Zamboanga del Sur News October 2016

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Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines
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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?


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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PNP adopts tight security to ensure solemn, peaceful ‘Undas’ in Zamboanga del Sur


PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur (PNA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has adopted tight security measures, dubbed as Oplan Kaluluwa, to ensure the solemn and peaceful observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in this province.

Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre, provincial PNP director, on Saturday told the Philippines News Agency that the implementation of Oplan Kaluluwa takes effect Sunday, Oct. 30, until Thursday, Nov. 3.

Ecaldre said policemen would be stationed in public and private cemeteries and were tasked to conduct visibility patrols in all public places to thwart any possible disturbance by lawless elements.

There are six cemeteries in this city alone. These included four private, one public and one Chinese cemeteries.

This province comprises of one city and 26 municipalities. Each of the towns has their respective public and private cemeteries.

Ecaldre said that troops from the Army’s First Infantry Division would augment the PNP forces in providing security for the peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

He said the soldiers would man the checkpoints along the highways and roads leading to the cemeteries.

In this city, Supt. Michael Palermo, local police chief, has tapped the assistance of the village watchmen (barangay tanods) for traffic management leading to the cemeteries.

Palermo said that Provincial Public Safety Battalion policemen and troops from the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion will conduct mobile patrols as well as secure public places like public markets, department stores, seaport and bus terminal.

He said the bringing of bladed weapons, firearms, intoxicating drinks, playing cards, flammable materials and sound system into the cemeteries is prohibited.

He called on the public to cooperate with them since the tight security measure is to ensure the safety of everybody.

He also urged the public to immediately report to them any presence of people acting suspiciously in their respective communities.

Parole Violator in Payao, 2 Wanted Persons Arrested

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Paul P. Ramayra (RPIO9)

A robbery suspect was arrested in Barangay Lower Dimaya, Dinas, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 5:15 PM on October 20, 2016. Said suspect was identified as Eduardo Asoy a.k.a. “Tata Balut”, a resident of said place.

This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for robbery docketed under Criminal Case Number 15-077 issued by Presiding Judge Felix B Rodriguez Jr. of RTC, Branch 29, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur with a recommended bail bond of Php 30,000.00. He is now temporarily detained at Dinas MPS while awaiting commitment order from the court.


Elements of Imelda MPS implemented the order of arrest and recommitment under Resolution # OAR-I-A-(2)-10-03-16 issued by the Board of Pardons and Parole dated October 3, 2016 in Quezon City. The team arrested Roger Corpuz y Monilar, 43, chainsaw operator, and resident of Brgy, Bulongisan, Imelda at about 5:00 in the afternoon of October 20, 2016. Subject person was convicted of homicide by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 29, San Miguel, ZDS and sentenced to an indeterminate prison term of 10 to 17 years and 4 months and was ordered to pay Php. 50,000.00 as indemnity. He was granted a “discharge on parole” by the Board of Pardons and Parole on April 16, 2013 under certain condition nos. 2, 5, 8, and 13 but the respondent violated his parole after failing to report regularly for courtesy supervision in Zamboanga City Parole and Probation Office. He suddenly stopped reporting after February 14, 2014, transferred to Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay without permission from his supervisor, and exhibited the habit of telling lies, claiming that his grandmother passed away as an excuse for his failure to report, and saying that his supervision period is for one year only. He disobeyed the orders of his supervisor and manifested disorderly behavior and a recalcitrant attitude towards rehabilitation. The subject was arrested at the place where he worked as a chainsaw operator in Brgy. Mountain View, Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay and is subsequently detained at Imelda MPS pending his transfer to the Bureau of Correction.


Operatives of Talusan MPS conducted a manhunt operation in Barangay Poblacion, Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay at about 8:00 AM on October 20, 2016. This resulted to the arrest of Alih Amiya, legal age, resident of said place. This is by virtue of a warrant of arrest for qualified theft with criminal case no. IM-15-1025 issued by Presiding Judge Josefino P. Bael of RTC IX Judicial Region, Branch XXXI, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay dated May 27, 2016. The suspect was duly informed of the nature of his arrest, apprised of his constitutional rights and was brought to Talusan MPS for documentation and proper disposition pending turn-over to the court concerned.

CA grants bail to ex-Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co

By Tetch Torres-Tupas (RAM/rga,

The Court of Appeals (CA) has allowed the release on bail of former Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co who is facing a case of syndicated estafa for his alleged involvement in the reported P12-billion Aman Futures investment scam.

In an 18-page decision, the appeals court’s Special Eleventh Division through Associate Justice Sesinando Villon reversed and set aside the May 11, 2015 order issued by Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 14 Judge Albert J. Tenorio.

Tenorio denied Co’s application for bail but granted the bail bid of the latter’s wife Priscilla. The Manila Court, orders dated Aug. 24 and Dec. 15, 2015, also denied Co’s motion for reconsideration.

The Manila Court, in denying Co’s bail bid, gave weight to the allegation that the former local chief executive used his position as Pagadian City mayor to induce the victims to invest their money in Aman Futures.

The lower court also noted that the issuance of a temporary business permit showed complicity with the perpetrators of the scam.

But the appeals court said “this court finds that these unsubstantiated allegations do not constitute strong evidence of guilt on the part of petitioner, as would warrant the denial of his plea for provisional liberty.”

The appeals court said records showed that the victims did not directly transact with Co to accuse him of using his position to influence Aman Future’s investors.

“Petitioner was not even present before, during or after the time [the victim] made his investments,” the appeals court said.

The CA added that the issuance of licenses and business permits “merely shows that it complied with the requirement of submission of the requisite documents pertinent to the application, and nothing more. It does not establish petitioner’s complicity with the business of the persons in whose favor the temporary business permit were issued.”

The appeals court added that there was also no evidence showing that Co invited the public to invest in Aman through the radio or through an organized barangay (town hall) meeting.

“All told, the evidence of the prosecution has failed to establish strong evidence of petitioner’s participation in the alleged fraudulent scheme of Aman Futures. The prosecution failed to prove that petitioner performed any overt act in furtherance of the alleged conspiracy,” the appeals court said.

Co was ordered to post a cash bond of P500,000 for his temporary liberty unless he has other pending cases.

IP-MNCHN project in Dumingag completed

(ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

DUMINGAG, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 28 (PIA) – The local officials and indigenous peoples (IPs) on Friday marked a huge milestone as they celebrate the completion of 5-year wonderful project dubbed the “Indigenous Peoples-Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition (IP-MNCHN).

The IP-MCNHN is a project launched by the European Union (EU) and United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and local government unit (LGU) on October 21, 2012 and fully completed on October 22, this year.

The project is intended to guide Local Government Units (LGUs) in designing approaches to deliver MNCHN services especially to IP communities that are most at risk from maternal and child deaths, aimed at improving the health condition of IPs .

Vice Mayor Nacenciano Pacalioga, Jr., lauded the EU and UNFPA for launching the project in his municipality saying that it offered great help to the people.

“The IP-MNCHN project delivered health services to the poor especially the IPs living in the remote barangays of our municipality in its 5 years of implementation. The project helped reduce maternal and child mortality, problem on diseases, poverty and others,” Pacalioga said.

Meanwhile, UNFPA Country Director Klaus Beck said with the leadership of the NCIP, DOH and with the support from the EU, they have reached over 117,000 people who availed maternal and family planning services including 8,000 pregnant and lactating women across Mindanao.

Beck said the project capacitate doctors, nurses, midwives and community health teams on family planning and emergency obstetrics and reproductive health services.

IP-MNCHN provided 10 sets of birthing facilities equipment to all the project sites, trained staff and facilitated communications campaign to encourage people to use these new services which aimed to improve their own health and provide information materials on teenage pregnancy in the disadvantaged communities.

The UNFPA country director shared the life changing stories of two IP women.

