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Misor garbage for shipment back to South Korea end of December

October 30, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The remaining 5,000 tons of garbage in Misamis Oriental would be sent back to South Korea before the year end, provincial governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano announced Wednesday. Emano made the announcement following the turnover of 4,000 tonnage bags to Customs officials Tuesday. He said that the tonnage bags would be used to secure the 5,000 tons of garbage deposited in the 4-hectare yard in the Phividec Industrial Estate in Sta. Cruz, Tagolo-an, Misamis Oriental. According to Emano, the provincial government has approved about P 2 million budget to hire personnel and earth moving equipment to be utilized for the total cleanup of the dockyard. He said that the garbage would be put in the tonnage bags and would be piled in a 40-footer van to prepare it for shipment. According to Emano, the personnel tasked to clean up the garbage at the Phividec Industrial Estate would be required to use basic health equipment to prevent them from possible contamination. District Customs Collector John Simon, of the Port of Cagayan De Oro City, said that the South Korean government would provide the cargo vessel that would transport the garbage back to its origin in Pyongteak, South Korea. He said that the garbage was the first of the 6,200 tons of garbage disguised as “recyclable materials” that arrived in Misamis Oriental sometime in July 2018. Simon said that the second batch, which arrived late October in 2018 was immediately shipped back after the environment officials from South Korea found out that the shipment were garbage materials. Simon said that the 5,000 tons garbage, which are still in Misamis Oriental would be shipped back before the end of December this year. He said that the repatriation of the garbage could be done immediately once the cleanup of the garbage site is accomplished by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental earlier. Simon said that the owner and officials of the Verde Soko, the company that transported the garbage to Misamis Oriental, are now facing charges with violation of the environmental laws in a local court here. He said that Charles Chu, the Verde Soko owner and some Filipino associates, are expected to appear in the local court at a hearing scheduled in November.

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SAF trooper dies, another hurt while serving arrest warrant

October 30, 2019

ILIGAN City--A member of the police Special Action Force (SAF) died while serving an arrest warrant Wednesday morning (October 30) in Barangay Lilod Saduc in Marawi City. The suspect was also killed in a police operation, the report said. Police Colonel Madzgani Mukaram, head of the provincial police office in Lanao del Sur, said joint forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was serving the arrest warrant for Abdullah Angantap Taurac, when he opened fire with a .45 pistol prompting the arresting operatives to return fire that led to his death. Staff Sergeant Reagan Salbino of the PNP-SAF succumbed to death when he was hit at the left side of his body while his fellow SAF trooper, SSgt. Mohaimen Urandig was hit at his rigth hand. Mukaram said Taurac is facing homicide and illegal possession of firearm for killing certain Saidamen Pagayaon Dimapingun in Marawi City months ago. Police arrested Taurac's family that include his wife Nojuma, his three sons Hamza, Hazim and Abdul Azis and his daughter, Najma and her husband, Benjamel Datualabi. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Pantaleon, chief of Marawi City Police Station, said the whole family was arrested because of the firearms and believed to be shabu siezed from their respective rooms. "Three rooms kasi, Maam. Sa room 1 occupied ni Polpol (the target is known) and wife, na-recover baril at shabu. Room 2, Polpol's daughter and husband, na-recover baril at shabu. Room 3, occupied by Polpol's 3 sons, na-recover grenade," Pantaleon said. Police report said Taurac is a known notorious gun-for-hire and a watchlisted drug personality Major Chris Cabugwang, chief of Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) in Lanao del Sur, said Taurac is suspect of the series of shooting incidents in Marawi City including the killing of the personnel of Army Engineer and the freshman students of Mindanao State University-Marawi who died after nine days at the hospital. "Yes, suspect siya kaya subject for cross match sa Crime Laboratory ang baril na na-recover sa previous incidents," Cabugwang said. The cadaver of Taurac was immediately claimed by relatives while his family members are now at the Marawi police for processing of the cases, illegal possession of firearms and possession of illegal drugs, against them. The remains of the SAF trooper is at a funeral parlor in Iligan City, to be transported to his hometown in Benguet, while the wounded colleague is now recuperating in a hospital in Iligan City and is in a stable condition.

