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By LITO RULONA
Correspondent .

THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Monday approved a move to ask the local finance committee to give a good reason for the non-release of capitol workers’ mid-year bonuses.

It was a response to provincial board member Jerry Khu’s privilege speech that brought to the local legislature’s attention questions raised by capitol employees about their mid-year bonuses that were apparently being held back without a clear explanation.

With the provincial board’s green light, Vice Gov. Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez directed the provincial secretary to prepare a letter that would seek an explanation from members of the finance committee.

The finance committee is headed provincial budget officer Claudita Baliton.

In his privilege speech on Monday afternoon, Khu said the matter was brought to his attention by rank-and-file employees who have been asking questions because they had plans about their mid-year bonuses.

The workers had expected to receive the mid-year bonuses weeks ago — many had planned to use their money for their children’s tuition.

“Gusto lang ako masayod sa insakto nga rason alang sa mga trabahante sa provincial capitol aron aduna kita’y ikatubag sa ilang mga pangutana,” Khu said.

He stressed that his query was not addressed to Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano but to the local finance committee that knows the real state of the capitol’s finances.

Khu said the chairperson and members of the committee owe the capitol workers an explanation.

“Ang uban adunay gigahinan niini nga mga bonus kung ilang madawat ilabi na gyud kung kini alang sa pag-bayad sa edukasyon sa ilang mga kabataan nga nag-tungha. Ang uban alang sa pag-repair sa ilang mga panimalay,” Khu said.

Earlier that day, Emano spoke before the capitol workers during the weekly flag-raising program but kept mum about his plans about the mid-year bonus.

In earlier interviews, however, Emano said the capitol has funds for its workers’ mid-year bonuses and assured that they would receive all their bonuses by December.

There was no clear explanation though why the bonuses were not given to capitol workers despite his assurance that “we have money.”

Vice Gov. Pelaez said it was best to ask the local finance committee to answer questions about the bonuses, and so that the legislature would know “kung aduna pa ba’y pundo nga nabilin alang sa mga programa sa provincial capitol.”

Pelaez said the provincial board would rather not apply pressure on Emano because the governor may have other priorities.

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SC kicks out clerk of court for taking computer set https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/sc-kicks-out-clerk-of-court-for-taking-computer-set/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:58:45 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99613 By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM Correspondent . THE Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a clerk of court in Misamis Oriental for taking a computer set used by a stenographer which may have contained confidential details on certain cases. Terminated by the SC was Lou Laranjo, clerk of court of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) covering …

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By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM
Correspondent .

THE Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a clerk of court in Misamis Oriental for taking a computer set used by a stenographer which may have contained confidential details on certain cases.

Terminated by the SC was Lou Laranjo, clerk of court of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) covering the towns of Lugait, Manticao and Naawan, Misamis Oriental.

SC posted the order on its website on July 12, 2019.

According to SC, it found Laranjo “guilty of grave misconduct and serious dishonesty.”

The high court also “perpetually disqualified him from holding public office and forfeited his retirement benefits, except accrued leave credits.”

SC said Laranjo’s dismissal stemmed from a letter-report of MCTC presiding Judge Renato Arroyo to the Office of the Court Administrator, who said the former clerk “surreptitiously took away” the computer set used by MCTC court stenographer Neza Malinao and returned it to the municipality of Naawan, which had earlier donated it to the court.

The computer, SC said, allegedly contained sensitive information, such as the identities and testimonies of confidential agents and informants in search warrant applications in illegal drug cases.

“Laranjo’s act was arbitrary and unauthorized as the computer set was taken during nighttime and on a weekend,” the SC said, although it did not specify the day and time the computer unit was taken.

SC said it concurred with the findings and recommendations of the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) which found substantial evidence against Laranjo.

It said the SC ruled that aside from the lack of authorization, the records are “bereft of any credible justification on Laranjo’s part as to why he pursued such course of action.”

Laranjo could not be reached for comment at presstime.

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City hall, capitol on alert as ‘Falcon’ enhances monsoon https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/city-hall-capitol-on-alert-as-falcon-enhances-monsoon/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:56:19 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99615 By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent . CITY hall and the capitol yesterday stepped up disaster risk reduction management operations in anticipation of heavy rains because of how tropical depression “Falcon” has enhanced the southwest monsoon. Nick Jabagat, chief of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said his group was monitoring the weather situation here “24/7.” …

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By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent .

CITY hall and the capitol yesterday stepped up disaster risk reduction management operations in anticipation of heavy rains because of how tropical depression “Falcon” has enhanced the southwest monsoon.

