CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Five hundred families were left homeless after an afternoon fire on Thursday gobbled up 200 houses of mixed concrete and light materials in a commercial district in this city.
THE Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has assured the Senate that it will get a copy of the report on the internal probe of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the Mamasapano incident.
The OPAPP is awaiting receipt of the MILF report through the International Monitoring Team (IMT), its communications head, Polly Michelle Cunanan, said.
PARTICIPANTS from the media were briefed on the developments in agricultural biotechnology in the country in a multisectoral forum held in Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday.
The forum was organized by Asfarnet (Asian Farmers Regional Network) – Philippines.
In an exclusive interview, Col. Gilbert I. Gapay, commanding officer of the Army's 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that "the move to dismantle the training camp is in response to the complaints before the Sangguniang Panlunsod of Iligan City.”
Deodato S. Abugan Sr. and Datu Lantung Ko Limonsodan, a Higaonon tribal chieftain, said armed MILF members led by Abdul Sango Amoran of 305th guerrilla unit tried to recruit 85 Higaonon tribesmen and Meranaws from Bukidnon in May last year.
CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Another alleged child rape victim of Australian Peter Gerard Scully arrived here from Manila on Wednesday afternoon and was brought to the Lumbia City Jail for the girl to identify the Australian.
WORRIED about the resulting humanitarian crisis, nongovernment groups are calling on the military to halt its offensive in Maguindanao to stem the tide of civilian evacuees fleeing the fighting.
On Tuesday, at least 10 peace networks issued a statement on an "urgent humanitarian appeal for the suspension of military operations" which they said have taken a heavy toll on civilians.
THE Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoultech) and the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) on Tuesday launched the kickoff meeting of the Urban Renewal Planning for Natural Disaster Prevention Responding to Climate Change project.
The project, which is supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), will boost the country's capacity for research in disaster risk mitigation management.
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue in Region 16 has launched a campaign to convince the public to pay their taxes.
"The kickoff indicates that the bureau is on a tax campaign mode and reminds everyone of one's duty to pay taxes," BIR Regional Director Alberto S. Olasiman said.
AFTER three tries, former television actress and model Pia Wurtzbach finally nailed the Miss Universe-Philippines crown Sunday night.
Representing the city of Cagayan de Oro, Wurtzbach bested 33 other candidates in the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 competition at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
FOR its distinct taste, people not only stand in line to buy its product, but there are also others who are trying to make money out of it by persuading individuals that they have in their possession the secret ingredient of Shirogi Pan de Kofi, the company that sells a variant of “pan de sal,” the Filipino’s favorite bread.
This selling of the alleged secret bread ingredient began circulating that it prompted Ramil Pajo, Shirogi franchisee and area sales manager based in Cagayan de Oro City to seek the intervention of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Northern Mindanao.
WHILE noting that global terrorism waged by groups like the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant and al-Qaeda require intensive study, the government (GPH) panel for talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), however, took exception to lumping all Moro organizations as terrorist groups.
“By forging the peace agreement with the government, the MILF has committed to renounce violence and terrorism as an ideology and way of life,” said GPH peace panel chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer at a forum organized by the Rotary Club of Manila Bay.
CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The mother of one of the journalists killed in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre is dismayed with the government for allowing one of the suspects to post bail, prompting the victims’ kin to bring their objection to the Court of Appeals (CA).
A POWER generator said that power supply in Mindanao is expected to ease up as its generating capacity has now been fully restored.
Steag State Power Inc. (SPI), in a statement, said it has successfully completed the preventive maintenance work of its electric power-generating unit 1 days ahead of its imposed schedule on March 16 this year.
BUTUAN CITY -- A three-year-old Banwaon died at the evacuation camp in Barangay Balit, San Luis, Agusan del Sur, around 4 a.m. Thursday, the fifth child to die since members of her tribe fled their homes in this town’s hinterlands in January this year.
Emerita Lor, volunteer health worker of the Community-Based Health Services who had been working with the evacuees, identified the child as Jenalyn Matibulig.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) officially granted the Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental (PIE-MO) the distinction as a Labor Laws Compliant Economic Zone (LLCEZ).
The Dole declaration was based on the best labor practices of the estate, particularly on the general labor and occupational safety and health standards, child labor free institution, productivity based pay movers, and labor-management cooperation.
A POLICE officer is ready to face any charges after he was accused of hoarding more than a dozen of confiscated "video karera" or illegal gambling machines.
But no matter what kind of accusations are going to be hurled against him, SPO1 John Caberte is standing by his word that he merely kept the machines from his fellow law enforcers who may be involved with illegal gambling.
