Passi City ‘drug-cleared’

first_img* no clandestine drug laboratory, drugwarehouse, clandestine chemical warehouse or marijuana cultivation site ILOILO – Today, the component city ofPassi would be formally declared as “drug-cleared.” The regional oversight committee onthe campaign against illegal drugs would make the formal declaration. * no drug pusher, user, protector orfinancier The committee is composed of theDepartment of Health, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine NationalPolice, and Department of Interior and Local Government. “Gin-trabahonaton ang mga persons who used drugs in ourbarangays. Ginpa-undergocommunity-based rehabilitation in four to six weeks,” said Palmares. The city met all the parameters forsuch status set by the Dangerous Drugs Board, said Mayor Stephen Palmares. Section 6 of Dangerous Drugs BoardRegulation No. 3, Series of 2017 set the following parameters:center_img * no available illegal drugs * no drug den; and * no drug transit / transshipmentactivity Making Passi City drug-free was on topof his agenda when he became the mayor, said Palmares. Passi is a 4th class city. Accordingto the 2015 census, it has a population of 80,544 people in 51 barangays. Considered to be one of the oldestSpanish settlements in Iloilo (it was organized as a pueblo or communitysettlement of natives in 1766, Passi became a component city of Iloilo in1998./PNlast_img read more

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Slain OFW in Kuwait was sexually abused – DOJ

first_imgA partial deployment ban there iscurrently in place. Because of the “false” autopsy report,Bello said he would recommend to the Philippine Overseas EmploymentAdministration (POEA) a permanent deployment ban of household service workersto Kuwait, promising to deliver justice for Villavende. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said“there were clear indications” that Jeanelyn Villavende was sexually abused. There were alsoold healed wounds on Villavende’s body, which indicated that she was“battered weeks prior” to her death, Guevarra added, citing NBI’sautopsy report. The formal report will be submitted tohis office today, Guevarra said. MANILA – The Filipina domestic workerwho was slain allegedly by her ownemployers in Kuwait last December also suffered sexual abuse, based on an autopsyconducted by the National Bureau of Investigation. center_img Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. PCOO Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III hassaid he doubted the credibility of Kuwaiti forensic doctors, who sent atwo-sentence report of their autopsy saying Villavende died of “physicalinjuries.” The suspect in Villavende’s slay wasalready in the custody of Kuwaiti authorities, Philippine officials earliersaid. (With ABS-CBN News/PN)last_img read more

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P36-M evacuation center urned over to Bacolod LGU

first_imgDelfinado said the RECs would serve astemporary shelters of those displaced by calamities such as volcanic eruption,flooding, landslide, storm, etc. DPWH Region 6 director Lea Delfinadoled the turnover. Mayor Evelio Leonardia received the symbolic key. BACOLOD City – The Department ofPublic Works and Highways (DPWH) turned over yesterday to the city government aP36-million Regional Evacuation Center (REC) in Barangay Vista Alegre. The evacuation center is the fifth inNegros Occidental, said Delfinado. The others are in San Enrique town and inthe cities of Sagay, Bago and Kabankalan. The RECs have the same design. Theyare made up of eight buildings with beds, separate male and female toilets andbath, generator rooms, pump rooms, laundry areas, materials recoveryfacilities, offices, and infirmaries. The budget for the construction camefrom the national government, said Cong. Greg Gasataya. The evacuation center here sits on a3,000-square meter lot owned by the city government./PNlast_img read more

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COVID-19 cases in PH surge to 140

first_imgBased on the latest data from theDepartment of Health, there are 140 positive cases of COVID-19 infection in thecountry with 12 deaths as of Sunday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque says the number of persons suspected of carrying coronavirus disease 2019 is expected to climb daily due to government’s tracing of those who interacted with patients infected with the illness. AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA Of the140 confirmed, six have already been discharged and will undergo homequarantine instead, said Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. Among those who recovered were the twoChinese tourists tagged as Case Nos. 1 and 3. Both have returned to China. TheDepartment of Health is still awaiting test results of 72 other individuals,while 638 have tested negative for the virus. MANILA– Two of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in the country haverecovered, Health Secretary Francisco Duque announced Sunday. Vergeire clarified that this does notmean that the patients have recovered, but merely that their symptoms are mildenough to permit a home quarantine. “Sila po ay positibo ngunit sila po ay walangsintomas o ‘di kaya ‘yung iba ay mild symptoms. Base po sa bagong desisyon namin ngayon para hindi mas mahawa ang mga tao…sa bahay na lang po muna sila at mag-i-isolate sila do’n,” said in a radio interview. “Matagaltalaga ang recovery period. Samild to moderate cases of COVID-19 infection, (recovery) is anywhere from twoto three weeks. ‘Yung critical aabutin lampas ng isang buwan, or three to six weeks. So hindi madali,” Duque said in an interview with DZMM. “Pagkagumawa tayo ng marami pangtesting, baka may positive na marami dyan, so liliit ‘yung case mortality rate…‘yan ‘yung number of deaths over number of infection,” Duque said./PN Duque said in a radio interview that ittook a while for the patients to be cleared as the recovery period of thedisease is normally around two to three weeks. Duque explained that the number ofpersons suspected of carrying the virus is expected to climb daily due togovernment’s tracing of those who interacted with patients infected withCOVID-19.last_img read more

