By Susan Aro
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The smoke-free ordinance of this capital town will take effect next month.
Mayor Romeo Salda, the Municipal Tobacco Control Board (MTCB) chairperson, called for a meeting Dec. 13 to discuss full-blast implementation of said ordinance.
Ordinance No. 8-2014 regulates smoking, selling, distribution and advertisement of tobacco products and imposing penalty for violations.
The ordinance penalizes offenders who smoke in smoke-free areas; establishments selling, giving or distributing tobacco product to minors; selling, distributing and advertising tobacco products in a school, public playground or any other facility frequented by minors or within one hundred meters from any point of the perimeter of these places; purchasing of products from minors, using, buying or selling tobacco products by minors; advertisement of tobacco products outside premises of establishments; and toleration of violations and failure to perform duties by persons in charge.
Launched last year, the supposed implementation this year was stalled due to the conduct of simultaneous national and local elections, said Dr. Genevieve Degay, Medical Officer III of the Municipal Health Services Office and co-vice chairperson of the MTCB.
But despite the lull, advocacy and information education campaign activities were in place in barangays, among various organizations and sectors after its launching, Degay added.
In engaging sectors with crucial roles such as the La Trinidad Women’s Brigade, Philippine National Police personnel and Barangay Health Workers, series of orientation were held from September to early part of December. Likewise, members of the board and the Smoking Control Enforcement Unit were oriented in separate occasions.
The manual of operations was presented for approval last September while the final Implementing Rules and Regulations was out last October.
Additional billboards will also be installed in strategic locations. Posters and other forms of materials indicating the “No Smoking” policy for the community to be informed will be posted in conspicuous spaces.
Members of the religious sector have expressed their strong support and commitment in advocating the program through spiritual reforms, Degay said.
While there are corresponding penalties and fines for said violations, the spirit to promote healthy environment is still the main intent of said legal measure, Degay said.
By Jenny M. Dayao
TADIAN, Mountain Province -- The Lubon Barangay Food Terminal here was given the prestigious Gawad Saka Award as Outstanding LGU-Managed Barangay Food Terminal nationwide this year.
“The cooperation and unity of the community and management team led us to win the award,” said LBFT manager Bernard G. Buned.
He gave thanks to the Department of Agriculture – Cordillera and the LGU of Tadian for their support.
The reason why the Lubon BFT won is “dahil sa mahusay na pamamahala ng isang sentrong pamilihan sa barangay nagtitinda ng malinis, ligtas at mataas na uri ng produkto; masikap na paghikayat sa mga residente ng pamayanan at mga karatig lugar na magtanim ng gulay at mag-alaga ng hayop, hindi lamang para sa pansariling-konsumo, kundi bilang sustanableng pinagmumulan ng karagdagang kita,” said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Malacanang.
“At higit sa lahat, dahil sa pakikiisa sa mga programa ng pamahalaan na naglalayong makapaghatid ng sapat, masustansya, ligtas at abot-kayang pagkain para sa bawat pamilyang Pilipino.”
Lubon BFT won P350,000, a trophy and certificate.
Buned said that they will use the cash as their capital to have more daily goods such as rice, help students through scholarships, and build a satellite BFT to cater more the community.
Lubon was one of the grantees of the BFT project by the DA.
The BLFT was launched on June 6, 2010.
Six years from its launching, the Lubon BFT stood to be one of the most successful projects of the barangay. It caters around 785 households with food and non-food products.
Aside from a selling food and non-food commodities, through the years they were able to expand their services to catering, enhancement of crop and livestock production system and attendance to trade fairs and exhibits. Some of the highlights of the BFT is that they do not sell junk food and all their vegetables are organically produced.
The food terminal also acquired machines for food processing, thus, they sell their own produced processed meat and soybean.
The Gawad Saka is the most prestigious award given by the Department of Agriculture for farmers and fisherfolks for their exemplary contributions to the advancement of agriculture and fishery sectors.
By Peter A. Balocnit
CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga --- Philhealh field office offers medical detoxification package for members who are drug dependents.
Rommel Aranca, Philhealth field office head here, said PhilHealth Circular No. 2016-0030 provides a package rate of P10,000 for the provision of mandatory medical detoxification services.
