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Saturday, January 18, 2020

5 Indonesian fishermen kidnapped off Sabah

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Five Indonesian fishermen were reported missing off Lahad Datu town in Sabah near the Philippine border and is believed to have been kidnapped, Malaysian media reported on Saturday.
Eight gunmen hijacked a trawler near Tambisan Island and seized five of the 8 crew late Thursday, according to the Daily Express, which quoted a report by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) chief Datuk Hazani Ghazali. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Climaco’s hard work pays off

‘Zamboangueños praise SOCA, local government’ 

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Local residents have praised Mayor Beng Climaco for her many achievements and accomplishments and vowed to continue their support to her administration following her State of the City Speech.

“She is the best mayor for me. She works hard and even harder to ensure peace and progress in Zamboanga City. Her State of the City Address (last week) was well elaborated. She deserved all the praises for a job well done,” said Gloria Sanchez, who admitted following Climaco’s political career since the past decade.

Zambo business owners who fail to renew, register establishments face fines

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Business owners who failed to renew or register their establishments after the January 20 deadline set by City Hall will have to pay a fine of 25% and additional 2% on monthly payables. 

Since late last year, Mayor Beng Climaco repeatedly reminded business owners and traders and those planning to put a business here to prepare early their documents and requirements for business permits to avoid delay in renewal of permits and licenses. 

Beng welcomes resumption of Zambo-Kota Kinabalu PAL flights

ZAMBOANGA CITY Mayor Beng Climaco has welcomed the resumption of Philippine Airlines flights from here to Kota Kinabalu, saying, this southern port city has a lot to offer to Malaysian investors citing the strong economic growth and excellent business climate.

“This is good news for us and Malaysia, particularly Sabah because we shall both benefit from the economic prosperity this will bring. We welcome the resumption of PAL flights to Kota Kinabalu,” Climaco said. 

Zamboanga anti-polio drive successful

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Mayor Beng Climaco has thanked all those who participated in the concerted polio immunization drive spearheaded by the Department of Health and the City Health Office.

Climaco cited hardworking health workers and volunteers who helped in the recent anti-polio campaign dubbed “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” that vaccinated nearly 214,000 children which was over the target of only 205,507 children aged zero months to less than 10 years old. 

Beng calls on residents to offer prayers to ‘Taal’ victims

ZAMBOANGA MAYOR Beng Climaco has called on everybody to pray for the safety of those affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas province.

She appealed to residents to include in their prayers the hapless victims of the calamity that has affected tens of thousands of people in the province and nearby areas due to volcanic quakes and ash falls since last week. 

'No ID, No Entry’ in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY continues to implement a tighter security to ensure peace and order following lifting of martial law in the whole of Southern Philippines.

Mayor Beng Climaco ordered security forces to ensure public safety and not give terrorists the opportunity to sow fear. The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) to which Climaco currently heads also decided to continue the strict implementation of the “No ID, No Entry” policy in Zamboanga. 

Anti-Sayyaf ops continue in South

PAGADIAN CITY – Security forces continue its operations against the pro-ISIS group Abu Sayyaf in Basilan and Sulu, two of 5 provinces under the troubled Muslim autonomous region.

President Duterte has ordered the military to sustain the operations against the terrorist group so that government peace and development projects may not be impeded by the violent campaign of the Abu Sayyaf. 

Heavier penalties sought for false testimony

SENATOR PANFILO Lacson said there is a need for a stronger law that would impose heavier penalties on lying witnesses, including public officials and employees who may be behind them.

“Naging tig-singkong duling na lang ang pagsisinungaling under oath sa Pilipinas. That is why there is a compelling need for a stronger perjury law,” he said, stressing this is “a matter of punishing not personalities but the act of giving false testimony.”

PEF, Coke Foundation sign water project for Mindanao

SULTAN KUDARAT – The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) and Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Inc. (CCFPI) signed a new partnership agreement to boost water supply for thousands of villagers in three project sites in Mindanao.

The second phase of the Scaling Up Program for Social Enterprises on Water Services or SCALE UP Water will provide residents of Kalamansig and Lebak towns in Sultan Kudarat, and Bansalan in Davao del Sur with potable water through a grant of P12.7 million. 

Duterte’s war on drugs worries human rights group

PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S war on drugs remained the Philippines’ gravest human rights concern in 2019, the Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2020 released recently.

“President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign remains as brutal as when it started, with drug suspects being killed regularly across the country. Four years into the drug war, the need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,” said Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director. 

Camiguin Gobernador gisiguro pagmentinar sa kinaiyahan taliwala sa kauswagan

CAMUIGIN - Tungod sa paspas nga paglambo sa economiya kung asa nitala ug P213 milyon ang investment value sa una tulo ka kwarter sa niaging 2019, gisiguro ni Camuigin Gobernador Jurdin Jesus Romualdo ang proteksyon ug pagsustenar sa kinaiyahan pinaagi sa pag-implementar sa Population Carrying Capacity sa probinsiya atol sa iyang State of the Province Address (SOPA) niadtong semana sa Camiguin Convention Center.

"We are happy to share that we have started last year first steps towards establishing carrying capacity limits in our ecotourism sites to be able to determine the maximum number of individuals of a specie that can be sustained by the environment and sustain that same number in the future," pahayag ni Romualdo. 

Tinglayan mayor favors use of chemicals to eradicate marijuana

EXHAUTED OF  the persistent problem of  marijuana  cultivation  in his town  even after  many years of looking for solutions to stop  it, Mayor Sacrament Gumilab bats for drastic measures to once and for all eradicate  the illegal propagation of the prohibited plant.
 “It is high time to consider applying chemicals to stop marijuana from growing in perennial plantations. In the usual agriculture industry, herbicides and other weed killers are allowed and why not on marijuana, he said.

Duterte now wants restrictions on POGOs

AFTER TELLING China last year not to interfere in the Philippine offshore gaming operations, now President Duterte wants to impose restrictions on the games, citing high cases of corruption, extortion, and kidnappings linked to the Chinese operations of controversial online gaming.

China has previously appealed to Duterte to ban the offshore games, but the President rejected this because of the taxes the government collects from them. The Chinese foreign ministry called on the Philippines to ban all online gaming involving Chinese citizens, saying that “online gambling is a most dangerous tumor in modern society.” 

Tight security for Basilan

BASILAN – Police and military have tightened security in Basilan province, a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf group, following the capture of 2 suspected bombers in the capital city of Isabela.

Police and soldiers continue to patrol the cities of Isabela and Lamitan and municipalities where the Abu Sayyaf is actively operating. 

Militants urged to return to the fold of the law, live peacefully

COTABATO CITY – The Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division has urged pro-ISIS militants to surrender peacefully and take advantage of the government’s amnesty offer and for them to live peacefully with their families.

Just recently, a dozen members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters surrendered in the restive province of Maguindanao where troops are battling Muslim militants. 

Cebu priests offer prayer for ‘Taal’ victims

CEBU CITY - A member of the Augustinian religious community overseeing the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño’s security has offered a prayer for the tens of thousands of residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas province.

“Touch our hearts and depths of our brethren that those who can help become ready to share their resources to those who are in need,” Fr. Aladdin Luzon, a member of the Order of St. Augustin, said in his prayer which was also played on radio stations here. 

Bohol to increase milk production to combat malnutrition

BOHOL GOVERNOR Arthur Yap said the provincial government is eyeing for additional milk-producing carabaos at a government-run livestock farm in Ubay town to increase milk production intended to feed some 25,000 children.

Yap said they are adding more cattle in the farms and the effort is in partnership with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and the National Dairy Authority (NDA).