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Coordinate with BIFF in project implementation? No way, says Army

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao - The military or the government do not need to coordinate with any lawless group to implement a project, Army Capt.


The Mindanao Cross digital edition Feb. 6, 2016

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North Cotabato's civil security chief, aide killed

KIDAPAWAN CITY -– Three unidentified gunmen shot
dead the chief security of North Cotabato provincial capitol in front of a
Catholic Church in Arakan, North Cotabato Sunday, police said.

Chief Insp. Felix Fornan, Arakan town police chief, said
Bernabe Abanilla, chief of the Civil Security Unit of North Cotabato’s provincial
capitol grounds, had just arrived in front of the Church on board his Mitsubishi
Strada pick-up vehicle with a companion when gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at
about 8 a.m.


BIFF killed, Army captain injured in Maguindanao clashes

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao --Intense fighting
resumed early Saturday between government forces and outlawed Bangsamoro
Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in at least three villages here, an Army
official today said.

The Army’s
Mechanized Infantry Battalion had to use artillery and heavy war materials as
the number of BIFF fighters continue to increase.


3 suspected illegal drug users arrested in S. Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY -- Arrests of suspected illegal drug peddlers in South Cotabato is rising and is counting.On Friday, Chief Inspector Dennis Madriaga, Norala town police chief, led the anti-illegal drug campaign which netted three persons idenfified asWarren Valenzuela, Jericho Echanova and John Paul Castillo.All of them were arrested inside the house owned by Valenzuela inPurok Que-alma, Barangay Poblacion, Norala.Seized with them were two digital weighing scale, four sachets of suspected shabu and shabu paraphernalia.Madriaga said lawmen also seized mobile phones and a motorbike used by the


Army, BIFF clashes erupted in Maguindanao

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao --- Firefight between government forces and Moro bandits erupted today in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao, the Army here said.An ongoing trading of fire is happening now in Barangay Butalo, Datu Salibu, Maguindanao military and BIFF official confirmed.


Alleged MILF member, wife arrested in anti-illegal drug operation in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY -- Anti-narcotics and police agents arrested Thursday an allegedmember of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), his wife and another man following a separate anti-illegal drug buy bust operation in Barangay Mother Poblacion, Cotabato City, DXMS Radyo Bida reported Thursday.Arrested were Usman Karun Daud, 49, who possessed an identification card showing he was a member of the MILF, and his wife Bainan Kautin, 49, both members of Kautin Drug Group operating in Cotabato City.Citing police reports, DXMS Radyo Bida reported thatthe couple had been under surveillance for the pas


Koronadal PNP, BFP agents seize roadside petroleum products

KORONADAL CITY-- Authorities here seized more than 560 liters of gasoline and diesel fuel following an intensified drive to eradicate roadside gas stations that had been proliferating the city, DXOM-AM Radyo Bida reported.Local officials here are alarmed by the mushrooming of gasoline in bottles for sale along city streets and thoroughfares.Elements of Bureau of Fire Protection, Koronadal City PNP and Highway Patrol Group raided several makeshift gas stations in Barangay Concepcion, Koronadal City Thursday morning.Cyrus Urbano, Koronadal City administrator, said the gasoline and diesel fu


Comelec 12 has new RD, Atty. Abas to ARMM

preparation for the May 9 local and national elections, the Commission on Elections
(Comelec) has designated new regional directors for Region 12 and Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as part of a nationwide reshuffling of key officials
and field personnel.

Lawyer Francisco Pobe,
who previously headed the Comelec in Region 13, formally assumed as director
for the SOCCSKSARGEN Region on Monday, February 1.

Pobe replaced Atty.
Michael Abas, who was reassigned as regional director for ARMM.


Tupi, S. Cotabato's speed limit ordinance illegal, court says

decision on Tuesday, February 2, the Regional Trial Court Branch 39 in
Polomolok, South Cotabato declared Ordinance No. 688 of the municipality of
Tupi as invalid void ab initio (from the start)

The decision of the
court prohibits the local government of Tupi in enforcing and implementing the ordinance.

The court order also
provides that all collected fines from apprehended vehicle owners and drivers
must be immediately returned.



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