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Town administrator slain in Capiz

A veteran journalist and now municipal administrator of Pilar, Capiz was shot dead by masked riding-in-tandem gunmen Sunday, the National Union of Journalists said......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardMay 2nd, 2021

Slain Los Baños mayor got death threats after narcolist inclusion – town exec

MANILA, Philippines — Los Baños, Laguna town Mayor Caesar Perez received death threats after being included in the Duterte administration’s “narcolist” or the list of public officials allegedly involved in the drug trade, a municipal official said Friday. According to Municipal Administrator Robert Laviña, Perez was accused of having links with the drug trade but […] The post Slain Los Baños mayor got death threats after narcolist inclusion – town exec appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2020

Ex-PCA chief’s kin slain

The youngest brother of former Philippine Coconut Authority administrator Avelino Andal was shot dead by unidentified assailants in this town on Sunday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

3rd LD Writethru: Earthquake kills at least 1 in southern Philippines

MANILA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- A 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the southern Philippines on Friday afternoon killed at least one, the Philippines' Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said on Friday evening. Ariel Nepomuceno, OCD's administrator, said the office is validating the death reported in Jose Abad Santos, a coastal town in Davao Occidental province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 21st, 2023

Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 17

MANILA -- A 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the southern Philippines on Friday afternoon killed at least one, the Philippines' Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said on Friday evening. Ariel Nepomuceno, OCD's administrator, said the office is validating the death reported in Jose Abad Santos, a coastal town in Davao Occidental province. (Philippines-Earthquake-Death) - - - - MADRID -- Pedro Sanche.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 21st, 2023

Villagers displaced by gunfight in Maguindanao del Norte

COTABATO CITY --- The police and military have urged the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to disengage and reconcile two of its groups that clashed on Monday morning in Maguindanao del Norte, causing the displacement of about a hundred villagers. The two groups figured in running gunfights for about four hours in Linib and Tinindanan areas in Barangay Bugawas in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, the local police stated in a report on Tuesday to Brig. Gen. Allan Nobleza, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Lt. Col. Esmael Madin, chief of the Datu Odin Sinsuat Municipal Police Station, and officials of the Maguindanao del Norte Provincial Police Office identified the leaders of the feuding groups as Commanders Salim and Adam, who has more than 30 followers each, armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers. Evacuees from the conflict-torn villages are convinced the hostilities were related still to the October 30 synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, where both groups had favored candidates. Talks are spreading around Datu Odin Sinsuat and in this city hinting that the incident, which affected more than 30 families, could be connected to the gun attack on Monday morning in the same barangay that resulted in the death of two residents, Juhaimen Ube and Mistah Alon and left four others wounded. The slain duo, who were attacked while on their way to a polling site, campaigned for certain candidates for barangay elective posts, according to their relatives. They are both related to members of one of the two groups that clashed in Linib and Tinindanan on Monday, according to traditional community Moro leaders. Army Major Gen. Alex Rillera, commander of the 6th Infantry Division, said he has directed their units in Datu Odin Sinsuat and nearby towns to secure Barangay Bugawas to prevent a repeat of Monday’s skirmishes in the area. The two groups scampered away when they sensed that soldiers backed by armored combat vehicles dispatched to secure Barangay Bugawas were closing in......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2023

NPA leader slain in Sultan Kudarat clash

Local government officials in Sultan Kudarat urged yesterday the remaining communist rebels in the town to surrender as the military confirmed the death of the Far South Mindanao Region Command of the New People’s Army......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2023

Soldier slain in Nueva Ecija clash

An Army trooper was killed in an encounter with communist rebels in Laur town in this province on Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2023

