April 17, 2015

Oro Power Utility Assures 'No More Brownout'

BEGINNING today, Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Co. (Cepalco) lifts the rotational brownout it enforced in the city since April 10 after the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), formerly the National Power Corporation (NPC), has added another 30 megawatt to Cepalco’s daily requirement to run the city’s power needs.
Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM)
Last week, Cepalco was only receiving about 60MW-70MW compelling the power utility to resort to load shedding since its own power sources were insufficient to supply the 150MW to power its franchise area.

Marilyn Chavez, Cepalco’s senior manager for Customer and Community Relations, told Sun Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Wednesday that PSALM could now provide 100MW to Cepalco. “Finally, Cepalco has ironed this out and we assure our customers that there’ll be no more power curtailment beginning tomorrow (Thursday) even if the load that PSALM provides is still short of 50MW. Cepalco’s Minergy, independent power producer, the Cabulig hydro and solar power will be sufficient to provide the city’s power demand,” Chavez said.
The neighboring Iligan City and Lanao del Norte haven’t experienced power curtailment which left Cagayan de Oro residents and the business sector wondering why there was insufficient power supply here lately.

Last year, the city experienced only minimal rotational brownout despite the Mindanao power curtailment after the Steag’s coal-fired power plant generators conked out. Steag supplies 210MW to the Mindanao grid.

Hydro Sources Drying Up

Pulangi River in Bukidnon and Lake Lanao, major sources of hydropower electricity in Mindanao, is rapidly drying up worsening the power situation in some cities of Mindanao already reeling with daily rotational brownouts.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) director Romeo Montenegro said the water level in Pulangi River in Bukidnon went down to 280.85 meters above sea level, way below the baseline limit of 286 meters as of Tuesday.

As a result, Montenegro said the hydro plant in Pulangi is now capable of producing only 30MW of electricity out of its 250MW rated capacity.

“It (Pulangi hydro plant) is not out, but it is producing only 30MW because there is no more water except silt,” Montenegro said in a text message.

Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
Cagayan de Oro reeled under a daily eight-hour rotational brownout in its franchise area in Cagayan de Oro and the towns of Jasaan and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental that began Tuesday.

Pagadian City and nearby province of Zamboanga de Sibugay are also under severe power curtailment, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said Wednesday.

To make matters worse for Cagayan de Oro and Pagadian cities, the newly completed 150-megawatts Boiler Unit 2 of Therma South Inc. (TSI), a power plant owned by the Aboitiz Power in Davao City, failed to go on line when it sustained damages during the Mindanao-wide blackout last Easter Sunday, April 5.

Prior to that, Cepalco secured a 20-megawatt supply from TSI supposedly to alleviate the critical power situation in Cagayan de Oro.

The same thing happened to Lake Lanao where, Montenegro said, the prolonged dry spell of weak “ El Nino” has reduced the electricity output of the six cascading hydro plants along the Agus River.

“All Agus plants are running but some units are derated or having reduced output,” he said.

Montenegro said water level in Lake Lanao had plunged to 699. 82 meters above sea level.

He said the maximum water level for Agus hydro plants to operate safely without damaging its machineries is 702 meters above sea level.

“Cepalco’s current load portfolio cannot cover high demand because of the summer heat,” Montenegro said.

Pulangi and Agus River in Lanao provinces supplies more than 52 percent of the electricity in Mindanao

Cepalco vice president Ralph Paguio said even with their standby power plants and the Independent Load Producers (ILP), they do not have enough electricity to cover their entire franchise area.

“This force us to resort to power curtailment to equitably share whatever supply there is,” Paguio said.

He said they offset the shortfall with from Cepalco’s coal plant, Minergy which produces 42 megawatts of electricity and participating ILP firms in Cagayan de Oro.

Paguio said still there is a shortfall of electricity they could not meet.

Aboitiz communications officer Wilfredo Alfredo III said the electricity supply from Therma South could have eased the situation in Cagayan de Oro.

“The brownouts could have been cut to only two hours not eight hours,” Wilfredo said.

In a statement, Aboitiz Power said the sudden loss in last Easter Sunday’s Mindanao-wide blackout caused the damage at the TSI Unit 2 boiler which was scheduled to go on line this month.

TSI president Benjie Cariaso said repairs can run up to ten months but he added that their Unit 1 coal plant is still scheduled to operate in June 2015.

Cariaso said repairs to the Boiler Unit 2’s air-preheater as well as the electrostatic precipitator can run up to 10 months delaying its commissioning.

