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Monday, February 29, 2016

Cops attack police station in Lanao Sur, 6 wounded

MARAWI CITY – At least 6 people were wounded when two groups of policemen clashed in Lanao del Sur province in the troubled Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines, the military said Tuesday.
It said policemen from Tugaya town and more than a dozen armed men attacked the police station in the village of Bubong in the town of Bacolod Kalawi on Monday afternoon, sparking a firefight that left six civilians injured.
There were no immediate reports of casualties on the side of both police forces, but the military released the identities of those wounded in the clash as Osmeňa Bagaya, 41; Anie Radie, 37; Mosa Radiem, 40; Basar Pumbaya, 49; Iya Maniri, 43; and Kalil Radie, 10.
The military said the fighting lasted for about 15 minutes and it only stopped after the attackers retreated.
The motive of the attack is unknown, but it occurred ahead of the local political campaign in Lanao del Sur, which is one of the most contested area during elections in the Muslim autonomous region.
The regional police and the provincial government did not issue any statement about the violence involving lawmen.
The fighting also coincided with deadly clashes between military forces and jihadists in Butig town also in Lanao del Sur, and the infighting between Balabagan town Mayor Edna Benito and Vice Mayor Quirino Sampiano.
Benito, whose suspension was lifted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, was trying to retake her office from the acting mayor, Sampiano, who refused to yield power. (With a report from E. Dumaboc) 

Police disarm powerful bomb in Sultan Kudarat province

SULTAN KUDARAT – Police on Tuesday disarmed a powerful bomb left behind by 2 men who were captured following a chase in the southern Philippine province of Sultan Kudarat.

The men left a suitcase near a street pole in Isulan town containing a 105mm howitzer round rigged to a cell phone. Police said the suitcase was also filled with iron nails.

They were identified as Salahudin Eson, 31, of Datu Sarip Saidona town, and Tutin Kuti, 24, of Datu Piang town, all in Maguindanao province where security forces are battling Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and other jihadist groups.

It was not immediately known whether the duo is a member of the BIFF or other rebel group.
The foiled bombing coincided with a “unity march” by civil employees and members of the police and military celebrating the start of the Fire Prevention Month and Women’s Month in the town.

Police said the two men tried to escape on a motorcycle, but they were cornered by lawmen and eventually captured. It was unknown if they were armed with guns or not. The duo is currently being interrogated.

Security forces were also alerted by the presence of an abandoned bag in Tacurong City also in Sultan Kudarat, but it only contained clothing and electric charger for a laptop computer. 

Government forces are battling jihadists and rebels for weeks now in nearby Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces in the restive Muslim autonomous region. (With a report from Rose Muneza)

4 patay sa ambush sa Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY – Apat na katao, kabilang ang dalawang bata, ang patay matapos silang tambangan ng mga di-kilalang salarin sa magulong lungsod ng Cotabato.
Nakilala ang mga nasawi na si Rahima Tan, 40; at kanyang anak na si Giabel, 11; at Sanay, 10; at ang driver ng motorsiklong kanilang sinasakyan na si Jun Miraato, 22.
Nirata sila kamakalawa ng haponsa kahabaan ng Raja Tabunaway at dalawang armado ang sinasabing nasa likod ng pananambang. Agad rin tumakas ang mga salarin matapos na paulanan ng bala ang nga biktima.
Hindi pa malinaw ang motibo sa atake at patuloy ang imbestigasyon sa krimen. Hindi rin amtukoy kung may kinalaman ang pamamaslang sa rido o clan war ng mga Muslim. (Mindanao Examiner)

Ginang, ginahasa at pinatay sa Zambo Sur

PAGADIAN CITY – Isang ginang na inulat na nawawala sa Zamboanga del Sur ang natagpuang patay at hinihinalang ginahasa muna bago binaril sa ulo.

Sinabi ng pulisya na patuloy ang kanilang imbestigasyon sa karumal-dumal na pagpatay sa 20-anyos na si Jomarie Cañete, na taga-Purok 6 sa Barangay Legarda Tres sa bayan ng Dinas.

Nabatid na nabubulok na ang bangkay ng babae at wala rin itong saplot sa pang-ibaba ng matagpuan ang kanyang bangkay. May tama ng bala mula sa .45-caliber pistol ang likuran ng ulo ni Jomarie at maraming galos sa katawan, ayon sa pulisya.

Nadiskubre ang bangkay nitong Sabado ng hapon, ayon sa pahayag kahapon ni Chief Insp. Rogelio Alabata, ang regional police spokesman.

