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Duterte's crackdown order on PCSO games starts

July 28, 2019

MANILA PHILIPPINES (MDN National News) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) organization all over the country started the massive crackdown of games managed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to what he considered massive fraud uncovered by his office. Following the order of President Rodrigo Duterte, PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde also ordered the massive crackdown in Metro Manila of lotto outlets, small town lottery (STL) and other games managed by PCSO. PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said "In compliance with the order of the President, the Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde has immediately directed all Police Regional Offices nationwide to launch a massive crackdown against illegal gambling and arrest anyone who will continue to engage in illegal acts."  The first shutdown operation spearheaded by Albayalde was the shutdown of a Baguio lottery outlet last Saturday followed by similar operations in Metro Manila, Calabarzon area and other places in the country. On Saturday, police shutdown 743 of 757 lotto outlets in Calabarzon, while in the provinces compliance rate was also 89 percent and 97 percent, respectively. In Batangas, Albayalde said, 99 percent of 1,281 STL outlets were ordered closed including 97 Keno outlets. Police operatives also nabbed STL agents who were caught in the act of collecting beats despite the president closure order. "I said all gaming activities, gambling, that got their franchise from government through PCSO are, as of today, suspended or terminated because of massive corruption," Duterte said in a televised message on July 26 at a estate-run TV network. Meanwhile in Cagayan de Oro City, Police Colonel Henry Dampal has also started shutting down STL and Lotto outlets and betting stalls for Small Town Lettery (STL) .  

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U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc. Levels Up by Partnering with Persons with Disabilities

July 28, 2019

U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc., the first and only one-stop company for all real estate needs based in Cagayan de Oro City, recently organized the first ever agent orientation for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) led by Ms. Melagros Maquiling. This humbling initiative was spearheaded by Ms. Rose Buenaventura and aims to transform the realty industry into an inclusive and diversified community open to PWDs.  “We live by the saying, We Rise by Lifting Others. Hence at U1st, we want to open doors of equal opportunity to everyone especially our dear PWDs. We sincerely welcome them for a lifelong business opportunities where they can be independent and empowered just like everyone else. After all, it’s not their disability but their perseverance that truly matters.” says Mr. Jo Santillan, Manager Partner of U1st Realty.  The orientation tackled topics such as Real Estate 101 and Role of a Real Estate Agent. The said event was attended by partner developers, Cebu Landmasters Inc. and ABrown Co. Inc.  U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc. continues to welcome interested sales agents. They assist in all your real estate requirements such as: 1. Property Consultation 2. Buy & Sell of Real Estate Property  3. Property Management & Leasing Services 4. Permits & Transfer of Title 5. Loans Assistance 6. House Design & Construction  7. Land Survey & Appraisal Services  8. Insurance Procurement Visit them at 218 De Leon Plaza Bldg., Yacapin - Velez St, Cagayan de Oro City or send them a message through their Facebook page U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc.

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Group urges PH govt to lift suspension of 55 Lumad schools

