Monthly Archives: September 2020

Rebel killed, soldier hurt in Miag-ao clash

first_imgThe rebels belonged to the SuyakPlatoon, Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon Panay led by Joven Ceralvo alias Lex,said Pancito. The leg-wounded Sergeant Janny Labrador of the 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion (61IB), on the other hand, was hospitalized. A hot pursuit operation was launchedafter the rebels retreated. A New People’s Army fighter was killedwhile a Philippine Army soldier was wounded. After the rebels retreated, soldiersrecovered an M16 rifle, antipersonnel mine, medicines, backpacks, kitchenutensils and subversive documents of high intelligence value, according toCaptain Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd InfantryDivision (3ID). The 30-minute encounter happened ataround 8 a.m. There were an estimated 15 rebels. As of this writing, the dead rebelremained unidentified.  This unidentified New People’s Army fighter is a casualty in an encounter between rebels and troops of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion in Barangay Ongyod, Miag-ao, Iloilo yesterday morning, Sept. 23, 2019. After this rebel’s companions retreated, soldiers recovered an M16 rifle, antipersonnel mine, medicines, backpacks, kitchen utensils and subversive documents of high intelligence value. 61ST IB PHOTO ILOILO – Government troops and rebelsclashed in Barangay Ongyod, Miag-ao town yesterday morning, three days after askirmish there Friday last week.center_img “Iniwannila ang kanilang namatay na kasama para mabilis ang pagtakbo nila,” said Pancito. An hour before the Miag-ao encounter,rebels fired shots at the detachment of the Citizens Armed Force GeographicalUnit in Sitio Sambag, Barangay Dagami, Maasin town. There were no casualties orinjuries. “The Maasin harassment was adiversionary tactics of the rebels. They did not know we have more soldiers inMiag-ao ready to engage them,” said Pancito. “This group is hampering not onlydevelopment projects in the area but also the people’s peaceful lives,” saidLieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, 61IB commander. https://www.facebook.com/PanayNews/posts/2289561801113591 On the other hand, Major General DinohDolina, commander of the 3ID, called on the rebels to surrender and look afterthe welfare of their wounded rebels. “Don’t leave them. Surrender them tothe government for proper medical attention. Your Army will be happy to acceptand help your companions,” said Dolina./PNlast_img read more

4-hour brownout to hit parts of Negros for 2 days

first_imgOn Jan. 28, the affected areas areVilla Homes, Buena Park, Glenwood Subd., Villa Angela, Villa Angela RelocationSite, Regent Pearl, River Walk, Helvetia Heights, Savemore, Hi Strip building,Panasiatic Solutions, East Block, Lopue’s East Annex (bowling center), PatriaVillage, Trinity Christian School, New Government Center (NGC), Lopue’s EastBuilding, Gonzaga Subdivision, Morata’s Photography, Burgos Street (from CircumferentialRoad to Lopez Jaena), Rio Compound, Chinese Temple, portion of Megaworld(Burgos Entrance). Jose Taniongon, Cenecoofficer-in-charge, said the power outage will start from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. BACOLOD City – Some areas here and inBago City, Negros Occidental will experience a four-hour power interruption fortwo days, Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Cenenco) announced Sunday. This is due city due to maintenanceactivities, explained Taniongon, saying that Ceneco wants to ensure reliabilityof distribution lines to avoid further serious damages that could result tomajor interruptions. Taniongon advised Cenecomember-consumers in the event of any power interruption, electrical switchesshould be turned-off for safety reasons. center_img on Jan. 28 and 30. When electricity supply resumes,please provide allowance of about 10-15 minutes before switching on allelectrical appliances and facilities to avoid power surge, he added./PN For the second day, areas that willexperience power outage include Sum-ag Substation along Abuanan Road (Sum-ag)to portion of Bago, Barangay Tabunan, Barangay Dulao, Barangay Atipuluhan and,Barangay Abuanan, Sayson Piggery, Quiet Place Resort, GC&C Crusher, PurokSambag, Purok Cadena de Amor, Purok Rose 1 and 2.last_img read more