Read more news information at Sunstar.com.

April 15, 2015

During a Buy-Bust Operation - Worth of P80K of Illegal Drugs Siezed!

According to reports in our neighboring city, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --- Authorities have seized illegal drug dealings worth of about 80,000 Pesos during their buy bust operation in a certain lodging house in the said city. Illegal drugs are getting worse and are getting high amount of quantity being transacted in our major cities in Northern Mindanao area. We already know what comes after with this kind of crimes and the major purpose behind this illegal campaign. We could name a few, terrorism, funding for illegal firearms or other worst case that we could think of. As for us, a good citizen in our lovely city we should be vigilant and watchful of any illegal activities that we could know of --- and let the authorities know about it. Let's help fight these illegal activities and report to our local authorities. It's the least that we could do!

Illegal Drugs

As the report says...

"... Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force Officer-in-Charge Senior Inspector Gilbert Rollen said they arrested suspected drug pusher Ervin Loma following two months of surveillance operation.

Rollen said Loma had been moving from one lodging house to another. The suspect allegedly sold drugs to customers in various lodging houses.

Loma admitted that the illegal drugs he obtained came from Iligan City.

He is facing charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act."

– Report from Shiela Joy Labrador, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao"

April 13, 2015

Gov’t Probes MILF Training Camp in Iligan City

MANILA, Philippines—The government will investigate reports that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has put up a training camp in Iligan City, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) said Friday.

If the reports are true and the camp is found, it would be immediately dismantled, the Opapp said.
The Government of the Philippines Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (GPH-CCCH) will conduct the investigation, the Opapp said.

The GPH-CCCH secretariat head, Maj. Carlos Sol, said his office had received the report of the Army’s 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade recommending the dismantling “of an alleged training facility by the MILF.”

The alleged training camp is located near the boundary of Sitio Limonsodan in Barangay Waterfalls in Rogongon, Iligan City.

Sol said in the Opapp statement that the GPH-CCCH is “currently conducting validation procedures.”

Ceasefire Holding

“We assure everyone, especially those in Iligan and neighboring towns, that we will do our utmost to resolve this complaint at the soonest time possible. We appreciate the public’s vigilance and we urge everyone to continue helping us. The ceasefire with the MILF has been holding. We want it to continue doing so,” Sol said.

In his report, Col. Gilbert Gapay, commander of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, said he made the recommendation based on the complaint filed by Deodato Abugan Sr., a Higaonon tribe chieftain.

“The complaint also cited continued recruitment and the conduct of military-like training exercises by the MILF. [The] Lanao del Norte-based 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion made the [purported] pictures of the training camp public. [The alleged camp] is not among the several MILF camps recognized under the peace agreement with the government,” the Opapp said in the statement.

Acknowledged Camps

Under the normalization annex of the peace agreement between the government and the MILF, the acknowledged MILF camps are: Camp Abubakar as-Siddique in Maguindanao; Camp Bilal in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur; Camp Omar ibn al-Khattab in Maguindanao; Camp Rajamuda in North Cotabato and Maguindanao; Camp Badre in Maguindanao, and Camp Busrah Somiorang in Lanao del Sur.

The CCCH was created to monitor the implementation of the longstanding ceasefire between the government and the MILF.

The body is also tasked to resolve ceasefire violation complaints in order to prevent conflict escalation and truce breakdown.

Read more News Information at Inquirer.net

April 12, 2015

NGCP: 9 Hours of Power Interruption in Some Parts of Lanao Norte

Power Interruption!
ILIGAN CITY, PHILIPPINES – A nine-hour power interruption may occur in parts of Lanao del Norte province and in Iligan City on Sunday, April 12, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said.

In an advisory, the NGCP said the power interruption may affect areas covered by Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative (LANECO).

The power interruption is scheduled in parts of Baloi, Lanao del Norte and parts of Ditucalan, Iligan City from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NGCP said the interruption aims to facilitate preventive maintenance of the 7.5-megavolt power transformer at Baloi substation, which requires the shutdown of Abaga-MOM-MRO-Ditucalan 13.8-kilovolt line. (Joel Locsin/LBG, GMA News)

DOH-Northern Mindanao Employs Micronutrients Supplement

IN STRENGTHENING the advocacy on children’s wellbeing, the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao is undertaking a strategic approach to support the micronutrients program in the region.

The advocacy dubbed as “Garantisadong Pambata 2015” (GP) implements packages and services available for every child.

