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Seaman who lost his right leg while saving passengers honored

July 5, 2019

Ship chief mate who lost his foot while saving passengers of sank boat, recognized as hero during inaugural program in Naawan NAAWAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL ----- The ship chief mate who lost his right foot while rescuing passengers of a motorboat that sank off the seas between Cebu mainland and Camotes group of islands in 2015, was given on Monday (July 1) a certificate of commendation and a cash award during the inaugural session and state of the municipal address as the local government unit (LGU) of Naawan changed its administration. Rudyard Payusan, now 52 years old, said he did not expect he would be recognized as hero of his hometown, almost four years after the tragedy that caused him physically disabled for the rest of his life. That caused him stop working and the schooling of his second child, who was in a second year college that time, stopped. Payusan recalled that early morning on October 17, 2015 while the cargo ship he was working as chief mate, LCT Crescent of the Golden Bridge Shipping, Inc. was passing by the area, he saw from afar the passengers and crew of the banca who were already on the waters asking for help. He jumped from the cargo ship, swam to the banca and tied a thick rope around it so it could be pulled nearer to the cargo ship, but his foot got caught and the rope snapped it off. That despite the big waves that made the situation harder for him. "The weather condition at that time was so bad, waves were big... it was dangerous, I know, but I just couldn't close my eyes epecially that I could see elderly passengers and children on the waters  waving, asking for help," Payusan said in a dialect during an interview after the ceremony. Atleast five of the 27 passengers and crew of the capsized boat were in their 60s while one was a child, he recalled. He was supposed to be on a vacation leave that time, to go home and be with his three children in Naawan, but the company asked him to stay for one day because they could not find his temporary replacement. His wife is an overseas Filipino worker as domestic helper.  Four years after, he was given a recognition by the local government unit of Naawan for that heroic deed that the LGU is proud of. Mayor Dennis Roa, the town's new mayor, said recognizing Payusan as hero is the local government's way to encourage his constituents to emulate him. "Let us be a hero in our own way. By just picking up a piece of paper or plastics and sticks, it will be of help to our municipality. If you just follow a simple ordinance in our municipality, you could be a hero," Roa said in his inaugural speech. Payusan was teary-eyed when he went up to the stage with two crutches that helped him go to places, to receive the certificate of commendation and a Php10,000 cheque. He is physically healthy and did not have any medicine to maintain after the doctor in Cebu, where he was confined, amputated his right foot but he has to stop working because he could not anymore move like before. But then, the cash that the LGU gave to him is a big help to the family especially for his youngest, a grade 8 student. He is still in the adjustment period when it comes to the financial aspect of the family. "When I stopped working, the family's economic aspect is very different. Before, I could provide anything my children want. But I am still thankful that I'm alive and can see my family," Payusan said.

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Grade 7 stude shot dead inside his classroom

July 5, 2019

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna (MDN digital, July 5) - A grade 7 student of Castor Alviar National High School in Barangay Masili, this city, was shot dead by a lone gunman while inside his classroom past 12 noon, police authorities said. The suspect was identified by police authorities as Renando Valdedrama, a school security guard, while the victim (minor, name withheld) was a 15-year-old student. He was inside his classroom when the attacker approach and shot him twice using his (attacker's) issued security guard firearm, a .38 caliber revolver. The victim was rushed to the HealthServ Los Baños Medical Center but attending physicians pronounced him brain-dead. He suffered two gunshot wounds which resulted to his untimely demise. Investigation disclosed that based on the student's enrollment records, the suspect, Renando Valderama was his registered guardian as his mother was detained for illegal drugs at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. (BJMP) Annalyn Sevilla, DepEd spokesperson told reporters the student sought Valderama as gurdian due to the reason that his mother was detained at the city jail and his father was already dead.  Footages of the school's CCTV cameras showed the suspect fleeing after shooting his target. He was identified by school witnesses as the one in the footage running with a red cap and a backpack.  Investigation also revealed that both the victim and the suspect were living together and there were initial findings they have an "intimate relationship" but police probers refused to give further details due to the sensitivity of the issue. Prior to the shooting incident, the victim had already separated from the suspect and he also filed four counts of sexual abuse against Valderama.     Meanwhile, police operatives are now tracking the whereabouts of the suspect who went into hiding after shooting the victim.   Calamba police: Suspect was the registered guardian of victim in Calamba shooting https://t.co/msCLmwV0u6 pic.twitter.com/iJJ9jTCaAk— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) July 5, 2019

