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3 more trafficking victims rescued

By Allen Abastillas

Three more would-be victims of human trafficking have been rescued by government forces in fresh operation last June 29.

The three female would to be victims were bound for Sabah, Malaysia when they were rescued in Barangay Sta. Maria.

Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office reported that the three victims, aged 18 to 25, came from Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte.

Investigation disclosed that the recruiter enticed the three to work as domestic helpers in Sabah, Malaysia, without knowing they would end up in prostitution dens as recounted by some victims who were rescued previously by government forces.

Investigation also revealed that the suspected illegal recruiters are the same persons who recruited some previous victims.

The modus operandi of the recruiters involves changing the places where they keep the victims before leaving for Sabah, Malaysia.

The victims were brought to government shelter and undergoing counseling before they will be sent back to their home provinces.

DTI opens third Negosyo Center in Region 9


ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 2 (PNA) -– The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced that Region 9 now has three Negosyo Centers to cater to the needs of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, DTI regional director, made this announcement Thursday saying they just inaugurated on Tuesday the third Negosyo Center in Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.

The first Negosyo Center was established and inaugurated on May 25 in Pagadian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Sur and the second on May 29 in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Jain stressed the Negosyo Center will be a one-Stop-Shop for MSMEs and would-be businessmen for government assistance.

“The Negosyo Center is what I call the nerve center for our MSMEs to avail of any assistance not just from DTI but also from our partner agencies. This now houses not only the services per se of the NegoCenter but the functions of NERBAC before--investment facilitation, business name registration and the Philippine Business Registry (PBR),” Jain said.

NERBAC stands for National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center.

By becoming a one-stop shop, Jain pointed that all business process will now be conducted in the center.

“Our MSMEs will no longer need to hop from one place to another. When they enter the (Negosyo) center, they will have everything. We call it providing ease of doing business for our entrepreneurs. Member agencies of the Provincial SME Development Council will be on call. The concerns of our MSMEs with other government agencies will be addressed in the center. They will be called to come to the office and not the client going to their office,” Jain said.

Aside from these, she said the Negosyo Center will also provide consultancy services and trainings to help MSMEs grow their businesses.

She also added that the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) will now be processed in the center and no longer with the local government unit.

The launching of the third Negosyo Center was attended by Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy, officials and members of the business chamber, representatives of the Zamboanga del Norte provincial government and the different national line agency partners of DTI in the province.

Jain expressed her gratitude to Uy for generously helping DTI-Zamboanga del Norte provincial office.

In response, Uy promised to continue supporting DTI as she stressed the valuable contribution of the agency in her area.

Jain further urged all partner agencies and the local government units in the province to continue helping the MSMEs to further boost local economy.

The DTI is set to open five Negosyo Centers here in the region.

DSWD bares 226 development projects to rise in poorest towns in region 9

By Dominic Ilagan Sanchez (FPG/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 1 (PIA) – Two hundred twenty six development projects chosen to be implemented by trained community residents in the poorest municipalities in the region are expected to be completed within the year, a report from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here bared.

According to Lei Madeline Mohammad, DSWD-9 regional information officer, over P541 million has been allocated for the implementation of these various community projects in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) project, now known as the National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

“The ‘sub-projects’, as we call them range from day care centers and schools, to roads, water system projects, and a wide variety of others,” Mohammad said, explaining that each of these projects were decided by community representatives themselves and not by local officials, as done normally.

“In Kalahi-CIDSS, the power to decide really comes from the people, those who will really use the projects,” she said. All Kalahi-CIDSS projects are borne out of discussions and consultations with community members, prior to a screening for funding in a municipal inter-barangay forum. “The project really emphasizes democracy – people choose what is best for them with the help of DSWD community facilitators.”

To implement their chosen sub-projects, ordinary community residents are trained in areas such as procurement and finance, engineering, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation and others. “By enlisting them to participate in the development cycle, we are promoting transparency and accountability,” Mohammad said.

Since its introduction in 2003, a total of 2,464 Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects have been successfully implemented, and now being used by the communities, training and empowering 17,844 volunteers, most of who are also beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer or the Pantawid Pamilya.

DSWD regional director Zenaida Arevalo emphasized that Kalahi-CIDSS has been instrumental in changing the lives of the poorest of the poor living in the remotest of communities, for the better. “There are areas before that are almost too impossible to reach, especially in the rural towns, because of the lack of roads. Kalahi-CIDSS has literally bridged these communities with the towns, with development,” she said, citing that the people themselves have grown to be more empowered as actors of development, and not just beneficiaries of government.

“We call the infrastructures as ‘sub-projects’, because the real project are the people themselves. We want to help them improve their situation in life,” Director Arevalo said.

Dipolog hosts joint RCWC, RJJWC meeting

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

DIPOLOG CITY, June 30 (PIA) – A joint meeting among the members of the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) and Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC) was held here Friday to discuss certain updates involving the two councils.

Ms. April Obtinario of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) presented before the members some recommendations on how to improve the process in the conduct of assessment of child-friendly local governance.

Obtinario said there must be cross posting or random regional validation to be conducted to the local government unit (LGU) nominated for the child-friendly award. “What was done before was just like a self-evaluation in which the LGU was the one rating itself,” Obtinario pointed out.

