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3 suspects in cop slay arrested after six years of hiding

October 24, 2019

ILIGAN CITY ----- The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CDIG) turned over to court on Tuesday, October 22, three suspects who killed a policeman and attempted to kill his companion, after they were arrested early morning on Monday (October 21) in Barangay Cadayonan, Munai town, in Lanao del Norte. The law enforcement operation was conducted jointly with the Special Action Force based in Iligan City. Police Captain Jerome Villegas, head of CIDG Lanao del Norte Provincial Field Unit, said the suspects identified as Alnor Panontongan, 35; Kairodin Mutto, 35; and Abdul Razzaq Mutto, 26, all residents of Munai, were arrested by virtue of arrest warrant issued by Judge Ali Balindong of Regional Trial Court Branch 6, Iligan City. The suspects are also also bringing another name: Alnor Panontongan as Komine Malo Panontongan, Kairodin Mutto as Norodin Baunto Mutto and Abdul Razzaq Mutto as Mahid Baunto Mutto, as indicated in the arrest warrant. They are suspects in the killing of a PO1 Mohammad Nur Mutto, who was a cousin of the suspects, and his companion identified as Saaduddin Jalaludin in 2013 in Barangay Matampay, also in Munai. The arrest warrant was issued in 2014 according to Villegas. Mahid was listed as number 4 while Norodin was number 6 most wanted persons of Munai Municipal Police Station. Aside from the three targets in the arrest warrant, five other men were also arrested for firing at the arresting officers when they arrived in the area. “There was exchange of fire for few minutes. Good thing no one was hurt and we successfully disarmed the five men and arrested them,” Villegas said in an interview. The armed men, Harry Panontongan, 23; Naiem Mutia, 35; Jebber Mutto, 28; Almasan Mutto, 20; and Abduljabar Abdulazis, 26, are charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 or the illegal possession of firearms. Villegas said these personalities are newly-identified members of a Raphakar group that engages in gun running and illegal drugs in Lanao del Norte and neighboring provinces. They were committed yesterday to the provincial jail in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.  

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Cagayan de Oro is 7th Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City in PH

October 24, 2019

Images courtesy of Kag. Jay Roa Pascual Cagayan de Oro has been ranked as the 7th Most Competitive City in the Philippines in the Highly Urbanized City Category. The latest rankings were announced during the  7th Regional Competitiveness Summit  held 24 October 2019, at the Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center. The Department of Trade and Industry, through its Competitiveness Bureau recognized LGUs with exemplary performance in the four pillars of the index – Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency. Cagayan de Oro ranked #2 in Resiliency, #6 in Government Efficiency and #10 in Infrastructure and Economic Dynamism. A total of 1,518 LGUs participated in this initiative and awards were given to LGUs in four categories: 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, Component Cities, and Highly Urbanized Cities. Awards for the Most Competitive Province and Most Improved City and Municipality will also be conferred this year. (RMB)  

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Fallen govt troops in Marawi remembered