“I am sharing to you the story of Babylonia Andata, an IP member who never forgets the joy she felt when she received her birth certificate at the age of 49,” Beck said.

“For Babylonia, that piece of paper is her proof of existence where she finally had a license to apply and enjoy social services which is also her ultimate right as a citizen in this country. Her birth certificate remains an important document. Soon she will be a senior citizen and it will also ensure her continued access to health services and enjoy entitlements,” Beck narrated.

Beck also told the story of Joan Sulit, 27 years old, a Subanen who said access to health care became easier after she got her birth certificate. She was able to deliver her second child in a health center accredited by PhilHealth .

He said Babylonia and Joan’s stories are just few among thousands of stories. “Because of our joint project and services, many more IP women and girls are now healthier, more proactive and have better opportunities to plan for their future,” Beck proudly said.

In the past, Beck said women like Babylonia and Joan were not given priority in terms of support services. “Many IP women also face discrimination and barriers to access key social services like health and education,” he concluded.

Labangan No. 8 Most Wanted, 2 Others Nabbed

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Paul P. Ramayrat (RPIO9)

Operatives of Pitogo MPS conducted a manhunt operation in Purok Kalubian, Barangay Poblacion, Pitogo, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 5:20 in the afternoon of October 18, 2016. The operation resulted in the arrest of Edrian Anding y Labandero, 21, a local fisherman.

Subject person was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest Frustrated Murder, docketed under Criminal Case Number 16-122 issued by Presiding Judge Ruben N. Bance of RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 29, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur. Recommended bail bond for said case is set at Php 300,000.00.


Elements of Labangan MPS held a manhunt operation in Purok 3, Barangay Dipaya, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 11:00 AM on October 18, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Bobby Libradilla y Pasok, 23, resident of same place. He is the no. 8 Municipal Most Wanted Person in Labangan. Subject person was arrested by virtue of a warrant for Frustrated Murder docketed under CC No. 11631-2K14, issued by Presiding Judge Felix B. Rodriguez Jr of RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 18, Pagadian City with a recommended bail bond of Php 200,000.00.


A man was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 9:05 AM on October 18, 2016. The arrested person was identified as Karon Esmali y Mohammad, 47, a former Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member and resident of the above-mentioned place. This is by virtue of a WOA of two counts of Violation of Sec. 8 of R.A. 6713 “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” and Violation of Article 183 of the RPC (Perjury) with Criminal Case No. 3451, 3452 and 3453 issued by Acting Presiding Judge Jerry B. Patcho of 9th Judicial Region, 4th MCTC, Siocon-Sirawai-Baliguian dated October 17, 2016, with a a total bail bond of Php 26,000.00. Subject person is subsequently detained at said police station for proper disposition.

School official dies, grandson wounded in gun attack

By Bong Garcia

A SCHOOL official of Japanese descent was killed while his grandson was critically wounded in a gun attack by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, the police said Wednesday, October 26.

Superintendent Michael Palermo, Pagadian City police chief, identified the slain school official as Elmey Yukoya, 64 and wounded was Yoriko Montejo, nine, Yukoya’s grandson.

Yukoya is the Dean of Graduate School and one of the stockholders of the Southern Mindanao College (SMC).

Yukoya’s wife, Santa, 64, and granddaughter, Tisha, 11, who were with him escaped unscathed in the incident that took place at 5:20 p.m., Tuesday, along Rizal Avenue in the village of Balangasan, Pagadian City.

Palermo said the victims were aboard a sports utility vehicle driven by Yukoya when repeatedly shot by one of two men riding tandem in a motorcycle that tailed them.

Palermo said the attending physician declared Yukoya dead on arrival while his grandson is in critical condition.

Palermo has ordered the conduct of a thorough probe over the incident to unmask and arrest the gun attackers.

Labangan No. 8 Most Wanted, 2 Others Nabbed

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Paul P. Ramayrat (RPIO9)

Operatives of Pitogo MPS conducted a manhunt operation in Purok Kalubian, Barangay Poblacion, Pitogo, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 5:20 in the afternoon of October 18, 2016. The operation resulted in the arrest of Edrian Anding y Labandero, 21, a local fisherman.

Subject person was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest Frustrated Murder, docketed under Criminal Case Number 16-122 issued by Presiding Judge Ruben N. Bance of RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 29, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur. Recommended bail bond for said case is set at Php 300,000.00.


Elements of Labangan MPS held a manhunt operation in Purok 3, Barangay Dipaya, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 11:00 AM on October 18, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of Bobby Libradilla y Pasok, 23, resident of same place. He is the no. 8 Municipal Most Wanted Person in Labangan. Subject person was arrested by virtue of a warrant for Frustrated Murder docketed under CC No. 11631-2K14, issued by Presiding Judge Felix B. Rodriguez Jr of RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 18, Pagadian City with a recommended bail bond of Php 200,000.00.


A man was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 9:05 AM on October 18, 2016. The arrested person was identified as Karon Esmali y Mohammad, 47, a former Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member and resident of the above-mentioned place. This is by virtue of a WOA of two counts of Violation of Sec. 8 of R.A. 6713 “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” and Violation of Article 183 of the RPC (Perjury) with Criminal Case No. 3451, 3452 and 3453 issued by Acting Presiding Judge Jerry B. Patcho of 9th Judicial Region, 4th MCTC, Siocon-Sirawai-Baliguian dated October 17, 2016, with a a total bail bond of Php 26,000.00. Subject person is subsequently detained at said police station for proper disposition.

DOH-9 turns over TSeKaP equipment package to ZamboSur

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

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) – To upgrade primary care facilities, facilitate PhilHealth TseKaP accreditation, and to continuously provide quality health care, the Department of Health IX (DOH-9) turns over a total of 290 TSeKaP equipment package today to the province of Zamboanga del Sur at Guillermo Hotel, this city.

TSeKaP stands for “Tamang Serbisyo sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya.”

DOH Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Office head Dr. Agnes E. Fernando said the TSeKaP package is composed of 1 stethoscope, 1 digital BP apparatus, 1 glucometer set (for measurement of blood sugar), 2 nebulizers (for asthma relief), 2 contact thermometers and dressing set (for sterile wound care) intended for all Barangay Health Stations (BHS) in the city and province.

This program aims to equip local government units (LGUs) particularly the BHS with essential medical equipment that will allow them to provide basic services to PhilHealth beneficiaries, according to Dr. Fernando.

DOH Asst. Regional Director Dr. Joshua G. Brillantes led the ceremonial turnover of the TSeKaP package to the provincial government through Vice Governor Ace William E. Cerilles, and Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Ramon Blancia Jr.

It can be recalled that last April 23, 2016, some 317 TSeKaP equipment packages were also turned over to the province by no less than DOH Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin held at the Amusement and Events Center (AEC), Capitol Compound, Pagadian City.

Zambo Del Sur gov’t hit for poor use of gender funds

(Politiko Vismin)

The provincial government of Zamboanga Del Sur was scored by state auditors for its poor utilization of its P98.8 million gender and development (GAD) funds in 2015.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the province allotted P98.8 million or 8.02 percent of its total budget for the gender and development fund.

But of the GAD budget, only P36,538,430.47 or 37 percent was utilized despite the availability of funds, depriving the men and women of the benefits from the fund, auditors said.

“(There are) eight projects which were fully and partially implemented, while 27 projects and activities envisioned were not yet implemented, depriving the beneficiaries of the benefits they could have derived therefrom,” the auditors said.

Among the major programs and projects that were not implemented are the following – Anti-drug Abuse Program with a budget of P2,500,000, campaign against criminality project with P2,500,000, Barangay Peace and Order Program of P2,500,000, Organic Agriculture Center Development Project of P5,000,000, Integrated Rice Duck Breeding Center of P2,500,000, and Livestock Development Program of P2,500,000.

In a letter, the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator as the GAD Focal Person justified that the 2015 GAD budget was higher by P37,262,632.85 than the P61,563,316.10 amount had the GAD fund been allotted based on the minimum required five percent of the total estimated income.

