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Unabia team stuns Guingonas, Sabio shocks Tagoloan's Emano

May 14, 2019

THE administration PDP-Laban in Misamis Oriental led by outgoing Rep. Peter Unabia pulled off an upset in Guingonas-dominated Gingoog City Monday. The mayoral-vice mayoral tandem of former Vice Mayor Erick Cañosa and running mate Unabia swept off victories against their respective foes, outgoing Vice Mayor Ruthie Guingona and outgoing Mayor Stella Marie Guingona. Cañosa, the three-termer vice mayor who termed out in 2016, got 35,969 votes as of 1:53 p.m. with 99 percent of votes accounted for versus the elder Guingona’s 30,029 votes. Cañosa, who previously lost in the 2016 mayoral race, ran under Unabia’s PDP-Laban fold and clinched victory against the Guingonas who had dominated Gingoog City for almost two decades. Guingona’s daughter Stella Marie also lost to Unabia who has never been defeated since his reign as Misamis Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member in the past before rising to become a three-termer congressman. Stella Marie, a second-termer mayor, decided to switch position to accommodate her mother’s aim to become mayor again after terming out in 2013. The Unabia team was considered underdogs in Gingoog City with odds in favor of the Guingonas who are incumbents in both the mayoral and vice mayoral posts. Unabia himself is considered an outsider in the city, having resided there only in 2018. Unabia’s son Christian also pulled off a congressional victory in the first district of the province – the post that is being vacated by his father – against outgoing Vice Gov. Jose Mari Pelaez. His younger sibling Aaron is reelected mayor of Balingoan. In Tagoloan town, Natumulan barangay chairman Gomer Ferdinand Sabio became the first elected mayor there since 1980 who is not an Emano. Incidentally, another Sabio – Robinson – became mayor there for five months in 2016 when the then Mayor Paulino Emano died in office. But Robinson Sabio wasn’t elected as mayor. He assumed office by way of succession. Gomer Ferdinand “Enan” Sabio’s stunning rise to Tagoloan’s top post is considered a breakthrough considering that four Emanos have become successive mayors there. Vicente Emano became mayor there in 1980 to 1983. He was succeeded by his brother Paulino who held the post for the next 15 years up to 1988. Vicente’s son Yevgeny Vincente Emano became mayor from 1988 until his term expired in 2007. Uncle Paulino then made a successful comeback, holding on to the post until his death in 2016. During the 2016 elections, Misamis Oriental SP member Heckert Hernando Jude Emano chose not to seek reelection to run and win as mayor there. Two days ago, Gomer Ferdinand Sabio challenged Emano’s reelection attempt and won.

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Quezon City mayoralty candidate Crisologo nabbed in anti-vote-buying opps

May 13, 2019

A candidate for mayor was arrested Sunday night (May 12) by anti vote-buying operatives in Quezon City, Metro Manila for allegedly obstructing while the police were conducting a raid in Barangay Bahay Toro. Police operatives identified the mayoralty candidate as Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo. They have also handcuffed Crisologo's son during the raid. The police have received a tip from a respondible citizen that vote-buying operations were ongoing inside the barangay hall. But Crisologo in his video statement on Facebook said there was a training for election watchers that's why they were there when the raiding team swooped down in the area. Congressman Bingbong Crisologo, inaresto ng QCPD matapos ang operasyon laban sa vote buying sa Brgy.Bahay Toro, QC. pic.twitter.com/6gMzDKnd7n — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) May 12, 2019 Crisologo claimed arresting police officers did not even wear their uniforms and did not also a present a search warrant which were violations on implementing such activity in the barangay. Crisologo pointed to his political rival as behind the raid to discredit his candidacy. Mga supporter ng inarestong si Congressman Bingbong Crisologo, nagtitipon-tipon na sa labas sa Kampo Karingal. pic.twitter.com/N34Omjfhik — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) May 12, 2019 "Basta pinosasan na lang kami. Dito mo makikita na pati pulis, nagagamit na ng mga kalaban namin sa politika," the mayoralty candidate said accusing politics as the main motive of the raid. The police claimed they have arrested Crisologo for alleged obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, Crisologo's supporters trooped to the police station and protested the arrest of the former representative. In another election related news, 3 barangay officials in Makati City were also arrested by police authorities also because of alleged vote-buying activities. The police have caught-in-the act while leaders were segregating the money for their alleged vote-buying during elections on Monday. The police have recovered P500 bills in the table and the list of voters. But the barangay treasurer denied there was vote-buying activities. She said they were only preparing the payments for poll watchers and other expenses that will be incurred during election day.    

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Perpetrators of forged documents to be prosecuted, Moreno lawyer warns

May 13, 2019

THE lawyer of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno on Monday warned of the prosecution of the persons behind two fake documents against his client. In a press conference this morning (May 13), lawyer Dale Bryan Mordeno said that these persons would be facing complaints for falsification of docment, usurpation of authority and cyberlibel. The documents in question were an alleged reelection disqualification against Moreno that was released last Friday and an alleged Sandiganbayan suspension order that circulated this morning. In this latest document, a one-page paper dated May 20, 2019 and purportedly signed by three Sandiganbayan justices showed a 90-day preventive suspension order for 24 graft cases. But Mordeno said a check at the Sandiganbayan website showed that the latest case that was promulgated there was still dated May 3. He also said that the paper used was not the legal size one. Mordeno said the persons behind the spread of the questionable document would face usurpation of public authority since it contained signatures of three Sandiganbayan justices. He added that they would also face cyberlibel since it spread online.

