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Zamboanga del Norte cops draw fire from Rep. ‘Bullet’ Jalosjos

By Marc Jayson Cayabyab (INQUIRER.net)

Where are the police? Lawmaker deplores after surviving slay try

ZAMBOANGA Del Norte reelectionist Representative Seth Frederick “Bullet” Jalosjos said he escaped an assassination attempt during his campaign rally on Tuesday.

In a statement on Wednesday, Jalosjos said the slay attempt happened on April 27 during the miting de avance of the Alliance of Parties for Progress-Nacionalista Party at the Central Public Market in Barangay Poblacion.

“Following queries from the media, I am confirming that there was indeed an assassination attempt on my life yesterday, April 27, at the Central Public market located at Barangay Poblacion, La Libertad during the miting de avance of the Alliance of Parties for Progress-Nacionalista Party (APP-NP),” Jalosjos said in a statement.

“At around 4:15 p.m., as I was approaching the podium, several armed persons carrying firearms with some wearing military fatigue uniforms suddenly fired multiple shots to our direction. As the crowd dispersed, the armed group advanced towards my direction. A shoot out occurred for about 15 minutes. There were about 40 bullets fired,” Jalosjos said.

He said the police only arrived when the crowd has dispersed and the shooting stopped. Ironically, a police outpost was just across the street, he added.

“During the entire incident, which lasted over 30 minutes, not one policeman came, and their outpost was only across the street – less than five minutes from where the encounter occurred,” he said.

Jalosjos said he lamented the failure of the police to prevent the assassination attempt.

“They could have easily responded if they wanted to. But they opted to simply sit in through the entire incident. It was impossible not to hear the gunshots,” Jalosjos said.

He said he suspected that the police officers supposedly did not act during the assassination attempt because they were allegedly supporting another candidate.

“When our police officers, our enforcement authorities are not serious in upholding the law, then election-related violence will thrive and succeed. The police force may not choose who to protect against lawlessness. It is alarming when political colors stand in the way of protecting lives, especially of our civilians,” Jalosjos said.

“Over a thousand supporters attended the rally and not one policeman came to protect them,” he added.

He said this was not the first time the police supposedly turned a blind eye on the harassment against him.

“A number of my local leaders and supporters have been attacked during the last few weeks and were not able to obtain any assistance, support, protection, or remedy from the provincial police,” Jalosjos said.

Rep. Jalosjos is the son of convicted child rapist former congressman Romeo Jalosjos.

NCMF: May 5 is Muslim legal holiday

(PNA), LAP/TPGJR

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 29 (PNA) -- The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) announced that May 5, this year will be a Muslim legal holiday.

The NCMF said it is in line with the celebration of Izra Wal Miraj (Night of Journey of Prophet Mohammad) pursuant to Presidential Decree 1083 otherwise known as the Code of Muslim and Personal Laws of the Philippines.

In a memorandum issued April 27, NCMF Regional Director Macderol Sangkula cited Article 70 of P.D. 1083 identifying areas where the Muslim Holiday shall be observed.

These are the “provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur and the cities of Cotabato, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian and Zamboanga and in such other Muslim Provinces and cities as may hereafter be created.”

Meanwhile, Sangkula stated in his memorandum that all Muslim government officials and employees in place other enumerated under Article 170 shall also be excused from reporting to office in order that they may be able to observe Muslim holidays.

COMELEC-Zamboanga del Norte gears up for 2016 polls

By Mary May A. Abellon (ALT/MAA/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, April 28 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Zamboanga del Norte and in the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan are all set for the conduct of the May 9, 2016 national and local elections.

Dapitan City Acting Election Officer Cynthia D. Cabrera said that the synchronized testing of the vote counting machines (VCMs) for 2016 polls in the entire province is scheduled on May 5.

“This activity will enable us to test whether the machines are capable of performing its functions like scanning, counting and tabulation of ballots for the entire duration of the May 9 election,” she explained.

She emphasized that there were already 1,003 VCMs stored and kept in Dipolog City guarded and secured by authorized police officers.

Accordingly, additional VCMs arrived in Dipolog on April 26, 2016 to be used in the polling precincts of the municipalities of Polanco and Kalawit.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga del Norte COMELEC Election Assistant Yna M. Mahawan said that the Local Absentee Voting is slated on April 27-29, 2016 at 8:00 a. m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Be reminded that local absentee voters are only allowed to vote for president, vice-president, senators and party list,” she stressed.

Local absentee voting only covers those who will not be able to vote in their own polling precincts on the day of the election due to election-related duties such as: government officials and employees, police, military and media practitioners.

When asked about the voters’ receipts as ordered by the Supreme Court and mandated by law, Ms. Mahawan said that there’s no memo yet from the COMELEC national office regarding the printing of such receipt and the final schedule for refresher training of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs).

Comelec to test VCM machines

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

DIPOLOG CITY, April 27 (PIA)--- The Commission on Election here is ready to conduct a simultaneous testing on the Vote-Counting Machines (VCM) that will be used in the synchronized national and local election on My 9, 2016.

Mr. Melpre A. Mercadera, Election Officer II of Dipolog City Comelec Office said the VCMs are placed in a designated warehouse and are guarded by the police, ready for deployment to its assigned voting precincts on the testing day.

The simultaneous VCM testing that will be done on May 5 from 8 AM to 7PM using 10 ballots per machine with receipts. It will be open to the representatives from the different recognized political parties and members of the media.

Mercadera said that after the testing and sealing, the machine will no longer be brought back to the warehouse and will remain at the voting precinct until election day to be guarded by the elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The Comelec officer said that operation of the machine will not be affected by any power interruption as its has an accompanying battery that could last for 16 hours continuous operation.

Meanwhile, due to the issuance of election receipts, the Comelec has announced that the conduct of election will be done from 6AM to 5PM on May 9, 2016.

Election gun ban nets 175 firearms in Zambo Norte

(PNA), RMA/TPGJR/DENNIS C. BAGUIO

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (PNA) Police have seized 175 assorted firearms in this province since the election gun ban took effect on January 10 this year.

Sr. Supt. Edwin Wagan, provincial police director, told the Philippines News Agency that the firearms were confiscated in checkpoints and police operations they conducted in two cities and 25 towns in this province.

