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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sulu development projects begin









Sulu Provincial Government projects include the fencing of Jolo airport, among others. And Francisca Hairal, Barangay Tulay chairwoman, praised Governor Totoh Tan for his immediate donation of office equipment and thanked the governor for his support. (Photos by Ahl-franzie Salinas)
 
SULU – The Sulu Provincial Government continues to implement various infrastructure projects as part of its peace and development efforts.
Governor Totoh Tan started the fencing project of the Jolo Airport and the construction of two classrooms at the Hajji Hassiman Elementary School-Laud. Support to literary and education is one of Tan’s top priority projects.
Members of the Barangay Tulay Council in Jolo town also thanked Sulu Governor Totoh Tan for various office equipment and furniture he donated following their request intended to increase productivity and a conducive working atmosphere for civil workers.
Francisca Hairal, Barangay Tulay chairwoman, praised Tan for his immediate donation and thanked the governor for his support. “The equipment would surely increase productivity in the office and maximize results in the work place,” she said. “The new office equipment will save time and energy and result to better services for the people.”  (Ahl-franzie Salinas)
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Duterte task force working to protect media workers from harm

TACURONG CITY - The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) families of slain journalists in the country that it continues to seek justice and working closely with authorities to solve the murders.

Two media men - Sapol News Bulletin columnist and Radio Mindanao Network volunteer reporter Leodoro Diaz and Rudy Dahunan Alicaway, broadcaster for Radyo ng Bayan dxPB – were murdered recently in southern Philippines.

Diaz was killed in the village of Kalanawi in Sultan Kudarat’s President Quirino town in SOCCSKSARGEN Region (12) which accounts for the most number of media killings in the country. Diaz’s murder was 14th in the region.

Alicaway was also shot and killed in the village of Culo in Molave town in Zamboanga del Sur province. He was also a councilman in the village of Miligan. Diaz’s killing was also the 14th in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Secretary Martin Andanar, of the Presidential Communications Operations Office who is also the PTFoMS Co-Chairman, gave specific order to Undersecretary Joel Egco, PTFoMS Executive Director, to immediately act on the cases.

Egco immediately met with Superintendent Eder Collantes, Police Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) Task Force Usig, to map out strategies on how to speed up the investigation of the murders. “Upon instruction by Secretary Martin Andanar, we have instructed PNP Task Force Usig to immediately conduct a probe and for local probers to apprehend the culprits and identify the mastermind. We are also sending a separate directive for the National Bureau of Investigation to join the investigation. Sultan Kudarat is in region 12 which accounts for one of the most number of media killings since 1986. There are 13 cases in our inventory. If the killing of Leo Diaz will be established to be work related, his case would be the 14th on our list,” Egco said.

He said the PTFoMS is fully committed to discharge its function in keeping media workers free from any and all forms of threats and violence that may be carried out against them.

Last week, Egco travelled to Sultan Kudarat and held a meeting with Senior Superintendent Raul Supiter, the provincial police chief, to personally look into the slaying of Diaz. He also met with the family and friends of Diaz and other journalists who are members of SOCCSKSARGEN Press Club and Sultan Kudarat Press, and local government officials.

“We will remain focused on the fulfilment of our mission to achieve the ends of justice despite some people's little knowledge and appreciation of what we do. The task at hand is not an easy one, but it is not impossible,” he said.

The PTFoMS has been hard at work since October 2016 responding to complaints from journalists who believed their safety has been threatened as well as mobilizing law enforcement and the National Prosecutorial services to act on issues of media security. (Mindanao Examiner)


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DOH Keeps Eye on Bird Flu outbreak

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) said it is closely monitoring the avian flu outbreak in poultry in Pampanga where the Department of Agriculture (DA) decided to cull some 500,000 chickens to contain the animal outbreak.
The DOH said it will now look for human cases that may have been exposed to avian flu strain in affected areas. “Any person who becomes sick with fever or sore throat or cough and had exposure to these dead chickens should report to the local health center or nearest hospital for laboratory confirmation,” it said.
It added that a team of DOH epidemiologists was dispatched to assist the DA in the outbreak investigation and has alerted hospitals in the affected areas to report similar cases. “All health providers should observe respiratory precautions when taking care of patients with flu or flu-like illness,” DOH said, adding, properly cooked chicken remains safe to eat.
Authorities in southern Philippines have seized thousands of duck eggs and tons of dressed chicken which were shipped from Manila for fear of bird flu contamination.
Some 35,000 eggs were intercepted on August 16 by the Bureau of Animal Industry from a ferry after it was found that it came from the town of Candaba near San Luis in Pampanga province where an outbreak of bird flu was reported.
The shipment was discovered by the quarantine service and had been ordered seized. It was not immediately known whether the eggs originally came from San Luis and passed through Candaba to evade the ban on poultry products from the province contaminated by the avian influenza virus common among birds.
Some 21 tons of dressed chicken were also intercepted in Cagayan de Oro City which was shipped from the Port of Manila. Authorities were investigating whether it came from Pampanga.  (Mindanao Examiner)
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rebels seize Kidapawan City cop

