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Uncle throws 1 y.o. niece to die in MisOr mountains

May 1, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The police has invited a 28-year-old laborer for questioning, following the death of a one-year and seven-month old baby girl, who was found dead on a bushy hill in Sta. Ana village, Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental Friday morning. The suspect, Ian Baranggit, 28, an uncle of the victim, was held for questioning after the child was left for their care by an aunt who reportedly attended a seminar Friday morning. Sofia, the only child of a soldier and a public school teacher who also live on same village, was found dead covered with bushes, has bite marks on her arms and markings on her neck. Her father is currently assigned in Marawi City while her mother teaches in a public school in Cagayan de Oro City. Everyday, the working couple, leave Sofia to the care of the relatives who were living in the village as neighbors too. Police investigators suspected that the child might have been strangled to death and thrown into the bushy hill side before the suspect went back to their house. Police said the suspect denied he left the child lifeless in the mountain hill, but witnesses told the police they saw the suspect in the company of the child before the child was found dead. The suspect’s wife, whose name was withheld, told the police that her husband asked her to buy food Friday morning. She told the police that she noticed that the child was not in the house when she came home. She said that  immediately she sought the help of the neighbors and relatives to look for the child who was later found lifeless. -0-

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IMEE: CONVERT BILLIONS IN BAYANIHAN LOANS TO DIRECT ASSISTANCE

April 30, 2021

Senator Imee Marcos has urged the government to convert the bulk of stimulus funds that are lying unused in state financial institutions and directly assist businesses hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, expressed alarm during Wednesday’s committee hearing that international financial institutions like the World Trade Organization, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Asian Development Bank have forecast that the Philippines could become Asia’s “laggard” in economic recovery due to the lack of economic stimulus funding.   “We can solve the sluggish disbursement of billions in stimulus funds by converting part of the budget for loan programs in state banks and pension funds into more direct forms of assistance like wage subsidies and job programs,” Marcos said.    "For example, despite 65% of carinderias and small neighborhood shops having temporarily or permanently closed, this target group cannot access these loans, being mere barangay-level operations that are not qualified according to the requirements of the Small Business Corporation and the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry),” Marcos explained.   “Even MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) that are capable and ready to borrow will hesitate to avail of loans while the pandemic continues. Until there is a clearer policy on imposing community quarantines, they will lack the confidence of being able to pay back,” Marcos added.   Marcos cited that only Php3.3 billion has been lent out from the Php10 billion allotted to the DTI’s CARES (COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises) program for MSMEs under Bayanihan 2.   The Php6 billion earmarked for the hard-hit tourism sector may also remain unutilized, “until a more expansive vaccine roll-out takes place and tourist confidence returns,” Marcos said.   Funds provided by the Land Bank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines, and the Philguarantee Corporation are “similarly slow-moving,” Marcos added.   “We need to convert billions pumped into banks and other financial institutions into ‘ayuda’ from the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), from DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) through the CAMP and TUPAD programs, and increased assistance to the unemployed through the SSS (Social Security System), plus other direct subsidies for digitizing, retrofitting, retooling, and retraining MSMEs,” Marcos said.

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'Rufus' bats scholarship for  coco farmer's siblings in CDO

April 30, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A lawmaker from this seaport capital of 800,000 people batted for scholarship of children of coconut farmers in the country. In a statement furnished The Mindanao Daily News, Deputy House Speaker and Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, said the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has a P 70 billion revenue out of the coco levy fund. "Part of the P 70 billion coco levy fund could finance the scholarship program for children of cococut farmers, especially in Cagayan de Oro City," Rodriguez said. He said that he made the appeal during the hearing on Committee Mindanao Affairs with the PCA Administrator Benjamin Madrigal last week saying the coco levy trust fund now totaled P70 billion. According to Rodriguez, the scholarship program is one of the benefits that the coco farmers could avail as mandated under RA No. 11524, the Coconut Levy Trust Fund Act, that President Duterte recently signed into law. Rodriguez is the co-author of the coco levy trust fund. The PCA Administrator assured that the coconut farmers in Cagayan de Oro City and their families could avail of the benefits of the P70B fund once the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA with the various government line agencies is signed, Rodriguez said. Aside from the scholarship, the coco levy fund was intended for the training of farmers and their families on coconut production and processing, crop insurance; credit program, and infrastructure program, he said. -0-

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NPA shot dead a farmer in Agusan del Norte

