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Suspect in businessman's slay is a professional hitman, says Oro cop

July 20, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A top official of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) told the media that the suspect in the businessman's slay is a professional hitman. Carlos Lam, owner of the city's oldest store Shanghai Bakery, was shot dead by still unidentified assassin last Saturday, (July 18) at his farm in zone 4, sitio Looc, Barangay Canitoan, this city. Lam, known by friends and cockfighting afficionados as "Boss Caloy" was unloading five cockfighting roasters in his farm when suddenly the suspect alighted from the crime scene on board an XRM Yamaha motorcycle, knocked at the victim's car window and without provocation shot him pointblank with four bullets that caused his untimely demise. Bulua Police Station precinct 5 commander Capt. Mario Mantala, Jr. said based on their initial investigations, the suspect was a professional assassin as he executed his plan without hesitation.  Since he knew the whereabouts of Lam he should have conducted some planning before he executed his mandate of killing the businessman at his farm. Cocpo City Police Director Henry Dampal also told the media in an interview with a local radio station that the are currently studying several angles which could point them to the motive of killing the Shanghai Bakery owner. The victim was reported to be managing the cockpit arena in Opol town, some few kilometres from the city proper. But cockfighting afficionados were unison in saying that the businessman was very kind. They said "Boss Caloy" even lend money to those cockfight gamblers who had lost early while the cockfighting activity is ongoing at the Igpit Cockpit arena in Opol, Misamis Oriental.  Meanwhile police investigators are continuing their investigations in gathering pieces of evidence. They are also currently studying a CCTV camera footages which might lead to the discovery of the suspect's real identity. The police are also calling on witnesses to come forward and provide them some details of the lone suspect, such as motorcycle plate number, and all other evidences which could help for the speedy resolution of the shooting incident that killed the businessman. ----    Read this also >>  

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Shanghai bakery owner shot dead in Cagayan de Oro City

July 19, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Shanghai Bakery owner Carlos "Caloy" Lam was shot dead in sitio Looc, Barangay Canitoan, in the afternoon of July 18, 2020, police authorities reported.  According to the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (COCPO) the motive of the shooting is not yet established and hot pursuit operation is now being conducted to arrest the motorcycle-riding suspect onboard a Yamaha XRM motorcycle.  It was learned from initial investigations that the 58-year-old businessman was with a Chinese friend and a cock handler when waylaid by motorcycle riding gunman along Holy Infant Jesus Subdivision in Sitio Looc, Barangay Canitoan, this city. A few minutes later, operatives of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) arrived at the crime scene and processed the area to gather evidence and probe further the entry and exit points of the bullets that caused the businessman's untimely demise. Initial investigations disclosed that the lone gunman suddenly appeared from the scene when the victim parked his silver Toyota Pick Up and in the process of downloading five fighting cocks they brought from Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. The businessman is raising fighting cocks in his huge farm, it was learned. The lone gunman, armed with still undetermined short firearm, reportedly knocked at the window on the driver seat where the businessman was setting, and without provocation peppered Lam with four bullets. Responding team of the Oro Rescue team tried to help but he businessman died on the spot due to four gunshots fired at him pointblank, prompting his two companions to jumped off from the vehicle and scampered to safety. The Chinese businessman has a big farm in zone 4, Sitio Looc in Barangay Canitoan. He and his 2 companions came from Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, had a lunch in Barangay Iponan and reportedly proceeded to his farm in Sitio Looc where he was shot dead by a lone gunman.  One of this two friends, who were with him, was also hit by the bullet but escaped and survive the ambush including his cock handler. COCPO police chief Henry Dampal also arrived at the crime scene and led his men in conducting thorough investigation. Friends and patrons of Shanghai Bakery and even his employees were shocked upon learning of the shooting incident. They all said that the Chinese businessman was among the best and good employers in the city.  Shanghai Bakery is one of the oldest bakery and business establishments in the city. They offer an array of baked products, loaf bread and all other items.    

