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NPA leader yields in Zamboanga Norte

By Hirohito Cadion (PNA)

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur -- A New People’s Army (NPA) rebel leader has surrendered to military authorities in the Zamboanga del Norte town of Gutalac, officials said Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Leon Onggao, the newly-installed commander of the Army’s 42nd Infantry Battalion, identified the NPA rebel surrenderer only as a certain Ian, a team leader.

Onggao said Ian, who turned over a .45-caliber pistol with ammunition, surrendered at around 7 a.m. Tuesday in Barangay Sas, Gutalac.

“Ian is frustrated and disappointed with the terrorist group (NPA) leadership because of the unfulfilled promises for a monthly salary of PHP7,000 and weekly support of PHP4,000 for his family just to join their ranks,” Onggao said.

He said Ian and other combatants were deceived by NPA commanders that they will be killed by government forces if they decide to surrender.

Col. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade commander, said they expect more NPA rebels to surrender and avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Gaerlan said E-CLIP provides the former rebels the opportunity to start a new life and live peacefully as productive citizens together with their families.

Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, has called on the remaining NPA rebels to return to the fold of the law and “join the concerned stakeholders in addressing our issues peacefully.”

Ancan, who is also the Joint Task Force Zampelan (the Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the NPA leader in Zamboanga del Norte.

2 persons wounded in Hacking Incident

(Zamboanga del Norte Police Report)

SIOCON, Zamboanga del Norte – Two persons was wounded in Hacking incident transpired at Brgy. Pangian, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte at about 9:15 PM of January 9, 2019. Immediately upon receipt of information, alert team from Siocon MPS proceeded to the reported place of incident to conduct ocular inspection and investigation.

Upon reaching at the place of incident the responding brgy Tanod’s turn-over one (1) Ronaldo Fuentivilla Anong, 34 years old (DOB: Sept 7, 1984), male, married, farmer confiscated from his possession one bolo measuring 62 cm and one (1) Alejo Malnoc Fuentivilla, 64 years old, male, married, sikad2x driver. Confiscated from his possession one (1) scythe both resident of the above-mentioned place.

Initial Investigation conducted by the responding team disclosed that at about 8:55 in the evening of same date Ronaldo Anong was caught peeping at the house of the daughter of Alejo Fuentivilla that resulted to their heated argument and instantly hacked each other in which Alejo Fuentivilla sustained hacked wounds on his arms.

Both of them were immediately brought to Siocon District Hospital for medical examination and suspect Ronaldo Anong was informed of his constitutional and now detained at this office for proper disposition.

PDEA agents nab drug group member in Dipolog City buy-bust

(Politiko Mindanao)

The anti-narcotics agents have arrested an alleged member of a drug group in a buy-bust operation in Dipolog City.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino identified the suspect as Gerry Bendong, alias Dodong/Ger, who is allegedly a member of Selda Singko Drug Group.

The suspect was nabbed in an anti-drug operation recently in Purok Sidlakan, Upper Turno, Dipolog City.

Seized from Bendong were 29 plastic sachets containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, with an estimated weight of six grams valued at P40,800, assorted drug paraphernalia, and the buy-bust money.

The suspect would be charged for alleged sale of illegal drugs and possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

PCOO vows to sustain gains in media freedom


MANILA -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar expressed hope that the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) will work even harder to keep the Philippines out of the top five most dangerous countries for journalists.

Andanar made this remark in a meeting with members of the Zamboanga Del Norte Press Club in Dipolog City on Sunday.

Andanar emphasized the role of the PTFoMS, created through Administration Order No. 01 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in October 2016, to address media killings and harassments.

The PCOO chief distributed copies of a Handbook on the Personal Security Measures for Media Practitioners prepared by the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) to members of the Zamboanga Del Norte Press Club.

“This is very important for all of us because it gives us the dos and don’ts on how to protect your family from danger,” Andanar said.

Media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has removed the Philippines from the list of top five most dangerous countries for journalists in 2018.

Based on the RSF annual worldwide round-up figures released last month, the list of top five deadliest countries for media this year is now occupied by Afghanistan, Syria, Mexico, India and the United States.

Meanwhile, Andanar provided a television set, pledged to give them laptops, and committed to push for more scholarships and training programs for both government and private media personnel.

Andanar also gave credit to his own agency for “being successful” in raising the Duterte’s trust and performance rating to 76 and 81 percent, respectively, in the last quarter of 2018, according to a Pulse Asia survey.

“I guess with what the PCOO is doing in terms of communicating the President, perhaps we are a little bit successful because the President obtained an 81 percent performance rating,” Andanar said.

2 Held at Checkpoint for Possessing Drugs

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police)

Sibuco MPS conducted random checkpoint at Sitio Tigbuaya, Barangay Poblacion, Sibuco Zamboanga Del Norte at about 10:40 AM of October 8, 2019.

The successful operation was led to the arrest of the suspect identified as Said Ahil Alimuddin, 35 years old, grade 2, married ,male, Filipino , laborer and Magsaysay Jakiri Anoy, 45 years old, 3rd year high School, Male, married, Filipino, Habal- Habal driver and both resident of Sitio Tugbuaya, Sibuco, Zamboanga Del Norte. The suspect was arrested for violation of RA 9165.

Suspects are previous surrenderers and pusher, suspects were trying to evade the checkpoint but they were flagged down by the counter strike of Sibuco MPS.

Upon search, the PNP team recovered three 3 sachet of alleged shabu, four 4 small cut aluminum foil and one 1 lighter.

Arrested suspects and motorcycle haojue black with plate no. JA26394 was brought to Sibuco MPS for proper disposition.

Suspected NPA rebels torch bus in Zamboanga del Norte

By Jewel Reyes (ABS-CBN News)

SALUG, Zamboanga del Norte—A passenger bus was burned down by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Pucay in this town Tuesday night (January 8) .

According to reports from the Police Regional Office, the driver, Deonilo Bucan, and three others were on their way to Salug to deliver provisions when they were flagged down by 5 armed men who introduced themselves as NPA members operating in the area.

Bucan said the bus was carrying sardines, rice and gasoline for supply in neighboring towns. Those on the bus overheard the armed men talking about how they were always “passing without paying” in the area.

One of the suspects doused the bus with gasoline before lighting it up. A gunshot was also fired by one of the perpetrators before the alleged rebels fled the scene.

Bucan and his companions were unharmed.

Authorities are still investigating the incident. Damage to the vehicle and the supplies cost an estimated P420,000.

Quakes jolt Zamboanga del Norte anew

By Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Earthquakes jolted parts of Zamboanga del Norte again since Tuesday.

An offshore quake with a magnitude of 4 hit some 19 kilometers northeast off Manukan town at 8:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Allan Rommel Labayog, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology regional field officer, said.

The tremor was felt at Intensity 4 in Manukan, Intensity 3 in Dipolog City and Intensity 2 in Polanco, both in Zamboanga del Norte, and Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental.

A magnitude 2.4 quake also jolted Manukan at 4:50 a.m. yesterday.

On Monday, a magnitude 5.4 quake struck Baliguian town. It was felt in most parts of Zamboanga peninsula.

6 nabbed, P3.4-M ‘shabu’ seized in Zambo anti-drug ops

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Six people, including three high-value drug personalities, were arrested while some PHP3.4-million worth of illegal drugs were seized in separate buy-bust operations in the Zamboanga region, a top police official said Tuesday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, identified the arrested drug personalities as Merlyn Aliasman; Joel Hernando, 31; Isa Munap, 28; Eulalio Gabales, 43; Cid Jimenez, 47; and Charles Magcanta, 26.

Licup said Aliasman, Hernando and Munap were arrested in a buy-bust operation by joint police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives at a pension house along Gov. Camins Ave., Barangay Canelar, this city at about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Confiscated from the three were 500 grams of suspected shabu packed in 11 heat-sealed plastic sachets worth PHP3.4 million, nine bundles of boodle money topped with one genuine PHP1,000 used as buy-bust money, a paper bag, and two cellular phones.

Licup said Gabales and Jimenez yielded some PHP20,000 worth of suspected shabu when arrested in a buy-bust operation near a resort in Barangay Minaog, Dipolog City at about 7:20 p.m. Monday.

Jimenez is an employee of the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Confiscated from them were two cellular phones, PHP500 marked money, and other illegal drug paraphernalia.

Licup said Magcanta was caught in possession of some PHP30,000 worth of suspected shabu when arrested in a buy-bust operation by joint police and PDEA agents in Barangay Sta. Filomena, Dipolog City at about 5:20 p.m. Monday.

Also recovered from Magcanta’s possession were PHP500 marked money, and a cellular phone.

Licup said charges are being readied against all arrested suspects.

Aftershocks possible from Magnitude 5.4 Zamboanga Del Norte quake

By Ma. Cristina Arayata (PNA)

MANILA -- Aftershocks and damages are possible after the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that jolted Zamboanga del Norte on Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake, of tectonic origin, struck 36 km. northwest of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte past 11 a.m.

It had a depth of 52 km.

Intensity V was recorded in Siocon while Intensity IV was reported in Zamboanga City and Liloy.

Intensity III was felt in Sindangan and Labason, while Intensity II was recorded in Dipolog City and Manukan, according to Phivolcs.

Magnitude 5.4 quake shakes parts of Zambo Peninsula

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY — An offshore earthquake of 5.4 magnitude shook several parts of the Zamboanga Peninsula on Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Engr. Rommel Allan Labayog, Phivolcs-Zamboanga field officer, said the earthquake of tectonic origin occurred around 11:11 a.m. with an epicenter of 36 kilometers north and 80 degrees west of Baliguian.

Labayog said Intensity 5 was felt in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte; Intensity 4 in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga City; Intensity 3 in Sindangan and Labason, Zamboanga del Norte; and Intensity 2 in Manukan and Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Labayog said the depth of focus of the earthquake was 52 kilometers.

He said that there was no immediate report of any damages although it is expected that the earthquake would cause damage in some areas.

He added that aftershocks are expected.

Laborer drowns on New Year’s Day

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

A LABORER drowned while swimming together with his friends on New Year’s Day in Labason town, Zamboanga del Norte province, the police said Thursday, January 03.

The Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office identified the victim a Michael Manaris, 34, a resident of Baga, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The police said that Manaris, who was drunk, was swept by current while swimming together with his friends around 4 p.m. on January 1 at Mabilog Beach in Malintuboan village, Labason.

The police said Manaris’ friends tried to rescue him but proved futile.

The remains of Manaris was recovered around 11 a.m. Wednesday at the shore of Mabilog Beach, the police added.

Dapitan, Dipolog, Dumaguete: Three destinations in three days


Making the most of a weekend break takes some planning, the willingness to try new things—and most of all, friends who are willing to move their appointments to another day to delve into servings of food and fun.

Over one weekend, I was able to visit Dapitan, Dipolog and Dumaguete. No, I did not intend to visit places with names that start with the letter D. But it was an interesting idea.

The journey started with a plane trip to Cebu. Then a slow boat to Dapitan City—George and Peter Lines has a ship that leaves Cebu on Friday evenings that makes a two-hour stop over in Dumaguete before proceeding to Dapitan.

There is nothing like traveling on a slow boat to kick off the weekend break. For the 12-hour ride, make sure you have your playlist and a nice pillow to keep you company.

My first stop in the City of Dapitan in the province of Zamboanga del Norte is the Taguilon Floating Cottages for lunch while taking in the breathtaking view.

Of course, one should drop by Museo ni Jose Rizal and the Rizal Shrine, which includes the main residence where Rizal lived with Josephine Bracken.

The place, a popular tourist attraction, is also the playground for students from a nearby university. One group of students I chanced upon were holed up inside the Octagonal House rehearsing a play based on a chapter from Rizal's Noli Me Tangere.

There is also the Aniano Adasa Heritage House, which was built in 1900 and is known as a symbol of American architecture with a touch of Spanish structural lattice work.

Another place to visit in Dapitan is the St. James the Greater Church, which was constructed in 1871 by Father Juan Gelabert and the help of the parishioners. Rizal heard Mass there every Sunday during his exile.

It was also in Dapitan that I met Junrey Balawing, once adjudged as the World's Shortest Man.

The 22-inch-tall Balawing, who hails from Sindangan town in Zamboanga del Norte, now resides at the Heritage House with his parents. His father is a coconut farmer and his mother works as a costume and props caretaker at the nearby Fantasy Land at Gloria de Dapitan.

From Dapitan City, it's a 35-minute drive to Dipolog City.

The streets of Dipolog are clean and the vibe is peaceful, serene.

Here, one also cannot miss the P’gsalabuk Circle, a monument to three men representing Christians, Muslims, and the Lumads, or members of indigenous tribes.

The statues are of Father Nicasio Yebes Patangan, the first Filipino diocesan priest from Mindanao; Eugenio Redulla Margate, a farmer who developed the Margate system of planting rice; and Pascual Tan Martinez, first municipal mayor of Dipolog.

We also dropped by the Holy Rosary Cathedral, and the famous Dipolog Sunset Boulevard. The local government, I heard, is working on developing the longest boulevard in the country.

I still have to watch the sunset from this part of the country. It was raining during my trip.

Next stop, Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.

The local food includes the famous Sans Rival bakeshop, which churns out the popular pasalubong, sylvanas. A recent addition to the bakeshop is the bistro cafe.

Of course, there's also Silliman University. Its large sign greets tourists arriving via fastcraft from the slow boat.

This city in Central Visayas is also known for the sunrise that can be observed from Rizal Boulevard.

There is a new sign set up in area for selfies and group pics on the boulevard: #DumaGetMe. The bay area remains so pristine after all these years that a resident opted to spend his day off catching fish for his dinner.

Zambo Norte approves P2.9-B budget for 2019


DIPOLOG CITY: The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) of Zamboanga del Norte passed on final reading its P2.919-billion annual budget for 2019.

Vice Gov. Senen Angeles said the 2019 budget would be used to implement the provincial government’s nine-point development agenda: infrastructure development; health, nutrition and social welfare; environment protection, rehabilitation and judicious use; good governance; agriculture, fishery and livestock development; sound fiscal management; education, peace and order, security and safety; and tourism, culture and the arts.

Board Member Venus Uy, chairman of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, endorsed the proposed budget on the second, third and final reading based on the Committee of the Whole’s earlier approval.

Next year’s huge budget is several millions more than the 2018 budget, which was defended by heads of various provincials offices who submitted their proposals for their projects and programs. Gov. Roberto Uy endorsed the proposed 2019 budget to the Provincial Board.

Included in the 2019 budget are salaries and incentives of local government officials and employees, including job-order workers.

Zamboanga del Norte, the largest province in the Zamboanga Peninsula, is comprised of 25 municipalities and two cities, its capital Dipolog and Dapitan, with 691 barangay (villages) and three congressional districts.

Truck Loaded with Mahogany Held

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

PIÑAN, Zamboanga del Norte - On December 27, 2018 at about 9:00 A.M., a concern citizen reported to Piñan MPS regarding the discovery of one (1) unit Canter Truck loaded with mahogany logs which fell down beside the provincial road of Sitio Sicoco, Brgy. Del Pilar, Piñan, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Upon receipt of information, PNP personnel of Piñan MPS immediately coordinated with the CENRO office located at Brgy. Segabe, Piñan, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Thereafter, CENRO personnel together with PNP personnel of Piñan MPS proceeded to the area to verify the said report.

Initial Investigation conducted disclosed that said Canter Truck loaded with mahogany logs bearing plate number MBT 583, color white registered under the name of Dennis Adaza Tan resident of Bonifacio Street, Dapitan City travelling from Brgy. Head Tipan, Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte driven by one Eddie Gumial Abitona, 54 years old, widow, a resident of Dapitan City with license number JO1O7004471 passing Brgy. Calican towards Poblacion South, Piñan, ZN and upon reaching particularly at uphill road, suddenly said Canter Truck encountered a mechanical trouble in which there was a malfunction of break causing to fell down at the side of the provincial road.

As a consequence the said truck incurred partly damaged but no one was injured.

A total of seventy (70) mahogany logs that was loaded to said truck were temporarily deposited to CENRO office together with one (1) unit Canter truck for further verification and proper disposition.

British cinematographer shows painting as 'social documents'

By Gualberto Laput (PNA)

DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte -- As Filipinos remember the 122nd death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal on Sunday, December 30, a British cinematographer opens his paintings to people of this historically-rich city to show that they do not only promote taste in fine arts but are also unique social documents.

Sponsored by the city tourism office, David Joe Bruton, 67, on Thursday opened a gallery of his paintings here.

Brutton told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that his paintings attempt to capture some of the energy that characterizes street life in provincial Philippines.

“As a foreigner, everyday scenes that may seem common to Filipinos appear exotic,” Bruton said.

George Aseniero, grandson of Rizal's student Jose Aseniero, told PNA that “(Bruton's) paintings are sociologically meaningful as they depict daily life in Dapitan and Dipolog.”

Bruton explained that his paintings are "generic," although based on photographs and sketches made in the province.

The people who inhabit the paintings are also generic.

"I have not tried to capture the likeness of particular individuals but rather to record a type, displaying typical costume and body language," he said.

Bruton said he is often asked why not paint traditionally beautiful subjects like landscapes or flowers, instead of poverty and common everyday activities.

He said these were the same questions thrown at American artist John French Sloan at the turn of the 18th century, who answered that apart from showing painter's craft, these kinds of paintings are also "unique social documents."

Bruton said his paintings are not political statements since he just wanted to show something extraordinary from the daily ordinariness of life, happiness amid poverty and heroism amid social indifference.

"You cannot find in any part of the West five persons joyfully riding on a (single) motorcycle with a sack of rice," he smilingly said.

Bruton said the quality of the artifact is secondary to the time spent looking at the real motif. And though he used a lot of photographic reference to his paintings, he said he finds it essential to complement it with sketches and studies made from life.

"I spent a lot of time with communities to see and understand the subjects of my paintings," he said.

Bruton arrived in the Philippines in 1979 to shoot an advertisement of a soap manufacturer. Four years later, he married Consuelo Mejia, an international theatrical costumes designer from this city.

He stopped being a cinematographer in 2007 due to his health condition. Bruton has multiple sclerosis.

"I was passionate with cinematography, that's why I have to overcome, to come in terms with it," Bruton recalled.

"I haven't done anything after leaving cinematography until I went back to painting, which I already started when I was 16," he added.

He said painting has somehow helped him through his physical condition. "I like painting, it's stimulating, it's relaxing."

He hopes that by his paintings, he can also show to Dapitanons that there is always life in every tragedy that comes.

ASG bandits release son of mayor in Zamboanga del Norte

By Ely Dumaboc (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits have released the son of a town mayor they kidnapped over a year ago in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police said.