The implementing rules and regulations of the Republic Act 9170 or the Magna Carta of Women mandate the five percent appropriation of GAD fund.

The auditors were told the provincial government has crafted a disaggregated list of male and female of the 2015 Projected Population by municipality of the whole Province of Zamboanga del Sur.

The COA urged the provincial governor Antonio Cerilles to implement the GAD projects so as not to defeat the purpose of the fund, which was to attain a gender sensitive and responsive province giving both men and women the opportunity of participating in development processes that would bring forth the socio-economic, cultural and spiritual well being of the Zambosurians.

2 Riders Killed in Shootout with Molave Cops

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief, RPIO9) with report from (PO3 Radzben S. Jul, RPIO9)

The desk officer on duty in Molave MPS received a text message from a concerned citizen on October 14, 2016 at about 6:38 PM regarding the presence of two motorcycles travelling back and forth seemingly conducting a surveillance near a chapel in Brgy. Sudlon.

Two teams from said police station were dispatched to Brgy. Sudlon, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur to conduct a counter-strike operation. One of the teams flagged down one of the motorcycles which had been described in the report. When the team accosted the riders, the riders disembarked from their vehicle and fired shots towards the responding police officers. This led to a gun battle that resulted in the killing of the two suspects, while no one from the side of the PNP team was harmed. The driver was identified as Renato Villanueva, 35, resident of Tulay Buhangin, Miligan, Molave, while the back rider was identified as Gecrie S. Canlom, 39, a barangay kagawad residing in Brgy. Miligan, Molave municipality.

A SOCO from the Provincial Crime Laboratory Office in Camp Abelon, Pagadian City processed the crime scene. They were able to recover from the possession of the two riders two revolver pistols and cash amounting to Php 9,759.00 and some personal belongings.


TESDA conducts technical audit of Technical Vocational Institutions in Region 9


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -– The Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) has given a 30-day grace period to the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) in Region 9 to correct their deficiencies or face revocation of accreditation.

Alvin Feliciano, TESDA deputy director-general for operations, told the Philippines News Agency that 48 percent of the TVIs in Region 9 were found to be non-compliant with the standards set by the agency when they recently conducted technical audit.

Feliciano said the conduct of the technical is to ensure that all of the TVIs they granted accreditation remain competent to offer technical and vocational courses.

TESDA has set required standards to be complied by the accredited TVIs for each of the technical and vocational courses they offer.

Region 9 has a total of 144 TESDA-accredited TVIs to offer technical and vocational courses. These are located in the following areas: Zamboanga and Isabela Cities, 49; Zamboanga del Sur, 44; Zamboanga del Norte, 31; and, Zamboanga Sibugay, 20.

Feliciano said he is optimistic the TVIs that failed in the technical auditing can make the necessary corrections since they were only found with minor deficiencies.

Nelly Macapili, TESDA focal person for regional Unified Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Accreditation System (UTPRAS), said among the things they inspected during the technical audit are the equipment and materials of the accredited TVIs.

Macapili said that the equipment and materials are vital in the conduct of skills trainings.

Among the technical and vocational courses the accredited TVIs offer are: care-giving; driving; carpentry; cookery; bartending; automotive; medical transcription; and, others.

‘Habal-habal’ drivers receive PhP500,000 livelihood assistance from DOLE, Zambo Sur town


ZAMBOANGA City, Oct. 20 (PNA) -- A group of “habal-habal” drivers are now enjoying the perks of being entrepreneurs through the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the municipal government of Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.

A "habal-habal" is a motorcycle for hire ferrying passengers and cargoes from one place to the other in remote areas that are not accessible to four-wheel vehicles.

The DOLE and Lakewood municipal government recently turned over a ready-to-start “Kabuhayan Motor Store and Repair Shop” worth PhP500,000 to the group of habal-habal drivers known as the Lakewood Riders Association (LARIDA).

DOLE Regional Director Sisinio Cano said the project is under this year’s Bottom-up-Budgeting (BUB), of which, the funds were utilized for the procurement of spare parts, tools and equipment for the operations of the motor store and repair shop.

BUB aims to achieve grassroots empowerment and participation by providing the beneficiaries equal opportunity to determine the projects that accurately respond to the needs of their community.

Lakewood Mayor Canuto Enerio Jr., described the motor store and repair shop project as a well-planned and defined income opportunity for the association.

Enerio said the project does not only directly benefit the LARIDA but also the entire community considering that there are only few repair shops with limited equipment and motor parts available in his town and nearby areas.

The beneficiaries, at present, are engaged in habal-habal driving which catered passengers for transport from one place to another.

With the livelihood assistance, apart from habal-habal, the beneficiaries will now be able to undertake entrepreneurship as well as utilize their skills on motor repair servicing to customers in the locality and neighboring areas.

“This is a very good project for us being motor habal-habal drivers so that we can use our skills in motor repair servicing and so we can learn to manage a business enterprise for our good and for our family. We extend our gratitude to DOLE and to Lakewood leadership,” Armand Ensibido, one of the beneficiaries, said.

Fortunato Magsayo, DOLE senior labor and employment officer, said the purpose of the project is to uplift the beneficiaries out of poverty.

Magsayo said they look forward for the beneficiaries’ success, commitment, and responsibility to sustain the project.

Cano said the BUB project is lodged for implementation under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP) which is DOLE’s contribution to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.

He said the package of assistance includes the provision of tools, jigs and equipment as well as delivery of social preparation such as entrepreneurship and safety and health course.

92 percent of Filipinos covered with health insurance

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

PAGADIAN CITY, 19 Oct (PIA) – Ninety two (92) percent of the total population of our country is now covered with the government’s health insurance program, this according to Department of Health Provincial Office head Dr. Agnes E. Fernando.

“About 45.4 million of those enrolled are indigents and 5.8 million are senior citizens,” Dr. Fernando said during the recently concluded orientation on health and program updates of the Duterte administration for newly elected Sangguniang Panglungsod chairmen committee on health held at Guillermo Hotel here.

Under the Duterte Health Agenda, the battlecry is “All for Health, Towards Health for All,” she emphasized.

On the other hand, the DOH has strengthened its support by providing medical supplies and equipment to 2,862 Barangay Health Stations (BHS), 2,626 Rural Health Units (RHUs), 685 local government unit hospitals and 70 DOH hospitals nationwide, Fernando reported.

Meanwhile, some 111,799 health workers through the National Deployment Program (NDP) for nurses were deployed from 2010 up to the second quarter of 2016, according to the lady doctor.

On the attainment of health related programs and Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the following were recorded: increase in fully immunized children, increase in skilled birth attendance, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) remains at <1% or less than one percent, increase in tuberculosis (TB) case detection rate and treatment access rate, increase in number of malaria-free provinces which include Zamboanga del Sur, and decrease in smoking prevalence.

12 sheikhs probed

By Itchie Cabayan

A TOTAL of 12 sheikhs or Muslim leaders are now being investigated in connection with the recent interception of over a hundred foreigners disguised as Filipinos who left the country to join the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

This was learned from Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, who said that the sheikhs are now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to undergo probing for their possible involvement in the racket. They accompanied some of the foreign pilgrims in their trip back to Manila. Mangrobang said the BI agents stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have already intercepted 127 fake Filipinos who returned from the Hajj pilgrimage. Of the number, 106 are Indonesians, 15 are Malaysians and six are of still unknown nationalities.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the returning foreign pilgrims were discovered as a result of ‘Oplan Janus’, an inter-agency project that was initiated following the apprehension last August of 177 Indonesians, who attempted to leave the NAIA with genuine Philippine passports.

Authorities later uncovered the operations of a syndicate that sells Philippine passports to interested foreigners at a hefty price so the said aliens could join the pilgrimage using the Hajj quotas reserved by the Saudi government for Filipinos.

