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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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3 die in Honolulu helicopter crash

April 30, 2019

MDN DIGITAL, April 29 - At least three passengers were confirmed dead when a helicopter crashed Monday in a suburban community in Kailua, Oahu Island in Hawaii, police authorities reported. Identities of those who died during the crash were not available at press time. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash. Fire and debris, reports said, were raining in the sky during the tragic incident Kailua resident Melissa Solomon told reporters she was driving when she saw flames and helicopter in the sky shockingly plummeted in front of her. “All you could see was fire, she narrated. Shayne Enright, from Honolulu emergency department said her team were responding on another incident in the nearby area when they received an emergency call of the horrific helicopter crash in Kailua community. She said when her team arrived in the scene, people were screaming and they tried to stop the flames on the helicopter that crashed inside the Kailua community. Minutes later firefighters arrived and stopped the fire from spreading further to the whole body of the helicopter.  photo credit to KITV

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Army welcomes congressional inquiry on ALCADEV, TRIFPSS

April 30, 2019

CAMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City--The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division lauded the recent visit of Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples (CICCIP) of the House of Representatives in Lianga, Surigao del Sur to conduct a legislative inquiry on the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), and Tribal Filipino Program of Lianga, Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS, Inc.). “We gladly welcome CICCIP’s interest in the issue involving ALACADEV and TRIFPSS as this will shed light on the true nature and purpose of these entities. We are expecting a omprehensive and unbiased result from the inquiry because we want the truth to come out,” Cpt. Regie Go, chief of the 4ID Public Affairs Office said. On April 28, the inspection team composed of Atty. Rueben Lingating, Chairman of the Indigenous People’s Peace Panel of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP); Adora Pueblo, CICCIP Committee Secretariat; and representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Commission on Indigenous People’s (NCIP) visited Km 16, Sitio Han-ayan, Bgy Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur to validate reports citing the said lumad (indigenous people) schools’ connection with the Communist- Terrorist CPP-NPA. CICCIP said “significant data and information (on the alleged involvement) have been endorsed to the committee as well as to the Office of the House Speaker by the National Security Adviser (NSA) in December 2018 and in January this year prompting the conduct of the inquiry. Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID Commander said the Army leadership fully supports the legislative inquiry in the interest of truth. “Let truth finally come out about these dubious organizations who continue to sow discord in our communities particularly among our lumads. I am confident their true colors will be exposed along with the persons and organizations behind them who lure unsuspecting people including our children and youth,” Gacal said. The Army commander also expressed confidence that the inquiry will result into laws that would ensure right education for children, and better protect IP or lumad communities from CPP-NPA exploitation and abuse. “They have been hiding under the cloak of these schools and other entities all these years to promote communist-terrorist ideologies. Let’s save our children and youth from the clutches of the CPP-NPA. It is about time we stop them from destroying families, communities and the entire country”, he added. Earlier this month, the said team also visited Salugpungan Schools in various parts of Davao which, according to former NPAs and captured documents, have been used by CPP-NPA as breeding and training grounds for new recruits for many years. Salugpungan, ALCADEV and TRIFPSS were among the CPP-NPA front organizations cited earlier by Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, that have duped the European Union and Belgium for support and funding along with the Rural Missionaries, Solidagro, Viva Salud, Kiyo, Gabriela, ANAKPAWIS and others. Parlade said these organizations used “fake reports of Bakwit and IP killings, in order to ask them (foreign NGOs) for donations. (PR)  

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Big West Conference Tournament 2019 | Kagay-anon helps UH Rainbow Wahine to runner up finish

