Police raid killed Mayor and his wife in Ozamiz

Members of the Philippine National Police and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) equipped with warrants raided homes of alleged illegal drug personalities in Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental.

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Slain Ozamis Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog Sr (left), daughter Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog Echaves

The raids were on residences of the Parojinog political clan.

The raid on Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog Sr’s house resulted to his demise.

His wife Susan likewise died amid the raid.

Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog Echaves has also been arrested after a raid in San Roque Lawis, where authorities seized guns and shabu.

Echaves was brought to the provincial office of the CIDG after the arrest.

The raid in San Roque Lawis also brought about deaths of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team and Civil Volunteer Organization members identified as Miguel del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan and a certain Vasquez.

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Another BPAT member who was killed has yet to be distinguished.

The CIDG also raided City Councilor Ardot Parojinog’s home in Bagakay.

The councilor, a previous provincial board member, was far from his home when it was raided.

During the search five men were arrested as the police also seized firearms and drug paraphernalia.

Police seized a shotgun, three rocket propelled grenade launchers, two hand grenades, eight M-79 bullets and an M-79 rifle, shabu and drug paraphernalia from Councilor Parojinog’s residence.

Authorities also searched through the house of “Dodo”, the mayor’s son.

In February 2017, the Sandiganbayan requested the capture of Aldong and his daughter Echavez, regarding their graft case over the asserted anomalous awarding of a contract for the renovation of a gymnasium in 2008. They posted bail in the same month.

Aldong, who also confronted corruption allegations, had denied any connects to illegal drugs. He was the third mayor to be slaughtered under President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown on drugs, which left more than 3,000 dead in reported gunfights with police and has been widely scrutinized by Western governments and human rights groups.

The officers were “met with volleys of fire from (the mayor’s) security, prompting the Philippine National Police personnel to retaliate,” Chief Superintendent Timoteo Pacleb said in a statement. He said that Aldong and six relatives and bodyguards died in his farm house. The mayor’s significant other was allegedly among the dead.

A year ago, police officers shot dead Albuera Chairman Rolando Espinosa Sr. inside a prison cell in Leyte, and seven days before that, another mayor and his nine bodyguards were gunned down allegedly amid a firefight on a street in Mindanao.

Last year as part of a shame campaign, all three mayors were among more than 160 officials Duterte named publicly as being linked to illegal drugs in August

Duterte has promised not to stop until, he stated, the last drug trafficker in country has been eliminated.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/nation/2017/07/30/1722965/ozamiz-mayor-wife-dead-police-raid-parojinog-homes

Without objections CA confirms Cayetano’s nomination

MANILA, Philippines – The congressional Commission on Appointments (CA) affirmed the nomination of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as the nation’s top diplomat.

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New DFA secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

The CA committees on foreign affairs nominate to the plenary the confirmation of Cayetano as the new secretary of foreign affairs.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chair of the CA committee on foreign affairs, said that Cayetano’s affirmation hearing was the quickest ever.

Cayetano was affirmed even before he conveyed his opening statement.

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The new foreign affairs secretary said that he would need to make adjustments taking after his conversion from a politician to a diplomat.

“I will continue to speak kung necessary but not in the political manner that was available to me in the Senate because as chief diplomat, kailangan ko rin isaalang-alang ‘yung departamento at yung relationships natin sa ibang bansa. So in other words, I will be using a different language, a more diplomatic language,” Cayetano said in an ambush interview.

Cayetano quoted his participation amid the Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland a week ago as a sample of his diplomatic approach.

The senator led the Philippine delegation amid the review, displaying the human rights situation in the nation before member states of the UN.

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“Nakita n’yo naman ‘yung pagpresent natin ng human rights record natin sa Geneva ‘di ba. We are able to say what the president wants to say but in a diplomatic setting and a diplomatic language,” Cayetano said.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared the appointment of Cayetano, his former running mate and close ally, instantly after the one-year ban on the appointment of losing bets in the May 9, 2016 elections was lifted.

The board earlier rejected the arrangement of Perfecto Yasay Jr. as secretary of foreign affairs after of lying about his citizenship status.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/17/1700842/ca-panel-oks-cayetanos-dfa-chief-nomination-without-objections

Earthquake hits Batangas not a prelude to “Big One”

MANILA, Philippines — There is no relation between the current earthquake swarm in Batangas and the feared movement of the West Valley Fault that can bring about extensive damage in Metro Manila, the top state seismologist said.

