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Monday, June 1, 2015

Palace appoints Iliganon to National Anti-Poverty Commission

By: Yuji Gonzales

MANILA (30 May 3015) - Malacanang Palace on Saturday announced President Benigno Aquino III's latest appointments to various government posts here and abroad.

Nanette Salvador-Antequisa
REGINA "Nanette" SALVADOR-ANTEQUISA (ECOWEB Executive Director and native of Iligan City) was designated to the National Anti-Poverty Commission, representing the victims of disasters and calamities.  

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the announcement in an interview with state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

Amable Aguiluz V, former special envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council, was named special envoy of the President to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Joselito Jimeno, former ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, and Leslie Baja, previously assistant secretary for European affairs, were nominated as ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Switzerland and Egypt, respectively.

Ifugao Gov. Dennis Habawel was appointed chair of the Cordillera Administrative Region's Regional Peace and Order Council.

Victor Chiong was also named new board member of the National Electrification Administration.

Ninian Sumadia, together with Regina Antequisa, was designated to the National Anti-Poverty Commission, representing the youth and students.

The following were also appointed commissioners of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos: Paisalin Tago, Jamel Dinil, Abdulwahid Inju and Analiza Flores-Malayang.  They will serve for a term until March 7, 2018.

The Palace also named five new members of the Philippine National Oil Corp. Exploration Corp.'s board of directors: Rafael Iriarte, Ralph Pastor Salazar, Joseph Emnas, Fernando Zulueta and Fernando Barreiro.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

2 kidnapped teenagers in Iligan freed

ILIGAN CITY (07 May 2015) - Abductors freed Thursday dawn two of the four teenagers they kidnapped earlier at C-3 diversion road in Barangay Sta. Elena here on Thursday dawn.

Iligan Police Director Orlando Benas told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone  Thursday morning that kidnap victims Rafael Lat and his girlfriend Elle Marie Francis Deleste, both 18 years old, were reunited with their families after their release at Brgy. Sta. Elena.

Benas said that Lat and Deleste did not wait for the police and their parents.  "Soon as they were released, they took the 'habal-habal' (motorcycle for hire) to their residence."

Benas and his team who secured the Deleste family confirmed the latter paid P100,000 on Wednesday, but a military official who asked not to be named said that both families paid P100,000 each for their children's safe release.

"We wanted to talk with Lat and Deleste, but their parents didn't allow it since they've been asked to rest considering the ordeal they went through since the day they were abducted and put under the care of Maranao women in a hinterland area in Lanao del Norte," he said.

Benas named the two other remaining captives: Ehfrus Fernandez and Ken Garciano.

The four teenagers are close buddies who usually hand out together to have fun with their skateboards during their leisure time, one of the parents told Benas.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), with its Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), the Iligan City Government crisis management committee, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade and the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, PNP Lanao del Norte and the local government units of Pantar and Tagoloan towns of Lanao del Norte are working together for the release of the remaining captives, Fernandez and Garciano, who are believed kept in the tri-border of Tagoloan, Pantar towns in Lanao del Norte and Kapai town in Lanao del Sur.

Colonel Gilbert I. Gapay, commanding officer of the 2nd Mechanized IB said the military and police are conducting checkpoints in some exit areas to prevent the abductors in bringing the remaining captives to Lanao del Sur.

In an interview on May 6, Benas said the teenagers were kidnapped in the busy street of Pala-o in Iligan City on May 4.  The abductors used Lat's vehicle and took the victims to hinterland areas in Lanao del Norte.

"We could not take actions right away since the parents of the victims did not file a complaint until Wednesday afternoon, May 6, at Police Station 5 and reported the abduction," Benas said.

Gapay said the AFP-PNP joint peace and security coordinating center will meet next week to draw workable action plans to prevent further abduction and extortion activities in the city.

"Lawless elements and kidnap-for-ransom groups are perhaps launching these abduction and extortion activities to generate funds in the upcoming elections in 2016," Gapay said. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Why Pacquiao lost?" - analyst explains

By:  Dennis Gasgonia

MANILA, Philippines (3 May 2015) - Manny Pacquiao would have won against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sunday (Manila time) if the vintage version of the Filipino boxer showed up, according to a local boxing analyst.

Monday, April 27, 2015

"No alternative to BBL," says former Chief Justice Davide

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr.
By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab

MANILA (27 Apr 2015) - Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide on Monday told the House of Representatives that there is no alternative to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, adding that the bill can instead be refined to save it from constitutional loopholes.

Duterte asks NPA: "spare Palarong Pambansa"

TAGUM CITY (26 Apr 2015) - Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte called on the communist New People's Army (NPA) to spare the Palarong Pambansa from attacks and, in jest invited guerrillas to take part in the games as athletes.

"I would like to tell the NPA: 'Stay out of this'," Duterte said before a closed-door briefing in this city for security preparations for the Palarong Pambansa.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Iligan City, nakaranas ng 5-oras na brownout

By:  Roxanne Roble Arevalo 
ABS-CBN News Correspondent

ILIGAN CITY (23 Apr 2015) - Nakaranas ng limang oras na blackout ang Iligan City at ilang bahagi ng Lanao del Norte.

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