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Motorist dies in S. Cotabato highway mishap

KORONADAL CITY - A motorist was killed when his motorbike collided head-on with a Kia cargo truck in Barangay Bololma, Tupi, South Cotabato over the weekend.Killed was Allan Rock Fernandez, 23 of Barangay Lambayong, Tampakan, also in South Cotabato.Fernandez was driving his motorbike along the provincial road when hit an oncoming KIA truck which overshot from the concrete pavement and collided with the motorcycle.


ARMM wants peaceful closure to Marawi Ramadan vacation controversy

COTABATO CITY -- Officials are optimistic of a peaceful closure to the controversial enforcement by the Marawi City government of a month-long Ramadan vacation in schools in total disregard of limitations set by the Local Government Code.Regional executives in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Monday said they intend to hold a dialogue on the issue with Mayor Fahad Salic of Marawi City.ARMM Gov.


Cops eye land dispute in murder of 3 in Kabacan

KIDAPAWAN CITY -Authorities are looking at a deep-seated land conflict as behind the brutal slay of a couple and their 14-year old daughter in a village in Kabacan, North Cotabato, over the weekend. Chief Inspector Ronnie Cordero, chief of Kabacan Police, said it was likely that the victims knew their perpetrators or ‘close to them.’ Cordero said he has already hints as to who could be behind the killings of Roger Gracia, 47, his wife Milka, 49, and daughter Danny Anne, 14. He, however, refused to divulge their identities. The Gracias suffered gunshot wounds in the head.


Gunmen kill family of 3 in Kabacan

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Gunmen shot dead Sunday a family of three in a remote village in North Cotabato, police said. Supt. Bernard Tayong, speaking for North Cotabato provincial police office, said the shooting occurred at past 7 a.m. in the house owned by Regor Garcia family inBarangay Aringay, Kabacan, North Cotabato.Tayong said Arnel K. Wagia, the Aringgay village chair, has requested police assistance as something unusual was happening in the Garcia home.


Public school teacher released by ASG bandits in Jolo

MANILA (PNA) -- Military pressures brought about by Joint Task Group Sulu forced the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits to release a public school teacher they were holding captive shortly after midnight Saturday.Col. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, identified the victim as Russel Bagonoc.The former was freed by the bandits in Jolo where he was found and subsequently turned over by a concerned citizen to the headquarters of the 2nd Marine Brigade in Barangay Busbus.


Durian candy triggers abdominal pain, nausea among pupils

KIDAPAWAN CITY -Fortyfour pupils of Kidapawan CentralPilot Elementary School (KCPES) were rushed to the city hospital complaining ofstomach pain and nausea several minutes after consuming durian candy they bought from an ambulant vendor on Thursday morning. Most of the school children belonged to Grade 5 and Grade 6 levels, according to a school adviser who refused to be named. Dr. Gerry Reyes, Kidapawan City Hospital resident physician, admitted to reporters the children were rushed to the hospital due to abdominal pain and vomiting.


Maguindanao village chair killed in ambush

MAGUINDANAO – Gunmen on Friday killed a barangay chairman and a soldier and wounded an Army captain in an ambush in Salibo town in Maguindanao.Sajid Ambiton, chairman of Barangay Masigay in Datu Piang town in the second district of Maguindanao died on the spot when the suspects, positioned at one side of the highway in Sambulawan area in Salibo, shot his Toyota Revo vehicle with assault rifles.Also killed in the attack was Ambiton’s companion, a soldier initially identified only as Sgt.


Ground rupture worries village official in Makilala

MAKILALA, North Cotabato -At least 17 families in a remote village here dear losing homes if repeated moderate toheavy down pour continue thatcould trigger landslides, a village official said. Eduardo Delfin, chair ofBarangay New Israel where Makilala's famous zipline is located,said the soil movement triggered a ground rupture that measuresat least 20 meters long and 150 feet high. It could possibly cover villagers's home if rains continue, Delfin said. We suspect that the rupture occurreddue to rain the past days, he said in Filipino.


Yamashita treasures in Arakan? Mayor orders diggers to back off

KIDAPAWAN CITY - There could be treasures buried in Arakan, North Cotabato that even a former town official of nearby townallegedly led the digging and treasure hunting, the town mayor learned Tuesday.With that, Mayor Rene Rubino has ordered a total stop of mining activities and ordered an investigation.Rubino told DXND Radyo Bida that treasure hunting was reported in Barangay Doruluman, led by former President Roxas town Councilor Gadong.


South Cotabato declared under state of calamity

KORONADAL CITY - The South Cotabato provincial council has approved a resolution putting the entire province under state of calamity as a result of last month flash floods that affected at least seven municipalities.Provincial Board Member Agustin Demaala said the provincial council has favored the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reducation and Management Council (PDRRMC)to place the province in state of calamity due to floods that destroyed infrastructure and damaged agricultural products.Earlier, the city of Koronadal and the towns of Tantangan and Tupi declared state of c



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