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Provincial Capitol of Zamboanga del Norte
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Saint James Cathedral in Dapitan City
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Zambo del Norte readies for 62nd founding anniversary


PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, April 19 (PNA) -- Preparations are underway for the celebration of the 62nd Founding Anniversary of nearby province of Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga del Norte acting tourism officer Joshua Bicoy said that “Saulog” highlights the founding anniversary festivities on June 6, this year.

Bicoy explains that Saulog is a Visayan term which means celebration.

Bicoy said Saulog, which will replace the “Hudyaka Festival,” departs from lavish merrymaking activities to celebrate the founding anniversary of the province.

Bicoy said Saulog is a perfect occasion to recognize all accomplishments and achievements of the province’s two cities and 25 municipalities as well as that of the civil society organizations (CSOs), which have contributed to building better Zamboanga del Norte.

“The current administration wants to focus on the integration and coordination of various initiatives under one development framework of the provincial government, which can be summarized as a total human development coupled with enhancement of infrastructure for socio-economic progress,” he added.

He said a number of activities have been lined up starting May 29 until June 6 to commemorate the creation of the province in 1952 by virtue of Republic Act 711, with the “Halad Pasalamat” or thanksgiving mass.

He said among the activities lined up for the founding anniversary of the province are as follows: Santa Cruzan; military static display; tri-people cultural presentation; arts festival exhibit; a night of music; employees' night; achievers’ awards night; taebo activity; ballroom competition; livelihood and skills training; agri-tourism industrial trade fair; short film festival; provincial skills competition; inter-LGU basketball tournament; inter-office sports tournament; invitational football; badminton; dart and golf tournaments; amateur boxing; invitational long board push race and skateboard competition; Maxxis Cup 4x4 Extreme National Off-road Challenge; Saulog extreme challenge; invitational road race competition; jobs fair; agri-cooking contest; journalism contest; photography contest; Saulog kite flying festival; street dancing and showdown; live band concert; charter run 2014; and, fireworks display.

He said that an agro-industrial fair will also be held to showcase the different agricultural and commercial products of the province.


With report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Elements of Dipolog City Police Station arrested a wanted person charged with estafa in a manhunt operation in Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City Wednesday afternoon April 16, 2014. Arrested was Maricel Abitona Anobling 30 yrs. old, single and a resident of Purok 1, Sta. Isabel in Dipolog City. He was nabbed by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Judge Rogelio D Laquihon of Regional Trial Court branch 6, Dipolog City docketed under criminal case number 17609 and 17610 dated 22 January 2013 for the crime of Estafa. The total bail bond recommended for his liberty is amounting to fifty two thousand pesos (₱52,000.00). She was arrested at her residence and now temporarily detained at Dipolog City Police Station detention cell for proper disposition.


With report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Elements of Liloy Police Station arrested two persons in their place of residents after they allegedly created a commotion particularly at Abule’s Store located at Barangay Causwagan, Liloy Zamboanga Del Norte Sunday morning April 13, 2014. Apprehended were Archie Carillo Tuala, 24 yrs. old and Nicanor Carillo Tuala, 42 yrs. old, a farmer, both residents of Barangay Causwagan, Liloy Zamboanga Del Norte. According to the investigation, they arrived in the said store owned by Tita Abule Naong and ordered five bottles of Tanduay liquor. They then engage in a drinking session at the store. A few hours after, they decided to go home. The victim Tita asked their payments but suspects Archie got angry and with the use of an empty bottle, suspect stroke the victim hitting on her temple that resulted to injury. The victim shouted for help and was heard by her neighbor Jerry Gambutan Velasquez but suspect Archie grab another bottles, while the other suspect Nicanor also grab a piece of wood and helping one another, stroke Jerry several times. Fortunately, he evaded and escape from the suspects. After the incident, suspects threatened the victims and fled towards unknown direction in which he was later arrested by the responding Liloy Police Station. Victim Tita was rushed to Liloy Integrated Health District Hospital for medication. The arrested suspects were brought to said police station for proper disposition. At around 9:00 in the morning of April 15, 2014, a case of Frustrated Homicide and were filed against suspect Archie C Tuala, at the sala of Judge Oscar D Tomarong of Regional Trial Court 9 Branch 28, Liloy Zamboanga Del Norte, docketed under criminal case number L-002288 with bail bond recommended fixed to Twenty Four Thousand Pesos (₱24,000.00). A case of Grave Threats was also filed against suspects Archie C Tuala and Nicanor C Tuala at the sala of Judge Nimfa B Carreon-Padao of Municipal Court Trial in Cities Liloy-Tampilisan, 9th Judicial Region docketed under Criminal case no. 2879 with bail bond recommended fixed to Two Thousand Pesos (₱2,000.00) each for their temporary liberty. Suspects still detained at Liloy Police Station detention cell.