BI officers at the NAIA, led by Technical Assistant for airport Operations Leo Ferrer, Overseeing Airport Operations chief Raul Medina, BI supervisors Rico Pedrealba and Earl Ramos and intelligence officers Noly Atienza, Raffy Dimakuta and Adel Marasigan started monitoring the return of the Muslim pilgrims last month when the Hajj pilgrimage ended, even as the investigation on the anomaly is still continuing prior to the filing of charges against those who will be found involved.

Morente said that many of the foreigners intercepted returned in droves at the NAIA in the last week of September and first week of October. The intercepted Indonesians were turned over to the custody of their embassy in Manila for the issuance of their travel documents and return to their homeland while the Malaysians remain in the BI facility in Bicutan.

In a related development, the BI said that one of the five Filipinos earlier reported to have died during the Hajj was actually a 68-year-old Indonesian named Samsuddin, who assumed the Filipino name

“Murphy Rasam Sahiril” and was purportedly born in Alicia, Zamboanga del Sur. He is one of the estimated 500 Indonesian pilgrims said to have been victimized by a syndicate allegedly operating within the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and possibly, the National Statistics Office.

1CAV, PNP undergo training, forge strong partnership

By Gideon C. Corgue

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 17 (PIA) – To better equip soldiers and policemen for the job at hand, the 1st Cavalry (Tagapanguna) Squadron, Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army and the Pagadian City Police Station forged partnership and collaboration through an exercise dubbed “Supply Management and Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance Agent Training” (EORAT) held recently at Camp Jacobo Zobel, Major Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, this town.

LtCol. Charlemange F. Batayola, Jr., commanding officer of the 1Cav squadron thanked the 31 participants composed of troopers and PNP personnel for their steadfast commitment to enhance their learning and skills development as well as professional growth.

“The training is geared towards the enhancement of your character as individual soldiers and policemen. I would presume that you have rediscovered your sense of purpose in our organization whether you are a member of the AFP or PNP,” Batayola said.

He cited that during the week-long extensive training, troopers have personally experienced the pressure in detonating explosives which they did not normally perform before, adding that their role is to provide effective and efficient armor support to the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army.

Batayola said troopers and PNP personnel were taught on the principles and procedures in the conduct of reconnaissance during explosives-related incidents and identification of explosive materials.

“You now possess an increased awareness and vigilance on the safety precautions and preventive measures when explosive materials are found prior to the arrival of the responding EOD teams or bomb squad,” he declared.

It was indeed an opportunity for soldiers and policemen to join together to achieve their common goal of preserving peace in our country, according to Batayola.

Meanwhile, Police Officer 3 Ruben Balido, team leader of the Pagadian City Police Station Bomb Squad said the training was able to establish good relations between the PNP and AFP.

He also expressed optimism that participants will apply the theories, principles and practical exercises on the training rules and safety precautions that they have learned.

“They are already equipped with the knowledge. Every time there is a bomb threat, they know their roles as first responders before the bomb squad will arrive,” Balido concluded. (ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

Drug Suspect Slain in Shootout with Cops in Talusan; 6 Others Netted

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

A high value target drug personality was killed after he fired upon the responding elements of Talusan MPS during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bualan, Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay at about 9:00 AM on October 12, 2016. Suspect Lincon Limpasan, listed in the Talusan drug link, was killed in the said operation. Investigation showed that Limpasan together with two unidentified companions came to the area where they usually conduct their illegal drug trade.

A poseur buyer was utilized to deal with the suspect. Once the drug deal was consummated, the team rushed towards the subject area but they were immediately noticed by the suspects. Limpasan and his cohorts fired several times upon the responding team. A gun battle ensued which resulted in multiple gunshot wounds on Limpasan, while his two companions escaped. Recovered items from the suspect include a loaded US-made Marcas Registradas Smith & Wesson Springfield Mass caliber .38 and three spent empty shells, a hand grenade, marked money, twelve small and thirteen large sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia. The PNP team immediately brought the wounded suspect to Olutanga Hospital for medical attention but the attending physician declared the suspect dead on arrival.


Elements of Mahayag MPS conducted a buy-bust operation in Purok 2, Barangay Poblacion, Mahayag, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 3:30 P.M. on October 12, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of one Jeboy Maglinte y Gloriano, 38, laborer, resident of Purok 2, Barangay Poblacion, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur. Confiscated from him were four sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, and the buy-bust money. Arrested suspect is temporarily detained at Mahayag MPS for proper disposition while a case for violation of R.A. 9165 is now being prepared for filing in court.


A drug suspect was nabbed in Sitio Mialim, Vitali, Zamboanga City at about 7:50 PM on October 12, 2016. Vitali Police Station identified the arrested man as Rowel Alejandro y Arichea a.k.a. “Weng”, 35, resident of said place. Confiscated from him were two small sachets of suspected shabu, shabu paraphernalia, and marked money. Suspect is presently detained at said station for filling appropriate charges in court.


Operatives of Sangali Police Station conducted a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Sangali, Zamboanga City at about 7:00 PM of October 12, 2016. The operation led to the arrest of Jessie James Rebollos y Ventoso, 37, resident of Sitio Licopon, Barangay Bunguiao. Initial investigation disclosed that a poseur buyer dealt with the suspect which led to his arrest. Confiscated from Rebollos were the illegal drugs and the marked money. Suspect is presently detained at said station pending the filing of appropriate charges in court while the buy bust-item was forwarded to RCLO9 for laboratory examination.


A drug suspect fell into the hands of Zamboanga City Police Station 11 during a drug buy-bust operation in Rizal Street, Zamboanga City at about 10:30 AM of October 12, 2016. Suspect was identified as Jun-Jun Hassan y Bakkal, 25, resident of Indanan, Sulu. Confiscated from him were three sachets containing suspected shabu with a street value of more or less Php 200,000.00, and marked money. Suspect is presently detained at the said police station while waiting for the filing of appropriate charges in court while confiscated items were brought to Regional Crime Laboratory Office 9 (RCLO 9) for further examination.


Two individuals were collared by operatives of Zamboanga City Police Station 11 in Aurora Village, Guiwan, Zamboanga City at about 12:30 PM on October 12, 2016. The two drug suspects were identified as Fauzi Julhassan y Abubakar, 22, resident of Siasi, Sulu and Amran Juwak y Hussin, 37, resident of Pangutaran, Sulu. Confiscated from them were five sachets of suspected shabu and marked money. Suspects are presently detained at said police station while waiting for the filing of appropriate charges in court while confiscated items were brought to RCLO9 for laboratory examination.

Frustrated and Attempted Murder Suspects Nabbed in Zambo Sur

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

A 45-year old farmer was arrested during a police operation conducted by Lapuyan MPS in Purok 7, Barangay Calolot, Tambulig at around 1:30 PM of October 10, 2016. Suspect was identified as Marcus Arao a.k.a. “Macoy”, 45, a resident of said place.

This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Frustrated Murder issued by Presiding Judge Jaime B. Caberte, RTC, Branch 23, Molave, ZDS docketed under CC No. 2016-10-3210 with a recommended bail bond of Php 120,000.00. Arrested is person now temporarily detained at Tambulig MPS awaiting final adjudication from the court.


A farmer was arrested during a police operation conducted by operatives of Lapuyan MPS in Purok 7, Barangay Calolot, Tambulig at around 7:00 PM on October 10, 2016. Suspect was identified as Erwin Tulon y Betihan a.k.a. ”Botoy”, 45, a resident of said place. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Attempted Murder docketed under CC No. 16-054 issued by Presiding Judge Ruben N. Bance, of RTC Branch 29, Pagadian City with a bail bond of Php 120,000.00. The arrested person is now temporarily detained at Lapuyan MPS for proper disposition.

