Bro. Eli Soriano donates P8.3-M monetary assistance to kin of soldiers and cops killed in Marawi siege
UNTV News • December 5, 2017 • 12961
“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
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs, Port of Zamboanga (BOC-POZ) on Friday (July 16) reported the seizure of P3.5 million worth of smuggled cigarettes offshore Manalipa Island in Zamboanga City.
During the operation, which happened on Thursday (July 15), authorities conducted seaborne patrol which resulted in the successful interception of one motorized wooden watercraft locally known as “jungkong” named MPB Arshan.
The said watercraft was manned by four crew members and bound for mainland Zamboanga.
It was transporting a total of 100 master cases of King Perfect cigarettes with a total estimated value of P 3.5 million.
Subsequently, the apprehending units together with the operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted visual inspection and paneling on the items for possible presence of illegal drugs.
The seized watercraft and the master cases of cigarettes are under the custody of the BOC for proper inventory and disposition for violation of the provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) of 2016 and the Tobacco Exportation and Importation Rules and Regulations being implemented by the National Tobacco Administration pursuant to Executive Order No. 245.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government’s task force for COVID-19 response has placed Zamboanga City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Malacañang announced Friday.
In an announcement aired over state-run PTV, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the new quarantine classification for Zamboanga City is effective immediately until May 14.
Tacloban City will also shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until May 31, he added.
Roque said the quarantine classification for the two areas was approved on Thursday by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and is contained in the IATF Resolution No. 114.
Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco earlier issued an executive order declaring her city under MECQ starting May 8 due to an “overwhelming” rise in active COVID-19 cases.
Medical frontliners in Zamboanga City are calling for a ‘time out’ due to fatigue amid the increasing cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region.
According to Department of Health (DOH) Region 9 Director Dr. Joshua Brillantes, several medical frontliners are experiencing extreme tiredness and have recommended them to put Zamboanga City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). This, they said, would give health workers in the city a break.
“We’re already complaining. We’re already asking kung pwede may break tayo kasi nakakaawa din naman ang mga health care workers natin. Personally, kung ako ang tatanungin (if possible, let’s have a break because the state of our health workers has become pitiful. Personally, if you will ask me), I will go for MECQ,“ he said.
Brillantes also urged private hospitals to increase the bed capacity of COVID-19 patients to 50% from 30%.
Meanwhile, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco wants to expedite the construction of a 700-bed mega-quarantine facility as an additional facility. The local government is also preparing the Pasonanca Convention Center for this purpose.
From 55 cases on March 22, cases in Zamboanga City have reached 1,357. –AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)
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