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PINOYS DIVIDED: ONLY 43% THINK IT'S POSSIBLE TO FALL IN LOVE FOR MORE THAN 1 PERSON[ALSO: Lola, 100-years-old, credits smoking for long life]


FEBRUARY 10 -(c) psychicemily.com / MANILA BULLETIN
Can one fall in love with two persons at the same time? A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that Filipinos are divided whether it possible or not to fall for more than one person. The survey, conducted December 3-6, 2016 and released Thursday in time for Valentine’s, found that 44 percent of the population believed it is possible, while 43 percent said otherwise. It asked 1,500 adults: “In your opinion, is it possible to fall in-love with more than one person at the same time?” SWS said 25 percent respon​​ded that it is “definitely possible”; while 19 percent said “somewhat possible.” Opposing meanwhile, were 37 percent, who thought it is “definitely impossible”; and six percent, who said it is “somewhat impossible.” This yields to a net possibility score (percentage of those who said it is possible minus percentage impossible) of only +1, which the SWS classifies as neutral. Of those polled, 12 percent were undecided. READ MORE...ALSO, Lola, 100-years-old, credits smoking for long life...

ALSO: Surigao quake kills 6; State of local calamity
[P2 B allocated for quake victims; Duterte visits Surigao amid aftershocks]


FEBRUARY 12 -At least six people were killed, some after being hit by falling debris and concrete walls. Twitter/Liana Rendon
SURIGAO CITY , Philippines – The earth shook as the city was settling in for the night, sending residents scampering for safety as debris from damaged buildings rained down on them. A powerful earthquake struck this city at 10:03 p.m. last Friday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 120 others. Rescue workers yesterday frantically combed through cracked buildings looking for survivors as well as casualties. The late Friday quake with a magnitude of 6.7 roused residents from sleep and sent hundreds fleeing their homes. Provincial disaster response official Gilbert Gonzales said at least six people were killed, some hit by falling debris and concrete walls. He added at least 126 others were injured, most of them from this capital city. READ MORE...RELATED, P2 B for quake victims Duterte visits Surigao amid aftershocks...

ALSO: DTI reminds retailers, consumers of price freeze in quake-hit Surigao City
[RELATED: Horizontal destruction 6.7-magnitude quake puts Surigao del Norte under state of calamity; 6 killed, 126 injured]


FEBRUARY 12 -Fallen debris from a business establishment are seen following a powerful nighttime earthquake that rocked Surigao city, Surigao del Norte province Saturday, Feb.11, 2017 in southern Philippines. The late Friday quake roused residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province, sending hundreds to flee their homes. AP
(Philippines News Agency) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reminded retailers and consumers of the price freeze in Surigao City following the local government unit’s declaration of a state of calamity. In a text message, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said there shall be no movement in prices of goods and his office would also be monitoring the situation of supplies of goods in Surigao City. “Since state of calamity in Surigao City (was declared), we announce price freeze. We’ll monitor hoarders,” Lopez said. READ MORE...RELATED, Horizontal destruction 6.7-magnitude quake puts Surigao del Norte under state of calamity; 6 killed, 126 injured...

ALSO TODAY'S MANILA TIMES HEADLINES PHOTO: DUTERTE - TIMES 'MAN OF THE YEAR'


DAVAO CITY: 'A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND CONVICTION' A simple man with no pretensions. This was how The Manila Times Chairman Emeritus Dante Ang described President Rodrigo Duterte, who was chosen by the newspaper as “Man of the Year” 2016. Ang said the award was given to Duterte for capturing the imagination of the Filipino people…DAVAO CITY: The Manila Times on Friday conferred on President Rodrigo Duterte the Man of the Year 2016 award for overcoming the odds and changing the political landscape.Duterte said he was honored to accept the award. In his speech during The Manila Times’ 5th Business Forum held at the Marco Polo Hotel, the President admitted that he refused the offers of several organizations to give him awards. “I made it a matter of personal and official policy not to accept awards all these years. I’m relating this to you, all the Davaoeños know I do not accept awards except this one,” Duterte said. READ MORE....

ALSO: Pinoys endure Dangwa market traffic to buy flowers


FEBRUARY 14 -A vendor arranges flowers at the Dangwa market in Sampaloc, Manila yesterday. EDD GUMBAN
Filipinos endured traffic jams at the Dangwa flower market in Manila yesterday ahead of the Valentine’s Day celebration. Policemen and barangay volunteers said they expect heavy traffic along Dimasalang, Dapitan and Laong Laan streets until tomorrow. Authorities said traffic snarled at the Dangwa area yesterday as motorists stopped by stalls to buy flowers for their loved ones. Roses are sold at P450 per bouquet while 10 gerbera daisies range from P180 to P190. READ MORE...

ALSO WATCH: Man with no legs manages traffic in Cebu City


FEBRUARY 13 -Fifty-eight year old Magdaleno Borces, a traffic aide
CEBU CITY – A man in Cebu City has no legs, but he doesn't let his disability stop him from serving his community. Fifty-eight year old Magdaleno Borces, a traffic aide for a private school in Cebu City, works from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Everyday, he dons a traffic aide's vest, and armed with a whistle and a reflective glove, manages traffic along F. Cabahug Street. He finds joy in helping motorists, Borces said, and does not mind the pay—he only gets a P300 honorarium every week from his employer. He travels to and from work using an improvised bicycle, which he propels forward using his arms. He lives alone, because though he has relatives around, he said he prefers to have his own place. As long as he is healthy, Borces said he will continue being a traffic aide, because he prefers earning a living to staying home and waiting for his family to provide him with food and money. FULL REPORT, WATCH VIDE...


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Survey: 43% of Pinoys think it’s possible to fall for more than 1 person


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MANILA, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 (MANILA BULLETIN) Updated February 10, 2017, 4:03 PM By Vanne Elaine Terrazola - Can one fall in love with two persons at the same time? A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that Filipinos are divided whether it possible or not to fall for more than one person.

The survey, conducted December 3-6, 2016 and released Thursday in time for Valentine’s, found that 44 percent of the population believed it is possible, while 43 percent said otherwise.

It asked 1,500 adults: “In your opinion, is it possible to fall in-love with more than one person at the same time?”

