Baguio tribal leaders hit NCIP Cordi head

>> Tuesday, August 15, 2017

For not affirming city council rep 


 BAGUIO CITY – Leaders and elders of different tribes in this city slammed Roland Calde, regional director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for not issuing certificate of affirmation to Roger D. Sinot, the duly elected indigenous peoples mandatory representative to the city council.    
Sinot was elected for the post November last year, said members of the Metro Baguio Tribal Elders/Leaders Assembly, but until now, Calde has not issued the certificate.
Members said the COA is only ministerial and Calde should issue it as soon as possible so Sinot could seat as IPMR in the city council.
“The seeming inaction and indecisiveness of your office, as perceived by many, despite the ample basis or grounds for decision and action, is a cause of great concern for the MBETELA because the longer action is delayed, the more it is causing divisiveness/disunity among the Ibalois of Baguio City and the indigenous peoples of Baguio in general,” they said in a letter to Calde dated July 27, 2017.
“Another important concern of MBETELA is the issue on the IP's representation to the Sangguniang Panlunsod. The unreasonable, unjustifiable and unexplained delay and inaction of your office is virtually depriving the Baguio IP and indigenous cultural communities of their long awaited representation to the City Council,” the letter added.
“If there are protests, complaints and the likes, cannot these be settled in the proper forum, the IP way or otherwise? Let the duly selected representative be issued certificate of affirmation for him to seat down and perform his functions while attending to those protests or complaints. If later, it would be proven that indeed the allegations against him are enough to disqualify him, then, by all means, remove him from office. However, if on your fair, objective and just assessment, the selection was a mockery of the sort then, act and decide on it accordingly. Sir, please, we plead for your clear decision and action. The Baguio IP's and ICC's deserve to see and hear of your action.”
The letter said, “This is to bring to your attention the urgent plea and concern of the Metro Baguio Tribal Elders/Leaders Assembly in a meeting held last July 22, 2017. Please be informed that we are more than glad with the implementation of the IPMR selection for Baguio City, as reported by one of our members who had been closely monitoring the issue.
“It is already more than eight long and agonizing months since the Ibaloi's selected the IPMR and up to this writing, we have yet to hear or see an action from your end. We are in possession of documents that will greatly help you in arriving at your appropriate action and/or decision; such as:
The detailed report of the NCIP - Baguio Field Office; stating among others that, in the selection of the IPMR, all the procedures and processes enumerated in the guidelines were duly adhered to and thus recommending favorably, the issuance of the Certificate of Affirmation by the Regional Director;
 “The report of the evaluation and assessment team that you yourself organized to assess the issues anent the IPMR selection processes and procedures. Their report, was practically a confirmation of the Baguio Field Office's report that the selection process was adequately followed in strict accordance with the approved guidelines, and hence are recommending for the issuance of the Certificate of Affirmation.”
 The letter said the council of Ibaloi Elders which was composed of five members and chaired by Errol Tagle (one of the protestants against the duly selected IPMR) has signed their demand for the issuance of the certificate of affirmation, after they heard and were satisfied with the explanations of the selected IPMR.
“It is the fervent plea, of the MBETELA that your office issue a Certificate of Affirmation to the duly selected IPMR. There are a lot of IP concerns here in Baguio that need to be brought to the attention and appropriate action of the IPMR.
Your most favorable decision and immediate action is hereby urgently and humbly solicited.”
The letter was signed by MBETELA convenors Evelyn Afidchao Miranda and Gerald Chophopen. Calde has not yet responded to the letter at press time. 



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Former Ilocos PNP official gunned down


By Jun Elias

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte – A former chief of police of this city was shot dead in Sarrat town on Tuesday. 
Supt. Jeffrey Gorospe, was having a drinking spree with his friends at a nipa hut near his residence in Barangay 7 when he was shot.
Gorospe was declared dead on arrival at the Black Nazarene Hospital in San Nicolas town.
Eleven bullet shells for an M16 rifle were recovered at the scene.

The victim was also former spokesman of the Ilocos Norte police.

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Search on for driver buried alive by Ifugao landslide


TINOC, Ifugao -- The driver of a vegetable delivery truck who was buried by landslide Tuesday afternoon here in Barangay Binablayan, Tinoc was still missing as of press time.
Search and rescue teams have yet to rescue or recover the victim, identified as Janel Pateyec Baguista 19,  of Gumhang, Tinoc.
The Tinoc municipal police station said that two trucks loaded with vegetables, including the Elf truck driven by Bautista, were cruising along the Tinoc-Kiangan road heading to Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, when they got stuck in the mud at around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Bautista, along with the other truck driver, Bilger Nehyeban, and his helper tried to clear the mounds of mud from the road when the landslide hit them.
Due to heavy rains, a landslide was triggered near the location of the drivers.
Nehyeban and his helper were injured, while Bautista could not be located among the pile of soil and rocks.