Most wanted person, 2 others fall in Zamboanga del Norte


ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 16 (PNA) -- The police have arrested three persons, including the most wanted person, in the province of Zamboanga del Norte in its campaign against fugitives, an official announced Wednesday.

Zamboanga del Norte police director Senior Supt. James Mejia identified the arrested wanted persons as the following: Nicanor Lomongcan, 35; Rolly Ingad, 29; and, Jimboy Lumacad, 17.

Mejia said that Lomongcan was arrested around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday in his residence in Barangay Mate, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Mejia said that Lomongcan is listed as the Top One Most Wanted Person in Manukan town and is facing charges for violation of of Section 10(a) Article VI of Republic Act 7610.

A warrant of arrest has been issued by the Court with recommended bail of ₱160,000.

Mejia said Ingad was arrested around 11 a.m. Tuesday at the municipal gymnasium of Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte.

Ingad is charged for murder and a warrant of arrest without recommended bail has been issued by the Court for his arrest.

Lumacad, who is facing charges for physical injuries, was arrested around 4:40 p.m. Monday along Minaog Highway, Dipolog City.

Mejia said the Court has set a P10,000 bail for his temporary liberty.

He said that all of the arrested wanted persons have been detained.

“Saulog” to cap Zambo Norte’s 62nd Founding Anniv

By Mary Mae Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, April 15 (PIA) – The provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte is already preparing for its 62nd Founding Anniversary on June 6, 2014 with “Saulog” highlighting the event.

Saulog is a Visayan term for celebration, replaced the “Hudyaka Festival” of the previous administration.

This celebration, it was learned, departs from lavish and meaningless merrymaking activities spearheaded by the previous leadership to celebrate province’s founding anniversary.

Saulog is now a perfect occasion to recognize all accomplishments and achievements of the province’s two cities and 25 municipalities as well as civil society organizations which have contributed to building better Zamboanga del Norte, said acting Provincial Tourism Officer Joshua Bicoy.

“The current administration wants to focus on the integration and coordination of various initiatives under one development framework of the provincial government, which can be summarized a total human development coupled with enhancement of infrastructure for socio-economic progress,” he added.

A number of activities have been lined up starting May 29 until June 6, 2014 to commemorate the creation of the province in 1952 by virtue of Republic Act 711, with the “Halad Pasalamat” or thanksgiving mass.

There will also be an agri-industrial fair to showcase the different agricultural/commercial products of each town/city.

Among the activities lined up for the province’s founding anniversary include the Santa Cruzan, AFP static display, tri-people cultural presentation, arts festival exhibit, a night of music, employees night, achievers’ awards night, taebo activity, ballroom competition, livelihood and skills training, agri-tourism industrial trade fair, short film festival, provincial skills competition, inter-LGU basketball tournament, inter-office sports tournament, invitational football, badminton, dart and golf tournaments, amateur boxing event, invitational long board push race and skateboard competition, Maxxis Cup 4x4 Extreme National Offroad Challenge, Saulog extreme challenge, invitational road race competition, jobs fair, agri-cooking contest, journalism contest, photography contest, saulog kite flying festival, street dancing and showdown, live band concert, charter run 2014 and fireworks display.

