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BOC-10 anti-smuggling seizes P20m cigarettes

September 10, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The unrelenting anti-smuggling operation of the Bureau of Customs-10 (BOC-10) has resulted to the confiscation and destruction of P20.7 million worth of illegally imported cigarettes on yesterday. Among those seized bore the brand names Union, Bravo, Famous, Farstar, Septwolves, YS, San Marino, Cannon. John Simon, BOC-10 district collector, said the contraband consisted of 2,150 reams or 188,824 of various brands. The cigarettes entered the port of Ozamiz in Ozamiz City and Mindanao Container Terminal sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on two occasions, on August 25, 2020 and Sept. 1, 2020, Simon said. “We don’t want cigarettes that are illegal and are sold here in Northern Mindanao,” Simon said. The confiscated cigarettes were destroyed through a shredding machine at the Greenleaf 88 non-hazardous waste disposal facility in Barangay Bayabas, this city. Simon said the items were confiscated as the consignees failed to pay duties and taxes and in violation of Republic Act 10836 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. The BOC-10, however, has yet to identify the names of the consignees, but Simon said they will be facing charges once their identities are established. Oliver Valiente, chief of the BOC-10’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, the contraband came from China and neighboring Asian countries that entered through the Zamboanga Peninsula. According to the Department of Finance, consignees use a new smuggling scheme to sneak the illegal cigarettes into the country. Citing a report from BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez III said P53 million-worth of cigarettes contained in two container vans that were recently confiscated in the port of Davao on July 12, 2020 came from Ningbo, China and was declared as tissue paper. When the cargo reached its final destination in the port of Davao, Guerrero said “the containers of smuggled cigarettes were not included in its inward foreign manifest despite other customs documents proving the existence of the shipment.”

Govt troops capture NPA finance officer in Misor

September 7, 2020

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental--The military backed by the local police arrestd the finance officer of the New People's Army (NPA) on Saturday (September 5). In a press statement, 1Lt. Jefferson M. Mariano identified the arrested NPA rebel as a certain Jenalyn Arcillas Ganzan alias Macky, 34 years old and a resident of Zone 4, Poblacion, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Mariano said Arcillas served as the finance officer of the HQ Nelsay, Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1), Northern Central Mindanao Region Command (NCMRC). He said the suspect was arrested through a search and seizure warrant issued by Hon. Judge Fernando R Fudalan Jr. of Regional Trial Court, Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur for the criminal cases of Destructive Arson under CC No. 6624, and Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention under CC No. 6527. No bail bond was recommended by the court for his cases. The success of the operation is the result of the continuous efforts of the Army’s 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion and 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion, together with the personnel of Provincial Intelligence Unit of Misamis Oriental, 1001st MC, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 10 and Tagoloan Municipal Police Station in ending local communist armed conflict in the said province. In his statement, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB said, “The AFP and PNP will continue to jointly operate in pursuing the terrorist group so that we can put an end to the influence of the terrorists in every community. We will remain vigilant against anyone who will try to disrupt the peace and order of the community.”   “This arrest proves that the terrorists cannot run away from the long arm of the government. So, I urge the remaining remnants of the NPA to return to the folds of the law, avail the government program under Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), and live with your families peacefully,"said Canatoy ended. The arrested person was brought and held at Tagoloan MPS and to be brought to the issuing court of origin for proper disposition. (PR)

Andanar commends 4ID for doing a great job

September 6, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Secretary Martin Andanar has commended the 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division (4ID), Philippine Army for for doing a great job. Andanar, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Northern Mindanao, extended the commendation to the 4ID after it got the highest rating in Bukidnon latest survey conducted by the Northern Bukidnon Community College (NBCC) in Region 10. CAMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City--The 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division (4ID), Philippine Army got a “very satisfied” rating on the latest Client Satisfaction Survey (CSC) conducted by the Northern Bukidnon Community College (NBCC) in Region 10. Based on the school's latest Client Satisfaction Survey (CSC), the 4ID got "very satisfied" rating, said Dr. Catherine Roween C Almaden, the head of the research team who presented the survey result during the Northern Mindanao Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC 10) meeting held at Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro on Thursday Morning, September 3. Dr. Almaden reported that 4ID received an average rating of 4 with 5 being the highest or “Very Satisfied” from the people of Region 10 for all its services that aimed to ensure peace and security, and facilitate the delivery of government services in conflict-affected and geographically isolated and disadvantage areas. The people are particularly grateful to 4ID and its operationally controlled units for their services rendered to the people especially in maintaining peace and security in the communities and by facilitating the delivery of the needed services such as medical and dental services, livelihood, infrastructure, education, health, personal services and disaster preparedness, she said. Secretary Martin Andanar, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Northern Mindanao, who presided the meeting, commends the 4ID and all its soldiers for doing a great job. “To Major General Centino, you are doing a great job. May you continue to lead your forces and steer the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Technical Working Group (RTF-ELCAC TWG) to accomplish its mission to end the communist armed conflict in the region before the President’s term ends in 2022,” said Andanar.   The NBCC conducted the client satisfaction survey to respondents from different municipalities and cities of Northern Mindanao to determine their level of satisfaction on the services provided by 4ID and 1ID. (PR)