SWS said 25 percent respon​​ded that it is “definitely possible”; while 19 percent said “somewhat possible.” Opposing meanwhile, were 37 percent, who thought it is “definitely impossible”; and six percent, who said it is “somewhat impossible.”

This yields to a net possibility score (percentage of those who said it is possible minus percentage impossible) of only +1, which the SWS classifies as neutral.

Of those polled, 12 percent were undecided.

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The same poll showed that only 19 percent, or one out of five Filipinos, said they had experienced falling in-love with more than one person at the same time. About 81 percent said they had not.

The pollster said the possibility of falling in love with more than one person at the same time was higher among men with a moderate +11 (49 percent possible, 38 percent impossible) compared with women (40% possible, 48% impossible).

By religion, net possibility was highest among Muslims with a moderate +15 (51 percent possible, 36 percent impossible); followed by Catholics with a neutral +2 (45 percent possible, 43 percent impossible), and members of the Iglesia ni Cristo with -6 (40 percent possible, about 47 percent impossible).

Other religions said it is possible with a neutral -7 (40 percent possible, 47 percent impossible).

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Lola, 100-years-old, credits smoking for long life By Manny Galvez (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 13, 2017 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 1


Dionisia Mamaclay-Reyes takes a quick puff during her interview with The STAR recently.

MANNY GALVEZ ZARAGOZA, Nueva Ecija, Philippines – At 100 years old, Dionisia Mamaclay-Reyes still washes her own laundry, walks alone with a cane, eats food with gusto and engages in neighborhood talk.

Born on Dec. 6, 1916, the “no ordinary” senior citizen still expects to add a few more years to her life as she goes on with her daily routine.

Lola Dionisia, as she is fondly called in Barangay Sta. Cruz here, still possesses impeccable sense of humor, nearly flooring everyone within earshot when she revealed that the secret to her long life is smoking packs of cigarettes every day.

“I have been smoking cigarettes since I was nine years old,” said Reyes who named brands like La Campana, Balintawak and Marvels, among those she consumed.

She said she felt good lighting up, destroying conventional wisdom that says smoking is bad for the health.

According to experts, smoking can cause lung disease by damaging the airways and the air sacs, which may eventually lead to emphysema, chronic bronchitis and cancer.

The American Lung Association also reported about 600 ingredients found in cigarettes. When burned, at least 69 of a stick’s chemical content could cause cancer.

Lola Dionisia simply shrugged these threats off, saying pampahaba ng buhay ‘yon (those would give you a long life) with a chuckle.

She consumes two packs of cigarettes a day and has not encountered any serious illness.

While puffing a cigarette during her interview by The STAR, she recounted visiting her doctor, Roland Valdez, who did not object to her smoking when she told him that this was her secret to a long life.

A mother of seven, four of whom are still alive, Lola Dionisia never entered formal school and could not write, although she is able to read materials like newspapers.

She loves to sing.

Her daughter Lucita, the eldest of the surviving siblings, said her mother is also fond of eating and drinking coffee, sometimes up to seven cups per day.

“She gets mad when I try to prevent her from drinking coffee,” the 66-year-old Lucita said with a laugh.

Lola Dionisia often goes for chicken wings and ripe mangoes, which are her favorite, finding these to be “so delicious.”

Lately, she has been gulping down bottles of a popular energy drink endorsed by retired NBA legend Michael Jordan which, her relatives swore, makes her feel stronger.

The chinky-eyed “super lola” still has good eyesight and does not wear eyeglasses. Occasionally, she would call her grandchildren over the phone.

Lucita said her mother usually starts the day by sweeping the surroundings of dirt and litter. Then she would watch TV, eat and take a nap.

When asked why she would not allow her children to take care of household chores, such as the laundry, Lola Dionisia said her children also have many things to do and that she does not want them to take care of the things that she could do on her own.

Her family has a history of longevity with two of her sisters, Gregoria Madrid and Consuelo, dying at the age of 105 and 103 years, respectively. Her husband, Nicanor Reyes, died at 97.

She still gets to mingle with her remaining children: Lucita; Antonio, 62; Ligaya Gatlabayan, 60; and Gerardo, 55. Gone were Ricardo, Gregorio and Juanita Castro who all died of various ailments.

Gregorio died of lung cancer.

Lola Dionisia wants to continue to enjoy life and live it to the fullest with her family and relatives.

“Gusto ko pang mabuhay dito sa mundo. Masaya naman ako. Ang mga apo ko mababait. Mahal na mahal nila ako (I still want to live in this world. I am happy. My grandchildren are kind. They love me so much),” she said.

Recently, she has been shuttling from here to General Natividad town and Cabanatuan City where some of her relatives live.

Cash gift

She hopes to someday receive the financial incentive granted under Republic Act 10868 that former president Benigno Aquino III signed a week before his term ended last year.

Under that law, all Filipinos, whether residing in the country or abroad and who reach the age of 100, will receive a letter of felicitation from the President of the Philippines and a P100,000 cash gift.

They will also be awarded with a plaque of recognition and an additional cash gift from their local government during the National Respect for Centenarians Day, set every Sept. 25.

An estimated 3,500 Filipinos were to benefit from the Centenarian Act.

Lola Dionisia lamented that of two other centenarians in her town, one died recently without even receiving a single centavo.

She does not want to suffer the same fate and appealed to President Duterte to grant her the incentive while she could still enjoy it.

“Mahal na Presidente, ‘yung benepisyo po sana e inyong ipagkaloob (Dear President, may you provide the benefits),” Lola Dionisia pleaded.

She also called on the provincial government, led by Gov. Czarina Umali and the municipal government, led by Mayor Louella Belmonte to do the same.

Asked what she would do if she receives the cash windfall, she said she would divide it equally among her grandchildren whose number she could no longer recall.


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Surigao quake kills 6 By Ben Serrano (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 12, 2017 - 12:00am 3 14 googleplus0 0


At least six people were killed, some after being hit by falling debris and concrete walls. Twitter/Liana Rendon

SURIGAO CITY , Philippines – The earth shook as the city was settling in for the night, sending residents scampering for safety as debris from damaged buildings rained down on them.

