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Girl, 3, raped, slain in Pagadian

By Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca

A three-year-old girl was reportedly raped and killed before she was dumped in a canal by a man who found her alone in the public market the other day in Pagadian City.

The victim was identified as Sahada Alpha, 3, of Purok 7, Leon Kilat, Bgy. San Pedro.

According to the victim’s mother, Marivic Alpha, 33, around 10 a.m. on March 28, she took the victim with her to the public market where they took breakfast in an eatery.

Marivic said that after she was through, she went to the comfort room to urinate and left the girl still eating.

However, when she returned, her daughter was nowhere to be found, prompting her to report the incident to local police with her husband Kasim.

Elements of the Molave Police Station immediately conducted a follow-up investigation and found out that the child was last seen together with the suspect, Ramelo Hawgin, alias Baybay, a known drug addict in the area.

Upon learning of the information, police rushed to the suspect’s place and asked him about the missing child.

To their surprise, the suspect admitted the fact that he was the last person seen with the victim but that he already killed and dumped her body in a canal.

The suspect even led the police to Sitio Susayan, Bgy. Dalaon, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, where he dumped the victim.

Police found the victim lying lifeless and totally naked in the area.

The victim was examined by Municipal Health Officer Prisco Pabatao Jr. and found that she suffered laceration wounds in her sexual organ, indicating that the child had been raped before she was killed.

Rape with homicide charges have been filed against the suspect before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Cop, outlaw killed in shootout

By Bong Garcia

A POLICEMAN and a lawless group leader were killed in a shootout in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Saturday.

Zamboanga del Sur police director Sofronio Ecaldre said the shootout occurred around 4 p.m. Friday in the village of Benuatan, Dinas town.

The slain policeman was identified as Police Officer 1 Rolando Dumasig, who was declared dead at a hospital.

Ecaldre said the slain lawless group leader was Saudi Manding, the leader of the Ambol group, which is involved in robbery, gun-for-hire and illegal drug trade.

The shootout occurred when Manding saw the cops who were about to serve a warrant of arrest against him in his hideout, according to Ecaldre.

Ecaldre said Manding was the eighth most wanted persons in the municipality of Dinas.

He said that some of the Ambol group's followers managed to escape during the shootout. A manhunt operation is underway to arrest escapees.

SSS launches e-alkanSSSya program in Margosatubig town

By Claro A. Lanipa (FPG/CAL/PIA-9)

MARGOSATUBIG, Zamboanga del Sur, March 27 (PIA) – To extend social security protection coverage to all contractual and job order employees of the Margosatubig Regional Hospital, the Social Security System (SSS) has launched here yesterday, March 26, the E-AlkanSSSya program.

“Over 100 contractual and job order employees of the said hospital who are excluded from the mandatory coverage of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) are expected to avail themselves of the program,” said James Buckly, branch head, SSS-Pagadian City.

To ensure sustainability of the coverage, SSS represented by its Assistant Vice President for Western Mindanao Atty. Rodrigo Filoteo and James Buckly have inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the hospital management represented by the chief of hospital Dr. Richard Sison, who agreed to support the program.The E-AlkanSSSya scheme employs automatic deduction of the personnel’s contribution to the SSS from their salaries. The hospital management will facilitate the collection through payroll deduction and remittance of the monthly contribution to SSS.

The minimum monthly contribution under the program is P330 or based on the actual monthly income compensation that the employees receive, but not exceeding the maximum salary credit under the contribution of its members, Buckly said.

On the same occasion, a ceremonial turnover of alkanSSSya key from SSS officials to the hospital management was held with Mayor Roy Encallado represented by the Municipal Administrator Ms. Thelma Cunanan.

BIR to buy gensets for Revenue Region No. 15 offices

(PNA), LAP/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 26 (PNA) -– The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to purchase four power generators worth PHP4.4 million to enable the agency to continuously serve its clientele despite the rotational brownouts besetting this region.

Alert Alocilja, head of the Revenue Region No. 15, said Thursday the funds will come from the BIR central office.

The Revenue Region No. 15 covers the following Revenue District Offices (RDOs): RDO No. 91, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte; RDO No. 92, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur; RDO No. 93A, Zamboanga City; RDO No. 93B, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; RDO No. 94, Isabela City, Basilan; RDO No. 95, Jolo, Sulu; and, RDO No. 96, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Alocilja said the biggest of the four power generators to be purchased is a 500-kilo-volt-ampere (KVA) unit worth PHP3.4 million that will be installed at the regional office in this city.

