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20 die as truck falls off a cliff in South Cotabato

September 17, 2019

KORONADAL CITY (MDN Mindanao News digital, September 17) - Twenty passengers have died as the truck they were riding fell off a ravine Tuesday morning in a far-flung Barangay Lamsalome in T’boli town, South Cotabato. The names of those who died have not been gathered yet as bodies are still accounted for after they were retrieved from the crash site.  T'boli Mayor Dibu Tuan, told reporters his own rescue team accounted 16 bodies at the crash site, close to a hundred meters from the road. But a report from South Cotabato, the death has already reached at least 20 people. The police said 15 people died instantly due to the impact of the incident, while other critically-injured persons were immediately rushed at the nearest hospitals. Five of those brought to different hospitals have already expired. Eleven of those injured passengers were brought to South Cotabato Provincial Hospital; one at Upper Valley Community Hospital, one at Landero Clinic and Hospital and another one at a hospital in Surallah town.    Municipal social welfare officer of T'boli, Jerry Magbanua, told reporters the incident occured around 9:30 a.m. while the victims were going home from a night beach party in General Santos City. ###  

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Seven NPAs surrender in Bukidnon

September 16, 2019

SEVEN New People's Army (NPA) rebels surrendered at the Bukidnon Police Provincial Office last September 11.   According to Philippine National Police (PNP) 10 spokesperson Lt. Col. Mardi Hortillosa, the highest ranking rebel is the secretary of Guerilla Front 89 which operates in Malaybalay City, Cabanglasan, San Fernando and Impasug-ong.   The rest served as logistics and camp lookouts.   Hortillosa added that the surrenderees brought with them a caliber .30 sniper rifle with ten bullets, a homemade type revolver, caliber 5.56 with six bullets, two caliber .38 revolvers with three bullets and three homemade shotguns with eight 12-gauge ammunition.   It was learned that the youngest of the rebels is 28 and the oldest is 55.   Hortillosa said the reasons why the rebels surrendered are that they can't take anymore the hardship, tiredness, hunger, security of life and unfulfilled promises.   The former rebels are now waiting for the processing of their documents to qualify as E-CIP beneficiaries.

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Lover arrested for treating a Grab driver "badly"

September 15, 2019

METRO MANILA (MDN National News, September 14) - A lover was arrested by police authorities for allegedly treating a grab driver so badly. The police identified the suspects as Jan Jervi Mercado and his lover Rhea Sangil, both residents of Barangay del Monte in Quezon City. They are the same persons who went viral on Facebook this week. A youtube video about how they treated the grab driver is now having a whooping traffic of over Five Million views. Police investigation showed that both the suspect and the grab driver, Reynaldo Tugade were having a confrontation regarding a child passenger who was allegedly denied by Tugade. But the grab driver clarified that based on LTFRB law, the passenger should only be four (4) and not five as claimed by Mercado.  But according to Mercado the driver allegedly pushed him away and it all started the commotion. “Prinovoke niya lang din ako na suntukin ko siya e,” Mercado explained. “Pinagduduro niya ako tapos pinagmumura niya yung mga kapatid ko, tsaka yung sasakay sa kaniya na mga babae, tiyahin ko, kaibigan ng girlfriend ko tsaka girlfriend ko.” Tugade said Mercado's statements issued to the police were all lies.   “Hindi ko naman pinagmamalaki yun sir, pinagsisisihan ko din naman yun, kaya nga nandito ako ngayon sa loob e. Una pa lang mapagkumbaba na, moral lesson, yun lang sir. Meanwhile, the grab driver said the cases filed against the couple will push through to give lesson to Mercado and his girlfriend.

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High profile inmates take control of Bilibid Prison, says Senator Lacson