A powerful earthquake struck this city at 10:03 p.m. last Friday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 120 others. Rescue workers yesterday frantically combed through cracked buildings looking for survivors as well as casualties.

The late Friday quake with a magnitude of 6.7 roused residents from sleep and sent hundreds fleeing their homes.

Provincial disaster response official Gilbert Gonzales said at least six people were killed, some hit by falling debris and concrete walls. He added at least 126 others were injured, most of them from this capital city.

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“Rescuers pulled out a man pinned by a collapsed wall in his house but he died and was no longer brought to a hospital,” Gonzales said.

Officials said the quake was strong enough to be felt in the entire Mindanao and Visayas regions.

“The shaking was so strong I could hardly stand,” Coast Guard personnel Rayner Neil Elopre said.

Barangay officials asked residents to move to a school building on higher ground, Elopre said on the phone, pausing briefly during a mild aftershock.

Police officer Jimmy Sarael said he, his wife and two children embraced each other until the shaking stopped. They later moved to the moonlit grounds outside the provincial capitol complex to join more than 1,000 jittery residents, he said.

President Duterte is set to visit the area today to oversee rescue operations.

Duterte has ordered the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and all the other government agencies concerned to immediately respond to the situation and attend to the thousands of affected residents.

Duterte also ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to look after the needs of the evacuees and other residents who need relief assistance.

Malacañang said local disaster and social welfare officials have been directed to monitor closely the situation.

“Concerned officials are now in Surigao to conduct monitoring and damage assessment,” presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar said.

“We advise our people to continue to be alert for aftershocks,” he added.

Humanity crisis

Officials said most of those who perished during the quake were pinned or hit by debris.

There were initial reports that at least 15 people died with several others still missing.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Caraga region spokesperson April Rose Sanchez identified the casualties as Lorenzo Deguino, 86; Roberto Eludo, 39; Wilson Lito, 55; Rhoda Justina Taganahan, 83; and Wenifreda Aragon Bernal, 66 and Jay Ariol, four years old, all residents of Surigao City.

Tagahanan died from a heart attack while Bernal was pinned underneath a collapsed concrete wall and the rest succumbed to blunt force trauma injuries caused by debris.

At least 108 people were injured in this city, including the 14 who were initially admitted to the Caraga Regional Hospital. Another seven were injured in nearby Sison town.

Sanchez clarified reports supposedly coming from the Surigao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMC) that there were 15 casualties from the quake.

She said the OCD is still verifying the report but maintained there are six casualties as of yesterday. She added they are also verifying reports of several missing.

TV footage showed the facade of a number of buildings heavily cracked, their glass windows shattered with canopies and debris falling on cars parked in the street below.

Rescuers in one building tried to break a collapsed concrete slab to check if there were people pinned underneath.

Roads had visible cracks in the coastal city and the Anao-aon bridge collapsed in the outlying town of San Francisco.

Rescue teams were checking for possible casualties in Barangay Poknoy in the city of 140,500 people, officials said.

The city’s airport was temporarily closed due to deep cracks in the runway.

Aviation officials said the Surigao airport might have to be closed for a month for repairs. Flight operations have been diverted to Butuan City airport, some 123 kilometers away.

A major port in Lipata district was also briefly closed while engineers checked the stability of an access road, Gonzales said.

A power outage hit a large portion of the city as soon as the tremor struck, he said.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said all facilities of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) did not sustain any damage from the quake.

Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc. (SURNECO) –which serves Surigao City, 11 other municipalities and one missionary area – also reported minimal damage in its distribution lines, the DOE said.

However, SURNECO declared total damage in its headquarters.

Response

Evacuation centers accommodated residents overnight but many returned home yesterday, according to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.

She said the DSWD has activated its quick response team to monitor the situation in affected areas.

“We are committed to help Filipinos affected by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Surigao. We appeal to everyone to be vigilant regarding aftershocks,” she said.

She added disaster officials were continuing to assess the damage in Surigao City and outlying towns.

“There are areas that were heavily damaged but we don’t have a detailed report yet as the local government of Surigao City is still conducting rapid assessment and damage analysis,” said Ivy Paglinawan, spokesperson of the regional disaster office of Caraga.

She added the regional disaster office is monitoring the situation even as the city government has placed Surigao City under a state of calamity.

Several buildings and residential houses were damaged by the quake, including portions of Surigao City Trade School and Surigao State College of Technology.

Among the buildings severely affected were the Gaisano shopping mall, Parkway Hotel and Absolute Essential building.

The Department of Health (DOH) said they would deploy teams to distribute medical supplies and other relief goods in Surigao.

Philippine Red Cross chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said they have set up welfare desks in hospitals to assist patients and help find missing relatives.

“We are currently assessing the situation there to know their needs. We have people in the field that are already helping the victims,” Gordon said.

Aftershocks

Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said the quake was centered about 14 kilometers northwest of this city at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, resulting in strong intensities in surrounding areas.

Nearly 100 aftershocks have been felt, officials said.

Phivolcs said they observed at least 89 aftershocks as of noon yesterday.

The strongest aftershock with a magnitude of 3.8 was recorded at 11:09 p.m. Friday.

Solidum said the quake was set off by movement in a segment of the Philippine fault, which sits in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where quakes and volcanoes are common.

Following Friday night’s quake, a strong magnitude 4.9 rocked various parts Mindanao yesterday.

Its epicenter was located 10 kilometers northwest of Surigao City, where an intensity V tremor was felt at 5:11 p.m.

Intensity III was also felt in San Ricardo, Southern Leyte.

The extent of the effect of the said aftershock has yet to be assessed as of last night.

At least 40 aftershocks above magnitude 2 were recorded by state seismologists in Eastern Visayas and Mindanao since the earthquake on Friday night.

Among the areas that were affected were Surigao provinces, Dinagat Islands, Compostela Valley, Cotabato, Agusan provinces and Southern Leyte.

Solidum said aftershocks may be felt in the area for several days.

While aftershocks are expected to generally be less intense than the initial tremor, Solidum said they are not discounting the possibility of a quake with a similar or even greater magnitude.

Effects of the earthquake were felt in Malimono and San Franciso, Surigao del Norte and Pintuyan, Southern Leyte.

