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Police authorities intercepted 5,997 pieces of Zimbabwean dollars

May 30, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 30) - Police authorities based at the Laguindingan International Airport has intercepted Wednesday three bags full of Zimbabwean dollars. According to the report of Police Colonel Raniel Valones, chief, aviation security, the baggages were suspicious when it passed the airport's x-ray machine so that they have decided to open it and they were surprised to see the currencies in Zimbabwe inside the three bags. The police official said based on air waybill of the three baggages that there were only waste materials but when opened the owner has tried to ship these bags of money from another country. After the aviation's inventory, it was found out that the 5,997 pieces of 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars ammounted to more or less P124,000 in Philippine currency, police authorities revealed. Valones said their office has contacted the owner of the baggaes and they were told he is coming to their office to bring their proper documents on said baggages of Zimbabwean dollars. The owner claimed they have bought the said currency at P450,000 in Pagadian City and they are scheduled to bring them to Manila for still unknown reasons. The aviation authorities are still investigating whether the currencies or bank notes are genuine or fake, as they might be used in illegal undertakings victimizing unsuspicious individuals.  

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Duterte's Japan visit brings in P288 Billion business deals

May 30, 2019

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte's visit in Japan was very successful with the Japan government, as well as the business sectors, signed up business deals worth P288.894 Billion Pesos. The business agreements number about 26 and these also include letters of intent that will make Philippines and Japan work hand in hand in pouring investments in the country thru the help of Japanese investors and the government of Japan. As this developed, the upcoming business partnership between two countries will help generate an estimated 82,737 jobs to Filipino professionals and blue-collar job seekers. Salvador Panelo, President Duterte's spokesperson told reporters the agreements will include various areas like skills training and human resource development and deployment; manufacturing and assembly; software development, testing, and maintenance; electric power distribution systems in New Clark City; injected molded holsters, and related customized equipment for the defense units of the Philippines; manufacturing facility for optics equipment; indoor themeparks and amusement facilities; restaurants and bakery businesses; manufacturing of medical devices; inter-island liquefide and natural gas distribution; credit facilities; convenient stores; development of the country's maritime safety capability; automotive business' and manufacturing of hard drives, spindle motors, and laser beams printers.

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Claveria mayor's family nabbed for gun possession

May 28, 2019

JOINT OPERATIVES  of the Criminal Intelligence and Detection Group (CIDG) of the province of Misamis Oriental, PNP SAF and Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) raided the compound of the Salvaleon family in Malagana, Claveria town based on four search warrants. The reported early dawn raid yesterday (May 28) yielded several high-powered firearms and a sack of ammunitions. The arresting team also nabbed the subject person in the person of Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon, her son Reagan and members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU). The yielded firearms included armalite rifles, two 45 caliber pistol, two M14, four M16 armalite rifles, one KG-9 machine pistol and hundreds of live ammunitions. Mayor-elect Meraluna Salvaleon in an interview with a local radio station denied the family owned the firearms intercepted by the CIDG raiding team. She said those firearms were owned by the military especially the CAFGUs detailed at the family compound. "Actually, wala man gyud sa sulod sa family compound nakuha ang mga armas pero sa gawas ra. Gani kana nga mga armas iyaha na sa mga Cafgu nga nagabantay sa family compound," mayor-elect Salvaleon narrated. Mayor Salvaleon suspected that a certain Jaime Cawasan was behind the raid as he surrendered yesterday based on reports she gathered from reliable sources. FAMILY FEUD Mayor Salvaleon narrated how this feud between the Salvaleons and former NPA rebel Jaime Cawasan alias Dudot.  "It all started when this certain Jaime Cawasan mortgage the 38,000 hectare family land to the Salvaleon family. This transaction, the mayor said, was not known to the Cawasan Family as Jaime Cawasan only transacted with her mother, Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon. Many times Jaime Cawasan requested for add ons until it reached to 2 Million Pesos," Miraluna said. Mayor Salvaleon added that Jaime Cawasan and his family wanted to take back the land and they have agreed for pay off in which it did not happen, so that the Salvaleon family also denied giving back the land. This reportedly irked Jaime Cawasan and he allegedly started harassing the Salvaleon Family like burning the family tractor, issuing them death threats and all other types of harassments.  "Pamatyon daw mi niya tanan so sa kahadlok ug kabalaka sa akong inahan mao to nga nagrequest pud mi sa services sa mga Cafgu mao naa sila sa among compound nagbantay matag adlaw," the mayor said in vernacular. The Salvaleon family was reported to be the most influential family in Claveria town and they owned a lot of business in the area prior to joining politics. Miraluna's father, Redentor Salvaleon, was also elected mayor, defeating and stopping the Calingin's control over politics in Claveria, while Miraluna was the vice mayor then. When the father was already threated by health problems, his daughter became the acting Vice Mayor. In the latest 2019 Midterm National and Local elections, Mayor Miraluna Salvaleon ran for mayor and she won.  MDN tried to get the side of Mr Jaime cawasan but failed. The CIDG Misamis Oriental unit also promised reporters they would issue official statements anytime today.

