Maguindanao massacre verdict out Dec. 19

first_imgMANILA – The long-awaited verdict onthe Maguindanao Massacre case will be finally out this month. Fifty-eight people, including 32journalists and six motorists who were not part of the convoy, were killed inwhat is the worst case of election-related violence in Philippine history./PN On Nov. 23, 2009, a convoy composed ofrelatives, supporters, and media were on their way to file Mangudadatu’scertificate of candidacy for the 2010 elections when they were stopped by armedmen, driven to a hill, shot, and buried in shallow pits. Zaldy has been confined in the hospital since October after a stroke while Sajid was allowed to post bail in 2015. Among those who were due for sentencingwere primary suspects Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., his brothers Sajid andZaldy, who were detained in his hospital since October.center_img The Quezon City Regional Trial Court incharge of the case set the date of promulgation of judgment on the multiplemurder cases filed against over 100 suspects – including members of theAmpatuan clan – on December 19, 9 a.m. at the Quezon City Jail-Annex in CampBagong Diwa, Taguig City. The landmark decision for the Maguindanao Massacre case will be out Thursday, Dec. 19, which would put to rest multiple murder charges for 58 deaths a decade ago. CNN PH QC RTC Branch 221 Judge JocelynSolis-Reyes announced the date of the promulgation on Monday in a notice thatwas sent to the parties of the case.last_img read more

Retailers in typhoon-hit Antique towns told to observe price control

first_img The towns of Caluya and Pandan declared a state of calamity on Dec. 26, 2019, while the town of Libertad was placed under a state of calamity last Dec. 27. “Since the retailers are being monitoreddaily, they should not sell the basic necessities beyond the APC. Otherwise,they will be given notice of violation by the DTI,” Cardinal added. Lynna Joy Cardinal, provincial office information officer of DTI Antique, said Wednesday the municipalities of Caluya, Pandan and Libertad carried out the APC in order to secure prices of the basic necessities to not go up. The typhoon hit the three cities the hardest. The price of basic necessities, with the implementation of the APC, is based on the prevailing prices of goods being sold in the municipalities. 155 grams of Lucky 7 sardines in tomato sauce for example, the APC is P15.50 in Pandan; P19 in Caluya, and P15.50 in Libertad. 300ml Alaska sweetened condensed milk is being sold for P57, P65 and P60 in respective places based on the APC. Negosyo Center counselors also conductdaily monitoring as for the other towns when the province was placed understate of calamity last Dec. 31. SAN JOSE, Antique – Business retailersfrom three northern municipalities hit by typhoon Ursula inwere reminded toobserve the Automatic Price Ceiling (APC).center_img The APC was approved by their respectiveMunicipal Price Coordinating Councils (MPCC) with assistance from theDepartment of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province. “Retailers in the three municipalities Caluya, Pandan, and Libertad are being reminded to adhere to the APC,” Cardinal said. “The Negosyo Center counselors in thethree municipalities conduct daily monitoring of the prices of the basicnecessities to make sure that the retailers adhere to the APC,” Cardinal added. She said the prices of the goods varyalso because of the transportation cost of retailers in transporting basicnecessities. The Provincial Price CoordinatingCouncil will meet this coming Jan. 13. (Witha report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Prov’l gov’t not lifting ban on ASF pork anytime soon

first_imgBureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has quarantineofficers at the Iloilo Airport to make sure no pork, pork products andbyproducts from ASF-hit areas enter the province. * certificate of vehicle registration Defensor said seaports in the province such asthose in Dumangas, Ajuy and Carles are also being monitored. The following are the requirements: * the DA detected DNA traces of ASF virus inbatches of hotdogs and skinless longanisa sourced from Luzon * livestock and poultry transport / carriercertificate These areas were Luzon and the countries ofLatvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria,Moldova, Czech Republic,  South Africa,Zambia, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao People’s Republic,South Korea, and China. * farm registration * sporadic cases of ASF were still reported inRizal, Bulacan, National Capitol Region, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Caviteand other areas of Luzon and these pose a lingering threat to the swineindustry of the province of Iloilo * livestock handler’s permitcenter_img * disinfection clearance * veterinary health certificate (VHC) andveterinary shipping permit Executive Order No. 027 cited the followingreasons for extending the temporary ban: ASF causes high fever, loss of appetite,hemorrhage, and death among domestic and wild pigs, thus a threat to the localswine industry. Only those that meet the regulatoryrequirements of the BAI would be allowed to enter Iloilo, he stressed. In Executive Order No. 027, series of 2020,Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. extended the temporary ban until the Department ofAgriculture (DA) has declared as ASF-free those areas that the agencyidentified as having been hit by the ASF virus. ILOILO – The provincial government is not keenon lifting the temporary ban it imposed beginning October last year on swine,pork, pork products and byproducts from areas hit by the African swine fever(ASF). All swine, pork, pork products and by-productsshall also be accompanied by National Meat Inspection Service or LocalGovernment Unit Meat Inspection Certificate./PNlast_img read more

Singapore bank clears office after virus case found

first_imgA static model of a Mitsubishi Aircraft Spacejet sits on display at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Singapore. AP Singapore’s Health Ministry hadconfirmed 47 cases of the virus as of Tuesday. “We are also currently conductingdetailed contact tracing with all employees and other parties that the infectedperson may have come into contact with,” DBS said. (AP) SINGAPORE – The Singapore bank DBS onWednesday cleared a downtown office and told some 300 employees to work fromhome after one of its staff was infected with the new virus, adding to concernsthat also led authorities to scale back an air show drawing thousands ofvisitors. DBS said in a statement it was informedWednesday morning that an employee was confirmed to be infected and that as aprecautionary measure it told all staff working on the same floor to work fromhome.last_img read more