Nick Jabagat, chief of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said his group was monitoring the weather situation here “24/7.”

Jabagat’s subordinates have been ordered to man the office in three shifts daily so that they would be able to respond to emergency calls.

“Bisan ang bagyo tu-a ra sa northern Luzon pero apiktado man ta dinhi sa hanging habagat, mao nang dili ta magkompiyansa,” Jabagat said.

Capitol spokesman Florito “Carlo” Dugaduga said similar measures are in place at the capitol.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said while Mindanao is not directly affected by “Falcon,” moderate to heavy rains are expected in  because of the enhanced southwest monsoon.

Catherine Asunto, Pagasa weather specialist, said more localized thunderstorms are anticipated in Cagayan  de Oro and Misamis Oriental.

“Falcon” is forecast to exit Philippine territory on Friday.

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4 rebels slain in Agsur clashes https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/4-rebels-slain-in-agsur-clashes/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:54:08 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99617 By FROILAN GALLARDO Special Correspondent . GOVERNMENT troops killed four members of the New People’s Army following a series of skirmishes in Agusan del Sur over weekend. Col. Allan Hambala, commander of the Army’s 401st Brigade, said their troops caught the rebels foraging for food in Barangay Brook, Bunawan town in Agusan del Sur. Hambala …

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By FROILAN GALLARDO
Special Correspondent .

GOVERNMENT troops killed four members of the New People’s Army following a series of skirmishes in Agusan del Sur over weekend.

Col. Allan Hambala, commander of the Army’s 401st Brigade, said their troops caught the rebels foraging for food in Barangay Brook, Bunawan town in Agusan del Sur.

Hambala said the first clash occurred on Saturday, followed by another skirmish on Sunday.

Soldiers found four AK47 and M16 rifles  and hundreds of rounds of ammunition that belonged to the rebels.

Hambala said there were no casualties on their side.

He credited the success of their operations to the program “Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (Eclip) that was designed to isolate the rebels from tribal communities.

“Without the efforts of the residents themselves in giving us timely and accurate information, we would have not pinpoint the exact location of the rebels,” Hambala said.

He said it was the villagers who gave the information of the location of the rebels.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana introduced the new counter-insurgency program to replace the old campaign strategies in the Armed Forces.

The new campaign aimed to isolate the rebels from the communities by enticing their sympathizers or their mass base to surrender or go back to the fold of government.

Eclip centralized all government agencies to provide benefits for “the reintegration of the tribal communities.”

It offers cash benefits ranging from P25,000 to P80,000 implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or agencies like Philhealth.

Col. Eugene Osias of the AFP Eastern Command based said a total of 2,699 NPA supporters have already availed the program and have disavowed the rebels since January this year.

Osias said because of this, the rebels lost several of their sanctuaries or villages who were sympathetic to them.

“Their guerrilla forces have lost the initiative in the battlefield, “ he said.

Maj. Gen. Nemesio Gacal, chief of the Army 4th Infantry Division said the target of the program are the mass bases of the NPA that have provided them support for a long time.

“The NPA can replace their armed regulars anytime but their mass supporters are irreplaceable,” Gacal said.

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Fire destroys 59 houses, BFAR office in Macabalan https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/fire-destroys-59-houses-bfar-office-in-macabalan/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:52:54 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99619 By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent . AT LEAST 59 houses and a government office were razed to the ground by a fire that broke out in a poverty-stricken community in Mulmac, Barangay Macabalan, this city Monday afternoon. Army soldiers from Camp Evangelista lend firemen a helping hand as they work to put out the flames in …

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By NITZ ARANCON
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AT LEAST 59 houses and a government office were razed to the ground by a fire that broke out in a poverty-stricken community in Mulmac, Barangay Macabalan, this city Monday afternoon.

Army soldiers from Camp Evangelista lend firemen a helping hand as they work to put out the flames in Piaping Puti, Barangay Macabalan Monday afternoon. At right, smoke billows up into the sky from the poverty-stricken community. (photos by Jigger J. Jerusalem and Nitz Arancon)

The office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 10 was destroyed.

The fire left some 103 families or 411 people homeless, of whom 190 are female and 221 are male.

Fire marshal Alan Cabut said one person was hurt but the identity of the victim has remained unclear.

Col. Cabut placed the damages to property at P1.3 million.

Initial investigation, according to Cabut, showed that the fire started at the residence of one Emerson Waban which was located beside a fence of the Philippine Ports Authority compound.

However, Waban said he doubted that the fire started at his home.

