Church head urges follow up work on heritage sites

>> Friday, March 24, 2017

HAPPY WEEKEND
By Gina Dizon

BONTOC, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE - Responding to a resolution hastening work  on the declaration of   old buildings in the Mission Compound as heritage sites during the recent  convention here of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP),  Diocesan Bishop Brent Alawas  forwarded that initial work  be followed up from concerned offices.  
                Delegates from the more than a century-old Church of St Mary the Virgin  (CSMV) in their congregational  resolution identified  four centennial-old old structures  namely the Girl’s Dorm, Boys Dorm or the Lyceum,  Mission Office and the Printing and Carpentry Shop at Latang be declared as  heritage buildings  and undergo restoration.
                Bishop Alawas said he has already given his endorsement in 2014  to a  separate petition forwarded by interested person and CSMV member Angel Luke Bagano to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) for the  restoration and preservation of said  structures  as heritage sites.
                The NHCP in its  guidelines  accommodates petition of a concerned citizen/ stakeholder, private owner, government  agency and the NHCP itself with   supporting  documents in the recognition of a heritage site or building.
                Earlier,Alawas in his message during the 2012  centennial program of  St Mary’s School urged  that efforts be done towards the designation of the Girls Dormitory as a Heritage House by the  NHCP  and to seek their assistance in the preservation and maintenance of the centennial building.
                NHCP guidelines  provide that historic sites and structures listed in the National Registry shall enjoy the support and protection of the NHCP subject to the availability of funds.  The  National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009" or RA 10066  provides that the National  Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) may provide financial assistance in the form of a grant for conservation or research on cultural property.
                The RA 10066 identifies provisions for the application of a potential heritage  site as a national cultural treasure shall commence upon the filing of a petition by the owner, stakeholder or any interested person, with the NCCA  which shall refer the matter to the appropriate cultural agency.
                Upon verification of the suitability of the property as a national cultural property, the cultural agency concerned shall send notice of hearing to the owner and stakeholders including, but not limited to, local government units, local culture and arts council, local tourism councils, non-government conservation organizations, and schools, may be allowed to file their support or opposition to the petition.
                The Sangguniang Bayan of Sagada through a resolution has favorably endorsed the petition of  Bagano to the NHCP to declare the Mission Compound as a historic and   heritage site.

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Probe ordered on 2 Abra NPA attacks; 5 cops hurt, guns seized

>> Thursday, March 23, 2017


By Larry Madarang and Aldwin Quitasol

CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – The regional police office here has created a special investigation task group headed by Senior Supt. Gregorio Lim, deputy regional director for administration, to probe cops and check  operational lapses  when five members of Philippine National Police were injured while assorted firearms were seized by the New People’s Army in two clashes in Malibcong, Abra last week.
The NPA claimed responsibility for the attacks. 
Around 30 communist rebels raided the town’s police station, which is temporarily housed at the abandoned home of Malibcong Mayor Benido Bacuyag.
The guerrillas occupied the station for an hour and took seven M16 rifles, three pistols and four mobile phones.
 This, as Abra Gov. Jocelyn Valera-Bernos said all policemen deployed in Malibcong were pulled out and relieved with those coming from the Cordillera regional headquarters.
Abra is presently on heightened alert.
Regional police director Chief Supt. Elmo Francis Oco Sarona, earlier identified the wounded policemen in N PA clashes as as: PO2 Jessie Pastores Trinidad and police inspectors 1 Marlon Banigan De Lapaz, Gerome Pacapac Baldos, Von Harold Layao and Kennon Batanes Sanggoy.
They are now receiving medical treatment at a hospital in the capital town of Bangued.
The five, Sarona said, were part of the convoy with Senior Supt.  Alexander Tagum, Abra police director and Supt. Allen Bauding, head of Provincial Public Safety Company.
The convoy was on its way to reinforce elements of Malibcong police when they were ambushed at Malibcong’s Malanas Bridge at Barangay Poblacion, around at 11 a.m., March 13.
The lead vehicle, Sarona said was hit when an improvised explosive device exploded, followed by burst of fire that led to wounding of policemen.
Earlier around 7:30 p.m., March 12, New People’s Army guerillas led by a certain Ka Payas attacked the Malibcong municipal police station.
According to reports, there was an initial 10-minute exchange of gunfire between the police and NPA members when village elders intervened and begged the policemen to cease firing to avoid civilian casualties who might be caught in the cross fire.
However, reports said, the rebels, outnumbering the policemen disarmed the cops and carted away their weapons.
Police inventory said, seven long firearms, three short firearms, assorted ammunition and assorted personal and office gadgets were taken by the rebels.
No policeman was hurt during the incident.
This, as the regional Chadli Molintas Command of the New People’s Army Cordillera cited in a statement red commanders and fighters of the Agustin Begnalen Command of NPA Abra on what it claimed to be a successful raid on  the police station in Barangay Poblacion.
According to CMC, the NPA managed to put the police station under their control for about an hour. The NPA command claimed the NPA guerillas were able to confiscate 10 government arms ammunition including 6 M16 rifles, 1 M203, 2 9mm and Cal.45r pistols. The rebels also carted away ammunition of different caliber, 2 rifle grenades, ammo vests and uniforms.
The CMC said the raid on the Malibcong police station was in response to directive of the central committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines and National Operational Command of the NPA to launch tactical offensives against the armed forces of the government and as an act of defense amidst declaration of an all-out war by President Rodrigo Duterte against the revolutionary movement.

