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Hotel guests scramble as quake shakes CDO

October 29, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – An intensity 6 quakes shook this seaport capital about 9:05 Tuesday morning, sending naked hotel guests scrambling out of the hotel. An aftershock took place 10:45 a.m., an hour after the quake, which sent more people to get out of their homes, hotels, and shopping malls. A shopping mall was closed as all shoppers and workers were sent outside following the aftershock while safety officials were clearing the building. Except for the two unidentified women who collapsed in the hotel, but later recovered after undergoing emergency treatment in a responding ambulance nearby, no injuries were reproted. Hotel guests from China, South Korea, Caucasians and other foreign guests gathered outside of a downtown hotel as safety and rescue officials inspect the integrity of the hotel building. A call center located in a downtown mall here was closed after safety officials found cracks and debris in the building. Students and pupils went out of their classrooms and gathered in an open space in the school compound – others were fetched by their parents. Disaster officials scrambled as emergency sirens were sounded to warn city residents for sobriety as safety engineers were dispatched to inspect possible damage of public and private buildings in the city.

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Malls, schools close as quakes hit Cag. De Oro

October 29, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Shopping malls and government offices were closed and classes suspended in this port capital of Northern Mindanao following a Magnitude 6.6 earthquake here Tuesday morning. The management of the Ayala Centrio Mall, one of the biggest shopping malls in the city, ordered a whole day closure of the mall operation pending results of an inspection of the building. Carina Caragdag, the mall’s marketing officer, said that five workers collapsed as the quake struck early morning, but they immediately recovered after undergoing treatment. She said that no injuries were reported, but the management decided to close the mall operation for the whole day to allow safety officials to conduct an inspection of the building. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) also decided to suspend its operation after cracks were reportedly noticed in the old government building. The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a directive ordering the suspension of classes for all levels in Northern Mindanao. Disaster officials in Misamis Oriental said that there were no damaged in the province following a Magnitude 4 quake. The city government of Cagayan De Oro did not release any official statement in connection with the tremblor. The Philvocs reported that Cagayan De Oro’s temblor registered a Magnitude 6.6. Except for the reported fainting of some individuals, no injuries were reported.

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Hotel guests get out naked as quake shakes Cagayan de Oro

October 29, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City - An intensity 6 quakes shook this seaport capital about 9:05 Tuesday morning, sending naked hotel guests scrambling out of the hotel. An aftershock took place 10:45 a.m., an hour after the quake, which sent more people to get out of their homes, hotels, and shopping malls. A shopping mall was closed as all shoppers and workers were sent outside following the aftershock while safety officials were clearing the building. Except for the two unidentified women who collapsed in the hotel, but later recovered after undergoing emergency treatment in a responding ambulance nearby, no injuries were reproted. Hotel guests from China, South Korea, Caucasians and other foreign guests gathered outside of a downtown hotel as safety and rescue officials inspect the integrity of the hotel building. A call center located in a downtown mall here was closed after safety officials found cracks and debris in the building. Students and pupils went out of their classrooms and gathered in an open space in the school compound – others were fetched by their parents. Disaster officials scrambled as emergency sirens were sounded to warn city residents for sobriety as safety engineers were dispatched to inspect possible damage of public and private buildings in the city.

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Body of slain Clarin town mayor arrives home

October 29, 2019

CLARIN, Misamis Occidental--The remains of Clarin town Mayor David Navarro is now laid at his residence in Barangay Lapasan here. The white coffin, draped with the national flag, arrived at Ozamiz City port past 6:30 in the morning, Sunday (October 27), two days after the mayor was slain in Cebu City while being transported to the city prosecutor's office for the inquest proceedings of the charges he is facing for mauling a masseur. In a hall decorated with white fresh flowers, floors covered with green mat, the remains was placed besides Navarro's blown up photo in a frame. The family asked for an exclusive time until 12:00 noon and visitors started to arrive. Bonifacio town mayor Samson Dumanjog, who is also the president of the League of Municipalities in the Philippines -Misamis Occidental chapter, was the first to visit the wake. In an interview with the media, Dumanjog said the death of his fellow mayor is still very hard to accept. He is hoping that justice for the slain mayor will be served and called on concerned agencies to help in the investigation. "Atleast mahatagan pud nato ang pamilya (ug tabang pagkuha sa hustisya) kay mao man pud ni ilang gikinahanglan. Ug kanang due process of law," Dumanjog said in interview with the media. The Navarro family has scheduled the burial on November 3 just beside their house.

