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Philippine Provinces / Security of the people in Western Visayas
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:45:50 PM »
The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) based in Camp Delgado has assured the security of the people in Western Visayas in connection with the reported international terror threat in the country that prompted several countries in the world to issue a travel advisory to deter their citizens’ travel to the Philippines.

PRO-6 regional director Police C/Supt. Cipriano Querol, said the people here in the region has nothing to worry about because the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the region has not received any threat coming from terrorist groups.

Querol said proper security measures have been put in place even as he ordered the different provincial and city directors of the PNP throughout the region to enhance security measures in their areas to prevent terror attacks.

He said police visibility will be maintained in populated areas like malls, churches as well as beach resorts and tourist spots with the deployment of additional police forces.

Likewise, Chief Supt. Querol pushed for the implementation of the Barangay Peacekeeping Organization and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team in the city’s 180 barangays since they are the first line of defense to counter criminality.

He said the retraining of BPAT members is also a must to strengthen barangay monitoring network in reporting the presence of suspicious looking individuals or terrorists to the nearest police station.

The PRO-6 regional director also embarked on a series of crisis management seminars in the neighboring Panay provinces of Antique and Aklan to replicate his advocacy.

Last November 10, the PRO6 conducted a Crisis Management Seminar-Workshop in San Jose, Antique for local chief executives in the province led by Governor Exequiel Javier and Mayor Rony Molino of Antique’s capital town of San Jose where Director Querol discussed the concept of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team and Barangay Peacekeeping Operations. - pna

Philippine Provinces / Toyota Fortuner Found in Angeles City
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:43:53 PM »
PNA: Combined elements from La Union Provincial Highway Patrol Team and the Bacnotan Police Station recovered last Saturday a Toyota Fortuner reportedly stolen last month in Bacnotan town at the parking lot of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) casino compound in Angeles City, Pampanga, a belated report said Wednesday.

Superintendent Jose B. Macanas, head of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 1 (RHPU1), reported Wednesday that the motor vehicle (plate number ZFE 457) owned by one Engineer Santiago Ramos was one of the items stolen during a robbery that took place at the house of his brother Luis, a doctor, in Barangay Bulala, Bacnotan last October 21.

“We received information last Saturday morning that on October 24 a man who claimed to be Santiago Ramos was offering to mortgage the Toyota Fortuner for P250,000. This gave us the lead to solve the case,” Macanas said.

Police operatives were immediately sent to Angeles City, composed of a team from the Highway Patrol Group under Inspector Daniel Banan and another from the Bacnotan Police Station led by Senior Inspector Ismael Gauna. They reached the place around 8:30 p.m. of the same date and sighted the vehicle parked at the PAGCOR parking lot without occupant.

Failing to locate the bogus Engr. Ramos after hours of stakeout, the operatives retrieved the Toyota Fortuner at about 11 a.m. the next day (November 14) after proper coordination with the Angeles City Police Station.

Search of the motor vehicle yielded, among other things, a fake driver’s license bearing the name of Engr. Ramos but with a picture of another man who was later identified by witnesses as the one who was transacting the mortgage of the vehicle.

“We are now conducting diligent investigative actions to identify and arrest the individuals or groups involved in this incident,” added Macanas. “We are looking into the possible link between the Akyat Bahay gang that perpetrated the robbery/carnapping and some still unknown financiers of stolen motor vehicles operating in casinos.”

The Toyota Fortuner, now impounded at the RHPU1 office in Camp Diego Silang, San Fernando City, La Union, will be subjected to macro-etching test by the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 1 prior to its return to the rightful owner. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Tricycle driver arrested for illegal drugs
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:42:16 PM »
The relentless campaign against illegal drugs in the province is continuously paying off.

Police arrested a tricycle driver for alleged possession of illegal drugs while plying his route in Orani town late Monday afternoon.

Inspector Romeo Valencia, Orani deputy police chief, said they nabbed Leo Berbon, 26, of Barangay Paking in Orani after they found in his tricycle four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected dried marijuana fruiting tops.

