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Duterte signs "no smoking in public" law

May 28, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital) - Finally, the law that prohibits people from smoking in public places has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the palace reported on Thursday. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial of the Department of Health told reporters that President Duterte signed executive order (EO) last May 16.  The executive order prohibits all smokers of the country to smoke in public places, most especially those frequented by the people. The EO also provides designated areas for smokers so that non-smokers would not be affected when they are in public places, conveyances and other public places mentioned in the EO. The executive order also prohibited "persons-in-charge" to tolerate smoking in public places. Persons-in-charge refers to designated president or manager in case of a company, corporation, partnership or association, or the administrator in case of government or private property, facility, office or building, and the city/municipal schools superintendent, school president, dean or principal in case of schools. Selling, distributing, or purchasing tobacco products to and from minors are also prohibited. Ordering, instructing, or compelling a minor to use, light up, buy, sell, distribute, deliver, advertise or promote tobacco products are likewise prohibited. The EO also bars placing tobacco advertisements and other promotional materials within 100 meters from the perimeter of a school, public playground, and other facilities frequented by minors. Persons-in-charge are also mandated to establish internal procedure and measures through which the EO shall be implemented and enforced within the area of which he is in charge.  

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CIDG, PNP SAF raided Claveria Mayor Salvaleon's compound in Claveria town

May 28, 2019

JOINT OPERATIVES  of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the province of Misamis Oriental, PNP SAF and Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) raided the compound of the Salvaleon family in Malagana, Claveria town based on four search warrants. The reported early dawn raid yesterday yielded several high-powered firearms and a sack of ammunitions. The arresting team also nabbed the subject person in the person of Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon, and her son Reagan Salvaleon. The raiding team also arrested two bodyguards and six members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU). The CAFGUs were included in the arrest as they were in the compound during the raid, instead at their detachment in Mat-i Claveria The yielded firearms included four M-16 armalite rifles, two M14, two .45 caliber pistol, one KG-9 machine pistol and hundreds of live ammunitions. Master Sergeant Noel Oclarit of CIDG Misor identified those arrested during the raid as Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon, 67 year's old and wife of Claveria ex-mayor Redentor Salvaleon, her son Reagan Salvaleon, 37 and their two family bodyguards Christopher Pagara, 39 and his elder brother Mario Pagara, 49. Arrested members of the Cafgus who were all members of the 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB) were Richie Taquin, 39; Ricardo Sumilla, 61; Roger Cailing, 49; Rammie Bacala, 40; Ernesto Ayuman, 37; and Joselito Cabaluna, 29-year old.  The 10 suspects were arrested based on four search warrants issued by Judge Mirabeaus Undalok,  Presiding Judge sa  Regional Trial Court Branch 43 sa Gingo-og City. Subjects of the search warrants were Mrs. Gertrudes and her son Reagan Salvaleon.  Mayor-elect Meraluna Salvaleon in an interview with a local radio station denied the family owned the firearms intercepted by the CIDG raiding team. She said those firearms were owned by the military especially the CAFGUs detailed at the family compound. "Actually, wala man gyud sa sulod sa family compound nakuha ang mga armas pero sa gawas ra. Gani kana nga mga armas iyaha na sa mga Cafgu nga nagabantay sa family compound," mayor-elect Salvaleon narrated. Mayor Salvaleon suspected that a certain Jaime Cawasan was behind the raid as he surrendered yesterday based on reports she gathered from reliable sources. FAMILY FEUD Mayor Salvaleon narrated how this feud between the Salvaleons and former NPA rebel Jaime Cawasan alias Dudot.  "It all started when this certain Jaime Cawasan mortgage the 38,000 hectare family land to the Salvaleon family. This transaction, the mayor said, was not known to the Cawasan Family as Jaime Cawasan only transacted with her mother, Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon. Many times Jaime Cawasan requested for add ons until it reached to 2 Million Pesos," Meraluna said. Mayor Salvaleon added that Jaime Cawasan and his family wanted to take back the land and they have agreed for pay off in which it did not happened so that the Salvaleon family also denied giving back the land. This reportedly irked Jaime Cawasan and he allegedly started harassing the Salvaleon Family like burning the family tractor, giving them death threats and all other types of harassments.  Pamatyon daw mi niya tanan so sa kahadlok ug kabalaka sa akong inahan mao to nga nagrequest pud mi sa services sa mga Cafgu mao naa sila sa among compound nagbantay matag adlaw," the mayor said in vernacular. The Salvaleon family was reported to be the most influential family in Claveria town and they owned a lot of business in the area prior to joining politics. Miraluna's father, Redentor Salvaleon, was also elected mayor in the previous years, defeating and stopping the Calingin's control over politics in Claveria, while Meraluna was the vice mayor then. When the father was already threated by health problems, his daughter became the acting Vice Mayor. In the latest 2019 Midterm National and Local elections, Mayor Miraluna Salvaleon ran for mayor and she won.  MDN tried to get the side of Mr Jaime cawasan but failed. The CIDG Misamis Oriental unit also promised reporters they would issue official statements anytime today.   

