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Zambo Sur guv declares war on illegal gambling

By Bong Garcia

ZAMBOANGA del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles has declared war against all forms of illegal gambling and ordered an intensified campaign against all kinds of numbers games in the province.

Cerilles’ order came as he reconstituted last Monday the Task Force on Anti-Illegal Gambling to run after financiers and supporters of all forms illegal gambling in the province’ one component city and 26 municipalities.

The task force was reconstituted through Executive Order 10 penned by Cerilles.

Ceriiles has named Provincial Board Member Ernesto Mondarte, who chairs the Committee on Peace and Public Safety, as the new task force head with Zamboagna del Sur Police Director Sofronio Ecaldre as the vice-chairman.

Designated as the task force members are lawyers Attorney Cleto Edralin and Johnabel Tabunda, Department of Justice (DOJ) representatives; Fr. Leslie Bataoel and Fr. Gilbert Hingone, religious sector representatives; and Adriano Durano III, business sector representative.

Cerilles ordered the task force to conduct relentless campaign against all forms of illegal gambling, citing he envisions the province to be 100 percent free of illegal gambling.

Cerilles noted that there are still illegal gambling, especially “swertres, video karera and horse fighting,” that exist in some parts of the province.

Shopping center burglarized

By Eugene A. Lasprilla

A shopping center was ransacked by unidentified burglars who stole assorted jewelry in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, on Tuesday.

Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9), Office in-charge of the Public Information Office (OIC-PIO) Inspector Dalhan Samuddin said the People Plaza Shopping Center was burglarized by a lone intruder who carted away 925 assorted silver Italy necklaces and bracelets amounting to P210,000 more or less.

Samuddin said the still unidentified man hid inside the store before it was closed and ransacked the place. The robbery was discovered at about 7 a.m. of Tuesday.

Police said the suspect destroyed the padlock of the cubicle stand were the jewelry were placed and took the items.

Further, the suspect ate a piece of cake, 3 lollipops and drank sterilized milk at the grocery section.

Samuddin added that the suspect exited from the 4th floor of the building by tying several clothes which he used as a rope to escape.

Police disclosed that Pagadian City Police Station is conducting further investigation to establish the identity of the suspect for his arrest.

6 rescued from human trafficking

By Roel Pareño (

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Police authorities last week rescued from human trafficking at least six females, including five minors, in a karaoke bar in a town in Zamboanga del Sur.

Police Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, public information chief of Police Regional Office 9, said the victims were rescued by the combined police operatives of Siay and Pitogo towns and social welfare development personnel in the karaoke house owned by a certain Gloria Pacatang alias Nining and Sita Mandano in Pitogo town.

Samuddin the said the rescued victims were aged 16 to 20 and came from Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, and nearby towns of Siay and Pitogo.

Police investigation disclosed that the victims were reportedly recruited without the parents’ consent and worked in a karaoke bar.

The rescued victims were provided stress debriefing by the social welfare office before they were turned over to their respective families.

Would-be trafficking victims rescued

By Bong Garcia

JOINT police and social welfare personnel have rescued six would-be victims of human trafficking in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Tuesday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Information Officer-in-Charge of the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9), said the would-be victims were rescued around 7:30 p.m. at a karaoke house in the village of Poblacion, Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur.

Samuddin said the rescue came after the parents of two of the six would-be victims, who are from Siay, Zamboagna Sibugay, reported to the police that their daughters were recruited without their consent.

Samuddin withheld the identities of the rescued youths except to say that the oldest is 20 years old while the youngest is 16 years old.

They are from the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur, according to Samuddin.

The rescued minors are presently under the custody of Pitogo police and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office for further counseling prior to their turn-over to their respective families, he added.

MILF-CCCH protests arrest of Zamboanga Del Sur LMT member

(CCCH Sec. Gen.)

Early morning on October 16, 2014, operatives of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) raided six (6) houses at Barangay Binuatan in Dinas, Zamboamga Del Sur including the house of the Manalao Butito, MILF Political Committee Chairman of the town of Dinas and a member of the Local Monitoring Team (LMT) of Zamboanga Del Sur.