Children’s Awareness Month, Global Handwashing Day kicks off in Pagadian City

By Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL/PIA-9 Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, 14 Oct (PIA) – In observance of the 24th National Children’s Month, the Department of Health (DOH-9) in coordination with the City Health Office kicked-off yesterday, October 13, 2016, the Children’s Awareness Month celebration and Global Handwashing Day at Sto. Niño Elementary School, this city.

The celebration is anchored on the theme, “Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa lahat ng Bata.”

“The children of today will be tomorrow’s leaders and our future for a better community and county,” DOH-Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Office head Dr. Agnes E. Fernando said.

“With our theme, we have to ensure that our children learn basic education, values and correct health habits and practices. If we instill to them in the early years these teachings, it will transform into good habits and in later years they will know this by heart, when they become young adults and professionals,” Fernando said.

DOH-IX personnel led by Dr. Fernando turned over 10 Jerry cans and hygiene kits on proper handwashing and toothbrushing to Ms. Rubilyn C. Labrador, school principal of Sto Niño Elementary School for distribution to all the pupils of said school.

Meanwhile, Sanitary Inspectors Alexander Cimafranca and Janice Velarde lectured and demonstrated on proper handwashing, while Dr. Jean D. Contingjo taught proper toothbrushing assisted by the DOH nurses.

MC Rider Apprehended with Undocumented Gun in R. Magsaysay

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA, Chief, RPIO9 with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Elements of Ramon Magsaysay MPS arrested Felix Barte Yargao, 34, resident of Purok 2, Barangay Poblacion, Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga Del Sur on October 7, 2016 at about 12:30 PM.

Confiscated from him were a cal. 45 pistol bearing serial number 197832 loaded with six rounds of ammo and one extra magazine with six rounds placed inside his motorcycle u-box, and his driven green Suzuki 115 Raider motorcycle bearing plate no. JA63673. The seized firearms have no accompanying legal papers. The arrested person and items confiscated are now under the custody of Ramon Magsaysay MPS pending filing of appropriate charges in court.

Molave Police Station receives award for outstanding performance

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) – The Molave Municipal Police Station recently received an award for having the most number of drug pushers and users who surrendered during the operation of “Oplan Tokhang” from July to September 2016.

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself handed the award to Police Senior Inspector Herminigildo Bajao, Jr., acting chief of police in simple recognition rites held at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 9, Camp Abendan, Mercedes, Zamboanga City on Monday (October 10).

During the event, President Duterte cited the accomplishments of the police in its intensified anti-drug drive in the country.

“I am very pleased and thankful to receive this award. The award is an important impetus for us to continue our efforts to stop the illegal drug trade in our country,” Bajao proudly said.

Bajao received a plaque of appreciation and P250,000 as their prize.

He said with the PNP’s implementation of Oplan Tokhang, their unit was able to convince 1,700 drug users and pushers to surrender to authorities, the highest number of self-confessed surrenderees of all PNP units in the region.

The police chief considered their information dissemination of Oplan Tokhang as very effective, including daily barangay visitation, “pulong-pulong” sa barangay, drug symposia and distribution of IEC materials on the ill-effects of drugs and safety tips.

“The drug awareness campaign that we are conducting seeks to educate the general public on the harmful effects of illegal drugs specifically the use of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu,” Bajao explaned.

“With the implementation of Oplan Tokhang, the crime incidence on theft, hold-ups, and other lawless acts were reduced in our municipality,” Bajao said adding that 70% of the crimes committed are drug-related.

Meanwhile, Supt. James Turbela, deputy provincial director for operations commended the Molave MPS for garnering the award.

“I congratulate you for having succeeded in convincing those involved in illegal drugs to surrender. I hope that the award that you garnered will serve as inspiration for other PNP units to work doubly hard to achieve our common goal of becoming a peaceful and drug-free country,” Turbela said.

Turbela also encouraged the PNP personnel to continue supporting President Duterte’s fight against criminality and drugs.

Among those who received awards were the Zamboanga City Police Station 11 for having most number of arrests and police operations, Kabasalan Police Station for having the most number of neutralized high valued targets, and Ayala Police Station for having the most number of recovered firearms, illegal drugs and paraphernalia during the first 3 months implementation of Project Tokhang. (ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

Man Wanted for Rape in San Miguel, RA 9165 Violator Cuffed

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

A rape suspect was arrested in Purok Mangga, Brangay Dao-an, San Miguel, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 8:30 AM on October 6, 2016.

Suspect was identified as Jokery Sevilla y Gamor, 34, a farmer. He was nabbed based on a pending warrant of arrest for Rape docketed under Criminal Case No. 16-081 issued by Presiding Judge Ruben N Bance, RTC, Branch 29, Pagadian City. No bail bond was set for hi case. He is presently detained at said police station for proper disposition.


An RA 9165 violator was arrested in CDCP, Sta.Catalina, Zamboanga City at about 1:40 PM on October 6, 2016. Suspect Rexsy Manuel y Orabe, 35, was arrested by virtue of warrant for violation of Sec. 5 of RA 9165 docketed under CC No. 33263 issued by Presiding Judge Gracelina G. Bernardo of RTC, 9th Judicial Region Branch 17 dated August 26, 2016, without bail bond recommended, and warrant for violation of Sec. 11 of RA 9165 docketed under CC No. 33264 issued by Presiding Judge Vera T. Vergara of RTC, 9th Judicial Region Branch 14, dated August 30, 2016 with a recommended bail bond of Php 200,000.00. The accused is presently detained at said police station prior his turn-over to proper court.

Mabuhay MPS No. 5 Most Wanted, 4 Others Arrested

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief RPIO9) with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Combined elements of PIB-ZSPPO, Margosatubig MPS, Mabuhay MPS and 53rd IB Philippine Army conducted a police operation for the service of WOA in Purok Baluno, Barangay Guinimanan, Margosaubig at about 8:20 PM on September 27, 2016.

This resulted in the arrest of Elidio Sigba y Cudium, 53, farmer, resident of said place. Suspect is listed as no. 5 Most Wanted Person of Mabuhay MPS charged for Murder docketed under CC No. I-4867 issued by Judge Josefino P. Bael of 9th Judicial Region Branch 31, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay dated October 31, 2012.


A wanted man was nabbed by Pagadian City Police Station in Rizal Avenue corner Balesteros Road, Barangay Balangasan, Pagadian City at about 5:30 PM on September 27, 2016. The arrested person was identified as Edwin Alegria, resident of said place. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Violation of para a and c of R.A 10951 docketed under CC No. 13052-2K16 issued by Presiding Judge Felix B Rodrigues Jr. of RTC, Branch 18, Pagadian City.


A 45-year old man was arrested in Barangay Venus, Sergio Osmeña at around 4:45 PM of September 27, 2016. PSINSP ROMAR VICTORIANO A LIM,Sergio Osmeña Police Chief, identified the arrested person as Roland C. Tayrus, 45, residing in Purok 2, Barangay Tinindugan, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga Del Norte. This is for violation of section 10 (a) of RA 7610 filed under Criminal Case Number 20798 issued by Presiding Judge Rogelio D. Laquihon of Branch 7, 9th Judicial Region, Dipolog Citydated August 30, 2016 with a recommended bail bond amounting to Php 80,000.00. He is temporarily detained at said MPS for proper disposition.


A man charged with Attempted Murder was arrested in Barangay Salvador, Gutalac at around 4:00PM on September 27, 2016. The suspect was identified as Franklin A. Archibal, 30, resident of Barangay Panganuran, Gutalac. Said case filed under Criminal Case No. L-002852 was issued by Presiding Judge Oscar D. Tomarong, Regional Trial Court, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 28, Liloy, Zamboanga Norte dated September 19, 2016 with bail bond set at Php 120,000.00. Suspect is now detained at said police station.