It was also suggested that a review of the indicators and tools for the Child-friendly Local Governance Award (CFLGA) be made including an exit conference with the LGUs.

Obtinario also disclosed that the national children’s month celebration has been moved from October to November each year by virtue of Republic Act 10661 with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), CWC and National Youth Commission (NYC) as lead agencies.

Meanwhile, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Socorro Rojas of Zamboanga City briefed the participants on the diversion proceeding of children in conflict with laws (CICL).

Based on the statistics released by DSWD-9, the region has 407 CICL, charged with theft, physical injury, drugs, acts of lasciviousness and others.

To ensure that no CICL is being detained in regular jails, a resolution was passed creating a Joint Monitoring Team that will visit municipal/city/provincial jails in the region. It is composed of DSWD, Department of Justice (DOJ), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Parole and Probation Administration (PPA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) and SILSILLAH, a non-government organization.

DSWD-9 Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo presided over the said meeting.

Top 11 Most Wanted in Godod Nabbed in Dapitan

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

Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte - A top 11 most wanted person was arrested during manhunt operation conducted by Dapitan City Police Station, Godod Municipal Police Station and PIB- ZNPPO at Barangay Owaon, Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 3:30 PM of June 27, 2015.

Thomas Reluya y Andos, 68 years old, male, married and resident of Poblacion, Godod, Zamboanga Del Norte was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Judge Oscar D. Tomarong, Presiding Judge RTC Branch 28, Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte, dated February 3, 2010 listed as Number Top 11 of Top 12 Most Wanted Person in the Municipality of Godod and Regional Intelligence Division 9, for the crime of Attempted Rape docketed under Criminal Case Nr L-001665 with bail bond amounting to one hundred twenty thousand pesos (120,000.00) for his temporary liberty. Subject person is now temporarily detained at Dapitan CPS for proper disposition.

Inmate killed while trying to escape

By Bong Garcia

AN INMATE was shot and killed when he tried to escape from a district jail in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Sunday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the slain inmate as Anthony Lamanan, who was charged with murder.

Samuddin said the incident took place around 2:39 p.m. Saturday at the Sindangan District Jail, Zamboanga del Norte.

Investigation showed that Lamanan attacked and tried to snatch the service firearm of Jail Officer Avelino Cariño after he was allowed to go out of the detention cell purposely to get his dried clothes.

He said Lamanan ran and tried to escape despite failing to grab Cariño’s firearm, prompting the jail guard to shoot him after ignoring two successive warming shots.

He said Lamanan rushed to the Sindangan District Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Lamanan was committed to the Sindangan District Jail last June 15 for murder, said Samuddin.

Suspected Carnapper Snagged in Piñan

By Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Zamboanga Del Norte - Elements of Dipolog City Police Station and RID-PRO9 proceeded to Barangay Lapu-lapu, Piñan at about 11:45 AM on June 21, 2015, and conducted a follow-up investigation regarding a reported violator of RA 6539.

During said operation, the team and the complainant identified as Jhunrey Carcallas recovered the stolen black Honda Wave 100 motorcycle, without plate number, with engine number KWY01E045511, and chassis number KWY01045505 from the suspect identified as Rojeansly Galanido y Pularan, alias “Tata”, 18, resident of Purok 5 of said barangay. The recovered motorcycle was positively identified by the owner as the same motorcycle that was reportedly missing on May 18, 2015 at 12:00 midnight while it was parked at the house of his grandmother in North Proper Galas, Dipolog City. Said motorcycle was deposited to Dipolog CPS for court exhibit while a case for violation of RA 6539 is being prepared for regular filing against the suspect.

Governor wants Cafgu despite Army assurances

By Gualberto Laput (

Residents fear that the civilian armed force may be used for the elections next year

DIPOLOG CITY, Philippines – Despite repeated pronouncements by the military here that Zamboanga del Norte is peaceful, the governor is determined to organize a civilian armed force to help combat insurgency “and other forms of lawlessness.”

In a letter to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the provincial board, Governor Roberto Y. Uy had asked for authority to create a Special CAFGU Active Auxiliary (SCAA) unit. On June 15, the provincial board passed a resolution requesting Brigadier General Gerardo Barrientos, commander of the Army’s 1st“Tabak” Division based in Pagadian City, to allow Uy to organize a SCAA unit for Zamboanga del Norte.

In his letter certified as urgent, Uy said he intended to use the SCAA to achieve peace and order and provide security residents.

Board Member Crisologo A. Desierdo, Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Majority Floor Leader, told Rappler that the provincial leadership wanted to organize its own SCAA because “there is shortage of military and police forces to effectively protect the province.”

But this contradicts the Army’s assessment that the province does not face any major or immediate security threat. The 101st brigade, tasked to secure Zamboanga del Norte and part of Misamis Occidental, is under the Army’s 1st Division.

“Zamboanga del Norte remains peaceful,” said Captain Jason Mararac, 101st Brigade’s Civil Military Operations chief.

The mixed messages from the provincial government and the Army’s 101st Brigade have caused anxiety among residents. Local media have repeatedly asked both the military and Uy to come up with a common declaration on the matter.

