DOH places more b’gays on nationwide alert
BAGUIO CITY -- More barangays have been placed under dengue alert, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday even as regional DOH-Cordillera office reported 31 percent increase in number of suspected dengue fever cases from January 1 to August 6 this year with 5,268 recorded cases compared to the 4,016 cases registered during the same period last year.
“From 47 barangays last week, there are now 80 barangays under yellow alert or where there is clustering of dengue cases,” DOH spokesman Eric Tayag said in Manila.
Tayag said clustering of dengue cases was recorded in Pangasinan, Pampanga, Zambales, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Oriental Mindoro, Antique, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Southern Leyte, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Apayao, Benguet and Metro Manila.
The DOH recorded 84,085 dengue cases, including 372 deaths, across the country from Jan. 1 to Aug. 6.
Tayag said the figure is 15.8 percent higher compared to those recorded during the same period last year.
A majority of the cases were from Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) with 11 percent; Central Visayas, 9.5 percent, and Northern Mindanao, 9.3 percent.
Most of the victims were aged four to 14 years.
Tayag assured the public that there is no dengue outbreak despite the increase in the number of cases.
“We could expect an increase in dengue cases nationwide, but we have the opportunity to take the appropriate measures to prevent it,” he said.
In Baguio City, Dr. Alexei Marrero, head of the DOH-Cordillera epidemiology and surveillance unit, bared the rise in dengue cases saying it is preventable and increase in the number of cases regionwide is under control, and there is no need for the agency to declare an outbreak.
From five recorded deaths during the reckoning period, Marrero disclosed the number of dengue-caused deaths rose to 16 for the same period this year where Benguet registered the most with 5 deaths followed by Apayao, Abra, Baguio,
Ifugao and Kalinga with 2 deaths each while 1 death was from Region II who sought medical attention in one of the hospitals in the region.
Benguet recorded the highest increase of 264 percent in the number of cases during the prescribed period reflecting the total of 2,374 cases from January 1 to August 6 this year compared to the 653 cases during the same period last year; Baguio city reported a 252 percent increase with 1,484 dengue cases for this year compared to the 421 cases for the same period last year.
Ifugao reported a 64 percent increase in the dreaded virus from January 1 to August 6 this year with 388 cases compared to the 236 recorded during the same period last year.
However, Marrero reported that Kalinga recorded the highest decrease in cases with a 79 percent drop from 1,171 cases last year compared to the 243 cases during the same period last year, followed by Mountain Province with a reported 65 percent decline from 137 this year to 388 cases for the same period last year.
Abra and non-Cordillera areas were tied at an identical 50 percent decline when they recorded 422 cases during the reckoning period last year compared to the 212 cases for the same period this year and from 355 cases last year to 177 cases during the same period this year, respectively.
Apayao reported the lowest decline in dengue fever cases with 253 reported cases from January 1 to August 6 this year compared to the 371 dengue cases last year.
Marrero revealed the age range of the suspected dengue fever cases was from 2 months old to 91 years old and more males, 53.7 percent or 2,831 individuals, were infected by the virus.
Marrero called on the public to be vigilant in combating the aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the dengue virus infection noting that infection has become sporadic and can occur nowadays at any given time year-round and no longer a 3-year cycle for epidemics. – With a report from Dexter See
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Police authorities in the province cited vital role of community-based organizations through the Barangay Anti Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) in anti-illegal drugs drive.
Police provincial director Senior Supt. Victor Wanchakan said the help of BADAC led to remarkable results of operations under “Oplan Double Barrel” and “Oplan Tok-hang”.
Wanchakan said police operatives discovered secret marijuana plantation sites through cooperation of barangay residents and leaders who fed reliable information.
He said many of the more than 700 drug personalities in the province who voluntarily submitted themselves to authorities this month were persuaded by BADAC members.
In a related development, a group of Christian leaders and laymen here who supportive of the nationwide campaign against illegal drugs recently formed the Shalom Kalinga and are now helping in transformation of drug personalities.