The Sulu Provincial Police Office said that Jed Quimbo, 28, the son of Mayor Eddie Quimbo of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, was released around 4 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Anuling, Patikul, Sulu.

The police said Quimbo, a businessman, was handed over to his brother, Justin, and former Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan.

The ASG bandits held Quimbo captive for one year, three months and 24 days.

The police said Quimbo was taken to the Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for medical check-up and for debriefing later.

The ASG bandits seized Quimbo in front of his store at the public market on Sept. 6, 2017 in Barangay Poblacion, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.

Quimbo was forced to board a van, which was found abandoned in Sitio Ulingan, Usokan, Labason.

The police said Quimbo will be transported to the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).

3 'drug personalities' nabbed in Zambo region

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Three persons, including an alleged syndicate member, were arrested in separate anti-drug operations in Region 9, a police official said Thursday.

Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office (PRO-9) information officer, identified the arrested individuals as Jovie Jaman, 29; Jenny Jane Compis, 27; and Julie Alabi, 42.

Galvez said Jaman is a suspected member of the Sahibad drug syndicate, while Compis was out on bail since she was arrested on June 15, 2018 for drug charges.

Jaman and Compis were arrested by joint police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives in a buy-bust operation around 10:35 p.m. Wednesday in Sitio Kayatian, Barangay Poblacion, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

The arresting team seized from them sachets of suspected shabu, PHP500 marked money, and assorted illegal drug paraphernalia, police said.

Galvez said Alabi was arrested in another buy-bust operation around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday in Zone 6, Barangay Ayala, this city.

Seized from Alabi were PHP40,000 worth of suspected shabu packed in 12 heat-sealed plastic sachets, PHP300 marked money, and illegal drug paraphernalia.

All the arrested suspects were detained facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

2 die, 1 hurt as tree falls on Dapitan City highway

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Two people died while another was injured after they were pinned down by a tree that fell on a highway in Dapitan City, a police official said Saturday.

Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) information officer, identified the fatalities as Rey Mag-usara, and Elma Mag-usara, 49, who were declared dead on arrival by physicians of the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center.

Wounded and hospitalized was Estrella Pactol, 38, a resident of Maligubaan, Concepcion, Misamis Occidental.

Galvez said the incident happened at about 8 a.m. Friday along the highway in Barangay Dampalan, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Galvez said investigation showed the three were aboard a motorcycle, driven by Rey and were traveling to La Libertad, Zamboanga del Norte from Concepcion, Misamis Occidental when the tree fell on the highway and hit them.

Man Arrested for the Crime of Homicide

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

KATIPUNAN, Zamboanga Del Norte - Police operatives of Katipunan Police Station conducted manhunt operation at Brgy Sitog, Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 7:30 AM of December 22, 2018.

Arrested was Reymond Benoy Marigay, 27 years old and a resident of said place. He was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Judge Alnaiza T. Hassiman of 5th MCTC of Katipunan-S. Osmeña, Sr., 9th RTC, Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte dated December 19, 2018 for the crime of Attempted Homicide docketed under Criminal Case no 432-18 (K) with bail bond amounting to Php 12,000.00.

Arrested wanted person is now in custody of Katipunan MPS for proper disposition.

Person was wounded in Shooting Incident

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

KATIPUNAN, Zamboanga Del Norte – One person was wounded in Shooting incident transpired at Sitio Sigabon, Brgy. Malugas, Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 5; 00 PM of December 21, 2018.

Initial Investigation conducted disclosed that victim, identified as Noel Cabahug Saluma, 30 years old, married, of Sitio Sigabon, Malugas, Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte, farmer, Filipino and a resident of Sitio Sigabon, Malugas, Katipunan was carrying his two-year old daughter at said place when a certain Rolly Tinaco Saluma, victim’s cousin and suspect, 38 years old, single with a live-in partner, Filipino, and a resident of same place who was already intoxicated with liquor approached him uttering some invective words against this person.

The suspect pulled his handgun which was tucked on his waist and fired it on the victim once but fortunately the suspect’s live-in partner identified as Biatriz Lanit and his grandmother identified as Dominica Dela Crus Saluma were able to hold herein suspect and prevented him from getting clear aim at the victim causing the bullet to hit the ground.

Looking not for any trouble, the victim who was still holding his two-year old daughter in his arms turned his back and simply ignored his cousin, Roly Saluma and was about to enter his house.

But the suspect shoots him again hitting him through and through the left portion of his upper back. The suspect fled towards unknown direction right after the incident.

One Raymund Saluma, 33 years old, single, jobless, Filipino and a resident of same place turned-over the Cal .38 Revolver bearing Serial No.: RC 96E1432 which was used by the suspect along with three (3) live ammunitions and three (3) fired cartridges unto the custody of PO3 Dioscoro Enopia Ello, PNP Personnel of Katipunan MPS.

The victim was immediately brought to Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center and currently being confined thereat for treatment. Motive of the suspect is personal grudge.

Drug Suspect Cuffed for Violation of RA 9165

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SINDAANGAN, Zamboanga del Norte - Combined police operatives of Sindangan Police Station, Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Mobile Force Company and Drugs Enforcement Unit of PRO7 conducted manhunt operation in Brgy. Lawis, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 9:30 AM of December 21, 2018.

The operation resulted in the arrest of Marissa Obrero aka “Lisa Obrero” 58 years old, married, with address at Tangke, Talisay City, Cebu City.

This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Violation of Sec 5, Article II of R.A. 9165 known as Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 docketed under criminal case no. TCR-2015-659 issued by Hon. Glenda C. Go, presiding judge of RTC, Branch 65, Talisay City, Cebu, with no bail recommended.

Subject person was brought to Sindangan District Hospital for physical and medical examination and brought back to Sindangan MPS for arrest booking prior turn-over to the issuing court.

Arsonist Arrested in Dipolog City

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga Del Norte - Operatives of Dipolog City Police Station and Molave Police Station, Zamboanga Del Sur PPO conducted manhunt operation at Barra, Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 4:30 PM of December 21, 2018.

The operation was resulted to the arrest of Joel Sumambo Gumilos, 27 years old, single, motorcycle driver and a resident of Purok Pag-asa, Barra, Dipolog City.

The suspect was arrested by virtue of a Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Jaime B Caberte– Presiding Judge of RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 23, Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur for Destructive Arson under Art. 320 (2) in rel. to the last Para of Art 320(5), all of the RPC as amended by RA No. 7659, docketed under criminal case number 2011-10-2645 with no bail recommended.

Accused was arrested in front of Brgy Hall of Barra, Dipolog City and now temporarily under custody at Dipolog City Police Station for proper disposition.

Gawad Kalinga turns-over refurbished library to Polanco LGU

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

POLANCO, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA)--- One of the modern public libraries equipped with internet connection is now within reach to the school children of this municipality.

This, after Gawad Kalinga turned-over the newly-refurbished Municipal Public Library to the Local Government Unit of Polanco.

Polanco Mayor Evan Hope D. Olvis said the project was implemented by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) through the initiative of Gawad Kalinga.

According to Mayor Olvis, he opted for the refurbishing of the library instead of the potable water system proposed by Gawad Kalinga as Polanco had already allocated funds for the proposed project.

Aside from refurbishing, NGCP also donated 1,000 pieces of assorted books, tables and chairs for the school children.

Municipal Librarian Ms. Rovie Jalalon said the upgraded library will be of great help to students in their research online as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has put up internet connection in the library together with four (4) units of computer.

To ensure the proper usage of the computers and avoid it from being used on some other purpose, DICT has set guidelines on the use of the said computers

In his message during the turn-over ceremony, NGCP District I head, Engr. Hermie Hamoy said their action is just an expression of gratitude to the support of Polanco LGU which provided NGCP an area in Barangay Lingasad for its sub-station.

Mayor Olvis lauded the effort of Gawad Kalinga and NGCP in upgrading its Municipal Library.

The activity culminated with the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor Olvis, Vice Mayor Alfredo Bait-it, Engr. Hamoy and Gawad Kalinga Movement Building Head Engr. Harvey Maraguinot.

Licup places all police forces in ZamPen on full alert

By Allen Abastillas

Police Regional Office-9 regional director Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup has ordered that all police forces in Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) to be on full alert status this Yuletide season.

Chief Supt. Licup, who presided a command conference last Monday, December 10, 2018, at PRO-9 headquarters, directed all Provincial Directors and National Support Units Regional Chief to implement their respective security measures within their area of jurisdiction, in coordination with other law enforcers of the government.

Licup explained that all officers and police personnel in every area of jurisdiction are expected to perform their utmost best, especially on security and crime prevention duties.

“We have a lot of things to do for the peace and security of each and every community in the region. We have to establish strong checkpoints in every boundaries of provinces and cities aside from random police patrol against criminal gangs and lawless groups,” Licup told Zamboanga Times in an interview.

Licup also bared that the PRO-9 as early as now has already prepared necessary security measures for the forthcoming plebiscite on January 27, 2019.

Moreover, Licup also ordered all policemen to refrain from siding with politicians, stay apolitical or non-partisan.

“Matindi kasi ang labanan sa politika sa Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. We recorded private armed group in these two provinces. If policemen are caught siding with a politician they will face the consequences,”Licup warned.

Meanwhile, on the issue of firing of guns during the New Year’s eve, Licup said that firing of guns during the revelry is strictly prohibited.

He said that if policemen are caught firing their guns during the New Year’s eve or Christmas’ eve, they will be subjected for dismissal proceedings.

“A gun should be fire against the enemies of the state,” Licup said.

In other development, the police regional director also disclosed that he directed police commanders in their AOR to put up Police Assistance Center (PAC) in there area as many people will be going home during the Yuletide season.

PRO-9 warns politicians from employing private armed groups in midterm election

By Allen Abastillas

Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup yesterday said that they are closely monitoring several private armed groups, including criminal gangs operating in the different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula and other areas under their areas of jurisdiction to deter politicians from utilizing them in the 2019 midterm elections.

According to the C/supt. Licup, there are at least seven private armed groups and 12 criminal groups here in the region which based on intelligence reports could be used by unscrupulous politicians in next year’s campaign and election period.

“We are closely monitoring these private armed groups and other criminal gangs to prevent them from being employed by politicians and political parties in this forthcoming May 2019 elections,”Licup stressed.

He also warned politicians and political camps from employing the service of armed groups during the campaign and election period.

Licup made the pronouncement after also revealing that he had already placed all police forces under PRO-9 in full red alert status starting Monday.

The police regional director said that the PNP in the region are also exerting its best to neutralize these private armed groups, including criminal gangs.

He added that in the past elections, some public officials and politicians have employed the service of these armed groups and criminal gangs to do their “dirty jobs” for them.

Licup also said that he also issued a stern warning to provincial police directors and chiefs of police office to always be apolitical or non-partisan during the campaign and election period.

“All police officers and personnel must not take side to any politician or political parties. They must at all times be non-partisan,” Licup told Zamboanga Times in an interview.

The police official said that aside from closely monitoring the activities of these private armed groups, the entire police force in the region will also institute adequate security measures to ensure that drug money could not be use during the election period.

Licup said that no less than President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police and the military to work doubly hard to make sure that drug money will not reach the camps of unscrupulous politicians.

He said that the police in close coordination with other law enforcement units, especially with the military, will exert its best to prevent drug money from being used in the campaign.

The police official also asked the support of all stakeholders to coordinate with the police and report to authorities any activities that maybe related to narco-politics.

Meanwhile, Licup said that the PNP higher headquarters is planning to augment the police troops in ZamPen region by next year in preparation for the election period.

He said that there is a considerable number of municipal towns in the region especially in Zamboanga del Norte, Sibugay and Zamboanga Del Sur that maybe considered election hotspots in the coming election.

However, the declaration of a city, town or province as an election hotspot will only be made after a series of coordinative meetings among the Commission on Election (Comelec) PNP, AFP and DILG.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Resulting to Homicide

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SINDANGAN, Zamboanga del Norte - Vehicular traffic accident transpired along the National Highway of Brgy. Lower Inuman, Sindangan Zamboanga del Norte at about 5:00 AM of November 30, 2018.

The accident was involving two vehicles:

Vehicle 1 was one unit black and white combination Honda XRM 125 Motorcycle, driven by Leandro Pumicpic Postigo, 35 years old, male, married and a resident of Leon B. Postigo Zamboanga del Norte with back rider identified as Florendo Torres, of legal age, male, married and a resident of Leon B. Postigo Zamboanga del Norte; while
Vehicle 2 was one (1) White Mitsubishi Fuso 10 Wheeler Aluminum Wing Van, driven by Rico Empil Alvarez y, 42 years old, male, married, Filipino and a resident of Brgy. Baybay, Liloy Zamboanga del Norte.

Initial investigation conducted disclosed that Vehicle 1 was travelling from North Direction going to South Direction and upon reaching at the place of incident, accidentally bumped to Vehicle 2, loaded with estimated 1,700 cases of bottled beer, parked beside the road facing South direction and in stop engine mode due to mechanical defect.

As a result, the driver and back rider of Vehicle 2 sustained serious injuries and were brought to Sindangan District Hospital for medication but the driver Leandro pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician Dr. Marcelito Lacaya while the back rider was referred to Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center, Dipolog City for further treatment.

Further investigation revealed that the early warning device used by the driver of Vehicle 2 was dried coconut leaves.

He motorcycle involved is now in the custody of Sindangan MPS while the wing van was still at the incident area and not able to run due to mechanical defect.

Mindanao Jesuit missionary close to being declared ‘Blessed’

By Christina Hermoso

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints has declared as valid the investigation into the sainthood cause for a 16th century Jesuit missionary who served in Mindanao.

The cause of martyrdom of Fr. Francesco Palliola was opened in January 2016 and was formally closed in September 2017 by Dipolog Bishop Severo Caermare at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Dipolog City. The diocese submitted the result of its inquiry into Fr. Palliola’s life to the Vatican in November 2017.

“This is good news for the declaration of validity gives permission for the postulator of the said cause to start with the composition of the ‘positio,’” said Fr. Patrick Dalangin of the Diocese of Dipolog in a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News post.

The ‘positio’ is a biography and official position documenting the missionary’s life and works to prove his martyrdom.

“The cause convenes theological, historical and professional consultants. If majority of the theologians are in favor, the cause for martyrdom is passed on for examination by the member cardinals and bishops of the Congregation. An affirmative vote is needed from the cardinals and bishops before they present the cause to the Pope, who approves and authorizes the Congregation to draft a decree declaring the candidate a martyr. For a martyr, no miracle is required. Thus when the Pope approves the position declaring that the person was martyred for the faith, the title ‘Blessed’ is granted,” the CBCP said.

Born in May 1612, Palliola entered the Society of Jesus in 1637. He arrived in Manila in 1643, then in Dapitan the following year.

He mastered Visayan and later, learned the Subanen language to reach out to the lumad community of the Subanen. The missionary is credited as being the first European and Jesuit to do so.

In Dapitan, he went on missionary journeys to establish the settlements of Ilaya, Dipolog, Dicayo and Dohinob, Ponot and Quipit. When Josef Zanzini (aka José Sanchez) was assigned as his assistant, he left Zanzini in charge of the Visayan communities while he devoted himself to the lumads.

He also established ‘visitas’ as far south as the boundaries between present-day Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

While visiting Ponot to reconcile with a Subanon named Tampilo, who had turned away from the Christian faith, he was killed by Tampilo and his co-conspirators in the early morning of January 29, 1648. “While dying, he forgave his enemies and commended himself to Jesus and Mary. He died clutching the rosary and a crucifix he brought from Europe. The site of his martyrdom has been a place of pilgrimage over the years,” Dalangin said.

A street in the town of Manukan in Zamboanga del Norte was named after him.

Bishop Caermare calls on the faithful “to pray for a prompt declaration of martyrdom of Fr. Palliola and his beatification as he hopes for the country to have its third saint, and the first from Mindanao.

DepEd: 22-million volunteers mobilized in ‘Brigada Eskwela’

By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced that 22-million volunteers were mobilized in this year’s conduct of the “Brigada Eskwela”– which is almost twice as last year’s 12 million.

Education Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships, and School Sports Tonisito M. C. Umali, Esq., made this announcement during the National Brigada Eskwela Awards held at Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Convention and Sports Center in November.

“Compared to 2016, we see a steady and impressive growth in the total resources generated,” Umali said, emphasizing the almost “P4.7 billion worth of resources generated by the program in 2018 alone.”

DepEd has been conducting “Brigada Eskwela” every year to prepare public school facilities for the opening of classes for the school year in June. Also known as the National Schools Maintenance Week, the “Brigada Eskwela” is an annual cleanup effort initiated by the DepEd.

The activity also aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort and resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year in June.

With this year’s theme, “Pagkakaisa Para sa Handa, Ligtas at Matatag na Paaralan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan,” the “Brigada Eskwela” continues to mobilize the community and generate stakeholder support to make classrooms and facilities ready for school opening, toward the “betterment of the learning conditions of the Filipino learners.”

Best implementers

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones lauded 131 elementary and secondary schools that were recognized as the best implementers of the “Brigada Eskwela” from various regions nationwide.

“If you are a multi-awarded school in Brigada Eskwela, therefore, it says something about your school,” said Briones during the awarding in November. “I commend you for accumulating such award, for being self-reliant, and for working with the LGUs, churches and other civil society groups,” she added.

Furthermore, Briones underscored the importance of “Brigada Eskwela” in uniting DepEd’s partners and stakeholders in the pursuit of quality, accessible, relevant and liberating basic education for the Filipino learners.

“It’s a statement that whatever our differences are, we are here in this hall, we come from different political persuasions from the different regions, from different religious beliefs, but we are one with the belief that education is the most important legacy that we can give to our children,” Briones said.

A total of 17 schools – which have sustained their achievements for three consecutive years – received distinction as Hall of Famers, while 29 were awarded as Brigada Eskwela Plus Most Sustained Schools during the ceremonies.

Special awards were also granted to Caraga region for the highest percentage of increase in volunteer turnout, as well as to Region 4-A (Calabarzon) for obtaining the highest percentage of increase in resources generated.

Three regional and 18 division Brigada Eskwela coordinators/partnership focal persons were further bestowed with leadership awards. Meanwhile, 17 local government officials from all over the county also received the Gawad Ka-Brigada.

Electrocution Incident Resulted to Death

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

DAPITAN CITY - Electrocution incident occurred at about 9:30 AM of December 5, 2018 took place at Sitio Dap-dap, Brgy Banonong, Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte.

The victim was identified Dolly Mae Recamara Ong, 29 years old, female, married and a resident of same place who was accidentally electrocuted which resulted to her death at said place.

