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NDRRMC on alert for imminent Mt. Mayon explosion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Around 5,000 families have already evacuated areas within the seven kilometer radius of Mayon Volcano.

Families from 25 barangays in Albay are now in 18 evacuation centers.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said they continue to be on alert for any Mayon Volcano activities.

“So, we are still on alert level 3 and very closely, Phivolcs is monitoring Mayon’s volcanic activity,” NDRRMC Spokesperson Mina Marasigan said.

The NDRRMC has also coordinated with the local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that relief supplies and stand-by funds are ready for the evacuees.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is also on stand-by for the security and peace and order.

The government will also install temporary learning centers for the students in the evacuation centers.

Although tight security is imposed in the area, tourists were not restricted in watching the activities in Mayon Volcano.

“We have designated viewing desks and areas where tourists are allowed to go,” Marasigan said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo denies hand in Rep. Batocabe’s assassination

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Daraga town Mayor Carlwyn Baldo denies orchestrating the assassination of AKO Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe.

 

ALBAY, Philippines — Incumbent Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo has denied allegations of masterminding the killing of AKO Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe.

Mayor Baldo asserted his innocence saying he is just being used as a ‘scapegoat’ while the true perpetrators are at large.

“I assert my innocence. Let us not forget that while I am being used as a convenient scapegoat, those who are truly responsible for the crime remain free and blameless,” Baldo said in a press conference on Thursday (January 3).

“I am an easy target but that does not make me guilty of the crime. I am already being persecuted in the courts of public opinion. I am a public servant, at ang gusto ko lang naman po ay magsilbi,” he added.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) tagged Baldo as the one who orchestrated the assassination of Congressman Batocabe, from planning to financing the crime by contracting former members of the military and even his alleged personal driver, offering them P5 million to execute the killing.

Two of the suspects were turned into witnesses and confessed that it was Mayor Baldo who planned everything since Rep. Batocabe announced his plan to rival the mayor in the 2019 elections.

Mayor Baldo in his statement offered his condolences to Cong. Batocabe’s family and the family of his aide, SPO1 Orlando Diaz.

“Patuloy akong nakikiramay sa pamilya Batocabe & Diaz sa kanilang kawalan. Kahit ako gusto ko rin malaman kung sino ang totoong may kagagawan sa krimen,” he said.

“But in our quest for justice, let us avoid committing injustice,” the embattled Mayor added.

Baldo along with six other suspects were facing charges of double murder and six counts of frustrated murder for the incident. — Marje Pelayo

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Death toll from TD Usman reaches 122

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

 

Rescue operation in landslide site in Sagñay, Camarines Sur

MANILA, Philippines —The number of fatalities from the wrath of Tropical Depression Usman has increased.

Based on the latest records of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), there are 122 casualties from MIMAROPA, Region 5 and Region 8.

Authorities are still searching for 28 missing individuals while 60 others were injured.

The total cost of agriculture damage in Region 5 and Region 8 has reached P500,000 billion. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PHIVOLCS warns of rock slide, lahar flow near Mt. Mayon

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2018

Photo of Mayon volcano taken from Camalig, Albay on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10:30 am by Allan Manansala.

ALBAY, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) remain on alert for possible rock slides and lahar flow near Mount Mayon following days of heavy rains.

According to Senior Science Specialist Ed Laguerta, rains over the weekend saturated volcanic deposits from the previous activities of Mount Mayon.

Thus the PHIVOLCS warns residents at the foot of the volcano specifically those residing within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone to be vigilant.

“Iyong naroon sa within the delineated danger zone kasi dahil nga deposits na na-loose lalo na iyong sa south east baka magkaroon ng mga rock falls at iyong rock falls na mainit,” Laguerta explained.

“Hindi eruption related pero lava flow collapse related na pyroclastic flow or density current kaya lagi naming nire-reiterate iyan kahit hindi putok kahit sa deposits lang medyo delikado pa rin,” he added.

 PHIVOLCS is also monitoring a possible lahar flow or a torrential flow of water-saturated volcanic debris down the slope of a volcano.

So far, the agency has not recorded any lahar flow from different barangays near the volcano.

Laguerta noted that the steaming of gas from the slope of Mount Mayon is a result of lava mixing with water.

Though residents express fear for the possible eruption of Mount Mayon, the local government is on continuous monitoring of its activities as it alerted all concerned agencies for potential evacuations. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Allan Manansala)

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