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Suspect in killing of 2 painters surrender

September 10, 2019

ILIGAN City--The gunman of two painters killed early morning on Monday (September 9) appeared at Iligan City Police Station 4 (ICPS-4) exactly 12 hours after the incident happened in Purok 1, Barangay Tambacan this city. Police Captain Aiman Pantaran, chief of ICPS 4, said the suspect, 33-year old Gino Capuyan, tried to evade the crime he committed by asking his cousin Alex to claim the motorcycle he left while he escaped after he gunned the two victims. Capuyan is a member of Special Cafgu Active Auxilliary (SCAA) assigned at a checkpoint in Hinaplanon Bridge in Barangay Hinaplanon, Iligan City. “After some interrogations with Alex Capuyan, it was found out that the real owner of the motorcycle is Gino, who was also identified by witnesses as the one who shot the victims,” Pantaran said. Around 11 in the evening on September 9, Gino Capuyan, appeared at police station 2 and admitted the crime he committed. It was 5:30 in the morning on Monday, September 9, when Rio Concepcion and his nephew, Mark, were shot by the suspect while playing card games in a vigil in Tambacan. Pantaran said the incident started in arguments and alleged cheating in their card games. “The suspect used .45 caliber pistol and shot the victims, Rio on the head and on his chest while Mark sustained gunshot wounds on his head, chest and stomach,” Pantaran said. The suspect is now at the custody of police station 4 for filling of appropriated against him.

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All GCTA convicts from Region 10 accounted for

September 10, 2019

ALL convicts released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance from Northern Mindanao have been accounted for. According to PNP Regional Office 10 spokesperson Lt. Col. Mardi Hortillosa, the eight convicts are now under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and were released earlier between 2016 and 2019. Their cases ranged from murder to rape, robbery with homicide and arson. Four of them came from Bukidnon as their home province; two from Lanao del Norte; one from Camiguin; and one from Iligan Cituy. Hortillosa said all eight surrendered voluntarily, beating President Duterte's 15-day deadline or else they would be declared as fugitives. "I would like to thank these personalities for their voluntary surrender that made our job easier," PRO 10 director Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago Jr. said.

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Woman keeps partner's decaying body in Oro

September 6, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A woman kept the decomposing body of her live-in partner for days in keeping with his partner’s promised that he would get well soon. Village officials found the decomposing body of a certain Romeo Bagtong, 50, who was presumed to be dead for the last four days since Monday. Local officials and neighbors, who barged into the house, found the live-in partner Melita Alembo, 38, in between sobs, beside the victim’s body while picking up lice on her hair. Melita told the police investigators that her live-in partner suffered a “cram” and told her that he would be well in five minutes. “I decided not to report the incident because he told me that he will recover soon. I did not also know what to do,” Alembo said. A certain Grace, the closest neighbor, told police that she heard suspicious moaning sounds in the house of the couple Monday. After that Melita was seen coming out of the house to wash clothes. Since Monday, the victim has not come out of the house, the neighbor said. “I told my son to peep on the house to find out what happened. It was dark in the house that my son saw nothing,” she said. Grace said that they never heard that the couple had a quarrel since they lived at the relocation site. The police are now conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the death of the victim while holding Melita, the live-in partner, in custody. -0-

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Broadcasters in Caraga to plant thousands of trees

September 3, 2019

SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur--Local broadcasters will make good anew what they preached on the airwaves to preserve and protect the environment with the massive planting of trees in the open areas of the mountains on September 7. This year’s edition of Oplan Broadcastreeing , a nationwide simultaneous tree growing  activity initiated by Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), will draw around 2,600 people from all walks of life in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur. Max Tutor, Chair of KBP Agusan del Sur-Surigao del Sur Chapter, said at least four areas in the neighbouring provinces have been identified for the activity where participants will plant the tree seedlings mostly of different indigenous species. The areas for the tree planting activities are in Mt. Magdiwata in San Francisco town and the mountainous village of Calaitan in Bayugan City, Barangay Patong in San Miguel, Surigao del Sur and in Bislig City where they already held it in August 25. Philsaga Mining Corporation will provide some 1,000 seedlings of indigenous species incluing Narra, Yakal and Lauan  with  laborers and transportation while the San Francisco Water District will identify the site and committed for the clearing and land preparation in the Mt. Magdiwata area. The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office nin Bunawan town will also provide some 300 seedlings of mixed Gmelina specie. Some 800 people will join in San Francisco, 600 people in Bayugan City , about 500 in Tandag City while 700 joined in Bislig City. The local government units will support in transporting the tree planters towards the sites especially students in different collegiate private schools are expected to participate. San Francisco Mayor Solomon Rufila will deliver an environmental message in a short program before they will proceed to the site in Mt Magdiwata. To energize the participants, an early morning zumba exercise will be held in front of the town hall.