OFW from Hong Kong enters capitol undetected

first_img“Gusto ‘ya si governor ma-istorya, mangayo daw clearance nga-a i-quarantine siya,” said Mamon. The provincial capitol actually prepared for the OFW’s visit,Mamon said; she was informed in advance by the OFW’s lawyer about the visit. ILOILO – Despite the tight screening of people entering thecapitol as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19), an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Hong Kongmanaged to get inside undetected by security guards yesterday morning.  Requireto fill-up Quick Assessment Tool for Travelers and refer appropriate healthpersonnel for intervention 3. Employeesand visitors/clients shall pass the designated lanes as provided at the capitolmain entrance. Employees with no frontline/capitol ID shall pass the visitor’slane and undergo a non-contact infrared thermometer check and similarprocedures. Last monththe provincial government issued entry rules and regulations against thepossible spread of COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 28-A previously issuedby Governor Defensor further strengthening quarantine procedures and otherdisease prevention and control measures. According to the provincial administrator, she told herlawyer-friend to advice the OFW to first undergo 14 days of quarantine beforevisiting the capitol. It was Dr. Neneth Pador, chief of the PSWDO, who discovered theOFW’s undetected entry during her interview with the worker. 1. Allprovincial government employees are required to wear their frontline/capitol IDupon entry and while within the IPG premises. The No ID, No Entry police shallbe implemented. She also ordered the disinfection of the Office of the Governorand the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO). Hong Kong, aspecial administrative region of China, has several COVID-19 cases. As this was being written, the OFW was poised to be referred tothe Western Visayas Medical Center for quarantine. Atty. Suzette Mamon, provincial administrator, immediately ordereda review of the screening protocols.  Closecontact with persons with travel history to China, Hong Kong, Macau, SouthKorea Clients and employees of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol gets temperature check using a thermal scanner as they enter the building. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNcenter_img  Travelhistory: country visited for the past 14 days or from Jan. 1, 2020 (China, HongKong, Macau, South Korea) The OFW returned to Iloilo from Hong Kong just three or four daysago to follow up a custody case involving her child. 2. Only thecapitol and Casa Real main entrance shall be opened for visitors/transactingclients. Capitol employees may use all opened entrance doors provided thatfrontline/capitol ID shall be implemented. The OFW was a resident of Cabatuan town in the 3rd District. Shesought a quarantine clearance, according to Mamon, and visited the Office ofthe Governor and PSWDO. 4. Members ofprint and broadcast media may use the employee’s lane upon presentation ofpress/company ID. Employees,visitors and clients transacting at the capitol must observe the following: 6. Securitypersonnel and/or EROI shall assess the following:  fever of 38 degreesCelcius (hilanat) through anon-contact infrared thermometer; colds (sip-on); and cough (ubo) The OFW, however, gave a different name to the guards so she wasable to enter the capitol. Capitol guards posted at the entrance and exit doors werefurnished with the OFW’s name. The EROI or Emergency Responders of Iloilo(EROI) was also alerted. 7.Visitors/clients observed to be with symptoms (fever, colds, cough) shall beprovided with surgical mask for precautionary measures and further be subjectedto the following questions in accordance with COVID-19 Decision Tool: 5. Securitypersonnel and/or Emergency Responders of Iloilo (EROI) shall conduct a RapidHealth Assessment (RHA) to all clients and visitors. A personalized stickershall be provided as an access to all offices in the capitol upon entry. 8. Entranceand exit gates at the back portion of the capitol shall be closed at 9:30 a.m.Gate between the Casa Real and Power House may be used as entrance/exit. Therest of the gates are open to public./PN)last_img read more

No bail bond for murder suspect

first_imgBACOLOD City – The court recommended nobail bond for the temporary liberty of a rape suspect arrested in BarangayPoblacion 2, Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Resident Raymundo Jimenez was caught onthe strength of an arrest warrant on April 13, a police report showed. Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Reginald Fuentebella of the Regional Trial Court Branch 73 inSagay City dated Jan. 29, 2019.Jimenez was detained in the custodial facility of the Sagay City policestation./PNlast_img read more