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Man runs amok; stabs 19 kids

May 28, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital World) - A man suspected to be suffering from mental problems ran amok and reportedly stabs 19 children near a train station in Tokyo, Japan, and while waiting for their school bus. The suspect holding a knife stabbled 16 people, 13 of them were girls at a bus stop Tuesday morning. All of the victims were rushed to nearby hospitals but three of them have already died due to hemorrhage. Media reports, according to Associated Press, number the death toll to two, while government authorities one.  NHK news said a bus driver told authorities that he saw a man holding a knife in each hand and slashed all kids he passed by toward the bus. Based on Kyodo news, the victims were aged 6 years old to 7 years old and they are waiting for their school bus when the incedent took place.  According to news station the victims "were without vital signs" right after the inciudent took place. Dai Nagase, Kawasaki Fire Department spokesperson told AFP “A man stabbed them,” We received an emergency call at 7:44 am (6.44 am Singapore time), which said four elementary schoolchildren were stabbed.”

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Villar leads in groundbreaking of CDO socialized housing project

May 28, 2019

REELECTED Sen. Cyntia Villar was the guest of honor during the groundbreaking of the second phase of the Balubal socialized housing project in Cagayan de Oro City last Tuesday, May 28. The project is a joint initiative between the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), the city government of Cagayan de Oro, private developers and the Social Housing Finance Corporation which will finance the project. Villar was in the event in her capacity as representative of one of the private developers, Crown Asia Properties. The Balulang socialized housing project – which is under HLURB’s Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive Filipino Communities (BALAI) – will be populated with 40 two-storey buildings with 24 units in each structure. The said project is located six kilometers from the national highway traversing the Agusan barangay access road to barangay Balubal. Covering an area of 46,000 square meters, the estate will soon be available for residency by 960 former informal settler families. A total of P70 million for site development and approximately P420 million will be needed for the building construction will come from the Social Housing Finance Corporation’s community mortgage program. HLURB and the city government of Cagayan de Oro through reelected Mayor Oscar Moreno conceptualized the project to address the pragmatic dilemma in housing due to influx of informal settler families living in, near or along danger areas such as riverbanks, esteros, roadways, sidewalks, aqueducts, bridges, garbage dumps, shorelines and waterways here.

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Tubig sa Kinabuhi: A CEST initiative towards clean, safe water