A man was collared in Barangay Miputak, Dipolog City at around 2:00 PM on September 27, 2016. Suspect Leoncio Cabrera Maligro, 56, resident of Barangay San Antonio, Katipunan was arrested for Rape docketed under Criminal Case No. 15759 issued by Presiding Judge Chandler O. Ruiz of 9th Judicial Region, Branch 10, Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Dipolog City dated May 5, 2009 with no bail bond recommended. He is now detained at Katipunan MPS for proper disposition.

Kabasalan No. 1 Drug Personality, 4 Other Wanted Persons Collared

By PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA (Chief, RPIO9) with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Combined personnel from PIB, ZSBPPO, RIU 9, RID 9, 44th IB Philippine Army, RPSB9, PPSC, 17th SF Battalion and Kabasalan MPS conducted a law enforcement operation for the service of arrest warrant in Barangay Salipyasin, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay at about 3:30 o’clock in the morning of September 28, 2016.

This resulted in the arrest of Datu Jaamil a.k.a. "Hajer Edris Jaamil"/"Datu"/"Toh" (no. 1 in the drug priority list of Kabasalan MPS) for violation of sec 11 of RA 9165 issued by Judge Anthony Isaw of Branch 24, 9th Judicial Region dated September 16, 2016 at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. Recovered from him were alleged components of IED and two sachets of illegal drugs.


Another suspect, Basir Sarjento a.k.a. “Bas” was arrested for Murder filed under CC No. 14052 issued by Presiding Judge Romeo T. Descallar of Branch 29, 9th Judicial Region, San Miguel, Zamboanga Del Sur. Recovered from him was a 9mm Ingram Paramilitary Armament Corp. Mar Pieta 30067, USA CD 5U810. The third suspect, Della Obid Sarjento a.k.a. “Della Sarahento” was arrested and yielded a Grand Master STI cal. 45 pistol with ammunition and two small sachets of suspected shabu.


Combined elements of Detective Management Unit (DMU) and Zamboanga City Police Station 11 conducted a manhunt operation in Barangay San Jose Gusu, Zamboanga City at about 11:35 AM on September 28, 2016. This resulted in the arrest of alias “Danny”, 17, of San Jose Gusu, Zamboanga City. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Attempted Homicide docketed under Criminal Case Number 52855-4859 issued by Presiding Judge Eduardo I. Ledesma of Regional Trial Court, 9th Judicial Region Branch 4, Zamboanga City dated August 9, 2016 with bail bond set at Php 12,000.00. The suspect is presently detained at Zamboanga City PS 11 prior his turn-over to court concerned.


A 56-year old man was arrested during a law enforcement operation for the service of arrest warrant in Purok 1, Barangay Poblacion, Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay at about 9:52 PM on September 28, 2016. Payao MPS identified the arrested suspect as Abdurajak Jain y Muloc a.k.a. “Darak”, 56, resident of aforementioned place. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for violation of section 11 of RA 9165 docketed under Criminal Case Number: IM-16-1196 issued by Judge Josefino P. Bael dated June 2, 2016, with bail bond fixed at Php 230,000.00, and violation of section 12 of RA 9165 filed under Criminal Case Number IM-16-1197 with bail bond set at Php 50,000.00. The suspect is detained at Payao MPS for proper disposition.


A farmer was arrested for murder during the implementation of service of warrant of arrest in Purok Baluno, Barangay Guinamanan, Margosatubig, Zamboanga Del Sur at about 8:20 PM on September 27, 2016. This was carried out by joint elements of PIB ZSPPO, Margosatubig MPS, Mabuhay MPS, and 53rd IB Philippine Army. The suspect was identified as Elidio Sigba y Cudium, 53, farmer, and resident of aforementioned place. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for murder docketed under Criminal Case No. i-4867 issued by Presiding Judge Josefino P. Bael of Regional Trial Court, Branch 31, 9th Judicial Region, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay dated October 31, 2012. The arrested person was listed as the number 5 Most Wanted Person (Municipal Level-Mabuhay MPS) and is temporarily detained at Mabuhay MPS.

DOE launches “E-trike” project in Pagadian

By Gideon C. Corgue (ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) – The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the “market transformation through introduction of energy efficient electric vehicles” or the “E-Trike” Project in all cities in the country.

The E-Trike project was introduced by DOE officials during its information, education and communication campaign through a multi-sectoral forum on the promotion of energy sector innovation through the use of alternative fuel and energy technology held on October 4 at Mardale Hotel and Convention Center here.

Engr. Federico Domingo, Jr., supervising research specialist said the “e-trike” is a project financed by the Asian Development Bank and is being implemented for 5 years.

“The project aims to reduce the transport sector’s annual consumption and to achieve carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint avoidance,” Domingo said.

Domingo said in our country, millions of conventional combustion engine tricycles and motorcycles are emitting millions of tons of CO2 to our environment every year. “These vehicles have a dramatic impact on air quality affecting many aspects of life in our country,” he added.

The “E-trikes,” Domingo said are cheaper to run, environment-friendly, more efficient and their use can significantly help decrease air pollution and reduce noise.

Meanwhile, Stephen Cometa, science research specialist informed that the e-trikes are better than conventional tricycles saying that the former is a 3kw lithium-ion rechargeable battery, with a maximum speed of 60kph which can negotiate flat and uphill terrain, comfortably seat up to 5 passengers, has low energy usage, and requires less maintenance.

Christian Luke Sevilla, also a research specialist said the “e-trike” is the initiative of the national government which seeks to replace the number of traditional gasoline-fed tricycles.

“We are gradually introducing the “e-trike project” to the stakeholders since they have emotional attachment to their conventional tricycles,” Sevilla explained.

He said local government units (LGUs), cooperatives, and private individuals are encouraged to avail of the e-trike units.

“For the LGUs who wish avail of the said units, they should prepare a letter of undertaking to be signed between the DOE and LGU,” Sevilla advised.

CESAFI dunk champ Puerto is no stranger to hard work

By Mars Alison (

All UC Webmaster Garciano Puerto Jr wanted was to attend school. When his father died, basketball was his only option

CEBU CITY, Philippines - The newly crowned CESAFI Slam Dunk winner Garciano Puerto Jr, fondly called Garexx by friends, may stand 6-foot-3 inches tall but it wasn’t until he was 17 years old that he decided to play basketball. The reason—he wanted to get a college degree.

Puerto said that he decided to play ball after his father got sick and eventually passed away.

“Chess player ako dati, 3rd year high school, wala sa akin yung basketball dati but dahil sa matangkad ako qinamit ko ang basketball para makapag-aral ako kasi namatay yong papa ko. Wala nay mag pa-eskwela nako.” (I used to be a chess player in third year high school, I had nothing to do with basketball then but because I am tall, I decided to play basketball so I could continue my studies. My father died and no one can send me to school anymore.)

Puerto, who is on his second year as the team captain of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, is a native of the City of Pagadian, the capital province of Zamboanga del Sur.

The fifth and youngest boy among 8 siblings, and with a farmer for a father and a mother who sells produce at the market, Puerto is no stranger to hard work. To help his family, Puerto became a working student as early as Grade 5 to First Year high school in the neighboring province of Aurora, about an hour away from Pagadian.

It was also for this reason that despite his height which is coveted by most of those who aspire to become a basketball player, Puerto never had time to go into the sport. He had to dedicate his time to helping his father in farming when he was home and doing other odd jobs when he was in school.

However, the summer after his first year high school, Puerto had to return to Pagadian because his father got sick.

“Pag human nako og first year sa Aurora pag summer nagsakit akong papa mao mi-uli ko sa amo kay ako man magbantay niya, ako man iya gipangita permi so mi-uli nlang ko Pagadian din pagka July 19, 2007 he passed away.” (After my first year high school in Aurora, my father got sick during the summer. I decided to go home to Pagadian to take care of him because he keeps asking for me. He passed away on July 19, 2007.)

Puerto was 14 years old at the time. Knowing that he’d never be able to finish his secondary studies anymore, he decided to follow the advise of family and friends to try the sport of basketball.