“Nabalaka ang katawhan nga gamiton lang ang SCAA karong eleksyon (Residents fear that the new SCAA will just be used in next year’s elections),” said a news story published by The New Nandau Today.

The military is allowing big private companies and local government units to organize SCAA units for their security, so that soldiers can focus on major security threats.

SCAA units will be trained and armed by the Army, but their salaries, uniforms and other expenses will be shouldered by the company or local government units that organize them.

NCIP-9 chief to IP studes: Make up yourself, love your tribe

By Claro A. Lanipa (FPGCAL/PIA-9/Zamboanga del Sur)

DIPOLOG CITY, June 25 (PIA) – “Make up yourself and love your tribe because that is where you belong,” Regional Director Timuey Woy Lim Wong of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-9, has challenged today the IP (indigenous peoples) college students attending the journalistic writing workshop held at Mibang Hotel this city.

Director Wong said this project, which is jointly implemented by Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, NCIP-9 and the US Embassy in Manila, seeks “to help you enhance your knowledge, talent and skills in writing.”

“In the market of job placement and employment today, competition is very high, so you have to compete with your peers. If you don’t have the capability, talent and skills you will hardly find a job,” Wong said.

This is a very rare opportunity for you, because not all of the grantees under the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) of our office were called to participate in activity such as this,” Wong added.

On the other hand, Director Wong appealed to the IP students to preserve their culture. “I saw there is a continuous erosion of your culture. Many of you are no longer speaking your dialect or you do not know anymore how to speak your own dialect. So, make up yourself and preserve your tribe,” Wong challenged them.

“You cannot claim as Subanen if you do not know how to speak Subano. You need to, so that you will feel your belongingness to your tribe. Please learn how to love your tribe,” Wong concluded.

PIA, NCIP hold 4th leg of journalistic writing workshop for IP studes in Zambo. Norte

By Claro A. Lanipa (FPG/CAL/PIA-9/Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, June 24 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency(PIA)-IX in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-IX and the US Embassy in Manila has conducted starting today (June 24) a two-day journalistic writing workshop for Indigenous Peoples (IP) college students at Mibang Hotel here.

A total of 27 IP grantees under the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) of the NCIP from the three congressional districts of Zamboanga del Norte were invited to attend the said workshop.

In his welcome remarks during the opening program, Atty. Eulogio Lagudas Jr., legal officer, NCIP-Zamboanga del Norte told the participants that all writings must be based on a legal foundation in order to evade civil or criminal liabilities.

The lawyer was also elated to see Ms. Yoly De Guzman, public affairs officer, US Embassy in Manila for gracing the occasion, saying “this is the first time that a representative from the embassy set foot in Dipolog City.”

Meanwhile, Yoly De Guzman said “I am so impressed with your NCIP coordinators. They were able to gather all of you here, and, at least for the two days, you will be able to learn something out of this activity.

She also commended PIA-IX that among the 17 regions in the country,” it’s only region 9 that is implementing this project (for the second year) and we are happy to support this initiative for the IPs.”

“This is very unique, because the participants are really IPs representing the different tribes in the province,” De Guzman said.

NCIP-IX EAP Focal Person Abdurasid Buddick also told the grantees “you are the luckiest among your peers because you are chosen to be here.”

“This is once in a lifetime opportunity, grab it,” Buddick encouraged the scholars.

He also urged the grantees to study hard to avoid getting failing grades in order to maintain their scholarships.

64 public schools in ZamPen to get DOST O/L Trap


In a bid to fight dengue, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will distribute a total 4,330 Ovicidal-Larvicidal (OL) Traps and 109,600 OL pellets to selected public elementary and secondary schools in Region IX during the upcoming OL trap trainings.

This SY 2015 – 2016, the deployment of OL trap will cover a total of 64 public schools in the entire region. The breakdown of schools per division are as follows: Zamboanga City – 13; Zamboanga del Norte – 14; Dapitan City – 6; Dipolog City – 6; Pagadian City – 6; Zamboanga del Sur – 8; Sibugay – 9; and Isabela City – 2.

To ensure effective implementation of the project, DOST IX is conducting a Refresher’s Training on Sustained Nationwide Dengue Vector Surveillance (NDVS) Through OL Trapping on the following schedules : June 24 – Zamboanga City (Grand Astoria Hotel); July 2 - Sibugay Province (Sibugay Grand Plaza Hotel); July 7 – Zamboanga del Norte, Dipolog City and Dapitan City; July 9 – Zamboanga del Sur and Pagadian City. The schedule of orientation for Isabela City is still being arranged.

OL trap / dengue coordinators of the identified DepEd schools are expected to participate in the training. Representatives from other partner agencies were also invited to attend the activity.

The DOST OL Trap is a simple technology that kills the eggs and larvae of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the dengue virus. The black container attracts mosquitoes to lay their eggs on the lawanit strip soaked with the OL pellet-water solution. The OL pellets, made of organic and non-toxic material, attract mosquitoes and kill their young, in effect reducing the number of the next generation of mosquitoes.

The data collected from the traps will be uploaded to the NDVS website to give the public a better visual indicator in monitoring possible dengue outbreaks. The OL trap surveillance data which will be reported by DepEd recipient-schools through text or Small Messaging System (SMS) is accessible at

The school-based OL Trap program intends to reduce the number of mosquito population in schools and communities, and subsequently lower dengue cases through the use of the OL Trap.