“We have intensified the implementation of the gun ban to ensure the conduct of peace and orderly elections,” Wagan said as the election day is fast-approaching.

Wagan said that 111 of the 175 were rifles to included four shotguns while the remaining 64 are handguns of different calibers.

He said they had already filed at least 15 cases for violation of the election gun ban.

He said most of the firearms were confiscated in the third congressional district, which comprises of 11 municipalities.

The implementation of the gun ban is pursuant to Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10015 that prohibits the carrying of firearms to include bladed weapons during the election period from Jan. 10 to June 18 this year.

Violation of the gun ban is punishable by imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years.

Meanwhile, Wagan said the implementation of the gun ban is of big help in the anti-criminality campaign.

Police net 175 firearms in Zamboanga del Norte

By Bong Garcia

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) confiscated 175 assorted firearms in the province of Zamboanga del Norte since the election gun ban took effect last January 10.

Senior Superintendent Edwin Wagan, Zamboanga del Norte police director, said the firearms were confiscated in checkpoints, police operations were conducted in two cities and 25 towns in the province.

Wagan said 111 of the 175 firearms are rifles including four shotguns, while the remaining 64 are handguns of different calibers.

He said most of the firearms were confiscated in the third congressional district of Zamboanga del Norte, which comprises 11 municipalities.

According to Wagan 15 cases for violation of the election gun ban were already filed.

The implementation of the gun ban is pursuant to Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10015 that prohibits the carrying of firearms including bladed weapons during the election period from January 10 to June 18, this year.

Violation of the gun ban is punishable by imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years.

Wagan said they have intensified the implementation of the gun ban to ensure the conduct of peaceful and orderly elections in the province.

Girl killed, 13 others hurt as truck falls into ravine

By Eugene A. Lasprilla

A girl was killed while 13 members of a religious group were seriously injured after the Elf Canter truck they were riding accidentally fell in a ravine at Barangay Gatas, Kalawit Municipality, Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN), last week Sunday afternoon.

Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) spokesman Superintendent Rogelio Alabata identified the fatality as Jasmin Grace Ordaniza, 7.

Alabata said the girl was with 30 other members of the Baptism of Pentecostal Church coming from Barangay Malintu Buan, Labason Municipality, ZDN,on their way to Buayan, Kabasalan Municipality, Zamboanga Sibugay on board an Elf Canter truck bearing plate number GKV-740, driven by Richard Espinas, 50, of Kabasalan.

Police said upon reaching a curved portion of the road, the driver allegedly lost control of the steering wheel and fell into aravine.

The 13 injured passengers including the driver were brought to Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital the girl’s cadaver was brought to the funeral home for a post mortem examination.

Thepolice are still conducting deeper investigation on the accident.

Dipolog CDRRMO conducts earthquake drill

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

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA)---The Dipolog City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DCDRRMO), together with other concerned agencies conducted the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) at the Government Service Insurance Service (GSIS) premises in Barangay Minaog, this city.

Other agencies involved in the said exercise were the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), City Government of Dipolog and Philippine Information Agency(PIA) as evaluators.

Dipolog CDRRMO head Felipe Mangila Jr., said the exercise was in compliance to the memorandum from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for all disaster risk reduction and management offices all over the country to conduct the 2016 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill on April 21.

Mangila explained that the drill aims to test the office’s readiness to respond during emergency situation especially when an earthquake occurs.

During the post-exercise conference, the evaluators aired their observations and suggestions which the management committed to comply for the safety of their personnel during such a situation.

DENR-PENRO conducts coastal clean-up to kick-off Earth Day

(ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, April 22 (PIA) -- To kick-off the Earth Day celebration, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) conducted a coastal clean-up along the shoreline of barangay Sicayab and collected a total of 8 bags of plastic garbage materials and bottles.

DENR-PENRO Supervising Eco-System Management Specialist, Ms. Elsie M. Adorable led the coastal clean-up in Sicayab because the said barangay is frequently visited by beach lovers during weekends.

Adorable urged barangay officials to take pro-active measuresand enact ordinance to maintain the cleanliness of its shoreline as she called upon the beach-goers to support the government’s campaign on proper waste disposal.

Meanwhile, PENRO Public Affairs Chief Maribel Acama said they have intensified information and dissemination campaign on climate change, water conservation and forest preservationthrough video-showing and lecturetobe conducted in barangay Guiboand Macasing,Siayantownon April 26 and 27, respectively.

This year’s Earth Day celebration which carries the theme,”Trees for the Earth” coincides with the formal signing of the UN Agreement in New York, USA with DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje as the Philippines’ representative. The said UN agreement was adopted in Paris last December.

As of today, Adorable said that through the government’s National Greening Program (NGP), 1.35 million hectares of land in various parts of the country has already been planted with trees.

City government supports fight against HIV/AIDS

By Mary May A. Abellon (ALT/MAA/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, April 21 (PIA) – The city government here is committed to promote health and wellness among its constituents and raise awareness in the fight against the spread of sexually transmitted infection (STI), human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS).

Mayor Evelyn T. Uy has given her full support to the cause of the Dipolog Intervention against STI, HIV/AIDS also known as DIASHA.

The organization is composed of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. It is conducting series of lectures on HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and medication to establishments and social institutions.

“With the help and support of the city government of Dipolog, we are conducting lectures and distributing flyers and pamphlets on HIV/AIDS awareness to various institutions,” Dipolog City HIV/AIDS Program Assistant Coordinator Rosric Velasco said in an interview with this writer.

He added that the city government is also giving free condoms in order to prevent one from being infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

Meanwhile, the city has established a “Sundown Clinic” to give free HIV/AIDS medical examination.

This is open every Thursday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the City Health Office (CHO).

“This clinic will enable those who are working to voluntarily submit themselves for examination whether they are HIV/AIDS positive,” he stressed.

He explained that this will help those persons who are reluctant to do the test because of fear, embarrassment or humiliation from friends or the public as the test is done without people around.

He disclosed that there are really a number of those who got positive of sexually transmitted diseases and revealed that some they suspected were still hesitant to do the test.

