AFP considers Maguindanao and Cotabato as most threatened areas

admin   •   October 6, 2017   •   5386


MANILA, Philippines — The military has been diligently monitoring and gathering information to prevent another armed crisis the likes of  Marawi siege.

AFP Spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla pointed out that the provinces of Maguindanao and Cotabato are the most threatened areas to date because of the presence of armed groups supporting Maute terrorists there.

“Because there remains in those areas sizeable numbers of armed men who have pledged allegiance to this — the group who are in Marawi,” said Padilla.

The official also reiterated that martial law in Mindanao is needed to end the atrocities in Mindanao.

 “Martial law in Mindanao will not end when the battle in Marawi is over because we still have until the end of the year to do everything we can to prevent this kind of rebellion from happening again,” said the AFP spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the military revealed that certain groups are now being monitored by the AFP for possibly supporting the Maute terrorists.

Padilla said once they have gathered enough evidence, they will proceed to file appropriate legal charges.

“And we’re conducting our thorough research on these people because it may be possible that they had been part or accessory to the rebellion,” said the official. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

 

Infant dies of severe dehydration in quake-hit Makilala, Cotabato

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

An aerial shot taken with a drone shows makeshift shelters at an evacuation center in the earthquake-hit town of Makilala on Mindanao island, Philippines, 01 November 2019. EPA-EFE/CERILO EBRANO

MANILA, Philippines – A six-month-old infant died due to severe dehydration in Makilala town, Cotabato which was among the areas heavily-hit by earthquakes that jolted Mindanao last month.

According to Sheryl Orbita, acting municipal administrator of Makilala, the baby and her family were staying in a makeshift tent outside their home in Barangay Bulatukan due to aftershocks.

She said the baby had recurring fever and rashes on the body when a volunteer doctor visited their place on Sunday.

“Noong Sunday, nag-request na po yung grandmother ng doctor. Pinuntahan po iyan doon noong Sunday, ang inireklamo po is rashes binigyan naman yun ng gamot,” Orbita said.

But the baby’s condition worsened and was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday. Attending physicians declared the infant dead.

“Noong Martes lang po siya binawian ng buhay dahil po sa dehydration, doon lang po sa bahay nila,” Orbita said.

To prevent a similar incident, local authorities advised parents to immediately seek medical help when their relatives, especially children, feel sick or are manifesting symptoms of illness.

The number of people who died in Makilala, Cotabato due to recent quakes in Mindanao now stands at eight following the death of the infant.  

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) said that more than a thousand quake victims were provided with free medical help and consultation following reports on the rising number of evacuees who have fallen ill in Makilala.

There are enough relief goods for all quake victims in the town but evacuees are complaining of the heat and cramped situation of families in tents at evacuation centers, on top of the trauma brought about by the recent tremors.

The local government has appealed for more understanding and assured it is now taking action to decongest evacuation centers.

“Alam namin na ‘yun ang nangyayari sa mga evacuation camps… Kaunting tiis lang po kasi ang LGU ng Makilala ay naghahanap na po ng paraan,” Orbita said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

Magnitude 5-quake hits Cotabato anew

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Another earthquake — this time with a 5.0 magnitude — hit an area in Mindanao Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake, with a tectonic origin, occurred at 2:07 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 18 kilometers east of Makilala, Cotabato.

The temblor was felt the strongest in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur with recorded intensity V. It was also felt in Pikit, Cotabato as well as in Bansalan, Davao del Sur at intensity IV.

Instrumental intensities were also reported in Malungon, Sarangani; Koronadal City; Tupi in South Cotabato and Alabel in Sarangani.

Phivolcs said the quake is not expected to cause damage but may spawn aftershocks.

The latest earthquake in Cotabato occurred just a few hours after a magnitude 5.5 tremor hit waters off Sarangani.

Phivolcs said there is no tsunami threat due to the quake and that this was independent from the series of earthquakes that shook Tulunan, Cotabato this month.

Death toll in 6.5 magnitude quake in Mindanao reaches 6

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 1, 2019

The death toll in the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Tulunan, Cotabato on October 31 has reached six, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

READ: Magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolts Tulunan town in N. Cotabato anew

The 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Tulunan on October 29, on the other hand, has reached seven.

This brings a total of 16 confirmed deaths with over 400 injured and two missing from the two earthquakes.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday (October 31) said they already mobilized their rescue teams in several areas in Mindanao that were hit by the strong quake.—AAC

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