Initial investigation conducted disclosed that at about 9:30 in the morning of same date, the victim was decorating for her aunt’s wake and upon testing the lights of such, when she was suddenly electrocuted.

Cadaver was turned over to her family and now lies at the Gamalinda Funeral Investigator on case – PO3 Nick Quimiguing with CP number 9396355137.

A female was killed in Shooting Incident

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

LILOY, Zamboanga del Norte – A female was killed in Shooting incident transpired at Barangay San Miguel, Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte at around 5:50 in the afternoon of December 6, 2018.

Acted on the report, PNP personnel of Liloy MPS proceeded to the area purposely to verify the veracity of said report.

Upon arrival thereat, it was confirmed that there was a shooting incident happened wherein the victim identified as Sally Gom-os Delos Reyes, 40 years old, female, married, and resident of barangay San Miguel, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte. She was shot to death by unidentified suspects.

Initial Investigation conducted disclosed that around 5:40PM of same date while the victim was splitting a firewood, one motorcycle XRM color blue with white combination suddenly stop and the back rider disembarked from the motorcycle and without apparent reason shot the victim hitting her right arm and left side near her breast.

The victim was immediately brought to Liloy Integrated Health District Hospital by her neighbors for medical treatment but unfortunately declared dead on arrival (DOA) by the attending physician Dr. Rukmini Alip.

Recovered from the crime scene was one (1) pc fired cartridge case of caliber .45 pistols. PNP personnel of Liloy MPS are still conducting hot pursuit operation, while duty operation center immediately coordinated with neighboring Police Stations for possible arrest of the suspects. Motive of the incident still to be determine.

Report on Digging of Deep-well resulting to the Death

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SALUG, Zamboanga del Norte – An accident on digging of deep-well that resulting to the death of one person and hospitalization of two (2) others on December 06, 2018 at about 06:30 PM, at Barangay Tapalan, Salug, Zamboanga Del Norte,

The victim identified as Alexander Ongcoy Ignacio, 46 years old, single and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay and hospitalization of two (2) other persons identified as one Tirso Pagaran Barsabal, 54 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Tapalan, Salug, Zamboanga Del Norte and Angelito Combista Tabanao, 55, years old, married and a resident of Dacon Homes, Ayala, Zamboanga City.

Accordingly, the incident transpired at about 02:00 o’clock in the afternoon more or less of same date particularly in the lot owned by Juanito Somoso and also identified owner of constructed deep-well.

Initial investigation conducted this office, disclosed that one Juanito Somoso was hired the three (3) persons mentioned-aboved to contract the deep-well excavation at Barangay Tapalan, Salug nearby their residence.

That estimated depth of the said constructed deep-well was about 45 meters more or less and then they hired a water pump engine which also owned by father of victim Alexander Ignacio that will be used on their excavation of the deep-well.

That considering the depth of the constructed deep-well they bring down the water pump engine inside the constructed well but while turning on the engine and minutes gone by the three persons slowly felt a hard to breath and dizziness that believed to be suffocated by the smoke of the said water pump engine.

After feeling on the hard to breathe they manage to went out but unluckily the victim Alexander Ignacio while on his way up the victim collapsed and fell down back on the deep-well which he suffered severe injuries on his head that believed to be the cause of his death.

That while the other two persons Tirso Barsabal and Angelito Tabanao (son in-law) of Juanito Somoso, were also suffered dizziness and being helped out by the populace and then immediately brought to Liloy Integrated District Hospital and which they confine of hard to breath.

While Alexander Ignacio was also brought on the same hospital but declared dead on arrival (DOA) by the attending physician due the severe head injuries he suffered. Cadaver was turn-over to the direct family for his formal interment.

Dipolog-Dumaguete direct sea transport starts

(Business World)

SHIPPING FIRM Medallion Transport Inc. started direct services between Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental on Dec. 12.

Using its M/V Lady of Rule roll on-roll off vessel, the daily trips depart Dipolog at 11 p.m. and Dumaguete at 5 a.m. Passenger options include economy (P450/person), business class (P550), and executive suite for two persons (P1,500).

Dipolog City Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy welcomed the new transport link as a contributor to economic growth. “We are truly making Dipolog as an important gateway city and we expect better movement of goods and people that will promote trade and enhanced income opportunities for the city and our people,” he said on a Facebook post on his page.

Most wanted nabbed in Zamboanga del Sur

By BONG GARCIA (SunStar Philippines)

ONE of the most wanted persons in the country was arrested in a law enforcement operation in Zamboanga del Sur province, the police said Tuesday, December 11.

Arrested was Paulino Campomanes, 67, according to Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula director.

Licup said Campomanes was arrested in a law enforcement operation by way of service of warrant of arrest around 7:40 p.m. Monday at Purok Bakhaw B in Kawit village, Pagadian City.

He said Campomanes has standing warrant of arrest for the crime of murder with no recommended bail issued on March 25, 2002 by the court of this city.

He said the suspect was placed under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Camp Abelon, Pagadian City.

Camp Abelon houses the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Police Office in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Woman shot dead

(Daily Zamboanga Times)

Police are investigating the reason behind the murder of a 40-year-old woman who was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Liloy Municipality, Zamboanga del Norte last Friday.

The victim, Sally Gom-os Delos Reyes, married and a resident of San Miguel, was shot dead while chopping firewood.

The backrider of a blue motorcycle which stopped meters away from the victim shot Delos Reyes several times, hitting her in the right arm and in her left side.

The victim was brought to the Liloy Integrated Health District for treatment but doctors declared her dead on arrival.

Police found a fired cartridge case of a .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.

Theft Suspect Arrested

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

DAPITAN CITY – The PNP personnel of Dapitan City Police Station conducted manhunt operation at Brgy Banonong-Lawaan, Dapitan City at about 9:10AM of November 29, 2018.

Arrested suspect was identified as Ernesto Cagandahan Bagsican, 60 years old, married and a resident of Brgy Ma. Cristina, Dapitan City.

He was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Judge of MTCC, 9th RTC, Dapitan City dated November 29, 2018 for the crime of Theft docketed under Criminal Case no. 18240, with bail bond amounting to Php6,000.00.

Arrested wanted person is now detained Dapita CPS for proper disposition.

Ex-Labason, Zamboanga del Norte mayor charged

By Czarina Nicole Ong

Former Labason Mayor Wilfredo Subido Balais of Zamboanga Del Norte has been charged with falsification before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division for reportedly falsifying a Notice of Award.

In the charge sheet filed by Assistant Special Prosecutor III Jorge B. Espinal, Balais was accused of violating Article 171 paragraph 2 of the Revised Penal Code, otherwise known as falsification of a public or official document.

On January 2011, Balais reportedly falsified a Notice of Award, pertaining to the procurement of one Nissan Patrol. He made it appear that the bid of Oro Cars Display Center amounting to P960,000 was accepted.

However, Espinal said Balais “fully knew well that Oro Cars Display Center did not participate in the afore-mentioned bidding, to the damage and prejudice of public interest.”

His bail bond has been set at P24,000.

The Office of the Ombudsman initially wanted to charge Balais with a violation of Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Ombudsman investigators discovered that the vehicle procured by Balais was the same one he sold to Eduardo Ayunting, owner of Oro Cars Display Center, for only P500,000 under a deed of sale dated November 26, 2010.

However, in the end, Balais was charged with only falsification instead of graft before the Sandiganbayan.

1 dies, 2 hospitalized for suffocation

By BONG GARCIA (SunStar Philippines)

ONE person died while two others were hospitalized for suffocation while digging a deep-well in Zamboanga del Norte province, the police said Friday, December 7.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the fatality as Alexander Ignacio, 46, a resident of Poblacion village, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Injured were Tirso Barsabal, 54, and Angelito Tabanao, 55. They were hospitalized.

Galvez said the incident happened around 2 p.m. in Tapalan village, Salug, Zamboanga del Norte.

She said the victims were hired by Juanito Somoso, the father-in-law of Tabanao, to dig a 45-feet deep-well.

The victims suffocated when they used a gasoline-powered pump to siphon water while digging, the police officer added.

She said the victims, except for Ignacio, managed to climb out of the deep-well despite difficulty in breathing and dizziness.

Ignacio suffered severe injuries as he collapsed and fell while climbing out of the well.

The neighbors come to their rescue and rushed them but Ignacio failed to reach the hospital alive.

British national nabbed for violence vs. women, children

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A British national was arrested in Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte for violation of Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004.”

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office-Region 9 (PRO-9) director, identified the suspect as Christopher Moore, 54, who hailed from Gwynedd County in Wales, United Kingdom.

Moore was arrested through a warrant of arrest around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (November 28) at his temporary residence in Barangay Madalag, Jose Dalman town.

Licup said Moore has a standing warrant of arrest for violation of Section 5(i) of R.A. 9262, with a recommended bail of PHP80,000 issued on November 21, 2018 by the court of Dipolog City.

Moore is being detained at the police headquarters of Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte.

9th most wanted man nabbed in Zambo Norte town

By Ely Dumaboc (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Policemen arrested one of the most wanted persons in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, a top police official said Wednesday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, identified the wanted person as Wilson Mendez, 36, a resident of Barangay Parangluma, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Licup said Mendez was arrested through a warrant of arrest served in Barangay Lower Irasan, Roxas at about 8:25 a.m. Monday.

Mendez was arrested following an intelligence operation to locate him as he went into hiding upon learning that a warrant of arrest was issued against him, the police official said.

Mendez is listed as the ninth most wanted person in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. He is facing homicide with PHP12,000 recommended bail issued on Sept. 4, 2017 by the municipal circuit trial court of Sindangan.

‘Contract killer’ slain in Zambo Norte shootout

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Police killed an alleged “contract killer” during a law enforcement operation in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Norte, a top police official announced last Friday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, identified the alleged “gun-for-hire” as Ricky Limbaga, 44, of Pianon, Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte.

Licup said Limbaga was killed in a shootout with the police when the latter served an arrest warrant against him in Barangay Banigan, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte at about 7:45 p.m. last Thursday.

Limbaga was rushed to the Liloy Integrated Health District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival by Dr. Joseph Lim, the attending physician.

Licup said the police team recovered a caliber .45 pistol with ammunition and an empty shell at the shootout scene.

Police said Limbaga was involved in the killing of Nilo Dahili, barangay councilor of Lumogom, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte last Oct. 2, and the shooting of lawyer Rogelio Dumdum in Barangay Poblacion, Sindangan, of the same province last November 11.

Licup said a total of 57 “contract killers” operating in the region were either killed or apprehended as of November 29.

2 'most wanted’ persons nabbed in Zambo Norte

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Police operatives arrested two of the most wanted persons in a separate law enforcement operation in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, an official said Thursday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, identified the suspects as Mario Lamina, 44, and Roland Damaso, 39.

Licup said that through an arrest warrant, Lamina was apprehended in Barangay Dinuan, Salug, Zamboanga del Norte at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Lamina is the 10th most wanted person in Salug and has a standing warrant of arrest for homicide, with a PHP40,000 recommended bail, issued by the court in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte on Nov. 19, 2015.

Damaso, meanwhile, was arrested in Barangay Bugan, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

He is listed as the ninth most wanted person in Sirawai for the crime of homicide. The warrant against him was issued by the court on Sept. 28, 2015.

Licup said all PRO-9 police units have been ordered to continue the campaign against wanted persons in the region.

ZaNorte youths urged to play key role in nation-building


MANILA — Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go told around 4,000 youth leaders in Zamboanga Del Norte to focus on their responsibilities to their community and reminded them that it is every Filipino’s duty to serve our country.

“Alam ko na sa edad n'yo ngayon, prayoridad ninyo ang inyong mga assignments, mga exams o quizzes, mga kaibigan at mga kasintahan,” Go told the participants during the recent provincial youth summit dubbed "Bangon, Bagong Kabataan".

“Pero huwag din sana nating kalimutang magbigay ng pokus sa ating responsibilidad sa Inang Bayan,” he added.

Go said one of his reasons for running for senator is to be able to continue helping the youth and prepare them to become leaders of the country.

"Isa sa mga kadahilanan sa pagtakbo ko bilang Senador ay upang matulungan ko kayong mga kabataan at maihanda kayo kapag kayo na ang nagpatakbo ng ating bansa,” he said.

Go, who is gunning for a Senate seat in the 2019 elections, said part of his legislative agenda is to empower the youth to become productive citizens and keep them away from illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality.

He said he plans to institutionalize youth programs that will provide sports development centers in every city and municipality.

“These centers will offer free mentorship and training to the youth to instill in them values of discipline, sportsmanship and hardwork.”

Go is also advocating for the review of the Juvenile Justice Law to protect minors from being used by crime syndicates in their illegal activities.

He said he would push for the amendment of this law because “criminals have been using it as a loophole to force young Filipinos to commit crimes for them.”

In the same event, Go also emphasized his commitment to encourage his former colleagues in government to build more Malasakit Centers all over the country.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop-shop program of President Rodrigo Duterte to hasten the delivery of medical services to those in need and give poor patients access to free medicine.

He committed to the residents of Zamboanga Del Norte that there will be a Malasakit Center in their province soon in order to provide them free access to quality healthcare.

“Ang aming plano ay sa loob ng tatlong buwan ay malalagyan na dito ng Malasakit Center. Pipili lang muna kami ng government hospital dito sa Zamboanga Del Norte na pwede malagyan ng Malasakit Center,” he said, adding that he plans to institutionalize this into a law to make sure that the program continues even after the term of President Duterte.

“Kung kaawaan ako ng Diyos at swertehin na dalhin ng tadhana sa Senado akin itong isasabatas at i-institutionalize para magpatuloy pa rin ang programang Malasakit Center,” Go added.

Go said like President Duterte, his main purpose in serving the public is to provide a better future for the next generation.

Ranking eighth in the latest nationwide senatorial survey, Go vowed to continue pushing for the programs of the President to sustain the gains felt by Filipinos and to serve the public in every way he can.

“Andito po ako para tumulong sa inyo at maprotektahan ang ating kabataan. Ang tangi kong bisyo ay magserbisyo sa kapwa kong Pilipino. Sa suporta po ninyo, mas marami po tayong matutulungan,” Go said.

WCOPA silver medalist Dipolog youth lauded


DIPOLOG CITY: Cherilyn Napigkit Opulentisima was feted recently by the Dipolog City government for winning the silver medal in the vocal solo category of the 2018 World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA)

The 23-year-old Opulentisima participated in eight categories, namely opera, broadway, pop, country, gospel, jazz, world and open in the WCOPA Long Beach, California last July.

Mayor Darel Dexter Uy congratulated Opulentisima when she paid a courtesy call on the local executive who encouraged her to pass on her singing talent to youngsters in Dipolog, also known as the country’s “city of orchids.”

Opulentisima finished her Bachelor of Music from Silliman University (SU) in Dumaguete City, which is less than two hours interisland vessel ride from this coastal city.

After graduating, SU employed Opulentisima as part-time instructor, enabling her to take her master’s degree in music at the Negros Oriental Christian institution. She took her secondary education at Dipolog’s Saint Mary’s Academy.

Her parents, Chito and Lynette Opulentisima, both musically talented, are with the local government unit.

Labason folks avail of various gov’t services in Serbisyo Caravan

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PIA)-- Hundreds of residents in the town of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte availed of the one-day government information and outreach services during the Serbisyo Caravan held in the municipality on Monday (November 26).

While medical services were being provided by local health officials and medics from the Western Mindanao Command’s (WESMINCOM) 1st Infantry Division in the town’s covered court, representatives from other government agencies talked with the residents on important issues such as anti-illegal recruitment and violent extremism, anti-illegal drugs, HIV-AIDS awareness, disaster preparedness, benefits of being a member of the Social Security System (SSS), and income through online jobs.

The municipality was chosen for its geographical location where many government offices and services are not easily accessible to the residents. This contributes to limited awareness on programs and services beneficial to them.

Offices such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) introduced livelihood trainings and product development for the mostly farmer and fisherfolk population. Other agencies put up consultation booths to interact with residents regarding the needs that can be addressed by said office.

The Serbisyo Caravan is a yearly project of the Mindanao Communicators Network (MCN), an organization composed of information officers from different government offices. It aims to bring information and services to the rural areas to benefit the poor residents. (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

Low-lying areas in Zambo del Norte monitored for possible flooding

By Dynah Diestro (ABS-CBN News)

DIPOLOG CITY - The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) is monitoring flood and landslide prone areas in Zamboanga del Norte as the province experienced light to moderate rains Tuesday morning.

PDRRMO Administrator Mary Ann Sabanal said the low pressure area and local thunderstorms brought rains in the province.

Dipolog City, a catch basin, is being monitored as the Dipolog River overflowed last week and caused flooding in three barangays located near the river.

PDRRMO added that the Dapitan river is also closely monitored.

Meanwhile, residents in the area are urged to take precautionary measures if rain persists.

Govt rolls out P11-B ODA-funded projects in South


THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will soon roll out at least five more official development aid (ODA)-funded infrastructure projects worth some P11 billion in the Mindanao region.

DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain of the Unified Project Management Office (DPWH-UPMO) Operations and Technical Services over the weekend said he had presented to Public Works Secretary Mark Villar an update on planned, ongoing and completed infrastructure projects under the UPMO Cluster during a project performance review meeting.

Sadain added that at least five ODA projects will commence soon, including three core road projects to spur economic growth and development in Western Mindanao.

He said these projects are part of the P25.257-billion Asian Development Bank-funded Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project.

UPMO-RMC2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo Hasim identified the core road projects as the 17-kilometer Tampilisan-Sandayong Road in Zamboanga del Norte costing P871 million; the 24-km Alicia-Malangas Road, P1.27 billion, in Zamboanga Sibugay; and the 38.7-km Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road, P969 million, also in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Also expected to commence is the P7.35-million proposed 3.7-km Panguil Bay Bridge Project that will connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, in Northern Mindanao.

The project will be financed under a loan agreement between the Philippine government and the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund.

In support of the national government’s efforts to rebuild Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, Project Director Virgilio Castillo of the Roads Management Cluster I reported that the DPWH will also be launching the construction of the new Marawi Transcentral Road Network included in the Reconstruction and Development Plan for Greater Marawi funded with P950 million by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Marawi Transcentral Road Network is scheduled to start in December. It is composed of the 9.41-km Bacong-Iligan-Marawi Road under Contract Package I-A costing P397.13 million; 3.54-km Bacong-Poona-Marantao-Marawi Road, 580-meter GMA Terminal Access, 1.79-km Marawi-Cadre-New Capitol, 1.54-km Marcos Boulevard and 840-meter Idarus Road Section under Contract Package I-B costing P264.33 million; and the 3.31-km MSU-GMA Road and 800-meter Lumidong-Amai Pakpak Avenue under Contract Package II costing P167.87 million.

