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The Philippine Air Force grounded its UH-1H (Huey) helicopters after one unit got involved in an accident in Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday.

The Huey unit carrying the number 518 “rolled over” while it was about to take off from Camp Evangelista, headquarters of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, around 3:30 p.m. Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Enrico Canaya said.

The helicopter has two pilots and two crew members at the time, but no one was reported injured, Canaya said in a text message.

He said the helicopter was damaged, though the extent is not immediately known.

The helicopter was supposed to return to the Air Force’s 10th Tactical Operations Group base at the Lumbia Airport after transporting 4th ID commander Major General Oscar Lactao from the 402nd Brigade headquarters in Butuan City, said Major Ezra Balagtey, Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command public affairs officer.

“UH-1Hs are grounded,” he said. (John Roson)

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Five people were killed while at least 23 others, including a policeman, were injured when a 10-wheeler truck went wayward and swept four other vehicles in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Supt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga, Northern Mindanao regional police spokesman, identified the fatalities as Hardlyn Else Placencia, Rey Regulacion, Apolinario Obial Migalbio, Paulo Bajan, and Ruben Botal.

Among the injured are Pacita Aguilar, Janet Jumanguin, Jose Taruc, Rene Cadiz, Roel Rivera, Mona Luna Trasi, Evelyn Soco, Wenceslao Amad, Millyn Cruz Abelo, Ma. Liza Catalan, Madelyn Pabillore, Flordiliza Aninao, Florence Aninao, Claudine Cruza, Alexander Pailagao, Joseph Rosal, Catalina Lahera, Ryan Mark Ayunar, Muna Pangatan, Rodolfo Abrogueña, and Miraflor Terante, who were all taken to the Puerto Community Hospital, Cariaga said.

PO1 Julios Lomongo, assigned at the Valencia City Police Station in Bukidnon, was also injured along with others who were brought to different hospitals, Cariaga said, citing a report from the Cagayan de Oro City Police.

The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. along the National Highway in Purok 6, Upper Puerto.

Investigation indicated that Francisco Junio was driving the Fuso 10-wheeler truck (MVH-503), which was loaded with empty softdrink bottles, when the vehicle’s brakes malfunctioned.

“‘Yun ang sinasabi nung driver, hindi niya na-control ang sasakyan kasi di niya magamit ‘yung break niya,” Supt. Antonio Montalba, officer-in-charge of the Cagayan de Oro City Police, said.

The truck swept the passenger jeepney (KVP-291) driven by Abrogueña, a Kia Sorento (ZFJ-717) driven by Rubelie Cabiguin, the brand new Honda XR motorcycle driven by Lomongo, and the Isuzu Elf aluminum van (RMK-353) driven by Milky Cagas, who was also injured.

Junio is now detained at the Cagayan de Oro City Police Station 6 and will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, multiple serious physical injuries, and damage to property. (John Roson)

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The Northern Mindanao regional police leadership has relieved Senior Supt. Gerardo Rosales as director of the Cagayan de Oro City Police following the grenade explosion at a money-lending firm which left eight people injured.

Chief Supt. Gil Hitosis, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said he ordered Rosales’ “administrative relief” over the latter’s failure to prevent Wednesday’s explosion, the second to hit the city in just a little over a month.

“Kinausap ko na sila (Cagayan de Oro City Police) noon na galingan ang pagbabantay para ma-prevent ‘yung mga ganitong klaseng incident at ang binigay ko sa kanilang directive is that the chief PNP wouldn’t want to hear another explosion,” Hitosis said in a phone interview.

“He (Rosales) is not yet relieved per se, but he can no longer function as the city director… we are just applying uniformity of law,” the regional police chief added.

Last Oct. 11, a bomb exploded outside the Maxandria Hotel at the corner of J.R. Borja st. and Aguinaldo st. in the city proper.

Two civilians were killed and two policemen were wounded in the blast. Another improvised explosive device was found under a news crew’s pick-up in the city the same day.

