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Shell, Angkas team up in Oro for Go+ card

November 28, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Hundreds of bikers are expected to sign up with Shell as it officially launch its new loyalty card program with Angkas in the city on November 29. Shell, the global leader in power and energy, and Angkas, the first app-based motorcycle taxi ride-hailing service in the Philippines, are banding together to make bikers' lives better through the Shell GO+ Pro card. Shell GO+ Pro cards are the newly-improved Shell Pepeng Pasada Club cards that provide several benefits and rewards as cardholders visit and fuel up at Shell and it is specifically for professional drivers. A motorcade from Shell station in Claro M. Reco Avenue corner Agora road to the Shell station in Baloy in Barangay Tablon as Angkas biker-partners sign-up for the Angkas branded Shell GO+ Pro cards. Registration starts at 8 in the morning. (RVP)

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BREAKING NEWS! Grenade explosion at Initao college campus: 2 dead, 11 injured

November 28, 2019

  2nd Video Footage - Initao College grenade blast UPDATE AS OF 11PM NOVEMBER 28, 2019 INITAO, Misamis Oriental - Two persons died while 17 others were injured when a grenade suddenly exploded at a college campus in Initao town, this morning, police authorities reported. A blotter report said at around 11:20 am this morning (November 28, 2019) a grenade explosion resulted to the death of the suspect identified as Basher Ebrahim Ampaso, 65, a resident of Madamba, Lanao del Sur, and wounded 17 students including a police officer identified as Police Master Sergeant Jason J. Magno. A few hours later Police Officer Magno also died at the hospital. Initial investigation conducted by police investigators said that before the explosion, the police station in Initao town received a call for assistance that a commotion took place at the college campus. Meanwhile the identities f those unjured were as follows: Jasper Abcede, 22, Canitoan; Jolly Tacbobo,42, Brgy Aluna; Lino Jalagat, 24, Brgy Gimangpang; Allan Bahian, 22; Nestor Oblimar,63; Rysanny Galaroza, 26, teacher; Hermorie Poblete, 18, Brgy Andales; Jomark Maglangit, 24 of Iligan City; Acmad Panadato,21, Brgy Gimangpang; Junedy Bagares, 19, Brgy Tubigan; Tito Bagares, 56, Brgy Tubigan; Anne Pauline Panoril, 21, Manticao town; Reinheart Payusan, 25, Brgy Poblacion, Police Officer Jason Magno, 47, Policewoman Alice Balido, 43, Brgy Poblacion; Jesel  Bulaybulay and JR.   After receiving a call for assistance, immediately, a team of policemen led by Police Lieutenant Ruel Litiratus went to the aforementioned college campus and confirmed the commotion positive. But before they could approach the suspect, the grenade allegedly exploded after it was reportedly thrown at the responding police officers. A raw video showed that the suspect and the police were grappling at the covered court, afterwhich, a grenade exploded prompting the students around the covered court to scamper to safer grounds. The video also showed another policeman shooting the suspect more than three times after the grenade explosion. The police officer, report said, shot the suspect to death. It was not known at press time, why did the suspect allegedly threw the grenade to responding policemen which also resulted to two deaths and the injury of 17 students and a teacher. Further investigations In a separate investigation, in the morning of November 28, prior to the incident, the suspect Basher Ebrahim Ampaso reportedly went to the office of the local environment and natural resources which was only beside the college campus and claimed a truck loaded with "hot" lumber impounded by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO). The government executives at the local environment office has denied Basher's plea to return to him the impounded vehicle and the lumber due to lack of proper documents. The suspect got mad and reportedly threatened officials and employees of the local environment office and also showed a "hand grenade." But he immediately left the local office. A few minutes later, school officials at a college campus nearby has called on the police office hotline and reported the presence of a man carrying a hand granade. The school officials asked for police assistance for fear the man may have problems and would throw the grenade at the students. Upon hearing the call for assistance, police operatives were immediately deployed at the school and confirmed the commotion. A raw video footage of a student during the incident showed the suspect allegedly carrying the grenade scuffled with a responding policeman at the covered court. It was reported during police investigation that the suspect throw the grenade while he was grappling with a police officer, which also resulted to his death as he was shot many times by another responding police officer for fear he might have brought many grenades and inflict more harm to the students inside the school campus. Police Officer Magno, who was badly hurtas well as the injured students, were immediately brought to the nearest hospitals. But Magno expired hours later at the hospital, the report said          

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Dad: Security guards, effective force multipliers vs. criminalities

November 28, 2019

  CAGAYAN de Oro City--A local legislator here hinted that security guards are effective force multipliers of the local police in its fight against criminalities. Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya said: “IF we have them as force multipliers, we can see how fast and active our policing activities in Cagayan de Oro City. The security guards can amplify reports and incidents that they may have observed in their area of responsibility.” In his special report during the regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy, Nacaya citing that security guards are effective force multipliers of the police authorities of the city in its fight against criminalities. The councilor said he also pointed this out to the officers and members of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) during their flag raising ceremony early morning, where he was invited as the guest speaker. Nacaya recalled that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed and entered into by the city and COCPO tapping security agencies and security guards. He suggested that the same be done again to awaken everybody especially the new security guards, who have been vested with the authority to secure certain properties and areas. “So that they will know that they are part of the organization in the fight against criminalities,” he said. Likewise mentioned by the councilor was the importance of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to deter robbery and other crimes when installed together with the traffic lights of the city as well as inside and outside the periphery of public markets. “And may be in the discussion of our budget, we can consider augmenting support and providing funds for the purchase of CCTVs,” the councilor stressed. The matter was referred to the committee on public order and safety chaired by Councilor Romeo V. Calizo for appropriate action. (SP/JAOclarit)