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Earthquake hit the Netanya Resort in Mabini, Batangas

Renato Solidum Jr, director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said that there is no known reason for the series of earthquakes in Batangas last week except for movement in a fault system in the region. The quakes jolted close-by areas including Metro Manila.

“The faults or the earthquakes that have been happening all over the Philippines are related to faults in the area but the fault in Batangas and other areas are not connected at all to the West Vallley Fault so there will be no basis for saying that these earthquakes are precursors to the big earthquake in Metro Manila,” Solidum told ANC on Monday.

Referring to quakes in the Visayas area on Monday morning, Solidum said they don’t originate from the Batangas quakes.

“It could just mean that faults are moving, it does not mean anything in a sense of a pattern,” he said.

Solidum and his office have been cautioning the public about a damaging 7.2 magnitude earthquake produced by a movement of the West Valley Fault seen to affect the capital area. Nicknamed the “Big One,” the Metro Manila quake—like all other earthquakes—cannot be anticipated or determined yet but based on historical data; it is expected to occur over within the century.

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An earthquake swarm which recently affected Batangas, meanwhile, may even extend to the following few days or week. Two earthquakes struck the area on April 4 and April 8, both followed by hundreds of aftershocks.

Solidum said that Phivolcs is closely observing the Batangas swarm for indications of tapering off.

“Essentially people are advised to just be prepared in case there are strong shocks to the precautionary measures that they are protected in case stronger earthquakes happen,” he said.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/10/1689550/batangas-quakes-not-prelude-big-one

Does broccoli can help prevent cancer?

Past research has proposed that sulforaphane – a compound present in broccoli and various cruciferous vegetables – can aid to prevent cancer or slow its growth. Another review may have found how.broccoli

Researchers from Oregon State College (OSU) found that sulforaphane lessened the expression of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in prostate cancer cells, which disturbed the cells’ capacity to form colonies – a sign of metastatic cancer.

Beforehand believed to be “junk DNA” with no important function, lncRNAs have increasingly appeared as key players in the development of various cancers, including prostate, breast, stomach, and lung diseases.

Studies have proposed that lncRNAs can control gene expression – the procedure by which genes are changed on or off in order to do their jobs. At the point when lncRNAs get to be dysregulated, it is believed that they can fuel disease development.

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Not only does the new study give additional proof of the role lncRNAs play in cancer, however it supports past research hailing the anticancer effects of sulforaphane.

“It’s obviously of interest that this dietary compound, found at some of its highest levels in broccoli, can affect lncRNAs,” says principal study investigator Emily Ho, of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health at OSU.

“This could open the door to a whole range of new dietary strategies, foods, or drugs that might play a role in cancer suppression or therapeutic control,” she adds.

Ho and colleagues recently reported their results in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Sulforaphane prompted a fourfold decrease in colony formation

To achieve their findings, the researchers administer whole-genome sequencing on normal human epithelial prostate cells and prostate cancer cells.

They found that the prostate cancer cells indicated high expression of lncRNAs, especially one called LINC01116.

But when the group conducted sulforaphane to the prostate cancer cells, LINC01116 levels were diminished, leading to a fourfold reduction in the cells’ capacity to form colonies.

As indicated by the researchers, their discoveries support the possibility of IncRNAs as a target for cancer prevention, and they recommend that dietary intake of sulforaphane might be a practical way to target these molecules.

Lead study author Laura Beaver, of the Linus Pauling Institute and College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU, says that their results may not only have suggestions for cancer prevention, but for cancer treatment.

“It would be of significant value if we could develop methods to greatly slow the progress of cancer, [and] help keep it from becoming invasive,” she notes.

While further studies are needed to better see how sulforaphane might prevent and slow cancer, the researchers believe that their findings help to shed some light.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316448.php

PH apologizes to South Korea for businessman kidnapped-slay

The Philippine government has issued an open statement apology to South Korea over the dubious kidnap-slay of a South Korean businessman inside the country’s police headquarters.

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Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella extend the country’s deep regrets and assured the government will resolve it quickly and bring to justice the culprits behind the death of Jee Ick-Joo.

“We apologize to the South Korean government and people for this irreparable loss but we commit to the full force of the law to ensure that justice is served and not delayed,” Abella said in a Palace news conference.

“To the Korean people, please accept our sincerest and deepest regrets,” he added.

Abella additionally extended the President and the country’s condolence to the family of the killed Korean businessman.

“We wish to take this occasion to express condolences and sympathies of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people to Mrs. Choi Kyung-jin, the widow of Mr. Jee Ick-joo, the South Korean national who met untimely death while in police custody,” Abella said.

