More killed in Central, North Luzon drug war

>> Friday, December 2, 2016

More suspected persons involved in illegal drugs were killed in North and Central Luzon last week.

In Pangasinan, a drug surrenderee was found with gunshots to the head in Barangay Poblacion 1, Pozorrubio town.
A piece of cardboard marked “Huwag ako tularan, magnanakaw ako (Don’t emulate me, I’m a thief)” was found near the body of Mark Soriano, 28, of Barangay Alipangpang.
Probers recovered bullet shells for a .45 caliber pistol from the crime scene.
Unidentified motorcycle-riding men shot dead businessman Joselito Ambat, 53, in Barangay Concepcion in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur on Nov. 18.
Ambat, whom police said was on its drug watchlist, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Besang Pass Hospital Memorial Hospital.

ABC prexy arrested
Meanwhile, authorities Tuesday arrested the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay in Pangasinan following a raid on his residence in Bani town.
The raiding team allegedly seized eight plastic sachets said to contain shabu from the house of Eduardo Ramones Jr. in Barangay Ambabaay.
Ramones was said to be a high-value target of the Bani police.
Chief Insp. Danilo Perez, town police chief, said he had been urging Ramones to surrender but he refused.
Ramones, who is in his second term as president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, did not resist arrest
Still in Pangasinan, drug surrenderee Marlon Opague, 37, was sitting near the road Monday in Barangay Amangbangan in Alaminos City when he was killed.
           Opague had surrendered to authorities during the conduct of Oplan Tokhang in their village.

Isabela shabu haul
On Monday, alleged drug trafficker Silvino Andres was arrested following a raid on his residence that resulted in the recovery of an undetermined amount of shabu, firearms and ammunition in San Mateo, Isabela.

Bulacan body count up
Eight drug suspects were killed in separate incidents in Bulacan Wednesday.
         The fatalities were identified as Ruben Esquivel,  Nupronio Nagayo,  Gregorio Castillo, a certain Alma and Tyson, and three others whose names were not immediately available.
Esquievel was killed by an unidentified assailant who barged into his residence in Barangay Poblacion, Norzagaray.
Nagayo was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in San Rafael town.
Bulacan police acting director Romeo Caramat said Castillo, Alma and the three unidentified fatalities were shot dead as they were conducting pot session in Barangay Banga 1st, in Plaridel town.
Tyson was killed in an alleged shootout with a police officer in nearby Barangay Bayabas.
Caramat said all the fatalities were on the drug watch list of their respective villages.
          On Monday, a certain Roy was killed after allegedly trying to resist arrest during a sting in Bocaue town.
Recovered from the suspect were four plastic sachets said to contain shabu, a .45 caliber pistol and marked money.
Two fatalities identified as Celso Alvido and Jerry Guardiano, both of the province were killed Monday.
Alvido, who is on the police drug watchlist, allegedly pulled out a gun after sensing that he was dealing with undercover agents during a sting in Barangay Santor, Malolos City.
Probers recovered from the suspect an improvised gun, a plastic sachet said to contain shabu and marked money, said Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat.
 Guardiano was walking in Barangay Yakal, San Jose del Monte City when motorcycle-riding men shot him, killing him instantly.
One of the assailants left a placard with the words, “Wag tularan, salot ng lipunan, tulak ng droga (Don’t emulate, drug pusher)” near the victim’s body.
Probers recovered three bullet shells for a .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.

Pampanga man in drug list shot dead

In Angeles City, Ariel Garcia was shot dead by an unidentified assailant as he was having a drinking session with his friends.Garcia was allegedly on the drug list of the barangay. – Ric Sapnu, Eva Visperas


