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Drug suspect who grabs a gun from a cop gets hurt

April 9, 2021

COTABATO CITY – A drug suspect in a buy-bust operation almost got killed after he tried to grab a gun from a policeman Wednesday in this city.  During the wrestle between the policeman and the drug suspect, the gun accidentally went off hurting the suspect identified as one Dido Alim Silongan, 27, a resident of Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao.  Investigation disclosed that Silongan was the subject of a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Tamontaka at around 5:30 p.m. when he sensed he was transacting with the police. Capt. John Howell Wong, chief of the city police drug enforcement unit told reporters the confiscated illegal drugs known as 'shabu' (20 grams) has an estimated market value of Php 48,000. The police drug unit chief said “The suspect fronts as a welder, but at the side, he sells shabu to prospective buyers.”  After sensing he was surrounded by police operatives during the buy-bust he tried to grab a gun from a policeman and the commotion took place. Wong clarified: “As they wrestled for the gun, it went off with the bullet hitting the suspect in his left leg.”  The wounded Silongan was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. The suspect is now languishing at the city government's facility for prisoners awaiting charges for violation of R.A. 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

DPWH Turns Over Additional Quarantine Facility In Zamboanga City

March 28, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Public Works and Highways Secretary and Chief Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar announced that the preparedness and response of Zamboanga City against spread of COVID-19 infection was further boosted with the availability of an additional 20-bed isolation facility.  Secretary Villar said that the newly-built Zamboanga City Quarantine Facility located in Barangay Pasonanca was constructed to augment the existing quarantine facilities and mitigate the rapid spread of the COVID-19 infection in the city. The construction of the quarantine facility followed the standard designs and plans proposed by the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility formed by Secretary Villar in collaboration with the Department of Health. The facility composed of two (2) constructed tents, with each tent capable to accommodate 10 patients separated by a cubicle was inaugurated and turned over on Friday, March 26, 2021 by DPWH Undersecretary and Task Force Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility Head Emil K. Sadain to Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabel Climaco-Salazar. The event was also attended by DPWH Region 9 Director Cayamombao Dia and Assistant Director Honorato Saldua.  We hope that the recipient City Government of Zamboanga under the guidance of DOH will be able to effectively manage the operation of this facility by immediately isolating positive cases who are asymptomatic to arrest local transmission of the virus, said Undersecretary Sadain.  City Mayor Climaco-Salazar extended gratitude to Secretary Villar saying that the isolation facility completed at the more opportune time will go a long way in controlling further spread of infections among the Zamboangueño people.  The isolation facility made of two (2) tents with 20 beds capacity are equipped with air conditioner units, beds, adequate lighting and ventilation, uninterrupted electricity supply, a potable water source and a sewer line. Three (3) more tents will be constructed by DPWH with 30 more beds capacity.  It has separate doors intended for entrance and exit while a common toilet and bath is constructed adjacent to each tent.

Suspect who robbed 7 Eleven Convenience Store in Barangay Balulang arrested

March 18, 2021

* Cashier says the suspect was "cross-eyed"  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The police arrested one of the suspects in a recent robbery at 7 Eleven Convenience Store in Upper Balulang, this city. This, after members of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) successfully confirmed the location of the suspect later identified as Dexter Langga, 20 and a native of Davao City, but is currently residing in Upper Balulang, a remote village in Cagayan de Oro. His reported lookout during the robbery was not in Langga's house during the manhunt follow up operation conducted by police operatives at Carmen Police Station. Major Peter Tajor, Carmen Police precinct commander, said the suspect was arrested based on a warrant of arrest issued against him - of a criminal case pending in court. He was also easily traced thru an informant who tipped them about the suspect's eye deformity as being "cross-eyed." Investigators said without the physical features of the suspect, the police couldn't identify him as he wore a maroon bull cap and covered his face with a facemask when he robbed the store.  The police commander said the cashier at 7 Eleven has positively identified the suspect as the one who robbed the store last week and took away over P30,000 pesos in cash.   But Langga denied his involvement in said robbery at 7 Eleven, saying he has not even left the house a few days ago, or during the day the store was robbed on March 10. Langga added he was not even involved in any robbery in his life. He said since the pandemic, he would seldom go out of the house and would standby only at a nearby internet cafe. Meanwhile, the owner of the store also said that Langga was not the one he saw on CCTV camera. The store owner said the face was different from those found in the CCTV footages, contrary to the revelation of the cashier that it was Langga who robbed her. But the suspect, however, admitted he has a pending case in court the reason that he has a warrant of arrest issued by the court against him.  The police at Carmen Police Station is now preparing to file charges of robbery against the suspect who was positively identified by the store cashier.