He became a school varsity player for two years, got to play in the inter-city and regional meets until he eventually graduated high school.

“Nong una nag adto ra ko sa among bukid pagka graduate nako ug high school. Nasasabi ko kung hindi ako mag-aral siguro dito ako magtratrabaho habang buhay.” (At first, after graduating high school, I just stayed in our place in the countryside. But, I said to myself if I won’t continue studying, I’d probably just be able to work here for the rest of my life.)

Puerto said he decided to continue playing basketball. Fortunately for him, a former Webmaster saw his potential and recommended him to UC. In 2013, Puerto then started playing for the Webmasters as a small and power forward while taking up BSBA Major in Marketing. He took over the reins as team captain last year.

Aside from playing for UC in the CESAFI, Puerto has also been tapped for the Visayas squad twice for the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) meets.

This is also the second year that he has been named to the CESAFI All-Stars.

Last year, Puerto has also received offers from the College of St. Benilde and the Mapua Institute of Technology but he opted to stay with UC as getting his college degree was more important to him.

With that goal in sight now, as he will already be graduating next March, Puerto is now deciding if he would stay and play for UC for another year or try his luck in the PBA D-League and probably emulate his idol PBA hotshot Dondon Hontiveros, who also played for UC in his college years. This season being his fourth year in the CESAFI, Puerto has one more year to play.

In the recently concluded eliminations of this years CESAFI, Puerto averaged 10.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Puerto admitted that he wants to help UC get another CESAFI title. It is a long shot for this season as the quarterfinals will already start Tuesday, October 4 with the Webmasters going up against the number 4 team, the defending champion University of San Carlos Warriors, who enjoy a twice to beat advantage.

Whatever Puerto decides on, one thing is for sure. Now that he is about to get his degree, he wants to continue to play ball and try his luck in the big leagues.

Nurse cuts baby girl’s toe in Zamboanga

By Bong Garcia

POLICE arrested Wednesday, October 5, a nurse of a private hospital after she allegedly severed the little or “pinky” toe of a two-day-old baby girl in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Superintendent Michael Palermo, Pagadian City police chief, identified the suspect as Riza Dominisac, 30.

Palermo said Dominisac was arrested at 5 p.m., hours after she accidentally cut the little toe when changing the adhesive plaster on the right foot while giving the baby a bath.

The police official added Charles Delmar, the father of the baby girl, discovered that his daughter’s little toe was cut four hours after the incident.

He said Dominisac was arrested at the residence of her sister in the village of Lumbia, Pagadian City after Delmar, filed a complaint against the nurse.

The police are set to file appropriate charges will be filed against the arrested nurse.

Padilla: Learning from Timuay Manda

By Daf Padilla (Obiter Dictum)

OF THE many conversations I was blessed with lately was with Timuay Lucenio Manda about how a ritual performed to bless the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Pegsalabukan Gukom de Bayog (PGB), the traditional Subanen governing council and the mining company TVI almost cursed the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.

Lucenio, became a “timuay” of the Subanen tribe of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur when his father, Rosendo, passed away. A “timuay” is the highest honor or rank given to a tribal chieftain and akin to the “datu” of the Moslems.

A timuay maintains order between families in the community as he is authorized as a mediator to resolve conflicts. Indigenous governance also requires that the timuay is also an expert in the tribe’s traditional mores, as well as their indigenous beliefs.

In 2008, Timuay Lucenio Manda and his Subanen community saw how small-scale miners ravaged the hills of Bayog, polluted the rivers and turned lifeless the Dumaguilas Bay to extract iron ore and gold. Manda and the PGB protested any mining then so when the government granted a mining permit in 2008 to 168 Ferrum Pacific Mining Inc, the IPs had no choice but to engage in mining.

As soon as the PGB obtained recognition and filed a CADT, they filed a protest against TVI for drilling in the ancestral domain without permission.

“During a CCA (Community Consultative Assembly), in front of the NCIP, we asked the TVI representatives, what they would think if I would suddenly enter their posh condo units in Manila without permission. And no one answered.”

When they took a no to mining stance, according to Manda, the Subanens had the support of various anti-mining groups. But when they decided to engage in mining, some of these groups “abandoned” the Subanens.

“We didn’t understand it at first because the more we needed help.”

“During the MOA signing in 2014, the NCIP advised us to postpone signing the thick document. But that would mean also suspending the Subanen ritual and the elders feared a curse would fall on the tribe. It was only during the RRT that we found out that the provisions that we deleted, revised, or have rewritten in that lengthy meeting was still in the document that we signed. We signed the unrevised agreement.”

“Were it not for the NCIP en banc and the validation activity our community would have lost a lot in the negotiations. That would have been the curse we brought upon ourselves.”

When he was invited by a group of NGOs to attend the Mindanao IP Summit on Extractive Industry at Davao City, Lucenio Manda was enthusiastic about hearing how other indigenous peoples have been doing with the intrusion of mining projects in various ancestral domains in Mindanao.

“Our MOA stipulates that we can ask for cash advance after the approval,” Manda claims. But he adds that they have not done this. “We have decided that we will not withdraw or accept anything until we have drafted and created a financial management system. We have learned from the experience of other IP communities who have engaged in mining. Because of money, the community has become fragmented. Because of money, the tribe fight each other. As a timuay, I do not want that for Bayog.”

Lucenio knows what he is talking about. He paid the steepest of prices in 2012, when he lost his eldest son, Jordan, in an ambush which he felt was related to his anti-mining mining stance.

Even only 11 years old, Jordan joined his father in meetings when schoolwork allowed. This meant travelling with Lucenio and other timuays to other places for meetings. And on that road between Conacon and Bubuan in Bayog, the land that Lucenio promised the diwatas he would protect, he lost his son.

1FAB conducts howitzer, disaster response operations squad challenge

By Gideon C. Corgue (ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 4 (PIA) – The 1st Field Artillery Battalion (1FAB), Army Artillery Regiment (AAR) conducted the Howitzer and Disaster Response Operation (DRO) Squad Challenge on September 25-October 2 with this year’s theme: “Artilero: Kabalikat sa larangan ng bayanihan tungo sa kapayapaan, kaunlaran at tunay na pagbabago.”

LtCol. Archie A. Ares, executive officer of 1FAB said the week-long event aimed to highlight the 1FAB’s 30th founding anniversary on October 14 and aligned with the AAR’s thrust in strengthening squad’s combat capabilities and readiness, teamwork, physical stamina, and mental capabilities, as well as in disaster rescue and relief operations.

Ares said the event tested the collective efforts and stability of the participating squads as they endure different tests that encompassed both their combat and disaster risk reduction (DRR) operations capabilities.

The event was participated by five (5) squads from AAR’s field units, namely: Alpha battery in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bravo battery 1FAB in Pinan, Zamboanga del Norte, Bravo battery 3FAB in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, Charlie company in Marawi City, and Headquarter’s battery in Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

The squads, Ares said, competed in the following events: land navigation, map reading, firearms assembly and disassembly, combat swimming, life saving, platoon run, knot tying, signal communications, and squad attack, among others.

Ares said the competition further aimed to strengthen the capabilities of the squads as the basic fighting unit of the AAR and to make them ready and competent in the performance of their duty serving the people and securing the land.

The winners will receive trophies and certificates during the anniversary celebration on Oct. 14 with Col. Eddie Asis, the army regiment commander as guest of honor and speaker.

Muslims celebrate Islamic New Year


COTABATO CITY, Oct. 3 (PNA) -- Muslim Filipinos across the country are observing today "Amon Jadid" (Islamic New Year), a regional non-working holiday which signals the first day of lunar-based Islamic Hijrah calendar.

The Hijrah New Year is observed at the end or culmination of this year’s annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

It is one of the Muslim holidays under Presidential Decree 1083, which codified Muslim family laws and practices.

