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No lockdown in Marawi, only curfew says military

January 4, 2020

ILIGAN City--The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said there is no lockdown in Marawi City after the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao has expired at 12 midnight on December 31, 2019, more than two years it was declared during the siege. Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade, whose jurisdictions include Marawi and Lanao del Sur, the curfews hours, although adjusted, is still in effect following the request of the Lanao del Sur's Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in an emergency meeting last Decembes 27, last year. "It is part of ours and the PNPs (Philippine National Police) security measures in compliance with the Proclamation 55. But the curfew is adjusted from 10pm to 5am to 12 midnight to 4am," Cuerpo said. On his social media account, Marawi resident Drieza Lininding, also chairman of a civic Moro Concensus Group, posted an open letter addressed to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asking explaination about the implementation of 'lockdown' in Marawi City despite the lifting of Martial Law. "We are writing to you because we thought after the lifting of Martial Law, we can regain our normal life back with less restrictions and fears but unfortunately we are told that the "lockdown"  from 10:00pm to 4:00am (is) being implemented in Marawi and Lanao Del Sur," he wrote. He wrote that while they, as residents of Marawi, have nothing against Presidential Proclamation 55 or the extensive coordination among government security forces to suppress lawlessness and violence, they do not understand "why a place like Marawi, of which more than half of it's residents are displaced, need the lockdown". "Half of our city is a ghost area," Lininding added. Cuerpo explained that when lockdown is in effect, no one is allowed to get in and out of the place and it is implemented indefinitely while the curfew is being observed in a specific period of time. "During curfew hours, one can get in or out if in emergency cases or when there is prior coordination with the security forces," Cuerpo said. Zia Alonto Adiong, a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, said even if martial law in Mindanao has been lifted, curfews and checkpoints may still be implemented. Adiong said the lifting of martial law in Mindanao is very important because it would only mean that the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus or warrantless arrests of suspected rebels and terrorists would no longer be allowed. Adiong is confident that with the lifting of martial law, Mindanao can rebuild its reputation and economy which took a deep. "If you have business, you would not invest in an area without a stable peace and order situation," Adiong said. President Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao in 2017 when government forces and the local group of Dawlah Islamiya clashed and the five-month war happened. The congress first extended the declaration to December 31, 2018 when it was about to expire in December 31, 2017 and extended it again in December 31 last year. The implementation of Martial Law allows authorities to arrest suspected rebels or criminals without a warrand and charge them within three days according to the 1989 Philippine constitution. While the President "may only declare martial law in cases of rebellion, invasion or if public safety requires it, the Congres may extend or cut short such declaration.

Coops form new water firm to serve rural folk in Cagayan de Oro City

January 3, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Residents in the hinterland barangays will soon have access to clean and potable water after a group of cooperatives has signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) with a water company on Thursday. The JVA was inked by Mindanao Cooperatives Water Service Federation (MCWS), a group of cooperatives mainly based in Cagayan de Oro, and Kyogojo Engineering Service Cooperative (KESC). MCWS is composed of Ficco, Oro Integrated Coop, Xavier University Community Credito Coop, DMPI Employees and Community Credit Coop, Allied Services Multipurpose Cooperative, Oro Savings and Sharing Coop, City Hall Employees Multipurpose Cooperative, Provincial Capitol Employees Multipurpose Cooperative, Cepalco Community Multipurpose Cooperative, MOGCHS Faculty, Retirees, Employees and Students Multipurpose Cooperative, and PPSC Regional Training School X Employees and Staff Multipurpose Cooperative. KESC, which will provide the technical expertise and capability to the joint venture, is also a member of the MCWS. The purpose of the joint venture is for the KESC, with the help of MCWS, to expand its operations so it could serve more water consumers in the city’s rural barangays, said Isagani Daba, MCWS treasurer and former chairman of the First Community Cooperative (Ficco), one of the MCWS member-cooperatives. Presently, the Cagayan de Oro Water District, a government-owned and operated corporation, is the city’s main water provider. The federation was able to generate from the member-cooperatives’ resources some P132 million as a start-up capital even before the MCWS started its operation, but Daba said they could raise more amount if needed. At present, KESC is serving the barangays of Lumbia, Taguanao, Baikingon, and Baikingon with 2,300 water consumers. With the joint venture, the MCWS will expand its operation to the current KESC service areas, as well as establish water system in the villages of Dansolihon, Mambuaya, Bayanga, and Indahag. Engr. Neil Bryan Oraiz, KESC chairman, said the intention of the JVA is to fast track the expansion of water systems in areas not yet serviced by Cagayan de Oro Water District.” “The effort to have a cooperative water distribution service is geared towards the goal for consumers, the general public, to own and manage this basic necessity,” MCWS said.  “What we are seeing now throughout the country is that water distribution is owned by taipans, if not cronies. So what the coops aim for is for the general public to own and manage public utilities, like water distribution. This can happen only through cooperatives,” it added.

