MisOr workers complain of labor abuse

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

A BATCH of young men from Misamis Oriental came home after complaining of working for almost two months in a harsh environment in Isabela Province in Luzon, the Provincial Government said Friday.

Jonafe Tapulgo-Rodas, Public Employment Services Office (Peso) provincial manager, said the workers were employed by the sugarcane plantation of Ecofuel Land Development Inc. in San Mariano town, Isabela as “mananabas” (cutters).

Bus blast suspect facing raps

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:38 a.m.

AUTHORITIES have filed charges against the suspect in the bombing of a passenger bus that claimed the lives of 10 persons and injured 42 others across the main gate of Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Barangay Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon.

Bukidnon Provincial Police Chief Glenn dela Torre said the complaints against suspect Macmod Manibpil, alias “Mang,” were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Malaybalay City Thursday afternoon.

Male survives ‘salvaging’

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

A SURVIVOR of a suspected summary execution and a potential witness of the killings of his girlfriend and two cousins now fears for his life, as he claimed the shooters involved some police.

Jimboy Jamaca, 24, a resident of Barangay Upper Carmen, is recuperating from his wound and the horrors he went through from his assailants at a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City.

Customs seizes P200M imported glutinous rice

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

AROUND a hundred container vans filled with thousands of bags of imported glutinous rice (“pilit”) were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Northern Mindanao at the Mindanao Container Terminal subport in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

Lawyer Roswald Joseph Pague, BOC-Northern Mindanao administrative officer, said the imported items from Vietnam were seized by the Customs through the alert order issued by Jessie Dellosa, the deputy commissioner for the intelligence group.

Power supply to worsen, affect Mindanao after Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:32 a.m.

SURIGAO CITY -- On top of the two-hour daily blackouts in nine towns of Surigao del Norte, the power situation in the province is expected to worsen some more after Christmas.

This is possible as the National Power Corporation-Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (NPC-Psalm) will reduce the energy it will supply to the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Surneco) by 27 percent.

Iligan lawmaker cheats death

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:55 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Updated) -- A Mindanao lawmaker was wounded Thursday in an attack that left three of his aides dead.

Iligan City lone district Representative Vicente Belmonte Jr. cheated death when a group of armed men waylaid him and his convoy on their way to the national highway from the Laguindingan Airport in Barangay Gasi, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental Thursday afternoon, police said.

Task group created for Bukidnon bus blast

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

SPECIAL investigation task group "RTMI 2640" composed of various police units has been formed to focus on probing the bus bombing across the main gate of Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Bukidnon Tuesday that resulted in the killing of 10 and wounding of 42 people.

Five of the 10 who died were CMU students who just boarded the jam-packed bus. Eleven of the 42 wounded are also CMU students who were brought to CMU hospital and also in hospitals in nearby Valencia City.

Member of farmer group killed in Maramag bus bombing

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

SHE had just withdrawn cash from her Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) account and was rushing to get home before attending an important gathering in Cagayan de Oro the following day, but she never came home to her family last Tuesday.

Anita Santillan, 54, a resident of Barangay Dologon, Maramag town, Bukidnon, was a member of the Buffalo-Tamaraw-Limus (BTL) Farmers’ Association.

Groups march for Human Rights Day

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

VARIOUS militant groups in Northern Mindanao marched on the streets in Cagayan de Oro City to fight against the continuing extra-judicial killings and piling up of trumped-up charges to persons who bravely fight the issues confronting their sectors.

The march was held as the world observed the 66th year of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) on Wednesday. UNDHR was adopted after World War II in 1948.

Army: No human rights violations in NorMin

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

THE military maintained Wednesday that it did not violate any human rights, as it only wants to protect the people from any form of threats contrary to the accusations of civil society organizations that observed the 66th United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Wednesday.

The groups, composed mostly of indigenous peoples (IP) and peasants, held a series of activities, one of them a brief protest rally along the junction of the national highway in Barangay Patag and the road going to Camp Brigadier General Edilberto Evangelista, the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID).

