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President Duterte leads Independence Day rites in Lanao del Sur

June 14, 2019

Delivering his Independence Day speech at the 6th Infantry Battalion Headquarters, the President rallied the nation to pay tribute to the country’s patriots, both past and present, by safeguarding the democratic institutions built from the rubble of the wars that gave rise to Philippine heroes. “And while the noble heroes of our past faced the might of colonial powers, this time, we face the modern problems of poverty, corruption, environmental degradation, terrorism, criminality, and illegal drugs,” he said in his message. “These threats, just like the threats our nation faced centuries ago, have infringed on our inalienable right to live peaceful, safe, comfortable, and meaningful lives.” The President acknowledged that the country is at a crucial juncture in its history, stressing the need to learn from the lessons of the past to ensure that these threats do not cause harm to the present and future generations of Filipinos. “Let us all work together so we may preserve this gift of liberty that all our children deserve to inherit,” he said. He praised the soldiers from Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Battalion, also known as the “Redskin Battalion,” for their bravery in fighting the Dawiah Islamiyah, the Maute Group, and other lawless elements that continue to threaten the region. “On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank the brave men and women of the Redskin Battalion for your bravery, selflessness, service, and unconditional love of country. Your valor has indeed earned you a place among the valiant heroes who built this nation 121 years ago,” he told the soldiers. And as part of the formal commemoration Wednesday, the President led the wreath-laying rites on Dr. Jose Rizal’s monument to remember his patriotism. President Duterte also recognized the members of the armed forces who neutralized ISIS-Maute leader Owayda Abdul Najid B. Marohombsar alias Abu Dar in Lanao del Sur in March this year. They were awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kamagi. Among the recipients of the Order of Lapu-Lapu were Col. Romeo A. Brawner Jr., Col. Jose Maria R. Cuerpo II, LTC Ian Noel P. Ignes, LTC Edgar Allan S. Villanueva, Cpt. Jay S. Duma-og, and Cpt. Brenn S. Fabros (represented by LTC Jake Jumawan). The Commander-In-Chief also led the donning of rank to Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, the commander of the 1st Infantry Division. 

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Franz Sabalones: Cebu's top druglord shot dead in Manila

April 18, 2019

METRO MANILA - Killed by the police or his drug business competitors? In the morning of maundy Thursday (April 18) the life of long time and top drug lord in Cebu City in the Visayas, was put to an end, when still unknown assailants peppered him with bullets. Killed on the spot was a very famous drug lord in the underworld, Franz Sabalones. He was shot along Timog Ave, Quezon City and attackers immediately fled to unknown direction after seeing the victim dead. Police Colonel Manuel Abroguena, chief of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), told the media that the self-confessed drug lord was been operating his illegal drug business in San Fernando town, one of the towns in southeastern Cebu allegedly infiltrated by the illegal drug trade involving shabu and marijuana. In 2016, Sabalones has confessed that he was one of the "big time" shabu suppliers in southeastern Cebu, most especially in San Fernando town. - JCE/MDN Digital   

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Deaths Of Some Minors Linked To An Evil Suicide Game?

March 28, 2019

Parents are worried as kids nowadays use mobile phones frequently By JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL Filed under Trending News 2nd part of a series A number of minors are reportedly committing suicides after allegedly playing suicidal games on mobile phones. The suspects who created this mobile phone app known as ‘Momo Challenge’ are still at large and the local and international police are also ‘facing a blank wall’ who these culprits really are. Momo Challenge, according to reports, started in Mexico in 2016 and it easily spread all over the world thru the worldwide web otherwise known as the internet. In the Philippines, the death by suicide of an eleven-year-old elementary pupil named John (not his real name), was also linked to the dangerous game called ‘Momo Challenge.” Although there is no enough evidence that would link the kid’s death by suicide, but his mother revealed that prior to his son’s death he was able to check on John’s mobile phone and she learned that her son was exchanging suicidal games with his friends. “During Valentine’s Day, my son has told me that one of his classmates inflicted harm on his body part by slicing his wrist with a sharp object,” his father also told the media in vernacular. One newspaper even called the Momo Challenge an evil suicide game which is reportedly threatening children of killing their family and visiting them at night if they won’t complete a series of dangerous instructions from an anonymous person who identify himself as Momo on mobile phone apps However, many parents believe that Momo Challenge was only a digital hoax involving a creepy doll with bulging eyes ordering children to do self-harm or else Momo will hurt their families. In Argentina, warnings were issued by both the police and schools as this popular WhatsApp challenge has also reached United Kingdom. Law enforcement agencies investigated the reported influence of Momo game involving a 12-year-old in Argentina. This probe even worried many parents of the real dangers it can pose to minors and small children who are now very dependent on mobile phones. This dangerous game was also similar with the “Blue Whale Challenge which also became popular among children’s and gamers in 2017, as it allegedly resulted to the deaths of two American teenagers, including deaths also reported in Brazil, Russia and other countries of the world, including the Philippines.### Source: Erwin Tulfo, CBS            

