Zamboanga del Sur News December 2016

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Province of Zamboanga del Sur - Archived News of Zamboanga del Sur

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Village of Pedagan

Wars of ancient history were about possessions, territory, power, control, family, betrayal, lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion always campaign to have its religious laws be accepted as government laws, always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?

WHY??

There are only two kinds of people who teach tolerance:
  1. The Bullies. They want you to tolerate them so they can continue to maliciously deprive you. Do not believe these bullies teaching tolerance, saying that it’s the path to prevent hatred and prejudice.
  2. The victims who are waiting for the right moment to retaliate. They can’t win yet, so they tolerate.
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DOF punishes 14 erring employees

By MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO(MUC, TMT)

The Department of Finance (DOF) has punished 14 officials and employees under its supervision and introduced changes to the electronic reporting system for treasurers of local government units (LGUs) to ensure transparency and accountability in government.

In a statement on Thursday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said he had ordered the implementation of separate rulings of the Office of the Ombudsman to either suspend or dismiss erring DOF officials in the first six months of the Duterte administration.

The cases involved grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

Dismissed were customs operations officer Khalid Minoao Calandada and municipal treasurers Ananie Raluto of Zamboanga del Sur, Eddie Rodriguez of Occidental Mindoro, Aniceta Suyat of Buguias in Benguet, Candidato Macabangon of Bubongin in Lanao del Sur, Cipriano Plazos of Katipunanin in Zamboanga del Norte and Angelita Roble of Tudela in Cebu.

Suspended for simple neglect of duty or simple dishonesty were customs special agent Samuel Gamao Saed and customs operations officer Jerry Gomez Ponce; municipal treasurers Carlos Bengil of South Cotabato, Cherryl Aguirre of Valladolid in Negros Occidental, Rosita Siniclang of Emilio in Ilocos Sur, Jose Pastor Jr. of Talaingod in Davao del Norte; and local treasury operations officer Marilou Rivera, provincial treasurer in-charge-of-office of Misamis Oriental.

Dominguez has also ordered the filing of administrative charges against fugitive Laoag City treasurer Elena Asuncion, and has asked the National Bureau of Investigation and the Commission on Audit to conduct deeper probes into the over P85-million worth of missing public funds under her accountability.

Dominguez, meanwhile, required treasurers of local governments to include in their quarterly and annual financial reports to the DOF all environment and natural resources revenues and expenditures, particularly payments made by the mining and other extractive industries to the local governments.

Local treasurers have been required since 2011 to report to the DOF on a quarterly and annual basis the fiscal and financial operations of their respective LGUs through the eSRE system. Dominguez expanded the scope of the reports to include mining and other extractive industries.

Under Dominguez’ new directive, local treasurers will submit their reports through a web-based Environment and Natural Resources Data Management Tool, a data management system associated with the eSRE system that is being maintained by the DOF-attached Bureau of Local Government Finance.

No. 4 Dinas Most Wanted Nabbed; Attempted Homicide Suspect Caught

(RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul)

The No. 4 Most Wanted Person and one of the Top 10 High Value Targets (HVT) (Provincial Level) and member of the Ambol Criminal Group was arrested by elements of 2nd MC of RPSB9, Zamboanga Del Sur PPO, Zamboanga Del Sur Public Safety Company and Dinas MPS during the serving of warrant of arrest at Purok Lumati Barangay Benuatan, Dinas, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 9:00 AM on November 29, 2016.

The arrested man was identified as Kamon Sulaiman. This is by virtue of the warrant for Multiple Attempted Murder filed under Criminal Case Number 09-095 issued by Presiding Judge Edilberto G Absin of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 29. Subject person is temporarily detained at Dinas MPS lock up cell for proper disposition.

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A farmer was collared during a police operation in Campo 7, Barangay Blancia, Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 5:00 PM on November 30, 2016. The arrested man was identified as Rosito Vente alias “Dodo”, 39, a farmer residing in said place. The arrested person has a standing warrant for Attempted Homicide docketed under Criminal Case No. 5006-M issued by Presiding Judge Crislyn C. Pangindian, 11th MCTC of Mahayag-Dumingag-Josefina, 9th Judicial Region, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur with bail bond of Php 12,000.00.

No. 3 Guipos Most Wanted Nabbed for Murder; 6 Other Wanted Persons Captured

(RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul, RPIO9)

Combined personnel of Guipos MPS and DMUPS II of Zamboanga City Police Office served an arrest warrant in Telecom Drive, Barangay Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City on December 1, 2016 at about 7:20 PM. The operation resulted in the arrest of Lucillier Rubia y Maribao 36, resident of Purok 7, Barangay Baguitan, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur, the No. 3 Most Wanted Person in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.

The accused was arrested by virtue of warrant for murder docketed under Criminal Case Number 5669-21-2k dated June 29, 2001 issued by Acting Presiding Judge Rolando L. Goan of Regional Trial Court, Branch 20, Pagadian City with no bail bond recommended. Subject person is now temporarily detained at Zamboanga CPS while awaiting court disposition.

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Elements of Tukuran MPS conducted a manhunt operation in Purok Kamanggahan, Barangay Curvada, Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 7:00 AM on December 1, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Marwin Colinares Olivar, 29, resident of Purok Hyrons, Barangay Panduma Sr, of this municipa. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for physical injuries in relation to RA 9262 docketed under under CC No. 12902-2k16 issued by Presiding Judge Benjamin R. Lanzaderas of RTC, Branch 22, Pagadian City dated June 20, 2016 with bail bond recommended fixed at Php 60,000.00. Arrested subject person is presently detained at Tukuran MPS for proper disposition.

