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Army troopers recover "contraceptive pills" in NPA hideouts

December 15, 2019

MALAYBALAY CITY -- Government troops scouring the hideout left by the  New People's Army (NPA) after a raid by government troops last December 10 in Mt. Obulan along Mt Balatucan Mt. Range in Misamis Oriental found boxes of contraceptive pills on the personal belongings of terrorist members.  It can be recalled that last October 22, a former NPA member belonging to Sub Regional Command 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee known as alias Michelle confessed that there are abusive NPA leaders having sex with female members. "Naa gyud mga abusadong lider nga gapanggamit ug mga babayi sa hukbo. Bisan minyo ang mga babayi basta batan-on, makighilawas sila. Ug nahadlok man ang mga babayi kay basin pasakiton ug patyon ug file musugot," she said.  (There are really abusive NPA leaders that are having sex with female members. Even if they are married, as long as the woman is young, they will want to have sex with them. And these women are afraid to get hurt to killed if they refuse).  Republic Act (RA) 7877 or Anti Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 and RA 8353 or Anti Rape law of 1997 protect women from harassment and sexual exploitation.  Asst Regional Director Yvette Sunga of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) X said, "the effect of sexual exploitation is immeasurable, it shatters the complete well being of a woman having been violated and abused. They will remain prisoners especially if they are living with their perpetrators." "If they cannot respect their own colleagues, how can they respect other people. We condemn in strongest terms the exploitation of women for political agenda much more for sexual pleasure. It is simply unacceptable," said 403rd Brigade commander, Brigadier General Edgardo De Leon.   He said the big number of contraceptives that are constantly being discovered among the personal belongings of the NPA clearly indicates that NPA members are not pro-life.  "The medical tools that were found with the contraceptives even suggest that abortion is possibly being performed by NPA medics to their pregnant colleagues. I remember a female former rebel telling me that she purposely asked his boyfriend to impregnate her so she would have the reason to go home. Thus, NPA commanders could be ordering their medics to perform abortion on their pregnant colleagues so they will not have the reason to go home. " he added. (403rd Brigade)

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Bangsamoro Govt plans to create Bangsamoro Youth Commission

December 15, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- The Bangsamoro Government is set to create the Bangsamoro Youth Commission as a replacement for the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA). Dr. Marjanie Macasalong, concurrent executive director of OBYA  said the bill for the creation of the Bangsamoro Youth Commission, is now on its second reading in the Bangsamoro Parliament. “The BYC will be patterned to National Youth Commission and will also exercise the autonomous privilege given to the BARMM,” Macasalong said. He further said there will be minor changes in BYC’s mandate, powers, and functions in order to widen and strengthen its scope. OBYA was created under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to plan, prepare, and implement development programs that will address the concerns of the region’s youth sector. Macasalong said the BYC will address one of the main challenges of the previous administration which was the coordination of OBYA with other departments in the ARMM. “We would strengthen the coordination of our office with the other ministries in order to maximize the programs and activities related to the youth. (Bureau of Public Information)  

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Camiguin still insurgency-free; criminality is manageable

December 15, 2019

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin — Even with its ability to remain free of insurgency, Camiguin still steps up its campaign on upholding peace and order through implementing the Retool Community Support Program (RCSP). Ranking first in the anti-illegal drugs performance evaluation in the region and recording only 27 index crimes, 80 non-index crimes, and 36 public safety index crimes, Camiguin is still named a secured and peaceful area, where criminality is manageable based on the assessment of the 58th Infantry Battalion presented during the Fourth Quarter Joint Full Council Meeting, December 12, here.  To further maintain peace and order in the province, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said once funds are available, all residents of Camiguin will be issued with an identification card making sure that the populace is well accounted for and terror group infiltration will not take place in the island. As to managing sea vessels, Romualdo said all pump boats would be color and number coded based on the municipality where operators have registered their units. Such will aid the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) or even mere residents to determine the sudden entry of vessels with questionable identities or purpose.  Noting how the province enforces peace and order in keeping its people safe, Capt. Ryan Layug of the 403rd Infantry Brigade said the RCSP, designed to know the conditions of the communities where government workers themselves listen and take action to lessen problems, will help Camiguin sustain peace and attain development.  For their part, the 58th Infantry Battalion recommends the local government units to impose their authority to ensure that their constituents will not be exploited as the former continue their active deterrence and preemptive troop projection, intelligence monitoring and timely report closure, and partnership with groups and communities. (Recthie T. Paculba/PIA10)

