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Mindanao newsbits for March 13, 2014

Captive Released

Zamboanga City – Kidnappers released Tuesday an elementary school teacher who was held captive for 84 days. Cathy Vejerano Casipong was released at 6:30 p.m. at a provincial bus terminal in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, authorities said. Casipong, 23, is a teacher at the Sibugtoc Elementary School. She and three other teachers were going to Barangay Vitali aboard a motorized banca when five armed men onboard two other motorized bancas appeared and dragged her to their boat. The kidnappers brought her to the direction of Tungawan, said her three co-teachers. There was no report of any ransom paid by her family. The police said she was released directly to her parents. (Nonoy Lacson)

 

Grenade Blasts

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Three fragmentation grenades went off in separate incidents in two villages in Pikit, North Cotabato, Tuesday, leaving one hurt, a police official said. Inspector Mautin Pangandigan, local police chief, said the victim, Abdul Yusoph Kandang, 22, a farm worker and student, sustained wounds in the various parts of his body when a grenade exploded around 12:15 p.m. Kandang said that he saw two men on a black motorcycle pass by his house before the explosion. Recovered from the site was the grenade’s safety lever. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

 

Fugitive Falls

DAVAO DEL SUR– The municipality of Kiblawan’s number one most wanted person was arrested Sunday at Sitio Bongmal in Barangay Kimlawis. By virtue of a warrant of arrest for murder, Ting Macondon, 21, was nabbed by the operatives of the Davao del Sur Crime Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT), 39th Infantry Battalion, Peace and Development Team, and Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office. According to Police Superintendent Joel C. Pernito, chief of Criminal Investigation Detection Group-11, the suspect’s two companions – Sedit Macondon and Yuri Macondon – were also taken in custody for carrying unlicensed firearms, a caliber .45 pistol, and an improvised shotgun. They were allegedly responsible for the series of unlawful activities in the municipality, Pernito said. (Cherry Mae Palicte)

 

Barangay Assembly

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Region 10 office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-10) is now preparing for the holding of the Barangay Assembly on March 29. The DILG-10 had mobilized the concerned department heads to ensure the attendance of the village officials. “This Barangay Assembly is very vital in governance, the very foundation in the lower unit of the government,” said DILG-10 Director Rene K. Burdeos. The assembly will instigate the norms of transparency, responsiveness, accountability, and participation at the village level, he said. Barangay assembly posters will be posted within the locality. Under Proclamation No. 260, Series of 2011, the last Saturday of March, and the second Sunday of October, every year, will be Barangay Assembly Days. (Mike Crismundo)

 

Work Program

BUTUAN CITY – The Region-13 office of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-13) on Tuesday announced that 1,000 typhoon “Agaton” victims have availed of the emergency employment program (EEM). The processing of documents for the other recipients of the EEM is also ongoing. Employment and livelihood programs with a budget of P17-million are still being offered in the five provinces and six cities here. Pw3.5-million was also allocated for an education and internship program per district here, said DOLE-13 Director Johnson Cañete. (Mike Crismundo)