Beer snatchers face warrantless arrest

Cainta municipal administrator Keith Nieto ordered the police to implement warrantless arrests to individuals who took advantage and have taken away cases of beer that fell from a delivery truck in Junction. A trailer truck carrying cases of beer crashed Tuesday afternoon along Ortigas Extension, Junction (heading towards Tikling), spilling on the road several cases of beer and halting traffic in the area. Nieto said members of the town’s municipal public safety office and local traffic enforcers assigned in the area will be held accountable for their failure to maintain order. “It is their obligation to watch over goods that fall accidentally. Present to me all those who took advantage of the accident. Also the traffic enforcers who are supposed to help secure the liquors,” he said. “There was failure to maintain order in the area immediately after the mishap,” he added. Nieto called on those who took away the beers to return it and bring it to the lobby of the municipal hall until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. “By 7:30 tonight, I am ordering the entire police team of Cainta to conduct warrantless arrests to all who took advantage and took the goods,” he said. The post Beer snatchers face warrantless arrest appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 4th, 2023

Chop-chop murder suspect shot dead

JOLO, Sulu — An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group was killed while nine police officers were wounded, including three senior police officers, during a nearly three-hour clash in Barangay Siet Higad, Panamao, Sulu. Police and military operatives were about to serve a warrant of arrest against the suspect at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday when a firefight erupted and lasted until 5 a.m., P/Col. John Francis Encinareal said. Encinareal identified the slain suspect as Muksidal A. Jumadil, a resident of Barangay Kamindus, Luuk, Sulu, and temporarily residing in Barangay Siet Higad, Panamao, Sulu. Jumadil was the primary suspect in the brutal killing of Nurdija Dammang Aminiddin, a small-town businesswoman in Barangay Kanmindus, Luuk, according to Encinareal. Jumadil killed Dammang, and her body was cut into small pieces and found scattered in different locations in the village. A case for murder was filed against Jumadil and is still pending at the office of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office. The wounded police officers were identified as P/Capt. Nolie L. Agmaliw, P/Lt. Jhorlino Rico D. Apal, and P/Lt. Jose Earl Abdurajan III. Also wounded were Pat. Lionel A. Suarverdez, P/Cpl. Reymir M. Subion, P/Cpl. Lindo M. Macua, Pat. Edison Ray D. Paris, P/Cpl. Oliver R. Alviar, and P/Cpl. Andres G. Dalang. Jumadil was facing charges for violating RA 10591, or Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition, with a P200,000 bail bond. Recovered at the encounter site were one unit M14 rifle, one piece bandolier, five M14 magazines, and a total of 65 live 7.62 bullets. Two body-worn cameras (with Boblov serial numbers LYY1127 and 1234567890 of CIDG Sulu PFU were used during the operation, Encinareal said. The post Chop-chop murder suspect shot dead appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2023

Paranas town mourns village chair’s death

TACLOBAN CITY — The municipality of Paranas in Samar raised the flag on a half-mast last Monday to mourn the death of a barangay captain who was shot dead by suspected members of the communist New People’s Army on 16 September 2023. The victim — identified as Tito Llamado, barangay chairman of Anagasi, a far-flung village of Paranas — is believed to have been killed by members of NPA’s Arnulfo Ortiz Command based on a hand-written note that was found on his body where the communist rebels owned up to the killing. “Kap. Tito was a dedicated leader who tirelessly served the residents of Barangay Anagasi, striving to improve their lives with purpose, choice, dignity, and respect,” a statement posted in the LGU’s social media account said. “We honor his memory and stand in solidarity with the people of Barangay Anagasi during this difficult time, forever inspired by his exemplary service, leadership, and friendship,” it added. The LGU also expressed condolences to the family of the slain village leader. “We deeply appreciate the positive impact of your benevolent actions and outstanding leadership in Barangay Anagasi. May justice be served in the wake of your passing,” it said. Meantime, Paranas Municipal Police chief PMaj. Kim Windell Montilla disclosed that responding investigators found the note of the NPA group owning up responsibility for the killing along with empty shells of 5.56mm gun. Montilla said Llamado is running unopposed in his re-election bid as barangay captain of Anagasi for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections 2023. As the village chief, Montilla said Llamado was an active partner of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in encouraging rebels to surrender and return to the folds of the law. “Paranas Police will ensure that justice will be served and we will pursue to file appropriate criminal charges against the heartless terrorists who are responsible for this inhumane act,” Montilla said. “The government forces would not be startled nor shaken by this violence committed by the Arnulfo Ortiz Command.” “This assault on the agent of the government who vows only to serve the country and his countrymen will fuel our counter-insurgency efforts to strengthen our battle to free the municipality from the bondage of insurgency,” Montilla added. The post Paranas town mourns village chair’s death appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 20th, 2023