A tremor of lesser intensity was also felt in Mainit and Placer, Surigao del Norte; Libjo and San Jose, Dinagat Island; Mandaue City and San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco, Southern Leyte.

It was also felt in Hinunangan and San Juan, Southern Leyte; Abuyog and Mayorga, Leyte; Butuan City; and Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte.

Intensity III was felt in Mambajao, Camiguin; Ormoc, City; Tacloban City; Palo, Pastrana, and Tolosa, Leyte; Catbalogan City, Western Samar; Bislig and Gingoog cities, Misamis Oriental; Dapa, Surigao Del Norte; Iligan City and Cagayan De Oro City.

Intensity II was felt in Cebu City; Talocogon, Agusan del Sur; Dumaguete City; Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Capoocan, Leyte; El Salvador, Misamis Oriental; and Oroquieta City and Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.

Phivolcs added that at least three earthquakes, including a strong magnitude 4.1, struck Northern Luzon late Friday.

Phivolcs said the magnitude 4.1 tremor struck off the coast of Ilocos Norte at 8:10 p.m. on Friday. Its epicenter was located at 43 kilometers northwest of the municipality of Pasuquin.

Phivolcs said Intensity II was felt in Pasuquin, although no damage was reported in relation to the quake.

At 5:41 a.m. yesterday, a magnitude 2.7 quake was recorded 26 kilometers southwest of Candon, Ilocos Norte.

Another magnitude 2 tremor was recorded at 3:04 p.m. yesterday, with the epicenter located 25 southwest of Calayan, Cagayan.

Even as families in coastal areas in Surigao City were reported to have been evacuated to higher ground in fear of a tsunami, Phivolcs did not issue a tsunami alert.

Phivolcs said no tsunami alert warning was issued since the movement of the fault was sideways, hence no water was displaced despite its offshore location.

The last major earthquake that struck Surigao was in the 1800s, Solidum said. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people in Central Luzon in 1990. – AP, Janvic Mateo, Edith Regalado, Christina Mendez, Sheila Crisostomo, Louella Desiderio, Evelyn Macairan, Jaime Laude, Danessa Rivera, Rudy Santos.

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P2 B for quake victims; Duterte visits Surigao amid aftershocks 3 SHARES Share it! Published February 13, 2017, 12:10 AM by Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos and Mike U. Crismundo


HELP HAS COME – Villagers crowd around one of the first batches of relief goods that have arrived at a gymnasium in Surigao City in the aftermath of a devastating 6.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Surigao del Norte last Friday night. The death toll from the incident rose to seven, while those injured numbered more than 200. (EPA | Manila Bulletin)

President Duterte has allocated yesterday P2 billion worth of relief for the victims of the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Surigao del Norte on Friday.

According to the President, he will release the fund through Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who leads the relief efforts for the earthquake victims.

He added that the fund is intended for the purchase of medicines for the victims especially those who sustained trauma injuries.

Seven people have been reported killed due to the quake as of Sunday afternoon.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reminded the public to be cautious of structures visibly weakened or damaged by the 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Surigao del Norte as aftershocks and other seismic hazards may still happen in the coming days.

On Sunday, a series of light tectonic tremors hit Surigao City anew with magnitude scales ranging from 2.2 to 4.1. Phivolcs said these were offshoots to the powerful 6.7 quake last Friday night since the area was its ground zero.

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake shook Surigao City anew on Sunday at 11:01 a.m. and its epicenter was plotted 15 kilometers (km) southwest of this city, with a shallow depth of only 5 km.

Phivolcs warned these aftershocks may continue for several days to weeks some of which may be felt. However, the probability of an earthquake registering higher than 6.7 magnitude to occur remains low.

GROUND ZERO

President Duterte personally visited the earthquake victims on Sunday morning to convey his sympathies to the families of those who died and to oversee relief operations.

Speaking in Bisaya, the President apologized for the delay of government help to reach the quake victims, citing the damaged roads and infrastructures as the cause of delay.


EXECUTIVE ASSESMENT — President Duterte is welcomed by military officers as he arrives by chopper in Surigao City yesterday to visit, give comfort, and address the needs of the victims of the magnitude-6.7 earthquake that spawned destruction in the city and five other towns of Surigao del Norte province Friday night. (Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo | Manila Bulletin)

He also apologized for his late arrival, saying it took him a while due to the unavailability of aircraft and the damage in infrastructure particularly to the Surigao Airport. Duterte was scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m.

The President ordered all concerned line agencies of the government to fast-track the rehabilitation and repair works of damaged infrastructures and relief operations to earthquake victims, the strongest to hit the city since 1879.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the immediate rehabilitation and repairs of damaged runway and other airport facilities as he issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) closing the airport for repair and rehabilitation.

Due to severe damage on the runway of Surigao City Airport, all flights in Surigao City are now diverted to Butuan City (Bancasi) National Airport.

Surigao City Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Officer-in-Charge Engr. Junelito Abrazado declared that Surigao City Airport is not suitable for all flights “going in and out” due to the extent of damage to its runway.

Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar also appealed for clean drinking water for residents of Surigao City and other earthquake-hit areas in Surigao del Norte.

Andanar, a native of Surigao, said non-government organizations and private individuals who want to send assistance may coordinate with the DSWD.

It was reported that disaster response volunteers had to pacify the crowd which arrived at the Surigao City Auditorium as the people were asking why it was taking a long time for relief to be distributed.

The government, headed by the DSWD, distributed around 3,500 relief bags to the families from 28 barangays affected by the quake.

The President met with local government officials in Surigao for damage assessment and told them that the priority now is to help the victims.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said they have allocated more than P200 million for the construction of major bridges in the province.

A total of five roads and six bridges in Surigao del Norte were damaged. The Anao-aon Bridge remains impassable to vehicles after its collapse.

The rehabilitation and repair of damaged infrastructures and business establishments have started in Surigao City and four towns in Surigao del Norte yesterday. Earth-moving equipments, engineers, technical men and workers from the local government units and concerned line agencies of the government and from other local governments in Caraga region are on the ground to conduct massive rehabilitation and repair works to damaged roads due to cracks, buckling, blow-up of concrete and asphalt pavements in this city and neighboring towns.

