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BIR confiscates P100-M fake cigarettes

May 10, 2019

ILIGAN CITY - More than 100 million-peso worth of cigarettes were confiscated on Thursday morning (May 9) during an operation conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Intellectual Property Rights and the Iligan City Police Office (ICPO). Armed with a 'mission order' from the BIR Region X, the operatives raided two houses in Isabel Village, Barangay Palao, this city, rented by a Chinese businessman whose identity was not disclosed by the police. Authorities were met by a middle-aged Filipina woman, who introduced herself as the house cook, and a Chinese man, named Wang Jian Min, who introduced himself as cousin of the business-owner. Alberto Daba, chief revenue officer of the Regional Investigation Division of BIR-X, said the operation was conducted following an intelligence report from the ICPO operatives that the house, which served as warehouse of a Chinese businesman, has fake cigarettes stored in it. "It is fake because on the part of the BIR, the stamps are fake. Under the provisions of the national internal revenue code particularly section 265 of the Tax Code of 1997, it unlawfully possessed spurious internal revenue stamps and as penalized under the law," Daba said in an interview. One hundred master cases of Two Moon cigarettes were confiscated from the first house with estimated market value of 25 million pesos. While the inventory was ongoing, the owner of the house, who requested not to be named, arrived and gave permission to authorities to also check the other house he also owned just beside the first house. "The two houses are rented by only one person, a Chinese businesman. I only knew his business is spare parts, I did not know he is also into selling of fake cigarettes," said the house owner. At the second house, 387 master cases of various brands of cigarettes were found that has estimated market value of more than 75 million pesos but the owner of the business were not around. Daba said with the number of cases confiscated, the government has 84 million peso excise tax loss revenue. The cigarettes were taken custody by BIR-X at their office in Cagayan de Oro City while Wang was taken custody by the Iligan City Police Office for filing of the following charges: unlawful pursuit of business, failure to file excise tax returns, unlawful possession or removal of articles subject to excise tax without payment of tax and attempt to defeat or evade excise tax.

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IBP doubts Bikoy's credibility; rejects appeal for legal assistance 

May 10, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 10) -  The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), whom the controversial Peter Joemel Advincula aka Bikoy sought for help, has reportedly doubted his credibility and rejected his plea. IBP's doubts reportedly developed after they have conducted a research and checked on Advincula's background and criminal records.   Earlier, Bikoy, the man in the hooded video series "Ang Totoong Narcolist" has claimed he decided to seek at the IBP office for fear of his life. He claimed after he uploaded the controversial video series linking the president's family and close friends to the illegal drug trade in the country. "There threats of my life so I decided to go to IBP in hopes they would give me legal assistance," he said in Filipino language. The IBP, the most prestigious organization of professional lawyers in the country, has maintained they rejected Bikoy's appeal because his statments were "reeked of political agenda." The IBP did not elaborate. READ: Bikoy resurfaces after hiding On Wednesday, the IBP through its National Center for Legal Aid (NCLA) said that they have evaluated Advincula's application just like any other citizens of the country seeking legal help. NCLA said “his application was duly processed just like any other request received by the NCLA,” the IBP said in a statement but it was denied due to lack of credibility as his accusations are tainted with political agenda. 

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Zamboanga Norte judge shot dead at carpark

May 10, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 10) A regional trial court judge was killed by still unidentified gunman Thursday afternoon while at the carpark of the court house building, police authorities reported. Police authorities confirmed the victim as Branch 11 Judge Reymar L. Lacaya of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte Regional Trial Court. He was shot at the fatal points which also resulted to his untimely death. Initial investigation disclosed that the suspect may have already waited for the judge to go back to the parking area after his official functions when he was gunned dead by an unknown attacker. Chief Justice Bersamin said the entire Judiciary condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Judge Lacaya. He urged authorities to expediate their investigation efforts and arrest the suspect as soon as possible to give justive to the slain judge. Judge Lacaya was the son of former governor of the province, the late Virgilio Lacaya who served Zamboanga del Norte from 1967 to 1980. Based on records he was the 30th judge who was killed since 1999 and also the fifth judge slain since 2017. The four other judges were: Judge Godofredo Abul Jr. – RTC Butuan City (August 5, 2017); Judge Ricky Begino – MTC-Presentacion, Camarines Sur (June 12, 2018); and Judge Edmundo Pintac – RTC Ozamiz City. ###   

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Santiago is new PNP 10 chief

May 10, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 10) - The regional office 10 of the Philippine National Police (PNP 10) will now have a new chief in the person of Police Chief Superintendent Rafael Petican Santiago, Jr. Santiago replaced outgoing PNP 10 chief General Timoteo Paclib during a change of command held this morning (May 10) at Camp Alagar in Cagayan de Oro City. In his speech, outgoing PNP 10 chief Paclib proudly announced the accomplishments during his tenure in Northern Mindanao, including the recent neutralization of reported big time druglords including the late Reynaldo Parojinog. Parojinog died when he engaged with police operatives during a raid headed by the Ozamis Police chief. Paclib also mentioned the arrest of Parojinog's brother Ardot on May 23,2018. Meanwhile, the incoming PNP 10 chief PCSupt Santiago Jr also accepted with open arms his new assignment in Northern Mindanao. He thanked the PNP Chain of Command for giving him an opportunity to go back to the field. He said he still wants to work out his capabalities with total commitment to serve Northern Mindanao. "I will offer you my undivided commitment to serve," the incoming PNP 10 chief said in his acceptance speech.  

