50 evade death in another Benguet road accident

>> Tuesday, October 14, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – In yet another Benguet road vehicular accident, fifty passengers cheated death and went home unscathed after their Baguio-bound passenger bus collided head on with a north bound elf truck in a sharp curve at Sito Sayet Caliking in Atok, Benguet afternoon of Sept. 27.

Benguet provincial police director, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the elf-truck driver was the lone reported injury during the mishap while the 47 bus passengers and the two companions of the elf truck were unhurt after the accident.

He identified the wounded driver of the elf truck bearing the plate number WHM-274 as Freddie DulinenAnanao, 38 and a resident of Buguias, Benguet.

Azurin said that the investigation revealed that the GL passenger bus, with 47 passengers including the driver Bastian Badongen Bosaing and his conductor, was ascending towards Baguio City while the elf truck was descending towards Buguias when the two vehicles met and collided at the center of the road.

He added that the bus passengers and the two companions of the elf truck driver were unhurt after the incident happened, and were the ones who brought the elf truck driver to the nearest hospital after seeing him injured.

Azurin disclosed that both drivers agreed to settle the damages incurred in their respective vehicles amicably to prevent further filing of cases.

The police officer called on to motorists plying the Halsema Highway to be vigilant and always on the lookout for incoming dangers on the highest highway system in Luzon.


“Please always check on your vehicles for its condition before driving on the road,” Azurin warned, following the recent vehicular accident in the nearby municipality of Buguias that killed 13 students.

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LU couple gets life terms for ‘crush’ videos By Jun Elias

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – A local court has sentenced a couple to life imprisonment for producing videos showing girls torturing animals to death.

In a decision issued last Monday, Judge AlpinoFlorendo of the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 ordered Victor Ridon and his wife Chita to pay a fine of P9.4 million.

The Ridons were found guilty of violating laws against child abuse, animal welfare, human trafficking and wildlife protection.

They were meted four to nine years’ imprisonment for child abuse, a life term and a fine of P4.7 million each for human trafficking, six years imprisonment and a P15,000 fine for violating the animal welfare act, and an additional two years for violating the wildlife protection act.

Victor, who is detained at the provincial jail here, said they would appeal the decision.

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals welcomed the ruling.

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Singson: Remove buildings, structures along roads


By Pamela F. Dungala

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Sec. Rogelio L. Singson ordered all Department of Public Works and Highways regional and district offices last week to immediately remove obstructions and prohibited use of roads-right of-way along national roads.

Following this, District Engineer Wilbur B. Likigan ordered issuance of warnings and notices to right-of-way violators. Individuals who have been warned for the third time will be referred to the DPWH-CAR regional legal office for legal action.

Obstructions included structures, objects and similar items and activities along our national roads. Construction of buildings was banned under the order.

The order aimed to protect lives and properties and ensure speedy relief operations, prompt delivery of basic goods and services and immediate restoration of damaged public infrastructure facilities.

Singson’s Department Order No. 73 Series of 2014 stipulated this was in line with  provisions of Section 23 of Presidential Decree 17, known as Revised Philippine Highway Act as amended.

It was declared  unlawful for any person to usurp  portion of a right-of-way, convert any part of any public highway, bridge, wharf or trail to his own private use or to obstruct the same in any manner.

This was also under provisions of the National Building Code of the Philippines (PD No. 1096).

Prohibited uses within the national roads right-of-way include all kinds of temporary and permanent structures; posts and towers of electric distributors, cables for phones and mobile service providers; driveways and ramps protruding to the sidewalk; trees, shrubs and plant boxes; dumping and storage of construction materials and the like; parked vehicles and equipment; vending, repair of vehicles and other businesses within the sidewalk and other parts; disposal of household/commercial/industrial wastewater and sewage into the sidewalk, curb and gutter, and carriageway; raising of animals or allowing them to roam within the ROW; and, washing and drying of clothes, crops and similar items.

The department order also stated that no compensation shall be paid and allowed for removal of these obstructions.

