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Xavier Ateneo High School wins top-performing private school, overall 1st runner-up in DSPC ‘19

September 26, 2019

In its third year of joining schools press conferences, Xavier University High School hasn emerged as the top-performing private school and overall first runner-up in the Division Schools Press Conference held at Xavier University Grade School Macasandig and Pueblo campuses in Cagayan de Oro City on September 11-12.  Participated by more than 3,000 students from both private and public schools in the division, XUHS, through PAGASA, the official school publication of XUJHS, finished with 20 awards in the Individual Category and 4 awards in the Group Category.  Thirteen of the winners qualified for the regional level (RSPC) to be held in Gingoog City in October.  Aside from the determination to win, it is equally important to remain focus to the goal by attending regularly to training and maintain a presence of mind during the actual contest,” said Zle Yee, DSPC champ for Photojournalism – English category.  DSPC seeks to prepare young journos to regional and national levels while honing student-journalists with relevant journalistic skills, engendering social awareness, national building, and responsible journalism.  “Campus journalism is cognizant to our mission to ignite the passion for truth and justice," said Juanito R Oliveria II, PAGASA moderator and coach for DSPC Individual Category. "Giving our students the platform to be the voice of the truth is crucial in their roles of becoming future leaders of the nation.”  The competition showcases the journalistic skills of the students in news writing, editorial writing, editorial cartooning, column writing, feature writing, science and technology writing, sports writing, photojournalism, copyediting and headlining; radio and TV broadcasting, collaborative desktop publishing, and online publishing.  “Despite the limited time of preparation and practice [only 2 formal days], our student-journalists still managed to conquer the limits by making it to the top spots of the competition,” said Maria Liesa L Millan, PAGASA co-moderator and coach. This year, the journalism tilt was anchored on the theme "Fostering 21st Century Skills and Character-based Education Through Campus Journalism." "It is not easy to prepare students in big competitions like this but seeing how these young journalists prepare and perform amidst limitations is just fulfilling and inspiring at the same time,” said Jade Alfie Sale, Xu Senior High School journalism coach. The yearly conference is in pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 7079 or the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, and DepEd Memorandum No. 216, s. 2016.

Lanao Sur polio victim can now hardly walk

September 25, 2019

The three-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur who tested positive of poliovirus is already experiencing debilitating effects on both her legs, hindering her movements, doctors said Tuesday. Dr. Alinader Minalang, Lanao del Sur provincial health officer, said the girl now rarely goes out of their house in the municipality of Marogong. “She is now experiencing muscle weakness in her two limbs, making walking painful,” he added. The Maranao girl and a five-year-old-boy from Laguna province have been tested positive of polio, prompting health authorities to announce that the highly infectious disease has reemerged in the country after 19 years of absence. The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) also said water samples in a river in Davao City were found to be contaminated with the poliovirus. Minalang said the girl was unvaccinated for polio having stayed in Quiapo until she was one year old. He said the parents brought the girl back to their native town of Marogong where she spent two years until she complained of fever and weakness last June. Minalang said the girl’s parents could not produce any documents that would show the child was given OPV doses. He said their office is now coordinating with the Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to find a neurologist to help the child. Minalang said Lanao del Sur health personnel have taken water samples along the river in Marogong town, a fourth class municipality in Lanao del Sur. Poliovirus can be spread from person to person through infected fecal matter entering the mouth. The Department of Health said it will conduct a massive polio vaccination for children below five years old in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur on October 14. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

4 suspects in Isulan blast nabbed

September 24, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 September) — A joint Army and police team arrested Monday three Filipinos and a Swedish national suspected of involvement in the Sept. 7, 2019 bombing in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that left seven persons injured. Col. Noel Detoyato, public affairs office chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines identified the three Filipinos as Abedin Camsa and his relatives, Normia Camsa and Norshiya Camsa. Detoyato said the Swedish national was identified as Hassan Akgun. Major Arvin Encinas, spokesperson of the Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command said they are still investigating Akgun’s connection to foreign terrorists reported to be hiding in Mindanao. “We are not sure yet what group he belongs [to],” Encinas said. The military said the raid was conducted by a joint police and army team on the house of Camsa located in Sitio Nakan, Barangay Kapaya, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat province last Monday. Detoyato said the raiders seized an M16 rifle, two pistols, several mobile phones, bomb-making paraphernalia including two gallons of powdery substances and a black ISIS flag. The suspects are detained at the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Provincial Office in Isulan town. The bombing in Isulan town happened on the same day the Moro Islamic Liberation Front decommissioned 1,060 combatants and turned over 940 firearms to the Independent Decommissioning Body in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. The decommissioning is part of the normalization process under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