‘NEW NORMAL’ IN GUIMARAS, NEGROS

first_img* recommended toopen 50 to 100 percent of other firms in manufacturing, electronics and exports,e-commerce and delivery for essential and non-essential items, repair andmaintenance services, housing and office services * 100 percentopening of businesses engaged in agriculture, fisheries and forestry Business hours for establishments, exceptthose considered essential, have also been reduced. Just this April15, the provincial government of Guimaras raisedits pandemic response level from Level 1 to Level 2 to ensure that it remainedfree from COVID-19. Data from theDepartment of Health (DOH) as of April 24 showed Negros Occidental having onlyfour confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Guimaras had none at all. Returning residents of the province were only allowedentry if they did not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms but would have to comply withthe mandatory quarantine regulations. * partial mallopening for non-leisure shops The GCQ, whichwill take effect on May 1, is a less stringent form of lockdown, said Roque. * curfew fornon-workers Non-residents who intend to enter Guimaras areonly allowed if the purpose of travel is to transport basic commodities andnecessities and for emergency cases that may result to loss of life, liberty orproperty, provided they are certified cleared from COVID by the designatedhealth authority and shall be issued an inbound pass. * publictransport to operate at reduced capacity MANILA – Thecommunity quarantine in Guimaras and Negros Occidental has been downgraded from“enhanced” to “general.” Malacañang called this the “new normal” in the two provinces,as the rest of Western Visayas and country struggle to contain the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). * re-prioritizingof cash assistance from the social amelioration program to enhanced communityquarantine (ECQ) areas Under Level 2 response, entry to differentports of Guimaras became limited, according to Gov. Samuel Gumarin. * considerallowing high school and higher education institutions “to finish and givecredentials to students” * consideropening up to 50 percent on-site work and 50 percent work-from-home forcompanies engaged in financial services, business process outsourcing, othernon-leisure wholesale and retail trade, and other non-leisure services Meanwhile, the Negros Occidental provincial government started easingrestrictions in some of its quarantine measures on April 20 yet. The rest ofWestern Visayas will continue to be on ECQ until May 15 albeit there will be areview, said Roque. * foodmanufacturing and supply chain opening, including ink, packaging and rawmaterials, food retail, supermarkets, restaurants (takeout and delivery only),hospitals, logistics, water and energy firms, internet service providers,telecommunications, and media * limitedresumption of construction Roque said theguidelines for the GCQ will be finalized and released to the public on April 27and will be implemented by May 1. Public transportations are regulated to abidethe guidelines set by DOH for physical distancing. According to Gumarin, the provincialgovernment deemed it wise to raise the pandemic response level because theprovince was vulnerable, given the limited capacity of its healthcare system. The Inter-Agency TaskForce for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recommendedthat the following steps be taken in areas under the general quarantine: * opening ofpriority and essential construction projects The IATF-EID willevaluate before May 16 if the GCQ is to be lifted. Further, trips of motorbancas and Ro-Rovessels plying the Guimaras-Iloilo route vice versa have been significantlyreduced. In lowering theenhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ), thePalace noted the two provinces’ having a “low risk” of further diseasetransmissions, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a virtualpress conference on Friday. For non-residents who leave the island, onlythose that have In-bound Pass are be allowed to travel. * consider 100percent closure of schools and re-opening up to September * children from zeroto 20 years old, seniors 60 and above and those with health risks are advisedto stay at home “Therefore, it is now safe to plan thetransition from ECQ to GCQ,” said Lacson. “After safeguarding the health and safety ofevery Negrense, it is now time to look after the economic and financial welfareof everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the province,” Gov. EugenioJose Lacson stated in Executive Order 20-20-B. * all ports andairports will open for transportation of goods In his directive, Lacson said that since theECQ started on March 30, there had been no reported local transmission ofCOVID-19 in the 12 component cities and 19 municipalities in the province. Outbound travels of Guimarasnons are alsolimited with only medical referrals and travels for emergency purposes allowedprovided they have valid IDs and Quarantine Pass. Aside from NegrosOccidental and Guimaras, other areas under GCQ are Negros Oriental, Siquijor,Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Apayao, MountainProvince, Ifugao, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Batanes, Quirino, Aurora, Palawan,Romblon, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Bohol, Biliran, Eastern Samar,Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay,Bukidnon, Camiguin, Davao Occidental, Saranggani, Agusan del Sur, DinagatIsland, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Basilan and Sulu./PNlast_img read more

