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Lindajay: ‘We meant Kamansi no harm’

By LITO RULONA Correspondent THE soldier who was identified as one of those who harassed and forced natives to evacuate to the capitol here broke his silence on Tuesday night, and accused the evacuees from Sitio Kamansi, Barangay Banglay in Lagonglong of being supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA). …

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Natives warn of defiance, bloodshed over land row

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City––Tension gripped a village here as a tribal group hinted of defiance and warned of bloodshed as a result of a June 2 court order for the Tribal Coalition of Mindanao (Tricom) to vacate a 1,200-square meter property in Purok 6, Barangay Kinamlutan, this city. …

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Marawi govt checks prices as Ramadhan officially begins today

By Samira Ali Gutoc- Tomawis Contributor MARAWI’S leaders are doing the rounds in the Islamic city’s major thoroughfares to check on prices as part of a Ramadhanelated campaign to enforce government rules. Upon moon sighting, religious authorities declared this day as the start of the Holy Month of Ramadhan. The …

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MILF decommissions arms, combatants

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao––The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday started the first phase of the decommissioning of its firearms and combatants, a move which its leaders and the Palace said was a show of strong commitment to the Mindanao peace efforts. MILF chairman Al Haj Murad said the Front decommissioned …

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Korina tells Pagatpat folk: Don’t vote a thief into office

By LITO RULONA Correspondent POPULAR television and radio personality Korina Sanchez on Sunday told villagers in Pagatpat, this city, to be wise in selecting the next leader of the nation, and not vote a “thief” into office. The pronouncement of Sanchez, wife of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II who is …

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Evacuees return to Lagonglong

By NITZ ARANCON and SHIELA MAE BUTLIG Correspondents EVACUEES who have camped out at the capitol grounds for over a week returned to their homes in Sitio Kamansi, Barangay Banlay, Lagonglong in Misamis Oriental yesterday. Officials counted 52 families or 252 people who sought refuge at the capitol here for …

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Lawmen catch wanted man with ties to murder,

By BONITA ERMAC Correspondent ILIGAN City––Authorities arrested one of the most wanted men in Region 10 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) here on Sunday night. The fugitive identified as 38-year old Alikhan Dimnatang was arrested in his home in Purok Coca-Cola, Kilumco, Barangay Tubod, this city, based …

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Mayor sets eyes on 2016 budget of P5b

MAYOR Oscar Moreno announced he would seek a nearly P5-billion budget from the city council for 2016 during the celebration of the city’s 65th Charter Day in Divisoria yesterday. Moreno’s announcement and optimism came despite his administration’s failed attempts to win the local legislature’s approval for his proposed annual budgets …

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Vendors’ leader has an ax to grind, says CEED manager

By NITZ ARANCON and LITO RULONA Correspondents THE manager of the City Economic Enterprise Department (CEED) has strongly denied accusations that he and his subordinates have been selling rights to public market stalls even as he accused the leader of organized vendors of making up stories of corruption as a …

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