northern mindanao

5 out of 44 barangays in Iligan declared drug-cleared

June 18, 2019

The Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) reported this morning that five out of its 44 barangays have been declared by the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) 'drug-cleared' after it complied with the requirements.   The ROC is composed of the regional directors of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department Of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).   In a press briefing, Monday morning (June 17), Police Major Jovanne Cabusas, identified these barangays as Hindang, Mainit and Rogongon which are in  the hinterland a Ditucalan and Bagong Silang.   Another two hinterland barangays -Panoroganan and Kalilangan, are declared 'drug-free barangays'.   Cabusas explained that drug-free barangays do not have reported presence of drug personalities while drug-cleared barangays, although it has identified drug personalities, they are actively participating the Community-based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP).   When the Oplan Tokhang was intensified in July 2016 to the end of 2018, the ICPO has recorded 4,734 drug personalities turned themselves on to the police for clearing and 973 of them have finished the CBDRP.   There are 372 drug personalities from the six coastal barangays -Suarez, Sta. Filomena, Dalipuga, Mahayahay, Villa Verde and Tibanga, curently undergoing the CBDRP four times in a month.   "Our efforts of partnering with other sectors in initiating and facilitating the Drug Clearing Program, particularly the CBDRP, had made a big difference in the life of drug users who were formely the ones committing crimes," Cabusas said during the press briefing.   The ICPO further reported that since the implementation of project Double Barrel in 2016 until the end of 2018, there are 791 anti-illegal drugs operations that resulted to the arrest of 1,282 drug personalities and filing of 1,594 cases.   The anti-drug operations have also yeildd 1,880 grams of marijuana and 5,505 grams of shabu which has an estimated market value of Php30.5 million.

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Pres. Duterte honors forgotten hero

June 17, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, bared in his visit to Cagayan de Oro City, he is been enamored by the death of heroes in the country who died violently.   In his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected officials of the city, Pres. Duterte said he paid his respects to the monument of Justice Jose Abad Santos on the sidelines of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur before proceeding to Cagayan de Oro City for the oath-taking ceremony.   The one who was not recognized and a forgotten hero, the president supposed that Justice Jose Abad Santos is not even celebrated.   Justice Abad Santos briefly served as the acting president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during World War II, on behalf of President Manuel L. Quezon after he went in exile to the United States. After about two months, Justice Abad Santos was executed by the Japanese forces for refusing to cooperate during their occupation of the country.    He was brought to Malabang. There he was incarcerated and was made to swear allegiance to the Japanese flag. And he refused and thereafter he was killed by a firing squad. Just like Rizal.   Pres. Duterte was told that Abad Santos mortar remains were never found. He was shot there in Malabang.   No hope for the country On the state of the country, Pres. Duterte said, “Unless there is law and order and if there is no corruption…But if corruption will not stop, there will be no hope for the Philippines.   Because, according to him, corruption has eaten --- it’s like a termite in the whole house. They are in every hole, to the highest table, to the biggest there is in an office. For every table, there is a racket. And that is perhaps the lamentations of Filipinos. But corruption has not been stopped and it’s not attributable to just one term. It developed all throughout.   As an illustration, Duterte cited cases involving the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), among others.   “You get a permit and then you are asked to go back again and again. That is their style. And that style still exists now. Actually, what you have to watch out for is the clearances or permits. It starts there with small employees.”   Pres. Duterte, meanwhile said he prohibited the Land Transportation Office (LTO), police, and those who inspect vegetables and the like from issuing tariffs. But still, you have to admit it that a government worker’s salary is not enough. It’s really not sufficient. However, he said, “It does not mean that just because it is meager you have to commit corruption.”   Salary increase After doubling the salaries of military and police, the President vowed to prioritize next the teachers and is now working on it but he said, “Remember there are millions of teachers.”   The salaries of the military and police have been doubled as there are only a few of them compared to the teachers.   Besides, they have taken an oath of office, joined an organization inside the government. “If I tell them to go to Malabang in Lanao del Sur because there’s war, ‘jump straight to hell and die,’ they will do that. Go there and fight and fight until you die.   If you want a strong country, you need to have a strong army. Nothing will happen if you have weak armed forces. If it’s too weak, you cannot enforce the law.   Nowadays, even the police are stronger than municipal mayors. You know why? Because I --- all thanks to you --- but I won without the support of the people.

