Mindanao Newsbits for May 21, 2013

HOSPITAL STAFF

Zamboanga City - Suspected Abu Sayyaf members seized the wife of a marine sergeant who is a hospital employee in Jolo, Sulu on Saturday morning. A report identified the victim as Casilda Villarasa Marcos, a medical technologist of the Sulu Provincial Hospital (SPH), and wife of a marine sergeant. The SPH is just several meters away from the Sulu Provincial Police Office in Jolo, the capital town of Sulu. The report said Marcos and her nine-year-old daughter were about to enter the hospital where she is working when four gunmen appeared and dragged her to a waiting van. (Nonoy Lacson)

POWER SUMMIT

Cagayan De Oro City - All is set for power stakeholders, multi-sectoral leaders, local government unit (LGU) leaders, and other power users and suppliers to meet here for the two-day 2013 Mindanao Power Congress next week, organizers of the confab yesterday said. The organizers said they are hoping that this gathering will alleviate the Mindanao power problem, which have already affected the close to country's second largest island's 20 million inhabitants, and the business community. The congress carries the theme "Mainstreaming the Mindanao Power Agenda: Reliable, Affordable, and Sustainable Power Supply in Mindanao." (Mike Crismundo)

PERSONNEL MEDAL

Cagayan De Oro City - The flag-officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy (PN) visited the largest infantry division in Mindanao over the weekend and pinned medals to the wounded Marine soldiers at Camp Edilberto Evangelista, this city. Vice Admiral Jose Luis M Alano, PN flag-officer-In-command, was welcomed by the command group led by Brig. Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, commanding general of the Army's Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th Infantry Division, with military honors. Alano pinned the Wounded Personnel Medal to each soldier and handed out financial assistance. The soldiers were wounded during a gunbattle with communist insurgents in Misamis Oriental. (Mike Crismundo)

KABACAN TOWN

Kidapawan City - A blast rocked Poblacion in Kabacan, North Cotabato, around 7:45 p.m. Sunday. Supt. Leo Ajero, Kabacan police chief, said the explosion was caused by a 40mm mortar fired from an M203 grenade launcher. The projectile landed and went off in front of an agricultural supply store located on Aglipay Street, Poblacion, which is just several meters away from the campus of the University of Southern Mindanao, one of the largest state-owned universities in Central Mindanao. While none among the residents was hurt, the explosion damaged the entrance door of the AgriVet Supply and the road, police said. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

VILLAGE OFFICIAL

Zamboanga City (PNA) - A barangay (village) official, who was known to be a staunch supporter of a mayoralty aspirant, was killed in Zamboanga del Sur, a police official disclosed Monday. Police Regional Office 9 (PRO-9) spokesman Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca said the incident took place around 12 noon Sunday at Purok Sampaguita in Barangay West Migpulao, Dinas. Huesca identified the victim as Julian Nacau, the village chieftain of West Migpulao, who died on the spot. Nacau was having lunch together with his family when the suspect, Muamar Fermin, armed with a caliber .45 pistol, arrived and shot the village official, Huesca said.

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