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Monday, August 15, 2016

Ozamiz City Mayor Parojinog, kins surrender high-powered firearms

By:  Philippine Information Agency

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City (15 Aug 2016) - Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog, Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez and Councilor Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog surrendered on August 15 assorted high-powered firearms in Ozamiz City Police Station after Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PDG Ronald dela Rosa ordered the revocation of 19 firearm licenses registered under their names.

The order spur from President Rodrigo Duterte's drug personality list expose' where Reynaldo Parojinog, Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez, Ricardo Parojinog and David Navarro figured in the list of narco politicians, judges and police and military officials.

Surrendered firearms include M-16 Bushmaster, FN, SOCOM II, AKA45, Galil, Uzi, Glock, Para Ordnance, and other high-powered firearms and pistols.

Meanwhile, NorMin police regional director PCSupt Noel Constantino ordered the immediate recall of police officers detailed as security escorts to the narco politicians in Duterte's list and withdraw their deputation authority over the PNP pursuant to National Police Commission Memorandum Circular No. 99-010 and Sec. 65 of Republic Act 8551.

"This means they no longer have operational and administrative control and supervision over the PNP in their respective areas.

Likewise, the security escorts provided to them by the PNP will be recalled and advised to report back to their respective police stations," Constantino said.

"For now, they can employ the services of private security guards and protective agents duly authorized by SOSIA and approved by the PNP," he added.

"This is a fair warning to those in the list but refused to comply with the order to surrender their firearms.  They face possible arrest for illegal possession of firearms," NorMin PNP spokesperson Supt Surki Serenas barred.

Friday, July 29, 2016

BJMP misanong pagbalhin kang Regencia

Ni:  Divina M. Suson
Sunstar SuperBalita

ILIGAN CITY (29 Hulyo 2016) - Gisanong na sa Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-National Headquarters ang kamandoan ni Judge Ferdinand Baylon, sa Regional Trial Court Branch 77,  nga motabang sa jail warden sa Iligan pagbalhin kang Mayor Celso G. Regencia gikan sa kasamtangang detention cell niini sa Tipanoy, ning dakbayan, paingon ngadto sa Quezon City Jail Annex sa Taguig City.

Sa sulat ni Jail Chief Superintendent Deogracias Tapayan, officer-in-charge sa BJMP National Headquarters, gipahibalo niini si Baylon nga nagpagawas na og memorandum ang Jail Bureau sa maong pagbalhin.

"In line with your concern on transfer of inmates, we would like to inform this Honorable Court that the BJMP has an existing policy on the transfer of high risk and high profile inmates suited for the likes of inmate Celso G. Regencia," nakalatid sa sulat nga pinetsahan og Hulyo 13.

Quezon City Jail Annex, Bicutan, Taguig City
Apan gihangyo usab ni Tapayan si Baylon nga mohatag og kamandoan ngadto sa ubang mga "law enforcement agencies" lakip na ang militar sa pagtabang alang sa luwas nga pagbiyahe sa "high risk and high profile inmates" sama niini nga kahimtang.

Dugang ni Tapayan nga 'standard operating procedure' na sa BJMP ang pagpasaka og "administrative charge" batok sa jail warden kun ugaling mapakyas kini sa pagdala sa usa ka binilanggo ngadto sa korte aron motambong sa gitakdang pagdungog o "appearance" nga walay balido nga rason.

Kahinumduman nga niadtong Abril 20, nagpagawas og kamandoan ang Korte Suprema ngadto kang Judge Marissa Estabaya sa RTC Branch 44 alang sa pagbalhin sa mga kasong "murder" ug "frustrated murder" ni Regencia ngadto sa Quezon City.

Mayo 19, mipagawas og kamandoan si Estabaya ngadto kang Iligan City warden Chief Inspector Omar Jalagat sa pagtuman sa kamandoan sa Korte Suprema.

Hulyo 8, mimando si Baylon kang Jalagat sa pagdala ug pagbalhin kang Regencia ngadto sa Quezon City Jail Annex sa dili pa ang Agosto 15 alang sa ipahigayong mga paghusay sa Agosto 17, 24 ug 31 karong tuiga.

Si Regencia maoy gitudlong mastermind sa pag-ambush sa convoy ni kanhi Iligan City Lone District Congressman Vicente Belmonte Jr., diin tulo ang patay sa iyang mga security escorts lakip na driver.  Hugtanon kining gipanghimakak ni Regencia ug gibarugan sa iyang kampo nga inosente ang Mayor ug, matud pa, usa lamang kini ka "political harassment." 

Subling napili isip Mayor si Regencia niadtong miaging piliay sa Mayo 9, alang sa iyang ikaduhang termino, ug nagpadayon paghimo sa iyang mga gimbuhaton isip mayor sulod sa bilanggoan.