“All our men from the different district engineering offices (DEOs) in various provinces and cities are here for a wide rehabilitation and repair effort,” Regional Director Engr. Danilo E. Versola of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH 13) said.

He added that round-the-clock operation is taking place until the roads are already cleared of debris, stones and other hard materials.

NO POWER, WATER

“We need more engineers and workers to help us in restoring our damaged roads, including water facilities,” Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas said.

Meanwhile, the city’s 152,543 inhabitants are suffering now from the absence of potable water. Power supply returned at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday in this city and some areas in Surigao del Norte.

Mayor Matugas said the city government is initially allocating some P30 million for the rehabilitation and repair of some damaged structures and relief operations to severely affected families, especially the residents whose houses totally collapsed during the powerful earthquake.

“We’re prioritizing rehabilitation to damaged roads and other structures so that our economic activity will not be hampered while we are also focusing the needs of residents in terms of immediate relief assistance,” the city chief executive added.

Classes in all levels in both public and private schools are suspended while no work is declared in both government and private institutions until further notice.

FROM COMBAT DUTY TO HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

Fresh from their ongoing operations against the New People’s Army (NPA), the combat maneuvering troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines immediately shifted to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations in areas that were badly hit by the earthquake in Surigao City and Surigao del Norte.

Lt. Col. Rico Amaro, commanding officer of the 30th Infantry Battalion (30th IB) directed his troops to immediately respond and assist the communities within the unit’s area of responsibility that were badly affected by the earthquake.

Troops under Alpha Company of the 30th IB were able to assist the communities in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte. Three severely injured residents were rescued and brought to the Caraga Regional Hospital here.

THOUSANDS DISPLACED

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Sunday said that a total of 1,034 families or 5,170 persons from five municipalities in the province of Surigao del Norte were displaced by the earthquake.

Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, NDRRMC Executive Director and concurrent administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) identified four of the victims, including a four-year-old boy from Surigao City who died in the earthquake: Robert Eludo Jr., 40, of Purok 1, Barangay Bilabid; JM Ariar, 4, of Sitio Aton, Barangay Ipil; Lito R. Wilson, 36, of Purok 4, Barangay San Juan; and Lorenzo L. Dequino 86, of Purok 5, Barangay Poctoy, all of Surigao City.

Jalad also said that as of 8 a.m. Sunday, a total of 202 persons were injured and brought to four hospitals, namely: Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City, Surigao Medical Center, Miranda Family Hospital, and Malimono District Hospital.

Jalad also said that a total of 1,034 houses in Mainit, Malimono, San Francisco, Sison City and Surigao City, all in Surigao del Norte were damaged as well as12 schools.

LANDSLIDES, ROCK FALLS

Phivolcs said other life-threatening hazards such as landslides, rock falls and other types of mass movements may develop in mountainous areas as a result of the earthquake. Liquefaction, manifested by sand boils or lateral spread may also affect low-lying, water-logged, and sandy areas at the riverbanks.

Phivolcs advised citizens living or working in houses and other structures that have incurred noticeable damage following the quake to immediately seek guidance from their Municipal or City Engineering Office.

Engineers from the local government, other agencies and organizations were told to inspect buildings and other infrastructures to determine their integrity, and recommend appropriate actions to concerned groups or individuals.

“Slopes should be checked for tension cracks that may have resulted from the strong ground shaking. Tension cracks may make slopes more susceptible to landslides. These areas should be avoided,” Phivolcs said.

Phivolcs called on residents in the affected areas to protect themselves by doing the “duck, cover and hold” routine in case another palpable earthquake strikes. Those staying in homes or offices were cautioned against heavy objects that might cause them injuries.

The agency said it is keeping its eyes peeled on future tremors in Surigao del Norte through its staff-controlled seismic stations in Surigao City and Bislig, Surigao del Sur and its remote-telemetered seismic stations in Maasin, Southern Leyte; General Luna, Surigao del Norte; and Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

PRICE FREEZE

The regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI 13) on Sunday issued a price freeze on basic commodities in this northeastern-tip city following the declaration of a state of calamity on Saturday due to the powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck here on Friday night.

Violators of the price freeze order may suffer imprisonment for a year to 10 years, or a fine ranging from P5,000 to P1,000,000, said DTI 13 Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran.

He said prices of basic necessities were automatically frozen at their prevailing prices, which shall be the average price of the basic necessity within a month from the occurrence of the state of calamity.

Citing Republic Act 7581, or the Price Act of the Philippines, the DTI said the price freeze should remain in effect for the duration of the state of calamity, but not for more than 60 days, provided that for household LPG and kerosene, the duration should not be more than 15 days.

Prices of basic goods which include canned sardines, processed milk, bottled water, locally manufactured instant noodles, coffee, detergent soap, bread, candles, salt, rice, corn, cooking oil, fresh pork, fresh beef, fresh poultry meat, fresh and dried fish and other marine products, fresh egg, fresh milk, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, root crops, and sugar shall remain the same for the next 60 days.

PRAYER FOR SURIGAO

Bishop Antonieto Cabajog of Surigao has released a prayer following the strong earthquake that hit the province Friday:

“Father all powerful and most loving, You have spared your faithful in the Diocese of Surigao from greater harm amidst the strong earthquake. We thank you for sparing so many from death and destruction.

Shaken but more dependent on your Love and Providence, we move on in the journey as a people of communion in our Basic Ecclesial Communities. We implore the help of Our Lady of Lourdes, to whom we turn our gaze, to stay with us and lead us safely to the peace of Jesus, her Son. Amen.”

Earlier, a priest from the diocese called on the faithful to remain vigilant as aftershocks continue to be felt. Fr. Bob Puracan, diocesan chancellor, also called on people of good will to be generous at this time.

“Perhaps, it is on this trying times that we can truly express our communion, sharing what we have and helping those who needs our assistance,” he told CBCP News.

HERCULES OF RELIEF

A Lockheed C-130 “Hercules” cargo aircraft laden with relief supplies for the earthquake victims landed in Butuan City National Airport on Sunday.

