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Marawi IDPs to stage SONA on Monday

July 21, 2019

ILIGAN CITY ----- Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi City will hold their version of the state of the nation address, 9:00 am on Monday, July 22, dubbed as State of the Bakwits (evacuees) in Marawi (SOMBAK), at the Mindanao State University (MSU) main campus in Marawi City. Drieza Lininding, convenor of Moro Consensus Group (MCG), said multi-sectoral organizations of the IDPs will gather to give verdict over President Duterte’s administration on handling the Marawi rehabilitation’s various aspects like emergency and relief assistance, human rights, shelters, medical assistance, missing and dead civilians, livelihood and physical rehabilitation inside the most affected area (MAA) or the ground zero. There will be art gallery, theatrical play, live band, short films, poetry reading and messages from sectoral representatives that will show the true situation of Marawi residents, two years after the siege. “We will have no demands at this time. What we will do is to give ‘grades’ and assessment of how the Duterte admin will is handling the rehabilitation. We will express this time how we felt, how our youth feel towards the government,” Lininding said. Kambisita 3 On Saturday, July 20, some 650 homeowners of the sector 1, which covers parts of Barangays Tolali and Daguduban inside MAA, were allowed to visit their houses and or areas called Kambisita (coined from Kambalingan, a Maranao word for “to go back” and “bisita” a Filipino word for visit). There are 2,086 homeowners and 488 structures in sector 1. The MAA is divided into nine sectors by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) for easier identification of structures. Housing Assistant Secretary Felix Castro, Jr., Field Office Manger of TFBM, the homeowners were given the chance to visit their homes from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm to personally see and decide on what to do with their structures and what they need before they start their reconstruction and are repair. They were also the one to assess the integrity of their structures on whether it should be demolished or undergo repairs in preparation for the Kambalingan of the homeowners. “We also account how many are willing to go back the soonest for their application for repair and building permit from the city hall. They will submit documents to prove that they are the legal owners or they are permitted by the owners (to rebuild or repair the structure),” Castro said. Aside from the building permit from the city government, the homeowners will also apply for a power connection from Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) and water connection from Marawi City Water District (MCWD). But Lininding lashed out the latest Kambisit because residents were only given “limited hours to check their areas” and required to comply many permits and clearances. “Ano yun, ‘permission to sleep in my house’? Dalawang taon na ang lumipas, kahit basic (services) na kuryente at tubig (connections) ay di pa nagawa,” Lininding said. (What is that, ‘permission to sleep in my house’? it has been two years and yet basic (services) power and water (connections) are not yet done) At the SOMBAK tomorrow, the IDPs will also ask the government to make true of its promise that by September, there will no more IDPs in evacuation centers. At present, there are about 400 families still living in three evacuation centers: the Sarimanok sites 1 and 2 and at the building inside the Provincial Capitol Complex. “This is long overdue but nevertheless, we pray that this will be realized the soonest considering the poor state of those living in tents,” Lininding said.

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Manny Pacquiao floors Thurman in first round; wins via split decision

July 21, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (MDN World News, July 21) - The Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao continues to thrill his millions of fans around the world as he pounded opponent Keith Thurman and knocked him out in the first round, ending speculations of age problem would affect him in the fight against the much younger boxer. Keith Thurman in the first round couldn't believe the speed of Pacquiao that really puzzled him and even caught him into the canvass, as the Pacman hit him hard in the body, and then a solid blow at his face that really floored him down.            The US-based boxer tried to corner him in the second round to regain his unwanted knock out but the 40-year-old Filipino pride continued to bombard him with heavy punches, both left and right hooks. video credit to abs-cbn Pacquiao's record now (62-7-2) is a big blow to critics that his age would matter against the much younger opponent and that with his age at 40, he couldn't deliver the goods anymore. Speculations ended, though, when he floored Thurman in just first round. "I'm not the kind of boxer who talk too much, I am just promoting the fight," he said, adding that he did a lot of thing in fight promotion. "He did his best and I did my best, making the people happy." The two judges scored the fight 115-112 for Pacquiao while the third surprisingly scored it 114-113 in favor of Thurman. Finally, after the score cards were graded and ended Pacquiao as the one true winner via a Split Decision, the boastful Thurman who promised to crucify Pacquiao in the ring bowed down and raised the hands of the Pacman, a sign of respect to the rightful champion. ### .@MannyPacquiao with a massive body shot in the 10th! Eight-division World Champion Manny Pacquiao faces World Champion Keith Thurman for WBA supremacy! BUY NOW: https://t.co/AeIXwbC2Dr pic.twitter.com/zkBRF3Uc2G — FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) July 21, 2019  

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2 robbers kill 'sekyu', hurt pregnant cashier

July 21, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN Mindanao News digital, July 21) - Two suspects in an early dawn Sunday robbery at a gasoline station in Barangay Katipunan, Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental, shot dead a security guard and hurt a pregnant cashier, police authorities reported. Police Lieutenant Princess Enriquez, Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office (MOPPO) spokesperson identified the victim as Dominico Servandel, 25, security guard; and Axel Rose Gimeno, 25, married - all residents of Zone 2, barangay Katipunan, Villanueva town.   Police investigation disclosed that early dawn Sunday, the suspect identified as Reymark Jay Pumatong barged into the Phoenix Gasoline Station in Barangay Katipunan, Villanueva town, and without provocation shot dead the sleeping guard and also shot the pregant cashier in the face. The robber and his lookout identified as Bernie Belen, 28, a resident of Barangay Sta Ana, Tagoloan town, also of Misamis Oriental, immediately fled from the crime scene and carted away the P30,000 sales of the gas station on that day. The Police organization in the province, Cocpo, as well as the provincial police office immediately conducted hot pursuit operations and arrested the two suspects: Reymark Jay Pumatong and his companion Bernie Belen A case of attempted robbery and and violations of RA 10591 are now readied against the suspects.      