Members of the group distributed copies of the bible while sharing Christian values and education to those they considered as misled brothers and sisters. -- Larry T. Lopez
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Office of the Solicitor General has been urged to appeal the downgrading of a sentence against a former police officer tagged as the protector of a shabu laboratory in Naguilian town in this province.
Government prosecutors wanted Solicitor General Jose Calida to appeal before the Supreme Court a ruling issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) downgrading the life imprisonment meted against former police superintendent Dionicio Borromeo.
In a ruling issued on June 29, the CA nullified the life sentence meted by a lower court against Borromeo to 12 to 20 years imprisonment and the P10-million fine to P500,000.
The former police official was convicted for being a protector of a shabu laboratory in Barangay Bimmotobot, Naguilian, which was busted by authorities in July 2008.
In June 2013, Judge Ferdinand Fe of the Regional Trial Court of La Union sentenced Borromeo to life imprisonment and a fine of P10 million.
The prosecution panel said the CA committed grave abuse of discretion when it ruled that Borromeo was merely indicted as protector.
The prosecution panel – composed of La Union Prosecutor Danilo Bumacod, and Assistant Prosecutors Manuel Dulnuan Jr. and Gaudencio Valdez Jr. – said the CA found Borromeo guilty of conspiracy, but it downgraded the sentence.
Borromeo is a former chief of the Dagupan City police.
By Eva Visperas
DAGUPAN CITY – The Pangasinan police will give a cash incentive of P5,000 for information leading to the arrest of drug pushers in the province.
Supt. Jackie Candelario, Pangasinan police spokesman and deputy director for operations, said concerned citizens could send their report through mobile phone number 09273814992.
Candelario said the texter would receive the cash incentive after the tip is validated and the suspect is arrested.
The reward system is part of the anti-drug campaign of the Pangasinan police dubbed as Project DIGUNG or Droga’y Iwaksing Ganap, Upang baNsa’y mapayapang Ganap.
MORE drug suspects have been killed in separate incidents in Luzon last week.
The seven fatalities were recorded in Bulacan with three; Pangasinan, two, and one in Isabela.
Two of the fatalities in Bulacan were identified as Alexander Almario, 44, and Reynaldo Zinampan, 39, whose bodies were found in Barangay Pandayan, Meycauayan, along with a third victim whose name was not immediately available.
In Pangasinan, Edgardo Marquez, 49, and Gerry Tabiolo Jr., 30, were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Binalonan and Sta. Barbara towns, respectively.
Authorities said the two were on the police watchlist.
In Isabela, storeowner Kukkrit Verzosa, 37, was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men as he was having a drinking spree with his friends in Barangay Tallungan, Reina Mercedes town.
Authorities said Verzosa, who was on the drug watchlist, had refused to surrender when the police conducted Oplan Tokhang in the village.
In Pangasinan, Russel Camba, the second most wanted drug personality in Bani town, was killed in a sting at around 5 a.m. Aug. 14.
Also that day, a man identified only as John-John was killed in an anti-drug operation in Antipolo City.
Village exec slain
In La Union, a barangay councilor, who was on the drug watchlist of San Juan town, was gunned down at a tricycle terminal at around 11 a.m.
Edward Olete, 45, was waiting for passengers when he was shot, said Superintendent Artemio Infante, La Union police information officer.
In Sultan Kudarat, Ugalingan Manuel Jr. died in a shootout with police who raided his hideout in Barangay Marquez in Esperanza town yesterday, said Senior Superintendent Raul Supiter, Sultan Kudarat police director.
“They were armed with assault rifles. The raiding team has no other option, but to return fire,” Supiter said.
He said Manuel, also known as Commander Boyet, was a leader of a drug ring that supplies shabu to Esperanza and Sulan towns. -- Ric Sapnu, Eva Visperas and Jun Elias
‘Trial by publicity’
By Dexter A. See
BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged police operatives, intelligence agents and anti-narcotics personnel to verify and validate inclusion of politicians, judges and police and military officials allegedly involved in illegal drug trade before submitting their classified information to higher authorities to avoid inclusion of innocent individuals who will be subjected to trial by publicity.
The mayor made the appeal to the Baguio City Police Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Criminal investigation and Detection Group after the inclusion of Judge Antonio Reyes of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 61 or the city’s special anti-drug court in list of those allegedly involved in syndicated drug trade in the country.