Uniwide given ultimatum on Baguio market development

By Dexter A. See

BAGUIO CITY  – The city council gave an ultimatum to officials of Uniwide Sales and Resources Corporation and market review committee to appear before the regular session of the local legislative body on  Dec. 5, to shed light on issues concerning the long-delayed development of the city public market.
Members of the city legislative body expressed disappointment of the Uniwide officials’ disregard of invitations sent to them to answer  questions that cropped up after the Court of Appeals issued an order of liquidation on the company.
Vice Mayor Edison R. Bilog said it is the fifth time Uniwide officials failed to appear before the council  despite having appeared in several meetings called for by the review committee created by the local chief executive to answer questions about the alleged liquidation of the corporation which casts doubts on its capacity to implement the market development project
The council wants to be enlightened by the review committee on the latter’s findings and recommendations on how the local government will undertake the development of the public market amidst the reported liquidation of the company.
The council also decided to request the Clerk of Court of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Parañaque City for official copies of the reported liquidation proceedings to use as guidance by the local legislators in deciding whether to rescind or cancel the 20-year old market development contract.
However, Bilog claimed there were no official liquidation proceedings that have yet been undertaken by the concerned RTC because the case has not been officially raffled to any of the courts as the docket fees of the case are yet to be paid by the petitioners.
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan created a review committee of the market development upon request of the council through an approved resolution, giving them 60 days from its creation to submit a detailed report on their findings and recommendations as to how the local government will handle the proposed market development plan.
More than four months had lapsed since it started its task but the review committee has yet to officially submit its report to the council, dismaying some legislators.
Without the report, no decision can be made on the contract.

The Supreme Court declared the constitutionality of the ordinance, which prescribed the rules and regulations for the development of the city’s public market and the validity of the contract that was entered into between the local government and Uniwide Sales and Resources Corporation, for the implementation of the development plan.


Philex supports gov’t on clear rules on responsible mining

TUBA, Benguet – Philex Mining Corp. has expressed support for government’s call on all miners to be guided by a clear definition of responsible mining—that the utilization of mineral resources be based on technical feasibility, environmental sustainability, social acceptability, and financial viability—so that the industry will move forward based on what is right.
This was stressed by Eulalio Austin, Jr., the company’s CEO and president, in an interview with the state-run PTV-4 and in his speech at the just concluded annual mine safety conference, in Baguio City, as he expressed gratitude to the founders of Philex Mining—which entered this year its sixth decade of responsible mining—for taking care of the environment as well as protecting the welfare of its stakeholders.
“This has become a working culture at Philex Mining,” Austin said in his keynote speech before a forum conducted by the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM), at the CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center, on Nov. 17, as part of the four-day day 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) organized by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).
Addressing the Mineral Industry Symposium, Austin added, “We owe it also to the founders of the company which has been continued and enhanced by the current owners, who made it a point to take into account the protection of the environment, to consider the welfare of workers and look into the upliftment of the lives of the host and neighboring communities.”
This is where the company would want to dissociate itself from the pack, he stressed, despite its depleting mine life, and as it celebrated its 60th year of operations rooted on the humanization of responsible mining. Something which jibes, Austin said, with ANMSEC’s theme for this year: “63 Years of Responsible Mining: Moving Forward by Doing it Right.”  
 “I am glad that Philex Mining was one of those companies not recommended for suspension,” he added, referring to the recent technical mine audit conducted by government regulators on all mining companies nationwide. “And this is attributed to the hard work and dedication of its men and women in ensuring strict adherence to given mining standards and processes through the years.”
Austin stressed that Philex Mining had institutionalized its mine-waste management and social development programs even before the requirements were put in place by the then-National Pollution Control Commission and through the provisions on the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) contained in the Mining Act of 1995.
So there is no doubt that “we support efforts by government in promoting responsible mining,” he told a news team from the People’s Television Network which visited Nov. 21 Philex Mining’s Padcal operations, in the Benguet towns of Tuba and Itogon.  
And having put a human face on responsible mining through the development of communities, paying the required taxes religiously, and being on the forefront of environment protection through forestation and reforestation, Austin said Philex Mining was now “braver to charter unexplored territories,” and that “we will raise the bar on responsible mining.”
 He reiterated support for the government efforts in promoting responsible mining, agreeing with what Louie Jacinto, director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), had said that the absence of technical feasibility, environmental sustainability, social acceptability, or financial viability from a mining project translates to it not being responsible.

