NDBC News Briefs (1.24.17)
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KABACAN, North Cotabato -- Families displaced by floods last week in at least four villages here have returned home, disaster officials said.
David Don Sayre, Kabacan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Officer, said the 3,672 families or about 20,000 individuals have returned home.
Saure said the affected families who already recieved relief assistance from municipal and provincial governments, were from Sitio Malabuaya, Sitio Punol and Sitio Kibales of Barangay Kayaga, and from Barangays Buluan, Simone, Magatos and Nangaan.
The Kabacan MDRRMC has recommended the declaration of state of calamity in Kabacan so calamity funds can be used. (DXND)
Cops arrest 2 drug suspects in Midsayap
MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato - Police here arrested two suspected drug pushers during anti-drug operations conducted by police and anti-narcotics unit Monday.
Supt. Bernard Tayong, Midsayap town police chief, said Willie Migrenio, 37 of MIgading, Aleosan, North Cotabato and Arlene Quilantang, 39 of Barnagay Poblacion 5, Midsayap, were arrested during the 5 p.m. anti-drug operation.
Seized from them were five sachets of shabu and paraphernalia. Charges against them are on the way.
Army denies violating HR law in NorCot clashes
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Soldiers hunting down lawless elements in Makilala, North Cotabato have not violated any human rights agreement with communist rebels, an Army brigade commander said.
Col. Tyne Bañas, 1002nd Infantry Brigade commander, told DXND-AM Radyo Bida that the soldiers were after armed men who harassed a hauler truck driver in Barangay Biangan.
He said elements of the 39th Infantry Battalion were after four armed men who harassed and extoring Delio Tungcos, driver of a banana firm in Makilala.
Bañas stressed that pursuing lawless elements who attacked and harassed civilians is a mandate of the Philippine Army. (DXND)
Gunman shot dead Datu Odin farmer
DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao -- A farmer was shot dead by still unidentified gunman at 9 p.m. Monday in Barangay Neketan here.
Ismael Kasim Mokamad, 40, sustained gunshot wounds in the head and body and died instantly, according to police.
Motive of the attack and identity of the gunman remained unknown but police said it could be personal grudge. (DXMS)
Wanted man for crime 6 years ago falls
DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao -- Wanted by law six years ago, a man reached the end of the road Monday when police arrested him based on an arrest warrant for murder charges.
Chief Inspector Achmad Alibonga, DOS town police chief, said Datu Salem Mangelen, 57, a dental health worker and resident of SPDA village, did not resist arrest when lawmen nabbed him in Tenorio, Barangay Awang, DOS, Maguindanao. (DXMS)
SoCot mulls more funds for drug personalities rehab
KORONADAL CITY -- South Cotabato's provincial council is sourcing funds to help about 9,000 drug dependents who voluntarily surrender as a result of the war on drugs by the Duterte administration.
South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Fuentes said the province has no drug rehabilitation center and it cannot afford, at this time, to put up one.
So one option is to finance the rehab of drug personalities in facilities outside the province.
But the board has earmarked P500,000 from the provincial government to buy detoxification medicine for drug personalities, now called Surfacing Personalities Involved in Drugs (SPID).
It also approved the release of P1 million budget for testing kits. (DXOM)
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