He said law enforcer must make sure about veracity of reports reaching them before submitting the list to higher authorities like President Rodrigo Duterte.
In 2013, the Regional Advisory Council of the CIDG-CAR which was chaired by the city mayor passed a resolution requesting the Supreme Court to dissolve the city’s anti-drug court and that drug cases that will be filed should be raffled to the different courts in the city.
However, Domogan disclosed the SC never acted on the request for over three years now for still unknown reasons until the controversy on the alleged involvement of Judge Reyes to the illegal drug trade in the city based on the list of officials linked to the lucrative trade announced by President Duterte last Sunday.
According to him, there is nothing wrong in the anti-drug campaign of the administration because exposure of the youth to illegal drugs will compromise their future but law enforcers must take precaution to avoid involving innocent individuals in operations and subject to criticism. Domogan urged those involved in the drug trade to voluntarily surrender to barangay officials and law enforcers.
Five cops awarded; seven druggies slain in Cordillera
CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet -- Five deserving Philippine National Police personnel were awarded here Monday with Andres Mencio Gondayao, Deputy Provincial Prosecutor as guest of honor and speaker
Awardees of Medalya ng Papuri were PO3 Jonaldo B Songday, PO3 Cleto U Ramento, PO3 Wilmer AGuilermo, PO3 Carlito Esnara, and PO2 Drexel Jay S Bog-acon. They were cited for competence against illegal drugs.
Gondayao in his message, discussed issues raised by some departments, legislative and judicial bodies on enforcement of anti-drug campaign.
He said “surrender” of a suspect does not literary mean that the person surrendering is a person who committed an offense or with warrant of arrest but an act of compassion and that the person should appear or must appear before the authorities to prove that indeed their name should not appear in the list.
The regional police office recorded total of 7,553 surrenderees, seven killed during legitimate police operation and 161arrested drug users and pushers.
1,280 druggies surrender in Abra
BANGUED, Abra, -- A total of 1,280 drug personalities in the province surrendered to the Philippine National Police as of July 30.
Eighty four of surenderees are drug pushers while 1,196 are drug users.
All suspected drug personalities were required to fill-out a voluntary surrender form. They subscribed under oath before a notary public assisted by a counsel and witnessed by their families and barangay officials.
Last week, drug personalities who surrendered, now called as ‘Tokhang patients’ took their oath of undertaking expressing their intent to stop their illegal drug activitie before Gov. Ma. Jocelyn V. Bernos at the provincial capitol.
OIC PNP Provincial Director Mark Pespes said Tokhang patients will be monitored weekly to determine their status. Their whereabouts shall be monitored by all local police station and anti-illegal drug units in the affected barangays in coordination with Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council, said Pespes.
The provincial government and the Department of Interior and Local Government launched last week a project primarily aimed to address the needs and problems of the drug users and pushers who surrendered to authorities in the province.
DILG Provincial Director Millicent B. Carino said that Project ‘Salbar’ (Ilocano term for save) would institute assistance to the drug surrenderees in the form of trainings and livelihood programs to promote the rehabilitation, after-care, reintegration and sustained transformation of the drug dependents. -- Ginalyn B. Brioso
Kiangan validates drug surrenderees
KIANGAN, Ifugao -- The municipal government led by Mayor Joselito Guyguyon as chairman of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council validated drug personalities who surrendered to police.
Municipal Social Welfare Development Office head Mario Indopia said 39 of the 62 surenderees have completed the validation wherein they were interviewed by social workers with emphasis on the psycho-social background and were categorized into four.
A training wil be held August 15 at the municipal gymnasium for members other drug abuse councils on the procedures and processes in handling similar cases. -- Daniel B. Codamon
Kalinga police raids BJMP jail, no illegal drugs found
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Police searched the congested Bureau of Jail Management and Penology building here recently confiscating prohibited gadgets and cash but no illegal drug.
Confiscated were electronic devices including four TV monitors, DVDs, and cell phones. About P70, 000 cash was searched of which P18, 000 was admittedly owned by an inmate.