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Personnel of Tabina MPS held a manhunt operation in Barangay Baya-Baya, Tabina, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 12:00 PM on December 1, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Jaimelenton Maco Joyel, 46, a farmer residing in said barangay. Said person was arrested by virtue of warrant for grave threats filed under Criminal Case Number 16-2236-t issued by Presiding Judge Johnabel H. Tabunda of 7th MCTC of Dimataling, Tabina and Pitogo with a recommended bail bond of Php 3,000.00. The arrested subject person is presently detained at Tabina MPS for proper disposition.

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Personnel of Tukuran MPS conducted a police operation in Purok Kamanggahan, Barangay Curvada, Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur on November 1, 2016 at about 7:00 AM. The operation resulted in the arrest of Marwin Olivar y Colinares, 29, a driver residing in Purok Hyrons, Barangay Panduma Sr., Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur. The accused was arrested by virtue of warrant for Physical Injuries in Relation to RA 9262 docketed under Criminal Case Number 12902,2k16, issued by Presiding Judge Benjamin R Lanzaderas, Regional Trial Court, Branch 22, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur dated June 20, 2016 with a recommended bail bond of Php 60,000,00. The accused is temporarily detained at Tukuran MPS while awaiting court disposition.

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Personnel of Tabina MPS served an arrest warrant in Barangay Baya-Baya, Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur on December 1, 2016 at about 12:00 PM. This resulted in the arrest of Jaimelenton Joyel y Maco, 46, resident of Baya-Baya, Tabina, Zamboanga Del Sur. The accused was arrested by virtue of warrant for Grave Threats docketed under Criminal Case Number 16-2236-T issued by Presiding Judge Johnabel H Tabunda of 7th MCTC, Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur with a recommended bail bond of Php 3,000.00. Subject person is temporarily detained at Tabina MPS while awaiting court disposition.

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Combined operatives of RT Lim MPS and Zamboanga Sibugay Public Safety Company conducted a manhunt operation in Purok Mangga, Barangay Balansag, RT Lim, Zamboanga SIbugay at about 8:00 AM on December 1, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Roger Amorin y Maglangit, 33, resident of above-mentioned place. The arrest was made by virtue of warrant for murder issued docketed under Criminal Case Number i-5236 issued by Acting Presiding Judge Josefino P Bael of RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 24th, Ipil dated April 22, 2013 with no bail bond recommended. Through intelligence-driven operation of the concerned units, the accused was monitored at said place and was eventually arrested. Arrested person is now under the custody of RT Lim MPS for documentation and further disposition prior his turn-over to the court.

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A farmer was arrested following a manhunt operation conducted by operatives of Siay MPS in Barangay Sibuguey, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay at 9:56 in the evening of December 1, 2016. Siay MPS identified the suspect as Felicito Siega Patubo, 49, farmer and resident of Barangay Guintolan, Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay. This is by virtue of a warrant for grave threats docketed under Criminal Case Number 7864-s issued by Presiding Judge Gino Jovito C. Aranas of 3rd Municipal Circuit Trial Court, Kabasalan-Siay in Kabasalan this province, dated November 11, 2016 with a recommended bail bond fixed at Php 12,000.00. Subject arrested person was immediately brought to Siay MPS for documentation and proper disposition.

Police, military in Zambo Sur placed on ‘triple red alert’ status

(PNA), NYP/TPGJR/HDC/

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Dec. 27 (PNA) -- Police and military forces in this province have been placed on “triple red alert” to be able to swiftly respond to atrocities from lawless and terrorist groups, officials disclosed.

Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre, provincial police director, on Tuesday disclosed they raised the alert status based on the recommendation of the National Security Council following intelligence report of possible attacks and bombings by terrorist groups.

On Christmas eve, 16 people, including a policeman, were injured in a grenade explosion in front of a Catholic church while churchgoers were receiving holy communion in Midsayap, North Cotabato.

However, authorities said the grenade, which was lobbed towards a police car, was the handiwork of a drug syndicate affected by the anti-drug campaign in North Cotabato.

Ecaldre said it was agreed during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting that police and soldiers’ visibility will be increase in public places like public markets, plazas, bus terminals, malls, and churches especially on New Year’s eve.

He said the city and municipal police stations would take charge of security in their respective areas while the Provincial Public Safety Company, together with the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion, are designated to conduct mobile checkpoints along the national highways.

Supt. Michael Palermo, city police chief, has advised the public to refrain from carrying backpacks while going to public plazas and malls.

Police authorities also advised the public to refrain from igniting firecrackers in welcoming the new year.

Soldier wounded in Pagadian City shooting

By Bong Garcia (Sunnex)

A MEMBER of the Army Scout Ranger was wounded after he was shot by unidentified gunman along the national highway in the village of Tiguma, Pagadian City Friday dawn.

Zamboanga del Sur Police Director Sofronio Ecaldre identified the victim as Private First Class Leve Andrade, 34, a resident of the village of Tagolo, Tukuran town.

Andrade is assigned at the Special Operations Command (Socom) based in Jolo, Sulu.

Ecaldre said that Andrade was driving motorcycle on the way home when shot by one of two men riding on another motorcycle that tailed him.

Andrade is now recovering at a hospital. Police investigation is ongoing to identify the perpetrators.

Riding-in-tandem gunmen wounds soldier in Pagadian City

(PNA), NYP/TPGJR/

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Dec. 24 (PNA) -- The police has been tasked to conduct an in-depth probe to identify and arrest the riding in tandem gunmen behind the attempted gun slay of a soldier in Pagadian city.

Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre, Zamboanga del Sur police director, issued the order after he received the official report over the incident.

Ecaldre identified the victim as Pfc. Leve Andrade, a resident of Barangay Tagolo, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.

Andrade, 34, is an Army Scout Ranger assigned in the province of Sulu

Ecaldre said Andrade was shot and wounded by one of two men aboard a motorcycle around 2 a.m. Friday along the highway in Barangay Tiguma, Pagadian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Sur province.

