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Mayors defy Duterte's marching order on clearing main highways of pedicabs, motorcycles

January 9, 2020

METRO MANILA - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned city and municipal mayors defying President Rodrigo Duterte's marching order on clearing the main highways of motorcycles, pedicabs and tricabs.  The president's new directive is also inline with the clearing of roads from obstructions earlier implemented in all cities and municipalities and even down to the barangay levels. DILG officer-in-charge Secretary Eduardo M. Año said all these are for safety purposes of all people in the streets, be it passengers or drivers and operators. “For safety reasons, no tricycle or pedicab should operate in national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour,” Año pointed out. Hes aid the government recognizes that pedicab and tricycle operations give livelihood opportunities and income to the marginalized Filipino families but allowing them to ply on the main thoroughfares only put their lives in danger situations, aside from the fact that they can also create traffic. Año said “The regulation of tricycles and pedicabs on national highways is for the best interest of everyone.”  He also made it clear that said vehicles may only be allowed by virtue of a Sangguninag Panlungsod (city or municipal councils) to traverse to the main highways if there is no other no alternative routes to transfer to other areas in their respective cities and towns. Año said he ordered the directive after receiving reports that there are a lot of pedicabs and tricycles plying the routes even in the main thoroughfares which really pose hazards and dangers among passengers, vehicles and drivers as a whole. He also warned municipal and city mayors to strictly adhere to the standards and guidelines provided for by Memorandum Circular 2007-01, which include the basic considerations in the preparation and implmentation of city or municipal pedicab and tricycle franchises, regulatory ordinances or codes.  Among those basic guidelines, Año said, includes banning of tricyles and pedicabs along national highways as well as prohibiting said vehicles to carry more passengers more than the allowable limits, or what is only authorized in their franchises. DEFIANCE IN CLEARING ROADS OF OBSTRUCTIONS Meanwhile, DILG also warned to prosecute municipal and city mayors who did not implement the road clearing project of Pres. Duterte in their respective places. In a press statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año has named ten mayors who will be facing administrative cases for their failure to implement the president's directive. The mayors who will be facing administrative sanctions include the following: Mayor Reynaldo Marco of Baco, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr of Pili, Camarines Sur Mayor Dean Michael Singco of Ginatilan, Cebu Mayor Edgar Tan of Pagsanghan, Samar Mayor Boen Dorotheo Cabahug of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Joel Sulong of Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Joseph Uayan of Sagay, Camiguin Mayor Helenio Abecia of Guinsiliban, Camiguin Mayor Antonio Baculio of Manticao, Misamis Oriental Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental The DILG chief executive said the first 10 mayors were among the 97 mayors all over the country who failed to properly answer the directives of their office. They have also failed to implement properly the road clearing order of the president.  Two of the mayors - Joseph Uayan of Sagay, and Helenio Abecia of Guinsiliban, Camiguin have already denied they didnot implement the order of the president.   

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Black Nazarene Traslacion in CDO peaceful

January 9, 2020

THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) reported Thursday that the city’s version of the Black Nazarene Traslacion this year was peaceful. The Black Nazarene Traslacion has been an annual event in Cagayan de Oro for the past 11 years after the church in Quiapo gave the Nazareno parish here a replica of the icon that is being paraded in Manila every January. The Nazareno Parish Church along CM Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro now holds three replicas of the Black Nazarene – the first image of the parish, the donated one from Quiapo Church where a piece of the original image from Acapulco, Mexico is encased and th4e Black Nazarene Callejeron which the parishes lend to neighboring parishes and chapels. Cocpo spokesperson Maj. Ivan Viñas said city police director Col. Henry Dampal has deployed officers two days prior to the celebration. “Route of the Traslacion was sealed and secured,” Viñas said. Other security measures included an overnight liquor ban from January 8 to January 9, the jamming of cellphone and Internet signals for six hours while the procession was underway and the banning of backpacks, drones, umbrellas and wearing of shades by devotees and other persons within the perimeter of the parade. The image of the Black Nazarene was transported from Nazareno Church Wednesday evening to St. Augustine Cathedral where an overnight vigil was observed and devotees started flocking. After a 4:00 a.m. Mass, the procession started, passing by A. Velez St. and exiting right to CM Recto Avenue all the way back to Nazareno church where it arrived at 7:15 in the morning. Viñas said there were two devotees who fainted during the procession but they were immediately attended to by medics from the Cagayan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD) and were pronounced safe. He estimated the crowd who accompanied the procession from St. Augustine Cathedral all the way to Nazareno Church at 250,000. “That said religious activity became successful and peaceful because of the full cooperation and support of the general public,” Viñas said. Other government agencies provided logistical support such as the Police Regional Office 10, Task Force Oro, CDRRMD, Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA), barangay officials who sent their barangay tanods, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) which swept the trash left behind by the devotees, among others.

