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Massive infra spending set
- Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:32 am
- Reports from AFP, Ben O. de Vera and Riza T. Olchondra (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
With just two years to go before its term ends, the Aquino administration plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to make economic growth inclusive and lift millions out of poverty.
The revised Philippine Development Plan (PDP) sets more ambitious economic targets to address persistent concerns that poor Filipinos are not enjoying the benefits of the country’s recent dramatic economic growth.
Among the new targets is the lowering of the poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 16.6 percent by 2016, economic officials said.
“It does not mean that we can do nothing but wait until the benefits of economic expansion ‘trickle down’ to the poor,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said Monday in an introduction to the revised plan.
Despite economic growth of more than 7 percent in recent years, among the highest rates in Asia, unemployment has remained high while the rate of poverty has barely fallen.
“Simply stated, the gains have yet to materialize into actual, tangible improvements in the lives of the majority of the people,” the report said.
- Growth targets
Under the revised plan, the economy is expected to grow 6.5 to 7.5 percent this year, 7 to 8 percent next year and 7.5 to 8.5 percent in 2016.
“The strategies in the PDP midterm update are directed at improving the responsiveness of poverty to growth (which implies higher incomes), enhancing the provision of basic services (so that quality of life is improved) and increasing resilience to disasters (so that improved quality of life is maintained),” said a summary of the plan.
- Provinces categorized
It said that for growth to result in more opportunities and accelerate poverty reduction, the updated plan would “deliberately address the constraints faced by the poor as summarized by their province of residence.”
For “Category 1” provinces with the highest magnitude of poor households—Zamboanga del Sur, Cebu, Pangasinan, Negros Occidental, Camarines Sur, Leyte, Iloilo, Sulu, Quezon and Davao del Sur—poverty reduction efforts will be focused on improving infrastructure to attract more job-generating investments in agro-industry, food manufacturing, information technology-business process management, logistics and tourism.
- Category 2 provinces
In “Category 2” provinces, or those with the highest poverty incidence based on population—Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Eastern Samar, Apayao, Zamboanga del Norte, Camiguin, Sarangani, North Cotabato, Masbate and Northern Samar—the revised plan calls for putting in place measures to ensure that basic social services, such as basic education, health services, sanitation and water are accessible.
Following the onslaught of natural disasters such as the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook central Visayas and Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) that devastated huge swaths of central Philippines, the updated PDP identified 30 provinces, whose geographies expose them to hazards like flooding and landslides, as another set of focus areas.
Included in the disaster-prone “Category 3” provinces were Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Benguet, Cagayan, Quirino, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, Zambales, Pampanga, Aurora, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Catanduanes, Antique, Catanduanes, Antique, Iloilo, Bohol, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.
- Focus on risk reduction
According to the plan, the poverty-reduction strategies in these 30 provinces will be focused on disaster-risk reduction and mitigation, income diversification, and social insurance and protection.
Chief among the poverty-fighting measures is an increase in infrastructure spending to 5 percent of gross domestic product by 2016, compared with the 2013 level of less than 3 percent.
These reforms in turn will improve the connections between urban centers where growth has been concentrated and the poverty-stricken rural areas where the majority of the country’s 100 million people live, the plan said.
- One of biggest obstacles
The country’s crumbling infrastructure has long been cited by businessmen and economists as one of the biggest obstacles to prosperity, raising transport and power costs, keeping regions mired in underdevelopment and discouraging investors.
Critics charge that only a few sectors are enjoying the benefits of the country’s economic growth while many Filipinos have not been touched by it.
Balisacan last month expressed doubt about the feasibility of reducing the incidence of poverty to 16.6 percent by 2016.
He said at the time the poverty rate was forecast to be 18 to 20 percent by 2016, partly due to last year’s natural disasters.
For University of Asia and the Pacific economist Cid L. Terosa, the strategy of accelerating both infrastructure spending and poverty reduction will work, citing that “both complement each other.”
- Multiplier effect
“Infrastructure spending generates multiplier effects and jobs needed to reduce poverty incidence. The reduction of poverty creates more funds for infrastructure spending in the long run,” Terosa said.
But Benjamin E. Diokno, University of the Philippines economics professor, pointed out that if the slow roll out of the much touted public-private partnership initiative was any indication, the implementation of the updated PDP would likely be be sluggish.
“So far, for the last three and a half years, the administration has consistently failed to implement what little has been budgeted. It has to demonstrate better capability to complete projects,” Diokno said.
DOST advocates for more disaster response leaders
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014
- (PNA), CTB/ABP/DOST-PR
MANILA, April 16 (PNA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is calling for more disaster response leaders as the country grapples with the increasing frequency of natural calamities.