In a letter-protest dated October 17, filed by the Abbas Salung, Chairman of the MILF Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) addressed to BGen. Carlito Galvez, Chair of the GPH-CCCH, he said that, “The PDEA raiding team apprehended Butito and brought him to PNP Camp Avelon in Pagadian City and is being held under custodial detention at the camp despite the committee’s persistent request for his immediate release”.

“This raid and detention of a senior MILF political leader and a member of the LMT, a mechanism of the GPH – MILF Ceasefire Agreement constitute blatant violations of the ceasefire accord and seriously undermine the GPH – MILF Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)”, Salung said in his letter.

Salung enumerated acts that violates the GPH- MILF Ceasefire Accord as follows:

1. Raid and detention of MILF leaders and worker for the GPH – MILF Ceasefire Agreement in line with paragraphs 3.1.2 and 3.2.3 of the prohibited hostile acts and prohibited provocative acts, respectively of the Implementing Guidelines of the Security Aspect of the GRP – MILF Agreement on Peace of 2001.

2. Undermining the confidence building measure between the government and MILF pursuant to the GPH – MILF Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

3. Total disrespect and dishonor to the safety and security guarantee for the MILF personalities involved in the peace process pursuant to the GPH – MILF Ceasefire Accord.

“We take this case as direct affront to this Committee and those involved in the peace process”, he continued saying.

Salung asked the GPH-CCCH and IMT to act on the matter and for the immediate release of Butito otherwise, there is no option left but to elevate the same to the GPH – MILF Peace Panels.

BIR-Western Mindanao exceeds September collection by P102.7M


ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 October) – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) exceeded by P102,783,255.53 its target revenue collection goal for the month of September this year in Western Mindanao.

Alert Alocilja, BIR regional director, announced they collected a total of P406,346,255.52 in September, which was P102,783,255.53 more than the target collection goal of P303,563,000.

Alocilja said his office exceeded the target collection goal due to intensified tax mapping as well as tax collection and information drive.

BIR-Western Mindanao covers Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi which belong to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Alocilja said they had collected a total of P3,598,948,682.06 in revenues from January to September. He expressed optimism his office can meet its revenue target collection goal for this year.

He said the BIR central office has tasked them to collect P5.8 billion in revenues this year.

Assorted Firearms, Drug Paraphernalia Seized in Dinas, 2 Suspects Arrested

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S Jul (RPIO9)

Dinas, Zamboanga Del Sur - Two wanted persons were arrested while several high-powered firearms and ammunitions were seized from them by a composite PNP team of Zamboanga Del Sur Police Provincial Office, Western Mindanao Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, Provincial Public Safety Company, Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force, EOD team from Regional Public Safety Battalion and PDEA personnel during the service of search warrant against them in Barangay Poblacion and Barangay Binoatan at about 3:00 AM on October 16, 2014. Arrested were Abdulmaola Cagas Cosain, 35, and Manalao Abu Butito a.k.a. “Nalao”, 70.

The two were apprehended based on the search warrant number 169-180 for violation of illegal possession of firearms, ammunitions and illegal drugs issued by Presiding Judge Joel G Vercide of MTCC, 9th Judicial Region Branch 1, Pagadian City dated 14 October 2014. Seized from them were a cal 5.56mm rifle with serial number RP192185, one caliber .45 pistol with serial no. 1011659, a caliber .38 revolver pistol Smith & Wesson, one cal .22 rifle with serial number 457201, an H & R ARMSCOR cal 7.62 mm M14 rifle, two hundred sixty five 5.56 mm ammos, twenty-four caliber .45 rounds, nineteen cal 7.62 mm rounds, three caliber .38 rounds, black box containing rolled aluminum, two disposable lighters, assorted military uniforms, four hi-cap magazines of caliber .45 pistol, two M14 magazines, two outside holsters, two inside holsters, one pair of combat boots, one side arm holster, one gun case, one M16 bandolier, one sling bag for caliber .45 pistol, and one Samsung tablet. The arrested persons are now under the custody of the said police office while necessary documents are now being prepared for immediate filing of cases in court against them.