The package includes physical, mental and neurological exams, urine test, complete blood count, blood sugar, serum, creatinine, chest X-ray, and electrocardiogram (ECG).
Meanwhile, Aranca also bared that Philhealth here is ready for a benefit package covering Zika virus should any member needs it.
The current case rates system provides for an in-patient coverage of P8, 100 for “other specified mosquito-borne viral fevers” including Zika virus infection. The amount includes coverage for hospital charges and professional fees of attending physicians.
Health insurance coverage for Zika virus disease may be availed by PhilHealth members who have at least three months’ premium contributions within the immediate six months prior to the first day of confinement at any of the accredited health care institutions in the country.
DAGUPAN CITY – The city government here is bent on demolishing all illegal fish pens standing on all rivers here after the city legal officer issued a final ultimatum giving the owners of these structures only three days after receipt of the notice to voluntarily demolish their pens.
City legal officer Victoria Cabrera issued the ultimatum on order of Mayor Belen Fernandez as she revealed that the remaining fish pens in Dagupan City, numbering 43 although standing on titled properties, are a nuisance per se.
It was the mandate of the city government to abate a nuisance in order to protect its citizens from a potential danger, she said.
The notices were already hand carried to individual owners of the remaining fish pens by the office of City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina.
Molina has yet to give an update who among the pen owners already received their notices and their date of receipt of the same to find out when the three-day countdown started.
Failure of the owners to voluntarily demolish their structures will compel the city government to do the same at their own expense.
Cabrera revealed that the city government will not file cases against the owners of these illegal fish pens and will just proceed on demolishing their structures using the power of the city government under the law to abate a nuisance per se.
She explained that the city will be at a disadvantage when it will sue the fish pen owners individually as the status quo will be observed, which means these structures will continue to stay till the cases against them are resolved by the court, and therefore will still continue to enjoy the fruits of these structures.
She knows how long it will take for a litigation to be resolved, citing her experience as a long-time legal practitioner.
“We will defend the city if the fish pen owners will sue the city for demolishing their fish pens,” she said.
Mayor Fernandez is uncompromising in her stand against all the illegal structures in the river.
As a matter of fact, she said, a trawler was already rented by the city government to be used in pulling out bamboo poles deeply embedded in the water, which cannot be removed manually.
Only the fish pens standing on titled properties that were submerged in water were left in the city as those located along navigational lanes were already removed.
The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, which initially conducted reconnaissance survey of all city rivers, was all-praise to the current situation obtaining in these rivers.
Experts of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission are also coming in Dagupan City on Dec. 20 to also look into the city’s river system and to recommend how it can be rehabilitated faster and make it more sustainable for the benefit of small fishermen.
URDANETA CITY – The police chief here has been asked to explain the circumstances behind 40 missing firearms.
Edwin Mapili, assistant director of the National Police Commission-Ilocos, said he relayed to Supt. Marceliano Desamito Jr., acting city police chief, the instructions of Napolcom regional director Evangeline Almirante to give a report within five days.
“This is the first time that we have 40 missing firearms…We encounter cases of missing firearms, but very rarely. Only one officer accidentally lost his firearm after he dropped it during an operation,” Mapili said.
Desamito could not be reached for comment. -- Eva Visperas
Maligalig is new CIDG chief
Nine new officials of the Philippine National Police, including the director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, have been named.
PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced Tuesday that Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac replaced Chief Supt. Agripino Javier Jr. as ARMM police chief.
Javier was appointed acting director of the Northern Mindanao police while
Chief Supt. Noel Constantino was named officer-in-charge of the directorate for police community relations while Chief Supt. Gilbert Sosa was named directorate for integrated police operations in Northern Luzon as acting director.
Chief Supt. Eliseo Rasco was designated Cagayan Valley acting director while Chief Supt. Amador Corpus was named acting director of logistics support service.
Chief Supt. Danilo Maligalig is now deputy director for administration of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Senior Supt. Joseph Adnol, who held various posts in the Cordillera Administrative Region is now deputy regional director for administration in Northern Mindanao while Senior Supt. Debold Sinas is secretary to the directorial staff.