The project is implemented in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Dapitan City honors oldest citizen on 52nd Charter Day

ByBy Jong Cadion, for CNN Philippines

DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (CNN Philippines) — Dapitan City has just honored its oldest living resident part of activities leading up to the its celebration of its 52nd Charter Day on Monday (June 22).

On Sautrday, Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos herself, along with other city officials, went to the house of Gertrudes Jamolod Insong, who is 102 years old, to hand over the Mabuhay Ka Plaque of Recognition, according to Vicky Cad-Bangara, city information officer

Bangara said Gertrudes, the wife of Jose Samo-ay Insong, was recognized for exemplifying a happy and healthy lifestyle that makes her a living treasure that every Dapitanon should be proud of.

This is the first time the Dapitan has given such recognition, Bangara said on Monday during the city's 52nd founding anniversary celebration.

Insong has nine children, 32 nephews and nieces, 67 grandchildren, and 35 great grandchildren, her sixth child, Bernardo, told CNN Philippines.

Bernardo, a retired Air Force master sergeant, said his mother is a simple housewife who knows how to cook the salbero bread and bibingka (rice cake) at her sari-sari store which, along with his father's tailoring shop, was enough to put him and his eight other siblings through college.

Bernardo had only words of gratitude for the city government for honoring his mother.

The city’s week-long Charter Day celebration started last June 16 and focused on farmers and fishermen through their Agro-Industrial Fair Festival, which will culminate this evening with the announcement of winners in all the contests and the search for outstanding Dapitanons.

To formally start the celebration on Monday, a mass was held at 8:00 a.m. at the Saint James Church followed by a motorcade and a flag raising ceremony before the start of another round of parlor games for the barangay locals and the employees.

Robbery Suspect in Dipolog, 4 Other Wanted Persons Rounded-up

By Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte - Elements of Dipolog City Police Station led by Police Inspector Ronald Allan Tingas served an arrest warrant at about 2:25 PM on June 15, 2015. This led to the arrest of Jovencio Recentes y Olvis, 23, resident of Brgy. Punta by virtue of warrant for Robbery docketed under Criminal Case No. 19477 with bail bond set at ₱100,000.00 issued by Judge Reymar Lacaya of RTC Branch 6, Dipolog City dated February 27, 2015. Subject person was brought to Dipolog City Police Station and detained thereat for proper disposition.

Zamboanga del Norte - Joint elements of Leon B. Postigo led by Police Senior Inspector Joenel J. Pederio and Bayog Municipal Police Station conducted a manhunt operation along the National Highway in Brgy. Poblacion, Leon B. Postigo municipality at about 5:15 PM on June 15, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Jerlito Sumondong Laure, 45, resident of said place. Subject wanted person was arrested by virtue of warrant for Illegal Possession of Firearms docketed under Criminal Case No. 4580-98 with bail bond set at ₱200,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Reinerio B. Ramas of RTC Branch 18, Pagadian City dated July 30, 2001. Subject wanted person is detained at Leon Postigo MPS for proper disposition.

Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte - Task Force Manhunt of Dapitan City Police Station led by SPO3 Nerio A. Malacat conducted a manhunt operation in Barangay Sta. Cruz at about 1:30 PM on June 15, 2015. Suspect Edmund Baretta y Et-et, 31, resident of Barangay Sto. Niño, this city was caught by virtue of warrant of arrest for violation of R.A. 8048 as amended by R.A. 10593 issued by Presiding Judge Vittorio Dante D. Dalman of MTCC, 9th Judicial Region docketed under CC No. 17781 dated June 4, 2015 with recommended bail bond amounting to Php 12,000.00. Subject person is temporarily detained at Dapitan City Police Station for proper disposition.

Zamboanga del Norte - A man charged with homicide was arrested during a manhunt operation conducted by Katipunan Municipal Police Station led by PO3 Fernando S. Gomolon in Barangay Pungolan, Roxas municipality at about 2:00 PM of June 16, 2015. This led to the capture of Felipe Alido, 51, resident of Barangay Nanginan, Katipunan town, by virtue warrant for Homicide docketed under CC No. 12026 issued by Acting Presiding Judge Victoriano DL Lacaya of 9th Judicial Region, Branch 6, Dipolog City. Subject person is temporarily detained at Katipunan Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte - Personnel of Siayan Municipal Police Station conducted a manhunt operation in Barangay Diongan at about 8:35 AM of June 16, 2015. This led to the arrest of Sabino Sumay y Langutan, 67, a farmer and resident of said place. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for violation of Sec 68 and 69 of PD 705 “Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines” docketed under CC No. S-4886 dated January 10, 2014 with bail bond fixed at Php 40,000.00, issued by Judge Reymar L. Lacaya of RTC9, Branch 11, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. The accused is detained at Siayan MPS for proper disposition.

Grenade-Throwing Rape Suspect Killed in Police Operation

By Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Zamboanga del Norte - Operatives of Kalawit MPS, Titay MPS, 9th RPSB, 1st Maneuver Company, and 20th Army Special Forces conducted a manhunt operation in Sitio Gumotoc, Kalawit, this province at about 5:30 PM of June 14, 2015.