September 15, 2019

METRO MANILA (MDN National News, September 15) - Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)  is now allegedly controlled by high-profile inmates and not anymore controlled by the government. Lacson said the high profile inmates almost make the NBP a mafia-like headquarters for drug transactions and all other illegal businesses. The senator told reporters “Ang isang maliwanag na na-establish dito, na parang ang mga high-profile inmates naging napakamakapangyarihan at napakayaman, na sila na halos ang nagpapatakbo ng kulungan, hindi na ang gobyerno.”  “Sila na ang nasusunod, kung sino ilalagay sa kubol, sino ita-transfer sa malalayo, sa Iwahig o Davao; kung sino iko-confine sa hospital, kung sino pa isasama i-confine bukod sa kanila. At sila pa nagdi-direct ng operation ng droga sa labas.” The senator claimed "the situation inside the NBP has gone so bad and the government becomes so helpless already.” Lacson said the inmates can hire killers while in prison and 80 percent of illegal drug transactions are happening inside the NBP. Lacson said “Pasalamat na rin tayo na nagkaroon ng pagdinig kasi kung hindi, hindi nabulgar lahat ito, tuloy-tuloy ang ligaya sa loob, malala na nga, baka lalo pang lumala.”  It could be noted that a Bureau of Corrections officer was shot dead by an unidentified armed man amid the controversy surrounding the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law fiasco. Gambling, flesh trade There is so much corruption inside the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) facility, as another revelation is now reported by another whistleblower. This time, the whistleblower is no other than a former Bilibid officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos, from November 2012 to March 2013. Ragos revealed nearly 24-hour gambling happened inside Bucor and jail officials didn't do anyhting at all to stop this gambling actitivities between some druglords and top leaders of the inmates.  Another corruption happenng inside the Bucor facility, Ragos said, include top Bucor officials who allowed inmates to bring in women for their enjoyment. Meanwhile, speaking before the people in Balanga City, Bataan province, President Rodrigo Duterte said all that were involved in the corruptions that happened inside the Bucor facility "will have to go." “Even if it was regular or allowed, corruption was there. Setting aside all the legal infirmities, even if it was allowed, corruption was present. And everybody will have to go,” Duterte told reporters in interviews with at the inauguration of a business hub and the Bataan government center. “For me, if [the convict’s release] is done in good faith, I won’t touch you. But if there were payoffs involved, that is another story.”  “I will hit you, not because the law was in the limbo, but because of corruption. You can expect that,” President Duterte angrily said. "All must go" President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced he would be terminating the services of erring Bucor officials but exclude those who implemented GCTA (good conduct time allowance) in all honesty.  The president said there is no one to blame for Bucor officials who only applied what is embodied in the GCTA law. He said even lawyers have different interpretations of the law.  Duterte said even the Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra  has openly expressed his doubts on the clarity of the new law about GCTA.  But the president strongly condemned those reported corruptions in the implementation of the GCTA law and vowed to terminate their services, if proven to have committed said "GCTA for sale scheme." “Everybody will have to go. Alam nila ‘yan… not because maybe they were exercising a questionable provision of the law and arrogating upon themselves or to themselves that power. Wala sa akin, if it is done in good faith, hindi kita anuhin,” the presented in his statements at the Bataan Government Center and Business Hub inauguration.

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74-Year-Old Woman In India Delivers Twin Babies

September 15, 2019

INDIA (MDN International News, September 14) Believe it or not. A 74-year-old woman in India has successfully delivered twin baby girls after a total of 54 years of marriage, the Indian newspaper reported. According to the report, the delivery was done privately in a hospital in Guntur city last September 5th. Based on the reports, Yerramatti Raja Rao, who is a resident of Nelapartipadu in East Godavari district tied the knot with Mangayamma on March 22, 1962. Unfortunately, the marriage did not bear siblings for unknown reasons. Yerramatti then read about a 55-year-old woman who got pregnant. The woman, report said, lives near his house. Yerramatti learned the woman got preggy because of IVF. The couple drew inspiration from what they learned about the 55-year-old woman and went to Ahalya Nursing Home in Guntur City.  Both Mangayamma and her husband Yerramatti met with an IVF experts and the experts got the sperm of the husband, Yerramatti and tried the IVF system. The doctor's trial period proved fruitful. Afterwhich, Mangayamma was supervised by the IVF experts in said nursing home. She got pregnant. During her delivery, it was Dr. Umashankar who performed the caesarian and Mangayamma successfully delivered twin baby girls. Dr. Umashankar said: ” It is another world record. Yerramatti and his wife Mangayamma are also happy”.###

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Philippines registers 1,021 deaths in Dengue virus; 240,000 recorded cases

September 14, 2019

METRO MANILA (MDN National News, September 13) - The Philippine government has now recorded 240,000 dengue cases all over the country and over 1000 deaths, according to a report made by a top official of the Department of Health. Rolando Enrique Domingo, DOH Undersecretary said much has to be done by the local governments to make sure the government's efforts will not be put to waste. The Department of Health has been helping the local government units ever since.      He said local government units should do a little more if the purpose is preventing the deadly disease of the Dengue virus. “What we need is [for the effort] to go down to the barangay level. It also needs to be done daily. We understand that sometimes it may be tiring but the threat of dengue is continuous. We ask for a little more effort because as we can see there are still a lot of cases,” the DOH official said. The DOH has recommended the use of insecticide fogging where great were being attacked by the deadly virus. The DOH official also advised the people to stay calm as government is doing its best to stop the deadly virus. However, it said, city residents must also take part by cleaning their own backyard or cleaning their surroundings.  Domingo reminded the public that one of the most effective ways to control the spread of the disease is by ensuring cleanliness in communities so that the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the dengue virus, would not be able to breed. The DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB) reported that as of Aug. 24, there were already 249,332 dengue cases across the country, or a 109-percent increase from last year. It said 1,021 people had died. From Aug. 18 to 24 alone, the DOH saw 13,192 new cases, which is 60 percent higher than in the same period last year. DOH data show that the eight-month total dengue cases this year is the highest recorded since 2012. In the last seven years, full-year cases ranged from a little more than 113,000 to more than 220,000.

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