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Lanao del Sur town Mayor survives ambushed in CDO

June 4, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A town mayor in Lanao Del Sur, his wife and the driver escort survived an ambushed Wednesday morning in Iponan, a barangay (village) here  west of the city. Mayor Sumerado Guro, town mayor of Lumakamaayunan, Lanao del Sur, sustained gunshot wounds, but in stable condition in a hospital in Cagayan De Oro City. Guro’s wife Rohaifa was in critical condition and is treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) here. Although wounded, the unidentified driver-escort managed to drive the mayor’s service vehicle to the hospital, the police said. An initial police investigation disclosed that the mayor and his wife were on board a black pickup when waylaid by the unidentified riding tandem gunmen. Maj. Ivan Biñas, spokesman of the Cagayan De Oro City Police Office (COCPO), said that the motive of the shooting remains unknown. He said that the police are now gathering possible evidences that might lead to the identity of the culprits as the police launched a massive manhunt of the suspect.

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NPA denies burning church, houses in Misamis Oriental

June 4, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--The communist New People’s Army (NPA) on Wednesday disowned the burning of houses and a church in the hinterland village of Opol, Misamis Oriental Monday morning. In a statement relayed to the Mindanao Daily News, a certain Nicolas Marino who claimed to be the spokesperson of the NPA-Misamis Oriental, denied that the burning was the handiwork of the communist rebels. “We are investigating the incident involving two rival groups in the area where the burning incident took place,” Marino said. The military has accused the communist insurgents responsible for the burning of four houses and a church managed by a born-again sect in the area. The victims told the joint police and military investigators that the heavily armed suspects swooped down on Limonda, a far-flung village of Opol, the last town west of Misamis Oriental early Monday morning. Town Mayor Max Seno, of Opol, on Wednesday sent 2o bags of rice, five boxes of canned goods and five boxes of noodles to the Limonda victims. Seno also issued four handheld radios to the village officials to be able to monitor and report to concern authorities any incident in the village.

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Lanao del Sur town mayor ambushed in Cagayan de Oro.

June 4, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Two motorcycle-riding men ambushed Somerado Guro, the mayor of Lumbaca-Unayan town in Lanao del Sur, in Barangay Iponan, this city, on Wednesday. Guro was on board his Hi-Lux pick-up with his wife, aide, and driver when the suspects waylaid them at a road in Zone 2, Iponan. With Guro was his wife Rohaifa, staff and nephew Abdul Rafi Guro, and driver Imbrahim Gani. Guro came from his home in a housing subdivision in Iponan and are on their way home to their Lumbaca Unayan municipality in Lanao del Sur when the gunmen opened fire at them. Major Ivan Viñas, spokesperson of the says Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) is conducting an investigation on the ambush of Guro, his wife and his driver and staff. “As of now, we are conducting investigation and Police City Police Col. Henry Dampal has instructed our police to conduct hot pursuit operations,” Viñas said. Police investigation showed that Guro, his wife, and his driver sustained gunshot wounds. His staff, however, was unharmed. Viñas added that the suspect were following the vehicle of Guro and when it reached a 2-way road in Zone 2, Barangay Iponan, the suspects opened fire at the windows of the driver and behind the driver where Guro and his wife was seated. Witness Arsie Yee told police that after being hit, Gani managed to flee the ambush site and drove away from the assailants. The assailants were riding-in-tandem in a motorcycle. Gani managed to drive the vehicle towards Polymedic Medical Plaza in Barangay Kauswagan. During his daily press briefing, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno condemned the shooting of Guro and his group. Moreno also asked the public not to speculate on the ambush of Guro until the police investigation yeilds results. Maj. Aldrin Baculio, Bulua police station commander, said they have yet to establish the motive of the ambush as Guro’s relatives told police the mayor is not involved in “rido” in his town.

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CDO's third supplemental budget for 2020 approved

June 4, 2020

THE 19th City Council during its regular session Monday, June 1, presided by Vice Mayor Rainelr Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance approving the Supplemental Budget No. 3 of the General Fund and Supplemental Budget No. 1 of the Special Account Local Economic Enterprises for 2020 with estimated incomes of P72.4 million and P10.5 million, respectively, as against estimated expenditures of the same. Among others, the amount will cover the implementation of the first tranche of the Modified Salary Schedule for Local Government Personnel pursuant to Republic Act No. 11466, otherwise known as the Salary Standardization Law of 2019, and the corresponding Local Budget Circular No. 121 issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Under the law, the modified salary schedule for civilian personnel shall be implemented in four tranches starting January 1, 2020 to 2023. The act was passed by the Senate of the Philippines and the House of Representatives on December 2019 and December 18, 2019, respectively, and approved by President Rodrigo Duterte in January this year. According to published reports, "the President said in his letter that the salary hike was necessary to address the need to further invigorate public service with efficieney and productivity by providing all government civilian personnel a just and equitable compensation responsive to their economic needs." Appropriations for the first tranche of the salary standardization law are funded from Reserve for Salary Increase and PS Savings, and Continuine Appropriations of the city budget. 

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More establishments open as Misor now under MGCQ

June 2, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--Majority of local establishments in the province started to open shops after it was declared under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). However, Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Dexter Yasay and Nancy Madjos urged local residents to properly observe the necessary health protocols especially when they go out. Under MGCQ, Yasay said that travelers will no longer be required to secure a "travel pass" if they travel within the province, including those residents coming from Cagayan de Oro City. He said only travelers traveling to other provinces such as Bukidnon, Camiguin and Lanao are required to secure a travel pass. "They must secure their travel passes from the Philippine National Police (PNP)," said Yasay. "Wala nawala ang Covid," said Madjos as she reminded residents to always wear facemask, and observe "social distancing." They said checkpoints are still installed in some key areas to continue the monitoring of body temperatures of those people coming in and out the province. Yasay said "angkas" or backriders are still not allowed in the province. He said "mass gathering" is also not allowed and that only 50-percent of the total capacity of a commercial establishment must strictly be observed. Madjos, on one hand, said that about 90 percent of commercial establishments in Misamis Oriental, including beaches and tourist spots, have started to open shops. As of today, Madjos said that no cases of Covid-19 has been recorded in Misamis Oriental. "But all of us are potential carrier of Covid-19," said Yasay. Madjos attributed the "zero Covid-19 case" in Misamis Oriental to the early preparation and efforts of Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano. Misamis Oriental is composed of 23 towns and two component cities, which are organized into two legislative districts, and further subdivided into 424 barangays.

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5 patients in Cagayan de Oro positive of CoVID-19 virus

June 2, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Five of the 14 suspected COVID-19 patients confined in various hospitals here have been found positive for the COVID-19 virus, health officials announced Monday. The latest was the neighbor of the 62-year-0ld female patient in Macanhan village who died a week ago of the COVID-19 virus. Macanhan remains under strict quarantine where movement of residents is closely monitored. Prior to the discovery of the latest COVID-19 positive patient, the husband and the daughter of the female patient were also found positive for the virus. The husband and daughter along with the latest COVID-19 positive patient were taken to the city’s isolation unit (CIU) for treatment, Dr. Lorraine Nery, head of the city’s emergency operation said. Dr. Joselito Retuya, the city’s epidemiologist, said that the first COVID-19 positive patient was the 26-year-old female student who lived in Lumbia, a village in Upper Carmen here. A 49-year-old male patient from barangay (village) of Kauswagan was also found COVID-19 positive Saturday, Dr. Bernardo Rocha, of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), said. Rocha also announced the operation of two real time Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) at the NMMC. The real time RT-PCR has the capability to determine on whether the swab samples taken a patient is COVID-19 positive or negative.

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