“Kilom-kilom” launch set April 20 in Dipolog

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – The provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte in partnership with the city government is slated to launch an entertainment show dubbed “Kilom-Kilom” come April 20, 2014 at the city boulevard.

“Kilom-Kilom,” which is a Cebuano term for sundown, is coined to the spectacular sunset at the Dipolog Boulevard that led the local tourism office to come up with a show that would showcase the beauty of the city’s sunset.

Acting Provincial Tourism Officer Joshua Bicoy said “Kilom-Kilom” will feature music, dances, plays and visual arts by groups or individuals who want to show and present their talents.

The “Kilom-Kilom” idea, it was learned, came from a US-based Dipolognon artist and photographer, Armand Bengua Frasco, who got fascinated by the nightly sunset celebration in Florida, USA.

This early, City Tourism Officer Cecille Reluya-Bilog is inviting the different groups and organizations to showcase their talents during the event, saying “this is one way to invite tourists and even the locals to come and visit the city and the province.”

Bicoy also said “Kilom-Kilom” will be a gathering of artists, performers and artisans in the different fields such as visual art, music, theater, literature, traditional arts, photography and others” adding that “through this Dipolog will be known as one of the creative and entertainment hubs in the region.”

Among the groups signifying to hold performances for the “Kilom-Kilom” are the Zamboanga del Norte National High School –Special Program in the Arts (ZNNHS-SPA), Dipolog Dapitan Camera Club Inc. (DDCCI), Dipolog Community Rondalla, and the 101st Infantry Brigade Band.

Moreover, Ta Glibon Ini Lady Art Collective, Teacher’s Choir of DepEd, Zamboanga del Norte Press Club Inc. (ZNPCI), Zamboanga del Norte Federation of Parents’ Association (ZNFePA), and the Zamboanga del Norte History, Culture and the Arts Council also expressed strong support to the said project.

Woman hacks husband dead

By Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca

A WOMAN hacked her husband’s neck in a heated argument while they were drinking Friday night in Zamboanga del Norte.

Jimmy Otto, 34, a resident of Sitio Suminalum, Poblacion, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte died while being rushed to the Siayan Diagnostic Center.

The victim’s wife, Jinkee, 37, was arrested by the police in her sister’s house at Sitio Calacas, Poblacion, Siayan town yesterday morning.

The couple were drinking in their house at 7:30 p.m. last Friday when they had a misunderstanding.

At the height of the confrontation, Jinkee grabbed a scythe and struck her husband at the neck, face and chin then fled.

Relatives rushed Jimmy to the hospital but to no avail.

A case of parricide was filed against the suspect before the Provincial Prosecutors’ Office.

Changing the face of Mindanao

By Bill Velasco (THE GAME OF MY LIFE, The Philippine Star)

The Jalosjos family is bent on improving the image of Mindanao, and they will devote whatever resources they can to accomplish that intimidating goal. They’ve had enough of the misconception of their homeland brought about by countless reports of violence and unrest in local and foreign news services, reports that are about areas hundreds of kilometers away.

“We really want people to change the way they look at Zamboanga del Norte in particular, and Mindanao in general,” say sportsman and former congressman Romeo Jalosjos, who heads the family’s world-class Dakak beach resort. “Even local tourists, when they hear ‘Mindanao’ they ask, “Isn’t it dangerous there?” Especially when they hear ‘Zamboanga’. But Zamboanga City is eight hours away.”

