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By NITZ ARANCON, Correspondent .

A BULUA landowner affected by a government road project said mayoral candidate Jose Gabriel La Viña was accompanied by representatives of the public works department when the politician tried to convince him into agreeing to a revised project plan that would mean changing the direction of the road towards their properties.

Engr. Hilario Balbin (not “Balvin” as misspelled in earlier reports) said, “Duna may duha ka personahi sa DPWH mi-adto sa among balay uban ni La Viña, ug mi-ingon nga ilang ipaliko ang maong dalan.”

Balbin’s narrative did not jibe with the claim made by DPWH project engineer Leowald Pecore who told the city council’s public works committee earlier this month that the DPWH was unaware that the revision of the plan meant building a section of the road towards La Viña’s property.

Pecore said the revised plan was approved by a former DPWH regional director, and La Viña had nothing to do with the decision. The revision, he added, would make the government save funds for expropriation given that the original plan would mean damages to many structures in the area.

But Balbin maintained that La Viña, one of the landowners, went to see him and asked him to agree on the revised plan.

He said La Viña was accompanied by two representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Balbin said he did not express opposition but made it clear to La Viña and two of his companions from the DPWH that there was a need for another public consultation because what they wanted was a major deviation from the agreed road plan.

“Ingon si La Viña nga siya ra kuno ang bahala sa iyang mga silingan,” Balbin said.

He said the public works department started work on the project that would provide a straight link from the present Cagayan de Oro-Iligan highway to the Bulua section of the coastal road based on the original plan in 2015. Work on that section of the bigger Canitoan-Bulua road project was subsequently halted following a major change in the plan.

Balbin told the Gold Star Daily that a contractor, Jay-car Construction, sent heavy equipment to the project site and brought filling materials in order to raise the grade of the roadway above the level of the existing surrounding ground surface based on the original plan.

The original plan, according to Balbin, had the consent of affected residents and landowners. He maintained that the original plan to construct a straight road from the highway to the coastal road was what was agreed during a public consultation at the Bulua covered court.

During the public consultation, everyone agreed on a straight road based on the original plan, according to Balbin.

He said the DPWH subsequently changed the plan, resulting in complications.

The next thing, he said, construction workers were already trying to bring in a bulldozer into his property to work on the project based on the revised plan without any public consultation.

Balbin said his and La Viña’s relations soured after he stopped construction workers from entering his property as a result of the revised road plan.

Balbin recounted: “Pagbiya adtong bulldozer, nanawag si La Viña sa ako. Iya kong gibalikas ug maayo kay unsa kuno ko nga ikasabot. Wala ko makasabot kinsa man ning tawhanan nga mag-ingon ani sa akoa?”

Balbin opined that it became apparent to him that La Viña had a hand in the DPWH’s revision of the road plan.

Councilor  Teodulfo Lao Jr. said the convenience of the public is what’s important to him.

“Kon convenient alang sa public ang pag-revise sa DPWH sa maong dalan, walay problima. Pero kon convenience lang ni Pompee (La Viña) aron momahal ang presyo sa iyang yuta, lahi na pud na nga storya. Dili na puwede,” Lao said.

But for Councilor Lordan Suan, Balbin cannot stop a government project.

“Wala may private individual nga maka bo-ot sa DPWH kon asa ipa-agi ang dalan. Puwede ba diay nga imong ingnon ang DPWH nga dinhi ipa-agi sa akong yuta ang dalan? Mosugot ba diay pud na sila?” Suan said.

La Viña, a former undersecretary of the agriculture department, earlier strongly denied having a hand in the revision of the plan, pointing out that he had no influence over the DPWH, and that he was not yet with the government at that time. He said it was the DPWH that called him up to inform him about the revision, and that he even agreed to donate a portion of his Bulua property because the project meant traffic decongestion.

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Hunt down Patindol killer, Caraga police chief orders https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/hunt-down-patindol-killer-caraga-police-chief-orders/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:58:23 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96001 By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS and JOEY NACALABAN Correspondents . BUTUAN City – Caraga police director Brig. Gen. Gilberto Cruz yesterday ordered station chiefs to intensify the manhunt operation against a suspect in the killing of radio station DxJM commentator Francisco Patindol. “We already have witnesses, and a case of murder will be filed against the suspect,” ...