Accordingly, HIV is spread primarily by unprotected sex including anal and oral sex, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding.

If left untreated, this will result to AIDS which is the final stage of HIV wherein the immune system is badly damaged and one becomes vulnerable to infections.

“There is no cure yet for HIV but it can be controlled. Those who will be found positive will be given anti-retroviral drugs in order to prolong their lives, keep them healthy and prevent its advance stage,” Velasco emphasized.

ZNPPO bares accomplishment on gun ban

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

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – A total of 175 assorted firearms are now in police custody following the implementation of the Comelec gun ban in Zamboanga del Norte since Jan. 10 this year.

In a recent press briefing, Police Chief Inspector (PCI) Alejandro Trabadillo, head of the ZNPPO Provincial Election Monitoring Center (PEMAC) disclosed that 146 of the 175 firearms were surrendered or deposited at the different 25 municipal police stations in the province, and 29 were confiscated at the checkpoints or through search warrants.

Trabadillo said “these firearms are those owned by private individuals and those issued to barangay tanods whose licenses were not yet renewed.”

The surrendered/deposited firearms consisted of two caliber 38 pistol, one caliber 22, 21 caliber 45, 15 9mm, 10 M-16 armalite rifles, and 97 12-gauge shotguns. Those that were confiscated at the checkpoints or through search warrants include nine caliber 38 pistol, one cal. 22, three 9MM, 12 caliber 45, one 12-gauge shotgun and one M-14 armalite rifle.

Trabadillo explained that the firearms confiscated at the checkpoints and through search warrants are being kept for court exhibits.

The ZNPPO is implementing the gun ban in pursuance of Comelec resolution no. 10050 in preparation for the May 9, 2016 national and local elections.

Police Senior Superintendent (PSSupt.) Edwin BC Wagan, ZNPPO officer-in-charge, attributed the success in the implementation of the gun ban to the collaborative effort of the different municipal police stations and the support extended by the civilian community.

As regards the security services extended by the PNP to the candidates, Wagan assured that the PNP personnel would remain apolitical and committed to provide security assistance to any group of candidates in their political sorties in the province especially in the far-flung barangays to ensure their safety during the campaign.

“We will provide security to any political party in their sorties in the different areas of Zamboanga del Norte because this is our mandate regardless of their political affiliation because this is our mandate. If something will happen to them , they are our responsibility,” Wagan said adding “and we don’t want that to happen.”

As to the report that there were four policemen of Roxas police station who were allegedly disarmed by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at barangay Gubat in Roxas town, Wagan said it is still under investigation to determine whether the perpetrators are legitimate members of the NPA or not. “It’s just an isolated case, but we will do everything to prevent it from happening again,” Wagan concluded.

NFA assures sufficient rice supply in Zambo Norte

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

DIPOLOG CITY, April 19 (PIA) - The National Food Authority(NFA) here has assured the people of Zamboanga del Norte of a sufficient rice supply in the province.

NFA-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Manager Julakmad J. Lawama issued the assurance amidst the long dry spell affecting the farming community.

Lawama said there would be enough supply of rice in the market despite the ongoing el nino phenomenon which is affecting rice production.

As of now, Lawama said, NFA has more or less 109,450 bags of stocks inventory in the different warehouses in the province located at barangays Gulayon in Dipolog City, Banigan in Liloy town and Siocon municipality.

Lawama added that the suggested retail price of NFA rice is P27, as he even urged the public to report to proper authorities any unscrupulous rice traders selling NFA rice above the suggested retail price.

Meanwhile, NFA reminds rice traders of the ongoing renewal of business permits and for this month its team will be visiting the municipalities of Jose Dalman, Manukan, Sindangan and Siayan, the towns of Tampilisan and Godod in May, and in the municipalities of Liloy, Siocon, Sirawai, Baliguian, Sibuco, Labason, Gutalac and Leon Postigo in June.

NFA will also conduct mobile licensing from July to December to ensure that all grains traders will be given opportunity to have their business permits.

Failure to renew their grains business licenses on time carries a penalty of 25% of the total license cost and another 25% for the every month thereafter.

Girl killed, 13 others injured in Zamboanga del Norte road accident

By Roel Pareno (philstar.com)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A seven-year-old girl died and 13 others were injured when a mini-truck packed with passengers fell down a cliff in Kalawit town, Zamboanga del Norte on Sunday.

Chief Superintendent Miguel Antonio Jr., Western Mindanao police director, said the victim was among 30 passengers of an Isuzu Elf truck driven by Richard Espinas, 50, of Kabasalan town, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Antonio said police investigators found that the mini-truck was ferrying passengers who had attended a baptism in Labason town, Zamboanga del Norte on Sunday morning.

He said the truck was bound for Kabasalan town when the driver lost control. The truck plunged down a cliff in Barangay Gatas, Kalawit town around 1:20 p.m.

The survivors who were not injured helped retrieve the remains of the young girl. Those injured were brought to a hospital for treatment.

Gunmen disarm 4 cops

By Dan Toribio

Four policemen were disarmed by 15 armed men in Barangay Gubat, Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte last Tuesday morning.

A police report disclosed that SPO4 Joel Estrella Diamante, PO3 Roland Gantalan Dadan, PO3 Jose Florente Laput and PO1 Tristan Lagutan Adaza were conducting mobile patrol around 9 a.m. when gunmen blocked their way and disarmed them.

Police said the gunmen fled with four M16 rifles, two .45 caliber pistols, two 9 mm pistols and three radio transceivers.

The suspects fled towards Barangay Lipakan in the same municipality bringing the guns.

The four policemen reported the incident to the police station for record.

Policemen conducted hot pursuit operation but the suspects were no longer in the area.

Police suspected the perpetrators were lawless men operating in Roxas.

79 police officers undergoing FTP, now deployed in Dipolog

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

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA)—About 79 police officers presently undergoing field training program (FTP) at the PNP Region 9 headquarters in Zamboanga City are now deployed here.

Police Chief Inspector Alejandro T. Trabadillo, the current overall supervisor of Zamboanga delNorte Police Provincial Office said the police officers are part of the 280trainees assigned in Zamboanga City (150), Zamboanga del Norte (79) and Zamboanga del Sur (51).

