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AFP, PNP, Comelec pool forces to ensure peaceful polls

May 1, 2019

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Commission on Elections (Comelec) pooled forces to ensure peaceful elections on 13 May 2019.      In two separate interviews, Philippine Army 403rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Edgardo De Leon and PNP provincial director Senior Supt. Benedicto Pintor said they had ironed out details in the deployment of soldiers and police officers to synchronize movements.      “In coordination with Comelec and AFP, we reviewed guidelines and rules for safety and security. The voting centers, access roads, and perimeters have been identified by PNP in accordance with the security plan,” Pintor said.      In a conference, Bukidnon provincial election supervisor Atty. Milber G. Alinas asked the army and the police to augment personnel in towns identified under “election watchlist” or those with reported threats.      Based on election records and history, PNP has monitored 75 barangays identified as “areas of immediate concern.”      PNP, however, said police officers who will perform election duties, would look after every polling center and augment personnel in barangays with reported threats.      Bukidnon has 20 towns, two cities, and 464 barangays with a total of 875,634 registered voters.      Provincial Comelec data showed there are five candidates vying for the position of the governor; four vie for vice-governor; 22 for provincial board members; 42 for city/municipal mayor; 33 for city/municipal vice mayor; and 389 for city/municipal council members.      Same data showed that in Bukidnon’s four legislative districts, there are a total of eight candidates running for members of the House of Representatives. The number includes two candidates for 1st District; two for 2nd District; three for the 4th District; while the 3rd District candidate is running unopposed. (RLRB/PIA 10, Bukidnon)

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Solon asks status of cases against importers of wastes

May 1, 2019

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--Second district Rep. Juliette Uy yesterday urged the government agencies tasked to file charges against the importers of wastes into the country “to keep the cases morning forward.      “What is the status of the cases against the importers of Canadian and Korean wastes?” Uy asked the government agencies like the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).      For instance, she said what happened to the supposed charges filed against Chronic Plastics, Inc. the consignee of the 103 cargo containers of wastes from Canada.      “Chronic Plastics is no different from Verde Soko,” said Uy, adding “both misdeclared their cargoes.”      he congresswoman said the Bureau of Customs, the Department of Justice, and the Court Administrator of the Supreme Court “should now update the public on the status of the cases filed against Chronic Plastics because it has been over five years.”      “This is not a victimless crime. It is clear that Chronic Plastics violated the law, The plaintiff is the People of the Philippines. The Filipino people want justice meted against Chronic Plastics and all its officials and the personnel who conspired with or were accessories to the crimes stated in the charges,” Uy said.      “I also take this opportunity to follow-up with the Department of Justice, the status of the charges against Verde Soko. The NBI investigated and filed the charges with the prosecutor,” the congresswoman also said.      Uy added these cases against Chronic Plastics and Verde Soko should be priorities.      Uy is the principal author of House Resolution 2317 (Hazardous Waste from South Korea probe).      “We will keep close watch over how the executive agencies do their jobs on these solid waste law violations,” she said. (MRS)

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Metro TODA pledges support for Bong Go as former SAP vows to fight for their cause