Red Cross asked to test for COVID-19 stranded Ilonggo OFWs in Manila

first_img* OFWs shall undergo RT PCR test priorto departure from their immediate point of entry. Only those whose resultsare negative will be allowed to depart and accepted in Region 6. OnlyDepartment of Health (DOH)-approved tests shall be accepted as valid results. The first batch to complete the 14-dayquarantine would be the first to be tested at the Red Cross facility. Defensor said OWWA would befacilitating the OFWs’ trip. OFWs who test negative for SARS-CoV-2,the virus that causes COVID-19, would be allowed to return to Iloilo. These are the conditions: * OFWs shall submit their COVID-19real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results from their country oforigin should it be available. OFWs whose test results are positivewould undergo confirmatory tests. The testing and quarantining of theOFWs were requirements before they could be allowed to return to Iloilo. During the April 23 meeting of theinter-agency task force, Iloilo’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. got in touch withOverseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdacabout the possible Red Cross testing of the OFWs. The stranded Ilonggo OFWs arecurrently in the care of OWWA. ILOILO City – The Philippine Red Crossin Metro Manila has been asked to test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)the estimated 150 Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in MetroManila since March. For his part, Iloilo City’s MayorJerry Treñas announced on Thursday a plan to fetch the stranded OFWs using aprivate airplane.center_img According to Gilbert Paul Valderrama,administrator of Red Cross Iloilo, the Red Cross in Mandaluyong City hasavailable test kits and laboratory for the testing. * OFWs are required to undergo 14-dayquarantine and must be asymptomatic prior to departure from their immediatepoint of entry. Upon their return, the OFWs would betested using rapid test kits, he said. According to Defensor, the Departmentof Tourism Region 6, a member of the regional inter-agency task force,identified the following as possible quarantine sites: Goldberry Hotel, GTHotel (De Leon), GT Hotel (Jaro),  Injap Tower Hotel, and Urban Inn. Treñas’ new plan is a completeturnaround from his previous stance that Ilonggo OFWs must first be tested intheir place of origin and must be certified as free from COVID-19 beforereturning to Iloilo. The testing would be done by batchesof 50 each, said Defensor, citing Cacdac’s statement. He forwarded to their central office acopy of Resolution No. 12 of Western Visayas’ COVID-19 inter-agency task forcethat set the conditions for the return of Ilonggo OFWs “to ensure the generalwelfare of the repatriates and the safety of residents in Region 6”. Upon arrival in Iloilo, the OFWS wouldagain be subjected to 14 days of quarantine. “Naga-andamkita. Gusto naton papaulion ang OFWs pero siguruhon gid dapat nga wala sila sangmay i-laton sa ila pamilya kag iban nga tawo,” said Defensor. The mayor announced the plan amidcriticisms of his being unfair to the OFWs for allowing the return here fromMetro Manila of a close associate’s daughter who turned out positive forSARS-CoV-2./PNlast_img read more

