Archive | June 6, 2007

P6 million reward up for Gene Boyd’s killers?

boyd1.jpgBong Garcia, who used to write for MindaNews from Zamboanga City has this report for SunStar Zamboanga.This is a welcome development. Yes, it draws sad remembrances of our colleague and friend. Also, fear is still there that this is just a front or that reward is placed for the wrong suspects. But for now, after almost three years, anything that appears to help tag the killers and let justice prevail is welcomed like a ray of hope! God willing!

– The Philippine government is offering rewards of up to P6 million for the arrest of two brothers believed responsible for the killing of a photojournalist more than two years ago in the island province of Sulu.

Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director Manuel Barcena on Tuesday said they received a copy of the reward notice last week that came from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The brothers are believed to have ties with the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf. Read More…


Suspect in German’s abduction nabbed

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/6 June) — One of the suspects in the
abduction of German national Thomas Wallraf and three Filipinos last
week was arrested Tuesday by joint forces of Pikit police, Cotabato
Rapid Response Group (CRRG), and intelligence operatives of the North
Cotabato provincial police force.

Sr. Insp. Elias Dandan, Pikit police chief, identified the arrested
suspect as Edward Cocal. He was sighted by police assets while eating
at the Hill Park Restaurant in Barangay Poblacion in Midsayap North
Cotabato around 12 o’ clock pm. Read More…

Mindanawon groups demand CARP extension, DAR shape up

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/6 June) – Frustration and discontent marked protest actions of farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) celebrates the 19th anniversary ofthe Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).A group picketed the DAR regional office while another called a press
conference here Wednesday as farmer organizations from around Mindanao
expressed dismay over the failure of agrarian reform in the country
almost two decades after the creation of CARP.

The separate actions, however, meant similar demands –the extension
of CARP after the end of its 10-year extension period next year and
for the DAR to shape up, cleanse its ranks of alleged crooks, and
speed up land distribution before 2008. Read More…