Experts on nutrition gathered in a media forum in Cagayan de Oro last April 8 that tackled the highlights of GP.

Telesfora Madelo, DOH-Northern Mindanao nutrition program coordinator, said the program components of GP are immunization for infants and de-worming for children but highlighted the micronutrient supplementation.

Karen Yee, program coordinator for immunization, said the target population covers six weeks to 11 months infants.

Yee said that pneumococcal vaccine (PCV 13) was already distributed in barangay health centers in the Northern Mindanao and it will be given in three doses.

“This PCV13 is previously given by private doctors with fees. That’s why we consider it as a milestone in child immunization because right now it’s free,” Yee said.

“In providing micronutrient supplementation, we give vitamin A capsules to infants and iron tablets to all pregnant and lactating mothers which are all available in our barangay health centers,” Madelo said.

“DOH will be implementing GP every day not only for this month or this coming October,” Madelo said.

She also said that included in the GP services is the “Operation Timbang,” which is aimed at monitoring annual weighing of infants and children to lessen the impact of malnutrition.

Mitch Navales, program coordinator of National Nutrition Council (NNC), said malnutrition is the root of all sickness with deficiency, excess or over nutrition and imbalance in terms of micronutrients as its indicators.

She said that only two provinces, Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental, in the region are listed to have mild iodine deficiency disorder — children from 6-12 years old — from 2008 to 2013.(April Argen Pat B. Marzon/SunStar)

April 11, 2015

Explore Iligan: Paseo de Santiago – New Favorite Spot in Iligan

The most beautiful place to hangout with families and friends in Iligan City! See and explore how beautiful this place is. It's like the HOLLYWOOD version in ILIGAN CITY. Proud to be Iliganon!

Paseo de Santiago - Great Place to Stay!


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April 10, 2015

Rape Victim OFW in Bahrain Seeking Help through Video

A video of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) seeking help after being allegedly raped and beaten by her employer’s son has been making the rounds on the Internet.

28 year old Abby Luna, a domestic worker in Hamad, Bahrain, narrated in a three-minute video uploaded on Facebook on Thursday how she had been raped, beaten and threatened by her attacker.

Luna, a native of Los Baños, Laguna, said she was raped on April 8 at her employer’s house.

Video of Rape Victim OFW in Bahrain Seeking Help

She said she sustained wounds and bruises after the attack by her employer’s son, whom she claimed was a drug addict.

Luna also said she was threatened by the rapist not to speak of the incident to her employer because she would be killed and buried in the desert.

image source: Facebook Screenshot
Though fearing for her life, she said she reported the rape to her employer who scolded her and asked her why she didn’t tell him right away.

The employer’s son, however, said Luna seduced him.

“Tulungan niyo ako (Help me), please,” a crying Luna said in the video.

“Sana matulungan ako na makaalis dito, natatakot na ako (I hope to get help so I can leave this place, I’m so scared).”

Luna said her employer had told her she had to wait for two months before she could leave and she would have to pay for her return ticket.

She was also told by the employer that if she got pregnant, she had to abort the fetus.

Luna then asked for help to contact the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain so she could be rescued.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Charles Jose told INQUIRER.net that the OFW is now in the custody of the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron - A Movie Worth Watching

Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Earth’s mightiest must reunite and work with newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet to battle Ultron in Marvel Comics’ biggest action adventure film of the year, the sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, which will premiere worldwide on April 22, in 2D and 3D, at ICM Screenville Cinemas.

When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.-“Sherlock Holmes”) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly wrong, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth-“Snow White and the Huntsman”), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo-“Now You See Me”), Captain America (Chris Evans–“Fantastic Four” films), and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble.

As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the Avengers are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of villainous Ultron (James Spader-“Lincoln”), a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, as well as the familiar Vision.

Joint Inspection Team Visits Alleged BIAF-MILF Training Facility in Limunsudan

ILIGAN CITY, April 1 -- A joint inspection and validation team visited an alleged training camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)–Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) in sitio Limunsudan, barangay Rogongon, Iligan City, on March 29.

The visit was in response to a report from the Higaonon tribe submitted to the Iligan City Council which the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army (PA), took the lead in this endeavor, as part of their area of coverage.

Col Gilbert I. Gapay, brigade commander, 2nd Mech IB, described the area as unoccupied training facility that covers an estimated one hectare area located in the tri-boundary of Iligan City, Talakag of Bukidnon and Tagoloan II of Lanao del Sur. It will take five hours by land trip via Talakag town and another three hours walk to the site.