This led to the death of the suspect identified as Leonardo Fuentes after he resisted arrest and fought with the arresting team. The authorities intended to serve the warrant of arrest against the suspect for a Rape case docketed under CC# I-4087 with no bail bond recommended, issued by Presiding Judge Reuben Maraon of RTC9, Branch 24, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay dated July 24, 2009. However, upon presenting the said warrant of arrest, the suspect abruptly hacked the arresting officer but the latter was able to evade and defend himself. The arresting officers ran towards the suspect but Fuentes threw a hand grenade at them. No one was injured when said grenade exploded. This prompted the arresting team to retaliate on the suspect as he was about to throw another grenade. The suspect failed to release the grenade as it exploded on his right hand. The suspect died on the spot after suffering gunshot wounds on his body.

Culianan PS Most Wanted Arrested in Sibuco; 2 Other Wanted Persons Cuffed

Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Zamboanga Sibugay - Operatives of RT Lim and Siay Police Stations arrested a man during a manhunt operation in Barangay San Antonio, RT Lim town at about 10:50 AM of June 14, 2015. Suspect Nicolas Sumondong y Yecyec, 55, a farmer and resident of above-mentioned place, was apprehended for Murder by virtue of warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case No. I-5510 with no bail recommended, issued by Presiding Judge Anthony D. Isaw of RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 24, Ipil, this province. The accused is now under the custody of RT Lim MPS for documentation. He will be turned-over to Siay MPS who has jurisdiction over the case.

Zamboanga del Norte - Elements of Zamboanga City Police Station 4 led by Police Senior Inspector Elmer Solon and personnel from Sibuco MPS led by Police Senior Inspector Clark Bacolod conducted an operation in Barangay Sto. Niño, Sibuco, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 11:50 AM on June 14, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Esmer Miguel y Delos Reyes, 30, resident of said place. This is by virtue of arrest warrant for two counts of Murder with no bail recommended docketed under Criminal Case No. 25711 and 25793 issued by Presiding Judge Jesus C. Carbon Jr. of RTC Branch 16 and Judge Gregorio Dela Peña III of RTC Branch 12, Zamboanga City respectively. The accused is listed as the no. 1 Most Wanted Person (Station Level) in Zamboanga City Police Station 4. Suspect is presently detained at said police station.

Zamboanga City - A woman was arrested by members of Sta. Maria Police Station during a police operation at her residence in Gov. Camins Ave. at about 3:00 PM of June 13, 2015. Suspect Abigail V. Banias was arrested based on an arrest warrant for Estafa docketed under Criminal Case Number 25314, and Qualified Theft docketed under Criminal Case No. DU-25303 issued by Judge Teresita Galanida of 7th Judicial Region, Branch 56, Mandaue City. Suspect is detained at said police station for proper disposition.

2 Female Teens Rescued During Entrapment Operation in Dipolog

By Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte - Elements of Dipolog CPS led by Police Senior Inspector Ma. Kristhyl Hernandez, together with Ms. Jovie Orilla and Mr. Crisanto Enoy of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, conducted an entrapment and rescue operation on the alleged trafficking in person (RA 9208) activity at Miners Blue Lodging House located in Purok Green Leaves, Brgy. Sta. Filomena, at about 9:40PM on June 12, 2015.

Suspect Apolonio Bagonbon y Salaog, 18, the alleged contact person and pimp, of Brgy. Labakid, Roxas town, and temporarily residing at SJ Inn located in Gen. Luna St., Central Barangay, was arrested during the operation. The police also rescued the female 16-year old and 19-year old victims. Initial Investigation conducted by the team disclosed that the victims were sold for sexual services by the aforementioned suspect. Bagonbon is temporarily detained at said police station pending the filing of formal complaint in court. The rescued victims are now under the custody of CSWDO Dipolog City for counseling.

Armed Man Collared at Dipolog Restaurant

By Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Jonas D Macasa Jr. (RPIO9)

Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte - Dipolog City Police Station received a report from the workers of Beach Republic Resto Bar located in Dipolog Boulevard at about 3:15 in the morning of June 12, 2014.

Allegedly, an unidentified male person armed with handgun entered the said establishment. Immediately, personnel of Dipolog City Police Station proceeded to the above-mentioned place and caught the suspect, Mario C. Maraveles, 33, a resident of El Paraiso, Brgy. Galas, a security guard carrying an Armscor cal 9mm with serial number 1391913 loaded with five rounds of ammunition and eighteen more rounds of same caliber placed inside his black sling bag. Upon verification, the said person failed to present pertinent documents for his gun. Subject person was brought to Dipolog City Police Station and further detained thereat for proper disposition while confiscated items are deposited at said police station.

Notorious Drug Pusher Nabbed in Imelda; 3 More Arrested in ZDN and ZC

By Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Jonas D Macasa Jr. (RPIO9)

Zamboanga Sibugay - A notorious drug personality was arrested during an anti-illegal drug operation and service of search warrant conducted by joint elements of Malangas Municipal Police Station led by Police Senior Inspector Mickel Argus, 3rd Maneuver Company-RPSB9 led by Police Inspector Nedzphar Hassan, Provincial Public Safety Company led by Police Inspector Joemar Mukaram, and PIDMB/PIB of Zamboanga Sibugay PPO at about 5:00 AM of June 12, 2015.