“The designations will fill vacancies in the higher echelons of the PNP as a result of the upward movement of third level officials to higher posts upon the retirement of four police directors,” Dela Rosa said.
On Dec. 15, Dela Rosa designated 11 other senior officials to key posts in the command group, directorial staff, regional offices and national support units.
TUGUEGARAO CITY – Seventeen students were hospitalized after eating spaghetti served during their Christmas party in Isabela on Monday.
Senior Inspector Fernando Manangan, Angadanan police chief, said Grade 7 students of the Integrated School in Barangay Turod in Angadanan town suffered vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
The victims were taken to the Echague District Hospital for treatment.
The municipal health office is investigating the incident. -- Raymund Catindig
AGUINALDO, Ifugao – A mother reported to police her 5-year-old daughter was raped by her husband.
Florence Mataag Paulha, 43, dressmaker, told police her daughter was sexually abused morning of Oct. 17.
She said her three children including the victim earlier went to school while she went to market leaving her husband Benjamin Chullahig Paulha 44, farmer, native of Batad, Banaue.
The victim returned home that morning of same date since they did not have class. At about 1 p.m. same date, Florence went home and immediately went to the kitchen for lunch.
Suddenly her child came and embraced her at her back and told her that her father kissed her.
Florence confronted her husband but he denied everything.
At about 7 p.m. that day, she noticed that her child had difficultly urinating prompting to ask her why.
The child told her that her vagina was painful.
Florence said she was shocked when she saw blood stains on the kid’s underwear so she immediately removed it, laid her on the bed, checked her vagina and saw that blood was still coming out from it.
She said she called her husband and showed everything but there was no reaction from him.
Instead, her husband reportedly took the blooded underwear then washed it immediately.
A case is being prepared ready for referral at the prosecutor’s office against the suspect.
Carpenter killed trying to put out house fire
KIANGAN, Ifugao – A carpenter was killed while trying to put out fire which razed a house here to the ground Tuesday around 930 a.m. at Sitio Ayuyu, Upper Poblacion. The 23-yer-old victim was named as Jayson Duyapat Dulnuan.
The bungalow was owned by Felisa Namillid Paay, 65, married, farmer.
Police investigation disclosed while Paay was washing clothes outside their house leaving her 3-year old grandson Alf Christoff Namillid Paay playing inside their house, she noticed their house was on fire that prompted her to call for help.
Dulnuan and Florentino Kindipan Taguiling, 51 carpenteres both working at a Church construction near the house helped in putting out the fire. However, Dulnuan accidentally held a live wire and was electrocuted. Dulnuan was rushed to the Kiangan municipal health clinic for medical attention but later he was declared dead by Dr. Cherry Guyguyon Namujhe.
The cadaver of the victim was brought to their house by his immediate relatives.
Further investigation disclosed the said grandson of Paay took a match box in the kitchen and went to their bedroom and lighted their mosquito net making the fire spread out.
Kitchen equipment and utensils and cash amounting to P21,000 were burned. Police pegged damage at P300,000. A dog was also burned in the fire.
British national gets unruly in Baguio girlie bar; mauled
BAGUIO CITY – The manager of Star City Disco Bar here filed charges for malicious mischief against a British national for creating trouble in the establishment making an employee to maul him.
A police report said the incident happened Tuesday around 3:30 a.m. at the girlie bar here along Lower Magsaysay Road. Charged was Robert John Bailey, 48, married, financial consultant and a resident of Lucao, Dagupan, Pangasinan who was mauled by John Loyd Langawin Zabala, 20, waiter.
Investigation disclosed Bailey and his companion John Andrew Davis went inside the bar and created trouble wherein Bailey threw a bottle of beer on the glass wall causing it to be broken. The management of the bar tried to pacify them but Bailey became more unruly. Zabala hit the head of Bailey with a bottle of beer wounding him.
Responding cops arrested both parties and brought them to polide station. Alberto Torres Ong, manager of the bar filed a case for malicious mischief against Bailey.
Drunk farmer stabs 2 men in Villavicios store
VILLAVICIOSA, Abra – Police reported a stabbing incident here Tuesday around 9 p.m. at Barangay Ap-apaya wherein victims were identified as Nelson Lopez Mendoza, 42, farmer and Jay-ar Bondoy Mendoza 19. The suspect was named as Rey Mariano Salvador, 40, farmer of Sabnangan, Luba town.