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By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS
and JOEY NACALABAN
Correspondents .

BUTUAN City – Caraga police director Brig. Gen. Gilberto Cruz yesterday ordered station chiefs to intensify the manhunt operation against a suspect in the killing of radio station DxJM commentator Francisco Patindol.

“We already have witnesses, and a case of murder will be filed against the suspect,” said Cruz who created a task force to catch the suspect in the Black Saturday stabbing death here. “I have ordered all available resources to [be used] in manhunt operation to give justice to the victim and his family.”

The Butuan police identified the suspected killer of the 52-year-old Patindol as Ulating Macarampat Barapangcat a.k.a.  Ola Saransamen, 33. The suspect, according to the police, worked as a dispatcher. His last known address is at Purok 6, Narra Road, Barangay New Society Village, Butuan.

A special investigation task group headed by Lt. Col. Glenn Sampaga was immediately activated to look into the case, and a P50-thousand reward has been offered to anyone who has useful information.

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) said the killing of Patindol was “not work-related.”

“The count of work-related media killings remains 185 since 1986 and 12 under Duterte,” the NUJP said.

Investigators said CCTV footage showed that the victim was having a conversation with another person, and then a drunk Barapangcat came and joined in. Subsequently, he went towards a sidewalk vendor selling mango, grabbed a knife intended for fruits, returned and talked to Patindol and then stabbed him.

The CCTV footage was corroborated by witnesses who told investigators that the suspect stabbed the broadcaster to the left side of the chest and then fled.

Police said Patindol was attacked at around 10 am while he was with a companion outside a shop called Alba Copy Center on Narra Road in Barangay New Society here.

Capt. Emerson Alipit, spokesperson of the Butuan police, said Patindol was rushed to the Manuel J. Santos hospital where he was later declared dead at around 12:35 pm.

Patindol’s remains was brought back to Cagayan de Oro yesterday. He was from Ramonal Village, Nazareth.

Patindol had served as a former program director of radio station DxCO based in Opol town, Misamis Oriental. He was known to many media workers in Cagayan de Oro where he co-founded the now defunct Mindanao Media Advocates for Environment Preservation and where he also served as a member of the Philippine Federation of Rural Broadcasters in Region 10. (with a report from Mindanews)

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Engineer denies Pompee’s accusation he extorted from construction firms https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/engineer-denies-pompees-accusation-he-extorted-from-construction-firms/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:56:15 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96003 By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent . THE Bulua landowner accused by mayoral candidate Jose Gabriel La Viña of extorting from contractors of the public works department strongly denied the former agriculture undersecretary’s allegation. “Toll fee,” said Engr. Hilario Balbin of what he asked from the contractor Jay-car Construction for the use of a portion of his ...

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By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent .

THE Bulua landowner accused by mayoral candidate Jose Gabriel La Viña of extorting from contractors of the public works department strongly denied the former agriculture undersecretary’s allegation.

“Toll fee,” said Engr. Hilario Balbin of what he asked from the contractor Jay-car Construction for the use of a portion of his Bulua property.

Balbin said the contractor started work on the road project that would link the highway in Bulua to the Bayabas-Opol section of the coastal road, and opted to use a portion of his property to get to the project site in 2015.

He said he asked a “toll fee” of P10 for every dump truck moving filling materials to the project site given the damages the operations would cause his private road.

Balbin said he agreed to allow the contractor to pass through his property because the initial construction works at that time were in line with the original road plan that was agreed on during a public consulation in Bulua.

Balbin said he would later find himself spending for the repair of some 300 meters of the private road.

“Alkansi gihapon ko kay pag-pullout nila (contractor), akong gipa-ayo ang akong dalan. Naka-gasto pa kog P45 thousand,” he told the Gold Star Daily.

Balbin and other landowners have complained about the revised road plan that diverts the direction of the road project towards their and La Viña’s properties rather than constructing a straight one from the Bulua highway near the regional office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

La Viña has criticized Balbin and even questioned the engineer’s ownership claim over one of the Bulua properties.

The politician has denied Balbin’s allegation that a dispute over the revised road plan prompted him to badmouth Balbin. What happened, according to La Viña, was that he scolded Balbin for allegedly extorting from contractors.