Valencia said they have been receiving reports for a month of the alleged illegal activities of Berbon using his tricycle in the drug trade.

After continuous monitoring and through the help of informants, police pounced on suspect in Barangay Centro Uno around 5:10 p.m.

When lawmen asked the suspect to present the registration papers of his tricycle, Berbon opened the compartment of the tricycle.

From the compartment, police officers noticed a bulging suspicious-looking empty cigarette pack, Valencia said.

When police opened the cigarette pack in the presence of barangay officials, they discovered that the pack contained four heat-sealed plastic sachets of dried marijuana fruiting tops, the deputy police chief said.

Berbon admitted that the illegal drugs were in his tricycle but denied owning it.

The suspect is now facing charges for violation of Section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Bravo for Justice (BFJ)
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:40:42 PM »
The Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) is profiling a group called Bravo for Justice (BFJ), an apparently new organization to which alleged killers of Licab town Vice Mayor Luisito Caraang belonged, a ranking police officer disclosed on Wednesday.

"We can not say right now that the group is an organized crime gang," said NEPPO director Senior Supt. Roberto Aliggayu.

Aliggayu said the name of the organization first cropped up when a neophyte identified as Sonny Pascua of Victoria, Tarlac, told Task Force Caraang that he was being recruited to be its member.

To acquire full-pledged membership, Pascua reportedly told probers that he was tasked to monitor the movement of Caraang and report it to the group before dawn on October 9.

Caraang was killed around 5:10 a.m. that day.

"But he was compartmentalized," Aliggayu said.

This means, according to the police director, that Pascua was blind on the real motive behind his mission.

"All he had to do is to find out if Vice Mayor Caraang was on his daily jogging and report it to (Francisco) Peralta," he said.

Peralta is reportedly called Supremo in BFJ. He is the brother of Ricardo Peralta, the alleged leader of Red Vigilante Group (RVG) that was blamed for over 40 cases of killing suspected illegal drug peddlers in Nueva Ecija, particularly in Gapan City, a few years back.

Their patriarch, Arcadio Peralta, used to lead the communist movement in northern Luzon.

Aliggayu said that based on their investigation, among the members of BFJ were remnants of Alakdan II and Kamagong groups, two of the reported organized gangs allegedly involved in gun for hire and robbery holdup activities.

"But we do not know who the other members of Bravo For Justice are so, we cannot say it's a criminal gang. What we know is that some remnants of Alakdan and Kamagong are also members of this group (BFJ)," Aliggayu said in the vernacular.

He was referring to Peralta, Arturo Bernardino, Virgilio Domingo alias Beo Samiento, Jeremy Itan and Nestor Soriano Jr., who were charged, along with Licab town Councilor Alexander Ventura, for the killing of Caraang. - pna

By Danny O. Calleja

In response to the shortage of weathermen in the country, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda on Tuesday said he is all out in supporting the plan of Bicol University (BU) to offer climate science-related courses leading to a degree in meteorology.

“It is a given fact that our weather bureau is being confronted by a shortage in weather forecasters and that we need science-oriented colleges or universities offering courses leading to this line of expertise,” Salceda said.

So far, it is only the College of Science (CS) at the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines (UP), through its institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM), that produces doctorate (PhD) and master’s (MS) degree graduates in this field, Salceda who is also chairman of the Bicol’s Regional Development Council (RDC), said.

For now, BU was identified as one of the schools in which Bachelor of Science (BS) in Meteorology may be offered and, for its president, Fay Lauraya, Salceda’s proposal is very much acceptable and, in fact, “we are already mapping out a plan to fast-track this project”.

“We accept the challenge and we are now exploring all possibilities of being able to offer related courses as soon as possible,” Lauraya said over the weekend.

Prisco Nilo, the former director of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) who holds a doctorate in meteorology, in a recent visit to the BU main campus here on invitation from the university’s administration, agreed with the plan.

During the visit, Nilo explained that the study of meteorology requires a highly advanced knowledge of mathematics and physics. There have been only two holders of PhD in Physics who headed PAGASA -- the late Casimiro del Rosario and Roman Kintanar.