April 30, 2019

A Kagay-anon tennister helped her school to a runner up finish during the Big West Tournament  held Sunday, April 28 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California. Although Roxanne Resma, the daughter of Misamis Oriental provincial veterinarian Dr Benjie Resma, in tandem her University of Hawai’i  team mate Michelle Pits lost their doubles match, 6-2 to the Long Beach State 49ers No. 2 team of  Natalia Munoz and Lalita Devarakonda, their team mates made up with  UH's top duo of Petra Melounova and Nikola Dolakova holding off Wiktoria Rutkowska and Dominique Meyer by a break, 6-4,and their No. 3 team of Alzbeta Houbova and Maayan Sela capturing the point with a 7-5 win over Carlota Casampere and Zara Lennon. In her final match as a Rainbow Wahine, Roxanne quickly dispatched LBSU’s Zara Lennon in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. But the Beach's Sadaf Sadeghvaziri defeated UH's Houbova, 6-3, 6-2. UH's 60th -ranked and No. 1 Melounova dropped the first set, but came roaring back for a 3-6, 6-0 ,6-4 win over Rutkowska to give UH a 3-1 lead. Long Beach State won the last three singles matches to overcome a 3-1 deficit for the title. The loss snapped UH's seven-game win streak. The defending champion Rainbow Wahine have finished second in the Big West Tournament in three of the last four seasons. According to her dad Benjie, Roxanne started her tennis training early when she was but six years old with Coach Boyet Talatala at the Capitol Tennis Courts. “Even with Coach Boyet, nag-sugod nako og dula sa tournaments while training with him,”Roxanne recalls. “After a few years, I already needed more hitting partners and more players to play matches with.” Later, Roxanne was mentored by Coach Jonelle Llavore whom his students fondly called “Dada”. “Dada helped with my training. Iya ko gi-kupkop and gi-tabangan with my tennis. The Nazareth tennis courts became my home for most of my junior career,” Roxanne said. “Dada was the one who pushed me to train hard and even accompanied me to a lot of the tournaments locally and nationally.” Eventually, Roxanne was recruited by the Philippine Tennis Academy (PTA) based in Manila when she got to high school. To enable her to continue training at the PTA without compromising her studies, Benjie said she was enrolled at and graduated high school from Corpus Christi School in Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City. “She was granted special privileges by Corpus Christi with a modular type of curriculum because she was based in Manila and even had to leave the country when she had matches scheduled abroad,” Benjie recalls. “So I was still enrolled in Corpus but I was in Manila full time,” Roxanne added. “Sir Del Fierro, the teachers, and Corpus Christi school were kind and understanding enough to allow me to do a home schooling program to pursue my tennis career.” The routine meant she spent most of the days of the year in the PTA training in Manila or traveling aboard for competitions. Then she would go home for a week to take her exams and afterwards, fly back again. “PTA opened the doors for me. They took a chance on me and helped me develop my game even more. They gave me the opportunity to play abroad and earn a world ranking in juniors.” Although her highest world junior rankings was around the top 200, it was enough for her to land a full athletic scholarship at the University of Hawai’i some 5 years ago where she became a regular member of the UH Rainbow Wahine, thanks to her PTA coaches who recommended her to the UH Tennis Coach whom they were friends with. “So I’ve been here in Hawaii for 4 years. I finished my undergrad degree in sports marketing and I’m doing my masters in public administration. I actually just finished my last college match ever last Sunday. We lost in the finals of our conference but I won my singles match,” Roxanne noted. Asked if she had any plans of turning pro, the budding Kagay-anon tennis prodigy replied: “Realistically speaking, no. I’m not planning on going pro.” So far, her future plans hinges on a summer tennis clinic on Chicago she plans to go to and she would decide what she wanted to do after that. “But honestly speaking, I wanna take a break for a bit. Haha, I think I’m a little bit overworked after all these years. Just a quick break then bakbakan na ulit!” Good luck on the future Roxanne. Cagayan de Oro is proud of you.   Roxanne, 21, is the only daughter of Misamis Oriental Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Benjie Resma and Mrs. Monette A. Resma of 7/12 InsideOut Travel & Tours. They have two other children Aaron, 24, and Elijah, 10.

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