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Korean drug suspect shot dead in a remote farm in General Santos

April 20, 2021

KOREAN SHOT DEAD   GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A Korean national was found dead in a remote farm in this city Monday morning (April 19), authorities reported to the media. Lieutenant Rodel Ventura, deputy chief of GenSan police station 3 identified the dead body as Businessman Hyun Seong-hong, a resident of Barangay Labangal, this city, for many years. Police investigators immediately responded to the crime scene after residents reported the lifeless body of the Korean national inside his white Suzuki Sedan vehicle bearing plate NAO 1882. It was reportedly parked in Purok Masagana in Barangay Baluan beside a grassy area planted with coconuts. Investigators said the crime scene was approximately 1 kilometer from the main highway and also 30 meters from Barangay Lagao, also in this city. The investigation disclosed that the Korean was shot as he sustained two gunshot wounds. They also found shells of .45 caliber pistol inside the Korean's vehicle, showing that he was shot inside his car. Police also found a plastic bottle and gasoline. Investigators theorized the suspects may have planned to burn the dead body and the vehicle but did not pursue their plan.     Ventura said, “It appeared that the suspects tried to burn the vehicle based on the marks found on the driver’s seat, adding that Hyun was involved with a construction firm that is bidding on some local projects." The police also reported to the media that Hyun was arrested for drugs five years ago, which might also trigger his untimely demise.  A blotter report said the city's criminal investigation department is still verifying information the Korean was using an American passport. Meanwhile, Major Yol Hilado of City Police Station 3 also told reporters that the Korean was also reportedly involved in a lending business, according to some documents gathered by the investigating team inside his car.  In January 2016, the Korean was arrested inside a local hotel by the operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 12 for alleged possession of illegal drugs. The raiding team recovered suspected shabu amounting to P75,000 and other drug paraphernalia. The investigation also disclosed the Korean victim was married to a Filipina who owns a restaurant business in the city.  

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P10-M smuggled cigarettes intercepted off Zamboanga seawaters

April 20, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Joint operatives of the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Navy intercepted a shipment of smuggled cigarettes off the waters of Zamboanga Peninsula, a Navy official reported. Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci, Jr, chief of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) said the smuggled cigarettes were worth P10.7 Million based on the assessment made by the Bureau of Customs. Adaci said the smuggled items were reportedly smuggled Thursday dawn off the seawaters in Zamboanga when the joint operatives of the Navy and BOC intercepted them, which also resulted in the seizure of the items in Barangay Sinunuc.   In an interview with the media, Adaci said the joint Naval Taskforce 61, composed of the Navy Seals, intel operatives, and personnel of the Bureau of Customs, were conducting maritime operations when they chanced upon M/B Princess Amina. He said the vessel was loaded with undocumented cigarettes with a total market value of more or less, Php 10,685.000.   After the seizure of the illegal items, the vessel was escorted to Naval Station Romulo Espaldon for inventory and inspection purposes.   The naval official also said they have contacted the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to assist and help them in inspecting the smuggled cigarettes.  “There was no presence of any prohibited drugs or contrabands other than the undocumented cigarettes on board the apprehended vessel. The confiscated items were turned over to the custody of BOC-Zamboanga District," he concluded.   

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Military foils NPA planned attack, kills amazon, overrun training camp

April 20, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Military operatives overran a training camp of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon foiling a large-scale attack against private construction companies, civilian targets, and military bases to celebrate the National Democratic Front (NDF’s) 48th Anniversary on April 24, 2021. The 30- minute armed encounter resulted in the killing of an amazon combatant and the recovery of a cache of fire arms, ammunitions, personal belongings and subversive documents. A statement released by the army’s Public Affairs Division, said that the elements of the Army’s elite irst Special Forces Battalion were dispatched deep into the jungles of Kalatungan Mountain Range in Valencia City, Bukidnon after receiving reports of the massing of the NPA rebel forces in the area. Lt. Col. Vercisio G. San Jose, Jr, commanding officer of the special forces, said that the operatives met about 50 heavily armed NPA rebels of the sub-regional command of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee. San Jose said that an amazon was killed while several NPA rebels were wounded due to blood stains along their withdrawal routes. The teams captured one high-powered firearm, a vast cache of ammunition, Improvised Explosive Devices, and documents of solid proof of their plans to overthrow the government and destroy the lives of innocent civilians. San Jose said that the body of the Amazon combatant was turned over to the parents in the village of Lilingayon, in Valencia City, Bukidnon. San Jose did not release the name of the fatality although the parents admitted that their daughter wanted to surrender a long time ago to tend to their children, but her husband who was also an NPA rebel refused to yield. -0-  

