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Baguio health office opens Covid self-test reporting platform

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:24

BAGUIO CITY - To be able to assist those who use Covid-19 self-testing kits who turn positive for the virus, the health services office of the city government here has opened a platform that will allow an individual to report his condition.

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Philippines logs 3,484 new COVID-19 cases, 42 deaths

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:18

MANILA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines reported 3,484 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,835,422.

The Department of Health said the number of active cases fell to 38,982, and 42 more patients died from COVID-19 complications, pushing the country's death toll to 61,078.

Metro Manila, the Philippine capital with over 13 million

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Dengue cases in Philippines breach 100,000, with 368 deaths

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:18

MANILA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine health department said Monday that the number of dengue cases in the Southeast Asian country climbed to 102,619 during the first seven months this year.

The Department of Health said the number of dengue cases as of July-end is 131 percent higher than the number recorded in the same period last year. The mosquito-borne viral disease also claimed the lives of 368.

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MSMEs in Pangasinan get P9.8-M aid from DOST

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:17
MALASIQUI, Pangasinan - At least 14 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Pangasinan have received a total of PHP9.8 million worth of assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to improve their operations and processes and thereby boost productivity and competitivene
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PH logs 4K daily Covid-19 infection average from Aug. 8 to 14

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:16

MANILA - The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 3 percent for the period August 8 to 14, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.

From 3,904 per day from August 1 to 7, the number swelled to 4,001 daily last week.

The latest case bulletin showed

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United Clark blanks Mendiola, 5-0, for 2nd win in PFL tourney

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:14

IMUS - United Clark stole the show from Mendiola in the Philippines Football League's (PFL) first taste of action at the City of Imus Grandstand, dealing the home club a 5-0 defeat on Sunday night.

For the second straight week, United Clark won by the said scoreline on the road to continue im

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DOST chief vows to focus on job creation through STI

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:12

MANILA-Among the priorities of the new Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is job creation, and use of science, technology and innovation (STI) to address various concerns that the country is facing.

"There is job creation through STI, and this is also for countryside

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Seawaters off Cordova ‘not safe’ for swimming

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:10
THE seawaters off Cordova town are no longer suitable for swimming as they did not pass the water quality check conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) three weeks ago.

This was what Cordova Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan said during his speech following the flag-raising ceremony outside the Municipal Hall on Monday, August 15, 2022, that was live-streamed on social media.

“Ang coliform nga supposedly 100 below aron makaligo ang atoang mga turista ug mga taga-Cordova, ang resulta sa pipila ka mga areas, instead of 300, [niabot og] 1,300 ang presence of coliform,” said Suan. (The coliform level should be below 100 so our tourists and locals can swim in Cordova, but the results in some areas, instead of 300, show that the presence of coliform has reached 1,300.)

The standard coliform level for coastal waters to consider them safe for swimming and other similar recreational activities is 100 most probable number (mpn) per 100 milliliters, according to the DENR.

Apart from that, the floating and fixed cottages in the area are reportedly disorganized, particularly in the seawaters of Barangays Poblacion and Catarman.

The mayor said the municipal government of the eastern Cebu town would show political will by addressing the problem as quickly as it can or risk losing its tourist attractions and seawater fish species.

He urged all the employees of the municipal government and the constituents to cooperate and understand what they are about to do in coordination with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, whom the local officials are set to meet this week.

“Tungod kay wala tay laing tumong ug tinguha ang pagtabang ug serbisyo og tinud-anay sa lungsod sa Cordova,” he added. (Because we have no other goal and desire but to help and provide real service to the town of Cordova.)

Apart from that, he noted that all the fixed cottages have no decent portable toilet that could be used by the renters.

“Ang tanan nga mga floating cottages, duna tuoy toilet pero siguro napulo ra ka tawo ang makagamit. Inig human, mapuno na. Asa naman sab to siya ilabay inig human?” said Suan.

(All the floating cottages have a toilet, but maybe only 10 people could use it before it gets full. And then where do they dispose of the waste afterward?)

He invited the owners of fixed and floating cottages and stall owners at the temporary public market to a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, August 17, at the Sports Complex with Garcia, and officials of the DENR, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Navy, Department of Tourism, Department of Health, and other concerned agencies in the province.

