Tag Archive: Sarangani

Four persons were killed while almost 4,000 were affected by floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in four provinces of Central Mindanao, authorities reported Thursday.

Floods and landslides affected 43 barangays in nine towns and two cities of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, and Sarangani, said Minda Morante, director of the Office of Civil Defense-12.

Tupi town of South Cotabato and Brgy. Rajah Muda of Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, declared a state of calamity because of the floods, Morante said in an emailed report.

Couple Nonoy, 74, and Monita Ga, 71, of Brgy. Bunao, Tupi, South Cotabato; Diron Tamarang, 70, of Brgy. Lunen, also in Tupi; and Anita Ochova, 63, of Glan, Sarangani, died in landslides caused by heavy rain, she said.

Five persons, identified as Mercy Magbanua, 27; Kathlyn Magbanua, 1; Jay Argal, 24; Cristy Ochova, 31, and one Jojit Mangisel were injured, she said.

Of the 3,985 individuals affected by floods, 1,798 were evacuated and are currently staying in barangay halls, daycare centers, gymnasiums, and homes of relatives, Morante said.

Most of the evacuees came from Tacurong City and Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; Koronadal City and Tupi, South Cotabato; and Glan, Sarangani.

Floods also left at least four bridges impassable to motorists and caused at least P6.9 million in damage to agriculture, Morante said.

More than 500 hectares of rice fields, more than 80 hectares of cornfields, and at least 7.5 hectares of fishponds were damaged because of the floods, which also left at least 50 farm animals dead or missing, she said.

Heavy rains brought by an intertropical convergence zone hit South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, and Sarangani from Tuesday night until Wednesday morning, causing the floods, according to Morante.

Local governments are now providing relief goods to the evacuees and are still monitoring the situation in affected areas, she said. (John Roson)

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Five New People’s Army (NPA) members were killed while sevaral high-powered firearms were seized as government troops clashed with the rebel group in Alabel, Sarangani, on Monday, the military said.

The slain rebels’ bodies were recovered but their identities have yet to be determined, 1Lt. Vergel Lacambra, public affairs officer of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said by phone.

The clash in Sitio Tugal, Brgy. Datal Anggas, erupted around 8 a.m.

Elements of the 73rd Infantry Battalion encountered about 30 rebels led by alias “Lucas,” secretary of the NPA Far-South Mindanao Regional Committee’s Front 75, Lacambra said.

Two MG-520 attack helicopters from the Air Force provided close-air support to the ground troops, he said.

No one was hurt among the government troops, who also recovered two AK-47 rifles, an M653 Baby Armalite rifle, and three M16 rifles from the rebels, Lacambra said. (John Roson)

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The mayor of Maitum, Sarangani, died Saturday morning after being ambushed by armed men Friday night, police said.

Mayor George Perrett expired at a hospital in General Santos City 2:40 a.m. because of cardiac arrest and loss of blood, after suffering a bullet wound to the leg, Supt. Jomar Alexis Yap, Sarangani provincial police deputy director, said by phone.

Perrett’s wife Elsie Lucille, a former mayor of Maitum, was not hurt in the attack but one of the couple’s aides, Andelma Andal, was injured, Yap said.

The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m., while Perrett, his wife, and some of ther aides were passing through Purok Bugo, Brgy. Malalag, on their Toyota Fortuner.

“Before that, galing sila sa municipal gymnasium kasi may program na singing, may pasayaw, natapos ito ng mga 10 p.m., nagta-travel sila pabalik ng bahay nang i-ambush,” Yap said.

Perrett was driving the vehicle and had no police escort. “According sa chief of police, ayaw niya magpasama sa mga pulis dahil wala naman siyang kalaban,” Yap said.

Initial investigation showed that three or more men fired upon Perrett’s vehicle from the hills beside the road.

Spent shells of an M16 rifle, a caliber-.45 pistol, and a 12-gauge shotgun were found at the scene.

“Accordingly, itong mga armado ay parang nakatago sa gilid ng kalsada, ‘yun ang analysis namin. Sabi kasi nung mga kasama ni mayor, wala silang nakitang ibang sasakyan nung time na ‘yun, basta pinutukan na lang daw sila,” Yap said.

