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9th January 2017
Farmer killed in Southern Leyte buy-bust; police claim shoot-out
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 9, 2017, 2:31 pm

By: Jani Arnaiz - Correspondent / @janiarnaizINQ

Inquirer Visayas / 07:03 PM January 06, 2017

MAASIN CITY—A 55-year-old farmer was shot dead on Friday in what the police claimed was a shoot-out following a buy-bust operation in an interior village of Ichon, Macrohon town, in Southern Leyte.

Felimon Labolabo was hit in the right forehead and right arm and died on the spot.

The buy-bust operation stemmed from a two-week surveillance operation on Labolabo who was allegedly a drug peddler.

Senior Insp. J-Rale C. Paalisbo, team leader of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Group (RAIDSOG), said an undercover agent met with Labolabo near the latter’s farm in Sitio Santolan, Barangay Ichon, past 9 a.m. supposedly to buy “shabu” from the farmer.

The suspect drew his .38-cal. pistol when he sensed that he was dealing with a policeman, but the farmer was shot first.

Recovered from the crime scene were the gun and four sachets of suspected shabu.

It took four hours to retrieve the body since the crime scene was a secluded and hilly area.

Labolabo’s 18-year-old daughter, Tifanny, fainted after seeing her father’s body.

She said they had told her father to stop peddling drugs after he surrendered to the police during Oplan Tokhang, a campaign that required the police to knock on the houses of known drug peddlers and users and ask them to stop their illegal activities.


6th December 2016
Southwest Ferries to ply Liloan/Benit to Surigao city
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on December 6, 2016, 2:12 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

MAASIN CITY – A brand new state-of-the-art roll-on roll-off vessel will ply the Liloan/Benit-Surigao City route and vice-versa by April of next year, says Jose Jericho Padua, managing director of Southwest Ferries incorporated.

According to Padua, the ship, MV SF Stella de Mar (Star of the Seas) is set to be delivered on March 2017 by Kegoya Dock Co. Ltd.,one of the biggest ship builders of Japan.

“By that time, hopefully, we will have our maiden voyage,” he said during luncheon with local media group.

Although they manage the Starlite Ferries which is plying the lucrative route of Bantangas-Mindoro-Caticlan, they choose Surigao City-Liloan/Benit ferry terminals for their initial venture into cargo-passenger vessel to serve inter-island transport requirements in the Philippines.

“We made a thorough feasibility study in these ports and we found out it has heavy cargo traffic,” Padua pointed out.

He added that their vessel can navigate even on typhoon signal number 2 since it is made based on the Philippine weather condition. “Of course with the approval of the Philippine Coast Guard.”

It is also a reefer type vessel which can navigate in shallow waters.

He said that cargo forwarders will be assured of safety handling of their rolling cargoes since it has a modern feature in lashing. “And modesty aside, we have accommodation for drivers for proper rest while on sea travel.”

It has a capacity of more than 900 passengers (business class 114, economy 843 and drivers 20) in its air-conditioned accommodation and can hold a total number of 17 buses and 4 trucks.  Travel time would only take 2 hours and a half more or less.

LGU partnership

To address the crewing requirements of their fleet (local and international)the Southwest Maritime Group of Companies, the mother company of Southwest Ferries, innovate the College of Maritime Leadership to develop character, competence, confidence of their crews.

Padua offered “This is where we would like to partner with Local Government Units (LGUs) to consider our scholarship program for mariners where we offer free tuition fees or study now pay later scheme for miscellaneous fees with guaranteed shipboard training and guaranteed employment in Southfield’s fleet of vessels, another subsidiary of Southwest Group.”

Earlier Padua and members of the Southwest Ferries core committee, Ms. May Cabasi and Nikki R. Santos made a courtesy call to Gov. Damian Mercado at the provincial Capitol.

Board Member Abelardo Almario, who accompanied the team, was thankful with the entry of Southwest Ferries for the benefit of the province tourism program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1st December 2016
Teenage prime suspect in rape case arrested in Taguig Metro Manila
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on December 1, 2016, 7:01 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

December 1, 2016

MAASIN CITY – Police authorities have confirmed the arrest of seventeen year old prime suspect of a rape of a 15 year old student in Barangay Nasaug this city.

Police said he was arrested in Taguig, Metro Manila.

The heinous crime was committed sometime in July 2015 in Barangay Nasaug this city.

The victim was reportedly waylaid by three suspects who were drinking in a hut in Barangay Nasaug (all minors) when she passed by them on her way home in nearby Barangay Canturing.

She went missing until her body was found already in decomposing state half naked buried in shallow grave along Canturing river bank just a few meters from her house.

According to the police authorities the suspect will be presented to the media upon their arrival from Manila.

 


26th November 2016
Bato: Ex-CIDG chief has long been involved in illegal drugs
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 26, 2016, 3:42 pm

(By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr. (philstar.com) | Updated 26 November 2016 - 3:42 PM)

  
Marvin Marcos, former chief of the regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in eastern Visayas, led the team that killed Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in a sub-provincial jail cell. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Saturday confirmed that Superintendent Marvin Marcos, who led the raid in the Baybay City, Leyte jail that resulted in the death of Albuera, Mayor Rolando Espinosa last November 5, has long been involved in illegal drugs.