There has been a campaign to nickname Zamboanga del Norte “ZaNorte” to differentiate it from its distant namesake, but making this official would need an act by the local government. In the meantime, the Jalosjos family has been working with local politicians to have the airport in nearby Dipolog reclassified as an alternate international airport. Dipolog airport, currently undergoing renovation, can accommodate large planes, and is only 20 minutes away from Dapitan. There has even been a move to request for the night lights from the defunct Cagayan de Oro airport, which was moved to another location, but the request was not accommodated, even if the lights will no longer be used. The eventual implementation of the Tourism Act of 2009 would lower taxes enough to allow Dakak to afford its own aircraft and bring in more paying visitors. However, the new law like many others, did not come with an accompanying set of implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

The last few years have seen great change in Dapitan City, which is known primarily for its spectacular seafood and as the place where national hero Jose Rizal was incarcerated by the Spanish for four years before his execution. The Jalosjos family has invested heavily in a theme park called Gloria Fantasyland, which has rides that rival any similar facility in Metro Manila. The park has a rollercoaster with a loop and spiral, a log ride, horror house (designed by the creators of the ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ movie franchise), a 5D ride to challenge Enchanted Kingdom’s Rialto, and dozens of booths with a wide variety of merchandise.

Fantasyland has become a destination in Mindanao, particularly since it has been made part of a package including an overnight stay in Dakak. Dakak has shuttle buses stationed in Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Zamboanga and other strategic locations in Mindanao, and the shuttle service is part of the package. Students can now afford this enjoyable trip and have rare thrills in this part of the Philippines. And if they are interested in history, a monument called “Punto del Desembarcado de Rizal” marks where the good doctor first landed, and the local government has preserved his old house and recreated his octagonal clinic. Even the home of his European paramour Josephine Bracken has been preserved by the local tourism bureau.

Zamboanga del Norte is seemingly immune to conflict. The city hosted the International Big Bike Convention over the weekend, and it was a resounding success. There is almost no visible military presence, and the area is peaceful and secure thanks to the efforts of its local authorities and its natural topography. Dakak itself is particularly impervious to any possible terrorist activity. With its array of hills and coves, anyone attempting to enter through sea or hill would have a difficult time getting in, and would be seen from kilometers away.

“We would spot anyone trying to sneak in immediately,” Jalosjos explains. “Besides, they have no quick escape route. Everything could be covered by our security group very easily, if necessary.”

Jalosjos, himself an avid tennis player, has also invested millions of pesos out of his own pocket to fund young tennis players with constant foreign exposure in hopes of molding the country’s next international champion. His academy, situated in the southern part of Metro Manila, brought in Davis Cup veteran player and coach Manny Tecson four years ago to personally supervise the development of players. It has been a prohibitively rare experience for the academy’s teens, who have been racking up points for their world rankings.

Dapitan will reach new heights with the development of the Greg Norman course at Dakak. Norman, the first golfer in the world to earn more than $ 10 million dollars in one year, flew in on his private jet recently to survey his project, spending five hours walking and tweaking the design to attract more international players. Dakak already attracts roughly 300 European tourists a day. That number is expected to jump once the golf course is completed in 2015. That and improved port facilities will allow the city to put together golf cruises for international visitors. A new mall is also being completed next to Fantasyland, which will give families something to do while their patriarchs are out on the fairways.

Of course, Dakak is known primarily as a beach destination. Facilities for jet skiing, sailing, scuba diving, swimming and other aqua sports are readily available, and a new menu of events and activities is being readied by the resort’s marketing team. The Jalosjos family knows it will take some time for people to get used to seeing this paradise as it really is, but they’re not worried. They aren’t going anywhere until Mindanao gets the respect it deserves.


With report from PO2 Jonas D. Macasa Jr. (RPIO9)

A twenty five year old man was arrested by the operatives of Tampilisan Municipal Police Station, Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office on Monday evening inside the house of entertainment for possessing unlicensed firearm. The arrested gun holder was identified as Abdulnasser Berual Venancio, 25 years old, married, resident of Sitio Bucana, Barangay Usukan, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte. Confiscated from his possession was a Revolver Caliber 38 with defaced serial number and loaded with six (6) rounds of ammunition. Subject failed to present proper documents to possess the said firearm, hence, he was arrested. Report reaching Police Regional Office 9 revealed that prior to the suspect’s arrest, the law enforcers conducted OPLAN BAKAL inside Jose Solicar Video-K Hauz located at Barangay Camul, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte. When frisked, subject yielded a revolver caliber 38. Further inspection conducted, resulted to the confiscation of six (6) heat sealed sachets containing white crystalline granules believed to be Shabu which was concealed inside the tube of defective flashlight. Arrested person was brought to Tampilisan Municipal Police Station and detained at its detention cell. Confiscated suspected Shabu will be forwarded to Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for qualitative and quantitative examinations. Investigators are preparing appropriate charges against the arrested suspect.