According to initial report from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), the “Hercules” cargo aircraft was loaded with 10 generator sets, 150 solar lamps, 30,000 pieces of “HEB”, 4,090 bars of brown rice, 100 rolls of laminated sacks, 2,000 pieces of mosquito nets, 2,000 plastic mats, and 2,000 blankets. (With reports from Aytch dela Cruz, Francis T. Wakefield, and Leslie Ann G. Aquino)


PHILSTAR

DTI reminds retailers, consumers of price freeze in quake-hit Surigao City By Kris Crismundo (philstar.com) | Updated February 12, 2017 - 12:00pm 1 19 googleplus0 0


Fallen debris from a business establishment are seen following a powerful nighttime earthquake that rocked Surigao city, Surigao del Norte province Saturday, Feb.11, 2017 in southern Philippines. The late Friday quake roused residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province, sending hundreds to flee their homes. AP

MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reminded retailers and consumers of the price freeze in Surigao City following the local government unit’s declaration of a state of calamity.

In a text message, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said there shall be no movement in prices of goods and his office would also be monitoring the situation of supplies of goods in Surigao City.

“Since state of calamity in Surigao City (was declared), we announce price freeze. We’ll monitor hoarders,” Lopez said.

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“We will assess damage to infrastructure for supply of goods if they can affect the supply. Prices should not move,” he added.

Under Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, price freeze on basic necessities shall be automatically implemented in state of calamity areas.

This means prices of basic goods which include canned sardines, processed milk, bottled water, locally manufactured instant noodles, coffee, detergent soap, bread, candles, salt, rice, corn, cooking oil, fresh pork, fresh beef, fresh poultry meat, fresh and dried fish and other marine products, fresh egg, fresh milk, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, root crops and sugar shall maintain for the next 60 days.

A 15-day price freeze on prices of household liquefied petroleum gas and kerosene shall also be implemented.

The same law penalizes illegal price manipulation such as profiteering, imposing imprisonment of five years up to 15 years and an administrative fine of P5,000 up to P1 million.

On Friday evening, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Surigao del Norte leaving casualties and injuries as well as damaging infrastructures in the area.

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Horizontal destruction 6.7-magnitude quake puts Surigao del Norte under state of calamity; 6 killed, 126 injured 7 SHARES Share it! Published February 12, 2017, 12:11 AM By Mike U. Crismundo


IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT – Residents look at the collapsed Anao-aon bridge after an earthquake hit Surigao City at around 10 p.m. Friday. Photo at right shows a woman and her children leaving the emergency room of a local hospital where they were treated for injuries sustained during the 6.7-magnitude quake, which has killed six and injured 126 others. (Reuters, AFP)

Surigao City, Surigao del Norte — A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the province of Surigao del Norte late Friday night, causing widespread panic and the displacement of hundreds of residents as the immediate and visible destruction or damage to buildings and public infrastructure resulted in the deaths of six people and the injury of at least 126 others.

Disaster officials said the powerful temblor rocked the entire province sideways at exactly 10:03 p.m. Friday and was strongest felt at Intensity 6 in this city. The shaking lasted for about 10 seconds or less.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum said the tectonic quake was a result of the strike slip or horizontal movement of the Philippine Fault Zone’s (PFZ) Surigao segment and emanated from a depth of 11 kilometers. Its epicenter was located 14 kilometers north, 78 degrees west of Surigao City.

“Surigao City felt the highest brunt of the ground’s shaking, with intensity rating 7, which is called ‘destructive shaking,’” Solidum said.

Within hours of the occurrence, an emergency meeting conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) was convened and its chairman, Vice Mayor Alfonso Casurra, said Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas has declared Surigao City under a state of calamity due to the damage the quake had caused to public and private infrastructure.

Schools were shut and citizens warned against aftershocks that may cause further damage and injury.

Later Saturday, Provincial Information Officer Mary Jul Espuerte also made the announcement that Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas had declared the entire province under a state of calamity.

Casualties

The death toll in Friday night’s tremor climbed to six, while the injured persons reached 126, according to Surigao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) head, Ramon Gotinga.

“Death toll as of now is six, on the damages (sustained), assessment is still ongoing,” Gotinga told the Philippine News Agency in a message. “Number of wounded as of now is at 126,” he added.

Four of the fatalities on the earthquake were identified by the office of Gov. Matugas as Lorenzo Deguinio, Robert Iludo, Jr., JM Ariar and Lito Welson.

Romina Marasigan, spokesperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), belied initial reports (not in The Manila Bulletin) that there were 15 dead during the quake.

When asked about the cause of the deaths, Marasigan replied: “Blunt force trauma. So probably, heavy or hard objects collapsed on them.”

At least 80 of the injured victims were recuperating from their injuries at the Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH), while 20 others were admitted at the Surigao Medical Center. The Miranda Hospital in Surigao City logged eight patients suffering from various injuries as a result of falling debris during the earthquake.

“We also recorded one dead at the Miranda Family Hospital in Surigao City. There were a lot of injured people,” said Senior Inspector Tessiel Moleta, head of the Police Community Relations office of Surigao City police.

None of the victims was taken to the St. Paul Hospital, which had already announced “no admittance of patients,” following cracks and other damage to the hospital facility due to the tremor.

A lot of shaking

The tremor, which was strongest felt at Intensity 6 in Surigao City and lasted as short as seven seconds, also had reported intensities in the following areas: Mandaue City, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco, Southern Leyte (Intensity 5); Hinunangan, Southern Leyte and Butuan City (Intensity 4); Hibok-hibok, Camiguin, Tolosa and Tacloban, Leyte, Bislig City, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental (Intensity 3); Cagayan de Oro City, Talacogon City, Agusan del Sur, Dumaguete City and Cebu City (Intensity 1), Phivolcs said.

Solidum said it was the strongest temblor in the area since the PFZ Surigao segment’s last movement in 1879 which triggered a magnitude 7.4 earthquake.

“(The) Quake didn’t trigger tsunami because the fault moved horizontally and not vertically,” Solidum added.

However, it delivered more than 100 aftershocks since Friday evening, with magnitudes ranging from 2.0 to 3.7. Cagayan de Oro City, which is 300 km southwest of Surigao City, felt the temblor at Intensity 3.

Massive damage

Houses and a bridge collapsed, roads and an airport runway cracked and communication lines and power supply were cut in some areas of Surigao del Norte when the 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted Surigao City and nearby areas.

