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Mayor Sara says Davao Covid19 Taskforce requests for booster shots for frontliners

September 21, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte announced Monday that the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force has requested the Department of Health regional office 11 (DOH-11) to provide booster shots for frontliners in hospitals. Through a resolution, the mayor said, the taskforce cited the depleted number of healthcare workers in both government and private, thus the need to protect the remaining frontliners in said hospitals.   It can be recalled that thousands of healthcare service providers have contracted the deadly virus, and worst, many have also died. “It was discussed and that was the action of the Covid-19 Task Force. We passed a resolution seeking permission and requesting the approval from DOH-11,” Mayor Sara said. She also pointed out that the outbreaks in the city's hospitals were to blame for the depleted number of healthcare professionals. “It has been the [perennial problem] in the hospitals since last year,” Mayor Duterte said. The City Mayor also reminded the populace of Davao City to strictly observe minimum public health standards to help the city government and the frontliners. Mayor Duterte has also reiterated that work-from-home, as well as the skeletal force would continue among the city government employees to help control the surge of the deadly virus. “It is something we need to do. It is our contribution to our health workers inside the hospitals who are tired, overworked, and swamp with Covid-19 cases. We endeavor to reduce the infections among City Government of Davao employees so that if there’s a reduction of infections among our employees, we are less of a burden to our health care workers,” she concluded. (PNA)

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Justice Secretary orders NBI to probe the killing of a human rights lawyer in SoCot

September 21, 2021

SOUTH COTABATO - Secretary Menardo Guevarra of the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to probe and give justice on the recent killing of a human rights lawyer in this province. Lawyer Juan Macababbad, 68, was killed by an unidentified assassin last September 15, this year, in front of his residence in Barangay Poblacion, Surallah, this province. The police are 'still facing a blank wall' as the identities of the assassin and the mastermind behind the killing of the human rights lawyer, it was learned. Initial investigation, however, disclosed that prior to the killing, the lawyer had reportedly been receiving death threats. The office of Secretary Guevarra yesterday issued Department Order No. 222, directing the National Bureau of Investigation Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor to start a case build up and thoroughly conduct 'no-nonsense' investigation on the killing of Atty Macababbad. According to the report, the lawyer has been handling cases for farmers, fisherfolk, informal settlers, and victims of alleged extra-judicial killings. The human rights lawyer usually handled cases of farmers, fisherfolk, informal settlers, and victims of alleged extra-judicial killings. The immediate family of the slain lawyer also announced yesterday that the public viewing is scheduled on September 23 at his residence, and the interment will be held the following day at Koronadal Valley Eternal Garden. “We request that families, friends, and colleagues who will attend the wake should strictly observe health guidelines and protocols. Let us be vigilant in keeping everyone's health and safety a priority. We also ask those who have health vulnerabilities to just stay at home. Your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated,” the family posted on social media. Meanwhile, the lawyer's fraternity and sorority colleagues from Ateneo Law School's Fraternal Order of Utopia appealed for a speedy resolution of the crime. The lawyer's national organization, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), General Santos City and South Cotabato chapter also said in a statement that the late lawyer was a fierce advocate of justice and civil rights, and he was also a good father to his family. - PNA

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Bulua dad promises to give justice to residents affected by 'hazardous smoke'