Police hunt down driver in Talakag road bloody accident

December 18, 2019

TALAKAG, Bukidnon--Police authorities are still tracking down the driver of the truck that crashed in Barangay Tigkalaan that resulted to the death of two senior citizens and injured 47 other passengers Tuesday morning. Talakag Police Station commander Captain Dominador Orate Jr. said he has already deployed his men to hunt down the driver, 24-year-old Michael Abanacion, also a resident of Talakag. Orate said Abanacion immediately fled after the tragic road accident. He said the forward truck slid while negotiating a cruve road in Barangay Tigkalaan after the driver lost control of the truck's brake. Orate identified the fatalities as 74-year-old Manuel Alforque Jr. and 76-year-old Bonifacia Abut, all residents of Talakag. He said all the other 47 passengers were rush to various hospitals for medical treatment. The victims were about to attend a Church fellowship somewhere in Cotabato City. Injured were Nicuy Beltran, 30; Erico Dobugan, 46; Aileen Aguray, 36; Emerson Ubaob,53; and Ricardo Abaliawion, 70. Mariam Doongan, 16; Windenn Neri, 11; Rosa Neri,39; George Mabaylan, 31; and Ronnie Ubaob,48. Pinky Joy Abot,8; Udarfreuyeslter Guilay, 7; Ruby Neri, 60; Althea Jade Baba, 6; and Piercy Abot, 51. Ian Rey Yamado, 6; Rolando Abot, 52; Christian Neri, 15; John Paul Mabaylan, 11; and John Carlo Neri, 15. Ashley Guilay, 12; Girlene Guilay, 14; Gilbert Mabaylan, 7; Rea Mae Mabaylan, 11; and Charisse Ubaob, 8. Benny Prito, 5; Emerson Ubaob, 10; Travis Abot, 12; Arzaneth Abello, 4; and Benjoe Flores, 40. Grace Mary Mabaylan, 20; Kimberly Mabaylan, 17; and Dodima Mabaylan, 74.

Central Mindanao experiences quake anew

December 15, 2019

CENTRAL Mindanao was hit anew by another earthquake at 2:11 this afternoon with a magnitude of 6.9 and at an epicenter northwest of Padada, Davao del Sur. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the tectonic quake is 30 kilometers deep. Meanwhile, the Cagayan de Oro City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD) experienced Intensity 4 during the tremor. There is no imminent threat of a tsunami. Christmas parties at a high-rise hotel in Cagayan de Oro City were disrupted as guests were told to come out as a precaution. A netizen from Davao City shared a video of an electricity transformer emitting sparks, causing people to panic on the ground. Fresh road cracks were observed in the streets of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Some structures at Ground Zero in Padada have collapsed. FULL DETAILS TO FOLLOW

