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Smart signs sweet deal with Arbee's Bakeshop

September 19, 2019

Alex O. Caeg, Senior Vice President and Head of the Consumer Sales Group at PLDT and Smart, and Alma Bella Galang, Chief Executive Officer of Arbee's Bakeshop led the signing ceremony.  PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has teamed up with Arbee's Bakeshop to provide accessible and fast loading services for Smart, TNT, and Sun prepaid subscribers, particularly for those residing in Visayas and Mindanao. The signing ceremony was participated in by Alex O. Caeg, Senior Vice President and Head of the Consumer Sales Group at PLDT and Smart, and Alma Bella Galang, Chief Executive Officer of Arbee's Bakeshop. "Under this partnership, our prepaid customers can conveniently access Smart's mobile and data services in over 100 branches of Arbee's Bakeshop across the region, 24 hours a day 7 days a week," said Caeg. This is the latest channel distribution tie-up forged by Smart to serve its subscribers in the country.

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CIDG arrests Ex-Camiguin mayor for graft and corruption

September 19, 2019

CAMIGUIN (MDN Mindanao News digital, September 19) - A former mayor of Mahinog town, this province, was arrested Wednesday by the arresting officers of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP-CIDG). Former Mayor Alex Jajalla,62, was arrested in Camiguin based on a court order, for violation of Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Act. Jajalla was under the custody of Mahinog PNP after a warrant of arrest was served at his residence  in Barangay Hubangon. The court has ruled that Jajalla was guilty of corruption charges and meted 6 years imprisonment for approving 6 months leave-with-pay of on his brother who works as a security aide in 2008. The warrant of arrest, dated September 9, was issued by Hon Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez Estoesta, chair of the 7th Division in Sandiganbayan, Quezon City. Meanwhile in 2018, the Sandiganbayan has ruled that Jajalla violated Republic Act of 3019 or otherwise known as the Anti-graft and Practices Act after he reportedly granted his brother, Misael Rullon, a leave with pay for six months. The former mayor was then brought to Mahinog police for proper documentation and recording and temporary detention, before he would transferred to Sandiganbayan.        The anti-graft decision dated September 27, was released Monday, revealing that the former mayor took advantage of his position and breached section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. The Sandiganbayan has ruled that former Mahinog, Camiguin Mayor Alex Jajalla violated laws against graft and corruption when he granted his brother, Misael Rullon, a leave with pay for six months. The decision from the  anti-graft court, dated September 27, was released Monday, stating among others that Jajalla took advantage of his position and breached section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. “We find that accused acted with gross inexcusable negligence in approving Misael’s irregular application for rehabilitation leave,” the Sandiganbayan stated. “Gross negligence is the want of even slight care, acting or omitting to act in a situation where there is a duty to act, not inadvertently but willfully and intentionally, with a conscious indifference to consequences as far as other persons are concerned,” the Sandiganbayan added. ###  

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'Tienda sa Misamis Oriental' formally opens

September 18, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental--Governor Yevgeny Vincente "Bambi" Emano spearheaded the ceremonial cutting of ribbon on Tuesday (September 17) to signal the formal opening of the 'Tienda sa Misamis Oriental. The ceremonial cutting, which marked the opening of the "Tienda sa Misamis Oriental," held at the Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro City formed part of the Provincial Tourism Week. Joining Emano during the event were Atty. Jeffrey Caudor Saclot, provincial tourism officer, Department of Tourism Regional Director Marie Elaine Unchuan of Northern Mindanao, and Virgilia "Bebing" Dumadag, provincial board member of Misamis Oriental.

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Provincial jail warden's sons arrested for shabu

September 18, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN Mindanao News, September 18) - Updated Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-10) swooped down at the compound of the provincial jail warden and arrested his two siblings for alleged drug charges. The PDEA agents headed by Director Wilkins Villanueva were armed with a search warrant when they conducted search at the compound and found substantial grams of shabu and other drug paraphernalias. PDEA identified the suspects as Gregor Tagarda and his younger brother Von Clinton Tagarda, both are biological sons of Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail Warden Dominador Tagarda. More than 15 grams of illegal drugs also known as the poor man's cocaine or shabu and other drug paraphernalias are seized from two different houses of the suspects. Seized by PDEA agents from the house of Gregor Tagarda include: 11 sachets of the suspected shabu weighing, more or less, 15 grams - with an estimated value of P102,000; while PDEA agents also seized from the house of Von Clinton the following: 5 sachets of the suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P68,000.  PDEA-10 regional director Wilkins Villanueva told reporters the Tagarda brothers have been the subject of surveillance since 2007 until their final arrest were made today, (September 18) when the PDEA arresting team were able to secure a search warrant from a judge. "To the father of these two arrested personalities, I emphatize with you and I know how you feel being in anti-drug enforcement for more than 18 years. But please, tama na ang drama," says PDEA regional director Wilkins Villanueva. Villanueva said "Lahat ng mga kapitbahay mo alam na naglalaro ng illegal drug ang mga anak mo! watchlisted pa ng barangay. Ano ba ang action mo dito? Huwag mong gawing biktima ang mga anak mo. You know who they are and what they are doing. You did nothing! The PDEA chief also urges Provincial Jail Warden Dominador Tagarda to resign as being the suspects' father he has no moral ascendancy. "Mag-resign ka! You don't have moral ascendancy to lead the Provincial Jail with what happened," Villanueva challenged the beleagured provincial jail warden of Misamis Oreintal. Jail Warden Dominador Tagarda, for his part said, he has already submitted his resignation to Governor Yevgeny 'Bambi" Emano and it would take effect on December 2019. "Nag apply nako ug early retirement sa buhatan ni Governor Bambi Emano and I think it would take effect on December, this year," Jail Warden Tagarda said.     