Echoing the words of Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of Philex Mining, Austin said: “ ‘Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.’ ”


BSU sets probe on cadets’ hazing by ROTC officers

Trainees forced to masturbate 

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Benguet State University administration is set to probe allegations of students against officers of the Reserve Officers Training Corp. (ROTC) of hazing, maltreatment and sexual abuse like forcing cadets to masturbate against their will.  
A forum organized by the National Service Training Program of BSU was held at the school Thursday, wherein students hurled several charges against ROTC officials who denied allegations.
Students said they were dismayed by the defense of Cadet 1st Class Khaner Belmoro, acting BSU ROTC commander, against accusations of physical and sexual abuses in program implementation.
           Several students were heard booing Belmoro, while giving his speech, as he claimed that no hazing was experienced by cadets.
Students responded by asking why many allegations of abuses exist despite denial from the ROTC leadership.
A student asked why members of the school’s Democratic Party of the Youth (Dap-Ay) were complaining even if they will be held accountable for any “inaccurate accusations.”
The ROTC official claimed that students may have personal grudge against former ROTC officials that led to circulation of alleged
hazing incidents.
“Baka personal na galit [referring to former ROTC officials] ...siguro dahil sa pag-ibig,” Belmoro said.
Earlier, Dap-Ay urged the university administration and student council to conduct an urgent investigation regarding the said hazing accusations.
From a fact sheet obtained by the group from a certain Willy, an alleged victim of hazing, he accused officers
and unknown alumni for mauling and hitting them with wooden riffles during academic year
Moreover, he narrated sexual abuses saying, “Iniutos niya [Corp Commander Baguiwan] na tanggalin namin yung mga damit namin, lahat lahat …pagkatapos inutos ng aming corp. commander na mags-ls-l kami.”
The said incident allegedly happened second semester in 2014,
when he was still pursuing advance courses on ROTC.
The cadet said only 20 enrolled for the second semester from almost 60 cadets who were part of advanced military training first semester of 2014-2015 due to hazing incidents.
In the end, only Belmoro was able to finish the training, Willy.
Meanwhile, Anakbayan slammed what it called “obvious lies” of ROTC
officials during the forum.
“They cannot even answer simple questions on why there were such allegations. It was clear in the forum that no one believed them and these officials were just fooling themselves,” said Luke Bagangan, secretary general of Anakbayan Cordillera.
The group said it welcomed pronouncement of the student council and
the university administration to look into the issue.

“Since there is a great clamor from students for a formal investigation, we urge the administration and the council to put these pronouncements into action. These students want action and they want it now,” a youth leader said.


Exec denies hoarding of onions in Nueva Ecija

AN OFFICIAL of the provincial agricultural office in Nueva Ecija refuted claims that widespread hoarding in the province had caused the shortage in the farm produce and onion crisis in the area.
This was the reaction of Serafin Santos chief of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist regarding reports that hoarding was made the culprit for the shortage of onion supply in Nueva Ecija.
Nueva Ecija is known as the onion capital of the Philippines.
In an interview with newsmen in Quezon City, Santos said in August 2016, the farmers’ supply of onions run out in the province since it was the season of harvest.
He noted that at present, the farmers have begun planting onions in the farmlands adding that they are not affected by the current low price of onions in the province.
The agriculture office explained they momentarily employed on what they termed as “stop gap measure’’ that allows the import of onions in neighboring countries to prevent the steep rise of the agricultural crop in the market while the farmers continue to plant local onions.
“Ang talagang maaapektuhan nito ay yung mga traders at hindi ang mga magsasaka. Yung mga nakaimbak na sibuyas ngayon ay pag-aari ng mga traders at hindi ng mga magsasaka. Ganun pa man hindi sapat ang supply para i-accommodate ang pangangailangan ng sibuyas kaya nagkaroon ng pag-aangkat (Those who will be affected are the traders and not the farmers. The onions in the warehouses are owned by the traders and not by the farmers. But currently the supply is not enough to meet the demands in the market so there is a need to import the product),” said Santos.
In September 2016, Santos said they received an advice from the Bureau of Plant Industry of the Department of Agriculture (DA-BAI) to conduct an inventory of current onion stock.
This was due to a lingering fear that supply may fall short because of the damage done by the Army Worm during the last cropping.
Two teams from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist were dispatched and accounted all the stocks in various cold storage facilities of the province.
Based on the inventory, the current stock in storage facilities would not be enough to meet the market demand for onion.
“The onion traders were hurt and slighted. They were probably anticipating an increase in onion prices but prices went down instead due to the influx of imported onions.  But this is temporary. There is no cause for alarm even for traders.”  Santos said. 


