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Duterte, other politicians not supporting LGBT community, says NGO group

June 25, 2019

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MDN Mindanao News, June 25) - A leader of a non-government organization (NGO) has revealed Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte is not supporting the programs and advocacies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities all over the country. Chi Laigo-Vallido, program director for Forum for Family Planning and Development said the president is the one who is not supporting the country's growing maturity and awareness towards sexual preferences and diversity. She told the media that “For a leader who once headed a city (Davao) who has a gender and development code since 1997 and started pioneering strategies in integrating gender and development in various LGU programs, I am saddened that President Duterte is himself the one who does not support the country’s growing maturity towards sexual diversity.”  Vallido said the pending anti-descrimination bill intends to prevent acts of descrimination affecting the LGBT community. She cited the pending SOGIE or sexual orientation and gender identity and expression or the anti-discrimination bills that is still pending in Congress, as lacking the total support of government officials and politicians in the country. LOUSY SUPPORT The NGO director said Mindaonons are not even supporting the call as only two of the island's 27 provinces and also two of its 33 cities supported the anti-discrimination by passing ordinances.   During a forum, Vallido disclosed that only Davao City, Butuan City and the provinces of Dinagat Island and Agusal del Norte have passed ordinances upholding the rights of LGBT communities. She challenged Pres Duterte to lead the national commitment even as he also cited Duterte's "poor tolerance against the LGBT people.    The LGBT community is celebrating and observing the month of June as "June Pride" month. Just recently, the president reportedly invoked homosexuality, which other people construed as implying weaknesses on his rivals in politics, including the catholic church and the communist rebels in the country, allegedly pointing to the New People's Army (NPA).   He said that there is cure being "gay." In fact, she claimed that his ultimate critic and nemesis, Senator Antonio Trillanes as being gay. ###   ----  ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter    

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DC FORUM GIVES A PERSPECTIVE ON MINDANAO

June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Representative Amihilda J. Sangcopan (AMIN-Anak Mindanao Partylist) was the featured speaker in a forum entitled “A Perspective on Mindanao” held at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on 25 June 2019. Representative Sangcopan began her talk by providing the audience a snapshot of the political composition and landscape of the incoming 18th Congress of the Philippines, and noting that the majorities supporting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in both chambers may well allow the passage of major legislative priorities of the Administration. She highlighted the priority legislative agenda of the Administration, particularly as they pertained to Mindanao, such as law and order; creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; and Islamic banking & finance. Representative Sangcopan also discussed the pillars of a Mindanao 2030 vision where there is improved quality of life for all Mindanawons. Aside from providing enabling conditions in power, infrastructure and connectivity; and a definite and lasting peace, she said that all efforts are being geared towards a dynamic, inclusive and green economy; and for human development and social cohesion. The final part of her presentation dwelt on the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City. She noted that great impetus in this regard was provided by the House of Representatives through the sub-committee for Marawi Rehabilitation that exercised its oversight powers on the rehabilitation efforts in the city undertaken by the Task Force Bangon Marawi. Representative Sangcopan closed her brief presentation by reminding the audience that the story of the people and cultures of the southern Philippines is undeniably intertwined with that of the Filipino people. “The narrative of every Mindananoan is the narrative of every Filipino. Let us reconnect and reclaim our shared heritage toward a peaceful and progressive Mindanao,” she pleaded in ending her remarks. The presentation was followed by a wide-ranging and substantive discussion ranging from the challenges of climate change in Mindanao, to the federalism debate, the importance of effective reconstruction and rehabilitation in Marawi, and to the continued relevance or usefulness of the partylist system. Remarks and perspectives were also offered by Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy and MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology Professor Yasmira Moner who are both in Washington DC for other official engagements. “The story of Mindanao and the Philippine Government’s commitment to its peace and development is one that needs to be shared more with our friends here in Washington DC. I am happy that Representative Sangcopan was able to do just that during her presentation,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez said in a statement after the forum. “Congresswoman Sangcopan provided a valuable perspective on Mindanao at a critical time in the transition to new autonomy arrangements in the southern Philippines. Americans in the audience benefitted especially from her insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao," US-Philippines Society President Ambassador (ret.) John Maisto also said in a statement. The Forum was organized and hosted by the US-Philippines Society with the support of the Philippine Embassy. ###

