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Lanao del Norte imposes tighter security after shooting incident

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


Authorities added more checkpoints and deployed more cops in the town of Pantar and nearby areas in Lanao del Norte.

This is following the reported ambush last Saturday in the area that wounded four cops.

But the chief of Pantar Police said the incident was not an ambush.

Pantar PNP Chief of Police Insp. Mohammed Doro said, “There was a shooting incident but there’s no ambush.”

Authorities are still determining the motive and the personalities behind the shooting incident,

The Pantar Police assured that the area remains safe despite the ongoing clashes in the nearby Marawi City.

Authorities also call on the public to immediately report to them any suspicious individuals or activities in their area.

“Let’s help each other. We should not let our province experience what happened to Marawi City,” Baloi, Lanao del Norte acting police chief, Police Inspector Alibsar Daraba said. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue


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Comelec fund for barangay election preps down to P5-B

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Commission on Elections (Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

The amount was originally seven billion pesos but the agency already used five billion pesos for the printing of ballots.

But Jimenez assured that the said spending will not go to waste.

“Ang maganda diyan Kuya Daniel, yung karamihan doon sa ginastos namin noon magagamit pa natin ngayon. Ang bulto talaga niyan ay yung balota. So magagamit natin yan,” said Jimenez.

(What’s good about it Kuya Daniel is that most of the things we spent on can still be used today. The bulk of which were the ballots. We can still use those.)

However, the official said the amount paid as salary for their additional personnel remains irrecoverable.

Still, several lawmakers are pushing for the postponement of the barangay election in May but Comelec insists that they will continue to prepare for the polls.

In fact, Jimenez said that the agency is now 85% prepared and will start the printing of 18 million ballots mid-February.

Jimenez argued that another postponement of the election would definitely affect democracy in the country specifically the public’s rights to select the leaders of the land.

On top of the problems considered by the Comelec is vote buying.

When host, Daniel Razon, asked Jimenez why no vote buyer has ever been jailed by the commission, the latter said, “Medyo mahirap mapatunayan ang vote buying (Vote buying is difficult to prove).”

Another issue the agency wants to resolve is the implementation of election gun ban since they still have not received any written notice from the palace regarding the ban.

“Nawi-weaken yung institusyon, nawi-weaken yung process kasi hindi ka sure (It weakens the institution and the process because you’re not sure). Yun ang (That is the) lasting damage,” said Jimenez.

Even the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they are just waiting for the Comelec to issue its guidelines for the gun ban.

“Expected na magkakaroon ng gun ban (Implementation of a gun ban is expected),” said PNP PIO PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Developers from China, Malaysia express interest to rehabilitate most affected parts of Marawi City — TFBM

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the most affected parts of Marawi City is in April.

On Monday, February 12, developers who are interested to participate in the rehabilitation should submit their unsolicited proposals to the government.

Task Force Bangon Marawi said around six have already expressed their interest including groups from China and Malaysia.

“Based on the informal communications relayed to us, foreign companies have signified their intention to participate in the master development of Marawi coming from China and Malaysia,” said Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Task Force Bangon Marawi  Secretary-General Usec. Falconi Millar.

The technical working group of the Task Force Bangon Marawi will study the unsolicited proposals for one week and the bidding process for the rehabilitation project will undergo the Swiss challenge system.

It means, after selecting the best proposal, the government will look for another party which can challenge it and offer it for a lower price but with the same quality.

Meanwhile, the local government of Marawi City welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the extension of martial law in Mindanao for one year.

They believe this is beneficial for the city, especially on its reconstruction and rehabilitation.

“Tayo po ay naniniwala na makakatulong po especially in addressing itong sinasabi nating the possibilities of recruitment of this would be members of ISIS-inspired groups so yan po ay malaking tulong po,” said Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra.

(We believe that this will help us especially in addressing the possibilities of recruitment of this would be members of ISIS-inspired groups. So, it is a big help.) — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP assures tight security in Albay danger zone chokepoints

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Legazpi, ALBAY — Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 5 reiterated that only residents whose houses are outside the 8-km permanent danger zone can go back to their homes.

“Mayroong mga police assistance desk na nakatalaga doon, kasi ‘yung ibang mga evacuation areas na ‘yung ibang mga tao pabalik-balik so doon natin ini-stop sila na umakyat ulit (We have police assistance desks designated there because others are in evacuation areas. We are stopping some people to come back and climb again),” said PNP PIO Maria Louisa Calubaquib.

Thus, police are imposing tight security in the designated chokepoints or areas monitored by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Meantime, in the municipality of Camalig which has six barangays inside the 8-km danger zone, the local government strongly encourages residents to stay in evacuation centers.

“Unang-una,  ‘yung food supply, dapat every day may makakain kasi kung walang makakain, babalik at babalik na ‘yan. Then may entertainment na binibigay. Then may mga cash for work din naman ‘yung DSWD,” said Camalig Vice Mayor Caloy Baldo.

(First and foremost, the food supply. Every day there has to be food because if there’s nothing to eat, they will go back. Then there’s also entertainment being provided. The DSWD also offers cash for work.)

Meanwhile, the AFP and PNP continued the psychosocial activities for residents inside evacuation centers.

The local government gives free face masks, food and water were given in Bariw National High school aside from games and amusement delivered to residents. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

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