There were also sharp tools taken from every room. However, these were reportedly being used by inmates engaged in in-jail livelihood projects like basket and décor making.
The police raiding team recommended that all bladed materials after their use be deposited and TV monitors be placed outside rooms.
There are 172 inmates occupying the provincial jail with 82 involved in drug-related cases. Of the 13 female inmates, 11 are allegedly involved in illegal drugs. -- Peter A. Balocnit
Abatan waitress nabbed for ‘stealing’ collection money
BUGUIAS, Benguet – A waitress was arrested after allegedly stealing money from her employer here in Barangay Abatan Monday.
The victim was identified as Andrea Palingping Pagaway, 47 while the suspect was named as Eloisa Protacio Valdez, 24, of Cojuangco, Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija. Investigation disclosed that the suspect was a waitress of the victim’s bar. The victim claimed the suspect took her collection of P5,0000 then left heading toward Baguio City. The victim reported the incident to Buguias police who coordinated with Atok town cops. The latter intercepted a passenger van with the suspect on board in Sayangan, Atok at about 5:45 p.m. The P5,000 cash was recovered from the suspect and she was brought to Buguias police station where a case for theft was lodged against her.
641 druggies yield in Tabuk
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – About 641 drug personalities in the city had voluntarily yielded to authorities since July. The police attributed the result to concerted efforts of families, barangay, religious and local leaders.
Officials in 14 barangays of this city meanwhile participated in a seminar organized by the Philippine National Police here to enhance government’s fight against illegal drugs,
City police director Senior Supt. Gilbert Fati-ig said the move was part of the police’s continuing drive towards a drug-free city under “Oplan Double-barrel”.
In a related report, the police its maintaining the campus anti-illegal drugs symposium with partner schools in the province.
As contained in the memorandum of agreement entered into by both parties, the police conduct regular symposia inside school campus in efforts to prevent students from illegal drugs. -- Larry T. Lopez
Australian media member loses valuables inside gym
BAGUIO CITY – An Australian national went to the Endless Fitness Gym at Porta Vaga Mall, Session Road here Monday around 7:30 p.m. for a workout and lost her valuables. Police identified the victim as Alexandra Joy Bingham, 26, from Southport, Australia, member of the media and Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency.
Accordingly, at about 6:30 p.m., the victim went inside the said gym with her black shoulder bag containing leather wallet assorted ATM cards, driver’s license issued at Australia, PNVSCA ID card, P1,000 cash, and ID pictures.
She put her black bag inside a white hand bag and put these in an open locker inside the female changing room. After the workout, the victim discovered that her wallet was missing and tried to locate it but to no avail. No CCTV camera was installed in the area.
PNP-Abra brings drugs campaign to schools
BANGUED, Abra – Town cops here recently started a drug information dissemination campaign recently in Abra High School attended by all Grade 11 students.
Realted events will follow in all high schools and higher educational institutions in Bangued.
Teaching out to the youth and educating them is a crucial recipe in the Bangued Police anti-illegal drugs campaign plan, said Senior Insp. Eddie Bagto, deputy chief of Bangued police. -- Ginalyn B. Brioso
Farmer hacks farmer in Banaue
BANAUE, Ifugao -- A hacking incident transpired here at Sitio Kayang, Kinakin, Monday around 5 p.m. wherein the victim identified as Martin Nalbog, 48, farmer, was hacked by the suspect named as Suliban Nattem, 48, farmer, both residents of said place. Investigation conducted by polie showed the victim came from a burial at Gohang, Kinakin, Banaue, and while on his way home, the suspect waited for him and hacked the head and left chest of the victim using a bladed object. The victim was brought by his neighbors to their house for interment while the suspect surrendered to Banaue police.
Lamut laborer surrenders gun
LAMUT, Ifugao – A certain Diego Tan-um Changaw, 46, laborer, of Hilltop, Poblacion West here surrendered an unregistered Cal. 38 revolver with three bullets here Monday at the municipal police station. The gun was unlicensed. No charges were filed against the suspect.