Investigation disclosed while the victims were buying liquor at Medy’s Store the suspect arrived and a heated argument ensued between Mendoza and the latter. At the height of their argument, the suspect stabbed the victims with a broken bottle of liquor.
Jay-ar was wounded on his right chest while Nelson was stabbed on his left chest. Both victims were rushed by concerned citizen to Villaviciosa Community Medicare Hospital for treatment. Nelson was transfered to Abra Provincial Hospital where he was confined.
The suspect was arrested by cops to police station where charges were prepared against him. Motive was misunderstanding due to drunkenness.
Farmer shot inside residence in Dolores
DOLORES, Abra – A young man was allegedly shot and hurt in his house here at Barangay Bayaan Dec 20. around 9:30 p.m.
Police responded at the residence of Eric Tubadeza Espiritu but he was not around. His common law wife said her husband left their residence at about 5 p.m.that day.
Investigation disclosed the gunfire emanated from the residence of the Espiritus. At about 11:20 p.m. same date, investigator of Dolores police received a cellphone call from provincial police office informing them that a victim of shooting incident was undergoing medical treatment at Abra Provincial Hospital in Bangued.
The investigator immediately proceeded at the said hospital and identified the victim as Eric Tubadeza Espiritu, 26, farmer.
The victim was shot on his right buttock. Motive is yet to be determined as investigation is still going on.
Man knifes victim; flees
BAGUIO CITY – A drunk man challenged another to a fistfight, slashed the latter with a knife, ran away and is now the object of a manhunt.
A police report said the incident happened Dec. 18 around 6 a.m. here at Block 4, Hilltop. The victim was identified as Julius Tumayoc Balusdan, who was knifed reportedly by Remigio Jamandre, both residents of the area. The drunk Jamandre challenged Balusdan to a fight but the latter ignored him and went to the basement to buy a cigarette. After buying, he went back at the place of incident and was chatting with his friend Speedy Picoy when Jamandre without warning, brought out a bladed weapon and attacked the complainant. Balusdan parried the attack but his left elbow was cut. Picoy pacified them and shouted at the complainant to run. Balusdan sought police assistance but when they returned to the area, the suspect was nowhere to be found.
Young mother, child mauled by man in Tublay
TUBLAY, Benguet – A man is now at large after mauling a yo0ung mother and her son without any reason here Monday around 12 noon. Police said the incident happened at Sitio Pasanan, km 19, Ambassador. Victims were named as Nida Calasiao Sabado, 28, married, and her son Sky, 3 natives of Kibungan town but at present residing at Lower Gayase, Wangal, La Trinidad.
The suspect was identified as Fernan Magastino Calinis, Pasanan resident.
Investigation disclosed that Nida and the suspect were having conversation and later the victim went inside their shanty to fix her things before going home. Without any reason, the suspect suddenly entered the shanty and mauled the Nida several times with a piece of wood. When the victim weakened and down on the on the floor, the suspect mauled the victim’s son. When the suspect pulled the minor out of the shanty, Nida escaped and asked for help from nearby residents but the suspect escaped. Victims were treated at Benguet General Hospital. Cops are now looking for Calinis.
Drowned farmer found floating at Apayao River
STA. MARCELA, Apayao – The body of a farmer was found floating here along Apayao River at Basrangay Imelda Dec. 19 around 2:30 p.m. The victim was identified as Amando Tacula Amguid, 53, of Barangay Musimot, Kabugao town.
The incident was reported to police by village chief Rey Gorospe of Barangay Imelda. Police and responders found the drowned body wearing black T-shirt, no lower garments with scars of stitches on his right arm. The cadaver was brought to Sta. Marcela Municipal hall where the victim’s daughter Jenel Tacdag Amguid, 23, accompanied by Kabugao police identified the cadaver as that of Amando Amguid.