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Gingoog City mayor unveils 2020 plans in State of the City Address

December 14, 2019

MORE economic development will be poured in Gingoog City in 2020. Thus was the promise of Mayor Erick Cañosa during his first State of the City Address that occurred last December 12 at Rizal Park. The event was interrupted by a downpour but not even the rain could stop Gingoognons from hearing Cañosa, who continued his speech until twilight in time for the lighting up of the city’s fountain of prosperity in a spectacle of water and illumination. Cañosa, who stepped up as mayor just this July, reported that the city’s public market will be renovated by next year and development in the agriculture sector will be pushed more. The mayor said he is strongly pushing for massive coffee and cacao production in his city, saying he envisions Gingoog to be the coffee production capital of Mindanao again. “We are ready to hand out to farmers 100,000 seedlings which they can intercrop with bananas so they will have income the whole year round,” he said. Along this line, the City Council had already approved P150 million budget for agriculture alone. Cañosa likewise envisions to open a mega farm that will straddle the two barangays of Lunotan and Baantawan where strawberry farming and dairy farming could be learned. He added that he is also envisioning an orchidarium, an aviary, a hotel, a spa, a wildlife zoo and paragliding leisure activities within the facility. “Gani nasugdan na ang road development padulong didto,” the local chief executive reported. In the field of tourism, Cañosa also intends to develop Tiklas Falls as well as a restaurant and spa which he wants to call as Badyawon Water Park. On the occasion of the 60th Charter Day of Gingoog City, Cañosa said the city government will be inviting all the former living mayors of the city to be present during the momentous affair. In the field of investments, Cañosa announced the entry of a Polymedic branch in the city that will break ground and construct next year to be called San Isidro Polymedic Hospital – a joint venture of the Cagayan de Oro-based Polymedic Group and the Medina-based Axelum Resources. He likewise said that City Hall is now finalizing to lobby the declaration of portions of four barangays – Lunao, Agay-ayan, San Isidro and San Luis – into an economic zone. Meanwhile in the field of education, Cañosa is exploring the possibility of constructing a dormitory inside the Community College of Gingoog City (CCGC) for the convenience of students who come from far-flung barangays. At the end of his speech, Cañosa paraded seven ambulances which his administration has acquired just this month.

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Wife of Initao police hero is P90-T richer every month from all the benefits she can get

December 12, 2019

  INITAO, Misamis Oriental – The wife of a police sergeant in Initao town who died a hero to save students from a disgruntled man who ran amok while holding a grenade, is now P90,000 richer every month. In a press statement from the government's information bureau, it said that the Order of Lapu-lapu Medal and Medal of Valor awards received by the late husband for his act of heroism are also equivalent to benefits such as a lifetime survivorship pension to the wife with an additional P75,000 every month. But the wife who is the direct receiver of the monthly reward and pension is still to process some very important document in order to receive the promised benefits she could get from the government. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte alongside Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Francisco Gamboa awarded Police Senior Master Sergeant (PSMS) Jason J. Magno the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal and Medal of Valor on last December 5, 2019 at his wake in Initao, Misamis Oriental. In an interview with the media, Gamboa said the medal of valor is the highest award from the PNP. The leverage of the award is the test of courage. He said, “Kita ninyo si President how he respects medal of valor awardees. Ingon siya ang mga buhi, iya gyud saluduhan because it is very rare."  (You have seen the President how he respects medal of valor awardees. He will salute those who get to live because it is really rare). “You don’t even have to ask for it or even have to exert effort to get it. It will come naturally,” Gamboa added. The benefits of this award include lifetime survivorship pension to the wife with an additional P75,000 every month. In case the kids would like to enter the Philippine Police Academy, Gamboa said they don’t have to take an entrance exam as they will get in immediately. Magno died on November 28, 2019 while trying to save civilians and students from a grenade explosion at Initao Community College. According to the police report, Magno tried to secure a grenade explosion from Basher Ampaso  Ebrahim, 56 years old, resident of Lanao del Sur, who tried to negotiate illegal logging cases involving his son at Community Environment Natural Resources (CENRO) Initao, Misamis Oriental. When CENRO refused to release the lumbers, this prompted the suspect to get angry resulting him to lash out and used the grenade. This, upon noticing that the pin was already removed, there and then Magno used his body as cover to lessen the damage and to protect the people in the scene.  Among the injured police was PSMS Alice Balido who was also visited by PRRD at the Provincial Hospital in Initao. She was given P10,000 cash, watch, cellphone and gun certificate. She was also given Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan Medal.  Senator Christopher "Bong" Go accompanied the President during his hospital and wake visits to the two police officers in Initao, Misamis Oriental. (Jasper Marie O. Rucat/PIA)