“Wala may tawo among balay sa pagka sunog kay kami tanan didto man sa among tindahan,” Waban said.

The fire victims are currently taking shelter at the covered court in Macabalan Elementary School.

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Extort ring targets Moreno, gets busted https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/extort-ring-targets-moreno-gets-busted/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:00:57 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99530 By JOEY NACALABAN and NITZ ARANCON Correspondents . THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) yesterday pressed charges against seven suspected members of an extortion syndicate that attempted to victimize Mayor Oscar Moreno. Suspected members of the Patvil Criminal Group were arrested for allegedly attempting to extort money from Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar …

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By JOEY NACALABAN and NITZ ARANCON
Correspondents .

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) yesterday pressed charges against seven suspected members of an extortion syndicate that attempted to victimize Mayor Oscar Moreno.

Suspected members of the Patvil Criminal Group were arrested for allegedly attempting to extort money from Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno on July 15, 2019. (Photo from CIDG)

The suspects offered to troubleshoot for Moreno so his eldest son Sean would no longer suffer behind bars in exchange for P1.5 million.

The younger Moreno, 43, was arrested along with a group during a buy-and-bust operation in Angeles City, Pampanga this June 30. He and the other suspects were charged with possession and selling party drugs and other illegal substances.

According to Mayor Moreno, the group first asked for P1.5 million, and later lowered it to P1.3 million.

Lt. Col. Reymund Leguden,  head of the CIDG in the region, said the suspects were charged with robbery-extortion before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

He identified the suspects as Ryan Mabborang, 30, and Mark Adrian Tan, 36, of North Cotabato;

Thong Pangandigan, 43, Mohaimin Ulimpaen, 24, Wilma Pangandigan, 43, Sadam Taliba, 26; and Donna Bansil, 27, all of Maguindanao.

One of the suspects, Wilma Pangandigan, turned out to be a local government employee in Maguindanao, said Leguden.

Moreno told a news conference that Maborrang called him through his cellphone and introduced himself as one “Colonel Sifuentes” who was supposedly among those who arrested the mayor’s son.

“Miingon dayon siya (Maborrang) kanako nga kauban niya ang mga opisyales sa pulis nga nagdakop sa iyang anak,” said Moreno, adding that the suspect then offered a quick fix to Sean’s case in exchange for money.

Moreno said he brought the matter to the attention of the police and soon, the CIDG carried out an entrapment opertation at Limketkai mall where five of the seven suspects were arrested on Thursday.

Leguden said two more suspects — Mabborang and Tan — were arrested in a follow-up operation in Sumilao, Bukidnon, hours later.

Police said they used what was made to look as cold cash to outsmart the suspects during the entrapment.

“Two thousand pesos ra ang tino-od nga kuwarta kay ‘bodol money’ man ang atong gi-gamit sa atong entrapment operation,” said Leguden.

It was only after the suspects’ arrest that the police managed to identify Mabborang as the man who called up Moreno. Police said Mabborang served as the leader of the so-called Pat Villacorte crime group.

“Salamat sa CIDG. Imbis nag-atobang pa kitaug problema, ila (suspects) pang gidugangan,” Moreno said.

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4th ID clears Oro journalists in list of red tagging victims https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/4th-id-clears-oro-journalists-in-list-of-red-tagging-victims/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:58:47 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99535 By BEN BALCE Staff member . THE Army’s 4th Infantry Division yesterday cleared two Cagayan de Oro-based journalists from accusations that they have links with the New People’s Army (NPA). National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Cagayan de Oro chapter chair Pamela Jay Orias (left) together with Brig. Gen. Edgardo De Leon and Lt. Col. …

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By BEN BALCE
Staff member .

THE Army’s 4th Infantry Division yesterday cleared two Cagayan de Oro-based journalists from accusations that they have links with the New People’s Army (NPA).

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Cagayan de Oro chapter chair Pamela Jay Orias (left) together with Brig. Gen. Edgardo De Leon and Lt. Col. Roy Anthony Derillo, representing the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and Ritchie Salloman, president of Cagayan de Oro Press Club during the dialogue on the continuous red-tagging of media personalities in the city at Camp Vicente Alagar, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. (Story on page 1) Photo by Cong B. Corrales

During a dialogue with local media leaders at Camp Alagar, 4th ID representative Brig. Gen. Edgardo de Leon said journalists Pamela Orias and Leonardo Vicente “Cong” Corrales are not in the military list of suspected rebels or NPA supporters.