Bontoc land dispute set to be heard
BONTOC, Mountain Province -- A land dispute is set to set to be heard by Alab barangay officials here after Perlas Banwa Mayion, 68, widow, resident of Dantay, Alab with her nephew Harrison Afali Banwa, 43, complained to Bontoc police against Rosemarie B. Madadsec, 55; Francis D. Bragado, 51 and Christopher D. Bragado, 48, both government employees.
Initial investigation disclosed the suspects claimed ownership over a portion of the said lot wherein fences were installed over the area declared under Camilo L. Maiyon, late husband of Perlas Maiyon.
Baguio drug suspects arrested
BAGUIO CITY -- Ronald Magbag, 34, and Jason Oliver 32, were nabbed for allegedly selling shabu worth P50,000 during a sting in Barangay Andres Bonifacio here Dec. 16.
Juvenal Azurin, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Cordillera, said suspects are members of a drug ring operating in the cities of Baguio and Olongapo.
PNP superintendent bumps, hurts kid
BAGUIO CITY – A police superintendent was booked after he allegedly bumped and injured a female kid here Dec. 19 around 3 p.m. along Navy Base road.
The victim was identified as Jhen Ashley Baptista, 7, grade one pupil at Ilocos Sur Elementary School and staying at Purok 7 Navy Base.
A police report said the Honda Civic with plate no. ZJA-780 was driven by Supt. Petronilo Guidangen, 44, assigned at national headquarters-IAS in Manila and a resident of Navy Base.
Investigation disclosed that the latter came from their parking area then turned left heading down towards the wide space of the road and while heading towards of Leonard Wood Road he accidentally hit the victim who was injured and brought by the same driver to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.
Responding traffic investigators took the driver’s license and OR/CR of the vehicle and requested medico-legal for alcoholic breath test.
5 hurt in Tabuk vehicular accident
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Five persons were hurt here Dec. 19 when a motorcycle and a tricycle collided along the provincial road at Barangay Laya.
Investigation disclosed that the Honda motorcycle driven by Peter Siblagan, 44, was going south to Dagupan while the tricycle driven by Julius Carag, 29, was on the opposite direction. Siblagan encroached lane of tricycle after overtaking vehicles. As a result, the tricycle bumped the motorcycle causing it to tumble. Siblagan was hurt on his forehead and brought to St. Paul Hospital, Tuguegarao City for medication while Carag and his passengers Angelica Dacanay, 15; Rio Christian Segoma, 18; Marcial Merin, 21 and Jolibee Merin 26, all residents of Pantar Laya East were injured on different parts of their body and brought to Kalinga Provincial Hospital for treatment. . Both vehicles were taken to police station.
Drinking spree leads to stabbing
TAYUM, Abra – A drinking spree here led to stabbing of an unemployed man Monday around 2 a.m. at Barangay Patucannay,. The victim was identified as Herminio Nangilaya Tarinay, 35. He was reportedly stabbed by Predo Penida of Lingtan, Bangued.
Police said both were having a drinking spree inside the house of Mark Francis “Macmac” Arzadon when a heated argument ensued between them. The victim went home and while he was on his way, the suspect followed him and stabbed the victim once on his back using a kitchen knife. The suspect fled while the victim was brought by his sister to Abra Provincial Hospital for treatment where he was confined.
Bocag hurt in fight
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A barangay kagawad was hurt when he was hit with a hard object while trying the stop a fight here Dec. 18, around 11:30 p.m. at Alapang Junction. The victim was identified as Gregorio Paran Gosgos, 62, barangay kagawad of Alapang while the suspect was named as Ronel De Guzman Guzman, farmer, of Makiboy, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.
Investigation disclosed that the victim with village watchmen received information that there was an ongoing fight at the junction. When the victim approached the suspect together with his companion and identified himself as barangay kagawad to pacify the group, the suspect hit the head of victim with a hard object. Gosgos was brought to Benguet General Hospital for treatment by his son and the barangay ranods of Alapang. The suspect was released and the case was referred to barangay officials.
Lamit mauling leads to another mauling
LAMUT, Ifugao – A man who mauled another was mauled by the latter’s companions here Dec. 18 around 6:4o p.m. at Poblacion West Lamut. A police report said , the incident started in front of Bahingawan’s residence near the waiting shed, when victim was identified as Geofrey Dulnuan Dulnuan, 46, widower, was punched on his face by suspect Shallen Quintero Dimmic, 25, farmer of Barangay Umilag.