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Red Cross-Lanao raises P1.2m fund

December 10, 2019

ILIGAN City--The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Lanao del Norte Chapter raised more than P1.2 million from the Million Volunteer Run fund raising simultaneously conducted early morning on Sunday (December 8) around the country. In Lanao del Norte, the start and finish line was inside the Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) in Tubod town. Greg Galucan, officer-in-charge of PRC Lanao, said the amount raised during the event is big help to the delivery of basic services of the organization such as the blood, health and safety program and activities and the training of the youth volunteers. “This is very useful especially if there are calamities... in our disaster management service. We are experiencing now a lot of floods, earthquakes... the funds we raised will be used there,” Galucan said. In Lanao del Norte, there are 8,000 volunteers based in barangay with 44 members of the emergency response unit in each barangay according to Galucan. They are composed of residents from different ages “who has the heart to serve the people in their barangay. “Kung dunay mga kalamidad sila ang mata, sila ang mata, ang kamot, ang tiil ang dalunggan sa Red Cross aron makahatag ta og serbisyo ngadto sa mga biktima. Trained sila sa first aid, sa disaster management ug uban pa nga mga trainings,” Galucan added. Around 2,000 volunteers participated in the fun run that has 3K (3 kilometer) and 5K categories, that was composed mostly of youth, employees and officials of the provincial government of Lanao del Norte, municipal officials and personnel of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Dimaporo said the activity did not only benefits those who need the services of the PRC but also benefits the participants to healthy lifestyle. Winners Best buddies and relatives from Munai town won the first and the second places in the 3K Male Categories. Sweating and panting, Arafah Jabbar and Abdul Jabbar Sultan arrived together in the finish line, holding hands together without thinking that they are in a competition. They stopped running few feet from the finish line. Jabbar finished the run at 12 minutes and 22 seconds, a second ahead of Sultan at 12:23. The two are coming from Munai town. Jabbar is a Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman of Barangay Poblacion. It was their first time to join a fun run because they are into basketball. “Sinabi lang sa amin ng mayor naming na sasali kami sa fun run. Di pa kami nakasali dati ng marathon. Di naming alam na contest ito,” Jabbar said (Our municipal mayor told us to join the fun run. We never ever joined marathon before, we did not know this is a competition.) In the 3K female category, the 24-year old Jane Tagoldol from Tubod town, Lanao del Norte, won with 15:50. Tagoldol said he is not really into marathon competition but for only exercise to have a healthy body. “I run for health reason,” Tagoldol said. In the 5K male category, Jowil Sambalod won, finishing the race at 15:33. Meanwhile, Mary Grace Asahid of Barangay Maranding, Lala, won as first for the 5K female category finishing at 24 minutes and 28 seconds. Asahid is a triathlete who just joined the last two triathlon events in Lanao del Norte called Lanorteman. The first was in September, which was held in Kauswagan town, while the second event was in the first week of December in Sultan Naga Dimaporo. Looking forward Gov. Dimaporo is looking forward of hosting again the same event of the PRC in the future and hoping the number of participants will increase. “Hopefully next year the number will be doubled. This year, we ran out of time for our dissemination of information that’s why we only had this number now. But it (number of participants) is still very overwhelming,” Dimaporo said.

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