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Employer loses P.5M to ‘kasambahay,’ cohort

By Steve Gosuico

SAN Isidro, Nueva Ecija -- A female househelp and her cohort were nabbed in Bulacan shortly after they robbed the former’s employer of some P500,000 in cash and jewelry here over the weekend, police said yesterday.

Town police commander Supt. Steven O. dela Cruz identified those arrested as Jonathan Pascual, 20, single, farmer, of Tutuban Sentro, Baluarte, Gapan City, and Charlene dela Rosa, 19, single, native of Poblacion, Zamboanga del Norte.

Dela Rosa is a stay-in helper of robbery victim Lorie Bernardino, 49, teacher, married, of Villa Ruz Subd., Bgy. Poblacion, this town.

The two suspects were nabbed after police were able to immediately trace their identities through the help of a CCTV camera installed at the premises.

Dela Cruz said the heist was discovered by Raul Bernardino, the victim’s brother-in-law, when he arrived home at around 11:30 a.m. and saw the master’s bedroom forcibly opened and its drawers and jewelry box empty.

Found stolen were assorted pieces of jewelry amounting to P400,000 and some P100,000 in cash.

Through the help of the CCTV footage, Dela Cruz said his men were able to trace the whereabouts of the suspects, who fled to Bgy. Tibag, Baliuag, Bulacan, where they were arrested with the coordination of the local police.

He said charges for qualified theft are being slapped against the arrested suspects before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Cabanatuan City.

Godod MPS Conducts Anti-Gambling Raid in Public Market

By Police Chief Inspector Rogelio D. Alabata (C, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Jessica DT Sarsalejo, RPIO9

Zamboanga del Norte – An anti-illegal gambling operation was held inside the Raba Public Market in Barangay Raba, Godod. Godod MPS raided the area at about 2:10 PM of November 22, 2015.

During the operation suspects identified as David Camahalan Enot, 42, farmer and resident of Barangay Sioran was put under hold after he was caught betting money. However, his other companion identified as Opang Banggot, Amud Banggot and alias “Sunor” were able to escape from the scene upon the arrival of the raiding team. All confiscated items and suspect are presently under the custody of Godod MPS.

2 Arrested in Alcohol-Induced Stabbings in Sibugay and Zanorte

By Police Chief Inspector Rogelio D. Alabata (C, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Bernard Tan (RPIO9)

Roxas, Zamboanga Del Norte - A stabbing incident transpired in Brgy. Lower Irasan at about 5:55 PM on November 18, 2015, wherein Bilbert Lumampa, 32, was stabbed by Alberto Dingcol, 41.

Both involved are farmers and residents of same place. Initial investigation disclosed that prior to the incident, both were under the influence of liquor. As the suspect was walking towards his house, the victim blocked his way which led to a heated argument. Dingcol took a scissor and stabbed Lumampa. The victim sustained wounds on his right chest and abdomen and was rushed to Zanorte Medical Center for treatment. After the incident, the suspect hid inside his house. Responding team of Roxas Municipal Police Station conducted manhunt operation and arrested the suspect at about 7:00PM of same date at his house. Suspect is now detained at Roxas MPS for proper disposition.

Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay - A stabbing incident transpired in Purok Daisy, Barangay Namnama at about 9:50 PM on November 18, 2015, wherein Sanny Amario, 52, was stabbed to death by a certain a.k.a. Junior Bulano. Both are residents of the aforementioned place. initial investigation disclosed that the victim and the suspect were having their drinking spree inside the house of Jamal Hani y Malalis, 50, when the suspect suddenly stood and stabbed the victim with a hunting knife. Amario, who suffered a stab wound on the lower right portion of his chest was immediately rushed to Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital in Ipil for medication, but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician. The suspect fled towards the direction of Zamboanga Del Norte. Elements of Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC)-ZSBPPO and Titay MPS conducted a hot pursuit operation that resulted in the arrest of the fleeing suspect. This led to the recovery of a hunting knife believed to be the weapon used in the crime. The motive of the incident is believed to be personal grudge. Bulano is temporarily detained at Titay MPS for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges in court.

