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Manhunt on against KAPA founder Joel Apolinario 

June 17, 2019

  Share GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MDN National News, June 17) - The National Bureau of Investigation reported that they are now tracing the whereabouts of Kapa founder Joel Apolinario, his wife and other officials to execute arrest. Since the NBI raided companies and groups allegedly involved in "Ponzi schemes" no one has yet been arrested for violating government regulations. Lawyer Regner Peneza, NBI district office chief in Sarangani, said they can arrest Apolinario "even without an arrest warrant" as they (Kapa) continue to violate government regulations by operating even with the government's shutdown orders President Rodrigo Duterte has also earlier said Kapa is allegedly doing a continuing crime and they must be stopped right away. Priliminary Injunction Duterte's orders were also considered by Kapa as not according to the rule of law citing priliminary injuction they got from the court. Danny Mangahas, Kapa spokesperson said since they have secured a priliminary injuction, the government should follow the law and not harass their members by executing massive arrests on Kapa offices nationwide. "It is very clear my president that we have secured an injuction from the court and why harass us by raiding our offices? We will follow the law and we will not run from our obligations," Mangahas claimed. He challenge the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to file cases in court so they can answer at the proper forum. "I am challenging SEC to file cases in court. In this way, we can present our side and our proof that we are not a "scam company" that the government has been tagging us," Mangahas said. OTHERS ALSO RAIDED Aside from the Kapa Community Ministry, Inc., the National Bureau of Investigation also raided offices of other companies also tagged as using as a "Ponzi scheme" in their business. Those raided were Rigen Marketing, Alamico and other groups allagedly offering investment schemes in Tagum City without securing a secondary licese with SEC.      During the raid, NBI operatives seized computers, printers, vital documents and undetermined amount of cash money in vaults. ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Chinese embassy denies Filipino fishermen victims of hit-and-run

June 16, 2019

METRO MANILA (MDN national news digital) - The twenty two Filipino fishermen were not victims of a hit-and-run collision according to the Chinese embassy on Friday. The Chinese embassy in a statement, which was also deleted Friday on the same day it was posted, said that based on initial investigation, the Chinese fishing vessel Yuemaobinyu 42212 was reportedly "berthed just near the Recto Bank when it was suddenly besieged by 7 to 8 Filipino fishing boats."  The statement on Facebook said "During evacuation, 42212 failed to shun a Filipino fishing boat and its steel cable on the lightning grid of larboard bumped into the Filipino pilothouse. The Filipino fishing boat tilted and its stern foundered."  The embassy statement said the captain of the Chinese fishing vessel tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen but they were afraid of being attacked by other fishing boats in the vicinity also owned by Filipino fishermen. "Therefore, having confirmed the fishermen from the Filipino boat were rescued on board of other Filipino fishing boats, 42212 sailed away from the scene. The above shows that there is no such thing as 'hit-and-run'," the embassy said in a statement. Meanwhile, Senator-elect Bong Go condemned the alleged ramming of Filipino fishermen's vessel and putting the lives of 22 Filipinos in danger at sea as the Chinese vessel that rammed them allegedly went away after the incident. Go told reporters in Davao City: "Kinokondena ko po ang nangyari. Dapat naman kung nasagasaan o nabangga ninyo ang barko natin kayo mismo dapat ang mag-save ng Pilipino, 'wag niyo pabayaan. Buhay rin 'yan ng mga Pilipino." ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter    

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Duterte warns arrest of erring custom officials on imported trash issue