Buguias farmer nabbed for drugs
BUGUIAS, Benguet – Cops conducted a raid near the Anglican Church in Bangao, here Monday around 5 p.m. that resulted in the arrest of Arnold “Toljak” Sally Potpotan, 43, married, farmer, resident of Bayoyo, Buyacaoan.
The operatives confiscated shabu from the suspect including drug paraphernalia including a duplicate BDO bank deposit slip with account name of Jennifer A Latawan.
The arrested person and the confiscated items were brought to Buguias policed station where a case for illegal drugs were prepared against the suspect.
81 drug users take oath in Tublay
TUBLAY, Benguet -- A total of 81 drug users who voluntarily surrendered in this vegetable- producing town had mass oath of undertaking signifying their intention to reform here on August 12.
Mayor Armando Lauro bared that only one third of the surrenderees were from the municipality. Most were from other areas working as helpers of vegetable traders here.
Lauro said others who have showed up at the office vowed to reform or help the police curb illegal drug activities, he said.
A drug user admitted he got scared by reports of suspected drug users and suppliers who were killed in police operations.
Farmer nabbed for
LAGAWE, Ifugao -- Police arrested here Monday a certain Alex Cholin Pil-o, 32, farmer, resident of IB 110- Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet for syndicated estafa. This, after Romeo U. Habbiling, presiding judge, of RTC Branch 14, Lagawe, issued arrest warrant against him for 11 estafa cases with no bail recommended.
Former bocap nabbed for shabu, firearms, bullets
PINUKPUK, Kalinga – A former barangay captain was nabbed here August 14 for illegal drugs and firearms. Arrested was Reynold Sagmayan Gongob, 38, former barangay captain of Wagud here and ex-CAFGU member.
Police implemented search warrant issued by Judge Nympha Dugayon-Abbacan, presiding judge of municipail circuit trial court that resulted to confiscation of shabu, two hand grenades, several bullets two blasting caps and Cal. 30 carbine rifle.The arrested suspect and the seized items were brought provincial police office here at Camp Juan Duyan, Bulanao, Tabuk City,
Drunk father shot dead by son
BANGUED, Abra – A firsherman’s son is now in jail for allegedly shooting to death his father here August 14. A police report said the victim identified as Reynaldo Almazan Bayle, 58, came home drunk at their residence in Barangay Calaba around 5L45 p.m. and created trouble.
Police investigation disclosed the victim was armed with a kitchen knife and started chasing his daughters and sons. One of his sons named as Reynante ran inside their house and took a shotgun and shot his father once. As a result, the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds on his abdomen and was rushed at Abra Provincial Hospital where he wàs declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
shotgun in Abra
MALIBCONG, Abra – Barangay chairman Claro Bugawit of Poblacion voluntarily surrendered a shotgun to police here last week during a meeting with law enforcers at the barangay hall. The ghesture was reportedcly in support of the PNP’s anti-crime program.
Indian national found on road, dies in hospital
BAGUIO CITY – An Indian national identified as Sukhwinder Singh was found here on a road with multiple injuries around 6:15 p.m. of August 14 at Barangay Quezon Hill Proper. A police report said the victim was a tenant of No. 135 Chrome Street, Upper Quezon Hill, Police tried to revived the victim at the scene after which he was rushed to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for medical attention but he was declared dead on arrival by attending physician Dr. Joseph Laygo.
Welder critical due to stab wounds
BAGUIO CITY – A welder is now in critical condition at a hospital here after being stabbed around 10 p.m. Monday at the entrance of Maharlika Building along Upper Magsaysay Road..
The victim identified as Elvis Bay-an Tilao, 30, of Balukas Shilan La Trinidad, Benguet while the suspect have yet to be identified. Investigation disclosed that prior to the incident victim and his friend came from a drinking session at the rooftop of the building after which they decided to go home. While walking they met the suspect with a female companion standing at the entrance of the building.
From there the victim suddenly attacked the suspect’s female companion and slapped her face. Suspect then retaliated and a fist fight ensued. After the incident, suspect ran to unknown direction while victim was brought at a hospital due to stab wounds at his stomach and a lacerated wound on his face. A CCTV camera was reportedly installed at the area but police have yet to ask the owner to see the the video clip.
