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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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It's Nadya Vs Kikang for Vice Mayor

May 9, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital, May 9) Now, it's Councilor Nadya Emano against Rainier "Kikang" Uy for vice-mayoralty post during the conduct of the 2019 local and national elections in this city on Monday, May 13,2019. During a press conference this morning (May 9) spearheaded by top leaders of Padayon Pilipino in coalition with CDP of 2nd District congressional candidate Rufus Rodriguez, Padayon titular head and incumbent Governor Vincente "Bambi" Emano speaking in behalf of the family, has confirmed the candidacy of his sister Councilor Nadya Emano-Elipe.   Emano said it was a very hard decision since the family is still grieving for the untimely demise of their father, former City Mayor Vicente Yap Emano. But the family has decided to field Nadya Emano against the incumbent city vice mayor because it's needed. Governor Emano shed in tears as he announced the name of his sister as a replacement by virtue of the comelec rulings on substitution. Nadya Emano, for her part, also cried when she was given the time to speak and accept the challenge to replace his father. She said the plan is only to help his father in campaign sorties she attended, as well as his husband, Prexy Elipe, who is also running for vice governor of Misamis Oriental. Meanwhile, Rufus Rodriguez welcomed this new development and said that Nadya Emano was a lawyer, aside from the fact that she has also served as City Councilor of the city for three consecutive terms. Rodriguez said the late Dongkoy's daughter has all the credentials and qualifications to run for vice mayor against the incumbent leadership. "We will support Nadya Emano all the way as she is now part of the team whose vision is to uplift the city for greater heights."  

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CIDG arrested ex-Governor Bong Calingin

May 9, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital, May 9) - Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested former governor of Misamis Oriental Antonio "Bobong" Calingin on Thursday (May 9) in his hometown in Claveria, Misamis Oriental. PNP 10 spokesman Surki Serenias told reporters that the arrest came based on a warrant issued by the 5th Division of Sandiganbayan. The former governor was reportedly arrested around 3:00 am. after he was confirmed to be living in one of his son's house in Kiabo, Claveria, a few kilometers from Malitbog town in Bukidnon province. Serenias said there was a short commotion as the former governor resisted arrest but later he voluntarily surrendered himself. It was learned from police authorities that it took them several hours to execute the arrest as the subject went into hiding at the comfort room. The graft court penned down the guilty verdict against Calingin for 90 up to 120 years of life imprisonment due to a Ticala housing project anomaly in which the former governor was found guilty of malversing Seven Million Pesos. Read The guilty verdict against the former Misamis Oriental governor.  Photo  credit to CIDG 10

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