Investigation disclosed the victim and suspect were arguing at the said place when suddenly the victim allegedly tried to attack the suspect but suspect raising his two hands pleaded not to fight with him two times.
Dimmic allegedly got irked and punched Dulnuan hitting his mouth. Dulnuan fell on the ground and his head slammed on the cement pavement. After the incident, Dimmic ran towards Tulac’s residence but was followed by Dulnuan’s companions Robert In-uyay y Tapo, 27 and Marcelo Rosal y Dacuso, 19 and mauled him. Dulnuan who had mouth and head injuries was brought by a concerned citizen to Doctor Dela Cruz Clinic for treatment while Dimmic was brought by the responding policemen to Panopdopan District Hospital and subsequently brought to Lamut police station.
Call center agent mauler challenges cops to fistfight
BAGUIO CITY – A call center agent was mauled here by a vehicle painter Dec. 18, around 8:40 p.m. at Badihoy St., Guisad Surong.
The victim was identified as Prester Abeya Caluza, 22, who was reportedly mauled by Daimler Silvano Ligutan, 22, stay in worker at Big Shot Auto Trade, Badihoy St., Guisad Surong.
A police report said the victim was also threatened with a kitchen knife by Gribert Ducusin Baniqued, 19.
Investigation disclosed the victim and his companion were walking when they met the suspects who were under the influence of liquor. Ligutan allegedly bumped the victim and suddenly delivered fist blows on his head. When the victim turned his back, Baniqued allegedly drew a kitchen knife then chased the victim prompting him to seek assistance from bystanders at the area who then chased and mauled the suspects.
Police arrested the suspects even as Baniqued resisted and uttered unsavory words against arresting officers. Both suspects were brought to police station. Baniqued continued resisting while being brought out from the mobile car and became more unruly, shouting to police officers at the top of his voice “Putang ina nyong mga pulis kayo” and even challenged SPO2 Thomas Marcelo to a fist fight.
Cases for illegal possession of deadly weapon) and resistance and disobedience to persons in authority were filed against Baniqued on complaint of SPO4 Frederick Marcelino and Marcelo. Cases were set for inquest.
Young man mauled by visitors in wedding
LAMUT, Ifugao – A certain Glen Mark Calimlim Fernandez, 20, resident of Subdivision, Poblacion West here made police complaint that on Dec. 17, at about 4 p.m., he was allegedly mauled by Kelvin Jake Lalan, Arcel Tib-ong, Kenneth Pulido and other unidentified suspects, all residents of Kiangan town.
A police report said Fernandez and his friend were drinking liquor while they were attending wedding celebration at Yakengon’s residence.
The suspects who were also visitors at the occasion manifested annoyance at the victim who decided to go home to avoid confrontation. However, when the victim was already at their backyard, the suspects followed and mauled him causing several injuries on his head and body. The victim managed to escape and sought assistance from his relatives who brought him to Panodpodan District Hospital for treatment. The report didn’t say if the maulers were arrested.
62-year-old farmer threatens to kill Lagayan folks
LAGAYAN, Abra – A complaint was filed against a farmer for threatening to kill people after he hacked a store here Dec. 18 around 6 a.m. A police report said they received a cellphone call from barangay chairman Rexor Jay Molina of Barangay Collago that a commotion was reported to him by a concerned citizen in Collago.
Initial investigation disclosed around 4:30 p.m. that day, the suspect, identified as Andres Martinez Sales, 62, went to the house of the complainant, Myrna Talingdan, 30, to buy a cellphone load wherein the latter alleged that the suspect seemed to be under the influence of liquor.
While the two were talking, the suspect was apparently irked by other bystanders and left the said place. After a few minutes, the suspect came back armed with a bolo and threatened the complainant. Because of fear, the complainant went inside her house and locked the door. The suspect then hacked the GI sheet roof of the house of the complainant.
After the suspect left the house, he went to the house of kagawad Warlita Guzman, 54, and also threatened her with the bolo and shouted “Patayen kayo amin (I will kill all of you.)”