Kintanar twice became the president of the United Nations’ World Meteorology Organization (WMO), Nilo said, showing that the international physics and meteorology society recognizes the capabilities of Filipino scientists.

He lamented the fact that there are now only three meteorologists in the country, thus the dearth of experts and prospective trainers in this field of study. He revealed the sad reality that because of more lucrative opportunities abroad, the local forecasters have left the country.

Nilo expressed his willingness to invite Bicol University, along with other interested schools, to avail of their modules and one-year training at PAGASA main office. He said this would be a good move towards supplementing the weather bureau’s need to re-build its capability in weather forecasting, which would also result in improving disaster readiness in the Philippines.

The university has initial plans of starting with the short-term courses that may be attended by target faculty who will later on become core faculty for the undergraduate course.

BU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Helen Llenaresas expressed willingness to prepare the proposal for the undergraduate four-year course observing that the general education subjects may even be offered while faculty are still training for the major subjects, so that the course may be offered sooner.

A short-term awareness course for media practitioners and other interested individuals will precede all these to support the disaster risk management system in the locale, Llenaresas said.

Students and the general public are looking forward to the finalization of plans on the matter, Lauraya said while Nilo said experts from PAGASA could serve as resource persons in certain subjects of courses in meteorology but only during off-season, that is, when typhoons are not impending, possibly late December or early January, and necessarily on weekends.

Salceda said the country is in dire need of competent weathermen that the BU would be producing when the plan materializes as the world go deeper into implementation of programs on climate change adaptation that the province of Albay had taken the lead role in the country.

The governor who has been recently named Senior Global Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction by the United Nations added that accurate weather forecasts are vital elements of disaster risk reduction, particularly that “climate change had been surprising us with a lot of weather variations”. (PNA)

Travel and Tours / Manny Pacquiao as Poster Boy for Philippine Tourism?
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:38:07 PM »
Manny Pacquiao’s colleagues in the House of Representatives want him to be the country’s poster boy for tourism and are even encouraging him to stage his next fights in the country, noting how it would rake in revenues.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, Minority Leader Edcel Lagman said Pacquiao, who is also a House member representing Sarangani province, is not only a boxing icon but also a tourism magnet for the Philippines.

Lagman said the recent outstanding ticket sales during the Pacquiao-Margarito fight that filled the Cowboys Stadium in Texas close to maximum capacity and record breaking pay-per-view sales speak volumes about the drawing power of Pacquiao.

“It would therefore be a tremendous boost to Philippine tourism should Pacquiao decide to hold his next fights here in the country," he said.

Zambales Rep. Ma Milagros Magsaysay said Pacquiao is beyond politics and should utilize his stature to sell the country. “He should be the poster boy for our country. He would be the best to endorse the Philippines as he represents all social classes and political leanings," she said.

Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said with the Sarangani representative’s charisma, he could be an ambassador of goodwill. - GMANews.tv

Philippine Provinces / Lahar from the slopes of Bulusan volcano
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:35:46 PM »
Intermittent rains caused lahar from the slopes of Bulusan volcano to flow into a river along Barangay Patag and another in Gulang-Gulang, both in Irosin town, and the Rangas river in Juban town.

The rivers, which turned grayish due to volcanic sand, ash and similar tiny debris, had lahar which was a combination of rainwater with less than 60 percent sediment, said Phivolcs Resident Volcanologist Ed Laguerta in an interview at the Bulusan Observatory in Sorsogon City.

But Laguerta explained that a 60 percent sediment content of lahar is not very dangerous, compared to an 80 percent content that is very thick and, thereby, poses greater hazards.

Besides, Laguerta assured that lahar flows were still confined in channel and can only pose greater harm should there be heavy and continuous rainfall and once channels get heavily silted. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Warehouse Facility in Clark Freeport
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:26:59 PM »
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and an international relief distribution organization signed an agreement for the establishment of a warehouse facility inside this Freeport.

