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Cops arrest gov't worker, 3 others in anti-drug buy-bust in Zamboanga

April 5, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Law enforcers arrested Monday a government worker during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tetuan, this city. The raiding team identified the suspect as Jayson Rillera, 42, reportedly a worker at the Department of Agriculture. Operatives also seized some 1.3 grams of the illegal drug suspected as 'shabu,' and with a market value of around P8,840 plus the marked money. Those who were also arrested during a separate buy-bust were Abdurakman Mohammad, 24; Limuel Roberto, 22, and Boynaben Usman, 39. Brig General Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan, regional director of PRO-9 told the media the suspects have been a subject of surveillance for months after a drug buy-nust operation was planned to arrest them. Ylagan said a separate buy-bust was also conducted against Usman and and Mohammad which also resulted to their arrest and the confiscation of five grams of illegal drugs also known as shabu. The drugs seized from the two suspects, the police said, wwere valued at P34,000 plus the P200 marked money. Ylagan said another separate buy-bust operation also resulted to arrest of a certain Roberto in Barangay Luop, Diplahan in Zamboanga Sibugay and the police also confiscated 20 grams of shabu worth P136,000. The joint operations in the region, the general said, netted a total of P200,000 worth of illegal drugs. The four suspects will be charged in court for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.       

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Gov't overran BIFF camp in the outskirts of Maguindanao

April 2, 2021

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao - The government forces that waged a running gunbattle with the terrorist group, has captured the other day, what used to be a  lair of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the outskirts of Ampatuan town, this province. Government forces also recovered improvised explosives including bomb-making ingredients in said lair abandoned by the rebels, when they were overrun by the military, during a series of skirmishes in the outskirts of Ampatuan town, particularly Salman village.    “The soldiers discovered an abandoned hideout-cum bomb-making area of the BIFF that has several running trenches and half-size basketball court,” Lt. Col. Raymond Rapi, Army’s 1st Scout Ranger Battalion (1SRB) commander, said Thursday.  Col Rapi said the running gun battle between government forces and Muslim secessionist rebels BIFF affected several towns, including Shariff Saydona, Datu Unsay, Ampatuan, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, and Shariff Aguak. Rapi said combatants of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion in the province have been pursuing the rebels since March 18th most especially in the interiors of Ampatuan municipality. On March 24th Wednesday afternoon, government troops also pursued the retreating BIFF rebels which resulted in the recovery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), bomb components, blasting caps, solar panel, power supply inverter, mobile phones, a motorbike, electrical wire, binocular and other personal belongings. In sitio Bagorot, Barangay Tuayan, the 23rd Company of the 1st Mechanized Battalion also has a running exchange of bullets with the rebels that also resulted in the recovery of more improvised explosives. ### (JCE)

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13 More NPA combatants surrender in South Cotabato

April 1, 2021

SOUTH COTABATO - More members of the terrorist group New People's Army (NPA) return to the fold of the law after realizing the ideology that they believe in is hard to achieve. Thirteen more NPA rebels operating in the hinterlands of South Cotabato and its neighboring provinces have laid down their firearms and surrendered last Monday to the fold of the law. Colonel Jemuel Siason, Police Director of this province told newsmen the former rebels were combatants of the NPA under Guerilla Front 72 (Alip) and also 73 (Musa) of the NPA South Mindanao Region. He said the rebel's difficult situation in the hinterlands has prompted them to surrender and also the massive manhunt launched against them by the Duterte Government. The surrenderees laid down their firearms namely M16A1 Elisco 5.56 Armalite rifle, Uzi sub-machine pistol, M1 Springfield armory garand rifle, carbine rifle, and assorted ammunitions and improvised explosives. They have also returned some subversive documents, NPA flag, and other documents. “They were also convinced with the commitment and efforts of the national government to deliver various services and development initiatives to far-flung communities,” Col Siason said in a report to the media The military official said in one of the outreach programs of the task force End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) a certain man who identified himself as "Jeff" approached them about the NPAs plan to surrender. He said talks were initiated between the government and the terrorist group in the upland areas of Banga and Tampakan, as well as in Koronadal city, and this yielded positive results like the final surrender of 13 NPA cadres.  The United States, United Kingdon, and the European Union have also tagged the NPA group in the Philippines as a terrorist organization. ###  

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'Run Sarah Run 2022' snowballs in C de Oro

