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Sarangani police uncover marijuana plantation, seize plants worth P2.3M


SARANGANI PROVINCE- Local law enforcement undertook a challenging six-hour expedition to uncover an alleged marijuana plantation in a remote corner of Malungon, Sarangani Province on Monday, March 12, 2024.

Police Colonel Deanry Francisco, director of Sarangani Police Provincial Office led the operation and unearthed a hidden marijuana cultivation site straddling the border between Sitio Kelil Datal in Brgy. Datal Batong, Malungon, and Sitio Nuket in Brgy. Bulol Salo, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur.

Francisco identified the alleged cultivator as Jimbell Dangayan, alias “Jimbell Sinaya,” who eluded arrest amidst the rugged terrain.

Authorities confiscated an estimated 11,500 mature marijuana plants, valued at roughly P2,300,000.

Acting swiftly, law enforcement personnel promptly destroyed the seized contraband on-site, with media representatives and elected barangay officials as witnesses. Concurrently, a sample marijuana tree was preserved for examination by the Regional Forensic Unit 12.

Police intel killing possibly “work-related”, says GenSan police

Actual photo of the slain police officer.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY- Following the tragic shooting of Police Corporal Ricky Mendoza Gomez while riding his motorcycle along the Diversion Road in Barangay Apopong, General Santos City, authorities are investigating a potential work-related motive behind the incident.

Police Colonel Nicomedes Olaivar, director of the General Santos City Police Office, confirmed that the nature of Gomez’s work as an intelligence operative of the Carmen Municipal Police Station in North Cotabato suggests a connection to his profession.

“In the line of duty, operatives often encounter dangerous individuals or criminals, leading us to consider a work-related motive for the killing,” stated Olaivar in an interview.

While emphasizing the possibility of a work-related motive, Olaivar also noted that the investigation remains open to exploring other angles related to the victim’s death.

Immediate action followed the incident, with Olaivar ordering hot pursuit operations against the suspects and implementing heightened security measures across the city, including strategic choke points.

Despite the challenges posed by the incident, Olaivar reassured the public that the local police force maintains control over the city’s security, and measures are in place to safeguard the lives of residents.

GenSan police collar “online seller” in anti-drug operation


GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 11, 2024 – In a joint operation conducted by the General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), an alleged online seller involved in narcotics distribution in the city was apprehended during a buy-bust operation on Thursday evening.

Police Colonel Nicomedes Olaivar, city police director, identified the suspect as Jay Ruzzel Mae Guion Crisostomo, 24 years old and residing in Purok Crisostomo, Barangay Calumpang, this city.

According to reports, the arrest transpired around 6 PM on Thursday in Morales Subdivision, Brgy. City Heights, where a significant quantity of suspected shabu was confiscated from the suspect’s possession.

A total of 16 packages, believed to contain illegal drugs and weighing 54.5 grams, were seized, estimated to have a street value of PhP 371,635.00.

Alongside the narcotics, various drug paraphernalia, including two tooters, disposable lighters, buy-bust money, a cellphone, and the motorcycle used during the operation, were also recovered.

Police Captain Danny Balofinos, Chief of Police Station 4 of the GSCPO, revealed that the suspect’s name had recurrently surfaced in previous arrest narratives. Surveillance and test buy operations confirmed her illicit activities, leading to the arrest.

Currently detained, the suspect faces charges for violating RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Olaivar emphasized that the successful operation underscores the GSCPO’s unwavering commitment to eradicating the proliferation of illegal drugs and criminality in the city, showcasing the seriousness and thoroughness of law enforcement efforts.

LTO official welcomes probe on alleged irregularities


KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato- A ranking official of the Land Transportation Office here has welcomed any investigation that will shed light on the alleged corruption involving the imposition of ‘quota’ system by the LTO-12 regional office.

LTO-12 Regional Director Melharrieh Tomawis has dared his accusers who posted on the social media that he was allegedly asking ‘tara’ from each LTO district chiefs in the Socsksargen region ranging from 100,000 to P300,000 monthly of which P1.5 million is being shared to South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo as funds for the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.