McALLEN, Texas -- George Cortes (not his real name) of Florida plans to go home for a vacation to the Philippines next year. He saved up $3,000 for the flight home. But as soon as Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather walked the rolled out Hollywood carpet, faced off, did the traditional staredown, gave a few statements to some 600 credentialed media persons on Wednesday, George decided he will bet his hard-earned money for the Mindanawon boxer.
COTABATO CITY -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) will gather at least one million signatures to enlist the support of people nationwide to the call for peace in Mindanao.
Lawyer Rasol Mitmug, the Armm governor’s chief of staff, said the signature campaign, dubbed “I Value Life, I Sign for Peace,” will be launched during the region’s commemoration of the Jabidah massacre that will run for three months on Corregidor Island on March 18.
A TREE-PLANTING activity at Duaw Kagay-an park Wednesday morning, March 11, launched the activities for the redevelopment of this riverside public park.
The planting of 19 lambago was led by Dorothy Jean B. Pabayo, chairperson of the City Tourism Council, Elmer Wabe, City Tourism Officer, Ricardo Carlson, City Public Services Officer, and attended by staff from the City Local Environment and Natural Resources.
OPOL, Misamis Oriental -- As the congressional inquiry into the alleged violations of human rights and land grabbing that villagers blamed to a palm oil company wrapped up Thursday, the indigenous people’s group Kalumbay has urged the legislators to dig deeper into the issues.
The Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples (IP) of the House of Representatives led the two-day onsite inquiry and public hearing on issues confronting the Higaonon farmers here on March 11 to 12 and invited stakeholders to air their respective sides.
MILLIONS of pesos were spent last year by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to cut down trees planted under its transmission towers in Lanao del Norte towns of Balo-i and Pantar, an NGCP official recently revealed.
The presence of vegetation below these power lines has adverse impact on the power situation in Mindanao, said Alfredo Dawis, of the NGCP’s District 2 operations and maintenance department.
AN INTERNATIONAL solidarity mission belies military claims that their troops are not in public facilities in the Banwaon-lumad populated villages in San Luis town, Agusan del Sur.
In a dialogue facilitated by Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte last February 25, 2015, the commander of the 26th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (26IB-PA), Lieutenant Colonel Rolando Dumawa denied the presence of troops in barangay halls, daycare centers, and other public facilities in the area.
CITY councilors belonging to the minority bloc are seeking legal remedy over the 2015 executive budget, which has been trimmed down from the proposed P3.8 billion to P2.08 billion.
Councilors Roger Abaday, Lourdes Candy Darimbang, Teodulfo Lao Jr., Zaldy Ocon and Enrico Salcedo, allies of Mayor Oscar Moreno, signed the petition against their colleagues who comprised the majority of the City Council and members of the political party Padayon Pilipino under the leadership of former mayor Vicente Emano.
AN AIRCRAFT coming from Cebu will be the first commercial airplane to make a nighttime landing at Laguindingan Airport tonight, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) confirmed Wednesday.
The plane, an ATR72 type owned and operated by Cebu Pacific, will arrive at Laguindingan Airport on or before 8 p.m., said Engr. Jose Budiongan, Caap area manager, who oversees the operations at the airport facility, about 45 minutes away from downtown Cagayan de Oro.
A COMPANY growing palm oil in the hinterland villages in Opol town has denied it committed any violation when it began its operations in 2011.
In a statement sent to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro, A Brown Energy and Resources Development Inc. (Aberdi) said it has not been involved in human rights violations and land grabbing as alleged by a group of indigenous people living in Barangays Tingalan and Bagocboc, Opol.
THERE was no settlement.
City Treasurer Dr. Glenn Bañez denied the accusation hurled by City Councilor Adrian Barba that the latter signed an agreement with a company over an issue of the firm’s classification as a tax-paying entity.
CAGAYAN DE ORO. Before his incarceration at the city jail in Barangay Lumbia on Tuesday, Australian Peter Gerald Scully was escorted to the court by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation. (Joey P. Nacalaban)
LAW enforcers who were wounded in action while fighting the Maoist guerrillas suspected to be responsible in the burning of seven cargo vehicles in Barangay Palacapao, Quezon, Bukidnon on Sunday will receive not only recognition but also cash incentives from the Philippine National Police (PNP) central office, the regional police office said.
CAGAYAN DE ORO -- The Australian who was recently arrested for rape and trafficking charges was put behind bars at the City Jail in Barangay Lumbia on Tuesday following an order from a court here.
MEMBERS of the House of Representatives will conduct a public hearing and onsite inspection at a palm oil plantation on Wednesday, March 11, following the demands of the lumads in Mindanao to address the alleged extrajudicial killings, harassments and threats among the Higaonon tribe since the palm oil’s entry in its community in Opol town in Misamis Oriental, the indigenous people’s group Kalumbay said Monday.