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Cargo vessel sinks off Misor waters, 7 crew members rescued

September 16, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Authorities rescued all the seven crews, including the boat captain of the cargo vessel that sank off the waters of Sugbongcogon in Misamis Oriental Tuesday afternoon. Police Lt. Theofratus S. Pia, spokessperson of Misamis Oriental Police Office, said MLJJBA SEABREESE, a cargo vessel from Opol town in Misamis Oriental is bound for Surigao City when it sank around 5:55 p.m. Pia said the vessel is loaded with 13,500 cases of San Miguel Beer. He said all the crews including ship captain 52-year-old Ferdinand Bangcoyo and his live-in partner a cerrtain Nandy Lanzaderas, all residents of Siargao island were rescued. Also rescued were Berden Ilandag, 38; Robert Mondragon, 22; Leo Dorero, 21; and Procopio Spijon, 33, all residents of Siargao island. He said the Philippine Coast Guard in Misamis Oriental managed to organize a quick rescue teams compose of the members from the Municipal emergency response office with the help of some local fishermen in the area. He said the all the crews and three other passengers were safely brought alive at Purok 6 in Barangay Mangga in Sugbongcogon town, Misamis Oriental on Tuesday night. Pia said the crews told him that they were traversing from Opol, Misamis Oriental going to Siargao island in Surigao del Norte when their cargo vessel was hit by a strong waves after reaching off the waters of Sugbongcogon in Misamis Oriental. Pia identified the owner of MLJJBA SEABREESE as a certain Willian Himina, a resident of San Juan, Surigao City.

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8 crew members rescued, 13,500 cases of beers gone as cargo vessel sinks

September 16, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--Coast guard authorities rescued eight crew members of a cargo vessel that sunk off the coast of Misamis Oriental Tuesday, but failed to retrieve 13,500 cases of beers that went down with the ill-starred vessel. All eight crew members, including the skipper who was slightly injured, were safely rescued by responding coastguard and police rescue units who received the distress call moments before the Surigao-bound cargo vessel JJB SEABREEZE 8 sunk, Ensign Jerich Ybañez, of the Philippine Coast Guard, here said. Buffeted by strong waves, the JJBA SEABREEZE 8 cargo vessel loaded with 13,500 cases of beers bound for Surigao province sunk late Tuesday afternoon, two kilometers off the shorelines of Sugbongcogon in Misamis Oriental. Sgt. Jigger Rojo, of the Sugbongcogon police station, said that all crew members were rescued safely and were temporarily housed at the town’s isolation center. “The fishermen informed us of the sinking vessel past seven Tuesday evening and we immediately launched rescue operations together with the coast guard,” Rojo said. Coast guard authorities said that the cargo vessel was able to send “distress signal” before it sunk prompting the coast guard to launch a rescue and recovery operations. Ybañez said that the cargo vessel was seaworthy prompting the coast guard to issue a clearance for the Surigao-bound cargo vessel to leave the port of Opol in Misamis Oriental Tuesday.

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Police in El Salvador City conduct weekly anti-drug ops

September 16, 2020

EL Salvador City, Misamis Oriental--Aside from helping local health workers in the containment of Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the local police here still managed to conduct a weekly anti-drug operations. Polic Major Patrick Baja Dalamgin, chief of El Salvador City Police Office, said the local police despite their busy schedule still managed to arrest a certain Maria Antonia Baybason, 36. Dalamgin said Baybayon was arrested on September 1 for qualified theft with recommended bailbond of P20,000. He said his men also arrested a certain Rogelio Ocampo Abadejos, a DI-listed personality. "We are conducting our weekly operations against illegal drugs in the city," said Dalamgin in an interview. Aside from Covid-19 free, all the 15 barangays of the city of El Salvador are declared drug-free. He said his men are also monitoring all forms of illegal gambling, including the movements of the communist New People's Army (NPA) in the area.

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Famed cosmetic doctor arrested by police in Oro

September 16, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A famous cosmetic doctor was arrested in this city on Sept. 13, the police said on Tuesday. Police identified the suspect as Dr. Joel Mendez, a resident of Metro Manila but was apprehended in a mall here. The Philippine National Police-10 (PNP-10) said the 60-year-old doctor has a standing warrant of arrest for conviction of criminal cases of attempted rape and two counts of rape through sexual assault. The cases are docketed under criminal case MC16-4800/4801 and 4802-FC with no bail recommended. The arrest warrant was issed by Judge Joanne Hernandez-Lazo, of Regional Trial Court Branch 5-FC in Mandaluyong City on Feb. 4, 2020. Police said the suspect is a resident of Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City. The suspect is said to be the owner of the Skinology Spa and Wellness Center. Polcie said Mendez was informed of his rights and was temporarily detained at Maharlika detention cell and thereafter to be travelled to the Regional Trial Court, National Capital Judicial Region for the return of Warrant of Arrest. PNP-10 said Mendez was previously arrested for attempted rate and two counts of rape last July 12, 2018 in Mandaluyong City. One of his victims was a 17-year-old girl who modeled for the Mendez Medical Group, who he allegedly molested inside his clinic in 2015. “We will never stop until all wanted person will be arrested and put them behind bars since it is our mandate to enforce the law, ensure the safety of other people that may be possible victim if they will not be arrested and give justice to the victim,” said Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan in a statement.

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Rice farmers in Bukidnon get 9.2-million worth of diversion dam

September 13, 2020

MALAYBALAY City, Bukidnon--Rice farmers belonging to the Maranhog Farmers Small Water Irrigation System Association (SWISA) were recently recepient to the P9.2 million worth of diversion dam of the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office in Region 10. DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado turned over the project to the project-recipients through Malaybalay City Vice Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran and Maranhog Farmers SWISA President Dionesio C. Caonan last September 4. The project was in line with the agency’s goal of attaining food security and sufficiency. Funded under the Rice Program, the project aims to irrigate the 50-hectare target service area of the 35-membered farmers association cultivating rice. For the past years, the association has encountered challenges on water supply availability. With this Diversion Dam, however, rice farmers could see an increase in their crop yield for each cropping period. “We used to harvest only 12 to 15 sacks of rice in a cropping season. With the diversion dam, we are expecting to harvest around 40 to 50 bags,” Caonan explained. He further conveyed the association’s interest in availing more projects from DA, especially in acquiring a rice transplanter, considering the high cost of labor in their locality. RED Collado responded that the SWISA can request additional agri-interventions such as farm machinery and equipment units, as long as they are accredited with the DA. “Once the farmers' group is validated, a team of engineers from DA-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization will visit [your area] and assess what type of assistance is appropriate for your planting and harvesting requirements,” Collado said. He further shared that each association is entitled to a package of farm machinery and equipment units amounting to about P5.5 million provided the group has complied with all the requirements and passed the validation. On the other hand, Malaybalay City Vice-Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran challenged them to sustain the project, which will be instrumental in improving the lives of farmers. The turnover was also graced by DA-RFO 10’s Bukidnon Provincial Operations Center Head, Dr. Janet D. Lopez, representatives of various irrigators associations of Malaybalay City, and Remedios R. Sarzuelo, Malaybalay City Agriculturist, among others. (PR)

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Customs bureau seizes P20-M smuggled cigars

September 12, 2020

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 last Wednesday, September 9. 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.”

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