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One more alleged Abu Sayyaf bandit falls in a joint police and military law enforcement operation in Mercedes, Zamboanga City, P/Chief Insp Helen Galvez, Police Station 4 chief reported.

Galvez identified the arrested suspect as Hamad Ajijul Susulan alias Hajer Sailani and Ahmad. Galvez said the suspect has standing warrant of arrest for the crime of 8 counts kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom issued by the court in Basilan province. She said the suspect was involved in the kidnapping of workers on June 11, 2001 at the Golden Harvest Plantation in Barangay Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan. The Abu Sayyaf bandits seized eight plantation workers when they raided the plantation. Some of the workers were killed while the others were rescued by the government forces or have managed to escape during firefights that ensued later.

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Local Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Port Manager Arturo del Rosa has ordered his men to set the stage for an end to the operation of illegal wharfs in the city.

This comes following the visit here of (PPA) General Manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago, Santiago.

De la Rosa, directed PPA personnel to conduct an immediate inventory of all existing wharfs and do whatever is necessary to stop their operations.

The PPA is mandated to regulate the operation of piers in the country except piers under the management of the Special Economic Zones and the Autonomous regions.

Santiago had explained that private individuals who want to establish piers should first seek PPA approval.

PPA personnel who are directed to conduct the inventory will also check on the uses of the private wharfs and reasons why the owners failed to secure the requisite permit from the PPA.

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More than a thousand families displaced by the siege in the City of Marawi benefited from the relief goods delivered by government authorities, and the private sectors in Lanao del Sur since the crisis erupted.

Personnel of the Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team (HEART) of the ARMM and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development transported 1,900 sacks of rice and goods for the benefit of thousands of displaced families taking refuge in Bubong, Lanao del Sur yesterday.

Government personnel were assisted by troops of the Joint Task Force Marawi and the police in delivering said goods.

Not to be outdone, although not as bulky probably as theirs, but the Western Eagles Club under the leadership of this corner, also did our part last 25th July.

The lone Eagle hero who made the distribution trip was Kuya Steve Lorenz D. Pasol. In Iligan, Northern Mindanao 2 Reg. Eagle Gov. Anton Miguel assisted in the goods distribution.

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The Zamboanga City Police Office is set to have a new City Director. He is  P/Sr.Supt. Neri Vincent Diego Ignacio, who replaces P/Supt. Diomarie Albarico, who stood in an acting capacity upon the transfer of P/Sr.Sup Luisito Magnaye, now Camp Crame-based.

Albarico said that Ignacio is set to take over ZCPO anytime this month, with his order expected by the 15th of this month.

Albarico, will be back to his original post as police deputy director for administration.

Ignacio is to be pulled out as Chief of the Regional Comptroller Division of the Police Regional Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon.

Ignacio was born in this city but reportedly grew up elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), Sandigan Class of 1994.

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Pieces of evidence police allegedly found in the house of Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez were planted, claimed her lawyer on Saturday.

The Parojinog family  claims to have obtained a TV  footage that would prove their claim against the raiding team  composed of members of  the Ozamiz City Police Station and the regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. The vice mayor’s  parents,  Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and wife Susan Parojinog, with 13 others were killed in a separate raid in Ozamiz before dawn Sunday.

The CCTV footage  allegedly taken by the vice mayor’s daughter showed a policeman wiping a long firearm with a white cloth.

Another part of the footage  showed two policemen talking to each other. One policeman was seen handing over a short firearm to the other.

According to the Parojinog family, these two firearms were among those supposedly recovered by the policemen from the house of the vice mayor.

Ozamiz City Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido had insisted that the pieces of evidence seized from the houses of the Parojinogs were not planted.

Espenido... Hmmm. Name “looks”.

Bingo! He was the then Police Chief of Albuera Police Station in Leyte when Mayor Rolando Espinosa was reported to have “fought” the police raiding team inside his cell, and was killed in the process.

Whatever crosses your mind is your perception. SS keeps his to himself. Wanna compare notes? Text or PM   me anytime - 0975 717 or Jimmy U. Cabato fb messenger.

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President Rodrigo Duterte  took potshots at his  predecessor’s  ‘careless’ remarks and  branded him  as “stupid”  for claiming that there has been no progress in  the current administration’s war on illegal drugs.

Speaking before the troops in Marawi City, Duterte blamed the spread of  illegal drugs, of which former President Benigno Aquino III failed to address in his term, as the reason why the May 23 armed conflict in Marawi City broke out.

“(The) Marawi (crisis) erupted because of the drug operation. Now, when you say, ‘nothing happened,’ that’s an insult. I am very sensitive with this kind of issue because many of my policemen and soldiers already died. So if you are careless to say ‘nothing happened,’ I’d really get foul-mouthed. So do not just make a plain statement because you don’t know the real score,” Duterte said.

Meanwhile, Duterte did not spare Sen. Grace Poe, lashing  out to tell his former presidential rival not to meddle in the issue between him and Aquino, saying that the  senator did not understand his position.

“Grace (Poe) said, ‘watch your mouth.’ You take care of your mouth, and I will take care of mine because my mouth is not for your mouth. (In Pilipino, he continued,) Just shut up because you don’t understand from where of I stand,” Duterte said.

On Thursday, Poe said she understood that cursing was part of the President’s “style,” but this may influence children to do the same after he called Aquino “g*go (a foo, that meant “gago”).”

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Vietnam shows sterner stuff, as it led in urging other Southeast Asian nations to take a stronger stand against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea,while a tense regional security forum began Saturday with North Korea also under fire over its nuclear program.

Ahead of the launch of the annual gathering of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam made a bold play against China with a draft of suggested changes to a planned joint communique.

The meetings will take place as the United Nations Security Council votes this weekend on a US-drafted resolution to toughen sanctions against North Korea to punish the isolated regime for its missile and nuclear tests.

The United States said it would also seek to build united pressure on the North at the Manila event - known as the ASEAN Regional Forum - and Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Pyongyang would receive a strong message.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministers on Saturday strongly urged North Korea to immediately comply  fully with its obligations under all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

The officials of the 10-member bloc also called on Pyongyang, that is expected to participate in Asean Regional Forum on Monday, “to contribute to realize” its vision of maintaining lasting peace and stability in the region.

“We, the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), reiterate our grave concerns over  the escalation of tensions in the North Korean Peninsula,” the Asean Foreign Ministers said in a statement.

They issued the strong message two days before the ARF on Monday and a day before the arrival of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho on Sunday midnight.

The 10 leaders said North Korea’s recent testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles on July 4 and 28, and even the two previous missiles it launched in 2016 resulted to an escalation of tension in the region.

The Asean Foreign Ministers also expressed their support for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the  Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.

Observing the impudence of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un, all such calls willful just fall on deaf ears. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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