Zamboanga LGU orders closure of a local TV station

admin   •   October 26, 2017   •   4682

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MANILA, Philippines — Due to lack of necessary documents such as a permit to operate and business permit, the city government of Zamboanga has ordered the closure of E-Media Productions Incorporated, a local TV station operating in the city.

According to city legal officer, Atty. Jesus Carbon, it is a point-blank violation of the laws of Zamboanga.

Local officials also discovered that the station’s contract has been expired since October 14, 2016.

“The mayor, in the enforcement of this ordinance, has issued a closure order because nobody is supposed to operate here in the city without a business permit,” said Atty. Carbon.

Aside from this, authorities also discovered a fake contract of the said TV station.

The E-Media Productions Incorporated began to air in the city last 2013.

On Tuesday, the city council resolution ordering its closure received a majority vote.

“The city of Zamboanga and pertinent national laws that apply in this particular case giving bases or resulting took the closure of the E-Media and such other outfits that may be similarly situated in the city of Zamboanga I so moved Mr. Chairman,” said Zamboanga City councilor Charlie Mariano.

The E-Media Broadcasting Network has yet to comment on the matter.

Zamboanga authorities called on business establishments in the city to follow the law and ordinance of the local government to avoid encountering problems.

They will also file charges against the TV station if it refuses to follow the order. — Abi Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

Valenzuela City suspends business permit of factory that paid worker in coins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 30, 2021

Valenzuela City suspended the business permit of the factory that paid one of its workers in five and 10-centavo coins worth P1,056.

In a meeting at city hall on Wednesday (June 30), the owner of plastic hose factory NexGreen Enterprise admitted not paying factory worker Russel Mañoza the proper wages.

According to the city’s Workers’ Affairs Office, Mañoza should have received P55,000 for the five months of work he rendered for NexGreen.

During the meeting, NexGreen’s owner said there was a misunderstanding which led to the wages being paid in coins. He said the coins were meant for religious offering and were handed out to Mañoza by mistake. However, the owner said he will accept any punishment since it is his command responsibility.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, meanwhile, was not convinced by the owner’s defense and said the company also has other violations which include unpaid statutory benefits including Social Security System (SSS), PAG-IBIG, and others.

Mañoza also said that he had made complaints regarding labor practices in the factory and alleged that the owner paid him in coins to spite him.

The local government has given the NexGreen Enterprise 24 hours to rectify the violations. It will also look into the company’s public documents to look into unpaid statutory benefits. Meanwhile the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will conduct ocular inspection in the factory. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Over 300kg slaughtered manta rays confiscated in Zamboanga

UNTV News   •   April 25, 2021

Over 300 kilograms of slaughtered manta rays were confiscated in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte on April 18, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Fisheries Office No. IX (BFAR 9) posted a report on Friday, April 23, on it social media page. 

The DA-BFAR 9 together with the PNP Maritime Group and Labason Municipal Agriculturist Office, confiscated the ray meat during their conduct of OPLAN KURANTAY. 

Two commercial fishing vessels, namely, F/B RON RON and F/B LIONEL JAMES, were spotted operating in the vicinity of Labason municipal waters. Upon approaching the fishing boats, the fishery enforcers caught the crew red-handed slaughtering manta rays and witnessed some fish workers throwing the manta ray meat overboard in an attempt to hide their crime. 

An approximate total of 315 kilograms (approx. 15kg for F/B RON RON and approx. 300 kg for F/B LIONEL JAMES) of manta ray meat were recovered in the possession of the two boats. The said vessels were supposed to dock and land their catch in  Barangay Malintubuan, Labason.

Notice of Violation of Sec. 102 Fishing or Taking of Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species of RA 8550 as amended by RA 10654. The offender may suffer an administrative penalty of ₱ 300,000 to ₱ 3,000,000 and/or upon conviction by a court of law, punished by imprisonment of FIVE to EIGHT YEARS plus twice the administrative fine.

Manta rays (Mobula sp.) are listed in the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), Appendix II. These marine creatures are identified as belonging to a group of species associated with significant unregulated, unsustainable fishing pressures and severe population depletion.

 Meanwhile, the said slaughtered endangered aquatic species were turned over to BJMP-Liloy District Jail for proper disposition as assisted by the Municipal Police Station of Labason.

DA-BFAR IX strongly reiterates and warns the general public that it is unlawful to fish or take, catch, gather, sell, purchase, possess, transport, export, forward or ship out aquatic species listed in Appendix II of the CITES. 

The public is encouraged to report any illegal fishing activities through FPLEG Hotline No. 0939-936-6832.  (Maribelle Cabling)




Alleged ASG sub-leader killed in Zamboanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 2, 2021

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines—An alleged sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed during an encounter with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga City on Tuesday (February 2).

Arrasid Adjing Halissam reportedly served as an assistant of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) international leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Based on initial reports, PNP authorities went to the suspect’s house to issue a warrant of arrest for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. However, it escalated to an encounter which resulted in the death of Halissam.

The PNP also reported that Halissam had direct communication with ASG sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan regarding a terrorist attack plan in the Zambasulta area. He also served as a recruiter and finance conduit of Dawlah Islamiya Terrorist Group.

Halissam was also involved in several bombing incidents an kidnapping in Mindanao. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)


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