Cainta swivel chairs acquires new look

The local government of Cainta, Rizal has given a fresh look to the old swivel chairs donated to them by a business process outsourcing firm, saying that the 1,000 chairs will be used by the town’s IT students. “A BPO company has upgraded their chairs. They called me if I wanted to accept their old chairs. Of course, there are some flaws and minor damage,” Cainta municipal administrator Keith Nieto said. “I said I’ll take care of it, we can still use them. That’s 1,000 chairs. I had it taken and then I saw the damage, which were expected from wear and tear,” Nieto added. Nieto said they have bought online the chair covers for only P99 each. “In 6 hours, all the chairs have been transformed like the brand new ones, for only 99 pesos,” he said. “These will be used by our IT students of One Cainta College,” the municipal administrator added. The post Cainta swivel chairs acquires new look appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 16th, 2023

Northern Samar insurgent dies in clash

TACLOBAN CITY — Authorities reported on Thursday that an individual believed to be a member of the New People’s Army was killed in a clash with soldiers on the outskirts of Catubig, Northern Samar. The still unidentified armed rebel allegedly belonged to a band of 10 insurgents that engaged in a 10-minute gun battle with members of the Philippine Army’s 20th Infantry Battalion in upland Anongo village in Catubig town. According to 20th IB commander Lt. Col. Joemar Buban, soldiers were deployed to carry out the mobile community support and sustainment program operations in the village when they encountered remnants of the Front Committee-15, sub-regional committee, Eastern Visayas regional party committee. “They were known for their involvement in intimidating, making grave threats, and extorting from the local populace and small businesses in Northern Samar communities,” Buban said in a statement. After the brief clash, the rebels retreated, leaving behind their slain comrade and war materials, including four backpacks, two hammocks, one 30-round magazine assembly, an M203 empty shell, ammunition, slippers, a cauldron, a water container, a pair of rainboots, and subversive documents. There are about 10 army battalions assigned in Samar province as the government heightened its fight against communist insurgents. Only two NPA guerilla fronts in Samar Island remain in existence after the dismantling of one front and the weakening of another early this year. The post Northern Samar insurgent dies in clash appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 14th, 2023