Concerned citizens led to arrest of 5 illegal mining workers

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

DUE to their newfound courage, concerned residents in Cagayan de Oro’s upland villages are starting to report to authorities illegal mining activities to the City Local Environment and Resources Office (Clenro).

This vigilance from the community has led to the apprehension of five persons suspected of engaging in illegal mining in Barangay Tumpagon on Tuesday morning, said Clenro chief Edwin Dael.

Government blamed on unsolved HRV cases

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

AS THE country observes the 66th United Nations (UN) Declaration of Human Rights Wednesday, December 10, the dismay over the perceived failure of the government to solve cases on human rights violations, especially those involving tribal members and peasants, is still resonating in every corner.

Fr. Christopher Ablon, secretary-general Karapatan-Northern Mindanao, a group advocating for the promotion of human rights, said this lack of government sincerity to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of killings is the same reason that the blame should be put on the state.

Headless body dumped

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

AND the suspected summary killings continue.

This time, it is getting uglier as a headless body was found dumped at Sta. Cruz in Barangay Lumbia here around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

NPA blames Army on delay in soldiers' release

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

THE New People’s Army (NPA) has put the blame on the military on why until now the Maoist insurgents could not yet release the soldiers they are holding captive.

In a recent letter to the families of the two soldiers, NPA-North Central Mindanao Region spokesman Allan Juanito said they still find it hard to free Private First Class Marnel Cinches and Private First Class Jerrel Yorong due to the series of combat operations conducted by the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID).

Vulnerable barangays more equipped vs disasters

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

VULNERABLE barangays like Barangay Macasandig, where its sitios are situated near the river and severe inundation can be expected, are now more ready compared to the previous years when calamities hit Cagayan de Oro City.

Barangay kagawad Amor G. Sanchez of Macasandig said the village is more equipped in times of disaster and emergencies such as typhoons and floods with regard to performance in rescuing residents of their barangay.

Task group on Iligan massacre formed

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

THE police formed the Special Investigation Task Group “Lumayaga” on Monday to probe the massacre that killed eight persons in Iligan City on Sunday.

The attack around 12:30 a.m. December 7 is deemed linked to illegal drugs trade at Purok 6, Barangay Saray, Iligan City.

Pressed to find work, job seekers desperate

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

A GRADUATE of Electronics and Communications Engineering at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City, Cheene Cañares, 21, was hired on the spot as a bus steward during a job fair.

The fair was organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) at the Ayala Centrio Mall on Monday.

No damage in Misamis Oriental from ‘Ruby’

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

DESPITE not inflicting any major damage to Northern Mindanao, close to 3,000 families from various villages in Misamis Oriental were affected as Typhoon Ruby moved past the region, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported.

In an assessment report emailed to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday, PDRRMC said there were 717 families or 2,966 individuals who had been evacuated to avert any potential threat on their lives.

Port congestion in Manila to benefit local ports

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

THE congestion of port of Manila has proven to be advantageous to the local ports in Northern Mindanao, a Customs bureau official said.

As the movement of goods in the Manila port has delayed the release of products intended for the Philippine market, importers will now have a choice to direct their cargoes to the local ports here.

Another student shot dead at MSU Marawi

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- Another student was shot dead in broad daylight Monday at the same spot where Samuel Go was killed in June this year, also by another unidentified gunman.

Go's case has remained unsolved.

Hog ban to hurt Mindanao economy

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

HOG growers in Mindanao have appealed to the government to intervene on the plan to ban the shipment of hogs to Cebu, which they fear could mean an adverse effect on the local economy and potential losses in millions of pesos for the industry.

In its December 3, 2014 letter to Department of Agriculture (DA)-Northern Mindanao Director Lealyn Ramos, the Northern Mindanao Hog Raisers Association Inc. (NorMinHog) has expressed apprehension on the shipment ban, being imposed by a shipping company that plies the Cagayan de Oro-Cebu route, saying it would have a negative impact on the market.