3 dead in Ilocos, Quirino mishaps

THREE PERSONS have died in separate vehicular accidents in Ilocos Norte and Quirino.
Driver Fernando Pambid Jr. and his passenger Mark Darwin Salvador died at the scene after their van collided with a delivery truck in Badoc, Ilocos Norte at dawn on Monday.
Another van passenger, Roger Mamuad, and truck driver Jefferson Lacro and his helper Warlito Viloria, 20, were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Reports showed the van tried to overtake another vehicle and crashed into the truck.
Meanwhile, construction worker Buboy Agustin died when he was pinned under a truck that fell into a canal in Nagtipunan, Quirino Tuesday  .
Truck driver Gaspar Galicanao Jr. and his helper were taken to the Maddela District Hospital for treatment.
The truck allegedly developed engine trouble, causing its driver to lose control of the wheel. – Raymund Catindig   



110 new motorcycles given to Cordillera PNP
CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Some 110 brand new motorcycles from the Philippine National Police were distributed to provincial and Baguio police offices here Monday.
A total of 2,449 units of 135cc Kawasaki Rouser motorcycles were distributed to all PNP units nationwide of which 110 motorcycles were allotted to Cordillera.
 Provincial police directors received the keys from Chief Supt.  Elmo Francis, Cordillera police director.
Abra provincial police office got 29 units,  nine for Apayao, 13 for Baguio, 15 for Benguet; Ifugao, 13; Mountain Province, 12; Kalinga, 10 and nine for regional police headquarters.
“These motorcycles will be used in responding to incidents quicker because of their maneuverability on crowded streets, small alleys, and during traffic. It offers advantages not provided by four-wheel police patrol vehicles,” Sarona said.

Man shot dead by two motorcycle -riding men
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – A certain Bryan Directo Dela Cruz, 38, of Barangay Magsaysay here was shot to death by two unidentified riding-in-tandem men aboard a TMX motorcycle Wedbnesday around 11 a.m. at Purok 5, Barangay Bulanao. The victim who suffered multiple gunshot wounds on his body was rushed to Kalinga Provincial Hospital for medical attention but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician. 

Man repairing vehicle dies as propeller pulls him   
KIBUNGAN, Benguet – A man died here while repairing his vehicle Nov. 20. A police report said around 7:28 p.m. that day, barangay chairman Homer Tiliaken of Barangay Madaymen,reported to cops that a body was seen under a vehicle later identified as that of Todis Bestre Toctocan, 54, of Dael, Madaymen.
Cops with Dr. Hydre Nga-ew, municipal health officer investigated the scene at about 2:48 a.m. Monday.
 Investigation disclosed the victim was repairing his vehicle’s under chassis when his shirt got caught and hooked on a turning propeller which pulled the victim. Nga-ew said the victim died eight to 12 hours past due to neurologic shock secondary to multiple skull fracture and cervical fracture.
 Body found with ‘Pati Pulpul’ tag in Tublay
TUBLAY, Benguet – The body of a man was found here Nov. 20 around 6:45 a.m.
along Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan road particularly in Sitio Kahadong, Caponga. Responding police found the body with with piece of cardboard tied on his left hand with markings “Pati Pulpul.” Case is still under investigation.

Boy drowned in Tinoc river
TINOC, Ifugao – An 11-year-old boy was drowned here Wednesday at a tiverside in the boundary of Poblacion and Ap-apid. The victim was identified as Joe Marie Atuyao Lablabeng, of Sitio Amgaday, Barangay Gumhang.
Investigation disclosed that the victim together with two other companions went swimming in a river but the victim went to a deep portion where he was drowned. A police report said the deep portion of the river was dug by a back hoe and used as washing place for sand and gravel  by  a certain Mark Alindayo “Lobo” Danao, contractor and a resident of Poblacion. The report said the area had no warning device and no permit to quarry.

3 ‘drug pushers’ nabbed in buy-bust operations
BAGUIO CITY – Cops arrested three drug pushers in a buy bust-operation at km 4 Asin Road, here early Tuesday morning.
Drug pusher identified as Daniel “Dondon” Malapit Villanueva, 33, mechanic, and   presently residing at Upper West, Camp 7, was nabbed after selling illegal drugs to the police who acted as buyer around 5:50 a.m. As a result, two plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were seized from his possession.
A few minutes later, same operatives also nabbed two drug dealers in their residences identified as Arturo “Jong” Apolinario Bullo Jr., 43, mechanic and his buddy Wenniefred Sinot Alindogan, 40, both residing along km 4, Asin Road, after dealing with police. Eight plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were seized from Bullo.
Villanueva was a drug surrenderee here while Bullo was surrendered in Rosario, La Union.
Cases for violation of RA 9165 known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed against the arrested suspects in court.