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Ex-village official busted in Iligan City

January 9, 2020

ILIGAN City--Police collared a former village official of Baloi town in Lanao del Norte Wednesday afternoon during a buy and bust operation in Barangay Poblacion this city. Police Major Allan Abalde, chief of Iligan City Police Station 5 (ICPS 5), identified the former village official as Jamil Solaiman Camid, also as "Jamjam." Backed by operatives from the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU), Abalde said that a team from ICPS 5 arrested the 44-year-old Camid, a former barangay councilor of Poblacion East in Baloi. Camid is in the drug watchlist of the police and considered a high value target, according to Abalde. During the transaction the police who acted as poseur buyer was able to buy from the suspect a big sachet of believed to be shabu with estimated market value of P80,000. The target was inside his Toyota Corolla Sedan during the transaction and when searched, authorities siezed the 500-peso buy-bust money and another 79 pieces of 500-peso fake money used to sting. Police also took custody of Camid's cellular phone believed being used in his drug transactions. Abalde said Camid was under surveillance by the police for four months.

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Manila’s risk reduction and management organization records 144 injuries in Traslacion

January 9, 2020

METRO MANILA - The Risk Reduction and Management Organization of the City of Manila has recorded 144 injures a few hours the Traslacion started, or around 9:20 in the morning on January 9, 2020. Traslacion is one Catholic devotees rituals transferring the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park to Quiapo Church in Manila. The yearly activity of one of the biggest Catholic religious group in Asia draws millions of devotees from all walks of life. This year, it was estimated that the traslacion was attended by nearly 2.4 million people. This year, according to the Philippine Red Cross, there were mre than 300 individuals attended to by their volunteers. Three people fainted, 21 were attended to for dizziness and difficulty breathing, among other minor pains in the body. Two people were rushed to the hospital for avulsion injuries and hypertension. This year, observers said, the translacion was ended very early due to changes in routes implemented by the organizer fo said yearly Catholic activity. In fact, the procession of the Black Nazarene at Pasig River only took much shorter time as compared to last year. This year, the procession only crossed the Pasig River at the Ayala Bridge. In Cagayan de Oro City, close to 300,000 devotees participated in the procession of the Black Nazarene in Cagayan de Oro. The procession started around 5:15 a.m. as compared in Manila which started around 4:00 early morning. Based on the observations of the PNP, the procession in Cagayan de Oro was generally peaceful with no recorded injuries as compared in Metro Manila where the risk reduction office recorded close to 200 injuries.   

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BREAKING NEWS! Supreme Court denies with finality same sex marriage in the Phils

January 8, 2020

THIS SOUNDS disgusting to the LGBT community but the Supreme Court, the highest court of the country, has denied with finality an appeal on this so-called same sex marriage in the Philippines. As this SC decision was promulgated yesterday, netizens posted mixed reactions on social media sites. Other people accepted the final decision of the Supreme Court after the proponent of same sex marriage has reportedly failed to provide sufficient documents to justify their appeal to SC.   The Supreme Court said the motion for reconsideration filed by Jesus Falcis, a gay lawyer, failed to present substantial arguments that would warrant the reversal of the first decision. During the oral arguments of the case, the SC said, the petition's violation of the hierarchy of courts, saying that in the U.S., many activities reach to a point to climb the hierarchy of courts before they could reach SC to argue their case and win. Ms Aida Villarama in her Facebook account said she is in favor of the final decision as it is very fitting to the current status of the country being one of the biggest catholic countries in Asia. "Very good verdict! God must have touched the hearts of the SC justices and directed their decision. Glory to our living God!" Villama exults in jubilation yesterday. Keann Rica Belaño also said she is supporting the SC decision. "A good decision indeed. We already respect of the social perspective you guys preferred loving same sex marriage. But it is not right to have union despite what the scripture tells us. You should respect that wag na tayo dumagdag sa di tamang gawain...at isa pa nakakapangilabot," she said. Rey Gonzales, another netizen and member of the LGBT community said the person incharge of the petition might not have been persuasive enough which led the SC to junk the petition due to lack of merits.  "I actually accept the fact that the person in charge in the petition might was not persuasive enough together with his/her arguments, leading to the government's decision to debunk it. What I cant accept is, using "fake morality" dahil sabi sa Bible. You are not being fair, citizens of the Philippines. I'm saying this not just because I'm part of "the community" that you'll been laughing at and making it your happy pill when you are lonely, but because I am a citizen as well," Gonzales said.

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Angkas service in Oro gone after arrests made by LTFRB

January 8, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Angkas operation in Cagayan de Oro and other areas in Northern Mindanao may have already stopped after several arrests last week of its drivers plying the Cagayan de Oro routes. Angkas app users were worried yesterday as the online app is not operational anymore. Passengers of Angkas in this city could no longer use the app as it would only respond with “Sorry, no service available in this area.“ MDN tried to contact Angkas office in Cagayan de Oro but they aren't available as of this writing. Last week, members of the apprehending team of the Land Transportion Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Northern Mindanao arrested several Angkas drivers for violations. The LTFRB said in its FB account, Angkas drivers were arrested for operating as taxi service outside of the designated area, as stipulated in the guidelines for Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation Study area (MTSPIS) The LFTFRB said they conducted crackdown after receiving complaints from concerned citizens and competing drivers from taxi and other vehicles. Under the law, the government agency said, motorcycles are strictly prohibited from being utilized as public transportation. The exemption only is that the ongoing MC Pilot Study program being implemented by TWG in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, which is done to help congress formulate a new law which would enable MCs to be considered as a new public transportation mode.  

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