September 21, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Bulua Barangay Chairman Arjay "Al" Legaspi, Jr yesterday vowed to give justice to his constituents affected by the alleged "hazardous chemicals" coming from the thick-dark smoke of a crematorium here. Legaspi said he had already met twice the residents of zone 7 in Barangay Bulua, including representatives from DENR, Clenro, and the crematorium. "Ato na silang gipatawag sa ikaduhang higayon ug gihisgutan ang solusyon niining reklamo sa mga residente nga lage lain ug baho ang ibuga nga itom nga aso gikan sa crematorium," Barangay Chair Legaspi told MDNN. ("We've already called the parties twice and discussed on the solution of the complaints of Zone 7 residents that the crematorium located in their area, has been emitting a thick-dark smoke and bad odor) The barangay chairman said the DENR has already gotten air sample and would announced the result of their investigation into the matter. "We are only waiting for the result of the investigation made by the DENR and we will recommend whatever we can recommend based on the results of the investigations by proper authorities," Chairman Legaspi said in vernacular. The crematorium, it was learned, was cremating an average of 10 dead bodies of covid-19 victims everyday. The reported issue has reached the television show of Raffy Tulfo, who immediately acted on the complaint filed by a certain Jane Saligumba, who only lives 15 meters away from the crematorium. Saligumba claimed the residents were already alarmed after the children have started experiencing illnesses due to the alleged "foul smell" coming from the thick, black smoke of the crematory. Meanwhile, City Information Officer Maricel Casiño-Rivera told the media the concerns of the residents in Barangay Bulua has already reached the City Mayor. Rivera said the City Government has already spent more than 30 million pesos in cremation alone since August 10. It was also learned that of the over a thousand people who have died of the deadly coronavirus disease, 790 of them were cremated. MIXED URN The cremation of a Covid-19 victim who has died, and all the belongings of the dead, including a cellphone, shoes, bracelets, ring, body bags, laptop, PVC,  and all other belongings would be burned, the reason that during the process, a thick, black smoke coming from the crematory. Engr Armen Cuenca, in an earlier interview, said the thick smoke may contain "hazardous chemicals" so that an inspection from the DENR is necessary.      

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Sara confirms re-election bid as Davao City Mayor

September 20, 2021

DAVAO CITY – To stop the continuing rumors of her running for president of the country in next year's elections, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte confirmed on Friday she will seek re-election as mayor of this city. The presidential daughter confirmed the announcement following an interview with Mayor Christina Frasco, the mayor of Liloan, and her spokesperson. “What I am sure of is that, whatever Mayor Frasco said, I can confirm that,” Duterte told reporters. Sara also revealed to the media that her brother, VM Sebastian Duterte, is also seeking re-election in the upcoming national and local elections next year. “As agreed between party members, Vice-Mayor Baste will be the overall organizing person for the joint campaign of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (HTL),” the mayor said. On Wednesday, Mayor Sara also called on the people to extend their “strongest support” to her father’s vice presidential bid. Sara said she has decided not to run for presidency, after her father formally proclaimed his willingness to seek the VP position, as standard bearer of the ruling party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) “We have a good agreement with President Duterte in our respective political careers. Let us give him our strongest support for his decision to run for Vice President,” Mayor Sara said in a video message posted on social media. But a grand alliance supporting Sara for president has appealed to the PPRD not to run for presidency to give his daughter a chance to become the leader of the nation. “At this critical juncture in our country's history, we need to choose the next generation of leaders. And we just want your daughter, Mayor Sara, to become our national leader like you. We admire and appreciate both of you saying only one Duterte can run in the forthcoming elections,” the grand alliance said.          

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Regional Drug Unit arrested another "big-time" shabu dealer

September 20, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The government is hell-bent on eradicating the drug menace in the country, as series of arrests were made in Central Mindanao, police authorities reported. Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan, Police Regional Office-9 chief identified the suspect as Junjun Ismael, 33, of Indanan town, Sulu. Ismael was nabbed by police operatives around 9:30 p.m. Thursday morning in Sitio Asinan, barangay Kasanyagan. The raiding team seized from Ismael 50 grams of suspected shabu valued at PHP340,000, boodle money, a sling bag, and a genuine PHP1,000 as marked money. According to police records, Ismael violated Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Ismael was also known as the third "big-time" suspect arrested by police authorities during anti-drug operations this week in the city. It was learned that the first arrested suspect was identified as Daniel Rajal, 24, and the second was Ajid Abdulah. Both the suspects were arrested this week, the report said. Over a million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated from the suspects in two separate operations, according to the PNP organization.    

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8 injured in volleyball game grenade blast in Maguindanao

September 20, 2021

MAGUINDANAO - Eight spectators witnessing a volleyball game were hurt in Datu Piang, this province when still unidentified suspects reportedly lobbed a grenade in the middle of people, the military report said. The explosive immediately went off and people scampered for safety around 3:00 pm at the town's covered court. Lt. Colonel John Paul Baldomar, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson said that initial investigation revealed that a grenade was lobbed while people are focused on the game. The police official said a phone-triggered device may have been used by the terrorist group, who want to sow terror in Maguindanao.     No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but police investigators are still "facing a blank wall" as to the motive of blasting the municipal covered court, where many people were watching the game.   Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to identify the names of the suspects at press time. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the cowardly attack perpetrated by lawless elements. - PNA  

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