2 suspects arrested in shabu raid in Lanao Norte; P7 Million worth of suspected shabu seized

March 15, 2021

DRUGS CONFISCATED, SUSPECTS ARRESTED   PANTAR, Lanao del Norte - Joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency based in Cagayan de Oro (PDEA-10), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Pantar town policemen in Lanao del Norte, arrested Saturday (March 13) two suspects during an entrapment operation.   PDEA-10 identified the suspects as Macmac Comadug, 40, resident of Marawi City, and his companion Jasmine Sa-id, 21, a native of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, this province. PDEA said 1 kilogram of the illegal drug known as shabu were confiscated during the raid which caught the suspects by surprise. The confiscated 'shabu' according to the joint raiding team was worth almost Seven Million Pesos (P7-M). "Ang atong nadakpan sa atong operation duha ka buok.Usa ka baye ug usa ka lake.Ug atong na confiscate sa ila, more or else, 1 kilogram of shabu with a market value of P6.8 Million Pesos," reports a PDEA agent to a local radio station here. Imvestigations disclosed the suspects were subjected to surveillance for many months after operatives have received information the suspects were allegedly involved in illegal drug operations in the province and other nearby areas. A PDEA operative said the suspected illegal drug may have come from Maguing town, Lanao del Sur. Meanwhile, one of the arrested suspects challenged the raiding team to clearly verify their information that he was involved in illegal drug operations in the province. Comadug denied reports he was into peddling of the suspected shabu. Comadug insisted he has no knowledge that there were illegal drugs inside his vehicle which was also confiscated by the raiding team. He said he was only asked to ferry Jasmine to Pantar town and he didn't know of any drug transaction would happen. "Wala po, wala ho akong alam. Sana malaman nila yung totong side ko na wala ho akong alam.Di ko alam yung mga ganyang bagay. Yun lang po," the suspect Comadug said. The two suspects are now languishing at PDEA-10 mini cell awaiting charges for violation of Article II of RA 9165. A drug case will be filed in court against the arrested suspects. - (JCE)

2 Top NPA Commanders Surrender in Bukidnon

March 13, 2021

HIGH-RANKING NPA REBELS SURRENDER   MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – Due to too much hardships and difficulty living in far-flung areas in Bukidnon province, two of the most-wanted commanders of the New People's Army (NPA) rebels surrendered  to  the 403rd Infantry Brigade in Barangay Manalog, Malaybalay City, on March 11, 2021.   Fourth Infantry Division Commander Maj General Andres Centino identified the surrenderees as Armando Daluniag alias "Ka Ambo," commanding officer of Force Neo Headquarters based in Northern and Central Mindanao; and Roland Lagunday alias "Ka Ben," Squad Leader, Squad 2, Platoon 2, also in the same village in Manalog. The two rebels also surrendered assorted firearms such as four M16 armalite rifles, three AK47 rifles, two M653 rifles, and live amunitions.  In an interview with a local radio station here, Daluniag said aside from hardlife being in the underground movement, he was also inspired to surrender due to the sincerity of President Rodrigo Duterte in giving chances to the NPA rebels to go back to the mainstream society and enjoy their freedom. President Duterte was in Cagayan de Oro last week to promote the new programs of the National Government especially-designed to all NPA rebels who have plans to surrender their firearms and ammos and to live a normal life again.   Meanwhile, Ka Ambo narrated that he joined the revolutionary movement 20 years ago in the hopes that the movement will help his family. But contrary to what he believes, Ka Ambo says, the revolutionary movement has failed him.   In 20 years that "Ka Ambo" was with the NPA rebels, he says, he has accumulated around 29 string of criminal cases filed against him.  Five other comrades of the top-ranking NPA officials also surrendered on the same day, it was learned. ###     

Shorter Delay In BARMM Elections Sought

March 10, 2021

A delay of elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) may turn out shorter than the three-year postponement being sought through various bills filed in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The BARMM elections are supposed to take place at the same time as national elections in May 2022, as prescribed by law. However, lawmakers including senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Richard Gordon say the regional elections should be postponed to 2025 to give the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority (BTA) more time to cope with the difficulties wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Taking a different tack, Senator Imee Marcos asserted that a long postponement of the BARMM elections will delay development for the Bangsamoro people and the correction of historical injustices committed against them. Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on electoral reforms, emphasized that the main purpose of the Bangsamoro Organic Law was “to rectify historical injustices – political, military, as well as economic,” which called for the conduct of elections “at the soonest possible time.” The lady senator added that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte himself has ordered that “elections must continue as close to the stipulated dates as possible.” The BARMM elections can be held “months or a year after” the May 2022 national elections, instead of three years later, Marcos recommended. She explained that a shorter postponement will strike a balance between fulfilling the main purpose of the BARMM Organic Law and giving the BTA enough time to manage a smooth turnover of authority to elected officials. “Decommissioning militants and weapons and achieving a normal way of life cannot be completed without full political legitimacy, without inclusive governance, without the complete exercise of the Bangsamoro people’s voting rights. The election has its advantages,” Marcos said. “Only after elections will the BARMM be able to focus on normalization that has been stymied by the pandemic, and to address the region’s unique and difficult circumstances,” the senator added.  


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