Alocilja said the 500-KVA generator will also provide power to the RDO No. 93A, which is housed in one building together with the regional office.

He said the other three power generators will be installed in the following areas: Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, 16-KVA worth PHP228,000; Jolo, Sulu, 16-KVA worth PHP228,000; and, Pagadian City, 50-KVA worth PHP540,000.

The rotational brownouts besetting the different parts of the region ranges from four hours to eight hours daily, which Alocilja said hampers the operations of the BIR offices.

“It is important to acquire power generators since our operation is computerized,” he said.

The cause of the daily rotational brownouts is low water level at Lake Lanao where the hydroelectric plants of the National Power Corporation (Napocor) are located.

Alocilja hopes that the power generators can be purchased next month in time for the April 15 deadline in the filing of income tax returns.

U.S. Embassy launches e-learning center in Zambo Sur

(PNA), FPV/TPGJR

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 25 (PNA) -- Top government officials and representatives from U.S. Embassy led the opening Wednesday of an E-Learning Center for women and girls in Barangay Dao, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

The U.S. Embassy said the E-Learning Center will benefit 850 women and girls, and 2,500 households in 10 municipalities and one city in Zamboanga del Sur.

Zamboanga del Sur has 27 towns and one city--Pagadian--the capital of the province.

The E-Learning Center will also benefit the women and girls from nearby Zamboanga Sibugay province, which is formerly the third congressional district of Zamboanga del Sur.

The U.S. Embassy said the E-Learning Center is equipped with computers and internet connection for use by the beneficiaries during weekend classes with Xavier University Agriculture Extension Service (XAES) staff.

The classes will include topics on peace and gender issues, including sustainable development, family and community health, enterprise development for women, environment and climate change, English literacy, and communications and computer literacy.

Meanwhile, seven additional E-Learning Centers will open this year with support from the U.S. government through the Department of State’s Office of Global Women Initiatives, in partnership with XAES.

DTI turns-over Timbangan ng Bayan, price watch board to city gov’t

By Gideon Cuaresma Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN CITY, March 24 (PIA) – Four weighing scales with steel enclosures were officially-turned over by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) last March 16 to the city government through its fish section unit at Agora complex here.

Provincial Director Ma. Socorro Malate-Atay in her message said the agency provides the measuring instruments to the city government to respond to some complaints of the consumers that the products sold at the local market are being reduced.

Atay said three weighing scales would be installed at the premises of Agora complex and one would be installed at the Bagsakan center, Sta. Lucia District.

Atay said their agency bought the instruments to respond to several complaints on incorrect weights received by their office.

“This is one of the best ways to protect the basic rights of our consumers by checking the accuracy of the weight of the products they are buying at our market,” Atay added.

Atay said a price watch board was also officially turned-over to guide the consumers on the current prices of good in the locality.

Vice Mayor Divina Grace Yu who represented Mayor Romeo Pulmones ,in her message said she was grateful to the DTI for launching the project, as the would help protect the right of the consumers.

“Pinaagi ning mga timbangan magiyahan ang atong mga konsumante pagsusi kung ang timbang sa mga produkto nga napalit ensakto ba ug ingon man magiyahan sila sa kasamtangan nga mga presyo sa produkto nga ibaligya sa merkado,” Yu said.

(With these weighing scales, our consumers will be guided by checking if the weight of the products they are buying have correct weights and to guide them on the current prices of products being sold in the market).

Yu said with the instruments, prices of prime and basic commodities are properly monitored.

A MOA was signed between the DTI represented by Atay and the city government represented by Vice Mayor Yu.

NPA member falls

By Bong Garcia

POLICE and military personnel have arrested a suspected member of the New People's Army (NPA) in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur.

Zamboanga del Sur Police Director Sofronio Ecaldre identified the suspected rebel as Johnny Anter, alias Bulldog.

Anter was nabbed around 11 a.m. Sunday while the troops were on security patrol in the village of Dalapan, San Miguel, said Ecaldre.

Confiscated from his possession were a caliber .38 revolver with three live ammunition and a hand grenade.

Anter was brought to Camp Abelon, which houses the provincial police headquarters in Pagadian City, for detention, while appropriate charges are readied for filing against him, Ecaldre said.

