GIS EXCLUSIVE: Duterte’s ‘political will’ will deter election fraud this 2019 – Laguna bet ER Ejercito

Marje Pelayo   •   February 12, 2019   •   2046


Actor-turned-politician and former governor Emilio Ramon ‘ER’ Ejercito on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Known on-screen as ‘Jorge Estregan Jr.’, actor-turned-politician and former governor Emilio Ramon ‘ER’ Ejercito is aiming for a comeback to the provincial office of Laguna this 2019 midterm elections.

This May 2019 elections, Ejercito is trying his luck again as he is confident that election fraud has no chance under the Duterte administration.

“We have a strong president who has a strong political will na talaga namang astig ang ating pangulo,” Ejercito said during an exclusive interview with the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon.

“Kapag sinabi niyang bawal ito, bawal ito. Kapag sinabi niyang linisin ang Boracay, linisin ang Manila Bay, ginagawa po niya. May political will. Sana walang dayaan at parehas ang maging laban,” he added.

In 2014, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ordered Ejercito to step down from office due charges of campaign overspending in the 2013 midterm elections.

He lost in the 2016 polls which he presumes had been rigged.

Ejercito claims he was picked on by the former administration of then president Benigno Aquino III.

“Kakampi na natin ang presidente. Hindi ko na kalaban. Palagay ko naman patas na ang laban ngayon. Hindi na ako mapagiinitan ng Malakanyang at Comelec,” he said when asked how he can ensure that he would not go beyond spending limit this time.

Meanwhile, Ejercito aims at strengthening programs on health, education, tourism, infrastructure, peace and security in the province of Laguna if reelected.

Specifically, he wants to turn the province of Laguna into one of the country’s food baskets by strengthening the local agriculture sector. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Laguna hospital explains use of improvised oxygen hood for infant patients

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019

LAGUNA, Philippines – Three infants inside Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial District Hospital in Calamba are placed under improvised oxygen hoods made from plastic water containers.

The halved one-gallon plastic containers are attached to an oxygen hose. Adhesive tape covers the edges of the container to protect the babies’ sensitive skin.

According to the hospital’s OIC Dr. Ignacia Flores, the patients are in dire need of oxygen due to their health conditions.

One of them, named Baby Ellaine, is suffering from severe dehydration and acute gastroenteritis while another baby, named Baby Camille, has pneumonia.

Baby Angel, meanwhile, is diagnosed with multiple congenital anomaliex.

Mas maganda iyan at iyan ang kailangan talaga kasi kung nasal cannula ang ikakabit, mas hindi effective yun sa bata kasi baby nga  sila (It’s better that way and it’s what they really need because if we use nasal cannula it wouldn’t be as effective because they are still babies),” Dr. Flores said.

Magiging iritable ang baby. Ang tendency niyan maglilikot. Matatanggal din itong cannula (na) ito, (The baby would be irritable and restless. The cannula will only get dislodged ),” she added.

The parents did not oppose such procedure though it drew criticisms when the photos went viral on social media.

Nakatulong naman po kasi hanggang ngayon buhay pa ang anak ko, (It seems to have helped because my baby is still alive),” said Angel’s mother Marjorie Canaco.

Kasi kapag nangingitim na si baby, itataas lang ito para lumakas (at) nawawala na yung pangingitim niya, (When my baby turns blue, I will just lift [this tube] and her color returns to normal),” she added.

Tulong na rin ito sa amin. Pagdating namin dito hindi siya makahinga kaya agad siyang nilagyan ng oxygen, (This helps us a lot. When we arrived here, she couldn’t breathe. They immediately attached this oxygen),” said Ellaine’s mother Ligaya Dolpo.

Flores argued that the hospital couldn’t reject the patients so they needed to find ways instead of driving them away.

“Actually, hindi na nagagamit din ang conventional kasi mas gusto [nila] itong improvised at mas mabilis nagagawa agad, (Actually, they don’t want the conventional (oxygen) and prefer the improvised which is faster to make),” Dr. Flore said.

As good as a conventional oxygen hood ang effect niyan. Nothing to worry,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Laguna Provincial Government in defense said the rise in cases of dengue in the province prompted them to improvise due to shortage in supply of oxygen hoods.

Ang oxygen hood kasi ay kung bakit nagkaubusan because of the outbreak, (There has been a shortage of oxygen hoods because of the (dengue) outbreak),” explained Christopher Sanji of Laguna Government PIO.

Ngayon lang nangyari ito sa probinsiya (This is the first time that this happened in the province),” Sanji added.

JP Rizal Hospital in Calamba is just one of the nine district hospitals that below average households from San Pedro to Bae in Laguna run to first for their medical concerns. – MNP (with details from Sherwin Culubong)

‘Martilyo Gang’ steals P8-M worth of jewelry in Biñan, Laguna

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 29, 2019

P8 million-worth of jewelry was stolen by suspected members of the Martilyo Gang in a jewelry shop in Biñan, Laguna on Saturday (July 26).

The Biñan Police has already released a public advisory for the immediate arrest of six suspects. They also released photos based on the CCTV footage in the area.

Authorities said the suspects used two improvised hammers to break into the store before the store closed.

The police are also calling on the public to aid them in the arrest of the said suspects.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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Authorities arrest no. 2 most wanted carnapper in Camarines Sur

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 10, 2019

Camarines Sur ‘s no. 2 most wanted carnapper, Edwin Argamosa

The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has arrested the no. 2 most wanted carnapper in Camarines Sur.

Authorities arrested Edwin Argamosa, through a warrant of arrest, on Tuesday (July 9) in Laguna.

According to the PNP-HPG, Argamosa has been in hiding for three years after stealing an elf truck that he was supposed to fix in 2016.

Argamosa had been moving to different places in Laguna which made him difficult to track by authorities until he was found in Barangay Mojon, Liliw, Laguna.

“Matagal namin siyang sinusubaybayan, sinundan namin iyong kaniyang anak papunta sa school at sa paguwi niya nalaman namin iyong kaniyang ibang bahay pa na inuuwian sa Laguna, (We have been monitoring him for quite some time. We followed his child from school and we found their home in Laguna)” according to Laguna HPG Chief PCapt. Ernesto Esguerra

The court allowed the suspect to file a bail amounting to P180,000. Argamosa is currently of the HPG in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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