DA urged to stop golden rice production

AN INTERNATIONAL environment group urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to stop the production of genetically modified (GM) rice, claiming it is dangerous to man and the natural vegetation.

Greenpeace said DA has carried out researches in the country that will soon be doing field trials of bacillus thuringiensis (BT) rice, or simply known as “golden rice,” primarily because it is the solution for Vitamin A deficiency (VAD).

Security set for ‘Diyandi’ fest

WITH thousands of visitors expected to grace this year's Diyandi Festival, police authorities in Iligan City have beefed up their security forces for the month-long fiesta celebration this September.

Senior Superintendent Gerardo Rosales, Iligan City police director, said they have asked from the regional police office for augmentation of their troops to help them ensure a peaceful celebration of the feast of St. Michael, Iligan's patron saint.

Lumad acquitted of harassment raps vs. NBI, police

AFTER over three years in trial, the harassment charges hurled by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and some local police officers against a Higaonon tribe member in Opol town, Misamis Oriental had been dismissed, proving the defendant’s innocence.

Due to lack of sufficient evidence, Judge Michelia Capadocia of the Opol Municipal Trial Court favored Edwin Baranggot last Tuesday in her decision acquitting him from direct assault allegations of some law enforcers.

Oro urged to pursue slain tribe chief’s battle

FOLLOWING the brutal death of an environmental advocate last Saturday, the wife and fellow leader of Higaonon chieftain Fausto Orasan, also known as Datu Sandigan, pressed the officials of Cagayan de Oro to pursue the datu’s battle against environmental issues.

Datu Sandigan’s wife Jesus Cita, also known as Bae Ematatao, urged the officials to advance the fight of her husband’s advocacies.

Oro grenade blast kills 1, hurts 3 cops

POLICE officers who were trying to arrest a man allegedly involved in illegal drugs in Barangay Bulua Tuesday evening got wounded after the suspect's grenade exploded before he could lob it to the arresting officers.

Jamael “Palito” Macarampat lost his left arms and died Tuesday evening after a grenade exploded in his hand. The police officers were arresting him for a violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

City plans birthday bash for senior citizens

THE City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) is planning another unlikely privilege that will surely draw smiles to the graying population in the city.

A festive birthday bash has been mapped by the CWSD's Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca) to promote rights and show sincere importance for the senior citizens in the city.

Suspects in lumad activist slaying named

AUTHORITIES have identified the men suspected of gunning down Fausto Orasan, a tribal chieftain in Cagayan de Oro who was a staunch illegal mining and logging activist here.

Lumbia police chief Senior Inspector Allan Curato confirmed to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Tuesday afternoon by phone that they already tagged two personalities as Orasan's suspected triggermen.

City lays down poverty reduction plan

WITH the growing population of people who are living below the poverty threshold, leaders from various sectors in Cagayan de Oro have traced the roots of the "answer" to gradually alleviate what is common among communities in the country and the world at large.

Education, the leaders agreed, is the core in poverty reduction.

Illegal mining, logging eyed in tribal chief’s slay

FIGHTING against illegal miners and loggers may have cost the life of a tribal leader who was killed in an upland village in Cagayan de Oro, authorities said Sunday.

Senior Inspector Allan Curato, Lumbia police chief, said they are looking at the angle of illegal mining and logging activities as the primary motive in the killing of Fausto Orasan, who’s also known as Datu Sandigan.

P7-M worth of ‘shabu’ busted in Bukidnon

AUTHORITIES seized alleged illegal drugs worth millions of pesos in a single operation conducted over the weekend in a town in Bukidnon.

About 1.5 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) with an estimated value of P7 million were intercepted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) at Purok 2, Central Poblacion in Kalilangan town in Bukidnon around 2 p.m. on Friday, September 12.