An eternity for innocent housemaid

By Ramon Tulfo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

AFTER three long and agonizing years, Liezl Tomanquez, a 26-year-old housemaid, was released from prison recently.

Liezl was charged with qualified theft by her former employer, Azucena Go of Valenzuela City, who suspected her of stealing P1.7 million in cash and jewelry.

Yes, Liezl got the money and jewelry from her employer’s bedroom, but only because the “probinsyana” from Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, thought she was trying to save Go’s life.

Had Liezl known better or been wise to the ways of criminals in the Big City, she wouldn’t have fallen prey to the “dugo-dugo” scam which victimizes gullible household maids or houseboys.

In the modus operandi, somebody who mimics the voice of the household employer tells the maid or houseboy who answers the phone that he or she had an accident and was rushed to a hospital, and money was needed for an immediate operation.

The voice then orders the househelp to force open the bedroom and get money or jewelry from a drawer or jewelry box.

The person at the other end instructs the househelp to pry open all the locked drawers where the valuables are kept when the domestic can’t immediately find the jewelry or cash.

After the cash or valuables are found, the voice tells the househelp to meet somebody at a certain place and “entrust” the money or jewelry to him.

Most of the victims thought they were talking to their employer.

Liezl had been in the Go household only for three months. When answered the phone, she thought she was talking to the woman of the house.

Liezl even instructed a fellow household help to give her a screw driver so she could destroy a locked drawer.

She was instructed by the “employer” to meet a woman outside a bank near their house and hand her the cash and jewelry.

The Zamboanga del Norte housemaid was surprised when her employer came home that night without a scratch since the voice said she was critically injured in an accident.

May this story serve as a lesson so other households that employ domestic help won’t become victims to the same modus operandi.

Merlita Tomanquez, 63, came to my “Isumbong mo kay Tulfo” office at radio dwIZ (882 khz) on May 21, 2012, and tearfully told us about her daughter’s plight.

Liezl had been at the Valenzuela City Jail for one week when a member of my staff, Alin Ferrer, paid her a visit.

Alin’s assessment of Liezl was that she was very gullible, being a girl newly-arrived from the province and thus a stranger to the ways of the city.

“Isumbong” approached Amer Macapundag of the Zuniega, Olaso, Macapundag and Salvador law offices to defend the poor girl in court.

Macapundag accepted Liezl’s case with alacrity as he had done so with other cases of poor litigants in the past—pro bono or without a professional fee—after “Isumbong” referred Liezl’s case to him.

A graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law Class 1995, Macapundag is an expert trial lawyer and has won many court battles.

His primary argument in Liezl’s defense is that she could not have been a member of the syndicate because she remained in the household after the incident.

Her expression of surprise was genuine when she saw that Mrs. Go didn’t suffer injuries, the lawyer said.

Liezl was not capable of pretending to be surprised, given her simple and naive nature, according to Macapundag.

Valenzuela Judge Nena Santos acquitted Liezl based on the defense lawyer’s argument.

Liezl’s long court trial is a sad commentary on our justice system.

The poor girl from Zamboanga del Norte staid in jail for three long years before she was found innocent.

Three years is an eternity for an accused person who is innocent.

Comelec clarifies amendments on some voting guidelines

By Alfonso T. Ruda (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, Nov. 27(PIA)--The Commission on Elections bared some amendments in the voting guidelines to be implemented in the upcoming May 9, 2016 elections during the recent Kapihan sa Dipolog held at Hotel Camila 1, this city.

Dipolog City Election Officer and Acting Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Ellis Miguel said voters who have been registered in one particular locality can vote in some other areas during the May 2016 elections under a Local Absentee Voting.

Miguel said any employee who will be assigned in some other areas during election day due to the nature of his/her work will still be able to exercise his/her right of suffrage.

Covered under the local absentee voting are the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) teachers, media and other related works.

COMELEC 9 Regional Director Wilfred Jay Balisado also explained other amendments to be implemented during the May 9, 2016 election, one of which is substitution. He said a candidate can only be substituted due to withdrawal, death, and disqualification. Under withdrawal, the substitute and the one substituted should belong to the same political party while on disqualification, the one substituted and the substitute should have the same surname.

