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Brigada News FM Broadcaster shot dead in Kidapawan City

July 11, 2019

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MDN Mindanao News, July 11) - A Brigada News FM radio station manager in Kidapawan City was shot dead by motorcycle-riding assassins on Wednesday along National Highway, Quezon Boulevard corner Diversion Road Sinsuat St, Kidapawan City, police authorities reported. Eduard Dizon, manager of Brigada News FM-Kidapawan was shot while driving his own vehicle, a Mitsubishi Mirage G4, at around 10:25 evening. Initial investigation conducted by police investigators revealed that prior to the shooting, another station manager of the sister company Brigada News FM station was also hit by a bagful of human waste in Cotabato City.    The SOCO team (Scene of the Crime Operatives) who immediately responded to the crime scene have recovered empty shells of .45 caliber pistol just beside the vehicle of the victim. Police are now tracking down the whereabouts of the attackers to solve the case and give justice to the victim. Dizon, according to investigation, was a former Councilor of Makilala town. He was making a right turn when suddenly, two armed men alighted from the scene and without provocation peppered him with bullets.    Cotabato provincial police director Col. Maximo Layugan said police operatives are now in pursuit operations against the killers to arrest them and bring them to the court of justice. Aside from his managerial functions, Dizon also anchored a radio program in Brigada Nes FM.  “We are saddened by the death of Dizon. We condemn such kind of killing,” the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines – Kidapawan echoed their sentiments on the sudden death of a radio manager/broadcaster. Last year, unidentified hitmen shot dead Gabriel Alburo, 50, and also a radio announcer in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. Based on records, since 1992, there were a total of 80 mediamen and journalists killed in the country, and 66 of them were murdered with impunity, based on the latest data of a New York based Committee to Protect Journalists. In Cotabato City this month, a bag full of human waste was thrown at Brigada News FM-Cotabato station manager Florante Formento at around 9 in the morning on July 9, this year. Under the Duterte adminsitration, Dizon was the 13th journalists killed for still unknown reasons. The police are still facing a blank wall as to the main motive of slaying. 

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7 Robbers victimize Metrobank Binondo branch in broad daylight robbery

July 11, 2019

MANILA (MDN National News digital, July 11) - Seven unidentified robbers barged into Metrobank Binondo Branch Thursday morning  unnoticed by many people outside the bank, and carted away an undetermined amount of cash, the police authorities reported.           The Metrobank broad daylight robbery was successfully conducted by seven suspects who carted away an undetermined amount of money. But when they get out from the bank, two of them carried back packs believed containing the amount of cash they carted away. Investigation disclosed that around 11:00 in the morning at Sto. Cristo in Binondo, Manila 7 suspects waited for the opening of the bank. When a security guard opened the front door of the bank, one of the alleged suspects immediately grabbed the guard inside the then closed the door to consumate their evil motives such as robbing the bank. The successful robbery took place only several minutes and all the suspects immediately fled to unknown directions to avoid responding police operatives.   At first, the bank executives did not allow the responding police investigators from Manila Police District but when Manila Mayor Isko Moreno intervened and warned bank executives they will be arrested if they continue to disallow police investigators to come in and conduct full investigation of the matter. "This is now police matters. We will arrest you if you refuse entry of police investigators," the new mayor of Manila warned.     Sangay ng Metrobank sa Sto. Cristo Street., C.M Recto sa Binondo, Maynila na umano'y nilooban. Mga pulis, nag-iimbestiga na. pic.twitter.com/UcdScEtE49 — Johnson L. Manabat (@JohnsonManabat) July 11, 2019

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Another drug suspect dies in anti-drug operation

July 11, 2019

MANTICAO, MISAMIS ORIENTAL ----- A drug suspect was killed while a patrolman was wounded in an early dawn anti-drug operation, Wednesday (July 10), of Misamis Oriental Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) and Manticao Municipal Police Station in Purok Paradise 2, Barangay Cabalantian, here. The house, where the suspect is renting with his live-in partner for three months now, is located at the back of a national high school. The operation is to serve a search warrant issued by Judge Renato Arroyo of the 10th Municipal Trial Circuit Court in Manticao, Misamis Oriental. Police Captain James Bastatas, head of PDEU Misamis Oriental West, identified the suspect as Ariel Macas, a resident of Cagayan de Oro City, who fired first to the police when they entered his house to supposedly neutralize him. One of the police operatives, Patrolman George Sordillo of the PDEU Misamis Oriental, was wounded at his left hand. Bastatas said, Macas was included in the Directorate for Intelligence (DG) list as drug personality and have been jailed for drug case but availed the plea bargaining of the court few months ago. During the search in his room, police seized seven sachets of believed to be shabu, several drug paraphernalia and ammunitions. The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) during their processing of the crime scene before the police search also recovered the caliber .38 the suspect used in firing to the police, fired cartridge, several ammunitions, drug paraphernalia and cash worth P45,000 plus. The wounded police was already discharged from the hospital and is now in a stable condition.