Meanwhile, Hitosis said investigators have yet to determine the motive for Wednesday’s explosion at the Golden Sun Finance Corp. branch along C.M. Recto Ave., Brgy. Lapasan.

The blast came from an MK-2 grenade that was set up like a “booby-trap” on the establishment’s accordion door. (John Roson)

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(Update) Eight people were injured when a grenade planted by still unidentified persons exploded at a money-lending establishment in Cagayan de Oro City early Wednesday, police and military officials said.

Senior Supt. Gerardo Rosales, Cagayan de Oro City Police director, said the explosion occurred around 8 a.m. at the Golden Sun Finance Corp. branch along C.M. Recto Ave., Brgy. Lapasan in the city proper.

He identified the injured as security guard JR Palma, Golden Sun employee Varceliza Salamanca, Fritzie Piyos, Danny Ragnag, retired SPO2 Rodolfo Cabutad, SPO2 Ronelio Mendiola, jeepney driver Fernando Biernes, and passenger Roderick Cadevit.

Palma, who was seriously injured, has been taken to the Capitol University Medical Center along with five other victims. Biernes and Cadevit were brought to the Northern Mindanao Regional Medical Center, Rosales said.

Investigation showed that Palma, Salamanca, and another Golden Sun employee were opening the establishment’s accordion door when the grenade went off.

‘Booby trap’

The blast came from an MK-2 grenade that was set up like a “booby-trap” on the accordion door, Lt. Col. Eugenio Osias, spokesman of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said in an earlier interview.

Members of the Army’s Explosives and Ordnance Disposal unit were quickly sent to cordon the area and determine what type of explosive went off, he said.

“Tinali ‘yung granada sa accordion door, parang booby trap. Ginawang booby trap na pag binira mo ‘yung pinto, mabibira yung tali, kasama ‘yung pin, puputok ‘yung granada,” Rosales said.

Palma bore the brunt of the explosion as he was the one who pulled the accordion door, according to the police official.

Shrapnels also burst from the grenade, hitting the passing jeepney driven by Biernes. Mendiola, who was riding a motorcycle to report for duty at the Cagayan de Oro City Police Station 8, also suffered shrapnel wounds.

Rosales said investigators have yet to identify who planted the grenade, but are looking at the possibility that it was someone “angry” with Golden Sun.

“May galit ito siguro dito sa Golden Sun Finance, may mga finile-an daw kasi ng kaso itong Golden Sun. May finile-an sila ng kaso na mga tao na may utang sa kanila… ‘yan ‘yung anggulo na tinitingnan namin,” he said.

Scam link probed

The explosion came in the wake of investment scams which have duped thousands of people in Mindanao of billions of pesos.

One scam, perpetrated by Aman Futures, has been blamed for at least one killing, abductions, burning of houses, and threats in various parts of Mindanao.

Police said earlier that some of those who lost money in the scam even borrowed money from relatives and financial institutions to invest in Aman.

Rosales said that it was possible, though still too early, to link the grenade attack on Golden Sun with any investment scam.

“Hindi pa natin ma-link ito kasi hindi pa natin nakakausap ‘yung mga teller nila (Golden Sun), mga manager, kung sinu-sino ba ‘yung mga tao na may utang sa kanila… remote pa ‘yang possibility na ‘yan,” he said. (John Roson)

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Four members of a family were found dead inside a septic tank on Wednesday after being hacked and stabbed at their home in Cagayan de Oro City, a police official said.

Senior Supt. Gerardo Rosales, Cagayan de Oro City Police director, identified the victims as Christopher Lastimosa, his wife Lea, their children Chanlee, 6, and Christian, 8.

The bodies were discovered inside the septic tank of the Lastimosas’ home in Zone 4 Agong, Brgy. Canitoan, past 10 a.m., Rosales said in a phone interview.

Earlier, a certain Chona Pepito sought police assistance after seeing traces of blood at the house’s living room, according to a radio report.

“Nung mag-investigate na ‘yung mga pulis natin, doon na nakita ‘yung mga bodies sa septic tank,” Rosales said.