On the case of vote-buying, Balisado explained that under Republic 10015, carrying large amount of money despite some indications that it is intended for the purpose for vote-buying, for as long as the very intent has not been consummated, the said carrying of money does not constitute a crime. “It can be considered a crime only during the actual giving of the money to the intended recipient voter,” he said.

In a related development, Atty. Miguel said that the recently-conducted special registration in Sibuco municipality, this province last November 5-9 was peaceful with the security measures implemented by police and military authorities.

The special general registration was conducted in Sibuco due to the improbability of data gathered regarding the number of registered voters in the said municipality.

Miguel said Sibuco during the last barangay election had 30,000 registered voters and per 2010 census, the said municipality has a population of 32,000, making the 2,000 under 18 years old population improbable.

During the special registration, the Comelec brought along with them 6 generators sets for the 6 special registration precincts duly established for the purpose.

Balisado also said that the final cleansing of the candidates who are eligible to run for any elective position will be on December 10, 2015. Election period starts on January 10, 2016.

New Dipolog police chief vows a better Dipolog, appeals for community support

By Alfonso T. Ruda (ALT/ATR/PIA9-ZN)

DIPOLOG CITY, Nov. 26 (PIA)--- Newly-installed Dipolog City Police Chief PSupt. Lito L. Andaya bared his plans to make the local police force more effective during the recent “Kapihan sa Dipolog” held at Hotel Camila I here.

He said under his leadership, the local police is expected to work better, be more proficient and enhance their intelligence capability, to make the public feel that Dipolog is a much safer and peaceful place to live in.

To achieve his goal, Andaya has outlined his priorities during his first six months in office to transform the image of the local police force. He said that in the first 3 months, he intends to conduct a shooting practice/training among the city police.

“The shooting practice will be conducted at barangay Olingan this city on Saturday (Nov. 29) and every Saturday thereafter,” Andaya said. The next 3 months will be more focused in strengthening the intelligence capability of the unit and improve the crime solution efficiency. “I expect them to meet the standard set to make them more effective,” he added.

For this, the local police chief thanked the supportive city government for providing them bullets used in the shooting practice. Aside from this, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy also committed to provide 2 patrol cars, 2 big bikes, and communication equipment for Dipolog City Police Office (DCPO).

In the recent meeting of the Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) at the headquarters of the ZNPPO, it was revealed that the crime solution efficiency of the province is only 21%.

On the recent terrorist attack in Paris, France, Andaya said this only proves that if this thing happened to superpower nations like United States of America and France, how much more it is likely to happen in Dipolog.

However, he didn’t promise anything, but instead committed to prevent it from happening here “We will try our best to prevent its occurrence,” he promised. He likewise appealed to the public to cooperate with the police in the prevention and solution of crimes.

According to Andaya, the military, in some areas where there is not much problem on insurgency, is mandated to support the police in law enforcement operation like serving warrant of arrest.

“Crime Prevention is not the sole responsibility of the police but it is a partnership of the police and the community to make Dipolog City a better and safer place,” Andaya concluded.

Governor Uy leads outreach mission in Zambo Norte

By Allen Abastillas

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto U. Uy Sr. led a medical-dental outreach program and distribution of fruit seedlings in Mutya municipality last Friday.

Gov. Uy said three barangays benefited from the outreach mission. They are New Siquijor, Totongon, Tumbuk and El Paraiso.

Uy’s partners in the outreach proram were the medical and dental team of the Provincial Medical Hospital, 101st Brigade of the Philippine Army, Zamboanga del Norte Public Safety Battalion, Prpvincial Engineers and Philippine Red Cross.

“ Nanghatag pud ko og mga seedlings sa agriculture og cacao seedlings og mga sanina sa mga less fortunate people. Uban pud nako mga Engineers para mo check sa dalan para i-concrete kay duna usa ka commander sa New People’s Army gusto mo-surender pag sementado na ang dalan. Kay NPA infested area man gud ang lugar”, Uy said in Visayan dialect.