Ecaldre said investigation showed that Andrade was driving motorcycle on the way home when shot once by the riding in tandem suspect who tailed the victim.

He said they received information that the shooter, armed with a caliber .45 pistol, was clad in white sleeveless shirt and short pants at the time of the incident.

He said Andrade was hospitalized in Pagadian City.

Farmer Held for Ordinance Violation; Arrogant Motorist Nabbed for Multiple Violations

(RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul)

A 37-year old farmer was collared during a police operation conducted by Ramon Magsaysay MPS in Purok 3, Barangay Esperanza, Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 1:30 PM on November 28, 2016.

The arrested man was identified as Syryl Briton Basilan, 37, resident of the above-mentioned place. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for violation of CO 595,S-2015, docketed under Criminal Case Number 119492, dated September 14, 2016, issued by Judge Eduardo Cruz Solangon Jr., Presiding Judge, National Capital Judicial Region, Branch 98, Mandaluyong City with a recommended bail bond of PHP 2,000.00. Suspect is temporarily detained in Ramon Magsaysay MPS lock-up cell awaiting court disposition.

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Ipil MPS personnel conducting night watch patrol in Purok Evangeline, Ipil Heights, Ipil at about 9:30 PM on November 28, 2016, spotted a suspicious person onboard a blue Honda XRM motorcycle, without plate number at the aforementioned place. The team stopped and approached the driver for verification of his identity and motorcycle papers. Said person was later identified as Cirilo B Andale, 45, resident of Guinoman, Diplahan, with various traffic violations including no driver’s license, no plate number, improvised muffler, no OR/CR, this prompted the team to issue citation tickets for said violations. Furthermore, when the team explained his traffic violations, Andale arrogantly disobeyed and refused to surrender his motorcycle, then walked away while uttering insulting words. This forced the team take the suspect along with his motorcycle to Ipil MPS for proper disposition.

Illegal firecrackers seized in Pagadian City and San Fernando City, La Union

By Erwin Colcol (EC/KG, GMA News)

Authorities have seized illegal firecrackers being sold in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur and San Fernando City, La Union, an Unang Balita report on Thursday said.

In Pagadian City, these dangerous firecrackers were being sold openly in several stores.

Among those being sold were the firecrackers Lolo Thunder, bawang, and watusi.

The city has banned the sale of these firecrackers to avoid accidents.

Vendors, however, defended themselves and said they have secured a permit from the Civil Security Group in Camp Crame to sell the firecrackers.

Almost P1-M firecrackers

Meanwhile in San Fernando City, La Union, authorities confiscated illegal firecrackers amounting to almost P1 million.

More than 100 boxes of illegal firecrackers were seized in the stores.

Authorities said these stores do not have permits to sell the firecrackers.

Aside from this, they also do not have a fire safety certificate.

TESDA offers scholarship grants for students in Region 9

By Gideon C. Corgue (ALT/GCC/PIA-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will give scholarship grants to high school and college students in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

In a Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA) Summit held recently at Springland Resort here, TESDA Secretary Guiling Mamondiong said that a total of 30,000 scholarship grants are allocated for region 9.

The scholarship program is part of the CRDA of the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, which seeks to uplift the living condition of the people in Mindanao particularly in regions 9, 10, and 12.

Mamondiong said the president has instructed him to formulate comprehensive reforms and development agenda for the ARMM and conflict- affected areas in the three regions to restore peace and order.

“This is the first time that a huge number of scholarships has been granted by TESDA to students in armed conflict affected areas,” Mamondiong proudly announced.

The program is also CHED’s commitment and support to the action plan being set forth by President Duterte’s administration in improving the economic condition of conflict-affected areas under the CRDA.

Mamondiong added that the scholarship grant aims to contribute to the national government’s thrusts in effectively addressing poverty alleviation by increasing the number of graduates in higher education.

“I believe that this is a long-term solution and commitment to break the vicious poverty cycle afflicting the poor but deserving Filipino youth and their families,” he added.

He already talked to officials of the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Ipil and Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay and informed them that TESDA will be tapping their schools to make sure that they will be able to accommodate those who need skills training.


PHO, PNAO conduct stakeholders meeting on nutrition

Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) – With the aim to reduce preventable deaths caused by Severe Acute Malnutrition and improve nutritional status of the vulnerable population especially among the poor, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Zamboanga del Sur together with the Provincial Nutrition Action Office (PNAO) conducted yesterday a stakeholders meeting for nutrition program held at Hotel Guillermo this city.

Ms. Grace F. Sumogue, nutritionist-dietician of the PHO reported that based on the 15th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), Zamboanga Peninsula has a medium prevalence of 19 percent for severely underweight and underweight combined, 30.3 percent high prevalence for severely stunted and stunted combined, and 7.1 percent poor prevalence for severely wasted children.

“Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is an emergency health condition that afflicts children and is common to most parts of the country. SAM children are 9 to 12 times more likely to die than well-nourished kids and 45 percent of childhood deaths are caused by undernutrition,” Sumogue said.

Meanwhile, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Girlie Ariosa-Tamayo disclosed the status of the 2016 malnutrition prevalence rate of Zamboanga del Sur as follows: Under Weight and Severely Under Weight - 7.63 percent; Wasted and Severely Wasted also known as the hidden hunger among children - 4.06 percent and Stunted and Severely Stunted which she said is irreversible is at 14.04 percent.

During the meeting, the group has identified issues and challenges affecting the implementation of the nutrition program in the province and came up with an action plan to address the issues by 2017.

Among the stakeholders present were: the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), PhilHealth, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Provincial Board (Committee on Health), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

2 Wanted Farmers Jailed in Tukuran, Dumalinao

(RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul)

A 55-year old farmer was arrested during a police operation in Purok Bougainvilla, Barangay Santo Niño, Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 2:50 PM on November 17, 2016. Tukuran MPS identified the arrested man as Noel Baltonado y Tango, 55, resident of Purok San Francisco, Barangay Tabuan, Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur.

