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IMEE HITS DOH ANEW OVER NEW ROADBLOCK TO VACCINE IMPORTATION

April 12, 2021

Senator Imee Marcos has again sought to stop the Department of Health (DOH) from implementing a new requirement that discourages private companies from procuring Covid-19 vaccines to augment the government’s limited supply and speed up mass vaccination.   “Companies will now be required to issue a so-called Certificate of A4 Eligibility under recent guidelines in the National Vaccine Deployment Plan (NVDP), which will exclude certain employees from priority vaccination even if their company’s products or services are considered essential, as food, pharmaceuticals, and transport,” Marcos revealed.   The term A4 refers to the group of vaccines prioritized after healthcare workers, senior citizens, and people with co-morbidities.   The updated NVDP will have 13 sub-classes for A4 comprising frontline workers in the private sector and the government, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in similar jobs, and the new addition of religious leaders.   Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, said that the Certificate of A4 Eligibility will force the private sector to discriminate against its own workers and will likely cause confusion, resentment and disorder not only within companies but also in local government units (LGUs) tasked to administer vaccines nationwide.   “We cannot look forward to reopening the economy if the DOH keeps shutting the door. With so many new sub-classes in A4, the DOH should instead be giving incentives to private companies to vaccinate their rank and file, so that businesses can again run smoothly and recover swiftly,” Marcos said.   “Nor should OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) be turned away by LGUs if they cannot present the same certificate before taking the jab. The DOH does not even identify who will issue the certificates to them,” Marcos added.   The department had earlier sought to prevent the purchase of vaccines by manufacturers of tobacco, alcohol, milk substitutes, and other products deemed in conflict with public health, but President Duterte decided against it after Marcos exposed the attempt contained in an administrative order drafted by the government agency.

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Covid-19 hits Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena 

April 11, 2021

KORONADAL CITY – The deadly coronavirus disease continues to wreck havoc elsewhere in the Philippines. This time it's Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena who contracted the disease. The mayor was immediately taken to the hospital after health officials confirmed him positive of the virus. According to his daily health bulletin, the city mayor is still in "good condition."  In his FB account, the mayor said Saturday (April 10) he got the coronavirus disease based on the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. Symptoms of the suspected virus were seen from him so that he was rushed to the hospital. “To all my beloved Koronadaleños, I am saddened to inform you that I am positive for Covid-19. But don’t you worry because I am in good condition,” mayor Ogena said as also advised his constituents not to worry about his condition. The mayor also advised his constituents never to worry as he is now in isolation and following IATF protocols for the safety of his family and the employees of the City Government of Koronadal.  Ogena said in a radio interview that his personal doctor advised him to undergo RT-PCR for the third time since the deadly virus is still attacking people around the world with no exceptions. On Friday night the city mayor also experiences a high fever. The city mayor also experienced coughing but he could ascertain whether it already the virus symptoms as he had been coughing for many years due to his heart-related condition. He had bypass surgery in 2007, and since then he was coughing.  He said: “My fever has already subsided and I am in good condition. So far, so good, I’m healthy and strong, and eating well. He said he has no idea where he contracted the disease as he was been into many activities in the past few days.  

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2 South Cotabato dads inoculated with Astra Zeneca but may face sanctions

April 11, 2021

SOUTH COTABATO -  Two mayors in this province could be in 'hot water' as they violated memo circular guidelines on giving priority to health care workers. This after the mayors got inoculated of the government-procured antivirus.  DILG South Cotabato Lawyer Rochelle Sero announced that Mayors Sulpicio Villalobos of Sto. Niño and Dibu Tuan of Tboli were inoculated ahead of the health care workers and this appeared the mayors violated DILG Memorandum Circular 2021-007. Lawyer Rochelle said the two mayors are not yet eligible to get the vaccines, based on a Memo Circular issued last January.  In a press briefing held recently, Lawyer Rochelle Sero said: “Kung makita nimo, naay priority and they cut the line. So maingon ta naa sila violation sa vaccine protocol” she said in a press briefing in Koronadal City. Sero leaves the resolution of the case on the mayor's violation to the Ombudsman to determine the gravity of the offense and the appropriate sanctions. The two were among the five mayors in the country who were initially flagged by the DILG central office and issued with show-cause orders on Wednesday for “jumping the line” on the vaccination priority list. Tuan and Villalobos got their first doses of the AstraZeneca last March 19.

