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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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Moreno inducts into office WW2 & Veterans Studies Committee

June 15, 2019

The City Government has formally inducted into office the Cagayan de Oro World War II and Veterans Studies Committee which will work to ensure the stories and sacrifices of its fighters in the Second World War are not forgotten and passed on to succeeding generations. The committee is primarily tasked to initiate projects and activities to increase awareness of the principles and values that the guerrilla movement in World War II stands for, including the setting up of a World War II and Veterans Studies Center. Tasked to lead the committee is former City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula under whose tenure as Mayor in 2008 saw the establishment of the MacArthur Memorial Marker in Bgy. Macabalan and the signing of the City Sisterhood and Twinning Agreement with Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk is the site of the MacArthur Memorial where Gen. and Mrs. Jean MacArthur are entombed together with a museum, library, archives, cinema and other facilities dedicated to perpetuating the life and times of “The Liberator of the Philippines.”  “We are just a committee for purposes of studying the history of the Second World War, insofar as we are concerned, primarily in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental, and Mindanao as we expand through,” said Jaraula in the committee’s first meeting immediately following the induction. “Correspondingly, we have to tie up with similar groups or organizations in other provinces. Jaraula cited in particular the Caraga region as a focal point in the history of WW2 insofar as Mindanao and MacArthur’s landing are concerned. “In fact, I believe two of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s biggest battleships which were sunk in the Battle of Surigao Strait were found two years ago, one of the four key engagements of the Battle of  Leyte Gulf that wiped out the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy,” Jaraula said. The Battle of Surigao Strait is significant because it was the last battleship-to-battleship action in naval history. It was part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which lasted from October 23 to 26, 1944, considered the largest ever naval battle of World War II, and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history, with over 200,000 naval personnel involved. The research vessel Petrel of billionaire tech mogul and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, located five warships that belonged to the Imperial Japanese Navy on the seabed of Surigao Strait in December 2017. Found were the old battleships –Fusō, and Yamashiro – and three Asashio class destroyers, Yamagumo, Asagumo and Michishio, which all belonged to Admirals Shoji Nishimura's "Southern Force" that was completely annihilated following this engagement. Created under Executive Order No. 043-2019 “An Order Creating the Cagayan de Oro Committee for World War II and Veterans Studies” signed by Mayor Oscar S. Moreno last 29 March 2019, the committee has its legal bases in Article 11, Sections 13 and 17 of the Philippine Constitution for the State to foster patriotism and nationalism among the citizens, especially the youth; and Republic Act No. 10086 “Strengthening People’s Nationalism Through Philippine History Act” which mandates the State’s policy to provide the means to strengthen people’s nationalism, love of country, respect for its heroes and pride for the people’s accomplishments by reinforcing the importance of Philippine national and local history in daily life to raise social consciousness. Furthermore, the committee’s creation supports the Cagayan de Oro City Government’s policy under the present administration to promote local history. “The present administration is committed to create an atmosphere of heightened awareness, knowledge and appreciation among its constituents on the noble ideals and deeds of our local heroes, and observe and celebrate various significant historical milestones,” reads a portion of the EO. “The fact that Mayor Oca came into this, shows the big interest of the city to pursue this kind of studies to complete our education,” Jaruala stressed. “So many don’t know what happened and why we are here, why we are not there, so we are searching on the reasons why.” Cagayan de Misamis, as Cagayan de Oro was then known, figured prominently in World War II when it became part of General Douglas MacArthur’s Breakout when PT-41 carrying the general, his family and general staff along with two other PT boats from MTB Ron 3 under Lt. Cmdr. John Bulkeley disembarked at Macabalan Port on March 13, 1941 after departing from Corregidor in March 11. After motoring to Del Monte Lodge where they stayed for three days, the party successfully made it to Australia aboard two B-17D bombers which departed from Del Monte Airfield in March 17, 1942. While on his way to Melbourne, MacArthur uttered at the small town of Terowie, Australia the most famous phrase to come out of World War II: “I Shall Return.” MacArthur’s Breakout is considered one of the greatest escapes in the history of World War II and a turning point in the Pacific War which shored up American morale in the US mainland at one of the lowest points in its history following the debacles in Pearl Harbor and the Philippine Campaign. “There is a need to collect and collate historical data, stories, and mementos of Cagayan de Oro during World War II and present them to the community for the appreciation of Kagay-anons, and the general public to inspire them,” the EO reads further. Thus was created the World War II and Veterans Studies Committee as the advisory body composed of individuals from Cagayan de Oro with a strong spirit of volunteerism, with expertise in local history, and steeped in the ideals of partnership. City Economic and Investment Promotions Officer Eileen E. San Juan was appointed Co-Chair and City Hall point person with Engr. Elpidio M. Paras as Vice Chairman. Engr. Paras was instrumental in the construction of the two MacArthur Memorial Markers in Barangay Macabalan and in Barangay Dicklum, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon which marks the Del Monte Airfield where MacArthur and party flew out to Australia on the last phase of their successful breakout. Also inducted into office were  Nicolas Aca, Art Gallery Curator of Capitol University’s Museum of 3 Cultures and member of the City Historical and Cultural Commission; Rotary International District 3870 Past Assistant Governor and RC of Northern Bukidnon Past President Chris Vidad representing Dr. Benjamin Albarece; Mindanao Daily Vice President Digital & Editor-at-Large Rene Michael Baños; Kerwin Salvador Caragos, Lourdes College; Ret. Col. Jose Paler, Region X president of the Veterans Federation of the Phils., PVAO FSEO-10 officer Ma. Luisa Revecho, Ryan Bollozos Sanchez, Capitol University Dept. of Social Sciences; and Kristian Ian Sulmayor, Xavier Ateneo History Department.  Also included in the committee but were unable to attend the induction were Clara Marie Gonzales-Elizaga of the Heritage Conservation Advocates; WW2 History Buff Medardo Tiro III and Raul Ilogon, whose father Jesus and grandfather Pastor were active in the guerrilla movement in Misamis during WW2. The committee is also tasked to forge agreements and linkages with government agencies, private groups. Individuals and other special bodies such as Cagayan de Oro Historical and Cultural Commission, City Museum, World War II Veterans Association, , historical societies,  the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), Veterans Federation of the Philippines and other associations and the international community, most especially with the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial Foundation of Cagayan de Oro’s sister city at Norfolk, Virginia, USA and the Cagayan de Oro Committee of the Norfolk Sister Cities Association (NSCA).

