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86 NPA rebels, sympathizers surrender to Philippine army

June 27, 2019

BUKIDNON (MDN Mindanao News, June 27) - The members of a rebel group operating in decades in the country have made massive surrenders to the fold of the law, the military reported Thursday. Sixty-four also of the rebel sympathizers that identified themselves as Underground Mass Organizations (UGMO) have reportedly cut ties with the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army.  The military also reported that on Thursday, 26 UGMO members and seven members of Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) voluntarily surrendered to the 1st Special Forces Battalion in Impasug-ong town in Bukidnon. Another NPA leader in Kitaotao town, also in Bukidnon Province has surrendered to the 8th Infantry Battalion based in Maramag municipality.  Prior to that, there were already three communist rebels who surrendered to the 8th Infantry Battalion and they brought with them four landmines and a garand rifle. The landmines have been banned under the International Humanitarian law. In Barangay Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro City, two members of UGMO left the NPA organization and sought help from the 65th IB based in barangay Dansolihon. The surrenderees turned over two sub machine guns namely: an M635 and Uzi.   In Valencia City, Bukidnon, 17 UGMO members and 2 MB members went back to the fold of the law and surrender themselves at the 88th Infantry battalion. Another NPA member, who identify himself as alias Puks, also surrendered to the 25th Infantry Battalion in Monkayo, Compostela Valley Prevince. Puks also surrendered his ,45 caliber pistol and two 25-kilogram of IHL banned landmines. In Jabonga town, Agusal del Norte, 3 NPA leaders surrendered to the 30th Infantry Battalion and turned over their m14 rifle, AR15 rifle and banned landmines. In Paquibato Disrtrict, Davao City, an UGMO secretary went to the 16th Infantry Battalion and surrendered, including nine ILL-banned landmines. All the surrenderees will received cash assistance from the government to start a new life with the government. They will also enrol at the Enhanced Local Integration Programs (ELIP) of the government for more government assistance and livelihood projects in the future.

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Comelec cancels Unabia candidacy in Gingoog?

June 26, 2019

GINGOOG CITY (MDN Mindanao News digital) - It seems the winner in the vice-mayoralty post in Gingoog City cannot hold office after June 30, 2019, as the Commission on Elections Manila has recently promulgated its decision and allegedly cancelled the candidacy of vice-mayor elect Peter Unabia. The First Division of Comelec Manila, in a report, cancelled the candadiacy of Unabia who run for vice mayor in this city under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) Lakas ng Bayan. MDN has yet to ask Unabia about the comelec decision dated May 29, 2019, only 15 days after Unabia won in the last national and local midterm elections 2019 against rival Stella Marie Guingona.  During the counting of votes made by the Comelec's board of canvassers, Unabia defeated Guingona by a margin of more than 7,000 votes. Unabia got 36,588 votes while his opponent Guingona only had 29,533 votes.   The Comelec decision was signed by Al Pareño, presiding commissioner; Ma. Rowena Guanzon and Marlon Casquejo, commissioners. Based on the 12-page decision, the Comelec's first division favored the the petition of Lawyer Miguel Padilla Paderanga against then vice-mayoralty candidate Peter Unabia. It can be recalled that on November 9, 2018, Paderanga filed a petition before the office of the Comelec, asking the Comelec to cancel Unabia's Certificate of Candidacy for vice mayor in Gingoog City, citing some violations such as Unabia's residency. Paderanga accused Unabia of making material misrepresentations during the filing of "certificate of candidacy" (COC) on October 16, 2018, as vice-mayoral candidate of Gingoog City. It was learned that based on the COC filed by Unabia, he revealed that he was a resident of Barangay San Luis, Gingoog City. But basing also of the petition filed by Paderanga, Unabia was a resident of Sugbongcogon and not in Barangay San Luis, in Gingoog City. Paderanga said Unabia has not yet receive a 1-year certiticate of residency during the time he filed his candidacy for a vice-mayoralty post last October 16, 2018. ### ---  ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter    

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Unabia camp denies disqualification; says radio broadcast almost "fake news"  

June 26, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN Local News, June 26) - The camp of vice mayor-elect Peter Unabia has denied rumors allegedly broadcast on air by a local radio station that he (Unabia) was disqualified from holding office starting June 30, as the duly elected vice mayor of Gingoog City. In a press statement, Atty Dale Mordeno said the radio broadcast is almost "fake news", to say the least, adding that there is already an ongoing case for disqualification against Rep Unabia before the Comelec. Mordeno said the ongoing case was initiated before the election by Atty. Miguel Paderanga, a die-hard political ally of Mayor Guingona. He claimed that Cong Unabia "lied" in his Certificate of Candidacy because he did not meet the one-year residency qualification provided in Republic Act No. 7160, which is also known as The Local Government Code. Mordeno said a resolution issued by the Comelec dated May 29, 2019 did not attain finality because "we have timely filed a motion for reconsideration." "In fact, we intend to exhaust all legal remedies available in the proper courts of law should our motion be denied. Let it be known that Rep Unabia will not stand idly," Unabia's councel said.  RESIDENCE ISSUE "The issue about his residence is old hat. It has hounded Rep Unabia during the campaign. It was a staple in the political rallies. He was vilified by his adversaries no end," the legal council said in a statement. Mordeno said "whether or not there is truth to such accusation, there is no better truth than the overwhelming votes cast in his favor during the elections. No less than the people have consented to his candidacy. What disqualification are they talking about?" he asked.  During the counting of votes made by the Comelec's board of canvassers, Unabia defeated Guingona by a margin of more than 7,000 votes. Unabia got 36,588 votes while his opponent Guingona only had 29,533 votes.  

