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10 families rescued from flash flood in San Miguel, Bulacan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Saturday, September 15th, 2018



BULACAN, Philippines – Several barangays in the town of San Miguel were affected by a sudden flash flood on the onset of Typhoon Ompong on Saturday, September 15.

According to Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, floodwater of up to six feet rushed into residential areas, particularly in Barangay Banga-Banga.

Authorities said they have rescued at least 10 families from the flash flood with the assistance of the San Miguel Disaster Office.

A platoon of scout rangers is also on standby to respond to rescue operations when necessary. The local government has also prepared food relief packs for residents affected by the calamity. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Gerry Galicia)

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BFP, PNP holds fire drill simulation in Bocaue, Bulacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Firefighters extinguishing fire from a burning store in a fire drill simulation in Bocaue, Bulacan

BULACAN, Philippines — Complete with fire alarms and firefighters battling fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) conducted a fire drill simulation in Bocaue, Bulacan on Monday (December 3).

The BFP staged a burning store which supposedly exploded due to firecrackers.

Using a firetruck and water, the fires were brought under control.

This was followed by the response of the rescue team to the victims of the incident.

After the drill, BFP and Bulacan-PNP inspected retailers and wholesalers of firecrackers in the country’s fireworks capital.

Authorities checked whether they have business permits and the permit to operate issued by Camp Crame.

They also ensured if there are fire extinguishers inside the stores as well as sand and water drums for extinguishing fires.

BFP chief Leonardo Banago said that the safety of everyone is important.

“Unang unang ipinagbabawal yung paninigarilyo, so dapat diyan no smoking. Yung pagtetesting ng ating mga produkto, diyan kasi madalas nagkakaroon ng insidente ng sunog,” said the chief.

“Dapat i-observe din yung distances ng mga manufacturing site natin at selling display area. Observe din natin yun para maiwasan din natin yun na pagkanagkaroong ng sunog ay walang madadamay na iba,” he said.

“Doon sa mga manufacturer, sundin natin kung ano yung naka-set na mga guidelines. Doon naman sa mga nagtitinda, sundin natin dapat mayroon tayong business permit, at yung tinitinda natin ay naayon doon sa mga nasabing regulation,” said Bulacan-PNP Provincial Director PSSupt Chito Bersaluna.

Although no one has violated the laws, the fire bureau and the police have restated the ban on illegal firecrackers based on Executive Order 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Several vendors are worried about low sales since consumers are now afraid to purchase firecrackers.

“Ngayon po kasi malaki po ang pinagbago ng paputok natin. Marami pong pinagbawal ang ating president, kaya po yung mga seller ng paputok natin bumaba ng konte ngayon,” said Ine Medrano, a fireworks vendor.

In 2017, President Duterte has issued an executive order providing for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Under this order, fireworks display are allowed only in designated areas in a community and must be under the supervision of a PNP-licensed and trained personnel. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue

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Soldier runs amok, kills teacher-lover in front of students in Bulacan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

BULACAN, Philippines – A teacher was declared dead on the spot after she was shot by a former flame inside her classroom at Tambubong Elementary School in Bocaue, Bulacan on Wednesday (November 21).

The victim has been identified as Melody Esber, 33, a Grade 4 teacher.

She is survived by her three children and her husband who is currently working abroad.

The suspect, who took his life after shooting Esber, was identified as 40-year-old Ruperto Datwin, a married man and an active member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) prior to his death.

Based on police investigation, Datwin barged in while Esber was handling a class.

The two had an argument which led to Datwin committing suicide after shooting Esber.

One of the students was also hurt by a stray bullet slug from the incident.

The student is now in stable condition.

According to Bocaue Chief of Police PSSupt. Amado Mendoza, Datwin couldn’t accept that Esber was leaving him.

A note was recovered from inside the suspect’s folder at the crime scene which detailed the victim and the suspect’s relationship.

The end of the note reads: “Kamatayan lamang ang makapaghihiwalay sa atin.”

“Doon sa crime scene, may mga dokumento tayo, nakita na kung saan, pareho nilang inilalahad yung istorya ng kanilang lovelife. Since 2017 makikita natin doon na masaya naman silang nagsasama, until nitong later part, na parang meron silang problema, sa financial saka doon sa kanilang pagsasama,” Mendoza said.

 “Umiiyak iyong lalaki. Sa amin nagtungo minsan. Isang beses lang pero alam ko wala na sila. Magkarelasyon sila. Akala po namin okay na, wala pong problema. Nagulat po kami ganyan bigla bigla na lang,” narrated Esber’s brother, Delfin Sta. Teresa.

According to the school principal, the suspect joined the crowd of students to enter the school premises.

“Ang kinder may shifting po kami. Kapag 9am po ang mga bata lumalabas po. Binubuksan na po namin ang gate po doon.  Kapag 9:00 a.m. nagpapalit po ng klase; (every) three hours ang kinder. Hindi po namin alam na iyon, sinabayan ang pagpasok ng mga bata,” explained Ronel Rom, the school principal.

Classes were immediately suspended after the incident.

The students who witnessed the crime, meanwhile, were immediately given stress debriefing to recover from the traumatic experience due to the incident. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nestor Torres)

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Over 800 members denounce ties with Kadamay in Bulacan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Members of Pinagkakaisang Mamamayan Tungo sa Kaayusan (PMTK) 

BULACAN, Philippines – More than 800 individuals in the town of Pandi have denounced their membership from the militant group Kalipunang Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay).

They formed a new group which they named Pinagkakaisang Mamamayan Tungo sa Kaayusan (PMTK) for reasons that they couldn’t tolerate Kadamay’s alleged twisted ideals.

In particular, they are opposing Kadamay’s collection of P100 to P300 fee every time they would go out on the streets to protest. They admit that they too suffered harassment and threats.

“Kapag sumama naman kami sa rally hinihingan kami ng P200 pang rally po namin tapos gutom pa kami minsan,” said PMTK vice president Lorenzo Opalsa.

“Panay hingi ng kontribusyon, magrally ng magrally. Pinapagawa sa mga miyembro kung ano-ano sinasabi, ganito mag-aral,tapos ngayon mag-aral ng mataas pa hanggang sa maging NPA ka na.  Ang NPA na po ang pinag-aaralan nila hindi na po maganda. Kaya mga tao natatakot sa kanila,” said Pandi 3 president Apolinario Jocson.

The group said the New People’s Army (NPA) were recruiting them to study and serve under the rebel group.

“Pinapapasok nila po kami ng aral,pinag-aaral po kami na mga miyembro ng aralan, para po sa komunista po.  Malakas ang loob nila. Lagi po nila kaming hinaharas, dahil alam po namin na meron pong nasa likuran nila,” added PMTK Leader Jeffrey Aris.

Kadamay denied the allegations saying they were only collecting P5.00 fees and not P100.

“Hindi totoo na kami ay naniningil ng 150, 200, 300, kada rally. Wala kaming sinisingil. Mayroon kaming butaw sa organization, five pesos,pero di nakakabayad dahil maralita nga yan,” said Kadamay leader Gloria Bea Arellano.

Arellano insists that they have never been members of the NPA.

“Hindi miyembro ng Kadamay ang NPA. Laging ikinakabit nila ito dahil kami ay progresibong organization, at kinikritic namin ang maling ginagawa ng gobyerno,” argued Arellano.

In March 2017, Kadamay illegally occupied government housing units in Pandi.

Security has been tight since then to make sure the safety of residents nearby are protected. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nestor Torres)

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