July 27, 2019

A GROUP advocating for children's rights is asking the Philippine government to lift the suspension of 55 Lumad schools located in far-flung communities in Mindanao. THE Child Rights Network (CRN), the largest alliance of organizations and agencies pushing for children’s rights legislation in the Philippines, are catering to children belonging to Lumad communities. These children are among those who have the least access to schools and in dire need of culturally appropriate institutions that offer free basic education, said the group. "To close down these schools is to essentially take away the right to education of these Lumad children," it said. The group also appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) and all concerned agencies to pursue due process by holding dialogues with the school administrators. Instead of undermining these institutions, it said the government should assist the Lumad schools in aligning their operations to government regulations, and allow these schools not only to continue operating but also to strongly support that the integration of value promotion for cultural identity and traditions enshrined in their curriculums be continued and even further strengthened. The suspension order has already disrupted the education of 1,142 learners from indigenous groups. Depriving them of their education contradicts Article XIV Section 1 of the 1987 Constitution, which states that the “State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.” The DepEd suspension order also disregards several safeguards put in place by national and international laws. The group claimed that closing these schools runs counter with Article 26 Section 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 28 Section 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), both of which primarily state that everyone has the right to education and that party states should exert effort to achieve this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity. Moreso, it added the DepEd suspension order also disregards pertinent provisions of the recently enacted Republic Act 11188 or the Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Law (CSAC Law), which declares schools and children as “zones of peace.” The law clearly states that children in situations of armed conflict should be “immediately provided and have safe access to essential, adequate and culturally appropriate” education, among others. RA 11188 also prohibits attacks on schools particularly. Further, Chapter III Section 8(c) of RA 11188 compels the State to “provide educational assistance, whether formal or alternative learning system, that is child and culturally sensitive.” Even if DepEd is saying that public schools are operating in areas in question, the Government shall be reneging on this specific provision if it continues to push for the closure of Lumad schools, as the said institutions offer basic education in a manner that is culturally sensitive and appropriate to the customs of the indigenous groups they are catering to. "We call for an immediate and in-depth probe into the closure of Lumad schools and prompt reversal of the suspension order so as to ensure that the schooling of the affected Lumad children will not be compromised any further," said the group. (PR)

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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake kills 8 in BatanesĀ 

July 27, 2019

BATANES (MDN Luzon News digital) - The whether bureau has reported a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit Batanes on Saturday morning, July 27, and left 8 persons dead and 12 others injured. The earthquake, according to the whether bureau, caused damage to homes and structures but the names of those reported dead are not yet available as of this writing. VIDEO CREDIT TO INQUIRER.NET The two quakes with magnitudes 5.4 and 5.9 struck an hour after according to bulletin of the weather bureau, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). No tsunami warning was issued by the bureau.  Mayor Raul de Sagun told reporters that eight people died and an estimated 60 others were also injured. The injuries of those individuals are not yet properly accounted as well as listed by the proper authorities. Sagon told reporters the quake was tectonic in origin and it hit east of Itbayat, at a depth of 12 kilometers.  The following intensities were felt: Intensity VI - Itbayat, Batanes Intensity III - Basco and Sabtang, Batanes Instrumental Intensity: Intensity III - Basco, Batanes There were aftershocks recorded, including a stronger magnitude 5.9 earthquake past 7 am, which struck east of Itbayat and registered stronger intensities. The following intensities were felt in relation to the 7:37 am earthquke: Intensity VII - Itbayat, Batanes Intensity IV- Basco, Batanes Instrumental Intensity: Meanwhile, dead bodies of the earthquake casualties were immediately buried in a cemetery due to lack of embalming materias, report said. The Itbayat hospital has no facilities and it cannot also store dead so that families of the dead victims agree to just bury their dead.  Josefa Ponce, Itbayat Municipal Council secretary said the families agreed to bury their dead right away. Update as of July 27: Laid to rest as of press time was Genward Mina, the victim who was crushed by a boulder while protecting his girl friend. Also buried were Fiona Valiente, a 10-day-old baby; Tito Asa, 88; Teresita Gulaga, 76; Eva Valiente, 19; and Edwin Ponce, 32, who was initially reported to be missing. Genward Mina, who was crushed by a boulder while protecting his girlfriend, was laid to rest. Also buried were Fiona Valiente, a 10-day-old baby; Tito Asa, 88; Teresita Gulaga, 76; Eva Valiente, 19; and Edwin Ponce, 32, who was initially reported to be missing.    

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Relief goods, food packs for quake's hardest-hit town Itbayat underway