“The victim’s body is already in the advance stage of decomposition. The victim had no lower garments and underwear, with gunshot wounds in the back of her head and bruises in the different parts of her body. The victim was believed raped and then murdered,” ani Alabata.

Walang pahayag ang pamilya ng biktima sa naganap na krimen. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Mining tunnel collapses in Philippines, kills 4

DAVAO CITY – Rescuers were searching Monday for a group of miners after a tunnel collapsed in Compostela Valley’s Monkayo town, reports said on Monday.
It said four people were killed in the tragedy that occurred in the gold-rush mountain village called Depot over the weekend. Conflicting reports said as many as 5 people were trapped inside the tunnel.
It was not immediately known why the tunnel collapsed, but illegal gold mining activities continue unabated in Monkayo.
The province Philippine province had been the site of deadly mining tragedy in the past years and despite the dangers and hazards pose by illegal mining, the government failed miserably to control the nefarious activities.
In May 2009, at least 5 dozen people had died and many more injured after mining tunnels collapsed due to landslides triggered by heavy rains in Pantukan town. And this was followed by several more landslides during that year that buried miners in tunnels in the towns of Maco and Monkayo.
Two years later, more than two dozen miners were also buried alive in landslides that hit the village of Panganason also in Pantukan town where small-scale miners erected tunnels in mountain slopes. (Mindanao Examiner)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Kapitana, itinumba sa Zambo Norte

PAGADIAN CITY – Hindi na umabot sa eleksyon ang isang barangay kapitana matapos itong ratratin sa bayan ng Piñan sa Zamboanga del Norte.
Ayon sa pulisya, pawang sa dibdib ang tama ni Ledma Semina, 33, ng Barangay Ubay na agad nitong ikinamatay. Binira si Ledma nitong umaga ng Biyernes sa highway mismo ng Poblacion.
Sa pahayag kahapon ni Chief Insp. Rogelio Alabata, ang regional police spokesman, ay nadakip na umano ang salarin matapos sa isinagawang operasyon ng pulisya doon sa pangunguna ni Insp. Eduardo Timbol.
Nakilala ang salarin na si Jonathan Montano, 43, na residente ng katabing Barangay Del Pilar at nabawi sa kanya ang isang .45-caliber pistol na pinaniniwalaang ginamit nito sa krimen.
Natimbog umano si Montano sa kanyang bahay matapos na makatanggap ng impormasyon ang pulisya ukol sa kanya. Ayaw umanong magsalita ni Montano sa pamamaslang sa kapitana, ngunit inaalam na ng pulisya ang background ng suspek at posibleng motibo ng pagpatay.

Hindi pa mabatid kung may kinalaman sa pulitika at sa darating na halalan ang pagkakaligpit kay Ledna. (Mindanao Examiner)

30 tonelada ng bigas naharang sa Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Nakumpiska ng pulisya dito ang 30 tonelada ng bigas na ipinupus;it sa Zamboanga City mula sa isang lantsa na pagaari diumano ng isang parak.
Sinabi ni Chief Insp. Rogelio Alabata, ang regional police spokesman, na nasakote ng mga miyembro ng Zamboanga City Public Safety Company sa pamumuno ni Insp. Sonny Amponin ang naturang lantsa habang nasa aktong idinidiskarga ang mga biga.
Lulan ng M/L 1 Bai Nasra ang tinatayang 600 sako ng bigas (50 kilo bawat sako) at sa imbestigasyon ng pulisya ay nabatid na pagaari diumano ang lantsa ni SPO2 Monjel Aradais ng Alu Duyong sa bayan ng Lugus sa Sulu province.
Nakilala naman ang operator ng lantsa na si Ben Sarail ng Barangay Sinunuc dito.
Ayon kay Alabata, nakatanggap ng impormasyon ang pulisya na may ibinabagsak na mga sako-sakong bigas ang lantsa sa Barangay Cawit kung kaya’t mabilis na nagtungo doon ang grupo ni Amponin.
“The vessel was docked on the area and its personnel were caught in the actual unloading of suspected smuggled rice. Immediate custody and control of the said vessel was made. It was loaded with more or less than 600 sacks of rice at 50 kilos each sack,” pahayag pa ni Alabata.
Ibibigay umano ang sa Bureau of Customs ang mga bigas. Hindi naman sinabi ni Alabata kung dinakip ba ang mga pahinante ng lantsa. (Mindanao Examiner)