This was made by virtue of an arrest warrant for Violation of RA 10591 filed under Criminal Case Number 13184-2k16 issued by Presiding Judge Benjamin R. Lanzaderas of RTC, Branch 21, Pagadian City dated November 8, 2016, with a recommended bail bond of Php 60,000.00. The accused is now temporarily detained at Tukuran MPS while waiting for a commitment order from court.

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Elements of Dumalinao MPS conducted a manhunt operation in Purok Mahogany, Barangay Camalig, Pagadian City at about 6:30 PM on November 17, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Albert Dalahay y Aganos, 27, a farmer residing in Purok Rosas, Barangay Pantad, San Pablo, Zamboanga del Sur. Said person has a standing warrant of arrest for Rape docketed under Criminal Case Number 12662-2K16 issued by Presiding Judge Benjamin Lanzaderas of RTC Branch 22, Pagadian City with no bail bond recommended. Said suspect is now temporarily detained at Dumalinao MPS while waiting for a commitment order from court.

2 dead, 3 wounded in Zamboanga del Sur road accident

By Bong Garcia (Sunnex)

YWO people, including a police officer, were killed while three other were injured in four-vehicle smash-up along the highway of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Sunday, December 18.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) Information Officer Rogelio Alabata said the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 17, at Sitio Alang-Alang in the village of Poblacion, Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur.

Alabata identified the two fatalities as Senior Inspector Jeremias Pepito, 54, the officer-in-charge of Tambulig Municipal Police Station, and Rey Capilitan, 32, of Upper Tiparak, Tambulig.

Wounded were Al Rey Estillore, 48, his wife, Flordeliza, and a companion, Mary Joy Awa.

Anthony Kim Suan, 24, the driver of a Fuso Drop-side Truck of Putting Manok Corporation, was unscathed during the accident.

Alabata said the vehicles that figured in the smash-up were travelling to different directions when the incident occurred.

He added Pepito and Capilitan were rushed but they failed to reach the hospital alive.

Suan voluntarily surrendered to the police after the incident.

Estafa Suspects Arrested in Pagadian and ZC; 5 Others Nabbed

(RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul)

Pagadian City Police Station implemented a warrant of arrest at Purok Bayanihan, San Francisco District, Pagadian City on November 24, 2016 at around 10:45 AM. This resulted in the arrest of Judith Jugarap y Perez, 41, resident of said place.

The arrested person has a standing warrant of arrest for Estafa docketed under Criminal Case No. 19239 issued by Presiding Judge Silvestre D. Orejana of RTC Branch 5, Iligan City, with a recommended bail bond of Php 40,000.00. Said suspect is now in police custody.

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Members of Zamboanga City Police Station 11 Detective Management Unit (DMU) served the warrant of arrest against Aldaquer Abdalino, 31, resident of Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City at about 10:20 AM on November 24, 2016, at Masuhud Drive, Barangay Tumaga, Zamboanga City. This is by virtue of arrest warrant for Violation of Section 5 (d) of RA 9262 docketed under Criminal Case Number 32677 issued by Presiding Judge Peter V Eisma of the Regional Trial Court, 9th Judicial Region Branch 15, Zamboanga City dated May 26, 2016 with a recommended bail bond of Php 24,000.00. The accused is presently detained at said station prior his turn-over to the court concerned.

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Combined operatives of Zamboanga City Police Station and Katipunan MPS conducted a police operation at about 11:00 AM on November 24, 2016 in Barangay Sangali, Zamboanga City. The arrested wanted person was identified as Marissa Demadara y Gabucan, 31, resident of Barangay Tumaga Porcentro. The same units held a police operation at about 3:00 PM that day in Barangay Sangali, Zamboanga City. The arrested wanted person was identified Mark Demadara y Maceda, 30, resident of Barangay Tumaga Porcentro, Zamboanga City. This is by virtue of arrest warrant for Estafa docketed under CC Nos. 20620, 20621, and 20622 issued by Judge Cherry Joy C. Concha-Ageas of RTC Branch 10 Dipolog City with a recommended bail bond of Php 30,000.00, Php 20,000.00, and Php.20,000 corresponding to each case. The accused is presently detained at said station prior his turn-over to the court concerned.

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A 29-year old man was arrested at about 4:15 PM on November 24, 2016 in Barangay Baybay Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte. Liloy MPS identified the arrested person as Alvin Nobleza Estorco, 29, resident of Barangay Comunal, Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte. This is by virtue of arrest warrant for Grave Oral Defamation docketed in CC No. 2964 issued by Judge Kathia C. Adasa-Santiago of MCTC Liloy-Tampilisan 9th Judicial Region Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte dated November 15, 2016 with a recommended bail bond of Php 6,000.00 Pesos. At about 4:45 PM of same date, the said team arrested another suspect identified as Mr. Emedio Nobleza Estorco, 39, in Barangay Comunal, Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte. Said individuals were later released after putting a cash bond of Php 6,000.00 each.

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A woman was arrested at about 7:45 PM on November 24, 2016 in Barangay Bacuyong, Piñan, Zamboanga Del Norte. Piñan MPS identified the arrested person as Celeste Flora y Makintura, 38, resident of said barangay. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Qualified Theft docketed under CC#1331 duly issued by Judge Roy P. Murallon of RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Branch 36, Calamba, Misamis Occidental with a recommended bail bond of Php 40,000.00. Subject person is now detained at Piñan MPS for proper disposition.