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Suspected communist insurgents seized a policeman on Wednesday in a daring mission in Kidapawan City in southern Philippines.
Police said PO3 Briston Catalan just brought his children to school and was returning home on a motorcycle when he was intercepted by armed men – believed to be members of the New People’s Army – and taken captive.
It was unknown whether Catalan was armed or not, but police said he is assigned in the town of Makilala in North Cotabato province and residing in Kidapawan.
Police did not say why it failed to detect the presence of rebels in the city despite tight security in the region due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law nearly three months ago. The military also did not release any statement on the audaciously bold operation of the NPA, which is fighting for a separate rule in the country.
Last year, the rebels also seized PO1 Romy Solana, of the Makilala police force, and executed him. (Rhoderick BeƱez)
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

25 LGUs in ARMM to undergo validation for 2017 SGLG award

COTABATO CITy - A total of 25 local government units (LGUs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have passed the assessment for the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Secretary Noor Hafizullah Abdullah, of the ARMM's Interior and Local Government, said the LGUs are potential passers for the prestigious SGLG award. “The 25 LGUs will still undergo a more strict assessment and national validation before the final list of passers (will be released),” Sec. Abdullah said. “It’s (a confirmation) that the LGUs in ARMM are really providing better services to their constituents.”
The SGLG is among the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s flagship programs as it symbolizes integrity and good performance of LGUs through continuing governance reform and sustained local development.
SGLG is guided by the provisions of Republic Act 716 or the Local Government Code of 1991, the General Appropriations Act of 201 and Administrative Order No. 267 of 1992. It is a progressive assessment system adopted by the department to give recognition and distinction to remarkable local government performance across several areas.
For SGLG 2017, a ‘4+1’ assessment criteria were applied. LGUs must pass four core areas namely Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, and the new additional area Peace and Order.
They must also pass at least one essential area, either, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Tourism, Culture and the Arts; or Environmental Protection.
In 2016, six LGUs in the region were awarded with the Seal of Good Local Governance. ARMM was a zero passer in the previous year. The 2016 awardees were the province of Maguindanao, the city of Lamitan in Basilan, and the towns of North Upi and Parang in Maguindanao, Wao in Lanao del Sur, and Jolo in Sulu.
The national government has cited the ARMM as the most improved region in terms of peace and order as well as financial administration during that year.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said good governance practices should be emulated by all LGUs in the region. All qualified LGUs will be conferred with a 2017 SGLG marker, a national recognition, and a cash incentive through the Performance Challenge Fund to finance their local development projects.
A special distinction will be given to LGUs, which have consistently passed all the assessment areas since 2015. Conferment of the Seal will be held in October. (Bureau of Public Information)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Another Filipino hostage escapes from Abu Sayyaf

Edmund Ramos

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Another Filipino hostage of the Abu Sayyaf allegedly escaped before dawn Monday and was recovered by troops in the southern Philippine province of Basilan, officials said. 
Officials said Edmund Ramos, who was found on Tapiantana Island off Sumisip town, was brought to Zamboanga City where he is reunited with his family. No other details about his daring escape were available by the military raising suspicion that he was freed on ransom. 
Three of his companions – as Felimon Cordero, Jayson Baylosis and Joel Adanza – also said they escaped from their Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu province on August 11. The victims are all natives of Zamboanga City and working on a construction site in Sulu when Abu Sayyaf seized them in Patikul town on July 15. 
The trio allegedly escaped while their captors were praying and ran until they reached a village in Talipao town where civilians spotted them and quickly informed the local police. 
But escaping from the Abu Sayyaf is rare and authorities have blamed the terrorist group for the spate of ransom kidnappings and terrorism in the southern Philippines. The group is still holding at least 20 hostages, mostly foreigners. (Mindanao Examiner)
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sayyaf commander wanted in Malaysia slain in Sulu Sea clash

SULU – A notorious commander of the Abu Sayyaf group tagged as behind the spate of cross-border kidnappings in the Malaysian state of Sabah was reported killed in southern Philippines.
Salvador Muktadil - also in Malaysia’s wanted list of criminals - was killed in a sea clash late Saturday with security forces pursuing him off the coast of Parang town in Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region.
Elite troops intercepted Muktadil’s speedboat after receiving intelligence report that he was in the area. It was unknown if Muktadil was fleeing military operations in Sulu or heading to the province.
There was no immediate statement or confirmation from the Western Mindanao Command on the reported killing of Muktadil, whose base of operation was in Tawi-Tawi province, also in the autonomous region near Sabah.
Malaysia has tightened its security since May for fear that ISIS militants fighting security forces in Marawi City in southern Philippines may escape the government offensive and slip into Sabah.
It also included Abu Sayyaf chieftain and local ISIS leader Isnilon Hapilon, and jihadist militant Abdullah Maute on its wanted list along with other commanders Idang Susukan, Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, Majan Sahidjuan and Salvador Muktadil – all implicated in cross-border kidnappings over the years.
The tight security was ordered by the Eastern Sabah Security Command under Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Abdul Khalid, who also appealed to Malaysian citizens to stay vigilant and report suspicious persons to authorities.
Hapilon and Maute were among a group of jihadist leader who occupied Marawi on May 23 in an effort to put up an Islamic State province in the restive Muslim region of Mindanao. Some of the jihadist leaders fighting in the besieged city include Malaysian Mahmud bin Ahmad and other foreign militants.
Last September, the Philippine military also killed brothers Nixon and Brown Muktadil in fighting on Tambulian Island off Sulu’s Pata town. The Muktadil brothers were behind the kidnappings of at least 26 Indonesian and Malaysian nationals, mostly crew members of slow-moving tugboats in Sabah. (Mindanao Examiner)
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