He said they will discuss what to do with the seawaters that has provided the town with tourism and its fish supply.

Suan issued his first executive order as Cordova mayor last July 5, and it prohibits the construction of illegal structures such as floating cottages along legal easement zones and within the town’s coastal areas. He issued the order after he received a letter from the DENR concerning the floating cottages that have been operating in Barangays Poblacion and Catarman as these areas are considered no-build zones.

This was supported by Garcia as she ordered an immediate stop to the further construction of illegal structures like floating and fixed cottages within the foreshore area, mangrove zone, public beach zone, and municipal fishing zones of the Municipality of Cordova.

In Executive Order (EO) 19 issued on August 9, 2022, the governor also ordered owners and operators of pump boats and other similar sea vessels "to immediately cease and desist from transporting materials" to these areas for the construction of these illegal structures.

Aside from violating national and local laws on easement zones, the floating and fixed cottages in question also have no clearances and permits from the Municipal Government of Cordova, or proper waste management facilities, causing pollution in violation of Presidential Decree 856, or the Sanitation Code of the Philippines, and Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, Garcia said.

She said the use of boats intended exclusively for recreational purposes for the transport of materials or towing of vessels transporting construction materials for the illegal structures violates Maritime Industry Authority Memorandum Circular DS-2019-01 that requires all recreational boats to be used solely for that purpose.

Last July 18, Cordova Mayor Suan threatened to close floating cottages in the town should the owners fail to provide adequate comfort rooms within the week.

But a week later, on July 25, Suan said he learned that an operator of floating cottages insisted on putting additional cottages on the town’s coast.

Suan added that five sacks of garbage could be seen under about 150 to 200 fixed cottages in the town during his surprise inspection last July 24.

The DENR’s Administrative Order 2021-07 states that legal easements are "determined to be applied, such that, a three-meter easement zone and a 20-meter easement zone shall be adopted for urban and rural areas, respectively."
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House pays homage to sprint queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:09

MANILA - The House of Representatives on Monday adopted a resolution expressing its condolences to the family of Asia's sprint Queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado.

During the plenary session, the chamber adopted House Resolution 231, which also paid homage to De Vega-Mercado's contributions to the co

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2 bodies discovered; police rule out foul play

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:09
TWO bodies were discovered in different parts of Cebu City on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Around 3 p.m., operatives of the Mabolo Police Station responded to an alarm that a body of a dead man was found on 1528 Lower Torralba St. in Barangay Apas.

Based on the initial investigation of Pat. Alvic Salimbot, the body belonged to 45-year-old Francisco dela Cerna, who was renting a room in the area.

The other tenants in his boardinghouse noticed a foul smell and reported it to police.

When police opened his room, Dela Cerna’s body was already in a state of decomposition.

Police believe he died of natural causes and ruled out foul play.

A few hours later, operatives of the Carbon Police Station received a call from the Unit 2 building at the Carbon Public Market in Barangay Ermita.

Cpl. Jan Reynald Oporto said they found the dead body of Mary Lou Jatutillo Buanhug inside her room in Sitio Pig-Vendor in the same barangay.

He said the victim originally hailed from Angeles, Pampanga.

According to Oporto’s initial investigation, Buanhug was last seen alive on Friday, Aug. 12. A concerned neighbor had bought food for her, but the latter didn’t have an appetite, he said.

When the medical team examined Buanhug, she was already dead and her body was in a state of rigor mortis.

Oporto said they ruled out foul play. (BBT / PJB)
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2 men die from drowning in Medellin, Pinamungajan

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:07
TWO adult men have died from drowning in the towns of Medellin and Pinamungajan in Cebu Province.

On Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2022, an 85-year-old widower was found floating in seawaters off Barangay Daanlungsod, Medellin town in northern Cebu.

The casualty, identified as Juan Tundag of Purok Bombil, Barangay Daanlungsod, was already dead when residents performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation to revive him.

SSgt. Glenn Sollano, investigating officer of Medellin Police Station, told SunStar Cebu that Tundag was discovered by residents floating around 7:30 a.m. Monday. The incident was reported to their station later at 8:20 a.m.

Tundag was brought to Bogo-Medellin Medical Center where the attending physician pronounced him dead.

The doctor established drowning as the cause of his death.

Tundag was living alone in his house as his children are working in Cebu City, while his wife is already dead.