Responding rescuers from the Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council tried to locate the victim, in vain.

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Blood extraction as penalty for violators of laws pushed


BAGUIO CITY – Violators of city ordinances of this summer capital may soon find themselves being extracted of their blood as penalty for their infractions.
The city council is now studying the proposal to make blood donation an alternative mode of settlement of administrative fines for violation of city ordinances that carry the penalty of payment of fines.
City Councilor Joel Alangsab who filed the proposal July 20 said the ordinance was referred to the committee on health chaired by Councilor Elaine Sembrano during its last session following its approval on first reading.
Alangsab said the proposal known as “blood for fine ordinance” aims to increase the supply of blood for patients to assure the sufficient supply of safe blood for all.
 The proposal mentioned that under Republic Act 7719 known as the “National Blood Services Act of 1994” it is a declared policy of the state to promote and encourage voluntary blood donation by the citizens and to instill public consciousness of the principle that blood donation is a humanitarian act.”
 It further said that while there is a huge demand for blood supply to saves lives and improve health, millions of patients needing it do not have timely access to safe blood.
 Once the proposal is approved, those meted with a fine ranging from Php500 to Php1,000 can settle the administrative penalty by giving his blood. “Upon apprehension, the violator shall be informed by the law enforcer of the options to donate blood or to pay the corresponding fee.”
 The violator has seven days to donate blood to the Baguio Health Services Office (HSO) and failure to do so within the period will compel the person to pay the fine. The HSO shall bear the cost of the screening the blood and all other expenses needed to pursue the donation.
 However, if it is found that the blood contains impurities, the person shall be required to pay the administrative fine for the violation he committed.
 But because blood donation cannot be done more often than every three months, the person can only take the blood donation option beyond the three months period.
 As a matter of procedure, upon completion of the blood donation, the violator is issued a certification which the person has to present to the city treasurer’s office for the offsetting of the administrative fine.

Alangsab, in an interview, said this will not just be a deterrent for persons from violating the city’s ordinances but in the end will help save lives of people who are facing medical emergencies. -- Liza T. Agoot/PNA

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Rep. Mangaoang makes first appearance as MP legislative caretaker


By Wabilyn Mana-od  and Roger Sacyaten

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Kalinga Rep. Allen Jesse Capuyan Mangaoang made his first public appearance here Monday as Legislative Caretaker of Mountain Province during flag-raising ceremonies at the provincial capital.   
 “Thank you for giving me the trust and confidence to be your caretaker,” Mangaoang said after being invited by the provincial government for the occasion.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, on July 5, appointed  Mangaoang for the post to fill up the vacancy of the term left by the late Rep. Maximo Dalog.
Mangaoang is also from Mountain Province. He was born on July 21, 1959 to Jesus Puyao Mangaoang, an engineer from Balbalasang, Balbalan, Kalinga and Rose Capuyan, an educator from Sagada, Mountain Province.
Mangaoang had always been an achiever. He graduated salutatorian at the Balbalasang Elementary School and valedictorian at St. Paul’s Memorial School where he finished high school.
Before he became congressman of Kalinga, he was first elected as vice mayor then mayor of the municipality of Balbalan for three terms and was elected as governor for two terms.
He is a first-term district representative.
In his message, Mangaoang thanked the provincial government for the invitation to join the people of the province for the regular Monday program in his capacity as the province legislative caretaker.
He said that the designation was not his wish but it was the prayer of the family of the late congressman Dalog.
Serving as Legislative Caretaker, he cited three things he would like to achieve: continue legislative agenda, plans, programs, projects, and advocacies of Dalog for the best interest of Mountain Province.
It will include continuation of medical assistance, educational assistance, infrastructure development, livelihood projects, TESDA trainings and all social services in favor of the people of Mountain Province.
“Together with the staff of the Congressman, we shall work closely with our local officials and agency heads to make sure that the necessary funds for the province will not be wasted; rather, it will reach the grassroots in every village, barangay and municipality,” he said.
He also urged government leaders and constituents of the province to unite and continue sharing the vision of a “Gawis ay Mountain Province” as envisioned and introduced by Dalog.
“I urge all of us to forget all about political aspirations and differences for the moment, in favor of our beloved province. Let us prioritize development, rather than disunity. Let us accord each other the needed care and support, rather than introducing hindrance. Let us choose peace and reconciliation rather than hate,” he said. “This was emphasized by Congressman Mangaoang in his message asking everyone’s support to work hand in hand for a Gawis ay Mountain Province.”
In behalf of the provincial government, Gov. BonifacioLacwasan Jr. welcomed and thanked the Legislative Caretaker.
He expressed the full support of the provincial government and the elected officials of the province in the caretaker’s pursuit to continue the programs laid down by the late Congressman Maximo Dalog.
“Let me emphasize the full support and cooperation of the local officials and the people to our care-taker congressman,” told the audience composed of municipal mayors, provincial officials and national line agencies.
After the program, Mangaoang visited congressional district office at the provincial capitol.
He had a short interaction with the staff for him to be acquainted with the district office.
His first official function as caretaker led him to the inauguration of the Malanas bridge in Sadanga along the Bontoc-Kalinga road.
In the afternoon, Mangaoang met with the officials and employees of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College here urging them to prepare and fulfill the requirements needed for  eventual conversion of the school into a university.
It was learned that this was among the flagship programs the late Congressman  Dalog delegated to him.
Cong. Mangaong regarded the late congressman as his seatmate and mentor at the House of Representatives.


