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

How Piolo wants to celebrate Fathers Day with son Iñigo

Manila, Philippines – Actor Piolo Pascual said he and son Iñigo became closer when the latter turned 18 because “we were finally able to share stories that my son felt ashamed to tell me before.”

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Iñigo (left), Piolo (right)

“More than being a dad, I try to be a barkada (friend) to him. Now that I’m 40 and he’s almost 20, our relationship has become more solid. He gets to share things about his work and personal life with me, as well as his concerns,” said Piolo in an interview after the launch of Sun Life Financials’ newest collection of digital films, “Sun Shorts.”

Piolo said it was never hard being Iñigo’s father. “I’ve never had to lay a hand on him. He was never stubborn. He’s humble, and he listens. I didn’t have a hard time raising him at all,” the actor shared.

What makes Piolo sad is that he and Iñigo never get the opportunity to hang out much recently. “When he isn’t in school, he’s at work. Whenever I say he should spend more time with his father, he’d tell me that I was just like him when I was his age. He says he’s just following my footsteps, so I keep quiet.”

This is the reason Piolo anticipates Father’s Day on June 18. “When my own dad was still alive, we’d always prepare something for him. It’s a time when we can make our fathers feel truly special. Every year on that day, Iñigo would always do something very personal for me—like, he’d give me a card. I’m hoping to spend the whole day with him.”

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On June 17, Piolo said he would be seen on “Maalaala Mo Kaya” as the generous father Ryan Arebuabo of Tondo, Manila, whose photo recently went viral after it was uploaded on Facebook. The photo demonstrates a skinny man watching over his two daughters while they eat fried chicken at a fast-food restaurant.

“I said ‘yes’ to it because it’s a nice story. What he did was very noble. I didn’t know that he went through so much in life. I had a hard time portraying the role,” Piolo said. “But his story is what the drama anthology is all about. It showcases stories that touch the hearts of Filipino viewers.”

At the Sun Life launch, former ABS-CBN president and “Maalaala Mo Kaya” host Charo Santos-Concio had been extremely vocal about needing to see Piolo work again with former onscreen partner Judy Ann Santos. Asked for his response, Piolo stated: “I’m just waiting for Juday’s availability. I’ve learned so much from working with her. We did a lot of TV soaps and films together. I owe her a lot. She sort of trained me, made me feel comfortable on the set.”

The actor added: “There’s a right time for everything. Nothing has changed between us. We will always be good friends. I’ll never cut my ties with Juday. It’s important for me to remember and be grateful to the people who have helped me along the way.”

Source: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/230349/piolo-wants-celebrate-fathers-day-inigo

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

Meet Dr Gia Sison, Clinician and CMO of a non-stop telehealth facility in the Philippines #doctors20

How fortunate I am to meet such extraordinary  people, thanks to the intersection of the worlds of digital health and social media; digital health innovators tend to have an active social media life which makes it easier to reach out.

And now, you too can meet the amazing Gia Sison, MD.  Gia Sison will join us in Paris, May 26-27 at Doctors 2.0 & You, where she will speak about her very active experience in a busy telehealth center, in a country sorely lacking in access to care.

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Q1. Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your daily life as a clinician and a digital specialist in the Philippines like?
I’m your ordinary doctor with an extraordinary mission as a patient too. I’m a certified workaholic and a passionate advocate of health and social media. My daily life moves around digital health, I head a group of doctors as their Chief Medical Officer running a 24/7 facility for Telehealth services in the Philippines. I see patients during weekends usually Saturdays and I find time to be a brand ambassador of a fitness facility who believes that Exercise is Medicine, so I walk the talk with a simple wearable my Fit Bit and my iWatch as a firm believer of digital health.

Q2. You have a second specificity, as a former cancer patient. Can you tell us how that impacted your professional life after that episode?
Here’s my sentimental take on my whole experience– As a physician I can only hope and pray for the best being aware of the statistics in medicine. As a warrior my faith does not allow any room for doubt, just complete belief that a Higher Power will complete my belief for complete healing and a miracle. As a patient I cannot help but empathize more than others.
Q3. I know as well that you practice « good health habits »…How is that working out?
So far I am putting the health is wealth up into practice walking the talk, literally making time for physical activity doing circuit training after work. Really dead serious about it. I eat moderately though and I am more conscious with what I buy too, no parabens for me.

Q4. We know that bandwidth is an issue in the Philippines, but, besides Facebook, can you tell us which apps you use personally and professionally?
I am a strong Twitter user and my cloud space is probably more than what it can contain. I rely heavily on One Note, my iWatch is overused. I believe Instagram should be used also to promote health but at the same time also contain happy candid moments. I like Figure 1, Doodle, Netflix, Periscope.

Q5. Finally, you’ve never been to Doctors 2.0 & You. But you have gotten a lot of exposure to it online. So, what do you value about this event? What made you want to participate?
The honor of being able to share my own experience in digital health from a Philippine perspective. I value the collaboration in Doctors 2.0 & You and the strong friendships developed just like you and me and the chance to also share a part of me with all of you.

Q6. And please give us a teaser about what you might discuss in Paris, during your talk?
It’s about telehealth in the Philippines being a shy typed culture in innovation, building on empathy-driven questions during phone consults and how we have overcome the hurdles when we first launched it.

You can meet Dr Gia Sison on May 26-27 in Paris at beautiful Cité Universitaire.

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Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/meet-dr-gia-sison-clinician-cmo-non-stop-telehealth-facility-silber

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/

Sinulog Festival 2017

Philippines – Cebu is celebrating the yearly Sinulog Festival, held each third Sunday of January.

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Street dancing parade in Cebu

The city is the focus of the Sto. Niño Catholic celebrations around the country.

Foreign and local tourists congregate in Cebu City as it holds a rstreet dancing party and also a parade where devotees depict the centuries-old image of the Sto. Niño, an image of the beginning of Christianity in the Philippines, in their performances.

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Cebuanos traditionally shout “Viva Pit Señor!” to praise the child Jesus during the festival.

The event portrays Cebu’s rich culture and religiosity passed from generations to another.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/nation/2017/01/15/1662924/live-updates-sinulog-festival-2017