Further, electric cooperatives and major electric power distributors, phones, mobiles and cable service providers are advised to commence acquisition of their own right-of-way to fulfill their specific mandate.


National roads right-of-way include carriageways, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, shoulders, canals and other portions within the defined road right-of-way. 

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Council probes waste contracts, tipping fees


By Aileen P. Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY – The city council is now investigating the city government’s contracts covering hauling out of wastes.

The body last week directed submission of all contracts and documents related to the garbage disposal services and tasked the committee on laws to determine the legality of said deals within 30 days.

The general services officer was also tasked to submit a report on the comparative weights of the wastes being hauled out from the staging area in Benguet to the receiving point in Urdaneta City.

This is to determine if there are discrepancies in the tonnage during delivery and if these are being recorded properly.

The body also sought the creation of a position devoted to monitoring the garbage disposal activities to ensure transparency.

The council committee on health was also asked to submit a summary of all the discussions on garbage concerns for submission next month to guide the body on the past concerns and agreements reached and on whether or not these were fulfilled.

As this developed, the body also threatened to declare hauler Mark Anthony Camilo, manager of M. A. Camilo Freight Services persona non grata for failing to attend the city council session on several invitations.

A check on the council records was sought to validate Camilo’s snub before the body decides whether or not this would merit such declaration.

The city council tasked the City Solid Waste Management Board (CSWMB) to look into the alarming increase in the volume of city wastes being hauled out to the landfill facility in Urdaneta City and tipping fees.

The body approved the resolution proposed by Councilor Peter Fianza who said the board should check and investigate the drastic hike in the volume of wastes from a daily average of 127 tons in 2013 to 155 tons during the first half of the current year representing an increase of 22 percent.

City general services officer Romeo Concio said he will check on accuracy of the reported amount of increase albeit he affirmed that the city normally experiences a significant rise in the volume of wastes usually at 15 percent during peak tourist months, opening of classes and the rainy season.

He said this is caused by the slackening of collection operations for recyclable wastes due to the rainy season and the added weight of the wet refuse.

Fianza said the increase was deduced from the record of payment of hauling services to Urdaneta waste facility for the period January 1 to June 30 this year amounting to P24,318,986.35.

“Unless remedial measures are immediately instituted, the city may have to supplement the budget allocation for the current year for hauling services of garbage that will include tipping fees with an additional amount of P20,000,000,” Fianza noted.

He said it should be “encouraging to interpret that the payment of hauling services for the month of December 2013 with a low of 100 tons per day will suggest possible and attainable increase of waste diversion targets as mandated under section 20 of Republic Act 9003.”

He said the solid waste board should be on hand to look into this being tasked to monitor and oversee the implementation of the city’s solid waste management plan and to adopt measures to promote and ensure the viability and implementation of waste programs in the component barangays.

 



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BCDA urged:Comply with dev’t rules Camp John Hay gov’t bodies assailed over ‘oppressive acts’

By Aileen P. Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY – Residents here assailed the Bases and Conversion Development Authority and John May Management Corp. for their “oppressive acts” of harassing them and trying to “grab” their water resources.

This, as Mayor Mauricio Domogan was urged by the city council Monday to call for a high-level meeting among all stakeholders at Camp John Hay to achieve a “win-win solution” to issues between John Hay management bodies, city government and barangays.

Councilor Faustino Olowan suggested the mayor-convene dialogue instead of just inviting the BCDA headed by president and chief executive officer ArnelPaciano Casanova and JHMC under president and chief executive officer Jamie Eloise Agbayani to the body to clarify the issues.

“If we get our acts together, I believe that we will find a solution to these problems in the end,” Olowan said.

The body earlier invited Casanova and Agbayani to give an update on their compliance with the 19 conditionalities under Resolution No. 362 series of 1994 and to clarify Paciano’s claims against the city government in a published statement recently but as in the past, they begged off.

Instead as a prelude to the dialogue, the body decided to hear the grievances of the heads of the barangays located in the Camp John Hay reservation and a representative of the Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo).

