Kin cries justice for teacher stabbed at home in Cavite

Marje Pelayo   •   December 28, 2018   •   10676

A picture of victim Teacher Jolly Butawan placed in her coffin

CAVITE, Philippines – Teacher Jolly Butawan was stabbed to death inside his home at GMA Village in Barangay Poblacion Singko, in the municipality of General Mariano Alvarez on the evening of Sunday (December 23).

Teacher Jolly sustained 30 stab wounds in different parts of his body which eventually caused his death.

His brother Joseph can only remember him as a kind person and their family still cannot believe that he is gone.

“Nagtataka kami kung bakit nangyari sa kaniya ito. Wala po siyang kaaway. Sa katunayan nga po kung kayo’y magtatanong-tanong diyan sa paligid kung anong klaseng tao po itong kapatid ko ay puro positive po ang masasabi sa kaniya,” Joseph said.

The GMA police is looking into robbery as the main motive of the incident.

“Initially ang motibo ng pagnanakaw kasi base na rin doon sa kamaganak at doon sa crime scene processing na ginawa ng PPNP-SOCO, nawala nga iyong mahalagang gamit tulad ng cellphone, alahas at pera,” explained GMA Police Chief PCInsp. Romulo Dela Rea.

Authorities, meanwhile, confirmed that they already have one person of interest based on the recovered CCTV footage and from the testimonies of the witnesses.

In one of the videos, the potential suspect was seen standing inside a computer shop holding the victim’s mobile phone.

Teacher Jolly’s family calls on the authorities to find justice for his murder.

“Sana po ay mahuli po ang pumatay sa aking mahal na kapatid at sana rin po kung ano po ang parusa na dapat maibigay sa kaniya ay maibigay po sana,” Joseph said as he called for immediate action from the government.

The GMA Cavite Police is strengthening its manhunt operation to capture the assailant. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Benedict Samson)

Cavite, several areas in Zamboanga Sibugay under state of calamity due to dengue

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2019

A child suffering from dengue fever receives medical treatment at an isolation ward of a government-run hospital in Manila, Philippines, 16 July 2019. (Photoville International)

Cavite and several areas in Zamboanga Sibugay are under a state of calamity due to the increasing number of dengue cases in the province.

Based on the data of the Department of Health (DOH), the number of dengue cases in Cavite went up to 3,605 from January to July 13 this year. This is higher than the 2,670 cases recorded in 2018.

Around 18 patients have already died due to the illness this year.

Meanwhile, dengue cases in the Zamboanga Peninsula also increased to 9,104 with over 30 deaths.

According to DOH IX, several areas in Cavite and in Zamboanga have already declared a state of calamity. These areas include Ipil, Kabasalan, Buug, and Diplahan.

DOH IX Infectious Cluster Dr. Mary Rose Bugtai said the local government will be able to use the calamity fund to address the dengue situation in their area.

“To address the current situation like the want to purchase more commodities for integrated vector management like our larvae site like our spray cans for misting and other commodities used for dengue outbreak,” she said.—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

2 drug suspects fall in buy-bust ops in Cavite

Robie de Guzman   •   July 5, 2019

Two suspected drug peddlers were arrested by authorities in a buy-bust operation conducted in Cavite on Thursday night (July 4).

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspects as Ato Labing Kasim, 30 and Jubaire Mohammad Kitab, 21.

PDEA said that Kasim and Kitab are allegedly linked to a Chinese drug lord, currently detained at the New Bilibid Prisons, who operates in parts of Metro Manila, Tacloban and Cavite. The alleged drug lord is also said to be operating in Mindanao with the help of a former mayor.

“Itong si Ato Kasim, may direct link kay Butokan Kendong na taga-Cotabato. Ito naman si Botokan Kendong, may direct link kay Montaser Sabal na amo din nito na former Mayor ng Talitay, Magindanao,” said Levi Ortiz, PDEA Special Enforcement Service Director III.

“Now these people, ang drugs kinukuha nila sa Chinese source na naka-detain ngayon sa Muntinlupa,” Ortiz added.

Recovered from the suspects were around one kilogram of shabu (crystal meth), which is estimated to worth nearly P7 million, and two vehicles allegedly used for drug transactions.

The suspects have denied the allegations.

“Hindi po namin kilala ‘yan, si Montaser Sabal,” Kasim said.

“Hindi ko po alam na mayroon pong droga sa ilalim ng upuan po ng sasakyan kasi ‘pag pinagpa-drive po ako, binibigyan ako P500 pamasahe pauwi,” Kitab said.

PDEA said the two suspects will face charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Tugade eyes Sangley Airport construction to be done by September

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 27, 2019

Danilo Atienza Air Base or Sangley Airport

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said it is possible to finish the construction of the Sangley Airport by September.

The contractor already increased their personnel and construction will be done 24/7.

“Sabi ng pangulo November. Habulin natin ng November but knowing me [it will be] September, pinapa-advance ko (The president said November. We will aim for November but knowing me, it will be September. I advanced the deadline),” according to Tugade.

Based on the contractor’s report, the airport’s drainage is already 70 percent complete, while the passenger terminal building is only 40 percent complete.

Once the construction is finished, several domestic flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be transferred to Sangley Airport. This is the government’s solution to decongest NAIA.

Meanwhile, according to Philippine Airlines Inc. officer-in-charge Vivienne Tan, they are still unsure as to how many or which flights will be transferred.

“What we will do is to do a careful study, of course, we would really support the government on decongesting our airport traffic,” she said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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