Sr. Insp. Moleta said there was “massive damage” as a result of the earthquake in Surigao City.

“We cannot use the airport,” said Moleta. “The runway of the airport in Surigao City is near the river, the runway was easily damaged when the quake triggered a liquefaction.”

She said the operation of the port in Surigao City had to be moved to the nearest post because the roads leading to the area were also damaged.

“There were other structures that were damaged. The Anao-aon Bridge in the town of San Francisco in Surigao del Norte collapsed. But it was due for repair before the earthquake,” said Marasigan.

“There were also houses that collapsed or the ceiling or wall that collapsed. We still don’t have the number, we are still conducting damage assessment,” the NDRRMC spokesman added.

Surigao del Norte PIO Espuerte noted that the Lipata Terminal, which connects the “roll-on, roll-off” (RORO) for both private and public utility vehicles, has also been temporarily closed.

The Lipata Port was not damaged, but a bridge leading to the port terminal was closed due to damage from the quake, she added.

Espuerte said the provincial government is coordinating with various government line agencies in a bid to bring back normalcy to the city and the province as soon as possible.

Several other buildings and business establishments, among them the Gaisano Capital shopping mall, Parkway Hotel, and Absolute Essentials building, also suffered damage.

Partial damage was observed at the Surigao State College of Technology, Palma Store Building, parts of the road in Barangay Rizal, and parts of the National Highway in Barangay Luna.

Other buildings that were damaged were the Parkway Hotel, Alexandra Store, PACEMCO Building and the Yuipco Building

In a two-page report, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Caraga Regional Director Danilo Versola said the Anao-aon Bridge in the town of San Francisco is “not passable to all types of vehicles” after it collapsed.

He said the powerful earthquake also damaged the approach slab and concrete barriers of Malico Bridge along Daang Maharlika Road.

Versola noted that other affected bridges in Caraga Region included Kinabutan Bridges 1 and 2, Friendship and Banahaw Bridges. These bridges have damaged slope protection, concrete railings, and approach slabs.

Loss of power

Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, 4th Infantry Division spokesman, said a power outage in a large part of the city occurred as soon as the temblor struck.

The management of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (SURNECO) reported their initial damage of their building to P5 million.

While it assured that it will continue to monitor the power situation in Surigao, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported no major damage in the province’s energy facilities due to the tremor.

SURNECO said it will be able to energize the isolated areas once the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) completes its maintenance activities on or before 6 p.m. yesterday.

It is expected that 90 percent will be energized as soon as NGCP restores power.

Help needed

Meanwhile, the Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH) is in need of more tents, folding beds and other medical equipments intended for the quake victims. CRH has already declared “Code Blue Alert” status due to the effect of earthquake. All medical staff are required to report and render 24-hour service.

Gov. Matugas said the provincial government had already extended relief assistance to quake victims and cash assistance to the immediate members of the family who had casualties during the incident.

Palace and prayers

Meanwhile, Malacañang appealed for cooperation following the destructive 6.7-magnitude earthquake which rocked Surigao City.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella also asked the public to continue praying and continue the spirit of ‘bayanihan,’ a Filipino custom which refers to the spirit of communal unity.

“Let’s be careful, let’s be cooperative with one another. And let us avoid ‘yung mga areas where the structures are unsteady and unsure,” Abella said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.

“Patuloy po tayo na (Let’s continue to) — we’ll be looking out for one another. These are trying times and we are — our hearts go out to the Surigaonon,” he added.

The Diocese of Surigao asked the faithful to beg for God’s protection and guidance following the strong earthquake that hit the area Friday. “Let us beg for God’s protection and guidance as we face this trying moment,” Fr. Bob Puracan, Chancellor of the Diocese of Surigao, told CBCP News.

He asked Surigaonons to be more vigilant and sensitive as they are still experiencing aftershocks.

Despite of what happened, the priest said they thank the Lord for keeping them safe.

“Perhaps a good reminder for all of us, not just for the Surigaonons, of our human limitations,” said Puracan.

“It is on this trying times that we Surigaonon can truly express our communion, sharing what we have and helping those who needs our assistance,” he added.

Quick response

Quick response teams of the regional command of Police Regional Office 13 based in Butuan City already arrived here on Saturday to assist the quake victims.

The NDRRMC said it immediately met with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officials to map out plan to supply the affected residents.

“We already had a meeting just to ensure that we will be on top of the situation, that we have provisions of assistance and immediate mobilization,” said Marasigan.

For its part, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is now closely coordinating with local government units (LGUs) to ensure the safety of the tourists in areas affected by the quake.

The DOT has also opened its overseas and regional offices for inquiries regarding the travel situation in the affected areas.

“Potential travelers and those already in the country may check with DOT overseas and regional offices for updates of travel situations in affected areas,” the agency noted.

No flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has restricted operations at the Surigao Airport in Surigao City due to runway damage brought about by the tremor.

Suspension is effective since Saturday until March 10, 2017.

In line with this advice, Cebu Pacific flights to and from Surigao will be suspended on February 11, 2017 onwards.

Affected passengers may be accommodated via mounted Cebu-Butuan-Cebu flights or avail of any of the following options, without penalties: rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date; reroute their flights to alternate stations (Cebu or Bacolod) within 30 days from original departure date; or opt for full refund or travel fund. (With reports from Aaron B. Recuenco, Aytch dela Cruz, Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos, Leslie Ann G. Aquino, Raymund F. Antonio, Ariel Fernandez, Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce, and PNA)


MANILA TIMES

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DAVAO CITY: 'A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND CONVICTION' A simple man with no pretensions. This was how The Manila Times Chairman Emeritus Dante Ang described President Rodrigo Duterte, who was chosen by the newspaper as “Man of the Year” 2016. Ang said the award was given to Duterte for capturing the imagination of the Filipino people…

Duterte is The Manila Times ‘Man of the Year’ BY CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT ON FEBRUARY 11, 2017 HEADLINES


Close up of the caricature of the President as a revolutionary man of the masses.

DAVAO CITY: The Manila Times on Friday conferred on President Rodrigo Duterte the Man of the Year 2016 award for overcoming the odds and changing the political landscape.

Duterte said he was honored to accept the award.

