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Unabia team stuns Guingonas, Sabio shocks Tagoloan's Emano

May 14, 2019

THE administration PDP-Laban in Misamis Oriental led by outgoing Rep. Peter Unabia pulled off an upset in Guingonas-dominated Gingoog City Monday. The mayoral-vice mayoral tandem of former Vice Mayor Erick Cañosa and running mate Unabia swept off victories against their respective foes, outgoing Vice Mayor Ruthie Guingona and outgoing Mayor Stella Marie Guingona. Cañosa, the three-termer vice mayor who termed out in 2016, got 35,969 votes as of 1:53 p.m. with 99 percent of votes accounted for versus the elder Guingona’s 30,029 votes. Cañosa, who previously lost in the 2016 mayoral race, ran under Unabia’s PDP-Laban fold and clinched victory against the Guingonas who had dominated Gingoog City for almost two decades. Guingona’s daughter Stella Marie also lost to Unabia who has never been defeated since his reign as Misamis Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member in the past before rising to become a three-termer congressman. Stella Marie, a second-termer mayor, decided to switch position to accommodate her mother’s aim to become mayor again after terming out in 2013. The Unabia team was considered underdogs in Gingoog City with odds in favor of the Guingonas who are incumbents in both the mayoral and vice mayoral posts. Unabia himself is considered an outsider in the city, having resided there only in 2018. Unabia’s son Christian also pulled off a congressional victory in the first district of the province – the post that is being vacated by his father – against outgoing Vice Gov. Jose Mari Pelaez. His younger sibling Aaron is reelected mayor of Balingoan. In Tagoloan town, Natumulan barangay chairman Gomer Ferdinand Sabio became the first elected mayor there since 1980 who is not an Emano. Incidentally, another Sabio – Robinson – became mayor there for five months in 2016 when the then Mayor Paulino Emano died in office. But Robinson Sabio wasn’t elected as mayor. He assumed office by way of succession. Gomer Ferdinand “Enan” Sabio’s stunning rise to Tagoloan’s top post is considered a breakthrough considering that four Emanos have become successive mayors there. Vicente Emano became mayor there in 1980 to 1983. He was succeeded by his brother Paulino who held the post for the next 15 years up to 1988. Vicente’s son Yevgeny Vincente Emano became mayor from 1988 until his term expired in 2007. Uncle Paulino then made a successful comeback, holding on to the post until his death in 2016. During the 2016 elections, Misamis Oriental SP member Heckert Hernando Jude Emano chose not to seek reelection to run and win as mayor there. Two days ago, Gomer Ferdinand Sabio challenged Emano’s reelection attempt and won.

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PRRD designates cabinet secretaries as CORDS

May 12, 2019

ANDANAR is Cabinet Officer for Regional Dev’t & Security of Northern Mindanao   PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte has approved, Monday, this week, the assignment of Cabinet Secretaries as Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) to oversee the peace and development efforts in every region of the country. PCOO secretary Jose Martin Marfori Andanar was designated as CORDS for Region 10.      The other cabinet members assigned as CORDS are : DBM Sec. Janet Abuel for CAR;  NSC Sec. Hermogenes Esperon for Region 1;  DOLE Sec. Silvestre R. Bello III for Region 2; OPAPAU Sec. Carlito Galvez for Region 3; DILG Sec. Eduardo M. Año for Region 4-a; DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi for Region 4-b; DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu for Region 6; OPA-V Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino for Region 7; HUDCC Sec. Eduardo del Rosario for Region 8; DSWD Sec. Rolando Bautista for Region 9; DOF Sec. Carlos Dominguez Sr., for Region 11; DA Sec. Emmanuel Piñol for Region 12; CABSEC Sec. Karlo Nograles for Caraga; DND Sec. Delfin Lorenzana for BARMM; and DPWH Sec. Mark Villar for NCR.      The designated Cabinet Officers would facilitate the management of the Whole Nation Movement for good governance.      They would assist in articulating the region’s concerns and perceptions in the Cabinet, with other Departments, the Office of the President and concerned agencies.      CORDS would assist the President in the speedy, efficient and orderly resolution of problems in government operations in his/her assigned region.      The CORDS would preside over joint meetings of the RDC and RPOC to harmonize peace, security and development efforts in the assigned region.      They would ensure that all programs, projects; and activities of the national government in the region are well implemented and information thereon dully disseminated to the people through various mechanisms and strategies.      The CORDS would undertake regular visits for the purpose of conducting consultations with local officials and the private sector in his/her region of assignment.