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A REP JULIETTE UY INITIATIVE: 300 informal workers in Misor receive livelihood assistance

April 18, 2021

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental - Over three hundred (300) informal workers in this province received cash assistance from Congresswoman Juliette Uy of the second district. The livelihood support was coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Livelihood Assistance Grant - Congressional Intervention in the towns of Libertad up to Gitagum, this province.   Beneficiaries who belong to the informal workers include fishermen, public market vendors, farmers, public utility tri-sikad and 'habal-habal' drivers. They all received cash assistance, ranging from P5000 up to P10,000, depending on their present small business initiatives that they are into to support their meager income and survive in this trying time of the pandemic. The said program was supported by all the mayors of Team Unity under the active leadership of Congresswoman Uy and her husband, former vice governor of Misamis Oriental. "Among dako nga pag pasalamat ngadto ni Mayor Junie Uy sa Libertad, Mayor Loloy Mugot, Mga SB Members, mga Kapitanes, ug sa mga MSWDO and working Staff sa matag Lungsod ug ilabi na sa DSWD Region 10 SLP Team," Rep Juliet Uy said, addind that said livelihood assistance was really a big help to the informal workers. The livelihood assistance payout was also attended by Vice Governor Joey Pelaez, Provincial Board members Jessa Mugot, Atty Angel Lim who also personally distributed free soap that makes the recipients happy and very thankful for.   

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Taxi drivers in Oro receive cash assistance from DSWD

April 18, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Over five hundred taxi drivers in this city gladly received their cash assistance yesterday in the total amount of P3,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  The successful turnover of cash assistance directly to the drivers themselves has been thru the initiative of Senator Bong Go and Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez. The taxi-driver beneficiaries were among those workers affected by the covid-19 pandemic. DSWD has successfully disbursed P1.5 Million worth of assistance during the distribution held at the Barangay Nazareth gymnasium yesterday (April 17). Present during the actual distribution of cash assistance includes Councilor Jocelyn “Bebot” Rodriguez, Brgy. Nazareth Chairman Maximo “Jonjon” Rodriguez III ug DTI Asec. Nino Contreras.  Meanwhile, the cash assistance program for the drivers in region 10 was also implemented by other government agencies to wit: LTFRB 10 Dir. Aminoden Guro; DSWD 10 Dir. Mari-flor Dollaga-Libang; TESDA PD Gigi Garrido; DOLE PD Ebba Acosta, and DTI PD Almer Masiliones. It can be recalled that last month, the DSWD office has also distributed P1,000 cash assistance to around 400 drivers thru the initiative of Cong Rufus Rodriguez. Rodriguez told reporters he would continue to find more resources so that the sector badly affected by the pandemic will be assisted in terms of livelihood and cash assistance.  

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5 NPA rebels in Sarangani return to the fold of the law

April 17, 2021

MAITUM, Sarangani - The New People's Army (NPA) terror group continues to weaken, as their disgruntled comrades surrender every now and then in many parts of the country. In a remote town in this province, five more members of the revolutionary movement have surrendered their firearms and went back to the fold of the law. Police Regional Office 12 director Gen Michael John Dubria told reporters the rebels have decided to surrender Wednesday (April 14) following the continued program of the Duterte administration to give them livelihood and other support if they want to live a normal life again.    The top military official said prior to the rebels' surrender, there were series of peaceful negotiations conducted between government negotiators and five members of NPA Guerilla Front 73 (Musa)-Far South Mindanao Region. The said group is reported operating in the hinterland areas in Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and South Cotabato. The rebel returnees yielded their caliber 5.56 M16 rifle, a homemade caliber 5.56mm M16 rifle, a caliber 9mm Uzi, and a fragmentation hand grenade to the municipal government of Maasim. Maasim Mayor Zyrex Pacquiao, chief of the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC), handed over sacks of rice to the five rebel returnees plus financial assistance. Dubria said the rebels were assigned to operate in Maasim and Maitum towns in Sarangani. They were long-time members of the terror group "Platoon Huawei and the Malisyang Bayan. The NPA rebels, Dubria said, have decided to surrender due to their difficult situations in the mountains, as well as because of the ongoing program of the Duterte administration, allowing them to return to the fold of the law and live normal lives again. “They are very grateful that their struggles have finally ended and can now live peacefully with their families,” Dubria told reporters in a statement. The rebel returnees will be enlisted, Dubria said, adding that they will benefit from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program in order to avail of the government's financial and livelihood programs.     “Rest assured that the PRO-12 will continue to enhance efforts to attain inclusive peace in the region,” Dubria concluded.  

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