To mitigate flood risks in Cagayan de Oro River Basin, Project Director Patrick Gatan of the Flood Control Management Cluster said the construction of riverbank protection, dike, floodwall and bridge improvement is set to commence by January 2019 under the P8.549-billion Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, funded by a loan agreement with JICA .

Also set to commence in early 2019 is the P164.85-million rehabilitation/retrofitting of the Quirino Bridge in Cotabato City to be implemented by the Bridge Management Cluster headed by Project Director Gil Villanueva.

Young tankers notch new records in PSL Dipolog tilt

(The Manila Times)

Sixteen new records were established in the opening day of the 147th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Championships on Saturday at the Dipolog City Sports Complex in Olingan, Dipolog City.

Heading the list of record breakers was Palarong Pambansa most bemedalled athlete Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, who registered four new marks in the girls’ 12-year division—5:22.78 in the 400m individual medley, 1:03.35 in 100m freestyle, 1:18.69 in 100m breaststroke and 1:05.13 in 100m butterfly.

Sharing the spotlight were West Manila Christian School’s Aishel Cid Evangelista, who established two records in the boys’ 8-year category (50m backstroke, 38.12, and 50m freestyle, 33.51).

Masville Elementary School-Parañaque’s Marc Bryan Dula surpassed the old mark in the boys’ 11-year 50m backstroke with 32.85.

The others who notched new records were Saira Pabellon (girls’ 11-year 400m IM, 5:51.56), Ashley Yu (girls’ 14-year 400m IM, 6:13.38), Kelsie Jaudian (girls’ 15-over 400m IM, 5:36.01), Myel Lisondra (boys’ 9-year 400m IM, 6:53.38), Izyndro Warain (boys’ 10-year 400m IM, 6:30.60), Jehu Alguno (boys’ 12-year 400m IM, 5:52.29), Leano Dalman (boys’ 13-year 400m IM, 5:32.87), John Alexander Talosig (boys’ 14-year 400m IM, 4:57.01) and Nino Owen La Torre (boys’ 15-over 400m IM, 5:12.46).

“It was a great day to see these young swimmers break records. We have already spotted some who are qualified to be included in the PSL team competing abroad,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

The two-day tournament supported by The Manila Times and MX3 serves as qualifying for international competitions that the PSL will join next year in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Construction of foreign-assisted road projects in Mindanao slated – DPWH

By Betheena Unite

Some foreign institution-funded infrastructure projects in Mindanao will be implemented soon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

More official development assistance (ODA)-funded infrastructure projects, according to DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain, “will commence soon as they look forward to have Secretary Mark Villar see these projects progresses on the ground much quicker.”

Construction of three core road projects in Western Mindanao, Sadain said, will soon be launched under the P25.257-billion Asian Development Bank-funded program that aims to improve growth corridors in Mindanao.

These core road projects were identified as the 17-kilometer Tampilisan-Sandayong Road in Zamboanga Del Norte costing P871 million; 24-km Alicia-Malangas Road costing P1.27 billion in Zamboanga Sibugay Province; and 38.70-km Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road costing P969 million also located in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The proposed 3.7-km Panguil Bay Bridge project is also expected to start construction soon. It will connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao Del Norte in Northern Mindanao.

The P7.35-billion Panguil Bay Bridge project will be financed under loan agreement between the Philippines and Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund. It aims to cut the 1.5 to 2.5 hours travel from Ozamiz/Tangub to Mucas/Tubod to only seven minutes.

Further, Marawi Transcentral Road Network will be constructed starting December this year as part of rebuilding Marawi City. It is funded under a P950-million Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan.

The Marawi Transcentral Road Network covers the 9.41-km Bacong-Iligan-Marawi Road; 3.54-km Bacong-Poona-Marantao-Marawi Road; 580-meter GMA Terminal Access; 1.79-km Marawi-Cadre-New Capito;1.54-km Marcos Boulevard; 840-m Idarus Road Section; 3.31-km MSU – GMA Road; and 800-m Lumidong-Amai Pakpak Avenue.

Construction of a riverbank protection, dike, floodwall and bridge improvement will also be implemented in Cagayan De Oro to mitigate flood risk in Cagayan De Oro River Basin particularly at the downstream portion of the River about 12 km from its mouth in Macajalar Bay going upstream to the Pelaez Bridge, project director Patrick Gatan said.

It will start by January 2019 under the P8.549-billion Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental funded by a loan agreement with JICA, Gatan added.

In addition, construction of the 161.80-lineal meter Quirino Bridge in Cotabato City will also start early 2019. It is a P164.85-million project that will be implemented by the bridge management cluster headed by project director Gil Villanueva.

These projects, according to Sadain, were presented during the project performance review meeting attended by Villar and other DPWH officials.

Sadain said that since 2016, the agency has come up with 39 new project proposals with indicative cost of P2.09 trillion for possible ODA financing and implementation between 2019 and 2030. This in addition to the 18 ongoing ODA projects with a total project cost of P138.256 billion.

NGCP to complete cable project in 2020

By Alena Mae S. Flores

National Grid Corp. of the Philippines is confident of completing its P52-billion Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project by 2020 after breaking ground recently on the cable terminal stations in Santander, Cebu, and Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

“We are confident that the NGCP team will exhibit the commitment and skills needed to push the project and realize the interconnected transmission network within the committed timeframe,” transmission network operator NGCP said in a statement.

The cable terminal stations serve as the landing points of the two 92-kilometer submarine cables which will carry around 450 megawatts of power from Visayas and Mindanao, and vice versa.

“This is just the first in a long series of small achievements towards the successful completion of this project,” NGCP said.

The MVIP, provisionally approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission in 2017, is considered the biggest power infrastructure project in the history of the country.

PNP lauds PRRD reward for cops who kill bosses involved in drugs

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan (PNA)

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to reward policemen, who can catch or even kill their superiors who are involved in illegal drug trade.

“Kami po sa (We in the) PNP, we truly appreciate the extraordinary encouragement of President Duterte to do our utmost best in performing our job as law enforcers but to us it is our sworn duty to enforce the law without fear or favor or without any expectation of any reward,” PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Benigno B Durana, Jr. told reporters on Wednesday.

“This is within the authority of the President for him to give rewards for those who achieve operational accomplishments," he added.

With the President's unwavering support, Durana said the PNP and other uniformed services will remain committed in performing its mandate to uphold the rule of law and pursue the campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption

Durana also assured that the PNP will not tolerate the abuses committed by its personnel.

“We have a lot disciplinary authorities while we can be swift in seeking justice against the victims of crime we are stricter in making sure that those who erred, offenders within our ranks are immediately punished,” Durana said.

Duterte made the offer as he commended the Counter Intelligence Task Force-Philippine National Police (CITF-PNP) for killing Supt. Santiago Ylanan Rapiz of the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office during buy-bust operations in Barangay Miputak, Dipolog City on Monday.

Rapiz was reportedly among those on the government's list of so-called "ninja cops" or rogue policemen involved in recycling apprehended illegal drugs.

He said the illegal drugs problem is “already a national conflagration” destroying the nation due to policemen and even local government officials conniving with illegal drug syndicates.

Duterte said he would not tolerate policemen involved in drugs, reiterating his offer of PHP3 million for the arrest of ninja cops.

Police superintendent on Duterte ‘narcolist’ killed in shootout

By Julie S. Alipala (Reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer /With reports from Julie M. Aurelio and the wires)

ZAMBOANGA CITY — A police superintendent on President Rodrigo Duterte’s “narcolist” was killed in a shootout with law enforcers in a buy-bust operation in Dipolog City on Monday night, as the Philippine National Police regional office pressed its campaign to rid its ranks of officers with drug links.

Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, spokesperson for the police regional office here, identified the slain officer on Tuesday as Supt. Santiago Ylanan Rapiz, logistics chief of the Zamboanga del Norte police.

Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat, chief of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), which operates against rogue officers, said Rapiz was on a list of 6,000 suspected drug dealers compiled for the President’s war on drugs.

Rapiz was accused of protecting drug lords and engaging in narcotics dealing, Caramat said.

Reward for police team

The President on Tuesday promised to reward the policemen who killed Rapiz with a trip to Hong Kong.

He said he was open to converting the trip to cash.

Noting that Rapiz was a ranking officer, the President promised to reward policemen who would kill their superiors who were involved in the illegal drug trade.

He also reminded policemen that there was a P3-million reward for officers who could kill “ninja cops” — officers who sell confiscated illegal drugs.

Rapiz was selling P50,000 worth of “shabu” (crystal meth) to undercover agents from the CITF and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Dipolog City on Monday night when he sensed that he had been caught in a buy-bust operation.

Galvez said Rapiz tried to escape, but he was cornered in front of the Andres Bonifacio College gym.


“Instead of [surrendering], he drew his firearm and fired at the arresting [officers]. The [authorities] fired back, hitting him,” Galvez said.

Recovered from Rapiz was a plastic packet containing the shabu that he had tried to sell to the agents and a semiautomatic pistol.

He was taken to Corazon Aquino Hospital in Dipolog, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival, Galvez said.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, the PNP regional director, said Rapiz worked at the Western Visayas Police Office in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental province, before he was reassigned here in October 2016.

Crackdown on bad cops

Earlier, Licup announced an intensification of a campaign against police in the region with drug links.

He said 11 officers had been arrested in drug raids, while 31 others had tested positive for drugs.

Rapiz was the third policeman to be killed in the campaign.

Two other officers — PO3 Ronald Bernardo and PO2 Ma. Oliver Olaso, both members of the narcotics team of the Zamboanga City police — were killed in a shootout with undercover agents during a drug raid on Aug. 18.

Nearly 5,000 people have been killed in police operations since the President launched his brutal war on drugs in 2016.

Human rights groups claim the actual score is five times that figure and that the victims were mostly small-time drug users or peddlers gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants, who are either hired guns working for the police or policemen themselves.

The PNP rejects that charge, saying the other killings were “deaths under investigation.”

‘Ninja cop’ killed in drug buy-bust in Dipolog City

By Cathrine Gonzales (Reporter,

A police officer was killed in a buy-bust operation by agents of the Counter-Intelligence Task Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP-CITF) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday night.

Supt. Santiago Rapiz was killed in the operation launched at Andres Bonifacio Compound in Dipolog City, a report from the PNP-CITF said Tuesday.

Initial investigation revealed that the suspect sensed that he was transacting with an undercover agent after receiving the buy-bust money worth P50,000.

Police said he tried to flee but was cornered by the officers.

Rapiz allegedly drew a gun and fired at the operatives, who then returned fire. The suspect died on the spot.

Recovered from the scene were 112.13 grams of “shabu” worth P785,000 and a .45-caliber pistol allegedly used by the suspect.

Rapiz, who was a logistics officer of the Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office, was on the government’s list of “ninja cops” or policemen involved in recycling or reselling illegal drugs seized in police operations, according to police.

The CITF also said that an affidavit from a certain Ricky Sereno, a drug personality in Negros Occidental, revealed that the suspect was one of his protectors. Rapiz allegedly received P700,000 weekly from Sereno as protection money.

Police further said that Rapiz was active in the illegal drug trade during his stint as a police officer in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.

He also allegedly served as the protector of Melvin Odicta, the alleged leader of the Odicta Drug Group in Iloilo City.

The CITF said Rapiz was active in the trade in his latest assignment in Zamboanga del Norte.

2 drug syndicate men, 2 others arrested

By BONG GARCIA (SunStar Philippines)

FOUR people, including two alleged members of a drug syndicate, were arrested in an anti-drug operation in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported on Monday, November 5.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula Director Emmanuel Luis Licup, identified the arrested suspects as Julsar Ismael, 23; Seeta Ismael, 42; Sagddi Jaron, 30; and, Julosan Ismael, 24.

Licup said that the Ismaels (Julsar and Seeta) were alleged members of the notorious Sahibad Drug Group operating in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

Licup said they were arrested in a drug bust around 2:05 p.m., Sunday, November 4, in the village of Bucana, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

He said the other Ismael (Julosan) and Jaron were caught having a pot session at the residence of Julsar during the drug bust.

He said the arresting team confiscated from the Julsar and Seeta were: P500 marked money; three medium-sized and five small-sized heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu,” P60 cash in different denominations, and illegal drug paraphernalia.

He said the suspects were detained while appropriate charges are set to be filed against them.

PRO-9: Zamboanga del Norte businessman abducted in 2017 still alive

By Roel Pareño (

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Regional police have confirmed having proof of life for a businessman taken captive by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu in 2017.

Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Luis Licup, director of Police Regional Office 9, said businessman Jelster Ed Tiu Quimbo, 28, is still alive and is still being held by the Abu Sayyaf.

Quimbo, son of Mayor Eddie Quimbo of Labason town, Zamboanga del Norte was abducted in the town proper by six gunmen on September 6, 2017.

His kidnappers later brought him to the Abu Sayyaf.

Licup made the assurance after Marines rescued coconut plantation owner Jose Duterte, 66, who was abducted along with his wife on March 3, 2017.

Duterte was rescued in Panamao, Sulu on Thursday. Duterte's wife, Jessica, 52, was released on October 31, 2017. The couple are not related to President Rodrigo Duterte.

"What we have at hand is that we have proof of life of Quimbo," Licup said. He also said that he had been informed two weeks ago that the abducted businessman was able to talk to his family regularly.

The police official said efforts to recover the victim as well as others that the Abu Sayyaf is holding captive. Quimbo is one of six Filipinos and two foreigners being held by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu.

Implementation of Search Warrant

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

DAPITAN CITY – The Joint personnel of Dapitan City Police Station and CIDG conducted Oplan Paglalansag Omega at Brgy. Sto. Niño, Dapitan City at around 7:30am of October 24, 2018.

The operating team arrested the suspect identified as Josue Saneco Nadela, 66 yrs. old, married, farmer and a resident of aforementioned place.

He was arrested thru Search Warrant issued by Judge of Branch 8, RTC 9, Dipolog City dated October 23, 2018 with Search Warrant No. 23-0-18 for Violation of RA 10591. Seized items were the following:

a. One (1) pc Ingram Machine Pistol w/ SN 170712;
b. One (1) pc Cal. 38 pistol (smith and Wesson) w/o Serial number;
c. One (1) pc Cal. 357 pistol (smith and Wesson) w/o Serial Number;
d. One (1) mag of Ingram machine pistol w/ six (6) pcs live ammo; and
e. Six (6) pcs live ammo of cal. 357.

The Arrested person and seized items now under custody of CIDG, Provincial Field Unit, Dipolog City for filling of appropriate charges.

1 Dead in Road Crash Accident

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

MANUKAN, Zamboanga del Norte – One person died in Vehicular accident occurred at about 10:30pm of October 23, 2018 at Brgy. San Antonio, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte.

A Honda Beat motorcycle driven by Rex Kevin Daygon with his back rider identified as Paul Patrick S. Entroso, travelling from Dipolog City going towards Leon Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Upon reaching of said place accidentally hit the Mitsubishi Fuso Cargo Truck, model 2004 who was parked on said place due to the impact, the back rider of the MC was thrown out of the motorcycle and was hit by an incoming Rural Transit Bus coming from opposite direction going towards Dipolog City.

However, according to driver of the driver of Rural Transit Bus did not stop and continuously drive going to Dipolog City.

The incident resulted to instantaneous death of Back rider while the driver of MC1 sustained injuries to his body. Victims were brought to Manukan Medicare and Hospital.

Rape Suspect Captured

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

LILOY, Zamboanga del Norte - Combined elements of RMFB9, Liloy MPS and Imelda MPS conducted joint law enforcement operation against wanted person at Brgy Overview, Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 8:00 AM of October 24, 2018.

The operation led to the arrest of one Reynaldo Patajo Patrocinio, male, Filipino, married, 45 years old, farmer, and a resident of Brgy Overview, Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte.

He was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Vicente S De La Plaza II, Acting Presiding Judge of RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 31, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay for the crime of Rape docketed in Criminal Case No. IM-18-1700 dated October 17, 2018.

Arrested person was duly apprised of his constitutional rights and anti-torture law and was brought to Liloy Integrated Health Health District for medical purposes. Arrested person is now under the custody of Liloy MPS for proper disposition.

31 cops positive for drug use; 10 arrested in Region 9

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Thirty-one policemen tested positive for illegal drug use while 10 others were arrested in anti-drug operations since January this year here in the region, a top police official said Tuesday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office-9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, said the random drug testing for its personnel is part of their internal cleansing.

Licup said 15 of the 31 policemen who tested positive for drug use have been dismissed from the service, translating to a "50 percent dismissal rate."

Two of the police personnel found positive for drug use availed of optional retirement before they were formally charged; five with approved decisions and waiting for the implementing order; seven under summary hearing proceedings; and, two are under pre-charge evaluation.

“They (the two) are at the early stage of the investigation. They have to be evaluated,” Licup explained.

Twenty-one of the 31 found positive for illegal drug use are from the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) while the rest are from the other provincial commands such as Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay as well as Isabela City Police Station.

Licup said the 10 erring policemen were collared in separate anti-drug operations since January this year in the region. Six of them belong to the ZCPO while the rest from the other parts of Zamboanga Peninsula.

“They were arrested for complicity with the drug lord. They were involved, and they were charged,” he added.

Licup sternly warned his personnel “not to get involved in shenanigans like this (drug use). I will be harsh in discharging my functions as the disciplining authority."

2nd RAC Summit highlights commitment for security, good governance

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy (ALT/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) -- About 400 members of the different advisory councils in Zamboanga Peninsula region converged for the second Regional Advisory Council (RAC) Summit with the theme, “Commitment of PRO9 Advisory Councils and the PNP to the Sustainable Transformation Towards Security and Good Governance.”

Present during the summit held on October 26-27 at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports Center here were members of the Advisory Councils of the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and the cities of Zamboanga, Isabela, Pagadian, Dipolog, and Dapitan with their respective chiefs of police.

The Police Regional Office (PRO)-9 spearheaded the event.

Topics of discussion include peace and order situation of the region; transformation journey of the Philippine National Police (PNP); enhancing the effectiveness of advisory councils, and enhancing anti-cybercrime awareness.

Participants also had a workshop after the presentation of the advisory councils’ best practices.

Prudencio Gesta, Chairperson of the National Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development (NAGTPD), was the guest of honor of the event.

Zamboanga del Sur province will host the third RAC Summit next year. It was initially launched in Zamboanga Sibugay in 2017.