Sollano found out in their initial investigation that Tundag usually went swimming in the area.

Meanwhile, a beach outing in Barangay Tajao, Pinamungajan, Cebu on Sunday, Aug. 14 led to tragedy after a farmer drowned.

Executive Master Sergeant Peter Cuanso, chief investigator of the Pinamungajan Police Station, identified the casualty as Renario Abiso of Purok Mahogany, Barangay Punod, Pinamungajan.

Cuanso said the incident happened around 12:30 p.m., but it was only reported to the station at 1:20 p.m.

According to Gena Mazo, Abiso’s niece, her uncle was sitting on the shore while they were unloading things from their car. Then they heard shouts that someone was drowning.

Mazo said she couldn’t believe that the unconscious man that members of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office emergency team had recovered from the water was her uncle.

Abiso was rushed to the Pinamungajan District Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival by attending physician Dr. Teresita Bocado.

The police concluded that there was no foul play involved in both incidents.

Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the world, with about 236,000 people drowning every year, according to a United Nations report. In the Philippines, the Department of Health has reported that over 3,000 Filipinos die each year from drowning.
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2 men die from drowningin Medellin, Pinamungajan

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 19:07
TWO adult men have died from drowning in the towns of Medellin and Pinamungajan in Cebu Province.

On Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2022, an 85-year-old widower was found floating in seawaters off Barangay Daanlungsod, Medellin town in northern Cebu.

The casualty, identified as Juan Tundag of Purok Bombil, Barangay Daanlungsod, was already dead when residents performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation to revive him.

SSgt. Glenn Sollano, investigating officer of Medellin Police Station, told SunStar Cebu that Tundag was discovered by residents floating around 7:30 a.m. Monday. The incident was reported to their station later at 8:20 a.m.

Tundag was brought to Bogo-Medellin Medical Center where the attending physician pronounced him dead.

The doctor established drowning as the cause of his death.

Tundag was living alone in his house as his children are working in Cebu City, while his wife is already dead.

Sollano found out in their initial investigation that Tundag usually went swimming in the area.

Meanwhile, a beach outing in Barangay Tajao, Pinamungajan, Cebu on Sunday, Aug. 14 led to tragedy after a farmer drowned.

Executive Master Sergeant Peter Cuanso, chief investigator of the Pinamungajan Police Station, identified the casualty as Renario Abiso of Purok Mahogany, Barangay Punod, Pinamungajan.

Cuanso said the incident happened around 12:30 p.m., but it was only reported to the station at 1:20 p.m.

According to Gena Mazo, Abiso’s niece, her uncle was sitting on the shore while they were unloading things from their car. Then they heard shouts that someone was drowning.

Mazo said she couldn’t believe that the unconscious man that members of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office emergency team had recovered from the water was her uncle.

Abiso was rushed to the Pinamungajan District Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival by attending physician Dr. Teresita Bocado.

The police concluded that there was no foul play involved in both incidents.

Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the world, with about 236,000 people drowning every year, according to a United Nations report. In the Philippines, the Department of Health has reported that over 3,000 Filipinos die each year from drowning.
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55 minors rescued over the weekend

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 18:58
THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) continues to rescue minors who violate the 10 p.m. curfew.

From Friday night, August 12, 2022, to dawn Sunday, August 14, police rounded up a total of 55 minors. The number dropped to 17 by Sunday morning, but that was only because it rained the night before and the minors were probably forced to stay indoors, police said.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Maria Theresa Macatangay, information officer of the CCPO, they will not stop conducting rescue operations as long as there are minors who loiter in the streets late at night and in the wee hours of the morning.

However, the minors won’t be fined or imprisoned. They will instead be turned over to their respective barangays, she said.

Macatangay urged parents to make sure their children are at home once the curfew starts so they won’t be picked up by roving patrol cars. Also, if the minors are indoors, they will be protected from harm, she said.

“In line with this one, we are still appealing to the public to cooperate. Cooperate lang ta sa atong mga (and abide by the) city ordinances nga gipatuman (that are implemented) here in Cebu City as well as our existing laws. Anyway, at the end of the day, isa ra ang atong katuyoan tanan, nga magpuyo ta sa malinawon ug luwas nga komunidad (we only have a common goal and that is to live in a safe and peaceful community),” she said.