In another development, Gov. Uy conferred with the provincial scholars on Saturday. “ We have 3,000 scholars from 2015 to 2016 with an additional of 500,” Uy said.

The governor added that most of the students are enrolled at the Western Mindanao State University, and State colleges extension of Western Mindanao State Colleges, some are in Jose Rizal University in Dipolog City, Saint Vincent College and Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

Under his leadership, Uy also give scholars choice on what course to pursue and what university or college to study.

“Mag- ampo mo og magpasalamat sa Ginoo sa mga grasya. Mag eskwela mo og maayo para maayo ang inyong kaugmaon,” Uy said.

DAR holds farmers' convention in Dipolog City

By Bong Garcia

CLOSED to 400 farmers coming from 141 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (Arbos) have attended a two-day Microfinance Cum Farmers' Convention in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) regional director Felix Aguhob said the convention aimed to enhance the knowledge and means of accessing of Arbos on existing support services implemented by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) line agencies and national government agencies.

Aguhob said the convention, which was held last week, also served as a venue to learn from the experiences of other organizations.

"The overall goals of the program are to enhance the farmers' productivity, strengthen and sustain their agro enterprises and microfinances," Aguhob added.

He said they tackled the following topics: Organic Farming-System of Rice Intensification, Support Programs on Cacao and Coffee, Status of Rubber Industry (Local and International), Support Programs on Coconut, and Status of Abaca Industry and Marketing Opportunities.

DTI-9 releases over P21M for livelihood projects under BUB


The Department of Trade and Industry-9 released over P21 million to nine local government units in the region for the establishment of different livelihood projects under this year’s Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) program, doubling its P10.5-M accomplishment last year.

Recent recipients of the assistance are the municipalities of Ramon Magsaysay in Zamboanga del Sur, and Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte during DTI-9 Year-end Assessment and Planning held last November 17-18.

DTI-9 Regional Director Sitti Amina M. Jain turned over the ceremonial checks worth P7.45-M to Mayor Leonilo Borinaga, Sr. of Ramon Magsaysay, and Mayor Norbideiri B. Edding of Sibuco.

The P21-M assistance was used to fund 12 livelihood projects proposed by the local governments intended at developing identified industries or businesses, either existing or start-up, with the ultimate goal of giving livelihood and providing jobs for locals.

Ramon Magsaysay received the biggest for this year as DTI approved three project proposals amounting to P7-M. The projects include oil refinery facility amounting to P3.4-M, establishment of a P3-M integrated Coco processing Facility worth, and lemon oil production project worth P600,000.00.

Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte followed with the approval of its Livelihood Skills Training/Rural Micro Enterprise Development Program worth P5,432,000.00. It aims to identify and create livelihood projects by lending start-up capital to identified beneficiaries numbering to 630 families. Dipolog City also proposed for the same project worth P3-M.

Other projects include that of Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur for equipment on production of coco wine, vinegar, sugar, and nata de coco amounting to P2.4-M; Aurora LGU received the budget needed for the training, marketing and product development of processed sweet kaong (P700,00.00).

Sergio Osmeña of Zamboanga del Norte received the P900,000.00 assistance for the establishment of its One Town-One Product (OTOP) Express Store, and another P600,000.00 for the establishment of Pancit Noodle Processing and Facility. Siayan LGU received half a million pesos for its pancit making equipment which will benefit five Women’s Association located in Barangays Guibo, Diongan, Datagan, Macasing, and Sayaw.

For Zamboanga Sibugay, the local government of Mabuhay received P500,000.00 worth of support in the form of Shared Service Facility, bringing the total funds released to P21,482,000.00.

Man arrested for stabbing drinking buddy with scissors

By Dynah Diestro (ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao,

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE - A man was arrested for stabbing his drinking buddy with a pair of scissors in Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte, police said Friday.

Based on the investigation, the suspect, Alberto Dingcol and the victim, Gilbert Lumampa, were having a drinking session by the sea when they started talking about their past arguments. The discussion led to a fist fight.

According to Dingcol, he stabbed Lumampa after the latter stopped him from going home. Lumampa also allegedly punched Dingcol, pushing him to stab the victim.