Punong barangay Magdalena Lambac of Greenwater Village said JHMC’s move to apply for water rights over their water source is appalling and saddening.

“They did not only comply with the segregation of our barangay now they also want to get our water source,” she lamented.

Punong barangay FerdinanceBucad of Hillside said they feel “oppressed and harassed” by BCDA and JHMC’s actuations which he said they did not experience during the time when the Americans were still occupying the former military facility.

“During that time, the barangays were treated as partners and allies but now the BCDA and JHMC who are supposed to be our guardians and supporters are the ones oppressing and harassing us.  They are not pro-community,” he said.

He said JHMC and BCDA should stop “grabbing” their water sources and displaying their big group of security men that cause alarm and terror in their peaceful community.

“I just hope we could resolve all these issues in a peaceful manner,” he said.

Punong barangay Soriano Palunan of Happy Hallow barangay decried BCDA and JHMC’s continued opposition to their application for ancestral domain title which he said even the city recognizes.

CJHDevCo property management officer ZaldyMasarate said they will join the city and the barangays in opposing JHMC’s water rights application especially if it covers the same water sources that were granted to them in the past.

He said at present CJHDevCo has water rights over four water sources within their leased area.

The city council suggested to the mayor that the following agencies be invited during the meeting with the stakeholders: the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dept. of Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Highways, Baguio Water District, the National Housing Authority and Housing Land Use and Regulatory Board and others.

This, as Domogan expressed disappointment over  non-compliance of the John Hay bodies on 19 conditions set for the development of former American military camp.

Domogan hit BCDA’s declaration that it would follow existing laws on special economic zones.

The city government said it is ready to file a complaint against the BCDA to make the latter comply with the conditions set under Resolution 362.

Agbayani met with Domoganearlier to discuss the matter.

Domogan said nothing concrete was agreed upon during the meeting.

Agbayani told Domogan the JHMC would coordinate with a technical working group in order to come up with the best way to implement Resolution 362.

Domogan said the BCDA, through its implementing arm JHMC, has not been honoring the conditions.

Among the latest issues was BCDA’s application for a special patent over Camp John Hay, which was denied by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office.

“It’s good that the DENR-(Cordillera Administrative Region) denied the application because the city government will lose its rights over Camp John Hay once it is patented,” Domogan said.

The city government condemned BCDA’s application for rights over the water sources of three villages at the camp.


It also questioned the alleged extension of a lease contract to a company for 75 years, as the original lease agreement was only for 50 years.

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POLICE ROUNDUP


Businessman nabbed for shooting victim
BAGUIO CITY -- A businessman was nabbed for shooting a victim after a heated argument afternoon of Sept. 25 in the former’s residence here at Legarda Extension, Ferdinand barangay.

Alberto Manongsong Balitaan, 62, reported the incident and said  EmersonLibunao Callanta, 41, businessman, of Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija shot the victim identified as Renato Villanueva Velasco, 52, resident of the same place who first attempted to attack with his knife.

The family of the victim brought him to the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center for medical treatment.
Responding police personnel of the Police Station 5 arrested Callanta and recovered the Cal. 45 pistol used in the crime.

Sablan farmer jailed for hacking man
SABLAN, Benguet -- A farmer was locked up in jail after hacking a fellow farmer at here at Barangay Bagong on Sept. 25.

Local police and barangay chairman Paul M. Dio-al facilitated the surrender of the suspect identified as Jeffrey Carpio Tonged, 43, a resident of Bagong.

Tonged reportedly hacked the victim named Bryan Wayan Pilay, 32, of Tofil, Bagong, who was rushed to Benguet General Hospital for medical treatment.

A case of frustrated homicide was filed against Tonged and he is now detained at La Trinidad District Jail, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Laptop lands man in jail
BAGUIO CITY -- A thief was also caught in possession of gadget which he reportedly stole inside a hotel along Gibraltar Road, Purok 2 here Sept. 25.