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(Updated) Councilor Moreno shot dead in Misamis Occidental

May 13, 2019

By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor CAGAYAN de Oro City--A town councilor in Misamis Occidental was shot dead shortly after casting his vote past 8:00 Monday morning, a report reaching here said. The hooded unidentified gunmen reportedly gunned down Reid Isidro Moreno, town councilor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental, while walking on his way home after casting his vote in the town Poblacion. P/Lt. Col. Benildo Tumanda, the provincial police chief, of Misamis Occidental, said that the victim was reportedly receiving “death threats” prior to the shooting incident. He said that the motive is primarily “personal grudge,” but investigators are not ruling out politics as the possible motive for the shooting. Witnesses told police investigators that the suspects waylaid the victim on his way home in a secluded place, Tumanda said. He said that the peace and order situation in Misamis Occidental remained under control after the law enforcers resolved the election related incidents in Sapang Dalaga. Sapang Dalaga is another remote town in Misamis Occidental where the presence of unidentified armed men was reportedly harassed the residents and the candidates there, Tumanda said. According to Tumanda, the police operatives have also apprehended cases of alleged “vote buying” where the law enforcers seized ballots and “blood money.” He said that violations of the Omnibus Election Code on illegal vote buying would be filed against the suspects. In Misamis Oriental, about 1,400 police officers were deployed to secure the voting places in the towns 442 barangays, P/Lt. Col. Rolando Destura, the provincial police chief, said. He said there were no report of election related incidents since the voting precincts opened 6:00 a.m. Monday.

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PRRD designates cabinet secretaries as CORDS

May 12, 2019

ANDANAR is Cabinet Officer for Regional Dev’t & Security of Northern Mindanao   PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte has approved, Monday, this week, the assignment of Cabinet Secretaries as Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) to oversee the peace and development efforts in every region of the country. PCOO secretary Jose Martin Marfori Andanar was designated as CORDS for Region 10.      The other cabinet members assigned as CORDS are : DBM Sec. Janet Abuel for CAR;  NSC Sec. Hermogenes Esperon for Region 1;  DOLE Sec. Silvestre R. Bello III for Region 2; OPAPAU Sec. Carlito Galvez for Region 3; DILG Sec. Eduardo M. Año for Region 4-a; DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi for Region 4-b; DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu for Region 6; OPA-V Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino for Region 7; HUDCC Sec. Eduardo del Rosario for Region 8; DSWD Sec. Rolando Bautista for Region 9; DOF Sec. Carlos Dominguez Sr., for Region 11; DA Sec. Emmanuel Piñol for Region 12; CABSEC Sec. Karlo Nograles for Caraga; DND Sec. Delfin Lorenzana for BARMM; and DPWH Sec. Mark Villar for NCR.      The designated Cabinet Officers would facilitate the management of the Whole Nation Movement for good governance.      They would assist in articulating the region’s concerns and perceptions in the Cabinet, with other Departments, the Office of the President and concerned agencies.      CORDS would assist the President in the speedy, efficient and orderly resolution of problems in government operations in his/her assigned region.      The CORDS would preside over joint meetings of the RDC and RPOC to harmonize peace, security and development efforts in the assigned region.      They would ensure that all programs, projects; and activities of the national government in the region are well implemented and information thereon dully disseminated to the people through various mechanisms and strategies.      The CORDS would undertake regular visits for the purpose of conducting consultations with local officials and the private sector in his/her region of assignment.

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Cagayan de Oro's pride Nikki de Moura crowned Miss Teen Philippines 2019!

May 12, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital) - A student from this city was recently crowned the most beautiful teen from around 30 hopefuls across the country. Nikki de Moura was crowned Miss Teen Philippines 2019 on Wednesday at the famous New Frontier Theater in Quezon City. The young lass from Cagayan de Oro bested 30 other equally beautiful ladies who vied for the title. A lass from Iloilo City, Patricia Bermudo got the 1st runner up trophy while Nicole Borromeo of Cebu, Mikki Barcels from Bicol and Joanna Kalkschmidt from Visayas also completed the top five. Miss Teen Philippines is now of the best and tested platforms from aspiring ladies with exceptional beauties and talents. The result of the recent pageant will be aired on ABS-CBN on May 19,2019 to showcase and beauty of young Filipina women in the country.  De Moura, 18, is a Filipino-Brazilian student who hails from Cagayan de Oro, and who got the Miss Teen Crown for this year 2019, held at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City. Other equally dazzling and gorgeous ladies from Cagayan de Oro who also got the same award were Ms Stephanie Mae Sol (2004 and Maxine Monasterio (2007)  

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