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Cargo vessel catches fire in Zamboanga City: 2 dead, 3 hurt

April 17, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A cargo vessel caught fire last Friday night (April 16) and resulted in the death of two people and the injury of three others, reports reaching MDNN Zamboanga bureau said. The reported vessel carried 150 drums of fuel when it suddenly caught fire and the conflagration became uncontrolled by responding fire brigades in this city and neighboring areas.   Major Chester Natividad, chief of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) told reporters the fire started 10:00pm while M/L Saidamae was moored in Barangay Baliwasan private wharf. Police investigators reported that the fire was ignited when mechanic Mauar Najar Hamimon tried to switch on the engine. Investigators are still trying to prove why the engine ignited the fire.   The investigation also added that after the fire started, a loud explosion also followed which also resulted in the conflagration. Responding firefighters tried to put off the blaze but failed. Police authorities identified those who died as Rene Jimlani and Mujib Andam, whose addresses are still not known at press time. Officer Natividad said the skipper, Jilam Madda and Hamison were badly hurt as they were thrown due to the big impact of the explosion. While another crew Jupajal Ahmad contained several bruises and he was rushed to the city's nearest hospital for treatment with Madda. Hamimon, on the other hand, was rushed to Zamboanga Brent Hospital. Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Jacqueline Ortega reported that they managed to put out the fire around 6:35 in the morning of April 17th. The fire bureau, in a separate report, has put the total damage of the blaze to around Two Million Pesos (P2,000,000) 

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Misor guv to probe fire that gutted down Provincial Health Office

April 15, 2021

MISAMIS ORIENTAL - Governor Yevgeny Vincente 'Bambi' Emano yesterday vowed to conduct an investigation into the fire that gutted down the Provincial Health Office Wednesday afternoon. The fire department has yet to report the cause of the fire while the investigation is still going on. The big fire burned a portion of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the source of many hospitals in the region for blood needs. "Ato gyud nang imbestigahan kung unsay hinungdan sa sunog. Katawhan ang matood nga nanag iya niining property sa gobyerno nga nasunog so atong tulubagon ang pagpa imbestiga kung nganong nasunog kini," the provincial governor said. He said he facilitated the formal return of evacuees in Sitio Tikalaan early dawn yesterday and he was surprised upon returning in the afternoon as he saw the big fire that could no longer be controlled and stopped. "Dako na kaayo ang kalayo pag abot nato karong hapon gikan sa kabukiran sa Claveria kay naghatud kita sa mga bakwit didto sa sitio Tikalaan, Claveria," the governor pointed out. Meanwhile, Provincial Board Member Gerardo Sabal said there were around 30 vials of Sinovac anti covid-19 vaccines inside the office that were all burned. Dr Jerie Calingasan, PHO chief, in a separate media interview has clarified that only SINOVAC vials were burned and its ratio for use was only 1:1 This means only 30 persons can be inoculated with 30 Sinovac anti-covid vaccines. The PHO office houses the laboratory, blood bank, medical supplies, and equipment intended for the provincial hospitals in Misamis Oriental.  

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Couple nabbed; operatives seized P6.8 Million 'shabu' in Marawi drugnet

April 15, 2021

MARAWI CITY -  A couple was arrested Wednesday afternoon and operatives also seized a total of P6.8 Million suspected illegal drugs known as 'shabu' during a drug buy-bust operation conducted in this city, a top military official said. Director Juvenal Azurin, chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency - Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) told reporters the buy-bust operation has resulted in the successful arrest of Ating Pundogar, 40; and his wife Norhata, 39, both residents of this city.    “This is a big catch, we busted a big-time syndicate involved in the drug trade,” Azurin told newsmen in an interview. He also commended the participation of other government agencies who took part in the arrest of the suspects, including the support of the 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army. Investigation disclosed that the couple has been the subject of monitoring in the vicinities of Marawi City and they were being tagged as notorious drug peddlers operating in the BARMM region. As authorities gathered much evidence to pin down the subject couple, a drug buy-bust was immediately hatched, which resulted to the arrest of the suspects. They reportedly sold a kilo of the suspected drugs known as shabu to an undercover agent along the national highway in Barangay Matampay, this city. The couple was on board a red Kia vehicle when arrested by the raiding team. The joint government forces seized the vehicle including kilos of illegal drugs in small packs, several stacks of fake money covered on top with a genuine P1000 peso bill, and mobile phones. The couple is now languishing at the mini cell of the PDEA-BARMM awaiting formal charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.  

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6 PAG members surrender to PNP-BARMM

April 14, 2021

MAGUINDANAO - The police organization in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) reported Tuesday the surrender of six members of private armed groups (PAG) operating in this province. Brig General Eden T. Ugale, PNP-BARMM regional director told reporters the armed men also yielded their firearms to the government, particularly at the PNP-BARMM headquarters in Parang, this province. The surrenderees were members of the "Matalam Group," the general said.  “This successful surrender of Matalan PAG is in line with the programs under the security aspect of the normalization process of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro that focus on disbanding of armed groups in the BARMM territory,” Ugale said. The PNP top brass vowed to eradicate private armed groups operating in the BARMM region. He also thanked and lauded the efforts of Maguindanao officials for their active cooperation with the government's no-nonsense drive to eradicate private armies in the country. Ugale also reported that there were around 21 members of the private armed groups who have already surrendered since January 1, this year.

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3 slain in Cotabato City broad daylight ambush

April 14, 2021

'BROAD DAYLIGHT' AMBUSH   COTABATO CITY - Three persons were killed yesterday (April 13) in this city during a broad daylight ambush perpetrated by unidentified assailants, reports reaching MDNN said. Police investigators identified the fatalities based on their IDs as Ali Abdurahim Tamal, a resident of Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao Province; Norma Dalimbang Sapi, a native of Datu Sinsuat also in Maguindanao, and a boy whose name is still to be verified, according to the police.  Initial investigation conducted by police probers said the victims were traversing Jeremiah Street, Barangay Rosary Heights 11 with their dark gray Toyota Vios vehicle. While they were maneuvering the said road, armed suspects onboard a brown Mitsubishi Sportivo vehicle flagged them and without provocation peppered them with bullets. Colonel Rommel Javier told reporters responding policemen immediately approached the crime scene and brought the victims to the nearest hospital but doctors pronounced them dead on arrival (DOA) The police investigators theorized that the incident was sparked by personal grudge but still getting more evidence and the motive behind the broad daylight ambush which happened around 10:00 in the morning yesterday. Meanwhile, police operatives in the city are now conducting manhunt operations to track the whereabouts of the suspects, who may still be in the city while the crimes just happened. The police are also tracking down the brown Mitsubishi Sportivo vehicle used by the suspects in the ambush. 

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'Head hunter cult’ in MisOcc unfounded

April 14, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The reports about “head-cutting cult” in Misamis Occidental were unfounded, police provincial director Col. Rolindo M. Suguilon said Wednesday. In a report to the police regional command here, Suguilon said the police who were dispatched to investigate reported that the stories about the alleged head-cutting cult members were unfounded. “The report about the knocking incidents has gone viral in the social media striking unfounded fears among the local residents,” Suguilon said. He said that the police suspected that the exaggerated rumor was concocted after the murder of a certain “Bacaro” in the municipality of Tudela where the suspects remained at large. According to Suguilon, the two persons who were arrested in Tudela were booked with curfew violations and has no connection with the killing of Bacaro. Suguilon appealed to the people in Misamis Occidental to refrain from posting baseless information on social media that might cause panic among the residents. He assured the people in Misamis Occidental that the law enforcers are always ready 24/7 to respond to calls of assistance anywhere in the province. -0-

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