Victim JedelynNiturada Sarmiento, 19, trainee of the hotel, and resident of Rosario, La Union, with companions were returning to their room from a laundry shop when they met the suspect identified as Rolando RazonNatividad Jr., 45, unemployed, and resident of  Barangay Hillside, Baguio City who came out from their rented room holding the victim’s Samsung laptop.

Sarmiento immediately called for assistance.

Natividad was arrested by concerned citizen with the help of the responding police personnel of Police Station 3 who happened to be patrolling.

“We are seeking the help of the people to report even the smallest crimes, so that we may effectively deploy policemen and efficiently analyze crime trends,” said Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez, Cordillera police director.

Mankayan miner arrested for strangling, robbing victim
BUGUIAS, Benguet – A pocker miner was jailed upon his arrest at Bekes, Abatan here Sept. 22 for boxing, strangling and taking away his victim’s valuable things Sept. last year.

Senior Supt. Rodolfo Azurin, Benguet police director said La Trinidad and Buguias town police nabbed Brent BadayBalacay, 32, resident of Poblacion, Mankayan, Benguet.

Suspect was charged with robbery and violence against persons. Judge Agapito K. Laogan, Jr. of Regional Trial Court, Branch 64, Abatan, recommended a bail of P200,000 for Balcay’s temporary liberty.

Itogon miner charged for frustrated homicide
ITOGON, Bengtuet – A miner was charged for frustrated homicide after he was nabbed at the 1st Gate of Barangay Ucab here Sept. 23 for hacking Jimmy Bu-ocan,36, also a miner November last year due to misunderstanding.
Chief Insp. BandaoCogoy, town police chief identified the suspect as Marvin OgnayonBalahho, 26, of Banaue, Ifugao and resident of Barangay Ucab here.

Judge Danilo P. Camacho of Regional Trial Court Branch 62, La Trinidad, Benguet ordered bail of P180,000 for his temporary liberty.

Farmer charged for acts of lasciviousness
LAGAWE, Ifugao – A farmer was arrested after three years of hiding for touching the private part of his victim, a minor on  May 24, 2011 at Poblacion East here in front of the house of the victim.

Senior Supt. John Colinio, Ifugao police director identified the suspectas Jeorge Jacinto Buucan, 29, of Baran gay Montabiong here.

He was arrested at Poblacion South morning of Sept.  24, 2014 by oint personnel of Lagawepolice  andIfugao Investigation and Intelligence.

Buucan was charged with acts of lasciviousness with recommended bail of P 170,000 as ordered by Judge Joseph P. Baguilat of the RTC Branch 14, Lagawe.

Man charged for rape arrested
BONTOC, Mountain Province – A man charged for rape was arrested at Ginawang, Mankayan, Benguetafternoon of Sept. 25 by  operatives of  Regional Intelligence Division, Mountain Province PPO and Buguias police
Mountain Province police director Senior Supt. Oliver Enmodias, identified the suspect as Rosendo Amiling Onsat, 52, resident of Banawel, Natonin, Mt Province.

Judge Joseph Patna-an, presiding judge of RTC, Branch 35, Bontoc, Mt. Province issued no bail for his liberty.

Assassin operating in La Union nabbed in Abra
LAGANGILANG, Abra – An assassin operating in La Union was nabbed by members of Abra and Cordillera regional intelligence personnel, Provincial Public Safety Company, Regional Intelligence Unit-14, Regional Public Safety Battalion, Special Action Force, Lagangilang and Bangued police morning of Sept. 26 here in his residence here.

 Senior Supt. VirgilioLaya, Abra police director identified the suspect as Ruben Barcena Alvarez, 36, resident here of SitioMalango, Barangay San Isidro.

Alvarez was charged for murder with no bail recommended as ordered by Carlito Corpuz, presiding judge of RTC Branch 27, San Fernando City, La Union.