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Two individuals who were previous drug surrenderers were arrested by combined elements of La Libertad and CIDG at about 9:30 AM on November 24, 2016 in Barangay Mauswagon, La Libertad, Zamboanga Del Norte. They were identified as Ronal B. Amparo, Jr., 18, and Elven P. Malagum, 19, both resident of said place. This is by virtue of a virtue of warrant of arrest for Acts of Lasciviousness in relation to R.A. 7610 docketed under Criminal Case Number 21259 and 21260 issued by Presiding Judge Rogelio D. Laquihon of RTC, Branch 7, 9th Judicial Region, Dipolog City with a recommended bail bond of Php 12,000.00. The captured suspects are now detained at La Libertad MPS for proper disposition.

No. 4 Drug Personality in Pagadian, 2 Drug Dealers in ZC Busted

(RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul)

The no. 4 High Value Target Drug Personality in Pagadian City was arrested by the Provincial Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (PAIDSOTG) and Pagadian City Police Station during a joint drug buy-bust operation in Zone 3, Muricay, Pagadian City at around 8:45 AM on November 23, 2016.

The arrested drug suspect was identified as Naira Baradzar y Mala, 44, resident of said place. Baradzar was arrested when he sold a sachet of of suspected shabu to a poseur buyer. Furthermore, confiscated him were two small sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia, and marked money.

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Station Anti-Illegal Drug Task Group of Zamboanga City Police Station 5 (Divisoria) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Regional Office 9, conducted an anti-illegal drug buy-bust operation at the vicinity of Sunrise Village in Barangay Guiwan, Zamboanga City at about 7:00 PM on November 23, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of a suspected drug pusher identified as Michael Marc Pajarito y Fabro a.k.a. “Michael”, 37, resident of said place. Seized during the operation were a sachet of suspected shabu, various drug paraphernalia, and marked money.

This was followed by another sting operation in the area at around 8:45 PM which resulted in the arrest of a suspected drug pusher named Joe Alvin Ranoco y Niesas, 40, resident of Cabato Road, Barangay Tetuan. Confiscated from him were three sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride several drug paraphernalia, and a black/white Honda XRM motorcycle bearing plate number JA16426. The arrested drug personalities are presently detained at said station for filing appropriate charges in court.

Dominguez orders dismissal of Customs officer, 2 municipal treasurers

(MB Online)

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the dismissal of Bureau of Customs (BOC) officer, Khalid Minoao Calandada and two municipal treasurers, Ananie Raluto of Zamboanga del Sur and Eddie Rodriguez of Occidental Mindoro.

Another municipal treasurer, Carlos Bengil of South Cotabato, was ordered suspended from office for one month.

According to the Ombudsman’s findings. Raluto was found liable for dishonesty and grave misconduct in the purchasing of 3,332 bottles of liquid foliar fertilizer.

Bengil, on the other hand, was suspended due to “an error in judgement” with the P1.8 million worth of fertilizer for South Cotabato. Earlier, Dominguez ordered the suspension without pay of municipal treasurers Angelita Roble of Tudela, Cherryl Aguirre of Valladolid, Aniceta Suyat, Candidato Macabangon, and Rosita Siniclang of Emilio and the Local Treasury Operations Officer IV Marilou Rivera.

In addition, the suspension of Special Agent Samuel Gamao Saed, and Customs Operations Officer IV Jerry Gomez Ponce, were directed by Dominguez for dishonesty and neglect of duty.

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Gunmen rob businesswoman

By Bong Garcia

MOTORCYCLE-riding gunmen held up and robbed a businesswoman of P30,000 in cash in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Monday, December 12.

Zamboanga Sibugay Police Director Romulo Cleve Taboso identified the victim as Methodia Ursaiz, 62, a businesswoman, from Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur.

Taboso said Ursaiz was held up and robbed around 12 noon Sunday along the National Highway in the village of Monching, Siay Zamboanga Sibugay.

Investigation showed Ursaiz had just disembarked from her vehicle when the two suspects on board a motorcycle arrived.

The back rider who was wearing jacket, baseball cap and shawl that covered his face disembarked and approached the victim and declared the hold-up.

The suspects fled toward the direction of Ipil town, bringing with them the victim’s sling bag containing more or less P30,000.

Driver Charged with RA 7610 Violation, 3 Other Wanted Persons Caught

(RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul)

A 38-year old driver was arrested in Purok Magdadaro, Barangay Monte Alegre, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 8:30 AM of November 23, 2016. Aurora MPS identified the arrested man as Greg Saavedra y Resaba, 31, a driver residing in Purok 5, Barangay Poblacion B, Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur.

This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for violation of RA 7610 docketed under Criminal Case Number 16-10, 1373 issued by Presiding Judge Analyn F. Ramas-Costanilla of RTC9, Branch 30, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur, with a recommended bail bond of Php 80, 000.00. The accused is temporarily detained at Aurora MPS while waiting for commitment order from the court.

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Operatives of Labangan MPS conducted a manhunt operation in Purok Gundaway, Tawagan Norte, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 8:16 AM of November 23, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Amancio Alayon y Dumaguing, 25, resident of said place. Alayon has a standing warrant of arrest for Slight Physical Injuries docketed under Criminal Case Number 17391 issued by Presiding Judge Joel G. Vercide of MTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 1, Pagadian City with a recommended bail bond of Php 5,000.00. He is now temporarily detained at Labangan MPS while waiting for commitment order from the court.

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A 56-year old man was arrested in Sitio Canibo, Barangay Villahermoso, Roxas at about 9:00 AM on November 23, 2016. Roxas MPS identified as Flavio Balansag Denolan, 56, resident of said place. The suspect was arrested at his residence by virtue of warrant of arrest for Rape In Relation To RA 7610 docketed under Criminal Case No. 21261 dated November 17, 2016 issued by Presiding Judge Rogelio D. Laquihon of RTC9 Branch 7, Dipolog City without bail. The arrested wanted person is now detained at Roxas MPS for proper disposition.