4 unscathed in grenade attack

By Bong Garcia

FOUR people escaped unscathed in a grenade attack in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Sunday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said the incident took place around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Purok Pasayan in the village of Benuatan, Dinas.

Unscathed were Ustadz Allap Samin, 76, his wife, Mayong, 62, and two grandchildren Banjunaid and Nadzir.

Samuddin said the Samins were asleep when an unidentified person tossed a grenade, which landed and exploded at the family's garage.

The explosion damaged a vehicle, shattered jalousies, and damaged the house's ceiling, said Samuddin.

A relative of the Samin family saw the grenade thrower fled aboard a motorcycle but failed to recognize the man.

Cops, soldiers build houses for informal settlers

By Bong Garcia

THE Pagadian City Government and the military and police have completed the construction of 250 houses for the informal settlers at the city’s relocation site.

Pagadian City Mayor Romeo Pulmones said the 250 houses are part of the 479 housing units that will be constructed for the informal settlers in Barangay Bulatok.

Pulmones said the informal settlers need the houses, because they don’t have the resources to finance the construction of their houses.

The housing materials came from the houses they owned and were demolished when they were relocated to the village of Bulatok from the coast Sta. Lucia village, Pulmones said.

He said the construction of the remaining 229 housing units is ongoing.

He expressed his gratitude to the policemen and troops from the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion and 547th Engineering Battalion who assisted them to relocate the informal settlers.

The City Government will relocate the informal settlers for the implementation of project at the coast of Sta. Lucia village.

WEM-RIC promotes container gardening

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN, March 20 (PIA) – The Women Empowerment Movement-Rural Improvement Club (WEM-RIC) is now promoting container gardening to its members.

As one of the activities lined up for 2015 Women’s Month, the WEM-RIC officers led by its president, Junaflor Cerilles, would visit the province’s 26 municipalities purposely to promote container gardening, as “it brings health benefits to women.”

Container gardening is growing plants in containers like plastic bottles and bags instead of planting them on the ground.

The WEM-RIC officers teach all women members to grow chocolate mint, a medicinal plant, in their respective houses.

Cerilles said she used to drink a tea made of chocolate mint. “Every morning I used to pick three fresh chocolate mint leaves and placed it in a mug filled with hot water and drink it.”

Cerilles added the chocolate mint can be planted in a plastic container and its leaves can be used as tea.

“Chocolate mint grows and creeps like a weed. It spreads rapidly, forming underground root systems and taking over your garden. To prevent it from spreading keep your chocolate mint in containers,” she explained.

WEM-RIC officers provided chocolate mint seedlings to all WEM-RIC municipal federated presidents for them to plant and share to all their members.

“The WEM-RIC members can use it as herbal medicine and can also sell it to their neighbor for their livelihood,” Cerilles pointed out.

In another development, Cerilles also disclosed that a seaweed production for Christian and Muslim women in Dimataling town and bead making for Indigenous People’s (IPs) women in Josefina municipality are ongoing.

Just recently, Cerilles said, she received a grant from Australian government for the construction of breeder house facility for rice duck.

“I am proud to announce that the Australian government has granted the WEM-RIC $200 thousand, equivalent to P8 million. We have another proposal for Global Women Issue to fund our other projects,” she concluded.

GSIS-Pagadian conducts first offsite UMID enrolment in Sibugay

By Alma Lacharon-Tingcang (FPG/ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay)

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, March 19 (PIA) - The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)-Pagadian branch conducted its first offsite UMID card enrolment here on March 16-17, 2015.

The UMID card enrolment is part of the service desk package that the GSIS has established every 3rd week of the month in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.

The service desk, manned by Ronyl L. Reyes and Mardy I. Bartido entertained queries, received loan applications, retirement applications, maturity benefits and other claims such as death and funeral benefits.

Among those who availed of the offsite UMID card enrolment was Mayor Eldwin D. Alibutdan together with other LGU employees. This was made possible through coordination with the concerned LGUs and the Provincial/Municipal Human Resource Management Office.

Engr. Leoncito S. Manuel, GSIS branch manager said the offsite UMID enrolment will be replicated in other municipalities to bring government services closer to the people.

Through the establishment of the service desk in Zamboanga Sibugay, members and pensioners would just have to transact business here and be able to save money for fare and other expenses.

In a related development, Reyes turned-over a check amounting to P3,012.00 to Sangguniang Bayan Member Amaron B. Morrok of LGU Siay which was an overpayment of his consolidated loan with the GSIS.

