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Boy’s brain, internal organs stolen, parents seek probe

January 27, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY:  The poor parents of the 12-year-old boy whose internal organs were reportedly stolen has sought a probe to identify and punished the perpetrators. Parents and relatives of Chen Gamao, 12, of Lapasan, Cagayan De Oro City, were shocked to find out that the brains and internal organs of the boy were gone. An embalmer whose identity was withheld, told the boy’s parents and relatives that a doctor instructed him to take out the boy’s brain and internal organs. The embalmer did not identify the doctor who reportedly works in a public hospital here. In the boy’s body are newspapers to make it appear that the body’s internal organs are intact, the embalmer said. Charlotte Gamao, the boy’s mother, said that a doctor made her sign a document without her knowing what the document was all about. “The doctor said that he will inject something into the boy’s body to get a sample, which she agreed,” she said. The uncle of the boy identified only as “Tata” noticed that the skull of the boy is hallow and the eyes have sunk, which prompted him to ask the embalmer on what happened. “The embalmer later admitted that he took boy’s internal organs and brain on instruction of the unidentified doctor,” Tata said. The internal organs include the brain, pancreas, heart, intestines, and kidneys, which were all gone, Tata said. The boy was hospitalized for an alleged infection in the pancreas, but died a few days after. The parents and relatives noticed the irregularity during the embalming of the boy’s body, prompting them to report the incident to the police about their findings.

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ISIS supporters surrender to military two days after colleague killed in encounter

January 27, 2020

ILIGAN City--Two days after the encounter with the military, two suspected members of the Dawlah Islamiya ISIS surrendered Sunday afternoon (January 26) to the Army's 82nd Infantry Battalion in Barangay Gacap, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur. Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, identified those who surrendered as Farhan Salik, 20, and Alimoden Maunada, 38, all residents of Piagapo. According to Cuerpo, Salik and Maunada are used as "eyes and ears" of the group. "Sila ang tigbantay sa dalan (they are watchers on the path) where members of the group are moving from one area to another group," Cuerpo said. On Friday afternoon, troops of the 82nd IB encountered around ten armed men at the boundaries of Balindong and Piagapo towns that resulted to the death of one member identified as Jarir Usman, 28 years old. Usman was identified through his identification card when he was Bachelor of Science in Management student at Mindanao State University (MSU) Marawi campus where graduated in 2015. Salik and Maunada surrendered because of the "relentless operation" of the military against supporters and remnants of Dawlah Islamiya in Lanao del Sur according to Captain Clint Antipala, public affairs officer of the 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army. The two surrenderers, who are undergoing a costudial debriefing, also turned-over one unit of caliber 30 M1 garand rifle.

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Former MSU student, believed to be member of Dawlah Islamiya dies in a clash with military

January 27, 2020

ILIGAN City--A 28-year old former student of Mindanao State University (MSU) Marawi Campus died in an encounter with the military around 4 p.m. Friday (January 24) at the boundaries of Balindong and Piagapo towns in Lanao del Sur. Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade, said Jarir Usman, a registered resident of Barangay Raya Saduc, Marawi City, was killed in a 15-minute firefight with the operating troops of the 82nd Infantry Battalion. The government troops conducted the military operation after receiving informations that armed men, believed to be members of Dawlah Islamiya Lanao group, arrived in the area bringing with them some supplies according to Cuerpo. The military blocked their path as the armed men headed to mountainous part of Balindong and Piagapo where the encounter occured. No government forces were hurt but the military believed possible number of the armed men were wounded based on the traces of bloodstains in their withdrawal route. Usman was identified through the MSU Marawi student identification card (ID). There has no school year in the ID but it indicates Usman studied BS (Bachelor of Science in) Management. "We have talked to the parents of Usman and we learned that he was gone missing for two years now. That made me think that he was a member of the group since before the Marawi siege," Cuerpo said. Siezed from the encounter size are the following: M16 rifle believef to be owned by Usman, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), two kilograms of explosive components, magazines with M16 ammunitions, personal belongings and subversive documents "with high intelligence value". Cuerpo said pursuit operation is ongoing to get the remaining armed men. The military believes they have temporary camps in the mountanuous areas of Lanao del Sur but not as big and as strong as that in Butig town in 2015. "We will find it and dismantle for them not to thrive and train more," Cuerpo said.