North Cotabato naka-alerto dahil sa atake ng NPA

COTABATO CITY - Doble ngayon ang seguridad sa North Cotabato province matapos na birahin ng mga hinihinalang rebelde ang isang patrol team ng lokal na pulisya sa bayan ng Matalam.
 Pinasabugan ng bomba ng mga umano’y New People’s Army ang naturang patrol na kung saan ay lulan ang hepe ng pulisya na si Senior Inspector Sonny Leoncito at tatalong mga tauhan nito sa bayan ng Matalam kamakalawa ng umaga.
Patungo sana ang mga parak sa isang pagpupulong ng pasabugan sila ng mga rebelde at nakipaglaban pa sa grupo ni Leoncito. Wala naman inulat na sugatan o nasawi sa panig ng pulisya, ngunit wasak naman ang harapan ng kanilang sasakyan.
Tumakas rin ang mga salarin bago pa man dumating ang reinforcement ng pulisya sa Barangay Kibia na kung saan binira ng NPA ang grupo ni Leoncito.
Kahapon ay may mga checkpoints ng inilagay ang pulisya at nasa mataas na alerto na rin ang mga ito kasunod ng naganap na atake.  (Mindanao Examiner)

Friday, February 26, 2016

DOLE-ARMM offers summer jobs to more than 2,000 students

COTABATO CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOLE-ARMM) is offering summer jobs to more than 2,000 students and out-of-school youth (OSY) across the region this year.
The employment drive is part of the DOLE's Special Program for Employment of Student (SPES), a flagship program designed to provide income opportunity to out-of-school youth and students from underprivileged families during summer or Christmas break.
The program is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational students, out-of-school youth, aged between 15 to 25, with priority given to the poor and disadvantaged students who need assistance to pursue their education.
The registration for this year will start on March 1 and will end on March 23, and the summer job will run from April 11 until  May 11.
"The program is an earn-and-learn program to develop productive work ethics in the youth. It seeks to help poor but deserving students and out-of-school youth pursue their education by providing them a job opportunity every summer," Norma Lidasan, DOLE-ARMM’s supervising labor and employment officer said.
The DOLE-ARMM has earmarked P6.3 million for the SPES this year, which would cover the salaries and other benefits of the working students or drop-outs.
Student applicants are required to submit the following: birth certificate, barangay clearance, certification by the school registrar or form 138 or original class card, certificate of good moral character and parents’ income tax return, which should not exceed the P85,000 annual income.
For out-of-school-youth applicants, a certificate of good moral character issued by their respective barangay will be required.
The SPES beneficiaries are entitled to receive a daily minimum wage of P255 for those in the agriculture sector and P265.00 for those in non-agriculture sector. Forty percent of their salaries will come from the DOLE-ARMM, and the remaining 60% will be shouldered by the employing office or establishment.
The DOLE-ARMM has worked-out a collaboration with government offices including local government units and a number business establishments to provide summer employment to the youth.
Lidasan said they have allotted a slot of 450 beneficiaries in each province in the region and an additional 293 slots has been reserved for walk-in applicants at the DOLE-ARMM’s regional office in Cotabato City.
"We will assure that students in remote villages will be given an opportunity to avail of the program," she added.
In 2015, the DOLE-ARMM has given income-earning opportunity to 2,543 student-SPES beneficiaries. (Bureau of Public Information)

