Abduction of Iloilo schoolchildren fake news – PRO-6

first_imgIloilo police director Police ColonelRoland Vilela dismissed the text messages, too. “Fake news” was how PRO-6 spokespersonPolice Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong described the reports. ILOILO City – There was no truth toreports about a group of men abducting Iloilo schoolchildren, harvesting thelatter’s internal organs and selling these to clients in Metro Manila,according to the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). “The fake report goes way back to somefive years ago. There’s no proof and no report of missing children,” she added. “There are no police reports onmissing persons, especially children and women, so do not panic. It’s fakenews,” said Vilela./PN Malong appealed to the public not topanic. “But I would like to advise parentsand children to be extra careful. Basimay mga grupo nga sakyan ang issue,” said Malong.  To ease public anxiety, Malong saidpolicemen have been ordered to maximize their visibility.center_img One text message read: “Paki kalat lang po ng number ng mga nangunguha ng bata, pati mga dalaga,at pinasakay sa whitevan na may plate No. VXM-351 and green na van na may plateNo. XMM-507. From San Jose Municipal Station.” “There is no truth to it. Someonewants to sow fear and create panic,” said Malong. None of the police units in this cityand Iloilo province reported having received complaints about abductedchildren, Malong stressed. Other text message read: “Beware of awhite van with plate number XMN-531, confirmed to operate in Mina-Pototan area.Four kids are reported missing in Zarraga, 8-15 age gina-kidnapnila, ginapatay kag kuhaan internal organs.” Some parents panicked after receivingtext messages about the alleged abduction, the PRO-6 spokespersonlamented. Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson last_img read more

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Chinese embassy wants Danish paper to apologize for coronavirus cartoon

first_img“We cannot apologize for something that we don’t believe is wrong,” Nybroe told Ritzau. “We have no intention of demeaning or mocking the situation in China and we don’t think the drawing does that.” A cartoon of the coronavirus depicted as part of the Chinese national flag, is pictured in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s Monday January 27, 2020 edition, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS In a statement, the embassy said Jyllands-Posten and Danish artist Niels Bo Bojesen should apologize to the Chinese people for publishing the image, captioned “Coronavirus”, in Monday’s edition of the paper. In 2005, Jyllands-Posten published satirical drawings of the Prophet Mohammad that caused outrage across the Muslim world. “Without any sympathy and empathy, it has crossed the bottom line of civilized society and the ethical boundary of free speech and offends human conscience,” the embassy said on Tuesday.center_img China’s embassy in Denmark has demanded an apology from daily Jyllands-Posten after it published a cartoon of the Chinese flag with its five yellow stars represented by coronavirus particles. Editor-in-chief Jacob Nybroe said the paper had not intended to make fun of the situation in China, where the new coronavirus has killed 106 people and infected thousands, but refused to apologize, local newswire Ritzau reported. Danish politicians from across the spectrum said China should not pressure the paper. “Full support for Jyllands-Posten,” tweeted Conservative Party leader Soren Pape Poulsen. (Reuters)last_img read more

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Antique police decry fatal clash in Janiuay

first_imgAccording to Escobar,the 29-year-old police official served for two years in this province as chiefof police of the Municipality of San Remigio prior to his assignment in Janiuaytown. Antique Police Provincial Office Deputy Director for Operations Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar says that they condemn the New People’s Army’s ambush that lead to the death of Police Captain Efren Espanto Jr. in Janiuay, Iloilo on Feb. 13. Antique policemen have been given orders to intensify intelligence monitoring in order to avoid similar incidents. PNA “As chief ofpolice of San Remigio town, his colleagues had nothing to say but praises,” hesaid. “We condemn tothe highest degree the treacherous deed of the NPA,” said Antique PoliceProvincial Office (APPO) deputy director for operations Lieutenant ColonelNorby Escobar, citing Police Captain Efren Espanto Jr.’s untimely death. “The Antiquepolice condole with the family of Captain Espanto,” he said. “The police areinstructed to establish their defensive security posture” and alsooffensive operations against the NPA depending on the situation, Escobar said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Espanto, teamleader of Police Regional Office 6’s (PRO-6) Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6– Reconnaissance Company, was killed during the clash against the communistrebels in the remote barangay of Aglobong in Janiuay on Feb. 13. Due to thehappening, the APPO Mobile Force has been directed to take extra measures intheir operations and to intensify its intelligence in order to avoid similarmisfortunes. Escobar addedthat Espanto’s death has deprived his wife of a good husband and a betterfather to their 11-month-old child. SAN JOSE,Antique – Police authorities in this province condemned the recent attackmounted by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Janiuay, Iloilo.  Escobar addedthat Espanto was a very promising police officer who could have risen to ageneral position if not of the fatal ambush.last_img read more