DOST Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro said everyone must contribute to ensuring that the country will be able to prepare on natural disasters.
Mayors, for instance, need responsible barangay chairmen and other dedicated people to carry out their duties when disaster strikes.
“Our message here is that disaster management or disaster response is everybody’s business. We’re providing tools that they can use – for them to lead their families to safety,” Liboro said in a press briefing at the Region 9 leg of the “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities” held last April 7 to 8, 2014 at the Garden Orchid Hotel in Zamboanga City.
During the two-day workshop, representatives from the DOST’s Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), and DREAM (Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation), introduced participants to the various science-based tools available for early disaster information and re-acquainted them with already popular technologies such as Google Earth.
The participants, representing Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and the cities of Zamboanga and Isabela, had the chance to actually use some of these tools during table-top exercises which allowed them to formulate short-and long-term action plans for their areas in response to various disasters including worst-case scenarios.
The “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities” is an ongoing information drive on disaster preparedness conducted by the DOST and the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Office of Civil Defense, aimed at strengthening the capability of local government units in disaster response through science-based tools such as flood hazard maps, flood models, geohazard maps, among others.
The campaign has a four point agenda for community preparedness, such as increasing local risk knowledge, knowing how to monitor risk hazards, testing warning protocols in the community and planning for response.
“Anybody who can head these four steps is a disaster leader,” Liboro stressed.
RDRRMC, OCD-IX holds provincial summit on DRRM for chief executives
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:45 pm
- By Claro A. Lanipa (RPIO9)
PAGADIAN CITY – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC-IX) through the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD-IX) in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur holds a two-day Provincial Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction Management for local chief executives of Zamboanga del Sur being conducted from April 14 -15, 2014 at Alindahaw Hotel, this city.
The two-day event aims to strengthen the significant roles and responsibilities of local chief executives (LCEs) in disaster risk reduction management; learn from experiences of selected local DRRMC’s and stir community based solutions; and, institutionalize and implement knowledge in DRRM planning, tools and protocols, demonstrated during the Regional Summit.
OCD-9 Officer in Charge Emilia V. Julhajan in her message during the opening program expressed her sincere gratitude to the provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur led by Governor Antonio H. Cerilles for the full support extended in the conduct of the said summit.“ The conduct of this summit will also ensure that we are all able to spread our messages up to the grass-root level and fully explain and answer all questions related to RA 10121, better known as the “Act of Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System,” Julhajan said.
The summit is being participated by local chief executives of every municipality in the province together with their planning officers and Disaster Risk Reduction Management officers.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH ESTAFA CASE ARRESTED IN PAGADIAN CITY
- Monday, April 14, 2014 10:25
- With report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)
A wanted person charged with estafa was arrested by elements of Lakewood Police Station in Gaisano Capital at Pagadian City Friday morning April 11, 2014. Arrested was Ruby Jane Campila Y Villanueva, 24 years old, single, female, private employee of e-games and a resident of Purok 7, Barangay Tubod in Lakewood Zamboanga Del Sur. He was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest for the crime of estafa under article 315 of revised penal code docketed under criminal case number 10853-2k13 issued by Hon Judge Dennis P Vicoy of Regional Trial Court Branch 20, Pagadian city dated March 20, 2013 with recommended bail for her temp liberty is fixed to twenty thousand pesos (P20, 000.00). Arrested person is now temporarily detained at Lakewood Police Station detention cell waiting for final adjudication from the court concern.
FARMER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING SHOTGUN
- Saturday, April 12, 2014 20:09
- With report from PO2 Jonas D. Macasa Jr. (RPIO9)
A thirty two year old man was arrested by the operatives of Tigbao Municipal Police Station, Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office on Wednesday evening for having in possession a homemade firearm. Arrested suspect was identified as Ignacio Lepasana y Retcha @ Tata, married and a resident of Barangay Tigbao, Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur. Confiscated from his possession was homemade shotgun loaded with a round of ammunition. Report reaching Police Regional Office 9 Headquarters disclosed that prior to his arrest, suspect while under the influenced of liquor and armed with shotgun and was looking for Manuel Daulong y Itmay @ Awi, 22 years old, sawmill operator and his neighbor with whom he has altercation earlier and challenged him for a duel. But Manuel was not around, thus, gained the ire of the suspect and became violent. A concerned citizen reported to Tigbao Municipal Police Station relative hereto, in which, its personnel responded immediately, which resulted to the confiscation of the said firearm and subject failed to present proper documents and was arrested. @ Tata was brought to Tigbao Municipal Police Station and detained at its detention cell. Appropriate charges will be filed in court by the investigators against the suspect.
