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Kin cries justice for teacher stabbed at home in Cavite

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2018

A picture of victim Teacher Jolly Butawan placed in her coffin

CAVITE, Philippines – Teacher Jolly Butawan was stabbed to death inside his home at GMA Village in Barangay Poblacion Singko, in the municipality of General Mariano Alvarez on the evening of Sunday (December 23).

Teacher Jolly sustained 30 stab wounds in different parts of his body which eventually caused his death.

His brother Joseph can only remember him as a kind person and their family still cannot believe that he is gone.

“Nagtataka kami kung bakit nangyari sa kaniya ito. Wala po siyang kaaway. Sa katunayan nga po kung kayo’y magtatanong-tanong diyan sa paligid kung anong klaseng tao po itong kapatid ko ay puro positive po ang masasabi sa kaniya,” Joseph said.

The GMA police is looking into robbery as the main motive of the incident.

“Initially ang motibo ng pagnanakaw kasi base na rin doon sa kamaganak at doon sa crime scene processing na ginawa ng PPNP-SOCO, nawala nga iyong mahalagang gamit tulad ng cellphone, alahas at pera,” explained GMA Police Chief PCInsp. Romulo Dela Rea.

Authorities, meanwhile, confirmed that they already have one person of interest based on the recovered CCTV footage and from the testimonies of the witnesses.

In one of the videos, the potential suspect was seen standing inside a computer shop holding the victim’s mobile phone.

Teacher Jolly’s family calls on the authorities to find justice for his murder.

“Sana po ay mahuli po ang pumatay sa aking mahal na kapatid at sana rin po kung ano po ang parusa na dapat maibigay sa kaniya ay maibigay po sana,” Joseph said as he called for immediate action from the government.

The GMA Cavite Police is strengthening its manhunt operation to capture the assailant. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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Manhunt intensified for abductors of 2 soldiers, 12 CAFGU members in Agusan Del Sur

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2018

A Communist Party of the Philippines Flag | Photo courtesy of PRWC_INFO

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Philippines – It has been more than a week and the New People’s Army (NPA) still holds captive of government troopers abducted on December 19.

Two Army soldiers and 12 members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) were taken hostage by the communist rebels while they were on duty in a patrol base in Barangay New Tubigon in the municipality of Sibagat in Agusan Del Sur.

The soldiers, Corporal Erick Manangan and Private First Class Darlino Carino Jr., were part of the Philippine Army 3rd Special Forces manning the area.

Along with the hostages, the rebels took several military equipment as well as firearms from the base.

According to 401st IB Spokesperson Maj. Rudolfo Cordero, they are beefing up their manhunt operations to trace the hideout of the abductors after the deadline for the release of the hostages lapsed on December 25.

 “Hinintay natin ang sinasabi nila na ire-release daw nila bago mag-pasko pero hanggang ngayon hindi pa nila nire-release. So meron namang crises management committee ang Sibagat Municipal government na siya na ring tumutulong makipag-usap sakaling magkaroon ng negotiation,” Cordero said.

The Philippine Army believes that abduction of government troopers are part of the NPA’s plan to compel the AFP to stop its offensives against them and a way to celebrate the communist group’s 50th founding anniversary.

Meanwhile, the AFP has created a board of inquiry which now investigates the incident for possible breach of military protocol on the part of the soldiers.

 “Na-strengthen na natin ang patrol base na iyon. Actually malalakas naman ang patrol bases natin kaya nga kailangan naming maimbestigahang mabuti kung bakit nangyari (iyon),” Cordero noted.

Following the incident, the AFP appeals to the rebel abductors not to harm the captives and respect the human rights.

The military, meanwhile, assures the families of the victims that the government is doing the best it can for the safe releases of the hostages. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octubre)

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Three more witnesses appear in Trece Martires Vice Mayor Lubigan’s slay case

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: Ambush of Trece Martires, Cavite Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Gemma Lubigan, the wife of slain Trece Martires vice mayor Alexander Lubigan, has presented three more witnesses in the case of her murdered husband.

During Monday’s hearing on the charges of murder and frustrated murder against Mayor Milandres de Sagun and other respondents, Lubigan’s legal counsel said the testimony of the three witnesses will strengthen their grounds against Maragondon, Cavite Councilor Umbe Arca for covering up the mastermind in the crime.

“At kung sino ang may hawak noong sasakyan na makikita sa mga CCTV ay ginamit noong mga gunmen para makatakas,” said the victim’s legal counsel Atty. Raymond Fortun on additional pieces of information they have on the case.

Meanwhile, Gemma Lubigan insisted her innocence in the killing of her husband.

Likewise, she stressed that she is not using the death of her husband to gain sympathy and push for her candidacy.

“Iyong sinasabi nilang isa pa iyong paratang na iyon sa akin na ako iyong suspect na nagpapatay sa kaniya, nakakatawa lang po iyong sinabi nila. Parang hindi po pinag isipan. Iyong sinasabi na ginagamit ko, hindi po totoo iyon. Nagkataon lang po na si Vice ay may naiwang laban na kailangan ko pong ipagpatuloy ngayon,” Gemma Lubigan said.

“Hindi po totoo na hindi siya magbe-benefit politically sa pagkamatay ni Vice kasi noong namatay po si Vice, nawala po iyong number 1 contender nila sa pagka mayor,” she alleged of Mayor de Sagun and his other political ally. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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1 dead, 9 wounded in Cavite dump truck crash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

The body of motorcycle rider identified as Ramon Joseph Magracia in Cavite crash on October 04, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Lea Calizo

CAVITE, Philippines — A dump truck crashed Thursday afternoon along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Dasmariñas City, Cavite killing one and injuring 9 others.

Police report said the truck driver, identified as Marlon Melgar, was plying the highway when he lost control of the truck after the brakes failed to work.

Dasmariñas CPS Chief of Police, PSupt Nerwin Ricohermoso said, “May karga siya na mga graba materials for construction and then all of a sudden nagbump siya sa may center island namin papunta dun sa gilid and then nag loose na yung kanyang brake and then natanggal na yung dalawang gulong sa likod.”

The out of control truck rammed into nine more vehicles including a motorcycle before falling on its side in Barangay Sampaloc Uno.

The motorcycle rider, identified as Ramon Joseph Magracia, slid under the truck. He was brought to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Nine people were also wounded in the incident and brought to the hospital for medical attention.

The accident, which almost occupied both lanes of the highway, resulted in heavy traffic that authorities were only able to clear around 9:00 p.m. after hauling away the truck and other affected vehicles.

The owner of the dump truck expressed willingness to extend financial assistance to cover damages while the driver is expected to face a number of charges.

“So the driver is under our custody and he will be facing reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, and another one is serious physical injury & serious injury and damage to property & damage to government property kasi may mga structures, maraming structures din ang nasira. Yung mga center islands natin yung tinamaan and then medyo yung portion ng highway, yung roads natin and yung sidewalks is medyo nagkaroon din ng damage,” Ricohermoso said. — Benedict Samson

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