NPA medical officer surrenders in Ifugao
ASIPULO, Ifugao – A New People’s Army medical officer  surrendered to the operatives of the Regional Public Safety Battalion, Ifugao Provincial Polic e Office, Regional Intelligence Unit-14 and Regional Intelligence Division Sept. 28 at around 3:30 in this town.

Regional police director Chief Supt. IsaganiNerez identified the rebel returnee as Robert Bahingawan Ayah-op a.k.aBenjie,

29, a native of Bocoh, Cawayan, Asipulo here who surrendered without firearm.

Erez said Ayah-op was a member of the Squad Dos-Team 2 under the faction of certain a.k.a. Krid. of the Nona Del Rosario Command of the Sangay ng Partidosa Platoon of Ifugao.

Ifugao police, military score vs illegal logging
ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao -- The Philippine National Police and  Philippine Army reported  successful operations against illegal logging  in the province recently.

Ifugao PNP provincial director Johnny Colinio said police confiscated 60 pieces of lumber in Lagawe, and a case was already filed in court against the culprit.

Under the joint operation of the Aguinaldo Municipal Police Station, the 54th Infantry Battalion  and personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, they  apprehended about 2,692 board feet of soft wood in Monggayang, Aguinaldo.

This was followed by the confiscation by the PNP of  Gmelinalumber in Bunhian, Aguinaldo.Some 112 pieces lumber  were also confiscated at Bangar, this municipality.

The military added that they also confiscated 925.21 board feet illegally cut Gmelina lumber at Ubao, Aguinaldo.
Colinio said that the confiscated lumbers were deposited at the DENR office.

According to Brigadier General Roger Salvador, commanding officer of the 501st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, the confiscated lumber will undergo due process  and if the lumber are forfeited in favor of the government, priority will be given to the Department of Education  to be made into chairs, tables and furniture for the school to use.

Lawyer Leticia Morales, president of the Ifugao Federation of Senior Citizens Associations,  commended the police and the military for their accomplishment in anti-illegal logging operations.

For these accomplishments, the PNP and the military were recently commended by the Provincial Peace and Order Council. – Daniel Codamon

Elusive couple nabbed by PDEA agents for drugs
BAGUIO CITY -- Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region arrested Oct. 4 a couple, who are included in the wanted list of drug personalities, at their residence here at Crystal Cavey.

Sonny MacalbeTaher, 49 and his wife Alma MadidTaher, 22, both vendors and natives of Maguing, Lanao del Sur were arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest issued by the Judge Antonio C. Reyes of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61, Baguio City.

The couple earlier eluded arrest when PDEA-CAR operatives together with members of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, Baguio City Police Office and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Cordillera served search warrant at their residence last Feb. 12. 

Cases for illegal drugs were filed against the couple.



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Baguio 2nd grader bags silver in world math championship


BAGUIO CITY – A grade 2 pupil in this mountain resort who brought home pride and honor to the city for placing second by winning the silver medal in world math championship was cited by city officials last week.

Anne Margarette Bilog Roales of Small World Christian School Foundation, here  brought home silver in the 2014 World Mathematics Invitation Competition held in the National University of Taiwan, Kaoshuing, Taiwan.

Roales was one of the 1,200 students nationwide under the 2014 Youth Mathematics in-house Intensive Training Program selected by the Mathematics Development Academy of the Philippines and Mathematics Trainers Guild.

She was pre-screened and part of the 449 students who made it in the final phase of training under the 2014 Mathematics Olympiad Summer Training Program (MOSTP).

Roales was part of the Philippine Team who competed against entries from the United States of America (USA), China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Nigeria and Taiwan.

The group harvested a modest 26 gold, silver and bronze medals and fifty four merit awards.

Roales in the daughter of Bernard Douglas and Dr. Maria ElvieRoales of Lexber Heights, Camp 7, this city.

Meantime, City Officials approved City Resolution 230 series of 2014 congratulating Roales which reads: “Her accomplishment is worth commending as it gives pride and prestige not only to the City of Baguio and its constituents but also to the country.” – Paul Rillorta

 


 

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