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Lumbia residents hold rally against water provider Kyogojo

June 24, 2019

  Share BREAKING NEWS! CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 24) - Hundreds of residents of Barangay Lumbia picketed at the office of Kyogojo and denounced the allegedly lavish water rate hike, which is unreasonable for them. The protesters hanged placards on the gate denouncing the move to increase water rate as very detrimental to the consumers considering the more than a hundred percent increase. The Lumbia residents also demanded the Kyogojo company to return the management to the original provider which is the barangay itself so that there will only be a minimum increase, or just retain the minimum of P168 per 10 cubic of water consumption. Pastor Joel Casimero, spokeperson of the protesters told the media that the water rate hike is detrimental to the consumers as the company services is very lousy and water supply is also inadequate. "Dili mi mosugot aning ilang plano nga increase kay walay nada ang ilang paghatag ug serbisyo sa mga katawhan sa Barangay Lumbia. Gani dili igo ang ilang water supply sa nagkagako usab nga population sa barangay," Pastor Joel Casimero explained, adding that this water rate hike is not even discussed with the water consumers. "Dako kaayo ni nga kadaut sa katawhan kay sobra pa sa 100 percent ang increase kung ila gyud ipatuman and P300," Casimero said. He challenged barangay officials to intervene in this dilemma because all of the residents in Barangay Lumbia are affected by this problem. "Nag supply pud ni sila sa ubang barangay sa Cagayan de Oro ug Misamis Oriental. Gani sa usa ka lungsod sa Misor gipaundang sila kay lagi walay nada ila serbisyo. Sige lang increase pero wala tan awa kung maayo ba ila serbisyo sa katawhan nga ilang gialagaran," Casimero said. Meanwhile, the barangay council of Lumbia promised the protesting consumers they will intervene and will meet next week to discuss plans of possibly getting back the management from the Kyogojo. The barangay chairman of Lumbia also said he will look into this matter and will soon meet with the barangay council to ease the ongoing tension between the management and the water provider Kyogojo.###   

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9 students hurt as covered court collapse in Zamboanga

June 24, 2019

  Share ZAMBOANGA CITY (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 24) - Nine were injured as students having class at a covered court scampered for safety when suddenly the roof of said structure in Barangay Sinubong collapsed Monday morning. Joel San Juan Garcia, school principal of Sinubong National High School identified some of those students who were hurt namely Michaela Martinez, Radzmi Jainal, Mica Macaso, Shaina Alipan and Jenelyn Ebag - all of them are Grade 9 students of said school. Garcia said the covered court is used as temporarily classroom for Grade 9 students and they were having their class when the incident occured at around 8:30 in the morning.  He said the students heard a sudden loud cracking sound afterwhich followed by the collapse of the covered court roofing. "The teacher and students first heard a loud creaking sound and the students and teacher ran away for their safety."  Sinubong National High School is about 26 kilometers from the city proper and there was heavy downpour before it collapsed. This was maybe the reason that it collapsed because of the heavy pounding of rain water on the roof.  There were over 50 students holding classes at the covered. Luckily, the rest of them were all safe and only nine got injured. Since the class's assigned classroom has leaky roofings, they were forced to transfer at the covered court unaware that a tragedy would happen. "I rushed outside my room barefoot and shouting at the students to run away because the ceiling was falling down," says Leida Peñaflorida when she heard a loud creaking coming from the covered court, and she saw students shocked and they scampered for safety.  She said the roof was slowly falling down, so that only very few were hurt. If it fell so fast, she said, many of them would have been hurt.  Those who were injured were immediately rushed to the Labuan District Hospital for treatment. An immediate investigation conducted by the municipal engineer showed faulty-welded trusses that may have lead to the collapse of the roofing. Navarro said the city engineering office would conduct an investigation whether the roofing was not constructed by the contractor based on the specified design and requirements. ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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FTC-Ploutos investment scheme core leader will be transferred to Lumbia jail

