Bacolod City – Suspected shabu weighing about 3.5 grams valued aroundP52,500 was seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay Villamonte. Deo was nabbed after he sold suspectedshabu to an undercover officer for P1,500 around 4:10 p.m. on Dec. 19, thereport added. Resident Mark Josan Deo yielded thesuspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Mark Josan Deo sits handcuffed after he was arrested in an entrapment operation in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City on Dec. 19. POLICE STATION 4/BCPO The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 4, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Aside from suspected illegal drugs,P500 cash was also recovered from him, police said. His tricycle was impounded,too.
ILOILO City – The recent typhoon“Ursula” showed which local government units (LGUs) were prepared to respond tonatural disasters and which were ill-equipped, according to Director JoseRoberto Nuñez of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Western Visayas. “Meronpalang problema doon sa taas. Ganito ang sitwasyon ng bundok ng Batad. Sa mga ganito,kailangan ng communication and equipment,” said Nuñez during a recentmeeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(RDRRMC). Nuñez suggested that LGUs invest indisaster response equipment. OCD would be checking each LGU’sdisaster risk reduction and management plans. Nuñez said he won’t approve plans ofLGUs which have not invested in disaster response equipment. All LGUs must make their areasresilient to disasters and the first step is make sure they have the capabilityto respond to disasters such as flooding and landslides, among others, hestressed. The equipment LGUs have to invest inshould depend on the kind or type of hazard that poses risk to their areas, hestressed. “Dapatmeron tayong action plan, contingency bawat LGU,” said Nuñez. He cited as example the municipalityof Batad in Iloilo province where a family of six fleeing “Ursula” was sweptaway by raging floodwater when the typhoon struck on Christmas Day. For her part, Director Ro-Ann Bacal ofthe National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in Western Visayas urgedLGUs to identify “critical areas” where the resources of the nationalgovernment are necessary. RDRRMC also counted 226,268 damagedhouses in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo. “There will be a checklist,” saidNuñez. The OCD director acknowledged that hehad no authority to sanction LGUs that fail to invest in disaster responseequipment thus he is leaving it to the Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment to take action. “We have trained personnel. They couldnot just invest in equipment without the properly trained personnel,” saidNuñez. Three provinces of Western Visayasincurred millions of pesos of damage from “Ursula.” Consolidated data from the RDRRMCshowed “Ursula” displaced 338,335 families (1,461,165 persons) in WesternVisayas. Three provinces, one city and 23 municipalities declared a state ofcalamity. “We need to go where the attentionneeds to be hastened. With the report of the provinces, we hope you can guide uswhere the critical areas are so we can also plan out where we will be able toassist the LGU,” she said. For those prone to flooding, theycould invest in search and rescue equipment. The agri-fishery sector initiallyestimated losses at P1.387 billion while the Department of Public Works andHighways estimated the damage to infrastructure at P48.9 million./PN
BACOLOD City – Charged with murder,two persons were arrested in Barangay Tabu, Ilog, Negros Occidental. The 18-year-old Jorge Estrabela andhis 21-year-old brother James of Barangay Nangka, Bayawan City, Negros Orientalwere caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, apolice report showed. The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of the Bayawan City police station. Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Gerardo Paguio of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 in BayawanCity dated April 1, 2019. The court recommended no bail bond fortheir temporary liberty./PN
BACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighing about 37 grams valued at aroundP332,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Punta Taytay. PHOTO COURTESY OF CDEU/BCPO The suspect was placed under the custody of the City Drug EnforcementUnit, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the ComprehensiveDangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Antidrug personnel inspect items seized from John Mark Gabaleo. He was nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City. CDEU/BCPO Gabaleo was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to anundercover cop for P500 around 6:05 p.m. on Feb. 11, the report added. The 32-year-old resident John Mark Gabaleo yielded the suspectedillegal drugs, a police report showed.
Galvez, however, said that aggressivelytargeted widespread testing, which is slated to start on Tuesday, would be a“gamechanger” in the government’s COVID-19 response. According to Secretary Carlito GalvezJr., the government could possibly enforce such policy is massivetesting, an increased recovery rate and lower fatality rate of COVID-19patients, and increased capacity of local health units were achieved. “Kunghindi natin naisagawa ng ECQ,maaaring umabot tayo ng mahigit na 140,000 to 550,000 cases mula Abril hanggang Hunyo ayon sapag-aaral ng mga expert natin saUniversity of the Philippines at sainternational community,” Galvez said./PN “Let us not waste our efforts and gainsthat we achieved during the past three weeks under ECQ,” Galvez said. “Maaari pong magkaroon ng selectivequarantine kung magiging maayos po angating pagsunod sa ECQ.” Business leaders earlier urged thegovernment to take into consideration a barangay-level quarantine to allow themanufacturing, construction, agriculture industries to operate. “Kapagnatapos natin ang large-scale natesting sa mga priority testing areas saNational Capital Region ay ma-sa-satisfyna natin ang implementation ng ating istratehiya – detect, isolate,and treat the patients,” Galvez said. MANILA – The Luzon-wide enhancedcommunity quarantine (ECQ) could be downgraded to a “selective quarantine” ifthe current lockdown against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be successful. “‘Yung datos na po ang magiging basehan upangmaiwasan nating malaganap ang tinatawag nating second wave o pagtaasna naman ng new cases at sakacases ng deaths,” he further said. Galvez noted that there are over 4,400quarantine control points manned by some 60,000 uniformed personnel across thecountry.