April 30, 2019

PASIG CITY - Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday received a pledge of support from the National Capital Region-Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) Coalition.      Signed by TODA leaders in Metro Manila led NCR TODA Coalition President Ace Sevilla, the pledge of support was given to Go during the Pasig City First TODA Summit held at Urbano Velasco Avenue, in Brgy. Pinagbuhatan here.      “..Kami po ay mataimtim na nangangakong susuporta sa pagtakbo ni Kuya Bong Go bilang isa sa mga Senador ng Republika ng Pilipinas ng may buong katapatan at paniniwala. Asahan ninyong kami ay magiging kaakibat nito tungo sa pag-unlad at pagbabagong nais ipagpatuloy ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte,” the manifesto read.      Earlier in the day, Go went around Pasig City in a motorcade. He thanked the people of the city for the enthusiastic reception he received from them.      “Sobrang init ng pagtanggap ng ating mga kababayan sa atin kahit saan kami pumunta. Kanina pinasok natin yung eskinita ng Payatas, ng Quezon City, ngayon naman sa Pasig. Sobrang init ng pagtanggap ng tao, nakakawala talaga ng pagod,” Go said.      He said he goes around the country not merely to pursue his campaign but also to meet with the residents to cheer them up and listen to their concerns.      Speaking at the summit, Go reaffirmed his commitment to champion the cause of the TODA and promote their welfare. He recalled that a chance meeting with Sevilla marked the beginning of his earnest efforts to help the TODA.      “Nagkakilala kami sa isang tabi lang po, sa isang carinderia diyan sa Pasay. Nagkwentuhan kami, sabi niya marami akong gustong iparating, mga hinaing daw ng TODA…so sabi ko ipaparating ko kay Pangulo. Kaya po tayo nagkaroon ng TODA Summit,” Go pointed out.      In January this year, the government held a national TODA Summit in Pasay City to listen to the concern of the tricycle operators and drivers in the country.      “Inimbitahan rin po yung mga presidente ng TODA doon po sa Malacanang at naiparating ni Presidente Ace kay Pangulong Duterte yung mga hinaing po ng TODA at yung mga problema ninyo,” Go added.      “Sa katauhan ni Kuya Bong Go, may magtutulay na ng hinaing ng mga TODA sa Presidente,” said Sevilla for his part, as he also recalled how Go  spearheaded the January National TODA Summit.      Sevilla noted that during their meeting with President Duterte, arranged by Go, he requested fuel subsidy for tricycle drivers similar to that enjoyed by jeepney drivers. He said this would soon be realized through the help of the private sector.      For his part, Go assured the TODA that they can always count on his help if they have any concerns or problems that they want to bring to the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte.      “Asahan nyo po, ako bilang Kuya Bong Go ninyo, ako yung tulay ninyo sa Malacanang. Kung may problema po kayo …basta kahit anong reklamo po…isumbong nyo rin po sa akin,” Go said.      He said that if elected to the Senate he would undertake a review of existing laws, including those governing their livelihood and operations, to ensure the regulations would be beneficial to them.      “Mga TODA, mahal po namin kayo ni Pangulong Duterte. Basta kahit ano pong pwede naming gawin sa inyo iparating nyo lang po sa mga presidente ninyo,” he added.      Go also recalled that during his visit to fire victims he would also take time to talk to the TODA in the area just to hear their concerns.      “Tuwing may nasusunugan nakikipag-boodle fight ako sa TODA na malapit, kahit hating-gabi. Doon lang po yung pagkakataon na pwede ko kayong makausap at makahalubilo at (malaman kung) ano po yung mga gusto ninyong iparating po sa ating gobyerno,” Go said.      Go told them that he remains committed to supporting the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs as he also warned them to stay away from drugs.      “Marami pong mga TODA na naging biktima ng droga. Marami pong lumapit sa akin, sabi nila: Sir salamat po kay Pangulong Duterte, nagbagong-buhay na ako, nag-surrender na ako. ..Iwasan ninyo po yung droga,” Go reminded them.      In addition, Go said he supports the Duterte administration’s development and infrastructure programs, noting there are many on-going and planned projects that would benefit not only Pasig but other adjacent cities in Metro Manila.      Among others, he cited P27.3-billion project for the construction of consisting of 10 bridges crossing the Pasig-Marikina River and Manggahan Floodway. The government has requested international loan financing for the project since June 6, 2018.      There were also plans for other bridges such as the Mercury-Evangelista Bridge, the J.P. Rizal-Lopez Jaena Bridge, as well as the BGC-Ortigas Link, all meant to reduce traffic and improve travel time between Pasig and nearby cities in Metro Manila, among others.      Likewise, Go told the TODA in Pasig that they could also benefit from his advocacy to improve the delivery of health services in the country, particularly through the establishment of Malasakit Center.      A program of the Duterte administration based on Go’s idea, the Malasakit Center makes it easier and faster for poor patients to avail of medical and financial assistance by bringing together in one room all concerned agencies such as DOH, DSWD, PCSO, and Philhealth.      “Kung may magkakasakit na TODA o kanilang pamilya pwede po silang matulungan sa Malasakit Center,” Go said. Out of the 34 Malasakit Center currently in operation, three are in the NCR.      Go is pushing for a law to enable the establishment of Malasakit Center in more provinces and key urban centers in the country and allow continuity of the program even after the term of the Duterte administration.      He vowed to serve the Filipino people the best way he could, saying “Bisyo ko na po ang magserbisyo.”      “Magseserbisyo kami (ni Pangulong Duterte) sa inyong lahat. Serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos. Wala kaming ibang hangarin kundi kabutihan ng Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” Go said.      Other priority concerns Go had identified to be part of his legislative agenda include agriculture, housing, education, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, localized peace talks, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW, and improved benefits for senior citizens.

