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Breaking: Former Philippine President 'Erap' Tests Positive of Covid-19

March 29, 2021

'ERAP' COVID-19 POSITIVE!! BREAKING NEWS (MDNN News Network March 29) — Former President of the country, Joseph Ejercito Estrada, was brought to the hospital Sunday night. His son, Jinggoy has confirmed his father contracted the 'killer' coronavirus disease. But former Senator Jinggoy also said to the media that his father is now in stable condition. In his FB account, Jinggoy said “Sa aking mga kababayan. Nais ko pong ipaalam sa inyo na ang aking ama, na si dating pangulong Joseph Estrada, ay isinugod namin sa ospital kagabi sa kadahilanan ng panghihina ng kanyang katawan.” Jinggoy's brother JV Ejercito also posted on Twitter that his father was positive of the virus and he asked for people's prayer to make his father survive the crisis and to keep fighting the 'killer' virus. "Please pray for my father who has tested positive for COVID-19 and was rushed to the hospital. Please pray for all those who are likewise fighting this virus," former senator JV was also quoted as saying in his Twitter post.  Jake Estrada, the former president's youngest son, also asked for prayer for his father. “Our dad, former president Joseph Estrada, tested positive for COVID-19. He’s now confined to a hospital and is in stable condition. Please pray for his recovery and the recovery of everyone affected by the virus,”Jake said.   Erap, 83, is the 13th president of the country. Political bickerings made him to serve only for two years and he was ousted in 2001. His political rivals have succeeded in pushing him out of power due to massive anti-corruption protests. Former president Estrada in 2007 got convicted of plunder and the highest court sentenced him to up to forty years imprisonment. Luckily, Erap's successor, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also pardoned the beleaguered president. Please pray for my father who has tested positive for COVID-19 and was rushed to the hospital. Please pray for all those who are likewise fighting this virus. 🙏🏽 — JV Ejercito (@jvejercito) March 28, 2021 Our dad, former president Joseph Estrada, tested positive for COVID-19. He’s now confined in a hospital and is in stable condition. Please pray for his recovery and the recovery of everyone affected by the virus 🙏🏼 — jake ejercito (@unoemilio) March 28, 2021

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21 Million Marijuana Plants Burned In Sulu Province

March 28, 2021

JOLO, Sulu - A total of Twenty One Million Pesos (P21-M) fully grown Marijuana plants, reportedly owned by an alleged supplier of the most-wanted Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Mindanao, were burned by the raiding team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other government agencies in this province. Colonel Hernanie Songano, 4th Marine Brigade commander reported to the media that said fully grown marijuana plants were raided in barangay Masjid Punjungan, Kalingalan in the municipality of Caluang in Sulu. Songano said the Marijuana plantation has a total area of two hectares, and through the joint efforts of the Naval Task Force Sulu, PDEA and Sulu Police Provincial Office (SPPO), the reported plantation of illegal drugs were immediately raided by government operatives Friday. He said the alleged owner of the 2-hectare Marijuana plantation was not arrested during the joint operation.       “We have burned the marijuana plants on site and we will continue to scour the area to locate other possible sites of marijuana plantation,” Songano told reporters in an interview. In a related operation of the joint forces of Marines, PDEA and the local police, the raiding team also recovered a total of Eighty One Thousand Six Hundred Pesos (P81,600) worth of illegal drugs reportedly known as shabu, handgun accessories and P5,000 cash in Omar town, this province. Major General William Gonzales, commander of the 11th Infantry Division told the media the seized items and money were allegedly owned by a certain Dawam Awam aka Gabriel Silbiñis, a known drug personality in Omar town and nearby municipalities in Sulu's second district. ### (JCE)

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Strong tornado destroys 10 houses in Agusan del Sur

March 27, 2021

STRONG TORNADO    ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur - A strong tornado hit San Toribio, Ezperanza, this province on Wednesday afternoon and destroyed 10 houses, a report reaching MDNN News said. No one was reported hurt in the several minutes of Tornado attack but house roofings flew and several houses were completely toppled down by strong winds. The local government of Esperanza town has yet to account on the actual and extent of damage of the reported houses made of light materials. It was not reported, however, where those victims were accommodated after their houses have been completely destroyed by the strong tornado. The local social services office has not also reported yet how many total families were affected by the said phenomenon that seldom happens only in Mindanao and elsewhere in the country.

