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Friday, January 13, 2017

DOJ dismisses murder and frustrated murder cases vs Regencia

CAGAYAN DE ORO (13 Jan 2017) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila dismissed the murder and frustrated murder cases against jailed Iligan City Mayor Celso Gumera Regencia on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Regencia, a retired police senior superintendent and overwhelmingly won his second term in May 2016, is a suspect in the alleged ambush on the convoy of former Iligan Lone District congressman Vicente Belmonte Jr on December 11, 2014.

Belmonte survived, but three of his men died.

Regencia has been behind bars for three counts of murder and four counts of frustrated murder.

Also charged for the ambush are Amador Baller, Rogelio Pitos Sr, Romeo Suganob, Dominador Sumandulan Tumala, Peejay Capangpangan, Alfreo Arnoco, Julito Oros Ansad, Dodo Silvano, and Rogelio Pitos Jr.

All of their cases were also dismissed.

The dismissal order was issued on December 9, 2016, and was signed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rassendell Rex F. Gingoyon, and approved by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Lilian Doris Alejo, and Chief Prosecutor Jorge Catalan Jr, officer-in-charge.

The DOJ ordered the Office of the Prosecutor in Quezon City to withdraw all the information filed against Regencia and all his co-accused.

Iligan City information officer Jose Pantoja said they are awaiting Regencia's release, possibly by January 17, 2017.

"We are also contemplating filing counter charges against the complainant of the dismissed multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder," Pantoja said.  [Bobby Espinosa Lagsa, RAPPLER]

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Clan feud behind Pantar Mayor ambush, police says

ILIGAN CITY (11 Jan 2017) - Iligan City police authorities set their eyes on rido or clan feud as possible motive behind the ambush-slay last December 29, 2016 of Mayor Mohammad Exchan Gabriel Limbona of Pantar town in Lanao del Norte.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Pantar town mayor dead in ambush at Iligan City

Mohammad Exchan Gabriel Limbona 
[PHOTO: Merlyn Manos]
ILIGAN CITY (30 Dec 2016) - Mayor Mohammad Exchan Gabriel Limbona of the municipality of Pantar in Lanao del Norte province was killed after unidentified gunmen ambushed his vehicle in Iligan City late Thursday.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Iligan City subdivision fire, 4 dead

ILIGAN CITY (28 Dec 2016) - Four people died in a conflagration which partially razed a residential house early dawn Wednesday, 28 December 2016, in Dona Maria Subdivision, Brgy Tubod, Iligan City.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ozamiz City mayor vows to cooperate vs illegal drugs

OZAMIZ CITY (22 Dec 2016) - Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog Sr., who was earlier tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as a narco-politician, vows he is ready to work with Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, who has been named Ozamiz City's new police chief.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Belmonte and Cruz deny involvement in illegal drug trade

ILIGAN CITY (20 Dec 2016) - Former Iligan City Lone District Representative Vicente Belmonte and former Iligan City mayor Lawrence Lluch Cruz deny any involvement in the illegal drug trade, as announced yesterday by President Rodrigo Duterte.

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