The NPA command added the attacks were also in response to alleged abuses of Malibcong police of local folks human rights and disrespect of indigenous socio-political system, said CMC spokesperson Martin Montana. 

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House edict stops Halsema toll despite DPWH opposition


By Erlindo Agwilang Jr.

TUBLAY, Benguet -- Despite opposition from the Department of Public Works and Highways and a Cordillera congressmen, the special committee on North Luzon Growth Quadrangle approved House Bill 4570, a measure seeking to abolish the Baguio-Bontoc Halsema Highway National Toll Road and terminating the collection of toll fees therein.
                Principal sponsor Mountain Province Rep. Maximo B. Dalog said there was need to unburden motorists particularly farmers regularly using the route along this town to transport vegetables and farm products from toll fee collection, which he believed is actually being collected redundantly considering that the motor vehicle user’s charge is also being imposed by the government to motor vehicle owners.
                Of  28 committee members, only Baguio Rep. Mark O. Go was opposed to the measure saying there was no compelling reason to terminate the collection of fees.
                Although in favor, Reps. Ronald M. Cosalan of Benguet and Allen Jesse Mangaoang of Kalinga, also co-authors of the bill said they were concerned about the 12 current employees who may be displaced once the toll road is abolished.
                Rep. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma of Nueva Vizcaya was quick to guarantee that the employees affected will not be removed as they can be easily absorbed by their mother unit in the department considering that their positions are plantilla items.
                After hearing all position and comments of committee members and resource persons from the DPWH, HB 4570 was approved subject to the compliance of the agency to resolve the issue over the 12 plantilla positions that will be affected.
                Also submitted to the committee were various manifestations and resolutions supporting the abolition from the different local government units of Mountain Province, Benguet and Baguio City namely: City Council of Baguio City, Association of Barangay Captains of Baguio City, City Councilors League of Tabuk City; Governor’s Office,  Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Sangguniang Bayan of Mankayan, La Trinidad, Kabayan, Buguias, all of Benguet Benguet.
                Other supporters of the bill included Office of the Governor, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Sanggunian Bayan of Sagada, Besao,  Sadanga and  Bontoc, all of Mountain Province.


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New RDC chair to prioritize Cordillera dev’t, autonomy


By Redjie Melvic Cawis and Karen Valle Copa

BAGUIO CITY-- Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan vowed to prioritize  development of Cordillera with the quest for regional autonomy as he seats as  new  chairman of the Cordillera Regional Development Council.
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed recently Domogan as new RDC chair.
                “The development of the region will be prioritized, all the needs and concerns of each of the provinces in the region will be studied and will be prioritized,” Domogan said.
                He added he will be working with local government units and line agencies to ensure that concerns of the region in terms of development and progress will be attained.
                Domogan  said development of the region is  a major reason for quest for regional autonomy.
                He added support to Cordillera autonomy is also in line with the aspiration for federalism by the President.
                He added pronouncements by President Duterte of his support to regional autonomy were relayed by presidential peace adviser  Sec.  Jesus Dureza in  Tabuk City, Kalinga.
                Meanwhile, National Economic and Development Authority-CAR Regional Director Milagros Rimando said appointment of Domogan as new RDC chairman would be good for the Cordillera.
                “Aside from the friendship of President Duterte and Mayor Domogan, the strong political ties of both leaders would be advantageous for the development and attainment of autonomy of the Cordillera region,” Rimando said.