DAR distributes CLOA to 1,000 farmers in Zamboanga Peninsula

By R. G. Antonet Go (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY--The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has distributed Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to some 1,000 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in the Zamboanga peninsula.

DAR Secretary John Castriciones led the distribution of the CLOAs to beneficiaries during his visit to this city Friday.

“This (CLOA) is a proof that you are now the owners of the land given by the government through DAR,” Castriciones told the beneficiaries, who are tenants and farm workers.

DAR-12 Director Julita Ragandang said the beneficiaries have undergone proper identification process to ensure that “they are farm workers and tenants, as well as residents of the barangays” where the lot is located.

Maximo Mayora, one of the beneficiaries, expressed his gratitude to DAR and to President Rodrigo Duterte after receiving his CLOA.

Mayora, who received a CLOA that covered 2.7 hectares of land, is a coconut farmer for the past 30 years in Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.

Castriciones told the beneficiaries of the CLOA “to cultivate the land and make it productive” instead of selling it.

Dipolog City named Reg'l Outstanding City in nutrition

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy (ALT/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte/with reports from CIO-Dipolog)

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) - - Another commendation was received by the local government unit of Dipolog after it was named Regional Outstanding City in the implementation of nutrition-related programs during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony of the National Nutrition Council (NNC)-9 held recently in Zamboanga City.

LGU-Dipolog was given a plaque of recognition and also received the Green Banner Award for its efficient and effective management of nutrition programs that resulted to the improved nutrition situation in the area.

City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) Charmie Asprer-Yu of Dipolog City was also recognized as one of the Outstanding Nutrition Action Officers in the region along with PNAO in Zambo. Sibugay province, and municipal action nutrition officers in Alicia town, Zamboanga Sibugay and Salug town, Zamboanga del Norte.

Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Amelita Acoymo of Barangay Dicayas, Dipolog City was also recognized as one of the Outstanding BNS in the region.

Dipolog City Councilor Marilou Calibo, who represented Mayor Darel Dexter Uy in receiving the award, urged all nutrition program players to implement their mandate with zest and vigor so that they can deliver actions and translate ideas into change.

“When stakeholders are well informed and form part of a lasting solution, nothing is impossible,” she said.

Meanwhile, the regional most outstanding implementer on nutrition and CROWN award- provincial level was conferred to the province of Zamboanga Sibugay while its municipality of Alicia is also a recipient of the Green Banner Award together with Salug town of Zamboanga del Norte province.

Salug town and Zamboanga City were finalists in the Outstanding City/Municipality in the region.Top ranking municipalities in the 2018 MELLPI are the towns of Salug, Manukan, Polanco, Piñan and Mutia for Zamboanga del Norte; and Alicia, Diplahan, Titay, Ipil and Imelda towns of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Outstanding BNS are BNS of Barangay Ayala, Zamboanga City; Barangay Butong of Diplahan town, Zamboanga Sibugay; Barangay Tinaytayan, Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte; Barangay Macasing, Pagadian City and Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur; and Barangay Aguada, Isabela City.

(For 2019 elections) PRO-9 reshuffles men

By Allen Abastillas

Police Regional Office 9 (PRO 9) Regional Director Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup implemented a reassignment and reshuffling of some chiefs of police within the region based on a directive from national headquarters.

According to Licup, this is part of precautionary measures implemented for the forthcoming 2019 elections.

Licup stressed that policemen must maintain a professional distance towards politicians.

PRO 9 Human Resource Development Division Chief Sr. Supt. Romulo Cleve N. Taboso has disclosed that Chief Inspector Mohamamad H. Sahidaini from Zamboanga del Norte Police will head the 904th Public Safety Company in Zamboanga City.

Supt. Stephen Daang will be assigned in Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office as Deputy for Administration. He was assigned formerly in Zamboanga del Norte.

Chief Inspector Roldan C. Molate from Kalawit will be assigned as the Logistics officer of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Supt. Bonifacio Arañaz from Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) will be assigned as Head of Labason.

Supt. Ferjen T. Torred from PRO 9 Intelligence Camp Abendan Mercedes will be assigned in Zamboanga del Norte.

2 Drug Suspect Arrested in Drug buy-bust operation

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SALUG, Zamboanga del Norte – The Operatives of Salug Police Station in coordination with PDEA conducted drug buy-bust operation at Barangay Bacong, Salug, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 11:00pm of October 9, 2018.

The operation was resulted to the arrest of Jonny Navarete Andus, 36 years old and resident of afore-said place and his brother a certain Roberto Navarete Andus, 20 years old, and also a resident of same place. Both listed as newly identified drug personalities of Salug MPS.

Confiscated from his possession were four sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of Two Thousand Pesos (₱2,000.00); 3 pcs of one hundred peso bill and One pc Two hundred peso bill as buy-bust money; nine pcs of twenty peso bill and five pcs one hundred peso bill as proceeds money.

Arrested suspect together with the confiscated items were brought to Salug MPS for proper disposition.

Major NGCP projects worth P56B underway

By Ronnel W. Domingo

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines has set the ball rolling for two major projects with a combined worth of about P56 billion, including a subsea link that will unify the Philippine power transmission network.

NGCP said it broke ground on Friday for the $1.2-billion Mindanao-Visayas interconnection project (MVIP), particularly the facility’s cable terminal stations in Santander, Cebu, and in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The MVIP, which is scheduled to be online in 2020, will enable the transmission of electricity between the country’s three main island groups.

The Energy Regulatory Commission in 2017 gave the go-signal for the NGCP to start the MVIP with an indicative cost of P51.7 billion, which may change as the project unravels and through further perusal of regulators.

This was a long-delayed follow-up to the linkup of the Luzon and Visayas grids, which was accomplished 20 years ago in 1998.

Once completed, the MVIP will allow the transmission of up to 450 megawatts at a time.

Also, NGCP has geared up to reinforce its power transmission services in Aklan—currently being serviced by a single 69-kilovolt transmission line—with the construction of its Nabas-Caticlan-Boracay 138-kv transmission line project.

The new line—which the ERC approved at a cost P4.27 billion—will traverse through the town of Nabas and Malay, and is expected to be completed by March 2021.

Citing an outlook from Aklan Electric Cooperative, the grid operator said Boracay Island was projected to see continuous growth in power consumption and so an additional transmission line must be built to secure the stability and continuous supply.

The project involves the construction of a new 138-kv submarine cable between Caticlan and Boracay, an underground 69-kv line to Manoc-manoc, and another 138-kv transmission line from Caticlan to Nabas.

Also, NGCP said it would simultaneously upgrade its Nabas and Boracay substations to accommodate the increase in power capacity.

DAR launches water sanitation project in Polanco

By Alfonso T. Ruda

POLANCO, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) --The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), through its Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH) program recently launched another water sanitation project in Barangay Dansullan, this municipality.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Arturo N. Soria said the water sanitation project aims to install low cost technologies that will provide the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) access to safe drinking water supply and sanitation to attain a healthy and productive community and eventually enhance local livelihood.

The launching featured two major activities. These are the groundbreaking ceremony of the project and the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with PARPO Soria, Mayor Evan Hope D. Olvis, Vice-Mayor Alfredo Bait-it, Dansullan Barangay Captain Charito Ombalino, MARPO Elbert V. Alonzo, DFMPC Chairperson Daylinda Gepitulan and Cooperative Manager Teofila Alaman which was witnessed by CPWASH Point Person Engr Ryan E. Monleon and Development Facilitator Concepcion Sandueta.

During the MOA signing, Engr. Alfonso Tan of DAR explained to the stakeholders their obligations and responsibilities.

He added that the project also provides capacity development, water system management, monitoring and evaluation and technical assistance to end-users.

Mayor Olvis thanked the DAR for choosing his municipality as one of the recipients of the project and he is hoping that the department will extend its program to other agrarian communities.

The project is seen to benefit 120 farmer members of the lower Malala Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) including their families and neighboring farms.

To date, DAR has already turned over a total of four water sanitation facilities to farmer-cooperatives namely: Risen Christ Parish BEC Multi -Purpose Cooperative in La Libertad; Canuto Enerio ARB Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Gutalac; San Miguel ARB Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Mutia; and Goin ARB Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte. (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

99-year-old woman mauled, killed by grandson

By Remus Ong

A 99-year-old woman was mauled to death by her own grandson in Barangay Sta. Cruz, La Libertad, Zamboanga del Norte last Friday.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-9 Information Officer, identified the victim as Anicita Jumalon y Padin.

Investigation showed that Jumalon’s grandson 49-year-old Jonito Jumalon y Aldojesa, struck his grandmother with a table resulting to her death.

The suspect was reportedly angered by the sounds made by the old woman while lying on her bed.

The victim was discovered dead by her own son, Recardo Jumalon y Quijoy, at around 11:30 p.m.

La Libertad Municipal Police Station personnel conducted pursuit operations which led to the arrest of the suspect, who escaped on board his motorcycle together with his daughter.

Jonito, the suspect, was reportedly intoxicated when he struck his grandmother.

Jonito was brought to the La Libertad Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

1 wounded in Shooting Incident

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

KALAWIT, Zamboanga Del Norte – One person was wounded in Shooting incident occurred at Brgy. Concepcion, Kalawit, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 7:05pm of October 5, 2018.

The victim was identified as Allan Jay Onganiza y Estra, 17 years old, male, single, construction worker and a resident of above mentioned place.

Initial investigation disclosed that at about 7:00 PM of same date, the victim was inside his house together with his live-in partner identified as Joan Agosto and his neighbor identified as Grecerio Gomez having a drinking spree when suddenly unidentified suspect surface and shot the victim once hitting on the shoulder.

After the incident, suspect fled towards Barangay San Jose, Kalawit. The victim was brought by his family to Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay for medical treatment.

Motive of the incident is believed to be personal grudge considering that the victim was involved previously on theft incident at the municipality of Labason, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Recovered at the crime scene was one fired empty shell of 12 Shot Gun. PNP personnel of Kalawit MPS are presently conducting hot pursuit operation for the possible arrest of the suspect.

Wanted Person Arrested in Sirawai, Zamboanga Del Norte

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SIRAWAI, Zamboanag del Norte – The Operatives of Sirawai MPS and Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Mobile Force Company conducted Joint Law Enforcement Operation through service of Warrant of Arrest at Poblacion, Sirawai, Zamboanga Del Norte at6 about 4:10pm of October 4, 2018.

The operation was resulted to the arrest of Jimel Adjilaya Y Sahabi, 27 years old, married, jobless and resident of Sirawai Proper, Sirawai, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Suspect has a standing warrant of arrest for the Case of Robbery with force upon things, with Criminal Case no 2018-09-11 (1737) issued by Presiding Judge Hon. Laarni Dajao of RTC Branch 27, dated October 02, 2018.

The suspect was duly informed of his constitutional rights and was immediately brought to Sirawai Municipal Health Center for Medical Examination.

Subject was turned over to Sirawai MPS for disposition of the case and is temporarily detained at Siocon MPS prior the suspect’s commitment to Siocon Municipal Jail (BJMP).

2 Reds face charges for killing Zambo Norte village exec

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Authorities have lodged a murder complaint against two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels linked to the Oct. 2 killing of a barangay official in Zamboanga del Norte, police said.

Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) information officer, Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, said the case was filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Dipolog City, capital of Zamboanga del Norte, on Wednesday.

Named as respondents in the murder case were Rolando Maglasang, alias Moben, of the NPA’s New Beautiful Country, and Africia Alvarez Rosete, alias Bambam, of the NPA’s Mindanao Regional Guerilla Unit.

Galvez said Maglasang and Rosete have been tagged by witnesses as among the eight rebels who allegedly killed Jose Rey Bongcawel, 44, a barangay councilor of San Isidro, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte.

Bongcawel was inside his residence when the rebels -- clad in camouflage uniforms and brandishing high-powered firearms – reportedly arrived and opened fire.

The barangay councilor suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died instantly.

Recovered from the crime scene were empty shells of M-14 and M-16 Armalite and AK-47 rifles.

Galvez said the murder case against the suspects was received by Prosecutor I Felin Legara-Comidoy.

She said the respondents remain at large.

Hold-up suspect killed, 2 arrested in Zambo Norte

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

A ROBBERY hold-up suspect was killed while two others were arrested in hot pursuit operation in Liloy town, Zamboanga del Norte, the police said Tuesday, October 16.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the slain robbery hold-up suspect as Roy Sultan, who is said to be aged between 40 and 45.

Galvez said Sultan’s arrested cohorts were identified as Avelino Lacsamana alias In-In, 28, a construction worker; and Neil Erick Laman, a carpenter.

She said that Sultan opened fire upon seeing the approaching policemen in a hot pursuit operation at 10:35 a.m. Monday in Overview village, Liloy.

Sultan missed his target prompting the pursuing policemen to return fire hitting the suspect, who was rushed but failed to reach the hospital alive, Galvez added.

She said the cops recovered from Sultan a caliber .38 revolver with three live ammunition and two empty shells and from Laman was a caliber .38 revolver with six live ammunition.

The pursuing policemen have arrested Edison Gregorio, 44, for obstruction of justice, Galvez added.

The police official said Sultan, Laman, and Lacsamana were positively identified by witnesses as the perpetrators of a robbery hold-up of a pharmacy on Saturday, October 13, at the bus terminal in Baybay village, Liloy town.

Earlier police report said the suspects carted away more or less P15,000 cash from the pharmacy.

5.1-magnitude quake hits Zamboanga Del Norte on Tuesday

By Daphne Galvez (Reporter, /cbb)

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake was recorded off Zamboanga del Norte on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In an updated bulletin, Phivolcs reported that the quake hit 35 kilometers (km) northwest of Jose Dalman, Zamboanga Del Norte, at 11:52 a.m. The Phivolcs revised the earlier 5.0-magnitude quake to 5.1-magnitude.

It was felt at Intensity III in Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte, and in Dipolog City

Meanwhile, it was Intensity II in Labalon, Salug, Liloy, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte; Baliangao, Misamis Occidental; Zamboanga City; Dumaguete City; Pagdian City; Larena, Siquijor.

The tremor had an instrumental intensity of II in Dipolog City while it was recorded at Instrumental Intensity I in Sibulan, Negros Oriental, and in Cebu City, Phivolcs said.

The earthquake of tectonic origin had a depth of 19 km.

Phivolcs said no aftershocks or damage was expected from the temblor.

Dipolog City tops 3 CMCI awards, named ‘Most Improved LGU’

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy (ALT/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte/ with reports from CIO Dipolog)

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) --- For four consecutive years now, the local government unit of Dipolog has been conferred the “Most Competitive Component City” in the Zamboanga Peninsula region during the regional awarding program of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2018 Awards held recently at a local hotel in Zamboanga City.

Aside from that, LGU Dipolog also bagged the first place on Government Efficiency; first place on Infrastructure; and was named “Most Improved LGU” for achieving a seven-notch performance improvement in the national competitiveness ranking.

In addition, it was also placed second in the regional ranking for both the Economic Dynamism and Resiliency pillars.

The awarding was part of the ZamPen Barangay Negosyo Summit and the annual Zamboanga Peninsula Exposition (ZAMPEX) attended by barangay leaders, local officials and members of the business sector in the region.

Mayor Darel Dexter Uy received the awards given by the Regional Competitiveness Committee and Department of Trade and Industry.

In a Facebook post, the Mayor said: “this latest award received by the City of Dipolog recognizes the performance of our local government in improving overall competitiveness score in this year’s Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI), an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council.”

The cities and municipalities are ranked on their competitiveness based on an overall competitiveness score, which is the sum of scores on four main pillars namely: economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency.

“We thank God for all the blessings for our beloved City. Let us continue to be united in working for a better Dipolog and in pursuing an excellent quality of life for everyone,” said Mayor Uy.

DSWD, LGU earmark P619-T for 4Ps agri-enterprise

By Alfonso T. Ruda (ALT/ATR/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte/with reports from GPV-CIO}

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-9, together with the local government of Dipolog City, recently gave livelihood assistance to Sangkol 4Ps Agri-Enterprise SLP Association of Barangay Sangkol, this city as its livelihood Seed Capital Fund.

In a turnover ceremony on October 4, 2018, Dipolog City Councilor Marilou Calibo who represented Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy turned over a check amounting to P619,960.00 to Dipolog City Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene Jatico and handed it over to Sangkol Barangay Chairman Mecias Regañon and Sangkol 4Ps Agri-Enterprise SLPA President Maria A. Animas.

In her message, Calibo urged the program beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity given to them by the government, the Seed Capital Fund for the betterment of their lives.

“Use this money for the improvement of your association and the barangay. Let’s help one another to sustain this project,” Calibo said.

In response, Animas assured her total commitment to sustain the livelihood project and appealed to her co-beneficiaries to extend similar support and cooperation to sustain the project which she hopes would make a difference in their lives.

Jatico said the fund comes from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD designed for the marginalized Filipinos

Earlier, the City Social Welfare and Development Office conducted a capacity training among the 62 members of the association to teach them on the proper management of its finances and livelihood activities.

Other officials present during the ceremony were DSWD Provincial Coordinator Alex Z. Sabal, and OIC- City Cooperative Officer, Elena Doris Sarande.

NFA rice starts arriving in Zambo Norte

By Alfonso T. Ruda

By Alfonso T. Ruda (EDT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte/with report for MBM-PIC)

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) --- About 22,000 bags of NFA rice will be arriving in the province, says NFA 9 Assistant Regional Director Ruben Manatad.

In a letter sent to Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy, NFA 9 ARD and concurrent NFA-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Manager Ruben Manatad said that NFA-Zamboanga del Norte is starting to receive NFA rice from Zamboanga City.

Ms. Alexen M. Pareja, acting economist of NFA-Zamboanga del Norte said about 8,990 of the 22,000 bags of NFA rice allocation have already arrived and were initially distributed to different NFA-accredited retailers.

“Based on our latest inventory, we are left with 7,886 bags in our warehouse at Gulayon, Dipolog City after our distribution,” he said.

On the other hand, Manatad said the arrival of NFA rice is so timely considering the increase of price of commercial rice in the local market. He believed this would lower down in the coming weeks, more so with the expected arrival of commercial rice from the towns of Aurora and Molave, Zamboanga del Sur and the cities of Oroquieta, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Palawan, Dumaguete and even Metro Manila.

Earlier, Dipolog City Agriculturist Engr. Kerr Poras assured there is sufficient rice supply in the city, as harvest season is already starting.

Manatad also assured the public that supply of NFA rice in accredited NFA-rice retailers would last until the second week of November this year.

The NFA Provincial Office disclosed that more imported rice will arrive in Dipolog City by mid-November to ensure its required buffer stock can last until the first quarter of year 2018.

