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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2019   •   1499


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)

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.

Isabela gov’t readies rescue measures ahead of tropical storm Ramon

Marje Pelayo   •   November 14, 2019

ISABELA, Philippines – The provincial government of Isabela is preparing ahead of the expected impact of tropical storm ‘Ramon.’

According to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Assistant Director Col. Basilio Dumlao, they have already instructed other disaster management units in the province about the necessary preparations ahead of the storm.

So far, emergency vehicles are on standby in case evacuation of residents is required during the onset of the storm especially those who live in low-lying areas and along the coasts.

The provincial government has so far prepared 600 food packs for the relief operations in communities in the coastal areas so they would have food and prevent sailors from venturing out into the rough seas.

Residents are also oriented of the possible evacuation once the storm intensifies. – MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

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