Suspect identified as Nasser Datumuloc y Tuan a.k.a. “Lolong Mulok”, the no. 1 illegal drug personality (municipal level) in Imelda was arrested by virtue of Search Warrant Number IM-15-25 for violation of RA 9165 issued by Presiding Judge Josefino P. Bael of RTC 9th Judicial Region Branch 31, Imelda Zamboanga Sibugay. Recovered from him were ten packs of suspected shabu, marked money, two cell phones, several rolled aluminum foils, and other drug paraphernalia.

Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte - Personnel of Leon B. Postigo Municipal Police Station, conducted a buy-bust operation in Barangay Palandok at about 7:30 PM of June 12, 2015. Arrested person was identified as Mansour Aliacbar y Sakilan alias “Goyong”, 27, resident of said place, listed in the illegal drug watch list of Leon Postigo Municipal Police Station. Confiscated from him were three small sachets of white crystalline granules believed to be “shabu”, drug paraphernalia, and Php 300.00 marked money. Said operation was witnessed by Barangay Councilor Maulana Sappal and media representative Pablito Pandok Jr. Aliacbar is detained at Leon Posigo Municipal Police Station for proper disposition along with the confiscated items for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City – Two suspected drug pushers were apprehended during an anti-illegal drug buy-bust operation conducted by ZCPS11 SAIDSOTG led by Police Inspector Johny Gargar at Boa Drive in Barangay San Jose Cawa-Cawa at about 8:45 PM on June 12, 2015. Suspect Justin Lauman y Arboleda, 23, resident of above-mentioned place, was arrested while in possession of two sachets containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu, and Php 200.00 marked money. Also arrested was his companion identified as Al-Aziz Salapuddin y Yusop, 22, resident of Brgy. Pasonanca. Confiscated from the latter were a small sachet of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were brought to ZCPS11 Central for booking and filing of appropriate charges in court.

Dapitan City founding anniversary celebration reels off


DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, June 15 (PNA) – The week-long celebration of this city’s 52nd founding anniversary reeled off Monday.

City Tourism Officer Apple Marie Agolong said an Agro-Industrial Fair highlighted this year’s anniversary.

Agolong said the activities kicked off with a street parade and was followed by the awarding to the winners of the booth contest among the participants of the Agro-Industrial Fair.

It would be followed by a boodle fight and “Bali sa Tanan (Dance for Everybody) Monday evening.

Agolong said this year’s week-long celebration was spearheaded by the City Agriculture Office since the highlight was the Agro-Industrial Fair.

City Agriculturist Cyril Patangan said awards and recognition would be given to farmers and fisher folks who played important role in the community.

Patangan said there would also be ball games and parlor games.

Part of the Agro-Industrial Fair was the cassava harvest festival, demo on cassava harvesting, hook and line fishing, and crab catching.

Patangan said there would also be training seminar to be conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

>He said the search for outstanding Dapitanon awarding would be held on June 22, the last day of the celebration.

“The Tripoli Agreement was succeeding. We had peace”

By Carolyn O. Arguillas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The Tripoli Agreement of 1976 that was signed by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine government (GPH) under then President Ferdinand Marcos, “was succeeding” and “we had peace,” but it fell by the wayside with the change in government in 1986,” Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said.

“The Tripoli Agreement was succeeding. We had peace. We stopped fighting with the MNLF. But in 1986, it was ignored so that some of the agreements that were finalized in the Tripoli Agreement were not implemented. It fell by the wayside,” Marcos told a press conference here Saturday afternoon at the Park Inn hotel.

The Tripoli Agreement was signed in Tripoli, Libya by MNLF chair Nur Misuari and Defense Undersecretary Carmelo Barbero on December 23, 1976, a month after the senator’s mother, then First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, visited Tripoli to meet with its leader, Muammar Qaddafi.

The agreement provided for the creation of an autonomous region comprising 13 provinces and the cities therein – nine at that time – in Mindanao and Palawan: Basilan, Davao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur – all in Mindanao – and Palawan and its cities therein.

With the creation of new provinces and conversion of towns into cities, that autonomy area now comprises 16 provinces and 16 cities – 15 province and 15 cities of that out of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities.

It was during the visit of Mrs. Marcos in November 1976 when the agenda for the December 1976 peace talks was made.

Then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, who was kept out of the loop about the Tripoli visit by Mrs. Marcos and his undersecretary, and who saw a copy of the Tripoli Agreement only after it was signed, described peace pact in his 2012 book, “Juan Ponce Enrile: A memoir,” as an “illegal and unconstitutional act… a shameless and abject surrender …. an unmitigated and unpardonable sellout… an act of perfidy and betrayal.”

Senator Marcos said that after the signing of the Tripoli Agreement in 1976, “fighting was reduced.”

“We had established two autonomous regions,” he said.

Two instead of one

The MNLF had in fact protested the creation by his father, President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, of two autonomous regions instead of just one as the Tripoli Agreement provided.

The late President had earlier declared martial law (in 1972) and used his martial law powers to legislate the creation of the two regions.

