Mindanao Times » Latest News http://mindanaotimes.net Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:51:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Brgy. Mintal youth runner-up in Mr. and Ms. Chinatown ’18 http://mindanaotimes.net/brgy-mintal-youth-runner-up-in-mr-and-ms-chinatown-18/ http://mindanaotimes.net/brgy-mintal-youth-runner-up-in-mr-and-ms-chinatown-18/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:23:04 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62230 ]]> Carly Jane Chua, a resident of Barangay Mintal, was hailed as 2nd Runner-up in the recent Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2018 held at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sept. 2.

Chua, the sole representative from Mindanao, was among the 14 males and 14 female candidates nationwide.

She was recognized by Generose Tecson of the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) during the flag- raising ceremony on Monday.

In an interview, Chua said that she will continue to pursue do-it-yourself environmental projects, which was her advocacy during her reign as the Diwa ng Dabaw 2017. She’s encouraging the youth to use recyclable materials on various projects such as ballpen holders, vases, and others.

“I want to alter the attention of the youth from being greatly attached to social media. Let us use our creativity in using recyclable materials for it to become useful projects in the community,” she said.

Chua also thanked the support of the local government, especially through the social media.

“Even though my fellow Dabawenyos were not physically present during the event, but the support I get was seen through the social media of the various areas in Mindanao. With that, I am very thankful,” she said in her speech.

Last year, a Dabawenya also topped the same pageant with Joy Wu being crowned as the Miss Chinatown Philippines 2017.

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High-ranking NPA leader killed in Makilala firefight http://mindanaotimes.net/high-ranking-npa-leader-killed-in-makilala-firefight/ http://mindanaotimes.net/high-ranking-npa-leader-killed-in-makilala-firefight/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:21:51 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62228 ]]> A Guerrilla front secretary of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in an encounter with troops of the 39th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Flortam, Barangay Batasan, Makilala, around 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, the spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said the soldiers encountered Communist fighters under the Guerrilla Front 51 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, led by Jacob Rondinas alias Jecko/Velum.

Apparently, soldiers received a tip from the residents that armed men are roaming around the community and are trying to recruit people.

Lamosao said the NPAs invite their target to a meeting and later force them to take up arms.

Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, 1002nd Infantry Brigade commander, informed the Makilala PNP and Scene of the Crime Operatives team for further investigation.

“We will continue to use all lawful and peaceful means to encourage the NPAs to go back to the folds of law but we also use force when necessary,” Ancan said.

“The brigade and 10th ID are here to protect the people in the communities as we journey toward peace,” he added.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement, commander of the 10th Infantry Division, lauded the accomplishment of the soldiers.

“There are many ways that the government is doing to end violence and attain peace,” he said. “We continue on performing our mandated task with deep adherence to respect human rights, international humanitarian law and rule of law.”

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Drug den arrests up to 72 http://mindanaotimes.net/drug-den-arrests-up-to-72/ http://mindanaotimes.net/drug-den-arrests-up-to-72/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:20:02 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62226 ]]> The number of drug suspects arrested during the raid on three drug dens in Barangay Mandaum and Barangay San Isidro, Tagum City already climbed to 72.

 

Nephi Noli Dimaandal, spokesperson of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI, said they revised their earlier figure of 69 after accounting all operations that led to the arrest of the suspects.

 

Authorities dismantled three drug dens last Sept. 15 and 16 in the two barangays.

 

They also seized 35 grams of suspected shabu with a street value of more or less P535,000, assorted drug paraphernalia, and the buy-bust marked money.

 

The suspects are now detained in the PDEA regional office XI and Tagum City Police Station detention facility.

Cases for violation of sections 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15 or Art. II of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being prepared against them.

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More studies for bats pressed http://mindanaotimes.net/more-studies-for-bats-pressed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/more-studies-for-bats-pressed/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:15:40 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62224 ]]> The Monfort Bat Sanctuary in Barangay Tambo, Samal Island, home to the largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette fruit bats, is now pushing for further research to closely study the nature and the activities of bats at night.