June 16, 2019

DAVAO CITY (MDN National News digital) - President Rodrigo Duterte warned erring officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Saturday that they will get arrested if found involve in the shipments of garbage from other countries. Duterte issued his warning amid heated arguments on the reported imported garbage coming from Korea, Canada, as well as contraband and narcotics from entering into the different ports of the country. In the last months, garbage from Korea was docked at Mindanao International Container Port, as well as in other ports in the country, which got the ire of lawmakers in the lower and upper houses. Duterte warned “I will not allow it and anybody — any Customs employee o opisyal (or official). ‘Pag pumirma ka sa release papers niyan, sabihin mo hindi niyo alam, you go out or I will even arrest you.”  “Toxic ‘yan eh. Hospital waste pati ‘yung plastic (It’s toxic. It’s hospital waste and plastic). Those are toxic materials. Plastic is the toxic material. The ones that they use in the chips are toxic materials.”  The president said those customs officials would be thrown into the Manila Bay if they don't follow his order. “Well, this time [I will have containers made as your coffins. I will throw you into the bay],” Duterte warned. Meanwhile, Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Juliette T. Uy would refile a bill that would ban all imported garbage from entering into the country. The lady solon in her statement during the commemoration of the 121 Philippine Independence Day, she claimed "enough is enough" for other countries from exporting their garbage and wastes in the Philippines. There have been lots of instances wherein the Filipino nation were shocked to hear that garbage such as diapers, cellophanes, plastics, among others have reached the country through the local shores in the countryside. Among those very controversial garbage discoveries include that of South Korea, Canada and other countries. “It is time we declare our independence from imported garbage. My ‘anti-international dumping of garbage bill’ is a total ban and provides for zero exceptions,” the lady solon from Mindanao strongly the Filipino people. House Bill (HB) no, 9207, or the Proposed Total Ban on the Import and Export of Waste Act of 2019 filed by Rep Juliette Uy is a concrete measure in response to the so-called "unceremonious dumping of tons of garbage from Canada and South Korea to the country via cargo vessels, which reportedly put down and tarnished the good image of the Philippines as among the best tourism destination in Asia. Rep Uy also include in the bill the exportation of garbage. “We must heed the Golden Rule. We should not do unto others what we do not want others to do unto us. We demand respect and so we must also reciprocate with respect,” Rep Uy said in her statement. Unfortunately, the proposed bill was filed one day before the sine die adjournment of the 17th Congress, the lady representative from Misamis Oriental province vowed to refile the bill during the formal opening of the 18th Congress. Rep Uy said “I will convince my colleagues in the House to co-author so that by the time the 18th Congress opens session on July 22, it will have wide support and faster progress through the legislative pipeline.”  Aside from this very challenging bill, the lady solon also intends to file more bills especially on waste recovery, plastic waste, waste redemption and proper management of water and aquatic resources. “I will also file other bills on plastic waste, waste redemption, waste recovery, and the proper management of our water and aquatic resources. This is an all-out war on waste because we want our country to be beautiful and prosperous.” ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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Another investment 'scam' in Davao del Norte carted away P209-M

June 16, 2019

TAGUM CITY (MDN Mindanao News, June 16) - Police authorities in Tagum City are now tracing the whereabouts of another investment scam that reportedly carted away around P209 Million Pesos from their victims. Police investigators said their office in Tagum is filing a case of large-scale estafa against the owners and board of directors of QuestLink Digital Marketing Services. This, after the police office received complaint from a man who called himself an investor of said company. The complainant, according to police initial investigation, has claimed that operators of Questlink were allegedly gone after duping more than P200 Million of investment money.   PCapt Anjanette Tirador, TCPO spokesperson on Saturday said his office is now tracing the whereabouts of a certain Kennerth Paz Nagas, who was reportedly having an address in Quezon City but he could no longer be reached at press time. Nagas was Questlink's executive officer, while a certain Rogie Sabando also acted as the company operations manager. The said complainant according to Capt Tirador visited their office and revealed that he was the agent of around 100 investors who invested a total of P209-M to Questlink company, and they were all allegedly promise a staggering 500-percent return of investment after 15 days.  The police officer also claimed the complainant is now under police protection and custody while they are in the process of filing large-scale-estafa case against the officers and owners of Questlink. Based on the complainant's revelations, the investments of P209 Million from different individuals were splaced between June 4 until and Queslink just started in Tagum City last June 1. The police officer said the company has no office in Tagum and they gave their their payouts at a hotel in the city thru their agents who are now subject of police manhunt.      The first "payout" should have been scheduled next week and members will start receiving P500 percent ROI. ### ---        ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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Filipino-Chinese business group offers to rehab PH boat involve in ‘collision’