Tomawis said that some disgruntled LTO employees whom he relieved from their post following their involvement in irregularities were reportedly behind the smear campaign against him which had circulated on the social media.

The LTO official dared his accusers to come out in the open and file a formal complaint against him so that he can clear his name in a proper forum.

Tomawis said that he is willing to cooperate in any investigation that will be conducted by the higher-ups so that he will be given due process to air his side on the controversy.

He denied allegations that he imposed a monthly quota system ranging from P100, 000 to P300,000 among the 16 LTO district heads in the region.

To be able to meet the required monthly quota, LTO district heads had reportedly resorted to overcharging the fines and payment for the renewal of driver’s license and vehicle registration without official receipts.

Tamayo, who serves as national president of Partido Federal, vehemently denied the allegations that he received a monthly allocation from Tomawis as funding support for Partido Federal

Tomawis had appealed to his detractors to spare Tamayo from the controversy, saying that the governor had not given instruction for him to raise funds for the administration’s political party.

The LTO official used to be a Partido Federal provincial coordinator in Lanao before he was appointed to the post in June last year.

Tomawis said that he got the ire of some incompetent and undesirable LTO officials and employees who were adversely affected by the reforms he had undertaken after he assumed the helm of the LT0-12.

“ I challenge my accusers to come out and back up their allegations with evidence,” Tomawis stressed.

The LTO official maintained that he was just implementing administrative reforms needed for effective and efficient delivery of public services which had adversely affected several undesirable and incompetent personnel at the LTO-12 Regional Office.

Confessed arson suspect’s unexpected ‘not guilty’ plea sparks controversy


GENERAL SANTOS CITY- In a surprising turn of events at the Branch 59 of the Regional Trial Court in General Santos City, Kaydence Clark Gulmatico, 30, previously a confessed suspect in the burning of 8 parked cars last November, filed a “not guilty plea” during the arraignment and pre-trial, Thursday morning.

Initially, Gulmatico had openly confessed to the crime both to law enforcement and the media after being apprehended in a hot pursuit operation.

Despite maintaining his guilt during a conversation with one of the complainants before the hearing, Gulmatico’s plea shifted during the formal court proceedings.

The complainants expressed astonishment at the sudden change, especially considering the existence of clear evidence and the suspect’s initial admission to the crime.

Post-hearing, Gulmatico allegedly disclosed to a complainant that he was advised by his lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office to enter a not guilty plea, a revelation that caught him off guard.

Currently detained, Gulmatico faces charges for violating Section 1 and 2 of PD 1613, specifically related to arson.

Golden State College’s christmas gifts bring joy to more than 300 detainees in GenSan

Dr. Sara Jane Manilay, Vice President for Finance of Golden State College Inc., shares words of encouragement with detainees at the General Santos City Reformatory Center.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Over 300 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) who are detained at the General Santos City Reformatory Center received Christmas gifts from Golden State College Inc. led by its Vice President for Finance Dr. Sara Jane Manilay, on December 23, 2023.

Manilay shared that the act of distributing Christmas gifts to the PDLs and other underprivileged residents of the city has become a cherished tradition for her family and the entire Golden State College community.

She emphasized that this practice is their way of sharing the blessings they have received from the Almighty God, especially to those who cannot celebrate christmas in a simple but decent manner because of poverty.

Furthermore, the owner of Golden State College encouraged the inmates to maintain a positive outlook and to always hold onto prayer, expressing the belief that this is fundamental to their ongoing transformation.

Manilay affirmed the college’s commitment to providing ongoing support, particularly addressing the needs of PDLs and extending assistance in educational matters.

The inmates were grateful for the gifts and expressed their determination to continue making positive changes during their time in prison.

J/Supt Brian Sison, the Jail Warden, also extended his heartfelt thanks to Manilay for her support, emphasizing her dedication to prioritizing the welfare of every prisoner under his jurisdiction.

