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Former policeofficial and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said he got a whiff of theallegedly anomalous anti-drug operation after getting word that several officers,including now Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde,started buying new SUVs. “Nakahanda ang PNP na humarap sa anumang posibleng pagdinig o imbestigasyon na gagawinupang bigyan ng linaw ang ulat na may tow pang heneral ang nananatiling may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga,” itsaid in a statement. The Department of Justice considers suspending the processing of inmates’ good conduct time allowance grants amid uproar from majority of Filipinos. DOJ.GOV.PH “In light ofnew evidence unfolding and in the interest of justice, DOJ will reopen the caseof Baloyo, et al. and will create a new panel of state prosecutors to conductreinvestigation,” he said. MANILA – TheDepartment of Justice (DOJ) will reopen its investigation into the case of theso-called “ninja cops” or policemen who recycle confiscated narcotics, itschief Menardo Guevarra said Sunday. The drugs wereseized in an anti-narcotics operation on alleged Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee. “Both sideswill be given ample opportunity to present additional evidence. We shall try toresolve in a month’s time, considering that this automatic review has beenpending since 2017,” Guevarra said. “Ang lahat ng lalabag sa batas ay dapatmapanagot at hindi natin hahayaan na manatili ang mga tiwaling pulis sa atinghanay,” it added. Albayalde wasthe provincial chief of the Pampanga police when the drug sting happened in2013. Guevarra wasreferring to the previous investigation on a team of Pampanga police officersled by then Superintendent Rodney Baloyo that allegedly made off with some 160kilograms of shabu worth around P648 million. A new panel ofstate prosecutors will be formed to reinvestigate the issue, Guevarra said. The policeforce, meanwhile, welcomed the reopening of the investigation and vowed that itis working to cleanse its ranks of crooked policemen. PresidentRodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG) to investigate the allegation against Albayalde and theso-called “ninja cops.” The PNP isunder the supervision of the DILG. (ABS-CBNNews/PN)
“We have already submitted the programof work to the provincial engineering office for implementation,” said Crespo.(With a report from PNA/PN) SAN JOSE, Antique – Thegovernment-owned University of Antique (UA) will soon have an Olympic-sizeswimming pool with a P25-million support from the provincial government. “Our students without the swimmingpool still have to go to the Binirayan swimming pool in this capital town fortheir swimming classes,” Crespo added. UA president Pablo Crespo Jr. onTuesday said they were grateful to have a swimming pool inside the UA maincampus in Sibalom, Antique. “Students undergoing training fortheir swimming competitions could also use the swimming pool,” he said. The facility will be most useful tostudents taking up Bachelor of Science (BS) in Maritime Engineering and BS in MarineTransportion. University of Antique president Dr. Pablo Crespo Jr. (left) and Gov. Rhodora Cadiao discuss plans for the university following the release of assistance for the school on Nov. 18. PNA/Annabel Consuelo Petinglay Currently, the UA is the only stateuniversity that offers the two courses.
This was after acting Malay mayorFrolibar Bautista issued Executive Order No. 40 on Nov. 11, directing theMunicipal Transportation Office to implement the phase out. Tricycles are common mode oftransportations in Boracay Island and a source of livelihood but are heavilyreliant on fossil fuels, while e-trikes can carry up to nine passengers and aremore advantageous in terms of fuel savings.(Witha report from Akean Forum/PN) The group urged the municipalgovernment and the Sangguniang Bayan to reconsider implementing the total phaseout to avert the massive displacement and unemployment in the island. “The e-trike drivers don’t pick upregular passengers because of short range time, and they prefer contracted ratewhere the commuters and tourists are highly affected,” the group said. According to the group, someelectronic tricycle (e-trike) drivers could hardly meet the P1,500 dailyboundary and P350 charging fee. A tricycle is seen in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. Recently, a group of tricycle drivers and operators appealed to the municipal government to stop the impending total phase out of tricycles in the island. PHOTO MALAY PNP Bautista, meanwhile, saidenvironment-friendly e-trikes not only help the environment, but also make thepublic transport safer and convenient while encouraging tricycle operators toreplace their gasoline-fuelled public utility tricycles before its completephase out on Dec. 31. Instead of a shift to e-trikes, theyproposed redesigned tricycle units with elevated roof, proper luggagecompartment, reduced passenger capacity, and uniform island design. KALIBO, Aklan – A group of tricycledrivers and operators appealed to stop the impending total phase out oftricycles in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.