Shellfish from Murcielagos Bay continuous to be safe to eat

By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob (RCA/PIA10-Misamis Occidental)

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, Apr. 10 (PIA) – Shellfish collected from Murcielagos Bay in the boundary of Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte has continued to be safe for human consumption.

This, after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has came out with Shellfish Bulletin (SB) No. 8, dated April 1, 2014, declaring the area to be free from toxic contamination.

As disseminated in all SB Nos. 01-07, issued by BFAR, during the first quarter, this year, the area has been delisted from those with red tide toxins.

This means that all types of shellfish, including Acetes specie or “alamang” or minute shrimps can now be harvested, sold, bought and eaten, Drusila Esther E. Bayate, Officer-in-Charge of BFAR, said.

Meanwhile, BFAR has declared the following areas in Mindanao, as free from red tide toxin: Taguines Lagoon in Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Island, Region 10; Hinatuan, Bislig and Llanga Bays in Surigao del Sur, Region 13; and Balite Bay in Mati, Davo Oriental, Region 11.

However, shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Region 9, are found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit, based on the latest laboratory results from BFAR and the local government units (LGU).

Bayate said all types of shellfish and alamang gathered from this red tide area are not safe for human consumption and gathering, selling, buying them are prohibited.

But fish, squids, shrimps and crabs gathered from red tide areas may be safe to eat, provided, they are fresh and washed thoroughly and the internal organs, such as, gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

Zamboanga del Norte town councilor shot dead in roadside ambush – report

By Joel Locsin/DVM (GMA News)

A town councilor of Godod, Zamboanga del Norte was gunned down in an ambush early Tuesday.

Police are still gathering leads on the motive behind the killing of Councilor Arthur Buaya Garingo, 51, in Godod, Bombo Radyo reported.

According to information released by the town's police investigators, Garingo left his house on his motorcycle at 7 a.m., and headed for Godod for a town council session.

But on reaching the highway at Purok 2 in Barangay Raba, armed men blocked his path and opened fire on the councilor.

The killers then fled aboard a motorcycle, driving towards Barangay Banuangan.

According to investigators, the shooters used .45 caliber pistols.

‘The Shark’ in Dakak

By Jun Lomibao

“THE Shark” from Down Under got to fall in love with a resort paradise down south.

Hall of Famer Greg Norman slipped into the country almost unnoticed a little more than a week ago to check on his latest baby, the soon-to-rise Dakak Golf and Country Club, in Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte.

The two-time British Open (1986 and 1993) champion flew into Cebu City though his private jet, had dinner with his Filipino-Italian wife Christine Echano with some 40 or more who’s who in the city before again flying into Dipolog City early on Monday to personally look into his latest design the Jalosjos has insisted for him to do.

“This is a beautiful spot, no question. When you have this type of topo [tography], vegetation, weather and people we’re dealing with, it’s hard not to like this place. That’s the greatest thing about this place,” Norman said over lunch of an assortment of seafoods among them succulent tiger prawns, rock lobster and crabs, and lechon on the “Island” where the palatial clubhouse of the $15-million golf club will be constructed.

The “baby” will be an 18-hole, par-72 7,000-yard signature course carved out of the hills on the Zamboanga peninsula with practically every hole having a unique view of the sea on Dakak’s enchanting cove that is bound to become more world famous once the club is completed in three years.