Additionally, it was noted that apart from the PDLs, the personnel of the General Santos City Police Office were also recipients of Christmas gifts from the Manilay family.

This gesture was intended as a token of gratitude for their unwavering vigilance and efforts in upholding order and peace within the city. (JAZZTEIN B. JUBELAG)

Score the best-branded deals from Shopee Mall Outlets during the 12.12 Mega Pamasko Sale!


Manila, Philippines (5 December 2023) –  We’re a few days away from Christmas day, and for those who still haven’t finished up their holiday shopping, great news is here: Shopee’s 12.12 Mega Pamasko Sale is just around the corner, featuring the best deals from Shopee Mall Outlets!

Add the latest picks to your cart from December 1 to 12 and enjoy amazing discounts of up to 90% off on top brands like Colgate-Palmolive, JBL, adidas, Oppo, Forever21, Puma, and more. The sale lasts until December 12, so shop now and spread the holiday cheer!

 Here are ten fantastic deals from Shopee Mall Outlet to inspire your festive gifting:

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This bomber jacket is a slam dunk for those who want to comfortably strut around in style. It’s the ideal gift to score major points with your sporty friends this Christmas for a cool dressed-down look.

Gear up for your holiday movie marathons with a brand-new smart TV! This internet-powered TV has YouTube, Prime Video, and other streaming apps built in and even has a premium-looking frameless design at a fraction of the cost of higher-end smart TVs. It will surely elevate your cozy get-togethers, so don’t miss this limited-time opportunity!

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Whether you’re a veteran runner, someone starting a new fitness journey in the new year, or a fashionista who wants to add a different style to their wardrobe, the adidas Pureboost 22 is a solid get for your shoe rotation. This sleek and no-frills shoe cushions you with a plush and comfy BOOST midsole, protecting your feet as you pound the pavement. It’s also sustainable and environment-friendly, with its upper made of 50% recycled content.

With holiday gatherings here and there, you want to ensure your skin is at its best–and Vaseline makes it easy with the Gluta-Hya Serum Burst Lotion. It comes with GlutaGlow technology that reduces dark spots, 10X Pro-Retinol that exfoliates dead skin cells, and double UV Filters that provide eight times the sun protection. Hyaluron and petroleum jelly also keep your skin moist for that dewy look!

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‘Sleigh’ the holidays by browsing festive deals and incredible discounts at the Shopee Mall Outlet during the 12.12 Mega Pamasko Sale!

Filinvest Land breaks ground for Futura Bay, GenSan City’s first masterplanned condo community

Futura Bay in 3D perspective.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY- Full-range property developer Filinvest Land, Inc. is ready to officially begin developing General Santos City’s first-ever master-planned condo community under its smart-value Futura by Filinvest brand, amid encouraging sales for the project.

At a ceremony last October 27, Friday, Futura Bay officially broke ground on Honorio Arriola Street – just across KCC Mall and near other educational institutions, hospitals, and leisure establishments, a testament to Futura Bay’s strategic location that in turn, has driven overall sale to date.

Present were Andres Calizo II, Filinvest Land Assistant Vice President and Regional Product Head for Mindanao; Arch. Art Butac, AVP Planning Head of SharePro, Inc. (the Filinvest Group’s technical and management services arm; and Engr. Ariel Reyes, SharePro Project /Construction Management Midrise Building Head. City officials Hon. Vice-Mayor Rosalita Nuñez and Ms Shandee Llido-Pestaño, representing Hon. Mayor Lorelie Pacquiao also joined the landmark event.

“We are proud to oversee the groundbreaking of Futura Bay in General Santos City as we truly bring to life our strong commitment to GenSan. Futura Bay marks the beginning of our mission to transform contemporary living by blending lush green surroundings, affordability, and a revitalizing lifestyle into one. This is a testament to Filinvest Land’s dedication to building developments that create a brighter future for all, especially for those who will choose to call Futura Bay their home,” said Calizo.

Thanks to robust demand and the project’s attractive location, Futura Bay’s first batch of inventories had already completely sold out as early as July 2023.