                She added that Domogan’s leadership as RDC chairman would be complementary as he also leads the Regional Peace and Order Council.  

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44 nabbed, 21 guns, P120K shabu taken in Ilocos


By Myds Supnad

CAMP FLORENDO, San Fernando City La Union – Barely a week after assuming as Region 1 police director, Chief Supt.  Charlo C. Collado has scored major breakthrough in campaign against illegal drugs and loose guns with arrest of 44 persons, confiscation of 21 illegal guns and P120,000 worth of shabu, it was reported here last week.
Collado said the arrest and confiscation of illegal guns are drugs were made in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
                 In Pug-os, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Senior Supt Rey de Peralta,  police director, reported Cherry Ann Sinco, alleged leader of Casin drug group, was arrested after police confiscated from her five sachets of shabu in  buy-bust operation.
                In another report, Peralta said Man-man Olivar of Daclapan, Cabugao also yielded two sachets of shabu.

Meanwhile, 13 persons were arrested for having in their possession illegally cut logs while eight other persons were nabbed for illegal gambling.  

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Ms Agoo crowned Mutya Ti La Union in star-studded show


AGOO, La Union -- For the 6th consecutive year, a beauty from Agoo, Ms. Carina Cariño, continues the winning streak when she was crowned Mutia Ti La Union 2017 here last week in a star-studded show.
                Former title holders from Agoo were Aiyanna Camille Mikiewicz (2012), Kimberle Mae Penchon (2013), Maria Heide Ronato (2014), Alessandra Casimiro (2015) and Trizha Ocampo (2016).
                Cariño is also the daughter of former Mutia ti La Union 1987, Nora Gebilaguin- Cariño, who won exactly 30 years ago.
                The event was celebrated with star-studded showbiz personalities such as the hosts for the show, Boy Abunda and Aiai delas Alas and judged by Jasmine Curtis- Smith, Rep. Geraldine Roman, Albert Martinez, Dr. Hayden Kho and Miss Universe 2015, Ms. Pia Wurtzbach.
                Cariño also won other awards such as Miss Sillag, Miss Beautiful Skin and Best in Evening Gown in the competition.

                Other major awards next to the Mutia Ti La Union crown are Mutia Ti Turismo, Ms. Shawntel Michole Cruz from Sto. Tomas, and Mutia Ti Kalikasan, Ms. Ranzee Kayle Bantiding from Pugo, 1st Runner Up, Ms. Katherine Joy Adona from Balaoan and 2nd Runner Up, Ms. Darlene Mae Caoile from Luna.

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Baguio lawyer found dead inside apartment


BAGUIO CITY – A lawyer’s body was discovered here inside a house located at No. 70 Lower Kitma, Bakakeng Central Tuesday around 7:40 p.m.
                The body was identified as that of Manuel Zamora Dominguez, 54, single, resident of the house. His body was found by his sister Cristina Zamora Dominguez, 63, single, resident of Parisas Compound, Bakakeng.
Cristina told police she last saw her brother alive when she visited him Monday around 8 p.m. and gave him food for dinner.
                She said around 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, she visited him again and found her brother sprawled on the floor.
               She tried to shake his brother but noticed that he was not responding and breathing thus she called out for help. 
                Police investigation showed no signs of forcible entry at the apartment of the dead lawyer while his personal belongings were all found intact.
                There were no visible signs of external injuries on the body.

                The cadaver was brought to Saint Peter’s Funeral Home, here along km 4, Marcos Highway, around 10 p.m. for autopsy and embalming. 

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POLICE ROUNDUP


Body found along Baguio Camp 8 road
BAGUIO CITY – A man’s body was found here around 6 a.m., March 12 on a road parapet here at Purok 3, Barangay Camp 8. The cadaver was later identified as that of Amorsolo Sabawil Mata-ag, 35, laborer, resident of Bontoc Village in the area. The body was discovered and reported by residents at the area. Police have yet to determine cause of Mata-ag’s death. 

