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Man shot dead while ordering food in Batangas

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

BATANGAS, Philippines – A 45-year-old foreman was shot dead while ordering food at a canteen near a construction site in Barangay Gumamela, in the municipality of Balayan on Wednesday (January 9).

Police have identified the victim as Domingo Acidera, a resident of Barangay Navotas.

Acidera was shot multiple times by two still unidentified suspects using a short firearm. Witnesses said the suspects fled on foot after towards an unknown direction.

The victim, meanwhile, was brought to Metro Balayan Medical Center by his men for immediate medical treatment but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician, Dr. Harly King Gaddi, after he sustained gunshot wounds to the body.

Members of the Scene of the Crime Operations (SOCO) were requested to process the crime scene.

Police recovered pieces of evidence namely: four (4) pieces of fired cartridge cases of cal. 45 and three (3) pieces of fired bullet of cal. 45.

The incident was reported by the Balayan Municipal Police Station.

Authorities are still investigating as to the motive of the incident. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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DOTr, Marina to public: Know your rights as sea passengers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019

A ferry unloads passengers at Sasa Wharf Port in Davao City

BATANGAS CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) together with Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) launched on Thursday (April 11) a public awareness campaign to educate sea passengers of their rights in case of untoward incidents during trips.

Inconveniences can come in different circumstances such as delays, cancellations or if the trip has been cut at mid port.

“Kailangan talaga ng public awareness para they have to be informed of their rights, anim iyon, para malaman nila so mayroon din tayong rights yung mga riding public natin sa barko din, (Public awareness is needed so they may be informed of their rights, there are six of them, for the riding public of sea vessels may also know),” Marina’s OIC Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr. said during the launching of the campaign at Port of Batangas.

Problems that passengers may encounter include trip cancellation, overbooking, wrong booking or if the passenger has been stranded for at least 24 hours.

According to MARINA, sea passengers should be aware of the following rights:

  • Right to information – Passengers have to right to know the reason why their trip has been cancelled and the sailing schedule before the original schedule.
  • Right to refund – Passengers may opt to refund the corresponding amount in full of the cancelled ticket.
  • Right to revalidation of ticket – This is an option when the passenger decides not to make a refund. In this case, the passenger may ask to board the nearest sailing schedule of similar route as his original ticket.
  • Right to amenities – Shipping operators should also provide the passengers with free accommodation, food, access to communication facilities or gadgets, and even medical services when necessary.
  • Right to Compensation – If the shipping operator cannot provide for accommodation and food, then the passengers may demand for compensation equivalent to three days-worth of lodging expenses.
  • Right to comparable transport to intended destination – If the trip departed on schedule but was cut at mid port and was not able to reach the final destination, passengers may demand for an alternative transportation to his intended destination.

Shipping operators may announce the cancellation four hours before the intended departure.

In this case, the operator has no obligation to provide amenities to the affected passengers, therefore passengers are advised to monitor and be aware of the advisories from the shipping lines and all concerned agencies.

DOTr clarified, however, that these rights can only be availed if the reason for cancellation is on the shipping operator or of natural causes.

“Hindi ho kasama yung bad weather dito, ang kasama po dito yung mga delays caused by the vessel’s operators, (Bad weather is not included, only problems or delays caused by the vessel’s operators,)” Undersecretary Fernando Juan Perez of the DOTr Maritime Division said.

For complaints, Marina encourages passengers to report shipping operators who will violate their rights to Marina help desks stationed in sea ports or call Marina Enforcement Service at 632 521 8045 or 0995 400 7336. – Marje Pelayo

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Foreign dredging vessel moves out of Lobo waters

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, April 6th, 2019

The dredger ship, MV Emerald, which reportedly carried Chinese and Indonesian crew, arrived unannounced and anchored off in the village of Lagadlarin in late March of 2019.

LOBO, Batangas – The hopper dredger MV Emerald has left the waters of Lobo town in Batangas province on Friday.

Lobo Mayor Gaudioso Manalo said the ship moved out of their waters this morning and is temporarily moored in Batangas port as directed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The dredger ship, reportedly carrying Chinese and Indonesian crew members, arrived unannounced and anchored off in the village of Lagadlarin late March. Its presence alarmed the residents after it was learned that the vessel will be used to dredge and desilt the Lobo river.

The local government of Lobo has ordered the ship to leave their shores after failing to provide permit to operate. Local officials also rejected the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that was presented by the MV Emerald.