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Hotel guests scramble as quake shakes CDO

October 29, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – An intensity 6 quakes shook this seaport capital about 9:05 Tuesday morning, sending naked hotel guests scrambling out of the hotel. An aftershock took place 10:45 a.m., an hour after the quake, which sent more people to get out of their homes, hotels, and shopping malls. A shopping mall was closed as all shoppers and workers were sent outside following the aftershock while safety officials were clearing the building. Except for the two unidentified women who collapsed in the hotel, but later recovered after undergoing emergency treatment in a responding ambulance nearby, no injuries were reproted. Hotel guests from China, South Korea, Caucasians and other foreign guests gathered outside of a downtown hotel as safety and rescue officials inspect the integrity of the hotel building. A call center located in a downtown mall here was closed after safety officials found cracks and debris in the building. Students and pupils went out of their classrooms and gathered in an open space in the school compound – others were fetched by their parents. Disaster officials scrambled as emergency sirens were sounded to warn city residents for sobriety as safety engineers were dispatched to inspect possible damage of public and private buildings in the city.

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Malls, schools close as quakes hit Cag. De Oro

October 29, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Shopping malls and government offices were closed and classes suspended in this port capital of Northern Mindanao following a Magnitude 6.6 earthquake here Tuesday morning. The management of the Ayala Centrio Mall, one of the biggest shopping malls in the city, ordered a whole day closure of the mall operation pending results of an inspection of the building. Carina Caragdag, the mall’s marketing officer, said that five workers collapsed as the quake struck early morning, but they immediately recovered after undergoing treatment. She said that no injuries were reported, but the management decided to close the mall operation for the whole day to allow safety officials to conduct an inspection of the building. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) also decided to suspend its operation after cracks were reportedly noticed in the old government building. The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a directive ordering the suspension of classes for all levels in Northern Mindanao. Disaster officials in Misamis Oriental said that there were no damaged in the province following a Magnitude 4 quake. The city government of Cagayan De Oro did not release any official statement in connection with the tremblor. The Philvocs reported that Cagayan De Oro’s temblor registered a Magnitude 6.6. Except for the reported fainting of some individuals, no injuries were reported.

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Hotel guests get out naked as quake shakes Cagayan de Oro

October 29, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City - An intensity 6 quakes shook this seaport capital about 9:05 Tuesday morning, sending naked hotel guests scrambling out of the hotel. An aftershock took place 10:45 a.m., an hour after the quake, which sent more people to get out of their homes, hotels, and shopping malls. A shopping mall was closed as all shoppers and workers were sent outside following the aftershock while safety officials were clearing the building. Except for the two unidentified women who collapsed in the hotel, but later recovered after undergoing emergency treatment in a responding ambulance nearby, no injuries were reproted. Hotel guests from China, South Korea, Caucasians and other foreign guests gathered outside of a downtown hotel as safety and rescue officials inspect the integrity of the hotel building. A call center located in a downtown mall here was closed after safety officials found cracks and debris in the building. Students and pupils went out of their classrooms and gathered in an open space in the school compound – others were fetched by their parents. Disaster officials scrambled as emergency sirens were sounded to warn city residents for sobriety as safety engineers were dispatched to inspect possible damage of public and private buildings in the city.

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Body of slain Clarin town mayor arrives home

October 29, 2019

CLARIN, Misamis Occidental--The remains of Clarin town Mayor David Navarro is now laid at his residence in Barangay Lapasan here. The white coffin, draped with the national flag, arrived at Ozamiz City port past 6:30 in the morning, Sunday (October 27), two days after the mayor was slain in Cebu City while being transported to the city prosecutor's office for the inquest proceedings of the charges he is facing for mauling a masseur. In a hall decorated with white fresh flowers, floors covered with green mat, the remains was placed besides Navarro's blown up photo in a frame. The family asked for an exclusive time until 12:00 noon and visitors started to arrive. Bonifacio town mayor Samson Dumanjog, who is also the president of the League of Municipalities in the Philippines -Misamis Occidental chapter, was the first to visit the wake. In an interview with the media, Dumanjog said the death of his fellow mayor is still very hard to accept. He is hoping that justice for the slain mayor will be served and called on concerned agencies to help in the investigation. "Atleast mahatagan pud nato ang pamilya (ug tabang pagkuha sa hustisya) kay mao man pud ni ilang gikinahanglan. Ug kanang due process of law," Dumanjog said in interview with the media. The Navarro family has scheduled the burial on November 3 just beside their house.

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