Government employee shot dead in Villaviciosa
VILLAVICIOSA, Abra – A government employee was shot dead here Tuesday around 2:45 p.m. in Barangay Tuquib by still unidentified persons. Police identified the victim as Jonathan Salimbay Lagen, 31, married, resident of same place. 
Around 8 a.m.  earlier that day, the victim together with Jojo Lallita, Jay Lagen and Adelyn Lagen went to their farm to build a tobacco curing barn and left the place between 1:30 to 2 p.m. to get additional tools at their house. However, at about 2:45 p.m., Isagani, brother of Jonathan, found the victim lying along the pathway of a farm with blood oozing from his body. The victim had a gunshot wound on his chest that caused his instant death. No fired cartridge case was recovered from crime site.

Thief steals phone, demands P5,000 in exchange, nabbed
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – An alleged thief was arrested here Tuesday mid noon for transacting with the owner of a phone he reportedly stole that he would return the gadget if we was paid P5,000. 
A police report said Ronald Galvan Soriano, 30, single, vendor, of Purok 1, Irisan Baguio City was nabbed  at the waiting shed in front of La Trinidad Municipal Hall on complaint of Kevin Lander Gaoyen Chunchunen, 26 .
The report said the victim’s cousin, Charly Khane Hope Chunchunen Maganon, 21 told police her cousin’s Lenovo cell phone and cash amounting to P3,000 was stolen by unidentified person in Baguio City. After the said phone was stolen, the victim’s cousin and sister contacted its number and the suspect replied telling them to produce P5,000 in exchange of the phone.
They agreed to meet in front of La Trinidad municipal hall. Charly Kane then asked assistance from police. SPO2 Morris Balay-odao and other cops. They saw the suspect and Henesy Gaoyen Chunchunen, sister of the victim transacting and arrested the suspect. According to the suspect, he bought the said phone from an unidentified female. A case was prepared against Soriano for filing at the prosecutor’s office.

Man arrested for attempted murder
BANGUED, Abra – Cops arrested a man here Tuesday in Barangay Zone 7 for attempted murder. Arrested was Bernabe Garcia Bandillas, 34, single, unemployed, of Sitio Budac, Barangay An-anaao, Tayum town. Warrant of Arrest was issued by Judge Raphiel F Alzate, of RTC, Branch 1, Bangued, Abra who set bail of P5,000 for his temporary liberty.
The arrested person is now under the custody of Bangued police.

P200K bail set for man in illegal drugs case
STA. MARCELA, Apayao – Cops arrested a certain Jerry Usita Pablo in his residence here at Barangay Panay after Judge Francisco S. Donato of RTC, Branch 33 at Ballesteros, Cagayan issued warrant against him for violation of Republic Act 9165(illegal drugs). Donato set fixed bail of P200,000 for Pablo’s  temporary liberty. The accused was turned over to Ballesteros police.

Alarm and scandal lands man in jail
ATOK, Benguet – Cops arrested Serafin Masiong Fianza, 27, , farmer, here of Bekes, Paoay after Judge Danilo P. Camacho of RTC, Branch 62, La Trinidad, Benguet issued warrant against him for alarm and scandal, setting bail of P140,000 for his temporary liberty. Fianza was jailed at Atok police station.

Judge sets P100K bail for arrested laborer
BAUKO, Mountain Province – A laborer was nabbed here Tuesday at Soyokna, Sengyew for violation of Republic Act 7610. The suspect was named as Basilio Songotan Caligtan, 63, here of Pactil, Monamon Sur.
Judge Joseph Patnaan of RTC, Branch 35, Bontoc, Mountain Province issued warrant for his arrest setting bail of P100,000 for his temporary liberty.

Widow nabbed for 3 counts of estafa
BAGUIO CITY – A widow was nabbed here along Abanao Road Tuesday for estafa. Arrested was Maria Ditas Veron Espejo aka Ditas Espejo Enriquez, 57, self-employed, of Purok Dumilos, Tuding, Itogon, Benguet.
This after judges Maria Ligaya V. Itliong Rivera and Edilberto T. Claravall, both of Regional Trial Court, First Judicial Region Branch 5, Baguio City issued arrest warrant against her for separate estafa cases. , issued on January 22, 2016 and issued by Hon Judge Edilberto T. Claraval, Regional Trial Court, First Judicial Region Branch 60, Baguio. Bail of P100,00 for each case was set by both judges for her temporary liberty.
Espejo was detained at the city jail for females. While in jail later that day, police served arrest warrant against her for another case of estafa as ordered by Judge Emmanuel Cacho Rasing who set bail of P40,000.

