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NBI arrests 6 LTO personnel, 2 'fixers' for fixing driver license

July 16, 2019

CEBU CITY (MDN Visayas News, July 16) - The National Bureau of Investigation in Cebu (NBI-7) on Friday arrested eight people, mostly employees of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Cebu City for allegedly 'fixing' driver license application and processing in exchange for 'grease money.' Arrested by NBI agents were identified as Marilyn Erederos, Jonathan Magudato, Edpifanio Callino, Jr, Charise Mae Cabigon, Gladys Barrio Mendero and Dembert Dasig. They were cashiers, administrative aides and job order employees of LTO-7, report said. While the two persons also accused of 'fixing' LTO driver license transactions were identified as Fredlyn De Lara and Dexter Capendit. After being processed by the NBI, the suspects were brought to the Prosecutor's Office in Cebu which also elevated their case to proper courts. LTO Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz and LTO-7 director Victor Caindec were the complainants of the case, according to LTO-7 legal officer Vicente Gador  Lawyer Wenceslao Galendez, leader of the NBI-7 arresting team said six LTO-7 staff and rank and file employees conspired with two private individuals (fixers) in allegedly victimizing drivers who applied for or renew their driver license. Their alleged modus include contacting drivers going to the LTO office to apply or renew their drivers' license and offered the drivers to fix their applications, thereby fast tracking the issuance, for a P7,500 fixed "grease money for each applicant." The eight suspects of this new scam uncovered inside the LTO premises were arrested by the NBI through an entrapment operation at the LTO satellite office inside SM Seaside Mall in Cebu City The NBI charged the suspects of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and Anti-Red Tape Law. However the suspects are allowed to post bail for their temporary liberty since their case is bailable.   Meanwhile, the arrested suspects are now temporarily detained at the detention facility of NBI-7 in Cebu City. The NBI operation against six LTO-7 employees and two private individuals known as "fixers" stemmed from a complaint filed at the LTO Central Office in Manila The NBI then conducted surveillance and confirmed the allege modus when they allowed to poseur applicants to process their driver license at J Center Mall, LTO-7's satellite Office in Mandaue City..  Cimafranca said the operation stemmed from a complaint filed at the LTO Central Office in Manila. The NBI conducted surveillance operations and later on allowed two poseur applicants to process a driver’s license at the LTO-7 satellite office at J Center Mall in Mandaue City. ###  

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Mayor Moreno foils P1.5 Million 'budol gang' extortion attemptĀ 

July 16, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN Mindanao News digital, July 16) - Mayor Oscar Moreno, this city, foiled an extortion attempt orchestrated by a 'budol gang' who reportedly offered him easy release of his son from detention in exchange for a big amount of cash. Moreno told reporters the group demanded cash amounting to P1.5 Million for the release of his son, Sean, who was earlier arrested in Angeles City, Pampanga for illegal drugs. The suspects, report said, called the mayor through a mobile phone and introduced himself as a certain Police Colonel Sifuentes of Region 10, claiming that he could easily facilitate the release of Moreno's eldest son in exchange for large sum of money.  But Moreno was smart enough to identify that this could be an extortion attempt, so he called on the real Colonel Ferdinand Fuentes, who then reported to the CIDG for entrapment operation. Sensing that it was an extortion from people he doesn't even know, Mayor Moreno contacted the operatives of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and an entrapment was planned, which resulted to the arrest of Wilma and Thong Pangandigan, Mohaimin Ulimpaen, Sadam Taliba and Donna Bansil in Barangay Lapasan, this city. A few hours after the arrests of the budol gang suspects, another arrest was made by the operatives of CIDG, Sumilao Municipal Office and the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office, which resulted also to the arrest of Ryan Mabborang and Mark Adrian Tan. CIDG-10 chief Lt Colonel Raymund Liguden said the arrest came after Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno sought for their help to arrest a 'budol gang' who negotiated to him for P1.5 Million for the release of his 43-year-old Sean who was detained in Angeles City. Based on intel report obtained by CIDG-10, Mabborang is a leader of the group whose other members are also members of Patvil Criminal group involved in robbery-extortion activities in Northern Mindanao and other regions. Confiscated from from the suspects during their arrests include boodle and marked cash inside a brown envelop, Toyota Vios, Toyota Hi-ace Commuter and mobile phone with messages identifying the phone as allegedly owned by a certain  Colonel Sifuentes and Colonel Villacorta.     Charges are now being filed against the robbery-extortion suspects before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Cagayan de Oro City.###  

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Typhoon Falcon threatens downpour, flash floods in the country

July 16, 2019

MANILA (MDN National News digital, July 16) - The weather bureau has announced that Falcon is now a tropical storm threatening downpour, strong winds and flashfloods in many parts of the country. According to weather forecasters in the country, Falcon has intensified from a tropical depression into a tropical storm on July 16 at around 2pm. From an international name Danas, a name contributed to the international names for tropical cyclones. In a news bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the tropical storm Falcon is now at 335 kilometers east southwest of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley. Falcon is moving fast with a speed of 30 kilometers per hour (km/h) according to the weather bureau PAGASA. It also has maximum winds of 65 kilometer per hour from the previous 44 kilometers per hour. Falcon's gustiness is up to 80 kilometers per hour from the previous 70 km/h. In Kapatagan Lanao del Norte, flashfloods started to wreck havoc in low lying areas as houses also started to submerge . Rampaging waters also started transversing from one areas to another. Meanwhile signal no. 2 is now raised in: Northeastern part of Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands Signal No. 1, meanwhile, is up over more areas: 3 areas under Signal No. 1 due to Tropical Depression Falcon Signal No. 1 is raised in Cagayan, Batanes, and the northern part of Isabela on Monday night, July 15 Falcon landfall less likely, but rain still expected Tropical Depression Falcon is generally heading for the Batanes-Babuyan area, but now moving west and not northwest as of early Tuesday, July 16 Tropical Depression Falcon, enhanced monsoon to bring rain It will be rainy in parts of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao from Monday to Wednesday, July 15 to 17, due to Tropical Depression Falcon and the enhanced southwest monsoon