Miner mauls driver in bar
BAGUIO CITY – Police reported a case of robbery with violence that occurred around 7 p.m. of August 14 inside Alabama Bar, Lakandula Street here wherein the victim identified as Gabriel Pacio Ponso, 36, driver, was reportedly mauled by Marlon Solinan Katamen, 25, miner, of Bontoc, Mt. Province and his unidentified companions. Victim had injuries on his head and face while his cell phone was missing believed have taken by the suspects.
Investigation disclosed that prior to the incident, the victim and his two companions Joven Akia and Rey Dulay entered Alabama Bar to continue with their drinking. After consuming bottles of 2x2 gin, Dulay became unruly and provoked trouble with one of the group of suspects. Katamen was irritated with Dulay’s actuation so he punched and mauled him causing injuries to his face. He also punched Gabriel Ponso until he fell on the floor.
Ponso was brought to a hospital while Akia went back at the bar and saw the suspects and their group still inside. He then sought police assistance that resulted to the arrest of Katamen.
Jealous man hurts live-in partner-dancer
BAGUIO CITY – A mother of two children who works as a dancer and entertainer filed a complained against her live-in partner who mauled her out of jealousy.
Police said the incident happened August 14, around 12:30 p.m as reported by victim Charity A. Dagson. 28, of Bacbacan Drive, Asin Road. Dagson said Placiso Charwasen Gumaad, 25 inflicted injuries on different parts of her body by kicking, choking and biting her leg.
The victim said she was also struck by a kitchen knife by the suspect but she was able to hold the knife, reason why her finger was hurt.
Her head was reportedly also banged against the stone wall by the suspect.
The incident was perpetrated in front of their two children who tried to stop Gumaad but were hurt by the suspect. The incident only stopped when the victim together with her two children were able to run outside the house and seek help.
Man jailed for stealing French lady’s money
BANAUE, Ifugao – A man was arrested here for allegedly taking the money of a French lady tourist and her companions at a bar here around 4:30 p.m. of August 14. Victim Aimee Boinnot, 19, resident of Chemin De Bellevue, Gif Sur Yvette France reported to Banaue their money amounting to P14,000 was missing.
Investigation disclosed that at around 12:30 p.m. that day, the victim’s group arrived at Guihob Natural Pool located at Kinakin, Banaue, left their bags outside the bar and took their lunch. Later, they had a drinking spree at said bar together with the tour guide identified as Billy Jake Tomas and other groups inside the bar. Later, the victim went outside the bar to get money from one of their bags to pay their bills but she noticed that the pouch where the money was placed was missing. She also noticed that their bags were opened and searched. Responding police officers went to the incident area where witnesses identified the following suspects they saw opening the bag of the victim.
Said suspects were identified as one Delbert Numbanal Damague, 27, of Airport, Gohang who was arrested when he was pinpointed by one of the witnesses while his companion Jason Labuquen, 26,of Purok 1, Turud, Reyna Marcedes, Isabela and Echague, Isabela left earlier and is still at large.
Fire breaks out at McDonald’s Trinidad
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet –A part of McDonald’s fasfood restaurant here was burned August 14 around 1 p.m. Police said the fire fire broke out inside the power generator room saying possible cause of fire was due to short circuit aggravated by combustible materials placed inside the generator room. Estimated worth of damage was placed at P100, 000. No person was reported injured. The fire was declared out around 30 minutes later.
Drunk toughie creates trouble
LUBUAGAN, Kalinga – A farmer was the object of a complaint here for allegedly creating trouble, threatening people with a knife and stoning a victim’s house.
Police said the incident happened August 14 around 7:30 p.m. at Malusong, Canaojere. The suspect identified as Moley Ayangdo allegedly kept on stoning the galvanized roof top of a victim’s house. Not contended, he as mashed rock on the house door severely damaging it.
Investigation disclosed that prior to the incident, the suspect went to the basketball court at Barangay Canao under the influence of liquor holding a knife then threatened the players to go home. On the course, he saw Jansen Contis, 20, son of complainant and also threatened him prompting the son of the complainant to run after the suspect. The case was referred to the barangay.
