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BREAKING: 2 dead in gun battle in Libertad town checkpoint

February 18, 2020

LIBERTAD, Misamis Oriental - Two people were killed on the spot Monday evening at around 8pm (February 17) during a sudden exchange of bullets at a checkpoint in Libertad town, Misamis Oriental, between police operatives manning the checkpoint and five armed suspects on board a gray Mitsubishi vehicle. During initial investigation conducted by the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), two dead bodies were found at the crime scene, shoes, illegal drugs, wallet and identification cards, a gray Mitsubishi Mirage vehicle owned by the suspects, and 48 empty shells of high-caliber pistols. Those who died from the police side after the gun battle was identified as Ssgt Ronald Caayupan, while the other dead person from the suspect's side was unknown at press time. Board member Dexter Yasay in an interview with a local radio station said Sgt Caayupan flagged down a gray Mitsubishi Mirage vehicle but instead of stopping the vehicle, the suspects opened fire at the policemen manning the checkpoint which resulted in several minutes of gun battle. Afterwhich, four suspects fled from the crime scene and jumped off at the bridge and eluded arrest from responding police operatives. Those who were wounded during the skirmishes were identified as Police officer Fernando Maestrado and Gemma Patlunag. They were immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. It was also learned that there were civilians who were hit by stray bullets.   Misamis Oriental Governor Vincente Yevgeny (Bambi) Emano also told reporters the Provincial Government will extend some help to the immediate families of the police who died, as well as those wounded policemen taken to the hospitals for treatment.  Meanwhile, a team of police operatives are now pursuing the suspects believed still in the town of Libertad but were only hiding.

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Cops nab limping suspect in checkpoint gun battleĀ 

February 18, 2020

LIBERTAD, Misamis Oriental - Police operatives of Libertad Municipal Police Station arrested Tuesday morning (February 18) a limping suspect who only hide a few meters away at a bridge they jump off after several minutes of running gunbattle yesterday evening with the police manning the checkpoint. Members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) check the white Mitsubishi vehicle used by the suspects. - Photo credit to iFM The four suspects would have thought there was body of water under the bridge at around 9pm yesterday amid total darkness to which they jumped off to elude arrest from pursuing police operatives.  Libertad Police Captain Ram Camelotes identified the arrested suspect as one Richard Soltseris, 31, a temporary resident of Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental. He was seen by a resident of the area and immediately reported to the police. Early morning today, a team of heavily-armed police force from Libertad police station went down under the bridge after they received reports about traces of blood were found by concerned residents and a limping suspect was seen a few meters under the bridge. Alex Ugsod, a resident of Purok 4, Libertad town told Magnum Radio he saw the suspect who undressed his shirt at the hilly portion a few meters from under the bridge. Ugsod said he asked the suspect already limping and the suspect replied he was only a resident of the place. "Ako siyang gipangutana, "Taga asa man ka bay?" pero ingon nya taga Dreamland lang siya ug naghulat sa iyang asawa. Dreamland is a small resort in Purok 4. Sensing he was among those who jumped off from the bridge last night, Ugsod said, he immediately reported the suspect's presence to police operatives, after which at around 6am this morning, a hot pursuit was again made which resulted to the arrest of the limping suspect.  Earlier last night, two people were killed on the spot during a sudden exchange of bullets at a checkpoint in Libertad town, Misamis Oriental, between police operatives manning the checkpoint and five armed suspects on board a white Mitsubishi vehicle. During initial investigation conducted by the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), two dead bodies were found at the crime scene, shoes, illegal drugs, wallet and identification cards, a white Mitsubishi Mirage vehicle owned by the suspects, 48 empty shells of high-caliber pistols, 4 pieces of caliber 45, and 1 piece of KG9 rifle. Those who died from the police side after the gun battle was identified as Ssgt Ronald Caayupan, while the other dead person from the suspect's side was unknown at press time. Board member Dexter Yasay in an interview with a local radio station said Sgt Caayupan flagged down a white Mitsubishi Mirage vehicle but instead of stopping the vehicle, the suspects opened fire at the policemen manning the checkpoint which resulted in several minutes of gun battle. Afterwhich, four suspects fled from the crime scene and jumped off at the bridge and eluded arrest from responding police operatives. Those who were wounded during the skirmishes were identified as Police officer Fernando Maestrado and Gemma Patlunag. They were immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. It was also learned that there were civilians who were hit by stray bullets.   Misamis Oriental Governor Vincente Yevgeny (Bambi) Emano also told reporters the Provincial Government will extend some help to the immediate families of the police who died, as well as those wounded policemen taken to the hospitals for treatment.  Meanwhile, a team of police operatives are now pursuing the suspects believed still in the town of Libertad but were only hiding.  