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Philippines could overtake China in terms of covid-19 cases

July 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines - With Philippines now having 63,000 confirmed cases of covid-19, it is feared that the nation would be able to overtake China, which is currently stuck on 83,000 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus since it was battered by the disease a few months back. This, as the Department of Health announced the deadly coronavirus disease now reach 63,001 with a staggering new cases of 1,841 last Thursday alone. The DOH said only 39,593 of the 63,000 covid-19 patients in the country are considered "active" while the rest have already recovered and were tested back to negative, with 21,748 recovered patients and 1,660 succumbed to death. Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte has approved new quarantine classifications for this pandemic hitting the country in the present times. The new classifications would be effective for the period from July 16 to 31. Metro Manila, which was considered the epicenter of the deadly virus in the country, remained under general enhanced community quarantine until July 31, since cases of coronavirus new infections are still continuing in many parts of Metro Manila. Cebu City in the Visayas region was also battered by covid-19 with its confirmed cases also hitting 6000 mark. The region is considered the second coronavirus 'hot spot' next to Metro Manila. In the international updates of the virus, United States continued to be the strongly-hit progressive countries in the Americas, with a total virus infections of over 3 million cases and death toll reaching over 160,000.   President Donald Trump could not still ascertain how to contain the virus rapidly spreading in 50 states of the United States of America. The surge of virus infections reaching 60,000 daily is still a puzzle for the American president and American scientists are still looking for the best antidote of this deadly disease that has ever plagued the world.   

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After containing coronavirus, China braces another worst floodwaters in decades

July 17, 2020

Torrential rains have caused huge damage as it became the worst flooding in history, damaging billions of properties, claimed lives in China, and continued to plague the nation. Livelihood  of people and their homes were also destroyed by the rampaging flood waters. This, even as the country was baterred by the pandemic a few months ago. Starting in June, this year, the flooding in China have impacted over 38 million people. According to reports, 2.24 million of the country's population have been displaced with a combined death toll and missing persons of around 141.  Last Sunday, July 12, Chinese authorities raised the alert level to the second highest level, as the President also described the situation in a "very grim" situation, as he also called for better and effective efforts to protect lives and properties of the people in areas badly hit by the worst flooding.  Flood waters in Jiujiang were hard to contain but rescuers still managed to evacuate residents and free them from the worst disater in decades plaguing the country. This, as the country is facing the aftermath of the deadly coronavirus disease that started in Wuhan City in China.  

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DILG Chief orders house-to-house check on covid-19 patients

July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — To strenghten its fight against the deadly coronavirus disease, the government will be conducting a house-to-house search, the DILG chief said on Tuesday. DILG chief Eduardo Año said house-to-house checking will help the government identify more covid-19 patients with mild symptoms and tranfer them to monitoring facilities, purposely to avoid the spread of the virus. Año said those with respiratory disease and with mild symptoms will not be permitted anymore to just quarantine themselves without any government interventions, especially if the house has no necessary facilities.   However, those patients deemed asymptomatic will be allowed to have home quarantine. Provided, however, they have their own room and bath, and do not have anyone in the house who is considered vulnerable “Ang gagawin natin, sa tulong ng ating LGUs at Philippine National Police ay iba-bahay-bahay po natin ‘yan at dadalhin natin ang ating mga positive sa ating COVID-19 facilities,” Año told the media during an online press briefing. “Sa atin pong mga mamamayan, kung alam po ninyo na ang inyong kapitbahay ay merong positive at nagtatago i-report po ninyo sa amin. Ito po ay isang batas, RA 11332,” Año said.

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Newlywed Octogenarian found positive of COVED-19 in MisOr

July 15, 2020

MISAMIS ORIENTAL: A newlywed octogenarian and two others were the first confirmed “community transmitted COVID-19 cases” in Misamis Oriental, health officials said Wednesday. Acting town mayor Jaime Roa, 80, of Naawan in Misamis Oriental reportedly got married in June this year and was admitted to a hospital on Saturday after complaining of cough and cold. A swab test taken from Roa, a medical doctor himself, found him positive of COVID-19, Dr. Jerrie Calingasan, head of Misamis Oriental’s provincial, inter-agency task force COVID, said Wednesday. He said that Roa’s wife and the other members of the household were later tested negative after undergoing RT-PCR swab tests. However, Calingasan said, Roa’s driver and a top town official were tested positive for the corona virus and were now confined in the town’s isolation unit. He said that Roa’s case was “asymptomatic,” but health officials were now conducting contact tracing on all employees and friends close to the acting town mayor. Calingasan said that Roa’s health condition is very stable and asked that he be sent home to undergo “home quarantine” himself. “We have been trying to look into the source of the infection since this is the first officially recorded community transmitted COVID-19 in Misamis Oriental,” Calingasan said.

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