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Metro Manila residents shows appreciation for Bong Go’s service with ‘rockstar’ welcome

April 30, 2019

Metro Manila residents reaffirmed their support for the senatorial bid of former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as they welcomed him during his motorcade in Paranaque and Las Piñas last April 24. The motorcade started at around 4pmand ended past 7 in the evening.       It could be recalled that as early as May 2018, long before he decided to run for the Senate, Go had visited and provided assistance to fire victims in the city in Brgy. Tambo. In January and February this year, Go also visited fire victims in Brgy. Moonwalk and Brgy. San Isidro, respectively, to cheer them up and call for assistance.       Go had likewise provided assistance to fire victims in Las Piñas when he was still a government official.       Go assured the people that he remains committed in his support for the programs and policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he had served for over 21 years.      “Asahan nyo po na ipagpapatuloy ko ang mga pagbabagong nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte, lalong-lalo na po yung kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, kriminalidad at corruption,” Go said.

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‘Hugpong’ ends campaign sortie in Camiguin

April 30, 2019

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin--The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), now touted as the ruling party led by Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ended its campaign sortie in Camiguin yesterday. Duterte urged the voters at the jampacked Mambajao Municipal Gym to bring a resounding victory to the coalition which she said could be vital in fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of her father President Rodrigo Duterte. But the presidential daughter said she is leaving the decision to the electorate of whom they think could best serve the country. While the Camiguin rally is the last among Hugpong”s provincial sorties, it could be noted that only two of the senatoriables were present; candidates Jiggy Manicad and Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. The party offered no explanation on the absence of the majority of the senatoriables. Sara’s Hugpong in Camiguin is facing a formidable odd as the province is a known bailiwick of the Romualdos, whose party, the National People’s Coalition (NPC) is now coalesced with PDP-Laban. In her speech, Mayor Duterte also took a swipe at the Romualdos for allegedly sabotaging the campaign rally of  father during the 2016 presidential election where the power was cut off in the middle of the latter’s speech. She then told the audience not to forget that incident when they cast their votes on May 13. She also didn’t mince words to liken former Mambajao Mayor and now governatorial candidate Jurdin Jesus “JJ” Romualdo to a saint or a god in the province. When asked to comment on the presidential daughter’s harsh words against him, Romualdo just shrugged it off and call it as part of the usual campaign methods of some parties. But Romualdo explained said while they are coalesced with the PDP-Laban where President Duterte is the titular head, that his entire party in Camiguin would still campaign for the whole of Hugpong senatoriables. “We already made a commitment to support them and as a matter of principle, I will abide by it. I have no intention to discard them,” Romualdo said. As to Sara’s continued swipe, the former Mambajao Mayor said he just wish her goodluck.

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Pastor, 2 sons killed in another violent church attack in Burkina Faso

April 30, 2019

MDN DIGITAL, April 29 - Armed attackers on board on seven motorbikes attacked a protestant church in Burkina Faso Sunday, killing a senior pastor, his 2 sons and 3 other worshippers, police authorities reported. Burkina Faso is one of the countries in West Africa besiege by violence and unrest. The country is surrounded by 5 other countries such as Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Police authorities said this is the first attack on a church in Burkina Faso since sectarian violence erupted in the country few years back. At least 7 armed attackers on board on motorbikes opened fire in the air and then pointed their guns to the worshippers who started going out from the church after a religious service Sunday. Identities of those who have died are still unknown at press time and police authorities are still facing a blank who these attackers were. But some sources said Jihadists carried out the attacks on Sunday in a small town of Silgadji, which is near Djibo, known to be the capital Soum province. The country, which is beset by radical extremism and sectarian violence, has been beset by the reported rise of attacks with some groups reportdly coming from border country Mali entered into the country. Population in Burkina Faso are composed of 60 percent muslims, 25 percent were Christians and the rest are indigenous religions. A number of groups were suspected of taking part of the Sunday attacks and these gropus were the Ansarul Islam, Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), including those with links to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

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