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3 wounded in Igbaras hacking

first_imgJuanito’s brother Gregorio, meanwhile,was confined at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao District aftersustaining the same injuries. ILOILO City – Three persons landed intwo different hospitals after a hacking incident in Barangay Lab-on, Igbaras,Iloilo. Residents Juanito Mampula and his nephewFranklin sustained hack wounds on the body. They are currently recuperating atthe Guimbal District Hospital.center_img According to police investigators, aheated argument ensued between Franklin and his uncles after he heard themtalking about him around 5 p.m. on March 7. This prompted Franklin to hack them,but they fought back too./PNlast_img read more

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‘Shabu’ worth P120K seized

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Silay City police station. BACOLOD City – Thirteen sachets ofsuspected shabu weighing about eight grams valued at around P120,000 wereseized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Mambulac, Silay City, NegrosOccidental. Pegaris was nabbed after he sold asachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 1 p.m. on March27, the police added. The 42-year-old resident CristobalPegaris yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Pegaris./PNlast_img read more

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‘EXTENDED BUT MODIFIED’: Defensor mulls easing of quarantine rules

first_imgMODIFIED QUARANTINE. The enhanced community quarantine is an effective measure against a pandemic like the coronavirus disease 2019, says Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo. However, it should be observed not longer than is necessary or the economy will suffer, he stresses. The provincial government will thus tweak quarantine measures to sustain the economy, says Defensor. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO – Gov.Arthur Defensor Jr. plans to extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)being observed in the province but with modifications. Business establishmentsmay be allowed to reopen except for those where social distancing would bedifficult to observe, he said. Defensor’sIloilo City counterpart Mayor Jerry Treñas hopes to start gradually easing ECQmeasures by May 1, too. The governor alsosaid public transport may be allowed to re-operate. He, however, acknowledgedthe difficulty of ensuring that social distancing would be observed in thissector. Healthcareworkers, those who have to do errands for essentials (food, health, utilities),those engaged in the delivery of goods, and those working in establishmentsthat would be allowed to resume operations, said Defensor. As of yesterday,April 23, Iloilo province has 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with four deaths. For thismodified quarantine measures, a modified ECQ pass will also be issued, added thegovernor. The ECQ startedon March 20. It was originally intended to last until April 14 but this wasextended up to April 30. Beginning May1, according to Defensor, business establishments would be allowed to resumeoperations except for those where social distancing would be difficult to carryout. “Iloilo Cityshould consider prepping for a phased reopening, and scaling back of the localgovernment unit’s (LGU) support for the economy. The phased reopening is astrategy that will protect the people from the (corona)virus while allowinglife to progressively return to normal, albeit a ‘new normal’,” according to professorsMaria Elisa Baliao, Rhodella Ibabao, Hanny John Mediodia, Cristabel Parcon,Juhn Cris Espia, and Vicente Balinas. Travelrestrictions, however, would remain, said Defensor, and provincial border checkpointswould continue. But an ECQshould not be observed longer than is necessary or the economy will suffer, saidDefensor.center_img Treñas said therewould still be restrictions on public transport, school classes and religiousgatherings, among others while quarantine rules and regulations are lifted instages or phases. Treñasthus welcomed the inputs of professors from the University of the PhilippinesVisayas (UPV). “Ang akon langginapangayo kooperasyon because we haveto open already. Naluoy ako sa mgapumoluyo ta nga waay trabaho,” said Treñas./PN Defensor saidyesterday he was finalizing an executive order on a two-week modified ECQ, fromMay 1 to 15. Who would beallowed to travel? “Thissituation is new to us all. We have no experience in this regard so we need allthe help we can get from the experts,” he said. Defensor wouldbe consulting with mayors before finalizing his executive order on a modifiedECQ. So there would likely be more details to include in this tweakedquarantine, he said. Under thecurrent ECQ, home quarantine is strictly being enforced. Public transport issuspended. Business establishments are closed except those dealing withessentials (food, health and utilities) such as public markets, grocery stores,pharmacies, banks, gas stations, hospitals, and food deliveries. “The enhancedcommunity quarantine is the most effective quarantine measure against somethinglike this (coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic),” said Defensor. Defensor alsoclarified the upcoming executive order is not an “exit plan” from the ECQ but agradual transition in quarantine measures.last_img read more