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Gunmen kill Balingasag brgy chief in Punta Gorda https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/gunmen-kill-balingasag-brgy-chief-in-punta-gorda/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:54:53 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96006 By EDWIN IYO, JOEY NACALABAN, NITZ ARANCON and SHIELA MAE BUTLIG Correspondents . Patindol STILL unidentified men shot and killed a barangay chairman on the highway in Punta Gorda in Hermano, Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental, Sunday night. The gunmen fired at least five times against the victim, 59-year-old Claver Miral of Barangay Napaliran, Balingasag, while ...

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By EDWIN IYO,
JOEY NACALABAN,
NITZ ARANCON

and SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
Correspondents .

Patindol

STILL unidentified men shot and killed a barangay chairman on the highway in Punta Gorda in Hermano, Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental, Sunday night.

The gunmen fired at least five times against the victim, 59-year-old Claver Miral of Barangay Napaliran, Balingasag, while he was on his way home from Jasaan town where the official had joined a friend who celebrated a birthday, according to Misamis Oriental police director Col. Rolando Destura.

Destura said Miral succumbed to five gunshot wounds all over.

Balingasag councilor Alvin Suazo said Miral was riding a motorcycle, and two motorcycle-riding gunmen tailed behind.

Suazo said Miral was attacked when they were in a dark area of the highway in Punta Gorda.

Capt. Ismael Vergel Gondaya, Balingasag police chief, said Miral was attacked at around 9 pm, and it remained unclear if the barangay chairman was driving his motorcycle or stopped when the shots were fired.

Gondaya said crime scene investigators found three 9mm pistol shells in the area.

Miral did not die on the spot. “Nakasulti pa siya ug naestoryahan niya ang mga rescuers nga gipusil siya sa duha ka tawo,” Gondaya said.

Miral was rushed to the provincial hospital in Balingasag, and subsequently, to the Capitol University Medical City in Gusa, this city, where he was declared dead.

Destura said investigators have yet to establish the motive for the killing and identify suspects.

Miral’s wife Lina told the police she suspected that the gun attack was politically motivated, and asked them to pursue the angle.

The murdered barangay chairman was an ally of Balingasag vice mayor Alex Quina who is seeking to re-take his old post by challenging the reelection bid of town mayor Marietta Abogado. Quina is the standard bearer of the Padayon Pilipino in Balingasag.

Abogado quickly brushed off speculations by stating that she and Miral remained as friends, adding that she and the barangay chairman even met in her office recently.

“Bisan dili pareho among politika pero amigo gihapon mi adto. Di mahitabo nga ako ang magpapatay niya, ug ikaduha, dili ko in-ana,” Abogado said.

Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano called on Col. Destura to speed up the investigation, find out why Miral was killed, and bring his killers to justice.

“Hinaot madali kini pagsulbad ang maong kaso arun mahatagan ug igong hustisya ang kamatayon sa kapitan ug hustiya maangkon usab sa iyang pamilya,” Emano said. “Mapolitika man o dili, kinahanglan matutukan pag ayo sa atong kapulisan ang maong pagpatay sa kapitan.”

Gondaya said investigators were considering the possibility that Miral was killed because of any of the three: personal grudges, business conflict or partisan politics.

The victim was reportedly a real estate broker who also had a sand and gravel business.

Gondaya said the police have asked the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to help investigate the murder of Miral.

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3 PUV drivers in Oro tested positive for illegal drugs use https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/3-puv-drivers-in-oro-tested-positive-for-illegal-drugs-use/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:50:01 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=95983 By Jigger J. Jerusalem Correspondent . AT LEAST three public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers tested positive for illegal drugs following a joint operation conducted by government enforcement agencies in the city’s bus terminals. This was confirmed by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-10 (LTFRB-10) regional director Aminoden Guro, whose office has coordinated with the Phil. ...

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By Jigger J. Jerusalem
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AT LEAST three public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers tested positive for illegal drugs following a joint operation conducted by government enforcement agencies in the city’s bus terminals.

This was confirmed by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-10 (LTFRB-10) regional director Aminoden Guro, whose office has coordinated with the Phil. Drug Enforcement Agency-10 (PDEA-10) and the Land Transportation Office-10 (LTO-10) in the conduct of the operations that also included random drug testing on bus and taxi drivers.