Farmer lands in jail for robbery with violence
BAGUIO CITY – A farmer was arrested here Tuesday along Shanum Street for robbery with violence. The suspect was identified as Gervin Dacmeg Capacap, 29, of MD- 436 Balite Long Long, La Trinidad Benguet. Judge Ivan Kim B. Morales, Regional Trial Court, Branch 59, Baguio City who issued his arrest warrant set bail of P100,000 for his temporary liberty.

15-year-old nabbed for frustrated murder 
MANKAYAN, Benguet – A 15-year-old was arrested Tuesday here at Tubo, Sapid for frustrated murder. Arrested was Ferria Tumbaga Domongit aka Taya-an, of Mansanita, Ipil, Tabuk City. The suspect was  arrested after Judge Sergio T. Angnganay, of RTC, branch 64, Buguias, Benguet issued warrant and set bail fixed at P200,000.

Farmer, 63, accused of sexual abuse
ASIPULO, Ifugao – A 23 year-old single female here of Bila, Namal complained to police against one Victor Puddunan, 62, married, farmer resident of same address for sexual abuse.
Investigation disclosed that at about 12 noon of Sept. 19, 2007 when the victim and her three younger brothers were all asleep inside their room she was awakened when she felt that somebody was caressing her breasts.
The suspect continued caressing her breasts until she forcibly removed the suspect’s hand. Victim also revealed Puddunan touched her legs sometime on February 2008 inside her boarding house. She did not reveal the incident to her mother and older brothers and sisters out of fear. Case was referred to Prosecutor’s office of Lagawe, Ifugao.

Itogon building housing school canteens burned
ITOGON, Benguet – A building housing school canteens was burned here Tuesday around 7:30  p.m. at Saint Luis High School, Skyview, Virac,  The burned single-storey structure was made up of light materials being rented as school canteens by  Mercy Cunanan Nakihid, 55, widow; Rachel Busoy Ricardo, 46 and Mary Labinio.
Personnel of Itogon police, fire, environment personnel and Benguet Corp Safety Department responded and declared fire out around 9 p.m. The cause of fire and cost of damages were still being determined at press time. No one was injured person during the incident. According to  Nakihid and Ricardo, they closed and left their respective canteens at about 4 same date.
Richard Gorio Gingino, 51, driver of Fr. Manny Pannayo and convent maintenance worker said he noticed smoke coming out from the center part of the structure prompting him to call the attention of Father Panayo and informed teachers at their quarters.  Gingino and the teachers tried to suppress the fire but it spread fast.

Farmer arrested for firing gun threatens cops
KABAYAN, Benguet -- A farmer was arrested for illegal possession of firearm after he allegedly fired his gun near a wake here Monday at Sa-ngal, Bashoy. Suspect Walter Pasigon Tagure, 36, of Sayokong, Adaoay, while in the custody of the police also threatened cops.
Confiscated from Tagure was a Cal.45 pistol, two empty magazines, one black hip holster and one brown leather magazine pouch. Tagure served his sentence at New Bilibid Prison for the same offence in 2006 to 2008.

Two men nabbed for illegal logs
LAGAWE, Ifugao -- Two men were arrested after they failed to present documents to support their transport of lumber here at Sitio Attandi Monday night.
Prior to their arrest, a concerned citizen informed police illegal lumber will be transported from Barangay Munggayang, Kiangan to Poblacion South, Lagawe.
Immediately, Lagawe police set up a checkpoint and flagged down a dump truck driven by Romel A. Angel, 42, and his helper identified as Kenneth Ilanan Dumapi, 22. Pieces of lumber seized from them were brought to Ifugao provincial police office along with the suspects who were questioned on their “illegal operation.”
Charges are set to be filed against them in court.

2 die as trikes ram barra tree
MANAOAG, Pangasinan -- Rodel Ramos, 35, and Rey de Vera, 38, died when their motorcycles rammed a narra tree and steel railings here in Barangay Lelemaan and Magalong in Mabini, respectively. 

