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Lock down in Carmen, North Cotabato ordered as covid cases surge

May 19, 2021

CARMEN, North Cotabato – A lockdown at barangay Poblacion in Carmen, this province was ordered by the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) as covid-19 cases surge, reports reaching MDNN said. Carmen Town Mayor Moises Arendain, chair of the local IATF, said the decision was hard but it was made after the agency finds it difficult to locate the local contacts of those who have been contracted with the 'killer' virus. The mayor said in a local radio interview: “The IATF could not locate individuals who have close contacts with the Covid-19 patients unless we declare a lockdown,” Mayor Arendain said the lockdown period will start at 12noon on May 17, and until 12 noon also on June 1. The mayor added that the infection was started with barangay residents who reportedly attended parties in other town activities "unknowingly brought the virus."    Health officials confirmed the poblacion has now a total of 46 active Covid-19 cases and 8 of these people were government employees of the municipality. AS this infection developed, Mayor Arendain said the LGU has prepared a total of 15,000 families, and their budget would be good for the next two weeks, it was learned. The local government only allows persons with essential business to leave the village especially during the quarantine period. “I hope everybody will cooperate, this is for your own good, obey IATF policies,” the official said. (PNA)

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3 nabbed in CDO ‘Shabu’ buy bust worth P108K

May 17, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Three suspects fell in a drug buy bust pulled by the local police in the city's urban village here and seized illegal “Shabu” (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) worth P 108,000,the police said Monday.   Arrested were Mansawe A. Lumabao, Johaiber M. Cairan and Marvin Rey C. Sarranz, all of Normal Compound in the urban village of Camaman-an, this city.   P/Maj Ericson E. Sabanal said that the operatives seized the P 500  buy bust money, and crystalline substance believed to be “Shabu” weighing 16 grams  with an estimated street value of P 108,800.   According to Sabanal, the suspects were listed in the directorate of intelligence as among those subject of surveillance.   He said that charges with violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the comprehensive anti-drug act of 2002. -0-  

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Market vendor shot dead early dawn in Cagayan de Oro

May 17, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A long time market vendor at Barangay Carmen Market, this city, was shot dead early dawn (May 17) by still unidentified assailant, the police reported. PMSgt Francisco Tumanda, case investigator, has identified the victim as Junior Ompoc, 42, a resident of Carmen, this city.   Ompoc was shot in the chest and on his head along Lirio Street, this city, which had caused his untimely demise. The police are 'still facing a blank wall' as to the motive of the killing. But witnesses said he was shot only by his companion. Tumanda said based on accounts of the trisikad driver who witnessed the incident, the victim and his companion were on board a motorcycle and they were in a heated argument when they passed by at him. Quoting a live interview by Magnum Radyo anchored by Percid Blanca, trisikad driver Manong Nocor said after shooting the victim, the killer went down from the motorcycle and cover the victim's face with a white handkierchief. "Nakita nako nga sa dihang nahagba na ang biktima mikanaug pa sa motor ang suspect ug gitabunan niyag panyo nga puti ang biktima unya nibiya dayun kini sa nahitaboan," the trike driver said. Meanwhile, it was also learned from the victim's colleagues inside the market that Junior was a good man. They never heard of him having a quarrel or grudges with someone in the market or anywhere else. "Buotan man kaayo to siya sir. Ulitawo pana siya hangtod naminyo nalang vendor nana daan dire sa Carmen Market, one of the victim's vendor-friends narrated. She said the victim has three stalls inside the market and he also runs a lending business. The victim's was reportedly heading to his stalls as he usually did during early dawn, to open his store to people who usually buy during early dawn.  

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Businessman shot dead, suspect took victim’s bike

May 17, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A lone gunman shot dead a businessman Monday while on his way to his stalls in Carmen Market, one of the the city’s largest public markets here.   Capt. Francisco Tumanda, the commander of the Carmen police station, identified the victim as Jun Ompoc, of Soldier Hill, Bulua, this city.   Witnesses told the police that the victim and the suspect had an altercation prior to the shooting.    Ompoc sustained two fatal gunshot wounds – one on the stomach and the other was on the head.   Tumanda said that the police investigators recovered two empty shells from a .45 caliber pistol in the crime scene.   He said that the police were looking into the possibility of motorbike theft as the motive of the shooting the suspect took the victim’s motorbike as the getaway vehicle. -0-

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Heart attack,' not COVID jab, cause of senior citizen’s death

May 16, 2021

CAGAYAN DE PRO CITY : “Heart attack” was the caused of death of the 73- year-old senior citizen who died a few minutes after an anti- COVID 19 jab here five days ago, the City Health Official said.   Dr. Lorraine Nery, the City health Official, said that the death of Zoilo Joaquin Borcillo, of Barangay Agusan, Cagayan De Oro City, was not related to the anti-COVID-19 vaccine.   Borcillo got an Astra Zeneca, an anti-COVI-19 jab, Wednesday, one of the schedule days for senior citizens for the week in a downtown mall here.   A few minutes after getting the jab, Borcillo complained of difficulty of breathing.   Borcillo was rushed to the city hospital where he expired.   City Mayor Oscar Moreno ordered a probe of Borcillo's death while appealing to the senior citizens to provide all information about their health prior to getting an anti-COVID-19 vaccine.    The City Executive issued the appeal Thursday after his office received reports that Borcillo has an “open heart surgery" before.    While Borcillo indicated in his registration form that he has a comorbidity with hypertension and prostatic hypertrophy, he did not did not disclose his heart surgery, Moreno said.   Nery said that the result of the autopsy conducted on May 13, 2021 was clear that Borcillos’ death was not vaccine related.   “The bottom line of all the autopsy reports come up with a final diagnosis that It was acute myocardial infraction or what we call as “heart attack” that caused the death,” Nery said. -0-

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PDEA incinerates illegal Drugs worth P 61.5 M

May 15, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Illegal drugs valued at exactly P 61,492,967.80 were incinerated here in compliance with the court order to destroy all seized illegal drugs within 24 hours after inspection.   Benjamin Recites, III, the assistant director of the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao, said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) led the inspection of the seized illegal drugs Monday.   He said that the PDEA has direct order from President Rodrigo Duterte to destroy immediately all seized contraband to avoid recycling by unscrupulous individuals.   Recites said that the process of incinerating the illegal drugs was known as “Thermal decomposition or Thermolysis at 1,000 degrees centigrade heat” in order that the drugs were decomposed and it’s chemicals broken down.   Destroyed through incineration were 9,043.0835 grams of “ Shabu” (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride), 4.5295 grams of Marijuana Fruiting Tops worth P 543.54, and Marijuana leaves weighing 0.4368 grams valued at P 52.42 or a total street value of P 61,492,967.80. -0-  

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