Corrales is this paper’s associate editor and a director of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, and Orias, a newspaper reporter and  chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines in Cagayan de Oro. The journalists have been subjected to red tagging via social media, leaflets and tarpaulins, with messages that indicate a shame campaign, hanged in public places.

There were other city-based journalists red-tagged like Froilan Gallardo, Jigger Jerusalem and Joey Nacalaban. NUJP itself were also repeatedly red-tagged, and even the wife and son of Corrales were not spared.

Brig. Gen. de Leon, former chief of staff at Camp Evangelista and now 403rd Brigade commander, condemned the red tagging, saying it didn’t serve the Armed Forces any purpose.

He said this after a journalist traced a post on the Facebook group “Quiet No More PH” that red-tagged Orias and Davao-based columnist Margarita Valles to a military group engaged in counter-propaganda.

Valles is the journalist who was mistakenly arrested at the Laguindingan airport by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Region 9 late last month. The arresting officers are now facing charges of illegal arrest and detention.

De Leon said he was surprised to learn about the red tagging of the journalists. He theorized that it was the handiwork of a group that wanted to sow intrigues to damage military and media relations.

“Mga tanga at bobo itong mga nang re-red tag,” said de Leon. “The people behind this obviously want to drive a wedge between the military and members of the media.”

De Leon said the military would issue an official declaration that the red-tagged journalists have no ties whatsoever with the NPA.

For her part, Camp Alagar spokesperson Maj. Michelle Olaivar said she would take the issue up with the police regional director Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago.

On her level, Olaivar assured she would issue a press advisory akin to what 4th ID would issue. She said the police, as an organization, does not engage in red tagging.

Along with Orias, NUJP safety officer for western Mindanao JB Deveza, Gold Star Daily editor-in-chief Herbie Gomez, Corrales, Gallardo, Rappler reporter Bobby Lagsa, and Cagayan de Oro Press Club president Ritchie Salloman attended the dialogue.

On Saturday, members of the NUJP directorate met with Mayor Oscar Moreno and asked him to help in protecting threatened journalists.

Moreno assured the NUJP officers that he would ask the police to catch those distributing or hanging materials with red tagging messages against journalists. He also asked them to provide him useful information about those behind the red tagging activities.

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Many hurt as magnitude 5.8 quake jolts Surigao https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/many-hurt-as-magnitude-5-8-quake-jolts-surigao/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:56:26 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99537 By FROILAN GALLARDO Special Correspondent . AT least 58 people were hurt when an earthquake struck Saturday morning affecting the towns in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao. Villagers help each other in clearing debris from a wall of a church that collapsed in Purok 3A, Barangay Tigabong, Cantilan town in Surigao del Sur, following a …

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By FROILAN GALLARDO
Special Correspondent .

AT least 58 people were hurt when an earthquake struck Saturday morning affecting the towns in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.

Villagers help each other in clearing debris from a wall of a church that collapsed in Purok 3A, Barangay Tigabong, Cantilan town in Surigao del Sur, following a earthquake over the weekend. Many houses in the towns of Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza were damaged as a result of the magnitude 5.5 earthquake. (photo by Erwin Mascariñas)

Authorities said 26 people were injured in the municipality of Cantillan; another 17 people injured in nearby town of Madrid; 14 injured in the town of Carmen and an eight-year-old boy who was pinned down by a cabinet in the town of Lanuza.

“Damage to the highway and houses especially those poorly constructed were substantial,” Capt. Edgar Fernandez, chief of the Lanuza town police station told Gold Star Daily.

Fernandez said the highway in Carmen town sustained some damage and residents placed old tires to warn motorists of the danger.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the magnitude 5.8 quake struck in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao at around 4:42 am Saturday.

The Philippine seismology office the quake was tectonic and recorded at a depth of five kilometers.

Office of Civil Defense in Caraga chief Liza Mazo said  the shallow quake collapsed the entire ceiling of the parish church in the town of Carmen.

Besides the church, Mazo said the quake damaged buildings and houses forcing residents to flee to the streets.

Mazo said two fire trucks in Madrid town were damaged when the fire station also collapsed.

“I held on the door because the quake was strong and I can barely stand,” Fernandez narrated.

Fernandez said electricity of the towns near the epicenter went out immediately after the quake struck.

Mazo said many of the patients were rushed to hospitals in Tandag City.

