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DPWH demolishes Lim property

September 1, 2017

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Finally. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has demolished the property of former Barangay 33 chair Conrad Lim along the constructed coastal road in barangay Lapasan. This after Lim signed on August 10 a permit for DPWH and its construction firm Equi Parco Construction Co. to enter the area. It was also indicated in the permit that the demolition must take place before August 25. DPWH 10 spokesperson Vinah Maghinay said that the permit to enter to conduct surveys, construction and other related activities for the completion of the coastal road project was signed by Lim in the presence of Public Works Undersecretary Rafael Yabut and regional director Virgilio Eduarte. Maghinay explained that no expropriation money was spent since Lim retained his right to the property and the signed document was merely a permit to enter. Earlier, the city government was firm on its stand that the Philippine Reclamation Authority had erred in its decision to grant reclamation status to Lim and thus, could not qualify for expropriation. Lawyer James Judith, who brought the standoff issue before presidential assistant Christopher Go, welcomed the new development. “Nagbunga na g’yud ang atong pagpaningkamot. Para kini sa katawhan sa Cagayan de Oro,” Judith said. The 12.77-kilometer coastal road which spans from barangay Gusa to Opol, Misamis Oriental is expected to relieve the traffic woes in this highly urbanized city’s northern side. In the economic side, it will reduce travel cost at 30 percent according to DPWH estimates. With the hindrance out, the coastal road is targeted to open in November. Along this line, Maghinay also reported that six expropriation cases involving properties in barangay Puntod are currently worked out before the Office of the Solicitor General.

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2 drug suspects slain in NorthCot; another one nabbed in buy-bust

September 1, 2017

KIDAPAWAN City--Two suspected drug couriers were killed in a reported shootout with police operatives in Pikit, North Cotabato, around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Chief Inspector Romy Castanares, chief of the Pikit municipal police station, identified the slain drug suspects as Edzrapel Dima and Bashir Maniling, both residents of Pagalungan, Maguindanao. Castanares said some residents of Barangay Batulawan informed them about the presence of Dima and Maniling in their place. He said the suspects were included in the police’s drug watch list. Informants told police the suspects were on board a passenger tricycle with body number 5-909 and were on their way to Aleosan. Castanares said he then dispatched a team to run after the suspects. He said that on their way to Barangay Batulawan the policemen engaged the suspects in a running gun battle. He said Dima and Maniling ignored calls for them to surrender. They lay dead on the highway minutes after the shootout. They were rushed to the Cruzado Medical Clinic in the poblacion but were declared dead on arrival, he added. Police recovered from the suspects a mini Uzi caliber 9mm machine pistol and several drug paraphernalia. Castanares said the operating teams included his men, operatives of the Regional Public Safety Battalion in Region 12, and 2nd Mechanized Company. In Tulunan town, police arrested a 27-year old farmer in a buy-bust raid, Tuesday night. Police identified the suspect as Jonel Ambid, resident of Barangay Maybula, Tulunan. Based on police records, Ambid has submitted himself to Tulunan police and admitted having engaged in drug trafficking but promised to reform. But police said he returned to selling drugs despite having undergone ‘Tokhang’ twice after his supposed surrender in 2016. Allegedly recovered from Ambid during the buy-bust raid were sachets of shabu and other drug paraphernalia. Charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were being prepared against Ambid, investigators said. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)

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Comval officials join PDP-Laban en masse

