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Third quake rocks Davao Occidental anew

April 25, 2019

Cagayan de Oro City (MDN Digital, April 25) - The third quake recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Thursday morning (9:34 a.m.) trembled Davao Occidental. With a magnitude of 4.4, Phivolcs said, it reportedly originated southeast of Sarangani town in said province of Davao. Phivolcs claimed a tremor having a magnitude of 4 to 4.9 is already considered moderately strong and do not cause much damage especially if the epicenter is far from the populace. This quake is the latest of the five tremors that rocked the three islands of the Philippines; magnitude 6.5 in Luzon, magnitude 6.2 in the Visayas and magnitude 4.5, 4.7 and now 4.4 all in Mindanao region. The 4.7 tremor trembled Baganga, Davao Oriental on Wednesday (April 24) and 4.5 in other place in Davao but no damage has been reported yet. The one that hit Luzon last Wednesday, which was magnitude 6.1 was considered the deadly quake this year as it damaged to structures and properties in Luzon area, killing 16 people, 85 injured and 12 still missing at press time.

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Region X economy grows faster by 7.0% in 2018

April 25, 2019

The economy of Northern Mindanao grew by 7.0 percent in 2018. This expansion was faster than the recorded economic growth of 5.8 percent in 2017. The acceleration was driven by Industry and Services. Among the three major economic industries, Services remained to have the largest share of the region’s economy with 44.1 percent, followed by Industry with 35.6 percent and Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing with 20.3 percent.      Services recorded the fastest growth of 8.9 percent in 2018 as all of the sub-industries grew faster during the period. The top contributors to the growth in Services were Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household goods, which grew by 7.4 percent; and Transportation, Storage and Communication, with a double-digit growth of 12.8 percent. Likewise, Other Services grew at a faster rate of 8.9 percent as compared with the growth of 6.1 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, Financial Intermediation grew by 8.7 percent; and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities by 5.7 percent.      Public Administration and Defense and Compulsory Social Security also expanded by a double-digit growth of 12.6 percent as compared with the 6.3 percent growth recorded in the previous year. Industry likewise accelerated to 8.8 percent. Among its sub-industries, Construction grew the fastest at 16.3 percent, faster than the recorded growth of 2.0 percent in the previous year. Mining and Quarrying also expanded at a faster rate of 14.6 percent. Manufacturing also sped up to 6.6 percent, from 5.5 percent growth posted in the previous year. On the other hand, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply managed to grow by 4.4 percent, slower than the 13.8 percent growth in 2017.      Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing grew at a slower pace of 0.4 percent in 2018, from 4.7 percent growth recorded in the previous year. Agriculture and Forestry posted a decelerated growth of 0.8 percent, from the 5.7 percent growth in the previous year. Fishing declined further by 1.9 percent.      The 7.0 growth rate of Northern Mindanao was contributed mostly by Services with 3.8 percentage points, followed by Industry with 3.1 percentage points. AHFF contributed the least with 0.1 percentage point.

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Miral's killing not election-related - Destura

April 24, 2019

THE shooting death of Napaliran, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental barangay chairman Claver Miral is not election-related. This was confirmed Wednesday (April 24) by Misamis Oriental provincial police director Col. Rolando Destura during a press conference here in Cagayan de Oro City. Destura said that based on their initial probe, police are already tracking several persons of interest in his April 21 ambush-assassination but the suspected perpetrators are not connected to the rivals of the politicians he is supporting. Although barangay officials are deemed non-partisan, Miral is closely allied with Balingasag mayoral challenger Alexis Quina who is supporting the candidacy of first district congressional candidate Christian Unabia and reelectionist Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano of PaDayon Pilipino. Destura refused to divulge to journalists though the circumstances behind the persons of interest that they are tracking. “Amo pa kini ginasuta og maayo pero moingon ako sa inyo nga dili kini election-related,” he said. Miral was on his way home from nearby Jasaan municipality when he was waylaid by two motorcycle-riding assailants at around 10:00 p.m. along the highway in Puntagorda, barangay Hermano in Balingasag. The barangay chairman sustained five gunshot wounds in his chest and torso and was rushed to a hospital here in Cagayan de Oro City where he died. In a press statement earlier, Emano called on authorities to immediately solve Miral’s killing, saying that murders like this have no place in the province which has already maintained a stable peace and order situation during his incumbency.