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Sulu suicide bomber is Filipino; second bomber a foreign national

July 4, 2019

INDANAN, SULU (MDN digital, July 4) - One of the two suspects in Sulu's twin bombing was a first Filipino suicide bomber in the history of extremism in the country, while the second suicide bomber, according to the military, was a Caucasian national. The latest twin bombings in Indanan town, Sulu, killed 8 people including the suicide bombers, and wounded 22 others, the military reported. The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) investigators identified the Filipino bomber as Norman Lasuca, 23, while his companion, allegedly a Caucasian national was still unknown at press time. Newly installed Wesmincom chief General Cirilito Sobejana told reporters the Filipino suspect was identified by his parents. Arevalo said "If that’s going to be positive, that’s the only time that we can say conclusively that the person was Filipino and that person was the son of the claimant."  READ: INDANAN SULU TWIN BOMBINGS KILL 8, INJURE 22 He said investigation by the military and other agencies are ongoing whether what happened was really a suicide bombing or somebody from the distance detonated the bomb and then it exploded, killing 8 people and injuring 22 others. "There is a high possibility that this is a case of suicide bombing but the conclusivity will still come after we have conducted and culminated our thorough investigation," Gen Arevalo explained. Meanwhile, there were also reports that suicide bombings already happened in the Philippines. One was the Cathedral bombing during a Sunday mass, while the other suicide bombing was a van that also exploded at a military checkpoint in Basilan in July 2018. But the only difference was that the alleged suicide bombers were foreign nationals. Rita Katz, SITE Intelligence Group director, twitted that it was indeed a suicide bombings considering that the attackers also died, when the bombs they were carrying allegedly exploded in their possessions.  

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No jacket policy strictly implemented in Davao City after Sulu twin bombings

July 4, 2019

DAVAO CITY (MDN digital, July 4) - The "twin suicide bombings" in Sulu has alerted both the PNP and AFP most especially that one of the bombers was a Filipino while the other one was a Caucasian national. In Davao City, police authorities and the military have implemented a no-jacket policy while in the downtown of the city.  Colonel Consolito Yecla, Task Force Davao commander said it's no longer easy to enter the city's downtown area for passengers in public utility vehicles and even for private vehicles, especially if they wear jackets. READ: 8 DEAD, 22 INJURED IN SULU SUICIDE BOMBINGS Police authorities said this is a new protocol that Task Force Davao has been implementing to safeguard the city from lawless elements that maybe planning to attack Davao City thru suicide bombings. The police said a walkthrough scanner will be placed at the checkpoint area and everyone with a jacket would passed through the scanner.    "One of the improvement in our checkpoint operations or security operations is to conduct of mandatory body search. We requesting the city government to impose 'yung non-wearing of jackets when you are approaching inspection areas," added Yecla. READ: FIRST FILIPINO SUICIDE BOMBER IDENTIFIED The police official warned that all the entry and exit points in Davao are properly guarded by uniform and non-uniform personnel. " May checkpoint ang TF-Davao sa lahat na entry point ng lungsod at layunin ng militar na mabigyan ng mahigpit na seguridad at kaligtasan sa ano mang banta ng suicide bombing ang mga residente ng siyudad," Yecla told reporters.