May 28, 2019

Clean and safe water in, bacteria - contaminated water out! The “Tubig sa Kinabuhi” project is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology under its Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology or CEST program. Its main objective is to bring in clean and safe water to barangay Kibangay. Lantapan, Bukidnon.   In Lantapan, Bukidnon, where diarrhea and amoebiasis incidence is relatively high, DOST-X and the Local Government Unit of Lantapan joined forces to find a solution to the water problem. The stakeholders themselves identified the urgent need for access to safe water during the consultation and launching of the CEST program in Lantapan.    The Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) - Bukidnon and LGU Lantapan implemented the project “Water Contamination Eradication to Reduce Contamination-related Health Cases in Barangay Kibangay through the Provision of a Communal Water Purifier Technology in Barangay Kibangay, Lantapan, Bukidnon-D2”. The locals, both the indigenous people and settlers alike, call the project ‘Ang Tubig sa Kinabuhi’.    This initiative preempt problems related to dirty water with the intention to save lives. The project is implemented by St. Francis Xavier parish and is serving the residents, including the hardest-to-reach sitios of Kibuda, Calamba and Maliwanag.   The project includes a 24-stage water purification equipment using the reverse osmosis technology and filtration system. The facility is now providing access to affordable potable water. To ensure the sustainability of the project, a package of training for the maintenance of the equipment and the facility forms part of the technology intervention.   “Tubig sa Kinabuhi” is serving more than 100 families from various parts of the barangay. With a minimal fee of Php 20.00 per gallon of water, the community residents are now benefiting from the assistance of DOST-X.  A recent evaluation of the Municipal Health Office revealed decrease in the incidence of waterborne diseases such as Cholera, Typhoid and other serious illnesses such as Guinea worm disease.

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Claveria mayor's family nabbed for gun possession

May 28, 2019

JOINT OPERATIVES  of the Criminal Intelligence and Detection Group (CIDG) of the province of Misamis Oriental, PNP SAF and Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) raided the compound of the Salvaleon family in Malagana, Claveria town based on four search warrants. The reported early dawn raid yesterday (May 28) yielded several high-powered firearms and a sack of ammunitions. The arresting team also nabbed the subject person in the person of Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon, her son Reagan and members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU). The yielded firearms included armalite rifles, two 45 caliber pistol, two M14, four M16 armalite rifles, one KG-9 machine pistol and hundreds of live ammunitions. Mayor-elect Meraluna Salvaleon in an interview with a local radio station denied the family owned the firearms intercepted by the CIDG raiding team. She said those firearms were owned by the military especially the CAFGUs detailed at the family compound. "Actually, wala man gyud sa sulod sa family compound nakuha ang mga armas pero sa gawas ra. Gani kana nga mga armas iyaha na sa mga Cafgu nga nagabantay sa family compound," mayor-elect Salvaleon narrated. Mayor Salvaleon suspected that a certain Jaime Cawasan was behind the raid as he surrendered yesterday based on reports she gathered from reliable sources. FAMILY FEUD Mayor Salvaleon narrated how this feud between the Salvaleons and former NPA rebel Jaime Cawasan alias Dudot.  "It all started when this certain Jaime Cawasan mortgage the 38,000 hectare family land to the Salvaleon family. This transaction, the mayor said, was not known to the Cawasan Family as Jaime Cawasan only transacted with her mother, Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon. Many times Jaime Cawasan requested for add ons until it reached to 2 Million Pesos," Miraluna said. Mayor Salvaleon added that Jaime Cawasan and his family wanted to take back the land and they have agreed for pay off in which it did not happen, so that the Salvaleon family also denied giving back the land. This reportedly irked Jaime Cawasan and he allegedly started harassing the Salvaleon Family like burning the family tractor, issuing them death threats and all other types of harassments.  "Pamatyon daw mi niya tanan so sa kahadlok ug kabalaka sa akong inahan mao to nga nagrequest pud mi sa services sa mga Cafgu mao naa sila sa among compound nagbantay matag adlaw," the mayor said in vernacular. The Salvaleon family was reported to be the most influential family in Claveria town and they owned a lot of business in the area prior to joining politics. Miraluna's father, Redentor Salvaleon, was also elected mayor, defeating and stopping the Calingin's control over politics in Claveria, while Miraluna was the vice mayor then. When the father was already threated by health problems, his daughter became the acting Vice Mayor. In the latest 2019 Midterm National and Local elections, Mayor Miraluna Salvaleon ran for mayor and she won.  MDN tried to get the side of Mr Jaime cawasan but failed. The CIDG Misamis Oriental unit also promised reporters they would issue official statements anytime today.

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