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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

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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

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Comelec 12 has new RD, Atty. Abas to ARMM

COTABATO CITY – In
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.

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

COTABATO CITY – In a
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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Police unsure of who culprits were in Tacurong City bombing

TACURONG CITY --- Three were hurt, one of them a three-year-old child, in an explosion that rocked the city at about 2and00 p.m.

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IED blast in Tacurong hurts 2

TACURONG CITY – Two children were hurt
when an improvised bomb planted under a parked car here went off Tuesday
afternoon, DXOM-AM Radyo Bida reported today.

DXOM-AM quoted Supt. Ranie Hachuela,
Tacurong City police chief, as saying the blast occurred at 2 p.m. in a parked
car in front of La Forteza Pharmacy along Jose Abad Santos Avenue.

Agents of the PNP Scene of the Crime
Operatives are still in the area gathering pieces of the explosives.

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Fire hits N. Cotabato sugarcane plantations

COTABATO
CITY -– More than P1million worth of sugarcane plantations were turned to ashes in a forest
fire that hit two North Cotabato towns Sunday in what authorities believed by
cigarettes thrown carelessly by smokers, fire officials said.

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Despite poll gun ban, 4 persons killed in Cotabato City, Kabuntalan and Aleosan

COTABATO CITY -- Four persons were separately killed by shooting Cotabato City, Kabuntalan, Maguindanao and Aleosan,North Cotabato over the weekend, DXMS Radyo Bida reported today.Two of the victims were from Cotabato City, another in the town ofNorthern Kabuntalan and the fourth in the municpality ofAleosan.In Cotabato City, Reneboy Bacsan, 32, of Barangay Poblacion 5, Cotabto City was shot dead Sunday along Sesame Street, Rosary Heights 3, Cotabato City.Police said Bacsan was walking along Sesame Street when two men, riding on a motorbike, shot him in head.

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South Cotabato ex-guv dies of cardiac arrest, 66

KORONADAL CITY – Former South Cotabato Gov. Hilario L. de Pedro III, who is running for provincial board member, has passed away
Friday due to cardiac arrest, his party mate said. He was 66. South Cotabato
Board Member Vicente de Jesus said de Pedro, a resident of Crossing Palkan, Polomolok,
South Cotabato, is running for the provincial council in the coming 2016 elections
under the Liberal Party-Nationalist Peoples Coalition party.

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Shabu was open and publicly peddled” in So Cotabato village - cop

STO NINO, South Cotabato – Thirty-one personshave been arrested by police during aseries ofpolice anti-illegal
drug raid in four towns in South Cotabato on Friday.In Sto Nino, South Cotabato,Senior Insp. Bernie Faldas, town police chief, said police and military forces, armed with arrest
and search warrants issued by Judge Marlo Brasales ng 1st MCTC-Norala-Tboli-Sto
Nino, raided the village of Ambalgan where shabu was open and publicly
peddled.”The raid was conducted at 11

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