Norma Monfort, initiator of the Monfort Bat Sanctuary, along with the Bat Conservation International and Christopher Newport University, is now finalizing plans to have scientists study how far the bats journey at night and where do they forage for food.

“It is very essential that we understand the economic impact to the places where the bats go to at night,” said Monfort.

Innovations to conserve bats’ sanctuary is also pushed such as the installation of artificial bat cave or the chiroptorium.

“This year, we are really going to push through and we thought of using container vans and the engineers are going to emulate conditions of the bat cave inside and hopefully it will work,” said Monfort.

“(The container van) is a lot cheaper. We all have empty caves all over North (of Davao) but the bats choose to stay (in the Monfort Bat Sanctuary) because they are not disturbed here,” she added.

“To destroy a colony, it is very hard to get it back growing so that is really my campaign to build a chiroptorium,” she said, explaining that most bats only produce a single offspring a year.

Once successfully made, the artificial bat cave is the first one out of the United States. Monfort also said that she has donated three hectares of land for the eyed expansion.

Currently, the Monfort Sanctuary is home to 2.5 million bats from the 1.8 million in 2010. The overcrowded cave for bats is feared to pose threats, especially to pregnant and lactating female bats.

“If we lose the bats, who are going to pollinate at night?” she said.

Three years ago, the local government of the Island Garden City of Samal have passed the Bat Conservation Ordinance and this provided funds for the bat festival.

It has been stopped, however, due to lack of manpower. Monfort said they hoped to resuscitate the Bat Festival this coming November.

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Cop misfires gun, in critical condition http://mindanaotimes.net/cop-misfires-gun-in-critical-condition/ http://mindanaotimes.net/cop-misfires-gun-in-critical-condition/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:10:25 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62222 ]]> A Policeman assigned at the Toril Police Precinct is now in critical condition after he accidentally fired his gun on Sunday around 11:45 p.m.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the spokesperson of Police Regional Office XI, identified him as SPO3 Rosebelt Vertudez Angcon.

The report said that a lone gunburst was heard by the personnel on duty coming from the locker room.

Upon verification, PO1 Jeffrey Saligumba saw SPO3 Rosebelt Vertudez Angcon lying on the concrete floor with blood on his face.

Angcon was immediately brought to the Malta Medical Center in Toril District. He was placed under critical observation due to the severity of his wound. Recovered from the floor was one .45 caliber pistol and one cartridge.

In an interview yesterday, Chief Insp. Jerome De Guzman, the commander of Toril Police Precinct, said there was no foul play in the incident.

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Ordinance on luminous markings set for another hearing: councilor http://mindanaotimes.net/ordinance-on-luminous-markings-set-for-another-hearing-councilor/ http://mindanaotimes.net/ordinance-on-luminous-markings-set-for-another-hearing-councilor/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:01:35 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62220 ]]> The proposed ordinance on the use of luminous markings is headed for its third committee hearing after it was temporarily delayed due to the change in command at the Bureau of Fire Protection XI.

The ordinance requires establishments to install photo-luminescent or glow-in-the-dark markings leading to stairwells, pathways, and all available emergencies.

Councilor Maria Belen Acosta, peace and order committee chair, said the markings are important in times of fire and calamity since they are not powered by electricity.

For now, the committee is still waiting for the new focal person to be assigned by BFP XI regional director Fred L. Trajeras.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) XI is already prepared to present to the committee the final specifications of the photo-luminescent markings.

Building owners and suppliers are also showing their support for the passage of the proposed ordinance. It was suggested that establishments should be given a year upon the passage of the proposed ordinance.

Cause of fire at

NCCC mall probed

Meanwhile, the BFP XI continues to investigate the cause of the fire that hit New City Commercial center (NCCC) mall in Buhangin at 12:57 a.m. at Sunday.

Senior Fire Officer 2 Ramil Gillado, the chief Investigator of the bureau told TIMES that the fire started at the 4th floor inside Cinema 2000.

Accordingly, a security guard saw a smoke from the Cinema area which is located at the fourth floor. Immediately, the Central 911 Fire Department, Bureau of Fire Protection 11, and fire volunteers responded to the area.