Security guard erects
house on old woman’s lot
BONTOC, Mountain Province – A security guard was the object of complaint of a certain Dominga Padcayan, 79, resident of Chackong, Bontoc Ili.
She told police their lot at Sitio Feneo, Barangay Samoki was forcibly entered by one Cesar Padcayan of Sitio Sadlan, Barangay Samoki who erecting concrete post of a house on the lot. On August 8, sand, steel bars and cement was brought at said site nu the security guard. Dominga Padcayan and his son Daniel went to the site and confronted Ceasar Padcayan not to continue their plan.
However the following day, the security guard started assembling a steel concrete post on the area. On August 11, they started digging holes together with their father Manolo and the next day, started erecting the finished steel post and cemented it until it became concrete posts of a house. Police said they were investigating.
Farmer stabs half-brother
RIZAL, Kalinga – A farmer stabbed his half-brother in a drinking spree here August 13 around 5:30 p.m.
Police said they received a call from barangay kagawad Alejandro of Kinama of a stabbing incident at the residence of a certain Marcelino Alejandro in the barangay. Investigation reveal a certain Rolando Jaramillo, 38 stabbed his half-brother Alberto Fernandez, 57, also a farmer. The victim and suspect with Marcelino were having a drinking session inside the house of the latter when the victim and the suspect had a heated argument but they were pacified by Alejandro. When Alejandro went out to urinate, he heard a scream inside his house. He saw the victim with stab wounds and the suspect holding a knife prompting him to call for help and they arrested the suspect. The victim was n brought to Juan M Duyan Hospital in the town and later referred to CVMC, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan for medical treatment.
Two stabbed near Baguio public market
BAGUIO CITY – Two men were stabbed by still unidentified suspects here August 13 at around 10:30 p.m. along the public market in Hilltop Road. Victims were named as Vergel Ramos Cera Jr., 23 and Arnold Dawaten Manengyao Sr., 56 of Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet. Investigation disclosed that the victims just met and made friends at Upper Magsaysay Avenue and decided to proceed to Hilltop. When they were at the junction of Hilltop and Zandueta Street, they met the five male suspects and without any provocation, one of the suspects boxed the face of Cera and the group mauled the two. The victims tried to escape and ran towards 3rd Kayang Street to seek help at Benguet Bar. From there, Manengyao Sr. noticed he had stabbed wounds at his neck and back. He also sustained head injuries caused by a blunt object. The victims were then brought to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for treatment where Manengyao was admitted while Cera was sent home after treatment.
Man shot at Bulanao public market
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Police heard a gunshot here August 13 around 9:45 p.m. emanating from the nearby Bulanao Public Market. Responding cops found a man sprawled on the unpaved road with bubbles coming out from his mouth and nostrils later identified as Reynaldo Balicao Oligario, 27, ex-OFW, of Taloctoc, Tanudan, Kalinga and a resident of Purok-6, Bulanao.
Investigation showed that the victim and companions were having a drinking session at Binibini Videoke Bar at the market when the victim went out to urinate. A gunshot was heard outside and Oligario was seen lying on the road. A motorcycle believed used by the suspects was brought to Tabuk police station.
The alleged rider of the HONDA XRM, believed to be the companion of the suspect was taken into custody by cops. Said rider refused to divulge the identity of the suspect. Recovered spent shell for Cal. 45 from the scene was taken for forensic examination.
BAGUIO CITY - Mayor Mauricio Domogan formally signed Administrative Order No. 083, series of 2016; creating the Technical Working Group (TWG) to evaluate Benguet Corporation’s Antamok open pit site as potential area for establishment of the city’s Integrated Solid Waste Disposal Facility.
BC offered the city government of Baguio as open pit site at Antamok for its engineered sanitary landfill or integrated solid waste disposal facility for use of the city government here and nearby towns of Benguet to resolve garbage disposal problems.
Domogan said under the planned integrated solid waste disposal facility, the city government will be putting up a centralized material recovery facility (MRF), an anaerobic digester, a waste-to-energy plant, and environmental recycling system (ERS) machines, an engineered sanitary landfill, health care and medical waste treatment plant and special waste treatment plant.