Marcos’ son and namesake, said that the peace agreement with the MNLF, under the auspices of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation and Libya’s head of state, “was succeeding.”

“So we had already started (succeeding). It was not finished. Well we had a semblance of peace. We had a structure that could have brought us peace. But again, as I said, it was ignored when the change of government came in 1986 and fighting erupted again,” Senator Marcos said.

Inviting Imelda

Early this month, former Senator Santanina Rasul urged the senator to invite his mother, to his Committee’s last public hearing on June 9, to shed light on the Tripoli Agreement that granted the revolutionary group autonomy over several provinces and cities in Mindanao and Palawan.

Rausl, the lone Moro woman elected to the Senate (1987 to 1992; 1992 to 1995), said the senator “should secure the legacy of his father: autonomy for the Muslim” and should

invite his mother to the hearing “and ask her why she supported the peace negotiations which led to the grant of autonomy.”

MindaNews asked Marcos after the press conference to comment on Rasul’s proposal to invite his mother to talk about the Tripoli Agreement but he said, “wala na ‘yan eh.”

“The Tripoli Agreement, for all intents and purposes, has been abrogated so it has no bearing now in what we’re doing in the BBL,” he said.

The Tripoli Agreement is the basis for the 1996 Final Peace Agreement with the MNLF. The MNLF, to this day, has repeatedly said the government has not fully implemented the 1996 FPA.

The House of Representatives’ substitute bill to the BBL, HB 5811 or the “Basic Law of the Bangsamoro Autonmous Region” contains two references to the areas of autonomy under the Tripoli Agreement, in its opt-in provisions.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, told Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat during the latter’s interpellation on Wednesday, that the opt-in provisions would be deleted.

Marcos also said the opt-in provisions would be deleted.

“Mother agreement”

The 1976 Tripoli Agreement is considered the “mother agreement” on autonomy for the Moro people as this was the first time autonomy was granted to a revolutionary group that fought for independence, over parts of Mindanao and Palawan that used to be under the Sultanates of Sulu and Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur’s Pat a Pangampong.

“It is no longer the mother agreement,” Marcos said at the press conference.

When People Power in February 1986 toppled down the Marcos dictatorship, the Aquino administration that took over — the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s mother, Corazon – revived peace talks with the MNLF.

Against the advice of her security sector, the country’s first female President traveled to Sulu on September 5, 1986 to meet with Misuari who was then newly-arrived from exile in Jeddah., to discuss resumption of the peace talks that had collapsed under the Marcos dictatorship.

The talks resumed shortly but did not produce a peace agreement.

It was under President Ramos when the Final Peace Agreement was signed on September 2, 1996 in Malacanang, between Misuari and the government peace panel chair’s Manuel Yan, a retired ambassador who had earlier retired as general.

It was also under Ramos when the peace talks with the MILF, by then a far bigger force than the MNLF, started. Ramos sent his Executive Secretary Ruben Torres to meet with MILF vice chair for political affairs Ghazaali Jaafar in Cagayan de Oro on August 2, 1996.

Torres would later explain to this reporter that he met with Jaafar to ask if the MILF would want to join in what was going to be signed soon by the MNLF.

The formal peace talks with the MILF would begin in 1997, continued until the Estrada administration waged an “all-out war” against the MILF and was revived under the Arroyo administration who waged an “all-out peace.”

Back to Tripoli

The Arroyo administration through peace panel chair Jesus Dureza and the MILF’s peace panel chair then, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (now MILF chair) signed its “Agreement on Peace” in Tripoli, Libya on June 22, 2001.

The parties then agreed to negotiate on three aspects: security, rehabilitation and ancestral domain.

The 2001 Tripoli Agreement cited the 1997 ceasefire agreement as well as the Tripoli Agreement of 1976 and the Jakarta Accord of 1996 between the Philippine government and the MNLF, and a resolution of the OIC urging the government and the MILF to “promptly put an end to armed hostilities and to pursue peace talks towards finding a peaceful resolution to the existing problem in Mindanao.”

The Arroyo administration also initialed a peace deal with the MILF – the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) — but its formal signing on August 5, 2008 was called off following the issuance of a temporary restraining order by the Supreme Court, barring the government peace panel from signing the document.

The MOA-AD was later declared unconstitutional by a vote of 8-7. But the Supreme Court also acknowledged that it is “a significant part” of a series of agreements necessary to carry out the GRP-MILF Tripoli Agreement on Peace signed by the government and the MILF in 2001.

“Hence, the present MOA-AD can be renegotiated or another one drawn up that could contain similar or significantly dissimilar provisions compared to the original,” it said.

Livelihood programs in Zamboanga Peninsula during the sardines closed season

By Raffy Rico, Estrella Z. Gallardo (PSciJourn MegaManila)

Zamboanga Peninsula, sardines capital of the Philippines continually ensure the abundant supply of sardines.

An administrative circular on sardines was implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Dubbed as “sardines closed season”, the circular prohibits the killing,catching,selling buying of even possessing any sardines caught from East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait, and Sibugey Bay.