NMIS to celebrate Meat Safety Consciousness Week

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA) – The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) will be celebrating this year’s Meat Safety Consciousness Week on October 20-24 with the theme, “RA 101611 Food Safety Act: “Kaligtasan Ng Mamamayan At Katuwang Sa Kalakalan.”

Regional Technical Director Arturo S. De Jesus Jr. said the NMIS has lined up activities for the celebration such as radio program, hanging of streamers, thanksgiving Mass, media forum, greening activities, good handling practices for homemakers, and a fellowship.

“Since the celebration underscores the importance of meat safety consciousness among stakeholders, a seminar on good handling practices for the homemakers will be conducted in Barangay’s Manga and Tuburan here,” De Jesus disclosed.

Some 100 participants composed mostly of carenderia and sari-sari storeowners are invited to attend said seminar.

De Jesus also said a media forum would be conducted to tap the media practitioners in helping disseminate bits of information on meat safety to the public, considering mass media’s influence on the people and society.

As the agency’s corporate social responsibility, De Jesus said the NMIS staff are scheduled to plant fruit-bearing trees in a watershed area in barangay Manga and to help government address the adverse effects of climate change.

More troops arrive in Mindanao to fight for peace

(Mindanao Examiner)

PAGADIAN CITY – More troops have arrived in the southern Philippines to replace marines in Sulu and other provinces in Mindanao and help fight insurgency and terrorism and at the same time win hearts and minds of civilians in an effort to support the government’s peace and development efforts in the troubled region.

Brigadier General Gerardo Barrientos, commander of 1st Infantry Division, welcomed the troops who arrived here from Luzon Island in two batches.

The soldiers, who are members of the 21st – under Lieutenant Colonel Niceforo Diaz, and 41st Infantry Battalions headed by Lieutenant Colonel Virgilio Noora - took over the 32nd Infantry Battalion in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte and the 35th Infantry in Lanao del Norte.

Both the 32nd and 35th Infantry Battalions have replaced marine battalions in Sulu province. The marines were reassigned to Palawan province.

“The repositioning of units is part of the strengthening of the military forces to address the emerging threats in the region,” Barrientos said. “Army units are equally capable in addressing various threats whether man-made or natural such as terrorism, disaster, environmental, and support to law enforcement and many others.”

Barrientos said the two units of 1st Infantry Division deployed in Sulu will continue the thrust in “winning the peace” in the province. He said some of the soldiers sent to Sulu are natives of the province who will hopefully be a tool in creating a bridge between the local communities and the military.

“The Command will sustain the gains that the Marine units established during their stint on the island, and the Army contingent will work side by side with the remaining Marine units in Sulu and most importantly with the stakeholders led by the local chief executives and traditional leaders so that peace and development will reign in every community on the island-province,” he said.

Barrientos said the soldiers also underwent a series of orientation and lectures, including cultural sensitivity seminars, and custom and traditions of different indigenous tribes in western Mindanao, to familiarize them to their new area of operation.

Internet café off-limits to studes during school days

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, Oct. 15 (PIA) – Elementary and high school students in Barangay Sta. Lucia here are not allowed to enter internet cafes, computer shops and other similar establishments during school hours.

Speaking during the recently held synchronized barangay assembly, Barangay Kagawad Bonifacio Boron Jr., informed the participants of the passage of an ordinance prohibiting the students from entering internet cafes/shops operating in the barangay during school days from 7-11 a.m. and from 1-5 p.m. However, those aged 16 years old and above are allowed to use the internet shops for research purposes.

Boron, the author of said ordinance, seeks to prevent the students from cutting classes and from chronic absenteeism during school days.

The students, Boron said, can make their class assignments and do research between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. only provided they present permit from their school principal or teachers.

Boron also said any person, who violates the provisions of the law, will be penalized accordingly. “Any violator shall be fined P500 for first offense, P700 for second offense, and confiscation of equipment for third offense,” Boron declared.

The proponent has expressed optimism that the ordinance, after being reviewed and approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, will be implemented immediately.

“The ordinance will benefit not only the students but their parents as well,” Boron stressed.