The semblance of a training facility is intact due to present structures to include fence, obstacle course, tiger jump, monkey bar, beam, training wooden rifle for demonstration, balance beam, watchtower beside the entrance gate, exit gate and nipa huts, Gapay added.

The Joint Inspection and Validation Team was composed of GRP-MILF Coordinating Committee on Cessation of  Hostilities (CCCH) representative, International Monitoring Team (IMT), Adhoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) Civil Society Organization (CSO), Pakigdait Incorporated, Local Government Unit of Iligan City and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) representative, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP).

The team met and had a dialogue with the Higaonon tribal leaders with their members who are also residents of sitio Limunsudan.

After the visit, the team will have an assessment as to its findings, giving a week’s time for its official report to be released. (2nd Mech (Magbalantay)/PA/PIA-10 LDN)

Read more News update at http://news.pia.gov.ph/.

Mayoralty Row Affects Government Transactions at Iligan City Hall

A mayoralty row has affected government transactions in Iligan City in Lanao del Norte province.

Both Mayor Celso Regencia and Vice Mayor Rudy Marzo are claiming that they are the rightful head of the city, GMA News TV's "Balita Pilipinas Ngayon" reported Monday.

Celso Regencia
Regencia was slapped with a 60-day suspension by Malacañang for alleged abuse of authority, but got the Court of Appeals to grant his petition for a temporary restraining order against the suspension.

But when the suspension order was issued, Marzo had already taken his oath as acting mayor.

Rudy Marzo
Regencia and Marzo led their respective flag-raising ceremonies Monday, with Marzo saying he is just doing his job as acting mayor.

However, Regencia said the TRO issued on March 31 effectively stopped his suspension, adding he will continue discharging his duties.

Read more about the news at http://www.gmanetwork.com/

Actress Max Collins Doesn’t Want to Be Known As a Sexy Star

Max Collins
After gracing the cover of a men’s magazine last month, actress Max Collins said she did not want to bare more flesh if given another chance.

“Huwag muna, masyado na ’yon eh. Baka ma-overexpose ako … baka wala nang mystery (Not in a long time, [the magazine cover] was too much. I might get overexposed and lose the mystery),” Max told INQUIRER.net.

She said she wanted to avoid being known as a “sexy star.”

“Baka maging sexy star na, eh iiniwasan ko rin ’yon.”

The actress said she wanted to retain her wholesome image.

The 22-year-old “Bubble Gang” star said she was happy with the “positive and respectful comments” she received from her friends and fans after posing for the magazine.

“[I discovered] I became more confident in the sense that I had to stand for what I did. I’ve become more mature because of that,” the GMA talent said.

Max Collins --- "not a sexy start"
Max said she didn’t prepare for the shoot or work out to enhance her curves, adding she wanted to represent “normal women who didn’t have abs.”

“Sabi ko … ako na lang ’yong magre-represent sa mga babaeng siguro normal o ’yong mga babaeng wala pang abs,” she said.

“Hindi masyadong toned ang katawan, pero parang feminine lang (Not too toned, just feminine-like).”

The actress said she gained more male fans after her magazine stint, “kasi dati feeling ko nai-intimidate ’yong mga lalaki sa ’kin kasi mestiza ako tapos parang Inglisera pa (because I used to feel I intimidate them with my mestiza look and the way I speak in English).”

Meanwhile, Max said “career” was the reason why she turned down her suitor, actor Pancho Magno, who had been courting her since last year.

“It will be hard for me because I don’t have enough time [for a relationship],” she said.

“He can’t have a normal relationship with me because my work is not normal. As an actress I have long taping hours. I don’t have enough time, there’s too much work to do.”

Read more entertainment news at Inquirer.com.

DOLE: Balesin’s ‘Yaya Meal’ Legal but ‘Robs Helpers of Dignity as Workers’

Balesin Island Club
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has weighed in on the issue of the “yaya meal” allegedly being served in a private luxury resort which has sparked uproar on social media.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that serving of the said meal at the Balesin Island Club in Polillo, Quezon province did not violate any labor laws as it is between “a business establishment and its patron.”
Balesin Island Club
However, she lamented that the practice reflects the continued discrimination of some persons on nannies, and treating them as second class citizens.