The trainees reported to Dipolog City chief,PSupt.Lito L. Andaya for assignment after they paid a courtesy call to Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy.

The newly recruited police officers under PRSBC Class 2015-01 identified as Mandarasig who arrived here on April 3 were accompanied by Trabadilloduring the courtesy call to Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy on April 5 together with their field training officers who will be overseeing their day-to-day activity.

Accordingly, the courtesy call is part of the of the program instruction based on the standard training manual program for them to meet the local chief executive of the LGU as well as the chairman of the Peace and Order Committee of the SangguniangPanlungsod where they will be assigned.

The trainees will be performing patrol, traffic and investigation work together with the regular members of DCPO during their 2-month stay here in the city as OJT under the supervision of PSupt. Andaya.

The FTP is a one-year national program which is implemented nationwide. It has three components - 6 months on Public Safety Basic Recruit Course; 5 months On-the-Job Training (OJT) and 1 month Training Evaluation.

Trabadillo, who is also the chief of the Provincial Election Monitoring Action Center said, the trainees will be of great help to the local police force to back up the regular PNP personnel who will be assigned as peacekeeping force during the May 9 national and local elections.

Dipolog conferred child-friendly local governance seal

By Mary May A. Abellon (ALT/MAA/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – Dipolog City has been conferred with the “2015 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Government” by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in region 9.

This was the announcement released by the City Information Office recently through a letter received by Mayor Evelyn T. Uy from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signed by DSWD Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Sarmiento.

The child-friendly local governance seal is given to a local government unit in recognition of its programs that promote child rights, development, protection and participation.

Based on the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) result of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the city passed the assessment criteria upon assessing their performance in the delivery of social services on child welfare.

The CFLGA is an annual evaluation of DILG which aims to assess the performance of the cities and municipalities in implementing child-friendly programs and establishing measures that promote children’s welfare.

The conferment of the award was endorsed by the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) and approved on November 13, 2015 by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and DILG Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento.

Magnitude 6.0 quake struck Zamboanga del Norte

(PNA), JMC/CLTC

MANILA, April 14 (PNA) -- A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the province of Zamboanga Del Norte on Thursday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs).

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the tremor occurred at 2:21 a.m. with its epicenter traced 17 kilometers northwest of Balliguian in Zamboanga Del Norte, which also felt Intensity 4. Aftershocks are expected, the Phivolcs added.

The tremor was felt at Intensity 5 Zamboanga City; while Intensity 4 felt in Labason, Zamboanga Del Norte, then Intensity 2 felt in Dipolog City and Intensity 1 felt in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The agency noted that the quake, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 47 kilometers.

As a result of the quake, the wall of three houses fell in Bgy. Sinunoc, Zamboanga City.

PSHS-Zampen campus to open this August in Dipolog

By Mary May A. Abellon (ALT/MAA/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – The Philippine Science High School- Zamboanga Peninsula Region Campus (PSHS-ZRC) will officially open its classes this August.

This was disclosed by City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy during her recent State of the City Address (SOCA) held at Top Plaza Hotel, this city.

“This is a manifestation of your local government’s resolve to continue investing in the future through education. With our city’s strong partnership with the Department of Education, the provincial government and private donors like the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rotary Club and others, we were able to build new classrooms, improve school facilities and provide books and other learning materials,” Mayor Uy stressed

Accordingly, the Dipolog City Sports Complex in Barangay Olingan will serve as temporary school site while the school and dormitory buildings in Barangay Cogon are under construction.

“With a supportive local government, it is my wish that our students’ achievement test performance rating will drastically improve in the coming years,” she added.

It is to be noted that the PSHS provides scholarships to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and offers an education that is humanistic in spirit, global in perspective and patriotic in orientation.

It aims to prepare students for careers in science and technology and to contribute in nation building by helping the country attain a critical mass of professionals and leaders.

Governor orders probe on capillariasis proliferation in Zambo Norte town

(PNA), FFC/TPGJR/DENNIS C. BAGUIO

SIAYAN, Zamboanga del Norte, April 12 (PNA) -– Gov. Roberto Uy has sent a medical team to help the local government in its fight against capillariasis philippinensis.

Gov. Uy has also ordered an investigation as he is alarmed over the proliferation of capillariasis in seven of this town’s 22 barangays.

The seven barangays affected by the capillariasis infection are the following: Balok; Denuyan; Litolet; Moyo; Muñoz; Paranglumba; and, Poblacion.

Local civil registrar records showed the death toll caused by capillariasis had already reached 113 since 2006 until April 1, this year. The dead included children.

In 2007, the Department of Health (DOH) declared an epidemic as 24 people died due to capillariasis in that year alone in this town.

Records further showed that there were already seven deaths caused by capillariasis since February 21, this year.

Capillariasis is an intestinal parasite that people get from eating raw or poorly cooked freshwater fish or shrimps.

Dr. Ermelinda Pelinio, who led the medical team Uy sent to this town, told the Philippines News Agency on Tuesday that 72 people were tested positive of capillariasis. Pelinio is the OIC-administrator of the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center.

The medical team included medical technologists and gastroenterologist.

“They cannot work because of severe abdominal pain and vomiting,” Pelinio said.

Roselyn Bacus, 23, of Barangay Moyo told Philippines News Agency in an interview that they eat shrimps they catch in the nearby river.

Bacus’ two elder brothers died in 2014 due to capillariasis.

“We eat the shrimps we catch at the river because we had no means to buy marine products,” said Bacus, who is also tested positive of parasites.

Establishment of Lintangan municipality in Zamboanga del Norte urged

(PNA), SCS/PR/EBP

MANILA, April 11 (PNA) -- A lawmaker has filed a bill creating the municipality of Lintangan from out of the Sibuco municipality in Zamboanga del Norte to bring about a local government closer to its constituents.

In House Bill No. 5830, its author, Rep. Isagani S. Amatong (3rd District, Zamboanga del Norte), said the formation of a new municipality will produce a more efficient and effective delivery of basic services embarking on infrastructures and socioeconomic development program.

“Although Sibuco municipality has the biggest total land area in the entire province and has a larger Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) shares, the corresponding local government structure and manpower is still inadequate to deliver the expected government basic services to the southernmost town of Sibuco,” said Amatong.