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Bacolod City gov’t imposes 6-hour COVID-19 curfew

first_imgPolice checkpoints were also put up instrategic areas of the City to enforce necessary quarantine measures. Exemptedare call center agents whose duty fall under curfew hours, health workers,emergency response personnel of government, accredited media practitioners; fire fighters and other disaster relief personnel; priests andministers performing last sacraments for last rites; and public utility vehicledrivers servicing. Parents or guardians shall take properresponsibility over their minor children onwards in observing the curfew. City police are also visible at nightpatrolling major thoroughfares and streets. Under Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s ExecutiveOrder (EO) No. 22, a curfew from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. for all residents isenforced. To ensure they follow the order, somevillage officials are knocking on the door of every home to reiterateLeonardia’s policy to strictly observe home quarantine.center_img The early closure of businesshours in all malls and other commercial areas are directed to limit theirdaily operational hours to 8 p.m./PN BACOLOD City – Residents here areencouraged to just stay home and observe curfew hours to contain the spread ofcoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Stringent social distancing must bestrictly observed. City residents are strongly encouraged to stay at home, andare advised to only come out for work, to buy their daily needs and supplies,or to go to medical establishments. Leonardia cited in his EO that anyperson failing or refusing to observe this curfew measure may be dealt withappropriately by the Philippine National Police as regards the inimicalact committed in violation of public order. last_img read more

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‘Pusoy’ lands 8 persons in jail

first_imgILOILO City – Eight persons were caughtengaging in illegal gambling in Barangay Tanza Timawa, City Proper. Detained in the lockup cell of PoliceStation 1, the suspects face charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602,which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling./PN Police chanced upon the suspects playingthe illegal card game pusoy around3:50 p.m. on March 29. Recovered from their possession were adeck of playing cards and bet money which amounted to P4,170. They were Rodolfo Cuambot, 30; RonilCuambot, 30; Joey Carbaquil, 35; Joebert Carbaquil; Oliver Cuambot, 28; RonelFaigones, 18; and RJ Labrador, 32, a police report showed. last_img

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2 cops injured in road crash

first_imgBoth Famindalan and Lumampao were frontlinersassigned at a border point in Barangay Buntatala, also in Jaro district. According to police investigation, Famindalanand Lumampao fell off their motorcycle after the former lost control of thevehicle around 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. Patrolman Leo Famindalan, 30, of SanJoaquin, Iloilo and Corporal Judel Lumampao, 36, of Barangay Trapeche, Oton,Iloilo sustained injuries on the body. ILOILO City – Two police officers figuredin a road accident in Barangay Bitoon, Jaro district. The two policemen received treatment atthe West Visayas State University Medical Center in La Paz district./PNlast_img

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Theft suspect nabbed

first_imgThe 47-year-old Panfilo Agudez, a resident of the village, was caught on Tuesday. ILOILO City – Charged with theft, a man was arrested in Barangay Tahing, Calinog, Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Calinog municipal police station. Agudez’s apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Maria Yvete Go of the Regional Trial Court Branch 37. A P40,000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

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Cadiao urges brgys to set up quarantine centers

first_imgIn preparation, other towns have already converted their municipal gyms or municipal-owned buildings as isolation centers. SAN JOSE, Antique – Gov. Rhodora Cadiao urged villages in this province to help municipal governments accommodate returning residents by establishing their own coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine facilities.She made the call through the 18 Liga ng mga Barangay presidents, hoping all chairmen of the 590 villages will also assist in this one. LSIs and overseas Filipino workers who could no longer be accommodated at the municipal government’s isolation facilities will stay in the barangay isolation facilities. “The BHERT will have to monitor twice every day the body temperature of the persons under quarantine,” he said, adding that early detection of COVID-19 signs and symptoms is important. Deo Cortejo, who represented the Department of the Interior and Local Government provincial office during the meeting, said the role of village captains is not only to establish isolation facilities but also to manage these with the help of their Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams. “It would still take time (before) we could have the vaccine against COVID-19 and we still have locally stranded individuals (LSIs) coming home. It would be best that there will be barangay isolation facilities for them,” she said during their meeting held at the Binirayan gymnasium here on July 7. Gov. Rhodra Cadiao of Antique urges her barangay chairpersons to assist the provincial government by establishing their own village quarantine facilities for locally stranded individuals and repatriated overseas Filipino workers during their meeting at the Binirayan Gymnasium in San Jose town on July 7. PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE All 18 municipalities of this province currently use the schools owned by the Department of Education as quarantine centers. However, local government units (LGUs) are only allowed to use these until July 15. As of Tuesday, this province has 18 COVID-19 recoveries, two active cases and no death recorded. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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I Sat Through That

first_imgIt is amazing what we will do when we are young.  Today I sit at home and look at people sitting in the snow, the sleet, or heavy rain for a football game and wonder how nuts they really are.  Then I think back to a day in late October in W. Lafayette when I watched Purdue and Iowa play in a driving rain storm when the temperature dropped from 50 at game time to 35 in the 4th quarter.  That made more sense now than the day I went to the “Ice Bowl” in Cincinnati for the playoff game between San Diego and the Bengals.  I must not have learned much in that span of 15 years.  Things were so cold that day that a lady in front in me pulled out her whiskey flask at half time and found ice instead of the liquor she was anticipating.  That wasn’t as bad as the poor guy in the restroom who was trying to go to the bathroom with 4 layers of clothes on.  Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you he had a broken arm!  He fortunately found a true Samaritan who undid his clothes so he could get the job done.  I only had on long underwear, regular slacks, and a hunter’s overalls on top of that.  I kept warm by loading my body with Wendy’s chili before the game!last_img read more

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