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Businessman shot dead, 5 days after a policeman was ambushed in Marawi City

March 10, 2020

A 38-year old businessman succumbed to gunshot wounds after he was shot, past 10:00 am on Tuesday (March 10), by unidentified riding in tandem, in Barangay Matampay, Marawi City. Colonel Madzgani Mukaram, Lanao del Sur police director identified the victim as Sohaily Domagay Pandapatan, presently living at Bayanihan Village in Barangay Sta. Elena, Iligan City. Police records states Pandapatan is a native of Barangay Alinun, Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur. Initial police investigation states the victim mas riding his motorcycle from Marawi City going to the direction of Saguiaran when the motorcycle-riding suspects "suddenly appeared and shot the victim without any apparent reason". The victim died of the multiple gunshot wounds on his chest and abdomen. He was rushed by bystanders to Amai Pakpak Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival. Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered empty shells of caliber 45 from the crime scene. Police is investigating the motive and identity of the suspects. It was the second shooting incident, involving suspects riding in tandem, this month following the ambush-slay last March 5 of a policeman and his son onboard his Toyota Vios. The cop's son survived the ambush.

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Lanao Sur guv wants investigation against 'jail guard' arrested for transporting P1.3M worth of meth

March 10, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr. had asked the provincial legal office to investigate the suspect, claiming to be a provincial guard, who was nabbed on Sunday, March 8, for transporting a 1.3 million-peso worth of meth. In a statement sent to media Tuesday afternoon, Adiong said the suspect Walid Nasser Usman, a resident n Baloi, Lanao del Norte "is not and has never been an employee or worker of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur." Usman was arrested by the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) 10, who tailed him from Iligan City, in a checkpoint in Barangay Tampilong, Marawi City and siezed from him around 200 grams of suspected shabu. Operatives also recovered from him an identification card with the logo of the provincial jail, his name and photos and name with signature of Adiong. "The identification card allegedly issued by the Office of the Provincial Warden of Lanao del Sur, which was confiscated from Mr. Usman by the police authorities, is fake. OIC Provincial Warden Acmad Tabao has also reiterated that the suspect is not a regular, temporary or casual employee of the said office", the statement stated. "I have requested the Provincial Prosecutor of Lanao del Sur to investigate this matter, with our Provincial Legal Office, to provide full support to the investigation. We would like to assure everyone that those found guilty shall be dealt with accordingly, and with full force of the law," Adiong in a statement added. In an interview, Tabao said while they know of the suspect because his father is a computer encoder of the provincial jail office, the younger Usman was never their employee. Report from the public information office of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 states that Usman is tagged as high valued individual (HVI) based on the volume of drugs he was transporting. Lieutenant Colonel Mardy Hortillosa, public information officer of PRO 10, said Usman has been under surviellance for one month before his arrest.

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Marawi IDPs ask CA to hold Del Rosario's appointment as DHSUD secretary

March 3, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- A group of internally displace persons (IPDs) in Marawi City is now asking members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to hold in abeyance the confirmation of Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario as secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), formerly known as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). This is accordingly until issues and controversies surrounding Marawi rehabilitation are resolved. In his open letter, Drieza Lininding, convenor of civil society group, Moro Concensus Group, the group wanted Del Rosario accountable allegedly "for all the lies and deception he did for Marawi that resulted to sufferings of Marawi IDPs". "Just to cite one example: In the recent hearing of the Senate Special Committee for Marawi held in Iligan City, he (Del Rosario) assured the members of the senate that in the conduct of the demolition (of houses and other structures inside the most affected area), the footing of buildings or structures were preserved so that home owners can easily identify of where thier house used to stand. This is a complete lie because our witnesses (who) are those previleged to tour around Marawi's ground zero said there is no such (footing)," Lininding said. Del Rosario chairs the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), an inter-agency task force that supervises the Marawi rehabilitation. The IDPs are waiting to be invited to Malacañang, as promised by the senate special committee on Marawi rehabilitation, to have a meeting with President Duterte "to iron out things about the delay of rehab and return of Marawi Residents". "Until proven that Sec. Del Rosario is not guilty or the question of his competence has nothing to do with the delay, we (will) pray for his non-confirmation," Lininding said. On February 20, Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, as senate's committe chair on Marawi rehab, held a senate hearing with Senators Christopher Go, Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino and Miguel Zubiri in Iligan City. Before the hearing in the afternoon, the lawmakers inspected the ground zero, referred to by the TFBM as most affected area (MAA). Marcos, after the group's visit to the MAA said she was surprised that after almost three years, she saw no changes. "Nakakagulat naman yung niri-report naman nila na mga accomplishment nila na housing at iba pa ay nasa labas, wala sa ground zero o MAA. Bakit naman ganun, para naman tayo'ng niloloko nito, yun pala, ginastos doon sa labas," Marcos said. (I was surprised that the accomplishments they (TFBM) are reporting are happening outside the ground zero. It seems that they are fooling us. All the while (the fundings) are spent outside.) Marcos said, the most important in the rehabilitation is the ground zero that was mostly destroyed during the five-month war in 2017. The MAA is a 250 hectares with 24 barangays. Del Rosario during the senate hearing said the TFBM is regulating the entry of residents inside the MAA to start rebuilding, reconstructing and or repairing their houses to make sure the residents are the legal and or rightful owners of the land or lot. "Kasi, kung hahayaan natin kung sinu-sino ang papasok upang magtayo ng kanilang bahay, babalik tayo sa dati na mag-aaway sa lupa dahil nagtayo ng hindi sa kanila ang lupa," Del Rosario said. (If we let anybody to enter and start constructing their house, we will go back to the time when they will have conflict because of land ownership.) The TFBM requires land owners to secure building permit and other clearances before they can start constructing or repairing their houses. -end-