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WHO chief sees need to counter "infodemic" and "fake news"

February 17, 2020

The World Health Organization chief, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Saturday cautioned against "fake news" and "infodemic," saying they are equally dangerous as with Covid-19. Speaking before hundreds of security and foreign policy experts during the Munich Security Conference, Director Tedros said there is now a need to counter the spread of "fake news" as it only caused panic among all people all over the world. Tedros said there is a need to "push back against the "infodemic," saying fake news spread faster and more easily than the Covid-19. The WHO chief also called on governments, companies and news organizations to work with WHO to sound the appropriate level of alarm, without fanning the flames of hysteria. "We have a choice. Can we come together to face a common and dangerous enemy? Or will we allow fear, suspicion and irrationality to distract and divide  us?" Tedros asked. He said "this is a time for facts, not fear. This is a time for rationality, not rumours. This is a time for solidarity, not stigma," The WHO chief said.   How to protect us from the virus? (Q&A)     Meanwhile, even the most powerful country of the world is not spared by the attack of the deadly virus which originated from Wuhan City in China, and has already claimed 1,523 lives as of February 14. Covid-19, the official name of the virus, based on recent updates of the World Health Organization (WHO), has not spared industrialized countries of the world like Korea, Japan, Singapore, Germany, and France, among other countries. The 15 cases of corona virus (covid-19 in the US territory is confirmed on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The latest victim of the virus was in San Antonio,Texas, more specifically at the JBSA-Lackland military base. This is where 91 evacuees from Wuhan City were recorded. Wuhan City, China, was the epicenter of the corona virus that spread like wild fires in Australia. The evacuees are now under quarantine period of 14 days although they don't show the so-called symptoms of the 2019.      

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Initao police honors single mothers during Valentine's Day

February 17, 2020

INITAO, Misamis Oriental--Police here serenaded on Friday (February 14) employees of the local government unit (LGU) who are 'singles' or not in a relationship and solo parents or unmarried mothers to honor them on Valentine's Day. After singing a song entitled Valentine, popularized by Jim Brickman and Martina Bride, a police officer threw 'hugot' lines and gave flowers to a woman they intended to honor. Captain Dino Magno, chief of Initao Municipal Police Station, said his office came up with the idea of honoring single mothers to lighten up their Valentine's Day. "Many of them did not have partners who will give them flowers or chocolates perhaps for several years. Atleast they will go home not empty handed," Magno said. Jessie Acut, a staff at the municipal mayor's office, said she was delighted to have been serenaded and have received flowers on Valentine's Day. "This is my first time in three years that I received flowers on Valentine's Day," Acut, mother of five, who have been separated from her husband for 17 years, said. Amee Bagares, officer-in-charge of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development, who has been single mother for 14 years. She was smiling as he received flowers from a police who threw her a hugot line. But the highlight of their giving of Valentine presents is to surprise Vivian Magno, the wife of Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno, the police officer who died after covering a grenade with his body, shielding a crowd from its explosion at the Initao College on November last year. Jason, the younger brother of Dino, was awarded by President Duterte medal of valor. Vivian celebrates her 41st birthday on February 14 for the first time without Jason. On February 15, Jason will also celebrates his 47th birthday. Vivian did not able to contain her tears when colleagues of her late husband started singing to her birthday song when she arrived at the police station around 10:00 o'clock in the morning on Friday. She went to the police station to get the police clearance her eldest son applied as requirement for his entry to the Philippine National Police Academy (PNP). "I am surprised and at the same time I am happy that Jason's former colleagues did not forget my birthday. This reminds me of Jason's attitude that he would never spend for his birthday because he would prefer spending for others' like mine or his children than his," Vivian said crying. Jason was known by his colleagues as thoughful and kind who did not let special occasions like Valentine's Day passed without giving something to his colleagues and close to him according to Dino. "This is some sort of remembering him," Dino said of his younger brother who was considered hero for saving the lives of several students in exchange of his.

