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Province of Zamboanga del Norte - Archived News

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Soldier kills his superior during spat

By A. Perez Rimando

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte—An Army soldier shot to death his superior last Friday afternoon at their camp in Barangay Dona Cecilia, Sirawai town, this province.

A belated police report received by Supt. John E. Enguerra Sr., provincial police chief, at Camp Hamac, identified the fatality as Sgt. Romeo D. Piedad, 33, married, a resident of Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, and head of Charlie company’s mechanical unit, and the assailant as Cpl. Greggy R. Patpat, 30, married, a native of Barangay Pinamunggahan, Cebu City, also of the same unit.

Both troopers belong to the Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion of the 101st Infantry Brigade based in Mutia town.

Sirawai Municipal Police Office, Esguerra and Patpat, together with three other soldiers, were reportedly working at the vehicle shop when, for still unknown reason, the they got into a heated argument.

In the report of the Sirawai Municipal Police Office, Patpat allegedly took his M-16 Armalite rifle and fired several times at his superior killing him on the spot.

Investigators recovered at least 21 pieces of empty shells from the crime scene.

The report said that Patpat voluntarily surrendered his company commander, 1st Lt. Chesler Mastino, who turned him over to the town police authorities.

Don't allow Estrada to conduct Senate hearings, court told

By Buena Bernal (Rappler.com)

The prosecution says the Supreme Court has set precedents on this, citing the cases of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and former Zamboanga del Norte Representative Romeo Jalosjos

MANILA, Philippines – The prosecution team in Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada's plunder and graft cases opposed on Monday, September 1, his move to be allowed to conduct Senate deliberations on pending bills while in detention.

"All told, the intended committee hearings to be conducted by accused Estrada will be a precedent-setting exercise which is not sanctioned by the law and the rules," the prosecution's comment filed before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan read.

Citing the case of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the prosecution argued that the Supreme Court had previously denied a detainee's request to be allowed to attend Senate committee hearings.

"The Supreme Court rationalized the limitation on Senator Trillanes' movements and performance of his elected post by citing a host of cases that has consistently upheld the limitation and curtailment on the freedom and liberties of a detainees," the comment-opposition read.

The prosecution likewise cited the court's issuance of a 90-day suspension order against Estrada.

On August 18, Estrada asked the anti-graft court to be allowed to conduct committee hearings inside Camp Crame or any other place the court deems appropriate "to expedite the passage of much-needed laws," including those on the rights for seafarers and call center agents.

The detained senator cited 12 priority bills pending with the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, of which he is chairman.

Estrada is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame over plunder and graft charges.

He is accused of financially gaining from and knowingly allowing the diversion of millions from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to ghost projects of fake non-governmental organizations controlled by alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

'No precedent'

In arguing for his request, Estrada cited as precedent the committee hearings he said was conducted at the Marine Naval Station in Fort Bonifacio and at Camp Crame in the years 2007 and 2010, respectively.

This was when Senator Trillanes was detained over coup d'etat charges.

But the prosecution said "the reference is misleading," as Trillanes was simply visited in detention by his fellow senators.

Quoting a newspaper report, the prosecution said Trillanes was visited by senators Gringo Honasan, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, and Vicente Sotto III on August 19, 2010, to get "inputs on how to improve coordination with other committee members."

"Thus, whoever allowed Senator Trillanes to conduct the alleged committee hearings had no authority or legal basis to do so," they argued.

"To deny the motion of accused Estrada will effectively give meaning to the precept that ours is a government of laws not of men.... Indeed, the current persuasion is towards holding high-ranking public officials accountable to a degree slightly higher than the regular public servant," the prosecution argued.

Jalosjos case

The team also cited the case of former Zamboanga del Norte Representative Romeo Jalosjos, who was later on convicted in 1997 by a Makati court for raping an 11-year-old girl.

"The issue of the performance of law-making functions by a detained legislator was squarely met in the case of People vs Jalosjos. The Supreme Court frowned upon the idea of allowing then Congressman Jalosjos to attend the proceedings in the House of Representatives," the prosecution claimed.

In the subject ruling, the SC said Jalosjos' attendance to congressional proceedings "will virtually make him a free man."