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Other fatalities in Kobe's chopper crash named

January 27, 2020

THE SIX OTHER FATALITIES in Sunday's tragic helicopter crash in California involving Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, are now identified by police authorities.  A family also died alongside with Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. They were John Altobelli, 56, coach of Southern California's Orange Coast College basketball team; his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa. Alyssa was Gianna's teammate in basketball. Another fatality was also confirmed by Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley in her tweet, identifying those who also died as Christina Mauser, a basketball coach of a private elementary school; Sarah Chester and Payton Chester.  Christina's husband, Matt Mauser, is the founder of Tijuana Dogs, a very popular band at Orange County. “My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash,” the husband said in his Facebook account.  The NBA legend's chopper that crashed into a hillside in Los Angeles was carrying eight more passengers. The chopper was flying in a foggy weather condition which could have triggered the pilot to fly into a very low altitude which allegedly resulted to the crash. But police investigators said they are still gathering more information to establish what really caused the crash. Millions of fans around the world mourned the untimely demise of the NBA legend, the 2nd highest paid basketball star in the history of NBA basketball. The police in Los Angeles reported nine people died in the crash but the names of other fatalities are still to be confirmed. Calabasas town mayor Alicia Weintraub in a press conference said the loss of Kobe was very tragic. ""It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas," the mayor lamented.  The mayor confirmed the helicopter crashed in an open field in Calabasas and no one on the ground was hurt during the crash. Kobe was a long time player of Los Angeles Lakers with his career record of 20-season. He became the third all-time scorer in the history of the National Basketball Association. Kobe also won five NBA championships. Most of his childhood days were spent in Italy, although he was born in Philadelphia, as his father was also professional basketball player in said coutnry in Europe. 1996 was among the very exciting year of Kobe's life when he finally joined the prestigious National Basketball Association after graduating from high school. He was given the monicker as the "Black Mamba," a different type of a snake which has a very competitive attitude and power. In fact, in the history of NBA, Kobe was the second-highest paid NBA player. He has earned and estimated $323 million from his salary, aside from his multi-million commercials.     In 2016, the "Black Mamba" retired from the prestigious bastketball league all over the world. He was also married to Vanessa Bryant and their marriage gave them  four children namely: Bianka, Gianna, Natalia and Capri.     

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Cop shot dead inside a bus in Zamboanga

January 26, 2020

Zamboanga del Norte — A policeman who just returned to his police unit in Baliguian town, this province, died after unidentified assassins on board a motorcycle shot him Friday, January 24th inside a bus bound for Baliguian town. Responding police authorities identified the fatality as Master Sergeant Chito Napara Lagahit Jr, one of the 200 policemen from Luzon who was reassigned in Mindanao for their alleged involvement to illegal activities in Luzon including drugs. Lagahit was a native of Cavite City, it was learned. Lt Darwin Navarro, OIC of Baliguian Municipal Police Station told reporters the victim went home to their province in Cavite last Christmas and the New Year and went back to his assigned station in Baliguian only this week. Initial police investigation said that the victim was onboard a SJG Bus bound for Baliguian town in Zamboanga del Norte when three assailants approached him at around 5:45pm on Friday - one of the suspects pacified the terrified passengers and told them to stay calm as their only target was Lagahit.   The police force in Baliguian town, Zamboanga del Norte, are now conducting investigation in hopes to identify the suspects in the killing of the policeman.

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Coronavirus death toll rises to 26; downs 900 people

January 26, 2020

2nd Update...January 26 CHINA - Tension gripped the Chinese community as Coronavirus, the deadliest virus to hit China in 2019, has already claimed at least 41 lives and hit over 1000 patients from all over the world. And even the United States of America has had already two Americans confirmed to have been hit by the virus.  The Chinese Government is now reported to be restricting the travel of 30 million people with the deadly threat of Coronavirus hitting the entire region. The government in Wuhan is now planning to impose a lockdown to its 11 million people.    The deadly Coronavirus has already claimed many deaths and downed over 1000 patients, according to a radio report in Wuhan, China, a city with recorded 11 million people. As a result of this deadly Coronavirus, Chinese medical practitioners are now wearing Hazmat-clad suit to protect themselves from cross-infection from the deadly virus believed coming from the animals. Wuhan City, a city with estimated 11 million people, is where the virus reportedly started according to medical experts. The deadly virus from China has also reached Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and just recently the virus also penetrated United States. Radio Free Asia has just released on social media a 17-second clip filmed in Huizhou, southern part of Guangdong Province in South China. The first confirmed Coronavirus was from a small coastal city in China with a population of nearly five million people. Guangdong province has a total infected patients of 41 according to the Radio Free Asia. Based on initial investigation by Chinese medical doctors and scientists, the virus is believed coming from live animals traded in Huanan Seafood Market. This is among the largest marketplaces in Wuhan, where the confirmed cases of medical practitioners infected by the virus.  It was also earlier reported that there are now 20 cases of medical practitioners under treatment for possible virus infection.  The Chinese authorities advised people to just stay indoors to avoid this so-called airborne diseases brought about by the Coronavirus.     

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