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BARMM acts on flood woes of 3 Maguindanao towns

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao  – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will address what previous administration of the autonomous government failed to act on – the flooding in a major road network in Maguindanao’s second district.

For decades, the road network linking the towns of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Datu Salibo and Datu Piang, was a “river highway” because floods regularly submerged huge part of the concrete highway.

Even if the three adjoining towns do not experience downpour, the highway is always flooded due to its proximity to the Liguasan marsh.

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Gunmen shot dead lady employee in Sultan Kudarat

TACURONG CITY  – Unidentified gunmen shot dead Wednesday afternoon a lady employee of Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, police said.

Captain Herman Luna, Lambayong town police chief, said Remesyl Orbigo Valdez, 39, local government employee administering local market operations and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, was declared dead on arrival at the hospital after the 5:30 p.m. ambush.

Luna said the victim was back-riding with his husband on a motorbike heading to Tacurong City when gunmen opened fire on her along the national highway in Purok Namnama, Barangay Poblacion.

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NPAs kill 2 soldiers in North Cotabato ambush

KIDAPAWAN CITY — Suspected New Peoples Army rebels ambushed Wednesday afternoon and killed two infantrymen in Arakan, North Cotabato, police said today.

Captain Jose Marie Molina, Arakan town police chief, said the soldiers were riding on a motorbike together heading to and Army detachment in Barangay Kinawayan when suspected communist rebels attacked them.

Molina said the soldiers were in Sitio Lucatong of Barangay Kinawayan to conduct orientation about the Community Support Program among village residents.

Manhunt hade been launched against the suspects.

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Fire hits Tacurong City market

TACURONG CITY - A fire of still unknown origin gutted down stalls in a market near the City Integrated Publilc Terminal in Barangay New Isabela Wednesday morning.

Fire Chief Inspector Lucilyn Banac, Tacurong City fire chief, said at least 20 stalls were razed to the ground in a fire that started at about 10:35 in the morning.

"We are still investigating," Banac said in radio interview. "Initial report showed that apparently someone was cooking in the middle of the market followed by an explosion and the conflagration," she said.

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Slain radio commentator buried in Kidapawan City

COTABATO CITY --- Slain radio commentator Eduardo Dizon was buried noontime today with military honors due an Army reservist and a former municipal councilor in Makilala, North Cotabato.

The 58-year-old Dizon of the Brigada FM station was critical of the controversial Kapa money market scheme.

He was killed July 10 in an ambush perpetrated by gunmen on motorcycles in Kidapawan City, capital of North Cotabato.

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420 mga bahay sa Makilala, N. Cotabato, may mga bitak dahil sa lindol

MAKILALA, North Cotabato - Umabot na sa 420 na mga pamilya ang naapektuhan ng nangyaring pagyanig kamakailan sa bayan ng Makilala, North Cotabato.

Ito ay ayon kay Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management Head Sonny Fontanilla, matapos ang kanilang isinagawang assessment matapos ang insidente.

Bumuo na rin ang LGU ng incident command system na siyang tututok atupang alamin ang kabuuang pinsala at mga apektado ng lindol.

Samantala, isang 27 anyos na lalaki ang nasawi ilang minuto matapos ang nangyaring pagyanig sa kamakailan sa bayan.

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Officials burn shabu, regulated medical drugs in GenSan 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY  ---Authorities set on fire almost P8 million worth of confiscated shabu and expired barbiturates turned in by drug stores in central Mindanao.

Naravy Duquiatan, director for Region 12 of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, said Monday the shabu and regulated drugs for medical use were burned in an open field at Barangay Mabuhay here over the weekend.

The shabu that PDEA-12 personnel and city officials destroyed were used as evidence in prosecution of drug traffickers in 16 Regional Trial Courts in central Mindanao, released for disposal by judges.

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Netizens help elementary pupils in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY  --- There are netizens actively using social media to help push forward the government’s confidence-building engagements with local communities.

Military officials said Monday among the latest of these engagements was last week’s dispersal of school supplies and feeding of pupils in a public elementary school in Barangay Badak and Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

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Sultan Kudarat mayoralty aspirant shot dead

TACURONG CITY  – Unidentified gunmen shot dead a former mayoral candidate of Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday, police said Sunday.

Lt. Colonel Aldrin Gonzales, speaking for police in the Soccsksargen region, said Edgar Lucero was on a motorcycle with his two children on Saturday, heading home from Tacurong City, when the suspects tailed him and shot him dead.

His children, although sustained bruises, were spared by the gunmen.

His family said Lucero had been receiving death threats the past months but ignored them for he has no known enemies.

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6 die, 4 hurt in car crashes in Cotabato province on wet, slippery Saturday

KIDAPAWAN CITY  – Six persons were killed and four others were injured in separate vehicular crashes that transpired in the towns of Matalam, Makilala and Libungan, all in Cotabato province on a wet and slippery Saturday.

Two were killed on the spot after the tricycle they were riding collided head on with a wayward Toyota Innova in Barangay Kilada, Matalam, North Cotabato at past 11 a.m., Police Major Bryan Placer, Matalam town police chief.

Killed in on the spot were tricycle driver Ahmed Mamadra, his wife Pai and three other unidentified passengers.

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