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Assassins ambush village official after attending a wedding

July 29, 2021

MAGUINDANAO - A barangay official was shot dead by still unidentified attackers after attending the wedding of his son Tuesday, reports reaching MDNN said yesterday. The victim was identified by police investigators as Badawi Kusain, 45, and the current chairperson of Barangay Ambadao, Shriff Aguak, this province. The handgun used by the suspect has yet to be identified by the police, the report said. Based on the initial investigation, the victim was on his way home after attending the wedding of his son. The reception was held at a restaurant in Barangay Poblacion. After the traditional wedding ceremonies, the village official, together with his Nephew Rasul Sindi, was heading home when the suspects alighted near the town's rotunda at around 1:30pm Tuesday (July27), and without provocation, shot the victim many times to the different parts of his body which caused his untimely demise.   Major Radzak Musa, the local police chief told reporters that Kusain succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds. Fortunately, his nephew has escaped unharmed. The police chief said they are waiting for the lapse of a seven-day family mourning to resume their investigation and identify the killers as soon as possible. Police investigators have initially pointed to a clan war as the motive of the killing.

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Zamboanga City Govt to give Hidilyn a hero's welcome

July 28, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz flew back to the Philippines Wednesday and met her inspiration, the Filipino people. She arrived 4:45pm at the NAIA along with Gao Kaiwen, her Chinese coach and Julius Naranjo, her strength and conditioning coach. Based on her itinerary yesterday, Hidilyn would go immediately to her hotel accommodation in Manila, including her two coaches, for the 7-day mandatory quarantine period.   The world's weightlifting champion is also scheduled to go back home in her home province in Zamboanga City after completing her quarantine, where a hero's welcome is also waiting for her, courtesy of the local government of Zamboanga City. There is not much details about the hero's welcome but she will be paraded in the main streets of the city in Zamboanga, it was learned. Government's P10 Million reward It was learned that before Hidilyn could check in at her hotel room, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will present her the gold medal of valor, This will also form part of the champion's reward based on the Expanded Athletes Incentives Act, and this will include her P10 Million cash incentive for bagging an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. No less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself will hand over the P10 Million incentive during a courtesy call to the President's office in Malacañang. Diaz will also expect a rank promotion from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. For those who still doesn't know about her profession, Diaz was employed by the Philippine Air Force based in Zamboanga City. Challenges before achieving the gold In 2014, Hidilyn was challenged with a knee injury. At the same time she also lost a coach. These were among the downtimes she has considered before finally clinching the elusive gold in Tokyo, Japan. During the Catholic Church-led conference years back, Hidilyn also spoke of a spiritual hunger and emptiness which also led to her depression in life. "I didn't know my purpose in life and why I was in weightlifting," she said in Filipino during 2018 Philippine Conference for the New Evangelization in UST Manila. Diaz admitted of losing hope to continue her weightlifting career due to financial difficulties she encountered while on training overseas. In her last training in Malaysia before the Tokyp Olympics with her two coaches, she narrated of having problems again. Her team couldn't go back home because of the pandemic. She was stranded in Malaysia. Not only that she again encountered emptiness but she needed to stop her schooling. Diaz was enrolled at a computer college but had to stop to give priority to her weightlifting training schedules in Malaysia. Her emptiness in a foreign land has led her to learn praying and directly talking to the Lord Almighty. "I learned how to pray when I didn't know how to before," said Diaz, 30. "And I trusted in God. I told myself, there's a purpose why I'm here." Diaz said it was important to trust in God and in one's self. During her competition time, Diaz said she did not expect she could lift the 127kg jerk that catapulted her to clinch the gold medal, and even breaking a world record of 224. "Perhaps that was God and all the people who prayed," she said, adding that jerking a 127kg is too heavy. "I'm truly thankful for all who prayed and held novenas."  

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Military ‘evac' 11 C-130 mishap survivors to CDO

