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Philippine Daily News / Wounded NPA in Combat
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DAVAO ORIENTAL (Night of 19March)

Press Release - One member of the New People's Army rebels rescued by troops of the Philippine Army after last Sunday's clash in the boundary of Lupon, Davao Oriental and Brgy. Las Arenas in Pantukan, Compostela Valley has been treated for his wounds at the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center (DOPMC).

28-year-old Randy (not his real name) obtained a gunshot wound on his left knee. He was rescued a day after the encounter by troops of the 28th Infantry Battalion after he was abandoned by his comrades.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, who personally visited him at the DOPMC this evening, assured that the Provincial Government will take care of his hospitalization and will committed to also facilitate his processing and turn-over to the proper authorities.

Governor Dayanghirang further assured that the Provincial Government will welcome with open arms the  members of the NPA who desire to surrender to the government.

Joining the Governor during his visit are 28th IB Commander Lt. Col. Miguel Ramon, Provincial Administrator Art Benjie Bulaong, and officers of the 701st Brigade and the Philippine National Police.

(In-depth story on this topic will be posted later) by @Karen Lou Deloso, PIO Davao Oriental

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Bohol Tourism | Bohol Travel & Tour / Schedule Boat CDO to Cebu vice versa
« Last post by MIKELIGALIG.com on March 18, 2019, 04:26:04 PM »
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CDO - Cebu 7:45pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
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Philippine Daily News / Extortion Letters of the NPA
« Last post by MIKELIGALIG.com on March 17, 2019, 01:43:09 PM »
BACOLOD CITY -- Troopers of the Philippine Army’s 15th Infantry Battalion recovered copies of the extortion letter being sent by the New People’s Army (NPA) to construction companies in Negros Island.

These were among the items seized by the soldiers following their encounter with a group of communist rebels at Sitio Bunga, Barangay Salong in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental late Tuesday afternoon.

A copy of the letter provided by the 303rd Infantry Brigade (IB) showed it has the letterhead of the NPA’s Apolinario Gatmaitan Command based in Negros Island. Dated March 12, 2019, the letter was allegedly signed by Armando Magbanua of the Regional Taxation Group.

Col. Benedict Arevalo, commander of 303IB, said on Wednesday the recovery of the extortion letters shows that the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front is indeed an extortionist terrorist organization.

“The regular NPA rebels do the difficult and dirty work in the countryside while their leaders and political officers are enjoying the fruits of their extortion activities, living luxuriously and comfortably in the cities,” Arevalo added.

 Part of the extortion letter states the NPA’s so-called People’s Democratic Government (PDG) “exercises its right to impose taxes on properties, business operations, and revenues, among others within its territory.”

“Adherence to revolutionary taxation has corresponding privileges and concessions set by the PDG. Resources collected from revolutionary taxes augment the funds of the PDG intended for its social services and other programs of the revolutionary government,” it added.

Also, the letter includes a threat of “enforced sanctions detrimental to (the) business operation” if the recipient will not “discuss and settle” their supposed “tax obligations.”

Previous reports showed the NPA has resorted to attacking and destroying civilian targets aimed at pressuring businesses to pay revolutionary taxes.

Col. Noel Detoyato, public affairs office chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, earlier said the burning spree of heavy equipment perpetrated by the Communist Party of the Philippine -New People's Army is meant to continue with their terrorism plans and to pressure the companies to give in to their extortion demands. (PNA)

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Philippine Daily News / NPA rebels attack pineapple plantagion
« Last post by MIKELIGALIG.com on March 17, 2019, 01:40:50 PM »
By PNA
MALAYBALAY CITY--New People's Army (NPA) rebels attacked a pineapple plantation in the Bukidnon town of Don Carlos and burned a harvesting equipment on Thursday, the Army said.

In a statement released by the Army's 403rd Brigade on Friday, an unspecified number of armed men raided the plantation area of Davao Agriculture Ventures Company Inc. (DAVCO) in Brgy. San Nicolas at around 8 p.m.

The armed men "threatened the workers and announced that they are NPA members," the Army statement said, adding the group disarmed the lone security guard and seized the latter's cellphone.

"Without warning, they poured gasoline and burned a Camico 633 (pineapple harvesting equipment). The workers who were terrified cannot do anything but ran for their safety for fear of being killed," it added.