A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P3-C Orion surveillance aircraft flies over an oil tanker as the plane takes part in an anti-piracy operation at the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Aug. 1, 2015. MANDATORY CREDIT KYODO/VIA REUTERS TOKYO – Japanwill send a warship and patrol planes to protect Japanese ships in the MiddleEast as the situation in the region – from which it sources nearly 90 percentof its crude oil imports – remains volatile, Japan’s government spokesman saidon Friday. Under the planapproved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, a helicopter-equipped destroyerand two P-3C patrol planes will be dispatched for information-gathering aimedat ensuring safe passage for Japanese vessels through the region. If there areany emergencies, a special order would be issued by the Japanese defenseminister to allow the forces to use weapons to protect ships in danger.(Reuters)
ILOILO City – A 60-year-old man diedafter hanging himself from a tree in Barangay Tagsing, Santa Barbara, Iloilo. Investigations of the Santa Barbarapolice showed the victim was suffering from an illness./PN Police identified him as RessuructionSolquio, a resident of the said village. Solquio’s body was discovered hangingfrom a tree with a nylon rope tied around his neck around 8 p.m. on Dec. 31, apolice report showed.
OnFeb. 4, the Department of Education Region 6announced the postponement of the 2020 Western Visayas Regional AthleticAssociation Meet in Aklan./PN “Masugodkita Abril kay indi pa kita kabalo kon ano pa ang matabo sa sini nga COVID-19,” he said. According to Treñas, Paraw Regatta andother big events here may be moved to April. ILOILO City – No big crowd-drawingevents will be held in this city this month and in March as a precautionary measureagainst the possible spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Healthsecretary Francisco Duque III also recommended the cancellation of publicevents “until further notice” but emphasized it is ultimately up to theorganizers to decide. The festival will be a celebration oflocal talents and their works in various fields of art. “I hope the people wouldunderstand,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas yesterday. He recently announced the postponementof the 2020 Paraw Regatta Festival originally scheduled from Feb. 23 to March 1after consulting with the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 and IloiloFestivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI). Paraw Regatta is a race ofwind-propelled native boats. Now on its 48th year, it is considered the oldestsailing event in Asia and the largest in the Philippines. On Feb. 8, DOH’s central office “strongly” urgedthe public to stay away from events with large crowds to avoid being infectedwith COVID-19 and practice self-protection measures. While no exact dates for the postponedParaw Regatta have been released, the city government set the first-ever IloiloSummer Arts Festival from April 3 to May 17.
But despite the drop in PUIs, WesternVisayans should continue observing precautionary measures against respiratoryinfections, said Dr. Marlyn Convocar, DOH-6 director. *Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth – if the hands touch a surfacecontaminated by the virus, this could transfer it into the body TheCOVID-2019 infection seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough andthen, after a week, leads to shortness of breath. ILOILO City – Seven more persons underinvestigation (PUI) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Western Visayastested negative, bringing to 36 the total number of cleared PUIs in the region. But some researchers say it may be aslong as 24 days. As of Feb. 18, the region had one PUIleft, according to Dr. Mary Jane Roches Juanico, head of the Department ofHealth (DOH) Region 6’s Infectious Disease Section. However, the work to develop a vaccineis under way and it is hoped there will be human trials before the end of theyear./PN Butin more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratorysyndrome, kidney failure and even death. This person from Capiz province isconfined in a hospital, Juanico added. *Cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – ideally with a tissue –and wash the hands afterwards, to prevent the virus spreading The COVID-19 virus incubation period –between infection and showing any symptoms – lasts up to 14 days, according toWHO. Right now, treatment relies on thebasics – keeping the patient’s body going, including breathing support, untiltheir immune system can fight off the virus. For its part, the World HealthOrganization (WHO) further suggested the following: On Monday, Feb. 17, Mayor Jerry Treñasof Iloilo City announced that no big crowd-drawing events will be held in thiscity this month and in March as a precautionary measure against the possiblespread of COVID-19. “I hope the people wouldunderstand,” said Treñas. DOH-6 stressed the importance offrequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol. Cleanliness and personal hygiene arevital to containing the spread of diseases and protecting the whole community,she stressed. Chinese scientists say some people maybe infectious even before their symptoms appear. *Don’t get too close to people coughing, sneezing or with a fever – they canpropel small droplets containing the virus into the air – ideally, keep onemeter (three feet) away “Dapatvigilant mangihapon kita, especially those that naghalalinsa iban nga countries. Kinahanglanmagkadto gid sa health centers parama-evaluate,” said Convocar. DOH-6 advised the public to avoidattending, participating in and organizing events that draw a huge number ofattendees. It also recommends the cancellation of such planned big events ormass gatherings until further advice.
