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NPA surrenderees in Surigao Sur reveal arm cache hidden in Mt Gacob

January 14, 2020

SAN AGUSTIN, Surigao del Sur – The joint elements of the 9th Special Forces “Hounds” Company under the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) of Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) seized an NPA arms cache on January 10 at Mt. Gacob, Sitio Magkahunaw, Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. Recovered were two caliber 30 Garand rifles, and assorted ammunitions and explosives. This is a result from the follow-up interviews of the two rebel surrenderees (@John and @Dave) who revealed the location of the arms cache. “The declaration of persona non-grata to the members of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) by Surigao del Sur province and the institutionalization of the Local Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (LTF-ELCAC) of the Province down to its municipalities play a role on the influx of rebel surrenderees in Surigao Sur, “Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan INF (GSC) PA, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, said. During the  Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting last January 6 presided by Governor Alexander T. Pimentel, the council observed the significant decrease of NPA violent and non-violent activities in Surigao Sur. Further, participation among people in demonstrations organized by anti-government militant groups allegedly linked to CNTs significantly decreased. Colonel Allan D Hambala INF (MNSA) PA, 401st (Unite and Fight) Infantry Brigade Commander lauds the Provincial Government of Surigao Del Sur for its steadfast support to end insurgency through the plans and programs under Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. In the whole region of CARAGA, the province of Surigao del Sur was the first to declare CNTs unwelcome. Meanwhile, the Army and the Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict continuously call on the remaining CNTs to abandon armed struggle and avail of the Enhanced Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for rebel surrenderees.  

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Yam Concepcion stars in 'Night Shift' horror movie

January 14, 2020

Writer/director Yam Laranas and actress Yam Concepcion work together for the first time in “Night Shift”, Viva Films’ first horror presentation in cooperation with Alliud Entertainment for the year 2020. Set in a hospital morgue, the movie revolves around a pathologist’s assistant named Jessie who’s working on a straight shift one stormy night.  She doesn’t believe in the afterlife, but she is suddenly creeped out by the strange sounds that seem to be coming from the cadavers.  She cannot shake off the feeling that they seem to be coming back to life.  As her fear intensifies, Jessie begins to ponder on the idea of the Final Judgment.  And if indeed the day has come that people rise from the dead, she is tormented about meeting her own end.   Yam Laranas has been praised for his previous horror movies, such as “Aurora” (2018), “The Road” (2011), and “Sigaw” (2004), for which he won a Special Award at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF).   In an interview conducted by thewrap.com on how to make a horror movie, Laranas said, “I want to see what’s real out there and I translate them into (a) real scary (story) because that has a connection to a lot of people…It becomes relatable.  And when you translate that into something horrifying, it touches people’s fears, nightmares and skeletons in their closet.” He also added that “location is another character in a horror film.  It is where fear and paranoia are created.”  This statement is well depicted in the movie trailer where Yam Concepcion is seen all alone in cold hallways with flickering lights, a room with rows of beds with cadavers, Yam running from what appears to be a group of zombies, and more.   The director also points out the importance of music in elevating the fear and enhancing the mood of the horror movie.  That’s why he has teamed up once again with the award-winning gentlemen (Oscar Fogelström and Albert Michael Idioma) that created the music and sound for “Aurora”.  “I am impressed how efficient every single one is in the team,” wrote Yam Concepcion in one of her Instagram posts that shows her in the set of their movie.  She commends director Yam Laranas for being a good leader that runs the whole production.  She further wrote, “So lucky to be part of this movie project and to be working with all of you.”   .   This is Yam’s first lead role in a horror movie.  She was very convincing as a villain in the drama series   “Halik” on ABS-CBN, it’s about time she shows us her acting prowess in the horror genre, especially with the big twist that the movie has in store.   “Night Shift” opens in cinemas on January 22, 2020.  

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Dad checks N95 face mask sold in Oro

January 14, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A city councilor made a surprise inspection at various stores selling N95 masks in the city. Councilor George Goking, chair of the City Council committee on trade and commerce, made the surprise inspection following reports that prices of disposable face masks have dramatically increased after the Taal volcano eruption. Goking said his committee will investigate the alleged shortage  of supplies of N95 face masks. As of 1 p.m. yesterday (January 14), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that Taal volcano’s eruption has been characterized by continuous magmatic and hydrovolcanic activity. "Lava fountains generated 800-meter tall dark gray steam-laden plumes that drifted to the general southwest," the Philvolcs said in a post. It said new fissures or cracks were observed in Sinisian, Mahabang Dahilig, Dayapan, Palanas, Sangalang, Poblacion, Lemery; Pansipit, Agoncillo; Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 5, Talisay and Poblacion, San Nicolas. A fissure was also documented across the road connecting Agoncillo to Laurel, Batangas. The Philippine Seismic Network recorded a total of forty-nine (49) volcanic earthquakes in the Taal region from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. on January 14. "Seven of these earthquakes were felt with intensities ranging from Intensity II to IV in Tagaytay City," said the Phivolcs, adding "the intense seismic activity coupled with fissuring on the caldera region likely signifies continuous magma intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activity." Alert Level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano. This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. DOST-PHIVOLCS strongly reiterates total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and areas at high risk to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within a 14-kilometer radius from Taal Main Crater. Areas around Taal Volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall. Civil aviation authorities must advise the aviation industry to avoid the airspace around Taal Volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from the eruption column pose hazards to aircraft. DOST-PHIVOLCS is continually monitoring the eruption and will update all stakeholders of further developments.