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KABANSA 3rd National Conference: Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and the 19th Century PH Nationalist Campaign

July 4, 2019

 The Association of Studies Centers in the Philippines (KABANSA, Inc.) will hold its 3rd national conference on July 10-12, 2019 to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo. The conference theme, “General Emilio Aguinaldo and the 19th Century Philippine Nationalist Campaign” aims to provide the public with new and relevant perspectives and paradigms regarding the heroism of the President of the First Philippine Republic vis-a-vis the controversies that beset his entire life. To be held at the Luna Room, GSIS Museum, Macapagal Ave., Pasay City in cooperation with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Cavite Historical Society, and the Government Service Insurance System, it will also include a general assembly on the last day for KABANSA members and those interested to join Kabansa. “It will also try to examine the initiatives of the Filipinos from various provinces in their quest for freedom, independence, and sovereignty which led to the birth of the First Philippine Republic,” said Conference Convenor Dr. Palmo R. Iya. Among the papers to be presented at the conference are: The Myth of the First Eight Provinces and Other Issues on the Symbols of the Philippines (Michael Charleston B. Chua DLSU Manila); Si Hen. Emilio Aguinaldo at ang Halalang Pampanguluhan ng 1935: Mga Kontrobersiya, Tunggalian, at Dinamismong Politikal (Dr. Roderick C. Javar, UP Los Baños); Si Aguinaldo, Mabini, at ang Kalayaan ng Pilipinas (Dr. Emmanuel F. Calairo, DLSU Dasmariñas); Antonio Luna’s Planned Golpe de Estado Against Emilio Aguinaldo’s Government vis-à-vis the Issue of His Assassination” (Restituto R. Ramos, UST Manila); Paglusob ng Puwersa ni Hen. Emilio Aguinaldo sa Taguig at Pateros: Panimulang Pakikibaka ng 1897 (Jomar G. Encila, Historical Consultant, Office of the City Mayor, City of Taguig). Mga Dilag ni Dalomag: Ang mga Babaeng Nagpatibok ng Puso ni Aguinaldo at ang Kanilang Ambag sa Kampanyang Makabayan ng Pilipinas (Dr. Palmo R. Iya, DLSU Dasmariñas); Ang Pamilyang Aguinaldo sa Lokal na Politika: Pagsusuri sa Halalang Lokal sa Cavite el Viejo, 1875-1896 (Dr. Gilbert E. Macarandang, UP Los Baños); and Aguinaldo: The Unknown Image (Dr. Luis C. Dery, Retired Professor, DLSU Manila) The conference will also showcase a newly released documentary on Emilio Aguinaldo titled, Sa Ngalan ng Katotohanan produced by the Provincial Government of Cavite through the Cavite Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office. Interested participants can contact Dr. Palmo R. Iya at email priya@dlsud.edu.ph or kabansainc2009@gmail.com ; or call (046) 481 1900 to 30 local 3141 or mobile # +63 949 564 5563. (RMB)  

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Supreme Court junks Kapa donors' petition against closure

July 3, 2019

SC junks Kapa donors petition vs SEC-ordered closure. @mikenavallo reports. pic.twitter.com/9srU7Y7pIW— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) July 2, 2019 METRO MANILA (National News digital, July 3) - The petition filed by Rhema International Livelihood Foundation or Cirfund was junked outright by the Supreme Court en banc, for the reason that the said petition raised factual issues. The petitioner, Rhema International, is reportedly a group of Kapa Community Ministry International donors. They filed the petition against President Rodrigo Duterte, the chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other agencies of the government, over the ministry's closure of operations. A reliable source told the media the reason for its dismissal was because the petition raised factual issues. "Supreme Court [is] not [a] trier of facts," the source told the media. Rhema International Livelihood Foundation or Cirfund (Cirfund) filed the petition on June 26, asking the Supreme Court to stay the execution of judgment made by SEC as well as to allow Kapa to continue operating its religious organization. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a warning against Kapa Community Ministry on March 17, 2017. It also issued a cease and desist order on February 14, 2019, and finally ordered the revocation of its registration on April 13, this year. After three months, President Duterte ordered the final closure of Kapa organization which eventually triggered massive raids on all Kapa branches nationwide, including some other alleged investment schemes. The petitioner also sought P3 Billion compensatory damages against President Duterte and SEC chairman Emilio Aquino allegedly because of Cirfund's inclusion in SEC's May 31, 2019 advisory of "unregistered investment entities." The group has also wanted the president impeached.   While the president and SEC chairman were among the private respondents, the petitioner also included the chief PNP, chief of NBI and chief of CIDG, as well as media organizations such as Rappler and SunStar Cebu. 

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