“Although the labeling of the meal as ‘yaya meal’ could hardly be considered a violation of labor laws or social legislation because the incident did not occur between an employer and employee, but between a business establishment and its guest or patron, the same sadly reflects a socio-cultural reality where some segment of our society still look down on kasambahay a grade lower than ordinary citizens,” Baldoz said.

She said that the yaya meal “whether intentional or not, robs the kasambahay of their dignity as workers.”

The Labor Secretary urged employers and business owners to treat nannies with respect and dignity.

“DOLE appeals to the sensitivity and decency of business establishments, employers of kasambahay, and all Filipinos to refrain from acts or utterances that are disrespectful of the socio-economic status of kasambahay. We urge that we treat them with respect in the same manner that we treat other formal sector workers whose labor fuels the engines of businesses in the first place,” she said.

The issue of the yaya meal sent the Internet abuzz after former Binibining Pilipinas-World Maggie Wilson-Consunji revealed the said practice over Easter weekend.

Speaking on behalf of the resort, Balesin Island Club chief executive officer Mike Aspirin said that it should not be treated as an issue and that any talk of discrimination in their property is “inappropriate.”

Read more news at Inquirer.net.

Why Bill Gates’ Foundation Supports IRRI

Senior Officials of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna to get updates on the food and nutrition programs the foundation has been supporting.

“We are thankful that the BMGF has come for updates on the food and nutrition security initiatives that they support,” Robert Zeigler, Director General of IRRI said in a statement.

“The foundation is a staunch partner in applying the best of science so that people in the rice-eating world will not go hungry,” Zeigler added.

Bill Gates
The IRRI said senior officials including Pamela Anderson, Director of the Agricultural Development Program, and Gary Atlin, Senior Program Officer visited the site and had a tour at IRRI’s research facilities.

Scientists gave briefings to the BMGF officials on key advances, including the latest on climate change-ready rice and healthier varieties that aim to help solve micronutrient deficiencies, which afflict about 2 billion people globally.

IRRI scientists showed to the BMGF team experimental rice plots for the development of flood- and drought-tolerant rice.

IRRI said the stress-tolerant varieties hold the promise of improving the livelihoods of the world’s poorest farmers who till lands most vulnerable to climate change.

The Inquirer earlier reported that Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates had a six-hour “confidential” visit at the IRRI’s headquarters in Laguna.

Immigration sources have said that Gates arrived in Puerto Princesa City on April 4 on a private jet with US registry number N887WM.

The American billionaire has evaded the public until he was sighted at the IRRI headquarters on Wednesday morning.

IRRI is a major grantee of the BMGF.

Read more news at Inquirer.net

April 9, 2015

ILIGAN OUTING Another “Very Good” Reception for Duterte

ILIGAN CITY – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte left another “very good” impression in this city.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte was in Iligan to speak during the 45th commencement exercises of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).

A motorcade took escorted him to the venue from the Iligan City National High School grounds where his chopper landed.

On hand to greet him upon his arrival were school officials, members of the Iligan Fury Moto Club and the Samporna clan which considers Duterte a distant relative.

The 5,000-capacity MSU-IIT gym was packed to the rafters by 1,612 graduates and their families and friends. The door had to be shut by security personnel after Duterte’s entrance was delayed by the usual throng of admirers.

Duterte was greeted with a standing ovation after he was introduced by MSU-IIT chancellor Sukarno Tanggol, one of the country’s foremost scholars and himself an expert and author on federalism.

Tanggol disclosed that when the announcement that Duterte was the commencement speaker was posted on Facebook, it instantly generated “more than 1,000 likes and more than a hundred shares.”

The chancellor revealed that a daughter of a faculty member herself had unwittingly rode on a taxi driven by the mayor on one of his fabled nocturnal past times which is going after criminals.

“(Duterte) is a legend, a hero and an idol”, Tanggol described Duterte in his introduction.

The audience stayed on in spite of the sweltering heat throughout the solemn ceremony.

Duterte did not read his prepared speech and instead spoke extemporaneously when he traced the history of the conflict in Mindanao.

The audience which was a mixture of Moslems and Christians listened attentively as Duterte presented his argument that the Mamasapano incident had its roots in the 1521 arrival of Ferdinand Magellan and the subsequent subjugation of the Philippines.

At the end of his 38-minute address, the entire graduating class rose as one to applaud the mayor who was uncharacteristically garbed in a toga.

Duterte was treated to a late lunch at the Office of the Chancellor where he was again besieged by admirers waiting to have their selfies and groupies with him.