Affected fisherfolk who are dependent on sardines can instead, during the closed season, avail themselves of altenative livelihood assistance provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region IX and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

The closed season has been implemented since 2010 and runs from November 1 to February 1 each year. During this period, BFAR provides fisherfolk the option to cultvate seaweed by providing seaweed seedlings, seaweed farm, as well as postharvest facilities including a smokehouse, elevated fish solar dryers, and seaweed stilt dryers.

Moreover, BFAR encourages fisherfolk to plant mangrove trees as part of their target of planting more than one million mangrove trees in Zamboanga Peninsula. Each mangrove propagules planted can be monetized from BFAR.

Meanwhile, Dole implemented the kabuhayan program, which promotes entrepreneurship through training and provision of livelihood tools.

“Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (Tupad) Program” is another initiative of DOLE, which provides displaced, underemployed, and unemployed workers with emergency employment for a minimum of 10 days and maximum of 30 days. Only one member of the household can avail of this program.

Investing in Mindanao 'key to unlocking' PH growth

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Trade Assistant Secretary Ceferino Rodolfo's renews his call for greater investments in Mindanao, citing the island's vast and untapped portions of land

MANILA, Philippines – Investments in manufacturing and its support industries in Mindanao is crucial to the country's over-all economic development, Trade Assistant Secretary Ceferino Rodolfo said recently.

In the open forum of the 4th Strategic Management Convention at the De La Salle University (DLSU) last June 6, Rodolfo urged businessmen to invest in the Philippines' southern island.

Rodolfo cited Mindanao's vast and untapped portions of land that could be developed for commercial and industrial use.

Diverting capital to Mindanao is "key to unlocking our growth," Rodolfo explained. He stressed its importance given the full integration of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic community.

He advised the business-savvy conference attendees to travel to Mindanao cities – particularly Davao, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga – to explore business opportunities there.

He said interested investors in Mindanao could venture into the manufacturing industry, where you could "easily scale up your jobs."

Many exporters have their primary operations based in Mindanao, with select Mindanao companies benefitting from the European Union's (EU's) General System of Preferences Plus (GSP+).

The GSP+ grants tariff-related benefits to qualified industries, boosting domestic revenues, generating jobs, and providing Philippine exporting firms an edge over those from other states.

The Philippines, according to the ASEAN Briefing, is the first member-state of ASEAN to be granted GSP+ status.

EU is the Philippines' 4th largest trading partner and 4th largest export market with $11.28 billion in bilateral trade in 2013 alone, the business intelligence news site reported.

Philippine exports to the EU account for 11.56% of the Southeast Asian country's total exports, the report said.

Poverty widespread in Mindanao

Rodolfo has in the past urged greater investment in Northern Mindanao in the area of logistics, an ancillary industry to manufacturing.

During a meeting with business leaders last March 5 in Cagayan de Oro, he expressed confidence that the region is headed toward further advancement in terms of international trade.

He highlighted opportunities in the region for "growth and investment in fields such as agriculture, food processing, service-related industries and trade infrastructure services."

While prospects for growth abound, Mindanao provinces remain to be among the poorest in the Philippines.

Included in the 15 poorest provinces in the country during the first 6 months of 2012 were Lanao del Sur (68.9%), Maguindanao (57.8%), Zamboanga del Norte (50.3%), Davao Oriental (48%), Sarangani (46.5%), North Cotabato (43.9%), Lanao del Norte (42.5%), and Sultan Kudarat (41.6%).

Rodolfo's call for greater investments in Mindanao is in line with one of the primary goals of ASEAN integration, which is equitable growth.

Focused on talks about the readiness of the Philippine business sector for the ASEAN economic community, the 4th Strategic Management Convention was hosted by DLSU and its MBA Alumni Club.

Salug No. 12 Most Wanted Arrested in Caloocan; Former Soldier Nabbed for VAWC

By Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Zamboanga del Norte - A man listed as the no. 12 Most Wanted Person in Salug was arrested by operatives of Salug MPS led by Police Chief Inspector Jonathan A. Yabo, and Caloocan City Police during a manhunt operation in Caloocan City at about 10:45 AM of June 4, 2015.

The arrested man was identified as Elvis Paghasian Enario Jr., 28, resident of Barangay Binoni, Salug, Zamboanga Del Norte. He was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest for attempted murder docketed under Criminal Case No. L-001915, with a bail bond amounting to ₱120,000.00 issued by Presiding Judge Oscar D. Tomarong of RTC, Branch 28, 9th Judicial Region, Liloy, ZDN. He is now temporarily detained in Salug MPS pending the issuance of commitment order from court.

Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay - A retired Philippine Army soldier was arrested during an intelligence-driven operation on wanted person in Barangay Pangi at about 10:30 AM of June 6, 2015. Police Superintendent Geraldo Benjamin A. Avengoza, Ipil Police Chief, said that suspect Renato Acabo Cagampang, 52, married, resident of Purok 2, Barangay Sta. Clara, Naga, was arrested by virtue of arrest warrant for violation of sec. 5 par (i) of RA 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004) docketed under Criminal Case No. 21-2748 issued by Presiding Judge Alberto P. Quinto, Regional Trial Court, 12th Judicial Region, Branch 21, Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte dated March 15, 2015, Suspect is now under the custody of Ipil MPS. He will be turned-over to the court concerned for proper disposition.

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