Man wanted for frustrated murder nabbed after years
BANGUED, Abra – A certain James Belmonte Salazar, 52, jobless, was arrested here Monday at Barangay Linasin, Zone 1 for frustrated murder after doding the long arm of the law for many years since Judge Francisco Villarta Jr. issued his arrest warrant in Feb. 4, 1992.  Bail for his temporary liberty was set at P12,500.

Farmer shot
dead in Tabuk
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Still unidentified men shot dead a farmer here Tuesday who was about to join a drinking session at the back of a store.  
A police report said Sulinto Tolny, chief tanod of Barangay Cabaruan, called SPO4 Richard Domallig informing that a shooting incident had just transpired in the barangay. Cops found the body of male person with blood oozing from his head identified as Sheaffer Babaran Sandoval, 29, resident of the area.
Witnesses narrated around 4:30 p.m. the victim on board his motorcycle dropped by at the store of Jade Songgadan located along Longdayan Road, Purok 1, Cabaruan, then proceeded to the back of store and joined group of male farmers who were drinking liquor.
One of the suspects who followed him armed with a short firearm suddenly shot him several times at close range that caused his instant death while the other suspect serving as backup aimed his short firearm at companions of the victim.
After the incident the suspects who were wearing masks and helmet boarded their XRM motorcycle and headed east of Longdayan road.
The victim had two gunshots wound in his body. Police are still investigating the incident.  

Bauko kagawad surrenders grenade 
BAUKO, Mountain Province – A barangay kagawad of Poblacion here identified as Crismar Aluyen surrendered Tuesday a hand grenade to police station. The grenade was earlier surrendered to barangay officials by a concerned citizen who requested anonymity. The grenade was brought to provincial headquarters in capital town of Bontoc.

Illegal logging lands man in jail 
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A man wanted for illegal  logging was arrested here Monday by Atok, Benguet police. Nabbed was Santiago Tiway Bullion, 37, farmer, of Sadsadan Proper, Bauko, Mt. Province. He was arrested here at the Bahingawan Building, km 5, Pico after  Judge Emmanuel Cacho Rasing, presiding judge of RTC Branch 10, La Trinidad issued his arrest warrant.

Farmer nabbed for attempted murder 
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Cops arrested here Monday a certain Laurence Kissob “Allingwa” Malnawa, 40, farmer for attempted murder. This, after Judge Marcelino K. Wacas of RTC, 2nd Judicial Region, Branch 25, Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga issued his arrest warrant since Feb. 9, 2010. Bail was set at P120,000 for Malnawa’s temporary liberty.

‘Drug pusher’ nabbed in Baguio buy-bust
BAGUIO CITY – An allegd drug pusher was arrested here Tuesday along km 4, Asin Road in a buy-bust operation. Nabbed was Daniel Malapit Villanueva, 33, of  Camp 7, after he sold sachet of shabu to a cop who posed as buyer. Two other sachets of shabu were confiscated from him.

‘Member’ of Amistad swindling group nabbed  
BAGUIO CITY – A housewife was nabbed here Monday for estafa. The supect was named as Rea Asis Robles also known as Rea Robles Lucero, 44, of Purok 5 Hillside. Her arrest warrant was issued on Nov 16 by Cecilia
Corazon S. Archog – Dulay, presiding judge of RTC Branch 6, Baguio City who set bail of P 500,000 and another P300, 000 for two cases. The suspect, allegedly a member of Amistad swindling group is now detained at city hail.