History on tap: Brussels serves beer museum to thirsty visitors

Sightseers who flocked to a grand reopening of the refurbished Brussels stock exchange building this weekend were invited to chase the visit down with a side order of Belgium's top tipple -- beer. The 90-million-euro ($96-million) makeover of the Bourse, once a temple to capitalism, tempted in passers-by from the cafe bars of the capital's old town. Thanks to the new "Belgian Beer World", they did not go thirsty. Belgian beer culture is listed by UNESCO as part of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". It is a source of pride for many locals and a big draw for tourists from around the world. But, even though beer is ubiquitous here, the Brussels scene lacked a focal point for visitors or -- if you're a jaded glass-half-full drinker -- a promotional vehicle for Belgium's vast global booze industry. Traders moved out of the 1868 neo-classical Palace de la Bourse or Beurspaleis in 2014, and the Belgian exchange has now merged with former competitors in Paris and Amsterdam to form Euronext. So, when the city refurbished the historic building, the brewers were on hand to stand their round and sponsor a fitting modern beer museum and roof top bar for their star export. - Trappist monks - On Saturday, when the refurbished Bourse reopened to the public, 11,000 people passed through to see the trading hall, and 566 -- including a tourist from as far away as Singapore -- stopped by Beer World. "A lot of interesting interactions, features that involve the participants, all the visitors," said the tourist, who gave his name as Su. "I believe that all the beer drinkers, if they wish to have a good understanding about the whole process, about the history of the beer, it's definitely a place for them to visit." Opening the center this week, Brussels mayor Philippe Close acknowledged that, beyond the culture of beer, the museum is "a way to support a huge economic sector." Belgium has at least 430 brewers, from mighty AB Inbev -- which pours a third of the planet's pints -- to tiny Trappist monasteries that sells one eagerly sought-after batch of ale per year to patient punters on a waiting list. The trade federation, Belgian Brewers, estimates that its members employ 6,900 people directly and support 50,000 more jobs in a country of only 11.5 million. Some 70 percent of Belgian beer is exported, not just to neighbours in Europe's beer-drinking north, but around the world. Tickets for the Beer World are a hefty 17 euros -- but it does get you your first drink in the rooftop bar -- with its vast selection drawn from the 1,600 types of beer the country has to offer. Belgian brewers are not as conservative as their German and Dutch neighbors. The sour, bubbly lambic and gueuze styles -- "Brussels Champagne" -- are Belgium's own, but many beers including the big brands like Jupiler or Stella Artois are based on the Czech and German Pilsner style. There are even Scotch ales in thistle-shaped glasses, allegedly introduced to entertain General Montgomery's British Second Army when it arrived in September 1944. And of course younger small-scale brewers have begun making hoppy Belgian pale ales to rival the best of the US craft beer explosion. - Great complexity - Beer World administrator Charles Leclef -- a 30-year veteran Flemish brewery operator -- told AFP that the city wanted to capture the "playful" side of the everyday tipple, not to incite heavy drinking. "We're not the biggest producer in the world, far from it, but we're perhaps the most creative, with beer of great diversity of flavor, great complexity," Leclef boasted. In the museum, visitors can wander inside a virtual fermentation tank, with immersive screens taking them inside the process of turning hops, malt, yeast and water into national pride. In Germany, the law forbids any but these four ingredients, but Belgian brewmasters are free to experiment with spices and infusions and even fruits like cherry or raspberry. Museum visitors can pull taps to signal their favorite flavors and "virtual waiters" will print out a suggestion on a beermat to be ordered later at guests' leisure. mad-lob/dc/pvh © Agence France-Presse The post History on tap: Brussels serves beer museum to thirsty visitors appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 11th, 2023

Bong Go provides additional support to micro-entrepreneurs in Roxas City, Capiz

  Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, on Thursday, August 31, provided livelihood support to 43 microentrepreneurs at Barangay Dayao in Roxas City, Capiz, who had previously been impacted by different crises. The identified microentrepreneurs are also beneficiaries of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) program. Aside from the livelihood assistance, Go’s team also distributed snacks, masks, shirt, shoes, and basketballs to the beneficiaries. Select beneficiaries also received cellphones. “Nais kong magpasalamat sa DTI sa inyong PPG program dahil hindi lamang nagbibigay ng tulong kundi pati na rin ng sapat na kaalaman at kakayahan para sa mga pamilyang apektado ng iba't-ibang kalamidad, tulad nitong pandemya,” Go said. “Ang PPG program ay isang malinaw na halimbawa kung paano natin maipapakita ang malasakit at suporta sa ating mga kababayan na tinamaan ng mga pagsubok. Ang inyong pagsisikap ay hindi lamang nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga pamilya at indibidwal, kundi pati na rin sa mga komunidad na nangangailangan ng pagbangon,” he continued. Go pushed for DTI’s PPG program during the Duterte administration to help boost the livelihood of communities affected by crises. He continues to support the implementation of the program to help uplift individuals and families, particularly those engaged in micro-enterprises, who have been adversely affected by health disasters like epidemics and pandemics, calamities such as fires, armed conflicts, and the like. “Palaguin niyo ang inyong negosyo. Kapag lumago ang inyong negosyo, dalhin niyo po ang mga kita sa inyong mga pamilya... mas masarap sa pakiramdam kapag pinagpawisan at pinaghirapan niyo po ang inyong pagnenegosyo at napalago ninyo,” Go said. Go likewise conveyed his appreciation to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. for the enactment of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippines Program into law. The OTOP Philippines Program, authored and co-sponsored by Go, represents a governmental stimulus strategy strategically crafted to nurture the expansion of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide. The program places a strong emphasis on harnessing local resources while concurrently safeguarding the rich tapestry of cultural heritage. Meanwhile, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go encouraged residents to seek the services of the Malasakit Center at Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in the city where they may conveniently avail of medical assistance from existing programs of the government. Malasakit Centers bring together representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. These one-stop shops aim to support impoverished patients in reducing their hospital costs to the least possible amount. The Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, principally authored and sponsored by Go, mandates DOH-run hospitals, plus the Philippine General Hospital, to provide necessary assistance to indigent patients by covering various patient services and fees. To date, there are 158 Malasakit Centers nationwide that have helped over seven million poor and indigent Filipinos, according to DOH. Meanwhile, citing how the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the crucial need to fill in the gaps in the country’s healthcare system, Go continues to push for the establishment of Super Health Centers. Go said that the centers can significantly help reduce occupancy rates in main hospitals by making available basic health services in communities, such as database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit, among others. Through Go's initiative and with the help of his fellow legislators, some 307 Super Health Centers were funded in 2022. He also successfully pushed for the funding of at least 322 more Super Health Centers in this year's health budget. Super Health Centers will also be established in strategic areas in the province, such as in Dumalag, Tapaz, Jamindan, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, President Roxas, Sigma, and Roxas City. Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, likewise supported the construction of several river control structures, road rehabilitation along Iloilo East Coast to Capiz Road, and the road concretion along Maayon to Palagian Provincial Road. #### The post Bong Go provides additional support to micro-entrepreneurs in Roxas City, Capiz appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 5th, 2023