September 1, 2017

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley Province -- Provincial, municipal, and barangay officials of Compostela Valley (ComVal) joined the mass oathtaking to formally join the ruling Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) political party at the Nabunturan National Comprehensive High School (NNCHS) last Monday. ComVal Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy, Vice-Gov. Manuel Zamora, Senior Board Member Arturo Uy, 1 st District Representative Maricar Zamora, PDP-Laban Regional Chairperson and 2 nd District Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) ComVal Chapter President Robert Yugo led the mass oathtaking along with the members of the provincial board, 11 town mayors, and the Sangguniang Bayan officials. In his statement, Uy expressed the hope that the mass oathtaking would unite all provincial officials under the PDP-Laban during his term. “Ato na gyud masaksihan ang atong nagkahiuasang kusog. Dili gyud puwede na biyaan nato ang nasugdan ng mga ‘changes.’ Ang PDP-Laban mao ang behikulo nga mahatagan kita ug kahayag ug ‘hope’ nga maayos pa nato ang atong probinsya ug ang tibuuk Pilipinas. With that, I assure you, we commit ourselves to pursue the ideals and vision of the PDP Party,” the governor said. No less than PDP-Laban president, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez administered the oath-taking ceremony before thousands of local officials wearing their red and blue shirts. In his message, Senate Pres. Pimentel thanked the organizers led by Gov. Uy for initiating the event, saying “it’s an honor of the Partido… happiness na ingon ani ang kalidad sa mga mo-join sa PDP-Laban. We want to promote our ideology as this is all for the good of the Philippines.” Also giving their support by attending the big event for the province is the following: Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, 1 st Dist. Representative of Davao City; Hon. Geraldine Roman, 1 st Dist. Rep. of Bataan; Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi; Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Mindanao President Tata Sala, and other guests. Before the mass oath-taking, a Basic Membership Seminar was also held to orient the local officials in the party’s ideology as well as its vision and mission. The PDP-Laban is the result of the merger of both parties with President Rodrigo R. Duterte as the national chairman of the party. Part of its advocacy is to seek change in the country’s system of government into federalism. fe maestre

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‘Shabu’ price in Davao pitches at P 12k/gram

September 1, 2017

DAVAO CITY – Low supply of Shabu here is taking toll on the drug buy-bust operation by local police authorities and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said it has been challenging for the police to launch buy-bust operation the past months because the low supply of Shabu has brought the price from P2,000 per gram to P12,000 in Davao. Since April, Tagum said the shabu supply had been sold in small quantity, but the price has gone up. “Mahirap (Difficult). It (P12,000) is a large sum of money to convince pusher. May pambili (We have money to buy) before,” Tagum said. But this does not stop the DCPO to launch anti-drug operations. “We will not stop habang may nagtitinda pa ng drugs (We will not stop until there are still people peddling drugs),” Tagum stressed. Asked why authorities did not bring the operations to high-end subdivisions and universities, PDEA 11 assistant director Joel Plaza admitted it is one area that is challenging for the authorities as most are reported financiers. “Hindi ganyan kadali hulihin (It is not that easy to arrest),” Plaza said, emphasizing that drugs itself is the evidence. Plaza noted that there is no shabu laboratory in Davao Region. Shabu supply is sneaked in by couriers from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Region 10 particularly Lanao del Sur, Marawi, and Iligan. According to Plaza, supply of shabu in Davao has dropped because of the ongoing crisis in Marawi. Tagum said DCPO is also trying to encourage barangay officials to revive the ronda-system to include in private subdivisions. They (barangay officials) can coordinate this with the security guards of subdivisions. Plaza added that PDEA has projects in relation to the conduct of anti-drugs operations in subdivisions. Meanwhile, Plaza reported that PDEA’s continuing drive against hard drugs in the region resulted in the arrest of 611 drug personalities during its 480 operations from January to July, this year. PDEA operatives also confiscated 835 grams of shabu valued at P4.175 million (at P5,000 per gram) and 5,703 grams of marijuana valued at P199,000. Plaza said PDEA already filed a total of 1,685 cases in Davao region. Given this development, both Tagum and Plaza assured that the government will continue with its campaign to clean the country of hard drugs in line with the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte. PNA

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DoT, stakeholders ink deal on training

