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Kin cries justice for teacher stabbed at home in Cavite

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2018

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)

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Maynilad: No water in parts of Metro Manila, Bacoor next week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Parts of Metro Manila and Cavite will experience water service interruptions during the Lenten break, Maynilad Water Services Inc. announced on Thursday (April 11).

On its official Facebook page, Maynilad released a list of barangays in Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, Manila, Parañaque, Pasay, Las Piñas and Bacoor City in Cavite that will temporarily have no water supply next week.

Maynilad will be conducting several water network enhancement activities—including facility maintenance works, pipe…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The water service interruptions will begin on April 16 (Tuesday) to April 20 (Saturday).

The water concessionaire said several water network enhancement activities will be done during these dates in line with continuous efforts to improve water services in the western zone. These include facility maintenance works, pipe decommissioning and interconnections, and valve replacements.

“The activities will be done during the holy week, when fewer customers are expected to be home, thus lessening the impact of service interruptions on water consumers,” Maynilad said.

“Besides these major activities, Maynilad will also take the opportunity to conduct smaller, parallel activities like leak detection and leak repairs, which would otherwise require the implementation of separate service disruptions,” it added.

The utility company also said that the duration of service interruption will differ per area.

“Some will have no water for five hours only, while others will have no water for 30 hours,” Maynilad Water Supply Operations Head, Engr. Ronaldo Padua said in a statement.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience. These activities are being done so we can continue to improve the water infrastructure and ensure better water services for the long-term,” he added.

Affected customers are encouraged to store water for at least three days prior to the scheduled service interruption.

Maynilad said this is to prevent simultaneous heavy withdrawals of water from its pipelines, which can reduce water pressure and cause some customers to have no water earlier than scheduled.

Maynilad also assured to deploy 40 water tankers to deliver water to affected areas when necessary. – Robie de Guzman

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Construction of CALAEX Cavite segment begins

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

The Cavite segment construction of Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAEX)
broke ground on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

It will connect Cavite Expressway to South Luzon Expressway in Mamplasan, Laguna.

According to Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, its completion will benefit around 50,000 motorists travelling from Cavite to Laguna.

“Well ang mangyayari dito ang connection niya from CAVITEX to SLEX, so just 45 minutes ang mawawala sa biyahe, (What is going to be built here is the connection from CAVITEX to SLEX which will reduce travel time by 45 minutes),” he said.t

The 45 kilometer CALAEX will begin in Kawit, Cavite and end in Mamplasan, Laguna. It will have four lanes and will be installed with modern equipment including automatic license plate recognition system, and improved Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system.

It will also include I.P-based speed detection cameras, HD CCTv cameras, and weight in motion sensors that can detect overloaded vehicles.

During the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, secretary Villar said the construction is also a part of the 1,000-km high-speed expressway set to be finished under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kung ang biyahe po dati from north to south from Ilocos to Bicol siguro aabot po tayo ng 18 to 19 hours. Kapag natapos po ang Luzon Spine Expressway Network, 9 hours nalang po ang biyahe from north to south, (If travel time from north to south, from Ilocos to Bicol, will take 18 to 19 hours, once the Luzon Spine Expressway Network will be finished, it will only take 9 hours from north to south) Villar said.

Meanwhile, Cavite governor, Jesus Crispin Remulla said that aside from lighter traffic, the construction will also help with the economy of the province.

“Kapag maganda ang transport maganda ang infrustructure (Good transport means good infrastructure) it just attracts everything and everybody,” he said.

The said expressway cost about P12 billion and it is estimated to open to motorists by 2022.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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Manhunt intensified for abductors of 2 soldiers, 12 CAFGU members in Agusan Del Sur

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2018

A Communist Party of the Philippines Flag | Photo courtesy of PRWC_INFO

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Philippines – It has been more than a week and the New People’s Army (NPA) still holds captive of government troopers abducted on December 19.

Two Army soldiers and 12 members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) were taken hostage by the communist rebels while they were on duty in a patrol base in Barangay New Tubigon in the municipality of Sibagat in Agusan Del Sur.

The soldiers, Corporal Erick Manangan and Private First Class Darlino Carino Jr., were part of the Philippine Army 3rd Special Forces manning the area.

Along with the hostages, the rebels took several military equipment as well as firearms from the base.

According to 401st IB Spokesperson Maj. Rudolfo Cordero, they are beefing up their manhunt operations to trace the hideout of the abductors after the deadline for the release of the hostages lapsed on December 25.

 “Hinintay natin ang sinasabi nila na ire-release daw nila bago mag-pasko pero hanggang ngayon hindi pa nila nire-release. So meron namang crises management committee ang Sibagat Municipal government na siya na ring tumutulong makipag-usap sakaling magkaroon ng negotiation,” Cordero said.

The Philippine Army believes that abduction of government troopers are part of the NPA’s plan to compel the AFP to stop its offensives against them and a way to celebrate the communist group’s 50th founding anniversary.

Meanwhile, the AFP has created a board of inquiry which now investigates the incident for possible breach of military protocol on the part of the soldiers.

 “Na-strengthen na natin ang patrol base na iyon. Actually malalakas naman ang patrol bases natin kaya nga kailangan naming maimbestigahang mabuti kung bakit nangyari (iyon),” Cordero noted.

Following the incident, the AFP appeals to the rebel abductors not to harm the captives and respect the human rights.

The military, meanwhile, assures the families of the victims that the government is doing the best it can for the safe releases of the hostages. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octubre)

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