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Fire engulfs Sugbongcogon Municipal HallĀ 

May 22, 2019

BREAKING NEWS !! CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 21) - A fire of still unknown origin gutted down Tuesday evening a municipal townhall of Sugbongcogon in Misamis Oriental Province. No one was hurt but the fire razes to the ground all the facilities, paperworks and computers that were inside the government-owned building. The fire bureau is still conducting investigation as to what cause the fire. The municipal town hall, reports said, was already dilapidated since it was constructed many decades ago. But the fire could not ascertain when was the actual construction of said building which housed almost all the mains offices including the office of the city mayor, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the engineering office, municipal treasurer's office and all other offices that occupy the first and 2nd floor. MDN tried to contact the municipal mayor in her FB account to shed light on the incident but failed. Meanwhile, over a local radio station, the vice mayor of the town confirmed that the building was gutted down completely because it happened during night time and there's no way to stop the conflagration immediately, except to wait for the firefighters.

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Comelec proclaims 12 senators with finality

May 22, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 22) - After several postponements, the Commission on Elections has finally proclaimed the 12 winning senators today, May 22. As usual majority of those proclaimed today are candidates of the administration party of President Rodrigo Duterte, with re-electionist Cynthia Villar leading 11 other senators in the recently concluded 2019 Midterm National and Local Elections. Comelec has already completed the counting and tabulation of all votes. Tally credit to ABS-CBN Sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) the Comelec completed the tally of COCs with Hugpong Ng Pagbabago's top contender Senator Cynthia Villar bagging the biggest votes with a total of 25,283,727. Villar's biggest votes came from Luzon. Senator Grace Poe, an independent candidate bagged the second highest number of votes from Luzon Visayas and Mindanao, including the overseas votes, with her total of 22,029,788 votes. President Dutertes top 4 senatorial bets namely Christopher "Bong" Go, with a total votes of 20,657,702; Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa of PDP Laban who was voted by 19,004,225; Francis Tolentino, 15,510,026 and Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel with 14,504,936 made it to the top 12 slots. Only Mangudadatu did not make it to the Magic 12.   Other Senators included in the magic 12 also include: Lito Lapid, 16,965,464 votes. Lapid was not part of the senators who were imprisoned for accusations of graft and corruptions; Ilocos Norte Gov Imee Marcos, 15,882,628; Ramon Revilla Jr, 14,624,445 votes, and Nancy Binay, 14,504,936. Veteran senators Bam Aquino from Otso Derecho candidate, JV Ejercito  and Jinggoy Estrada did not make it to the Magic 12 

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(Updated) Councilor Moreno shot dead in Misamis Occidental

May 13, 2019

By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor CAGAYAN de Oro City--A town councilor in Misamis Occidental was shot dead shortly after casting his vote past 8:00 Monday morning, a report reaching here said. The hooded unidentified gunmen reportedly gunned down Reid Isidro Moreno, town councilor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental, while walking on his way home after casting his vote in the town Poblacion. P/Lt. Col. Benildo Tumanda, the provincial police chief, of Misamis Occidental, said that the victim was reportedly receiving “death threats” prior to the shooting incident. He said that the motive is primarily “personal grudge,” but investigators are not ruling out politics as the possible motive for the shooting. Witnesses told police investigators that the suspects waylaid the victim on his way home in a secluded place, Tumanda said. He said that the peace and order situation in Misamis Occidental remained under control after the law enforcers resolved the election related incidents in Sapang Dalaga. Sapang Dalaga is another remote town in Misamis Occidental where the presence of unidentified armed men was reportedly harassed the residents and the candidates there, Tumanda said. According to Tumanda, the police operatives have also apprehended cases of alleged “vote buying” where the law enforcers seized ballots and “blood money.” He said that violations of the Omnibus Election Code on illegal vote buying would be filed against the suspects. In Misamis Oriental, about 1,400 police officers were deployed to secure the voting places in the towns 442 barangays, P/Lt. Col. Rolando Destura, the provincial police chief, said. He said there were no report of election related incidents since the voting precincts opened 6:00 a.m. Monday.

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