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Ozamiznons call for unity in 121st Independence Day

June 17, 2019

Reliving the historic significance of the attainment of the country's freedom, Acting City Mayor Michael Tagal said, “How lucky are we that Filipinos long, long time ago were willing to take up arms and fight for liberty and were willing to pay the price for Philippine Independence.” For his part Acting City Vice Mayor Matronilo Cartajenas said, "We are celebrating today the Philippine Independence. Kalayaan--freedom, freedom from poverty, freedom of expression and freedom to choose who our leaders will be. Let this day remind us, that we should not allow anyone to take away our freedom anymore--freedom to choose our own destiny, freedom from monopoly and free to enjoy the right of expression."  He further said, "Let’s celebrate this day by honoring our heroes who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country and continue the legacy that our heroes left us. Lets love our country with pride and honor. Be proud Ozamiznon and be proud Filipino. Padayon sa atong paglambo ug padayon sa atong panaghiusa alang sa atong kagawasan (Let's continue for our progress and our unity for our freedom)." The acting vice mayor urged everyone to join hands in giving honor to the Filipinos who sacrificed their lives so that the next generation can enjoy freedom from the invaders.  "Today, we fight for change for a better country for a better Philippines. Ozamiznons let us be part of that change, be responsible Filipino who contributes for a betterment of our country," he said. Started at exactly 6:30 a.m., the observance gathered government officials and employees, as well as delegations from different organizations, groups, and various sectors. After the raising of the Philippine flag, city officials and veterans led the wreath-laying for Dr. Jose Rizal. This was shortly followed with a 21-gun salute by the personnel of 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company. The Philippine Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 in Cavite. It was marked with the raising of the Philippine flag and the reading of the Act of Proclamation of Independence of the Filipino People, wherein Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the country’s independence from Spanish colonial rule. 

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PIA-10 hones video prod'n, soc med skills

June 14, 2019

To effectively implement communication, information and advocacy programs of national scope with the use of new technology and social media, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) held the Video Production Training and Strategic Planning to the 27 personnel of the regional office and Iligan-Marawi Communication Command Center (ICCC) at Mambajao.   Having a lean staff, PIA-10 Regional Director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu said the activity is geared towards staffing optimization--creating a balance on work volume and staffing.   "We hope that in this training we will all learn to improve what we have been doing," Tiu said.    Among the highlights of the training include the overview on social media where Jenny Rose Red emphasized information officers should not just focus on content consumption. "Content should prompt people to stop, interact, and be able share such to other people," Red said.   Red also cited the ways to optimize the different social media platforms such as Twitter where audience should be treated as distributors, Instagram which can be used in highlighting relationships, interests and timelines, Youtube, and Facebook.   Tips on boosting FB reach, likes and engagements were also discussed such as using native content or posting of original contents, responding promptly to messages or comments, utilizing editorial calendar, knowing the audience through analytics, and posting of videos.   On creating videos, Alaine Allanigue of PIA-InfoComm shared tips on establishing shots, movements and angles. A hands-on workshop immediately followed to identify the newly-acquired skills not just on video production but also on creating social media cards.   Tiu said holding such training is essential not only in improving the audio visual materials which the agency continuously produce for it also became an avenue to empower the PIA staff, including the drivers and administrative personnel, in learning and mastering other skills in information dissemination.    