MANILA – Health SecretaryFrancisco Duque has gone into self-quarantine after a seniorofficial at his agency tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019. Department of Health (DOH) UndersecretaryMaria Rosario Vergeire said Duque underwent COVID-19 testing on Thursday,adding the DOH chief has underlying conditions like asthma and hypertension. “The results of Duque’s test would comeout in two to three days. Until then, the DoH chief said he was setting up workfrom home arrangements,” she added. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III “Yes, Secretary Duque is on homequarantine, but currently asymptomatic,” said Vergeire. “He has already beentested for [the] COVID-19 test as he is asthmatic and hypertensive.” Based on an advisory by DOH, there werenow a total of 217 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, while another onewas added to the list of recovered patients from the virus.Among the new COVID-19 patient was a 65-year-old man who was admitted at ChongHua Hospital in Mandaue City, Cebu. He was the second confirmed case in Visayasregion./PN
The four latest COVID-19 positive cases in Region 6 were tested at the Western Visayas Medical Center, says Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, focal person on the coronavirus disease 2019 of the Department of Health Region 6. Western Visayas has 5,000 COVID-19 test kits from the DOH central office. Each test kit can process 22 specimens for a total of 110,000 for the whole region, says Juanico. IAN PAUL CORDERO BY GLENDA TAYONA and IME SORNITO A daughter of the patient said, “Nagalibog ang ulo namon kon diin ‘yanakuha. Wala gid kami recent travel history.” After her check-up, the patient went to asupermarket in the city to buy milk, added the daughter. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 arefever, tiredness and dry cough, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose,sore throat or diarrhea. The four latest positive cases (one of nine positivecases and the latest three announced by DOH Region 6 on March 27 and 28,respectively) were tested at the WVMC. Meanwhile, a total of eight patients under investigation(PUIs) for possible COVID-19 infection in Western Visayas already died. Three were from Iloilo City, two from Capiz,one from Negros Occidental, one from Bacolod City, and one from Romblon province(but hospitalized in the region). ILOILO City – Is there already local orcommunity transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in WesternVisayas? Two of the 16 persons who testedpositive for the disease did not have a history of travel to areas withconfirmed cases of the illness such as Metro Manila. Three of them tested negative for COVID-19(from Bacolod City, Capiz and Romblon) while one tested positive for thedisease (from Iloilo City). The last time her parents travelled abroad wasin 2018 yet, said the daughter, long before the virus causing COVID-19 emergedin December 2019 in China. A total of 78 PUIshave also been discharged while 109 others remained in hospitals. Most people (about 80 percent) recover fromthe disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. Around one outof every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and developsdifficulty breathing. Juanico said the COVID-19 testing center in theregion, the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district here,already tested more or less 100 specimens since it started operating last week. The region’s positive case No. 10 – a 59-year-oldfemale from Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo – had no history of travel to a COVID-19-hitarea and no known exposure to a COVID-19 patient, DOH Region 6 data showed. But the daughter recalled the patient visitinga private hospital in Iloilo City on the third week of March for a check-up;the patient had asthma and allergy on the first week of March. “We are still going over the investigationreport submitted by local government units so indi pa kita ka siling kon may local transmission. We are stillmaking verifications,” said Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, focal person on COVID-19 of theDepartment of Health (DOH) Region 6. Older people, and those with underlyingmedical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are morelikely to develop serious illness, said WHO. As of March28, the DOH recorded a total of 312 PUIs of which 127 were tested negative fromCOVID-19; results of the 70 remained pending while the 99 others remained to betested. WHO said these symptoms are usually mild andbegin gradually, and that some people become infected but don’t develop anysymptoms and don’t feel unwell. The center can process 44 specimens a day, sheadded. Western Visayas has 5,000 COVID-19 test kits fromthe DOH central office. Each test kit can process 22 specimens for a total of110, 000 for the whole region, said Juanico. The test results of the four others (two fromIloilo City and one each from Capiz and Negros Occidental) were yet to be released. Family members of Patient No. 10 told Panay News in an exclusive interviewthat they were very puzzled as well. Positive case No. 16 – a 70-year-old male fromLambunao, Iloilo – had no history of travel, too, but had underlying medicalconditions (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes). A possible exposureto a COVID-19 positive patient is still being verified. A total of 22,489out of 44,309 persons under monitoring (PUMs) in the region have alreadycompleted their 14-day home quarantine./PN
An autopsy carried out on four of thedead prisoners revealed traces of a lethal substance that had caused heartattacks in some of the victims and severe asphyxiation in the others, he said.(AFP) N’DJAMENA – A group of 44 suspectedmembers of Boko Haram, arrested during a recent operation against the jihadistgroup, have been found dead in their prison cell, apparently poisoned, Chad’schief prosecutor announced Saturday. Speaking on national television,Youssouf Tom said the 44 prisoners had been found dead in their cell onThursday. Chadian soldiers have been part of the multinational Joint Task Force fighting Boko Haram in the region. AFP