Amatong said the condition over the years has resulted in poor infrastructures and a state of massive under-development in the Lintangan area.

Under the bill, the new Lintangan municipality will be comprised of 10 barangays with a total land area of 30,000 hectares.

It will include Barangays Bongalao, Limpapa, Lingayon, Lintangan, Litawan, Lunday, Malayal, Paniran, Sto. Niño and Tangarak.

Its territorial boundaries cover the north of Lumayang Point following the coast of Sulu Sea on the west until the mouth of Patalon River on the south.

It shall also cover east of the Lumayang Point until it reaches Zamboanga City.

Amatong also said in the case of territorial disputes, the jurisdiction should remain with the local government units (LGUs), which have existing administrative supervision over the areas or until the final resolution of the case.

It shall acquire corporate existence upon ratification by a majority of votes cast by qualified voters in a plebiscite to be conducted in the barangays of both municipalities.

Furthermore, the funds needed to conduct the plebiscite shall be shouldered by the municipality of Sibuco and the barangays comprising the new Lintangan municipality.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) shall conduct and facilitate the plebiscite within 30 days from the approval of the Act.

The mayor, vice mayor and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines in consultation with the representative of the congressional district and the provincial governor.

The appointees shall serve until the new set of officials shall have been elected and qualified in the next local elections.

Lintangan municipality shall receive the IRA shares of barangays from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) during its first year and shall be entitled to IRA shares pursuant to the provision of Section 285 of Republic Act No. 7160 or the “Local Government Code of 1991” subsequently.

Freed former Italian priest won’t talk about captivity

With report from Dan Toribio Jr.

Kidnappers linked to the IS-aligned Abu Sayyaf have released a retired Italian catholic priest turned restaurateur they snatched on October last year.

Rolando Del Torchio was freed Friday night, six months after he was kidnapped in Dipolog City.

“On April 8, 2016 around 8:30 p.m., kidnap victim Rolando Del Torchio was recovered by elements of the Sulu police provincial office led by Sr. Supt. Wilfredo Cayat, Coast Guard, police maritime Anti-Kidnapping Group and the Joint Task Force Sulu) at Jolo Port,stated a police report.

Del Torchio was found aboard M/V KC Beatrice that was bound for Zamboanga City.

The former priest was brought to the AFP Trauma Center in Sulu for medical check up.

Del Torchio appeared weary and thin when he arrived in Zamboanga City aboard a Philippine Navy seacraft and was brought to the Camp Navarro General Hospital for medical checkup.

Del Torchio asked for cigarette to stay calm and said he wanted to set aside his experience from captivity by the Abu Sayyaf , according to military official.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of Westmincom, told reporters the military doctors declared the freed captive in stable condition but has lost weighs and appeared tired.

“He was saying he was tired and he wants to rest. He wants to set aside his bad experience,” Tan was quoted by Philippine Star as saying when he asked if Del Torchio is available for media interview.

According to Tan, Del Torchio said he is happy to be free and wants to see his family.

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After the medical check-up, Del Torchio was turned over to the custody of the AKG who accompanied him going to Manila aboard a private plane.

The military official identified the Abu Sayyaf group as responsible for Del Torchio’s captivity.

Tan declined to provide other operational details which Del Torchio disclosed during the debriefing as this may preempt any operation on the ground.

He also could not provide information as to how the victim was freed and could not confirm whether or not a ransom was paid.

“That will be answered by the AKG. The role of the AFP is to facilitate the safe transfer of the victim. The AFP strictly adhered the no ransom policy,” Tan said.

But sources on the ground revealed that the Abu Sayyaf group demanded P30 million but only P29 million was raised for the release of the victim.

Tan also explained that the recovery came after the AKG was reportedly tipped about the release of Del Torchio which prompted the authorities to conduct the search.

“They found Fr. Del Torchio alone aboard M/V Beatrice,” Tan said.

Tan revealed that a kidnap-for-ransom group (KFRG) which operates in Zamboanga City was responsible for the abduction of Del Torchio.

Gunmen seized Del Torchio at his pizza parlor named “Ur Choice” in Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte on October 7, 2015.

Some of the kidnappers posed as customers when they snatched Del Torchio, who had been targeted by kidnap gangs linked to the Abu Sayyaf several times when he was still an active priest.

Born in Angera, Italy, Del Torchio was ordained as a priest in 1984 and served as a missionary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

He was assigned in Muslim-dominated Sibuco, Zamboanga Del Norte, in 1988 and stayed there until 1996, before moving to Dipolog and opening his pizzeria there.

Del Torchio’s release comes a week after Abu Sayyaf gunmen kidnapped 10 Indonesian and four Malaysian sailors in two separate strikes.

Aside, from the 10 Indonesians and four Malaysians,the Abu Sayyaf - notorious for beheading their hostages if ransom is not paid — are holding captives two Canadians and a Norwegian they abducted at a famous southern resort island of Samal.

Meanwhile, Tan said there are no reports yet about other kidnap victims, including Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, Filipino Marites Flor and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, among others.

The military official said the Westmincom continuously conducts focused military operation for the safe recovery of the victims.

“The more that our troops right now are intensifying the operation with the release of the victim,” Tan said.

PNP spearheads peace covenant signing in Dipolog

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – As the May 9, 2016 national and local elections come nearer, the Philippine National Police (PNP) together with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and Philippine Army (PA) has recently held here a unity walk and peace covenant signing by all candidates for city mayor, vice mayor and councilors to ensure honest and peaceful balloting.

All local candidates from opposing political camps turned up and pledged to respect the electoral exercise by not “employing any form of violence, force or threat that may impair, impede, or unduly influence the free exercise of people’s right of suffrage.”

They also committed to run a clean campaign, observing fairness, decency, honesty and good faith.

A total of 20 candidates are vying for the different elective posts in the city – two for mayor, two for vice mayor, and 16 for the 10 slots as city councilor.

City police chief PSupt. Lito Andaya, on the other hand, reminded the public that police operational procedures would be strictly implemented during the five-week election period, which will end on June 9. During this period, he said, unauthorized carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons in the streets is strictly prohibited.

Representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), non-government organizations (NGOs), private organizations and media also came to join and witness the said peace covenant signing of the local candidates.

Cacao gets boost

By Ace June Rell S. Perez

GLOBALLY, cacao is considered one of the emerging crops with a projected global demand pegged at five million metric tons (MT).

To contribute to this, augmenting the cacao production in the country is needed, as local production is still deficient.

With this, the Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao Inc. (Cidami), in collaboration with the Universal Harvester Inc., International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), Acdi/Voca are gearing up for a Cacao Plant Nutrition Research dubbed as “Cocoa Nutrition Intelligence,” all in the efforts to increase cacao production.

“We already submitted the proposal and the request for funding to the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) to establish the research and development program called cocoa nutrition intelligence,” Valente “Val” Turtur, executive director of Cidami said.

The proposal submission is led by IPNI.

Turtur said that Cidami together with IPNI identified some 40 research areas in Mindanao. The sites are located in Davao Region (30 sites) and Zamboangadel Norte (10 sites).

For the three to four year project, some P27 million is needed to fund the program.

“We will need of P9 million funds per year for three years, for Cidami we will allocate P4 million for the project, ACDI-Voca will also donate funding maybe P4 million too,” Turtur said, adding that a portion of the budget will go for the manpower to finance three researchers, one research supervisor and one technical support staff to document the research.

“We already requested additional funding from DA-BAR, if approved we will immediately start the project,” he said.

One of its targets is to increase the average annual cacao tree production from 700 grams to over a kilogram or two with the intervention of fertilization and other technical assistance for the industry as the research will be done.

“Objective is to determine the nutrients removed from the soil every after fruiting of cocoa. So with this, we will know if what are the right nutritions to be included, the very goal here is to increase yield production,” Turtur said.

Movers of this project also intend to establish a sustainability income for cacao farmers.

In an earlier report, the country has around 23,000 hectares of cacao producing area, 21,000 hectares of which are in Mindanao.

In 2015, a total of 14,000 metric tons (MT) is recorded as the country's annual production, 4,000 MT of which are exported to Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Netherlands, United States of America (USA), Japan and Germany, among others.

Davao City has a total of 16,000 farmers devoted to cacao covering a total of 6,000 hectares.

Cidami is targeting to reach cacao production at 16,000 MT for this year.

Cidami has a total of 220 members in Mindanao, the association continues to expand as it has now some 10 members from Visayas and Luzon

Dipolog’s success presented as model in various gatherings, says Mayor Uy

By Mary May A. Abellon (ALT/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, April 7 (PIA) – “Dipolog is certainly soaring high and that we have finally claimed our rightful place in the map with Dipolog City’s success story presented as a model in various gatherings.”

This was the statement of Mayor Evelyn T. Uy during her 9th State of the City Address (SOCA) on March 31, 2016 at Top Plaza Hotel, this city.

“Our city received recognitions from various agencies and institutions. Among them are the Hall of Fame Award for our health advocacy program against smoking, and for being a child-friendly City,” she stressed.

It can also be noted that the city earned the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Housekeeping and named by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the Top 1 Most Competitive Component City in the region last year.

In 2014, the city received the prestigious Galing Pook award for Dipolog’s Urban Renewal Program and in 2015, Dipolog was among the only five local government units (LGUs) in the country to be certified as part of the Islands of Good Governance and was showcased during the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Leaders Meeting in Manila.

The lady mayor recalled that last year, she was invited at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University to tell the story of how Dipolog City was able to transform a coastal slum into what is now known as Boulevard.

The economic upliftment of relocated families affected by the foreshore development was also the subject of a discussion during the Philippine Political Science Association convention held in the city.

“I was likewise asked to talk during the Urban Environmental Accord International Summit in Iloilo City on our plans for the proposed Integrated Urban Development Program that will put together the complete development of the Dipolog seaport in Galas, the completion of the entire stretch of the Boulevard and the rehabilitation of the Dipolog Fish Port,” Mayor Uy reported.

Meanwhile, just last month, Dipolog City was among the very few Asian cities that was showcased in two international conferences, namely, the 2nd Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Conference in Melaka, Malaysia and the 7th High Level Seminar on Environmentally-Sustainable Cities in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Accordingly, during the Vietnam conference, the Dipolog Boulevard was presented alongside other ASEAN cities as a model for Urban Resilient City Development.

“Dipolog was invited in these events owing to the recognition of our city’s role as a sub-national model of a sustainable city in the Zamboanga Peninsula region,” Mayor Uy explained.

The lady mayor expressed her gratitude to everyone for the support and cooperation in the attainment of the city’s success being enjoyed today and beyond.

ZNPPO celebrates Women’s Month

By Mary May A. Abellon (ALT/MAA/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – The Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office (ZNPPO) has joined the entire nation in celebrating National Women’s Month with a theme “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda.”

The celebration started with a motorcade on Monday, March 28, 2016 around the city’s main streets to Camp Hamac, Barangay Sicayab, Dipolog City. Thereafter, a short program was conducted to formally open the activity followed by sports competition.

Meanwhile, ZNPPO PSSupt. Edwin Buenaventura C. Wagan praised women in uniform for their big role and contribution to Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and to the Armed Force of the Philippines.

“We can see here that women are united and had gained fair treatment in all aspects. They are deserving for commendation not only for accomplishments in their respective homes but also in their work,” PSSupt. Wagan said during the PNP Ladies Night.

Moreover, the new set of officers of the ZNPPO Policewomen Organization took their oath of office in the presence of lady police officers and non-uniformed personnel of ZNPPO, Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), and chiefs of police in the province with Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy as the invited keynote speaker.

During the event, the lady officers wore evening gowns showcasing their talents in singing and dancing and enjoyed the festive mood that was meant to honor them and give due recognition for their significant role in nation-building.

DSWD is set to provide financial aid to drought-stricken farmers in Region 9

(PNA), FFC/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 5 (PNA) -– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is providing financial assistance to farmers affected by the prolonged drought brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

Lei Madeline Mohammad, DSWD regional information officer, on Tuesday told the Philippines News Agency that they have PHP3 million Quick Reaction Funds to provide assistance to farmers.