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26 dead; 56 injured in terror attack at Somalia hotel

July 15, 2019

SOMALIA (MDN World News, July 14) - The death toll has now reached to 26 and 56 were injured on Friday's terror attack in Kismayo, Somalia, a Jubaland state official reported. Jubaland state president Ahmed Madobe said the attack started with a car  bomb exploded at the gate of Asasey Hotel. It was a heavily-guarded hotel according to Madobe, and the hotel's location was south of Mogadishu capital. Colonel Salah Osman said an assault team reportedly entered the hotel premises and engaged with Jubaland security in a ganbattle which lasted for 12 hours. Osman said the attackers were also shot dead during gunbattle inside the hotel. Another casualty of the terror attack was the suicide bomber who drove the car and exploded it at the hotel's heavily guarded gate. Among those who were also killed in the terror attack were two Americans, three Tanzanians, one Canadian, three Kenyans and one Briton, Madobe told the media during interviews. Hodan Nalayeh, a Youtube sensation and prominent Journalist in Somalia was also among those critically wounded victims included in those 56 people who were injured during the terrorist attack. But the journalist later died at a hospital, the authorities reported. Nalayeh's husband was also killed during the attack. Another journalist identified as Mohamed Sahal Omar was shot dead as he attempted to take  images on the terroists, the National Union of Somali Journalists (USJ) said in a statement.  

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Rare Oarfish found dead in Gingoog shores

July 15, 2019

GINGOOG CITY (MDN World News, July 15) - Could this be a sign of bad luck? Residents in Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental Province were surprised to witness a rare phenomenon Sunday morning, such as the discovery of a dead 10-foot Oarfish washed up off the shores in Gingoog City. Erick Canosa, Gingoog City mayor, together with hundreds of villagers went to the location and personally witness the big sea creature. Many of the residents believed that the discovery of another Oarfish in Philippine shores was a sign of bad luck while other people believe another eartquake is coming. This year alone, many places in the country were hit by earthquakes and many Oarfishes were also found in different shores in the Philipines and around the world. Authorities, however, has maintained on their stand that all these were only speculations of city residents, most specially that Filipinos are full of traditions and superstitious beliefs. In Dinagat Island, locals were shocked to see a huge sea creature washed up in Cagdianao shore. No one could actually tell what was this sea creature they've seen for the first time. They were stunned on the huge form and creepy white-hairy body of the said sea beast that was washed up for the first in Dinagat Island in Philippine history. The 20-foot long sea monster was approximately 2,000 kilograms A certain Paul Garcia suggested the sea creature found in Dinagat Island was similar to that of another sea beast found in Margate, South Afria on October 25, 1924. The said creature was given the name of Trunko or otherwise known as a Globster. He said it was a half whale half polar bear. Science called these rare species of said sea creatures as Globsters, an unidentified organic mass that usually washed up in any shores around the globe or any body of water or shoreline.   But scientists who saw the images of said sea creature are quick to say that it was actually a 20-feet long whale carcass. It's hairy body, scientists said, may have turned  white because it was already under the state of decomposition. In May of 2017, the same hairy monster was also found in the shores of Mindoro. People felt the terrible smell of the decomposing body as they went near the body of the animal. It was as big as a truck or a giant elephant which puzzled onlookers as to the real identity of the sea monster scaled at an estimate of a 2 meter wide hairy mammal. Vox Krusada, a law enforcement officer told the media that it was more likely the remains of a dead whale. It looks hairy as the body was already under the state of decomposition. The white hair may have been part of the decomposing muscle fibers of the whale. Unless proper authorities have officially identified the sea monster, they are naming it a "globster."

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DOH declares "National Dengue Alert" nationwide due to massive increase of dengue cases

July 15, 2019

MANILA (MDN National News digital, July 15) - A national dengue alert was declared by the Department of Health (DOH) following reports of massive increase in dengue cases in many regions of the country. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III told reporters that there are now 106,630 dengue cases recorded from January 1 to June 29, 2019, which is an 85 percent increase from last year of the same period which was only 57,564 dengue cases. Duque said “This is the first time that we’re declaring a national alert. Because the objective is very clear. We want to raise awareness among the public and more importantly, in communities where signs of early dengue increases are evident.”  However, Duque said there is no national epidemic as this dengue illness caused by female Aedes aegypti mosquitos is localized. “We don’t have a national epidemic. It’s localized. As I have mentioned, the top among the regions would be Western Visayas, followed by Calabarzon, Central Visayas, Soccsksargen and Northern Mindanao. There is no national epidemic but there is certainly regional,” Due told reporters. The epidemic threshold have been exceeded by five regions, the DOH secretary said. DOH is now monitoring the following regions after they have exceeded the alert threshold: Bicol, Ilocos region, Calabarzon, Cagayan Valley, Zamboanga Peninsula, Eastern Visayas, Bandsamoro Autonomous  Region in Muslim Mindanao, Davao region and Cordillera Administrative Region.  This year, Western Visayas topped in the most number of reported dengue cases with 13,164. Calabarzon also followed with 11,474 cases and Central Visayas with 9,199 dengue cases. Western Visayas had the most number of reported dengue cases so far this year with  13,164, followed by Calabarzon (11,474 cases), Central Visayas (9,199 cases), Soccsksargen (9,107 cases) and Northern Mindanao (8,739 cases). Duque said “effective surveillance can also help in reducing cases and deaths if areas with clustering of cases are identified early." ###

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