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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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BREAKING NEWS!! Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Jolts Eastern Samar

April 23, 2019

BREAKING NEWS!! A magnitude 6.5 earthquake just hit Eastern Samar Tuesday afternoon just as people in Luzon are still recovering from trauma - from the same phenomenon which hit in Luzon yesterday, more particularly in Pampanga, Zambales and Metro Manila. According to an advisory from Phivolcs, the epicenter of the quake was in San Juan, Eastern Samar. The quake was also felt in the Bicol region, other areas in Visayas and Caraga in Mindanao. NGCP ADVISORY Following the tremor that hit Visayas and Mindanao, the National Grade Corporation of the Philippines is keenly monitoring the transmission status of their facilities in the Visayas. Initial information gathered by people in the ground showed that the Visayas backbone is still intact. NGCP is now assessing the extent of the damage if there is any, the advisory said. The Philippines is among the 14countries of the world considered as the "Pacific Ring of Fire" which means earthquakes are likely to happen anytime in these coun tries listed, including United States, Guatemala, Japan, among others. Full story to follow...        

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MisOr barangay chairman shot dead

April 22, 2019

A barangay chairman in Balingasag town in Misamis Oriental was gunned dead Sunday evening (April 21) in what could possibly be the first election-related death in the province since the local campaign period started. Police Capt. Princess Joy Enriquez, spokesperson of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office, identified the victim as one Claver Miral, the barangay chairman of Napaliran in the said municipality. According to the police report, Miral was on the way home from a birthday party in nearby Jasaan municipality when he was waylaid by two motorcycle-riding suspects along Puntagorda, barangay Hermano in Balingasag. The victim sustained five gunshot wounds in body – two in the chest and three in the lower torso – and was rushed to a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City where he died. Police found six spent shells at the crime scene. The incident happened at around 10:00 p.m. As of presstime, authorities do not have motive yet on the assassination and Miral’s political allies were still skeptical that it was politically motivated. Although deemed as non-partisan, Miral is closely allied with former Mayor Alexis Quina, who is establishing his comeback and challenging the incumbency of Mayor Marrietta Abogado. Quina’s aide Victorio Santua, a close friend of Miral, said that the slain barangay chairman has been solidly campaigning for the PaDayon Pilipino slate in the municipality led by Quina along with their district slate led by congressional newcomer Christian Unabia and the whole provincial slate led by reelectionist Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano. Santua said that Miral was even instrumental in influencing his co-barangay officials in other parts of Balingasag to support the Quina camp. Santua also said that Miral had no known enemies in his hometown, whether political or personal. In a separate remark, Misamis Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Leonard Winstanley said barangay officials must coordinate with police at all times for their own protection. As president of the Liga ng mga Barangay in the whole province, Winstanley is saddened by the passing of his co-barangay chairman, describing Miral as a hardworking official to his own constituents not just in Napiliran but an exemplary public servant in the whole of Balingasag. On the other hand, Winstanley’s colleague at the provincial board SP member President Elipe is calling on authorities to speed up the investigation on Miral’s death.

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