Meanwhile, Macatangay announced that the CCPO will re-launch Oplan Pakigsandurot in the barangays.

The program, which also aims to educate the public about the ongoing illegal drugs problem, encourages police and tanods to work hand in hand to monitor illegal activities in their respective barangays.

The program also hopes to bring police and the public closer together, she said. (AYB, PJB)
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Sworn declaration for VAT-zero rating of local purchases of registered business enterprises

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 18:55
The fiscal incentives rationalization of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (Create) Act has effectively removed the cross-border doctrine for export-oriented registered business enterprises (RBEs). While value added tax (VAT) zero-rating rules on export sales still remain, VAT-zero rating on local purchases are only applicable on purchases that are directly and exclusively used in the RBEs’ registered project or activity.

As such, the Bureau of Internal Revenue released Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 24-2022 on March 9, 2022, clarifying that the export-oriented RBE must provide three documents to their local suppliers for VAT-zero rating on local purchases to apply, namely: (1) BIR Certificate of Registration; (2) VAT certification issued by the concerned Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) e.g., Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Board of Investments; and (3) a sworn declaration that the local purchases made forms part directly and exclusively in the registered project.

Further, the BIR issued RMC No. 84-2022 on June 30, 2022 to prescribe the format of the sworn declaration to be furnished by the RBEs to their suppliers. This includes stating, among others, the RBE’s registered business name and registration details with the concerned IPA, its registered project or activity, and whether such local purchase of goods and/or services are allocated to both registered and non-registered projects. Said sworn declaration must also be notarized.

A template of the said sworn declaration is available at the BIR website.

Please be guided accordingly.

Source:

P&A Grant Thornton

Certified Public Accountants
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New Mercedes Benz C-Class unveiled to Cebu market

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 18:54
GLOBAL Star Motors Corp., the exclusive retailer of Mercedes-Benz in the Visayas and Mindanao, launched the new C-Class during an exclusive preview held at its showroom in Nivel Hills, Cebu City on Aug. 10, 2022.

Stepping up the game of luxury compact sedans, the fifth generation C-Class has been thoroughly redesigned and carries the latest innovations and modernizations that give the styling elements, substance and technologies from the flagship S-Class.

The exciting launch of the new C-Class was the first in-person showroom launch by Global Star Motors in over two years since the pandemic. Present during the launch were company president Edward Onglatco, senior vice president Kenneth Huan and Cebu sales manager Jan Michael Villamor.

“The New C-Class is Mercedes-Benz Cebu’s most exciting launch yet,” said Huan. “The C-Class represents the most desirable luxury compact sedan of Future Leaders in society, with features that are finally available in Cebu for the very first time.”

From the exterior design characteristics, headlamp and tailmap design, all the way to the flowing, seamless and extensively digitized interior, the new C-Class brings all the luxurious touches of the S-Class to a wider market, deserving the name “Baby S.”

Compared to its predecessor, the car has grown a lot—with a wheelbase longer by 25 millimeter (mm), overall length by 65mm, width by 45mm, and 7mm more ground clearance. From the side, it is also notably longer, with a sleeker coupe-like design—topped with new 18-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels and runflat tires.

The new C-Class is more digital than ever. The 11.9-inch floating central display touchscreen is loaded with features. The 10.25-inch free-standing full digital instrument display is already part of the standard equipment. The display style is also customizable to suit the driver’s preferences such as Classic, Sport, and Understated. It can also show driver assistance menus..

It also comes equipped with the latest generation NTG7 MBUX multimedia system that now gets more connectivity features and a “Hey Mercedes” voice command system. Drivers can connect their mobiles wirelessly via Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto.

The new C-Class comes with advanced safety features. It has the standard seven airbags to reduce risk of injury, including a two-stage deployment airbag for driver and passenger, side bags, window bags, and knee bag for the driver. The C-Class has a lot of driver assistance systems such as the blind spot assist, active brake assist, active parking assist, 12 ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear, reversing camera, and attention asissg.