Guv lists extended ECQ travel restrictions

first_img* private vehicles – only one-half the seating capacity is allowed  * motorized bancas – passengers must be seated one meter apart “Dasig lang ‘ni ang 15 days. Indi kita maghalog. Sa baylo, maghugot pa gid kita sa pagpangudal kay amo ‘ni ang maayo para sa aton tanan,” said Defensor./PN * government officials and employees travelling in the pursuit of their functions The Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Quarantine were enjoined to enforce these travel restrictions. The previous ECQ ended on April 30. “We do not want to let our guards down,” said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. * residents of Iloilo City and the province of Guimaras traveling to Iloilo   However, stressed the EO, there shall be shuttle services provided by municipalities stationed in their barangay exit points to transport ECQ pass holders to the poblacion area and those commuting on a daily basis to Iloilo City. The schedule of the shuttle services shall be determined by the municipal mayors.  Meanwhile, transportation not operating as public utility vehicles must observe the following social distancing measures:   Section 7, on the other hand, enjoined municipalities and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to suspend the operation of public transport under their respective jurisdictions.  * for pedicabs – only one passenger allowedcenter_img * tricycles – only two passengers (one at the front seat and one at the back seat), provided that the front and back seats shall have a divider made of nonporous material, such as wood or plastic * jeepneys – only one-half of their seating capacity is allowed; passengers must be seated one seat apart * buses – for a row for three passengers, only two is allowed; for a row of two passengers, only one is allowed * transport vans – only one-half of the seating capacity is allowed; passengers must be seated one seat apart There are, however, a few exemptions. In Executive Order (EO) No. 110 extending the ECQ to May 15, restrictions on travel do not cover the following: “Transportation or forwarding in the conduct of trade, delivery of social/humanitarian services, fishing/marine activities, scientific/academic pursuits, and such other essential purposes, shall not be hindered” also, stated Section 5 of EO 110. An abrupt loosening of restrictions on people’s movements could result to a spike in COVID-19 cases, warned Defensor. Under Section 6, persons who enter the province in violation of the travel restriction shall be placed under quarantine for 14 days. * for motorcycles – no back riders ILOILO – While allowing the reopening of establishments and industries related to agriculture, among others, under an extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the provincial government is maintaining travel restrictions. * medical personnel and health/humanitarian workers performing functions in relation to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)last_img read more

Laborer nabbed for theft charge

first_imgPolice identified him as Ryan Olisco, 31, of Barangay Talon, Roxas City. According to police investigators, Olisco was hiding from authorities for about three years. ILOILO City – A laborer charged with theft was caught in Barangay 11, Roxas City, Capiz. He was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant on July 7, the investigators added.center_img The court recommended a P10,000 bail bond for Olisco’s temporary liberty./PN The suspect was brought to the Roxas City police station.last_img

8-year-old boy drowns in river

first_imgThe victim’s body was fished out of the river around 7:35 a.m. on July 20. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA BACOLOD City – An eight-year-old boy was found dead at the Luguay River in Barangay 3, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.Philippine Coast Guard Negros Occidental chief Lieutenant Commander Jansen Benjamin identified the fatality as Jerome Guguan, a police report showed.center_img According to Benjamin, the boy was swimming alone at the Himamaylan River in Barangay 1 when he was swept by a strong current brought by heavy rains around 3 p.m. on July 19. Last week, three teenagers in this city also died of drowning./PNlast_img read more

Batesville Middle School Basketball Results

first_imgBatesville 7th fell to 4-1 on the year after a 41-31 loss to Connersville.Devin Scripture, Lane Oesterling, and Devin Scripture all scored 7 points to lead the team. Luke Belter led the team with 4 rebounds while Tyler Myers had 2 steals.BMS will be in action Tuesday night at home vs North Decatur.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.The Batesville 8th grade lost to a good Connersville team last night 53-39.1Q – 11-5; 2Q – 26-19; 3Q – 37-31.Isaac Barker led the team with 15 points. Jayden Beal had 8. Sam Wade and Lane Westerfeld had 5 each.  BMS had (5) 3-pointers and were 2-8 on free throws with 16 turnovers.Silcott had 23 for Connersville followed by Seeley with 12 and Smith with 10 points.  They had (3) 3-pointers and were 6-12 on free throws with 9 turnovers.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.last_img read more