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Personnel of Dapitan City Police Station conducted a manhunt operation in Barangay Antipolo, Dapitan City at about 5:00 AM on November 23, 2016. This led to the arrest of Ricky Paso Hapole, 26, resident of Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City, who is listed in the weekly target acquisition on wanted persons by Dapitan CPS. Said suspect was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest for Theft docketed under CC No. 17932 issued by Acting Presiding Judge Vittorio Dante D. Dalman of Municipal Trial Court in Cities, 9th Judicial Region; Dapitan City dated November 14, 2016 with recommended bail bond of Php 10,000.00. When the suspect was frisked, the team found two sachets of suspected shabu. The suspect is now detained in Dapitan CPS for proper disposition.

Off-duty cop killed in Pagadian City — police

By Joseph Tristan Roxas (JTR/LBG, GMA News) 10:53:26

An off-duty police officer was killed by an unidentified gunman in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur on Saturday evening.

Quoting authorities, GMA News stringer Aude Hampong identified the victim as PO1 Ferdinand Alino Jr, 37, who was assigned at the Josefina Municipal Police Station.

An initial investigation by the Pagadian City Police Station showed that Alino was sitting on his parked motorcycle in front of a drugstore at the corner of Benigno Aquino Street and Rizal Avenue when the lone gunman approached and shot him eight times.

Authorities said that the suspect immediately ran towards a waiting motorcycle and fled heading for Cabrera Street in Barangay Gatas.

Anilo was rushed to the Pagadian City Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival.

Police recovered eight bullet casings and a caliber .45 handgun believed to be of the assailant.

Police are still determining the motive for Anilo's slay, but are not discounting the possibility that the attack was related to his lending business.

2016 Paskuhan Festival features nightly variety shows

By Gideon C. Corgue (ALT/GCC/PIA-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) – The 2016 Paskuhan Festival of the city government highlights a series of nightly variety shows with performances from students and local artists.

Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones in a press conference held recently at the New Executive Function Hall disclosed that the variety show features musical performances, dances, comedy shows, and magic among others.

For a truly unforgettable Christmas experience, Pulmones said the public is invited to watch the nightly variety shows and give delightful moments to families to enjoy the Yuletide season.

The Paskuhan kicked off Friday night with fireworks display that lighted the sky and dazzled Pagadianons who came with their families.

He said for this year, the light-a-tree and light-a-barangay hall contest have not been included due to budget constraints.

“For this year, we did not push through with the light-a-barangay hall contest because the barangays have no budget for the activity,” Pulmones said, adding that they are focused on President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.

The contests are the highlights of “Paskuhan,” a month-long celebration organized by the city government at the premises of Plaza Luz to make the spirit of Christmas definitely alive and felt by the people thru the display of Christmas symbols.

“Even without these activities, people can still feel the spirit of Christmas if Christ is truly in their hearts,” Mayor Pulmones said.

TESDA to conduct CRDA Summit in Pagadian City

By Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, 9 Dec (PIA) – To solicit and consolidate programs and commitments for infrastructure and economic development for the region, a summit on the Comprehensive Reform Development Agenda (CRDA) spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be conducted on December 13, 2016 at Springland Resort, this city.

TESDA Provincial Director Eulalio B. Lumactod said the summit aims to identify the needs and requirements of industries and other sectors, as well as the infrastructure and economic development projects that will be incorporated as commitment in the CRDA program from 2016 to 2022.

Participants to the CRDA Summit are office heads or representatives, planning officers and engineers of local government units (LGUs), civil society groups and peoples organizations, concerned national government agencies (NGAs), industry groups, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) association/academe, other TVET partners and stakeholders and the media.

TESDA Director General Guiling “Gene” A. Mamondiong will present the Comprehensive Reform Development Agenda during the summit.

CRDA was simultaneously launched last October 29, 2016 in Regions 9, 10 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to uplift the lives of residents in the region and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

Among the programs, projects and services covered by CRDA are scholarships and skills training from TESDA and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); water projects from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); agricultural machineries, equipment and seedlings from the Department of Agriculture (DA); banca, fish gear and gill nets from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR);

Medical equipment and supplies from the Department of Health (DOH); supplemental feeding from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); employment opportunities under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) and livelihood support from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); and the distribution of health cards from the PhilHealth.

2 most wanted in Zambo peninsula arrested

(Sunnex)

THE two most wanted persons in Zamboanga Peninsula were separately arrested by police authorities on Wednesday, December 7.

Dione Bation, Sr., 66 facing murder charges and Pahad Tantong alias "Paki" facing anti-illegal drugs charges, were arrested in Zamboanga Zibugay and Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur, respectively.

Bation was arrested around 6 a.m., in the village of Sto. Rosario, R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay by a joint team of policemen from Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao and PRO-Zamboanga Peninsula.

Zamboanga Sibugay police director Senior Superintendent Romulo Cleve Taboso said Bation is listed as the number four most wanted person in Northern Mindanao.

The suspect has standing warrants of arrest for murder with no bail recommended and frustrated murder with P200,000 recommended bail.

Tantong was arrested by joint police and military forces around 3 p.m. at Purok 3 in the village of Sambulawan, Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur.

Zamboanga del Sur police director Senior Superintendent Sofronio Ecaldre said Tantong is the number seven high-value target drug personality and an alleged member of the Ambol criminal group.

Ecladre said Tantong has standing warrants of arrest for violation of Republic Act 8294 for illegal possession of firearms and RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 with P280,000 recommended bail.

Fake doctor in Zamboanga Del Sur sued

By Karina V. Canedo

THE Office of the Ombudsman has recommended the filing of charges against a former municipal health officer for falsely representing himself as a licensed doctor.