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Vice mayor takes oath as new Clarin town mayor

October 29, 2019

CLARIN, Misamis Occidental--The municipal vice mayor of Clarin took her oath 4 p.m. on Friday (October 25), two hours after Mayor David Navarro died in an ambushed while he was being transported to the city prosecutor's office in Cebu for the inquest of his act of lasciviousness and physical assault charges. Emeterio Roa Jr., head of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said Vice Mayor Glorife Roa, her mother, took oath before a judge from Ozamiz City. On Monday (October 28), the municipal's first councilor, Mel Davidson Navarro, will take his oath as the vice mayor. Mel is David's second child whose elder brother died in a suicide last year. Mel took the position vacated by his brother. In 2019 elections, Mel ran and won. The younger Roa, who spoke with the media in behalf of the new mayor, said there three priorities that the new administration will undertake on Monday. Glorife will issue an executive order designating Emeterio as the new municipal administrator and an order that only wages and salaries shall be disbursed while the local government unit is still undergoing a transition period. "Then our new mayor will meet the heads of office to start our work. While we mourn the passing of Mayor Navarro, we have to continue the operation in the municipal hall," Emeterio said.

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Navarro sibling fights back, slams critics of slain brother

October 29, 2019

ILIGAN City--The brother of the late Mayor David Navarro said the allegations on robbery and involvement on illegal drug trade of the latter is too much and the people is taking advantage of the situation by bringing it to social media. In an interview with the media on Sunday (October 27), upon the arrival of the mayor's remains from Cebu, former Misamis Occidental board member Dan Navarro said the issue of the mayor's involvement in the crime of robbery has been resolved when the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 3 in Makati City issued a certification that the former mayor has "no pending case/s" and was not included in the said case filed against three suspects. Dan also showed to the media a certification from the Department of Justice, dated July 25, 2018, certifying that the mayor has no pending cases in the agency. The certification was requested by certain Sam Norman Fuentes, in behalf of David Navarro, for police requirement purposes. On the issue on the involvement of the mayor on illegal drugs and being included in the narcolist of the president, Dan said his elder brother's name has been cleared from it since now Senator Ronal Dela Rosa was still the chief of the Philippine National Police. "Hepe pa sa una si Sen. Bato, mi-sumitar si Mayor didto sa Crame, mao ni resulta nga nakakuha mi sa maong documents," Dan said referring to the major crime investigation report of the Major Crime Investigation Unit (MCIU) of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) clearing David's name from the narcolist. The MCIU conclusion "surmised that Mayor Navarro was not directly involved in illegal drug trade, engaged in related financial activities during his terms as mayor of Clarin", according to Dan, reading the last part of the documents. Meanwhile, Elsa Navarro, wife of the mayor posted on her social media account the screen shot of the mayo'r last text to her at 5:07 in the morning on October 26. Mayor Navarro was killed around 2:30 pm on that day. In his text message, David apologized for shaming her and the family. The mayor admitted he hog-tied the masseur as seen in the CCTV footage but it was the only thing he did because he was provoked. "Kanang uban wala namana nako nabuhat, God knows. Grabe pagka set-up nila nako, grabe ila ko kwartahan jud. Sorry kaayo dili ko kabalo mabuhi pako diri Cebu sa mga kamot sa mga pulis," the text message said. David ended his text message by telling her wife to take care of "Sonson and CD", his children from his first marriage. Sonson is Mel Davidson, the number one municipal councilor who took over as vice mayor. "Ikaw na bahala sa mga bata, Palangga, ikuyog lang jud sila sa church every Sunday, Palangga. Si Sonson ug CD, please take care of them pud. They respect you and love you man jud na. Sorry and thank you. I love you very much," Navarro's last text to his wife.

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