October 23, 2019

MARAWI City--Two years after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated from the influence of the terrorists, former commander of the now-dissolved Joint Task Force Marawi that oversaw the military operation to liberate the city, remembered the soldiers and policemen who sacrificed their lives to fight the terrorists who attacked the Islamic City. Wearing a white barong and black pants, Retired Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, former commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) that has jurisdiction over western Mindanao including Marawi City, performed a snappy salute to pay tribute to their fallen comrades on Thursday, October 17, inside the headquarters of 103rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army in Camp Ranao, Marawi City. Galvez now heads the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). He was stood side-by-side with another retired Army general, Eduardo del Rosario who is now the housing secretary and chairman of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) that oversees the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City after it was destroyed by the five-month war against the Dawlah Islamiya-inspired Maute group. The war claimed more than a thousand lives including more than a hundred soldiers and policeman. Remembering the fallen Galvez and Del Rosario led other government officials in laying a white wreath in front of a mounted metal plaque containing the names of those who perished during the five-month war to liberate Marawi. The former chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Galvez bent over, read the names of the soldiers and ran over his fingers on the metal plate recalling how he personally monitored and guided them as former chief of the WestMinCom. “This is the time to remember their names one by one. I remember the time how they fought and how they died,” Galvez said in the interview after the ceremony.    “I remember every name [of] those who sacrificed for the liberation of Marawi. This is one of the many ways that we can show to the people that we will always remember them,” he added. Galvez said it was bothering for him that time every time he sent his men to battle saying “losing 126 people is something you can never forget”. “In hindsight, I would like tell the people that this is the way…how soldiers [had] to give up their lives just to liberate Marawi from the clutches of terrorism. That's the oath of the soldier and that we are ready to die for our country and for our people,” a solemn Galvez said.   Retired Brigadier General Felicisimo Budiongan, who also took part in the wreath laying ceremony, said the most emotional part in the siege was receiving report from the ground that another soldier died “because I could see the grief of a wife, a son, a daughter and relatives”, he said. Budiongan, now an undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), was the commander of Task Group Bakal, a team of soldiers from the Mechanized Division, during the five-month war. “But the most significant in our operation was the neutralization of IH and Omar because it signaled the end of the sufferings of the soldiers in Marawi,” Budiongan said referring to Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute who led the attack. The two were killed early dawn of October 16 in 2017.

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Master planned community rises in Metro Cagayan de Oro

October 23, 2019

WITH the unaccented beat of the   economic leap   of Northern Mindanao goes the newest master planned green township that will soon rise east of Metro Cagayan de Oro. This latest real estate development project was initiated and designed by an alliance of international planners and engineers spearheaded by RG Concepts and Designs alongside with renowned Poggemeyer Design Group from the USA and GD Gumabon Engineers. The new well-planned community aptly called Valleyview will be nestled in an industrial hub dedicated to provide green and decent urban living.  A signing ceremony for a sync development alliance was concluded over the weekend in a posh hotel in Cagayan de Oro with the prime movers of the project. The allied developers,  RGJ Realty Corporation and LV Home Builders Development Corporation has forged a sustainable partnership with the property owners, the family of Madame Pamela Neri-Paurom. RGJ Realty Corporation President Ronaldo S.  Gaudiel said the planned township is another signature project of former congressman Romeo Jaloslos, owner and developer of Dakak Park Resort and Gloria Fantasyland in Dapitan City. Jaloslos serves as chairman of RGJ Realty. Jalosjos is the chairman of RJG Realty Corporation. A game changer in property management, the alliance will introduce the latest concept in township design and construction primarily attuned with global standards and competitiveness. Amenities of the township include allocated spaces carefully immersed with nature to stimulate the metropolitan way of living complemented with facilities vital for comfort and family leisure. The master planned township features socialized and mid-rise cluster units, premium lots, retail and commercial, secured main entrance with guard house, underground drainage system, perimeter fence, shuttle terminal, parking areas, man- made lagoon (water catchment), paved roads and curves, parks and picnic areas, sewerage treatment plant and water reservoir. Its added amenities include event center, social hall, clubhouse, forest trail/walk, open spaces, basketball court, children’s playground and chapel. “We are building a township that would strengthen family bonding by creating modern living primarily consigned in a friendly environment designed for commercial, leisure, relaxation and residential spaces that consolidate parks to revitalize homes,”  Gaudiel said. The opening of this township project responds to the housing backlog of Northern Mindanao which could now translate to a shortfall of 250,000 housing units annually. With the region’s population of about 5 million, people from Bukidnon, Iligan, Valencia, Butuan, Gingoog and other key areas,  getting second homes in Metro Cagayan de Oro has now become a necessity albeit trendy considering the city’s unprecedented economic growth in terms of business and employment opportunities.

