rely on others to clean up their mess it will be hard to keep the city clean, but awareness and education is the potent antidote to free the city from litter and strewn garbage.
A LAWMAKER from Cagayan de Oro City is pushing for the economic amendment in the Constitution through Charter Change (Chacha) to boost foreign direct investments in the country.
THE regional police office in Northern Mindanao said the spate of unresolved summary killings since 2012 is the biggest challenge of the police in Cagayan de Oro City.
INDIGENT patients without health insurance coverage are now automatically enrolled with the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) through the point-of-care system that is now available at the J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH) in Barangay Carmen.
SEEING the competency level of education in Cagayan de Oro declining, Mayor Oscar Moreno embarks on a new project with Ayala Foundation, Inc. and other alliance, aiming to equip teachers in all 69 public elementary schools here with the international standard teaching set by UNESCO.
EIGHT soldiers were injured when a military vehicle they boarded heading to Butuan City collided with a cargo truck in front of Del Monte Philippines Inc. (DMPI) pineapple cannery in Barangay Bugo Wednesday night.
The soldiers are part of the additional forces for deployment to intensify the military’s anti-insurgency operations in Caraga Region.
WHILE the ongoing reforestation and livelihood programs are starting to gain momentum, three suspected illegal loggers from the hinterland communities were arrested while cutting trees in Barangay Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro City.
Edwin Dael, chief of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro), said the illegal loggers attempted to flee from the composite team of Clenro and law enforcers.
PERSONS with Disability (PWD) employed at the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental will receive P50,000 as a startup amount for their operations to establish and restore the province-wide organizations of PWDs.
Cora Sabejon, a person with disability who is working in the provincial office, said part of the amount would be spent on fixing the capitol’s ramps.
STUDENTS are apprehensive that the Cybercrime Prevention Law will crush the people’s right to legitimate dissents and expression of their opinions.
DISCRETIONARY funds are like ‘pork barrel’ funds that are utilized by the executive branch for political patronage in the guise of intelligence operations, a political party leader said Wednesday.
CAGAYAN de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) called Wednesday the relatives of suspected summary execution victims to coordinate with the investigators to fast track the probe of the cases.
DESPITE Cagayan de Oro City council’s deletion of the budget for the Regulatory and Complaints Board (RCB), the group won't budge to conduct surprise raids and penalize the culprits of spreading pornographic materials in the city.
Lawyer Beda Joy Elot, chair of the RCB, said on their next round they will be conducting unannounced inspections in areas where selling of pornographic materials is prevalent.
CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is consistent with his inconsistencies, said city councilor President Elipe Tuesday, referring to Moreno’s statement that the veto override was illegal.
Elipe said if the veto override or the approval of the budget was illegal he should not have signed the budget.
ON ITS first reading, the proposed localized segregation, collection, and disposal of garbage to the barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City was disapproved on Monday’s session.
The measure was junked on its first reading with 9-8 votes.
THE City Government of Cagayan de Oro has prioritized the establishment of national high schools in barangays where it is most needed.
On Tuesday, City Mayor Oscar Moreno, with local and Department of Education (DepEd) officials, led the groundbreaking ceremony in a one-hectare lot in Barangay Balulang to pave the way for the construction of a two-storey building for the Cagayan de Oro National High School Annex.
ANOTHER dead body was found in Barangay Balulang Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Dr. West Edquila, team leader of Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) here, said the unidentified corpse was placed inside a rice sack and dumped in a secluded area in Balulang.
MAYOR Oscar Moreno said the Cagayan de Oro City Council majority bloc’s decision to rule against his veto Monday on some items in the 2014 executive budget is illegal.
“It (veto override) is illegal because the act is illegal,” Moreno told reporters during a press conference he called at his office Monday morning.
A 78-YEAR-OLD businessman was shot dead outside his house on Zayas and Moco Streets in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City early morning Monday.
Dr. West Edquila, team leader of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco), said George Yu sustained three gunshot wounds in the chest and leg that killed him.
A GROUP composed of lawyers and paralegals now caters to people belonging to the marginalized sector who have no money to pay for fees when seeking consultations from law firms, said Ritz Lee Santos III, Balaod Mindanaw legal officer.
MAYOR Oscar Moreno vetoed what he considered as illegal and unjust items in the 2014 Executive Budget, believing that both “legal and illegal measures” of the City Council are aimed at rendering his administration paralyzed to serve the people of the city.
According to a statement provided to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro, Moreno rejected some items in Ordinance 12179-2014 (2014 Executive Budget), which he signed on February 14.
MAKATI CITY -- With its sustained economic growth and the leveling up of its competitiveness recently, the possibility of Cagayan de Oro becoming Mindanao’s new business and financial center is no longer remote, according to a former executive of a government policy-making body.
“It has a good chance,” said Cayetano Paderanga Jr., former director-general of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and a noted economist, referring to the city’s possible status as Mindanao’s new economic leader in the near future.
NOW that the negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for a political settlement to the Moro rebellion has ended, what role should civil society organizations (CSOs) take in relation to the Mindanao peace process?
This question reverberated throughout the three-day Mindanao CSO Leaders Peace Summit held February 10–12 at The Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City organized by the Mindanao CSOs Platform for Peace (MCSOPP).