July 28, 2021

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan De Oro City – Eleven survivors of the C130 mishap in Patikul, Sulu were evacuated to the army hospital here, the Division of Public Affairs Office (DPAO), announced Wednesday.   DPAO Chief Maj. Francisco P.   Garello, Je., said that the survivors, all of them from Northern Mindanao, were flown in Monday in response  to their requesrs to be closer to their families.   The survivors, now confined in the  army station hospital here were identifed as;    1. Pvt Reque Mambabao PA – Bukidnon 2. Pvt Renato B Tejares PA – Kipalo, Kapatagan , Lanao Del Norte 3. Pvt Christian Joshua Pacal PA 4. Pvt  Jeason Mark  S  Balondo PA – Margosatubig, Zamboanga Dels Sur 5. Pvt Jonel B Lagulay PA – Esperanza, Agusan del Sur 6. Pvt Christian C Martorillas PA -Purok Pag asa Salawagan Quezon Bukidnon 7. Pvt Olan  W Acolentava PA – Lamirande Crest, Lumbia CDO 8. Pvt Rodiel S Morales PA – Zone 8 Patag CDO 9. Pvt Jon Klien D Gaid PA – Poblacion, Gitagum, Misamis Oriental 10. Pfc Kristopher Bulat-ag PA – Cagayan de Oro City 11. Alfran B Buna PA –Zone 6, Quibonbon, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.   The  eleven  injured personnel requested for evacuation to the Army Station Hospital here so their families could assist and take care of them while they continue to recuperate from their injuries.   Privates Tejares and Pacal expressed gratitude to all who came to their rescue  when the C130 cargo plane went down in Sulu. The injured milktary personnel were transported by a Philippine Air Force FOKKER aircraft from Zamboanga City to Lumbia Airport, Cagayan de Oro City.    To recall, the C130 military aircraft carrying 96 Airforce and Army personnel crashed in Patikul, Sulu on July 04, 2021 killing  50 Air Force and Army personnel while 46 Army personnel survived. -0-

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COVID-19 virus infects 1,440 vaccinated persons

July 28, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: About 1,440 fully vaccinated individuals were found COVID-19 positive after undergoing swab testing, Dr. Joselito Retuya, the city Epedemiologist, said here. Retuya released the figure Tuesday during a press briefing with the local press about the daily monitoring of the COVID-19 cases here.   He said that of the figure, 940 were vaccinated with SinoVac, 340 Astra Zeneca, 107 Pfizers and 53 with Sputnik jabs.   Retuya said that most patients showed only moderate to mild symptoms while others were asymptomatic.   He said that the patients underwent the Reverse Transcription-Polymerese Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) swab testing. “So far, only few were reported to have experienced severe symptoms when admitted for recovery,” Retuya said. -0-

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Malaybalay City Govt Establishes pre-fab quarantine facility to effectively combat covid-19

July 28, 2021

MALAYBALAY CITY - In order to effectively combat the continuing threats of covid-19 and its dangerous mutations, the City Government of Malaybalay  has constructed a pre-fabricated quarantine facility. In a press statement sent to MDNN, City Mayor Florencio T. Flores said the facility was prioritized since last year and now its nearing 100 percent completion. “In response to the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and the impending threat of another coronavirus variant, the city government of Malaybalay has been doubling its efforts to stop COVID spread by enhancing its quarantine and treatment facilities,” the mayor pointed.   He also said that the quarantine facility located in Barangay Patpat was realized thru the Office of Civil Defense under the "Bayanihan: We Heal as One Act" Act. Prior to the start of the project, the mayor has directed the City Engineering Office to develop a workable 8-unit prefabricated container COVID-19 quarantine facility equipped with an air-conditioning system and individual comfort rooms.   Mayor Flores also said that the project costed P6 Million and it is ready to accommodate 16 patients based on the guidelines of the Department of Health. Right now the project is 70 percent completed, according to Disaster Response Vice-chairman Roberto Flores, who inspected recently the project at Ligtas COVID Center in Patpat village.    “This would augment the existing local quarantine and isolation facilities at LCC, Pelot’s, TESDA Training Center, and the province’s Wellness and Reintegration Center,” the Mayor explained. Meanwhile, the City Mayor reiterated his challenge to the city residents to continue observing health protocols and prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.

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Assassins ambush village official after attending a wedding

July 28, 2021

MAGUINDANAO - A barangay official was shot dead by still unidentified attackers after attending the wedding of his son Tuesday, reports reaching MDNN said yesterday. The victim was identified by police investigators as Badawi Kusain, 45, and the current chairperson of Barangay Ambadao, Shriff Aguak, this province. The handgun used the suspects has yet to be identified by the police, the report said. Based on the initial investigation, the victim was on his way home after attending the wedding of his son. The reception was held at a restaurant in Barangay Poblacion. After the traditional wedding ceremonies, the village official, together with his Nephew Rasul Sindi was heading home when the suspects alighted near the town's rotunda at around 1:30pm Tuesday (July27), and without provocation, shot the victim many times to the different parts of his body which caused his untimely demise.   Major Radzak Musa, the local police chief told reporters that Kusain succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds. Fortunately, his nephew has escaped unharmed. The police chief said they are waiting for the lapse of a seven-day family mourning to resume their investigation and identify the killers as soon as possible. Police investigators have initially pointed to a clan war as the motive of the killing.

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