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BARMM to establish provincial TVET training center in Sulu

February 25, 2020

COTABATO CITY --- A provisional provincial Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) training center will soon rise in the province Sulu in a bid to bring Bangsamoro Government services closer to its people.   The Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) signed a memorandum of agreement with the Hadji Buto School of Arts and Trades (HBSAT) on 21 February 2020 for the establishment of the provincial training center.   “I would like to thank HBSAT for agreeing to host the TVET training center,” said BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal.   Under the agreement, the HBSAT will provide a space for the provisional training center.   The MBHTE through its technical education and skills development arm will utilize the space in putting up workshops for the training programs.   “The training programs will include agriculture and construction-related skills development among others,” said Iqbal.   With the establishment of the training center, TESDA-BARMM Executive Director Ruby Andong is optimistic that more Bangsamoro constituents in Sulu will benefit from the project.   “The training center will transform the lives of our brothers and sisters in Sulu,” said Andong.   The MBHTE is also tasked to train HBSAT technical-vocational teachers and help the school improve on its technical-vocational capability.   Iqbal said the establishment of the training center also contributes to efforts creating an enabling environment for sustainable peace, justice, and prosperity in the Bangsamoro.   “We are slowly reaping the benefits of peace since the creation of the new Bangsamoro Government under the Duterte administration,” said Iqbal.   He added more investments are coming in to BARMM because of region’s favourable peace and order situation, which is a result of the peace accord and the establishment of new Bangsamoro regional government.   “We need to ensure that the region is ready to produce skilled workers for existing and upcoming industries in the BARMM,” said Iqbal. Iqbal said the training center is hoped to supply skilled workers for industries in the province of Sulu and nearby areas. #  

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Friendship Dome to rise in Marawi City

December 18, 2019

QUEZON CITY – As part of government-led efforts in rehabilitating Marawi City, an outdoor sports dome is slated to be reconstructed in the Islamic City of Marawi soon. Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, who is also chairman of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), recently led the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for the construction of the Marawi Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome.  Joining him in the MOA signing ceremony were Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra and Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCCI) president Domingo Yap and TFBM Field Office Manager Felix Castro Jr. The sports dome, spearheaded by nine Filipino-Chinese associations including the Overseas Chinese Alumni Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Overseas Chinese Federation of Industry and Commerce, will also serve as a multi-purpose hall and a venue for various indoor sports such as basketball and boxing.  To be built on a plot with 5,700 square-meter Gross Floor Area, the facility is also designed to accommodate the need for a training venue in Marawi, which was severely damaged during the five-month siege orchestrated by the Maute group in May 2017. Located in Barangay Sagonsongan, the Fil-Chi Friendship Dome can accommodate up to 2,724 people.  Groundbreaking for the facility is slated in January 2020. In his message, FCCCI head Yap expressed delight over the project, thanking the government for allowing the Filipino-Chinese community to participate in the rehabilitation of Marawi. (CVCabajar/DHSUD)

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Lanao del Sur Prosecutor recommends measures to ensure tight drug cases

December 15, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- The Office of Provincial Prosecutor (OPP) here said weak case buildup especially those in violation of the Republic Act (RA) 9165 will lead to dismissals. During the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council 4th Quarter Meeting, Lawyer Basari Mapupuno of the OPP reported that the number of cases on violation of RA 9165 filed before the OPP continues to increase brought about by the strong anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration.  However, he said many cases were also dismissed due to non-compliance of Section 21 of the said law.  To ensure a strong case, he reminded the Philippine National Police in the province to strictly comply with the provisions of Section 21 of RA 9165. He also recommended trainings for the local PNP personnel on warrantless arrests, on preparing affidavits, and gathering evidence and marking of evidence, among others. In the same meeting, the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the province reported that it has conducted 90 anti-drug operations from January 2019 to November 5, 2019. In these operations, 94 persons were arrested and 124 cases were filed. A total of 6,817.214 grams of drugs with an estimated value of P47 million were also seized. Moreover, 709 out of 1,159 barangays in Lanao del Sur were identified as drug-affected barangays.  Eighty-one barangays were declared drug-cleared while 19 are drug-free barangays.   The town of Calanogas was also declared as drug-cleared municipalities.  (APB/PIA10)

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