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Who Is Momo and How He Victimized Innocent Kids?

March 25, 2019

'MOMO CHALLENGE' CREATOR HUNTED BY POLICE BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL News Feature Filed under TRENDING NEWS First of a series (Editor's note: We will run a series of articles about the 'horrors' of Momo Challenge to inform and educate our parents how important it is to shield our children from the dangers of playing these suicidal games online, as well as to monitor what our kids are doing in internet cafes and on their own mobile phones and tablets.) The controversial Momo Challenge app has allegedly resulted to the deaths of a minor kid in the Philippines and other countries of the world. The very reason that we find it very important to help our parents with minor children to regularly check the activities of their kids in schools and on internet cafes. Watch this video below of Erwin Tulfo's coverage of the recent death of an 11-year school kid who allegedly committed suicide to follow his master's order. Video credit to Erwin Tulfo We feel that it is also our parental obligation, being members of the Fourth State, to also become watchdogs against the proliferation of these online games that threaten the lives of innocent children. I am especially referring to suicidal games such as "Momo Challenge" and "Blue Whale Challenge," as these games already and reportedly  took some lives, not only in the Philippines but in some countries of the world. Although there was no enough evidence yet that points out to these suicidal games as the culprit of this horrible suicides made by minor children in Mexico, Argentina, Philippines and other countries. Why did Momo love to victimize minor kids? 1. Kids, whose age range from 8 years old to 15 years old, are easy prey because they are still innocent children. They can be easily brainwashed in whatever an adult person instills into their innocent minds.  2. They cannot weigh things accurately whether they are wrong or right. 3. Kids would easily believe whatever information feed to them because they are very innocent on almost all information. In short, they are inexperienced individuals and they cannot depend themselves in terms of brainwashing strategies of bad elements. Who is Momo on Momo Challenge app? Momo was actually a creepy doll with bulging eyes created by a Japanese artist named Keusuke Aiso a few year's ago. It was displayed at a gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Aiso named his creation Mother Bird. This creation, according to the artist was inspired from a ghost called "Obume," a Japanese woman who died during childbirth. An unscrupulous psychopath created a gamer's app reportedly on WhatsApp platform and stole this image online, and then used it as an icon for his new app. He named his new creation "Momo Challenge." The challenge includes 50 tasks, in which some of those tasks ordered the kids to self harm, kill their pets and eventually commit suicide.  The local and international organizations are now tracking down the identity of the Momo Challenge creator to stop him from spreading his dangerous suicidal game , as well as the creator of Blue Whale Challenge.    How Momo Challenge can trigger suicide? Participants of Momo Challenge are given 50 tasks to accomplish within 50 days. And these include tasks that kids are ordered to harm themselves. If they don't do the very difficualt tasks like inflicting harm into the kid's own body, or killing their own pets, Momo will threaten the kids that he would kill their parents. The reason that innocent kids could really harm themselves in the process, so that they can advance to the next challenge. Below is an actual video on YouTube. This is very important for the parents to watch so that they will be informed and properly educated how their siblings are lured into doing the tasks, or else members of the family will be harmed by Momo.   Video credit to Vlogger Si Ugok

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The Discovery of Giant 'Globsters' Washed Up In Philippine Shores