DepEd set to offer special programs to secondary students
- Friday, April 11, 2014
- By Hirohito D. Cadion [(PNA), FPV/TPGJR/HIROHITO D. CADION/JSD]
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, April 11 (PNA) – The Department of Education (DepEd), to prepare and guide the students in choosing what course to study in college, is set to offer four special programs in secondary starting school year 2014-2015, a DepEd official disclosed Friday.
Dipolog City Schools Division Superintendent Victorina Perez said the four special programs for the secondary students include the following: Science and Engineering Technology (SET); Special Program for Arts and Music (SPAM); Special Program for Sports (SPS); and, Special Program for Journalism (SPJ).
Perez said the four new programs are aimed to address the unemployment problem brought about by job mismatch citing there are increasing numbers of graduates yearly as well as lots of unemployed individuals although there are lots of work available or vacancies.
“This is because we are producing graduates whose skills are not needed in the field,” Perez lamented.
Meanwhile, Perez announced that the Zamboanga del Norte National High School (ZNNHS) will offer summer class for incoming senior high schools for school year 2014-2015.
Perez, who is also the concurrent administrator of ZNNHS, has urged the parents of students who have not enrolled yet or have stopped in fourth year to avail of the summer class to be able to graduate next year.
She said the offering of summer studies is aimed to provide the last opportunity to the students to be able to graduate next year under the old curriculum.
She said those who fail to avail of the summer course will have to enroll in Grade 7 next school year under the K-to-12 Curriculum.
Slow justice gets Zambo Sur ex-gov Cerilles off the hook
- Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:33 am
- By Cynthia D. Balana (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines—The Sandiganbayan has dismissed graft charges against Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Aurora E. Cerilles and two others because of “inordinate delay” in the filing of the case by the Office of the Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman took eight years to file the criminal information in the antigraft court.
A six-page resolution by the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division showed the three justices on the panel unanimously voting to throw out the case against Cerilles; Estita Tago, OIC provincial budget officer; and Corazon Silla-Ariosa, chief of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Hospital.
Tago and Ariosa were members of the Zamboanga del Sur bids and awards committee.
The resolution said the Ombudsman violated the defendants’ right to due process by taking too long to resolve the complaint.
The decision was written by Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires, with Division Chair and Presiding Justice Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang and Associate Justice Alex L. Quiroz concurring.
The case stemmed from the alleged overpricing of medical supplies in a transaction made by Cerilles in 2001 when she was governor of Zamboanga del Sur, with a Commission on Audit (COA) report showing the P6.879-million medical supplies were solely procured from U-Net Distributors Corp.
The Ombudsman said the provincial government could have saved more than P1.2 million, based on more competitive costs of the medical supplies.
Corespondents in the complaint were Marina Tudio-Tampus, then the provincial accountant officer-in-charge (OIC); and Malaya Ysmael, OIC general services officer. They were members of the provincial bids and awards committee.
The complaint against the respondents was filed in the Office of the Ombudsman in March 2004, but it was only in July 2012 that the Ombudsman brought graft charges against them in the Sandiganbayan.
No. 1 wanted man falls in Aurora, Zambo Sur
- Wednesday, April 9, 2014
- (PNA), LAP/TPGJR/UTB
ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 9 (PNA) -– The police, in its campaign against fugitives, have arrested one of the most wanted persons in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, an official announced Wednesday.
Arrested was Jonard Torres, who is listed as the Number 1 most wanted person in the municipality of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur.
Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) spokesman Senior Insp. Joseph Ortega said Torres was arrested around 3 p.m. Tuesday at his residence in Barangay Inasagan, Aurora town.
Ortega said the arrest of Torres came after the latter’s “hiding and eluding arrest for several months.”
He said that Torres has a standing warrant of arrest for robbery with double homicide with no bail recommended issued by the Court in the Municipality of Aurora.
He said that Torres was previously charged for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition but was released later considering that “he was still a minor at that instance.”
He said Torres is in the custody of the police in Aurora while waiting for the commitment order from the Court for his eventual transfer to a detention facility in Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur.
Civil Society holds awareness, education seminar on CAB in Pagadian City
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
- (PNA),FPV/TPGJR/HIROHITO D. CADION
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, April 8 (PNA) -– The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) is holding a one-day seminar Tuesday on interfaith awareness and education on the Comprehensive Agreement of Bangsamoro (CAB) in this city.
CBCS Chairman Guiamel Alin said the seminar is aimed to inform and educate the participants who represent the tri-peoples: the Christian, Moro and Lumads from this city and the two provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay about the CAB.