In his speech during The Manila Times’ 5th Business Forum held at the Marco Polo Hotel, the President admitted that he refused the offers of several organizations to give him awards.

“I made it a matter of personal and official policy not to accept awards all these years.

I’m relating this to you, all the Davaoeños know I do not accept awards except this one,” Duterte said.

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“I could respectfully decline it and I would always say, you do not give me an award or reward for the things that I have to do because I am paid to do that. But ngayon kasi (But now), maybe because it’s high time, at least before I go beyond, I should have one award,” he added.

The President said one of the reasons why he declined awards is because of media’s reporting, particularly on his controversial remarks about the 1989 gang rape of Australian missionary worker Jaqueline Hamil.

“It was uttered in anger, as an insult actually. So I was relating it because somebody was here looking for the footage during the last election. And they were offering that clip there sa RPN, because somebody was piggy back while I was advancing to the side of prison. An enterprising journalist was also behind me, and so he got everything, what I said. But all in a day’s anger ‘yan. Para hindi ako maunahan (so they will not jump the gun on me), I related the story during the campaign sorties. Because I knew that if they could get it at the last minute, I would have a hard time, you know, how to temper and how to explain to the public that this is what happened. I would have a hard time explaining,” he said.

Duterte then enumerated what he called the “template” of his inspirations and achievement in life.

“I was just a prosecutor. I was a trial prosecutor for nine years. And in 1987 I was appointed as OIC vice mayor but the agreement was that after a stint… because they placed the name of my mother, “Soledad Duterte” in the list of persons who are going to take their oath of office because Cory Aquino was coming. But at the last minute, my mother balked and said she doesn’t want a life of politics. So ako ‘yung nilagay nila (So they put my name instead),” he said.

Duterte said he did not aspire to be a politician since all he wanted was to be a judge.

“My ultimate target was to be a Sandiganbayan judge but along the way, I had this ruckus with the OIC Mayor and I found myself running in 1988 as mayor. And I have been the mayor of this city up to the moment I ran for (the) presidency for 23 years. I was once upon a time a congressman and the vice mayor of my daughter. I do not know if you know her but she is the one who mauled the sheriff in front of the public,” he said.

“But Davao then was at the crossroads of the events of our country. Katatapos lang ng martial law and of course the communists were very active. Sometimes, life is really strange. I come from a poor family and we are just migrants. And when I was a prosecutor, I was also at the same time handling the Nationalist Alliance for Justice, Freedom and Democracy and that is now what you would call the “Karapatan.” The modern day Karapatan. Hindi alam ng gobyerno that I was reversing the ideological border,” he added.

The President said he leans on the socialist side but he was never a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

“I was one of those few who would go to the mountains and my passion is hunting and so I was also under the privilege who can go inside the forests of Davao region to hunt wild boars,” he said.

“I knew that all I could offer was my homegrown talent of persuading people just to go in peace. And so when Davao was seriously affected with drugs and crime, I was just new but I had this warning to everybody and with no apology. It was like this: “Go out of my city, do not do drugs, do not rape people, do not kidnap people, because I will kill you.” “Do not destroy the youth of my city because I will kill you.” and that was the rule of the game. How many died and for what reason, I really do not know,” he said.

“But when I became President, I already knew that there was a serious disorder in society because of drugs but it was not until I had the full access of the information and of the intelligence input did I realize that the drug problem had already engulfed my country. I realized that five years ago before this election, we were already in narco-politics because 40 percent of all the barangay captains of the entire Republic of the Philippines were into drugs,” he said.

Duterte again attacked Sen. Leila de Lima, saying she was “corrupting everybody” during her term as justice secretary.

“She was the highest official to be corrupted and she was corrupting everybody as the secretary of the justice department,” he said.

Duterte reiterated that he would not repeat the mistakes of ex-Colombian President Cesar Gaviria in his brutal war on drugs.

“This ex-president of Colombia, he said, ‘Duterte is committing the same mistakes.’ We can never [make]the same mistake because I am not [as]stupid as you are,” the President said.

 
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DUTERTE SPEECH at The Manila Times 5th Business Forum 2/10/2017 Duterte 16th President Duterte 16th President -Published on Feb 11, 2017 Courtesy & Video Credits to the Rightful Owner RTVMalacañang. President Rody Duterte receives a caricature symbolizing the Man of the Year Award during The Manila Times 5th Business Forum in Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City on February 10, 2017.


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Pinoys endure Dangwa traffic to buy flowers By Rey Galupo (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 13, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


A vendor arranges flowers at the Dangwa market in Sampaloc, Manila yesterday. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos endured traffic jams at the Dangwa flower market in Manila yesterday ahead of the Valentine’s Day celebration.

Policemen and barangay volunteers said they expect heavy traffic along Dimasalang, Dapitan and Laong Laan streets until tomorrow.

Authorities said traffic snarled at the Dangwa area yesterday as motorists stopped by stalls to buy flowers for their loved ones.

Roses are sold at P450 per bouquet while 10 gerbera daisies range from P180 to P190.

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A bouquet of carnations is sold at P180 while a single tulip costs P90 to P100.

Some vendors charged an additional fee for a decoration in the flower arrangement such as a teddy bear or balloon.

Vendors said prices of flowers would increase up to 75 percent on Valentine’s Day.


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WATCH: Man with no legs manages traffic in Cebu City Leleth Rumaguera, ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 07 2017 09:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2017 10:02 PM


Fifty-eight year old Magdaleno Borces, a traffic aide

CEBU CITY – A man in Cebu City has no legs, but he doesn't let his disability stop him from serving his community.

Fifty-eight year old Magdaleno Borces, a traffic aide for a private school in Cebu City, works from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Everyday, he dons a traffic aide's vest, and armed with a whistle and a reflective glove, manages traffic along F. Cabahug Street.

He finds joy in helping motorists, Borces said, and does not mind the pay—he only gets a P300 honorarium every week from his employer.

He travels to and from work using an improvised bicycle, which he propels forward using his arms. He lives alone, because though he has relatives around, he said he prefers to have his own place.

As long as he is healthy, Borces said he will continue being a traffic aide, because he prefers earning a living to staying home and waiting for his family to provide him with food and money.

 
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