March 24, 2019

BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL Filed under Trending News * Some locals say the beasts washed up in Philippine shores are bad omens * But scientists say they are dead bodies of whales already under state of decomposition People have different reactions to reports of recent discoveries of dead sea creatures washed up in Philippine shores. Many believed this phenomenon was a sign of the second coming while others also believed that these are signs of bad luck. But authorities said these are only speculations of people, especially Filipinos who are used to Philippine traditions and superstitious beliefs. In Dinagat Island, locals were shocked to see a huge sea creature washed up in Cagdianao shore. No one could actually tell what was this sea creature they've seen for the first time. They were stunned on the huge form and creepy white-hairy body of the said sea beast that was washed up for the first in Dinagat Island in Philippine history. The 20-foot long sea monster was approximately 2,000 kilograms A certain Paul Garcia suggested the sea creature found in Dinagat Island was similar to that of another sea beast found in Margate, South Afria on October 25, 1924. The said creature was given the name of Trunko or otherwise known as a Globster. He said it was a half whale half polar bear. Science called these rare species of said sea creatures as Globsters, an unidentified organic mass that usually washed up in any shores around the globe or any body of water or shoreline.   But scientists who saw the images of said sea creature are quick to say that it was actually a 20-feet long whale carcass. It's hairy body, scientists said, may have turned  white because it was already under the state of decomposition. In May of 2017, the same hairy monster was also found in the shores of Mindoro. People felt the terrible smell of the decomposing body as they went near the body of the animal. It was as big as a truck or a giant elephant which puzzled onlookers as to the real identity of the sea monster scaled at an estimate of a 2 meter wide hairy mammal. Vox Krusada, a law enforcement officer told the media that it was more likely the remains of a dead whale. It looks hairy as the body was already under the state of decomposition. The white hair may have been part of the decomposing muscle fibers of the whale. Unless proper authorities have officially identified the sea monster, they are naming it a "globster." Meanwhile, the biggest discovery of a globster was in Indonesia in May of the same year. The rotting sea monster, according to reports measured around 50 feet in length. It was approximately weighing 35 tons (the total weight of four elephants combined). Asrul Tuanakota, the first resident who discovered the dead sea monster during a night time revealed that at first he simply thought it was just a stranded boat. Later, he finally discovered it was an enourmous mammal washed up on the shores of Hulung Beach. Locals who witnessed the discovery thought it was a giant squid. But a certain Marcus Chua from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum told the media that there are no records of giant squids in Indonesian waters. In fact, he said it may have been the whale from the Baleen species - a humpback.     Source: allthatsinteresting, Independent, geek livescience       

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Goking vows to declare war against illegal investment schemes

March 21, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A top official of this city has vowed to declare war against illegal investment schemes proliferating in the city that victimized city residents of their hard-earned money. City Councilor George Goking, chair of the trade and commerce committee, said this has become alarming as millions of pesos went to the wrong hands as a result of these illegal investment schemes. "Dako na gyud ni nga problema kay daghan naman kaayo ang nabiktima, Adunay naka-invest of P5 Milyon, 2 Milyon ug daghan pang dagko nga mga kwarta nga gi-invest sa mga biktima. Gani moabot na sa P80 Milyon ang kadako sa kwarta nga nakuha sa mga scammers," he told the media. Goking revealed that these scammers are using Facebook to lure people from investing. They are reportedly using texts such as "P1000 turns to P1800 in just 10 days" and other related very enticing texts which are too good to be true.     Relative to this, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regional director Patricio Bernales also warned the people all over the region not to be tempted easily with these very enticing offers posted over Facebook. He said the people should be aware that these are modus operandi of unscrupulous individuals who just want to earn easy money at the expense of people they victimized online. "If your friends or associates offer you this type of investment scheme, do not invest right away. Try to think many times where would these unscrupulous people get the interest which is so big," the NBI official pointed out. Already, three alleged women scammers in their 20s and 30s surrendered to the regional office of the National Bureau of Investigation two weeks ago for fear of their lives, after irate victims have trooped to their houses to claim their promised return of investments allegedly after 10 days only. They were identified by NBI head of agents Alex Caburnay as Antonette Sestoso, Mary Ann Villapa, and Wenchelmie Acosta.   But the NBI regional office charged six people of large scale swindling and violation of the Cyber Law, as Antonette Sestoso tagged members of the Pagaspas family as among her alleged cohorts in the reported investment scheme. They were identified as Pablito Pagaspas (father) and two siblings Donie Rose Pagaspas and Kim Pagaspas. Donie Rose Pagaspas, according to Sestoso was her close friend who acted as her admin while she was in Camiguin for some very important matters, while the father and Kim also received some of the money invested by the victims.  

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