The first nine holes, according to Rep. Cesar Jalosjos, who will also be the club’s president, and his brother Romeo, the top honcho of the resort paradise, is due in 15 months.

Norman, who was world No. 1 for 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s, opted to go by land from Dipolog City Airport to Dakak, preferring to get the feel of the countryside rather than view it from a helicopter.

Upon arriving in Dakak, Norman, clad in a comfortable loose brown shirt and beige shorts, and wearing a white cap and shades, stepped onto an ATV to start his inspection. But no sooner did he go on foot, walking the course for more than three hours under a cloudless sky that allowed the sun to show its might.

The heat didn’t bother the 59-year-old—who brought his son Greg Jr. who did an ocular on another soon-to-rise wakeboard facility also in Dakak—at all.

“It’s hotter back home,” said Norman, who also designed dozens of desert courses in the US and in the Middle East. His Greg Norman Golf Course Design Inc. has completed more than 70 courses worldwide, several of which received the Audubon Society Award for environmental stewardship.

For the Dakak Golf and Country Club, Norman’s team would like the Jalosjos course to achieve the same and become one of the top 20 courses in the world.

With that, the Jalosjos hit the nail right on the head, having made a wise decision of snatching Norman, and nobody else, for the ambitious project.

“This is not only about building a world-class golf course in this region but to help quash the reputation Mindanao has built because of insurgency and kidnapping,” Cesar Jalosjos said. “Mindanao is a peaceful and potential island. It’s only a generalization of the island’s reputation that makes it look bad.”

“We want to show to the world that Dapitan is the most peaceful city not only in Mindanao but the entire country,” Cesar Jalosjos said. “We also want to attract golfers and tourists, plus their families, and contribute to the growth of the city.”

The local government of Dapitan officially recognize Norman, who first visited the city two years ago, as an adopted son of Dapitan.

Norman has since become successful with his business endeavors since retiring from competitive golf. He established his Great White Shark Enterprises which includes golf course design, apparel, development and production of companies, merchandising and licensing and wineries, among others.

“I know I was never gonna be a great golfer forever,” Norman said. “There’s gotta be a point where I didn’t want to practice and play and get mentally burned out...I’d like to do something not playing golf. I never wanted to be a ceremonial golfer—going out there to shoot 73, 75 and miss the cut. That’s not my DNA so when I realized I didn’t want to hang around just to hang around, I wanted to build businesses.”

According to Ed Fernandez, a consultant at ROMGAJAL Inc. and Vice President of the Dakak Golf and Country Club, the golf course would not only be the principal attraction that is being built in the resort.

“There will be villas and vacation houses that will sprout in the most picturesque part of the resort and the golf course itself,” Fernandez said. “There will also be helipads and a wharf for yachts.”

So how enamored and comfortable Norman is with Dakak?

The great golfer, after a more than four-hour inspection tour, was his old adventurous self and did the resort’s 1.4-km zipline. Not once, but twice.


With report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Sindangan Police Station together with the personnel of Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) recovered assorted flitches of lumber which were abandoned near the riverbank of Barangay Datagan, Sindangan in Zamboanga Del Norte by unidentified persons Friday morning April 4, 2014.

The recovered items were Sixteen (16) pieces of 2x2x8, Nineteen (19) pieces of 2x4x8, two (2) pieces of 4x4x8 and two (2) pieces of 3x3x8, all Malabinao (red); Nineteen (19) pieces of 2x6x8 Gemelina; two (2) pieces of 4x6x12 Lawa-an (white); two (2) pieces of 4x6x12 Lawa-an (red) and one unfinished boat (Sakayan). Recovered items were brought to PEMO Office, Sindangan in Zamboanga Del Norte for proper disposition.

Suspect in kidnap of gas station owner's son captured in Zamboanga province

(Mindanao Examiner)

DIPOLOG CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 6, 2014) – Police arrested a 25-year old man implicated in the kidnapping of a son of a gas station owner in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Norte, officials said on Sunday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, a regional police spokesman, said the suspect – Omar Wahab – was captured in the village of Bucana in Siocon town where kidnappers seized Michael Kho, 27, at the family’s Petron gas station on April 2.