UB basketball playercharged for physical injuries  
BAGUIO CITY – Charges for physical injuries were filed against a basketball player of University of Baguio for allegedly beating two players of opposing team and punching their coach of Baguio College of Techonology and making other UB players gang up on players of the latter including a BCT coach.  
A police report said the incident happened Monday around 7:30 p.m. inside UB gym. The report said George Cablarda Ong, 30, assistant voach of BCT and  resident of Balili, La Trinidad, Benguet was mauled by Samuel Ian-David Gabriel Ceña, 21,  3rd year HRM student of UB and  resident of Legarda Road.
Ong said the UB Cardinals and BCT Atoms had a game officiated by Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) at UB gym.
On the later part of the game, suspect allegedly elbowed William Kram Domingo and beat Roy Pulac, both players of BCT. The other players of UB varsity team together with other males from the crowd attacked the bench of BCT players. Ong went to pacify but Ceña punched him in the head. The victim sustained injuries as shown by his medico-legal certificate issued by his attending physician at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
The case was filed at the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Welder jailed for raping student textmate
BAGUIO CITY – A welder is now in jail after he lured a minor student, a text mate into his room and allegedly raped her. A police report said the incident happened around 4 p.m. on Oct 2 here at No. 36, Bengao, Bakakeng Central.
The victim filed the complaint against Albert Bautista Olarte, 30, resident of  No. 36 Bengao.
Investigation disclosed that victim and suspect were text mates since Sept. 16. The victim claimed that prior to the incident, the suspect texted her to pay a visit and have a conversation at the former’s residence to which the latter acceded. They had a brief conversation then suspect invited her to his bed room. Once inside the room, suspect convinced her to have sex but the latter refused. The victim tried to get out of the room and told the suspect that she wanted to go home but she was   pulled inside and raped by the suspect. 

Ice cream vendor stabbed
BAGUIO CITY – A stabbing incident transpired here Monday around 3 p.m. along the biking area, Lake Drive, Burnham Park, Baguio City wherein  Ristie Acosta Bulatao, 42, ice cream vendor was allegedly stabbed by Ricardo Pascua Martinez, 47,  resident of No. 335 Apugan Poliwes.
Investigation disclosed the victim and other vendors were happily conversing together when the suspect who was armed with an ice pick suddenly arrived and shouted to quote, “Tadtay kayo pay nga katawa nga katawa, ang yayabang nyo,” and then he stabbed the victim. The victim parried the attack but his right arm was hit and was injured. The victim was brought to BGH-MC.
Responding cops arrested the suspect and confiscated the ice pick from his possession.

Jobless man stabs construction worker
BAGUIO CITY – A construction worker was stabbed by a jobless man here Tuesday around 12:10 a.m. along Lower Pinget. A police report said Jonathan Mandante Gabion, 27, was stabbed on the right buttock by the arrested suspect identified as Rodrigo Jasmines Abelanes, 33, of Quezon Hill.
Investigation disclosed that prior to the incident the suspect and his live-in partner were inside the rented apartment of the victim and allegedly were fighting and noisy prompting the victim to evict them.
The victim followed them at the terminal of jeepney and while walking, the suspect suddenly met and embraced him and when they separated the victim felt numb in his buttocks and legs after which the live-in partner of the suspect embraced the victim because he cannot move. The victim was brought to Pines City Doctor’s Hospital for medical treatment. Victim suffered stab wound at right gluteal area. Police recovered a dining knife at the crime scene.
Brother hacks brother due to family feud
LICUAN, Baay, Abra – A hacking incident transpired here Nov. 19 in Sitio Dingay, Barangay Mogao wherein the victim was identified as Danilo Salingbay Batoon, 42, farmer while the suspect was his younger brother identified as Alonso Salingbay Batoon, 29, also a farmer.
Investigation conducted by police disclosed the suspect and his wife, identified as Michelle Tiggangay Batoon had a misunderstanding. After a while, the latter asked for assistance, prompting the victim to respond which resulted in a fistfight but was pacified by Albert Barnie, stepfather of the suspect.
The suspect went home but returned, armed with a bolo which is still unrecovered. The victim confronted the suspect but without uttering any words, the suspect hacked the victim twice. As a result, the victim sustained hack wounds on his arm and back and was rushed by his relatives to Seares Memorial Hospital, Bangued, Abra where he was confined.  The suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident.  