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AFP honors 5 soldiers wounded in clash with remnants of Dawlah Islamiya

February 17, 2020

  Divina M. Suson ILIGAN City--The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded on Monday morning (February 17) five soldiers who got wounded in a clash on Saturday with the suspected remnants of Dawlah Islamiya in the hinterlands of Balindong town in Lanao del Sur. They are Second Lieutenant Edon John Sumpay, Privates First Class Jeson Orias and Alony Gado, Jr., and Sergeant Rodgen Pumares, all of 82IB and Private Almie Maputi of 55IB. Brigadier General Generoso Ponio, 1st Infantry Division commander, pinned the Wounded Personnel Award, after the flag raising ceremony inside the Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital at the 1ID Headquarters in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. Ponio assured them to be provided with best medical treatment for their speedy recovery. On Saturday, the government troops clashed with the armed men in a joint combat operation with the 55IB and 82IB according to Captain Clint Antipala, acting officer of the 1st Division Public Affairs Office. Killed during the clash is Private Ellasar Palma of the 55IB. Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, said the 20 remnants probably suffered casualties during the encounter because of the bloodstains in their withdrawal route. “In the last few days, the security forces have taken their camps and security layer positions. Your forces will continue to pursue them with the ultimate objective of defeating terrorism in Lanao province”, Cuerpo said. “We also extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of our soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the people against the terrorist group and we salute his gallantry and bravery,” Ponio said.

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CLS welcomes first Philippine third-party bank to CLS settlement

February 17, 2020

Metrobank participates in settlement service through UBS CLS, a market infrastructure delivering settlement, processing and data solutions, announced today that Metrobank is the first Philippine bank to access CLSSettlement as a third-party participant. UBS, a CLSSettlement member, will provide access to Metrobank. The addition of Metrobank, one of the largest banks in the Philippines, is testament to the significant increase in third-party participation in CLSSettlement throughout the region. This momentum has been driven by a number of factors: since 2018, the overall number of Asia Pacific third parties (regional/third-party banks, funds, corporates and non-bank financial institutions) participating in the settlement service increased by 15% while respective average daily gross values settled increased by 17%. In that same time period, the average daily gross values settled by third-party banks in the region also increased by 16%. Margaret Law, Head of Client Management, Asia Pacific, CLS, commented, "We are thrilled that Metrobank has chosen to use CLS’s settlement service. With the growth of FX trading in many Asian currencies, the issue of settlement risk has become an increasing concern and it is essential that all market participants, buy side or sell side, implement appropriate FX risk mitigation services such as CLSSettlement.” Bob Murga, Metrobank Operations Group Head said, "Our participation in CLSSettlement will enable Metrobank to mitigate settlement risk and reduce operational costs related to FX trading. Ultimately, CLS creates opportunities for us to expand our business by having access to a wider pool of counterparties." Christian Stolcke, Global Head of Banks at UBS, said, “We are delighted to provide Metrobank access to CLSSettlement. Wider participation in the service will help to build a more robust global FX market through the mitigation of FX settlement risk. Furthermore, in times of increasing intraday funding and liquidity cost, CLS brings considerable reduction of liquidity consumption through its netting effect.” As foreign exchange volumes continue to increase,1 the recent Bank for International Settlements’ quarterly review indicates that close to USD9 trillion of payments remain at risk from settlement risk on any given day.2 Consequently it remains critical that all market participants strive to adopt global best practices that mitigate risks and establish stronger controls, as well as improve operational efficiencies. In addition, industry initiatives such as the introduction of the FX Global Code of Conduct have motivated FX market participants, including those in Asia, to adopt a best practice approach to settlement and post-trade processing.

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