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Gov’t agents seize fake notes in CDO

October 4, 2015

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Central Bank collaged a peddler of “counterfeit” Philippine Currency amounting to P 161,700 during a “buy bust” operation here, the NBI said Tuesday. Lawer Alex Cabornay, the NBI head agent, who led the buy bust operation identified the lone suspect as Charlie L. Quintana, 36, of Ilaya, Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City. He said that a joint operation of the NBI in Northern Mindanao and CB agents from Manila conducted the buy bust operation along Claro M. Recto in Lapasan, this city, Friday afternoon. Cabornay said that an NBI asset posed as a buyer of the counterfeit Philippine currency, which resulted in the arrest of the suspect. Recovered from the suspect was 74 pieces of counterfeit P 1,000 bills totaling P 74,000, 158 pieces of fake P 500 bills, which totaled P 79,000 and 87 pieces of fake P 100 bills amounting to P 8, 700, or a combined total of P 161,700 fake peso bills. Cabornay said that the suspect was subjected to an inquest proceeding before the City Prosecutors Office and was charged with violation of article 168 of the Revised Penal Code on “possession and use of counterfeit notes.” According to Cabornay, the suspect was committed to the city rehabilitation center Tuesday while the government operatives were still conducting follow up operations to locate the sources of the counterfeit notes. He said that the NBI and CB agents nabbed only the “peddler” of the fake notes and now work to locate the sources and the identities of the “syndicate” that produced and manufacture fake local and foreign notes.

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Mayor Sara Duterte hoping for a Hugpong win in Senate race

May 13, 2015

DAVAO CITY  – City Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday expressed hopes the voters would vote for administration senatorial candidates to support her father, President Rodrigo R. Duterte, but acknowledged “this election will be the will of the majority of the Filipinos.” Speaking to reporters after casting her vote around 8 a.m. at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, the younger Duterte, who is seeking reelection as mayor of Davao City, admitted that she was a bit nervous about the results of the 2019 midterm elections. She added voting for the senatorial candidates who could support his father would help in realizing his campaign promises, which he had found difficult to fulfill in his first three years as president. She said this was why she endeavored to rally behind the 13 senatorial candidates supported by Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party which she chairs. “That’s why, we really worked hard during this campaign to present to the people the senators who understand the president’s vision. And, hopefully, they would vote for them,” she said in mixed English and Filipino But Duterte declined to divulge whom she voted out of the 13 HNP-backed senatorial candidates. Voters could only vote up to 12 candidates for senator. “It is an election. That’s why, it’s a democracy. People are allowed to choose kung sino ang gusto nila botohan botohan (who they want to vote). That’s why, we remind also the Comelec (Commission on Elections) and Smartmatic to be faithful sa mga choices ng mga tao (to the choice of the people). ‘Wag na nila pakialaman yung results ng botohan (they should not meddle in the results of the election),” she said. Smartmatic is the Venezuelan-based firm providing the technology for the holding of automated elections in the Philippines since 2010.

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Farmer’s market earns P10.5M in 2018

January 8, 0019

CAPITOL COMPOUND, Misamis Oriental, Jan. 7 (PIA) –Local farmers in the province of Misamis Oriental were able to earn at least P10.5 Million since it was launched in January 2018. Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano, in his message during the opening of 6th Kuyamis Festival, said these farmers are now able to buy their own seeds and fertilizers and hire workers. Emano shared the importance of tourism development. He attributed the nine percent decrease in poverty incidence in the province to the tourism program implemented by the provincial government. He also said that tourists entering Laguindingan airport and seaports in the province have increased to 500,000 in January-October 2018 from 50,000 in the same period in 2017. For her part, Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 10 Director Marie Elaine Unchuan said Misamis Oriental got over P500 Million projects under the DOT-DPWH Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP). Unchuan said the tourism department is set to launch faith tourism this year with Divine Mercy in El Salvador City as the center of pilgrim tours. She, meanwhile, said the presence of pristine coral reefs and numerous sightings of whales, whale sharks, dolphins, and marine life in the province served as a testament to clean and healthy ecotourism in the province. The tourism department has started to map out destinations in the province such as Mt. Anggas in Gitagum town. Heads of delegates from Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia vowed, during the BIMP-EAGA Officers Meeting hosted by Northern Mindanao last year, to work with DOT to promote Misamis Oriental through inter-country travel exchanges and air connectivity, director Unchuan said.  

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