In a seven-page resolution, the Ombudsman charged former Municipal Health Officer George Comendador of Margosatubig, Zamboanga Del Sur with the violation of Section 3 of Republic Act 3019 otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The allegation was proven after Comendador’s name did not appear on the list of licensed individuals at the Professional Regulations Commission.

The Ombudsman further stated that the municipality of Margosatubig suffered undue injury as they had paid Comendador a salary worth P4,388,378.60 since his employment for the job from January 1996 until his retirement in May 2013.

DOH activates Task Force Zika in Region 9

(PNA), NYP/TPGJR/RGAAG/

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) has activated the regional "Task Force Zika" to oversee prevention programs against the disease here in Region 9.

Dr. Lenny Joy Johnson, DOH-9 local health support division officer-in-charge, on Monday said the task force consists of medical personnel from the DOH regional office and other stakeholders.

Johnson said the task force will conduct advocacy and surveillance against the Zika virus, and treatment if and when there is a positive case of the disease in the region.

She said the advocacy is focused on the 4S strategy which includes the following: search and destroy; self protection; seek early consultation; and, say yes to fogging only during outbreak.

“We are strengthening the surveillance and intensifying the advocacy on 4S in the region for the prevention of Zika,” she added.

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a flavivirus. This occurs in tropical countries with large mosquito population.

The virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus, mainly Aedes Aegypti in urban areas and Aedes albopictus in rural areas.

Signs and symptoms of the virus includes fever, conjunctivitis, skin rash, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, pain behind the eyes, and vomiting.

The illness is usually mild and self-limiting with symptoms lasting for two to seven days.

Complications brought by Zika are Guillain-Barre’ syndrome, which is the sudden weakening of muscles and neonatal malformation, a Microcephaly condition where a baby’s head is smaller than those of other babies of the same age and sex.

In the Philippines, positive cases of Zika were discovered in Luzon and Visayas areas.

Water woes hound relocation sites for informal settlers

By Raymund F. Antonio

Most of the relocation project sites for informal settlers have one thing in common, the absence of water supply.

“If the relocation sites and reports from the office would be our basis, the number one problem is really water. Several relocation sites have no potable water,” Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo said.

Robredo, who holds a Cabinet rank as housing czar, noted that residents of these relocation sites need shell out extra money to buy water.

“They can’t afford to get their own house yet they still have to buy water which is too expensive,” the Vice President said.

Under Republic Act 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act, relocation sites are required to have complete utilities like water, electricity as well as access to public transportation and livelihood.

While lack of water supply topped the housing problem, she raised that residents also have no access to livelihood.

As a result, Robredo said, several relocation sites outside the city are unoccupied.

“So it is like the housing problem is not resolved,” she added.

For instance, the low occupancy is evident in the houses built by the government for military and police personnel and super typhoon Yolanda victims.

A report from the National Housing Authority (NHA) showed that the policemen and soldiers have only occupied 8,397 of the 60,738 housing units that were built as of Sept. 30.

These houses are located in Cavite, Bulacan, Quezon, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Laguna, Iloilo, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Bukidnon, Zamboanga del Sur, Sulu, Surigao del Nore, Davao del Sur, and Maguindanao, among others.

Of the 29,661 houses completed for typhoon victims, only 4,278 houses have been occupied, which only accounts for two percent of the total of 205,000 units needed.

The Vice President has been pushing for in-city relocation because informal settlers tend to return to their former homes due to the absence of employment opportunities.

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Murder and Estafa Suspects Snagged in ZC; 8 Charged with Violation of RA 3019 Surrender

(RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul)

Personnel of Zamboanga City PS1 (Vitali) conducted an operation against wanted person in Barangay Taguiti, Zamboanga City at about 5:00 in the morning of November 9, 2016. This resulted in the apprehension of Said Kulapa y Mohammad, of legal age, resident of Sitio Palo Palo, Tagasilay Zamboanga City.

This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Murder docketed under Criminal Case No. 33684 issued by Presiding Judge Peter V. Eisma of RTC Branch 15, Zamboanga City dated September 28, 2016 with no bail recommended. The arrested suspect is now temporarily under the custody of this station prior his turn-over to the proper Court.

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Members of Detective Management Unit (DMU) of Zamboanga City Police Station 11 served the warrant of arrest against Emma Cabahug y Bulias, 47, resident of Buenavista, Sto Niño, Zamboanga City at about 10:40 AM on November 9, 2016, at San Roque National High School, Zamboanga City. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case Number 52781 for Estafa defined and penalized under Art. 315-2 (a) of the RPC issued by Presiding Judge Ivan C Mendoza Jr. of Municipal Trial Court, 9th Judicial Region Branch 2, Zamboanga City dated June 28, 2016 with a recommended bail bond of Php 6,000.00. The accused is presently detained at said police station for proper disposition.

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Eight individuals voluntarily surrendered to Molave MPS at about 7:30 AM of November 9, 2016. They were identified as Flavio Jamorol Saniel, 65, Jerry Gene Egno Delos Santos, 46, Marcos Mamalias Bahinting, 53, Melita Castro Delos Santos, 53, Gasmelba Heyrosa Felicitas, 59, Nikki Bermejo Omboy, 42, and Lina Lou Jamorol Gitalan, 39, all residents of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur. Said persons have a standing warrant of arrest for violation of Sec. 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 docketed under Criminal Case No. 3019 issued by Associate Justice Jose R Hernandez, Sandigan Bayan Fourth Division, Quezon City, dated October 14, 2016 with bail bond of P30,000.00 each.

10-year old Zambo bet bags two gold medals in arnis

By JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte: Marvi Rivera of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur won two gold medals in arnis, the Philippines’ national martial art and sport in the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championships at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex here on Wednesday.

The 10-year old Rivera of Brgy. Pag-Asa, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur ruled the boys’ individual single weapon and boys’ individual sword and dagger events at the NCCC Mall.

