Bro. Eli Soriano donates P8.3-M monetary assistance to kin of soldiers and cops killed in Marawi siege

UNTV News   •   December 5, 2017   •   12621

“I want to give them P50, 000 each. I know it’s just a small amount, but when you combine it all, it’s a huge amount. It’s a small way to tell the soldiers that, ‘We need you and we are grateful to every one of you.’ ”

These were the promises of Bro. Eli Soriano of the members, Church of God International during the benefit concert of UNTV, the Songs for Heroes 3: Bayani ng Marawi.

A month after, Bro. Eli made good on his promise to provide financial assistance to the families of the soldiers and policemen who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Last Saturday, humanitarian broadcaster, Kuya Daniel Razon visited the AFP Western Mindanao Command or WesMinCom headquarters in Zamboanga City to personally hand the donation.

Present during the ceremonial turnover were WesMinCom Commander Lt/Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., and Police Regional Office 9 Director PC/Supt. Billy Beltran.

Bro. Eli donated a total amount of P8.3-million for the relatives of the 169 government troops killed in the Marawi City clashes.

“P6-million was given to the AFP, while P2-M to the PNP. I said, if it were only me, I would like to be there, to personally hand over the aid so you could feel that we understand what you feel, and your situation,” said Bro. Eli Soriano.

Each family received P50,000 for their livelihood start-up.

“Although our husbands are already gone, there are some who really give us financial assistance.  It really matters a lot to us and we are really happy. Thank you so much. We are calmed by the Bible verses that Bro. Eli shares with us. We are reminded of the facts of life and that God will always take care of us even though our husbands are now gone,” beneficiary Manilyn Solar said.


“We are very thankful to Brother Eli Soriano, that although there are many of us, he is still ready to help us from his heart,” beneficiary Myra Dayoc said.

Kuya Daniel, meanwhile, assured that help will continue to pour in not just to the families of soldiers and policemen killed in battle, but also to the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police.


From the time we started up to now, we continue to provide assistance. We are even part of the medical missions they are conducting,” Kuya Daniel Razon said.

Bro. Eli even offered more than livelihood assistance.

“We have a school where everything is for free… you might want your children to study there in our college. We also have various services that are for free. We are doing this with the belief in the word of Jesus Christ that we should do good to all people,” he said.

“On behalf of the Western Mindanao Command and also from the officers and men, sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen and policemen and policemen who fought at the Marawi siege thank you very much for the love and gesture of kindness and compassion being given by Brother Eli Soriano and also by Kuya Daniel Razon the Armed Forces of the Philippines will always be grateful to you,” Lt/Gen. Galvez said. – Robie de Guzman | UNTV News & Rescue

5 Zamboanga cops arrested for extortion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Five policemen in Zamboanga were arrested for extortion on Monday (March 22), according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Officer-in-Charge Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said, Police Major Orlyn Leyte, Officer in-Charge of Police Station 9, Zamboanga City Police Station and four members of PS9 Station Drug Enforcement Unit namely, PSSg Hegenio Salvador, PSSg Asser Abdulkadim, PCpl Ismael Sasapan andPCpl Juman Arabani were arrested by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) during an entrapment operation in Zamboanga City on Monday.

Recovered pieces of evidence were marked money amounting to P2,000 and a firearm.

The entrapment operation stemmed from a complaint from Mrs. Melanie Casabuena Saloria. According to the complaint, Major Leyte allegedly demanded P90,000.00 from the victim, as “settlement” for her alleged involvement in illegal drug activity.

Eleazar said the PNP is already preparing to file cases against the involved personnel for Robbery Extortion and Violation of RA 3019 Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Official and Employees.

“The PNP will not tolerate personnel engaging in any unlawful and illegal acts. Officers must serve as role model to their subordinates,” Eleazar said.

The five arrested PNP personnel will be placed under Automatic Leave of Absence while under detention, he added. They are temporarily detained at Zamboanga City Police Office for proper disposition and eventual filing of case. AAC


313 Filipino deportees arrive in Zamboanga City from Malaysia

Robie de Guzman   •   March 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – About 313 illegal Filipino immigrants deported by the Malaysian government arrived in Zamboanga City on Sunday.

This is the seventh batch of deportees among the 5,300 Filipinos to be deported for staying in Sabah illegally.

Of the total returning Filipinos, 226 were from the province of Tawi-Tawi, 31 from Zamboanga City, 23 from Sulu, 12 hail from Basilan and five from Zamboanga Sibugay. The remaining deportees were from other provinces.

Upon their arrival at the local port on Sunday, the deportees underwent strict health screening and swab tests, and were subsequently placed under quarantine to make sure that they have not been infected with coronavirus disease.

Deportees from outside Zamboanga City may stay at the isolation facility for 12 hours until their respective local government units have arranged for assistance and transportation back to their places of origin.

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco previously appealed to the national government not to make the city an entry point for Filipino deportees from Malaysia due to the threat of COVID-19.

She also said that it would be more practical if the provinces of Tawi-Tawi and Sulu will be designated as the points of referral for returning Filipinos.

“But nonetheless el gobierno local ta hace el apelo con el gobierno nacional (the local government is appealing to the national government) that Zamboanga City should no longer be point of referral for the returning Filipinos and it could be that we have centers already in Tawi-tawi and Sulu,” she said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)

Zamboanga receives 10,200 Sinovac jabs

Robie de Guzman   •   March 5, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY – More than 10,000 doses of Sinovac-made CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Zamboanga City, the city government said Friday.

The Cebu Pacific flight carrying the 10,200 vaccines landed at the Zamboanga City International Airport at past 7 a.m. and was welcomed by Mayor Beng Climaco and other local officials.

“As we welcome the vaccines in the city of Zamboanga, may this give an opportunity for healing specially in our COVID-19 pandemic and we will work very hard with the Department of Health and all the line agencies,” Climaco said.

The vaccine shots are allotted for medical frontline workers in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Following arrival, the first batch of vaccines were immediately transported to storage facilities of the Department of Health. Doses allocated for nearby provinces will be transported on Saturday.

Climaco said a ceremonial vaccination will be held on Friday afternoon at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

The vaccination program in other hospitals is expected to commence on Sunday, she added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)


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