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MinDA Chair Alonto dies of Pneumonia

May 10, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 10) - A top official of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) died Thursday (May 9) of Pneumonia illness. He was 73. Before he died, MinDA secretary Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto was already admitted at a hospital in Quezon City two weeks ago. He underwent a series of medical examinations as he complained of chest pains. One of those tests was agiogram afterwhich the result revealed the Muslim leader was having a blocked coronary arteries. The late Alonto also underwent Angioplasty but complications even worsened his health including complications with his lung problem. Alonto's remains will be brought to Marawi City today, May 10, where a burial is also scheduled based on muslim traditions. A dead Muslim is usually buried within 24 hours. Secretary Alonto was the son of Lanao's first governor. He studied political science in Cairo University in Egypt. He also studied law at San Beda College.

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Seven Seas Waterpark announces amazing night ambiance

May 9, 2019

Light and extreme adventures await you at the waterpark BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, MDN digital editor Special news feature All images credit to its owners   CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital, May 8, 4:30am) - Still looking for summer adventures for friends and family? You have found the right answers today, as the only international themed park in the Philippines has announced the recent features added at the waterpark. Engr Elpie Paras, the main man behind the creation of this internationally-designed attractions in Northern Mindanao has said in his Facebook account that there are new features they have installed that would surely amaze guests and visitors.   Among those features include the awesome lightings during night time especially in the cool beach wavefront dining area. The lights are so cool that would really ignite your passion for photography to take a souvenir photo. "We have turned Seven Seas Waterpark into an exclusive night event complete with a cool beach wavefront dining area, lights, live band and fireworks! Looks like we will have a new night swimming schedule soon! Watch for it!" Paras has earlier said. The business genius said that "with waves splashing near your feet, Seven Seas at night brings you a classy beach resort feel within minutes from CDO. The idea of opening the waterpark for those seeking relaxation and ambiance in the evening is certainly something we are now considering." The bird's eye view of the areas which will be opened for night swimming events and parties is really cool and pleasing to the eyes. Wave pool and the kiddie slide and playhouse will also open soon. Dining on the beachfront of Buccaneer Bay would be a quite experience too. You need to explore now what Seven Seas Waterpark at Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental can offer. I'm sure it would be an experience of a lifetime! Remember that Seven Seas is now considered largest themed waterpark in the Philippines. Other Seven Seas attractions await you: Compas Splash Pad, Captain Kidd's Hideout, Buccaneer Bay, Pirates Caraibes, Sir Francis' Garden Courtyard, Pira-Chute, Crow's Nest Aerial Bridge, Escape Tunnel, Waterworks, Pirate Cave, Cannonball Run, Fuerte de San Agustin, Treasure Island Garden Maze, Mighty Maui River, Shipwreck Island, Cyclone, Plank Drop, Cutlass, Pacific Racer, Mighty Maui Maelstrom, Sandbox, Moby Dick Whale, and the Pirate's Museum.  Entrance fee for Seven Seas: Adult P799 (Mon-Thur) and P999 (Fri-Sun/Holidays)  Kids 4ft and above P499 (Mon-Thur) and P599 (Fri-Sun/Holidays)  Kids 3ft and below - Free Senior/PWD - P639 (Mon-Thur) and P799 (Fri-Sun/Holidays)  For Slide and Ride, height requirement is at least 4ft and weight requirement is at least 40kg and at most 90kg. Dress Code: For Men - dri-fit shirt, rash guard, swimming shorts. For Women -  swimsuit, rash guard, swimming shorts, bikini, full body wet suit. video credit to Jessica Soho/GMA SEVEN SEAS WATERPARK PACKAGES For a minimum of 10 persons, you can also book the following packages by calling +63 917 677 7667. Promotions may change without prior notice. Ultimate Adventure Package - P3399 per person. This package includes: Day 1: Seven Seas Adult Weekend Ticket, Day 2: Great White Water Rafting Beginner's Course, Dahilayan Adventure Park (Asia's Longest Zipline Package, Dropzone and a bonus of either Python Roller Zipline or Base Jump) and Hotel Transfers (pickup and drop off) Extreme Adventure Package - P2999 per person. This package includes: Day 1: Seven Seas Adult Weekend Ticket, Day 2: Great White Water Rafting Beginner's Course, Dahilayan Adventure Park (Asia's Longest Zipline Package) and Hotel Transfers (pickup and drop off) Great Adventure Package - P2199 per person. This package includes: Day 1: Seven Seas Adult Weekend Ticket, Day 2: Great White Water Rafting Beginner's Course OR Day 2: Dahilayan Adventure Park (Asia's Longest Zipline Package, Python Roller Zipline or Base Jump) and Hotel Transfers (pickup and drop off). HOW TO GET THERE? And what awaits you!   video credit to Doodzkie For inquiries and reservations, please contact Seven Seas Waterpark at the following number: +63 917 677 7667 or thru their Facebook page. You can also email them at reservations@sevenseaswaterparkresort.com. 

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