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1 dead, 9 injured in Zamboanga City blast

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -– One person died while nine others were injured when an improvised bomb exploded late Thursday at a massage parlor in this city.Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga City police director, said the incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. at a massage parlor at the junction of M. Calixto and San Jose Road just more than 100 meters away from the Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD) headquarters.Casimiro said the victim who died is only identified as a certain Irene.

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Cotabato Light consumers brace for brownout

COTABATO
CITY – The Aboitiz-owned Cotabato Light and Power Company (Cotabato Light)
today warned of longer power interruption in its franchise areas if the
critical water levels in the Agus and Pulangi hydropower plants deteriorate.

Arlene
Hipega, Cotabato Light corporation communications officer, said the power
utility is yet to impose rotational brownout in Cotabato City and the towns of
Sultan Kudarat and Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao.

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Hundreds to join Cotabato City earthquake drill

COTABATO CITY - The Cotabato City government and disaster agencies, led by the Office of Civil Defense,will conduct earthquake drill Thursday.The drill will take place at about 8:30 a.m.Lawyer Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, city administrator, said the drill includes lectures and actual rescue operations in identified areas, buildings and schools. It is very important, especially for our children who are vulnerable to injuries, even death, in time of emergencies, Sayadi told DXMS Radyo Bida in Filipino.

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Two attackers of Cotabato City govt. official identified, hunted

COTABATO CITY (PNA) -- Lawmen are hot on the trail of two suspects behind Tuesday’s botched ambush-slay try on the life of a city government official here whom the victim himself later identified before authorities at his hospital bed.The victim, Aniceto Rasalan, secretary to the mayor, was slowly cruising along Sinsuat Avenue here aboard his government–issued minivan around 2:30 p.m.

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Makilala mayorand Nobody is above the law

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Nobody is above the law. With these maxim, Mayor Rudy Caoagdan of Makilala, North Cotabato has sent a strongmessage that even if the crime offender was his son he will not hesitate to put him behind bar. Pagdating sa batas, walang pami-pamilya (In the application of the law, a family member persons inauthority is not exempted), Caoagdan told DXND Radyo Bida Kidapawan.These were the reactions of Caoagdan on reports he was favoring his son who allegedly fired his gun indiscriminately inside the family owned house.

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Cotabato mayor's secretary now safe - official

COTABATO CITY - Secretary to the mayor Aniceto Boy Rasalan is recovering and now stablehours after he was shot and wounded by one of two gunmen Tuesday afternoon, police and officials said.Lawyer Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, Cotabato City administrator, said Rasalan is not stable. Senior Supt. Rex Anongos, Cotabato City police chief, said police investigators are still gathering information that could identify and arrest the suspects.

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Cops arrest Maguindanao village councilman for gun possession

COTABATO CITY -- Police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao today arrested
a Maguindanao village councilman in raid conducted in Datu Paglas town.

Arrested was Rasid
Madidis, village councilman of Barangay Damawata, Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.

Senior Supt.
Edwin Quilates, regional director of PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection
Group (CIDG-ARMM) led the raiding team composed of elements from the Regional
Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) at 11:45 a.m.

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UPDATEand Gunmen shot, injured Cotabato City mayor's secretary

COTABATO CITY –
Unidentified gunmen shot and seriously wounded Aniceto Boy” Rasalan, secretary
to Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr, Monday afternoon.

DXMS-AM Radyo Bida in a flash report saidRasalan sustained gunshot wounds in his face and body.

He is currently
confined at a private hospital.

Initial
investigation showed Rasalan was driving a government issuedMitsubishi L-300 van along Sinsuat
Avenue when two or three men on board motorbikes opened fire on him near the
corner of San Isidro Streetat about 2:30 p.m.

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Man who admits killing a witch arrested by CIDT

KIDAPAWAN
CITY– Three years after hiding in a place in Davao City, some two hours
travel here, a murder suspect who confessed having killed his victim for being
a ‘witch’ was arrested by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Team (CIDT) North Cotabato and the Central Mindanao Regional Public
Safety Battalion.

The
CIDT-Cotabato identified the suspect as Edgar Sarad, a resident of Barangay
Malungon, Makilala, who went into hiding after executing his victim in 2012.

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Maguindanao village chief shot dead in N. Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Two men riding tandem on a motorbike shot dead a Maguindanao village chair while he was driving his motorbike in North Cotabato Monday morning, police said.The victim, Melly Macaton-Pinagayao, 44, chairperson of Barangay Lasangan, Gen. SK Pendatun, Maguindanao,died instantly after two men opened fire on him along Magsaysay Street, Mlang, North Cotabato, according to Supt. Bernard Tayong, spokesperson of North Cotabato police office.Tayong said Pinagayao, 44, was driving his motorbike from Matalam and two men were seen tailing him on separate motorbike.

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