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Don’t dispense liquor to minors, sellers told

first_imgTo ensure that his directive is carried out, he is requiring sellers to demand valid identification cards (IDs) from buyers as proof that the latter are of legal age. * Retail stores, when purchasing in bulk, should present a copy of their business permit. Dispensers of liquor should not sell to minors, Treñas stressed. * Wine and champagne should only be sold at a maximum quantity of four liters per person per day. * All other types of liquor should be sold at a maximum quantity based on the alcohol content of the aforementioned alcoholic beverages He also cited “the many other important activities undertaken by our security personnel” and the “advice coming from various sectors.” ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas may have lifted the liquor ban but this did not mean everyone was free to buy alcoholic beverages. In Executive Order No. 075-A (An Executive Order Amending Executive Order No. 075, Series of 2020 which implements the General Community Quarantine in Iloilo City), Treñas  set the following conditions for the lifting of  alcoholic beverages: * Beer should only be sold at a maximum quantity of one case per person per day. The mayor previously said he was settling a limit to the volume of alcoholic beverages that an individual could buy. Appropriate penalties will be imposed on establishments and individuals who violate the executive order, according to Treñas. In case the buyer does not have a valid ID, the seller should get the former’s name, address and age for future contact tracing, said Treñas. * Whisky, brandy, gin, and rum should only be sold at a maximum quantity of two liters per person per day. The legal age in the country is 18 years old. Those below 18 are considered minors. “I am only human. I make wrong decisions. But I will try to make less of these wrong decisions,” said Treñas. “Abi ko didto sila sa sulod sang balay mainum kag mapasiguro ang kalinong kag katawhay. Ti, nagwa pa sila. Ang iban waay facemask, nagdugang pa gid sang risk sang (COVID-19) infection.” “There were several reported incidents and complaints (of) abuse in (the) consumption of alcohol, and violations of physical distancing measures, hence the need to re-impose the prohibition on the sale and consumption of liquor,” according to Treñas. Since May 16 when he lifted the liquor ban in line with the city’s transition from enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine, Treñas said there had been no alcohol-related troubling incidents in the city and he was thankful for this. “Various incidents due to intoxicated persons” promoted him to backtrack, according to Treñas. Covered by the ban were “any form of liquor or alcohol, beverages, or any alcoholic drink containing a specific percentage of alcohol by volume or weight which may be in the form of whisky, brandy, gin, rum, cordial, cocktail, wine, champagne, vermouth, basi, tuba, sake, beer, ale, stout, and the like.” The mayor previously lifted the liquor ban on April 21 but reimposed it the next day. It was a mistake, he acknowledged. He added: “I would rather be attacked for coming out with an order re-imposing the ban of alcoholic beverages than compromising the city,” said Treñas. “Ang importante nga if we make wrong decisions, right away we come up with a better decision, ma-correct ta dayun.”/PNlast_img read more

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Iloilo-Guimaras boat trips resume today; compliance officers to enforce health safety protocols