He next proceeded to the College of Engineering amphitheater to speak at a federalism forum arranged by the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Committee Iligan chapter headed by ex-Mayor Franklin Quijano.

Before Duterte’s turn, Tanggo gave excerpts of his book on federalism although he admitted he had to make it very brief because Duterte had to fly back to Davao.

Duterte said that earlier that day, he read in the news the warning of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles that violence will break out if the Bangsamoro Basic Law fails.

While he called for calm, Duterte said he is actively pushing for federalism because it is Mindanao’s last card to avert bloodshed.

Acknowledging the persistent calls for him to run, Duterte urged his audience to look to Manila first because there are enough materials there.

“(Vice President Jejomar) Binay, good. (Sen. Grace) Poe, good. (Secretary Mar) Roxas, good. (Sen. Alan Peter) Cayetano, good,” he started off.

Like in his previous sorties, the audience stayed silent, waiting for the clincher.

“But if you’re not satisfied, look south. Duterte, very good,”

Like in his previous sorties, the audience broke into instant applause and cheering.
Iligan was another “very good” outing for Duterte. 

Iligan City Mayor Refuses to Recognize Suspension

ILIGAN CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government regional office in Northern Mindanao on Friday served the suspension order against Mayor Celso Regencia and installed Vice Mayor Ruderic Marzo as acting mayor.

Mayor Celso Regencia ---- ILIGAN CITY
Regencia, who was defiant, refused to receive the suspension order, which was served by DILG Northern Mindanao Director Rene Burdeos – who came here with members of the Special Weapon and Action Team from the Northern Mindanao police office.

He said the suspension order was politically-motivated.

Regencia ran and won in the 2013 elections under the National Unity Party against Liberal Party candidate Henry Dy. He and Aquino-ally and Iligan City Representative Vicente Belmonte Jr. are known political enemies.

With Regencia’s refusal to acknowledge the order, Burdeos posted it instead inside the city hall.

The six-month suspension order issued by Malacañang against Regencia stemmed from the mayor’s alleged abuse of authority when he stripped Marzo of his right to sign in job order employees.

In the four-page order dated March 2 and signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Regencia was being suspended under Section 60 of the Local Government Code.

“Wherefore, as recommended by the DILG, respondent Mayor Celso G. Regencia is found guilty for abuse of authority and meted a penalty of six months suspension,” Ochoa’s order reads, citing that under Republic Act 7160, elected officials may be disciplined, suspended or removed from office for not more than six months for abuse of authority.

In the order, Ochoa said Regencia’s explanation that he was only trying to curb the influx of ghost employees at the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) was unacceptable.

The mayor allegedly failed to provide enough evidence that ghost employees indeed existed at the SP.

On January 15, 2014, Regencia – through a memorandum order – told the city’s human resource development officer, the budget officer, the city treasurer and the city accountant that no job orders at the SP should be processed for payments without his approval.

He said he was acting on allegations of ghost and the unusual number of casual employees at the SP, who were hired under non-existing legislative enhancement projects.

But Marzo contested Regencia’s memorandum and said it paralyzed the operation in the SP and the office of the vice mayor “causing abrupt interruption and suspension of transportation services, public and committee hearings, sessions and liaison, janitorial and messengerial services.”

In July 2014, the DILG started investigating Marzo’s complaint.

In January this year, the DILG submitted its investigation report to Ochoa’s office, with a recommendation that Regencia should be suspended for abuse of authority.

Ochoa, in his order, added that Regencia has no authority to restrict and/or prohibit Marzo from exercising his authority to appoint employees – whether casual or regular – for the office of the vice mayor and the SP.

The executive secretary also said that while the mayor has the authority to appoint officials and employees, that power did not extend to the SP because it is under the authority and power of the vice mayor.

Read more news at http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/.

April 3, 2015

Making Money Online through Blogging: Green Geek 420

Have you thought of making money online but doesn’t know what and where to start? Or you already have an idea of a certain topic that you wanted to have for your website but doesn’t know how to create a website? These are just some of the common problems that a lot of people are facing today that wanted to start an income through online. If you consider yourself having problems similar to these I have mentioned, then you probably wanted to read this article. 
In this very first step you should consider choosing a certain topic that you think it is profitable or that is a trending issue that is something related to business or any money-making matters. “AND THEN, JUST HOLD THAT IDEA FIRST, IF YOU ALREADY HAVE.” – If not, continue reading at Green Geek 420: Make Money Online.

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