P95-M cash grant now ready for Antique’s 4Ps beneficiaries

first_imgBeneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program wait outside a bank in this province before withdrawing their cash grant. PNA Pantawid provincial link Jeffrey Gabucaysaid that the cash grant for December 2019 to January 2020 period is alreadyavailable for payout to 26,472 Antiqueño beneficiaries through the Land Bank ofthe Philippines. He, however, said: “There are somedifficulties on how the beneficiaries could get their cash grant becauseAntique right now is under extended enhanced community quarantine,” Gabucaysaid. Antiqueño beneficiaries are advised tostay home until April 14 to control the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019.center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department ofSocial Welfare and Development has downloaded P95.1 million in cash grants forthe beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in thisprovince. According to Gabucay, the downloadedfund does not include the adjustment, which was supposed to take effect afterPresident Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11310, or the Pantawid PamilyangPilipino Program Act last year.Under the law, the educational assistance for a qualified senior high schoolstudent is supposed to be P1,000 but the amounted downloaded was only P750.Gabucay added that until now, family members of the 4Ps beneficiaries receiveP750 for health and nutrition; P300 per child in kindergarten or elementary;P500 per junior high school student; and P750 per senior high school student permonth.Each family also gets P600 as rice subsidy.(Witha report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Antique to distribute 35K bags of certified rice seeds

first_imgFarmers who would like to avail the hybrid seeds could go to their respective MAOs to be included in the lists.(With a report from PNA/PN) “We are awaiting 11,000 bags of hybrid palay seeds from the DA in the coming days,” said Calawag. Each farmer-beneficiary in Antique receives two bags of certified rice seeds from their Office of the Provincial Agriculture for the start of the planting season this month. The 35,000 bags of seeds came from the Department of Agriculture in Region 6. PNA On May 6, farmers from the town of Tobias Fornier were the first to have received the bags of certified seeds.Each farmer-beneficiary identified by his/her Municipal Agriculture Offices (MAO) will receive two bags of certified seeds – equivalent to 40 kilos. Two bags are enough for a hectare of a rice farm.   Meanwhile, a farmer-beneficiary who purchases a bag of fertilizer from any agriculture store can receive two bags of free fertilizers from the DA-Region 6.“Farmers could buy the fertilizer from any store. As long as they have a receipt to show, they can avail the free fertilizers,” Calawag said. OPA will also be distributing hybrid palay seeds to interested farmers soon. “The certified seeds are given for free to the identified farmer-beneficiaries,” said Calawag. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) in Antique is in the process of distributing 35,000 bags of certified rice seeds as assistance to farmers for the start of the planting season this month.OPA chief Nicolasito Calawag said in an interview recently the seeds came from the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 6.last_img read more

Observe social distancing at all times, Negrenses urged

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Negros Occidental top cop Colonel Romeo Baleros is urging the public to strictly adhere health protocols set to further curtail the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes  coronavirus disease 2019. In a bid to strictly enforce these rules, Baleros proposed that all traffic enforcers from various local government units in the province, along with terminal supervisors, and local police must coordinate with one another in order to control the crowd and observe social distancing.Baleros said he doesn’t want to come to the point that they will be forced to arrest violators, as he pointed out it is not their obligation to reprimand individuals.He added it is the responsibility of every individual to observe social distancing and wearing face masks when outdoors./PN He made rounds in the town of La Castellana and Bago City last Monday discovered that commuters are neglecting social distancing measures.center_img There is no way for anyone to skirt these, Baleros stressed as he cited the resumption of mass transportation in the province under the general community quarantine. last_img read more

LSI who fled Cebu in a boat nabbed in Negros

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Oberes was immediately brought to the town’s quarantine facility to undergo the 14-day quarantine. He would also be subjected reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing to find out if he was infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Department of Health considered Cebu City as a critical COVID-19 zone as the country logged for the third time the daily number of virus cases soared past 1,000.On Friday, there were 1,006 confirmed cases, raising the total to 34,073. BACOLOD City – A locally stranded individual’s (LSI) attempt to escape quarantine in Cebu failed. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The travel of LSIs coming from and going to Cebu City has been temporarily banned amid the rising cases of COVID-19 there.center_img According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Oberes – resident of Calatrava – originated from the town of Argao in Cebu and was desperate to go home to reunite with his family. Oberes used an “unmarked’ motorized banca and left Cebu sometime around Monday. The LSI then paddled his boat for four days, until he reached the area of Barangay Lemery in Calatrava town late Friday night, where he was intercepted by the PCG personnel. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. The 59-year-old Oliver Oberes was intercepted in the town of Calatrava in Negros Occidental after four days of paddling his small boat. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough./PNlast_img read more

Bacolod City forms ‘Task Force Disiplina’

first_imgVice Mayor El Cid Familiaran was named as co-chairman and Wilfredo Geolingo as action officer.The group, under the supervision of the QHPC, may carry out arrests in flagrante delicto (caught in the act) with the assistance of BCPO personnel at all times.  “The dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic calls for the constant review and adjustment of existing quarantine and health protocols for the effective control of and protection from this disease,” Leonardia said./PN The task force was composed of personnel from the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), City Mayor’s Office, City Administrator’s Office, and Public Order and Safety Office. The TFD was tasked to ensure the compliance of residents and establishments with all existing laws, issuances and ordinances related to the established health protocols against COVID-19. BACOLOD City – To ensure that health safety protocols against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are followed such as the wearing of facemask and physical distancing, among others, the local government unit here formed “Task Force Disiplina” (TFD).This came after Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued his Executive Order (EO) No. 47 creating the Quarantine and Health Protocol Compliance Council (QHPC).last_img read more