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Catholic priests get COVID-19, churches in MisOr shutdown

April 28, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Roman Catholic churches in Misamis Oriental  were padlocked starting Wednesday until May 10, Msgr. Rey Monsanto said here. Monsanto, an official of the Roman Catholic Archdioceses here, said that the churches would undergo disinfection after the assigned priest were found COVID-19 positive. He said the priests were now confined in various hospitals along with some convent staff and employees who were also found COVID +19 positive. The following Roman Catholic churches were located in the municipal towns of Laguindimgan, Alubijid,  Tagoloan and Jasaan, all in Misamis Oriental. In Cagayan de Oro City, the  churches in the villages (barangays) of Carmen and Gusa and the Nazareno Church in the city’s downtown district were also temporarily closed. Monsanto said that the churches would reopen on May 10 after undergoing massive disinfections and when the affected personnel, including the priests, recover. COVID-19 cases in Northern Mindanao since January 2020 until Tuesday (April 27, 2021) totaled 15,201 patients where  14,077 have recovered and only 319  deaths. -0-

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New 2GO Travel Ship To Sail In Philippine Waters This May

April 28, 2021

2GO Travel New Ship MANILA  – A new ship is sailing in the Philippines soon! 2GO Travel, the country’s largest premier sea travel provider, has acquired a vessel from Japan, and is set to sail its maiden voyage in the Philippine waters next month. The newly purchased ship will be part of 2GO’s fleet of 10 ROPAX and freighter vessels, sailing to 20 major ports of call, linking Manila to Visayas and Mindanao. “This new acquisition is part of our continuing efforts to upgrade our fleet, modernize our operations, and to provide a better passenger experience in sea travel. As destinations reopen its doors to local tourists, we are ready to bring Filipinos to their favorite Philippine islands,” said 2GO Assistant Vice President of Marketing Blessie Cruz. 2GO 2GO Travel is offering discounted tickets as part of its pre-launch efforts starting today until May 3, 2021 for June 1 to December 15, 2021 voyages. Sail from Batangas to Caticlan and Roxas for only ₱299 one-way with 50kg baggage allowance. Meanwhile, travel from Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Coron, Iloilo, Dumaguete, and Puerto Princesa for as low as ₱399; whereas, routes from Manila to Butuan, Iligan, Ozamiz, Zamboanga, Cagayan De Oro are at ₱499. Aside from expanding its fleet, 2GO Travel also activated more than twenty online and offline payment channels to support a safer and more convenient ticket booking experience for its passengers. Book your tickets on 2GO Travel’s website, and instantly receive a booking confirmation when you settle payments through credit and debit cards, online banking, or over the counter. 2GO Travel is operating nonstop voyages to all ports of call amid the extended community quarantine. All passengers are required to wear personal protective equipment and to practice social distancing from check-in, boarding, and disembarkation. Frequent handwashing is also highly encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To book, rebook, and refund your tickets, please visit 2GO Travel’s website, https://travel.2go.com.ph/, call our hotline (02) 8 528 7000, email us at travel@2GO.com.ph, or visit any 2GO outlet, authorized agent, and SM Business Center near you! ABOUT 2GO TRAVEL 2GO Travel is one of the largest premier sea travel providers in the Philippines. It constantly strives to push boundaries in providing travelers a wide selection of reasonably-priced hotel accommodations, tours, and event packages to make for unforgettable trips.

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P 3.4 million illegal drugs busted in Cagayan de Oro

April 27, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A big-time drug syndicate, believed protected by an unidentified top official, is busted with the seizure of illegal drugs worth P 3.4 million during drug buy-bust operations that led to the arrest of the “courier” here Tuesday afternoon.  The operations were carried out by police operatives from Region 9 in Zamboanga Peninsula in coordination with the local police and the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) here. Police identified the suspects as only “Ian” and “Ana,” the alleged  courier, for fear that the members of the drug syndicate, now the subject of follow up operations might elude the dragnet. “Joey,”  the police team leader from Zamboanga’s drug enforcement group unit, said that the operatives followed the suspects from Region 9 until they were cornered in Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday afternoon. Seized from the suspects were the alleged illegal drug (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) weighing 600 grams, the buy-bust money amounting to P 1.5 million placed in a red “eco bag,” and the suspect’s the  motorcycle,  Operatives from the police in Zamboanga said that the suspects were residents of Cagayan de Oro who were under surveillance for a long time. “Joey” said that they are securing the suspects while the operatives are still tracking the other members of the syndicate. He said that a top official in Northern Mindanao, believed to be the protector of the drug syndicate,  is now also the object of the manhunt. “We are getting more pieces of evidence to pin the top official. The arrest of the suspects is providing important information too,” Joey said. -0-  