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Cagayan de Oro's pride Nikki de Moura crowned Miss Teen Philippines 2019!

May 12, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital) - A student from this city was recently crowned the most beautiful teen from around 30 hopefuls across the country. Nikki de Moura was crowned Miss Teen Philippines 2019 on Wednesday at the famous New Frontier Theater in Quezon City. The young lass from Cagayan de Oro bested 30 other equally beautiful ladies who vied for the title. A lass from Iloilo City, Patricia Bermudo got the 1st runner up trophy while Nicole Borromeo of Cebu, Mikki Barcels from Bicol and Joanna Kalkschmidt from Visayas also completed the top five. Miss Teen Philippines is now of the best and tested platforms from aspiring ladies with exceptional beauties and talents. The result of the recent pageant will be aired on ABS-CBN on May 19,2019 to showcase and beauty of young Filipina women in the country.  De Moura, 18, is a Filipino-Brazilian student who hails from Cagayan de Oro, and who got the Miss Teen Crown for this year 2019, held at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City. Other equally dazzling and gorgeous ladies from Cagayan de Oro who also got the same award were Ms Stephanie Mae Sol (2004 and Maxine Monasterio (2007)  

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P1 Million cash intended to buy votes seized in Zamboanga del Sur town

May 12, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 12) - With only one day before the midterm elections on Monday, operatives of the 97th Infantry Battalion (9thIB) has recovered bundles of money in different denominations amounting to over a million pesos, police authorities reported yesterday. The military said the big amount of money found abandoned in a house in Barangay Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur is believed to be used to buy votes during election time as evident with a piece of paper which contains what could be a distribution list. The money was placed inside a paper bag left by fleeing suspects when the military swooped down in the area to respond to a call of a resident informing the soldiers of the presence of armed men reportedly harassing city residents. Initian investigation by police authorities disclosed that at around 9am last Saturday the headquarters of the 9thIB has received a tip from an anonymous caller regarding the presence of armed men in Barangay Dapiwak, Dumingag town. This information was confirmed to reporters by Lt. Abner Pilando, 9th IB's commander of the Alpha Company. Immediately, investigation added, the 9th IB commander dispatched a team of soldiers in Dapiwak to confirm the veracity of the report, which also lead to the conduct of operation in a house. But their arrival was sensed by the suspects and they scampered to different directions, leaving bundles of money. The soldiers then search the whole house and found the money placed in a paper bag with a certain piece of paper which was suspected to be a distribution list because it contains information where the money are supposed to be given away. The paper stated that 488 voters were budgetted with P976,000 because they will be given P2,000 each; P10,000 for the chairman of the Board of election canvassers; P3,000 for each of the 13 BEC or a total of 39,000; P100 each for the 142 household leaders for a total of P14,200; P500 for CVO head; P200 each for the 25 CVO members or a total of P5,000 and P2,000 each for six poll watchers. The military who recovered the money allegedly intended to buy votes will turn over the money to Dumingag Municipal Police Station.  Meanwhile, The Philippine National Police has already recorded a total of 17 alleged vote buyers and sellers as of Saturday. Authorities noted that vote buying has already started even two days before the midterm elections on Monday, May 13,2019. In Sta. Cruz, Laguna, police operatives arrested two persons for alleged vote buying activities. Police authorities identified those arrested as Melchor Sta Ana, 61 and Miriam Octavio, 54. The suspects were all caught while segregating the P100 peso bill together with sample ballots bearing the name of Laguna governor Ramil Hernandez as well as 13 other candidates. The governor's camp denied the report, saying they are not buying votes and instead said this could be the work of people who want to destroy the reputation of the governor.  Photo credit to 9thIB  

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GOODBYE DONGKOY: NOW A NAME, SOON A LEGEND

