Jason Faustino

Man killed by lightning in Cebu

TOLEDO CITY, Cebu — Lightning struck anew, this time claiming the life of an 18-year-old man hit while resting under a tree in Barangay Casoy in Toledo City, Cebu, Thursday late afternoon. Police identified the victim as Fail Gelig of Cogon Pardo in Cebu City. Based on the investigation, Senior Police Officer 1 Roxam Enerio said the victim was in Barangay Casoy in time for the barangay’s fiesta. He was doing street caroling with two other companions. “He was done caroling and he was under a tree to get some shade. He suffered burns on his forehead. He was rushed to a hospital but declared dead on arrival,” Enerio said. The incident happened during a thunderstorm in Toledo. Gelig was the second man hit by lightning in Cebu this week.

Lawyer, security guard gunned down in Rizal

CAINTA, Rizal — A lawyer and a security guard were shot dead in a subdivision here by four unidentified suspects, police yesterday said. The lawyer was identified as Joey Galit. According to the Rizal Provincial Office, Galit and his wife were on board their vehicle and were about to reach the gate of their subdivision at Apple Village 1 when the suspects shot at their vehicle on Thursday evening. Investigations showed the duty guard, identified as Jesus Mateo, was also shot after he supposedly tried to grab one of the suspects. Rizal police said the suspects fled on foot. Both victims were immediately brought to the hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival. Rizal PPO acting director Senior Supt. Lou Evangelista ordered the chief of the Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Branch to form a Special Investigation Task Group to look into the incident. Police are still conducting follow-up operations against the four suspects.

30 students faint during fire drill

PAGADIAN CITY -- More than 30 high school students fainted during an earthquake and fire drill here yesterday, according to Genevieve Aclanon, training staff of the Pagadian City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO). The students were from the Saint Columban College. Most were immediately discharged after being rushed to a local hospital. “Few of them, I think six students, nasa hospital pa (remained in the hospital),” she said. CDRRMO spearheaded the earthquake drill followed by the Bureau of Fire Protection’s fire drill, during which students and teachers were taught how to use fire extinguishers. The students fainted during the fire drill. Jason Faustino

Longest day, shortest night

THE Philippines experienced on Thursday, June 21, its longest day and consequently its shortest night for 2018, according to weather forecasters. The extended day time was due to the summer solstice which the weather bureau PAGASA pegged at 6:07 p.m. of Thursday. PAGASA said the summer solstice is the time when the sun attains its greatest declination of +23.5 degrees and passes directly overhead at noon at latitude 23.5 degrees north, known as the Tropic of Cancer. The summer solstice is in contrast with the December winter solstice where the country experiences longer nights and shorter days.

Manila out as capital under fed gov’t?

The Philippines may have a new capital in place of Manila should the proposed federal government push through, a member of the charter review committee formed by President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said. Speaking on TV, lawyer Roan Libarios, a member of the consultative committee on charter change, said there is no mandate under the proposed charter to choose Manila or Metro Manila as the country’s capital. “We have not decided on a federal capital. We are open to proposals. Just like in other countries, the capital may be different, the administrative and commercial centers may be different,” Libarios said. Libarios added Clark could serve as a good administrative center, considering the administration’s transfer of some government offices to the Pampanga area. “That will ease the traffic in Metro Manila for sure. Or maybe we can have a capital in Cebu,” he said, stressing the goal of federalism is redistribution of powers to the regions. Libarios said Metro Manila will have a regional government to coordinate all its towns and cities. This, he said, is seen to create greater efficiency in traffic management.