Meanwhile, the legislator announced that another ordinance was approved by the council regulating the operation of ‘videoke singko’ machines during nighttime.

The video singko machine is a sound system consisting of a TV monitor, a CD player, a chip for the crawling lyrics and selection gadget appended to a coin outlet, all encased in a wooden box. These machines are portable, and easy to transport to neighborhoods and villages.

Boron said with this law, the loud noise from ‘video singko’ machines would be properly addressed. He, however, said only a few ‘videoke singko’ operators have not complied with the law.

“You can now file your complaint with the barangay council if you can still hear loud noise from ‘video singko’ machines during nighttime,” Boron urged.

Synchronized barangay assembly held in Pagadian City

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY – All barangays here have complied with the order from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to conduct a nationwide synchronized barangay assembly on Sunday to report and discuss important issues with their constituents.

The conduct of the synchronized barangay assembly was made in pursuance of Proclamation No. 260 dated Sept. 30, 2014 issued by the DILG mandating all barangays to hold the same on Oct. 12, 2014.

In Barangay Sta. Lucia here, Punong Barangay Nasser Caubaconducted the said activity at 9:00 a.m. with the council members reporting their respective second semester accomplishments.

Cauba also delivered his State of the Barangay Address (SOBA) highlighting his 2014 firs semester accomplishments including the ongoing programs and projects for this year.

In his SOBA, Cauba gave updates onhis programs involving barangay disaster risk reduction management, solid waste management, peace and order situation, and preventive measures against illegal drugs.

The 2014 barangay budget, statement of income and expenditures and other barangay financial transactions to include the itemized monthly collections and disbursement summary of income and expenditures were also reported by Barangay Treasurer Cherry Canales.

In Balangasan, the largest barangay in the city, havinga total registered voters of 10,300, the barangay assembly was conducted at 3:00 p.m. at the gym led byPunong Barangay Maphilindo Obaob.

Barangay Secretary MetosLibrea reported the first semester accomplishments of all the council members, specifying among others the programs and projects implemented by the council.

Issues and concerns involving peace and order, environmental protection, children’s rights and welfare, solid waste management and infrastructure development were also discussed.

Purok President Nestor Vicente of Capitol Heights proposed to the council that the 27 puroks participate in the implementation of programs and projects.

The conduct of synchronized barangay assembly has been closely monitored by DILG personnel to ensure compliance and maximum participation of all barangays here.

Winners of search for “Most Improved Senior Citizen Centers” awarded

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – The City Social Welfare and Development Office in collaboration with the Federation of Senior Citizen Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) on Tuesday handed cash prizes and plaques of recognition to the winners of the recently concluded search for the most improved senior citizen center, chapter president, association secretary and treasurer during the culmination program of the 20th elderly Filipino week celebration held at covered court, Plaza Luz complex here.

Social Welfare Officer Saramia Ubpon, senior citizens focal person, bared that this year’s winners were as follows: Balintawak Chapter as Most Improved Senior Citizen Center, Danlugan Chapter - Most Improved Association, Vicente Lumantas Jr. of San Pedro - Most Improved Chapter President, Resurreccion Pabingwit of San Pedro Chapter - Most Improved Secretary, and Josenio Du of San Pedro Chapter - Most Improved Treasurer.

Ubpon said the search, which started in 2012, is an initiative of CSWD and FSCAP to encourage senior citizen chapters to establish their own centers equipped with facilities to be used by their members during meetings and other activities.

In 2012 and 2013, Ubpon said senior citizen chapters of barangays Balangasan and Tuburan won the much-coveted awards. “In this year’s celebration, the duo were no longer allowed to join the search instead, we gave the opportunity for others to make their chapters vibrant and active,” Ubpon explained.

FSCAP-Pagadian City chapter has a total of 41 registered active chapters.

Meanwhile, Ubpon was happy with the active participation of almost 1,000 FSCAP members during the culmination program.

“This goes to show that despite their ripe old age, FSCAP members are actively working in our society and considered as the government’s genuine partner in nation building,” she added.

Ubpon also thanked the city government through Mayor Romeo Pulmones for the generous support extended to the FSCAP, making the elderly Filipino week observance a success.

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