CDC President Benigno N. Ricafort and ShelterBox Philippines Chair Jess Nicdao signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) allowing the newly-launched organization to use a facility here for storage of shelterboxes–boxes that contain provisions vital during calamities and disasters.

Ricafort said ShelterBox “is a charitable organization actively involved in disaster relief by providing disaster boxes containing items for emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.”

“To continue this noble cause and for a more effective delivery of its services, ShelterBox sought the help and support of CDC by providing storage rooms or warehouse to disaster boxes ready for deployment to any calamity-stricken area in the country,” Ricafort said.

He said this charitable undertaking is in accordance with CDC’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program.

Various Rotary Clubs nationwide helped launched ShelterBox Philippines, which is the 18th international affiliate of the ShelterBox International founded by former Royal Navy Search and Rescue diver Tom Henderson in April 2000.

Nicdao thanked the CDC for providing ShelterBox a facility which is expected to provide immediate assistance to calamity-stricken areas in the Philippines because of Clark’s strategic location.

Once operational, the ShelterBox facility here will house at least 220 shelterboxes worth $ 220,000.

Last year, ShelterBox International sent disaster boxes to the country at the height of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. - pna

Another suspect in the Maguindanao massacre was arrested by police in a remote village in North Cotabato, police said.

Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag, police director in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, identified the suspect as Manny Ampatuan, a close relative of principal suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr.

Latag said Ampatuan was arrested before dawn Wednesday in sub-village Barte, Barangay Capayuran, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato by elements of Pigcawayan PNP, North Cotabato PNP and operatives of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in the ARMM at about 4:45 a.m.

He was the 82nd suspect charged before the sala of Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221.

Ampatuan carries a P250,000 bounty for his arrest because of his alleged involvement in the mass killing of at least 58 persons, including 30 journalists.

He was taken into custody by the CIDG-ARMM and later flown to Manila for his detention in Taguig Rehabilitation Center. - pna

Philippine Provinces / Forgiveness for Manny Pacquiao's Absences
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:19:30 PM »
Aklan Rep. Florencio Miraflores on Wednesday called on the House of Representatives to excuse eighth world boxing titlist Manny Pacquiao for his absences in the lower house.

Miraflores, who chairs the committee on tourism, said that giving pardon to Pacquiao for his absences is one way of expressing the gratitude of his colleagues to the representative of Sarangani for bringing pride to the country. Pacquiao is now known in the world as the best boxing Filipino champion.

"For me, I consider Pacquiao as a responsible lawmaker. Even though he was busy on his training and boxing fight, he still was able to fulfill his responsibility as a representative of Sarangani. The boxing champ is also active during the plenary session and, as far as I remember, Pacquiao has already delivered two privilege speeches," said Miraflores.

The Aklan congressman said that, based on his experience as a three-termer representative, none of the lawmakers he knew had been penalized for being always absent in the lower house, thus, he considered his call of pardoning Pacquiao for his absences fair.

Pacquiao only last Sunday won his eighth title in the Superwelterweight Division against Mexican Margarito Marquez in a 12-round unanimous decision. His winning earned him, according to Margarito, the title as the best boxer in the world. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Wetland Park in Bataan
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:17:10 PM »
The soft opening of the P22-million Wetland Park in the coastal village of Tortugas here will be launched next month, just in time for the coming of migratory birds here during the months of October to March.

Mayor Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III said the construction of the Wetland Park came as thousands of migratory birds regularly flock around the coastal villages here, attracting more local and foreign tourists.

Garcia said more improvements will be initiated to make the Wetland Park attractive to bird watchers and enthusiasts.

The Wetland Park comprised with Wetland Information Center building, the Wetland Park Site development and the seawall at the park.

The wetland center will have a viewing deck as well as state-of-the-art equipment to provide utmost comfort to visiting bird enthusiasts, Garcia said.