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Cadet dies after attending ROTC course in Zamboanga

June 26, 2019

PAGADIAN CITY (MDN Mindanao News, June 26) - A cadet reportedly died after attending a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) training in Zamboanga del Sur. Roel Sedenio, 21, and a resident of Pagadian City, was rushed to the nearby hospital on Saturday, after having several seizures but he was pronounced dead upon reaching the hospital. Attending physicians at the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center said Cedenio suffered from hyperventilation. When Cedenio was first admitted to said hospital he was checked and was later advised to rest at home, saying the cadet only needed some rest. Instead of going home to rest, Cedenio rested at the military hospital in the Army Reserve Command. His co-trainees found him having seizures so he was brought back at the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center where he died. Doctors at the hospital said the young cadet died of what medical lingo called as cardiac dysrhytmia, a result of an abnormal heartbeat which is considered secondary to pulmonary congestion or sepsis. Prior to Cedenio's critical medical condition that really claimed his life, he attended a one-month advanced training in Barangay Dao in Pagadian City. Meanwhile, Major Alberto Ramirez, 903rd Community Defense Center director said Sedenio had fever before the incident occured. In fact, Ramirez added, he was even advised to skip the activities the next morning. But he surfaced during that morning fitness routine exercises which could have triggered his medical condition to worsen.  Ramirez said they are now thoroughly investigating Sedenio's case, as this would be an eye opener for the training camp to make sure their trainees are all physically fit to undergo rigid training modules and routine exercises. Sedenio was currently enrolled at Josefina H. Cerilles State College as a third year Information Technology student. He was among the 272 cadet officers mandated by the government to join ROTC. President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier certified Senate Bill No. 2232 as urgent. The bill, once approve, will soon require Grade 11 and 12 students to also undergo ROTC training, except for students that are not physically fit and varsity players.###  

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Basilan TESDA director arrested for explosives

June 25, 2019

  Share BASILAN PROVINCE (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 25) - A top-ranking government official in Basilan Province was arrested Tuesday by police authorities for her allege link to the supposed owner of ammunition and explosives found at a house in Barangay San Rafael, Isabela City. Police operatives armed with a search warrant found and seized 2 laptops, 4 cellular phones, a hand-held radio, a 9-volt battery, blasting cap, 40-mm ammunition and projectile 766 with protruding wire. Colonel Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson told reporters the government offical was Muida Hataman, director of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Basilan. Banac said the Tesda director was caught inside a house which is under a search warrant for reportedly having ammunition and explosives. The PNP spokesperson said Hataman was in the house during the search conducted by police operatives after a tip from an informant regarding the presence of bomb explosive materials inside the house in Barangay San Rafael, Isabela City, the reason that she was also arrested. During the search the owner of the house under search warrant was not around to shed light on the presence of said explosives and ammos. Banas added “Naroon lang siya sa bahay bilang bisita. Hindi siya talaga ang nagma-may-ari ng gamit pampasabog. Subalit dahil sa search warrant at siya ang nadatnan doon ay siya po ay naaresto.” Banac also told the media in Camp Crame “Batay ito sa mga impormasyon na natanggap ng Philippine National Police na may mga gamit pampasabog na nakatago sa nasabing lugar, at inabot po doon ang suspect.”   The police are now investigating whether the suspect is linked to the extremeist and bandit group Abu Sayyaf but she denied it. The suspect is now languishing at the CIDG Zamboanga Regional Office. She will be charged with illegal possession of explosives. ### ---    ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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Duterte, other politicians not supporting LGBT community, says NGO group

June 25, 2019

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MDN Mindanao News, June 25) - A leader of a non-government organization (NGO) has revealed Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte is not supporting the programs and advocacies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities all over the country. Chi Laigo-Vallido, program director for Forum for Family Planning and Development said the president is the one who is not supporting the country's growing maturity and awareness towards sexual preferences and diversity. She told the media that “For a leader who once headed a city (Davao) who has a gender and development code since 1997 and started pioneering strategies in integrating gender and development in various LGU programs, I am saddened that President Duterte is himself the one who does not support the country’s growing maturity towards sexual diversity.”  Vallido said the pending anti-descrimination bill intends to prevent acts of descrimination affecting the LGBT community. She cited the pending SOGIE or sexual orientation and gender identity and expression or the anti-discrimination bills that is still pending in Congress, as lacking the total support of government officials and politicians in the country. LOUSY SUPPORT The NGO director said Mindaonons are not even supporting the call as only two of the island's 27 provinces and also two of its 33 cities supported the anti-discrimination by passing ordinances.   During a forum, Vallido disclosed that only Davao City, Butuan City and the provinces of Dinagat Island and Agusal del Norte have passed ordinances upholding the rights of LGBT communities. She challenged Pres Duterte to lead the national commitment even as he also cited Duterte's "poor tolerance against the LGBT people.    The LGBT community is celebrating and observing the month of June as "June Pride" month. Just recently, the president reportedly invoked homosexuality, which other people construed as implying weaknesses on his rivals in politics, including the catholic church and the communist rebels in the country, allegedly pointing to the New People's Army (NPA).   He said that there is cure being "gay." In fact, she claimed that his ultimate critic and nemesis, Senator Antonio Trillanes as being gay. ###   ----  ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter    

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