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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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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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Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz wins first-ever Olympic gold for the country

July 27, 2021

PHILIPPINES FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD AFTER 97 YEARS   Philippines Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has celebrated triumphantly her winning of the first gold for the Philippines in the 55kg Clean and Jerk category, and after 97 years in olympics gold drought. Diaz won the gold after her dramatic final lift of 127 kg jerk that catapulted her in bagging the very elusive gold for the country. She defeated the world record holder Liao Qiuyun of the People's Republic of China. Liao ended on second place with her 223 total weightlifting score against Diaz's 224, while the bronze medal went to Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo In an interview with Diaz by the International media, Diaz thanked God for briging her up to this milestone of winning one the most respected olympics gold in weightlifting. "I have a lot of sacrifices this year up to the point na kinakailangan ko nang ihinto muna ang pag aaral ko para makapag focus dito sa Tokyo olympics," Diaz told the international media. Diaz said there were too much pain during the practice as well as the pain of not seeing her family for years. However, the Zamboangueña weightlifter said everything was also worth it. With Diaz olympic gold, she would be assured of the P3 Million reward from the Philippine government. Earlier, Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero sweetened the pot for Filipino athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics. He said P3 Million pesos awaits for gold medalist, P2 Million for Silver medalist and another P1 Million pesos for bronze medalist.  

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