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Friday, December 19, 2014

Iligan lawmaker who survived ambush attempt faces libel case

By:  Roxanne Arevalo

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (19 Dec. 2014) - After surviving an ambush attempt, Iligan Rep. Vicente Belmonte Jr. is now facing a libel case for allegedly linking a local chief executive to the attack.

Belmonte, a third-termer in the House of Representatives, said he arrived at Laguindingan Airport, Misamis Oriental in the afternoon of December 11 when his convoy was ambushed at Barangay Gassi.  Three of his men were killed in the attack.

The lawmaker has blamed local politics for the ambush attempt, noting that it happened after he announced his intention to run for mayor of Iligan in 2016.

He also said some of the suspects are linked to Iligan Mayor Celso Regencia.

For his part, Regencia said the lawmaker has no right linking him to the ambush attempt and that his guilt is a matter left up to the courts.

He also challenged Belmonte to sue him in court if he believes he has enough evidence to prove his allegations.

Supporters of both camps said the two politicians should settle the matter in the courtroom.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Iligan Congressman Belmonte survives ambush try; 4 dead


LAGUINDINGAN AIRPORT (11 Dec 2014) - Iligan City congressman Vicente "Varf" Belmonte, Jr. survived an ambush try after stepping out of the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, while travelling enroute towards Iligan City.

Belmonte said the fatalities are his two drivers and two police escorts, while three (3) others including himself sustains some wounds.

Belmonte said the ambush happened soon after he left the Laguindingan Airport.

Vans blocked their front and rear before the firing started.

"We were already out of the airport, when we were ambushed.  A van opened fire" at their service and back-up cars, he said.

Belmonte is currently at a hospital getting treatment for his wounds.

Belmonte claims the ambush was politically motivated.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bomb explosion inside RTMI bus in Bukidnon claims ten persons

By:  Bing Tenorio and Nitz Arancon
Mindanao Gold Star Daily

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon (9 Dec 2014) - At least nine people [latest count registered 10 persons] were killed and many others were hurt as a bomb went off in a moving bus in Maramag town in this province this afternoon.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mahayag PNP arrests Iligan radioman for carrying unlicensed gun

By:  Mindanao Examiner

PAGADIAN CITY (08 Dec 2014, Mon) - Police arrested an employee of the Iligan City government after he was caught carrying a pistol without any permit in Zamboanga del Sur province in southern Philippines, officials said Monday.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

8 shot dead in Saray, Iligan City

By: Bianca Rose Dabu
GMANews Online

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (7 Dec 2014) - Eight people were killed in a shooting incident in Iligan City Sunday morning in what local police believed was connected to the illegal drug trade in the area.

PO2 Mario Zayas of the Iligan City Police said the victims were shot inside a house in Purok 6, Barangay Saray, by two men using a gun fitted with a silencer.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lanao del Norte Provincial Health Office wins regional award anew

By:  Lorry V. Gabule
Philippine Information Agency

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, 27 Oct 2014 (PIA) - The Provincial Health Office (PHO) is this year's recipient of an award of recognition as "Best Provincial Health Office for Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance Response (PIDSR).


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