Based on the survey of the Wild Birds Club of the Philippines (WBCP), the wetlands of Balanga attract one of the largest concentrations of migrant shore birds and waterfowls anywhere in the country, hosting the most number of wintering water birds escaping the harsh winter climate in neighboring countries like China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

According to the WBCP, around 72 species of migrant birds are found in the grassland and wetlands in the three bird watching villages of Tortugas, Puerto Rivas and Sibacan in this city.

Balanga has a record of 15,521 migratory birds in a single sighting, said WBCP.

Among the common species of birds found in the city are the Asian Golden Plover and Kentish Plover.

Aside from the plovers, also present in the wetlands of Tortugas, Sibacan, Puerto Rivas Ibaba and Puerto Rivas Itaas, all seaside villages in Balanga, are bird specie terns, egrets, black-winged stilt, heron and black-headed sea gull. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Kidnapped Filipino-Chinese Businessman in Cotabato
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:16:03 PM »
A kidnapped Filipino-Chinese businessman was released unharmed by his captors on Tuesday night, a police official said Wednesday.

Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag, director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Police Regional Office (PRO-ARMM), said 75-year-old Rodolfo Chio was freed unhurt by his abductors.

Latag said Chio, owner of Caltex Station in Datu Piang, Maguindanao, was released at around 6 p.m. along General Luna Street in Cotabato City.

It was not clear, however, whether ransom was paid in exchange of Chio’s release.

Chio was snatched by armed men last Sunday at his residence in Poblacion, Datu Piang. - pna

Philippine Provinces / 70 Percent of Residents in Dagupan Are Indigents?
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:07:49 PM »
The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here expressed alarm over a report of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) that at least 70 percent of the population in Dagupan City is considered indigents.

The figure given to the SP in last Monday’s session by Leila Natividad, CSWDO officer-in-charge raised some eyebrows if not furor because it would make it appear that the city of some 150,000, which is the trading center of the north, is now teeming with mendicants.

Though Natividad clarified that the 70 percent is a rough estimate, Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, chair of the city council, said this is quite alarming because it could be assumed that there are now about 105,000 warm bodies in Dagupan who are indigents.

She said though the number of indigents in the list are divided into four categories, the first category of which are those belonging to the poorest of the poor.

The OIC CSWDO classified indigents as those belonging to families whose monthly income is not enough to pay for their needs, like food, shelter and clothing.

Natividad appeared before the SP to appeal for the passage of a resolution that would formalize the composition of the Local Verification Committee (LVC) whose members were already designated by Mayor Benjamin Lim as gleaned from his letter to the SP dated November 11, 2010.

The creation of the LVC was in connection with the implementation of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction Project (BHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as gleaned from an October 29, 2010 letter to the SP of DSWD Regional Director Leonardo Reinoso.

Natividad was endorsed by Mayor Lim as one of five members of LVC. The others are James Louel Fernandez, project evaluation officer II of the City Planning and Development Office, Lina Tan of the Liwawa Ed Asinan Foundation, a non-government organization; Romualdo Siapno, president of the Dagupan Bangus Jaycees; and Pastor Mario Tomboc, school administrator of the Living Lights Foundation, a faith-based group.

According to the DSWD, the LVC will validate and finalize the list of poor households in every barangay based on a survey conducted by NHTS-PR in 2009. This seeks to enlist other potential households that were not part of the earlier list. - pna

Philippine Provinces / NPA Encounter in Leyte
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:01:43 PM »
Three civilians, including a distinguished botanist, were killed at an encounter between soldiers and rebel forces in neighboring Kananga town last Monday.

The fatalities were part of a five-man team conducting a bio-diversity survey at the Leyte Geothermal Production Field (LGPF) reservation area when they were caught in the crossfire.

Killed were Dr. Leonard L. Co of the University of the Philippines; Sofronio G. Cortez, forest guard of Energy Development Corp.’s (EDC) Environment Management Division; and Julius Borromeo.

One member of the team, Policarpio Balute, was wounded while another one, Roniño Gibe, a contractual forester of EDC’s Community Partnerships Department, was not hurt but experienced shock.