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Oro dad to investigate shortage of face mask

January 14, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A legislator is set to investigate why the city is experiencing shortage in the supplies of disposable face masks. Councilor George Goking, chairman of the committee on trade and commerce, said he will meet with establishments that sell face masks so he will know directly from them why stocks of N95 face masks in the city have run out. Goking said he will also look into possible overpricing of medicines and other essential commodities. He said he noticed that supplies of the N95 masks were no longer available in hardware stores and pharmacies since Monday. The city councilor said he wants to be prepared and will not wait until the smoke and ash reach Mindanao before he will buy the protective masks.  “As chairman of trade and commerce, I will call them for a meeting, especially the pharmaceutical associations, and I will let them answer the question why are run out of supply of N95 masks,” Goking said. During the meeting, Goking said they will also remind these business operators not to overprice or hoard essential items such as medicines or they will face penalties if proven that they are guilty of doing it. “We cannot allow businesses to deprive people of important commodities such as N95 face masks or medicines in the time that they need them the most,” he added. He said the meeting will take place anytime this week as soon as the establishments have already been notified. Reporters who went to some pharmacies and stores have noticed N95 face masks were no longer available. A salesperson at a pharmacy said a lone customer bought all their N95 face masks on Monday, and they no longer stocks to sell to their other customers. In that store, they sell N95 masks at P65 each.

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Middle East remains fragile, Pres. Trump’s reelection seen

January 14, 2020

THE advent of the year 2020 has everyone getting a glimpse of the challenges and opportunities ahead. The Iran-US conflict almost blew out of proportion. The community of nations followed the unfolding event, up close and personal. There is no doubt that the delicate Iran-US conflict brought every world leader on the toe. In some corners, those with fertile imaginations were already trying to configure the raising of the Armageddon curtains in the smoldering desert of the Middle East. WWIII! The unstable price of oil in the world market unprecedentedly moved while oil dependent countries, like the Philippines, expected gloomy days ahead. In fact, President Rodrigo Duterte called an emergency meeting to reactivate the “task force” that would evacuate Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the Middle East. The time of uncertainty was the call of the day. However, the fidgety international community heaved a sigh of relief with the US stepping a foot backward. Frisky US President Donald Trump cools down when no American casualties were reported. Iran launched a barrage of missile attacks on US bases in Iraq, a few days after the killing of Iran’s top General. The imminent conflict started with the controversial killing of Maj. General Quasem Soleimani, the top man of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Iran accused the US of assassinating Soleimani while about to board a car at the Bhagdad International Airport. The US accused Soleimani of killing hundreds of Americans in Iraq. Trump alleged that the killing of Soleimani was precipitated following intelligence report that Soleimani was plotting to attack and kill Iraq-based Americans. He said that the timely killing of Soleimani nips in the bud Iran’s sinister plot to kill Americans in Iraq. According to Trump, Soleimani was in the Order of Battle even before he became President. The plan to kill Soleimani was carried out on his order. An armed military drone killed Soleimani while he was about to board his car. The US prepares the possible consequences and shows that it is ready to meet force with force following the deployment of additional 3,500 US troops a day after the incident. Contrary to the cooling down of the Iran-US conflict in the surface, Iran’s simmering anger is seething in silence. Candidly, the peace and order situation in Iraq remain unstable. Anytime, the skies in the Middle East will turn into a fireball of an escalated armed conflict. God Forbids, Nostradamus prophesied that “in the year 2020 in the 10th month plus 10, the man in crimson seating in leather will push the red button. Weapons of war will scem in the sky That same year even holy men will become enemies They will unfairly attempt to suppress the sacred law The believers will die by war and shock.” In addition, Nostradamus predicted that “Turmp will be reelected US President in 2020.”

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Sokor wastes: Volunteers swarm as mayor calls for help

January 14, 2020

TAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental--Hundreds of volunteers responded to the call of Mayor Gomer Sabio for a "Bayanihan" to help in re-packing the tons garbage from South Korea. Sabio and Bureau of Customs (BOC) port collector John Simon came up with the "Bayanihan system" and launched "OPLAN TAPON, BASURA IBALIK SA SOUTH KOREA" to meet the January 18 and February 9 scheduled re-exportation. The idea is to ship back the remaining 5,177 tons of garbage dumped at the recycling facility of Verde Soko located in the economic zone of the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan. The garbage arrived in February 2019 from South Korea. Residents living nearby have volunteered not just to help re-pack the tons of garbage to tonner bags, but also to help clean the dumpsite from possible toxic chemical contamination that could affect their source of potable water. "It is for our own sake that we are safe against the harm from bacteria and unsafe chemical contamination, that's why it's high time that we will call up diligent volunteers for the said cause," Sabio told reporters. At least 200 container vans are now ready to be loaded with bags of garbage placed in tonner bags donated by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental last year through the request of Task Force SoKor Basura chairman Gerardo Sabal Jr., also a provincial board member. "Let us send these garbage back to Sokor," said Simon as he lauded the volunteers. "As citizens of this country, I personally invite you to please take part in cleaning our environment, our beloved province Misamis Oriental. We need to foster healthy environment for our children and emphasize that our country is a great nation to live in," said Sabal. "We always put smile on our faces and make warm welcome to every foreign investors and visitors but please do not send your garbage here in our country," Sabal added.

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