“I just listened to my coach every time during the whole competition. Besides, I also had a rigorous training,” the Grade 4 pupil of Dumalinao Regional Pilot School told The Manila Times.

Rivera, who dreams of becoming an engineer someday, is aiming to earn a high school and college scholarship.

“I want to build our own house someday,” said Rivera, who is a beneficiary of the Zamboanga Del Sur Sports Academy, a local training center where athletes are being housed, fed, and educated.

“I want to build our own house someday,” said Rivera, who is a beneficiary of the Zamboanga Del Sur Sports Academy, a local training center where athletes are being housed, fed, and educated.

Davao del Sur’s Christian Lagula (single weapon) and Iloilo City’s Jeavan Susal (sword and dagger) won silver while Thaniel Jan Sapio (single weapon) of Lapu-Lapu City and John Del Jagolino (sword and dagger) of Bacolod bagged bronze.

Meanwhile, swimmer Maenard Batnag bagged five gold medals to emerge as the most bemedalled athlete in the tournament.

The Grade 7 student of Baguio City National High School dominated the boys’ 12-under 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 200m back, 100m freestyle, and 100m back.

“I took swimming just to stay active and lose weight. I did not expect that I will win any medals here in Batang Pinoy,” said Batnag, who registered one minute and 6.76 seconds in the 100m fly to defeat Tanauan City’s Andre Geronimo (1:09.59) and Leonardo Dalman 3rd (1:09.86) of Dipolog City.

The 12-year old Baguio native later topped the 200m individual medley in two minutes and 31.08 seconds followed by Jake Evangelista of Batangas City (2:38.11) and Philip Miguel Mendoza of Laguna (2:38.53).

The other first placers were Davao City standouts Matthieu Adrien Tao and Christian Paul Anor who snatched four gold medals each.

The 17-year old Anor clinched his fourth medal in the 50m event after ruling the boys’ 13-17 100m free, 100m backstroke and 200m back.

Tao, meanwhile, prevailed in the boys’ 12 and under 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle. He also led Davao to winning the 4x50m relay crown.

In athletics, the 2015 Batang Pinoy century dash champion Samantha Gem Limos of Cebu remained unbeaten after finishing with 12.41 seconds, better than her 12.48 seconds record last year.

But technical officials here said the race was wind-assisted and ruled-out Limos’12.39 seconds finish in the semifinals heat as a new record. Track and field Secretary General Renato Unso also affirmed it was wind-assisted.

The 2016 Children of Asia in Russia 100m dash bronze medalist Limos said she is all set to defend her title in the 200m and break her old Batang Pinoy record.

“I will just do better in the 200m,” said the 14-year old Limos, who will also run in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Other gold medalists in athletics were Jan Mervin Francisco of Dasmarinas, Cavite (boys’ 13-15 javelin), Tyronne Exequiel Flores of Dasmarinas, Cavite (boys’ 16-17 discus throw), Archie Sabaria of Aklan (boys’ 13-15 discus throw) Maryland Torres of Bago City (girls’ 16-17 discus throw), Set Abram Pilapil (boys’ 16-17 100m), and Eliza Cuyom of Dasmarinas, Cavite (girls’ 16-17 100m).

Another Dasmarinas bet Veruel Verdadero successfully retained his title in the 100m boys’ 13-15 category by finishing 10.95 seconds. Vince Buhayan of Iloilo (11.43) and Ponce Juenz Cabungcal of Aklan (11.54) finished second and third, respectively.

Other tricksters who also won gold were Sheila Talia of Aklan (girls’ 16-17 long jump), Marizel Buer of South Cotabato (girls’ 13-15 javelin), and Vincent Vianmar Dela Cruz of Bulacan (boys’ 13-15 2000m walk).

In the individual time trial (ITT) race, 16-year old Romas Mojares of Lipa City, Batangas outclassed his rivals by registering 19 minutes and 49 seconds in the boys’ 17-under event.

Finishing second and third, respectively, were Andrew King Remolino of Cebu Province (20:31) and Orlando Sabyon Jr. of Davao City (21:06).

Cebu’s Karen Manayon, on the other hand, bagged her second gold medal in the competition by ruling the girls’ 17-under ITT event with 17:46 minutes. Jeremy Marana of Nueva Ecija (17:51) and Veronica Dildio of Olongapo (18:01) finished second and third, respectively.

IFSP leads Mindanao Week of Peace celebration

By Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, 25 Nov (PIA) – The Interfaith Forum for Solidarity and Peace (IFSP), a faith-based organization in partnership with non-government organizations and national government agencies, spearheaded the celebration of Mindanao Week of Peace with the theme “Respecting and Protecting Life: A celebration of the Filipino Spirit.”

The celebration aims to strengthen the awareness of civil society, the youth sector, government agencies and other sectors on the advocacies and efforts toward the attainment of peace. It also intends to deepen awareness of peace building as essential for the respect and protection of life.

Mr. Brahim Balimbingan, chairman, Committee on Mindanao Week of Peace 2016 said to officially kick-off this year’s celebration, a tree planting was conducted today participated by different stakeholders at the Eco-Park, Buenavista, this city.

“The trees we have planted today is a symbolic activity which represents life, and we have to respect and protect it because life is sacred,” Balimbingan pointed out.

In support to this year’s theme, series of activities have been prepared for the week-long celebration which includes - Day of Prayer, Peace Forum: Roadmap to Peace, Environmental Forum, Women’s Peace Forum, Interfaith Visual Arts and Youth Forum on Anti-Drugs, among others.

In order to attain the objectives of the celebration, everyone is encouraged to support and participate in the different scheduled activities, according to Balimbingan.

Proclamation No. 127 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on November 26, 2001 declares the last Thursday of November up to the first Wednesday of December of every year thereafter as Mindanao Week of Peace.