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Province of Zamboanga del Norte - Archived News

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Piñan Most Wanted, 2 Others Cuffed

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S Jul (RPIO9)

Dapitan City - A senior citizen who was listed as the top most wanted person in Piñan Municipality was arrested during manhunt operation conducted by the elements of CIDG-Zamboanga Del Norte, Piñan MPS, Dapitan CPS, and Zamboanga Del Norte-PIB, in Barangay Opao at about 6:40 PM on December 16, 2014.

Arrested was Telesporo R. Recla, 76, resident of said village. He was arrested at his residence by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Judge Rogelio Laquihon, RTC9, Branch7, Dipolog City dated December 28, 2009 for the crime of Statutory Rape docketed under Criminal Case no. 15747, without bail bond recommended. Suspect is now detained at Dapitan CPS for proper disposition.

Jose Dalman, Zamboanga Del Norte - Operatives of Jose Dalman MPS arrested a wanted person in Barangay Siparok at about 10:00 AM on December 16, 2014. Police Senior Inspector Vergil Bruce Dacion Dario, chief of police of Jose Dalman MPS identified the arrested man as Gil Into, 31, resident of Barangay Lumaping. Suspect was arrested by virtue of warrant for the crime of qualified theft of coconuts docketed under Criminal Case Number S-3775, with recommended bail bond amounting to ₱24,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Reymar L. Lacaya of RTC9 Branch 11 of Sindangan municipality. Arrested wanted person was turned-over to Sindangan District Jail based on the commitment order issued by the court.

Leon B. Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte – A fisherman who is facing charges for violation of Sec. 90 of Republic Act 8550 was arrested by the operatives of Leon B. Postigo MPS in Barangay Poblacion at about 11:00 AM on December 16, 2014. Arrested was Franklin Serdan y Bachiller, 40, resident of of Brgy. Poblacion. Suspect was nabbed by virtue of warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case No. 12399, with recommend bail bond of ₱10,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Nimfa B. Carreon-Padao of Municipal Circuit Trial Court, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 11, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte. Arrested person is now detained at above-mentioned police station.


DTI OKs almost P8M projects under GPB

By Bong Garcia (Sunnex)

The Department of Trade and Industry has approved two projects worth P7.805 million for the municipalities of Salug, Zamboanga del Norte and Ramon Magsaysay in Zamboanga del Sur under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting.

DTI-9 Industry Development Division Chief Ms. Grace C. Aduca said the projects were approved by DTI head office in Manila which include a bio-diesel plant set to rise in Salug and a mini coco oil mill in Ramon Magsaysay.

“Our head office gave its nod on the bio-diesel plant project in Salug worth P6-M and a P1.805 million mini coco oil mill project proposed by the local government of Ramon Magsaysay”, Ms. Aduca revealed.

Aduca said the P1.805 million budget was already released to Ramon Magsaysay LGU, while the P6-M budget for the bio-diesel plant was already obligated and ready for release upon completion of some requirements from the local government of Salug.

“We are expecting to release the P6-M before the year ends upon submission of the remaining documents by Salug LGU,” Aduca said.

Last month, DTI-9 has released P2.7 million to six municipalities for various LGU-initiated projects, still, under the GPB. All in all, the agency has released over P10.5 M worth of assistance this year.

Aduca explained that the proposals for the two recently approved projects were submitted along with the projects funded last month but needed the approval of DTI head office since the proposed budgets are over P1-M.

“The approval of proposed projects amounting to P1 million and up is with our head office. Less than a million, we can do it in the regional level. This is why the budget for these two big ticket projects was released a little later than those of last month’s”, she said.

The Grassroots Participatory Budgeting, formerly known as the Bottom-Up Budgeting, is a key component of President Benigno Aquino III’s anti-poverty program. It is the national government’s program that makes governance and resources allocation more responsive to local needs, thereby, contributing to poverty reduction and inclusive growth by increasing the citizens’ access to local service delivery through demand-driven budget planning, and strengthening government accountability in local public service provision.

Gunman shoots ex-official

By Bong Garcia (Sunnex)

A FORMER elected official was shot and wounded by a lone gunman while listening to children on caroling in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Thursday.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 8:30 p.m. in the village of Ramon Magsaysay, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Samuddin identified the victim as Romeo Porton, 56, a former councilor of Ramon Magsaysay village.

He said investigation showed that Porton was lying at a hammock outside his house listening to children who were caroling when shot by the gunman as he was picking up money from his pocket.

Porton was brought to Sindangan District Hospital by his relatives for immediate treatment but was later transferred to a hospital in Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.

Investigation continued Thursday in a bid to identify and arrest the gunman, said Samuddin.

ZN declared Conflict-Manageable and Development-Ready province

(FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY — The province of Zamboanga del Norte has been declared Conflict-Manageable and Development-Ready province following the signing of a joint resolution by the military, police and local elective officials in a simple ceremony held last Dec. 11 at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports Center this city.

The signing was led 1st Infantry Tabak Division Commander, BGen. Gerardo Barrientos Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, Philippine National Police (PNP)-9 regional director, Chief Supt. Edgar O. Basbas, and Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy and attended by other AFP, PNP and local government officials.

Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy, PNP provincial director, Sr. Supt. Juanito Enguerra and other provincial, city and municipal officials also came to witness the event.

In his welcome message, Vice Governor Senen O. Angeles called upon the local populace to support the effort of the military and police in sustaining the maintenance of peace and order in the province, as it will open up the avenue for development of the people’s lives.

Except for some minor adjustments, Barrientos said the military personnel presently assigned here will remain here and will support the local police in the maintenance of peace and order.

Governor Roberto Uy also vowed to implement development projects and address the poverty problems in the province, as he also thanked the military and the police for their support in the maintenance of peace and order.

Chief Supt. Basbas said “peace and order is a universal concern and everyone is duty-bound to play his respective role.” He further assured that “the police will continue to enforce law and order and will never lower their guard, so as not to allow lawless elements any opportunity to strike.”

101st Infantry Brigade Commander, BGen. Apolinario Alobba said that insurgency incidence has tremendously increased in the past years. Though, he admitted that there are still insurgents in the province, but are now on the run and operating in the remote areas only.

Apart from thanking the leadership of the provincial government for providing the long-needed projects by the people, the top military and police officials assured the public of their commitment to serve and protect the people in the province.

Other witnesses to signing activity were city officials and employees , barangay officials, judiciary, academe, religious sector, business sector, civic organizations and the local media.

10th most wanted person falls

By Bong Garcia

POLICEMEN from Zamboanga del Norte have arrested one of the 10 most wanted persons in Cebu, a police official said Tuesday.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer Inspector Dahlan Samuddin identified the arrested fugitive as Harold Regencia, 39, a resident of Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte.

Samuddin said Regencia was arrested around 1:30 p.m. Monday in the village of Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The arrest was made in coordination with Lapu-Lapu City police office.

Samuddin said Regencia was arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest for the crime of three counts rape issued by the Court in Dipolog City.

Regencia is listed as the top 10 most wanted person in the municipality of Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte, Samuddin said.

Zambo del Norte declared Conflict-Manageable and Development-Ready province

(FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

Dipolog City, Dec. 15 (PIA) - The province of Zamboanga del Norte has been declared Conflict-Manageable and Development-Ready province following the signing of a joint resolution by the military, police and local elective officials in a simple ceremony held last Dec. 11 at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports Center this city.

The signing was led 1st Infantry Tabak Division Commander, BGen. Gerardo Barrientos Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, Philippine National Police (PNP)-9 regional director, Chief Supt. Edgar O. Basbas, and Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy and attended by other AFP, PNP and local government officials.

Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy, PNP provincial director, SSupt. Juanito Enguerra and other provincial, city and municipal officials also came to witness the event.

In his welcome message, Vice Governor Senen O. Angeles called upon the local populace to support the effort of the military and police in sustaining the maintenance of peace and order in the province, as it will open up the avenue for development of the people’s lives.

Except for some minor adjustments, Barrientos said the military personnel presently assigned here will remain here and will support the local police in the maintenance of peace and order.

Governor Roberto Uy also vowed to implement development projects and address the poverty problems in the province, as he also thanked the military and the police for their support in the maintenance of peace and order.

Chief Supt. Basbas said “peace and order is a universal concern and everyone is duty-bound to play his respective role.” He further assured that “the police will continue to enforce law and order and will never lower their guard, so as not to allow lawless elements any opportunity to strike.”

101st Infantry Brigade Commander, BGen. Apolinario Alobba said that insurgency incidence has tremendously increased in the past years. Though, he admitted that there are still insurgents in the province, but are now on the run and operating in the remote areas only.

Apart from thanking the leadership of the provincial government for providing the long-needed projects by the people, the top military and police officials assured the public of their commitment to serve and protect the people in the province.

Other witnesses to signing activity were city officials and employees , barangay officials, judiciary, academe, religious sector, business sector, civic organizations and the local media.

Suspect in Belmonte ambush arrested; denies allegations

By Froilan Gallardo (MindaNews)

LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 14 December) —Authorities arrested on Saturday one of the suspects in the December 11 ambush-slay attempt on Iligan’s lone representative to Congress, Vicente “Varf” Belmonte, after residents informed officials of their presence in their village.

Senior Police officer 4 Gabino Sambaan Jr., Laguindingan police investigator said Dominador Tumala of Osmena town, Zamboanga del Norte, was arrested after he asked for water and food at a sari-sari-store in Sitio Pagangon in Barangay Gasi at around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. But the 60-year old Tumala denied the allegations.

Tumala was arrested some 40 hours after gunmen ambushed the two-vehicle convoy of Belmonte who had just arrived in Laguindingan Airport from Manila and was on his way home to Iligan City on Thursday when gunmen on board a Mitsubishi L300 van and other suspects hiding on the side of the Laguindingan AIprort Access Road fired at Belmonte’s convoy at around 2 p.m. Three of his escorts were killed while three others were injured, including Belmonte, who sustained minor injuries.

A manhunt is still ongoing for Tamula’s two companions who are belived to be hiding somewhere in farmlands with thick undergrowth in Barangay Gasi.