CDO mourns death of PMA cadet

September 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 September) – This city and the high school alma mater of Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio of the Philippine Military Academy, who died from injuries allegedly caused by hazing, poured out their sympathy over his untimely death. In a statement, City Mayor Oscar Moreno said the 20-year-old Dprmitorio is “a promising local boy whose dreams  were shattered aimlessly.” “We urge the authorities to thoroughly investigate the death and to leave no stone unturned,” Moreno said. The mayor demanded that authorities should go after the suspects. “Mr. Dormitorio’s death should not pass unresolved regardless of any circumstance,” he added. Dormitorio’s teachers and classmates attended a mass offered for him at Xavier University (XU) High School in Upper Carmen, this city Friday morning. The young cadet was a graduate of XU Senior High School. “The Xavier Ateneo community mourns the death of Darwin Dormitorio,” the school community posted in its Facebook page. The victim was the son of former Army Major William Dormitorio, a member of PMA class 1974. The  elder Dormitorio figured prominently in the Army mutiny in Mindanao in 1989, and along with former Army Colonel Alexander Noble, joined the Reform the Armed Forces Movement or RAM. Classmates and friends of the younger Dormitorio posted on Facebook a heartbreaking letter from the cadet addressed to his parents. “If may oras po kayo, kahit si Kuya or Ate na lang ang bumisita. Hindi ko alam kung hanggang kalian ako mako-confine (If you have time, it would be enough tp have Kuya or Ate visit me. I don’t know how long I’d be confined),” the cadet wrote from the hospital where he was confined after complaining of stomach pains and vomiting. Police in the Cordillera said Dormitorio died due to injuries caused by hazing on Sept. 18. PMA officials were investigating at least 20 cadets for the death of Dormitorio. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

LGen Noel Clement is next AFP chief of staff

September 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 September)— An Army general who has earned his stars fighting the communist-led New People’s Army has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the next Armed Forces Chief of Staff. LGen Noel Clement, commander of the AFP Central Command based in Cebu, bested several other contenders from various AFP area commands, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. “I am honored with the designation and nagpasalamat tayo kay (and we’re thanking) President for giving me his trust and confidence,” Clement told reporters in Cebu. Clement is the sixth AFP chief of staff appointed by Duterte. His previously served as commander of the 10th Infantry Division fighting communist rebels in Northeastern and Southern Mindanao He assumed command of the AFP Central Command on Nov. 16, 2018. Prior to his stint with the 10th ID and AFP Central Command, Clement led joint AFP-MILF operations to find suspected terrorist Abdul Basit Usman in Pikit, North Cotabato in 2015. Usman, who carried a US$1-million bounty, was reportedly killed by his comrades in the same year. Clement is a member of PMA class 1985 and was born in Lipa City in Batangas on Jan. 5, 1964. He was raised in Davao where his father worked at fruit giant Dole Philippines. As AFP Central Command commander, Clement ordered operations against the New Peoples Army rebels around Guinhulgan town in Negros Oriental. He was named as one of the respondents in the case related to the “disappearance” of activist-agriculturist Jonas Burgos when he was still the commander of the 56th Infantry Battalion in Bataan. The general denied any involvement in the Burgos case saying it is an old issue. “That’s a very old issue and I will not honor them by answering that. They did not even have any iota of evidence against me,” he said. Clement said he will pursue the AFP campaign against the NPA but this time with the involvement of the entire Filipino people. “Hindi puwedeng yung armed forces lang or yung local government units lang (The armed forces and the local government cannot do it alone). This is a national problem so we have to address as a people,” he said. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

Troops overrun camp of IS-linked group in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur

September 19, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 19 Sept) -- Army troops overran a new camp of an Islamic State-linked group, remnants of those who laid siege on Marawi City in 2017, after a gunfight in Lanao del Sur Wednesday morning. Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., commander of the Army 103rd Infantry Brigade, said three armed men identified as Janla Tangolo, 20, Arapat Tangolo, 22, and Kamarudin Sultan, 20 were arrested in the camp at Barangay Paridi, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur. Brawner said the soldiers seized from them two M14 and Bushmaster 5.56 assault rifles, one caliber .38 pistol, magazines, ammunition, and bandoliers. He said the group of around 30 armed belonging to the local IS affiliate, was spotted by villagers who, in turn, reported their presence to the military. “We are glad that after the Marawi siege, we now receive more reports from the communities regarding the presence of enemies or armed groups,” Brawner said. Brawner said the IS-linked militants were led by Zacharia Mimbantas who replaced Abu Dar who was slain in a gunfight with soldiers last March. He said that after the death of Abu Dar, the IS militants were reduced to 30 fighters operating in the southern portion of Lanao del Sur. Brawner said they are sifting through the evidence they found at the camp to see if the militants have renewed their efforts to recruit new members. A month before the Marawi Seige in 2017, 37 members of the IS-linked Maute Group, including four foreigners, were killed during a four-day firefight with government troops which overran their main camp in Sitio Pagalungan, Barangay Gacap in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)  


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