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Family feud may affect Ceres bus liner operation in the country

July 10, 2019

BACOLOD CITY (MDN Visayas News digital, July 9) - The recent tension between the siblings operating the Ceres buses liner nationwide may affect the business operation of the company. But the new management has assured the riding public that there is still smooth operation of Vallacar Transit, Inc, operator of Ceres buses nationwide. The management assured the riding public not to worry even if a family problem has been plaguing the Yanson Clan.   It (feud) started when Roy yanson, eldest son of the original owner of the bus company (late Ricardo B. Yanson) reportedly kicked out their youngest sibling, Leo Rey Yanson, as president and CEO of the bus company.  In a press statement sent to the media on Sunday, lawyer Shiela Sison revealed that the board of directors  of VII allegedly announced the appointment of Mr Roy V. Yanson as the company's new president effective immediately. Thus, replacing the position occupied by the younger brother Leo Rey Yanson, who was also informed to just continue becoming the company's board of directors and member of the board.    The change in leadership, according to the statement issued to the media, was because of the recent special board meeting, wherein the board allegedly replaced corporate officers, who are tasked to work with the new president of the company, in order to ensure a smooth transition of the bus company's administration. Unfortunately, Leo Rey Yanson has questioned the recent ouster. During a conference conducted yesterday morning, Roy's lawyers said the election of the former president followed procedures. But according to the board, the reason that Leo Rey was ousted was loss of trust and confidence.

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Suspected killer of Grade 7 student arrested

July 10, 2019

METRO MANILA (MDN National News digital, July 10) - A suspected killer of a Grade 7 student was arrested by police authorities after hiding for several days in the hilly area of Barangay Masili in Calamba City. Arrested by police operatives was Renan Estrope Valderama, 36 and a former security guard. He was also known by the aliases of Renando Valderama and Renz Ivan Valderama, and he was charged of violating RA 10591, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act before the Calamba Prosecutors' Office.   Colonel Eleazar Matta, Laguna police chief said Valderama was spotted in Barangay Bucal, Calamba City by a concerned citizen and reported him to the nearest police station. He was believed hungry and looking for food to eat which caused him to get out from the hilly area in Barangay Masili where he was reportedly hiding.  Colonel Matta said “It was through the help of a concerned citizen (who reported) sightings of the suspect in that area.”  Valderama was the suspect in the shooting of a 15-year-old student Mark Anthony Miranda inside his classroom  on July 4 in Castor National High School, reportedly out of jealousy.   The suspect has been sending him to school since March after Miranda's mother was imprisoned for drugs according to reports gathered by police probers. But this month the 15-year-old victim had filed a sexual harassment complaint as well as child abuse against the suspect. During the arrest, authorities recovered the .38 caliber revolver allegedly used in the killing of the kid.

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DPWH inaugurates P778-M flood control project in Misor

July 9, 2019

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar inaugurated on Tuesday the newly constructed flood protection dike aimed to mitigate flood damage in high risk areas in Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental. Assisting Villar during the unveiling of the marker of the new dike were Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano. Villar said the completion of the flood control structure will not only protect residents of Tagoloan and its neighboring coastal areas from serious flooding but will also provide opportunities for the development in the area. "The completion of the Tagoloan flood control project is very timely. Makatulog na ng mahimbing at walang pangamba ang ating mga kababayan sa Misamis Oriental sapagkat alam nilang ligtas na sila sa banta ng mataas na baha," Villar said. Implemented by DPWH's Flood Control Management Cluster, the P778-million flood control structure is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It consists of a 692-meter upstream and 1.9-kilometer downstream revetments and drainage improvement. "We would like to thank the government of Japan for their continued support in the Duterte administration's infrastructure program that aims to provide quality and safe infrastructure facilitied to propel national economic growth," Villar said.

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