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Not one of the Kapa members file formal complaint yet, says NBI

June 14, 2019

  Share CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN National News digital, June 14) - A top-ranking officer of the National Bureau of Investigation - National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) during a press conference admitted that no one has yet to file a formal complaint against a religious organization based in Mindanao. NBI-National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) Director lawyer Cesar Bacani said: “As of this time, wala pang private complainants or victims na gustong magfile ng reklamo kasi nakakatanggap pa sila ng interest.”  Earlier this week, agents of the NBI - National Capital Region raided offices of the Kapa community ministry all over the country and they were armed with a search warrant. This, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to stop the operations of Kapa. The Securities and Exchnage Commission (SEC) has also revoked the license given to the ministry for its alleged involvement in "ponzi schemes." During the press conference, NBI also revealed that the reason no one has filed a complaint yet - it's because the members still receive their monthly "love gifts."   Bacani said Kapa asks a minimum donation of P5,000 up to 2 million pesos for new members. In return, they will also benefit from the monthly "blessings" or "love gifts" aside from other benefits provided by the ministry. The NBI director said that while Kapa Ministry has numerous lines of investments but still those businesses cannot sustain the daily payouts of its members nationwide.   The ministry members has earlier revealed they have businesses to sustain the ministry's operation including a hospital, gasoline stations, mining, computer business, fishing business, convenience stores and many other businesses. The ministry also employs over 5,000 members to run the daily operations and businesses of the organization. The NBI-NCR chief said: “Hind kayang i-sustain ng sinasabing business na yun na i-ge-generate na interest na dapat ibigay nila roon sa kanilang mga investors or donors.”  Instead of filing for syndicated estafa, the NBI-NCR chief said they will instead file a complaint for violation of the securities and regulation code. “Basta yung na-serve namin na search warrants last Monday definitely by next week naka-file na lahat yung corresponding case," the NBI-NCR director concluded.  Meanwhile, Pastor Joel Apolinario has maintained his position that the ministry can sustain its daily operation and the monthly payouts of "love gifts" to its members. Apolinario said they have a lot of businesses that also earns millions everyday including a hospital and gasoline stations, among others. PRAYER RALLY

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