Lumampa is currently being treated in a hospital, while Dingcol is facing a frustrated murder charge.

Inmates escapes in Zambo Norte jail


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -– Combined police and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have launched manhunt operations to arrest an inmate who bolted from detention in Zamboanga del Norte Wednesday.

Chief Insp. Rogelio Alabata, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the escapee as Efren Abenido, 28, of Barangay Canaan, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

Alabata said Abenido escaped from the district jail in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte around 9:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Alabata said the suspect is facing charges for attempted rape with recommended bail of PHP80,000.

He said the BJMP and policemen of Liloy have coordinated with other law enforcement agency to assist them in locating the whereabouts of the escapee.

DA distributes P25.4M worth of farm equipment in region 9

By Grace Montallana (ALT/GOM/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA)---The Department of Agriculture recently turned-overP25.4 million worth of farm equipment to farmers in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala distributed the equipment during the Farmers’ Forum held at Dipolog City Sports Complex in Barangay Olingan on Nov.12.

These consist of 5 units shallow tube well, 4 units corn mill,8 units corn compact mill , 1 unit hammer mill, 4 units hermetic cocoon , 10 units corn sheller , 6 units four wheel drive tractor , 6 units cassava grater , 4 units trans-planter , 7 units thresher, 24 units collapsible dryer, 3 units four wheel drive tractor (45hp) and 4 units hand tractor.

Governor Roberto Uy thanked President Benigno Aquino III for providing the said equipment which would increase agricultural productivity of farmers in the area.

Mayor Evelyn T. Uy likewise expressed her appreciation to the support extended by the department on her self-food sufficiency campaign in the city.

During the said assembly, farmers aired their grievances to the agriculture secretary who directed DA 9 Regional Director Constancio Alama to take appropriate action.

According to Alcala, he has gone to so many provinces in the country and is aware of the situation of Filipino farmers. He said he has referred their concerns to the president who directed for the allocation of funds for projects to be implemented in the provinces.

In a press conference, Alcala assured consumers that there will be no price increase on agricultural products during Christmas season. He also guaranteed sufficient supply of agricultural products in the market as he reiterated his warning to unscrupulous traders on the sanction that the government may impose upon them.

Among those who attended the Farmers’ Forum and Turn-Over Ceremony were DA regional staff headed by RD Alama and ARD Dennis Palabrica, Philippine Coconut Authority(PCA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), local chief executives and other concerned individuals.

Korean arrested for violence against women, children


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov. 19 (PNA) –- The police have arrested a Korean national for violation of Republic Act 9262 otherwise known as anti-violence against women and their children act of 2004 in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Supt. Divin Ceriales, Dapitan City police chief, identified the arrested Korean national as Hoiyun Yu, 46, who is temporarily residing in Barangay Larayan in that city.

Hoiyun is a native of Hangdong, Incheon, South Korea.

Ceriales said Hoiyun was arrested around 11 a.m. Wednesday in Barangay Larayan, Dapitan City.

Ceriales said Hoiyun has a standing warrant of arrest dated February 10, 2015 issued by the court for violation of Section 5(i) of R.A. 9262 with PHP60,000 recommended bail bond.

He said Hoiyun was temporarily detained at the headquarters of Dapitan City police.

Zambo Norte town voters decline by 11,180

By Bong Garcia

A TOP official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the number of registered voters in the town of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte has declined from 30,280 to 19,100 voters.

Comelec regional director Wilfred Balisado said the town of Sibuco has 19,100 voters, based on the results of the special voters’ registration conducted from November 5 to 9.

The Comelec, through an en banc resolution dated September 29, 2015, conducted special voters’ registration after it nullified the list of voters of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte.

The nullification of the voters’ list came after the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Development Council (RDC) requested through a resolution to conduct a special voters’ registration in Sibuco.

Sibuco, which consist of 28 villages, is one of the 25 municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte province.

Balisado said the number of registered voters of Sibuco may change since the voters’ lists will still have to be subjected to Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in the Comelec central office.