June 16, 2019

METRO MANILA (MDN National News digital) -  A Filipino-Chinese group offered to help rehabilitate and repair the fishing vessel rammed by alleged Chinese fishermen off the shores in West Philippine Sea. The group known as Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) and headed by its current President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong.  Liong said that after receiving a call from Jose Santiago Sta. Romana asking the federation for help, Liong said he never hesitated. In fact, Liong immediately oferred to help in the repair of fishing vessel, as well as to possibly giving them a livelihood.  “The Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc., (FFCCCII) as a business and civic organization appeals for sobriety from all sectors of our Philippine society, and the FFCCCII wishes to offer our sincere assistance and support to our fellow countrymen the 22 fishermen in the immediate rehabilitation of their damaged fishing boat, so that they can resume their livelihood.” Lim said. He added: “We hope that this civic and humanitarian gesture by the FFCCCII can help alleviate the plight of our countrymen.”  Liong said they still need more information about the rehabilitation of the fishing vessel before they could answer queries if they could also extend some assistance or livelihood to the families of the 22 affected fishermen. “Kung magkano, were trying to ascertain so we’re getting in touch with the fishermen, kung magkano ba cost ng fishing boat na yan, I think pwede pa natin i-rehabilitate pa ‘yan.”  The Chinese-Filipino group president said he had also talked and discussed possible support they could extend to the affected Filipino fishermen.  Lim said he had also asked the navy chief for more information about the collision incident. He added that the collision victims will receive their rice supply until the ship is fully rehabilitated and ready for use again.###   ---   ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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Processed engineered fuel is a tarriff commodity - Holcim

June 15, 2019

HOLCIM Philippines insisted on Friday that processed engineered fuel is a legal commodity listed under the tariff book of the Bureau of Customs - and all other Customs agencies throughout the world. This is contrary to the remarks made by Mindanao Conrainer Terminal Customs collector John Simon who claimed that the indicated declaration of a Holcims shipment that was intercepted last month is not found in the BOC tariff code book.  Holcim Philippines vice president for alternative fuels Frederic Vallat showed reporters on Friday a certification from the Philippine Tariff Commission dated June 4, 2015 classifying processed engineered fuel as a legal commodity with the following contents:  plastics, wood, rubber, textiles and broken furniture. The document was signed by Edgardo Abon, Philippine Tariff Commission chairman. Earlier, Simon said he ordered the shipment held upon reading that the cargo was originally declared as “processed engineered fuel” by the broker and consignee. “Processed engineered fuel is not a commodity that is listed in any tariff book in the world, particularly here in the Philippines. So it rang an alarm signal on my head and I ordered the shipment held,” Simon said. Vallat said most cement plants around the world now use 50 percent processed engineered fuel to fire up their facilities in lieu of coal, thereby reducing carbon footprint. In 2018, the Lugait plant of Holcim Philippines used a total of 142 tons of imported Australian waste to burn and mold raw limestone into consumer quality cement. That totaled only 0.3 percent of their fuel needs. The rest is fed by coal and a negligible amount of locally-produced biomass and municipal wastes from their host municipality of Lugait. Holcim Philippines maintains a total of five plants nationwide. Only its Davao and Lugait plants use processed engineered fuel momentarily. There was no problem with Customs regarding the Davao-bound shipment, according to Holcim Philippines external relations officer Donjie Carreon. Vallat said that Holcim Philippines has slated to use 1,499 tons of processed engineered fuel for their Lugait operations this year. But with their cargo impounded at the Mindanao Container Terminal, Holcim Philippines will use coal in the meantime.

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