Baguio City PDEA  entrapment nets 4
BAGUIO CITY -- Two alleged members of a local drug group and two others were arrested by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Cordillera agents here in a buy-bust operation inside a hotel room along Kisad Road early last week.
Nalyn (not her real name), 33, of Crystal Cave, was nabbed when she reportedly sold shabu worth P3,000 to a PDEA operative.
Also arrested during the entrapment were alias Alma, 40, also of Crystal Cave; a certain Wilma,  39, of Labsan,  and Clifford Lacambra Remolar, 48 of QM Subdivision, a drug surrenderee.
Confiscated during the operation were four sachets containing suspected shabu, the buy-bust money and several drug paraphernalia.
The suspects, now detained in PDEA jail facility will be facing cases for illegal drugs.

Veggie porter nabbed for shabu
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Police and narcotics agents arrested a vegetable porter in his boarding house along here km 5, Barangay Pico morning of March 9.
The suspect identified as Mark John Curameng Riquizo, also known as John John , 22, allegedly sold shabu to a cop who acted as buyer that led to his arrest. Shabu and buy-bust money worth P500 were confiscated from his possession.

3 Tabuk illegal log transporters arrested
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Three log transporters were arrested after they were flagged down here at Hilltop, Bulo night of March 9.
Arrested were drivers Christian Bula-ay Benito, 38 and Fredy Bulaquit Dinanas, 36 including Amado Acgao Carlos, 28, all farmers and residents here of Barangay Cudal, Tabuk. Benito and Bulaquit were driving an Isuzu Elf, Mitsubishi Elf Canter and a Ford Fiera loaded with undetermined number of sawn lumber covered with black canvas going to Bulo, when they were flagged down.
Suspects failed to present necessary documents for the transport of said lumber that led to their arrest.
All suspects are now in jail while charges are being prepared against them in court.

Man arrested for shooting 2 victims 
PARACELIS, Mountain Province -- Police arrested a suspect identified as Rolly Macalling Samoy “aka” Along in his residence here at Sitio Mabaclao, Bantay night of March 8, for allegedly shooting two individuals in the area.
Samoy allegedly shot Lester Bumangit Ayagan, 31, farmer, hitting his head and right leg and also shot Mark Nachorpig Longid who was buying in the store but missed. The victim was brought by their neighbors to Paracelis District Hospital for medication but later referred to Tabuk Provincial Hospital.
Police got two empty shells of Cal. 22 and the firearm allegedly used by the suspect described as Cal.22 long barrel with black sling and one empty magazine in crime site.

Miner nabbed for firing gun
BAGUIO CITY -- Police arrested a miner along Magsaysay Road, here after he fired his handgun along the road at Bagto Side, Ucab, Itogon, Benguet night of March 8.
Prior to his arrest, suspect Yurie Nasudchian Naayao, 40, miner, of Bagto Side fired his gun along the road and rode a passenger jeep bound to Baguio.
The suspect was arrested with the help of a concerned citizen who pointed to the suspect as the culprit. A Cal .38 gun loaded with five bullets and one spent shell for Cal .38 were confiscated from his possession.

Thieves steal P250K,expensive laptop
BAGUIO CITY – Still unidentified thieves stole P250,000 collection money of an establishment here  and Del laptop valued at  P25,000
March 12 around 1 to 3 a.m. Police said the incident happened at the administration building of Baguio City Science Foundation at No. 6 Old Forestry Engineers Hill Barangay.
Complainant was Michelle R. Velasco, 39, resident of the building. Investigation disclosed the thieves entered the compound through the main gate then switched off the circuit breaker at the stairs and forcibly removed three jalousie glasses and entered the building. The robbers then took the cash money placed in the wooden drawer including the short circuit television (CCTV) monitoring laptop.
According to the caretaker of the establishment, Rosevemar Tamondong, 24, also resident of the building, she discovered the burglary around 5:30 a.m. after noticing the circuit breaker was switched off.

Two men mauled in Baguio’s Brookspoint
BAGUIO CITY – Two residents of Barangay Brooks Point here were mauled by two men without reason around 9 p.m. of March 11. Police named one victim as Cyrell Ganipis Padua, 33, who was mauled along the road by Jonas and Mark Anthony, both surnamed Sanchez and both residents of the area.  
Investigation disclosed the victim and his companion identified as  Henry Flores were walking along the road when they met the Sanchezes Without any reason, Anthony punched and kicked Flores but the latter managed to dodge the blows of the suspect. The incident was followed by an argument wherein Padua tried to pacify the two. The Sanchezes took turns punching Padua causing hematoma on his right eye and nasal bone fracture as reflected in medico-legal certificate duly signed by Dr. Josephine Ann P. Ramos of Baguio General Hospital. A case was filed against the suspects for physical injuries.