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Camiguin imposes selective ban on pork and pork products

October 23, 2019

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin--The provincial government of Camiguin has imposed a selective pork and pork products ban as the African Swine Fever has swept Luzon. Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental already imposed a temporary total pork and pork products ban in September 2019. Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said Sunday that the province has been proactive in monitoring all meat and plant products coming into the island as a precaution against spread of diseases. The ASF is a virus that affects pigs with 100 percent mortality rate but it cannot be transmitted to humans. The Department of Agriculture in region 10 said that they are closely watching all products coming in from Luzon. Cagayan de Oro City and Tagoloan sea ports and the Laguindingan Airport is put under close monitor to prevent pork products from Luzon from coming in into the region. The pork industry in the Philippines is worth 250 bilion pesos and region 10 contributes betwen 9-10 percent or roughly around 25 billion pesos. "We have been doing it for a long time since we are an island, we had much control of the products coming in," Romualdo said. "As soon as you step at our port, you pass through a foot bath and we had our provincial veterinary office inspecting meat and poultry coming it," Romualdo added. Romualdo however said that they have a selective ban with conditions that pork and meat products must have a Bureau of Animal Industry approved clearances, "Without it, it cannot enter the island," Romualdo said. Camiguin is among the top  5 most visited province in the country with an almost a million tourists visiting the island known for its volcanoes, cold, hot and soda springs, island hopping and diving. Balancing food supply for the local and tourists consumption is precarious balancing act as this tourist haven relies mostly for its food supply from mainland mindanao and the Visayas and Luzon. Romualdo added that evethough the ASF is non-contagious to humans, the local government is also protecting its local swine growers from being affected. "We had porks and siomai who came in, but we turn it back to the mainland because it has no certifications," Romualdo said. "So long as you have certifications from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), we will allow entry of those pork products," Romualdo added. Not only did the local government turned down pork products, it also did not allowed the entry of 150 cross-bred Lanzones, the Island's main fruit product because it may carry diseases that can damage the Lanzones here. Meanwhile, the Northern Mindanao Hog Raisers Association (NorMinHog) assured the public here that locally grown hogs are safe to eat and that the ASF have not reached Mindanao yet, "We want to urge the people that our pork is safe to eat, there is nothing to worry," Jun Tan of NorMinHog said.

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Suspects, accused of killing a cop, arrested

October 23, 2019

ILIGAN City--The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) turned over to court on Tuesday (October 22) three suspects after they were arrested early morning on Monday (October 21) in Barangay Cadayonan, Munai town, in Lanao del Norte. Police Captain Jerome Villegas, head of CIDG Lanao del Norte Provincial Field Unit, said the suspects identified as Alnor Panontongan, 35; Kairodin Mutto, 35; and Abdul Razzaq Mutto, 26, all residents of Munai, were arrested by virtue of arrest warrant issued by Judge Ali Balindong of Regional Trial Court Branch 6, Iligan City. Villegas said the suspects are also using another name: Alnor Panontongan as Komine Malo Panontongan, Kairodin Mutto as Norodin Baunto Mutto and Abdul Razzaq Mutto as Mahid Baunto Mutto, as indicated in the arrest warrant. The suspects were assued of allegedly killing PO1 Mohammad Nur Mutto, who was a cousin of the suspects, and his companion identified as Saaduddin Jalaludin in 2013 in Barangay Matampay, also in Munai. The arrest warrant was issued in 2014, according to Villegas. Mahid was listed as number 4 while Norodin was number 6 most wanted persons of Munai Municipal Police Station. Aside from the three targets in the arrest warrant, five other men were also arrested for firing at the arresting officers when they arrived in the area. “There was exchange of fire for few minutes. Good thing no one was hurt and we successfully disarmed the five men and arrested them,” Villegas said in an interview. The armed men, Harry Panontongan, 23; Naiem Mutia, 35; Jebber Mutto, 28; Almasan Mutto, 20; and Abduljabar Abdulazis, 26, are charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 or the illegal possession of firearms. Villegas said these personalities are newly-identified members of a Raphakar group that engages in gun running and illegal drugs in Lanao del Norte and neighboring provinces. They were committed yesterday to the provincial jail in Tubod, Lanao del Norte. The operation was conducted jointly with the Special Action Force based in Iligan City.

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