first_img The passenger capacity in ships and other passenger vessels shall be reduced to 50 percent. * Sports Development Office * Business Permits and Licensing Office Treñas suspended motorboat trips to Guimaras on May 19 because people were not observing safety protocols designed to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). * Task Force on Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures * land transport terminals – Mohon terminal (Arevalo), Hibao-an terminal (Mandurriao), Megworld terminal (Mandurriao), Ungka terminal (Jaro), Tagbak terminal (Jaro), Ceres terminal (Jaro), Ticud terminal (La Paz), Baldoza terminal (La Paz) To maintain cleanliness and sanitation, disinfecting facilities must be established (at all entrances of terminals) such as foot baths and hand-washing stations. These must have readily available alcohol, soap and water. Mandatory checking of body temperature will also be conducted on ship passengers boarding and disembarking. Treñas announced the resumption of trips after issuing yesterday EO No. 078, which also spelled out the general duties of the compliance officers. These were the following: * ensure that all persons, while in public, always wear facemask to prevent droplets from escaping and possibly infecting others * Task Force on Internet Online Service Gaming Center, Anti-Piracy and Pornography * Barangay Affairs Office * ensure that all persons present valid identification cards when purchasing liquor ILOILO City – Today, motorboats ferrying passengers and cargoes from this city to the island province of Guimaras and vice versa resume their trips. Upon entering the port premises, all individuals must fill-out health protocol forms. * Green Guards The EO also covers other seaports in the city, and land transport terminals. * seaports – Parola wharf, Fort San Pedro Wharf, Ortiz wharf, Iloilo City Commercial Port Complex (Loboc), Iloilo-Bacolod Terminal (Lapuz), roll on, roll off wharf (Lapuz) Who are the compliance officers? These are the personnel of the following city government bodies: To ensure that health safety protocols are followed such as the wearing of facemask and physical distancing, Mayor Jerry Treñas is deploying “compliance officers” at the Parola and Ortiz wharves. Yesterday afternoon, he issued Executive Order (EO) No. 078 for this. They would be stationed in the following points: Treñas drew up specific guidelines for seaports pursuant to Department of Transportation guidelines for areas under general community quarantine. To ensure that premises are regularly cleaned and sanitized, thorough disinfection of ships, passenger vessels, ports terminal, and facilities as well as various equipment will be conducted regularly. * issue citation tickets to violators * implement ordinances relative to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 * Boardinghouse Commission * Task Force on Morals and Values Formation Wearing of personal protective equipment (facemask or face shield, etc.) is mandatory. Social distancing shall be strictly observed. * ensure that passengers and drivers observe the “no mask, no ride policy” * show courtesy at all times, but seek the assistance of police officers if necessary to enforce laws and ordinances relative to COVID-19. * ensure strict observance to physical distancing between people (at least one meter apart) Information dissemination on hygiene and sanitary practices will be shown to passengers through different media platforms./PNlast_img read more

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Palace: Metro Manila ready for GCQ shift

first_imgMANILA – The National Capital Region (NCR) is ready for further easing of restrictions to curb the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)“NCR is ready based on the data we have seen, but we need the cooperation of everyone,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual press conference. “Nakikita nating datos ay bumagal ang doubling rate.” “Nakapaghanda naman po tayo ng mas maraming lugar kung saan natin ico-confine ang mga asymptomatic patients dito sa Manila,” he added.Based on the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 40, which is pending for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval, Metro Manila may be downgraded to GCQ after almost two months under ECQ.Roque said that it will be up to the local government units, in coordination with the IATF EID, to decide on implementing localized lockdowns in their areas.Under the GCQ, “high-risk” barangays that will log more than two new cases of new COVID-19 in a seven-day monitoring will be deemed “critical zones.” Entry and exit will be barred in these areas, where patients will be isolated and their close contacts will be tested for the coronavirusEssential and clothing stores in malls will be opened, while leisure and dine-in restaurant services are still barred. MRT, LRT, taxis and tricycles with one passengers will also be allowed./PNlast_img read more

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Bacolod-Silay airport reopens June 8

first_imgThe provincial government, he said, has discussed with representatives of airline companies the imposition of stricter health protocols at the airport to curb the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Air passengers should brace themselves for stringent health protocols. Commercial flights are set to resume next week at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental after local authorities relax travel restrictions.  Passengers will also be required to undergo mandatory real time-polymerase chain swab testing. To help detect people possibly infected with COVID-19, Lacson said the airport will be equipped with thermal scanners that measure body temperature. A “run through” of these procedures was held yesterday at the airport.Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said they asked Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and AirAsia Philippines to bring just 1,000 passengers per week at least for the month of June.The move aims to ensure that that swab specimens can be taken from all incoming passengers for COVID-19 testing, adding the recent approval of the province’s very own test lab at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City was “very timely.”“Aside from the swab testing, incoming passengers will have to pass through thermal scanners to ensure that they do not have fever and undergo physical screening for COVID-19 symptoms,” Diaz said.He added those with COVID-19 or “flu-like” symptoms will immediately be isolated, while the rest would be allowed to go home./PN Fever is one of the symptoms of the viral illness that so far infected three individuals in the province. According to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, commercial flights from Manila to Negros Occidental will resume on June 8.last_img read more

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