Mohammad said they can ask for additional funding allocation if and when the PHP3 million funds is not sufficient to assist all the drought-stricken farmers here in Region 9.

“We will prioritize those farmers severely affected by the drought,” Mohammad said.

However, she said that the farmers through the local government unit (LGU) are required submit proposals to be able to avail of the financial assistance.

She said the requirements include the following: list of beneficiary-farmers, certificate of state of calamity declaration from the LGU and the method they wish to avail of the assistance whether it is cash-for-work or food-for-work.

At present, she said that only the municipality of Siayan in Zamboanga del Norte province has applied to avail the financial assistance from the DSWD.

Mohammad said that this city is also scheduled to submit a proposal to avail of the assistance from the agency.

She said all submitted proposals will have to be validated by them before the release of the financial assistance.

A mother’s toil on reaped success

(Daily Zamboanga Times)

She was rushed to the Provincial Hospital morning of February 2002. Her blood pressure was unstable, her nose bled, she spat blood and the excruciating pain suddenly made her unconscious. She was uncertain of what awaited her. The only thing she knew was that she’ll about to give birth.

Florinda Baguio, 32, a Pantawid beneficiary from Brgy. Ulingan, Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte never expected that her first born were Triplets. She was unconscious for three days in the hospital after the successful Caesarean operation. Amused by the strength and blessing given to her, the near death experience due to her critical situation was considered a second life, said her attending physician.

Starting a family with instant three infants made her even unsure and challenged knowing that they are poor and the meager income of his husband as a fisherman is not enough to meet the family’s basic necessities. The hard life they’ve encountered pushed them harder, without relying on other people to feed and provide their children’s need. “Nagpapasalamat lang ako sa Dagat, dahil kapag kinukulang ng gatas angmga anak ko, binibigyan kame ng diyos ng maraming huli, doon kame nakakabawi sa mga gastusin” (I am very thankful to the Sea. In times when we lack supply of infant milk to our children, the Lord would give us bountiful catch, with that, we can recover our expenses”)

Florinda accepted her motherhood with so much joy and contentment. She was optimistic that no matter how hard the condition they were in, it will never be a reason to give up her responsibility. She could not even forget a time when somebody tried to convince to let her sons be adopted so they can survive living and unload their difficulties. With strong conviction, she never allowed anyone to do it. As a mother, she never imagined herself giving out her triplets because of Poverty. She always made sure that nobody can judge the way they took care of her children and that no one can separate her from the blessing that was given to them because she knows that soon, with God’s mercy they can lift themselves from the tough battle of survival.

With the increasing needs of their children, she felt that her hope was too hard to realize. Moments came when she sensed that there is no government that concerns them. She did all her means, talked to several people to assist them but nobody came and offered a help. But with that, she never gave up. “Ginagawa naming ang lahat para ma patakbo ang Pamilya at maging maayos na magulang aming mga anak. Nawala ang tiwala ko sa Gobyerno, Sa mga panahon na iyon sa Diyos nalamang ang aming tiwala”(We did all our best to run the family and be good parents to our children. I lose my trust in the government. In those times, it is only God to whom we drew our trust”), said Florinda.

In May 2008, they were assessed and finally included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program under Set 1-A. Little by chances she knew that the program was indeed another blessing. She religiously complied the conditionalities set by the program, attended monthly Family Development Sessions and became an active Parent Leader. It is through the program she realized that hope is coming to save her from falling apart from their situation. A spark of positivity continues to shed light on the dark portions of her life. It is by then she realized that her Hopelessness gradually shifted to positive thoughts and her Motherhood was finally bending back to resiliency.

She continued the change that is taking place in their lives, with careful planning and learning on how to raise the family well through the FDS, they gradually stepped up the ladder with confidence and infused it with empowerment. Year 2011, she finally decided to get back in school. In her humble senior years, she shared that she was conferred with 3rd Honorable Mention. A turning point when she realized the regrets of not pursuing her career goals. With pressing demands of her children, she cannot compromise them by dreaming low. She has to dream big in order to attain change, she added.

Together with her three little boys who in that time in their elementary years, she sends them to school and fetches them after her class in Dipolog School of Fisheries. She endured the years when she had to go home during vacant intervals just to finish the laundry at home. She never complained when she had grumbling stomach while having classes just to save money for her requirements. She always made sure that all the needs of her children were prepared before she hits the sack. In God’s gracious timing, she graduated her tertiary level in BS Aqua culture with flying colors at Dipolog School of Fisheries. She topped the department’s roster of graduates and was conferred a Proficiency Award in Aqua Culture with National Certificate II (NC-II). The marks she got during her final years in college were almost equally equivalent to a Magna Cum Laude, according to her professor.

She was overwhelmed and grateful for the opportunity given to her. Amid distrust and disappointments, the abundance of blessings she reaped all through the years, was truly enough surprising and fulfilling. How can he thank for all of these if not from God who always provides her the inner and physical strength to go on. “Si God talaga ang Powerful sa lahat, sa kanya ko ionoofer ang success n anak amit ko” (It is God who is truly Powerful. In him I offer all the success I have achieved), she said.

With the aspiration to make the change sustainable, she enrolled herself in the Training Methodology where she successfully got her another National Certificate from TESDA. Anytime soon, she might plan to enrol again get some Education Units in the Graduate School and pursue teaching in the tertiary school for career her growth.

The success and inspiring story made Florinda and her family won in the entire Dipolog City and emerged 2nd place during the Provincial Search for HuwarangPantawidPamilya held in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

On March 31, 2016, she will be walking up the stage with pride and honor, not as a student but as a proud Mother. Reynald Baguio, the eldest of her triplets will be bestowed as class Valedictorian on the upcoming commencement exercises in Ulingan South Elementary School, Dipolog City. The achievement her children replicated is a manifestation of her selfless dedication and good parenting. The light she ignited in their minds and hearts remind them not to be weary in dreaming what’s the best for them.