The pension fund undertakes to regain the trust and confidence of stakeholders and promote an efficient organization that is fully-automated and member-focused.

GSIS will relentlessly pursue continual improvement in their services driven by integrity, professionalism and a culture of public service.

BIR-RR15’s 2015 collection target set at P6.57-B

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

PAGADIAN CITY, March 18 (PIA) – Tax collection target of each regional and district offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is increasing every year and this poses a big challenge not only to the BIR personnel but to the taxpayers as well.

Atty. Alert B. Alcocilja, regional director of BIR-Revenue Region 15 based in Zamboanga City, bared in yesterday’s launching of the “2015 Tax Campaign” that the region’s tax collection target for the current year is P6.57 billion, P1.6 billion more than last year’s collection goal.

Speaking before the representatives of the different government line agencies, local government units, businessmen, non-government organizations, professionals and others, Alcocilja admitted that BIR-RR15 failed to meet its tax collection target last year but it recorded an increase in its actual collection of 10.31 percent as against its 2013 target.

He cited five reasons hindering the region from reaching its last year’s target such as a decrease in government projects, migration of taxpayers, carried over losses from previous years, power interruptions and high collection goal.

Another thing that is likely to affect its collection target for this year is the increase in tax exemption in bonuses of workers from P30 thousand to P82 thousand in that the government stands to lose P30 billion in taxes.

To cope with its collection goal, the BIR aims to pursue the “Oplan Kandado,” campaign drive on professional and self-employed taxpayers, Run After The Evaders (RATE) program, utilization of relief data in audit and investigation and campaign for voluntary payment of all taxpayers.

Appealing to the participants in yesterday’s kickoff program, Alcocilja said: “Please help the BIR meet its tax collection goal by paying your taxes not out of fear or compulsion but out of love of the country.”

BIR-RR15 is composed of the revenue district offices of Zamboanga City, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, Dipolog City, Pagadian City, Basilan Province, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Zumba dance tilt caps Women’s Month celebration in Dumalinao town

By Alma Lacharon-Tingcang(FPG/ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay)

DUMALINAO, Zamboanga del Sur, March 17 (PIA) - Over a thousand women from the 30 barangays of this town gathered at Dumalinao Regional Pilot School (DRPS) gymnasium to celebrate Women’s Month on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

This year’s theme, “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na,” recognizes the role of women in nation-building and their contribution to our economy.

The celebration started with a mass after which a parade around the town’s major streets winded up at Dumalinao Regional Pilot School gymnasium for the program.

“Every day we celebrate women’s day because they are our inspiration. They raise our children well and guide them to the right path. She is the light of every home. We find women in politics, the armed forces, banking and finance, technology and other fields which we thought only men would fit in,” Mayor Ace William E. Cerilles said in his inspirational message.

He quoted the words of former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, who was the first woman to hold the position, “Women’s empowerment is gaining ground because so many brave women have been unwilling to accept anything less. Our collective experience has shown that when women have the power to make their own choices, good things happen.”

Receiving the loudest applause was the Zumba competition among 7 groups which was the highlight of the celebration with mothers sweating it out for the first prize of P5,000 bagged by Barangay Sumadat ; second prize went to Barangay Pag-asa - P3,000; and 3rd prize – Barangay Sebucao winning P2,000. A consolation prize of P500 each was also given to participating barangays.

Capping the celebration was the free medical check-up and feeding for children by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, a forum on women’s rights, health and other issues.

Prizes were given to lucky participants such as: 24” LED TV, sofa bed, cherry mobile phone, 1 sack of rice and 20 packs of 10 kilos rice. The Juanas could not contain their excitement and fun during the whole day activity.

In closing, Ms. Junaflor S. Cerilles, the town first lady and president of the Women Empowerment Movement-Rural Improvement Club (WEM-RIC) Zamboanga del Sur Federated president said, “To all Juanas, let us continue to be counted upon in nation-building and economic growth. We have a great responsibility on our shoulders. Let us live up to the highest ideals because our children look up to us as role models.”

1CAV spearheads free anti-rabies vaccination for dogs

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

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, March 16 (PIA) – In line with the government’s goal of a rabies-free Philippines, the 1st Cavalry Squadron (Tagapanguna) Battalion (1CAV), Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army in partnership with the Office of Provincial Veterinarian conducted on Friday a free anti-rabies vaccination for dogs at its headquarters in Camp Col. Jacobe Zobel, Pulacan in this town.