June 24, 2019

  Share CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 24) - The core leader of Freedom Traders Club - PLoutos Coin, Kent Troy Sly Lagang is scheduled to be transferred to the Cagayan de Oro City Jail in Barangay Lumbia, police authorities reported. Yesterday, a mugshot of Lagang was already released to the media and he would be transferred to the Ciy Jail to stay there for years while his estafa case would be heard in court. A certain Dominic Bollozos has filed syndicated estafa against Lagang docketed under Criminal Case #R-CDO-19-01661-CR. It was not clear, however, if this case was in connection with the FTC-Pluotos Coin scheme masterminded by fugitive Mark Steven Freeman. "Karon semanaha i-commit na siya sa Lumbia City Jail while ang iyang kaso dunggon sa korte. Walay piyansa ang iyang kaso, unless mo-appeal sila sa korte to post a bail para sa iyang temporaryong kagawasan," Police Corporal Raymond Daisog told MDN digital in a phone interview. (This week he would be transferred to the Lumbia City Jail while his case will be heard in court. There's no bail for his case, unless his lawyer will appeal to the court and it would be granted) On June 21, 2019, Lagang was arrested by the operatives of Macabalan Police Station 5, after receiving information the suspect was in one of the establishments inside the Limketkai Mall premises.  Meanwhile, Mark Steven Freeman, the founder of Freedom Traders Club - Ploutos Coin was still the subject of police manhunt after he went into hiding to evade arrest from police authorities. A member of the City Council has earlier revealed to the media that FTC-Ploutos Coin owner allegedly amassed over Eighty Million Pesos in cash. City Councilor George Goking  said he received reports that one of the investors had an investment of Fifty Million Pesos. The government excutive, however did not reveal the identity of the reported investor. Goking said over a local radio station here, that all he received were unverified reports and he has not known yet who among the businessmen in the city has that big investment of Fifty Million Pesos. He said if the P50 Million investment was true then Ploutos Coin founder Mark Steven Freeman, whose last known address was Oasis Condominium in Barangay Lapasan, this city, could have amassed not only Fifty Million but more than P80 Million Pesos. The Regional Trial Court Branch 39 has already issued an arrest warrant on February 12, this year, but it was released to the media only last February 20, 2019. ### ---       ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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Abuse of a Kuwaiti against Filipina maid goes viral on social media

June 23, 2019

METRO MANILA (MDN national news, June 22) - A Filipina maid who narrated her ordeal against the son of her employer in Kuwait went viral after she posted it on a social media site.  The Filipina was identified as Jessielyn Espanola, a Filipina domestic helper in Kuwait. She claimed she was beaten by the son of her employer, as she was accused of stealing the son's necklace. Earlier last year, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to stop deployment in Kuwait of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) after the president received reports of maltreatment of many domestic helpers in Kuwait. The president sent Senator Cayetano in Kuwait and rescued over 300 Filipina domestic helpers back to the country. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that under the amnesty program, more than 5,000 of around 10,000 undocumented Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait were repatriated. "Ang batang siyang inaalagaan ko nuon ay siya pang bumugbog sa akin. Pinaratangan niya akong kumuha ng kuwintas niya," Espanola said in between sobs. (The little kid that I cared before did this to me. He accused me of stealing his necklace) She said she cannot believe how the kid she took care of in the past has the guts to disrespect her and maltreat her by beating. Meanwhile, thru the help of social media site Facebook, where Espanola posted her problem, the Philippine embassy knew about the ordeal that Espanola experienced in the hands of her employer's son and immediately rescued her.  In 2018, the mysterious death of a Filipina helper also happened in Kuwait which also renewed tensions between the Philippine Government and Kuwait. This resulted to the ban of sending Filipinos to said country. Constancia Lago Dayag, a 47-year-old housemaid was still brought to the Al-Sabah hospital in Kuwait amid allegations the Filipina OFW was sexually abused and fatally beaten.### ---    Qatar Airways Flight QR 934 has arrived in Manila. On board are more than 200 overstaying OFWs from Kuwait who were granted amnesty @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/8grAhLtaq2— Julius N. Leonen (@JNLeonen) April 22, 2018 Last batch of repatriated OFWs from Kuwait arrive in Manila. According to DFA, some have not been home in nine years @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/s4Tdm5jMO6— Julius N. Leonen (@JNLeonen) April 22, 2018   ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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