Dr. Co was working as a consultant of EDC on preserving endangered plant species. Borromeo and Balute are both members of Tongonan Farmers’ Association and served as guides to the team. They were at a clearing within a forested area near well pad 403 in Sitio Mahiao, Barangay Lim-ao when gunfire burst between the two forces.

Lt. Col. Federico Tutaan, commanding officer of 19th IB which conducted the operation, said his men didn’t see the civilians. He doesn’t discount the possibility they may have been hit by friendly fire, but it could also be that they were shot by the insurgents. The only way to find out, he said, is to wait for the investigation result of the Scene of the Crime Operatives.

Lt. Col. Tutaan explained they were on heightened alert since October 12 upon receiving reports from EDC’s intelligence network of rebel sightings in Barangays Paglaum and Tinagbuan as well as Sitio Palale. The enemies, numbering about 30, are led by Ka Tibor and Ka Matus, leaders of the Communist Party of the Phils. Visayas Region Executive Committee, according to the intelligence report. - pna

Philippine Provinces / Tricycle in Dagupan Charging Much?
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:56:32 PM »
source: PNA - At least 2,500 tricycle operators and drivers of Dagupan are asking the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here for authority to increase their fare from the present minimum of P7 for the first four kilometers to P12 for the first two kilometers.

This was gleaned from a letter of Norme Quinto, president of the Federation of Accredited Tricycle Association in Dagupan City (FATODAG) to Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, SP presiding officer, through Councilor Karlos Reyna, chair of the SP committee on Public Utilities.

The matrix of the existing fare rate is posted inside the side car of the motorized tricycle in full view of the passenger for his or her information.

However, it was observed that many tricycle drivers in the city are already charging much more than the existing minimum fare despite the fare matrix, to the consternation of the riding public.

The letter of FATODAG was approved by presidents of six tricycle associations in Dagupan, namely Amador Taganna of CentroDag, Celso Descallar of MOTODA, Richard de la Cruz of PogoChico TODA, Calixto Garcia of KATALOGO, Jess Benavidez of DETRA and Gualberto Tamayo, chairman of DC Toda.

FATODAG is seeking amendment of City Ordinance 1863-2006 entitled Revised Tricycle Fare Ordinance of 2006 that fixed the minimum rate of tricycles from P7 minimum for the first four kilometers and P2 for every kilometer thereafter.

They likewise asked that the special fare for tricycles in waiting area at P30 for the first two kilometers and P2 per every kilometer thereafter.

Philippine Provinces / High grade cocaine seized in Iloilo
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:46:34 PM »
An estimated P7 million worth of high grade cocaine was seized by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in an anti-illegal drug operation Tuesday morning in Miag-ao, Iloilo.

PDEA-6 regional director Paul Ledesma reported that the buy-bust operation they conducted at 8 a.m. that led to the arrest of the suspect Carlito J. Sangrador in Barangay Maninila, Miag-ao was a success.

Ledesma said the drug-bust operation has led to the seizure of an estimated 1.4 kilos of suspected high-grade cocaine from the possession and control of Sangrador.

The illegal drugs haul was an aftermath of an intelligence information from the police in Guimbal, Iloilo which alerted the PDEA, prompting the conduct of an entrapment operation against the suspect.

Ledesma said the highly prohibited drugs will be brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory in Camp Delgado for examination while criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or illegal drugs act is being readied to be filed against the suspect.

Meanwhile, C/Supt. Cipriano Querol, Jr., regional director of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), lauded the PNP personnel who provided the information that resulted in the arrest of Sangrador as well as PDEA for the successful operation. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Tuguegarao City Mayor Delfin Ting Was Shot
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:45:04 PM »
The city mayor here was wounded when he was shot by an unidentified suspect in front of a hotel in the city proper Monday night, police said Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Mao Aplasca, Cagayan province police director, said Tuguegarao City Mayor Delfin Ting was talking to two of his security escorts in front of a hotel when he was shot around 6 p.m.

The mayor was reportedly hit on his left lip with a bullet that exited through his nose.

The bullet reportedly came from a caliber .22 pistol.