April 30, 2021

AGUSAN DEL NORTE - A New People's Army (NPA) rebel shot dead a farmer just outside his house after around 50 combatants of the communist group visited him Wednesday, the police reported. Police investigators who responded to the crime scene identified the victim as Edgar B. Jore, 45, and a resident of Barangay Bangonay, this province. Initial investigation disclosed that on Wednesday (April 28) at around 6:00pm heavily-armed members of the New People's Army visited the farmer in his house and without provocation dragged the farmer outside of his house and pointed to him an AK-45 rifle, and shot him three times, causing his untimely demise.   In an interview with PNA, Staff Sgt Sainodin Imam said the farmer's wife Gertrudez Ensinada Jore and their 18-year-old son witnessed the killing. Imam said: “Based on their testimonies, the fully-armed NPA rebels, around 50 of them, arrived in their house at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The perpetrators entered their house and immediately pointed an AK-45 rifle at the victim's head. Then the armed men dragged the victim outside of their residence.” “The victim succumbed to three gunshot wounds in the body and two on his feet,” the police officer added during an interview. The farmer's wife, Imam said, has identified one of the 50 rebels as a certain Sadam Porongoy Dayong, saying he also lives in Barangay Bangonay. Dayong was a member of the NPA's Guerrilla Front (GF) 16A of the NPA's North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee.   The NPA rebels reportedly fled to the mountainous area in said barangay. While the cadaver of the victim was retrieved by police authorities the next day due to the presence of a big number of NPA rebels in the area. “The wife and his son told us that the victim was a simple farmer in their place who only attended to his farm every day for a living. He has no connections with the military or any group,” Staff Sgt Imam said. Meanwhile, the Army's 29th Infantry Battalion is now conducting hot pursuit operations in the mountains in Jabonga to find the retreating rebels. - with PNA report  

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Bridgestone Philippines’ Safer Road for All: Always in All Ways 2021 Campaign

April 29, 2021

A year later into the pandemic, we are still struggling from the ravages brought by the crisis of COVID-19. And just when we are getting back on our feet, cases rose rapidly again. Now, we are back to quarantine and many of us feel helpless. The pandemic has disrupted our economy, communities, and lives for the second time.    2021—a repeat of last year? Lockdown Déjà vu? Bridgestone Philippines refuses we are back to square one.    Recovery may seem far away from where we are standing, but we are persevering and racing towards the finish line. There may be times that we need to slow down and walk, but we are definitely moving forward together.   We have learned time and time again the importance of safety in all aspects of our lives. The pandemic has taught us to make it a priority and Bridgestone Philippines is embracing it.    “Safer Road For All: Always in All Ways” Bridgestone welcomes us with a campaign to look out for the remainder of 2021. This signifies the brand’s leadership on road safety—as they take to greater heights last year’s campaign on “A Safer Road For All.” Bridgestone Philippines aims to elevate the coverage and importance of road safety in the lives of Filipinos, hence, “Always in All Ways”. Serving society with superior quality tires has always been Bridgestone’s mission since its foundation.

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A case of forbidden love affair: Girl dies after hanging self inside motel

April 29, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - This is a classic case of 'forbidden love affair' that turned into a worst nightmare, as the girl involve in this case committed suicide inside a motel yesterday morning. (April 27) Larry Mondeno, 40, married, a resident of Bayanga, this city and a certain Jovelyn (not her real name), a resident of Indahag, also in this city, had their indecent love affair for 10 months until this incident happened. They usually meet in motels and inns as long as they feel like wanting each other. "We've always meet in motels regularly for 10 months now, says Larry during a radio interview, as he denied killing Jovelyn. Jovelyn, 39, was found dead by hotel employees after she hanged herself inside Room 412 at a motel in Mahogany Street, Carmen, this city, for still unknown reasons. Police investigators are 'facing a blank wall' as to the motive of the suicide. But they said the victim may have been  killed by his 'strange love mate' Larry Mondeno. So, an autopsy report was conducted to confirm whether the death was caused by suicide or by force and strangulation. But the main suspect of the girl's suicide vehemently denied killing Jovelyn, adding that he was working at an agrivet store in Brgy Carmen when the incident happened between 10:00am to 2:00pm.   He said even front desk clerks and other hotel staff could attest to the fact that Larry was not around when the suicide happened. PROBLEMS Larry narrated that Jovelyn has problems. Her ASA Card was reportedly used by another person thru a loan without her knowing. But Larry said Jovelyn did not elaborate her problem. It was also learned that Jovelyn and her live-in partner were not in good terms. Her husband went to their hometown in Balingasag and brought two of their five siblings with him. Jovelyn was also reportedly retrenched by her employer in this city after learning she has forbidden love affair with another married guy. Meanwhile, the police are now waiting for the autopsy report, which will tell if she was deliberately killed or she took her own life.

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