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Palace official suggests reselling of smuggled rice seized in Zamboanga, Sibugay

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:46 AM

SMUGGLED RICE: Over 27, 000 sacks of Vietnam rice were seized by the Philippine Navy from a foreign cargo vessel in the waters of Zamboanga Sibugay on Saturday, April 14. (Photo Courtesy: Philippine Navy)

MANILA, Philippines — The National Food Authority is urged to resell the 27,180 sacks of smuggled rice seized from a foreign vessel off the waters of Zamboanga Sibugay last Saturday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque suggested that the NFA may offer the rice shipment to markets at a cheaper price.

“Kung hindi nga lang po bigas iyan, that should be up for destruction din. Pero dahil makakain naman ng taumbayan, ang sinabi sa akin ng Department of Agriculture ay pupuwede po iyang ibenta as NFA rice, iyong cheap rice para ma-increase iyong stockpile ng NFA.” the Palace official said.

(Had it not been rice, it should have been up for destruction also. But because it is suitable for public consumption, the Department of Agriculture has told me it can be sold as NFA rice, the cheap rice, to increase the NFA’s stockpile.)

The NFA is still awaiting the replenishment of its rice buffer stock of 250,000 imported rice which is set to arrive in May.

The seized shipment on board MV Diamond 8 is valued at P68 million pesos. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula up by 81%

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 18 March 2019 12:51 PM

Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula rose to 81 percent, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 9. Cases had reached 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019.

Based on the report of the DOH 9, Zamboanga City reported 719 dengue cases, a 213% increase compared to the same period last year which recorded 230 cases. Zamboanga del Norte, on the other hand, recorded 499 cases which is a 222 percent increase from last year’s 155 cases.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga Sibugay recorded 175 dengue cases; Isabela City , Basilan, 99 cases; and Zamboanga Del Sur with 251.

READ: DOH: even a little water can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes

The DOH reminds residents to implement the 4-S campaign against dengue and work on controlling the mosquito population.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III previously said, “The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes. It is important to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water which may become breeding sites for mosquitoes.”—Aileen Cerrudo

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Mosque explosion an isolated case – Zamboanga Police

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:17 AM

The bodies of 2 killed in the grenade blast in Masjid Jutay in Barangay Talon-Talon in Zamboanga City. (PNP Region 9 Office)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Authorities believe that the grenade attack on a mosque in the city, which killed two people and injured four others, is an isolated case.

Authorities suspect that it stemmed from a personal grudge because the victims were not residents of the place and perhaps the suspects as well.

It could also be politics, the police said, since one of the victims was a barangay councilman in the town of Basilan.

“I-che-check po natin. May kaalitan ba sila doon? Politically inclined ba ang mga persons (involved)? Makikipag-coordinate po tayo,” assured ZCPO Spokesperson PCInsp. Shellamie Chang. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dante Amento)

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Panelo to replace Roque as new Palace spox

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 11 October 2018 04:48 PM

FILE PHOTO: Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo | PVI/Cerilo Ebrano


MANILA, Philippines — Special Assistant to the President Bong Go confirmed that Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo will be the next presidential spokesperson.

His new position as Palace mouthpiece is concurrent with his current role as top legal counsel of the President.

Panelo himself confirmed this new development.

“Actually wala namang pagbabago, kasi day one of the presidential campaign of the president, I was already his spokesperson, and day one when he assumed the presidency I was also his spokesperson…the only difference I think would be, I would be more visible this time,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously mentioned that he is considering Panelo for press secretary after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced his plan to resign in a bid for a Senate seat in the 2019 midterm elections. — Rosalie Coz

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