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PCSO Public Advisory (June 15, 2021)

June 15, 2021

PSCO Public Advisory (June 15, 2021)

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'Shabu’ distributor falls in CDO drug buy bust

June 14, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: An alleged distributor of illegal drug “Shabu” (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) was collared in a buy busts pulled by law enforcers in a coastal village here, intelligence sources said Monday. Agent Expedito Cardona, Jr., of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said that the PDEA and the city police successfully tracked down the suspects in their hideout in the seaside village of Lapasan, this city, Sunday evening.   Cardona identified the suspects as couple Rowena and Ali Mogawan, of Seaside Kolambog, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. He said that the couple did not resist when busted by the PDEA agents and the police who seized about 10 grams of illegal drugs in their possession.   According to Cardona, the suspect was under surveillance after intelligence reports pointed to them as one of the alleged distributors of illegal Shabu in Cagayan de Oro and Davao City.   During the initial investigation, the couple reportedly confessed of transporting 50 grams of illegal drugs for distribution in Cagayan de Oro City at P70,000 Cardona said.   “The couple travels to Marawi City, as the source of the illegal drugs, every weekend to get Shabu and hurdles the checkpoints before reaching Cagayan de Oro City,” Cardona said.   He said that the couple reportedly bought the illegal drugs at P 50,000 for the 50 grams and resell it for P70,000 or a profit margin of P 20,000.   Cardona said that the couple was already jailed in 2018 when they were separately arrested with illegal drugs charges, but were released in 2019 -0-

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DILG takes over Magpet town due to feared massive virus infections

June 14, 2021

MAGPET TOWN, North Cotabato - The Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government initially took over the "Office of the Town Mayor, as all Sangguniang Bayan members in this town, this province, are in isolation due to feared massive infections of the 'killer' coronavirus 2019 (covid-19) from one of their colleagues, a top-ranking official reported Monday, June 14. Vice Mayor Rogelio Marañon told reporters "“I was told that one of our colleagues in the Sangguniang Bayan was positive of Covid-19 and we have close contact with him.” Marañon just assumed office as 'acting mayor' last June 11 after Mayor Florentino Gonzaga was reportedly isolated after being contracted with covid-19. He confirmed that all the 12 municipal councilors have also been isolated as they were all in close contact with the councilor who was also recently contracted with the deadly virus. He said "“We expect the results of our swab test to come anytime today (Monday). In the meantime, we are on quarantine." The acting mayor confirmed the said town councilor manifested symptoms of covid-19 when he attended their June 8 session at Magpet Hall. “Later, he tested positive and that put the entire town council members as possible virus carrier too,” Marañon said, adding that they immediately and voluntarily submit themselves to isolation. - PNA    

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Sulu clash killed 4 Abu Sayyaf leader, combatants

June 14, 2021

JOLO, Sulu - A leader of the most wanted Abu Sayyaf Group, inclding three of their combabants, were killed in action while forcing themselves to provoke an exchange of bullets, the military announced Monday.   The slain leader of the ASG was identified as Injam Yadah. This leader of the famous extremist group in Southern Philippines played a key role in the reported kidnaping of 5 Indonesian fishermen in Malaysian waters last January 16th. The bandit group killed one of the Indonesian fishermen while in the hinterlands of Sulu, and while the military troops also successfully rescued  the other four fishermen in March, this year somewhere in Tawitawi area. Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, commander of the 11th Infantry Division, said the clash between ASG group and the government took place around 2am last Sunday, June 13. Gonzales said the firefight began when the group of Yadah opened fire at government troops when they were about to serve a warrant of arrest against Yadah, which they also returned fire. He also said one of the slain followers of Yadah was a certain Al-al Sawadjaan, the youngest brother of infamous ASG bomber Mundi Sawadjaan. Other comrades slain th battle were also known as a certain Rauf. while other are yet to be known. After the rebels retreated to unknown directions, the pursuing government troops recovered M653 Carbine rifle, caliber .45 pistol, bomb-making components, and 15 mobile phones. “We've long been on the hunt for Yadah, he has a reputation of being extremely violent--beheading captured innocent civilians and security forces alike. Finally, his hideous acts will now come to a full stop,” Gonzales said.  

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Intensity 4 Quake Jolts Cagayan de Oro!

June 14, 2021

QUAKE JOLTS ORO! CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - 10:38PM : A quake with strong intensity jolted Cagayan de Oro City and elsewhere in Mindanao. Based on the Earthquake Intensity Meter of the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Services (Phivolcs) installed at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall, it registered Intensity 4 magnitude. It occured around 10:38pm tonight, June 14th. It was later followed with a slower quake a few minutes after. But according to Phivolcs, the epicenter of the quake was recorded 9 kilometers northwest of Kadingilan, Bukidnon, and it has an Intensity 5.9 magnitude, and it was techtonic in origin, which would mean the people should not worry about upcoming tsunamis. Regional Director Marcial Labininay of Phivolcs regional office 10 also confirmed to reporters that it was techtonic in origin and usually cannot threaten big tsunamis like what happened many times in Japan, and it killed thousands of Japanese and destroyed billions of properties in said country. Labininay said in Kadingilan it registered a 5.9 strong Intensity. However the local disaster councils have not reported damages as of press time. In Cagayan de Oro City's Teleperformance Company, one of the biggest BPO companies in Northern Mindanao, call center agents scampered for safety and run to the ground floor to take safer grounds outside of the multi-floors building at the downtown area, particularly near the biggest malls in Cagayan de Oro. Nick Jabagat, chief of the City Disaster Risk Management Department advised workers in tall buildings  in the city to stay calm during occurences of quakes to avoid more harm. "Atong gihangyo ang katawhan nga dili lang magpanic aron dili sila madisgrasya na hinoon. Kadaghan naman kita nag earthquake drills so kabalo nani ang mga trabahante kung unsay buhaton kung moabot ang katalagman susama niining linog," the CDRMD chief said.      

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Hospital appeals for sobriety as COVID cases up in CDO

June 12, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The state-run Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) appealed Friday for public understanding after the hospital reached its admission limit for COVID positive patients. In a piblic advisory posted in the hospital’s social media platform, the NMMC sought public understanding because the hospital's energency rooms and wards for COVID -19 patients are now “operating beyond its limit “ “However, we will continue to serve and respond to patients with COVID-19 cases and non COVID -19 cases to the best we can,” the advisory read. An OCTA Research Group report released June 8, 2021, ranked Cagayan de Oro City number three nationwide from June 1, 2021 to June 7, 2021 with an average of 118 COVID-19 positive cases per day. A doctor assigned at the NMMC emergency room for COVIID-19 patients, said that they are treating the patuents according to the severity of the infection. In a talked with the Mindanao Daily News, the doctor said that all isolation centers in the city were already full. The hospital ambulances were transporting COVID-19 patients to various isolation ceneters 24/7, tje doctor said. “ We are on duty on a 24-hour cycke without sleep because some doctors and nurses were also sent to isolation centers after they were found positive of the Covid virus,” the doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity said.-0-

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