 Genesis bus burned on way to Baguio
TUBA, Benguet -- A Genesis bus with plate number TXU 331 owned by Genesis Transport Service Inc. was totally burned here Nov. 20 around 5:45 p.m. along Sitio Inunas, Taloy Sur.
A policed report said the bus was driven by Mr. Romeo Lopez Deleon, 58, resident of Zone 5, Mariveles, Bataan.
Investigation showed the bus loaded with 27 passengers was traversing towards Baguio City when the driver noticed on the side mirror a large amount of smoke billowing out of the back of his driven bus at the engine compartment prompting him to stop.
              When he checked and opened the engine compartment, he discovered a huge fire. He immediately advised his passengers to alight from the bus placed them at a safe place away from the bus.
             Tuba firemen declared the fire out at about 6:43 p.m. No person was injured during the incident. The cause of fire was short circuit of faulty electrical wiring. Estimated amount of damages is was P10 million pesos as pegged by FO3 Jose Dacwag of BFP Tuba.


Baguio Kayang, Hilltop buildings’ removal set

>> Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ultimatum given to city public lot renters 

By Aileen P. Refuerzo
BAGUIO CITY – The city government gave renters of city-owned lots who refused to sign the renewal of their contracts after objecting to the city’s conditions until Dec. 31 this year to remove their buildings and improvements from the city’s properties.
This is to give the city a free hand to draw a development plan and bid out the area they occupy “to get reasonable proceeds from the said properties.”
Mayor Mauricio Domogan last October gave this ultimatum in a letter to the lessees of over a hundred city-owned lots mostly located along Kayang and Hilltop streets.  
Most of these renters constructed buildings on the lots which they use for commercial purposes.
The mayor expressed disappointment that despite lengthy discussions with the lessees, they still refused to accept two terms in the contract – the reckoning date of the new contract which the city insists must fall on January 1, 2016 since the old contract expired on December 31, 2015 and the inclusion of a condition that “after the said period (of lease) all the improvements existing thereon will become property of the city without paying the value of the same.”
The mayor said the effectivity of the new contract must start immediately after the expiration of the old one “to avoid vacuum.”
“It is therefore not negotiable on the part of the city to accept your proposal that the contract will commence to start upon signing of the same.  To allow that to happen will be tantamount as allowing you to use the property of the city without any contract and with a measly rental that the City did not agree to.  This is not fair,” the mayor wrote.
On the new condition of giving up the improvements after the lapse of the contract, the mayor said it is but fair for the city to impose this term considering that the lessees have been occupying the lots for at least 47 years now with a measly rental that started at 25 centavos per square meter per day and later increased to 75 centavos.
“If it is renewed for another 15 years then the total period that you will be leasing the said property even with an increased rental of 6 pesos per square meter per day will not be less than 62 years,” the mayor said.
“The Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law, as amended, has a maximum period of 25 years. You nearly doubled already the 25 years even without an extension of 15 years,” the mayor added.
The mayor recalled that the city committee’s initial stand on the issue was to not renew the contracts so the city can bid them out to get the best offer.  However, the renters appealed for the renewal of these contracts for another 15 years and to increase the rental rate to P6 to which the city consented subject to the conditions added.
He said an evaluation of the city treasury office under assistant city treasurer and in charge of office Alex Cabbarrubias showed that some of the buildings have been earning as much as P35,000 a month vis-à-vis their rental payment to the city of only P1,370 a month so that even if they will pay under the new rate a monthly rental of P10,950, they will still have an income of P24,040 per month which the mayor said “is still very advantageous” to these businessmen.
“There is therefore no doubt that even for the period of 47 years that you had been leasing the property with that measly rental to the City, it is very safe to conclude that you had already more than recovered your investments,” he said.
The mayor said the lessees’ rejection of the conditions “clearly means that there is no more renewal of (their) contracts.”
“Since there is no more renewal of your contract, to be fair with you and the City Government, we have no recourse but to respectfully inform you that you are given on or before December 31, 2016 within which to remove your building/improvement on the said property so that the City Government can prepare the master development plan of the said area and bid out the same to get reasonable proceeds from the said property,” the mayor said.
He however said the lessees can participate in the bidding if they wish.