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Mental health care in Oro inactive, says dad

November 27, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A councilor has expressed disappointment over the kind of mental health care situation in the city saying "is not active compared to Taiwan." “(The) Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) has 600 beds and JR Borja General Hospital has 200, but no psychiatric beds… nine private hospitals in our city do not have any psychiatric beds, only the House of Hope,” said Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane in her special report during the regular session Monday, November 25, presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy. Gaane, who chairs the City Council committee on health and health insurance, reported about her  travel to Kaohsiung, Taiwan last November 12-16, 2019. Gaane was designated as Ambassador of Goodwill to participate in the 2019 International Mental Health Training Center in Taiwan. She said the conference focused on sharing of experiences in mental health care in five countries – Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Philippines. She reported that there are four mental health facilities in Taiwan, one of which is the Tsaotsun Psychiatric Center, the only public mental hospital that provides long-term care for the disadvantaged psychotic patients without family support. “We want to standardize the practice of mental health in communities. We want to deliver quality mental health services in an efficient manner while involving as many agencies as possible,” she pointed out. With this, Gaane proposed that the City Council pass a mental health code in compliance with the Mental Health Act of 2019. “We challenge the 19th City Council to join hands in addressing this pressing health problem of our time. This advocacy would take time to gain traction, but there is no other way to go about it,” she concluded. The Power

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Cimatu on slain DENR worker: 'Disturbing if not outright enraging'

November 26, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--“Counting the number of people killed in the line of duty under my watch as DENR chief is disturbing if not outright enraging.” Thus the statement of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as he expressed outrage and sadness over the killing of Joash Peregrino last November 21. Peregrino, a special investigator at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, was gunned down in his car parked in front of a store near the DENR office. He and his wife, also a DENR employee, stopped by the store on their way home. Peregrino is the fourth DENR worker killed in the line of duty in a span of two months. Other environmental workers who were also murdered include Forest Rangers Bienvenido Veguilla Jr.was hacked to death when he and his team came across illegal logging activities while patrolling in El Nido, Palawan last September 4. A few days later or on September 11, Gaudencio Arana, a long-time DENR informant at CENRO Munoz in Nueva Ecija was killed by motorcycle-riding men. Forest Ranger Ronaldo Corpuz, who was also assigned at CENRO Munoz, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside his house on October 25. No let up Despite this, however, Cimatu said there will be no let up in the DENR’s intensified drive against environmental offenders and in fulfilling its mandate to protect and preserve the country’s environment and natural resources. “Though our intensified actions against violators of environmental laws are taking a toll on our people, we will not relent,” Cimatu said. The DENR Secretary called on the police to bring Peregrino’s killers to justice even as he reiterated his appeal for Congress to pass a legislation creating an Enforcement Bureau within the DENR. “Again, I urge Congress to support us in our call for the creation of an Enforcement Bureau that will give the DENR stronger enforcement powers,” he said. According to DENR CARAGA Regional Executive Director Felix Alicer, Peregrino just received his regular appointment as special land investigator. Peregrino was handling numerous land conflict cases at DENR Bislig, Alicer said. "The killing of our colleague, Special Investigator Peregrino, may also have something to do with the strengthened efforts of our personnel at the field offices led by our CENR officers, on anti-timber poaching and smuggling," Alicer said. CENRO Bislig has been active in the apprehension and retrieval of abandoned and illegally-cut trees inside government timber lands. Condemned Senator Leila M. de Lima has strongly condemned the killing of Peregrino. De Lima maintained that the increasing number of unresolved deaths in the country involving environmental workers should be regarded as a serious concern that should prompt the government to stop promoting the culture of violence in the country. The lady Senator from Bicol pointed out that the killing of Peregrino and other environmental workers under the present administration warrants a serious investigation by the authorities to ensure that justice will be served to the victims. "The government is duty-bound to finally put an end to the bloodbath in country, which victimizes, among others, environmental defenders who devoted their lives in protecting Mother Nature," she said. In its report this year, the international group Global Witness ranked the Philippines as the deadliest country for land and environmental defenders in 2018. The said report prompted De Lima to press UN experts to probe the unprecedented killings of land and environmental activists in the Philippines last August.

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3-day Bangsamoro solidarity assembly ends November 27

November 26, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The three-day solidarity assembly attended by civil society leaders and peace advocates, which was held at EM Manor Hotel in Cotabato City will culminate today (November 27). The event called: Kaakbay, Kapayaan: Civil Society Peace and Solidarity Assembly to facilitate public dialogue, consolidate their gains, and discuss the immense challenges and opportunities in both the Bangsamoro and GRP-NDFP peace processes. This gathering of civil society leaders and peace advocates features civil society innovations in advocacy, peacebuilding, a policy forum and a General Assembly of the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW). The event started last Monday. The list of Keynote Speakers include: * Minister Mohagher Iqbal - (To provide an update on Bangsamoro Political Transition) *Majority Speaker Atty. Lance Ali - Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) * Minority Speaker Atty. Laisa Alamia - Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) * Melanio Ulama - Minister for Indigenous People’s Affairs

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