The military truck ambushed by the alleged NPA rebels in Quezon
QUEZON, Philippines —Five soldiers and three civilians were wounded in an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in General Luna, Quezon Province, Tuesday.
The military said the soldiers of the 514th Engineering Construction Battalion of the Philippine Army 51st Brigade were on board a truck when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded Barangay Bacong, General Luna, Quezon.
Shortly afterward, armed men shot them multiple times.
The wounded military troops were identified as Pfc. Marlon Mercaida, Pvt. King Philip Villalva, Pfc. Addy Mayor, Pfc. Jorge Assistin Jr. and Pfc. Banjodel Rosario.
Three civilians on board a passing jeep were also injured.
“Ang nangyari po sa amin, yung sinasakyan po nila saka yung sinasakyan namin ay nagkatapatan, then sumabog tapos nagkaputukan na (Our vehicles were parallel to each other when the explosion occurred),” said Hazel Macalalad, one of the victims.
“Yun pong sakay po ng Philippine Army ay kasalukuyang ginagamot po dito sa Bondoc Peninsula, Catanauan, Quezon at sila naman po ay nasa maayos na kalagayan at ligtas sa anumang kapahamakan,” said Gen. Luna police chief PSI. Eliezer Cayco.
(Those on board the Philippine Army vehicle are being treated at the Bondoc Peninsula, Catanauan, Quezon. They are now in good condition and are safe from any danger.)
Authorities are now pursuing the group responsible for the attack. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
LGU donates P30M worth of med equipment to Quezon Medical Center
QUEZON Province, Philippines – The local government of Quezon province provided medical equipment and facilities worth P30 million to Quezon Medical Center (QMC) to accommodate the influx of patients that has surpassed the hospital bed capacity imposed by the Department of Health (DOH).
The Quezon Medical Center only has 200-bed capacity but currently has 600 daily occupancies.
For instance, the OB ward at present has more than 200 patients.
“Hindi talaga nauubos iyong ilan sa mga problema pero positive tayo dahil tutuloy naman ang intervention ng provincial government para sa mga additional facilities at equipment nang magkaroon talaga ng effective at efficient services dito sa atin sa Quezon Med,” said Quezon Province Provincial Administrator, Rommel Edaño Jr.
Among the equipment granted are ultrasound, 2D echo machine, digital X-ray, dialysis machine and 17 beds in the pay annex building of QMC.
The management said they cannot refuse any patient, so they continue to find ways to accommodate everyone.
The local government of Quezon assured that despite the huge number of patients, the provincial hospital will continue to provide quality service.
“Ang mga abusado mga masusungit at mga hindi nagtatrato ng maayos sa ating mga pasyente ay lalapatan po iyan ng karampatang kaparusahan, hanggang sa extreme siguro na ma-terminate natin at matanggal ang mga abusadong mga masusungit na personnel,” Edaño said. – Japhet Cablaida / UNTV News and Rescue
‘Plastic pollution’ hits fishermen in Quezon Province
File Photo: Garbage patch
QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Quezon province calls on local government executives to strictly implement proper solid waste management system.
The agency said it is necessary to prevent pollution especially of plastic wastes that would possibly affect and kill the province’s fishing and tourism industry.
“Kulang pa iyong effort. Kung mai-implement talaga iyong mga batas ng gaya ng Solid Waste Management Act. Doon pa lang sa bahay mama-manage na iyong basura, walang makakarating sa dagat,” said BFAR Region 4A Director Wilfredo Cruz.
Aside from waste pollution, fishermen in the province expressed concern over rampant illegal fishing activities that kill corals and worsen the effects of climate change.
Fishermen blamed the lack of action by the local government on their appeals.
“Ang talagang nawala ang suporta ng ating mga locale executives…Di ko po nilalahat pero iyon po ang pagkakataon na medyo nagkaroon ng kabiguan ang ating mga mangingisda,” lamented Ramon Grimaldo, president of a local environmental group Tanggol Kalikasan.
Meanwhile, BFAR vows to continuously find ways to help the local fishermen in the province.
The Philippines is third among the countries with the highest volume of plastic wastes in the world following China and Indonesia. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo
Body of high-ranking NPA rebel found in Agusan del Sur – AFP
The body of “Ka Marjun,” vice commanding officer of a rebel platoon based in North Central Mindanao
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Philippines – The Philippine Army (PA) has identified the body recovered by members of the 402nd Infantry Brigade following an encounter in Sinacungan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on Monday, May 14.
402nd IB Spokesperson Captain Al Anthony Pueblas announced Friday, May 18, that a rebel returnee assisted authorities to identify the body of “Ka Marjun,” the vice commanding officer of Platoon 2, RSDQ Compaq based in North Central Mindanao. He was a resident of Barangay Balit, San Luis, Agusan Del Sur.
The Philippine Army believes the killing of “Ka Marjun” is a positive indication that the leadership of the NPA rebels is now dwindling in Caraga Region. The military expressed gratitude for the active support from communities in the region for such accomplishment.
“Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa sting mga mahal na kababayan sa tulong at suporta na ipinakita nila sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mga reports hinggil sa presensya nitong mga teroristang NPA,” Pueblas said.
(We thank members of the community for the help and support they have shown by reporting the presence of NPA terrorists.) – Raymond Octobre / Marje Pelayo