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Duterte government lost 6 soldiers in gunbattle with NPA rebels

April 24, 2019

Cagayan de Oro (MDN Digital, April 24) - Gun battle between communist rebels and government forces in Samar province resulted to the death of six soldiers and the wounding of six others, a report from the military said. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a report sent to MDN digital reported that members of the 46th Infantry Battalion were patrolling in Barangay Beri in Cabiga town when they encountered a group of armed men who were members of the New People's Army. A firefight ensued but unfortunately, six of the army members died on the spot while another six were also wounded. Reports from Eastern Visayas police said the NPA rebels used improvised explosive device, in which they used to kill at least 6 members of the military and the wounding of six others. AFP has yet to devulge the names of those who died during encounters pending verifications of their names, as well as notifying their families first of what happened to them in the battle ground. Capt Reynaldo Aragones, Philippine Army's spokesperson said that during the encounters there were over 20 NPA rebels. However, Aragones claimed, adding that the number of casualties on the NPA side cannot be .    The newest skirmishes came after President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to NPA rebels to go back to the fold of the law and lay down their arms. The earlier failed talks with the government was represented by the National Democratic Front (NDF) but the Duterte government reportedly walked away from the negotiating table because of off ands on negotiations between the government and the New People's Army. 

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6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Claims 10 Lives in Philippines

April 23, 2019

The death toll of an earthquake that registered 6.1 magnitude in the richter scale and hit Philippines Monday, has already reached to 10 according to the latest count by authorities. According to Phivolcs, the epicenter of the quake was somewhere in Zambales. The quake also hit 60km north from the capital Metro Manila which had caused structures to collapse and cut the power off. In Pampanga, which was considered worst hit, eight people were reported killed based on the account made by provincial governor Lilia Pineda. Gov Pineda has recommended that her province be declared under state of calamity. A roman catholic church in Pampanga was also damaged including a four-floor building that reportedly went down with some people reportedly trapped inside the building. The ground floor which was a supermarket also crashed according to reports obtained by MDN Digital. Clark airport was ordered temporarily closed due to the damage in its check in counters, parts of the departure area, as well as some ceilings, according to airport official Jaime Melo.   Philvocs recorded 406 aftershocks Tuesday morning and said they are still monitoring more aftershocks to keep people updated, as other folks feared the "The Big One" might be coming. The Philippines was among 13 other countries included in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire. In the past, a magnitude of 7.8 quake also hit the country killing more than 2,400 people in Northern island of Luzon.  

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Sri Lankan Suicide Bomber Spotted on CCTV

April 23, 2019

Video credit to TV9 One of the six suicide bombers that killed over 300 people in Sri Lanka was spotted on one of the country's installed CCTV cameras. The reported bomber was carrying a back pack where he allegedly placed the bomb an entered inside the church while churchgoers are having Easter Sunday services. At presstime, no one has yet claimed responsibility of the deadly attack but police authorities have already arrested over a dozen suspects and massive manhunt and investigations are still ongoing. The Sri Lankan government suspected the bombings were carried out by the local homegrown terrorists. They have received reports terrorosts sent out seven suicide bombers and all are allegedly Sri Lankan nationals. Meanwhile, it was learned that weeks before the Sri Lanka's coordinated bombings, the police have received reports that churches in Sri Lanka will be bombed but allegedly did not implement appropriate actions to verify the veracity of the reports. As a result of the failure of top officials to act on said intel report, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe was sucked from his post by the Sri Lankan president. 

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