Guzman went inside their house and called Molina for assistance. When responding personnel arrived at the said place, they found Sales at his residence. The suspect with complainants and Molina were all invited to Lagayan police station for investigation. At the station, the complainants insisted that the said incident be referred first to the barangay for possible settlement and refused to file formal charges against suspect. The case was then referred to the office of the barangay chairman of Collago.
Carpenter arrested for threatening to kill family
BAGUIO CITY – A carpenter was arrested after threatening to kill his wife and children here at barangay Guisad Surong.
A police report said the incident happened Dec. 18 around 8:45 p.m. inside their residence wherein Rico Galumbino Picart, 41, reportedly threatened his wife.
Investigation disclosed the suspect arrived home under the influence of liquor coming from his sibling’s house. The victim had just finished doing the laundry and wrapping the gift of their child when the suspect started to utter unsavory words against her.
Then he threatened her by repeatedly saying “Patayen ka, patayek sikayo nga agiina, agpapamilya (I will kill you all, the whole family.)” The victim told him to stop because she was tired but he tried to punch her while uttering threatening words making her terrified. She went to their neighbor and used the landline to ask for police assistance.
Responding police arrest the suspect and both parties were brought to police station. Case was set for inquest
>> Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Jap pinpoints site; gov’t gives treasure hunter permit to dig
BAGUIO CITY — The fabled Yamashita Treasure is buried in this summer capital in a tunnel between the Baguio Convention Center and University of the Philippines-Baguio residence hall for girls.
A treasure hunter said a 90-year old Baguio-born half Japanese man who has been a US resident since the mid 70’s had pointed to him the alleged location of the treasure.
Eliseo Cabusao Jr. asked the city government to allow him to dig up alleged truckloads of gold believed part of the World War II loot supposedly left by Japanese forces in the tunnel.
Cabusao who wrote the city government to exempt him from an ordinance banning treasure hunting here, was reportedly issued a permit by the National Museum last October to look for treasure.
The permit was reportedly signed by Director Jeremy Barns in a “Treasure Hunting and Disposition of Recovered Treasures” permit.
The permit's effectivity lasts for a year.
“When I sought the permit, I was not aware of the prohibition, otherwise I would have sought first an exemption consideration from the city government,” Cabusao said.
The treasure hunter assured the city government that there would be minimal ground disturbance if extraction is approved.
He has also pledged a 50 percent share to the national government and to the city “considering the contribution of his (expedition) to the country’s reserves once the BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) appropriates the gold.”
He added that 30 percent of their share will be allocated for humanitarian and development projects of affected communities through their foundation.
For more than 70 years, treasure hunters are still searching for the Yamashita treasure said to be hidden somewhere in the Cordilleras, where Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recommended cease and desist orders (CDO’s) to all illegal treasure hunting ventures. The DENR warned that illegal diggings pose hazards to soil foundation and may lead to erosion.
“We have explored and detected around the convention center using different detecting tools and equipment and all converged on a small grassy area five meters from the concrete sidewalk toward the UP ladies dormitory,” Cabusao claimed.
He submitted to the city his retrieval plan reportedly approved by the National Museum with an Environmental and Technical Program attached.
The National Museum grants permits in accordance with the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 which requires Cabusao to post a P 250,000 performance bond provided he conforms to laws, rules and regulations regarding, among others, environmental protection including rehabilitation and remediation, labor, safety and health standards and the restoration of the to its original state as per submitted and approved Environmental Work and Programs.
The National Museum also dictates the permit holder that the operation should be confined at daytime and comply with any additional terms and conditions which the director may impose or requirements the museum may prescribe.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan, however, dissuaded the city council to approve Cabusao’s exemption request, saying treasure hunters have only depleted their riches to look for the rumored Yamashita gold.
In 2005, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the DENR identified at least 14 illegal treasure hunters looking for hidden wealth in the city and neighboring Benguet province.
Yamashita was the Supreme Commander of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines.
He formally surrendered to Americans at Camp John Hay after heading to the Hungduan-Tinoc area in Ifugao.
Former Japanese soldiers have been frequenting Baguio and the neighboring provinces in search for buried the treasure.
Treasure maps also abound claiming to lead to the Yamashita gold inviting the curious to fund treasure expeditions in the region.