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Scam victims could no longer get money back

August 29, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur--- Thousands of residents of this province who were defrauded by billions of pesos can no longer expect the return of their money from the owner of the investment scam who is now in hiding. A leader of FRX Rice Trading based in Prosperidad town has revealed the operator, Dimber Celis, has already squandered the money intended for “payout” to thousands of investors that she no longer  has the financial capacity to return the investments. Mark Clinton Chavez, the FRX leader who is also one of the five board of directors of FRX Rice Trading registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission, has disclosed in an exclusive interview that Celis has been on a lavish spending spree buying cars and properties before the fallout of the investment scam on June 24. “She bought many properties in other places. But what I only knew were the two new Toyota Fortuner SUVs, a beach resort in Buenavista town and the house in tBahbah poblacion in Prosperidad town ,” Chavez said. The money scam which has lured thousands of victims in this province and other neighboring areas because of its 70 to 80 percent weekly return of investment abruptly stopped its operation after the crackdown by the police’s Criminal Investigations and  Detection Group (CIDG). Last June 24, CIDG operatives confiscated P23 million from Celis’ safe house in Nasipit town in Agusan del Sur after a car chase from Talacogon town of this province where the payouts were expected to be held. The money, log books and documents were recovered from the alleged safehouse of FRX Rice Trading at around 7:30 p.m. Prior to the raid on the safehouse, a pickup owned by the trading firm collided with a motorcycle driven by a barangay official along the highway in Buenavista town. “It turned out the pickup was heading toward the safehouse to pick up the money... We suspected the owner or owners of the money are planning to escape,” Lt. Col. Cholijun Caduyac, police (CIDG-Caraga chief, said.  Celis managed to escape in another vehicle. She is facing charges for syndicated estafa and violation of Republic Act 8799 or the Securities Regulation Code.  Hundreds of leaders of the investment scheme were waiting for Celis to distribute the payouts patiently waiting for hours outside the town hall but to no avail as they learned the Forex owner hurriedly left with the convoy of cars sensing the CIDG lawmen were already there to conduct the raid. The CIDG said the raid was in line with President Duterte’s order to close companies tagged in investment scams. Chavez has already sensed danger two days earlier during the gathering at the Almont Resort Hotel in Butuan City when she left unnoticed upon learning that only five leaders have brought in pay-ins which is not enough to supplement the boxful of cash she brought for the payouts. “I believed she was making a scenario to escape from her obligations to the leaders since she don’t have enough cash and was expecting millions of pesos from pay ins to defray the money shortage and continue operations,” Chavez confided. Celis has assured close to 500 investment leaders that the payout will resume on June 24 after two weeks break at the extravagant birthday and baptismal party she and her child celebrated at LMX Convention Center in Butuan City on June 19. Chavez who attended the party as a godfather of Celis’ daughter revealed she spent at least P2 million for the event aside from the cash rewards of P5000 for each game winner and the giveaways of expensive perfumes. At the peak of FRX operations in the middle of May up to June 10, pay-ins received by each leader from investors could reach as much as P50 million a day. Chavez admitted the accumulated cash he received from pay ins had reached more than a billion pesos since he joined in May 15.

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Ateneo de Zamboanga mourns death of alumna in Bukidnon

August 27, 2019

ZAMBOANGA CITY - (Mindanao News digital, August 26) - The management and studentry of Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) mourned the untimely demise of their alumna, who died in a far-flung municipality in Bukidnon Province, police authorities reported. The 24-year-old Genifer Buckly, a volunteer  community teacher for Jesuit Volunteer Philippines (JVP) died of multiple stab wounds while her companion, Anne Kathleen Gatdula was also wounded but her stab wounds were not fatal and she was rushed to the hospital and cheated death. Police investigation disclosed that on August 23, 2019, while on their quarters, both Gatdula and Buckly caught in the act an unidentified theft while stealing their belongings, so they shouted at the suspect. Overwhelmed by the sudden commotion, the suspect immediately grabbed his knife and stab them multiple times and fled to unknown directions. ADZU President Fr. Karel San Juan said in a statement, "Buckly's tragic death is painful. We pray for the JVP and ADZU communities who grieve her passing. We pray for justice.” Fr. San Juan also celebrated Buckly’s life of service: “Your life, your joyful love and service console and inspire us. You gave your life to your family, friends, students, and to many others. Your generous spirit will forever stay in our hearts.” Buckly graduated at Ateneo de Zamboanga University in 2015 with a degree in Bachelor of Science major in Filipino.

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