Filipino septuagenarian among fatalities in Hawaii wildfires — DFA

A 79-year-old Filipino national was among the hundreds of casualties of wildfires in Hawaii, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Friday. According to DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Eduardo De Vega, the lone Filipino victim of wildfires in Maui was Alfredo Galinato. “He was a naturalized US (United States) citizen originally from Ilocos,” De Vega told reporters in a Viber message. The DFA said the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu is assisting the family of the victim who are all based in Hawaii. Meanwhile, Philippine Consul General to Honolulu Emil Fernandez said a four-person team from the post went to Maui Island — the ground zero of the catastrophic wildfires — from 15 to 16 August to render emergency consular services to affected Filipinos. Fernandez said at least 66 people applied for the replacement of their lost Philippine passports. Likewise, he noted that the three newly-arrived Filipino teachers who were based in Lahaina, whom he met with, were all safe and accounted for. The three Filipino teachers are part of a group of 30 assigned to the island of Maui under the exchange visitor’s program with the US. Citing data from the United States Census 2020, the DFA earlier said there is a total of 388,000 individuals who identified themselves as Filipino in Hawaii, of which 25,000 are still holding Philippine passports. In a related development, the head of Maui's emergency management agency -- who said this week he did not regret the decision to not sound powerful warning sirens as a deadly wildfire ripped through the Hawaiian town of Lahaina — had resigned. Herman Andaya had come under criticism for not activating the island-wide network as fast-moving flames bore down on the city, with survivors saying they had no warning of the blaze. Many of those who were killed are believed to have been trapped in their homes or caught in their cars as they made a desperate last-minute bid to escape. At least 111 people are known to have died in what was the deadliest wildfire in the United States in over a century. The final toll is expected to be considerably higher. "Today, Mayor Richard Bissen accepted the resignation of Maui Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Administrator Herman Andaya," a Maui County release said. "Citing health reasons, Andaya submitted his resignation effective immediately." Andaya's decision not to activate the sirens is one of a number of perceived missteps by local officials before, during, and after the blaze which has angered survivors, who say more lives could have been saved. "The sirens are used primarily for tsunamis. The public is trained to seek higher ground in the event that the siren is sounded," Andaya had told a news conference on Wednesday. The post Filipino septuagenarian among fatalities in Hawaii wildfires — DFA appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2023