READ: Lobo, Batangas local gov’t ordered Chinese dredging ship to leave

The DENR has suspended the ECC of the foreign vessel for lack of appropriate documents such as clearances from the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

“Ang arrangement namin ni PPA ililipat lang sa Batangas pier dahil ang wordings ng DENR ay suspension lang at hindi total cancellation ng ECC so hindi natin alam kung ano mangyayari. Antabayan natin kung ano ang magiging aksyon ng proper government pero kami dito sa LGU ng Lobo, sinasabi ko na hindi kami papaya,” Manalo said.

The ship was chartered by Seagate Engineering and Buildsystems. Although an agreement was made between the company and the Lobo government to dredge Lobo river, Mayor Manalo said MV Emerald was not included in their list.

Manalo earlier insisted that the ship should not anchor in the area so as not to damage the reefs. Lobo town is near the Verde Island passage, which is the center of the world’s marine biodiversity and a known dive site.

Lobo residents have expressed relief over the ship’s departure from their waters. They hope this will not be allowed to return to keep their livelihood and environment safe.

“Kami’y nangangamba ho, ang unang aming pinagkakakitaan dito ay ang pangingisda. Kami ho ay nagpapasalamat at kami ay hindi na nangangamba, magaling naman at nakaalis na,” said resident Anita Seroso.

“Kung ‘yan ho ay masisira ang ating karagatan ang mga buhangin yan ho ay magkakaroon ng malaking epekto dito sa ating karagatan at kaawaawa naman ang aming mangingisda at baka mawalan na sila ng mahuling isda sa bandang diyan pa,” resident Gracelyn Dimaano said.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is planning to inspect the waters near Lobo on Saturday to check if there are any damage made to coral reefs  during the dredging vessel’s week-long anchorage in the area. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Sherwin Culubong)

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Lobo, Batangas local gov’t ordered Chinese dredging ship to leave

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019

MV Emerald, boarded by Chinese and Indonesian crew was sighted in the mangrove forest of Barangay Lagadlarin, on March 28, 2019.

The local government of Lobo, Batangas has ordered the Chinese dredging ship to leave their shores after failing to provide permit to operate.

The foreign ship MV Emerald, boarded by Chinese and Indonesia crew was sighted in the mangrove forest of Barangay Lagadlarin, on Thursday.

According to Lobo, Batangas Mayor Gaudioso Manalo, there are companies who have contracts to conduct dredging along the Lobo River but the MV Emerald is not included in their list.

Manalo said they have already advised the ship’s captain to leave their town.

” ‘Wala kayong business permit’, sabi ko. Parang barakuhan hindi pwedeng ganoon. Definitely hindi ko kayo papayagan. Sabi ko, ‘umalis na kayo’, (They don’t have any business permit. They seem to be forcing their way in, we can’t have that. I am definitely not allowing them to stay, I told them to leave),” he said.

The MV Emerald presented an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON but Manalo said they are still not allowed to operate.

“Kami ang huling magde-desisyon kung iyan ay papayagan o hindi. So iyong kanilang nakuha na ECC ay first step pa lang, andiyan na kaagad parang atat na atat, (We make the final decisions on whether we’ll allow them or not. The ECC they presented is just the first step but they already made their way there as if they couldn’t wait. )” he adds.

The local government assured that the ship has not begun dredging the area.

According to Manolo, the Lobo River is included in the protected areas because it is near Verde Island which is considered as “the center of the center” of marine biodiversity in the world.

“Kami po ay tapat ng Verde Island passage. Iyang Verde Island passage ay center of marine biodiversity in the whole world. Ito ang pinakamagandang dive site kapag nagankla ka diyan masisira kaya hindi kami pumapayag, (We are across Verde Island passage. The Verde Island passage is the center of marine biodiversity in the whole world. It has the most beautiful dive site. If you anchored there, it might damage the area, that’s why we’re not allowing [the ship]),” he said.

Meanwhile, other Chinese dredging ships were sighted in Masinloc and Cabangan, Zambales.

According to Bayan Muna Partylist Cong. Neri Colmenares, they took a video on February 16 while they were documenting the West Philippine Sea.

“I personally rode a boat to get near and see the ships for myself. Fishermen also sent me pictures of quarrying ships with Chinese crew in Cabangan, Zambales,” he said. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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