Lt. Col. Charlemagne Batayola Jr., 1CAV commanding officer said pet owners composed of military personnel, dependents and civilians brought their respective dogs inside the headquarters for vaccination.

Batayola said at least 50 dogs were given vaccination against rabies during the said activity.

Rabies awareness is celebrated annually every 3rd month of the year pursuant to Anti-Rabies Law of 2007 otherwise known as Republic Act 9482.

Batayola said the activity is a manifestation of the 1CAV’s support to the anti-rabies campaign of Department of Health (DOH) conducted every month of March, which seeks to make the Philippines a rabies-free by 2020.

Rabies is a fatal and viral disease that can be transmitted to humans through bites of infected animals, usually dogs.

Batayola believes that dog vaccination is the key strategy to control and eliminate rabies.

Batayola said a study reveals that Philippines is one of the top ten countries with rabies problem.

“The DOH has reported that rabies causes 200-300 deaths among Filipinos every year thus the government is relentlessly pursuing its campaign to completely eradicate rabies in the country in the next coming five years,” Batayola said.

“Kahit maliit lamang na bagay na aming gingawa pero naniniwala ako na ito ay sapat na makatulong sa rabies problem ng ating bansa. Ang mahalaga’y makapagbigay kami ng kontribusyon para gawin namin ang aming area na isang ligtas na lugar,” Batayola explained.

(Even though what we are doing is just a little thing but I believe that this can help solve rabies problem in our country. What is important is that we can give our contribution for us to make our area a safer place to live).

Batayola also underscored the importance of continuously educating the public to further increase their awareness not only on the nature, symptoms, prevention and control of rabies but also on the provisions of the anti-rabies law as well as the guidelines for responsible pet ownership.

Sominot No. 10 Most Wanted, 6 Other Wanted Persons Caught

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

RT Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay – A farmer listed as the no. 10 Most Wanted Person in Sominot was arrested by elements of RT Lim and Sominot Police Stations during a manhunt operation in Barangay JS Perfecto, Sominot, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 5:45 PM on March 10, 2015.

Police Inspector Jimmy Albert Decin, RT Lim Police Chief, identified the arrested man as Cornelio Cati-An y Mijares, 47, a resident of Brgy. Poblacion Sominot. Suspect was arrested by virtue of warrant docketed under Criminal Case Number 11-10,820, with recommended bail bond of Php 200,000.00 issued by Acting Presiding Judge Jaime B Caberte, RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 30, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur. Suspect is now under the custody of RT Lim MPS for documentation and further disposition.

Roxas, Zamboanga Del Norte – A man listed as the no. 6 Most Wanted Person in Roxas was arrested during a police operation conducted by Roxas MPS in Barangay Upper Irasan at about 6:15 A.M. on March 10, 2015. He was identified as Edmund Carbonel y Pilapil, 34, resident of said village. He was arrested at his residence by virtue of warrant filed under Criminal Case No. 18591 for frustrated murder with a recommended bail bond amounting to ₱200,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Victoriano DL Lacaya Jr., of 9th Regional Trial Court, Branch 9, Dipolog City dated April 30, 2015. Suspect is temporarily detained at Roxas MPS for proper disposition.

Dimataling, Zamboanga Del Sur – A man tagged as the number 6 Most Wanted Person in this municipality was arrested during a police operation conducted by Dimataling MPS in Barangay Tiniguangan at about 4:00 AM of March 10, 2015. Police Inspector Renante Benitez, Dimataling Police Chief, identified the arrested person as Fernando Bustamante y Ordeniza, 40, resident of said place. He was arrested by virtue of warrant for homicide docketed under Criminal Case No. 11-069 with recommended bail bond fixed at Php 40,000.00 issued by Presiding Judge Edilberto G. Absin of RTC Branch 29, San Miguel. He is temporarily detained at the said police station for issuance of commitment order by the court.

Zamboanga City - Operatives of Zamboanga Police Station 4 led by Police Senior Inspector Helen L. Galvez, Station Commander, together with Zamboanga Police Station 5 personnel, conducted an operation in Zone 3 Barangay Talabaan at about 9:30 AM on March 10, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Alexander Rojas y Fernandez, 55, laborer and resident of said place. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for grave threat docketed under Criminal Case Number 30230 with a corresponding bail bond of Php 12,000.00 issued by Judge Peter V. Eisma of RTC Branch 15 dated March 4, 2015. Accused is temporarily detained at said police station prior his turn-over to court concerned.

Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay – A man facing a murder charge was collared by the operatives of Salug MPS, Siay MPS and Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Public Safety Company in Barangay Dacanay, Siay at about 4:45 P.M. of March 9, 2015. Suspect identified as Henry Etik Cabil, 46, resident of said village. He was arrested at his residence by virtue of warrant for murder docketed under Criminal Case Number L-002240 without bail bond, issued by Presiding Judge Oscar D. Tumarong, 9th RTC, Branch 28, Liloy, ZDN, dated December 17, 2014. Suspect is currently detained at Salug MPS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - Members of Zamboanga Police Station 11 Detective Management Unit (DMU) arrested Don Dunhill Dinsuat y Rubio at Lemon Drive, Brgy. Baliwasan at about 8:55 AM of March 10, 2015. He was arrested by virtue of warrant for violation of Section 12 of RA 9165 docketed under Criminal Case Number 29174 with recommended bail bond of Php 40,000.00 issued by Judge Eric D. Elumba, Regional Trial Court Branch 13 dated October 2, 2014. Accused is temporarily detained at said station prior his commitment to court.

Jose Dalman, Zamboanga Del Norte – A man wanted for attempted murder was arrested by elements of Jose Dalman MPS in Barangay Poblacion at about 12:30 P.M. of March 10, 2014. J. Dalman MPS chief, Senior Inspector Vergil Bruce Dario, identified the arrested suspect as Joyboy Gondola Guminta, 44, resident of Sitio Supot, Barangay Tamarok. He was arrested thru the aid of an informant by virtue of warrant for murder docketed in Criminal Case Number S-5034 without bail recommended,and for the crime of frustrated murder docketed in Criminal Case Number S-5035 with recommended bail bond amounting to ₱200,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Reymar L. Lacaya of RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 11 of Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte. Guminta is temporarily detained at said police station for proper disposition.

Former OFW Arrested for Gun Possession in Aurora

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

Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur – Operatives of Aurora Police Station arrested a former Overseas Filipino Worker after he was caught in possession of a caliber .45 pistol inside Café Rotonda at about 12:30 AM of March 9, 2015.

Police Senior Inspector Heidel B. Te-Elan, Aurora Police Chief, identified the arrested man as Kenneth Mayol y Flores, 41, resident of Purok Rosas B, Barangay San Jose. Seized from him were a Norinco cal. 45 pistol with serial number 831472 with a short magazine and six rounds of ammo and a black holster. The suspect is temporarily detained at said police station appropriate charges for violation of RA 10591 are filed against the suspect.

Female Pusher, 2 Other Drug Suspects Nabbed

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

Zamboanga City – A female suspected drug pusher was arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted by anti-illegal drug operatives of Zamboanga Central Police Station 11 in Marieta Drive, Barangay Sta. Catalina at about 7:00 PM of March 9, 2015. Suspect Belinda Najim y Estrellado, a.k.a. “Lin”, 42, female, a local resident, was arrested after two sachets of suspected shabu and Php 200.00 marked money were found in her possession. The arrested woman and confiscated items were brought to said police station for further investigation and documentation and were subsequently taken to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 9 for qualitative and quantitative examinations.

Zamboanga City – Two individuals were arrested during a drug buy-bust operation conducted by anti-illegal drug operatives of Sta. Maria Police Station (PS7) in Feliciano Drive, Barangay San Roque at about 11:30 in the morning of March 9, 2015. Arrested persons were identified as Allan Jalanduni y Fuentes, 30, of said place, and Yusop Diego y Santos, 50, of Campo Islam, Brgy. Baliwasan. Confiscated from them were three sachets of suspected shabu and two hundred pesos marked money. They are presently detained at said police station for filing of appropriate charges in court.

Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga Del Sur – A mechanic was arrested during a drug buy-bust operation conducted by anti-illegal drug operatives of Ramon Magsaysay MPS in Sitio Alang-Alang, Barangay Poblacion at about 11:30 AM of March 9, 2015. Arrested was identified as Stephen Abel y Esparsia, 23, a resident of said place. Seized from him were nine small sachets of suspected shabu. The confiscated items were submitted to Provincial Crime Laboratory for confirmatory test, while the arrested suspect is now under the custody of Provincial AIDSOFT as a case is prepared against him in court for violation of RA 9165.