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Six Ilocos women robbery syndicate members nabbed


BAGUIO CITY – Six women syndicate members from the Ilocos Region whose modus operandi is “sandwiching” their victims and stealing their money in this summer capital were arrested last week.
Victim Trinidad Samuel Ollet, 59, of Naiba Tuding, Itogon, Benguet filed theft charges against Theresita Medina Fulgencio, 64; Susan Ipac Imperio, 57 and Lorna Miranda Pagod, 51, all of of Carmen West Sur, Rosales, Pangasinan; Gloria Ferrer Singko, 62, of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur; Grace Venturia Talania, 41, of Pugo, Sinait, Ilocos Sur; Imelda Tabay Singko, 49, of Bungro, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Estrella Galvez and Suzete Tinaza.
A police report said the suspects aided one another in taking her black wallet containing Postal, SSS ID and Temple Recommend IDs and the P7,000.
 Investigation disclosed, the victim and her sister-in-law withdrew money at Metro Bank, Upper Magsaysay and proceeded to Lower General Luna Road unaware that they were being followed by the suspects.
The suspects reportedly started walking very close to the victim but they ignored them thinking they were just passersby. At Upper Mabini, the suspects reportedly sandwiched the victim and she noticed later that her bag was slashed and her wallet was gone.
Following this, the suspects did another “sandwiching” job a few minutes later around 12:30 p.m. inside Jollibee Fast Food at Lower Mabini Street this time, on complaint of Flora Diagan Perry, 80, of Camp 6, Tuba, Benguet.
A police report said the suspects aided each other in taking Perry’s brown wallet containing her senior citizen, Philhealth, United Health Insurance and Boieng Employee Credit Union IDs, Tiongsan discount and SM advantage cards and P6.600 cash.
Investigation disclosed that the victim and her son went to Jollibee for their lunch. After eating, she went to the comfort room but while on her way, two of the suspects walked very close to her with one wearing surgical mask and another holding an umbrella and blocking her way with several female persons  behind her. Suddenly, they all dispersed so the complainant entered the comfort room. However, while at the comfort room, complainant noticed that her bag was wide open and discovered her brown wallet missing. She then reported the incident to the Food Chain supervisor and upon review of the CCTV, it was revealed that the female persons aided one another in taking her wallet which was later recovered by cops but the money was missing.
Cops of Station 7 later arrested six of the eight suspects. The wallet of Ollet in earlier case, was not recovered and believed to have been taken by their two companions who managed to evade arrest. 
Fulgencio asked for forgiveness and pleaded to Ollet not to pursue the case but she refused. The case is set for inquest proceedings.


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Suspect in slay of Pines stude detained


BAGUIO CITY – The suspect in the killing of a 16-year-old student from Pines City National High School here December last year is now detained.
City police director Chief Supt. Ramil Saculles said motive of the killing was due to online gaming.
The case was considered closed, he said.
 The lone suspect, a 17-year-old fellow student, was reportedly arrested April 11 this year at Queen of Peace.
He was charged with robbery and homicide and is now detained at the Social Development Center here in Balenben, Irisan.
Supt. Johnson Smith Abellera served the arrest warrant on the minor issued by Judge Mia Joy Oallares-Cawed of Regional Trial Court Branch 4.
No bail was recommended. Saculles said both the victim and suspect frequently played games in computer shops in the area.
The victim allegedly incurred debts to be able to play his favorite computer game.
Saculles said the suspect initially wanted to steal the cell phone of the victim, whom he knew and played with in the past.
He however killed his friend who sustained at least 40 stab wounds.
The suspect is now under the care of SDC Bahay Pag-asa, a 24-hour child-caring institution established, funded and managed by local government units and licensed or accredited non-government organizations.

The establishment provides short-term residential care for children in conflict with law, who are above 15 but below 18 years of age, and who are awaiting court disposition of their cases or transfer to other agencies for jurisdiction.