Guro said two of the individuals are employees of the bus company Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) and one is a taxi driver. He did not divulge the names of the drivers.

He said the taxi driver was an enrollee of the LTFRB’s drivers’ academy, while the bus drivers are based in the public terminal in Barangay Bulua.

Guro said the taxi driver confessed to being a drug user and has volunteered to be tested.

“He underwent the drug examination and was tested positive,” he said.

More than 25,000 PUV drivers have finished the agency’s drivers’ academy in the region’s five provinces and seven cities where they are taught not just driving refreshing course but modules on road rage, signages, and other important topics.

A total of 307 bus drivers and conductors were subjected to the random drug testing conducted by the PDEA-10 in Agora and Bulua terminals last Monday, but Guro said none of the drivers at the Agora terminal in Barangay Lapasan tested positive.

Guro said the LTFRB-10 will summon the RTMI management so the bus firm can explain why some of their drivers continue to use illegal substance despite their anti-drug policy.

A source at the RTMI, who agreed to provide details but requested not to be named for this interview, said the RTMI is very strict when it comes to drivers who are caught using illegal drugs, particularly shabu.

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Proposed ordinance establishing drug testing laboratory sought https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/proposed-ordinance-establishing-drug-testing-laboratory-sought/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:49:10 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=95985 The health, sanitation and health insurance committee is set to review the proposed ordinance establishing the Cagayan de Oro City free-standing screening drug testing laboratory. This is pursuant to Section 16 of Republic Act 7160, which mandates that “every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, and those which ...

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The health, sanitation and health insurance committee is set to review the proposed ordinance establishing the Cagayan de Oro City free-standing screening drug testing laboratory.

This is pursuant to Section 16 of Republic Act 7160, which mandates that “every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.”

The proposed legislation is also in line with the policy of the city government to institute programs and strategies to combat the drug problem.

A free-standing laboratory is located outside the premises of an institution which operates independently.

With the establishment of a drug testing laboratory at the City Health Office, people will have access to quality drug testing laboratory and affordable drug test examinations.

Under the proposed ordinance, there shall be an adequate number of medical technologists and other health professionals with documented training and experience to conduct the needed laboratory procedures, among others.

Patients shall be charged with corresponding service fees ranging from P100 to P250 based on the duly approved government schedule.

Philhealth sponsored member including Senior Citizens and members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; and exceptional and meritorious cases as determined and approved by the local chief executive will be exempted from payment of fees as provided for in the proposed ordinance. (sp)

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60,000 people swarm Butuan beach on Easter Sunday https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/60000-people-swarm-butuan-beach-on-easter-sunday/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:39:00 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=95993 By Erwin M. Mascariñas Correspondent . Butuan City — Authorities had their hands full when an estimated 60,000 people swarmed the beach here Sunday morning to celebrate the Christian commemoration of Easter. “Right now, we have our hands full even if we have around 50 police personnel deployed all over the beach as we estimate ...

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By Erwin M. Mascariñas
Correspondent .

Butuan City — Authorities had their hands full when an estimated 60,000 people swarmed the beach here Sunday morning to celebrate the Christian commemoration of Easter.

“Right now, we have our hands full even if we have around 50 police personnel deployed all over the beach as we estimate the people to have swelled to around 60,000 since early this morning,” said Police Capt. Russel Suyo, team leader of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) stationed in Masao Beach for the Easter Sunday celebration. 

Suyo added that even amid the large number of people they have been able to monitor the entire beach with the help of force multipliers.

“While the number of people here have been massive, we have our force multiplier to help us out in maintaining peace and order while safeguarding the beachgoers. We have our Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Police, barangay personnel and security teams and other non-government organizations keeping a sure watch on the beach,” said Suyo.

The Police RMFB has two boats with outboard motors monitoring the entire Masao beach, while the PCG had another two boats with outboard motors monitoring as far as the town of Magallanes and Cabadbaran City.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Richeleue Jay Bernales pointed out that the PCG is covering a much wider area.

“We have a total of 25 PCG personnel deployed throughout the beaches of Butuan City, Magallanes, and Cabadbaran City. While it may seem over stretched, we are working closely with other teams such as with the coast guard auxiliary and the municipal and city disaster teams of the local government units,” said Bernales.

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