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Province of Zamboanga del Norte - Archived News

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Dipolog City joins Holy Week celebration

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

DIPOLOG CITY, April 22 (PIA) – “May the Lenten season strengthen our faith in the Great Savior and may the risen Christ bring us all more blessings to help us cope with our everyday struggles.”

This was Mayor Evelyn T. Uy’s message to the Dipolognons during the celebration of Holy Week.

The city government has mobilized the entire police force to ensure the safety of the public especially the churchgoers by securing the churches, the 3,003-step Linabo Peak where people flocked for the Good Friday’s “Kat-kat Sakripisyo” (Passion of the Cross) and other densely populated places.

The Holy Week celebration began on Palm Sunday and lasted until Easter Sunday.

Police personnel have been dispatched to strategic locations to ensure safe, peaceful observance of the Holy Week.

By and large the Holy Week celebration in the city including its neighboring towns was generally peaceful.

All beaches were also filled with, celebrating the risen Savior.


1 of top 10 wanted persons fall

By Bong Garcia

THE police have arrested one of the top 10 most wanted persons in the municipality of Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte, an official announced Monday.

Arrested was Edito Garupa, 64, a resident of the village of Saluyong, Manukan, said Police Regional Office Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) spokesman Senior Inspector Joseph Ortega.

Ortega said that Garupa was arrested around 3 p.m. Sunday during a manhunt operation in the village of Saluyong.

Ortega said that Garupa is facing the crime of rape, Section 5 of Republic Act 7610 otherwise known as the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 11 in the town of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

A warrant for Garupa’s arrest was issued without recommended bail, Ortega said.

Garupa is temporarily detained at the police headquarters of Manukan town, he said.

ZAMBO NORTE WANTED MAN ARRESTED IN PAGADIAN CITY

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

Intelligence operatives of Katipunan Municipal Police Station, Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office, arrested a thirty nine year old man at Barangay Tiguma, Pagadian City on early Good Friday morning during the conduct of manhunt operation. The said operation was in coordination with Pagadian City Police Station. Arrested wanted person was identified as Genebel S. Gumial, married and a resident of Sitio Sigubang, Barangay Nanginan, Katipunan Zamboanga del Norte. He was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Judge Rogelio D Laquihon, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 7, Dipolog City for the crime of violation of Republic Act 7610 otherwise known as Anti-Child Abuse Law, docketed under criminal case number 18797 dated March 28, 2014. The amount of eighty thousand pesos (Php 80,000) was the recommended bail bond for the temporary liberty of the accused. He was brought to Katipunan Municipal Police Station and detained at its detention cell and will be turned-over to the court concerned.

Zambo del Norte readies for 62nd founding anniversary

(PNA), CTB/TPGJR/HIROHITO D. CADION/PJN

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.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ESTAFA CASE ARRESTED IN DIPOLOG CITY

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.

LILOY POLICE APPREHENDED TWO SUSPECTS ON GRAVE THREAT AND FRUSTRATED HOMICIDE

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

(PNA), LAP/TPGJR/MEC

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.

ARMED DRUGS PUSHER ARRESTED INSIDE VIDEOKE HOUSE

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.

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