Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental LGUs temporarily cease receiving LSIs until Oct. 4

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2020   •   757

MANILA, Philippines — The provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental will temporarily close their respective borders to incoming locally stranded individuals (LSIs) for the next two weeks.

According to Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan Itoy, the two-week closure of borders is to allow local health workers and other frontliners to rest from the stress and load brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Governor Itoy also explained that the province’s isolation facilities are in need of cleaning while some require general repair as well as other maintenance works.

The LGUs’ moratorium on LSIs will remain in effect until October 4.

Based on the latest record, the province of Misamis Occidental has the fifth highest number of COVID-19 cases in Northern Mindanao. MNP (with reports from Weng Fernandez)

2 top political bets hurt in Misamis Occidental shooting

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Two local candidates in next year’s elections in Misamis Occidental were injured in a shooting incident, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.

In a statement, the PNP said Lopez Jaena Mayor Michael Gutierrez, who is running for vice governor, sustained a gunshot wound to the head after a sniper fired at a party they were attending in Tangub City around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Gutierrez was rushed to the hospital. His family said the mayor successfully underwent an operation but he has yet to regain consciousness.

Gutierrez attended the party along with House Deputy Speaker Henry Oaminal and other local politicians, including former Oroquieta City Mayor Jason Almonte who is a congressional aspirant.

The PNP said Almonte was also injured in the incident while Oaminal suffered minor bruises in the arm and back of the head.

Both Almonte and Oaminal are now in stable condition and have been released from the hospital, it added.

PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Roderick Augustus Alba said investigation into the incident is underway.

A lockdown was also imposed in Tangub City while dragnet operations are underway against the perpetrators. Mobile checkpoints have also been set up around the city.

 Police Brigadier General Benjamin Acorda Jr., PRO-10 Regional Director, said a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) has been formed to focus on the incident.

“Police Regional Office 10 strongly condemns the shooting incident that transpired yesterday in tangub city during a christmas fellowship party of the group of Congressman Henry Oaminal, Mayor Michael Gutierrez and Mr Jason Almonte,” Acorda said in a separate statement.

“We encourage the public to provide us relevant information especially those who have witnessed the incident and report it to the nearest police stations or through these numbers: 0917-631-1813/0915-303-3072,” he added.

400 pasaherong stranded sa Pio Duran Port pinayagan nang makapasok sa Masbate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 25, 2021

Pinahintulutan na ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Masbate na makapasok sa probinsya ang 400 pasahero na apat na araw nang stranded sa Pio Duran port sa Albay dahil sa “no vaccine, no entry policy”.

Sa halip na pababalikin ang mga ito sa kanilang pinanggalingan ay isasailalim na lang sila sa antigen swab test ng local government unit (LGU) bago pasakayin ng barko.

Kinuha na rin ang kanilang mga pangalan at uuwiang LGU para sa proper coordination.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan, ito na ang huling beses na papayagang nilang makauwi ang mga locally stranded individuals (LSI) na hindi pa bakunado.

Sa susunod na may magtatangkang papasok sa lalawigan na walang bakuna at sapat na dokumento ay sasampahan na ng kaso.

Ayon pa kay Masbate Governor Antonio Kho, layon ng “no vaccine, no entry policy” na hindi na makakalusot sa checkpoint ang mga colorum na sasakayan na namemeke ng mga dokumento.

“There is an increase in transmission of COVID-19 in the province of Masbate because of this colorum van that enters and fabricates documents,” aniya.

Philippine Air Force grounds entire fleet of Hueys after fatal crash in Bukidnon

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has grounded its entire fleet of UH-1H helicopters while investigations on the fatal crash in Bukidnon on Saturday (January 16) are ongoing.

“Definitely lahat ng UH-1 helicopter natin will be grounded until such time makumpleto yung thorough maintenance inspection. Part po kasi iyan ng safety procedure,” confirmed PAF Spokesperson LtCol. Aristides Galang.

The official also spoke to rectify rumors that the cause of the mishap was engine failure.

“Masyado pa po kasing maaga, so yung investigating team natin hindi po ganoon kabilis na made-determine natin kaagad kung ano yung cause of the accident, ng mishap,” he said.

“Marami po kasi tayong factors na ikino-consider. Hindi po natin masabi kaagad na may problema sa makina yung eroplano,” he added.

All five PAF personnel who were killed in the incident were given full military honors on Sunday (January 17).

They were pilot LtCol. Arnie Arroyo; co-pilot 2Lt. Mark Anthony Caabay; Sgt. Mervin Bersabe; Air First Class Stephen Agarrado; and Sgt. Julius Salvador.

Two members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) namely Jerry Ayocdo and Jhamel Sugalang who were with them were also killed in the incident.

The group was supposed to deliver food supplies to a patrol base in Impasug-Ong, Bukidnon.

Based on the latest report of the 4ID Philippine Army, the remains of the five soldiers were laid at the headquarters of the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing in Mactan Cebu while the remains of the two CAFGU members were transported to their respective hometowns and families. —MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan / Val Villaflor)

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