Jee was captured by policemen in his residence in guise of an anti-drug operation last October and was later murdered in Camp Crame. The culprits requested ransom payment from Jee’s family without informing them he was dead.

Malacañang recently vowed that there will be no whitewash or concealing in the examination concerning the kidnapping and murdered of the Korean national by suspected rogue policemen.

Abella said the government does not allow corrupt, abusive and errant policemen who deceive the Philippine National Police (PNP) organization and the people.

Earlier, the President rejected calls the resignation of PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa over the murder of the Korean businessman, proclaiming he continues to trust his top police.

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Duterte in like manner practically cleared Dela Rosa from liability over the incident, saying there was no criminal intention on the part of the PNP chief.

“There are two ways of committing crime under the revised penal code. What are they? Felony, malice or negligence,” he said. “Who would want that to happen inside your camp? No one,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Palace admits that the murdering of the South Korean demonstrates the “depth” of corruption inside government organizations including the PNP.

“Let’s go back to the President’s campaign theme to stop crime, corruption and illegal drugs. And apparently this is particular situation indicates there is truly a depth of corruption within the government system,” Abella said.

On concerns Dela Rosa seems to be untouchable, Abella insisted that the President totally trusts the PNP chief as part of the government group.

Source: http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/01/24/ph-apologizes-to-south-korea-for-businessmans-kidnap-slay/

Baby Antonio Primo gets baptized, son of Iya Villania and Drew Arellano

Manila, Philippines – Antonio Primo the son of Iya Villania and Drew Arellano was baptized on Sunday last November 13.

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On Instagram, Sid Maderazo a friend of Drew who is a commercial and TV director, shared photos from the happy occasion, held at the Christ The King Church in Quezon City. Sid is one of Primo’s godfathers.

Other celebrities present in the event include Jericho Rosales and wife Kim Jones, Ryan Agoncillo, and TV host Paolo Abrera, who came with wife Suzi.

Drew thanked everyone for being there for his son on this important day.

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“Thank you ninongs, ninangs, friends and family for spending the afternoon with us,” he wrote.

Iya also posted a thank you message.

“Thanks to yesterday’s event, sumobra ako sa asukal at chika at napaos tuloy ako! (had too much sugar, chatting and ended up with a hoarse voice) Thank you to all the ninongs, ninangs, friends and family that spent the afternoon with us .Our boy is lucky to be loved by all of you Thank you Lord for allowing this to all come together for these rookie parents!”

Iya and Drew welcomed Primo last August 30, the couple’s first child who got married last January 2014.

Source: http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/152366-iya-villania-drew-arellano-son-antonio-primo-baptism

Updates: Miss Universe 2016 in PH

Miss Universe 2015 titleholder Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has been in the Philippines since last week to celebrate her 27th birthday with her friends and loved ones.

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Aside from discussing her week-long celebration, the Filipina beauty queen additionally gave an update on the upcoming Miss Universe 2016 pageant through her latest Facebook Live video.

Last July, Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo affirmed that the prestigious international pageant will be organized in Pia’s “home court” on January 30, 2017.

When asked what her birthday wish was, Pia said, “I’m really hoping and praying that the pageant will be held here and we’re working very hard in making that happen. It’s always been a dream of mine to have the pageant here.”

According to Pia, even Miss Universe Organization’s president Paula Shugart wants the event to be staged in the country.

“It’s always been a dream of hers as well to have the pageant here. It’s kind of like everybody’s dream. We want the pageant to be in the Philippines. We’re waiting, working hard, and making sure everything’s okay. We’d get the approval of everyone so that it can finally happen,” Pia said.

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The Filipina beauty queen added, “I’m keeping my fingers crossed and if that happens, it’s gonna be historical. I may not have had my first walk but I will have my final walk here, at home.”

Before passing on the crown, Pia also plans to go back to her hometown.

“I will make sure, before I pass on my crown, I will go back to Cagayan de Oro and maybe do a quick pass by to Iligan City,” she said.

Starting July, the Department of Tourism has been looking at six possible locations for the pageant—including Cagayan de Oro.

According by Teo, “Kino-consider namin ang Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and obviously, ang headliner would be in Manila.”

The Philippines is home to two different Miss Universe titlists — Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margarita Moran-Floirendo (1973) — and has hosted the coronation twice before, once in 1974 and again in 1994.

 

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/583702/lifestyle/artandculture/pia-wurtzbach-gives-update-on-miss-universe-2016