PNP Region 10 director Chief Superintendent Isagani Genabe Jr., and top officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Northern Mindanao brought Tumala to Iligan City immediately after his arrest.

NBI Iligan chief Alex Caburnay said Belmonte was able to identify Tumala as one of the M16-wielding gunmen who waylaid his convoy as they left for Iligan City last Thursday.

“Rep. Belmonte positively identified Tumala as the one who shot his aides in the other vehicle,” Caburnay said.

Investigators said Belmonte was able to survive by ducking under the hood in his Mazda pick-up vehicle.

Belmonte, who is completing his third term as Representative and is running for mayor in 2016 pointed to politics as the motive behind the ambush.

But police said they are not drawing any conclusion as investigation is still ongoing.

Senior Police officer 4 Gabino Sambaan Jr., Laguindingan police investigator said Tumala admitted he was a former member of the New People’s Army but denied he was involved in the attack on Belmonte.

Sambaan said Tamula told him he was going to Laguindingan Airport to fetch someone when he lost his way and found himself in Barangay Gasi.

Found in his wallet was a torn cedula or Residence Certificate and P1,200 in cash.

The store owner, narrated by Sambaan, told us she suspected something was wrong when Tumala, who asked for a glass of water, appeared disheveled. Her suspicion grew when Tumala drank five glasses of water,” Sambaan narrated.

Sambaan said that at around this time, the entire town of Laguindingan, which has a population of 21,000, was already aware that some of the suspects in the ambush might have been hiding in Barangay Gasi.

He said the store owner identified as a certain Enra offered Tumala a cup of coffee while she instructed her nephew to inform the soldiers and police manning a nearby outpost in Sitio Pagangon

A team of soldiers, policemen and tanods went to Enra’s store and arrested Tumala.

Supt. Rolando Estura, chief of the PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion said Belmonte’s assailants in the van may have left Tumala and his two companions who were on the roadside in their haste to escape.

Estura said Tumala and his two companions were left with no recourse but try to escape on foot toward Sitio Liberty. The L300 van was found burned in Sitio Liberty

Misamis Oriental Administrator Edmundo Pacamalan Jr., said barangay officials reported that the suspects were seen walking and asking for directions to Sitio Liberty.

“The barangay officials and residents insisted the suspects were hiding in their village. That is why we set up outposts around it,” Pacamalan said.

After Tumala’s arrest, Estura said they are continuing their search for the two remaining suspects.

Estura said the manhunt is concentrated on some 50 hectares of farmlands where there were four sightings of the suspects by villagers Saturday.

Hernan, a resident of Barangay Gasi said he saw a man with a backpack resting in an abandoned house while he was looking for his cow in Sitio Pagangon around 3 p.m. Saturday.

He said the man walked away fast, though limping, when he saw him coming.

Zamboanga del Norte cops arrest German national for qualified theft

(PNA), RMA/TPGJR/PJN

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Dec. 13 (PNA) -- The police have arrested a German national for qualified theft in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, an official disclosed Saturday.

Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the arrested German national as Poker Haugk, 60.

Samuddin said that Haugk was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest with Php 20,000 recommended bail issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 28 Judge Oscar Tomarong of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

He said Haugk was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Friday in Barangay Bubungan, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.

Haugk is temporarily detained at police headquarters of Labason town for proper disposition.

Man arrested for raping neighbor’s wife in Zamboanga Norte

(Mindanao Examiner)

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Police arrested a 22-year old man who allegedly raped his neighbor’s wife in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Norte, officials said Friday.

Police said Relan Caballero Agob was immediately arrested after the woman’s 51-year old husband sought the help of authorities in Tampilisan town.

The woman’s husband said Agob asked his permission to use his bicycle and went home to get it, but it took him so long. And when he returned home in the village of Galingon, his 41-year old wife – who was still in shock from the terrifying ordeal - said she was abused by Agob.

The victim and her husband said they will press criminal charges against Agob.

DepEd-Zambo. Norte to construct new office building

(FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

Dipolog City, Dec. 11 (PIA) – After its office went up in smoke nearly three month ago, the Department of Education-Zamboanga del Norte division (DepEd-ZN) will soon have its new office building on a lot donated by the provincial government here in the city.

Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Natividad P. Bayubay told the press in a recent “Kapihan sa Dipolog” media forum held at Sunburst Fried Chicken, Camila Hotel I this city.

Bayubay disclosed that the two-storey building would be constructed on the 2,702 square-meter lot, under Lot 702-C-8 with Transfer Certificate Title No. 19768.

Earlier, the provincial board has approved the Deed of Usufruct Over Real Property and granted authority to Governor Roberto Y. Uy to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with DepEd for the purpose.

Bayubay said the DepEd central office has already released the allocation of P20 million for the construction of the new building and the bidding was also completed recently.

It could be recalled that the old division office was razed last September and the city fire department has yet to complete its investigation on the incident.

Presently, the division personnel are now holding office at the lobby of the Zamboanga del Norte Sports and Convention Center along General Luna st., Estaka, Dipolog City.

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