3rd Kaadlawan festival unfolds in Villanueva town

December 12, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental--The 3rd Kaadlawan Festival in the town of Villanueva under Mayor Jennie Uy yesterday wrapped up with the streetdancing competition and showdown yesterday and the Dances of the heart and soul, a power dance by Douglas Nierras, on the 12th day of December. Mr. Allan Fernandez II, one of the judges, said 11 barangays participated in the streetdancing. The other judges were The parade, enchanted by their respective queen, each of the 11 barangays also paraded their float decorated with indigenous materials. The participating barangays include San Martin, Poblacion 1, Katipunan, Dayawan, Kimaya, Tambobong, Looc, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 2, Balacanas, Looc, and, Imelda. Prizes at stakes for the streetdancing competition include P10,000 for best in costumes and props, and P10,000 for best in festival float, best in streetdancing, best Kaadlawan Festivfal Queen 2019, and Best in Choreography, respectively. For the showdown, the winners will receive P100,000 plus trophy for grand champion, P80,000 plus for the first runner up, P60,000 plus trophy for the second runner up, and P20,000 as consolacion prize. PASIGA 2019 The 3rd Kaadlawan festival in the town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental started with the PASIGA 2019, the lighting of giant "Sulo” (torch). Ruel Gayoso, municipal administrator of Villuanueva town, said the switch-on ceremony of the giant "Sulo,” a vernacular term for torch, served as one of the highlights of “Fiesko 2019” or the “Happy Fiesta and Pasko celebration of the municipality of Villanueva.” “It was an annual activity of the local government of Villanueva,” said Gayoso adding, “what was added this year is the lighting of the giant torch apart from the usual Christmas trees and lanterns.” He said ceremonial switch-on of the Villanueva High Mast Tower (SULO) with accompanying music and dancing Christmas lights was spearheaded by Mayor Jennie Uy. Although second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who is still attending the session in Congress, failed to attend the activity, Gayoso said the congresswoman sent second district Board Member Jessa Mugot to represent her. In her post to FB, Mugot said: “Thank you LGU Villanueva and Mayor Jennie Uy for inviting me! So Honored to be part of your celebration. More blessings Villanueva!!! Happy Fiesta!” The lighting of the “Giant Sulo” was done at the town’s Public Plaza on December 1 (Sunday) at around 7 in the evening, Gayoso said. Mayor Uy also led the official opening of the Inter-Barangay Christmas Village contest with every barangay creating miniature replicas of significant landmarks in our town. She also led the official opening of the Inter-school Christmas Tree Contest designed by the various schools within the municipality using recycled materials. “This Sulo shall serve a practical purpose in our community that goes beyond a symbolic landmark,” said Mayor Uy. “In this tower, a blinker and emergency siren will be set up that will serve as an early warning device to alert our constituents of impending calamities that have been predicted to strike such as typhoons and tsunamis,” she said. In addition, Mayor Uy said a public address system will be set up in this tower for important announcements concerning the safety of our community, peace and order and cleanliness. For her part, Congresswoman Uy said: “SULO for me, simply signifies that The municipality of Villanueva aide its constituents to move FORWARD to the RIGHT PATH to achieve a holistic development and a direction to be the more progressive municipality of Mindanao.” “Thank you Mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy, and former Mayor Julio Uy for the vision you endowed for the good of all Villanuevanons,” said Congresswoman Uy. Apart from Pasiga, Gayoso said some of the activities include the Unity Cup, an open competition for Basketball and Volleyball enthusiasts. He said the town has also scheduled a bloodletting, and an outreach program for driver’s license renewal, a joint partnership between the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the town of Villanueva. Other activities, he said include the Religious night, Educators’ Night, the Kaadlawan festival, a street dancing and Tableau showdown competition, and the search for Festival Queen, an activity in honor of the patron saint of Villanueva,  the Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Green group urges Duterte to declare climate emergency