Perrett, his wife, and Andal were initially brought to the Maitum Hospital, but were later transferred to the Saint Elizabeth Hospital in General Santos City, said Senior Insp. Aldrin Gonzales, Central Mindanao regional police spokesman.

“Sa ngayon wala pa kaming nakikitang possible motive kasi bagong mayor siya (Perrett) at mabait naman pag nakakausap namin, so ngayon nire-review namin kung may threats ba sa kanya, at ‘yung projects niya,” Yap said.

“Masusing iniimbestigahan ‘yung kaso and we will probably create an SITG (special investigation task group) for this,” he added. (John Roson)

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3 men gunned down in Gensan

Three men facing drug and robbery charges died after being shot by still unidentified assailants in General Santos City Friday night, police said.

Senior Supt. Froilan Quidilla, General Santos City Police director, identified the three as Edwin Laranio alias “Gorang,” Emmanuel Fajardo alias “Tata Fajardo,” and Ronel Fuentes, all residents of neighboring Alabel, Sarangani.

The shooting occurred past 9 p.m. in Brgy. Baluan.

The three were eating at one of the “balut” stalls along the road when four men on two motorcycles arrived, shot them, and quickly fled, Quidilla said.

“Nagko-coordinate pa kami sa Sarangani provincial police office kasi mga taga-dun ‘yung mga pinatay, right now nag-iimbestiga pa kami,” he said.

Quidilla said investigators are looking at criminal cases where Laranio, Fajardo, and Fuentes were implicated.

Police received information that the three had drug-related cases and were accused of “akyat bahay”-robbery in Alabel, he said. (John Roson)

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Armed men attacked a tribal group’s security force in Maitum, Sarangani, early Saturday, injuring at least one person and forcing more than 100 people to flee, the military said.

Tomo Molok Lungoyen, a member of the T’boli tribe’s “barangay defense force,” was taken to the Diagan Cooperative Hospital for treatment, Capt. William Alfred Rodriguez, spokesman of the Army’s 1002nd Brigade, said.

Around 6:20 a.m., about 20 armed men led by Datu Ingig and Udtug Talumpa fired upon the position occupied by the barangay defense force in Sitio Kadapukan, Brgy. Tuanadatu.

The attack forced the barangay defense force to retaliate and residents of nearby Sitio Napilay, Brgy. Ticulab, to evacuate, Rodriguez said.

Forty families comprised of 127 people from Sitio Napilay are taking shelter in Ticulab proper as of 3 p.m., he said, citing figures from the Maitum Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

The motive for the attack was not immediately known, but Rodriguez said the gunmen were the same ones who killed Brgy. Tuanadatu kagawad Freddie Macatin, his wife, and brother on August 16.

Soldiers were sent to the area to prevent further incidents, Rodriguez said. (John Roson)

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A P-3C Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft (photo from US Navy website http://www.navy.mil)

A US maritime surveillance plane will join local security forces in five days of naval exercises in Sarangani Bay starting Monday, the Navy said.

The US Navy’s P3C Orion aircraft will take part in the Coast Watch South Capability Exercise (CWS-CAPEX) from September 3 to 7, Capt. Robert Empedrad of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) said.

The P3C Orion is a four-engine turboprop, anti-submarine, and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the US Navy and introduced in the 1960s. The aircraft has a tail “stinger” used for the magnetic detection of submarines.

The upcoming drills, the second phase of CWS-CAPEX 2012, will feature a command post exercise at the NFEM headquarters in General Santos City and a field training exercise near the Maasim Point of Sarangani Bay.

“This exercise is focused on simulating the actual operations of the Coast Watch System and its stations in addressing maritime security in Eastern Mindanao,” Empedrad, the director of this year’s drills, said.

The Navy will use one patrol gunboat, an Islander aircraft, two patrol boats, and a special operating unit as “boarding team” in the field training exercises.

Members of the Coast Guard, PNP Maritime Group, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will also join in boarding the “target” boat.

Other agencies participating in the exercises include the Philippine Ports Authority, Bureau of Immigration, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Bureau of Customs, and the Department of Justice. (John Roson)

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Rebel killed in Sarangani clash

A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) member got killed as government troops clashed with the rebel group in Malungon, Sarangani, Monday morning.