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Ifugao town bans half-naked men in public places


By Marcelo B. Lihgawon

LAMUT, Ifugao -- Going out half-naked or shirtless  in public places in this municipality is now prohibited with the approved “Anti-Ussub” (naked) ordinance.
Lamut, as the gateway municipality of the province, must set an example of orderliness, propriety and decency, local officials said in an ordinance they recently approved.
“The Sangguniang Bayan recognizes the need to bring about an atmosphere of decency to uphold higher morals and standards among the residents of the municipality. It has been observed that some people still roam around in public places oftentimes  shirtless or half-naked.
“It shall be unlawful for a half-naked or topless individual to drive any motorized or mechanical mode of transportation; walk or roam around national highway, enter offices and in attending or during public/social gatherings or programs except during cultural, government activities and traditional practices involving the wearing of the native attire,” the local law said.
Any person apprehended for violating the ordinance shall be penalized  P500 or undergo eight hours community service.
A penalty of P1,000 was set for for  second offense and P1,500  for third violation or imprisonment of not more than 10 days upon discretion of the court or both.


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Abra farmers press DA: Address our concerns


BANGUED, Abra -- Over  1,000 farmers and fisherfolk  here recently urged the Dept. of Agriculture to respond to their needs and concerns, in a forum in commemoration of Farmers’ Day with DA- Cordillera regional executive director Lorenzo Caranguian.
Farmers said they wanted immediate response for concerns like slope protection for eroded soil in riverside of Pidigan, small scale irrigation system for unirrigated garlic and ginger farms in Danglas and other towns, instgallation of concrete footings on muddy farms and paddocks, and water control system to limit excessive spring water flow in Abang, Bucay.
The DA awarded one  4-wheel drive tractor amounting over P900,000 to Dolores town under DA rice banner program and one   4-wheel drive tractor worth over P2,000,000 to provincial government under the DA corn banner program during the event.
Gov, Maria Jocelyn Bernos meanwhile told farmers that they will visit farms which were not yet included in their Biyaheng Bukid, a program the provincial government adapted from DA.
Other activities held for the farmers were raffle, bingo, parlor games, karerakit and horse racing. La Paz won the Best Kuliglig Float.
Also  present in the event which was part of Abra centennial celebration were  regional director Lilibeth L. Signey of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources who shared programs and projects for the fisherfolk  and vice governor Ronald Balao-as who welcomed visitors  and participants. -- Ginalyn B. Brioso


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Kalinga barangays sign claim waiver on farm to market road


By Larry T. Lopez

PINUKPUK, Kalinga – Construction of a farm-to-market road project funded under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP)   in this town is expected to proceed smoothly after officials of the six barangays traversed by said project signed waiver on road-right of way claims.
Gov. Jocel C. Baac, who led the ground breaking last week of the P197.6M road improvement project, said all chairmen of barangays Catabbogan, Wagud, Malagnat, Ammacian, Taggay and Sakpil have signed the waiver of claim.
The “no claim” policy on road-right-of-way is one of the strict conditions imposed by the World Bank that funds the project, Baac elaborated.
Baac said the project proposal on the 13.2-km FMR had rough sailing for almost two years before it was approved. 
He said no contractor was interested to bid the project because of difficulty in meeting PRDP project standards until he was able to persuade the Omengan Construction and Development Corporation to do the project.
Because of this, he called on officials and people of the host-barangays to throw full support by not making any single claim on portions of their properties affected.   
Targeted to be completed after a 510-day work schedule, the project will provide market access to the upland barangays which are top producers of coffee, banana, corn and coconut.  
Department of Agriculture – Cordillera regional director Lorenzo Caranguian handed recently the “no objection letter-2” to the province that gave the green light for the project to start.

Kalinga is the second highest recipient of the PRDP in the country and top in the Cordillera with about P500 million worth of ongoing FMR projects.  