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POLICE ROUNDUP


Retired miner found dead on Loakan Airport

BAGUIO CITY – A retired miner was found lifeless here Monday around 2:30 p.m. at a grassy portion of Loakan Airport. The body was identified as Condrado Pedro Carantes, 78, of Number 24 Purok Sadjo Loakan Proper. He was found lifeless by his nephew Benjamin  Pilanta Solano, 53, farmer.
Police said the body was in advanced state of decomposition. The family of the subject executed a waiver not to undergo autopsy since they believed the victim died due to illness, claiming that their father was suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. The remains of the victim was brought to Bahay Damayan for a wake.

Apayao tanod wanted for rape

CONNER, Apayao -- Police have launched a manhunt for a village watchman here for allegedly raping and molesting two girls.
Rape and sexual molestation charges were filed against Bobby Cudiyen, 47, of Barangay Ili before the Department of Justice Wednesday, said Chief Insp. Carol Lacuata, Cordillera police spokesperson. 
Cudiyen allegedly raped an eight-year-old girl in a forested area in Barangay Baricawen sometime in August 2015. He was also accused of mashing the genitals and breasts of a 10-year-old girl whom he brought to a river in October last year.

 Drunk man nabbed for burning own house

CAOAYAN, Ilocos Sur-A 22-year-old jobless man was arrested after he set their own house on fire the other night in Barangay Puro, this town.
Police report showed Stephen Rebola was then creating trouble with his family and drunk when the incident happened.
To avoid further misunderstanding, his mother Lucia, widower, left the suspect alone in their house and sought refuge with their relatives.
But this further irked the suspect who then burned their bungalow house.
"Several minutes later, their neighbor, Beatriz Amicay saw the house of the victim (Lucia Rebola) was already on fire prompting her to seek assistance with the neighborhood wherein concerned residents were able to extinguish the growing fire," said a police report.
Other valuables burned with still undetermined cost included passports, P5,000 cash, two pass books and one tablet, the report added. – Myds Supnad

 Jobless man stabbed dead by elder brother

MANKAYAN, Benguet -- A jobless man was stabbed by his elder brother here Monday at their residence. Police said the incident happen ed around 6:45 a.m. in Sitio Magangan, Barangay Guinaoang. The victim was named as Oliver Matias Suyag, 31, while the suspect was his brother Nestor, 35, farmer. Investigation disclosed the suspect stabbed the victim on his with a kitchen knife during a heated argument. 
The victim was rushed to Lutheran Hospital in nearby Buguias town by police but he was declared dead on arrival by Dr. Jeraldine Kadatar. The suspect was arrested.

Drug surrenderees shot dead in Santiago

SANTIAGO, Isabela -- Drug surrenderees Leo Ariel de la Cruz, 52, an alleged member of a robbery syndicate, and Leonardo Lanoria, 47, were killed while drinking liquor with their friends here in Barangays Rizal and Bannawag, respectively when they were shot at close range by still unidentified gunmen. Cesar Justin Flores, 10, was hit by a stray bullet when Lanoria was shot. The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Two stabbed inside Baguio computer shop 

BAGUIO CITY – Two persons were stabbed here inside Zhoihar Internet Gaming along Session Road Monday around 11:40 a.m. which resulted to countercharges between the two parties.
A certain Justine Kyl C. Doctolero was reportedly inside the computer shop when Leonard Rey Nacua, 18; Leopoldo Nacua, 36 and Eunico Arestorenas Eulin, 18, entered and asked if he was “Justine” to which he said yes. Following this, Leonard, Leopoldo and Eunico aided one another in mauling Doctolero until he allegedly brought out a knife from his back pack and stabbed Leopoldo and Eunico.
On the other hand, Leonard claimed that, he and Eunico went near Justine and asked him in vernacular “Bakit ikaw ba yung nagbabanta sa pinsan ko (referring to Leopoldo Nacua)?
Justine allegedly answered he didn’t know whom he was referring to. 
He claimed that when Eunico entered the computer shop, he met Justine and he suddenly felt something on his chest and noticed that there was already blood on his t-shirt.
Consequently, Eunico went near the two but was stabbed on his left upper arm. The weapon used was embedded on the arm of Eunico which he removed. Leopoldo and Eunico were rushed at BGHMC by their companions where they were confined.

Man shot by gun he found along road 

BAGUIO CITY – A man was accidentally shot by a gun he found here along Liteng Street, Pacdal Monday around 3:40 p.m. The victim, identified as Mhar Bagayao Garci, 20, was fixing their water source when he found a Cal. 9 mm.p istol along grassy portion of the road.
Garci tucked the gun on his waist and proceeded to Police Station 3 to surrender it. Along the way, he accidentally pulled the trigger and a bullet hit his left leg. The victim was rushed by his relatives to Baguio General Hospital for treatment. His relative Norberto Digway Marcos turned over the firearm with magazine with no bullets. Doctors Miguel Reyes and Meljann De Vera advised the victim to have his foot operated on.