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Kapa show of force in GenSan fails to shake Duterte | local news |

June 14, 2019

Thousands of members of the embattled Kapa Community Ministry International, Inc. staged a rally here Thursday to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his order to shut down what he dubbed as an investment scam. But Duterte, who distributed certificates of land ownership at the Lagao gymnasium here, stood pat with his decision to close the group’s operation. “Tuo mo nako kay abogado ko, inyo kong Presidente. Kung naa pay tinuod ana, ako nay muingon na sige asta ko muapil na. Ayaw mog sulod ana kay ilad na (Believe me because I’m a lawyer, I am your President. If indeed that’s for real, I will be the one to tell you to go ahead, and I’d even join myself. But don’t you get involved in that because that’s a scam),” he said. Police placed the number of Kapa rallyists at 100,000, mostly coming from different parts of Mindanao, even from as far as Bislig in Surigao del Sur, where the group started operations three years ago. The gathering, organized in response to President Duterte’s order to shut down the group’s operation, snarled morning traffic on the way to the Antonio Acharon Sports Complex in Barangay Calumpang. Kapa founder Joel Apolinario arrived at past 5 p.m. aboard a helicopter. Before noontime, he told his followers in a phone patch that Duterte wanted to meet him in Davao City to discuss the controversy, an information that drew applause from the crowd. The President arrived here Thursday afternoon to award certificates of land ownership in a different venue, at the Lagao gymnasium. In his phone message, Apolinario urged Kapa members to continue appealing to Duterte to withdraw his order to concerned government agencies to shut down the organization that claims to have over five million members inside and outside the country. “We have done no violations, everything we’re doing is under the constitution,” the Kapa founder said. Apolinario quoted the Bible to stress that the group “can overcome its predicament.” “If God is with us, who can be against us,” he said. When he later showed up at the rally, Apolinario told the crowd that "Kapa's operation is now fine with Duterte." Apolinario even praised Duterte and presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte during his brief appearance at the rally. Duterte, in a recent interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, ordered the closure of Kapa Ministry over allegations that the group was involved in a pyramiding scam and violated securities laws. Kapa claims to have five million members from inside and outside the country.

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Manticao advisory council distributes school supplies, slippers, water tumblers to pimary pupils

June 7, 2019

MANTICAO, MISAMIS ORIENTAL ----- The Municipal Advisoy Council (MAC) of Manticao Municipal Police Station distributed on Wednesday, June 5, school supplies, slippers and water tumbler to more than a hundred of primary pupils of Malibato Integrated School in Sitio Malibato, Barangay Upper Malubog, here. The advisory council was created to help the Philippine National Police in different activities in the community to bring the police closer to the people. Every police station in the country has its advisory council as part of the PATROL PLAN 2030. The giving of school supplies to the children is one of the community outreach programs of the MAC to help the parents of the beneficiaries in buying the needs for their children. MAC Chairman Luther Asok said the group chose Malibato Integrated School because it is one of the many areas hardly reached with community outreach by some civic organizations. "The children in this place would walk for two to three kilometers to get to school. Their parents are farmers who are trying to make both ends meet just to send their children to school," Asok said. Malibato is around 20 kilometers or an hour drive from the downtown of Manticao. Although it is accessible with four-wheel vehicles, motorcycle or "habal-habal" is the main transportation, especially to the teachers, in going to the area. Grade-4 pupil Albert said he is happy to receive the new pair of slippers. Buying a pair of new slippers is not their priority, he said, because they prefer to buy foods for the family. "I have six siblings. My parents need to buy a lot of food for us not to get hungry," Albert said. Cresencio Estremos, the Duterte-look alike of Manticao, joined the outreach program. He said he wanted to see by himself how the place was develop. "I've been here many years ago, the road was so bad. Good thing it has been develop although there are parts that it still needs to work on," Estremos said. "I also wanted to see how the children react if they see me, if they recognize our president," he addef. Estremos has been recognized here and abroad for being a look-alike to President Rodrigo Duterte. He has been invited to appear in several events just to wave and pose the famous pose of the president. "Good thing they recognize our president. They shoute 'Duterte!' when they saw me," Estremos said.

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