"The performance of legitimate and even essential duties by public officers has never been an excuse to free a person validly in prison... Never has the call of a particular duty lifted a prisoner into a different classification from those others who are validly restrained by law," the ruling read.

The SC further ruled that "Congress continues to function well in the physical absence of one or a few of its members."

Estrada's plea, however, seemed to be one step ahead.

His appeal before the court was for him be allowed to conduct the hearings inside his place of detention and not necessarily be allowed to leave the police camp premises.

Jailbreak triggers shootout in Siocon: 3 killed, 8 wounded

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte with reports from Maria Isabel D. Poracan and Lunrey B. Bagor)

Army troops on Saturday joined policemen and personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the manhunt for an undetermined number of detainees who escaped Friday during a jail break that triggered a shootout killing three and wounding eight others in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

Police said the jailbreak was staged by detainees of the Siocon town jail shortly before 8 p.m. Friday.

A police report said two detainees and a jailguard were killed, while two policemen, two other jailguards and four detainees were wounded in the shootout that ensued minutes after the jail break was detected.

Army units based in Siocon have backed up policemen and BJMP personnel in the hunt for the escapees who were believed to have fled to the hinterland border of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga City.

Huey helicopters took off early Saturday morning from the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City to help security forces track down the escapees, some of whom werre believed to have seized the firearms of jail guards.

Investigators were looking into the possibility of “outsiders” who helped the detainees staged the jailbreak.

Siocon is part of the so-called “Triple S” complex (Siocon, Sirawai and Sirawai) where the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation have camps particularly on the hinterland border with Zamboanga City.

Killed in the shootout were JO1 Ryanbel Bagun and detainees Ruel Humoc and Preciouso Humoc.

Wounded were PO3 Romel Jay Hachuela and P01 Paul Tomboc, J02 Roldan Felizarta and J01 Patric Galvez detainees Reneboy Humoc, Lito Magsayo, Ryllmark Canonio and Zenaid Insu.

Police and army units from the adjacent towns of Sirawai, Baliguian and Sibuco have also been alerted on the possible presence of the fleeing escapees in their areas of responsibility.

73 Pantawid beneficiaries hurdle DSWD-SLP, TESDA assessment service

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte with reports from Maria Isabel D. Poracan and Lunrey B. Bagor)

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) - A total of 73 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries of Zamboanga del Norte successfully passed the free assessment jointly conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Social Livelihood Program (SLP) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) through its National Technical and Vocational Education and Training Competency Assessment and Certification Program recently.

The said activity has been conceptualized through a collaborative effort of the two government agencies to help the 4Ps beneficiaries, who have skills in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, welding, and electrical installation, to obtain National Certificate (NC) II for possible employment here and abroad.

Among the 73 passers, 23 are for carpentry; 26 for masonry; 19 for Electrical Installation Management (EIM), and 5 for plumbing.

Those who failed to pass the assessment would again take the said assessment to be able to get NC II certification from TESDA.

Provincial Director Nilda Espiritusanto of TESDA-Zamboanga del Norte commended the DSWD-SLP personnel in coordinating and collaborating with them for the conduct of the said activity. “This initiative is our agency’s way of supporting the Pantawid participants in improving their livelihood capabilities,” Espiritusanto said.

Some 122 4Ps beneficiaries from the municipalities of Manukan, Roxas, Katipunan, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, La Libertad, Sibutad, and Rizal, including Dipolog City and Dapitan City participated in the two-day assessment, which was simultaneously conducted at the Senior Citizens Covered Court at Barangay Sta. Isabel and Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation Inc. Assessment Center in Barangay Sta. Filomena on July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014.

NAST-PHL holds Biotech IEC forum in Dipolog

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The National Academy of Science and Technology-Philippines (NAST-PHL) has conducted on Tuesday a Biotechnology Information, Education and Communication (IEC) forum at D’Hotel and Suites this city.

The one-day activity aimed to create awareness and provide science-based information on modern biotechnology among policy-makers, key personnel of the different local government units (LGUs), DOST personnel, science teachers and students from Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte, media and the general public.

Dr. Marcos Valdez Jr, Biotechnology Focal Person for region 7 said the forum also aimed to give the public the right information about biotechnology especially the farmers.