A fire-out was declared at 1:02 a.m.

The estimated cost of damage has reached to P400,000. There was no reported injured or casualty during the incident.

“Actually, when the firetruck arrived, the fire was already controlled through the effort of the security guards on duty using a portable fire extinguisher,” he said.

 

By Regina Mae Ronquillo and Rhoda Grace Saron

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2 alleged members of drug syndicate slain in shootout http://mindanaotimes.net/2-alleged-members-of-drug-syndicate-slain-in-shootout/ http://mindanaotimes.net/2-alleged-members-of-drug-syndicate-slain-in-shootout/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:00:10 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62097 Read more ›]]> Two alleged members of the Bagundang drug group were killed in a shootout with authorities in Barangay Sinawilan, Matanao, Davao del Sur around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) XI, said law enforcers conducted an entrapment operation against alias Mokiam, who was later identified as Cris Jose C. Eleazar. His cohort, Jan-Ray C. Patindol, was also arrested in a buy-bust in Prince Carlo Travelers Inn in Purok Manggahan, Sinawilan.

The buy-bust was conducted by the joint elements of regional Drug Enforcement Unit and Regional Mobile Force Battalion, in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI, Matanao Police Station, and Davao del Sur Police Provincial Office.

In the operation, an undercover police officer was able to buy one sachet of shabu from the suspects in exchange of marked money in the amount of P1,000. However, the suspects allegedly drew their handguns after sensing that they were dealing with a police officer.

A short firefight ensued which resulted in the wounding of the two suspects.

Sr. Insp Leif V. Quililan, the commanding officer of 1104th RMFB, was also hit in the exchange. Luckily, his bulletproof vest saved him.

The suspects were immediately brought to the Davao Del Sur Provincial Hospital but declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Law enforcers recovered a .45 caliber pistol and one .38 revolver loaded with three live bullets. They also seized four sachets of shabu worth P4,000; suspected marijuana stalks and leaves wrapped in cellophane amounting to P18,000; suspected marijuana stalks and seeds placed inside a small plastic container worth P4,000; mobile phone; and assorted identification cards.

In a statement, Chief Supt. Marcelo Morales revealed that Eleazar and Patindol were members of the Bagundang Drug Group in Cotabato City. He was familiar with the two slain suspects because they were included in the narco list of the PDEA XII when he was still the regional director of the Police Regional Office XII.

“I commend the operating teams of this successful operation,” Morales said. “We will run after the drug groups and personalities and put them all behind bars, worst if they will be neutralized like this,” he said.

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4 NPA leaders surrender; 1 hurt Red fighter rescued http://mindanaotimes.net/4-npa-leaders-surrender-1-hurt-red-fighter-rescued/ http://mindanaotimes.net/4-npa-leaders-surrender-1-hurt-red-fighter-rescued/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:00:09 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62099 Read more ›]]> Four high-ranking leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) and two members surrendered to the 46th Infantry Battalion in Mabini, Compostela Valley on Friday.

Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey, the spokesperson of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), identified the high-ranking NPA surrenderees were identified as alias Joffrey, political instructor of the Sentro De Grabidad (SDG) Platoon; alias Sander, vice commander of the SDG; alias Anthony, squad leader; alias Arnel, team leader, Abe Squad 1, SDG.

The other surrenderees were identified as alias Renz and alias Tenie, both members of Squad 2, SDG, all of Guerrilla Front 33.

Balagtey said the surrenderees initially turned over four .45 caliber pistols. But they also pointed out where they hid four AK47 rifles, which were later recovered.

The rebels surrendered to the 46th Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division under Lt. Col Benjamin A Dao-on, the newly designated battalion commander. The 46th IB is under the operational control of the 1001st Infantry Brigade.

Meanwhile, Col Gilbert Saret, commander of 1001st Infantry Brigade, assured the former rebels of assistance as they return to the mainstream society.

“We would like to welcome our brothers who were victims of NPA exploitation,” Saret said. “We want to assure them that we will assist them as they return to the folds of the law, particularly, in their enrollment with the Enhance Comprehensive Localized Integration Program or the E-CLIP,” he added.