Upon completion, Futura Bay will feature three (3) master-planned mid-rise residential buildings with nine (9) storeys each. Over 40% of Futura Bay has been allotted to greenery and amenities, contributing to a truly refreshing lifestyle for its residents and aligning with Filinvest Land’s commitment to Dreams Built Green – building developments that are Green and promote Health and Life Tech.

Futura Bay homebuyers have a wide choice of smart-value and generous living space layouts: studio (22 square meters), one-bedroom (28 square meters), and two-bedroom (32 square meters) units. All these units are Internet-ready and feature unobstructed layouts (no visible columns) – perfect for up-and-coming young professionals and growing young families.

Complementing the development are Futura Bay’s modern and complete amenities, including a swimming pool, clubhouse, playground, a pet zone for fur parents, as well as security amenities that include a perimeter fence, CCTV, and 24/7 security.

“Pyromaniac” sets fire on parked vehicles in GenSan streets; police won’t buy suspect’s alibis

Actual photo of a vehicle destroyed in the arson attack.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY- Local authorities of this city are currently gathering more information about the arrested suspect, Keydence Clark Gulmatico, who is believed to be responsible for burning seven parked vehicles in different streets of General Santos City.

Gulmatico, a 30-year-old resident of Alunan, Barangay Bula, was apprehended during a hot pursuit operation in Asai Village several hours later after the incident.

According to reports, some of Gulmatico’s relatives and neighbors in Sultan Kudarat confirmed his involvement in previous arson incidents, with witnesses supporting their claims.

During the initial investigation, it was discovered that Gulmatico is already facing a theft charge and was temporarily released on bail, which he admitted.

The suspect is thought to suffer from “pyromania,” a psychological disorder characterized by a fascination with starting fires.

The police do not believe Gulmatico’s alibi that someone paid him to commit the crime and still considers other possible motives for the vehicle burnings.

Police Colonel Nicomedes Paña Olaivar Jr., city police director, warned that they will not tolerate anyone intending to commit a crime in the city. Gulmatico is currently in the custody of Police Station 1, and the necessary legal actions are being prepared against him.(Jazztein Jubelag)

MisOcc Gov. Henry Oaminal undeterred by latest assassination attempt

Misamis Occidental Governor Henry Oaminal

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL- After successfully evading an assassination attempt Sunday night, Misamis Occidental Governor Henry Oaminal Sr. reaffirmed his administration’s fight against crime in the province.

Oaminal described the attack as “a blatant example of the very type of violence that ourgovernance is working hard to root out of Misamis Occidental.”

The governor was passing through Clarin town when an explosive device was set off. In a live video stream on his Facebook page that followed a few hours after the incident, Oaminal assured Misamisnons that he suffered no injuries and there were no casualties from the incident, with only two security vehicles sustaining damages.

“Many crime lords and drug syndicates lost hundreds of millions worth of illegal operations when law and order was restored in the province. This is undoubtedly the reason why they are resorting to such desperate tactics,” the governor explained.

While suspects have yet to be identified, the governor admitted that his administration made “many enemies out of previously untouchable criminal elements in the province, in the years spent restoring peace and order.”

The bombing was the fourth attempt on Oaminal’s life. In a video that eventually went viral on social media last December 2021, the governor was injured in a sniper attack during a Christmas party, where his vice gubernatorial candidate Michael Gutierrez was killed.

Another incident before this involved actress Kim Chiu, whose vehicle was mistaken as Oaminal’s when gunmen opened fire. The governor then divulged that intelligence reports from the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed that crime lords had placed a P15 to P20 million bounty on his life.

“I will not be deterred by this cowardly ambush. I assure our Misamisnons that we will press on and keep the peace.”

Following the explosion in Clarin, town police requested the assistance of Provincial Explosive and Canine Unit (PECU)-Misamis Occidental and Provincial Force Unit (PFU) to clear the area and survey its safety.

Checkpoints and dragnet operations were also set up by provincial police to bust possible perpetrators.

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