Manatad emphasized that NFA is doing its best to address the scarcity of rice in the local market which is a concern not only in the province but also throughout the country.

It may be recalled last September 6, the Local Price Coordinating Council of the province, presided by Vice-Governor Atty. Senen O. Angeles, convened to discuss the increasing price of commercial rice in the local market.

The Vice-Governor assured that there is no rice shortage in Zamboanga del Norte.

Dipolog farmers undergo training on modern farm machineries

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

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, September 25 (PIA) --- To improve the agriculture sector of Dipolog City and nearby towns, the City Agriculturist Office, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Post-Harvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) recently conducted a training course on the operation and maintenance of selected agricultural machineries on rice mechanization and post-harvest facilities here.

The two-day training, held at Sitio Tubod and Bayang of Barangay Galas, was participated by the members of Dipolog-Polanco Irrigators Association (DPIA).

Dipolog City Agriculturist Engr. Kerr Porlas said the training aimed to familiarize the farmers on the operation of multi-million modern farm equipments and facilities which were given by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to the members of DPIA during his visit in Dipolog City last year.

The P5.5-million modern farm equipments include Riding Type Transplanter, Walk Behind Transplanter, Combine Harvester, 4-Wheel tractor and Reaper.

Among the resource persons during the 2-day training include Science Research Specialist I, Mr. Mario V. Pascua; Science Research Specialist II Mr. Ray Adarna; PhilMech Science Research Specialist I Engr. Irish Arambulo ug Science Research Analyst Mr. Roland Ruiz.

Porlas said they chose to conduct the training on September in time for the start of the harvest season for the farmers’ hands-on experience.

The City Agriculturist believed the mechanization program of the government is the answer to the farmers’ labor problems during harvest season.

During the training, farmers were also given the opportunity to operate the modern farm equipments.

Porlas said Dipolog City, which has 1,600 hectares of rice-fields, with 1,100 hectares irrigated, and 500 hectares rain-fed is the first area in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region to receive these modern farm equipments from the Department of Agriculture.

DAR to establish peanut processing center in Liloy town

By Alfonso T. Ruda (EDT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte/with report from DAR-ZN)

LILOY, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) -- A peanut processing center will be soon operational here.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently at Barangay Goin, Liloy town by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the construction of a peanut processing center.

This will be implemented through the Village Level Farm-focused Enterprise Development (VLFED) Project which will benefit some 85 members of Goin Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GARBEMCO).

The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Regional Director Julita A. Ragandang, Assistant Regional Directors lawyer Ramon Madronal, Jr. and Engr Agnes Maata with Mayor Roberto L. Uy, Jr. of Liloy town.

The total project cost is about P439,200 with a counterpart from the local government unit of Liloy. 68% of the total amount will be shouldered by DAR while the remaining 32% will come from the LGU-Liloy.

The VLFED Project aims to produce peanut products compliant with the Food and Drug Administration-Licensed to Operate (FDA-LTO) and create additional livelihood opportunities for the farmer beneficiaries who have limited capital and don’t have sufficient income.

As a manifestation of their total commitment of support for the implementation of the project, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing also took place during the ground-breaking.

Among the signatories of the MOA are DAR-9 Regional Director Julita Ragandang, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Arturo Soria, DTI-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Director Maridel Dengal, DOST-Zamboanga del Norte head Merilyn Cadag, VLFED Point Person Eva Soropia, GARBEMCO Chairman Roberto Callao, Liloy Mayor Roberto L. Uy Jr., and Goin Barangay Chairman Hilario Años.

The MOA signing was witnessed by other DAR regional and provincial employees, DTI and DOST employees, municipal and barangay officials, employees and GARBEMCO members.

Zamboanga del Norte town mayor, 3 others face murder raps

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan (PNA)

MANILA -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed criminal cases against the mayor of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte and three others before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly killing and burning the house of a man, with whom the local chief executive has a pending land dispute.

In a complaint, NBI has recommended the prosecution of Mayor Flora Villarosa of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte; Barangay Poblacion chairman Josecor Gepolongca; Ernie Lumucso, Villarosa's chief security aide; and Roy Maronse Balayong for murder and arson.

The four are accused of killing Restituto Lugo Sasuman of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on Sept. 15, 2016. The victim reportedly refused to vacate the property that was reportedly donated to the local government.

The NBI-Death Investigation Division (DID) said the charges stemmed from the complaint of Sasuman’s wife Teodolfa; the victim’s sister, Adricula; and nephew Elbert.

Sasuman's killing was solved by the NBI after Lumocso and Balayong confessed to investigators that they burned the victim's house.

Investigation showed that Lumucso on the night of Sept. 15, 2016 went to the birthing clinic beside the house of the victim to conduct a final surveillance.

Lumucso, along with Balayong, forcibly took Sasuman as he was coming out of the clinic’s comfort room and took him to Villarosa's house.

Lumucso said they tied Sasuman's hands with electrical wire and wrapped his head with a piece of cloth. They took Sasuman to the spillway in Polayo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte where they stabbed him to death.

Lumucso and Balayong then returned to Sasuman's house and burned it down after which, they proceeded to Villarosa's house.

Gepolonga, who was also at the mayor's house, gave the two men an envelop containing PHP10,000.

However, Lumucso and Balayong later confessed to the crime.

The NBI-DID said prior to the killing, Sasuman and a certain Carlo Plasos filed a case of forcible entry with temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against Villarosa and Proceso Benlot and Myrna Benlot on Feb. 13, 2012 over a piece of land.

In his complaint, Sasuman alleged that on Feb. 2, 2012, Villarosa and the Benlots unlawfully entered the property and destroyed their house using heavy equipment owned by the municipal government.

Sasuman claimed that they have been occupying the property for almost 40 years but the defendants argued that the land in question was owned by the Benlots.

Zambo Norte village official dies after fall from cliff

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A barangay official died of severe injuries after falling into a 150-meter high cliff in the Zamboanga del Norte town of Katipunan, police said Wednesday.

Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the fatality as Rolan Lumon, 31, a councilor of Barangay Malasay, Katipunan.

Galvez said the incident happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday in Sitio Salwagan, Barangay Baluc, Katipunan.

She said the official and his brother-in-law, Sannyboy Sumampon, were on the way home when the victim lost his balance and fell towards the 150-meter high rocky cliff.

Lumon died instantly due to severe injuries.

Lumon and Sumampon came from fishing at a nearby river when the incident happened, police said.

Zambo Norte woman bares ordeal in daring Lebanon escape

By Gualberto Laput (PNA)

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (UPDATED) -- Cecile Tubadan, a 32-year-old mother from Leon Postigo town, was elated when an opportunity to work in Lebanon presented itself.

The recruiter, a sister of her live-in partner, seemed trustworthy that she did not hesitate to fly to Lebanon to work as a housemaid on a tourist visa.

It was too late when she learned she was deceived.

Tubadan narrated her ordeal to the Philippine News Agency on Monday, four days after she returned to the country following her escape from an employer - who physically abused her when she refused to work as a prostitute.

“I agreed because I'm jobless, I have four children, and I cannot rely on the money sent by my partner,” Tubadan said.

She said it was her live-in partner's sister, Myrene Salvador Abuan, who enticed her to work in Lebanon for $400 a month.

Abuan is married to Syrian Hashim Ali, who endorsed her to SREIH Services, a housemaid agency in Lebanon, which paid the couple $800 for bringing in the unsuspecting Tubadan.

Tubadan said her focus was on earning money for her family that she did not mind going to Lebanon on July 19, 2018, supposedly as an overseas contract worker.

“I have no contract, no work documents--nothing, but I still went to Lebanon because I trusted Myrene,” Tubadan said.

She was told to work at the house of the Alis until they can find her an employer. But then everything changed, Tubadan said, when Ali told her to work as a prostitute disguised as masseuse at a spa.

Tubadan claimed that Ali beat her and barred her from going out of their apartment building when she refused.

After several weeks, Tubadan recalled she posted on Facebook an appeal for her rescue, which was seen by her relatives and a neighbor in Leon Postigo, William Anadeo, a school teacher in their town.

Anadeo sought the help of first district Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos, who immediately sent a letter to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), which promptly ordered its embassy in Lebanon to find Tubadan.

Meanwhile, Tubadan said she got the chance to escape on September 11 when Hashim Ali was not at home.

She asked permission from Myrene Salvador Abuan to go to the prayer meeting of fellow Filipinos at an apartment at the ground floor.

With the help of friends, she was slipped out of the building and brought to a coffee shop where she was fetched by a relative and brought to the Philippine Embassy.

According to Tubadan, embassy officials demanded SREIH Services to return her travel documents and give her plane ticket back home or they would bring her case to the Lebanese government.

The owners of SREIGH Services agreed, but also had Tubadan sign a document stating that she would not file a case against the agency.

On September 13, Tubadan was able to fly back to Manila.

Upon arriving in Dipolog, she immediately went to thank Jalosjos, and to ask the lawmaker to help three other distressed Filipinas at the apartment of Hashim Ali.

“There are a lot of Filipinas who need help,” she said, “there were about a hundred at the embassy. They could not come home because they still have legal cases or they have no money.”

In most cases, Tubadan said that victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking in Lebanon were recruited by either friends or relatives.

Housing units for informal settlers soon to rise in Dapitan

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

DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) --- The local government unit of Dapitan recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) for the construction of two-storey medium rise housing units at Barangay Sulangon, this City.

The housing project will benefit about 616 informal settlers who were affected by natural calamities, implementation of various government projects and those living in hazard-prone areas.

Under the MOU, the SHFC will construct the housing units at the seven hectare lot in Sulangon owned by the City Government of Dapitan which it acquired from a Filipino-Chinese couple in 2003.

There are now about 160 families, who are members of the Sulangon Heights Homeowners Association Inc., (SHOAI) qualified for the first batch of the project.

During its ground-breaking ceremony, Mayor Jalosjos said the housing project is a realization of her long-time dream to provide home to the homeless Dapitanons.

Lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, SHFC president, lauded Dapitan City LGU for its cooperation and active participation, willingness to provide a lot for the project, and the development of the project site like the construction of concrete road and drainage canal.

Accordingly, the LGU’s initiative of developing the area ensures affordable monthly amortization of about P1,807.62, payable for 30 years by the beneficiaries.

In his acceptance speech, SHOAI Pres. Renante S. Bala expressed his gratitude to Mayor Jalosjos and SHFC for giving them the opportunity to live in a decent and safe home.

He also urged his co-members to religiously comply with their monthly obligations and adhere to the guidelines set forth by SHFC during the orientation.

Cabling said the target date for the start of the construction of the building is within this month, or as soon as all the documentary requirements are submitted.

Acceptance of the application is now ongoing at the Office of the Housing Team of the City Government.

Zambo Norte, DOT-9 ink MOA for 2019-2023 provincial tourism plan

By Alfonso T. Ruda (EDT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte/with reports from MBMontederamos-PIC)

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) -- To promote and improve the tourism industry of Zamboanga del Norte province, the provincial government here signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Tourism (DOT)-9 for a tourism plan in the next five years.

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy and DOT-9 Regional Director Myra Paz Abubakar signed the MOA, wherein under the agreement, DOT-9 will assist in crafting the provincial tourism plan of the province for 2019 to 2023 and extend financial assistance of about P400 thousand allocated for consultancy fee.

OIC-Provincial Tourism Officer Ms. Lennie Castañeda said DOT-9 will also provide a staff to the Provincial Tourism Office as its representative in the Tourism Planning Committee and help the Technical Working Group in the preparation of the Tourism Master Plan of the province.

Moreover, DOT-9 will assist in the conduct of consultative meeting workshops, focus group discussions, and interviews with other concerned agencies and institutions.

As counterpart, the provincial government will create the Tourism Planning Committee based on the Executive Order that will be issued by the governor based on the Tourism Planning Guidebook.

With this initiative, Castañeda is optimistic of the total improvement of the tourism industry in the province as she was assured by Governor Uy his all-out support to all programs and projects that will be laid for the improvement of tourism in the province.

The signing of the MOA was held at the Governor’s Office and witnessed by Castañeda and Mr. Wenceslao Galea Jr of DOT9.

Farmer electrocuted

By Ely Dumaboc

A farmer was electrocuted while fishing at a creek in Barangay Sinuyak, Katipunan Municipality, Zamboanga del Norte last Sunday.

PO3 Noel Engkot, Police Investigator, identified the victim as Raymund Cambic y Dimasuhid, 23, single and a resident of Miatan, Katipunan Municipality.

Initial investigation disclosed that Caimbic used a fishing device made up of wire which he connected to an electrical outlet from the house of a certain Uldarico Moreno y Gayawon.

Hours later, the victim was found unconscious by his own brother, Ruel Caimbic.

Ruel pulled his brother out of the creek and tried to revive the latter but his actions were futile, said Engkot.

The victim sustained burns in his right hand and left chest, possibly caused by the strong electrical current which passed through his entire body as he held the live wire of his improvised fishing device.

The victim’s body was brought to the family home.

2 dead, 2 hurt as motorcycle plunges into canal

By BONG GARCIA (SunStar Philippines)

TWO people died while two others were injured when the motorcycle they were riding fell into a concrete irrigation canal in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported on Sunday, September 16.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, disclosed the incident occurred around 12:20 a.m. Saturday in the village of La Union, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.

Galvez identified the fatalities as Hans Jefferson Languido, 18, and Joshua Languido, 17, both students.

Wounded were John Lloyd Bacor, 24, driver of the ill-fated motorcycle, and Jasper Midwasa, 18.

Galvez said that Hans Jefferson was rushed but failed to reach alive in the district hospital while Joshua expired while in transit to the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Cener in Dipolog City.

Galvez said the four, aboard on a motorcycle, were on the way home coming from a disco held at the covered court of La Union village.

She said the four were believed to be intoxicated with alcohol drinks as they were since having a drinking session while at the disco.

Killed In Shooting Incident

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

LEON POSTIGO, Zamboanga del Norte – One person was killed in Shooting incident transpired on 8:00pm more or less of September 11, 2018 at Barangay Tinuyop, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 8:00 PM of September 11, 2018.

The victim was already brought to Sindangan District Hospital by his relatives. He was later identified Beinvenido Fabillar Y Alvares alias “Toto”, 40 yrs. old, married and a resident of Sitio Casong, Brgy Tinuyop, Leon B Postigo.

Based on record of the hospital the victim arrived at around 9:30PM on September 11, 2018 which was brought by his relatives but was declared dead on arrival due to a gunshot wound at his abdomen and at the back portion of his body which believed to be the caused his instantaneous death.

Initial investigation disclosed that on September 11, 2018, Barangay Tinuyop was celebrating their founding anniversary wherein various activities were being held.

According to the Brgy officials the victim was last seen alive at around 7:15 PM of September 11, 2018 walking alone towards the residence of his brother when suddenly they heard burst of gun fire.

Upon verification, they saw the victim lying down with blood on the road and was immediately brought to Sindangan District Hospital.

Further investigation reveals that the victim was a rebel returnee sometimes in the year 2000.

Thorough investigation is now undertaken to determine the motive of the incident. Recovered from the crime scene were several fired cartridges of Cal 45.

RA 9262 Violator Arrested in Dapitan City

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

DAPITAN CITY – The Operatives of Dapitan City Police Station together with 904th Maritime Group conducted manhunt operation at Brgy San Vicente, Dapitan City at about 12:10 PM of September 12, 2018.

The operation was to the arrest of one Elmer Taruc Baroy, 33 years old, male, married, resident of Purok Mangga, Brgy San Vicente, Dapitan City.

He has a standing warrant of arrest charged for violation of Sec. 5(i) of RA 9262, under Criminal Case No. 22140 issued and signed by Presiding Judge Rogelio D. Laquihon, of RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 7, Dipolog City dated September 5, 2018 with bail bond recommended amounting to (Php 24,000.00).

The accused now detained at Dapitan CPS for proper disposition.

Fire Incident

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

DAPITAN CITY - Fire incident transpired at the residence of Joseph Calasang Cagandahan, situated at Brgy Maria Cristina, Dapitan City, Zambboanga Del Norte at around 7:25 AM of September 12, 2018.

Initial investigation conducted by Fire Officer 1 John Beta Balanay, disclosed that the fire was started at around 7:20 AM of September 12, 2018 and was declared under control/Fire-out at around 8:30AM of same date.

The cause of fire was believed came from the unattended cooking area of the dirty kitchen from the said residence which is made of light materials. Estimated amount of damaged is more or less (Php100, 000.00). No casualty/injured during the incident.

Gov’t employee arrested in anti-drug operation

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

A GOVERNMENT employee, who is an alleged member of a drug syndicate, was arrested in an anti-drug operation in Zamboanga del Norte province, the police said Monday, September 10.

Chief Superintendent Edwin De Ocampo, deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula, identified the arrested suspect as Gary Cabanit, 38, an employee of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

De Ocampo said Cabanit was arrested in a drug bust at 6:37 p.m. Sunday inside the DILG office in Poblacion village, Siocon town, following a month-long intelligence build-up and surveillance in the suspect’s illegal drug trade.

“Prior to the arrest, there was an information that the suspect was repacking the illegal items, selling and conducting pot session inside the DILG office,” De Ocampo said quoting the report of the police in Siocon.

He said that Cabanit, who is an alleged member of the Sahibad Drug Group, is listed as high-value target Level 2 drug personality in Siocon.

The police official said that the suspect is a drug surrenderer since the latter has surrendered in 2016 when Oplan Tokhang was implemented.

He said confiscated from the suspect were: one medium-size and six small-size plastic sachets of suspected shabu, P500 marked money, P3,598 cash in different denominations, counterfeit identification (ID) card of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, different ID cards, and illegal drug paraphernalia.

He said the suspect was detained while appropriate charges are set to be filed against him.

OWWA-IX conducts entrepreneurship training


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office IX conducted a three (3) day Entrepreneurship Development Training at Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte last August 29-31, 2018.

The training was held in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry and (DTI) represented by Mr. Rodrigo Montero and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) represented by Mr. RoelTarroza. It was participated by 100 active OFWs coming from the Municipality of Piñan, Mutia, and Dipolog City and was facilitated by Family Welfare Officer Lellan C. Pacatang and Labor Communications Officer Fatima Jane G. Salihuddin.

OWWA Regional Director Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain gave his welcome remarks on the first day of the training and also opened the floor for important matters/concerns of the participants so that these may be addressed promptly. They were asked to take part in the workshops and activities such as coming up with their personal financial plan.