”Lots are already products of biotechnology. This has been used not only in the Philippines but all over the world especially in the field of agriculture,” said Valdez.

Last year, Valdez said, the Philippines became corn self-sufficient country and has already exported corn to South Korea.

In a study conducted from 2000-2012, Dr. Antonio Lorena said the farmers who usually planted hybrid corn had increased their harvest by 19 percent when they shifted to GM-Bt corn. The farmers had also reduced their production costs as GM-Bt corn is resistant to corn-borers pests and other insects.

Lorena said in 2012, 700,000 hectares in the Philippines have been planted with Genetically-Modified Bt corn. Philippines is the first country in Asia to plant Genetically Modified food crop.

However, Lorena pointed out that biotechnology does not compete with the organic farming pushed by the government. ”We only provide the farmers with the right information and never compete with the organic farming pushed by the government.”

Acording to Lorena, biosafety regulations is strictly based on international standard. In June 2013, Philippine Food and Drug Administration declared that all GM foods in the market are safe for human consumption.

Dr.Marilou Elago, Biotechnology Focal person for region 9, in her lecture cited the vital role of the farmers in improving the lives of the people, particularly those living in the countryside.

Aside from Dipolog, NAST-PHL has also conducted IEC forum in other parts of the country like Tuguegarao, Puerto Princesa City, Cebu City, and Dumaguete City.

Soldier killed by pal

By Bong Garcia

A SOLDIER was shot to death by his subordinate inside a military camp in the municipality of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Thursday.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboange Peninsula Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 8:27 a.m. Wednesday at the headquarters of the Army's 10th Infantry Battalion's Charlie Company in Barangay Doña Cecilia, Sirawai.

Samuddin identified the fatality as Sergeant Romeo Piedad, of Dao, Pagadian City, who was assigned with the 1st Mechanized Infantry Division.

Piedad was allegedly shot to death by Corporal Greggy Patpat, 31, also assigned with the mechanized division.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) recovered an M-16 Armalite rifle that was used in the commission of the crime and 21 empty shells of caliber 5.56 ammunition, said Samuddin.

The motive of the incident turned out to be personal grudge, he said.

The suspect voluntarily surrendered to his immediate superior, Lieutenant Chesler Mastino, the commanding officer of the Charlie Company. He was subsequently brought to Sirawai Police Station for further investigation and for proper disposition.

ZN gov bails out student facing financial problem

By Bong Garcia

The mother of a third year college student who had stopped schooling due to financial difficulty has thanked Zamboanga del Norte Gov. Roberto Y. Uy for giving his son a job so that he can continue his studies and finish his course soon.

The mother who is from Dapitan City explained to Gov. Uy recently that she cannot afford anymore to enrol his son to college to finish his four-year course because of financial constraint.

The governor immediately directed his excutive assistant to give the boy a job in the day and let him continue his studies in the evening.

Uy said under his administration, he has a scholarship program for deserving, bright and less fortunate persons to apply in his office and continue their studies.

“We invest in education for better future of our children,”Uy said.

11 fishermen arrested for illegal fishing

By Bong Garcia

COMBINED policemen and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) have arrested 11 people for illegal fishing off Zamboanga del Norte and confiscated five motorized bancas, the police said.

Arrested were Allan Tulabing, 26; Wilfredo Libron, 48; Jose Tulabing, 31; Narciso Tamayo, 50; Dare Caresosa, 20; Rolly Boy Javier, 30; Manulito Bantilan, 52; Ninita Bantilan, 49; Rocky Manuling, 27; Junrey Alimas, 30; and Narciso Ehidio, 40.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the fishermen were arrested around 8 p.m. Sunday off Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte.

He said the joint police and BPAT operatives were conducting seaborne patrol when they spotted the suspects aboard five motorized bancas.

There arrest was made for violation of Republic Act 8550, otherwise known as the Fishery Code of the Philippines, and Jose Dalman Fishery Municipal Ordinance 008-004-2013.

Samuddin said that Ehidio, along with Artemio Javier, 50; Ronnie Dialogo, 31; and Godioso Dionsay, 35, who were aboard one motorized banca, escaped while the arresting team was towing them to the shore.

The arresting team launched pursuit operations and re-arrested Ehidio and seized their motorized banca at the shore of Tamil village, Jose Dalman town.

