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Lito Rulona

Lito Rulona is a veteran newspaperman and broadcaster who covered many of the biggest stories in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental and Northern Mindanao since the early 90s.

Detained preachers: ‘Help, we’re innocent’

By LITO RULONA Correspondent “WE are just missionaries who are spreading the good news of Islam.” With this, Amerodin Unte called on local Muslim leaders to help him and his group in what appeared to be a case of profiling of Muslim Filipinos as terrorists. Speaking on behalf of his ...

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Council mulls over plan to revive OKK

By LITO RULONA Correspondent COUNCILORS are now studying a proposal to revive the Magtajas administration’s Operation Kahusay ug Kalinaw (OKK) to improve the city’s peace and order situation and as a counter-measure against terrorism. The city council tasked its committee on police, fire and public safety to start tackling the ...

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Goking urges cops to check Oro hospitals

By LITO RULONA Correspondent COUNCILOR George Goking yesterday asked the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) to start checking and identifying patients admitted to hospitals and medical facilities in the city. Goking’s call came in the wake of reports that  Maute Group members, passing themselves off as patients, were ...

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Hunt on for other terror suspects

By LITO RULONA and NITZ ARANCON Correspondents CAMP Alagar stepped up security measures in northern Mindanao even as it moved to track down members of the Maute Group who may have sneaked out of strife-torn Marawi City to seek refuge in various places in Region 10. Supt. Lemuel Gonda, Camp ...

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Interfaith volunteers converge for relief ops

By LITO RULONA Correspondent More than 750 volunteers from Metro Manila and different regions in Mindanao converged in different conflict areas in Mindanao yesterday to respond to calls for humanitarian intervention to communities affected by the fight between the government and the ISIS-inspired Maute Group as well as communities affected ...

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Cocpo, Traders: Business sector in Oro back to normal

By LITO RULONA, Correspondent POLICE officials and business organizations here announced that business operations in this city has stabilize despite being chosen as the area to conduct preliminary investigations and inquest proceedings for the Maute rebels and its supports. The declaration was made over the weekend during a special meeting ...

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Karapatan calls Marawi freedom day celeb ‘fake’

By LITO RULONA Correspondent HUMAN rights group Karapatan-northern Mindanao called the commemoration of Independence Day in Marawi on Monday initiated by the Armed Forces a “fake celebration.” In an emailed statement, Fr. Christopher Ablon, Karapatan-NMR secretary general, said the celebrations broadcasted on various TV networks was “nothing but a show ...

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City building exec cracks down on illegal billboards

By LITO RULONA Correspondent The Office of the Building Official (OBO) revealed that at least 150 billboards installed around CM Recto Avenue and other barangays in the city have no permits from City Hall and violated some provisions of the National Building Code. Acting-OBO in-charged Arch. Maria Concepcion Alcantara during ...

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3 councilors express fears over SC order on Maute cases in Oro

By LITO RULONA Correspondent THREE more councilors yesterday expressed  apprehensions over the Supreme Court’s order to make the Regional Trial Court and the Court of Appeals-Mindanao station here handle all Maute Group cases and pleadings pertaining to the anti-terror law. Councilor George Goking said the SC order would endanger local ...

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Lao wants ‘sneaking’ councilors sanctioned

By LITO RULONA Correspondent City Councilor Teodulfo Lao, Jr. wants the three city councilors who snuck out of the regular session  last week sanctioned. In his privilege speech on Monday, Lao said Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy had to cut short their session which was supposed to tackle important resolutions ...

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