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4 terrorists killed in military's artillery offensives in Maguindanao

April 26, 2021

ARTILLERY OFFENSIVES MAGUINDANAO - Four terrorist group members were killed in the continuing artillery attacks and bombardments made by government forces in the borders of North Cotabato and the province of Maguindanao.   Quoting reports from the military, it was learned that the four slain terrorists were followers of the most wanted leader Abdulmalik Esmael alias Abu Toraife of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The military has yet to identify the slain rebels at press time.  6th Infantry Division's Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar confirmed Saturday that the artillery attacks were “surgical in nature and preemptive.” Baldomar added “This is to prevent a similar incident last month in Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan town where a big group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has converged and launched attacks against non-combatants.” The military official said the main targets of the artillery offensives were the remotest areas in Shariff Saydona Mustapha in Maguindanao, particularly near the marsland which borders North Cotabato, as intel reports received there were about 100 BIFF rebels reported massing last Friday (April 23) “The locals pinpointed to soldiers where the slain terrorists were buried in Shariff Saydona municipality,” Baldomar said, adding that they also received reports that Abdulmalik Esmael alias Abu Toraife was wounded. He also said the army offensives in said areas were duly coordinated with local officials so that people in nearby areas would be informed in advance and they take shelter to safer grounds. Local officials reported to the military that two of the slain rebels were immediately buried by their comrades. - with PNA reports  

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2 NPA rebels slain; 1 wounded in clash with gov't forces

April 26, 2021

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR - At least two members of the New People's Army (NPA rebels were killed during an almost one-hour firefight Thursday morning (April 22) with government forces in Sitio barangay Guinlin, Tigbao, this province. The military identified the slain NPA rebels as Felimon Suazo alias Jonathan Cruz and also alias Ka Nathan, while the other slain rebel was identified as James Cordero alias Ka James and Ka Tito.  There were also two civilians who were hit by stray bullets but they were immediately rushed to a hospital in Pagadian City, the report said. Brigadier General Leonel Nicolas, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade said the skirmishes between government forces and the terrorist rebels took place around 5:00 in the morning in Barangay Guinlin, Municipality of Tigbao, this province. Nicolas revealed that the firefight ensued when members of the NPA rebels opened fire prompting the government forces to scamper for safety and retaliated. The Army official said joint forces of the military and police operatives were about to serve warrants of arrest against six rebels who allegedly belong to the Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) when they were welcomed with bullets by the rebels. Based on government records, Suazo has a pending warrant of arrest for violation of Republic Act 11479 otherwise known as The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, and for the crimes of attempted murder and arson. The military official said Suazo holds various positions in the revolutionary movement. He was a WMRPC executive committee member, finance officer, and member of the NPA's Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) Squad 1. Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, 53rd Infantry Battalion commander, said captured during the firefight was Elvie Doctor, who carries the aliases of Ka Bangkat and Ka Nanang, a member of the WMRPC’s Execom and a political instructor of MRGU. Doctor, who also served as a propagandist of the WMRPC, has standing warrants of arrest for the crimes of murder and direct assault. - with PNA reports  

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P13.6 million cash aid for hog growers in Cag de Oro

April 25, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Agriculture (DA) allocated P13.6 million cash aid to 786 hog growers in Cagayan de Oro hard-hit by the outbreak of the African Swine Fever (ASF) here. Deputy House Speaker Rufus Rodriguez, of Cagayan de Oro, said Sunday that the affected farmers and hog growers lost 2,816 hogs with the outbreak of ASF here in January this year. He said that the DA is indemnifying the farmer-hog growers at P5,000 per hog or a total of P13.6 million for the 2,816 hogs. According to Rodriguez, he made the appeal to the DA in response to the farmers’ clamor for help to be able to recover their losses. He said that DA Secretary William Dar directed DA Regional Director Carlene Collado in Northern Mindanao to release available funds amounting to P13.6 million to compensate the Cagayan de Oro hog grower-farmers. Rodriguez said that the DA head office in Manila will replenish the DA regional office of the funds used to help the hog grower-farmers who suffered losses because of the ASF outbreak here. -0-

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