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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)

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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. ###     

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Iligan’s sole infectious disease specialist receives first COVID-19 vaccine jab

March 9, 2021

ILIGAN CITY--Dr. Leonell Albert Quitos, the city’s sole infectious disease specialist, received the first authorized COVID-19 vaccine dose in Iligan Monday morning, March. 8      Quitos volunteered to take the first coronavirus shot to show the public that the vaccine is safe.       “During vaccination, wala gyud koy na feel. Gamay ang dagom og maayo ang handling ug pag administer sa nurse,”he said      [During vaccination, I didn’t feel anything, The needle was small and the nurse handled and administered it well.]      In response to those expressing apprehensions about getting an anti-COVID shot, the infectious disease specialist assured that he did not feel any side effects after the vaccination.       “Dili ta mahadlok sa pagpabakuna kay kini nga pagpabakuna kay dugang nga layer of protection sa atoa. Aside sa minimum health standards sama sa wearing of mask og face shields, social distancing, paghugas sa kamot, kining pagpabakuna another ni nga layer of protection sa ato-a nga tanan,” he further said.      [We should not be afraid to get vaccinated because this vaccination is an additional layer of protection for us. Aside from our minimum health standards such as wearing a mask and face shields, social distancing, and handwashing, this vaccination is another layer of protection for all of us.      Moreover, Quitos urged other frontliners to follow suit and get vaccinated.      “Akong panawagan sa akong mga kauban nga frontliners, magpabakuna ta para protektado dili lang ang inyong kaugalingon pati na pud ang inyong mga pamilya o ang mga tawong kauban ninyo tanan,” he said.      [I call on my fellow frontliners to get vaccinated to protect not only yourself but also your families or the people around you.]       The first batch of the vaccine rollout in the city is held simultaneously at the Adventist Medical Center Iligan and DoñaJuana A. Lluch Memorial Central School starting today until Wednesday, March 10. (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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Imee: U.S. Dapat Lang Magbayad ng Patas sa Paggamit sa PH Military Bases

February 24, 2021

  Idinepensa ni Senador Imee Marcos ang paninindigan ni Pangulong Duterte na karapat-dapat lang magbayad ng patas ng U.S. sa Pilipinas dahil sa delikadong papel nito sa pagbibigay ng unang depensa sa Amerika sa Indo-Pacific region.  “Hindi lang nabibigyan ng Pilipinas ang American forces ng unang depensa sa Indo-Pacific region kundi pati paggamit nila sa tubig at kuryente sa ating mga military bases ay binabayaran din natin,” ani Marcos. “Napakaraming Pilipino ang hindi kayang magbayad sa tubig at kuryente ngayong may pandemya. Itutuloy pa rin ba ang subsidiya sa mga Amerikano? Tanong ni Marcos, sabay banggit sa U.S. military benefits na nakasaad sa Article 7 ng Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Isinulong muli ni Marcos ang pagsuri sa EDCA dahil napapaikutan ng Amerika ang prohibisyon sa ating Konstitusyon sa mga foreign military bases sa bansa. Dagdag ni Marcos, ang dating bayad sa ating gobyerno bago mapaalis ang mga U.S. bases halos tatlong dekada nang nakaraan ay naiiwasan din ng Amerika.     “Kahit ang mga superpower nangangailangan din ng mga kaibigan, at ang bagong pagtingin ng Amerika sa Asia-Pacific ay nagpapatibay sa malaking ginagampanan ng ating rehiyon at ng Pilipinas,” ani ni Marcos, bilang sagot sa batikos kay Presidente Duterte na ang paghingi ng patas na bayad ay pangingikil. Sumang-ayon ang senadora sa Presidente na ang $3.9 bilyon na ibinabayad ng Amerika sa Pilipinas noong 2001 hanggang 2017 ay napakaliit kumpara sa $16 bilyon na ibinabayad sa Pakistan. “Natatakot ang Amerika na kapag bumagsak ang gobyerno ng Pakistan, ang 150 nuclear warheads nito ay magagamit ng Taliban laban sa Amerika,” ani Marcos. “Kung wala ang Pilipinas, ang kalakal ng Amerika pati na ang mga pangako nito sa seguridad ng rehiyon ay hihina. Ngunit dahil sa pagtanggap natin sa U.S. forces, magiging target naman ang Pilipinas ng mga kalaban ng Amerika, kahit hindi tayo direktang kasali sa anumang gyera na maaring pumutok sa ating rehiyon,” dagdag ni Marcos.  “Kung susugurin ng China ang Taiwan dahil sa pagsulong nito ng independence, hindi gaano magiging mabilis ang pag-responde ng Amerika dahil manggagaling pa ng Japan, South Korea, Guam o Australia ang mga pwersa ng military nito,” paliwanag ni Marcos.  Dagdag pa ni Marcos, maaring gamitin ng Amerika ang mga human rights issues upang tawaran sa isang isyu na dapat pang-seguridad lamang.  