Alin said the seminar has the following objectives: awareness on the peace process and the CAB; to determine the frequently asked question; and, to identify ways in support to the peace process.
“We need to know the pulse of the tri-people especially coming from neighboring areas that are not included in the proposed Bangsamoro Region,” Alin said.
He said that other issues to be discussed during the seminar is the struggle of the Bangsamoro people, the impact of the agreement to the tri-peoples, and the proposed Bangsamoro region.
He said the outcome of the seminar will be submitted to the Bangsamoro Transition Committee.
TRUCKS LOADED WITH FLITCHES INTERCEPTED IN ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR
- Monday, April 7, 2014 17:02
- With report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)
Elements of Josefina Police Station while conducting checkpoint at national highway of Barangay Litapan, Josefina Zamboanga Del Sur apprehended a cargo truck with plate number ydt 605 loaded with undetermined number of flitches of falcata log Thursday evening April 3, 2014. The cargo truck is owned by Andres Paglalunan Abad of legal age, businessman and a resident of Barangay Isidro D Tan, Tangub City, Misamis Occidental. He failed to present pertinent and legal papers authorizing him to cut and transport the said round log. The authorities also confiscated a chainsaw with deface serial number from them. Josefina Police Station is now coordinating with the DENR in Pagadian City for scaling and to determine the exact value of the said confiscated assorted timber which is presently impounded at said police station for safekeeping and proper disposition.
Cop’s missing son found dead
- Sunday, April 6, 2014 00:00
- By Jun Icban Legaspi & Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca
THE body of a missing son of a Philippine National Police (PNP) member was found in a state of decomposition in a quarry site near a river the other day in Zamboanga del Sur.
The victim was identified as Cyrus Jade Batinggal, son of PO1 Nemesio Bacus Batingal, who was reported missing.
Reports reaching Camp Crame showed the victim was found at around 1 p.m. in a quarry site of sand and gravel at Purok 7, Poblacion, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur.
Initial investigation showed the decomposing body of the victim was found by Joel Fanilag, operator of a backhoe in the quarry site.
It was learned that Fanilag was operating a backhoe and loading gravel in a dump truck when he was able to excavate a human cadaver in an advanced state of decomposition.
Over in Butuan, a 23-year-old female student and two minors were arrested by combined anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) during an anti-narcotics operation in Butuan City, authorities reported yesterday.
Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., PDEA head, identified the suspect as Jehan Sangcopan, 23, alias Ukad Sangcopan, target-listed drug personality, residing at Purok 11, Barangay Ong Yui, Butuan City, and the two unnamed minors as cohorts.
Cacdac said the PDEA Regional Office 3 and Butuan City Police Station 1 implemented search warrant around 7:30 a.m., issued by Judge Emmanuel Escartron, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 2, Butuan City, in the suspect’s hideout that led to the arrest of Jehan and the two minors.
After the arrest, agents recovered from Sangcopan’s possession nine pieces of plastic sachets of suspected shabu and various drug paraphernalia.
11,000 examinees set to take Civil Service Exam in Zambo Peninsula
- Saturday, April 5, 2014
- (PNA), JBP/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO/PJN
ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 5 (PNA) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that more than 11,000 examinees are set to take Sunday's Civil Service Examinations here in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
CSC Regional Director Macybel Alfaro Sahi said the examinations will be held in this city and in the cities of Dipolog and Pagadian in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.
In this city, Sahi said the examination will be held at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC), Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS)-Main and at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS).
Sahi said the examinations are for career service professional and career service sub-professional.
She advice the examinees to be at their respective testing centers before 7 a.m. Sunday and bring along with them valid identification card such as passport, drivers license, Social Security System, and Government Service Insurance System.
She said the result of the examination will be released two to three months later.
Zambo Sur solon urges women to exercise basic rights
- Friday, April 4, 2014 5:17 pm
- By Gideon C. Corgue
PAGADIAN CITY – “I encourage all women to fully exercise their fundamental rights and actively participate in all activities in our society,” a lady solon here said.
In her message, Congresswoman Aurora Cerilles of Zamboanga del Sur’s second district said on Thursday during the women’s month culmination program that “now is the time for women to strengthen their participation to the important matters and activities in our society, as the women today are, based on our lasws, enjoying equal rights with men.”
This year’s women’s month celebration carries the theme: “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!”.
“Before, women were deprived of their fundamental rights. They were restricted to nurturing their children and doing household chores but with the existing laws which give women equal rights with men, the women can now equally perform the roles of men in our society,” Cerilles declared.
Cerilles cited another law which protects women from being abused sexually and physically by men. “With the existence of women’s desk in every police station, physical and verbal abuse committed by men can now be prevented,” Cerilles added.
