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Mindanao Daily NEWS Volume II, No. 184 web portal: Saturday February 1, 2014 P15.00 northmin . westmin . caraga . davao Your Regional Mindanao-wide Community Newspaper Typhoon ‘Basyang’ intensifies 5 Mindanao areas under Signal 2; 7 under Signal 1, MisOr included P ublic Storm Warning Signal 2 has been raised over Camiguin province and Caraga region and seven other areas are under signal 1, including Misamis Oriental province, as tropical depression ‘Basyang’ intensified into a storm and is expected to make landfall over Southern Leyte and the northern part of Surigao del Norte late Friday night or early Saturday morning, the latest weather advisory said. SEE FULL STORY/p.2 CHINESE DRAGON. A Dancer carries the head of a Chinese dragoon in Cagayan de Oro on Jan. 31. The local Filipino Chinese community here joined the worldwide celebration of the New Year with dances and fireworks. MindaNews photo by froilan gallardo 18 alloy boats arrive CDO for rescue trng. By Ercel Maandig CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- At least, 18 units of aluminum boats arrive here and were docked at the Port Area to be used for Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) training set to be conducted in the different Local Government Units of Northern Mindanao, said Lt.Col.Eleasar Dangay of the Philippine Coast Guard Regional Office 10. Dangay said one of their priority programs for 2014 is the conduct of various search and rescue training in the different municipal waters to prepare LGUs during calamities. Flash floods has been observed to be prone in See boats, page 11 Rights violations by 4th ID’s force augmentation expected: Kalumbay In the past weeks, 4th Infantry Division’s Brig. Gen. Gerardo Barrientos Jr. proudly announced the arrival of more than two hundred elite soldiers under the 1st Special Forces Battalion. This augmentation, he said, will boost the fight against the New People’s Army (NPA) in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions. The elite forces, Barrientos adds, will be handling the paramilitary forces under 4th ID area of responsibility. How e v e r, Jom or it o Goaynon of Kalumbay greeted it with much animosity. Praised by Barrientos as being highly trained in unconventional warfare and high risk missions, the 1st Special Forces (SF) Battalion were part of the military MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday urged the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to “fast-track the completion of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to ensure its passage and ratification with enough time to com- plete the transition tasks in time for the 2016 elections.” In a statement released by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles, she relayed that the President met with the members of the BTC who paid him a courtesy call in Malacanang. “The meeting, which took place in a warm and relaxed atmosphere, gave the BTC the opportunity to update the President on the work they have been doing and the concerns they were See rights, page 11 P-Noy urges Transition Comm. to fast-track Basic Law drafting Premature opening delays Laguindingan Airport completion by 5 months Airlines lost P228-M over 12-day period The completion of Laguindingan Airport has been moved back by five months due to the national government’s insistence to open it as a Visual Flight Rule (VFR) airport last June 15, 2013, raising the specter of more losses to Northern Mindanao due to flight cancellations due to inclement weather. The yearend report of the Department of Transportation and Communication on the Air Navigation System and Support Facilities (ANSSF) project component of the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) states that due to the June opening of the airport, the contractor is restricted to working only during night time, prompting them to request the DOTC for an extension of five months. The request of the contractor is now with the DOTC, awaiting the approval of Sec. Joseph Emilio A. Abaya. Once approved, the revised completion of the project is November 2014. However, the business community, represented by the Coalition of Chambers in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental, is vigorously opposing the request for an extension by the Korean contractor See airport, page 11 See urges, page 11 Police Chief Superintendent Isagani Francisco Genabe Jr. (3rd l-r), assumed the leadership as the new Regional Director of Police Regional Office 10. Genabe is not new to this region being the Provincial Director of Camiguin Provincial Police Office and the City Director of Cagayan de Oro City Police Office from 2008-2009. He is known as a hard worker, doer, and one who expects and demands results. pro -10 Editorial: e-mail: • 72-33-44, 856-3344 • Advertising: e-mail: Contact cell nos.: 0917-7121424, 0947-8935776

Mindanao Daily (February 1, 2014)

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