1st Cavalry Squadron conducts ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in selected schools

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

TUKURAN, Zamboanga del Sur, March 12 (PIA) – In its desire to help schoolchildren to have a clean, well-maintained and comfortable classroom during the opening of classes in June, the 1st Cavalry Squadron (Tagapanguna) Battalion, 1st Mechanized Infantry Division conducted “Brigada Eskwela” in Manlayag Elementary School last March 5 and 10 respectively.

Capt. Ronnie Halangdon, civil-military operations officer said Brigada Eskwela was an initiative of the unit designed to help teachers, parents and students in doing minor repairs and cleanup in the school in preparation for the start of the new school year. “This is also part of the enhanced Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” Halangdon added.

Halangdon said a squad of 1st Cavalry Squadron with its masonry and carpentry skills volunteered to make the school ready for the coming school year.

Asked why they implemented Brigada Eskwela early this March when it is usually held by the volunteers two weeks before the opening classes, Halangdon replied: “We did it in advance for we could no longer wait to see the schoolchildren attending classes with some of their chairs and tables are dilapidated.

“Naaawa kami sa mga bata na nag-aaral na galing pa sa kanilang malalayong bahay. Maraming bundok pa ang kanilang lalakarin bago nila maabot ang kanilang paaralan at sa pagpasok nila ang makikita nila ay ang mga depektibo nga lamesa, upuan at blackboard. Gusto namin na komportable ang kanilang pag-aaral habang nasa loob ng classroom,” Halangdon explained.

(We pity the schoolchildren who came all the way from faraway houses. They have to walk and climb several mountains before reaching their school and when they enter their classrooms, all they can see are defective tables, chairs and blackboards. We want them to feel comfortable inside their classrooms).

“This is the second time that we conducted Brigada Eskwela in public elementary schools. The first, was held in Navalan Elementary School. They are our adopted schools,” Halangdon disclosed.

Halangdon said the team repaired the chairs, tables and blackboards, cleaning the surroundings of the school and built a gate in the school.

Meanwhile, school principal Jessica Casio lauded the officers and men of 1st Cavalry Squadron (Tagapanguna) Battalion for doing the activity in her school saying that their efforts is a manifestation of their genuine concern not only for the schoolchildren but for the entire community as well.

“I am very thankful for the leadership of 1st Cavalry Squadron for giving their time and effort in realizing this activity,” Casio said.

“I thank them for choosing our school as their pilot area of their Bayanihan activities,” Casio said. She also revealed that these schoolchildren were the beneficiaries of the unit’s gift-giving activity dubbed “Love Drive Program” last Feb. 14.

115 students hurdle DOST-SEI scholarship exam

By Bong Garcia

A TOP official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced that 115 high school graduating students in Zamboanga Peninsula have passed the competitive Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Examination of the agency.

DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano said the 115 students who passed the examination represent 8.8 percent of the 1,306 examinees who took the test last September 21, 2014 here in the region.

"The good news though is that, all the 73 municipalities and cities in the region have produced a DOST scholar," Manzano added.

Manzano said that two slots are provided for each city and municipality pursuant to Republic Act 7687, otherwise known as S&T Scholarship Act.

He said the province of Zamboanga del Norte has the most number of examinees who passed the scholarship examination.

The numbers of examinees who passed are as follows: Zamboanga del Norte, 45; Zamboanga del Sur, 39; Zamboanga Sibugay, 21; Zamboanga City, eight; and, Isabela City, two.

Manzano said incoming DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) scholars, as well as those who are ongoing, are set to receive bigger stipends and other allowances starting school year 2015-2016.

She said all DOST-SEI scholars will receive P6,000 monthly stipend (from P5,000) under the Physics/Applied Physics, Geology, Mining Engineering, Agriculture, and Fisheries courses, while under the other DOST-SEI priority courses will receive P5,000 monthly stipend (from P4,000); book allowance of P10,000 per academic year (from P5,000); tuition subsidy of P10,000 (from P8,000); and MS/PE clothing allowance of P1,000 (from P500).

She said the scholars have to enroll in science and technology courses such as engineering and natural and physical sciences or other disciplines identified as priority courses under the program.

She said scholars are also expected to maintain the highest standards of scholastic achievement and behavior while in school.

The scholars will be properly notified for the schedule of orientation and signing of the Scholarship Agreement, she added.

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