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9 die, 20 hurt in road mishap

July 20, 2019

CEBU CITY (Visayas News digital, July 19) - Nine kids died while 20 other passengers were injured Friday (July 19) morning, when a mini dump truck they were riding fell on a roadside cliff in Boljoon town, southern part of Cebu, the police authorities reported.                                       Photo by Clark Matthew Roma The police initial investigation disclosed that those who died were all children between 10 to 12 years old. The children were from Nangka Elementary School and San Antonio Elementary School, and they were supposed to attend an event reportedly organized by the Department of Education. (DepEd) Ruben Niere, Boljoon public information officer has confirmed that there were fatalities and injured persons to this tragic incident. The victims were from the far-flung barangays of Boljoon. They were invited to attend a parade spearheaded by DepEd to culiminate the celebration of 'Health Week" when road the accident happened. Niere said the truck fell off a cliff around 7:00 in the morning but the rescue efforts lasted for more than two hours. The police reported that the mini dump truck was owned by the municipal government of Boljoon. It was not clear, however, if the truck was properly inspected by the driver, Daniel Niere, as the truck's brakes malfunctioned while traveling.  Mayor Merlou Derama said the teachers requested for transport and since the mini dump truck was the only available vehicle, he approved their request. ###

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33 die, 36 hurt as an angry Japanese put the anime studio ablaze

July 20, 2019

TOKYO, JAPAN (World News digital, July 20) - An angry man shouting "You die!" barged into an animation studio and set the building on fire using a flammable liquid, killing 33 people and injuring 36 others in Kyoto, a very rare type of an attack that shocked the whole country. The police reported that majority of those injured were in critical condition as they were burned when they scampered toward the roof in a desperate escape attempt to save their lives. This incident was considered in Japan history as the deadliest fire that hit the country in nearly two decades. Some of those who have successfully escaped and cheated death were blackened, bleeding and barefoot.    Of the 33 bodies, 20 of them were located at the third floor while some were on the stairs when fire caught them up, causing their untimely demise. Kazuhiro Hayashi, Kyoto fire official said two more of the victims were found at the first floor while 11 others were at the second floor. The police investigators only identified the suspect as a 41-year-old man. He was not a worker of the anime studio and he was also injured one of those taken at the nearest hospital. A witness of the fire incident told a Japanese TV that the suspect angrily shouted "You die!" and complained that something was taken from him. It was not clear, however, what the man was talking about. The police probers claimed something from him must have been taken by the company. Police investigators said majority of the victims were workers and rank and file employees of Kyoto Animation. All of them work for the movie industry and TV productions but one of their mega hit creations include stories featuring high school girls. It became a hit that fans even made visitations and pilgrimages of the places depicted on their movies. Investigation disclosed that the fire started first at the third floor in Kyoto, considered as the country's ancient capital. The attacker reportedly sprayed a liquid accelerant but the brand is still unidentified at press time.  “There was an explosion, then I heard people shouting, some asking for help.” Black smoke was rising from windows on upper floors. Ten there was a man struggling to crawl out of the window,” a witness told TBS TV. Investigation also said the fire must have started at the front door, promptng the residents to look for fire exits and other way out to escape from the deadly conflagration.  ###

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"Please forgive me," says driver of 'killer' truck

July 20, 2019

BOLJOON CEBU (MDN Visayas News, July 20) - The driver of a truck that killed nine students asked for apology to the families of those who died in an accident in the outskirts of Boljoon town the other day. The local government's mini dump truck is now called by other people as a "killer truck" after it figured in a road mishap killing nine students and injuring 22 others who were supposed to attend the culmination activity of "Health Week" spearheaded by the Department of Education.     The driver, Daniel Niere, said he will accept all the charges that will be lodged against him, although he said everything that happened was merely an accident. “Mangayo lang unya kog pasaylo sa mga naangol. Wala gyod to tuyoa. Aksidente ra to tanan,” he said in an interview with the local media in Cebu. (I would like to ask for your apology and forgiveness. All that happened was only an accident and I did not mean it to be that way.) He said the mini dump truck has been with the municipal government of Boljoon for more than two years since he was hired a year ago. He admitted to media interviews the truck has problems with brakes and it has been repaired many times. But he also confirmed he checked the brakes before he fetched the teachers and students in Nangka Elementary School. NOT DRUNK The driver claimed he was not drunk during the accident. But it was all an accident as the mini dump truck was loaded with passengers - could be one of the main reasons it malfunctioned and lost its brakes. Meanwhile, all district schools in Cebu is going to raise funds for all the victims of the tragedy.  Leah Apao, of the Department of Education  in Central Visayas said they will work together in raising financial support the families of the tragic accident. Apao said the chidlren and teachers were heading to the town center to attend the culmination of Nutrition Month celebration hosted by the DepEd-7, so that they would help the immediate families in terms of raising funds. Rhea Angtud, schools division superintendent met with the families of those who died and assured them that DepEd would provide for the burial services to lessen their burden.                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Nagsubo gyod ang Cebu Province Schools Division sa nahitabo sa Boljoon. Walay gusto mahitabo to. Karon, angay kitang magtinabangay para pagtabang sa taga Boljoon,” she concluded. - all photos by Clark Matthew Roma

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