Ombudsman finds Congressman Siao, former Mayor Cruz, other councilors guilty of grave misconduct

By:  Roxanne Avevalo

ILIGAN CITY (29 July 2016) - The Office of the Ombudsman has found former Iligan Mayor Lawrence Cruz and 11 former councilors, including the incumbent congressman, liable for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The 11 councilors were Ruderic Marzo, Providencio Abragan Jr., Moises Dalisay Jr., Riza Jane Magaro, Jose Zalsos, Frederick Siao, Marlene Young, Ariel Anghay, Michelle Sweet-Booc, Bayani Areola, Roy Openiano, and Eulalio Gaite.

Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz (LEFT) and Cong. Frederick Siao (RIGHT) 
Siao is the incumbent representative for the Lone District of Iligan.

Cruz and the 11 councilors were sued by the City Administrator Dexter Sumaoy in 2014 after they leased a property without undergoing public bidding.

In an order dated June 13, 2016, but was only made public recently, the Office of the Ombudsman imposed the penalty of dismissal from service, with the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding office and forfeiture of retirement benefits, among others.

According to Dalisay, counsel and one of the respondents, they will file a motion for reconsideration.  He maintained that leasing private real estate does not require public bidding.

Sumaoy, on the other hand, insisted that the penalties for the administrative case may be executed immediately.

Monday, July 25, 2016

'Drug Queen of the South,' army major, 7 others collared

By: Camcer Ordonez Imam
Manila Bulletin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (25 July 2016) - A former mayor in Lanao del Sur, dubbed by anti-narcotics officials as the "Drug Queen of the South," was arrested yesterday morning when joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the local police swooped down on a compound in Barangay Kauswagan here.

Johaira Abinal alias "Mayora Marimar," former mayor of Maguing, Lanao del Sur, was arrested with her husband, Major Suharto Tambidan Macabuat, who is assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group of the Philippine Army (HHSG-PA) in Fort Bonifacio, nephew Sanny Santican, and six other household members, whose identities were not immediately available.

The raiding team, armed with a search warrant issued by the Office of the Executive Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Misamis Oriental, seized an estimated 200 grams of shabu and a .45 caliber Remington pistol from the Macabuat and Santican residences inside the compound.

PDEA Region 10 Director Adrian G. Alvarino said Abinal could be the "mayora" named earlier by President Duterte as one of the biggest drug dealers in Mindanao.  

He said the former mayor is the alleged leader of the Abinal Group, which allegedly supplies illegal drugs in Regions 10, 11, 12, Caraga, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and even in Metro Manila.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Court orders Regencia transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan

Detained Mayor Celso G. Regencia escorted by
BJMP personnel during the Oct 19 hearing in
Initao RTC Branch 44
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (19 Jul 2016) - A Regional Trial Court judge orders the transfer of detention of Mayor Celso G. Regencia from Iligan City jail in Tipanoy to Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa, in Bicutan, Taguig City, not later than August 15, 2016.

The transfer order emanates from a three-page order of Ferdinand Baylon, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 77 of Quezon City, mandating the personal presence of the accused for the marathon hearings scheduled on August 17, 24 and 31 at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon at the Quezon City RTC Branch 77.

"All parties to these cases are strongly advised to be ready for this court will not entertain any postponement and/or cancellations," the Order sternly states.
It may be recalled that there have already been six (6) subpoenas issued by the RTC Branch 44 in Initao, Misamis Oriental for the purpose of Regencia's arraignment.  Only the first hearing in October 19, 2016 was attended by accused Celso Regencia.  
The lawyers for the defense moved for the inhibition of RTC Branch 44 Judge Marissa Estabaya from hearing the case.  The five other scheduled hearings were postponed upon motion of the defense due to the alleged Regencia's health problem.

The supporters of Regencia also barricaded the gates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Barangay Tipanoy, this City, preventing the accused to be brought to Initao, in Misamis Oriental, for hearing.

In April 20, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered the transfer of detention of Regencia to Bicutan Jail and the hearing to the Quezon City RTC.

A hearing for arraignment and for the petition of bail were scheduled in July 13, 2016, however, the defense counsel, Atty. Voltaire Rovira, moved again for postponement due to mandatory attendance of lawyers in the annual MCLE seminar scheduled in July 13 to 16 in Iligan City.

The marathon hearings in Quezon City are a much-awaited scenario whose resolution is hoped by the Iligan constituents to finally end the political hiatus at the Iligan City hall. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

4 nasikop sa drug bust sa Iligan

By:  Divina M. Suson

ILIGAN CITY - Laing upat ka mga drug suspects ang nasikop sa mga otoridad atol sa drug bust operation sulod sa duha ka mga pension house sa Barangay San Miguel, ning dakbayan, Hulyo 13 sa gabii.

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