Ehidio's companions, however, eluded arrest and remained at large Monday.

Appropriate charges are set to be filed against the suspects, Samuddin said.

Man carrying cop’s Glock pistol held

By Dan Toribio Jr.

Men of the PNP’s Regional Public Safety Company Battalion on Thursday apprehended a man aboard a motorcycle carrying a 9mm pistol issued to a policeman.

Nabbed was Arnold Luyao y Omamalin, 23, single, of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte, was intercepted at a checkpoint in Mercedes Thursday afternoon. Seized from his possession were a Glock 17 Gen 4 9mm pistol with serial number 18346, three magazines loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition.

It was learned the pistol belongs to PO2 Edgar Luyao of the Sibuco Police Station.

A police report disclosed that PO2 Luyao was driving a motorcycle with Arnold, Edito Dura and Efraim Arcillas as backriders.

While they were approaching a police checkpoint along the Lobregat Highway in Mercedes, the motorcycle figured in an accident.

PO2 Luyao left the accident site aboard his motorcycle leaving his three backriders behind. At this point, policemen manning the checkpoint stopped the three backriders and had them undergo questioning.

In the process, policemen found out there was agun inside a backpack being carried by Arnold Luyao.

Arnold was arrested and the gun was later found to belong to PO2 Luyao.

Arnold and his two companions as well as the gun were turned over to the Culianan Police Station for proper disposition.

Enguerra is new ZN police chief

By Allen Abastillas

Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Edgar O. Basbas has installed Sr. Supt. John E. Enguerra as the new police director of Zamboanga del Norte replacing Sr. Supt. James Mejia who assumed as the new officer of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime’s Mindanao area.

Enguerra, former Provincial Director of the Maritime Police in Tawi-Tawi assumed his new post last August 17.

Meanwhile, Sr. Supt. William Manzan has retired from the Philippine National Police service last July 16, 2014. Prior to his retirement, Manzan was the group Director of PRO-9 Regional Public Safety Battalion and the former Director of Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office.

Chief Supt. Basbas said that Sr. Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo is one of the recommendees to take the post of Manzan

Malayo is former Zamboanga City Police Office Director. He was one of the “heroes during the September siege last year.

Trans-Asia keen on joining 5th PECR

By Lenie Lectura

TRANS-ASIA Oil and Energy Development Corp. of the Phinma Group has expressed interest to participate in the fifth Philippine Energy Contracting Round (PECR) spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE).

“Yes. At least one, we will apply for it,” said company Senior Vice President Raymundo Reyes, when asked if the company is keen on exploring potential oil and coal resources in the country. PECR aims to showcase the exploration of potential coal and petroleum areas in the country. Company President Francisco Viray said the company is on the lookout for attractive exploration sites offered by the DOE.

“If there are, why not? If we do get one, we will pursue it by ourselves,” he said, when asked if Trans-Asia will likely partner with another firm to work on the site. The PECR5 offers 11 areas for petroleum exploration, mostly located in Luzon. These include Area 1 in Southeast Luzon; 2 and 3 in Masbate-Iloilo; 4 and 5 in Northeast Palawan; 6 in Southeast Palawan; 7 in West Palawan; and 8 to 11 in West Luzon.

For coal exploration, there are 15 areas identified. For area 1, Carmen, Lanuza and Tandag, Surigao del Sur; Tandag and Tago, Surigao del Sur, for area 2; Tandag, Tago and San Miguel, Surigao del Sur, for area 3;

Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, for area 4; Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, for area 5; Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, for area 6; Bunawan and Trento, Agusan del Sur, for area 7; Bunawan and Trento, Agusan del Sur, and Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, for area 8; Lingig and Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, for area 9; Godod, Zamboanga del Norte, and Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, for area 10;

Godod, Zamboanga del Norte, and Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, for area 11; Baliguian and Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, for area 12; Alicia, Imelda and Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay, for area 13; Imelda, Malangas, Alicia and Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay, for area 14; and Maitum, Sarangani, for area 15. “We aim to increase the awarded contracts to benefit from the actual turnout of energy investments. In doing so, there will be a gradual rise on energy production,” Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said earlier.

The company currently holds interests in Service Contracts 50, 51, 6A and 6B, 55, 69, among others.

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