But Reds firm on peace talks outside PH

Fears arrest Casambre said the leadership of the CPP-NPA-NDFP fears the possible arrest of their peace negotiators and consultants if peace talks are held in the Philippines. In Norway, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza expressed the Duterte administration gratitude to Oslo for continuing to support peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the CPP-NPA-NDFP. At the same time, Dureza, in a statement issued Monday night, clarified that Norway remains a “facilitator” of the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations. of the consultative committee on charter change, said there is no mandate under the proposed charter to choose Manila or Metro Manila as the country’s capital. “We have not decided on a federal capital. We are open to proposals. Just like in other countries, the capital may be different, the administrative and commercial centers may be different,” Libarios said. Libarios added Clark could serve as a good administrative center, considering the administration’s transfer of some government offices to the Pampanga area. “That will ease the traffic in Metro Manila for sure. Or maybe we can have a capital in Cebu,” he said, stressing the goal of federalism is redistribution of powers to the regions. Libarios said Metro Manila will have a regional government to coordinate all its towns and cities. This, he said, is seen to create greater efficiency in traffic management.

Huge boulder hits SUV on Kennon Road; 3 hurt

Three people, among them two children, were injured as a huge boulder the size of a mini-bus fell on their SUV crushing the back side of the vehicle while they were traversing Kennon Road in Baguio City yesterday morning. The boulder has a height of 10 feet and was among the other rocks that fell around 11 a.m., the Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera said. Ginaly Cadap and her children sustained minor injuries and were immediately taken to the Baguio General Hospital for treatment. Cadap’s husband, PO2 Jefferson Cadap, who was driving the Toyota Fortuner, was unscathed. As of press time, the boulder has yet to be taken off the road. The road was closed to traffic last Friday and was opened Saturday morning. Motorists going up and down Baguio City are advised to take Naguilian or the Marcos Highway.

700 senior citizens in Pampanga get gov’t aid

Hundreds of senior citizens in San Fernando, Pampanga were given cash assistance under the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program of the government aimed at cushioning the adverse effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Some 700 senior citizens of San Fernando received P2,400 cash each under the assistance program of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Some 3 million indigent senior citizens under the Social Pension Program will benefit from UCT. During the launch, the DSWD gave out envelopes containing cash to the beneficiaries who were under the Social Pension program of the government for indigent senior citizens. The P2,400 assistance is for the whole year of 2018, covering P200 per month. The cash assistance is one of the mandates of the TRAIN law. Aside from 3 million indigent senior citizens nationwide who will be receiving the assistance, 4.4 million beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program and 2.6 million poor households under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction are also part of the UCT program. This, as the DSWD said they would finish verifying in July who should receive cash transfers among millions of poor families affected by rising prices amid the implementation of the tax reform law. Under the TRAIN law, 10 million indigent beneficiaries are entitled to an aid of P2,400 in the first year of the measure’s roll out. The DSWD has started releasing cash assistance to 4.5 million families that are part of the CCT program and some 3 million senior citizens. Some 2.6 million more families are included in the UCT scheme, but only half of them have had their eligibility for the cash aid validated, said DSWD Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco. The TRAIN law, which represents the first package of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tax reforms, took effect last January 1, raising duties on fuel, cars and sugar-sweetened drinks to offset a reduction in personal income tax rates.

2 mothers arrested in online sex sting

Two mothers from Cebu and Davao City were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) during separate operations as they were caught peddling their own children during an online live sex. The first suspect, alias “Mika,” was arrested after operatives raided her house in Maligaya Village, Cordillera St. in Catalunan Pequeño, Davao City before noon Wednesday. Police rescued a six-year-old boy while in the middle of online live sex. The relatives of the boy were also rescued. Authorities said they were able to get a stronghold on the activity after they arrested an alleged pedophile in Sweden accused of rape. Investigators discovered numerous sensitive photos inside his cellphone which were taken in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC)-Visayas Field Unit also rescued six minors in Barangay Ibabaw in Cordova, Cebu City. Two suspects, including mother of one of the victims, were arrested after they were caught selling sensitive photos of children and relatives in exchange for P3,000. According to WCPC, the Philippines is one of the favorite sources of exploitative materials of pedophiles abroad. It said both operations were successful because of the cooperation of their foreign counterparts in battling online child sexual exploitation. The suspects will be charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and the Anti-Child Pornography Act.
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