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Mayor: Violence against women, kids up in Sagada


By Gina Dizon

SAGADA, Mountain Province –Twenty six cases of violence against women and children happened in seven of 19 barangays of this tourist town the past  two years, police said.
Of the 26 cases noted from town police records, 12 were sexual abuse on children for years 2015 and 2016 including  two recent incidents early 2017 for violation of Republic Act 7610 (violence against women and children.)
Mayor James Pooten  Jr. said the issue needed attention during forum on violence  against women and children conducted by Inayan Watch here at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8.
This was attended by Sagada-wide Episcopal Church Women, Inayan Watch and Sagada Inabe, women-tourist guides of northern Sagada and women kagawad leaders.
Increasing incidents were noted with four  alarming cases of sexual abuse and acts of lasciviousness on children in 2015  to seven incidents  in  2016 in violation  of RA 7610.
The early months in 2017 reported two incidents of  sexual abuse on children.
RA 7610 covers child prostitution and other sexual abuse, child trafficking, obscene publications and indecent shows, other acts of abuses, and circumstances which threaten or endanger the survival and normal development of  the child.
The rest of the 26 reported incidents were violations of  RA 9262 and one on  RA  8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997. 
Violation of RA 9262  known of "Anti-violence against women and their children act of 2004" showed decreasing trend from  eight  in  2015 to  four incidents  in 2016. 
Seventy five percent to 85% of the reported 26 cases  went through amicable settlement by both the perpetrator and the victim  either through the  guardian or the victim.
The rest were filed and  are now undergoing trial  in court.
Forum speaker Sonia Bullong of Innabuyog urged women to come out and tell VAWC incidents that happened to them or to children so these shall be addressed and not to be repeated again on any child or woman.
RA 9262  covers acts against the rights of the woman and her child including the following: causing or threatening physical harm,  threatening to deprive or actually depriving custody to her/his family, depriving or threatening or  deliberately providing the woman's children insufficient financial support, depriving or threatening to deprive the woman or her child of a legal right, preventing engagement  in any legitimate occupation or activity or controlling the victim's own money or properties, solely controlling the conjugal or common money or properties, causing or attempting to cause any sexual activity  by force or threat of force or through intimidation directed against  her/his immediate family.
ECW and woman community leader Regina Tambiac said the community especially women should be watchful  and  report migrants  to barangay officials  as to who they are, their  purpose residing in town and duration. 
It has been noted that accused Rolando Vishok Bandril currently  detained at the provincial jail is from Marikina, Manila who long stayed in Sagada as a masseur and reportedly committed  sexual abuse against 12 children and impregnated another high school student.  
Another incident of sexual abuse early this   year was   reportedly committed by a 14-year-old son of a migrant on  a 6-year-old  girl.
The law-mandates formation of barangay council for  protection of children (BCPC). Article 87 of Presidential Decree No. 603 of the Child and Youth Welfare Code provides every barangay is mandated to establish a BCPC.
Barbara Bumatang of ECW-St Simon of Demang said training be given to BCPC members so they will know what their roles.
Sonia Bullong urged formation of a Council of Women Leaders to collectively address children’s and women’s and welfare.
Ms Toyoken of ECW- St Matthew  Bangaan said there should also be a Day for Men to collectively know the plight of women and children.
CSMV rector Rev.  Constancio Naoy in his sermon said women in the Bible played crucial roles for the good of the people urging women to be strong and brave midst challenging times.
 Fr Naoy said  Mary Magdalene witnessed the  resurrection of Jesus Christ  from the  tomb and informed the rest of  Jesus disciples  and relatives of Christ’s  resurrection as  instructed by Jesus Christ amidst    dangerous situations when the movement for Christianity operated underground and Christians  were then persecuted.
Inayan Warch chairperson Ivy Solang  in her opening remarks  reminded the history of Women’s Day  when the United Nations declared  in March 8, 1975  Women’s International Day  further traced to women garment workers in New York who protested against working conditions in 1908. 
Another body tasked to look after women's welfare is the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children (IACVAWC) created by virtue of Republic Act No. 9262 .
To ensure effective implementation of the law, 12 agencies are  tasked to formulate programs and projects to eliminate VAW based on their respective mandates, develop capability programs for their employees to become more sensitive to the needs of their clients, and to monitor all VAW initiatives and to convene and form the Council. These agencies are Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine National Police (PNP), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).


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