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3 days ago

President Duterte is now in General Santos City to lead the distribution of 12,548 Certficate of Land Ownership Award covering 24,000 hectares of land across Region 12.

3 days ago

The General Santos City-headquartered Police Regional Office-12 is on high alert because of a scheduled visit by President Rodrigo Duterte and a prayer rally by members of KAPA Community Ministry International Inc. in the same city.

The president is scheduled to lead the turnover of Certficates of Land Ownership Award to around 13,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries while KAPA will be holding the prayer rally at a sports complex in the city.

"The coincidence of both event projects risks to the safety of the president as well as the innocent civilians alike considering the volume of the people gathering in the city. Albeit KAPA members earlier pronounced that they will only proceed peacefully with the prayer rally, there is high probability that lawless groups might take advantage of this and advance with felonious deeds," PRO-12 says in a release to media.

KAPA has been in the news after President Duterte called for the ministry, which the Securities and Exchange Commission says operates an investment scheme similar to a Ponzi scam, shut down.

PRO-12 adds all police personnel are on standby in case of untoward incidents.

"Other public safety and law enforcement agencies along with PNP force multipliers were also prompted to stay coordinated with this PRO in safeguarding the status quo in the city," PRO-12 says.

3 days ago

The General Santos City-headquartered Police Regional Office-12 is on high alert because of a scheduled visit by President Rodrigo Duterte and a prayer rally by members of KAPA Community Ministry International Inc. in the same city.

The president is scheduled to lead the turnover of Certficates of Land Ownership Award to around 13,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries while KAPA will be holding the prayer rally at a sports complex in the city.

"The coincidence of both event projects risks to the safety of the president as well as the innocent civilians alike considering the volume of the people gathering in the city. Albeit KAPA members earlier pronounced that they will only proceed peacefully with the prayer rally, there is high probability that lawless groups might take advantage of this and advance with felonious deeds," PRO-12 says in a release to media.

KAPA has been in the news after President Duterte called for the ministry, which the Securities and Exchange Commission says operates an investment scheme similar to a Ponzi scam, shut down.

PRO-12 adds all police personnel are on standby in case of untoward incidents.

"Other public safety and law enforcement agencies along with PNP force multipliers were also prompted to stay coordinated with this PRO in safeguarding the status quo in the city," PRO-12 says.

June 12, 2019

A tornado flattened more than a dozen houses in Barangay Buayan in M'lang town in this province at dusk Tuesday, the municipal disaster risk reduction and management council says.

It says torrential rains preceded the strong whirlwind that blew down the houses, which were made of light materials.

The council also confirm that several houses were also hit and damaged by trees felled by the tornado.

It was the second to hit the same barangay in two years. — The STAR/John Unson in North Cotabato

June 8, 2019

An official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says authorities seized P6.8 million worth of shabu from two drug traffickers arrested Friday in Barangay Eastern Samar in Wao town in this province.

Darangi Ombo Angatong and Lendi Asiw Mangondacan fell in an entrapment laid jointly by combined personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Lanao del Sur provincial police and the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion.

Juvenal Azurin, director of PDEA-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, says the operation that led to their arrest was based on tips relayed to him and Lanao del Sur’s police director, Col. Madzgani Mukaram, by vigilant residents in Wao.

Azurin says Angatong and Mangondacan shall be prosecuted for violation of the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, also known as Republic Act 9165.

Personnel of the Lanao del Sur provincial police and PDEA-BARMM agents seized from them P6.8 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) they were to sell to non-uniformed agents disguised as drug dependents.

Azurin says the sting that resulted in the confiscation of a big volume of shabu from the two men was laid with the help of agents of the Criminal and Investigation and Detection Group-BARMM. — The STAR/John Unson

June 2, 2019

Forty-seven of the 57 barangays in Midsayap, North Cotabato—where drug dealers are said to be protected by either private armed groups or Islamic State-inspired militants—are now “drug free,” the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says.

Naravy Duquiatan, director of PDEA-12 says Sunday the 47 barangays were officially declared cleared from drug traffickers and dependents during an inter-agency event in Midsayap last Thursday.

Midsayap is in the first district of North Cotabato, near the 220,000-hectare Liguasan Delta, a haven of drug dealers being coddled there by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, which operates in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Duquiatan says Thursday’s activity, organized for the purpose of announcing the feat, was attended by Midsayap Mayor Romeo Araña, representatives from the Regional Police Office-12 and from the North Cotabato provincial government. — The STAR/John Unson

June 1, 2019

Chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao says he is thankful to the Australian government and other foreign institutions involved in education programs benefiting the five provinces of BARMM.

Australia, the United States of America and other foreign entities have continuing education projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao even before its replacement with a BARMM regional government last February. — The STAR/John Unson

May 29, 2019

Two large-scale drug dealers were arrested in separate operations by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Malungon, Sarangani on Tuesday, the agency says.

The first to fall in one of the two operations by agents of the PDEA-12 was Sammy Garcia, 52, who was cornered in his hideout in Barangay Kiblat in Malungon.