Wounded NPA fighter rescued

A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was rescued by the local government unit of Lupon and troops of the 28th Infantry Battalion at the vicinity of Barangay Maragatas, Lupon, Davao Oriental around 9 a.m. on Friday.

Lt. Col. Miguel Ramon, the battalion commander identified him to TIMES as Jason Languban, a resident of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Ramon said the wounded NPA was brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Treatment (SPMC) after he sustained three gunshot wounds on his chest.

On Sept. 13, there was an encounter between troops of 28th IB and NPAs in Barangay Maragatas, which killed one soldier. Troops found the fighter after the clash and rescued him.

In his statement, Maj. Gen. Noel Clement, the commander of 10th Infantry Division, said, “We will always be steadfast in adherence to the provisions on the respect of Human rights, IHL and rule of law.”

“The wounded NPA deserved a chance to live but it doesn’t mean that he will be spared of the crimes he has committed,” Clement added.

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Mintal SK offers free photocopies http://mindanaotimes.net/mintal-sk-offers-free-photocopies/ http://mindanaotimes.net/mintal-sk-offers-free-photocopies/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:00:08 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62101 Read more ›]]> The Sangguniang Kabataan Council of Barangay Mintal under SK Chair Kendall Joyce Abrio is offering free photocopy and printing services for all youths aged 10 to 30 years old.

In a message sent to TIMES by Abrio, the concept was patterned after the SK Council in Barangay Ninoy Aquino in Angeles City.

“I said to my council that it is possible for us to do the same since we already have a computer and a printer with scanner that we requested from the Office of the City Mayor,” said Abrio.

“I asked the committee head on education, SK Kagawad Marlo Brua, to draft the guidelines so that we can discuss it in our regular session,” she added.

The project was implemented on Sept. 11 of this year and a week after, only a few have availed.
“We are still making a new publication material scheduled to be posted today. We are extending our services beyond the 8 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday office schedule, because maybe they are still in school at that time,” she added.

To avail of the free printing and photocopy services, the name, contact details, number of pages availed and signature must be provided log book for monitoring purposes since the maximum pages to be availed is 20 pages per week.

All documents must be related to education and other related legal/formal documents and free bond paper is provided for documents two pages or less. Extra bond paper should be provided by those documents are more than the specified pages.

The SK Council also gives option to send the document to the Facebook Page Sangguniang Kabataan ng Barangay Mintal and have it picked up the following day.

However, the council discourages documents with large and heavily colored pictures and the service is subject to availability of resources.

Other than the free printing and photocopy services, Abrio affirmed that they also have seminars on disaster risk reduction, human trafficking, anti-illegal drugs, sexually transmitted infection awareness, and gender sensitivity.

“In November, we will start our month-long activities in preparation for the Araw ng Mintal on Dec. 5,” she said.

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Gumalang pushes for longer ID validity http://mindanaotimes.net/brgy-id-system-in-gumalang-pushed-for-longer-validity/ http://mindanaotimes.net/brgy-id-system-in-gumalang-pushed-for-longer-validity/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:00:05 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62103 Read more ›]]> The Barangay ID system of Gumalang in Calinan District will be amended to ensure that it’s no longer coterminous with the sitting punong barangay.

The amendment was pushed by Councilor Melchor B. Quitain, who chairs the committee on rules, privileges, laws, and ordinances.

Prior to the amendment, the ordinance was also amended so it would not violate the provisions of the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution.

The ordinance was passed by Punong Barangay Elena Acain on the note that the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao entailed IDs at checkpoints for security reasons.

The ordinance cited that most of the residents of Gumalang cannot afford to get IDs and some institutions providing IDs require prior identification. Hence, the barangay council has come up with the ordinance as they deem they are the best entity to issue IDs to their constituents.

Furthermore, the ID system of the barangay is also aimed at easing up transactions in private and government agencies. The acquisition of the ID requires a residency of six months and a PSA-authenticated birth certificate.

The ordinance was approved on second reading in the last regular session of the City Council.

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