P11-K lost in Andok’s ‘stabbing,’ a mystery  

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A still unidentified thief allegedly stabbed a food handler at Andok’s Lechon establishment along km 6, Barangay Betag here Monday around 4:30 a.m. but managed to get away under mysterious circumstances. 
According to food handler Peter Butdoy Dango Jr, 27, the male suspect was around 5’9” in height, wearing maroon jacket, maong pants, black rubber shoes, short hair, slim and had dark complexion.
The suspect reportedly went to the establishment and pretended to be a member of audit team. The suspect then went inside and began checking records while the victim was fixing things inside the stock room when the suspect suddenly stabbed the victim on his chest but the knife was flat and was unable to penetrate.
The victim allegedly fought back, disarmed the suspect and reported the incident to nearby police station 2.
Dango was reportedly accompanied by police but when they went back, the suspect was already gone. A police report didn’t say if the thief was tied by Dango before he went to the police station to report the incident.
The collection worth P11,000 placed on top of the table wrapped with plastic bag was reportedly missing. Three fingerprints prints were lifted from the establishment. No CCTV was found installed at the vicinity. 

 Farmer accused of  rape in Baggao

BAGGAO, Cagayan -- Farmer Danilo Gamundoy Jr., 24, was accused of raping his 16-year-old neighbor at a cornfield here in Sitio Ugis, Barangay Agaman. 
Gamundoy reportedly dragged the victim into a field while she was picking vegetables and raped her. Meanwhile, in Abra, Teddy Lunes, 76, was nabbed at his house in Barangay Lagben, Langilang for concubinage.

 Tourists robbed by young man in Kabayan

KABAYAN, Benguet – A young man was turned over by a women resident here Monday to the local police station for allegedly stealing personal things of tourists.
Sylvia Tam-ing Guinsiman, 33, here of Babadak, Bashoy who said the robbery happened around 2 to 9 a.m. on August 6 turned over to police Cito Palitog Sana-oy, 19,  of Babadak who allegedly stole the following items from tourists: cell phone owned by  Donald Tan, P2,000 cash owned by Kenrod Uctidivla; speaker, bull cup, short pants and sleeping cover owned by Jason Ijan; T-shirt, and three underwear for men owned by Eugene Cadalo and solar panel with charger worth P2,000 owned by Guinsiman.
The tourists were reportedly not interested in filing a case against Sana-oy and had left for Manila. The items under police custody will be returned to the victims through a certain Carlo Tolentino.

Men wanted in Abra for murder arrested 

BANTAY, Ilocos Sur –Abra and Ilocos police arrested B-Jay Asuncion Pascual, 23, of Matedtedted, Immuli, Pidigan, Abra for murder after warrant was issued by Raphiel F. Alzate, executive and presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 1, Bangued, Abra.
On same day in Matedtedted, three wanted persons in connection to the murder were arrested. They were named as ) Roy Asuncion Laureta, 38; Sam Asuncion Laureta, 39 and Wilson Asuncion Laureta a.k.a. Pittong, 33 all residents of same barangay.
Alzate didn’t recommend bail for the accused.

 P1.8 million bail set for female inmate 

BAGUIO CITY – An arrested warrant was served at the city jail here Monday against a female inmate for syndicated large scale estafa.
This, after arrest warrant was  issued by judge Maria Ligaya V. Itliong-Rivera of RTC 5, Baguio City and Judge Cecilia Corazon S. Dulay-Archog of RTC 6 against Herminia Sukil-ap Pagaduan 42, of Botiwtiw Ambiong La Trinidad, Benguet.
The judge set total bail bond of P1.8 million and P60,000 for the accused.

 Driver arrested for rape in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY – Police arrested Agos Ferrer, 56, driver, at his home here in 107 Sta. Escolastica for rape after Mona Lisa V. Tiongson-Tabora, presiding judge of RTC 7, Baguio City issued arrest warrant against him setting bail of P200,000 for his temporary liberty.

 Former OFW shot dead in Cauayan

CAUAYAN, Isabela -- Former overseas contract worker Desiderio Geronimo, 56, had just visited the wake of a relative in Barangay Zone 3 in Cauayan when he was shot. Desiderio died while being treated in a hospital. Police said the victim surrendered under Oplan Tokhang last year and was charged with child abuse.

76-year-old man nabbed for concubinage 

LAGANGILANG, Abra – A 76-year-old farmer was arrested here Monday in Barangay Lagben fo concubinage. This, after presiding judge Redentor B. Valera of MTC, Bangued, Abra issued warrant against him setting bail of P10,000 for his temporary liberty.