His accomplice, the 46-year-old Allan Sano, was nabbed in Barangay Datal Tampal in the same town an hour later.

The duo have allegedly been distributing methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and dried marijuana leaves in secluded barangays in Malungon and nearby towns in Sarangani province.

PDEA-12 agents recovered shabu from the suspects.

They are now both detained, awaiting prosecution for violation of the Philippine Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — The STAR/John Unson

May 26, 2019

The police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group is investigating a money market scam that duped hundreds of police personnel with promises of big profits.

Regional police officials tell reporters Sunday that four from their ranks—Cpl. Rhodora Bombita, Cpl. Daisy Javierto, Lt.Col. Henry Biñas and Col. Raul Supiter—will execute statements against the operators of the PlanProMatrix, or PPM.

The four witnesses belong to the Police Regional Office-12 in General Santos City.

'"Surely this case will serve as a lesson to those who easily gets fooled with 'too good to be true' earnings from pyramid money market schemes," a senior police official in the region, who is involved in the investigation, says on Sunday. — The STAR/John Unson

May 22, 2019

A van fell down a cliff along the road in Alamada in Cotabato province on Tuesday, leaving 17 hurt.

The victims were on their way home to Davao City from the Asik-Asik falls in Alamada when their van plunged into a ravine due to a "mechanical malfunction."  

Major Aldrin Gonzalez, spokesman of the Police Regional Office-12, says the driver of the van, Vic Kristoffer Billena, lost control of the vehicle when its brakes failed as he was going downhill

Gonzalez says responding personnel of the Alamada municipal police and local officials rushed the victims to different hospitals.

More than 30 people were hurt in the past 12 months in accidents involving vehicles carrying tourists from the scenic Asik Asik falls in Alamada, which is frequented by tourists. — The STAR/John Unson

May 19, 2019

Two governors—one waiting to take her oath of office and another due to move to Congress on June 20, want a peace program to quell religious extremism plaguing some areas in central Mindanao.

Public officials close to North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco, governor-elect, said Sunday she is likely to tap community elders to talk to misguided Islamic militants to determine what socio-economic and other humanitarian interventions are needed to hasten their reintegration into mainstream society.

Catamco defeated a veteran politician, Carmen Mayor Roger Taliño, in last week's elections. Taliño is the father of three-termer Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza

Taliño-Mendoza was elected vice governor last May 14, outvoting Catamco’s running mate, Socrates Piñol, a member of the provincial board.

"I am certain she will also focus on reconciliation with local officials who supported her rival’s candidacy. I know Congresswoman Catamco well. She is not a vindictive politician," Piñol said Sunday.

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, who will represent the province's second district at the House of Representatives, has recommended a suspension of military offensives against local Islamic State-inspired blocs.

Mangudadatu says leaders of these extremist groups might decide to return to the fold of law if assured of relief and livelihood packages that can help restore normalcy of their lives.

"How many mothers have become widows in recent months? Many children of militants have become orphans and thousands of innocent families always get displaced as a result of this conflict. It is time for paradigm shift. We can try a paradigm based on diplomacy and reconciliation this time," Mangudadatu says. — The STAR/John Unson

May 17, 2019

Two women will be at the helm of the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao.

North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco has been proclaimed the winner in the May 13 gubernatorial race, where she defeated Mayor Roger Taliño of Carmen town.

Taliño is father of the now three-termer North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, who was elected vice governor.

Catamco's running mate, Socrates Piñol, a member of the provincial board, was not as lucky.

"It will not dampen my zeal to continue working for our people. I shall be serving them now in a private capacity. They will still see me around," said Piñol, who is the Agriculture secretary's brother.

The Commission on Elections has also proclaimed Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu as governor-elect of Maguindanao.

She defeated a relative, Mayor Freddie Mangudadatu of Mangudadatu town, by an overwhelming margin. Her running mate, Vice Gov. Lester Sinsuat, was re-elected to a third and last term.

Sangki-Mangudadatu is wife of re-elected Sultan Kudarat Gov. Suharto Mangudadatu, Mayor Mangudadatu's cousin.

Freddie is the younger brother of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, who has been elected congressman. — The STAR/John Unson

May 8, 2019

The police office of Soccsksargen says Wednesday 15 more alleged members of the New People's Army have surrendered to authorities.

Brig. Gen. Eliseo Rasco, director of Police Regional Office-12, says the 15 NPAs yielded through the efforts of local officials in Lebak town in Sultan Kudarat.

Rasco says the rebels belong to the NPA's Guerilla Front 73, which operates in the hinterlands of Sultan Kudarat's neighboring Lebak, Kalamansig, Palimbang and Senator Ninoy Aquino towns.

The 15 NPAs, all members of an indigenous highland community, surrendered to Mayor Dionesio Besana, representatives from PRO-12 and officials of the 1st Marine Brigade led by Marine Brig. Gen. Eugenio Hernandez during a simple ceremony in Lebak town on Tuesday.

More than 50 NPAs from Lebak and Kalamansig surrendered in batches in the past 24 months. — The STAR/John Unson

Follow this thread for updates on Central Mindanao, which covers South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos, and is now also called Soccsksargen.

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