The victim was rushed by his aides to a hospital for immediate treatment. He is now in stable condition.

Aplasca said that investigators and members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) rushed to the scene and are now conducting an in-depth investigation into the incident to identify the motive, the suspects and the mastermind.

In a radio interview Tuesday morning, Tuguegarao City Liga ng mga Barangay president Larry Ting, son of wounded mayor, claimed that politics could be behind the shooting incident. He didn’t elaborate. (PNA)

Three successive tectonic mild quakes hit General Santos City and Davao Oriental province, both in Mindanao and Batangas area in Southern Luzon for a period of 24 hours between early Monday and early Tuesday.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) satellite office here.

Seismographs of the local Phivolcs recorded a magnitude 3.3 quake at about 1:58 a.m. Tuesday in General Santos City with its epicenter located at 42 kilometers southeast of the said city with a depth of 10 kilometers. Intensity 2 was felt in General Santos City.

Earlier, a magnitude 4.3 tremor happened in Davao Oriental province in Mindanao at 12:19 a.m. on Monday. The epicenter of the quake was traced at 88 kilometers southwest of Mati, Davao Oriental province with a depth of 17 kilometers but no reported intensity occurred.

Meanwhile, Philvocs-Sinait said a magnitude 3.2 quake occurred at 10:56 a.m. last Monday in Batangas province with its epicenter located at four kilometers southwest of Lemery, Batangas with a depth of 32 kilometers. Intensity 2 was felt in Ilijan, Batangas.

Local Phivolcs researcher Julius Galdiano said that there was no reported damages after the three mild quakes. - pna

Philippine Provinces / Glory Days of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:42:30 PM »
Sen. Edgardo Angara has underscored the importance to resurrect the Galleon Trade for a more dynamic foreign, trade and economic relations between the Philippines and Spain as well as with other Hispanic countries.

Angara, who recently received the 2010 Premio Casa Asia award from a 10-man jury members of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affair’s cultural branch in Madrid for his exceptional efforts to encourage understanding and strengthen relations between Spain and the Philippines through various programs and projects, said as natural partners, Spain and the Philippines should revive Galleon Trade.

“We should resurrect our long and fruitful ties created during the 16th century. Back then, this association brought trade, investment, agriculture and the enrichment of our culture and language. In modern times, more dynamic trade between Spain and the Philippines would mean a great deal of shared knowledge in a wide range of categories, from historical preservation to research and technology,” he said.

Angara authored Republic Act No. 1987 which proclaimed June 30th as the official Philippine-Spain Friendship Day that further demonstrated his dedication to this cause.

He said foreign relations between the Philippines and Spain has been reawakened since the first celebration of the first Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day in 2003.

“Eight years later, we have achieved huge strides in the area of legislation, culture, education, language, and sports through this interaction,” he said.

Angara, through the help of the Spanish and Mexican embassies, also spearheaded the recent celebration of the Dia del Galeon which commemorated the historic and cultural ties forged during glory days of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade. - pna

Philippine Provinces / Fireworks Factory in Bulacan Exploded
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:41:23 PM »
A 54-year-old woman was killed while eight others were injured when a powerful explosion rocked a clandestine fireworks factory in Barangay Marungko here Monday night.

In a report to Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Fernando Villanueva, Chief Inspector Arwin Tadeo, Angat police chief, identified the fatality as Linda Reyes, who was declared dead on arrival at the Norzagaray General Hospital.

The injured were identified as Edgardo Padua, 17; Gena Barcial, 33, Juvilyn Alvarez, 16; Angelita Dizon, 45, Julia Aspe; 30, Alejandro Cruz, 36, Angelito Cruz, 30; and Wiwi Lorenzo, 30.

The victims suffered burns and were brought to different hospitals for treatment.

Initial investigation showed that the victims were reportedly making skyrockets when the accident occurred.

Villanueva said the blast was believed to have been triggered by the cutting of fuse (mitsa) that caused a spark and ignited a stockpile of pyrotechnics products stored inside a warehouse where firecrackers are also being illegally manufactured. - pna

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