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City Council gives mayor green light over 'CDO Limpyo Dagat'

September 18, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The 19th City Council recently approved an Ordinance authorizing Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into an agreement with barangay officials and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR-10) and other partner national government agencies in regard to the implementation of  "CDO Limpyo Dagat." The implementation of Challenge for Change Program "CDO Limpyo Dagat’" is a contest among coastal barangays to free the sea from trash and marine debris. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will soon be signed among Mayor Moreno and the barangay chairpersons of barangays Bugo, Puerto, Tablon, Agusan, Cugman, Gusa, Lapasan, Puntod, Macabalan, Bayabas, Bonbon, and Bulua, DENR and partner government agencies: the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), 4th ID Philippine Army, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). "CDO Limpyo Dagat Contest is a program of the city government of Cagayan de Oro that will enlist a meaningful commitment among the public to really help free the city and the coastal areas from trashes and marine debris," said the Power, a daily newsletter of the City Council. PROVISIONS Under the agreement, the DENR-10 shall chair the implementation of the contest and tap the participation of the other national agencies, private and public sector to support the program implementation; set the mechanics of the contest and organize the judging committee; and provide prizes and recognition to three winning contestants and certificate of appreciation for those non-winning contestants. The partner agencies shall provide any available relevant data of its respective agency that may be useful for the contestants; support for the institutionalization of the contest program as strategy for achieving sustainable protection and conservation of the city coastal areas; among others. For its part, the city shall mobilize the coastal barangay to actively support the program; monitor the safety and protection of the contestants from any unscrupulous people while performing the regular clean-up activity in the barangay. The barangay shall monitor the performance of the clean-up contestants and certify its performance report to be submitted to the DENR as basis for evaluation; and among others. The MOU was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on environment and on laws and rules respectively chaired by Councilors Enrico D. Salcedo and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya. /with a report from SP/JBD

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Drug lord operates inside Bilibid Prison, says PDEA chief

September 17, 2019

MANILA (MDN National News, September 16) - A top-ranking official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has confirmed yesterday at a Senate hearing that a drug lord is doing his drug transactions even inside the Bilibid Prisons. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino said the drug lord is using cellphones and other gadgets to call their contacts in the underworld and still sell the prohibited drugs.  He also revealed similar activities happening in city and provincial jails all over the country.  Aquino reported that sometime in 2018 while PDEA was still holding office inside the Bilibid, PDEA has successfully recorded a conversation between a drug buyer and a drug lord inside the Bucor facility. Aquino said the convicted druglord was transacting with a woman buyer who allegedly asked how much 10 kilograms of drugs would cost her, and the druglord responded that it was worth P1.3 million per kilogram.   "This was not an isolated case. You can see their names on Facebook, on Messenger. They have their own accounts on Facebook," the PDEA official said. PDEA learned from the drug lord's activities when PDEA was still holding office inside Bucor from November 2017 up to April 2018. “We were able to listen to a lot of conversations and transactions inside with the help of [the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency],” Aquino added. Aquino said after they transferred office the PDEA could no longer tap the conversations and drug deals of the druglords inside the Bucor facility. He said he has decided to move out from Bilibid Prison because of "bad blood" with then Bucor chief Nicanor Faeldon. Duterte sacked Faeldon in August of this year. Upon PDEA chiefs revelations, the senators decided to install back the PDEA office inside the prison facility by allocating funds for the constructions of a PDEA office building. Sometime in April 2018 when Senator Bato dela Rosa became the Bucor chief, the office of the PDEA was transferred as it was inside the compound where the bureau chief had his own quarters. Senator Dela Rosa said he had security concerns about the location of the PDEA office as the chief's family was also staying with him inside his quarters. ###  

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