A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque is what powers the new C-Class. Now, the C-Class comes with an electrified drivetrain with EQ boost mild-hybrid technology. Mercedes-Benz’s advanced technology is also electrifying the compact sedan segment, with its second generation mild-hybrid system. The Integrated Starter Generator and 48-volt power supply supports the combustion engine by providing up to 15 kilowatt of additional power and up to 200 Nm more torque. This is particularly noticeable in the acceleration behavior of the combustion engine—while maintaining low fuel consumption.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels by the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, with barely noticeable gear changes for a smooth yet engaging drive. The transmission maintains low engine speeds which reduces the fuel consumption even more—and maintains a quiet running engine.

The new C-Class is a symbol of modern luxury that gives progressive comfort, intuitive connectivity, and driving dynamics that make drivers feel in control.

The new C-Class Avantgarde variant has an introductory price of P3,925,000 and is now available for viewing in the Mercedes-Benz Cebu Showroom. One may also visit the online showroom www.mercedez-benz.ph to know more. (Candice Urot, UP intern)
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41 dead in fire at Egyptian church west of Cairo

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 18:47

ANKARA - At least 41 people were killed and 14 others injured in a fire that erupted at an Egyptian church west of Cairo early Sunday, the Coptic Church said.

The fire broke out in Abu Sefein Church in the Greater Cairo district of Imbaba as a service was underway, the state news agency MENA

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PNP's enforcement capabilities get boost with P5-M donation

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 18:45

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday received PHP4.9 million worth of various office and police equipment from the PNP Foundation Inc. (PNPFI) that will boost its law enforcement capabilities.

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin and PNPFI chairman, former Senator and retired PNP

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DSWD-11 warns public vs. sham Facebook accounts

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 18:32

DAVAO CITY-The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao Region (DSWD-11) on Monday warned the public about the proliferation of fake Facebook (FB) accounts pretending to be belonging to the agency and contain the photos of Secretary Erwin Tulfo.

The bogus Facebook accounts, it s

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MisOr, CDO reactivate monitoring as Covid-19 cases rise

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-08-15 18:28

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The health office here and in the province of Misamis Oriental have intensified anew their monitoring and response to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In an update on Monday, Dr. Israel Peralta, head of the Misamis Oriental health office, said the province has 63 ac

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Over P25 million shabu seized in one-day Sacleo

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-08-15 18:27
MORE than P25 million worth of illegal drugs were seized during the Synchronized Anti-Criminality and Law Enforcement Operation (Sacleo) in Central Visayas over the weekend.

The one-day Sacleo conducted by the different police stations started from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 13, until 12:01 a.m. Sunday, August 14.

The biggest amount of drugs were confiscated from 18-year-old suspect John Alex Villaraz in Mandaue City and Raffy Chavez Hermona of Barangay Dapdap, Toledo City in midwest Cebu.

Villaraz and Hermona yielded P10.2 million and P7.4 million worth of suspected shabu, respectively.

Based on data from the Police Regional Office 7 (PRO 7), the drugs confiscated from Villaraz and Hermona formed part of the 3.7 kilos of shabu with a standard drug price of P25,420,780 that they seized during the anti-illegal drug operations.

Aside from the illegal drugs, the PRO 7 also conducted 130 anti-illegal gambling operations that resulted in the arrest of 295 gamblers and P27,000 bet money.

The PRO 7 also sequestered a total of 251 unlicensed guns and explosives, and arrested 24 most wanted persons and 209 others who have pending warrants of arrest.

“The regionwide Synchronized Enhanced Managing Police Operations aims at reducing crime and strengthening public safety with the support of the community to the mandates of the Philippine National Police,” PRO 7 Director Police Brigadier General Roque Eduardo Vega.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Maria Theresa Macatangay, information officer of the Cebu City Police Office, admitted that the police alone cannot solve the problem on illegal drugs without the cooperation of the public.

“Sa inyung nasayran aduna lang gani ta sa usa ka adlaw worth P5 million worth of shabu sa usa ka operation, so that is the kadako sa problem no nga atoang gi-atubang karon. It has always been a continuing menace of our society kanang illegal drugs,” Macatangay said.

"As far as you know, there is P5 million worth of shabu in an operation in one day, so this shows how big the problem is. It has always been a continuing menace of our society that illegal drugs," Macatangay said.

Macatangay explained that because of their relentless campaign against illegal drugs in Cebu City, other drug personalities have transferred to another place, but she added that they will still be caught.

General Vega revealed that their campaign against criminality will continue to keep the community safe. (AYB, TPT)

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