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Bus firm to press criminal charges vs ‘saboteurs’ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/bus-firm-to-press-criminal-charges-vs-saboteurs/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:54:20 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99539 THE group of one of the Yanson brothers has threatened to press charges against Vallacar Transit Corp. union leaders who attempted to stage a strike on Sunday. The company owns and operates the Ceres, Bachelor and Rural Transit bus lines in Visayas and Mindanao. Although based in Bacolod, the labor unrest resulting from a brewing …

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THE group of one of the Yanson brothers has threatened to press charges against Vallacar Transit Corp. union leaders who attempted to stage a strike on Sunday.

The company owns and operates the Ceres, Bachelor and Rural Transit bus lines in Visayas and Mindanao.

Although based in Bacolod, the labor unrest resulting from a brewing legal battle among members of the Yanson family could cripple at least 80 percent of public bus transport in Mindanao, according to a Gold Star Daily report attributed to an official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 10.

The group of Roy Yanson, who took over as president of Villacar, said the new leadership of the country’s biggest bus line is trying its best to normalize operations even as it warned saboteurs even as it warned that union leaders found to have orchestrated a failed strike face various criminal cases.

The management alleged that a union vice and board member tried to sabotage the firm’s Bacolod operations on Sunday afternoon.

Yanson called the actions illegal because the union leaders allegedly tried to prevent the buses from leaving a terminal in Bacolod.

The firm allayed fears about a possible disruption of its public conveyance services which could be a violation of the company’s franchises.

It said there is no known plan to stage a strike by the Mindanao Alliance of Land Transport and General Workers Union (Maltu) that has expressed support to the Leo Rey Yanson who was replaced by his brother Roy through a board decision.

In a press statement, Celina Yanson-Lopez, chief financial officer of Vallacar Transit, said the company discovered that several withdrawals amounting to millions of pesos were withdrawn without management approval when Leo Rey was the firm’s president.

Lopez said that as a company policy, an existing memorandum is being enforced overseeing the release of funds.

She said that under the memorandum, fund withdrawals require the approval of the board of directors, and the company policy was violated.

Lopez said the withdrawals, allegedly made from June 1 to June 17, this year, endangered the financial stability of the firm and were to the disadvantage of some 18,000 workers because the withdrawn funds were intended for the salary payments and their benefits.

She said the funds have yet to be accounted for.

The company’s board of directors decided to change Leo Rey with Roy who is now the president and head of operations with Lopez as treasurer and finance and management head, Emily Yanson as the corporate secretary and head of administration, Ricardo Yanson Jr. as vice president for maintenance, and lawyer Jose Jonathan Ealdama as vice president for legal affairs. (Bencyrus Ellorin, contributor)

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Moreno, Emano snub each other at Tugade event https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/moreno-emano-snub-each-other-at-tugade-event/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:52:16 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=99541 By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent. MAYOR Oscar Moreno and Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano yesterday gave each other the cold shoulder when their paths crossed for the first time since the May elections during the Cagayan de Oro launch of the Duterte administration’s Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (seated, right), Mayor Oscar Moreno …

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By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent.

MAYOR Oscar Moreno and Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano yesterday gave each other the cold shoulder when their paths crossed for the first time since the May elections during the Cagayan de Oro launch of the Duterte administration’s Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (seated, right), Mayor Oscar Moreno (seated , left) Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano (standing, right), and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board officials look at the camera during their inspection of a newly acquired mini-bus as part of the Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program at SM City-Cagayan de Oro yesterday morning. (photo by Nitz Arancon)

They sat one seat apart from each other and literally avoided rubbing elbows even when they joined Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade in inspecting a newly acquired mini-bus on display outside a mall in uptown Cagayan de Oro.

Moreno acknowledged only Secretary Tugade in his speech. When it was his turn to speak, Emano also did not acknowledge Moreno.

Like bickering children who snub each other for days because of a disagreement on the rules of patintero, the two politicians avoided eye contact, and didn’t say a word to each other until the program ended.

The activity was in connection with the visit of Tugade in time for the launch of the public vehicles modernization program that involved 39 public transport cooperatives in Region 10, Region 9 and Caraga.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chairman Martin Delgra, who accompanied Tagude, said the launch is part of moves to phase out old public jeepneys and replace these with mini-buses with environment-friendly Euro 4, 5, and 6 engines.

The government aimes to rid the streets of 15-year-old jeepneys and older by June 2020.

Tugade also came over to grace the inauguration of a new wharf in Opol town, Misamis Oriental, and the new passengers’ terminal in Barangay Macabalan, this city.

Tugade said the Macabalan passengers’ terminal is the biggest so far in the country with a capacity of some three thousand people.

He said he has also directed the Civil Aviation Authority to start working for the planned expansion of the Laguindingan airport in Misamis Oriental.

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