‘Ardot” Parojinog died 'naturally,' says police

September 5, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A senior police official, leading the probe into the death of former Ozamiz City councilor Ricardo ‘Ardot" Parojinog, suggested that Parojinog might have died of natural death following initial findings released by doctors of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO). Col. Danilo Tumanda, the provincial police director of the Misamis Occidental, who was one of the senior police officers tasked to look into the death of Parojinog Friday, said the initial findings showed “no physical struggle” and other marks that might suggest that the victim was killed. He said that all the police personnel and the police station commander in the Ozamiz police station were ordered restricted at the police station’s second story building and are not allowed to come out. Tumanda said that 20 policemen from the provincial mobile force unit were sent to the Ozamiz City police station to temporarily replace the entire police force of the Ozamiz City Police Station pending result of the probe into Parojinog’s death. Interviewed lived by a Magnum Radio reporter in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday morning, Tumanda said that there were initial reports that Parojinog have a weak heart and that he is allergen to some foods. “On his arrival Thursday, Parojinog declined to partake the chicken and rice lunch offered by his two escorts from Camp Crame saying that he has “allergy” with chicken meat and preferred a beef instead,” Tumanda said. Tumanda said that he has no idea if he has taken a beef for lunch, but was informed that Parojinog complained of uneasiness when he took a “siomay” (a pork or beef laced rice) Thursday night. According to Tumanda, it is not easy to bring in food for Parojinog who was temporarily detained in the Ozamis Police Sation, because he was closely guarded and the escorts from Camp Crame would always check all foods allowed by Parojinog to come in. On Thursday night, the police personnel of the Ozamiz City Police Station took charge in guarding Parojinog while the escorts from Manila took a rest. Parojinog was flown in to Ozamiz City from Manila onThusday to attend a scheduled hearing Friday where he is reportedly facing nine different cases involving various criminal offenses. Police found Parojinog dead in his jail bed after he refused to respond to an early morning head count of inmates. Police regional director Rolando Anduyan ordered a probe of Parojinog’s death, the brother of former Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog. The late Ozamiz City Mayor Aldong Parojinog was killed along with his wife Susan and brother board member Octavio, Jr. on a “controversial raid” of his residence in Barangay Baybay, Ozamiz City on July 30, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier tagged the Parojinogs as among the high profile personalities listed in the illegal drug trade in the country.

Covid in Ozamiz, 519 residents subjected to rapid testing

August 31, 2020

OZAMIZ City--Health authorities subjected to rapid test some 519 residents in Barangay Malaubang including senior citizens and children. The Ozamiz City Health Office conducted the rapid tests to to identify possible infected individuals and provide immediate health services by the local government. This measure is brought about by the current influx of returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs). The influx also prompted Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal to order the lockdown of the entire Purok 3 and part of Purok 1 of Malaubang to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Oaminal reminded Ozamiz residents not to panic, and "it is better not to go out if it is not really necessary and always adhere to the health protocols implemented by the government." The Asenso Ozamiz team delivered relief goods to the residents affected by the lockdown. There are currently 38 active COVID-19 cases in Ozamiz City. One symptomatic patient is currently admitted at Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center (MHARS MC), while 37 asymptomatic patients are now isolated at SM Lao City General Hospital. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

Police in Misamis intensify anti-crime drive, checkpoints

August 28, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Amid the pandemicplaguing the nation, Police authorities in Misamis Oriental aassured the lubic that their ani-crime drive remained. Lt. Col. Reynante Reyes, deputy for opreations of the Philippine National POlice (PNP) in Misamis Oriental, said that their mobile checkpoints are still enforced to monitor the entry and exit areas of the province. Reyes said that the PNP in Misor is also regularly conducting the weekly enhanced managing police operation to itemized the accomplishments of police in terms of their performnces. "Ang Misamis Orintal nagpabilin nga malinawon gumikan kini sa pagpaningkamot sa atong regional director nga si Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan," said Police Major Christian Relevo, a police official in Misor. Relevo said that staion commandera are urged to coninue their minor and major operations against the communist-terrorist groups in their resepective areas. He said that in the meantime, the local police are closely monitoring the towns of Opol, Manticao, El Salvador including the boundaries of Lugait. Relevo said that the communist-terrorist group are just passing the western part of Misamis Oriental but no encampment. Both Reyes and Relevo aattended the just held Provinccial Oversight Committee Meeting held at Initao town attended by all police officials of Misamis Oriental.          


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