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Rep. Malou Acosta-Alba: advocating for financial resiliency in Bukidnon

February 10, 2021

REP. Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba of the first district of Bukidnon has been doing the rounds ever since the pandemic started both in her constituency and online, campaigning for financial resiliency for each Filipino family. Assisting Acosta-Alba in her quest is husband Joeman Alba, a banker by profession who has lent his financial expertise to his wife’s advocacy, by giving out webinars and in-person seminars on financial resiliency. During his talk with local journalists last Monday (February 8, 2021) here in Cagayan de Oro City, Mr. Alba said that people must build resiliency funds which is equivalent to at least six months of average expenses. “The business of surviving is our personal responsibility. It must be a core competence for every Filipino, whether you’re a student or an adult,” Alba said. Alba said the purpose of the resiliency fund is to bounce back from an unprecedented situation especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet ended. “You sit down with your respective loved ones and evaluate your financial condition. Spouses have a role to complement each other to cushion the financial shock,” he added. “Commit to lower your expenses. Avoid borrowing for consumption. Deposit your resiliency fund to the nearest bank,” Alba continued, even as he encouraged Filipinos young and old to build multiple revenue streams which may be in the form of startups. “Explore what is catchy today like building bamboo cabins especially here in Bukidnon where the climate is cool and where urbanites like Kagay-anons tend to tuck the night away during weekends. There are lots of innovative ways to make income. Be financially resilient,” he concluded.

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GSIS to subsidize education of 5K members’ kin

January 5, 2021

ILIGAN CITY, Jan. 4 - The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is subsidizing the college education of 5,025 of its members’ kin for School Year 2020-2021 under the GSIS Educational Subsidy Program (GESP). The grantees were selected from 5,427 nominees. Priority was given to children of GSIS members with the lowest annual basic salary. The grantees will be notified via email and text message. The list will be uploaded to the GSIS website at www.gsis.gov.ph. GSIS will give a Php10,000 yearly financial assistance to the grantees to augment their educational fund. They will continue to receive the subsidy until they finish their college course provided they meet the 80% general weighted average with no failing grade or incomplete mark in any subject in the previous semester or term of the academic year. The GESP allowance will be deposited to the bank account of the grantees at the Land Bank of the Philippines. GSIS opened GESP from March to September 2020 to accommodate as many active members as possible considering the movement restrictions of the nationwide community quarantine. GESP is the pension fund’s response to President Duterte’s call to provide wider access to quality college education to the marginalized sector. It complements Republic Act No. 10931 or the 2017 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education which provides free tuition and miscellaneous fees. For GESP concerns and inquiries, interested parties may call Mgr. Raymundo Palad, Leslie Fangonil, or Rodello Giron of the GSIS Corporate Social Advocacies Department through (02) 8479-3588, (02) 8479-3571 to 72. GSIS branch offices nationwide may also assist applicants. (GSIS Iligan)

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