Mr. Montero lectured on the basics of starting an enterprise covering topics such as trending business ventures and the right attitude to cultivate when running a business. He also lectured on Entrepreneurship Development Training wherein he provided the participants with the ability to recognize commercial opportunities, self-esteem, knowledge and skills to act on them. Mr. Tarroza on the other hand, oriented on the P2 billion Reintegration Program and participants asked relevant questions in an open forum.

Lastly, FWO Pacatang organized the group into OFW Family Circles (OFCs). The aims of the said formation are to strengthen and counsel OFWs and make them a helping arm in the information dissemination of OWWA programs and services.

It is not easy to be a successful entrepreneur and the only way to be one is being equipped with all the right entrepreneurial skills, attitude and behavior. Hence, OWWA IX, made this training available for OFWS who wanted to become an entrepreneur so that they may develop their entrepreneurial skills, and in the process, establish or run successful enterprises.

DSWD 9 to open info hub


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office 9 will soon open an Info Hub or Information kiosk in a bid to better inform the public regarding its programs, which will be launched next week.

"These are television (TV) sets where information of DSWD programs are in loop," Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD 9 information officer, bared.

InfoHub is an innovation of DSWD Field Office 9 to integrate the Information, Communication and Education (IEC) materials of the agency into digital and electronic formats.

The initiative aims to reinforce the knowledge of the internal and external public on various programs and services of the DSWD by providing a centralized hub for information and other relevant contents for public information.

A total of 14 television sets will be purchased by the department worth P200,000 which will be distributed to DSWD office and DSWD 9 centers in Region 9.

Recipients of the television sets are: Reception and Study Center for Children located in Barangay Talon Talon, Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Mampang, Home for women in San Roque, Home for elderly Talon- Talon, processing center for displaced persons Mampang, Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth Zamboanga del Norte, Balay Dangpanan sa Kabataan also in Zamboanga del Norte, Crisis Intervention Unit in Sta.Barbara, five Social Welfare and Development Teams, and regional office.

According to Salvador, these television sets will show DSWD 9 programs in a one to two-minute videos such as social pension, trafficking, supplementary feeding, adoption, center based programs, and others.

"We wanted to establish good understanding among our public, how DSWD is working for the welfare of the clients," Salvador said.

PDEA agents nab Canadian with 1 kilo marijuana in Dipolog City

By Leah Agonoy (/atm, Inquirer Mindanao)

PAGADIAN CITY — A team from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Zamboanga del Norte and Dipolog arrested a Canadian in a drug buy-bust operation Friday evening at Purok Parpagayo, Barangay Lower Dicayas, Dipolog City.

PDEA Regional Director Laurefel Gabales said a kilo of dried marijuana leaves, a pack of marijuana cookies and one plastic container of marijuana hashish were confiscated from Alfred Wayne St. George, 47.

On Thursday evening, the group also nabbed a member of a local drug group in Dipolog City.

Authorities identified the suspect as Julito Abordo Rodriguez a.k.a. “Bayot” or “Sugar Rivera” who was collared in a buybust operation at Purok Red Rose, Barangay Miputak, Dipolog City.

An estimated 5 grams of suspected shabu was confiscated from Rodriguez.

Both suspects have been under intense surveillance months before the operation, authorities said.

Cases for violation Republic Act No. 9165 were filed against the two suspects, who were detained at the Dipolog City Police Station.

PNP Maritime apprehends four boats fishing in municipal waters

By Allen Abastillas

The Regional Maritime Unit-9 (RMU-9)has intercepted four commercial fishing boats in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte during their series of seaborne operations conducted recently in the region against illegal fishing and piracy.

Newly promoted Sr. Supt. Jacob G. Macabali, chief of RMU-9 disclosed that the 903rd Maritime Station based in Pagadian City intercepted two fishing boats, identified as FB Reyna Jubery, marked with Tapay, operated by Ronald Puno and FB CNL, Skippered by Ariel Genraul.

The two fishing vessels were intercepted by maritime troopers for illegally fishing within the 15-kilometer municipal waters off Tabina. While the troopers were conducting seaborne operation with Global Positioning Gadget, they caught the two fishing boats illegally fishing within the 2.87 kilometers coastal waters off Tabina.

The troopers are now readying a case against the owner of the two fishing boats for violation of R.A 10654 otherwise known as the Fishery Code of the Philippines.

On similar development, Macabali also said that the 904th Maritime Station based in Dipolog City while conducting a seaborne operation intercepted a fishing boat, identified as FB Victor, operated by Efren P. Acha, for illegally fishing within the 4 kilometers from the shoreline of Barangay Galas of Dipolog City. Another fishing boat also identified as FB Dom C-3, operated by Peter Taud, was caught illegally fishing within the 15 kilometers of the coastal water of Barangay Barra, Dipolog City. RMU-9 is now preparing a case against the two fishing boats for violation of R.A 10654 and City Ordinance 09-213.

404 jeepney operators receive Pantawid Pasada card


The Land Transportation FranchisIng and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has distributed a total of 404 Pantawid Pasada cards to jeepney operators in Region 9.

Aminoden D. Guro, LTFRB 9 regional director, said that the Zamboanga jeepney drivers received the bulk of the cards that were distributed in the region.

The cards were distributed as follows: Three (3) cards were released in Ipil, 27 in Dipolog City, 28 in Pagadian City, and 346 in Zamboanga City.

There are a total of 2,106 card beneficiaries in region 9. Of this number. Ipil has 34, Dipolog 153, Pagadian 104, and Zamboanga City has 1,815.

The Pantawid Pasada Fuel Card worth P5,000 can be used every time drivers purchase fuel at LTFRB accredited gasoline stations.

Guro said that they are targeting to finish the distribution of cards by September.

Jeepney operators found violating program guidelines will be disqualified and will no longer receive the benefits next year.

Campaign against Illegal Logging

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SIBUCO, Zamboanga Del Norte – On September 1, 2018 at about 1:00 PM, Sibuco MPS received report from a concern citizen that there was an illegal Logging activity at Barangay Panganuran, Sibuco Zamboanga Del Norte.

Acted on the report, a PNP team and Elements from 42nd Infantry Battalion on board with motorized pump boat preceded the said place to verify the veracity of the information received.

That upon the arrival of the said area at of same date troops immediately locate the reported area and personally saw abandoned numerous fetishes hard wood lumber (yakal, red lawaan and white lawaan) therein estimated to be more or less 19,000 nineteen thousand board feet with estimated amounting to Php437, 000.

The operating troops confiscate the said lumber at about 1:30am of September 2, 2018 the troops arrived at sitio Tungawan, barangay Poblacion, Sibuco Zamboanga del Norte and immediately Coordinate with the Municipal Environment Office of Sibuco ZN and turned over the confiscated Lumber and temper boat properly received by Mr Masher Daiyan MENRO for safekeeping and proper disposition. Investigator on Case is Po3 Edgar D. Luyao CP 09354581063.

Enriquez sustains form, wins PPS Salug

(Manila Standard Sports)

Sydney Ezra Enriquez completed another two-title run in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Pera Padala age-group circuit, this time in big fashion as she did it before hometown crowd at the Uswag Salug Tennis Courts in Zamboanga del Norte.

Enriquez eased out top seed Rica Labrador, 6-3, 6-0, in the semis then blasted Princess Gom-os to clinch the girls’ 16-and-under singles crown in the PPS Salug leg sponsored and hosted by Mayor Jeffrey Lim. The local ace, however, struggled in the 18-U finals, needing to come up with clutch shots to foil Gom-os, 7-5, 7-6(3), and duplicate her feat in last week’s Liloy stop of the circuit presented by Dunlop.

Aslan Carbonilla matched Enriquez’s exploits as the Abaga, Lanao del Norte bet crushed Glenn Dadan, 6-0, 6-0, and stopped Russel Daarol, 6-3, 6-3, to pocket the 12- and 14-U titles, respectively, in the boys’ side of the Group 2 tournament put up by Palawan Pawnshop, headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Other winners in the event, backed by Asiatraders Corp. and sanctioned by the Unified Tennis Philippines, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg, were Zamboanga Sibugay’s Jose Maria Pague, Nilo Ledama from Pagadian City, Zambo del Sur’s Garlandson Ardiente, Faith Regencia from Liloy and Sindangan’s Labrador.

Pague routed top seed Ledama, 6-2, 6-1, to nail the boys’ 18-U diadem; Ledama bounced back in the 16-U finals with a 6-2, 6-0 romp over Lex Estillore; Ardiente took the 10-unisex plum with a 4-0, 4-1 rout of Bryzen Sanchez; Regencia dismantled Murielle Baje, 6-2, 6-3, for the girls’ 12-U crown; and Labrador rebounded from a semis loss in 18-U play with a 6-0, 6-0 demolition of top seed Jalia Elumba in the 14-U finale.

Enriquez also teamed up with Faith Virgo to claim her third crown via an 8-6 escape over Gom-os and Rocel Rosales in the 18-u doubles finals with Pague also claiming the boys’ title in partnership with Carbonilla via an 8-3 rout of Ledama and Nick Akiatan.

Elumba and Labrador took the 14-U plum with an 8-1 romp over Yvonne Cuevas and Regencia with Griffin Ardiente and Axel Apat also posting an 8-1 victory over Tristan Cadavedo and Renz Estano in the boys’ 14-U championship. Garlandson Ardiente and Pete Bandala bagged the 10-U doubles title with an 8-3 win over Kevin Gallenero and Sanchez.

Meanwhile, action shifts to Sindangan on Sept. 7-10 while Lanao del Norte will host the next stop on Sept. 14-17, Listup is ongoing. For details, call PPS-PEPP Program Development director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.

PCG Zamboanga joins pursuit on Sirawai abductors


Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Zamboanga Station has extended seaborne patrol assistance to Zamboanga del Norte authorities in their search for kidnapped victims from Barangay Piacan, Sirawai.

PCG Zamboanga Station Chief Lieutenant Commander Noriel Ramos said that he deployed his Special Operations Unit on board (2) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) to help in the ongoing pursuit operation against the perpetrators of the said abduction incident.

“We immediately provided seaborne support to our engaged troops from the Philippine Army and the PNP in order to pursue the perpetrators who were responsible in abducting the old couple, who were also used as human shields,” Ramos said.

Recall that an armed encounter incident occurred at Brgy Piacan, Sirawai Zamboanga Del Norte in the eve of September 1, wherein five (5) unidentified armed men wearing camouflage uniforms on board a motorized pump boat arrived at said place and were monitored by the AFP troops of Piacan detachment that resulted to an armed encounter.

In the course of the firefight, one (1) CAFGU and five (5) civilians were killed.

Evading armed subjects forcibly took the couple, identified as Rufo C. Roda, 62 yrs old, a retired CAFGU and his wife identified as Helen M. Roda, 64 yrs old from their residence in the said barangay.

The lawless group also used the couple as human shields to evade pursuing troops.

The subject group together with the couple withdrew towards the high seas of Sibuco, Zamboanga Del Norte using the same boat.

At present, hot pursuit operation against said lawless elements is still ongoing to possibly locate the whereabouts of the suspects.

6 killed, 2 abducted as militiamen, gunmen clash in Zambo Norte

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Six people, including a militiaman, were killed while a child was wounded following a clash by militiamen and unidentified gunmen in a remote area in Zamboanga del Norte, an official disclosed Saturday.

Chief Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, deputy regional director for administration of Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), said the gunmen also used two individuals as human shields during the clash that occurred in Piacan, a coastal barangay in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte, at about 6:05 p.m. Friday.

De Ocampo said the clash broke out as the militiamen - based at the Piacan detachment - responded to the reported arrival of five unidentified gunmen, clad in camouflage uniforms, at the village's shore.

He said the clash resulted in the death of a militiaman and five civilians hit in the crossfire. The fatalities were identified as Amsid Callun, the militiaman; Absar Gumba; Kabiran Ginsing; Saddam Tahir; Jaayri Lumihig; and Muslimin Adan.

The wounded minor was identified as Jering Carbi, whose age was not immediately known.

De Ocampo said the gunmen seized Rufo Roda and his wife, Helen, and used them as human shields as they escaped. Rufo is also a militiaman. The gunmen fled with the couple on motorboats.

Police units in Zamboanga del Norte, in coordination with military authorities, have already launched an operation to track down the whereabouts of the Roda couple.

De Ocampo said the Zamboanga Coast Guard has deployed two Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats to assist the police and military forces in their search for the gunmen.

2 die, officer wounded in law enforcement operation

By BONG GARCIA (SunStar Philippines)

TWO alleged members of lawless groups were killed while a police officer was wounded in separate operations in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, the police said Monday, August 27, 2018.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the slain suspects as Kamar Yusop, 29; and Anito Gengson Gungob alias “Cito.”

Wounded was Senior Inspector Ernesto Etorne, Jr., commander of the 901st Company, Regional Mobile Force Battalion-9.

Galvez said Yusop was killed in a shootout around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the village of New Salvacion, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.

She said the shootout ensued after Yusop opened fire hitting Etorne, who were was leading a group of policemen, to serve an arrest warrant against the suspect.

The information officer said the policemen returned fire hitting Yusop, who was rushed but failed to reach the hospital alive.

She said Yusop has standing warrant of arrested for the crime of arson with no recommended bail and frustrated murder with P100,000 recommended bail issued by the court of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Yusop is allegedly a member of the Sumingal lawless group based in the town of Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte, She added.

Galvez said Etorne was taken to the Labason District Hospital for treatment and was later transferred to a hospital in Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte province.

She said Gungob was killed on a counter-strike and stop-and-frisk operation around 4 p.m. Saturday along Rizal Avenue in the village of Madasigun, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur.

Galvez said Gungob, an alleged “contract killer” was shot to death when he pulled a handgun and about to open fire when the police established surprise checkpoint.

She said the slain suspect is believed to be responsible in some of the shooting and robbery incidents in these provinces.

ZNPPO, PAC to host 2018 Regional Advisory Council Summit in Dipolog

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

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) --- Members of the Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office Technical Working Group (ZNPPO-TWG) and the Philippine National Police Provincial Advisory Council converged recently in an emergency meeting at the ZNPPO Conference Room in Barangay Sicayab, this City to iron out preparation for the 2018 Regional Advisory Council Summit here on October 26 and 27.

The Regional Advisory Council Summit is an annual undertaking of the different Provincial Advisory Councils in the region to highlight its contribution in the PNP transformation program towards good governance as envisioned by PNP Patrol Plan 2030.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde will be the guest speaker and resource person during the occasion.

Moreover, around 500 participants composed of local chief executives of the different local government units, chiefs of police, provincial, city and municipal advisory councils in the Zamboanga Peninsula region are expected to attend the said gathering.

Last year, the RAC Summit was held in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

This year’s theme is “Commitment of the Advisory Councils towards the sustainability of PNP transformation program towards good governance.”

P333.5-M earmarked for 2019 peace and order, public safety plan in Zambo Norte

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

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) -- The Zamboanga del Norte Peace and Order Council (ZN-PPOC) has approved the proposed budget amendment of the 2019 Peace and Order And Public Safety (POPS) Plan in a special meeting held recently at the Function Hall of Dipolog City Boulevard, presided by Vice-Governor Senen O. Angeles .

From the earlier approved P310.4-million POPS Plan for 2019, it is now P333.5 after the Council approved its amendment.

The three components of the approved 2019 POPS Plan include P80.4 million for the conduct of peace and order, public safety policies, programs, projects and activities like beat patrol, checkpoint operations, seaborne patrol and other support PPPAs activities such as upgrading and purchase of equipment, vehicles, hard and softwares, and other related activities.

The second and third components of the approved budget is intended for peace and development programs such as livelihood and infrastructure support to conflict and other areas of concern in the declaration of Zamboanga del Norte as a Conflict Manageable and Development Ready province.

About P220-million is allocated for infrastructure projects which include the establishment of the Provincial Rehabilitation Center, Provincial Youth Center and Multi-Purpose Building.

The PPOC also passed a resolution supporting the request of 102nd Brigade Commander Col. Bagnus Gaerlan for fund allocation for the establishment of 10 more companies of Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units Active Auxiliary (SCAA) as augmentation to the military units based in the province.

Walking Rizal’s steps: Where to go in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

By Rhea Claire E Madarang (

Experience both a nature retreat and a historical tour in these spots where the hero left his mark

"Beside a spacious beach of fine and delicate sand
and at the foot of a mountain greener than a leaf,
I planted my humble hut beneath a pleasant orchard,
seeking in the still serenity of the woods
repose to my intellect and silence to my grief."

So thus began “Mi Retiro” (My Retreat), one of the poems Jose Rizal wrote during his exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The national hero’s 4 years in Dapitan may indeed be likened to a retreat, as he lived majority of them in his seaside property with nipa huts, fruit trees, a farm, and a rustling brook. From July 1892-1896 he had a quiet life farming, teaching students, treating patients, writing, making art, doing business, and designing engineering feats like a water system for the town, among others.

Even as Rizal left Dapitan, his presence and his contributions there remain palpable, and to explore the town today is not just about getting information on his life there, but also about experiencing it.

When you tour Dapitan, you can have your own retreat too, as you breathe in the sea breeze and relax at the hero’s home surrounded by greenery, among other places where his presence lingers.

Below are spots you can visit in Dapitan to get a feel of Rizal’s retreat:

Rizal Park and Shrine

This is Rizal’s idyllic home described in his poem. He was able to buy the land from part of his lottery winnings and built his house, a school and dorm for his students, a clinic, a farm, and a water system for the property.

Today, the shrine’s two hectares have been developed with replicas of the structures Rizal built, and a museum about his life and accomplishments in Dapitan.

If there is only one Rizal spot you have time to visit in Dapitan, this is it.

Explore each hut and see where the hero ate, slept, taught, and treated patients.

Sit at the workshop where his students practice carpentry to get a feel of being his student, too. Enter the museum to see memorabilia like his clothes, the blackboard he uses to teach students, and his medical tools.

Walk under the fruit trees around the area, especially the ancient baluno tree that has been there even before Rizal built his home. Climb the stairway to the rock where the hero wrote “Mi Retiro” and where he exchanged commitment vows with Josephine Bracken because they could not be married under the Catholic Church.

Later, stand beside the bench where Katipunan member Pio Valenzuela confided to Rizal about their planned armed revolution and the group’s offer to help Rizal flee Dapitan. Then walk along the seawall and take in the horizon of Dapitan Bay, where Rizal rode a steamer back to Manila at the end of his exile, and onward to volunteer as a military doctor in Cuba.