March 31, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Various groups have started in the city the "Run Sarah Run 2022" and "Run Digong Run 2022" caravans, the organizers said Sunday, March 28. Ben Ranque, a known supporter and Undersecretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), said the caravans were initiated in Cagayan de Oro primarily to convince Sarah Duterte to run for resident, and Digong to run for Vice President respectively. "We do this because we want continuity of President Rodrigo Duterte's legacy." said Ranque. He said President managed to initiate various reforms in Mindanao, aside from the successful drive against illegal drugs. He added that President Duterte's fight against the insurgency is also gaining grounds "not to mention the Build Build Build programs." Ranque said that "we Mindanaoans should take pride on how Sarah runs Davao City and President Duterte runs the country." He said "we should take pride of these two leaders from Mindanao so kailangan natin sila para ipagpatuloy ang kanilang mga nasimulan." Speaking of the Dynasty Law, Ranque said that although the Philippine Constitution does not allow "political dynasty" they still need enabling laws. "Hindi issue and Dynasty dahil walang enabling law that prohibits Dynasty." Ranque explained. He said: "Ang issue ay mabuti kang Dynasty." Ranque said that the "Run Duterte Run 2022" officially started in Cagayan de Oro City while the "Run Sarah Run 2022" started nationwide. Businessman Robert Anastacio Neri said he with the help of some groups have started organizing the "Run Sarah Run 2022" nationwide. Neri, who is also waiting for an endorsement for him to run Mayor in the town of Medina in Misamis Oriental. On one hand, Mr. Ferdinand Bernasor said the first caravan  was organized in Davao City with the participation of 50 motorcycle riders and 75 vehicles---and continuing three hours of caravan. Bernasor also said they also signed covenants with various groups to strengthen their campaign. "We have also forged alliances with other groups nationwide," said Bernasor.

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Moreno orders closure of 'Panaad Destinations' During Holy Week

March 30, 2021

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno has ordered the closure of places where crowds may gather during the Lenten Week from March 27 to April 4. His order came in the wake of the reported massive rise again of people contracted with the deadly coronavirus disease. (Covid-19) The City Mayor feared that if these expected gatherings of faithfuls in famous places in the city will not be stopped, the rise of Covid cases in the city is very possible. To seal his safety measures, Mayor Moreno issued an executive order on Friday, March 26, purposely to support the closure of these so-called "Panaad Destinations" which include Malasag Eco-village, Camarahan Ridge, Guadalupe Shrine, and other places which may also include Sinulom Falls. While under the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines which allow religious services but only on a limited and controlled capacity of people inside churches and other places of worship. The order disallows religious activities such as processions and stations of the cross usually performed by the Roman Catholics. The mayor's executive order also includes the closure of beaches, resorts and amusement places. They will be closed also on the specified dates. Police authorities and barangay tanods and barangay Officials are also advised to work together to make sure the minimum health standards, like physical distancing, wearing of face masks and face shields, coughing etiquette, and handwashing, are strictly monitored and implemented.    

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LTFRB Joins Holy Week Preparation; Implements "Oplan Biyaheng Ayos"

March 30, 2021

"OPLAN BIYAHENG AYOS: SEMANA SANTA 2021"   CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Regional Office 10 (LTFRB-10) has joined the preparations for the upcoming Lenten season, which started on March 26th, and will end on April 5, Easter Sunday.   "Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2021" aims to coordinate with bus operators and passengers to make sure their travels are safe and sound. In bus terminals in Northern Mindanao, under the stewardship of LTFRB-10 Regional Director Aminoden Guro, stricter implementation of  IATF protocols such as the wearing of face masks, face shields, proper handwashing, and also social distancing are strictly observed and implemented inside the terminals, buses, and PUVs. "We have already implemented our Oplan Biyaheng Ayos in preparation for the upcoming Holy Week. We have a team that regulary checks buses and other public utility vehicles, as well as checks on the proper implementation of minimum health standards," says Director Guro in an interview with the local media here. Guro said inspection teams were created to thoroughly check on the travel worthiness of buses and public utility vehicles and all other physical features included in the memo circular issued earlier by the Department of Transportation and Communications, (DoTR).   At Westbound Bulua Bus Terminal and Agora Bus Terminal on March 26, the LTFRB team inspected the whole terminal itself, buses, and public utlity vehicles. They have also put up Malasakit Help Desk.  Personnel in-charge during the day were Mohammad Hajam Sarip, Mohammad Nor Alim Datudacula, Camil Sangcopan, and Aminali Rauro. The same tasks were also done by assigned personnel and inspection teams on March 27-30 and until April 4, 2021 in Iligan City, Ozamis City, and other areas covered by LTFRB Northern Mindanao.    

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