The rebels also burned a backhoe and fled toward the direction of the neighboring Maramag town, the Army said.

Col. Edgardo de Leon, commander of the 403rd Brigade, decried the rebels' attack "against civilian properties," while noting that the destroyed properties had nothing to do with the military's operations.

"We will be submitting a report to CHR-10 (Commission on Human Rights-Northern Mindanao) and request them to investigate if the actions of the NPAs violate IHL (International Humanitarian Law," de Leon added.

NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. (PNA)

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Mabini - Bohol / Former Mabini, Bohol Mayor Acquitted
« Last post by MIKELIGALIG.com on March 17, 2019, 09:13:34 AM »
MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has junked the criminal cases against a former municipal mayor of Bohol province for issuing cockfighting permits, which were allegedly used for unauthorized purposes.

The anti-graft court's 3rd Division, in a resolution dated March 8, granted the prosecution's manifestation with motion to withdraw the cases dated Oct. 10, 2018 against former Mabini mayor Esther Fostanes-Tabigue for being meritorious.

“Accordingly, the information in criminal cases no. SB-17-CRM-1584-1591 are considered withdrawn,” the Sandiganbayan said.

The Sandiganbayan noted that the finding of probable cause against Tabigue was anchored on an error of fact and law.

“The resolution on which the information was based proceeded under the assumption that the cockfights subject of the instant case were staged by virtue and under the authority of the mayor's permits issued by accused Tabigue. This, however, was an erroneous assumption,” it said.

It added that the mayor's permits issued by Tabigue merely acknowledged that the cockfights would be held "as part of... barangay fiesta celebration(s)" and not for "charitable purposes", as alleged in the information.

The court also noted that the charitable purposes were approved by the Sangguniang Bayan and the police provincial director and not by Tabigue.

“As far as accused Tabigue was concerned, she merely issued the mayor's permits, subject to compliance with laws and rules, on account of the barangay captain's representations that the cockfights would be part of fiesta activities,” it said.

The Sandiganbayan examined the permits issued by Tabigue dated Sept. 9, 2013; Nov. 13, 2013; Jan. 2, 2014; and Nov. 18, 2014, as well as the special permits issued by Bohol Police Director, Col. Dennis Agustin, on Sept. 23, 2013; Nov. 19, 2013; Jan. 3 2014; and Nov. 19, 2014 and their attachments, and found the claims of the prosecution panel meritorious.

“After a judicious evaluation of the evidence on record and a thorough consideration of the respective allegations of both parties, the Court finds merit in the prosecution's motion to withdraw the subject information,” the Sandiganbayan said.

“While some of the grounds cited by the prosecution may indeed be remedied by an amendment of the information, the Court notes that the Ombudsman has effectively re-examined and abandoned its very theory as to the alleged criminal liability of accused Tabigue,” it added.

Records show that the mayor's permit issued on Sept. 19, 2013 was granted to Chairman Ruben Maglana of Barangay Lungsodaan, Mabini, Bohol to hold cockfights as part of their barangay fiesta celebration on Sept. 26-27, 2013 in Purok 5, Lungsodaan. (PNA)

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Press Release Philippines / Dolphin died due to plastic
« Last post by MIKELIGALIG.com on March 17, 2019, 12:31:01 AM »
Press Releasde COAST GUARD - On March 15, 2019, a marine mammal, initially identified to be a Cuvier's Beaked Whale (15.4 feet long and max. 7 feet wide), was found to be stranded along the coastline of Brgy. Cadunan, Mabini, Compostela Valley Province. The incident was reported immediately to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources XI through the combined efforts of Mr. Jaime Conson, former Regional Fisherfolk Director, Mrs. Amy Bama, LGU Technician, MDRRMC Personnel of Mabini, and the fisherfolk community. They attempted to release the whale three (3) times but it would returned to shallow water. The BFAR XI Stranding Team, FPLEG Personnel and PFO ComVal Personel assisted on site as it could not swim on its own, emaciated and weak. Upon initial observation, it was found out that there was a prominent back bone and peanut-shaped head area. Further, blood samples were collected and subjected to analysis and results showed that the animal was dehydrated.