DSWD-10: No food pack distributed during ‘Ruby’

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

AS TYPHOON Ruby (international name: Hagupit) was expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao said not a single food pack was distributed in the region since it did not report any displacement of residents that may have been affected by the weather disturbance.

DSWD-Northern Mindanao supply officer Elmer Canios said the 8,000 food packs they had prepared in anticipation of Ruby were left untouched in a warehouse.

Anti-Cybercrime Group taps help of civilian sectors

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

TO BE effective in its campaign against information technology (IT)-related crimes, the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG)-Northern Mindanao has sought the help of other members of the community.

In order for the agency to speed up its efforts in going after cyber criminals, Superintendent Reynante Reyes, chief of the ACG eastern Mindanao field unit who handles three regions, said the advice and inputs from the other sectors would be helpful to their operation.

Bukidnon to make local tourism industry ready for emergencies

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY -- Moves are underway to make the tourism industry in Bukidnon prepared for emergencies.

About 450 hotel and restaurant management students of Bukidnon State University (BSU) underwent a two-day training on emergency preparedness and first response that opened Saturday with trainers from the private and public sector.

PDRRMC shifts focus on eastern MisOr towns

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

AS THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) raised its alertness level to “code red” in anticipation of the passing of Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) in Mindanao, the Provincial Government has shifted its strategy and will focus its preparation efforts instead to the eastern parts of Misamis Oriental.

Provincial Administrator Edmundo Pacamalan Jr. said Friday that Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano has ordered that most of the province’s resources be mobilized to areas within the proximity of the Caraga region.

Some Oro residents don’t rely on disaster support

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

DESPITE the massive preparation that the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council does as disaster looms, some residents in Cagayan de Oro City have opted to follow their own methods of responding to disaster risks.

Caloy Mercado, 50, a resident of Balangay Pangandoy, Sitio Tibasak in Barangay Macasandig and a Sendong survivor, said he would never rely on the government alone whenever weather disturbances threaten the city.

No case filed vs resident killed in MisOr town

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

AFTER more than a year since a resident of Lugait, Misamis Oriental was killed by still unidentified men during a violent confrontation with people affected by a demolition and law enforcers, the family of the late Nixon Tungao has yet to file charges against the perpetrators.

In a phone interview with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday, Jovito Jabagat, president of the Alyansa ng mga Biktima sa Demolisyon sa Calangahan (Albidec), said Tungao’s family has yet to file a complaint due to a misunderstanding with the potential witnesses.

Group doubts Aquino’s promise to give back coco levy fund

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 11:23 p.m.

THE National Government may have assured coconut farmers that it is on their side, but a farmers’ group leader has doubted President Benigno Aquino III will really keep his word.

In a recent meeting with some of the coconut farmers, Aquino told them he supports their endeavor to take back the coco levy fund, with an estimated total worth of P146 billion in cash and assets.

Military to arm 120 new Cafgus in Loreto town

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

LORETO, Agusan del Sur -- Like the Spartans in the movie “300,” the militiamen yelled “Ahoo! Ahoo!” that rumbled in the hot, concrete gym here, indicating they are ready to fight their enemies in this communist rebel-infested town.

Like in the movie, the militiamen, known also as Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) members, will be given firearms by the government to fight the communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who threaten the town of Loreto.

Classes suspended in 4 cities, 1 province

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

CLASSES in four major cities and one province in Northern Mindanao on Friday were declared suspended ahead of the expected landfall of Typhoon Ruby (international code name: Hagupit) on Saturday, December 6.

Purito Velez, information officer of the Office of Civil Defense, said the local governments of Iligan, Oroquieta, Ozamiz, and Malaybalay cities and the province of Misamis Oriental have suspended classes from elementary to high school.

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