September 1, 2017

DAVAO CITY --The Department of Tourism (DoT) and three tourism players in Davao City on Wednesday sealed the deal for the implementation of the Tourism Industry Skills Program (TISP) aimed at capacitating industry stakeholders nationwide. DoT partnered with Guide Union for Inbound and Eco-tours Destination (Guide), Letecia by the Sea Consortium, and Eden Mountain Resort for the project, which is funded by the Asian Development Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency (Cida). ADB and Cida poured in P100 million for TISP with each region in the country getting an allocation of P5 million. TISP targets 40,000 trainees nationwide. In Davao, Guide will train 50 industry stakeholders on Basic First Aid and Basic Life Support and Foreign language Course. Letecia has 124 trainees for Back to Basic Training on Beach Resort Operations, Basic First Aid and Basic Life Support, and Open Water Diving Course; while Eden will train 85 industry workers on Asian languages and Customer Service Training for Frontliners, Basic First Aid and Life Support, System Repair and Maintenance Training like in Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electrical Installation and Maintenance. During the signing ceremony at Marco Polo Hotel, DoT 11 director Roberto Alabado underscored the importance of the training for a stronger sector and in increasing the capacity of the local industry. He said this is in preparation for the next surge in the tourism given that Davao will see more connectivity like Davao-Singapore, Davao and Kuala Lumpur. Davao is also included in the package for the Qatar – Philippines connection. This, he said, will trigger increase in foreign visitors. “We need to strengthen our local tourism industry. We have to prepare for this surge,” Alabado said. TISP intends to empower industry workers to provide quality service leading to customer satisfaction, meet services standards, increase employment in the tourism sector, improved income opportunities, increased competitiveness of the Philippine Tourism Industry, and increased tourist arrivals and tourism receipts. This is the second implementation of TISP. The first was also funded by ADB and Cida. Director Ma. Rica Bueno of the DoT said TISP implemented in 2014 in four pilot areas: Davao, Cebu, Bohol, and Palawan. An evaluation of the funders showed success in terms of profitability of the enterprises. The impact of the training was on food sale, lessening of staff turnover, and workers gained more confidence in their work places. With the success of the pilot run, Bueno said an extension was decided. The P100 million funding for the year will be for one year only. DoT undersecretary Alma Jimenez said this should be a good time to clean the house not to capacitate industry workers but passage of ordinances to instill discipline because there is a strong mode of obedience, and planning to narrow the gap requirements of the industry in terms of manpower. Jimenez emphasized on acquiring necessary competencies and skills. She said there are many workers in the industry but lack the necessary skills. Jimenez said this will also improve the country’s competitiveness in tourism and address the concerns of the Philippine Tourism Human Resources Development Plan. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)

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Espenido denies plan to run for Mayor in Ozamiz

August 31, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Controversial Ozamiz City Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido belied insinuations that he would run as Mayor of Ozamiz City in the next local election in 2019. Espenido issued the denial amid reports that he has reportedly registered with the Commissions on Elections in Ozamiz City in preparation for the local election in 2019. In a telephone interview Tuesday, Espenido said that he was only joking when he said that he would run for Ozamiz City Mayor in the future. “My mission in Ozamiz City is to get the Parojinogs who were reportedly one of the “biggest” drug lords in Mindanao. President Rodrigo Duterte announced Monday that he would assign Espenido in Ilo- ilo City, a city in a Western Visayas province of Panay, to go after the Ilo-Ilo City Mayor whom Duterte has described as “illegal drug protector.” Espenido said that as a policeman, he served at the wishes of the President, being the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “As a public servant, I am always bound to the orders of my superior officers,” Espenido said. Espenido led the simultaneous serving of search warrants on the Parojinog residences for alleged illegal possession of firearms in the early dawn Sunday last July 30, 2017. According to Espenido, the Parojinogs fired at the police team, which resulted in the shootout that killed Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog and 14 others. Also killed during the alleged encounter was Parojinog’s wife Susan, his brother Octavio, an incumbent provincial board member of Misamis Occidental and sister Mona. The victims were all in the house of Parojinog in Baybay Lawis, San Roque when the incident took place. Espenido , who still remain as the police chief of Ozamiz City, said that he has still a mission to eradicate all traces of the Parojinogs in Misamis Occidental. As of press time, Mayor Parojinog’s brother, City Councilor Ricardo Parojinog remained at large and is an object of manhunt with a Php 2 million on his head. The Mayor’s daughter, elected Vice Mayor Princess Parojinog Echavez , and Reynaldo Parojinog, Jr. whose lives were spared during the raid were arrested and are currently detained in Manila on alleged charges with illegal drug and illegal possession of firearms. Vice Mayor Princess Parojinog Echavez has denied that her father was engaged in illegal drug trafficking and accused the law enforcers led by Espenido to have planted the evidences against them. Espenido first hogged the limelight in connection with the arrest and killing of Albuera town Mayor Rolando Espinosa while being detained in Baybay, Leyte, on alleged drug trafficking.

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