She is very thankful to PantawidPamilya that she was given another life to make things ideal for her. A family that is stronger and together amid hurled with roughest challenges. “Malaki talaga ang impact sa buhay naming pamilya. May naririnig man akong mga negative comment tungkol s aprograma, hindi ako nagpapaapekto dahil hindi nila alam ang pinagdaanan namin at hindi nila nakita ang paraan naginawa naming para langmakaahon sa dating sitwasyon”, (The impact in our family is truly huge. I heard a lot of negative comments about the program, I was never affected because they do not know our struggles and they didn’t saw the efforts we exerted to uplift our lives from the previous situation),she further expressed.

Florinda had given now her trust to the program, she is now confident to believe in her capabilities. The efforts exerted by the government to look into their plight and needs, reminds her that being among the vulnerable sectors in the society, a chance to see the change in them will bridge them all to achieve an improved life.

Ex-AFP Member Nabbed for Murder; 2 Other Wanted Persons Captured

By PCINSP ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief RPIO9) with report from PO3 Bernard Tan (RPIO9)

Zamboanga del Norte - The Eye-In-the-Barangay informant contacted Liloy MPS stating that a wanted person was spotted in Barangay Kayok, Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte. At about 8:30 AM on March 21, 2016, personnel of Liloy MPS, ZDN Highway Patrol Unit, Manukan MPS, Provincial Intelligence Branch-ZNPPO and team 2 of Police Intelligence students proceeded to Barangay Kayok to conduct a manhunt operation.

At about 9:40 AM of same date, the authorities arrested John Robert Orcia Razo, 28, resident of said place, considered as the no. 7 Most Wanted Person (Provincial Level). This is based on the warrant for violation of R.A. 6539 (Anti-Carnapping Act) docketed under Criminal Case Number 19478 issued by Acting Presiding Judge Oscar D. Tomarong of RTC, Branch 8, 9th Judicial Region, Dipolog City dated February 26, 2015 with a recommended bail bond amounting to Php180,000.00, and another warrant of arrest for theft issued by Presiding Judge Victoriano Dl. Lacaya Jr. of RTC Branch 9, 9th Judicial Region, Dipolog City dated August 17, 2015 docketed under Criminal Case Number 19854 with a recommended bail bond amounting to Php 20,000.00. Suspect is temporarily detained at Liloy MPS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - A joint operation was made by Police Intelligence students, RID 9, RHSG 9 and Zamboanga City Police Station 4 (Culianan) in Brgy. Mercedes, Zamboanga City at about 6:20 AM on March 22, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Dennis Dave Garcia Paltingca, 34, an ex-AFP member, native of Don Carlos, Bukidnon and presently residing at Zone 1 of said barangay. The suspect is the no. 1 Most Wanted Person (Municipal Level) in San Carlos, Bukidnon. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Murder filed under Criminal Case Number 25226-14 issued by Presiding Judge Emmanuel P. Pasal of Branch 10, 10th Judicial Region, Malaybalay, Bukidnon with no recommended bail bond, and Attempted Murder docketed under Criminal Case Number 24904-13 with recommended bail bond amounting to Php 120,000.00. Suspect is temporarily detained at ZCPS 4 (Culianan) for proper disposition.

Misamis Oriental - Combined elements of Buug MPS, Zamboang Sibugay Police Provincial Office – Provincial Intelligence Branch, Regional Intelligence Unit 9, intelligence operatives of Opol MPS, and Police Intelligence students conducted a “Lambat-Sibat” operation against the no. 9 (Provincial Level) Most Wanted Person in Barangay Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental at about 9:00 AMon March 22, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Leo Lagas, resident of Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay. This is based on the warrant for Murder with the use of loose firearms docketed under Criminal Case Number IM-15-1055 issued by Presiding Judge Josefino Perater Bael, RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 31, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay dated December 14, 2015 with recommended bail bond amounting to Php 120,000.00. Suspect is temporarily detained at Opol MPS prior his turned-over to Buug MPS for proper disposition.

AFP: NPA rebel’s strength dwindles in Zamboanga

(PNA), FFC/TPGJR/DENNIS C. BAGUIO

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (PNA) -– The military is winning the war against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CNN) in this province and in the two nearby Zamboanga provinces.

This was announced by Col. Jesus Manangquil Jr., Army’s 101st Infantry Brigade commander, citing the CNN has already lost mass based supports in this province and in the nearby provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay.

The NPA rebels operating in the three Zamboanga provinces are under the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC), which is headed by a certain Ka Bamban.

Manangquil said the strength of the WMRPC has declined to less than 100 armed members this year unlike in previous years they have more than 1,000 followers.

Manangquil said the Bayanihan Outreach Program of the province government is also of big help to the campaign against the NPA rebels aside from the continued military offensive.

“Malaking effect sa kanila (NPAs) dahil nawala ang mass-based support ng mga tao. Marami na sa kanila ang sumuko,” he said, citing the NPA rebels are always on the run evading the military troops.

He said this is also the reason why the NPA rebels could not even launch tactical attacks despite orders from the higher echelon of the CNN.

Manangquil’s headquarters is located in Barangay del Pilar in the nearby town of Piñan, this province.

Gunmen burn construction firm's heavy equipment in Zamboanga del Norte

(PNA), LAP/TPGJR

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 1 (PNA) -– Chief Supt. Miguel Antonio Jr., Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, has ordered the conduct of a thorough investigation to identify and prosecute the gunmen who burned the heavy equipment of a construction firm undertaking a government project in Zamboanga del Norte.

Antonio issued the order after he received report of the incident that took place around 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Titik, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The heavy equipment that were burned included three units backhoe and two units bulldozer worth millions of pesos.

The heavy equipment belong to the ESR construction firm that is undertaking a road construction project in Barangay Titik, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte towards the boundary of Zamboanga del Sur province.

Investigation showed the five units of heavy equipment were parked at the shoulder of the road when suddenly, a group of gunmen arrived.

The three watchmen ran and sought for cover when the gunmen shot three times on a road roller after they doused gasoline and set ablaze the heavy equipment.

The three watchmen namely Abdun Aban Sakal Sr., 57; Abdun Aban Sakal Jr., 18; and, Rogelio Ilogsong Patoc, 48, were unscathed.

Policemen and soldiers who rushed to the place of the incident recovered three empty shells of calibre 7.6-milimeter (M-14) rifle.

Antonio ordered the police in Sindangan to file appropriate charges once the identities of the suspects are established.