Under PD 1083, it is non-working holiday in the provinces of, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, now under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and the cities of Cotabato, Zamboanga, Iligan, Pagadian, Tacurong, Kidapawan, Marawi and Dipolog.

All Muslim government employees and officials in places other than the areas mentioned by PD 1083 shall also be excused from reporting to office in order that they may be able to observe the holiday, the Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) today said in a statement.

Government employees in the provinces and cities For Muslims, performing Hajj is obligatory for those who can afford the cost of travel to Mecca. It is one of the five pillars of Islamic religion. Others are absolute belief in Allah, praying five times a day, giving of “zakat” (alms) to the poor and fasting at day time during the month of Ramadan.

A congregational prayer is scheduled in an open field in communities with huge population of Muslims.

Local officials, in separate statements, appealed to all Muslim faithful to make Amon Jadid as an opportunity to renew commitment to peace in southern Philippines and the rest of the country.

Soldier selling arms to 'state enemies' nabbed

By Paul M. Gutierrez

JOINT operatives from the Philippine Army, Intelligence Service of the AFP (ISAFP) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested an active member of the Philippine Army suspected of selling weapons and ammunition to “armed state enemies” and other lawless elements in Mindanao. Arrested last September 20 during a “takedown operation” at the headquarters of the Army’s 1st Cavalry Squadron in Camp Jacobo Zobel, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, was Technical Sergeant Santiago Caasi (803099), assigned at the Philippine Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Division.

Caasi, who is under the operational control of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, Southern Command, based in Bgy. Kampo Uno, Lamitan, Basilan, was allegedly caught selling four M203 (grenade launcher) for P2,500 a piece at a “black market” in Lamitan.

Information gathered by the Isafp and Army Intelligence also disclosed that the soldier, who also uses the name, ‘Scout Sergeant Randy Cruz,’ had also managed to sell several pieces of M16 and M14 assault rifles in the area, which is a known lair of the terrorist Abu Sayaff Group (ASG).

However, sources declined to confirm if the suspect is also supplying the high-powered rifles and ammunition to the ASG, although it is one angle the military is looking into.

The ASG is now the target of a massive government campaign to put an end to the group’s terrorist acts.

Sources said the suspect, who is a native of Pangasinan, is being charged for violation of Article of War 85 or the “waster or unlawful disposition of military properties issued to soldiers.”

In a statement, the Army leadership said: “We encourage the public to give us information of such offenses through the ‘Army Hotline.’

“We also give due credence to anonymous but meritorious complaints.”

Sources said a deeper investigation is now being undertaken to identify other possible cohorts of Caasi in the military service.

Canada miner’s affiliate puts IPO plan ‘on hold’

(Business World Online, with input from Reuters)

MINERS operating in the Philippines have begun rethinking business plans in the wake of the Environment department’s two-month audit that have put at risk operations of three-fourths of the country’s 41 metal mines, with Canada’s TVI Pacific, Inc.’s Philippine affiliate indefinitely suspending its planned public listing.

TVI Pacific said in a Sept. 28 statement on its Web site -- a day after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced that 20 more metal mines faced suspension besides 10 others whose operations were halted -- that “[d]ue to the uncertain environment in which the Philippine mining industry has operated since the nationwide audit of metal mines was ordered by the DENR Secretary (Regina Paz L. Lopez) under the Duterte administration that came into power in June, TVIRD (TVI Resource Development Philippines, Inc.) has placed all activities relating to its previously proposed listing on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) and initial public offering (IPO) on hold.”

“Such activities will resume once the DENR’s position on various mining policies is further clarified.”

The preliminary prospectus TVIRD filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in October last year showed the company’s planned IPO consisted of up to 408.031 million common shares for sale for up to P3.71 apiece and to be traded on PSE’s Main Board. The shares to be offered represent 15% of 2,720,202,860 outstanding common shares after the sale.

The exercise was projected to raise up to P1.515 billion, with P1.393-billion net proceeds to be used “to fund the capital expenditure requirements of the Balabag Gold-Silver Project” in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, as well as development of the company’s other projects.

TVIRD -- in which TVI Pacific has a 30.66% interest -- had initially planned to conduct its IPO in December last year, then moved it to Feb. 29 and then to some time this semester, citing volatile market conditions.

TVIRD’s 4,995-hectare Agata nickel project straddling the municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga and Santiago in northeastern Mindanao’s Agusan del Norte province -- which planned to build the country’s first nickel processing plant -- was one of 20 mines cited last Tuesday as facing suspension. TVIRD is pursuing the project through Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. (AMVI) in which the former holds a 60% interest.

Eighteen of the 10 metal mines already suspended and the 20 others now facing the same fate are nickel producers that account for 55.5% of the country’s total nickel ore output based on last year’s production.

The country produced 467,000 MT of nickel last year, accounting for 24% of the global mined total of 1.93 million MT, according to a quarterly report from Morgan Stanley.

News shortly after President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed office that the new administration would crack down on miners deemed irresponsible to the environment and host communities -- with the President warning the industry in August that “[w]e will survive as a nation without you” -- have sent global nickel prices careening to multi-year record highs.

Companies whose mining operations face suspension have seven days from Tuesday to give their side, after which DENR will make a final decision on each case. Violations included lack of tree cutting permit, unregistered facilities for treatment, incorrect storage and disposal of tailings, causing discoloration of coastal waters and abandoned open pit, among others.

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP) has assailed the conduct of the audit, saying that the release of a list of mines facing suspension a day ahead of notification of companies concerned smacked of “trial by publicity” and questioning the inclusion of anti-mining advocates that, in some cases, allegedly dictated the conduct of the review.

“Based on a preliminary review of the three alleged violations that have been cited by the DENR against AMVI as possible cause for suspension, AMVI is confident that it can successfully demonstrate full proof of compliance within the seven-day period allowed for a response,” TVIRD said in its Sept. 28 statement that did not explain its violations.

“Until it receives a final decision from the DENR Secretary, AMVI will continue its operations at the Agata mine, where over 1,660 people are currently employed,” it added.

“TVIRD supports the DENR’s efforts to ensure that all mining in the Philippines is carried out to the highest environmental and social standards as this is something that we work hard to achieve every day and have been consistently recognized for by industry regulatory bodies, including the DENR,” the statement quoted Cliff James, chairman and chief executive officer of TVI Pacific and chairman of TVIRD as saying.

“We are certainly taken aback by the audit findings and will work closely with the DENR through AMVI to demonstrate that TVIRD has indeed implemented all necessary environmental protection measures at Agata to ensure that operations continue uninterrupted.”

Once done with the audit, which will take at least two more weeks to come up with final decisions, DENR may start similar reviews of all quarrying and the country’s 65 non-metal mines.

COMP had warned last Wednesday that “[t]he audit findings have serious impact not only on our present mining projects but also upcoming projects,” referring to $22 billion already in the pipeline.

Latest DENR data show that mining has contributed up to 0.7% to gross domestic product, 4.8% to total merchandise exports and up to 0.6% to total jobs, while CoMP itself said the industry employs some 75,000 workers.

To be sure, Philippine miners’ woes did not start with Mr. Duterte.

The country’s miners have been reeling from the moratorium on new mining permits that has been in place since 2011 and extended indefinitely through Executive Order No. 79 signed by former President Benigno S. C. Aquino III on July 6, 2012. A new mining revenue-sharing scheme that was supposed to lift the moratorium was left untouched when the 16th Congress ended last June.

Miners said before the May 9 national elections that a new administration should bring new hope, but that was dashed with the appointment of a staunch environmentalist to head the DENR in the person of Ms. Lopez.

Philex Mining Corp. -- one of the 11 miners cleared to continue operations by the audit -- is one of three main Philippine subsidiaries of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Company Ltd. the others being Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and PLDT, Inc. Hastings Holdings, Inc., a unit of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., has a majority stake in BusinessWorld through the Philippine Star Group, which it controls.