Cainta hospital has new incubators

The local government of Cainta, Rizal has bought additional incubators for One Cainta Hospital to be used by newborn babies who need special care. “Our hospital has new incubators. We now have four incubators to be used by the babies who need special care,” Cainta municipal administrator Keith Nieto said. Nieto said the infant incubators are free to use by patients in the town’s hospital. “I have heard how difficult it is to transfer to hospitals because there are no incubators available for premature babies,” he said. Nieto said he himself was a premature baby when his mother gave birth to him. “This is for all premature babies who were born in our hospital,” he said. The post Cainta hospital has new incubators appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 16th, 2023

Loose firearms recovered from SGA

ZAMBOANGA CITY — At least 22 assorted high-powered loose firearms were collected by the military in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato from the Special Geographic Area of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in support to the “Balik Baril Program” of the government. Joint Task Force Central commander Maj. Gen. Alex Rillera on Tuesday disclosed that 12 barangay chairpersons of Pigcawayan voluntarily surrendered to the 34th Infantry Battalion 22 loose firearms on Saturday. Rillera added that the turnover ceremony  of the loose firearms was held at the 34IB headquarters in Barangay Salunayan, Midsayap in North Cotabato and  was witnessed by Pigcawayan Acting Mayor Neil Jake Casi. The activity was also witnessed by Dr. Vince Tejada, municipal administrator and Johan Sinarimbo, cluster president, Pigcawayan Cluster, SGA-BARMM. Among the surrendered firearms were two Cal .50 Barret-type Sniper rifles, five rocket-propelled grenade launchers, four 7.62mm Sniper rifles, six 12-gauge Shotguns, one Caliber 9mm pistol, one Caliber 22 revolver, one Caliber 38 revolver, one caliber 45 pistol, and one Caliber 357 revolver. Also surrendered were six pieces of RPG ammunition, four magazines for Shotguns, four magazines for 762 Sniper rifles and one Cal .45 magazine. Meantime, BARMM Ministry of Interior Local Government Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the 34th  IB and Pigcawayan Municipal Police Station for their support in the campaign against loose firearms in the town. The post Loose firearms recovered from SGA appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 15th, 2023

Another Ecuador politician slain, six days ahead of vote

A local politician in Ecuador was killed Monday, party officials said, less than a week after a presidential front-runner was gunned down at a campaign rally ahead of this weekend's elections. Pedro Briones, a member of the Citizen Revolution Party of former president Rafael Correa, and one of the movement's leaders in the province of Esmeraldas on the border with Colombia, was killed by unknown gunmen. "My solidarity with the family of comrade Pedro Briones, new victim of violence," Luisa Gonzalez, one of the main presidential candidates, said on X, the social media platform formerly called Twitter. "Ecuador is going through its bloodiest period," said Gonzalez, a close former associate of Correa. She called the government inept and said the country has been taken over by organized crime gangs. Correa added his condolences on social media: "They murdered another of our colleagues in Esmeraldas. Enough is enough!" Neither the police nor the government immediately confirmed the attack but Ecuadoran media, citing a local police source, said the victim was shot at his home in the town of San Mateo by two men on a motorcycle who later fled. The murder came less than a week after the August 9 killing, in the capital Quito, of one of the presidential favorites, the centrist Fernando Villavicencio. The 59-year-old journalist was on a crusade against corruption and was in second place in the polls when he was shot as he left a campaign rally. One of his main feats as a journalist was to have put the former president Correa, who served from 2007-2017, in the dock thanks to one of his investigations. Correa, now living in Belgium, was sentenced in absentia to eight years in the case. Most of Ecuador has been under a state of emergency and President Guillermo Lasso has blamed organized crime for the killing of Villavicencio. Six Colombians were arrested as part of the probe into the assassination and one was killed shortly after the attack by the candidate's bodyguards. The post Another Ecuador politician slain, six days ahead of vote appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2023

Angono intensifies waste management

The local government of Angono’s Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office on Tuesday said that it will strengthen the “no segregation, no collection policy” as part of the zero-basura program pursuant to Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. In a statement, Angono Mayor Jeri Mae Calderon underscored the importance of systematic management of solid wastes in their locality which is known for its green programs. According to Municipal Administrator Alan Maniaol, who also sits as officer-in-charge of MENRO, his office has already dispatched “color-coded garbage bins” in the public facilities such as public market, plaza, schools and other public places in the town. Maniaol also said they have deployed personnel on the ground who are tasked to monitor and to implement the law and ordinance related to waste disposal. Among the existing mechanism of the municipality, otherwise known as the Art Capital of the Philippines, is the processing of collected wastes with the help of private sector that hauls garbage at the town’s materials recovery facility to be used as raw material for making other products. The post Angono intensifies waste management appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2023