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P13.4-M illegal drugs burned in Caraga Region

April 9, 2021

CARAGA REGION - A combined total of P13.4 Million of illegal drugs confiscated by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-13) in many operations, were burned and destroyed Wednesday, government reports said. PDEA-13 reported that those destroyed were composed of around 1,997.37 grams of the illegal drugs known as shabu.  PDEA-13 spokesperson Dindo Abellanosa told reporters "the illegal drugs destroyed were composed of 1,997.37 grams of shabu and 102.10 grams of marijuana.”  Hes added that the incinerated illegal; drugs were part of the 557 drug cases evidence in various regional trial courts in the region.   “Some of the disposed illegal drugs were from the crime laboratory of the Police Regional Office in Caraga Region (PRO-13),” Abellanosa clarified to PNA. Abellanosa said prior to the incineration they have first asked approval from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

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Indahag village chief denies she and another barangay official 'check in' at a motel in Oro

April 9, 2021

ILLICIT LOVE AFFAIR?   INDAHAG,  Cagayan de Oro City - A village chair has denied allegations she was found inside a motel with another barangay official along the national highway in Barangay Kauswagn, this city, the other day. Indahag Barangay Chair Jocelyn Dahino went to several radio stations and refuted allegations she was "allegedly having an illicit affair" with the first Kagawad of the same barangay in the person of Kag. Renejen Babia. A video footage allegedly showed Chairwoman Dahino coming out of the Kingsfield Hotel, where the male Brgy Councilor, Rene Babia also allegedly checked in. But the video is not clear and Dahino cannot be positively identified, witnesses said.  "To the people of Barangay Indahag. The allegations against me that I was found inside a hotel were baseless. I was busy with my regular job as a barangay chairperson and many of my colleagues in the barangay can attest to that," Chairwoman Dahino clarified in vernacular. On April 6 at around 11:00 in the morning, police operatives swooped down at Kingsfield Inn in Barangay Kauswagan upon the complaint of Mrs Babia that her husband was inside the hotel. Mrs Babia alleged that her husband, incumbent Councilor of Brgy Indahag Renejen Babia, has allegedly checked in inside the motel, with the incumbent barangay chairwoman Jocelyn Dahino. Mrs Babia said she installed a GPS inside the vehicle of her husband, so that, he was easily traced inside Kingsfield Inn in Barangay Kauswagan. Responding policemen arrested the subject Kag Renejen Babia inside Room 33 at Kingsfield Inn, but the alleged chairwoman was not around.  But the complainant Mrs Babia insisted she was the woman in the video who get out of the motel and rode a taxi prior to the arrest of Mr Babia. Carmen Police Station Commander Major Peter Tajor identified the suspect as Kag Renejen Babia and he was also positively identified by his wife and siblings as the subject person inside Room 33. Major Tajor told reporters Mr Babia and Indahag Chairwoman Dahino were positively identified by the wife, while the son also took a video allegedly when the subject Barangay chairwoman went out of the Inn's gate.  Kag Babia is now detained at Carmen Police Station mini cell and his wife is determined to file charges against him and Chairwoman Dahino in court.    VIDEO CREDIT TO MAGNUM RADIO CAGAYAN DE ORO

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City Hall worker in CDO nabbed in drug buy-bust

April 8, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: An employee of the city government was nabbed together with his cousin in an anti-illegal drug buy bust Thursday morning in the city’s major subdivision here. Col. Henry Dampal, the city’s chief of police, identified the suspects as Macbeth Ratunil Carretas, 44, of Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro  City. Carretas, reportedly an employee at the city hall’s Human Resource Department, was collared along with his cousin identified as Enesio Ratunil Villanueva, 40, of Ilaya, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. Dampal said that the police operatives disguised as buyers seized from the suspects 15 grams of illegal Shabu (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) with an estimated street value of P102,000 and a .38 caliber revolver loaded with five live ammunition. According to Dampal, Ratunil, as a city government employee, was a high value target listed in the law enforcers ‘directorate intelligence. He said that the suspects were now under the police custodial facility pending the filing of appropriate charges  against them.

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