On the 2nd day, the whale struggled and vomited blood and discharges brown liquid from its anus. Around 10:30 am on the 2nd day, the animal died. It was brought to the D'Bone Collector's Museum in Davao City. A team of personnel conducted necropsy examination, consisting of CFO Davao City staff, BFAR-FMRED Staff, Dr. Elaine Vera Belvis, DVM and Mr. Darel Blatchley, Director, D'Bone Collector's Museum. It was observed that all stomach compartments were full of foreign materials such as plastics of varying sizes and shapes, sacks, and among others. The presence of squid beaks was also observed. The stomach mucusa were also hemorrhagic. The presence of parasites in stomach and kidney areas were also observed. The BFAR XI team collected tissue samples for the scientific determination of other possible causes of death through a series of histophatologic tests.

Initial diagnosis of death is the INGESTION OF HUGE AMOUNT OF FOREIGN OBJECTS MOSTLY OF PLASTICS AND CELLOPHANE. This whale might have some couple of years more to live, but with the lack of awareness and concern for nature of some humans, its life ends with a tragic event. We must be responsible enough, not to harm these lovely creatures. They never harm us, and they never done bad things to us. The plastics we use, when being carried to oceans were mistakenly identified as food by some marine animals. When ingested, there is no way of digesting it. Instead, these may blocked air passages, causes starvation and eventually, the animal dies within a couple of days. This is a call to each one of us that we must be responsible enough for every single plastic we are using. Stranding events, where animals reach out for humans, is not only a call for help, it is also an awakening scream of animals, in their silence, that we share one world, one planet and one home. What we are doing now, might be the end of other's life. Unless we change, these creatures might vanished all of its kind, and only in books, in the future, might tell that for once they exist.One movie line said... "we've only got one world, let's share it in peace.." Let us live our lives with these creatures. We were made to guard them, not to destroy them...

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Inspiration & Hope / Re: Return of the cat man of Aleppo
« Last post by islander on March 16, 2019, 01:36:36 PM »

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"It seems the world cannot solve wars and conflicts these days. That's why there are now so many refugees around the world, but especially here in the Middle East.

"I do not want to be a refugee. I want to stay in my country, in Syria. I want to help people in any way I can."

Diana Darke is the author, with Alaa Aljaleel, of The Last Sanctuary in Aleppo.

https://www.bbc.com/
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Inspiration & Hope / Re: Return of the cat man of Aleppo
« Last post by islander on March 16, 2019, 01:34:32 PM »

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"I blame all fighting parties equally - no matter who they are or why they say they're fighting - for the killing of civilians," Alaa says.

"We are rebuilding our communities and my role in that is to rebuild my sanctuary for cats. Friendship between animals is a great thing and we should learn from them. I'll stay with them no matter what happens.
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Inspiration & Hope / Re: Return of the cat man of Aleppo
« Last post by islander on March 16, 2019, 01:33:30 PM »

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One of the rescued tigers, in transit through Turkey


In the new sanctuary he looks after 105 children, of whom 85 are "orphans" (in Syria the word covers children who have lost a breadwinner, as well as those who have lost both parents). Only 11 children actually sleep in the orphanage at present, because it isn't finished, but all receive education, food and clothes, for which Alaa pays 25 euros per month.

The biggest risk is the instability in the region. Clashes break out periodically, as it's close to the border with Idlib province, which is controlled by rebel groups who often fight each other. No-one knows what will happen next to that part of Syria and who will end up in charge.
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Inspiration & Hope / Re: Return of the cat man of Aleppo
« Last post by islander on March 16, 2019, 01:31:50 PM »

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... and a resident bird of prey

In 2017 he was called by the Magic World Zoo, south of Aleppo, which asked desperately for his help to feed the neglected lions, tigers and bears - which he did, despite the dangers of the journey which involved passing through Jabhat al-Nusra checkpoints. While there, he discovered he had been recommended by the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture.

"It was funny that the ministry knew about us and was handing over responsibility for the zoo animals to us," he says. "The Magic World Zoo gave me a lot of headaches."

Alaa was eventually able to negotiate a solution for the animals with a charity called Four Paws, which arranged for the animals that hadn't died to be transported out of Syria to new homes in Belgium, the Netherlands and Jordan.
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