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Briones: Looming drug problem

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:59
From July 1, 2016 to June 26, 2022, or during the term of former president Rodrigo Duterte, close to 60,000 drug personalities were arrested and a little over P4 billion worth of shabu and nearly P300 million worth of marijuana were seized in more than 40,000 anti-narcotics operations.

Looks impressive? Wait till you see the death count.

According to estimates of the International Criminal Court, an intergovernmental and international tribunal seated in The Hague, Netherlands, 12,000 to 30,000 civilian deaths could be attributed to the government’s war against drugs.

Of course, these figures may be exaggerated, considering Duterte wasn’t exactly popular with certain “human rights” sectors. They would have jumped at the chance to bloat the numbers to vilify him, using “selective” investigations as basis.

Not that it would have mattered since, as we all know, Duterte was immune to such criticisms. Or maybe “immune” isn’t the right word since he did go after vocal detractors, placing some of them behind bars on questionable charges. At any rate, he didn’t care what the international community thought about his anti-drug policies, which I thought was only right. After all, he was answerable to the Filipino people and not to the hypocritical West.

Speaking of “answerable,” Duterte did vow to eradicate the illegal drugs problem within three months if he was elected president. Hubris may have gotten the best of the controversial former mayor of Davao City when he decided to take on such a herculean task. When he realized it couldn’t be done, his chutzpah turned to exasperation.

During his fourth State of the Nation Address, Duterte jokingly hoped for the Big One to come as a final solution.

“The Philippines is so corrupt, it’s so lousy that if you kill all congressmen, the senators, the president, we’ll have a new day. I pray if the earthquake comes, it comes now,” he said in a CNN Philippines report.

Thankfully, his prayers were left unanswered. Unfortunately, the problem persists.

In fact, I have a feeling that 60 percent of Filipinos who didn’t vote for him had turned a blind eye on his many shortcomings because they secretly hoped he would succeed in getting rid of the bane of society. I mean I did.

Still, something good did come out of this fiasco.

According to a SunStar Cebu report, crime volume in Central Visayas dropped 22 percent every year, from 2016 to 2022.

So what then?

On J. Urgello St. in Sambag 1, minors defy the city’s curfew until the wee hours of the morning doing God knows what.

If local police and the barangay cannot address that, how can you expect them to deal with a much bigger problem like illegal drugs?
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Fighting adversity with paddles

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:56
FUELED by passion and desire to bring glory to the country, the Cebu-based Philippine Accessible Disability Services Inc. (Pads) Adaptive Dragon Boat team will try to add another feather to its cap in the IDBF 13th Club Crew World Championships set from July 18 to 26, 2022 in Sarasota Florida, USA.

Nearly three years ago, the paradragon boat team made history when it captured two gold medals in the International Dragon Boat Federation-Dragon Boat World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand.

After that triumph in 2019, the team continued to soar, however, sports events were suddenly halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pads paddlers are now back on their feet and have been training rigorously since May 2022. The paddlers practice twice a day, six days a week for the upcoming international stint.

“We make sure that the spiritual and mental preparation of each athlete [is] aligned with our goals. We wanted to maintain high morale and confidence coming to the world championships,” team manager John Paul Maunes said in a virtual interview with SunStar Cebu.

“We are truly blessed to be under the guidance of a great coach under the brilliant mind of Coach Ailene Padrones of the Philippine Air Force PAFCMOG through the endorsement of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF),” he added.

Pads is also assisted and monitored by sports medical officer Dr. Bong Adorable in partnership with the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

Padrones said that by representing the Philippines, the team can bring pride and glory to the country. They want to show the world that Filipinos excel in dragon boat racing.

Paddlers put their best foot forward in training, waking up as early as 4 a.m. for the first round of training. They train again after work at 5 p.m.

One of the challenges the team faces is the lack of funds.

“We sent letters already to Cebu City Government, Talisay City [and] Lapu-Lapu City but we still have to get their response,” Maunes said.

He added that they are in debt just to sustain their needs for transportation expenses. Maunes appealed to the local government units of Cebu and national agencies to support them in their upcoming battle.

The team’s rookie paddler, Police Staff Sergeant Sidney de Jesus Alisoso, 34, from Talisay City, said that because of what happened to him, he was drawn closer to Pads and was given the opportunity to join the team as a paddler.

Alisoso lost his leg after he was shot during a buy-bust operation.

He said that before the shooting incident, he was an athletic person, so losing his leg deprived him of doing any other sports.