He said Wahab is being interrogated by the police after witnesses pointed to him as one of those who acted as lookout during the kidnapping.

“As a result of continuous manhunt operation, police arrested Omar Wahab,” Samuddin said. “He was positively identified by eyewitnesses as one of those who served as look-out (during the kidnapping).”

It was not immediately known whether is a member of any rebel groups operating in Zamboanga provinces which is a known lair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Abu Sayyaf.

He said police are also investigating the owner of the car used by the gunmen in the kidnapping. The car’s owner Ronaldo Enovejas told police investigators that he sold the vehicle in December to a local resident Jerwin Biao through JBC Surplus Display Center owned by Jose Casona in Zamboanga City.

The car was recovered by the police in Siocon town and found a grenade inside the vehicle which was also peppered with bullets.

The fate of Kho is still unknown. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the abduction, but Samuddin said police forces were deployed to track down and rescue the victim.

Top 9 most wanted person fall in Dipolog City


PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, April 5 (PNA) -- The police operatives of Dipolog City in nearby Zamboanga del Norte have arrested the Top 9 most wanted person in that province, a police official announced Saturday.

Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) spokesman Senior Insp. Joseph Ortega identified the arrested as Roger Mamac, 49, a resident of Barangay New Argao, La Libertad, Zamboanga del Norte.

Ortega said that Mamac has a standing warrant of arrest for multiple murder with frustrated murder issued by the Court on January 28, 2008 with no bail recommended.

Ortega said Mamac was arrested Thursday afternoon in front of a government-owned bank on Quezon Avenue, Dipolog City when an informant tipped-off about his presence in the area.

He said the suspect is now in the custody of the police in Dipolog City while awaiting for proper turn-over to concerned authorities.

Zambo. Norte holds PPOC meeting

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Zamboanga del Norte Peace and Order Council (ZNPPOC) has recently convened at the Top Plaza Pension here to update its members on the peace and order situation of the province.

Police and military top brass in the province together with provincial chiefs of the different line agencies, city and municipal mayors, board members, non-government organizations (NGOs), religious leaders and people’s organizations (POs) participated in the said meeting, which was presided by vice Governor Senen O. Angeles.

Police Deputy Provincial Director Jerome D. Afuyog and 101s t Ingantry Brigade Commanding Officer, Col. Apolinario Alobba gave updates on the current peace and order condition of the province, including their initiatives in maintaining peace and order in the province.

“Except for the recent killings in Dipolog which are now being investigated by police operatives, the entire province is generally peaceful,” Afuyog reported. However, the PNP is closely monitoring the rogue members of the Moro National Liberation Front(MNL) and lawless elements in the province.

Afuyog added that the PNP has already considered the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front(MILF) as non-hostile elements on account of the ongoing peace negotiation with the government.

Col. Alobba, on the other hand, highlighted the initiative of the military in the province in winning peace. He pointed out the involvement of the military in various activities spearheaded by the different local government units (LGUs), and other national line agencies based in the province that address the needs of the people.

He cited the important role of the local chief executives (LCEs) and the military in addressing the needs of the people concerning livelihood, rehabilitation and construction of farm–to-market roads and various facilities, training for the farmers to increase production and many others.

The area of coverage of the 101st Infantry Brigade includes the whole province of Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and five municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur.

On the other hand, Atty. Armi Beatriz Bayot, from the Office of the Solicitor-General and member of the legal team of the GPH-MILF peace panel, updated the PPOC members of the ongoing peace negotiation between the government and the MILF.

Despite some apprehensions aired by some of the members of the council on the Comprehensive Agreement (CAB) on the Bangsamoro, Atty. Bayot is confident that the CAB will bring a genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao.

Zambo. Norte culminates Women’s Month

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – The provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte and the city government of Dipolog jointly concluded the women’s month celebration at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports Center last March 27.

