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Fr. Jonthan Tianero, chairperson of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Bukidnon chapter speaks during the opening program of the Broadcasters' Month Celebration on April 7, 2011 at the Bukidnon State University Covered Court. Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan graces the kick off of the celebration carrying the theme: Setting the Nation's Agenda. (BUKIDNON NEWS Photo)

Rufus eyes bill converting CMU into ‘Agriculture University of the Philippines’

MUSUAN, Maramag, Bukidnon – Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has vowed to file a bill converting the Central Mindanao University into the ‘Agriculture University of the Philippines’ with the same stature as that of the University of the Philippines Los Bańos in Laguna, CMU president Ma. Luisa Soliven quoted him as saying.

Rodriguez said the conversion will pave the way for more funds to flow in to the university.

Rodriguez was the guest of honor of CMU’s 57th commencement exercises.

He said, as quoted by Soliven, CMU deserves to be a premier agricultural university because of its resources like lands.

He added that land is what UPLB and Central Luzon State University, the two other top agricultural schools in the country, do not have.

Earlier, Rodriguez co-authored House Bill 2654 with his brother, Abante Mindanao Rep. Maximo Rodriguez seeking to appropriate P50 million for the construction of additional classrooms, laboratories, and dormitories in CMU to sustain its academic performance and further improve the quality of education it provides.

CMU, Soliven earlier said, is one of the top-performing schools in the country in the fields of veterinary medicine, engineering, forestry education and agriculture, among others.

Two of the universities colleges, the College of Agriculture and College of Forestry were considered by the Commission on Higher Education as “Centers of Excellence”. (Walter I. Balane)

PHOTOS: Harvesting Palay in Maramag, Bukidnon

Palay harvest time in Base Camp, Maramag, Bukidnon

Farmers harvest palay in Base Camp, Maramag, Bukidnon Photos by Earl Bolivar

Chinese businessman slain in Don Carlos

MALAYBALAY CITY – An unidentified trigger man shot a Chinese businessman on March 25.

The fatality was identified as Tony Wang, 58, married, businessman, resident of Fujing, China. Wang was temporarily residing at Purok 6, Poblacion Sur in Don Carlos town, a report obtained from the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office said.

Wang sustained a fatal gunshot wound on his right upper lip. He was brought to Pahilan Emergency Hospital in the said town but pronounced dead minutes later.

Based on initial police investigation, the victim was on his way back to his apartment with a female companion at around 7:20pm.  Two persons riding in tandem on a red Bajaj motorcycle arrived and blocked their way. The back rider shot the victim using a caliber .45 pistol and fled.

Responding policemen recovered a shell of caliber .45 pistol and a deformed false teeth of the victim.(Mel B. Madera)



[PHOTO] Maramag high school grad wins in PH top students award

MARAMAG WORKING STUDENT AMONG COUNTRY'S TOP HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES Dologon National High School's Batch 2011 class valedictorian Jeffrey Manhulad (holding plaque), a working student, poses with former Vice President Noli de Castro during the awarding ceremonies of the Kabayan Ten Outstanding Public School Students of the Philippines in Manila on March 27. Also in photo are DepEd Bukidnon superintendent Dr. Ingrid Racoma (3rd from left), Jeffrey's guardian Mrs. Fe Jubay (2nd from left), DNHS principal Yvonne D. Catli, and DNHS teachers. Photo courtesy of DNHS

(Updated) House committees urged to probe Buseco

In this version, a reaction from Buseco was added.

MALAYBALAY CITY – Coop-NATCCO Representative Jose Ping-ay filed a resolution at the House of Representatives urging the investigation of the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative.

House Resolution No. 1060 eyes to direct the committee on energy and committee on cooperatives development to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the allegations of irregularity in the operation and governance of Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco).

Ping-ay filed the resolution on March 8. It was read at the plenary on March 15, 2011.

The proposed resolution was referred to the committee on rules and will be tackled when Congress resumes session in May.

When sought for comments, Buseco general manager Edgardo Masongsong told this reporter they are yet to verify about the House measure.

He suspected that it could be the handiwork of his detractors. (Walter I. Balane)