Kerwin Espinosa, the alleged big-time drug lord of eastern Visayas, during the Senate hearing last Wednesday, named Marcos as among the police officials who have received drug money from him in exchange for protection.

Dela Rosa said Marcos is now in the “restricted custody” of the PNP in Camp Crame, Quezon City while undergoing investigation.

He added that based on intelligence reports he received even before Kerwin testified in the Senate, Marcos has long been “tainted” with illegal drugs

Marcos, former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in eastern Visayas, has denied receiving drug money.


20th November 2016
Duterte praises idol Putin; rants about US 'bullying'
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 8:36 pm

(By Sun Star Manila | 20 Nov 2016)

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the Apec forum in Lima, Peru (AP)
President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the
Apec forum in Lima, Peru (AP) 

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte did not hide his admiration to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima, Peru.

For the first time, Duterte met face to face with Putin at the Swissotel Hotel Sunday.

"I have been looking for this moment to meet you, Mr. President, not only because you represent a great country but of your leadership too," he said.

Earlier, Duterte said he wanted to make friends with Putin.

Duterte told the Russian leader that despite the distance, the Philippines has "been longing" to be part of Europe, especially in commerce and trade.

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Airing of Miss U Pageant in Philippines gets time slot
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 5:40 pm

(By Azer Parrocha (philstar.com) | )

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) —The Philippines' hosting of the next prestigious Miss Universe pageant on Jan. 30, 2017 will be aired live on all TV networks at around 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., a tourism official said.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary for Media Affairs Kat De Castro made this confirmation in a press conference in Davao City on Saturday urging those interested in seeing the pageant in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena to “come early.” 

De Castro said that an inter-agency task force composed of the DOT, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Finance (DOF) was also formed to make sure the staging of the pageant runs smoothly.

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Malaysia alerts Philippines of new kidnapping
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 4:10 pm

(By Roel Pareño (philstar.com) | )

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- Malaysian authorities alerted its military counterpart in the southern part of the Philippines about the latest kidnapping of two sailors seized Friday off Semporna, Sabah.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said they received information from Malaysian authorities late Friday night about the abduction about 7:30 p.m. at the vicinity of Merabong Waters near Kunak district.
 
Tan said five heavily armed gunmen aboard a speed boat intercepted a Malaysian-registry fishing trawler and seized its skipper identified as Saparuddin Kone and his crew Sawal Maryam.
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Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines unite against Abu Sayyaf
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 11:41 am

(By / 11:41 AM November 20, 2016)

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The three countries will hold joint military training for their army personnel starting January 2017 to fight terror group Abu Sayyaf and secure the Sulu Sea from rampant piracy.

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have agreed to initiate joint army training to advance efforts to secure the Sulu Sea from rampant piracy.

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu explained that each of the countries would first begin its own army personnel training in January 2017 before conducting the joint training later in the year.

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18th November 2016
7 years after Ampatuan Massacre:Case delays blight any hope for justice
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on November 18, 2016, 11:57 am

November 23, 2016 marks the seventh year since 58 people were mercilessly killed atop the hills of Sitio Masalay, Ampatuan, Maguindanao. Of the 58 victims, 32 were journalists who covered the filing of candidacy for provincial governor of then Buluan town vice mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, pitting him against the wishes of local strongman Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr. that his son and namesake, then Datu Unsay town mayor Andal Jr., be left unchallenged for the post.

On Wednesday, some 2,557 days will have passed since the grisly incident, and government has failed to secure acourt conviction for a single perpetrator of the crime. Against the backdrop of a protracted legal battle, families of themassacre victims wait with increasingly dashed hopes that they will see a satisfactory closure of the case within their lifetimes.

Such a sorry state of the cause for justice fuels the situation of impunity in the country whereby the state is seemingly helpless at staving off the continuing phenomenon of journalists being harassed and killed.

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Terror Grows in Southern Philippines From Militants Linked to Islamic State
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 18, 2016, 10:02 am

(By James Hookway; Wall Street Journal | 18 Nov 2016 10:02 AM E.T.)

Philippines soldiers standing guard on Sept. 5 inside a military camp in Jolo in the southern Philippines, where they are fighting the Abu Sayyaf terror group. (PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES)
Philippines soldiers standing guard on Sept. 5 inside a military camp in Jolo in the southern Philippines, where they are fighting
the Abu Sayyaf terror group. (PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES) 

MANILA -- Abu Sayyaf, once written off as one of the global jihadist movement’s also-rans, is gaining strength in the southern Philippines by chasing down high-value victims at sea and ransoming them off for millions of dollars.

After a relative lull for most of a decade, kidnappings have surged to more than 20 annually since 2014, when the group’s main leader Isnilon Hapilonswore allegiance to Islamic State.

That rebranding --- and the accompanying brutality, including beheadings --- has generated international headlines and raised fears that the island-dotted region could re-emerge as a hub for Islamist terrorists, as it was for al Qaeda in the 1990s.

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