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Radyo Mindanao (December 12, 2018)

Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper (December 10-16, 2018)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sulu gets poultry farm, housing project from Go Negosyo and Bounty Fresh Agro Ventures

SULU – A poultry farm that can accommodate thousands of chickens is soon to start construction in the town of Parang in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, Gov. Toto Tan said Wednesday.

Tan said Bounty Fresh Agro Ventures in partnership with the Go Negosyo Program and the provincial government have launched the “Kapatid for Agro Bounty Fresh Poultry Farm” in the village of Tukay.

He said the livelihood program will greatly help many beneficiaries since Bounty Agro Ventures will also provide training for those who would be selected to run the farm.

Image may contain: 4 people, people standing and outdoor Sulu Gov. Toto Tan with Ana Margarita Malvar, the project head for the Muslim autonomous region and adviser for Agri- Enterprises of the Go-Negosyo Program; and Dr. Kier Jason Fernandez, Bounty Fresh Contract Growing Supervisor, led the ground-breaking ceremony attended by the town’s mayor Madzhar Loong. (Photos courtesy of Sulu Provincial Government.) 

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Tan, together with Ana Margarita Malvar, the project head for the Muslim autonomous region and adviser for Agri- Enterprises of the Go-Negosyo Program; and Dr. Kier Jason Fernandez, Bounty Fresh Contract Growing Supervisor, led the ground-breaking ceremony attended by the town’s mayor Madzhar Loong.

Fernandez said an initial investment of 5,000 chickens and poultry housing will be provided by their company to jump start the livelihood program.

Loong expressed his gratitude to Go Negosyo and Bounty Fresh Agro Ventures for the livelihood package. “Maasahan ninyo na sisikapin namin mapaunlad ang malaking oportunidad na pang-kabuhayan na ibinigay ninyo dito sa Barangay Tukay,” Loong said.

Malvar, for her part, reminded recipients to seize this opportunity and have their best interest in mind. “The determination of its success is now in your hands,” she said.

Tan praised Go Negosyo and Bounty Agro Ventures for their continued support to Sulu’s various pro-poor programs.

Malvar also handed out housing certificates to the beneficiaries of the first batch of the Go Negosyo Kapatid Village in Kalinggalan Caluang town where an initial 8 are ready for distribution.

Town Mayor Peping Halun thanked Malvar and Go Negosyo founder Jose Maria Concepcion III, who is also Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship. (Mindanao Examiner)


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7,000 bags of Malaysian rice seized in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Over 7,000 bags of rice suspected to have been smuggled from Sabah were seized by the Coast Guard in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said Wednesday.

Officials said the Coast Guard confiscated the rice in the coastal village of Recodo after intelligence agents monitored small boats unloading the cargo from a vessel anchored off Zamboanga.

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and outdoor Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco talks with representatives of the Bureau of Customs and the Coast Guard in the village of Recodo on December 12, 2018 following the confiscation of some 7,000 bags of suspected smuggled rice from Malaysia. (Photos by Kathy Wee Sit) 

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The Coast Guard, under Lt. Commander Noriel Ramos, immediately coordinated with the military’s Task Force Zamboanga to secure the smuggled rice and reported the apprehension with the Bureau of Customs.

The bags of, worth some P11 million, were discovered on a compound of a mosque late Tuesday, but villagers would not say who the owner was.

The seizure of the rice came after Mayor Beng Climaco, on orders from President Rodrigo Duterte, intensified the anti-smuggling campaign here.

She also directed Acting District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte toclean up Zamboanga of smuggling, stressing that the city has been in the focus of anti-smuggling operations due to the failure of previous customs officials.”

Climaco told Barte: “It is the direct order of the President and the City Government to clean up Zamboanga City of smuggling. I hope you take this order to heart.”

Thousands of bags of smuggled rice had been seized by authorities in Zamboanga since early this year and in some instances had disappeared from the warehouses of the Bureau of Customs and even while being guarded by the police.

Climaco, who is supporting the extension of martial rule in Mindanao, said she also asked security forces to tighten checkpoints on highways. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Monday, December 10, 2018

Malaysia foils terror attacks, arrests 2 Sayyafs in Sabah

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two Filipinos who are members of the pro-ISIS militant group Abu Sayyaf, had been captured in Sabah in a fresh crackdown by Malaysian terrorist police in the eastern state near the Philippine border of Tawi-Tawi.

The operation, carried over several days last month, also led to the capture of 5 Malaysian nationals who have links with ISIS in Syria and Jamaa Ansharut Daulah, its largest affiliate in Indonesia. The arrest of the suspects foiled terror attacks in Malaysia, according to a report by Channel News Asia.

Quoting Police Inspector Fuzi Harun, the report said the Abu Sayyaf members - whose identity was not made public – said one of the Abu Sayyaf militants was involved in at least three serial kidnappings in southern Philippines and Sabah.

“The suspect is a member of the Abu Sayyaf group who was involved in at least three serial kidnappings in southern Philippines and Sabah. He is occupied as an individual who is requested by the Eastern Sabah Security Command to assist in criminal investigation in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone,” Fuzi said.

One of the Filipino, 48, was arrested along with his 40-year old Malaysian wife, in Tenom, Sabah. They were also accused of hiding information about the presence of Abu Sayyaf in Sabah.

The capture of the suspects prevented potential terrorist attacks, particularly in non-Muslim sites of worship in Malaysia, as two of its citizens had received orders from the Islamic state to launch attacks in the country.

No other details on the Filipinos were made available by Malaysia or the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Sunday, December 9, 2018

BI fields more personnel to airports as holiday rush begins

A TOTAL of 56 immigration officers will be deployed to different international airports to beef up their manpower in anticipation of the influx of international passengers that will enter and exit the country during the holiday break.

Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued an order directing the concerned employees to report to their airport assignments starting this week.

“We are actually expecting an upsurge of travelers entering the Philippines by around the second or third week of December as Christmastime approaches,” Medina said.

Medina has recommended to the BI chief the implementation of a personnel augmentation scheme in view of the reported increase in the number of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports in the past few days.

Of the 56 BI officers given new assignments, 19 of them will be reporting to the NAIA while the 37 others were dispersed to the airports in Clark, Mactan, Kalibo, and Davao.

They are presently assigned at the BI main office and in other immigration field and satellite offices nationwide.

Medina noted that the additional manpower, and the opening of the 21 e-gates in major airports nationwide, would greatly reduce the queuing time of the traveling public.

“Our goal is to provide fast and smooth immigration inspection this Yuletide season. Our priority is the Overseas Filipino Workers who are here for Christmas. We are providing a more efficient service so that our kababayans will be able to spend more time with their families,” he added.

With this, the BI official clarified that the reassignment is only temporary and that the officials would return to their original posts in the second week of January when passenger volume at the airports is anticipated to drop.

Morente reportedly instructed Medina to “keep a close eye on the immigration lines in all international airports to ensure they are minimized”.

Likewise, he reiterated his standing directive to BI personnel in the different ports to maintain the highest state of alert during the Yuletide season.

The BI head added that they cannot allow human traffickers and other syndicates to take advantage of the holiday rush and use the country’s ports as venues for carrying out their nefarious activities. (Ferdinand Patinio)

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UP wildlife biologist dies in Mount Apo

KIDAPAWAN CITY – A 27-year old wildlife biologist from the University of the Philippines in Laguna province died in Mount Apo in Kidapawan City in North Cotabato province after complaining of difficulty in breathing, police said Sunday.

Police said James de Villa Alvarez, who was resident of Lemery town in Batangas province, was conducting herpetofaunal research when he started puking and cannot breath properly.

Supt. Ramel Hojilla, the local police chief, said Alvarez climbed Mount Apo with a group of other people led by Kristian Suetos on December 5 to do research on amphibians and reptiles. And on the second day, Alvarez first complained of dizziness and then vomited and eventually had problems in his breathing.

Rescuers were sent to the area and found Alvarez who was not anymore breathing. His body was brought to a funeral parlor here. (Rhoderick BeƱez)


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Sayyafs abduct 3 Indonesian fishermen in Sabah


SULU – Three Indonesian fishing crew members were reported kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf gunmen off Sabah near the Philippine border and had been taken to the southern Filipino province of Sulu, Malaysia media said Sunday.
It said the trio was working for a fishing company in Sandakan and had been seized by 7 gunmen on the night of December 5 near Pegasus Reef – an area where four armed men also attacked a tugboat and wounded an Indonesian crew two days later in a failed abduction.
Sabah police recovered the trawler of the missing Indonesian crewmen with its engine still running. “They were abducted on Wednesday. One of the victims apparently made contact with a family member late Thursday night. The sources also disclosed that the family member was urged to seek the assistance of the Indonesian consulate,” the Star reported.
It said, citing intelligence sources, that the gunmen were led by Abu Sayyaf commanders Al Mujir Yadah and Hajan Sawadjaan, who teamed up with another militant commander, Indang Susukan. The group was tagged as behind the spate of ransom kidnappings in the waters of Sabah and the recent attack on tugboat off Pegasus Reef.
The names of the abducted Indonesians were not made public by the Star Online, but said their ages are between 19 and 40.
The Star Online, quoting unidentified intelligence sources, said three fishermen had been taken by their abductors to Pata Island and later transferred them to Panamao town.
Panamao is near Luuk town where Abu Sayyaf had freed their Indonesian hostages several times in the past. Just December 6, the militants freed the 35-year old Usman Yusuf in Luuk’s Bual village.
Yusuf was quickly brought to a military base in the capital town of Jolo after soldiers recovered him in Bual village. He was kidnapped along with another Indonesian man Samsul Saguni, 40, in September 11 off Gaya Island in Sabah’s Semporna town and brought to Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. Saguni’s fate remains unknown. 

The release of Yusuf came after the Chief of the Indonesian Consul-General’s Office in Sabah, Sulistijo Djati Ismojo, appealed to Malaysia to resolve the kidnapping of its citizens.

It was unknown whether ransom had been paid to the kidnappers in exchange for Yusuf’s release. But in September, the Abu Sayyaf had previously released other kidnapped Indonesian hostages to Nur Misuari, chieftain of the former rebel group Moro National Liberation Front, and his wife Tarhata; and a former Indonesian army general Kivlan Zein who was believed to have negotiated for the victims’ freedom.

In September 14 this year, the militant group, whose leaders pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, also released to Misuari 3 other Indonesian hostages Hamdam Salim, Subandi Sattuh and Sudarlan Samansung, who were kidnapped at sea off Sabah in January.

In August 2016, civilians recovered 2 of seven Indonesian sailors Ismail and Mohamad Soyfan in the same village of Bual. The duo was part of a crew of tugboat Charles kidnapped in June of the same year after militants on speedboats intercepted the vessel while heading to Samarinda in East Kalimantan following a trip from the Philippines.

The remaining hostages - Ferry Arifin, the skipper; M. Mahbrur Dahri, Edi Suryono, M.Nasir, and Robin Piter were eventually freed by the Abu Sayyaf to Misuari on October 2, 2016.

There was no immediate reports from the Philippine military on the latest abductions. But it recently said that the Abu Sayyaf is still holding at least three more foreigners and three Filipinos in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)



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