ARMM student-athletes prepare for 2016 Palarong Pambansa

COTABATO CITY - Datu Salih Khazain Rayhan and some 500 student-athletes from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will undergo intense training to prepare for this year’s national athletic meet scheduled in Legazpi City, Albay in April.
Datu Salih, a Grade 7 student from Camp Siongco National High School, bagged gold medal in the individual category of taekwondo-poomsae during the 2016 Palarong ARMM Athletic Meet held in Parang, Maguindanao.
In last year’s Palarong Pambansa, Datu Salih went toe-to-toe against his opponents from the Cordillera Administrative Region and Central Mindanao (Region XII) winning his first Palarong Pambansa gold medal in taekwondo in the individual category. He and his two other team mates won the silver medal in the team category. He was then an elementary pupil at Camp Siongco Elementary School.
The young athlete from Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao is packed with confidence in winning this year’s national competition. He said he will endure more serious trainings to get his second Palarong Pambansa gold medal.
“Determinado po talaga ako ngayon. Gagalingan ko para manalo ulit (I am very determined now. I will give my best to win again),” he said. Datu Salih has been a taekwondo athlete for more than three years now.
After days of sports competitions among student-athletes in the region, the ARMM-wide meet wrapped up on Wednesday, February 24, with the divisions of Maguindanao II and Maguindanao I emerging as over-all champions in elementary and secondary school levels, respectively.
Maguindanao II, the elementary level champion, garnered 26 gold medals, and was followed by Maguindanao I with 20 gold medals and Tawi-Tawi with 12 gold medals. In the secondary level, Maguindanao I earned 43 gold medals, followed by Maguindanao II with 28 gold medals and Lamitan City with 21 gold medals.
More than 5,000 promising athletes competed against each other in sports like basketball, volleyball, football, badminton, table tennis, sepak takraw, athletics, boxing, wushu, arnis, wrestling, taekwondo, swimming and archery. The meet harnessed the theme ‘One Team, One Dream for the Bangsamoro People.’
In the 2015 Palarong Pambansa, the region finished 14th place – two notches higher from its rank in the annual games in 2014. The ARMM delegates bagged a total of 10 medals in the regular sports and three medals in the demonstration games.
The region’s taekwondo team grabbed two gold medals, two silvers and five bronzes while the athletics team bagged another gold medal. In the demonstration games, the wushu team grabbed one silver and one bronze while the region’s beach volleyball team took home the gold medal.
The region’s Department of Education and the Regional Sports Coordinating Office are collaborating to prepare the athletes for this year’s national meet. In-house trainings will be held in Legazpi City several days before the Palarong Pambansa.
The ARMM government provides the athletes’ basic needs like food, transportation, vitamins and uniforms among others. Allowance will also be given to the athletes. (Bureau of Public Information)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tension high in Lanao town

 Liberal Party re-electionist Balabagan Dr. Mayor Edna Ogka-Benito. (Mindanao Examiner Photo - Mark Navales)


Supporters of Balabagan Vice Mayor Quirino Sampiano armed with steel pipes and sticks stand outside the municipal hall. (Contributed photos)

LANAO DEL SUR – Tension is running high in Lanao del Sur’s Balabagan town after its vice mayor refused to step down as acting mayor despite an order from the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Mayor Edna Ogka-Benito said supporters of Vice Mayor Quirino Sampiano – many of them armed with steel pipes and sticks – have barricaded the municipal building and prevented her and government officials from holding office there.
Benito was earlier ordered suspended in December 28 by the Ombudsman on a complaint lodged against her by Nasser Disalungan, president of the Association of Barangay Chairmen for simple misconduct. Disalungan claimed Benito withheld his salary but the mayor alleged that the village chairman was not reporting to office.
The 22nd Division of the Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order in February 2 that would allow her back to work. The DILG in the Muslim autonomous region headed by Anwar Malang has confirmed the TRO and also issued an order telling Sampiano to step down and allow Benito to serve her term.
The mayor said she tried to report for work, but had been prevented by Sampiano’s supporters and even the local police force failed to serve the DILG order for Benito to resume work because they were overwhelmed by the protesters who barricaded themselves inside and around the municipal hall.
The DILG in the Muslim autonomous region headed by Anwar Malang has confirmed the TRO and also issued an order telling Sampiano to step down and allow Benito to serve her term.
The mayor said she tried to report for work, but had been prevented by Sampiano’s supporters and even the local police force failed to serve the DILG order for Benito to resume work because they were overwhelmed by the protesters who barricaded themselves inside and around the municipal hall.
Benito’s aide, Dr. Billy Ogka, said the local DILG director McMillan Lucman was also threatened by Sampiano’s supporters and warned him to stay away from the town hall. He said Sampiano refused to heed a director order from the DILG and also ignored the court order.
“They refused to recognize the order of DILG-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang and even the court’s order,” he said, adding, the DILG has ordered the police to help protect Benito from harm.
The mayor has urged the national government and authorities to act immediately to resolve the problems because it has already affected the delivery of basic services to her constituents.
“I have asked the police and military to drive out the armed men and supporters of the Vice Mayor within and outside the premises of the municipal government complex as they hinder the operation and function of the local government,” Benito told the Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper.
Benito has ordered her supporters and policemen to exercise maximum tolerance to avoid direct confrontation with Sampiano’s group. Residents have volunteered to protect Benito, who is holding office in her house in Balabagan. Municipal officials were also working in Benito’s house because they were being threatened by Sampiano’s supporters.
There was no immediate statement from Sampiano on all allegations against him, but he is running against Benito, who is also seeking re-election in the May polls under the ruling Liberal Party of President Aquino. (Mark Navales)