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Moreno orders probe on RTA personnel tagged in 'extortion'

March 27, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Mayor Oscar S. Moreno has ordered a thorough investigation the other day on the alleged extortion activities of one of the employees of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA). The city police office identified the traffic enforcer as Barry Moore Saludares, a resident of Xavier Heights Subdivision, this city, and a regular employee of the City Government. He has been serving the City as a traffic enforcer for more than 10 years, report said. "I understand naa puy pistola nga na-recover sa iyang posession, so he has to respond. Nag text sa ako si Col Borlagdatan (RTA consultant). Ang akong tubag sa iya let us respect the law and all legal processes. No one is above the law," said Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno in an interview with a local radio station here. Moreno said Saludares has to answer all the accusations lodged against him as allegedly an extortionist and also the firearm he was carrying during his arrest.   A .45 caliber pistol was recovered from the suspect during an entrapment operation which also added to his burden aside from the alleged extortion activities of the traffic enforcer. RTA Deputy for Administration Doy Ramero said that Saludares would not be able to go back to his work due to the level of offenses he has committed being a regular employee of the City Government. Ramero said if the court found him guilty of the charges, the more that he would not be able to continue his services at the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. Meanwhile, Saludares denied all the reported 'extortion activities' pointed against him. He said these were only accusations of people he apprehended and issued citation tickets due to various violations. "Wala lage ko kadawat ug kwarta. Suko lang siya nako kay gidakop nako siya," Saludares was referring to the complainant who reported to police authorities that later also resulted in an entrapment operation against him.    

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Gensan Dad Announces Lockdown of SP Session  Hall Due To 3 Covid 19 Positive Councilors

March 26, 2021

3 City Councilors Covid-19 Positive   GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Sangguniang Panglungsod Session Hall in this city has been placed under lockdown status after three of its city councilors tested positive of the deadly coronavirus disease. Vice Mayor Tonton Acharon told the media the status of the three city councilors which made them decide to lock down the SP Session Hall and to declare a 'no official business' until Friday. He said the SP Session Hall would undergo disinfection to make sure the virus won't stay on the SP Hall and instead it would die a natural death due to disinfectant chemicals.    It was also learned that even virtual sessions would not be scheduled so that the city government would focus on fighting against the attack of the virus on the three city councilors and the threats it could give to the people. MDNN tried to get the names of the three councilors but failed. Their names were not available at press time. The Vice Mayor has called on his constituents to be vigilant and to follow basic protocols of washing their hands, wear face masks and face shields, and observe one-meter-apart physical distancing when talking to people.   

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Supreme Court To Obligate Law Enforcers To Use 'Body Cameras' During Operations

March 26, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Supreme Court is going to obligate law enforcement agencies including the Philippine National Police to wear 'body cameras' during the search and implementation of warrant of arrest against suspected criminals all over the country. This, after the Supreme Court, has approved to form a set of standards that would be observed during the conduct of anti-illegal drug campaigns including buy-bust operations.   Atty Brian Keith Hosaka, spokesperson of the Supreme said their agency is going to form a set of rules that would set as guidelines in conducting legitimate operations conducted by government forces personnel and operatives. Hosaka said doing this would stop the people from doubting anti-illegal drug campaigns of the government which has already taken hundreds of lives of suspected criminals, who allegedly fired their guns which also resulted in their untimely demise. Meanwhile, the PNP Regional Office 10 (PNP-10) welcomed the move of the Supreme Court as a positive development, since it would help erase doubts from the relatives of the suspects that their loved ones were really 'salvaged,' during buy-bust and other legit operations of government forces. PRO-10 spokesperson Capt Francisco Sabud said that with this set of rules in legit operations, and with the use of body cameras, the people's suspicions and doubts would be gone. (JCE)  

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