Philex wins PMSEA awards in reforestation, field events

TUBA, Benguet –Philex Mining Corp. has won awards in reforestation and field events at the recently concluded annual conference organized by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), in Baguio City.
 The gold-and-copper producer, which entered this year its sixth decade of operations rooted on responsible mining, was adjudged First Runner-Up for Best Mining Forest, Metallic Category, granted Nov. 18 by PMSEA, which held its 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC), at the CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center.
Philex Mining’s Silangan Project, in Surigao del Norte, was also granted the Platinum recognition—for Exploration—under the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA). Owned by the Silangan Mindanao Mining Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Philex Mining, the Silangan Project also won First Runner-Up, Exploration Category, for Best Mining Forest Award, as well as Runner-Up, Exploration-A Category, for Safest Mines Award.
                “There is no doubt that Philex Mining has, through the years, adhered to its tenet of responsible mining,” the company’s CEO and president, Eulalio Austin, Jr., said. “We have even raised it a notch higher—that of putting a human face on responsible mining through social projects, such as free education, health-care services and public infrastructure, as well as environmental protection covering our host and neighboring communities.”
At the PMSEA Mine Field Events, held Nov. 18 at the grounds of Melvin Jones Grandstand after a parade done on the last day of the four-day 63rd ANMSEC, Elmer Dapdapig, a miner at the Mine Development Dept. of Philex Mining’s Padcal operations, was named champion in Hand Mucking while Norlie Cabacungan and Jonathan Ay-yato were champions in Machine Drilling.
Joey Catubing and Reyes Asan, also miners at Padcal’s Mine Development Dept., were Runners-Up in Machine Drilling while Joe Andrew Estorpe, an underground mechanic at Padcal’s Mine, Mechanical and Related Services Dept., clinched the First Runner-Up award in Firefighting.
Roosevelt Rosalin, manager of Padcal’s Safety/Loss Control Dept. who led the company’s 33-man delegation to the PMSEA field events, said his team was happy with their performance. “We did our best, and the team spirit was high. We will try to do better and improve our record next year.”
Taganito Mining Corp. was the winner in Best Mining Forest for its Nickel Silicate Ore Mining Project, in Surigao del Norte, while Aglubang Mining Corp.’s Mindoro Nickel Project, in Oriental Mindoro, led Silangan for Best Mining Forest, and Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corp.’s Mabilo Project, in Camarines Norte, prevailed over Silangan in the Safest Mines Award.
                Philex Mining holds an Integrated Management System (IMS) Certificate, granted by the Germany-based technical services provider TÜV Rheinland, which covers the miner’s environmental management system and safety management. The latter includes operations in mining, milling, and tailings storage facilities.
                The certification consists of ISO 14001:2004—from the International Organization for Standardization—which is a systematic approach to improving environmental-protection efforts, and OHSAS 18001:2007, a British Standard and external assessment of Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management Systems.  
                 Philex Mining, which was listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in Nov. 1956, has shelled out P65 million for reforestation program since 1987 that involves the planting and nurturing of eight million different tree species, with a 90-percent survival rate, at its mine site in Tuba and Itogon. A community-based reforestation in the area was begun in the 1960s as a livelihood project for the stakeholders.  


19 Isabela police chiefs relieved

By Liezle Basa Iñigo

THE FIRST BATCH OF police chiefs relieved in Region 2 came from Isabela province and more are expected to follow in the current clean-up campaign in Cagayan Valley region.
               In Isabela, 19 out of 36 towns saw their chiefs of police relieved from their posts on Monday.
Supt. Ronald Laggui, public information officer of Isabela Police said the relief order was issued by PNP regional headquarters after performance evaluation relative to anti -llegal drug campaign Project Double Barrel.
Relieved from their position as chief of police were PSI Alex Orbillo, Luna; PSI Rolando Gatan-San Agustin, PCI Edgar Pattaui –  Reina Mercedez, PSI Sherwin Concha – Naguilian, PSI Reynaldo Baggayan – San Pablo, PSI Mariano Marayag – Quirino, PSI Ruel Meña – Delfin Albano, PSI Noriel Lacangan – Cabatuan, PSI Lord Wilson – San Isidro, PCI Jayson Cabauatan – Cabagan, PCI Benny Asuncion – Tuamauini, PCI Jeffey Taposas – Sta.Maria, PCI Charlemaigne Tabije – Mallig, PSI Anglelito Ramirez – Burgos, PSI George Maribbay – Gamu, PCI Remelvin Dungca – San Guillermo, PSI Danny Alingog – Angadanan, PCI Santos Tecbobolan – Alicia. PSI Torrijos – Benito Soliven.
Meanwhile, Supt. Chavalier Iringan, Police Regional Office 2 said that lists of other relieved COPs in region 2 or Cagayan Valley region will be released Monday.


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