Man shot dead in Binmaley

BINMALEY, Pangasinan -- Mervin de Vera, 40, was riding a motorcycle driven by his cousin when two men on another motorbike opened fire here in Barangay Balagan on Tuesday. Police are investigating.

 Farmer nabbed for lasciviousness

SABLAN, Benguet – A farmer was arrested here Monday for acts of lasciviousness here in Banangan. Nabbed was Donato Belingon Chong-ao, 53 after Marietta S. Brawner-Cualing, presiding judge of RTC, Branch 9, 1st Judicial Region, La Trinidad, Benguet issued warrant against him and setting bail of P80,000 for his temporary liberty.

 Masked man shoots another in drinking spree

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan -- A man wearing a mask shot Mark Philip Maramag, a resident of Barangay Ugac Norte in Tuguegarao, Cagayan during a drinking spree in Barangay Tanza.

 Motorcycle burned in Kiangan

KIANGAN, Ifugao – A still unidentified person cut the gasoline hose of a motorcycle, set fire on the vehicle,then fled away here Monday. Reymart Palay Tuguinay, 19, reported to police the red RUSI Motorcycle owned by Agustin Dulnuan that was parked beside the road here at Pico Tupolac was burned by unknown suspect around 12:30 to 1 a.m.

 Woman reports abuses of live-in partner  

BAGUIO CITY – A certain Aiko Gundran Pascua, 25 reported to police she was physically abused by her live-in partner John Lester Flora Pasion, 24 of Gumamela Street, Bakakeng Norte where the abuse was reportedly committed August 5.
The victim said she caught the suspect having conversation with another woman which prompted her to grab the suspect’s cell phone and throw it outside their house. The suspect uttered unsavory words which prompted her to slap him once but the suspect punched her waist once.
Due to continuous arguments, the victim decided to leave but the suspect prevented her from leaving and continued shouting and pushing her. Victim disclosed this was not the first time the suspect verbally and physically abused her and even failed to support their son who is presently being cared for by her mother.

 Jeep driver shot dead in Cauayan

CAUAYAN CITY- jeepney driver Conrado Ruiz, 32, was waiting for passengers at a terminal here in Barangay San Fermin when he was fired at. Police said Ruiz, who died,  surrendered under Oplan Tokhang last year.

 Carabao gores 74-year-old farmer to death

DANGLAS, Abra – A 74-year-old man was gored to death by a carabao and found dead here Monday here at Domeguiay, Caupasan. The body was identified as that of Gregorio Arcal Pilor, of Pidipid, La Paz town.
 Investigation disclosed that the cadaver was discovered by Rubencio Pilor Velasco, cousin of the victim, and his daughter, Cecile Velasco Quiñones. Both were on their way to the sugarcane field when they noticed the lifeless body of the victim along the pathway close to his carabao with blood oozing from his body. They reported the incident to barangay officials and police who immediately responded. Investigation disclosed the victim sustained wounds on his head, chest and back caused by a carabao horn. Police requested for autopsy but the family refused and  executed a waiver saying they believed the cause of death of the victim was an accident. The cadaver was taken to Catherine Funeral Homes at Zone 7, Bangued, Abra.

Motorcycle driver killed, rider hurt

ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao – A motorcycle driver was killed while his rider was injured when their vehicle slammed onto a gmelina tree here Monday around 5 p.m.  
Police said the accident happened near the municipal police office. The driver was named as Raymond Ragenden Galera, 26, while his rider was identified as Jefferson Mangili Garcia, 18, both farmers and residents of Guam, San Guillermo, Isabela.
                Responding police and disaster personnel brought the victims to the Potia District Hospital where Garcia was declared dead on arrival while Galera was confined.

3 drug suspects killed in CL

Three drug suspects were slain in police operations while three were shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in Central Luzon last week.
Radel Dayrit drew his gun when he sensed he had sold shabu to undercover agents in Barangay Pampang, Angeles, Pampanga, police said.
In Bulacan, Areld Lopez, a resident of Barangay Trinidad, and an alias Toni of Bulihan, both in Malolos;  Roberto Paragas, 33; Aldrein Macaraig of Bagong Barrio, Caloocan and two unidentified men engaged policemen in shootouts in anti-drug operations, said Senior Superintendent  Romeo Caramat, provincial police acting director. 
Guns, sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia and drug money were allegedly recovered from the fatalities.

Two friends shot dead in Santiago

SANTIAGO, Isabela -- Drug surrenderees Leo Ariel de la Cruz, 52, an alleged member of a robbery syndicate, and Leonardo Lanoria, 47, were drinking liquor with their friends in Barangays Rizal and Bannawag, respectively, in Santiago, Isabela when they were shot at close range by still unidentified persons.
Cesar Justin Flores, 10, was hit by a stray bullet when Lanoria was shot. The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Jeep driver shot dead; man burned in plantation

CAUAYAN CITY -- Jeepney driver Conrado Ruiz, 32, was waiting for passengers at a terminal in Barangay San Fermin here when he was fired at and killed by still unidentified persons. Police said Ruiz surrendered under Oplan Tokhang last year. Manwhile, in Gamu, Isabela, residents found the charred remains of a man in a sugarcane plantation in Barangay Lenzon. 

