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With power surplus expected, gov’t wants electricity market in Mindanao

By  Antonio L. Colina IV Davao City – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is pushing for an electricity market that could be operational next year to address the issues of electricity surplus of about 1,000 megawatts in the island grid brought about by the influx of energy investors. MinDA officer-in-charge Engr. Glenn Reston told reporters during the Energy Smart Mindanao 2016 at the Park Inn by Radisson Davao on Wednesday that the electricity market will allow companies in the island to reallocate the surplus to areas in Mindanao when power is insufficient. “We are entering a regime of surplus capacity. We need to have the market,” he said. He said MinDA has already prepared the dispatch protocol that will guide how the electricity market would function, including the distribution of power surplus from the …

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Immediate arraignment of Kerwin readied

Baybay City, Leyte — The Department of Justice (DOJ)  will call for the immediate arraignment of suspected  Eastern Visayas drug lord Roland "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr. upon his arrival  in Leyte from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. DOJ Regional Prosecutor Irwin Maraya said he will be sending a panel of prosecutors composed of  Michelle Tesorero, Fabio Siosana, and Rommel Anagap. Kerwin and his father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., are facing two criminal complaints before Regional Trial Court, Branch 14  for violation of of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunitions Regulation Act. The two charges against the Espinosas are not bailable. Mayor Espinosa, assisted by Cebu City lawyer Lailani Villarino,  had entered a not "guilty plea" during his arraignment at …

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7 fugitives rearrested 24 hrs after bolting jail

By  Lyka Manalo and Danny J. Estacio Batangas City — Twenty-four hours after a predawn jailbreak at the Malvar Municipal Police Station (MPS) last Monday, seven out of the 12 escapees have been rearrested by police, the top police official in this province said yesterday. Senior Superintendent Leopoldo Cabanag, Batangas Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, identified the recaptured fugitives as El King P. Leonida, Melvin T. Ona, Arvie S. Villegas, Freddie C. Santos, Artemio J. Castillo Jr., John Raniel H. Castillo and Morris Rap G. Publico. Insp. Hazel Luma-Ang, PPO information officer, said the fugitives fell one after the other in Mataas na Kahoy and Tanauan City in Batangas as well as in Tiaong and Pagbilao towns in Quezon province. Cabanag said several teams from the Malvar MPS; the Batangas Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) …

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Dabawenyos want Sara to focus on solving robberies, gangsterism

By  Antonio L. Colina IV Davao City – After the war on drugs, Dabawenyos now expect the government to turn its attention to addressing the growing number of robbery cases in the city, according to a study conducted by the University of Mindanao’s Institute Popular Opinion (IPO). Conducted on 1,200 Dabawenyos in all three districts between August 2 to August 12, or a month after Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio took office, the survey showed that solution to robbery cases should be her administration’s top priority, followed by the problems on gangsterism in the city. Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Insp. Catherine Dela Rey that the number of robbery incidents recorded from August and September 2016 were at 49. Duterte’s top priority projects are poverty alleviation, infrastructure, development, solid waste management, health, education agriculture, tourism, …

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2 more Malvar fugitives recaptured

By Lyka Manalo The hunt for the five remaining fugitives who bolted the Malvar Police detention cell on Monday reached Metro Manila. Two more inmates were arrested in Muntinlupa City Tuesday afternoon, October 25. Noel Malpas and Carissa May Salagan were nabbed at around 4:00 p.m. in Alabang by joint operatives of Batangas and Region 4A Police, Batangas Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag Jr. reported. This brings to nine the total number of recaptured inmates. Authorities continue its manhunt on the three other missing detainees.

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DENR assures IPs: no eviction from ancestral lands

The indigenous peoples (IPs) from Mindanao who have been holding a series of protest actions in Metro Manila got an assurance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that they won’t be evicted from their ancestral lands. In a meeting with the IPs at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, DENR Secretary Gina Lopez said the IPs have “exclusive right” over their ancestral lands amid continued plunder and militarization of ancestral lands across the country. Lopez also directed DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Isabelo Montejo to look deeper into issues being raised by the IPs. “I want you to investigate the various issues being raised, and address them,” Lopez told Montejo, who in turn assured the IPs of immediate assistance from the DENR. Lopez also explained to the IPs the DENR’s …

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CIAC, Qatar Airways agree to market Clark airport

The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and Qatar Airways have agreed to market the Clark International Airport (CRK), with the airlines laying down expansion plans to target upscale travelers going to destinations in Europe, the U.S. and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. This came after President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement to utilize the Clark airport as an international gateway as a move to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said Monday that among the benefits from the recent trip of the president to China is the increase in flights through the CRK. Officials of CIAC led by its president and CEO Alexander Cauguiran met Monday with Qatar Airlines country manager Paolo Pausini on further cooperation and strengthened partnership in developing and making CRK more active. Qatar Airways …

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Minor among 11 surrendering Abu Sayyaf members

A notorious sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and kin of Furuji Indama along with 10 of his followers, including a 12-year-old child, surrendered to troops of the Joint Task Force Basilan on Monday, October 24. Tan said Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Moton Indama, along with his 10 followers, surrendered to the headquarters of the 64th Infantry Battalion in Sumisip, Basilan led by Lt. Col. Julius A. Cabarloc. Their age ranges from 12 to 35 years old. Tan said Indama and his followers also surrendered their firearms, which include three cal. 45 pistols, a cal. 38 handgun, an M653 Rifle, a MINIMI Sub machine gun, an M203 Rifle, an M1 Garand, a 12 gauge Shotgun, an M1 Carbibe and several ammunition and magazines. Tan said Indama, second cousin of Furuji Indama, is the leader …

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Electricity market for Mindanao power surplus pushed

By Antonio Colina IV The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) pushes for an electricity market that should be operational next year to address the issues of electricity surplus of about 1,000 megawatts in the island grid brought about by the influx of energy investors. MinDA officer-in-charge Glenn Reston said the electricity market will power companies in the island to reallocate the surplus to areas in Mindanao when power is insufficient. “We are entering a regime of surplus capacity. We need to have the market,” he told reporters during the Energy Smart Mindanao 2016 at the Park Inn by Radisson Davao on Wednesday. Reston said the MinDA has prepared the dispatch protocol already that will guide how the electricity market should go, including the distribution of power surplus from the power generators to operators of distribution …

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Expanded NLEX Bocaue toll barrier opens in time for ‘Undas’

BOCAUE, Bulacan – The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) on Tuesday officially inaugurated the P287-million expansion of the Bocaue toll barriers at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Rodrigo Franco, president and CEO of the MNTC, said the expansion of the Bocaue toll barrier from 26 to 34 lanes will help lessen the surge in traffic volume, particularly this All Saints’ Day. “This project is part of MNTC’s continuing commitment to provide motorists with fast, safe and convenient travel and more importantly, value for money in terms of greatly enhanced facilities and services,” Franco said. The additional eight lanes is composed of four manual lanes, two Easytrip lanes and two mixed lanes. “The expanded toll plaza assures that motorists will continue to experience speedy toll transactions at the NLEX especially during peak hours,” Franco added. In …

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