1 cop killed, 5 others injured in Eastern Samar ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019   •   1070

One cop was killed and five others were injured in an ambush on Friday afternoon (December 13) in Eastern Samar by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

A large explosion followed by a relatively large fire was reported around 3:00 p.m. at Barangay Libutan, in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

Authorities said the seven personnel were on board a Hi-lux patrol car en route to Eastern Samar Provincial Police Office (ESPPO) Headquarters when a suspected IED exploded.

One member of the Eastern Samar’s 1st Police Mobile Force Company was killed, injuring five other policemen.

Ten civilians were also affected by the explosion.

Authorities have yet to report further details on the incident.—AAC

PNP probes motive in ambush of Rizal town mayor

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they would conduct an investigation to determine the motive behind the ambush of Mayor Raul Palino of Teresa, Rizal on Monday (June 16).

According to PNP CALABARZON Regional Director PBGen. Vicente Danao Jr., armed suspects ambushed the vehicle boarded by Mayor Palino along E. Rodriguez Avenue, Barangay Poblacion in Teresa, Rizal. Palino was with his driver and bodyguard.

Danao said the mayor survived the ambush but his driver, Joel Balajadia, and security, Ruel Santos, were injured and are in the hospital.

The PNP regional officer said they are looking into business rivalry or politics as some of the possible motives for the said attack.

“Kasi may mga lumalabas na may mga business rivalry, it could be politics, or baka, it could be any activity na hindi nagustuhan ng iba (There is a potential business rivalry, it could be politics, or maybe it could be any activity that others might not have liked),” he said.

The are also verifying if Mayor Palino is listed on the narcolist of President Rodrigo Duterte. Based on the President’s narcolist posted on the website of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Mayor Palino’s name is listed. However, Danao said they have not received any reports of any illegal drug activity involving the mayor.

“Beni-verify pa namin kung gaano katotoo iyang information na iyan, pero as of now wala naman siguro, kasi wala naman tayong namo-monitor na activity niya about drugs (We are verifying the accuracy of that information but as of now, there is none because we have not monitored any activity linking him to drugs),” he said.

He also added that they are looking at two possible suspects who may not even be hired killers. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

New LPA spotted east of E. Samar may intensify into tropical depression — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Eastern Samar. 

As of 3:00 AM on Tuesday (June 9), the weather disturbance was estimated at 465 kilometers East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

PAGASA said ITCZ will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rain showers or thunderstorms across Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the effects of the easterlies.

According to weather specialist Robb Gile on Tuesday’s briefing, the LPA may intensify into a tropical depression but even if not, the combined effects of the LPA and ITCZ may still affect some parts of the country as the week progresses.

State of calamity declared over 9 municipalities in Eastern Samar

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2020

EASTERN SAMAR, Philippines — Nine municipalities in the province have been placed under state of calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo.

These areas are:

  • Sulat
  • Taft
  • Can-avid
  • Dolores
  • Oras
  • San Policarpio
  • Arteche
  • Jipapag
  • Maslog

The declaration was based on the recommendation of Governor Ben Evardone and was approved by the Provincial Board. 

The Provincial Board also approved the release of the P60-M financial assistance to around 30,000 families in the province who did not receive subsidy from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). 

Each of the 30,000 families will receive P2,000 cash aid, which excludes beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Tupad and Sure Aid.

Also among those who are entitled to the P2,000 cash assistance are barangay healthcare workers, barangay tanod and barangay nutritional scholars. MNP (with inputs from Bernard Dadis)

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