The AFIS is to ensure that there are no double registrants among the voters that registered in Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga del Norte's 8th most wanted falls

By Bong Garcia

ONE of the most wanted persons in Zamboanga del Norte has been arrested by authorities, a police official said Tuesday.

Zamboanga City police spokesman Joel Tuttuh identified the arrested as 38-year-old Junie Escuadro, who is the eighth most wanted person in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Tuttuh said Escuadro was arrested at 5:55 a.m. on Monday in his residence, Tumitus village.

Escuadro has a standing warrant of arrest for murder issued by a court in Sindangan town, Tuttuh added.

Comelec: Zamboanga del Norte town registered voters trimmed down by 11,180

By R.G. Antonet A. Go [(PNA), CTB/TPGJR/RGAAG]

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov. 16 (PNA) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced the number of registered voters in Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte, were trimmed down by 11,180 to 19,100 from the previous of 30,280 voters.

Atty. Wilfred Balisado, Comelec regional director, made the announcement Monday citing Zamboanga del Norte’s municipality of Sibuco has only 19,100 voters based on the result of the special voters’ registration they conducted from November 5-9.

Balisado however said the number of registered voters of Sibuco may change since the voters’ lists will still have to be subjected to Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in Comelec central office.

The AFIS is to ensure that there are no double registrants among the voters that registered in Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte.

The Comelec has conducted special registration as the agency has nullified the list of voters of Sibuco through en banc Resolution No. 15-0705 dated September 29, 2015.

The nullification of Sibuco’s list of voters came after the request of the Regional Development Council-9 (RDC-9) through a resolution citing statistical improbability.

Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy, who authored the RDC-9 resolution has argued that based on the 2010 census, Sibuco has a population of 31,982 people, which is nearly the same with the 2013 elections results that reached to 30,000 voters.

Sibuco, which consist of 28 barangays, is one of the 25 municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte province.

House extends Millawave franchise


The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure renewing the franchise of the Millawave Systems Corp. (Millawave) to construct, establish, install, maintain and operate radio and television broadcast stations in the Philippines.

House Bill 6073, which substituted House Bill 3923 authored by Rep. Rosendo Labadlabad (Second District, Zamboanga del Norte), authorizes Millawave to continue to provide efficient and effective public service through broadcasting for another 25 years.

“Article II of our Constitution on State Policies provides that the State recognizes the vital role of communications and information in nation building. It is in the light of this policy that the Millawave Systems Corp. wholly owned and managed by Filipinos, has been, primarily conceived and formally organized,” Labadlabad said.

“Imbued with strong enthusiasm and conscious of their material and technological resource and capabilities, the incorporators have concretized their plan and vision to contribute their share in the enhancement of the social and economic growth of the country through public information,” Labadlabad added.

Rep. Marcelino Teodoro (First District, Marikina City), chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises, said Millawave is mandated to provide the government adequate public service time to enable it to reach the population on important public issues and assist in the functions of public information and education.

The measure prohibits Millawave to use its stations for the broadcasting of obscene and indecent language, speech, act of scene or for the dissemination of deliberately false information or willful misrepresentation.

Under the measure, the President of the Philippines has the right to temporarily take over and operate the stations or facilities of the grantee, to temporarily suspend the operation of any station or facility in the interest of public safety, security and public welfare, or to authorize the temporary use and operation thereof by any agency of the government in times of war, rebellion, public peril, calamity, emergency, disaster or disturbance of peace and order.

The measure also prohibits the grantee from leasing, transferring, selling nor assigning the franchise or the controlling interest thereof without the prior approval of the Congress of the Philippines.

Millawave shall secure from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) the appropriate permits and licenses for the construction and operation of its stations and facilities and shall not use any frequency in the radio/television spectrum without authorization from the NTC.

Millawave shall file a bond with the NTC, in the amount that the NTC shall determine, to guarantee compliance with and fulfillment of the conditions under which the franchise is granted.

Millawave shall submit an annual report to the Congress of the Philippines, through the Committee on Legislative Franchises of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Public Services of the Senate, on its compliance with the terms and conditions of the franchise and on its operations on or before April 30 of every year during the term of its franchise.