General services officer Romeo Concio will chair the said TWG with his members city engineer Elpidio Garabiles, city planning and development officer Evelyn Cayat, the regional director or representative from the Environmental Management Bureau-Cordillera and Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera, representative from the National Solid Waste Management Commission and Benguet Corporation.
The TWG will conduct the assessment and evaluation of the Benguet Corporation’s Antamok open pit site to determine whether or not it will pass the standards in putting up the city’s integrated solid waste management facility.
Said TWG will then submit to the city mayor its findings and recommendations.
“The final results of the assessment and evaluation of the Benguet Corporation’s open pit site will serve as the basis of the city solid waste management board to partially amend its 10-year solid waste management plan that was approved by the NSWMC, specifically on the site on where to put up the facility, in order for the concerned offices to finalize existing plans and programs for the eventual realization of the project,” said Domogan.
The previous plan in putting up the ISWDF within the 139-hectare Sto. Tomas School area did not materialize because of the excessive development cost in just building the access roads to the site and at the same time occurrence of some issues and conflicts on land claims, thus, the city officials considered the offer of the Benguet Corporation to use its open pit site at Antamok for solid waste disposal facility.
At present, more or less 130 tons of the generated residual wastes of the city are being shipped out daily by the city’s hauler to the sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac. Also, the city’s biodegradable wastes are being converted into compost fertilizer and the recyclable wastes are being taken by the volunteers of the city. -- Jho Arranz
By Erwin Beleo
NAGUILLAN, La Union — Mayor Reynaldo “Bobot” Flores of this town, who is one of the four alleged narco-politicians previously named by President Duterte in La Union, vowed during a rally last Monday to clear his name and reveal the real mastermind behind a “shabu” laboratory raided by authorities in this town in July, 2008.
Addressing the so-called unity rally of his supporters at the municipal plaza, here, Flores said: “We are the ones who busted that facility and we know the story behind it. But I am the one suffering now. They backfired at me because they lost billions of drug money.”
The mayor said he still thanks Duterte for naming him in the list of narco-politicians because it gives him the opportunity to tell everything he knows about that raided illegal drug facility in Barangay Bimmotobot back in 2008.
“Because of that shabu laboratory, my name was dragged in bad light. However, the President made me an instrument for the reopening of this case to find out the real mastermind on the shabu laboratory. I am very positive that the truth will come out. The investigation being done now against me after I was named in the President’s list already reopened the case,” he said.
Flores said he already given all the information he knew about the illegal facility which was contained in his affidavit he submitted to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Camp Crame last week.
Flores said that aside from former Police Supt. Dionicio Borromeo, the convicted lab protector, there are still bigger personalities behind the illegal activity.
“There is a bigger fish than Borromeo. He is our political enemy and he hates us so much because we withdrew our support to him,” Flores said.
By Manny Galvez
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed graft charges against a congresswoman and six other former and incumbent officials of the Nueva Vizcaya provincial government over the alleged illegal purchase of a luxury car.
Former Nueva Vizcaya governor and now Rep. Luisa Lorren Cuaresma were charged along with provincial accountant Dominador Dacumos, budget officer Alejandra Dacumos, general services officer Nathaniel Turqueza, former provincial administrator Manuel Tabora and former provincial general services officer Tomas Garra.
Florentina Sagabaen, former supervising auditor of the Commission on Audit based in Bayombong, was included in the charge sheet.
Bensheen Apolinar, chief of the NBI district office, who filed the complaint, said the provincial government purchased a Grand Starex Limousine (SKE-678) for P2.6 million from Pitstop Motors Inc. in 2010 through direct contracting instead of public bidding.
The respondents signed the vouchers, checks, certifications, receipts and other pertinent documents to facilitate the transaction, the complaint stated.
Apolinar said Sagabaen was included in the complaint for allowing the purchase without the necessary documents and failing to make an audit report.
Attached in the complaint is the joint affidavit of lawyers Voltaire Garcia and Efipanio Delbert Galima III and Jeremiah Iam Rivera, a casual employee in Garcia’s office, which showed that there was no request for authority to purchase the vehicle from the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.