 Kalinga tanod wanted for rape

CONNER, Apayao --  Police have launched a manhunt for a village watchman here for allegedly raping and molesting two girls.
Rape and sexual molestation charges were filed against Bobby Cudiyen, 47, of Barangay Ili in Conner town before the Department of Justice Monday, said Chief Inspector Carol Lacuata, Cordillera police spokesperson. 
Cudiyen allegedly raped an eight-year-old girl in a forested area in Barangay Baricawen sometime in August 2015. He was also accused of mashing the genitals and breasts of a 10-year-old girl whom he brought to a river in October last year.

 Patayan nabbed for murder in Apayao

PUDTOL, Apayao – Lawmen arrested here recently a certain Peter Riquin Patayan, 68, married, retired government employee for murder. He was arrested in Barangay Swan after Francisco S. Donato, designate judge of RTC, Branch 26, 2nd Judicial Region at Luna, Apayao issued warrant against him.

Bizman’s pickup hits councilor’s Fortuner 

BAGUIO CITY – A Toyota Hi-Lux pickup owned and driven by a businessman hit a Toyota Fortuner was owned by a city councilor here Aug. 31 around 10:30 p.m. resulting to confiscation of both drivers’ licenses and OR/CRs of both vehicles.  
A police report said the accident happened along Cariño Street fronting Rowen's Bar where the pick-up driven by Peter Ana-as Kawi, 51 of Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet was leaving maneuvering backwards when its rear hit the Fortuner parked unattended at the side of the road, owned by Councilor Benny Olowan Bomogao, 46. Both involved vehicles incurred damages.

 Carpenter shoots Abra military aide  

LICUAN-BAAY, Abra – A carpenter is now in hot water after reportedly shooting a military auxiliary member here around 8:30 a.m. on July 30 at Sitio Baquero, Barangay Nalbuan.
The victim was identified as Odilo Barcena Valera, 39, while the suspect was Winifredo Salabit Ganub a, 63.
Police probe bared the victim was traversing the Abra-Kalinga national road on board of a motorcycle when he passed by the suspect’s store. The suspect allegedly shouted to the victim to stop then hurriedly went inside his store.
The victim continued slowly and when he was around 40 to 50 meters away, the suspect came out and fired upon the victim but missed using allegedly a long Cal 22. The suspect surrendered to police after the incident but didn’t surrender his firearm. Both parties agreed and requested that the case be endorsed to the Office of barangay chief Joseph L. Brillantes for settlement.

 Cops slay man  in Isabela buy-bust

BURGOS, Isabela -- Joey Malobago was shot dead by cops when allegedly drew his gun when he sensed he had sold shabu to policemen who posed as buyers here in Barangay Rania on July 31. Shabu, marked money and a gun were allegedly recovered from the fatality.

 5 hurt as vehicles collide along Halsema Highway  

BUGUIAS, Benguet – Five persons were seriously injured when a Tamaraw FX wagon and Starex van collided here
July 30 around 5:20 p.m. along Halsema Highway, Nakiangan, Abatan.
The Tamaraw was driven by Johnny Waclin Gum-o, 24, farmer who was with his three passengers identified as Alfred Bilit Galap, 17; Leonardo Topkil Biag, 17 and Jomar Magawen Waclin, 17, all residents of Cada, Balili, Mankayan town.
Meanwhile, the Starex was driven by Robert Ciano Bancado, 50, businessman, with his wife  Shirley, 42.
Investigation disclosed the south bound Tamaraw encroached the opposite lane and collided with the Starex. As a result, both drivers and passengers were injured and brought to Lutheran Hospital, Abatan, for  treatment by police.

 6 killed in gunfights with Bulacan cops

SAN JOE DEL MONTE, Bulacan -- Remi Passi, Roberto Mateo Jr., Michael Ricafrente, Jubille Recafrente, Nelfa David, Jhunel David, an alias Joel and an unidentified man were killed when they allegedly engaged policemen in shootouts in Barangay Minuyan, San Jose del Monte; Bayugo, Meycauayan; Plaridel and Marilao on Aug. 1.
Police said the fatalities yielded guns, sachets of shabu and marked money.

 Man kills self at neighbor’s house

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – A man reportedly committed suicide at the house of his neighbor in Barangay Centro, Lal-lo, Cagayan on July 30. 
The body of Florante Paat, 51, was discovered by his eight-year-old daughter hanging from the ceiling of the kitchen at the house of retired soldier Serafin Camacho, 86. An electric cord was looped around the neck of Paat.

