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Magnitude 5.0 quake hits Davao Occidental coast

COTABATO CITY -- A magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit the coastal town of Saranggani in Davao Occidental at 5:17 p.m. Monday, the state volcanology office said.In a news bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said the earthquake which was tectonic in origin was traced 397 kilometers east of Saranggani town and has a depth of 46 kilometers.No casualty or damage to property was recorded.It was the third earthquake to hit the coast of Davao Occidental since January 23.


Fake LTO personnel nabbed for extortion in Surallah

KORONADAL CITY -- Police and Highway Patrol Group operatives arrested today four men who posed as personnel of Land Transportation Office in Region 12 and mulcting on motorists and businessmen.Chief InspectorArnold Cariño,South Cotabato Highway Patrol Chief, identified the suspects asMack Usop, Benjie Candang, Buhari Upam and Marco Abutazil.


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Grass fire, culprit in 2-hour power outage in Cotabato City, 8-hour in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY – A grass fire in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao triggered more than 2-hour
power outage in Cotabato City and 8-hour inMaguindanao Friday night and
Saturday morning, the NGCP said.

Capulong, speaking for the NGCP, said one of its transmission wooden poles was burned
and toppled in Barangay Salimbao, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao at 10:57 p.m.


What causes Cotabato City's blackout Friday night?

COTABATO CITY - A burned and toppledpost in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao triggered more than 2 hour power interruption in the whole franchise area of Cotabato Light and Power Company Friday evening and Saturday morning.Anna Lea Natanio, speaking for Cotabato Light, said the NGCP 69kV line from Simuay sub-station to Cotabato City tripped off at 10:57 Friday.Power was fully restored at 1:40 a.m.


Man killed lover's husband in Polomolok, S. Cotabato

POLOMOLOK, South Cotabato - A man who caught his wife in sexual act with her lover was killed after he allegedly attacked his wife's other man who foughtback in a vast pineapple plantation here Friday.The Polomolok PNP identified the victim as pineapple harvesterJoven Tablu, 31 of Barangay Landan,who died of multiple hack wounds in the head and body. His attacker wasFreddie Gavilan, a 64-year-old senior citizen, police told DXOM-AM Radyo Bida.


Anti-illegal drug campaign, new Tacurong cop chief's priority

TACURONG CITY – Intensified police operations against illegal drugs, reduction of street crimes and prevention of bombings and terrorism.These are the priorities of newly installed Tacurong City police director Supt. Ranie P. Hachuela.Speaking to reporters Friday, Hachuela, a decorated police officer who saved the life of a town mayor and his family in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte several years ago, said he needs the support of all sectors in Tacurong because everybody is a stakeholder in the campaign against criminality.”Hachuela replaced Supt.


Army troopers kill big time drug pusher, capture 8 more in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY- - Government operatives have killed in a shootout a suspected big time drug pusher and captured eight others in Basilan province, a military official announced Friday.Maj. Felimon Tan, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer, identified the slain drug pusher as Abubakar Mohammad alias Abubakar Adali Asa of Maluso, Basilan.Tan did not release the identities of the eight people captured during the shootout.Tan disclosed the shootout broke out around 5:45 a.m.


Experts start probe on Lanao Sur forest fires

MARAWI CITY -- Authorities have determined the exact location of the hinterlands in Lanao del Sur province being razed since Thursday by forest fires, but could not get close to the scene due to rugged terrains.In an advisory, the office of Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal Adiong, Jr.


15 hurt in Maguindanao highway mishap

MASTURA, Maguindanao – At least 15 persons were injured in a
vehicular accident in the national highway in Barangay Tambo here Friday
morning, DXMS-AM RAdyo Bida reported today.Chief
Insp. Wendelyn Banico, Sultan Mastura town police chief, said involved in the
highway mishap which occurred at 6:30 a.m. today were a passenger van and an
idle Isuzu Elf truck.
said initial investigation showed the van (MWE-333) was heading toward Cotabato
City when it hit a parked cargo truck loaded with copra in Barangay Tambo.



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