Colonel Leopoldo Galon, Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman, said members of the 73rd Infantry Battalion encountered about 20 rebels at Sitio Kaniyogan, Brgy. Tamban, around 10:30 a.m.

Aside from the slain rebel’s body, troops also recovered an M16 rifle with an attached M203 grenade launcher at the scene, Galon said. (John Roson)

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At least 12 killed in Sarangani mishap

At least 12 people, some of them pastors, got killed while six others were injured when the van they were riding smashed onto a cargo truck in Malungon, Sarangani, early Thursday, police said.

PO2 Ricky Salazar, desk officer at the Malungon Police station, said the incident occurred around 5 a.m. along the National Highway in Sitio Bankerohan, Brgy. Banate.

Confirmed killed were the van’s driver Gilbert Constantino, 40; Ricky Magallanes, 32; Arnold Cabrido, 48; Liza Cabrido, 45; Reynante Ilogsong, 42; Annie Ilogsong, 42; Jane Martinez, 32; Arbie Martinez, 5, Jelyn Magallanes, Alice Constantino, Nikki Constantino, and Rodolfo Asejo.

Vic Martinez, 42; Jaymark Martinez, 5; Fe Asejo, Myka Constantino, Leah Magallanes, and Reniel Ilogsong, were brought to the Digos Doctors Hospital and Gonzales Hospital, both in Digos City, Davao del Sur. Salazar said they recieved information that one of the six expired while undergoing treatment but were not told who.

Constantino was driving the Mitsubishi L300 van (LCW-509) from General Santos City to Davao City, where he and his passengers, all members of a Protestant church, were supposed to attend a “pastoral meeting.”

“Most of the males are pastors of their church,” Salazar said.

The van smashed onto the back of the truck, which was parked beside the road. “Hindi yata napansin yung warning device ng truck, may warning device… lumabas din sa investigation na nagkaroon ng mechanical malfunction ‘yung van” Salazar said.

Truck driver Eulalio Rivera, 21, is now detained at the Malungon Police station. (John Roson)

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15 hurt in Sarangani road mishap

Fifteen people, including three children, were injured when the passenger van they were riding fell into a canal in Kiamba, Sarangani, police reported.

The injured included Datudido Ali, Camelon Anlunag, Akmad Mangelen, Kashim mangelen, Lamya Paco, Lydia Valayo, Rosita Butac, Hadji Dialita Tato, Sambra Antao, Elito Bayabos, Lorena Deperia, and Merlyn Malabi.

Also injured were Syra Antao, 5, Leezer Kin Deperia, 5, and Rafia Chin Deperia, 3.

They were all brought to the Maitum District Hospital and later transferred to General Santos City for further treatment, except the Deperias, Soccsksargen regional police spokesman Supt. Resty Damaso said.

The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, while Willie Mendoza, 67, was driving the passenger Hyundai van (MVU-692) along the National Highway in Brgy. Luma.

“The steering wheel suddenly locked, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle which sideswiped the left road railing and fell down on the embankment near the bridge,” Damaso said, citing initial investigation. (John Roson)

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Authorities arrested the “prime suspect” in the killing of Maitum, Sarangani, Mayor George Yabes almost five years ago during an operation in Cotabato City earlier this week, police reported Thursday.

Chief Insp. Resty Damaso, Soccsksargen regional police spokesperson, identified the suspect as Monding Binasing alias Mongs and Jomong Mandanding, 39, of Sitio Bobong, Brgy. Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City.

Binasing was arrested around 1 p.m. Tuesday by members of the Regional Intelligence Division, Special Action Force, and Army 5th Infantry Battalion near the corner of Tamontaka-Bobong Road and Sinsuat Ave., Damaso said in a statement.

Binasing is currently detained at the General Santos City Police Station 3, where investigators will interview him on the whereabouts of his co-accused, Damaso added.

Yabes was shot dead in front of the South Cotabato Electric Cooperative office in Purok Saranay, Brgy. Poblacion, Maitum, on November 11, 2006. (John Roson)

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