The lady solon also said that with the existing laws advocating rights of women, we have now many women leaders to include herself and Pagadian City Vice Mayor Divina Grace Yu.
“I am very proud to announce that the House of Congress has produced 276 members; 187 are men, and 89 are women,” Cerilles said adding that before the chamber was dominated by male legislators.
Since women today, she said, are already empowered, she urged them to join meetings and assemblies in their barangays for them to become productive citizens and be a part of the decision making process.
The women’s month celebration in the city was spearheaded by the Local Council for Women, which is composed of more than 20 women organizations.
Sominot town holds coconut festival
- Thursday, April 3, 2014 11:52 am
- By Gideon C. Corgue
SOMINOT, Zamboanga del Sur – A coconut festival was held here on March 23-27 to promote coconut-based products as the municipality’s one town, one product (OTOP).
Municipal Agriculturist Charito Pitogo said the maiden event was made on suggestion by Mayor Stephen Acosta to change its OTOP from cassava to coconut, as the municipality has a large coconut plantation compared to that of cassava.
Pitogo said some 2,243 hectares have been planted to coconuts and “where people use coconut products in their daily living.”
The festival, Pitogo said was one of the highlights of the town’s 34th founding anniversary.
“It is the first time that the Coconut Festival was held here with the full support and cooperation of local chief executive and barangay officials,” Pitogo said adding that Mayor Acosta had allotted funds for the construction of 18 beautiful coconut-designed booths and cash prizes.
“It is also a chance to honor coconut tree and its products as well as the coconut farmers,” Pitogo pointed out.
Aside from the agro-industrial fair contest, a coconut food display contest and parlor games were also held, drawing attention from the crowd.
For the agro-industrial fair contest the winners are as follows: 1st – Barangay San Migel, 2nd – Libertad, 3rd- Eastern Poblacion, 4rth- Barangay Poblacion, and 5th – Upper Sicpao.
The winners received the following prizes: P10 thousand for the first prize, P7 thousand for the second prize, P5 thousand for the third prize, P3 thousand for the fourth prize and P2 thousand for the fifth prize. Each of them also received a trophy.
For the coconut food display contest, the winners are as follows: 1st- Rizal, 2nd-Picturan, and 3rd- Eastern Poblacion.
NUP exam set
- Wednesday, April 2, 2014
- By Bong Garcia
THE Non-Uniformed Affairs Service of the Philippine National Police is scheduled to conduct a written examination on Friday for applicants of Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP) in Zamboanga Peninsula.
Caroline Cuello, section chief of the NUP Affairs of the Zamboanga Peninsula Police Office (ZPPO), said the examination will determine the capabilities of the applicants prior to their hiring into the police service as NUP.
Cuello said the examination will be held in the following venues: Zamboanga del Sur National High School, Pagadian City; Jose Rizal Memorial College, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte; Ipil Central School, Zamboanga Sibugay; Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Zamboanga City; and Claret College, Isabela City.
More than 1,000 applicants are expected to take the examination, according to Cuello.
She said there are more than 300 positions vacant for NUP in the entire region.
However, she said the applicants who wish to change venue of their place of examination other than the designated place of their examination where they applied due to an unavoidable circumstances, are advised to contact her at the Non-Uniformed Personnel Affairs Service office at PRO headquarters not later than 12 noon of April 2 for proper arrangement.
She advised all examinees to be at their respective testing centers on or before the registration period, and to bring along with them black ball pen, a valid Identification Card and a two passport size pictures.
She said that all testing centers will simultaneously open at 6 a.m. of April 4 and the registration will start from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. of the same day as ordered by Camp Crame.
2 men arrested on gun charges in Zamboanga Sur
- Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:22:45 pm
- (Mindanao Examiner)
PAGADIAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 1, 2014) – Two people were arrested separately on gun charges in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Sur, police said on Tuesday.
Police said a 42-year old man, Roy Lapinig, was nabbed in the village of White Beach in Pagadian City for carrying an unlicensed .357 revolver. Lapinig was also being accused for pointing his gun on a civilian in the same area.
A resident has tipped off the police about the presence of Lapinig in the village that led to his arrest.
Police said another man, Jovencio Dablo, 56, was also arrested in Inasagan village in Aurora town after he tried to kill with a gun a neighbor, Ursulo Asignar, during a heated argument while they were drinking.
Dablo allegedly ran to his house and got his .38 revolver and fired at Asignar, but did not hit him. Asignar managed to grab the gun from Dablo who immediately escaped, but later arrested by pursuing policemen.
Policemen also seized a kitchen knife from Dablo’s possession. Both men are facing criminal charges, according to the police.
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