Women from the municipalities of the three districts of the province and from the two cities of Dapitan and Dipolog convened to participate in the said celebration, highlighted by a motorcade along the city’s major thoroughfares.

“This is the first time for me to speak before all the women of Zamboanga del Norte. This year’s celebration symbolizes the unity of two LGUs, the province of Zamboanga del Norte and the city government of Dipolog,” Mayor Evelyn T. Uy said in her opening message.

“The two LGUs aim for the development of the people, men or women, uplifting their living condition.” Mayor Uy added.

Mayor Uy expressed her excitement over the implementation of projects for women this year and beyond, including the opening of the Galas training Center which can cater to a maximum of 50 women who would like to undergo livelihood trainings.

Governor Roberto Y. Uy, on the other hand, commended third district board member, Dr. Ruth Brilliantes, for her efforts in the opening of district/municipal hospitals in Siocon and Sergio Osmeña towns as well as the improvement of the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center.

Governor Uy noted that there are many women who are achievers and holding higher positions in the government, adding ”even my heads of offices are mostly female.”

“I observed that most women are more religious than men; they have the heart of compassion and love. Most men forget about God which we should not. Let us put God in our hearts so that together with our families we can live harmoniously,” Governor Uy stressed.

In the same occasion, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Chief Labor Employment Officer Henry P. Tianero turned-over a check worth P133,341.58 to Olingan Garments Sewers Association.

For her part, Board Member Ruth Brilliantes said: “This is the time for us to help our husband earn a living.” Another lady board member from the province’s third district, Luzviminda E. Torrino, told the participants: “We, the women, are the strongest. We used our talents and abilities in all our undertakings. We nurture our children, we take care of our husbands and we even excel in our careers.”

Zambo Norte cops hunt down businessman’s son abductors

By Teofilo P. Garcia, Jr.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April. 2 (PNA) – The police in coordination with the military has launched a manhunt in a bid to rescue the son of a businessman seized by gunmen in Zamboanga del Norte, official said Wednesday.

Zamboanga del Norte police director Senior Supt. James Mejia said the police force from Siocon municipality have already recovered the gunmen’s getaway vehicle as pursuit operations continue.

Mejia disclosed that the gunmen seized Michael Co, 27, around 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at a gasoline station in Barangay Poblacion, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

Mejia said the victim is the son of Allan Co, who owns the gasoline station.

Mejia said the policemen from Siocon town recovered the suspects’ getaway vehicle in Barangay Latabon in the same municipality.

He said an investigation is also ongoing to determine the ownership of the getaway vehicle that could lead to the identities of the suspects.

He said that the police forces in nearby Sirawai municipality have also been ordered to assist in the manhunt since the getaway vehicle was recovered near the boundary of Siocon and Sirawai towns.

Dapitan City declares golf legend Greg Norman as adopted son

By Bong Garcia

DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, April 1 (PNA) -– The city government, through a resolution approved by the City Council, has declared world golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman as an adopted son of this city.

Councilor Alexander Estacio said Tuesday that they have decided to declare Norman as an adopted son for reasons the latter, through his project, has placed this city in the map of world golfers.

Estacio said the resolution was unanimously approved in last week’s regular session of the City Council.

Norman, in partnership with the management of Dakak Park and Beach Resort, is designing a world-class golf course at the resort.

The construction of the golf course started in August 16, 2012 and is set to be completed in three years.

The new 18-hole par 72 golf course will span over 7,000 yards on approximately 100 hectares.

Norman arrived Monday to inspect the ongoing project at the Dakak Park and Beach Resort in this city.

The city government has also commended Norman for choosing and making this city a destination of world-class golfers.

Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos earlier said Dapitanons are very much excited for the completion of the project as it will open this city to international golf enthusiasts that will also bring additional income to the people.

Norman, who is also known as the Great White Shark, is an Australian-born professional golfer aside from being a world golf Hall of Famer.

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