December 9, 2019

GREENPEACE has launched an online petition asking President Rodrigo Duterte for a Climate Emergency Declaration following the report citing Philippines as the second most affected by climate change in 2018. Citing the 15th Edition of the Global Climate Risk Index released earlier by an environmental watchdog, the Greenpeace said the Philippines also ranked fourth among the long-term climate-impacted countries (1999-2018). Speaking from Madrid, Yeb Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said: “The writing on the wall is clear: the Philippines is in a climate emergency. We have been in a state of climate emergency for decades now, and the situation is not getting any better–and it will not get any better unless the world leaders gathering for the COP25 in Madrid show concrete commitments towards the promises they made in Paris. We also call on the Philippine government to formally acknowledge this emergency situation and act with the utmost urgency and defend the interests of its people in the face of climate injustice.” “We need urgent action if we are to address the root causes of the climate crisis and achieve climate justice for our people,” said Saño adding, “This would only be possible if tackling climate change and its impacts on the lives of Filipino people is given top priority by government and placed at the center of policy- and decision-making on local and national levels. He said Greenpeace is therefore calling on Duterte to issue a Climate Emergency Declaration and, as an immediate next step, hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the harms to Filipino people brought on by their activities that are driving the climate crisis. He added:“In recognition of this climate emergency, the Philippine government should lead the demand for industrialized nations to ratchet up their emissions reduction ambitions in order to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” “Our own government must also ensure the country’s rapid and just transition to a climate-friendly development through a massive uptake of renewable energy solutions, the phase-out of coal-fired power plants and a stop to all coal and fossil fuels expansion,” he said. Climate emergency After Typhoon Tisoy ravaged Southern Luzon early this week, sudden massive flooding from non-stop rains is now sweeping Northern Philippines, devastating cities and municipalities across Tugegarao, Isabela and Cagayan, some of which are just recovering from similar floods early last month. Greenpeace Philippines Country Director Lea Guerrero said: “These two disasters that have happened in just one week highlight the Philippines’ extreme vulnerability to severe weather and its impacts. Greenpeace is repeating its call for the Philippine government to declare a climate emergency and hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in driving climate change.” Guerrero: “Filipinos are constantly under threat from extreme rainfall, storm surges, flash floods, lahar flow and landslides. For every disaster we count our dead loved ones, displaced families and destroyed crops and livelihoods. But confronting the root of the climate crisis we are suffering–the irresponsibility of fossil fuel corporations–is still not on the table.” She said: “President Duterte must issue a climate emergency declaration in order to mobilize the urgent action needed to address this crisis. As a first step, the Philippine government must hold accountable fossil fuel companies who have contributed the most to this climate crisis. These carbon majors include some of the world’s largest and richest companies, such as Shell, BP and ExxonMobil, who continue to expand their harmful operations at the expense of communities and future generations. It is time that they are held responsible for what they have done.” President Duterte’s Climate Emergency Declaration must: • Put climate urgency at the centre of all policy decision-making from a local to national level. • Hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in driving climate change and inflicting harm on the Filipino people. • Demand other countries, particularly industrialized nations, to enhance their emissions reduction ambitions in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s aim to limit global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius. • Ensure the Philippines’ rapid and just transition to a low-carbon pathway through a massive uptake of renewable energy solutions. • Phase-out coal, and stop all plans for future coal and fossil fuel investments The call coincides with the start of the UN climate talks in Madrid, and ahead of an expected announcement by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines following its investigation into the responsibility of 47 fossil fuel corporations for human rights impacts resulting from climate change. Open letter The Philippines has been in a climate emergency for decades now — with millions across the country left to suffer the catastrophic effects of extreme weather, made stronger and more deadly by climate change. Year after year, Filipinos are identified among the most impacted globally by this crisis, an emergency situation made worse by the big polluters who have lied and covered up about their contribution, protecting their businesses and profits. Everyday Filipinos have been leading the way in exposing the big fossil fuel corporations most responsible for the emissions heating up the planet, but now it’s time for our government to formally acknowledge this urgent crisis and declare a climate emergency. 1,055 To sign the petition online, log on to: source:


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