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P50,000 bounty for killer of volunteer doctor in Agusan del Norte

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019


Dr. Zuriele Gonzales Arambulo

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police Police Regional Office 13 (PNP-PRO13) has announced a P50,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the motorist who rammed and killed a doctor in Agusan del Norte on February 7.

“National highway iyan. Pagbaba niya doon sa bus, nahagip siya ng sasakyan. Patay na doon mismo,” PRO-13 Spokesperson PSupt Christian Rafols II said of the sad news.

According to police’s initial investigation, the victim, Dr. Zuriele Gonzales Arambulo, was on her way home from dropping her parents off at the airport when an SUV hit her just as she stepped off the bus.

Arambulo was a volunteer doctor under the government’s “Doctors to the Barrio” program in Caraga region, according to Rafols.

The P50,000 bounty was declared by PRO-13 Director PCSupt. Gilberto dela Cruz during a command conference on Monday (February 11) for the immediate capture of the suspect.

“Para mayroong mag-forward na witness o nakakaalam sa pangyayari para tapos na itong problema na ito,” Rafols noted.

Meanwhile, PNP Caraga’s Cybercrime Division is now examining the CCTV footage recovered from an establishment near the crime scene to identify the motorist responsible for the crime.

Rafols said they will withdraw the bounty if the suspect is identified through the CCTV.

“Ang unang kasong haharapin nya ay reckless imprudence resulting in homicide at saka iba pang mga kaso na pwede nating i-file sa kanya,” Rafols noted referring to the suspect.

On Sunday, the victim’s family transported her remains to their hometown in Cainta, Rizal.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), Arambulo’s deployment to Agusan del Norte was her first assignment after taking her ‘Hippocratic Oath’ as a full pledge physician last year. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

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Daniel Razon announces P100K reward for the capture of anyone asking donations for La Verdad Christian College

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019

Daniel Razon

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran broadcast journalist and philanthropist Daniel Razon on Monday (June 10) announced a P100,000 reward for the capture of anyone using his groups’ advocacy to collect money.

Razon, the Vice Overall Servant of the Members, Church of God International (MCGI) that serves as the backbone to many charitable works and institutions including La Verdad Christian College (LVCC), said such an act is never a practice in MCGI.

“We vehemently deny the involvement sa mga ganyang klase ng pangongolekta, panghihingi ng donasyon sa kalsada o saan mang lugar, (in any practice of collecting or begging for donations on the streets or just anywhere),” he announced live on air during the program “Good Morning Kuya” on UNTV.

“Hindi trabaho ng mga members sa Church of God International, ng mga taga-Ang Dating Daan ang mangolekta sa kalsada. Wala hong ganyan. As a matter of fact, sa MCGI ay hindi humihingi ng donasyong pinanysal sa mga hindi naman miyembro, (It is not a practice among members of Church of God International or Ang Dating Daan to collect money from [just anyone] on the streets. That’s not allowed. As a matter of fact, MCGI does not accept monetary contributions from non-members), ” he further stressed.

Ang Dating Daan, the longest running religious program on television and on the Internet, is the main broadcast program of MCGI.

Meanwhile, La Verdad Christian College is an institution that provides scholarship to deserving but financially challenged students, also supported and funded by MCGI. Each scholar is entitled to college education, books, uniform and meals without paying any amount.

Razon said he was informed that some usurpers were spotted somewhere in Manila asking cash donations allegedly for MCGI’s medical missions and for the operations of LVCC.

“Anybody na gumagawa ng ganyan, ipahuli ninyo. Kuhanan ninyo ng video dahil iyan ho ay scam, isang paninira din iyan na maituturing dahil wala hong ganyan na ginagawa ang mga members ng Church of God International o anybody na nagtataguyod po ng La Verdad Christian College or ng ating mga ginagawang mga charity works, (Anybody who engages in that [scheme], have them arrested. Get videos of them because that is a scam, a form of provocation and defamation because such is not a practice among members of Church of God International or anybody who supports La Verdad Christian College or any of our charity works), ” Razon said.

“At sinuman sa inyo ang makapagpapahuli na gumagawa ng ganyan, magbibigay ho kami ng reward. Isandaang libong piso (P100,000) sa bawat isang maipapahuli ninyo na ganyan ang ginagawa na trabaho, (We will reward anybody who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of individuals who engage in such schemes. A reward of P100,000 for each scammer that is arrested), ” he added.

For information on such fraudulent activities, please report to any police station or call BMPI-UNTV hotline 3968688 local 3203 (News); 3303 (Admin); 3103 (Legal).  

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Duterte’s Japan trip not a ‘reward’ for Cabinet officials — Malacañang

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez upon his arrival at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

TOKYO, Japan — Malacañang denied that President Rodrigo Duterte’s trip to Japan is a reward to his Cabinet members following the administration’s victory in the 2019 midterm elections.