Teves,12 others tagged terrorists

The Anti-Terrorism Council or ATC has designated Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. as a terrorist for allegedly masterminding the assassination of Gov. Roel Degamo last 4 March, which also resulted in the deaths of nine others. The ATC named the congressman, who had gone into hiding, as the leader of the Teves Terrorist Group, which allegedly included as members his younger brother, Pryde Henry Teves, and purported bagman Marvin Miranda. Pryde was unseated by the Commission on Elections after a recount of the votes cast in the 2022 Negros Oriental gubernatorial election showed that Degamo had won. Degamo was killed in a commando-style attack at his residential compound in Pamplona town. The slain governor’s wife, Janice, is the mayor of Pamplona. The assault happened just weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the Comelec’s proclamation of Degamo as governor. Also tagged as terrorists were Nigel Electona, Tomasino Aledro, Rogelio Antipolo, Hannah Mae Oray, Rommel Pattaguan, Winrich Isturis, John Louie Gonyon, Dahniel Lora, Eulogio Gonyon Jr. and Jomarie Catubay. In a three-page resolution dated 26 July and signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin that was released yesterday, the ATC said Pryde and Electona “provided material support” to Teves in furtherance of his alleged terrorist activities. “Investigation also revealed that Hannah Mae Sumero Oray handled the operational funds for the killings while Marvin H. Miranda acted as organizer and recruiter of personnel for specific terrorist attacks,” the ATC said. In April, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla revealed the government’s intention to designate Teves as a terrorist, saying that his group’s alleged “activities that led to the killings are all covered by the Anti-Terror Law, [including] the recruitment, financing, purchase of firearms, and their distribution.”   In hiding Teves has refused to come home after being located last in Timor-Leste, claiming his life was in danger. There was talk he was already in the Philippines under the protection of a former high government official. The House of Representatives had twice suspended Teves for refusing to heed Speaker Martin Romualdez’s plea to come home to face the charges against him. The Philippine National Police had filed a separate complaint against Teves before the Department of Justice last March over the alleged political killing of three other persons in Negros Oriental in 2019. A Degamo lawyer said the Teveses could be linked to as many as 60 killings in Negros Oriental. In reaction, Pryde said in a radio interview that his lawyers would appeal the ATC resolution. He expressed dismay that his right to travel and earn a livelihood would be affected by the order. Saying he would not leave Negros Oriental despite the tagging, the younger Teves said he would be the last to resort to terrorism because he had been a victim of violence. Meanwhile, Ferdinand Topacio, a lawyer of Congressman Teves, lambasted the ATC whose order, he said, demonstrated the government’s prejudgment of the case and “desperation” to take his client into custody. “Since day one of the Degamo killing, the government has mobilized all the resources at its disposal, starting with immediately tagging Teves as the mastermind thereof without investigation, conducting illegal searches on his properties, laying siege to his powers and prerogatives as a member of the House, embarking on a massive media campaign to discredit him and prejudice the minds of the public against him, among other things, all in an obsessive attempt to blame him for a crime at the expense of his constitutional rights,” Topacio said. Topacio questioned why the government had to use the ATC against Teves, in a case for which the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 was not “designed.” “The agencies of government, having eggs on their faces due to the recantation of all the key witnesses, the lack of evidence against Representative Teves, the public backlash against his obvious persecution, and the embarrassing failure of the authorities to bully him into returning to the country in spite of grave and serious threats to his life has expectedly weaponized the Anti-Terror Act by using it for the purpose for which it was not designed,” he said. When it was first floated that Teves would be tagged as a terrorist, he posted a video of himself wearing Muslim garb and laughing. The post Teves,12 others tagged terrorists appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 1st, 2023