The reportorial compliance certificate issued by Congress shall be required before any application for permit or certificate is accepted by the NTC.

Failure of the grantee to submit the requisite annual report to Congress will be penalized by a fine in the amount of P500 per working day of noncompliance.

The fine shall be collected by the NTC from the delinquent franchise grantee separate from the reportorial penalties imposed by the NTC.

Port passenger new 'tanim-bala' victim?

By Angel Movido (radio dzMM,

MANILA - A man was arrested Saturday when a bullet was found inside his bag at Port area, Manila.

Daryl Incong, 21 was bound for Dipolog with his family when authorities at the Manila North Port discovered a bullet inside his bag as it passed through an x-ray machine.

Incong's uncle, Roger, said his nephew denied prior knowledge of the bullet and insisted the bullet is not his.

Incong, who works as a security guard, told his uncle that the bullets issued for his service firearm are already old whereas the one found inside his bag is still new.

The suspect has been detained at the police station in the port's passenger terminal.

He has yet to find a lawyer and secure money for bail.

ABS-CBN's news team has been denied entry to the police station.

Drug bust nets 3 people, 1 eludes arrest

By Bong Garcia

THREE people were arrested while one eluded arrested in a joint police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) anti-drug operations in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Friday.

Dipolog City police chief Ranie Hachuela identified the arrested suspects as Zoram Saldariega, 41, Medelyn Neff, 34, and Zuriel Baes, 24.

At large and eluded arrest was Joel Elia, a resident of the village of Dicayas, Dipolog City.

Hachuela said the suspects were arrested in a drug bust operation around noontime Thursday in the village of Galas, Dipolog City.

He said the arresting team confiscated from the suspects the following: 54 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu, P2,300 marked money, a caliber .22 rifle with 26 ammunition, P300 proceed money, a motorcycle, and other prohibited drug paraphernalia.

He said the suspects have undergone medical examination before they were detained at the Dipolog City Police headquarters.

Zambo del Norte's number 7 most wanted person nabbed in Salug town


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov. 12 (PNA) -– Police officials in Zamboanga del Norte have arrested one of the most wanted persons in the province in a manhunt operation on Tuesday.

Chief Insp. Rogelio Alabata, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the arrested most wanted person as Glenn Empremiado, 24, of Barangay Lower Inuman, Salug, Zamboanga del Norte.

Empremiado was arrested around 8 a.m. Tuesday in Barangay Caracol in the town of Salug.

Alabata said the suspect is listed as the No. 7 most wanted person in the municipality of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Empremiado is facing charges for acts of lasciviousness with a recommended bail amounting to PHP12,000 and for rape with no recommended bail.

2 Wanted Persons Cuffed in ZDN

By Police Chief Inspector Rogelio D. Alabata, (C, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Jessica DT Sarsalejo (RPIO9)

Zamboanga del Norte - A warrant of arrest was served to Marissa Ramirez y Pananglitan, 42, on November 6, 2015 at about 4:30 PM in Brgy. Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City during the conduct of manhunt operation by Dipolog CPS.

According to reports, Ramirez was arrested for Grave Oral Defamation docketed under Criminal Case Number B-46301 issued by the Presiding Judge Kenneth P Rosal of MTCC, Branch 2, Dipolog City, with a recommended bail bond of Php 6, 000.00. The above mentioned suspect is temporary detained at Dipolog CPS while awaiting commitment order from court.

Zambopanga del Norte - Personnel of Dapitan CPS arrested a person with a pending warrant of arrest on November 5, 2015 at about 10:00 AM. According to Dapitan CPS, suspect Felix Cuenca y Agum was arrested based on the warrant of arrest for violation of Sec. 5 in relation to Sec 12 of RA 10586 docketed under Criminal Case Number 17837 issued by Judge Analiza Hassiman of MTCC, 9th Judicial Region, Dapitan City, with a recommended bail bond of Php 10,000.00. The said arrest was conducted with the information given by the Eye in the Barangay (EIB) of Brgy. Sta Cruz, Dapitan City. Suspect Felix Cuenca is now detained at Dapitan CPS while waiting for commitment order from the court.

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