In a letter to his friend Fernando Blumentritt, Rizal described an idyllic yet full life in his home:

“From my house I hear the murmur of a crystalline rivulet that comes from the high rocks. I see the beach, the sea...I have many fruit trees – mangoes, lanzones, guyabanos, baluno, nanka, etc. I have rabbits, dogs, cats, etc. I get up early – at 5:00. I visit my fields, I feed the chickens, I wake up my folks, and start them moving. At 7:30 we take breakfast – tea, pastry, cheese, sweets, etc. Afterwards I treat my poor patients who come to my land. I dress and go to the town in my baroto, I treat the people there and I return at 12:00 and take lunch. Afterwards I teach the boys until 4:00 and I spend the afternoon farming. I spend the evening reading and studying.”

Rizal Park and Shrine is open daily, 8 am to 5 pm, while the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, same time. Admission is free.

Rizal landing site

On the evening of July 17, 1892, Rizal first set foot on Dapitan, arriving at Sta. Cruz Beach. He rode on the steamer Cebu, along with military corps as well as prisoners, one due for execution.

From the steamer the ship captain and some artillery men accompanied Rizal to the small boat that would take him to the shore. The sea was rough, and in his account of his journey to Dapitan, Rizal described the beach as “very gloomy,” perhaps reflecting his mood about his exile.

The site at present, though, is far from gloomy as it shines with the golden monument of Rizal with the captain and the artillery men who brought him to the shore. Also, the road along the landing site is called Sunset Boulevard, as this is a good spot to watch the sunset.

Take in the shining sculptures and walk along the beach. Wait for the sunset, if you have time. You can even stay until nightfall, the time of Rizal’s arrival.

St. James Church and Dapitan Plaza

“I am determined to do all I can on behalf of this town.” These are the words inscribed on Rizal’s immaculate white monument on the town plaza.

Indeed, Rizal did much for Dapitan, just among them remodeling the town plaza and designing a relief map of Mindanao, which also served as a teaching tool for the town’s students.

For St. James Church, which was built in 1871, Rizal painted a backdrop for the church altar inspired by a church in Barcelona. The painting was destroyed later by fire, though.

Rizal went to Mass every Sunday at St. James Church. He stayed near the entrance, as he could not go near the altar during Mass because of his excommunication from the Catholic Church. There is a historical marker for Rizal’s usual spot inside the church.

Walk around the plaza, trace the map of Mindanao with your footsteps, and stand in Rizal’s place inside St. James Church and imagine how he was then, attending Sunday Mass.

There are more Rizal spots to explore in Dapitan, though some would have to be restored, like the town’s water system Rizal designed. The places above are already enough to help you step back in time and somehow see Dapitan through his eyes.

How to get to Dapitan: Take a flight to Dipolog. From the airport, ride a tricycle to Dipolog City terminal then ride a bus or van to Dapitan. The bus and van will pass by the town plaza and church. From there you can take a tricycle to Rizal Park and Shrine, as well as to the landing site. Travel time from Dipolog is around 30 minutes or more.

Wanted person arrested in Sirawai, ZaNorte

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SIRAWAI, Zamboanga del Norte (Aug.14, 2018) – The Operatives of 905th Mobile Company of RMFB9, Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Mobile Force Company and Sirawai MPS conducted Joint Law Enforcement Operation implemented Manhunt Charlie by serving Warrant of Arrest at Brgy. Doña Cecilia, Sirawai, Zamboanga De Norte at about 10:0am of August 09, 2018 targeted “Ahi Taladji”,

The relentless operation was resulted to successful arrest of wanted person identified as Ahi Taladji Y Kamalundi, 66 years old, male, retired CAFGU, married, a resident of Brgy. Doña Cecilia, Sirawai, Zamboanga Del Norte. He was arrested by virtue of a standing warrant of arrest for the crime of Attempted Homicide docketed under Criminal Case no. 3505, issued by Hon. Jerry B. Patcho, Presiding Judge of 4th MCTC, 9th Judicial Region, Siocon, ZDN, with Bail recommended fixed in the amount of twelve thousand pesos (₱12,000.00) dated July 16, 2018.

The suspect was duly informed of his constitutional rights and immediately he was brought to Municipal Health Center for Medical Examination. The Sirawai MPS took custody to the suspect for disposition of case.

Ex-militia arrested for attempted homicide

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

A FORMER militiaman was arrested for attempted homicide charges around 10 a.m. Thursday, August 9, in Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte, the police said Monday.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said Ahi Taladji, 66, a retired militia, was arrested in Doña Cecilia village.

Galvez said Taladji has standing warrant of arrest for the crime of attempted homicide with recommended bail of P12,000 issued by the court in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

Vehicular Traffic Accident

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

DAPITAN CITY - Vehicular Traffic Accident transpired along the National Highway of Barangay Polo, Dapitan City at about 5:00 PM of August 10, 2018.

The accident was involving a tricycle and motorcycle, resulting to multiple physical injuries and damage to properties.

The red Honda Tricycle with apple green body cab, bearing temporary plate no. 090104, registered under the name of Rolando D. Balladares of Brgy. Taguilon, Dapitan City, driven by Marino Caermare Balladares, 31 years old, male, single, a resident of Purok C4, Brgy. Sulangon, Dapitan City, with passengers identified as

1) Desiree Galleposo Balladares, 21 years old, female, single,

2) Asa Katrina Candoy Adrias, 19 years old, female, single,

3) Shiara Galleposo Balladares, 19 years old, female, single, all of Brgy. Sulangon, Dapitan City,

4) Jeffrey Quizo, 17 years old, male, a resident of Brgy. Antipolo, Dapitan city; and the black Honda motorcycle, bearing plate no. 8146 JF, registered owner Levy Lagutin Sr., driven by Redemtor Macasandag Montac, 20 years old, male, single, a resident of Sergio Osmeña Sr., Zamboanga del Norte and temporarily residing at Crisostomo Ibarra St., Brgy. Dawo, Dapitan City.

Initial investigation disclosed that prior to the incident the tricycle was travelling from Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Santa Cruz, Dapitan City going to Brgy. Sulangon, Dapitan City whiles the motorcycle travelling from Brgy. Sulangon, Dapitan City going to Brgy. Dawo, Dapitan City, upon reaching at the aforementioned place of accident particularly at Sitio Lagbas, Brgy Polo, Dapitan City, the tricycle driver believed to be under the influence of liquor, overtook the motor cab travelling ahead, occupying the opposite lane resulted to accidentally bump to the incoming motorcycle. As a result, the motorcycle was press down on the tricycle front luggage carrier while the tricycle fell down on the highway and the side wheel was on top, both were incurred damage.

Both drivers and tricycle passengers sustained injuries and immediately rushed by the CDRRMO Rescue personnel onboard an ambulance to Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

Thereafter, both drivers were transferred to Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center, Brgy. Sicayab, Dipolog City.

The Vehicles involved were brought to Dapitan City Police Station for proper disposition. Investigator on case is PO1 Andres Ruiz with contact nr. 09104919988.

1 person killed in Vehicular Accident

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SIAYAN, Zamboanga del Norte – One person was killed in Vehicular accident transpired at Barangay Muñoz, Siayan, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 5:20 PM of August 8, 2018. The victim was identified as Sergeant Edgardo A. Estimo, 41 years old, married, assigned at 20th Special Forces and Detachment Commander of Camp Karbala Located at Sitio Layasan Barangay Paranglumba, Siayan, Zamboanga Del Norte.

He was driving his Honda XRM 125 MC, bearing temp plate number 090102, color black, heading to Karbala detachment at Sitio Layasan barangay Paranglumba, Siayan. Upon reaching at the place of incident particularly at the curved lane in a high speed motion the driver/victim loss control and swerve to the opposite lane and accidentally bumped the steel road railings and due to the impact his helmet was castoff from his head and fell down to the sloop.

As the result the driver/victim sustained forehead skull fracture and immediately the responding team brought the victim to Siayan Diagnostic center but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The cadaver of the victim was turn over to his family. Investigator on Case: PO2 Armando L. Pelayo Jr 09352180247

Farmer Held in Godod for Grave Threat

(Zamboanga Del Norte)

GODOD, Zamboanga del Norte (Aug. 10, 2018) - A 35-year old farmer was arrested by operatives of Godod Police Station at Brgy Dipopor, Godod, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 6:00 am of August 9, 2018.

Arrested was Joven Mangulog Mangayao, 35, farmer and a resident of said place. He was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Judge Rowena Marie S. Carpitanos-Magallanes of MTC Salug-Godod, 9RTC, Judicial Region for the crime of “Grave Threats”, dated August 1, 2017, docketed under Criminal Case no. 3706-G with bail bond amounting to Php12,000.00.

Arrested wanted person is now detained at Godod MPS for proper disposition.

Man shot, killed in Labason

By Ely Dumaboc

A 26-year-old man was killed in front of his live-in partner at their residence in Labason Municipality, Zamboanga del Norte last Monday.

A Police Regional Office-9 report identified the victim as Marlon Cubi y Gumapit, 26 years old, married.

The incident reportedly occurred while Cubi and his common law wife, identified as Mary Grace Mendoza y Cuyat, 23, were at their residence.

At around 7 p.m. two unidentified suspects wearing face masks and jackets and armed with guns barged into the house and shot the victim several times.

Cubi sustained gunshot wounds in the head.

Police recovered three (3) fired cartridges and a black face mask from the crime scene.

The victim’s cadaver was turned over to his father while Labason police are conducting a thorough investigation of the incident.

Robbery Suspect Arrested in Sibutad, Zamboanga Del Norte

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

SIBUTAD, Zamboanga del Norte - Combined operatives of Sibutad MPS, Regional Intelligence Unit 9 and Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Intelligence Branch conducted manhunt operation at Purok 4 Barangay Poblacion, Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte at around 8:30 PM of August 5, 2018.

The operation was resulted to the arrest of a certain Rowil Lastimosa y Elumbaring 39 years old, male, single, Filipino and a resident of above-mentioned place. He was arrested by virtue warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Wilfredo C. Martinez, Regional Trial Judge, Regional Trial Court of Region Nine, Branch 10, Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte. The case was docketed for the crime of Robbery with Criminal case number-9896 dated August 28, 2000 with recommended bail bond is fixed to twelve thousand pesos (P12, 000.00) for his temporary liberty.

During his arrest, the accused was properly informed the nature of his arrest and his constitutional rights in dialect known to him and his right to demand a physical/medical examination and he was brought and detained to Sibutad MPS for proper documentation prior commitment to wanting court.

Rivalry over text mate: Man hacks foe dead in Zamboanga del Norte

By Leah Agonoy (/kga, Inquirer Mindanao)

PAGADIAN CITY – A drunk man hacked to death a neighbor over the weekend in Salug, Zamboanga del Norte allegedly due to jealousy over a text mate.

Case investigator PO2 Dennis Berjame identified the suspect as Hazzer Taradji alias Posing Taradji; and the victim as Nicasio Anastacio Galinio, alias Daksa, 58.

Investigation showed that the intoxicated Taradji came to a house of a certain Mary Jane Ondoc Banong in Ramon Magsaysay Village around 1 a.m. Sunday and looked for Galinio.

Witnesses said Galinio and Taradji were initially having a calm conversation until it turned into a heated argument allegedly over previous grudges. Police learned that the victim had a text mate, who was also of interest to the suspect.

Taradji went home and minutes later came back armed with a bolo. He then forcibly entered Banong’s house and hacked Galinio, who was initially hit in the right arm. The victim tried to escape but was eventually cornered by the suspect who hacked him repeatedly.

Taradji immediately fled the scene aboard his motorcycle.

Police said Galinio sustained hack wounds in different parts of his body and died on the spot.

Salug police launched a hot pursuit operation against the Taradji while appropriate charges were filed against the suspect.

‘Contract killer’ dies in shootout with cops

By BONG GARCIA (SunStar Philippines)

AN ALLEGED gun-for-hire or “contract killer” was killed by policemen in a raid in Zamboanga del Norte province, the police said Friday, August 3.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the slain suspect as Marvin Tapsin alias Abdurahman, 48.

She said Tapsin was arrested after serving of a search warrant around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, August 2, in Poblacion village, Kalawi town.

Galvez said the suspect refused to open the door of his house and opened fire when the team of policemen broke in after notifying him they are serving search warrant for violation of the firearms law.

The information officer said the suspect was hit and wounded when the raiding team returned fire.

She said the suspect was rushed but failed to reach the hospital alive.

The raiding team recovered a caliber .45 pistol with five live ammunition and a grenade at the residence of Tapsin, Galvez said.

Zambo Norte town officials turn over 25 loose firearms

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Village officials of Godod town, Zamboanga del Norte, have surrendered 25 loose firearms to government authorities, a top military official said Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, the Army’s First Infantry Division commander, said Godod municipal Mayor Abel Matildo led the turnover of the loose firearms in a ceremony held on Tuesday at the town’s gymnasium.

Murillo said the firearms were received by Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, commander of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade. The unlicensed guns consisted of an M-14 rifle; a caliber .30 M1 Garand rifle; three M-16 Armalite rifles; two M-79 Grenade Launchers; a Carbine rifle; 10 homemade shotguns; a caliber .45 pistol; and six caliber .38 revolvers.

The surrender of the loose firearms was made possible through the joint efforts of the military, police, municipal and barangay officials of Godod and other stakeholders, the Army offcial said.

“The mass surrender and turn-over of loose firearms will minimize violent incidents and atrocities in our area of responsibility. Peaceful municipality will also attract investors, which means more job and employment will be created that would lead into a progressive locality,” he said.

Theft Incident and Arrest of Suspect

(Zamboanga Del Norte Police Report)

KATIPUNAN, ZaNorte - Operatives of Katipunan MPS have arrested a 31-year old man for allegedly harvesting a coconut without the consent of the owner at Brgy. Matam, Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 2:00 PM of August 2, 2018.

Policee identified the suspect as Renato Gumial Pata, 31 years old and a resident of above-mentioned place.

Accordingly, the suspect allegedly climbed and harvested planted coconut tree in the common land of Nilo Taclap Reinante, 58 years old, a resident of Barangay Dos, Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte, without the owner knowledge and consent.

The suspect allegedly starts climbing and harvesting the coconut at around 8:00 AM of July 31, 2018 and just stopped at around 10:00 AM of August 2, 2018.

The owner of the land just ignored the act of Renato Gumial but thinking that it was so abusive that it takes three days to harvest those coconut fruit even without his consent.

The owner reportedly calls the attention of the Barangay Tanod but they then cannot stop Renato Gumial due to the fact that the said person is known to have bad image in their community.

Furthermore, the owner estimated that more or less 50 coconut trees were climbed and harvested by the suspect. The estimated cost of Php10,000.00 pesos. Subject person is now temporary detained at Katipunan MPS for proper filling of charges.

Crime incidence significantly decreased, says PNP Zambonga del Norte

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

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) -- Crime statistics in Zamboanga del Norte in eight focused crimes greatly decreased in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

This was the assessment of the Philippine National Police leadership in the province and the Provincial Advisory Council(PAC) as they presented the Comparative Accomplishment Report between the first six months of 2017 and 2018.

In their presentation during the Second Provincial Advisory Council Meeting held recently at the Conference Room of the ZNPPO in Sicayab, this city, all their reports showed that from January to June 2018, the eight focused crime incidence decreased in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period of 2017.

In addition, community involvement and cooperation in law enforcement in their respective areas also showed significant improvement as evidenced by the improved Response Time of the police.

The 8 focused crimes include theft, robbery, physical injury, rape, murder, carnapping, motornapping and homicide.

ZNPPO Acting Provincial Director PSSupt. Michael B. Macapagal lauded the improvement of the police’s performance and renewed trust of the community to the men in uniform

“Let me express my deep thanks and gratitude to the chairmen of the different Advisory Councils from the 25 municipalities and two cities of Zamboanga del Norte together with their respective chiefs of police who are with us today, for a very successful gathering to discuss various security measures in maintaining peace and order in the province under our watch,” Macapagal said.

The meeting was presided by PAC Chairman Engr. Roland A. Soliva and attended by the chiefs of police and Municipal Advisory Council chairmen of the 25 municipalities and the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan.

Zamboanga del Norte to host 2nd RAC Summit in October

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

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) -- Zamboanga del Norte will host the Second Regional Advisory Council (RAC) Summit in October.

This was disclosed by Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office-Provincial Advisory Council (ZNPPO-PAC) Chairman, Engr. Rolando A. Soliva, during the Second PAC Meeting recently held at the Conference Hall of the ZNPPO Headquarters in Sicayab, this city.

Soliva said the second RAC Summit will be held at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports Center on October 26-27, 2018.

Expected to attend the two-day summit are members of the Advisory Councils of the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and the cities of Zamboanga, Isabela, Pagadian, Dipolog, and Dapitan with their respective chiefs of police.

ZNPPO Deputy Director for Operations PSupt. Jose R. Gallano said the summit would focus on regional security as well as the accomplishment of the Philippine National Police in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region in its campaign against all forms of criminalities, illegal drugs, lawless elements and armed bandits.

Similar to its initial staging in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay in 2017, the PNP-9 Regional Police Office will spearhead the undertaking with recommendations from ZNPPO-PAC.

Being considered to be invited as keynote speaker is either PNP Director Police Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde or Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

ZNPPO Acting Provincial Director PSSupt Michael B. Macapagal appealed for the support of local chief executives of the different LGUs in the province and extend the necessary assistance to their respective Municipal Advisory Council to ensure attendance to the said activity.

LGU, SSS sign MOA to provide social benefits to job order and contractual employees

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

POLANCO, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) -- About 150 job order and contractual employees of the Local Government Unit of Polanco are now with social benefits provided by the Social Security System (SSS).

This developed after Polanco-LGU and SSS inked a Memorandum of Agreement for the provision of social benefits to JO and contractual employees of the said municipality through the KaltaSSS Collect Program of the SSS.

Under the MOA, LGU-Polanco will deduct P330.00 from the monthly salaries of the job order and contractual employees for their monthly premium which will be remitted on the 10th day of the succeeding month to SSS.

The SSS, on the other hand, will receive and record the payment remitted by the designated employee of the LGU.

In his welcome message, Municipal Human Resource Management Head, Mr. Manuel Cojocon considered it as a historic moment for Polanco and a manifestation of its leadership concern for the welfare of its workforce particularly the job orders and contractuals.

Mayor Evan Hope D. Olvis thanked SSS for launching the program in his municipality and assured his commitment of support as he values its contribution to the development of his municipality.

Before the MOA signing, SSS Zamboanga del Norte Acting Branch Head Mr. Enrico Flores Jr. explained the various programs and services of SSS which include Retirement, Pension, Disability, Maternity, Sickness, and Death and Burial. “Any Job Order or Contractual Employee whose contract will not be renewed may still continue his membership with SSS as a voluntary member,” Flores said.

Flores urged the members to share the value of SSS membership to neighbors, friends, and family and to visit the SSS office for any query or clarification.

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