“The Palace does not share the position or remarks of Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose C. Laurel V concerning Cabinet members joining the President in this trip to Japan,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement on Tuesday (May 28).

“It is worth mentioning that Cabinet members were prohibited by the President to campaign for the administration candidates during the last elections. It is therefore sans logic that they can be rewarded when they were disallowed from contributing to the reason or cause for the grant of reward,” he added.

In a press briefing ahead of President Duterte’s arrival to Japan, Ambassador Laurel told reporters that the trip was a form of reward as eight of administration’s senatorial candidates won in the election.

“Ito’y pabuya sa nakaraang eleksyon (It’s a reward for the elections),” Ambassador Laurel said in a press conference on Tuesday (May 28).

“But I think the President is so elated with the results of the midterm elections, that this is an affirmation of what his administration does in the last three years. It’s like a reward,” he added.

READ: Japan trip could be ‘reward’, not a ‘junket’ – PH envoy

In response, Panelo said that Ambassador Laurel “may have been either innocently speculating for lack of information or may have been misinformed of the nature of the trip” saying the presence of the Cabinet officials is necessary.

According to Panelo, some 25 business agreements will be signed during the working visit and the President’s delegation is expected to bring home about P300-B worth of investments from Japan.

He added that these investments will open at least 80,000 job opportunities for Filipinos.

Panelo noted that Japan is the Philippines’ second major trading partner and the fourth biggest source market for tourism.

He cited Japan’s contribution to the country’s infrastructure development and peace efforts in the Mindanao.

“The President therefore needs most of his team players, not only as a sign of respect or giving importance to our long-time ally, but we likewise see the need for a stronger cooperation between our governments,” Panelo said.

“This can be achieved by the constant dialogue by our Cabinet members with their counterparts in the Japanese government, who are, in various ways, involved in our country’s significant transactions with Japan,” he added.

President Duterte arrived in Japan on Wednesday evening to attend the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo hosted by Japanese firm Nikkei.

He is set to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a bilateral meeting followed by greet and meet with the Filipino community in Japan.

The President is accompanied by a total of 16 Cabinet members and at least 200 other delegates.

Ambassador Laurel during the press interview clarified that the trip is not a junket though he did not clear if the organizer also shouldered the expenses of the Cabinet members and the local officials who joined the trip.  

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Japan trip could be ‘reward’, not a ‘junket’ – PH envoy

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bids farewell to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea before boarding a plane bound for Japan at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on May 28, 2019. The President is set to participate in the 25th Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo. (ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

TOKYO, Japan — Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V said President Rodrigo Duterte’s trip to the country may be a “reward” to Cabinet officials for the result of the 2019 midterm polls.

“Ito’y pabuya sa nakaraang eleksyon (It’s a reward for the elections),” Ambassador Laurel said in a press conference on Tuesday (May 28).

“But I think the President is so elated with the results of the midterm elections, that this is an affirmation of what his administration does in the last three years. It’s like a reward,” he added. 

Eight of the 12 administration candidates for the senatorial race won in the elections on May 13 which, according to Laurel, was an ‘affirmation’ of the administration’s actions.

Laurel, however, clarified that the trip was not a junket.

“It’s not a junket,” the Ambassador straightforwardly said.

“I can imagine that fellow (Duterte) who’s six months younger than me, I think is also getting tired with the kind of lifestyle and schedule that he has. My impression is it’s important that the Cabinet is here for reasons that they may ask the Japanese,” he added.

Ambassador Laurel explained that it was Nikkei, the host of the Future of Asia conference, that invited and paid for the President’s trip.

The Ambassador did not clear, however, if the organizer also shouldered the expenses of the Cabinet members and the local officials who joined the trip.

“Ito ay imbitasyon ng Nikkei. Sila ang sasagot ng gastos. Pagka-libre, sabihin sa kapitbahay. Mayroong gastos iyong mga alipores,” Laurel said

(This is by invitation from Nikkei. They will shoulder the expenses. If it’s free, tell the neighbors to join. The companions also incurred expenses.)

“Wala akong nalalaman na mayor o governor na darating na gastos ng gobyerno,” he added.

(I do not know of mayors or governors who are coming at the expense of the government.)

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, on the other hand, was quick to refute the statement of Ambassador Laurel, pointing out that his joining the President in Japan is a working trip and not a reward.

“I am part of the delegation because there will be issues related to agriculture which PRRD would bring up during the visit, especially tariff on bananas,” Piñol said.

“All that I know is this is a working trip and not a pabuya [reward] as the good Ambassador of the Philippines to Japan Jose Laurel V was quoted by the media,” he added.

Other Cabinet members who joined the President in the trip are Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr.; Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III; Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez; Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat; Public Works Secretary Mark Villar; Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade; Secretary to the Cabinet Karlo Nograles; Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia; Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar; National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr.; and Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.

President Duterte is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and attend an economic forum during his four-day visit in the island country. — MP

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