Responding policemen said they recovered a suicide note. – Raymund Catindig   

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Butcher arrested for threatening Baguio POSD men


BAGUIO CITY – A butcher was arrested here Monday around 3 p.m. at Block 3, Hilltop for threatening three members of the city’s peace and order safety division.  
Charges for grave threats, alarm and scandal were filed against Edward Villegas Aucena, 30, of Slaughter Compound by the POSD men identified as Adason Ayomen, 34; Eric Togana, 48 and July Esteban, 40. 
Investigation disclosed the complainants were conducting anti-peddling drive along the area when they heard a commotion.
They went to check and saw Aucena holding a bolo. They tried to calm Aucena  but instead, the suspect shouted and taunted them and hacked steel poles and wooden chopping boards of meat sellers.
Togana called for police assistance that resulted in the arrest of the suspect.
The bolo was retrieved by Esteban underneath the table of the suspect and turned it over to police.
The case was referred to prosecutor Emmanuel Awisan, who ordered the detention of the suspect at the Baguio City jail.


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La Trinidad cuts bio waste to 3 tons with ‘load back’ policy


By Dionisio Dennis Jr.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The local government of this capital town is reducing waste to prevent large-scale problem.
La Trinidad Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Arthur Pedro on Wednesday said the “load back” policy of the town, which has been existing for many years is now being implemented in full swing and this has lowered the biodegradable waste generation from 17 to just three tons a day.
“The vegetable industry of the municipality produces at least 17 tons of vegetable waste every day. The stricter implementation of the "load back" policy is seen as a solution to prevent an over spill of vegetable trimmings or what is locally called “ub-bak”.
 “Ub-bak” is vegetable trimmings or the outer covering especially of the leafy vegetables which are removed prior to their packaging and transport to the different markets outside the trading post in this capital town.
 Pedro said prior to the load back policy implementation, vegetable trimmings were all brought to the composting facility of the town near the same place as the location of the sanitary landfill in Induyan, Barangay Alno.
He said the load back policy is the transportation of all types of vegetable trimmings back to their origin or to the farm where the vegetables were grown. This is to prevent the accumulation of vegetable wastes being hauled to the composting facility.
“We have to strictly implement the policy now,” Pedro said.
 He said that the policy has been existing for several years but due to the relaxed implementation, it was not observed. Farmers were allowed not to haul back their vegetable trimmings and these were simply brought to the composting facility for conversion to natural fertilizer.
“Our composting facility is still working but it has exceeded its capacity already that it can no longer accommodate the wastes coming from the trading post,” Pedro added.
To help strengthen their campaign, MENRO initiated a meeting with all the stake holders of La Trinidad trading post last week to reiterate the strict implementation of the said policy. Site inspection was also conducted at the composting facility. The meeting resulted in a reduction of the wastes collected from 17 tons to three tons per day.
 The meeting was an offshoot of a memorandum order issued by La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda for stricter and full implementation of the policy.
 While the policy does not carry a penalty, it needs to be implemented and complied with by those in the vegetable industry in support to the local government’s effort to reduce its waste generation. -- PNA


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JHMC starts program for multiple use of John Hay


By Pamela Mariz Geminiano

BAGUIO CITY – The John Hay Management Corp. (JHMC) is now enforcing a program as part of its forest protection effort to ensure sustainable multiple uses of the watershed inside the former United States military rest and recreation facility.
 Allan Garcia, JHMC president and chief executive officer, on Wednesday reported that during the first six months of the year, various programs were pursued to continue protecting the forest cover of the Camp John Hay forest reservation. 
 He said JHMC, a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the estate manager of the entire Camp John Hay Reservation here, oversees all developments inside the sprawling 695-hectare prime property and in the process, protects, conserves and enhances the forest reservation.
 Garcia reported that according to Department of Environment and Natural Resources Cordillera record, John Hay has a high percentage of forest area covering 53 percent of the green-lined cover of the city followed by the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) reservation with 21 percent and Busol Forest area with eight percent of forest cover in Baguio City.
To preserve the trees within the reservation, Garcia said JHMC conducted forest management programs with the inclusion of the conduct of tree surgery at the Secret Garden and pest and disease infestation management of infected Benguet pine trees.
 The government-owned and controlled corporation also pursues the National Greening Program (NGP) under which it was able to plant a total of 1,325 different tree seedlings.
During the period, Garcia said JHMC has commenced the application for certification on environmental management system, and is working to obtain its ISO 14001:2015.
 JHMC has laid down a system that helps it identify, manage, monitor and control the environment and map out a framework that can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environment impact is being measured and improved.
 John Hay has become a premier tourist and investment destination enforcing efficient and effective regulation, contributing to national economic growth and job generation.  -- PNA


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