Court approves recount petition of losing Neg. Occ. mayoral bet

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2019   •   1628


A voter inserts his ballot in the vote counting machine (VCM) during the midterm elections on May 13, 2019. (Rodel Lumiares/Photoville International)

The petition of incumbent Isabela mayor, Joselito Malabor, for an election recount was approved by the La Carlota Regional Trial Court.

The La Carlota Regional Trial Court already ordered the ballot transfer from the Isabela Municipal Treasurer to the office of the clerk of court.

“Na-grant na ng korte at hopefully bukas ililipat na ang mga ballot box mula sa munisipyo. Kung ipa-recount natin pabor talaga sa atin ang boto ng mga taong bayan ng Isabela malaki ang chance na mananalo tayo, (The court has already granted [the petition], and hopefully the ballot boxes from the municipality will be transferred tomorrow. A recount would show that the people’s vote in Isabela really favors us. There is a huge chance we will win),” he said.

Based on the election results, Malabor lost by 48 votes to Dr. Irene Montilla but Malabor believes there is a discrepancy in the vote counting.

Two other defeated mayoral bets in Negros Occidental also filed respective petitions for a manual recount. They are incumbent Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña and former La Castellana Vice Mayor Felix Feria IV.

Peña was defeated by his niece Vice Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo by over 7,000 votes. Meanwhile, Feria was defeated by incumbent mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan by around 4,000 votes.(with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

Mga residente sa La Carlota City sa Negros, pinaghahanda na sa gitna ng pag-aalboroto ng Mt. Kanlaon

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2020

Inihahanda na ng pamahalaan ng La Carlota City sa Negros Occidental ang disaster management plan na ipatutupad sakaling lumala ang ipinakikitang abnormalidad ng Mount Kanlaon.

Ayon kay La Carlota City Mayor Rex Jalando-on, nakapaloob sa kanilang plano ang pagtukoy sa mga barangay na lubos na maapektuhan at kailangang ilikas sakaling sumabog ang bulkan o kaya ay mas tumindi pa ang nararanasang pagyanig sa paligid ng bulkan.

Nakapaloob rin sa disaster management plan ang gagamiting logistics, transportation at available resources, pati na ang positioning ng food packs at mga lugar na maaaring gamiting temporary shelter ng mga ililikas na residente.

Tiniyak rin ni Jalando-on na mayroong P10 milyong quick response fund na maaaring gamitin ang lokal na pamahalaan.

Nagsasagawa na rin sila ng kampanya upang paalalahanan ang mga residente na maghanda at maging alerto sa gitna ng nararanasang pagyanig sa kanilang lungsod.

May gagawin ring drill upang malaman ng mga residente ang mga dapat gawin kapag nakaranas ng malakas na lindol o kaya ay sumabog ang bulkan.

Sa ulat ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Martes ng umaga, nasa 104 volcanic-tectonic earthquakes ang naitala sa Mount Kanlaon.

Bahagya ring humina ang inilalabas na puting usok ng bulkan na umabot sa taas na 300 metro.

Iniulat rin ng PHIVOLCS ang patuloy na deflation sa ibabang bahagi ng bulkan at inflation o paglobo naman sa gitnang dalisdis na nangangahulugan umano ng hydrothermal o magmatic activity sa ilalim ng lupa.

Muli ring nagpa-alala ang ahensiya na nasa alert level 1 ang Mount Kanlaon na ang ibig sabihin ay nagpapakita ito ng abnormal na aktibidad at nasa “period of unrest.”

Naka-deklarang permanent danger zone ang four-kilometer radius ng bulkan at ipinagbabawal ang pagpasok rito ng mga tao.

Sakop naman ng eight-kilometer radius ng bulkan ang mga Barangay ng Ara-ala at Yubo kaya’t mahigpit itong binabantayan ng lokal na pamahalaan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)

PH Navy to provide aid to flood-hit Cagayan, Isabela

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy, through its Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL), is set to deploy its available resources to provide aid to thousands of people who were displaced by massive flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Philippine Navy Public Affairs said the relief mission, which is part of its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief initiative, will be conducted by NFNL units at Naval Base Camilo Osias in San Vicente, Cagayan.

“Several areas in Isabela and Cagayan were put under state of calamity because of the damages the flooding has brought to this part of the country. PN personnel and assets are now ready to be deployed to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response in some of the areas affected by this calamity,” the navy said.

It added that the effort is part of its readiness and commitment to provide prompt assistance to Filipino families stricken by calamity.

“For those who would like to donate, they can directly coordinate with the Naval Operation Center at (02) 524-4981 and 0917 8045092 and Civil Military Operation Group, PN at (02) 524-2061 loc 6133 and 09053926359/ 09206860377 and NFNL, NF3- 09774596931/ NF7-09171230067,” the Philippine Navy said.

The said donations will be transported through available logistic naval vessels, the navy added.

DFA consular services in Isabela suspended on Friday due to TS ‘Ramon’

Robie de Guzman   •   November 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday announced that consular services in its office in Isabela will be suspended on Friday, Nov. 15.

In an advisory, the DFA said the suspension of consular operations is in anticipation of the possible landfall of Tropical Storm ‘Ramon.’

The department added that this is also pursuant to the order of the provincial government to suspend work in government and private offices, as well as, classes in all levels in public and private schools to ensure the public’s safety.

Applicants with confirmed appointments who will be unable to avail of consular services due to the suspension of operations will be accommodated until Friday, 13 December 2019 during regular office hours,” the DFA said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier said ‘Ramon’ is expected to make landfall anytime during the weekend.

In its 5 p.m. update, PAGASA said ‘Ramon’ was last spotted 500 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

The storm is moving north northwest at the speed of 15 kph.

Catanduanes remains under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Number 2 while the eastern part of Isabela, including Divilacan, Palanan and Dinapigue; Northern Aurora, including Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan; Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Albay are under signal no. 1.

PAGASA said that on Friday, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may prevail over the eastern parts of Cagayan and Isabela while Northern Aurora, Camarines Norte, and Polillo Island will experience light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains.

On Saturday, light to moderate to occasionally heavy rains may be experienced over Cagayan, Northern Aurora, and the eastern portion of Isabela.

Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Apayao and the rest of Isabela and Aurora.

The state weather bureau also advised residents in the said areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides, to take precautionary measures, coordinate with respective local disaster offices, and continue monitoring for weather updates from the state weather bureau.

Sea travel remains also risky, especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.

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