July 27, 2019

MANILA (MDN National News digital) - The social welfare national office in Manila is now preparing the relief goods and food packs to the quake's hardest-hit municipality of Itbayat in Batanes. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the relief goods and food packs and other supplies are ready to be airlifted to Itbayat town in Batanes. DSWD prepared additional food support of 200 family food packs and these are now ready for distribution to the affected families in the hardest-hit town on Saturday morning, this year. On top of that, the social office reported, already 3,600 food packs are ready to be airlifted to the capital of Batanes, Basco town. The welfare office is also scheduled to provide financial assistance via the national office team based in Batanes. Six social welfare workers are also sheduled to the affected area to render free psychological intervention to the victims. DSWD field office in Cagayan Valley that helps Batanes has close to P700,000 worth of protective services funds asid from the relief supplies earlier reported. It has a total of 29,132 family food packs in stock and food and non-food items worth P349,602 which can be used as additional resources. The DSWD also revealed they are also ready for the putting up of 1,000 tents and sleeping kits.  C290 planes will be used to airlift the food packs including other items needed by the affected families in the hardest-hit municipality.  ABOUT ITBAYAT Itbayat has a total population of 2,867, while the entire province of Batanes has 17,246 residents based on the 2015 census record. It is a coastal community located north of Basco. Itbayat, a coastal community north of Basco, has a population of 2,867, while the entire province has 17,246 residents, according to the 2015 census. QUAKE HITS ITBAYAT The whether bureau has reported a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit Batanes on Saturday morning, July 27, and left 8 persons dead and 12 others injured. The earthquake, according to the whether bureau, caused damage to homes and structures but those reported dead are not yet available as of this writing. The two quakes with magnitudes 5.4 and 5.9 struck an hour after according to bulletin of the weather bureau, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). No tsunami warning was issued by the bureau.  Mayor Raul de Sagun told reporters that eight people died and an estimated 60 others were also injured. The injuries of those individuals are not yet properly accounted as well as listed by the proper authorities. Sagon told reporters the quake was tectonic in origin and it hit east of Itbayat, at a depth of 12 kilometers.  Meanwhile, dead bodies of the earthquake casualties were immediately buried in a cemetery due to lack of embalming materias, report said. The Itbayat hospital has no facilities and it cannot also store dead so that families of the dead victims agree to just bury their dead.  Josefa Ponce, Itbayat Municipal Council secretary said the families agreed to bury their dead right away. UPDATED IDENTITIES OF FATALITIES Laid to rest as of press time was Genward Mina, the victim who was crushed by a boulder while protecting his girl friend. Also buried were Fiona Valiente, Tito Asa, 88; a 10-day-old baby; Eva Valiente, 19; Teresita Gulaga, 76 and Edwin Ponce, 32, who was initially reported to be missing. ###    

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Bishop in Negros wants church bells to ring daily until continued killings stop

July 26, 2019

ILOILO CITY (MDN Visayas News digital) – A catholic bishop in Negros Island is calling on churches to ring their church bells every day in a call to put a stop on the continued killings. In Thursday's pastoral appeal, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos challenged all churches to ring their respective church bells until the spate of killings ended. Bishop Alminaza said “Let the tolling of bells remind us that the senseless killings are inhuman. Let the tolling of the church bells call us to a collective prayer, for us to beg God to touch the hearts of perpetrators, as we call on responsible government agencies to effectively address the series of deaths.”  Negros Occidental is covered by two congressional districts, as well as the cities of Guihulngan,Vallehermoso, Canlaon, La Libertad towns in Negros Oriental. The bishop said in his pastoral appeal that the spate of killings in the province is quite alarming considering that it would happen anytime if people would not be vigilant in helping to stop it. SPATE OF KILLINGS The bishop cited the recent killings in Negros including that of siblings Arthur and Ardale Bayawa and Romeo Alipan in Guihulngan. Also that of Reden Eleuterio in Ayungon town in Negros Oriental. The Bayawa siblings were shot dead by armed men while inside their house in Barangay Hibaiyo, while Arthur was a principal of the Guihulngan High School - Poblacion Special Science class. Adale was a top-ranking official of the Department of Education. Alipan on the other hand, was a village chief of Buenavista. He was shot dead also while in his house in Barangay Poblacion, while Eleuterio was gunned down by a riding-in-tandem assassins in Barangay Tampocon II in Ayungon town. A lawyer, Anthony Trinidad was also gunned down at the City center in Guihulngan on Tuesday. “Let not your silence add to the growing number of killings… Let not your silence embolden more the criminals… Be bold and join us in the cry to end the senseless killings!” the Catholic bishop said. ###  

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