May 11, 2019

Government should be brought to the poorest of the poor - Emano BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, MDN digital editor A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE MAN OF THE MASSES * Mayor Emano's funeral today, May 11 Updated on May 12, 2019, 10pm  Everyone has its final moment on earth and now its happening to the legendary man of the masses and Mindanao's Peacemaker, former mayor Vicente "Dongkoy" Y. Emano.  When the Creator invites us to join Him in heaven, we can't do nothing but to obey his will because our destiny on earth has ended. Our final moment will come. No one is immortal. The cremated body of Mayor Vicente Emano will be buried today in Tagoloan Catholic Cemetery according to the final burial schedule released to the media and to the supporters of the mayor. Based on the burial schedule furnished to MDN digital, at around 7:30 in the morning today, the services will start by departing from the ancestral house of the Emano Family in Sta Cecilia Village, Gusa, this city. At Bugo-Tagoloan bridge, a police car will be waiting and it will then lead the funeral cortege going to Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental, where the late mayor has served for three years of his life before he became Governor of the province and later transferred in Cagayan de Oro.  Upon arrival at Tagoloan Municipal Hall, the Emano family will disembark and will pause for a few minutes of prayer, and will then proceed to Candelaria Parish Church where a burial mass will be held. After the mass, the funeral procession will follow going to Tagoloan Catholic Cemetery where the man of the masses will be put to his final resting place.     EMANO'S LEGACY When the good mayor has served for three years in Tagaloan town from 1980 to 1983, he made the place one of the most progeressive towns in Misamis Oriental. In fact, because of his brand of leadership, Tagoloan town became a byword among all people in the province, as well as in Cagayan de Oro City, which was then a silent small city in Northern Mindanao.  Tagoloan town during the incumbency of the man of the masses has been monickered an "Emano country," because of the strong presence and leadership of the good mayor. Of course he was born in Tagoloan on March 31,1943 and the Emano clan has also lived in Tagoloan for centuries. That's why when people talked about Tagoloan we cannot deny mentioning the Emanos there. For the record, there were already three Emanos who became an alcalde of the town. When Dongkoy Emano, as he was fondly called by closest friends, ran for governor of the province and won in 1988, he also changed the political and business landscape of the province as will as the City of Cagayan de Oro. Among the biggest contributions of Dongkoy were the electrification system in the towns of the province as well as the founding of Misamis Oriental Telephone system (Misortel) It was the first time the city and the province experience using the telephones in their private and business transactions. Since it was the first telephone system used in Cagayan de Oro, it tremendously helped a lot in most business transactions in the daily grind of business in the city. In 1998, Emano ran for mayor of Cagayan de Oro and won with a very wide margin against his political rivals for the position. This time, the city also became a talk of the town city in Northern Mindanao because of Mayor Emano's strong presence and leadership. He was not only a vibrant and very active political leader the country has, but the good mayor also became a peacemaker when he helped negotiate some people kidnapped and brought to Marawi and Lanao for their liberty. He also helped negotiate some policemen who were made prisoners of war (POWs) by the New People's Army back then. As the city mayor of Cagayan de Oro for three terms, below were the most important and historical contributions of Mayor Emano: 1. The establishment of the three big public markets and public transport terminals a. COGON PUBLIC MARKET b. AGORA PUBLIC MARKET AND TERMINAL c. CARMEN PUBLIC MARKET d. WESTBOUND BULUA TERMINAL AND PUBLIC MARKET 2. During his term, malls and big business were established a. LIMKETKAI MALL b. SM UPTOWN CAGAYAN DE ORO c. ROBINSONS MALL INSIDE LIMKETKAI d. SAVEMORE BRANCHES d. MACRO e. PUREGOLD f. JOLLOBEE g. MCDONALDS h. GREENWHICH i. CHOWKING J. MANG INASAL k. RED RIBBON BRANCHES l.  During his term big subdivisions were also constructed a. CAMELLA HOMES b. PUEBLO DE ORO c. GRAND EUROPA d. JOHNDORP SUBDIVISION d. PRIMAVERA RESIDENCES e. COURTYARDS f. XAVIER ESTATES g. TEAKWOOD HILLS h. AYALA LAND i. ROBINSONS HOMES J. and a lot more... During his term he also have thousands of scholars who are now professionals. Billions worth of Day Care Centers, Covered Courts and Schools were also established.  Indeed, the man of the masses is worth emulating as far as his brand of leadership. In fact, succeeding leaders of the city and the province were also once under the party he founded, the Padayon Pilipino. They were incumbent city mayor Oscar Moreno, Cong Rolando Uy, Ramon Tabor, Annie Daba, Ian Mark Nacaya, Prexy Elipe, Nadya Emano, Juliet Uy, Vice Guv Uy, Ian Acenas, Jun Acenas, Leon Gan, and many more Padayon Pilipino members.     ALAS IS GONE BUT HIS MEMORIES LIVES ON!

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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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