Montenegro – resident of Barangay 3, LaCarlota City – was caught after he sold suspected illegal drugs to anundercover officer for P500 around 7:30 p.m. on April 15, the police added. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the La Carlota City police station, facing charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN BACOLOD City – Fourteen sachets ofsuspected shabu valued at around P6,500 were seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay Batuan, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental. The 50-year-old Roderick Montenegroyielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said.
Cuomo said 540 people had died in hisstate of 20 million inhabitants in the preceding 24 hours, and he suggested NewYork may now be on the downslope after a recent plateau in deaths. That would be the lowest total since 432deaths were registered on April 2, according to data from the authoritativeCovid Tracking Project. (AFP) NEW YORK state, the epicenter of thecoronavirus pandemic in the United States, has experienced its lowest one-daydeath toll in two weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Unites States, in a March 27, 2020 file image, says 540 people had died in his state of 20 million inhabitants in the preceding 24 hours. AFP
De Lima said the “Isumbong mo kay Wilkins” page made by the office of newly-appointed PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva was “a dangerous move.” “Cases such as mine – completely fabricated and bogus – are sure to multiply with such an ill-conceived program,” says Sen. Leila De Lima. ABS-CBN NEWS The detained senator also took note of the recent surge of bogus Facebook accounts, which is now being investigated by the National Privacy Commission and the Department of Justice. De Lima also questioned why PDEA would resort to such program when the government has billions of pesos in confidential and intelligence funds. “We can imagine a corresponding spike in the surreptitious and malicious tagging of just any person as a drug personality, whether real or fake, and for whatever reason,” De Lima said. The “Isumbong mo kay Wilkins” Facebook page encourages tipsters to file their reports online or through the provided mobile numbers. The said page so far has over 3,000 followers. MANILA – Sen. Leila de Lima has sounded alarm over the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) making a Facebook page to gather information on drug suspects and their illegal activities. “Cases such as mine – completely fabricated and bogus – are sure to multiply with such an ill-conceived program,” De Lima added. De Lima, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, has been detained since 2017 over drug charges that she calls trumped-up./PN
ILOILO – From 750, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. further trimmed down to 550 the number of Ilonggo locally stranded individuals (LSIs) returning to the province per week. * the return of ROFs and LSIs shall be subject to coordination with and acceptance of either the province or the municipality of destination The EO took effect immediately. “Only a maximum of 300 passengers shall be allowed in inbound flights per week for air travel, and a maximum of 250 passengers in inbound voyages per week for sea travel,” read part of Defensor’s order. The 250 passengers in inbound voyages also have a cap – 200 passengers per week from Luzon and 50 passengers per week from Mindanao. As for airlines, “only a maximum of 300 passengers shall be allowed in inbound flights per week, and shall be carried at a maximum of 100 passengers per flight.” * undergo Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR Test) before travel “Wala sang local government unit nga makasarang mag-quarantine sang tanan nga naga-abot adlaw-adlaw,” he said./PN In Executive Order (EO) No. 128-H issued yesterday, Defensor also said this 550 included repatriated overseas Filipinos (ROFs). In addition to these caps, returning LSIs and ROFs from coronavirus disease-high risk areas must meet the following requirements: * ROFs (except overseas Filipino workers travelling under the auspices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) and LSIs shall secure a medical certificate from the originating/sending local government unit, and a travel authority from the Chief of Police or higher command, provided that provincial governors, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, may also issue a travel authority to their returning constituents (the travel authority shall not be valid for any return trip) * undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival — at the quarantine facility of their local government units or in commercial/tourism accommodation establishments but at their own expense The return of LSIs and ROFs must be regulated, stressed Defensor, so as not to overwhelm local government units’ quarantine facilities and hospitals. Defensor gave to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP-Iloilo) the discretion to prorate the 300 passengers among three airlines – Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia.
The Inaugural Ammann-Brinkmoeller Athletic Hall of Fame of Oldenburg Academy will take place this Saturday. This year’s class will include Tina Caldwell, a 1980 graduate, who starred in volleyball and basketball. The second inductee is Staci Hewig Adams, a tennis and volleyball all-star from the year 1982. The last inductee is Courtney Bell, a 1997 graduate, who excelled in track and cross country.These ladies will join 47 other individuals who were identified as recipients of the Ammann-Brinkmoeller Award and were recognized at their graduation. These ladies were given this award between 1980 and 1997. They will all be recognized at a reception and fellowship held in the Oldenburg Academy gymnasium.