He said police have taken into custody Arman Abuyen, who was seen roaming around the house’s vicinity during the investigation.

Abuyen, who served as Christopher Lastimosa’s helper at a machine shop, is suspected of being involved in the massacre because of the wounds found on his hands, Rosales said.

Investigators believe that three other persons connived with Abuyen to kill the Lastimosas.

It is believed that the massacre happened between 1 and 2 a.m. Monday, when neighbors heard a commotion and Christopher shouting, Rosales said.

Abuyen has denied any involvement in the incident, according to the police official. (John Roson)

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Two people were killed while two policemen were wounded when a bomb exploded at a hotel in Cagayan de Oro City early Thursday, police said.

A few hours later, a second bomb was found in the city. Another exploded in front of a commercial compound in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay, Wednesday night, injuring a teenaged boy.

Senior Supt. Gerardo Rosales, Cagayan de Oro City Police director, identified the fatalities as Rudy Jote, an employee of the Willshire Inn, and a certain “Toto,” a passenger vehicle dispatcher.

PO1 Rogelio Canilanza and PO1 Dexter Daño were brought to the Polymedic Hospital because of shrapnel wounds to the legs and back, Rosales said.

The explosion occurred shortly before 2 a.m. beside the Maxandria Hotel at the corner of J.R. Borja st. and Aguinaldo st.

Around 1:50 a.m., a desk officer of the hotel called the local police, seeking assistance for what appeared to be a bomb left by three unidentified persons, Rosales said.

Canilanza, Daño, and some other policemen went to the scene, but the bomb exploded while they were conducting a “visual investigation,” the city police chief said.

2nd bomb found

Chief Supt. Gil Hitosis, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said another improvised explosive device (IED) was found under a pick-up in the city around 7:30 a.m.

The second explosive, which was apparently made by the same group that bombed the hotel, was disrupted by policemen, he said.

All police units in Northern Mindanao have been placed under “full alert” and directed to increase visibility on the streets and conduct checkpoints to prevent the proliferation of bombs and firearms, Hitosis said.

Boy hurt in Zambo blast

Meanwhile, another bomb exploded at the commercial complex in Brgy. Poblacion, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay, around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, injuring 14-year-old Alraffy Barabadan Bano.

An improvised explosive device went off in front of the M&M Alrafhi garments shop owned by Merpha Barabadan Bano, a relative of the victim, Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command, said.

Local police are still trying to determine the bombers’ identities and motive, he said.

Peace deal detractors behind blasts?

Hitosis, whose office supervises the Cagayan de Oro City Police, said he is not discounting the possibility that the explosions were carried out by groups who oppose the recently signed “framework agreement” between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“Tinitingnan namin dyan ay ‘yung link ng explosion sa nearby areas namin… Alam mo naman na ‘yung govt natin ay may ongoing peace deal sa isang grupo at ‘yung isa namang grupo ay parang disgruntled. Bukod pa dun ‘yung isa pang grupo na mukhang ayaw din,” Hitosis told reporters in a phone interview.

The Moro National Liberation Front, who had signed a peace agreement with the government in Sept. 1996, warned that the accord with the MILF violates theirs and could result into unrest.

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, which broke away from the MILF, had also voiced opposition to the framework agreement.

Hitosis, however, noted that there was still no strong evidence linking the blasts to the peace deal. (John Roson)

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A suspect in the shooting of a Cagayan de Oro radio anchor surrendered to authorities in Misamis Oriental on Monday after two months of hiding, police said.

Baldomero Pajo, one of the suspects in shooting Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro anchor James Michael Licuanan, surrendered to the Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office around 4 p.m., provincial police director Senior Supt. Graciano Mijares said.

The 29-year-old Pajo, a resident of Brgy. Natubo, Jasaan, negotiated his surrender with the Army’s 403rd Brigade. He has been turned over to the Cagayan de Oro City Police, Mijares said in a text message.

Licuanan, anchor of the program “Zonalibre,” was injured after being shot in Brgy. Cogon on Nov. 10 while on the way home from work. (John Roson)

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