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Village chief shot dead in Tanza, Cavite

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

A CCTV footage captures the murder of barangay chairman Leonilo Arbonido in Tanza Cavite, April 14, Saturday.

Authorities have recorded the first election-related crime in this year’s poll season after a barangay chairman in Tanza, Cavite was shot dead by gunmen riding-in-tandem on April 14, Saturday.

The slain barangay chairman was identified as Leonilo Arbonido, 59, the captain of Barangay Julugan VI.

In a CCTV footage, the victim was seen inside his store when the shooting happened.

The kin, on the other hand, refused to give a statement regarding the incident.

Abonido’s co-workers are saddened by the chairman’s death.

“Maasikaso siya sa amin sa barangay. Kami nga’y nanghihinayang dahil sabi ko nga isang matapat na kaibigan at pinuno namin,” said barangay kagawad Bayani Razon.

(He was kind to us. It’s a pity because he was a true friend and good leader.)

Arbonida has served for 16 years as a counselor and 10 years as the village chief.

Authorities are still looking into possible suspects in the killing. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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5-year-old girl beaten to death in Baseco Compound

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

 

Prime Suspect Jerome Emberso in the killing of a minor

A five-year-old girl was beaten to death and abandoned inside a computer shop in Baseco Compound, Port Area, Manila on Monday.

Family and friends had been searching for the girl since Sunday night when she failed to return home after leaving the house earlier that day.

At 12 noon, Monday, her lifeless body was found inside a computer shop next to the residence of the child’s guardians.

Authorities found bruises on the girl’s body and blood in her mouth which suggested she sustained severe beating.

The child’s relatives and housemates were invited by the Manila Police District for questioning —  and one of them admitted to the crime.

The suspect was identified as 28-year old Jerome Emberso, a brother of the child’s guardian.

“Pinapaalis ito kasing bata every time na manonood siya ng TV. Ang ginawa niya, nainis ‘tong suspek natin, sinuntok niya sa tiyan, tapos, saka hinatid doon sa computer shop(He would shoo the child away whenever he watches TV. He got annoyed with the child that time so he punched her in the stomach then brought her to the computer shop),” MPD Homicide chief PCInsp. Rommel Anicete said.

Emberso was arrested immediately as the prime suspect in the murder of the minor.

The victim’s body is currently under autopsy to give authorities a clearer picture of what led to her death.

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13 NPA rebels surrender in Batangas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Thirteen members of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Cavite and Batangas have decided to return to the government fold after experiencing hardship, starvation and false hope under the terrorist group.

They officially laid down their arms on August 14 at the Office of the Presidential Adviser in Tanauan, Batangas and enrolled in the administration’s Enhanced Comprehensive Localalized Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Under the program, former rebels will be given livelihood and scholarship for their children to help them start a new life

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said past administrations had reintegration efforts as well, but were unable to sustain them.

“Kaya nagkaroon ng sama ng loob yung mga nagbalik loob. Yung iba sa kanila baka bumalik sa bundok dahil hindi natupad ng pamahalaan ang kanilang pangako,” explained Lorenzana.

(The rebel returnees felt bad. Some of them may have returned to the mountains because the government back then did not fulfill its promises.)

He said this time, the  enhanced integration program of the Duterte administration brings together key government agencies to provide a comprehensive support to returnees.  Among the major benefits they stand to enjoy is the housing program which is seen to support the initiative’s sustainability.

After taking an oath of allegiance, the former rebels were granted P60,000 each and the cash equivalent of surrendered firearms as seed money to help jumpstart their reintegration into society.

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that the E-CLIP and localized peace talks are more effective in achieving reconciliation than negotiating with the leadership of CPP-NPA abroad.

“Wala na tayong international o national peace talks dahil sa loob ng tatlumpung taon walang nangyari sa peace talks,” said Año. “Ang nangyari lang, nakawala ang kanilang mga kasama bumalik sa bundok at tuloy-tuloy ang labanan.”

The ex-NPA members will temporarily stay in a secured facility of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to undergo orientation.

“Para dahan dahan silang makapamuhay ng normal. Kasi siyempre nung nadoon sila sa bundok halos araw-araw sila nag-move, palipat-lipat,” explained Major General Rhoderick Parayno, commander of the 2nd Infantry Batallion.

Secretary Lorenzana is hoping that more rebels will return to the government so that the country, unhampered by insurgency, can continue moving towards progress.

“Ang ating bayan hindi makaangat.… pag nawala ito [insurgency] siguro at bumaba na sila [rebels] at magawa natin silang useful sa society, lahat tayo ay uunlad din,” he said. – Sherwin Culubong

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Esperanza Bridge in Alfonso, Cavite remains closed following collapse

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

 

Esperanza Bridge in Cavite

 

CAVITE, Philippines – The 25-year-old Esperanza Bridge in the town of Alfonso in Cavite remains closed to traffic following its collapse on Saturday (August 11).

According to authorities, soil erosion caused the bridge easement and abutment to give, thereby splitting the bridge in two.

No casualty was reported in the incident.

Motorists and residents are advised to take alternative routes and security and safety measures were placed.

The bridge, which served as a short-cut route to Tagaytay City, was built in 1993. — Benedict Samson / Marje Pelayo

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