A businesswoman and her driver were freed in Iligan City yesterday after more than a week in captivity, while the New People’s Army (NPA) released here on Tuesday night six traders it kidnapped 53 days ago, authorities said.
Col. Daniel Lucero, of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, said Faridad Ulama Adilao, 37, a gun store owner, and her driver, Casan Adilao, were released near a police checkpoint in Barangay Manukan, Iligan City at around 3:30 a.m. yesterday.
“The victims were released with their hands in handcuffs,” Lucero said.
The victims were immediately brought to the Mercy Hospital in Iligan City where they were given medical treatment.
DIPOLOG CITY The local government here has completed at least two infrastructure projects funded under the 20 percent development fund of the city. In a report submitted by City Engr. Nedilla D. Magdayo to Mayor Evelyn Uy indicated that were about 11 projects her office has completed as of September this year.
These projects include the P1.92-M Dipolog City Airport Parking Area and the P2.5-M Urban Poor Road Network at Barangay Galas, Engr. Magdayo told Mayor Uy. The two projects were funded by the 20% Development Fund of the City Government. (Nonoy E. Lacson)
An Italian priest who had been serving Mindanao since 1978 and was head of the Tribal Filipinos Apostolate of the Diocese of Kidapawan, was gunned down at around 8:30 Monday morningjust as he was preparing to leave his convent in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato, for the 9 a.m. Presbyterium in Kidapawan City.
Bishop Romulo dela Cruz told MindaNews Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME, parish priest of Arakan Valley, was hit on the left side of his head, chest and side while in his vehicle, preparing to drive for Kidapawan City.
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An Indian man has been arrested for attempting to bribe Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents in exchange for the release of two of his compatriots from the immigration jail in Davao City.
Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said Thursday Sukhdarshan Singh, 35, was apprehended last October 3 in an entrapment operation at the Victoria Plaza Mall along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao.
Singh was arrested by a team from the BI and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after he went to the BI office in Davao and offered P200,000 bribe for the release of Gurmeet Singh and Amandeep Kaur who are both detained at the office.
Singh was later brought to the NBI headquarters in Davao City where he was booked for attempted bribery and corrupting public officials.
Civet coffee, the “world’s most expensive coffee” being sold at an average of P1,000 per 100 grams, is now in this city.
For coffee lovers, the taste and aroma of civet coffee is all that matters even if they knew it came from the intestinal tract of the civet cat.
The civet cat is of the family Viverridae of Africa and Asia, having anal scent glands that secrete a fluid with a musky odor which is even used in the manufacture of perfumes.
Local trader Philip Dizon said the civet coffee industry is moving so fast that he never regretted engaging into such kind of business.
Around 30 delegates from the Philippines attended the recent China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) 2011 held in Beijing, China. Last year’s CIBTM 2010 saw record-breaking attendance, and this year’s event topped it. Most of the delegates came from Davao City, for an important reason.
During the three-day event, Davao was one of the featured destinations of the Philippines after Boracay and Palawan, which are already popular among Chinese tourists. During the Philippine Travel Conference held at The Regent Beijing, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gave a brief presentation outlining the “Let us Meet in Davao” campaign, positioning the country’s biggest city as a potential international MICE destination.
Communist insurgents in the Philippines freed four jail guards who they took hostage two months ago, the rebels and officials said Saturday, helping ease tensions in peace talks with the government.
The four guards, seized by New People’s Army guerrillas on July 21, were turned over to the International Committee of the Red Cross in the isolated town of Magpet on the southern island of Mindanao, an NPA spokeswoman said.
The four were released for ‘humanitarian reasons’ and were all healthy, NPA spokeswoman Rubi del Mundo said in a statement.