Team captain and one of the pioneers of the dragon boat team Arnold “Kap A” Balais said that being physically challenged is “not a reason to stop doing your passion.”

Maunes called on differently-abled individuals who are afraid to show their abilities in sports to come out.

“There are good people who are willing to help. If Pads can make it, you can also do it. This is the new normal. Gone are the days, we still hide under the shadows of our own disability. Come out in the open. Go out there and play,” Maunes said.

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Quijano: Canelo Alvarez is on a mission

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:54
Just one fight ago, Canelo Alvarez was the sport’s flagship fighter. He had dismantled Caleb Plant at the Super middleweight division and had collected all the belts to be won at the 168lb. limit.

He truly was the sport’s apex predator.

But even Great White sharks are susceptible to biting off more than they could chew and the bigger, stronger Dmiti Bivol thwarted Canelo’s second attempt at becoming a champion in the highest division he could fight in—the light heavyweight.

GGG. So for now all roads lead to a familiar foe, one that most pundits will agree totally matches up quite well with Canelo and will bring out the best in him owing to their history.

Since their second fight back in 2018, Gennady Golovkin has remained undefeated, stopping three out of four opponents.

Of course, the caliber of the competition pales in comparison to Canelo’s, but that is not to say that GGG (Golovkin) has been slacking.

In the latest press conference to promote their third fight, Alvarez referred to GGG’s opponents as “Class D fighters.” He looked angry and determined and made no apologies about how he felt towards his arch-nemesis.

In stark contrast, Golovkin appeared cool, collected and businesslike.

Twenty-four rounds between them and yet nobody can tell who is clearly the better fighter.

I can’t wait till September 17 for the fireworks display that is sure to be unveiled on top of the ring. This time around, I am picking Canelo big-time.

The first two fights, I thought he was quite wary of GGG’s power. But now that he has fought at the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions multiple times, I think he can handle his rival’s strength much better.

UFC 276. We have a stacked card today for UFC 276. Israel Adesanya headlines against Jared Cannonier while Max Holloway fights Alex Volkanovski at the co-main event. A fight to watch out for in the undercard is Fil-Am Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena.

Cannonier has a very good stand-up game and should match up well against the lightning-quick Adesanya.

It’s not every day where you get to see “The Killa Gorilla” vs. “The Last Stylebender.” Sounds like the title to a new Avengers movie.

LAST ROUND. It’s on my brilliant and always impeccably dressed colleague in the law office, Atty. M.E. Zosa who recently celebrated his birthday. Cheers !
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70.8M Filipinos fully vaccinated, 15M with 1st booster

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:39

MANILA - The Philippines has already administered 154,237,449 doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 vaccine nationwide, with 70,853,659 Filipinos receiving complete coronavirus primary series and 15,017,716 getting their first booster doses, National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said Saturd

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Comelec urges barangay, SK voters to register starting Monday

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:38

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday reminded Filipinos eligible to vote in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in December to go to their local poll body offices and sign up beginning next week.

In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, the Comelec said t

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PH eyes integration of Covid-19 vax into routine immunization

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:11

MANILA - The Philippine government is looking to include the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine in the routine immunization to ramp up inoculation in certain areas with low jab uptake.

"During this transition period, the National Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) and vacc

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Ex-NPA rebels get livelihood aid in Agusan Norte

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:09

BUTUAN CITY - A total of 114 former New People's Army (NPA) rebels who surrendered on different occasions this year in Agusan del Norte were provided with livelihood assistance and remuneration for surrendered firearms.

The assistance, amounting to PHP10.7 million, was part of the government'

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All regions achieve over 45% vaccine coverage for seniors

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:05

MANILA - All 17 regions in the country have vaccinated at least 45 percent of their senior citizens against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday.

Citing the latest report from the National Vaccination Operations Center, the DOH said in a statem

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PPA in Surigao cites honest security personnel

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:04

BUTUAN CITY - The Port Management Office (PMO) of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Surigao City has lauded the honesty of its personnel serving as a security screener.

In a statement Saturday, the PMO Surigao identified the personnel as Christopher Montera who returned a sling bag cont

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Gov't to boost economic, tourism potential of former MILF camps

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 18:01

MANILA - The government aims to further boost the socio-economic potential and tourism opportunities in Bangsamoro communities, particularly the natural resources available within the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) areas.

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation a

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Bishops to meet face-to-face after 2 yrs

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 17:59

MANILA - For the first time after the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic struck two years ago, Catholic bishops in the country will have their face-to-face meeting.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will be holding its 124th plenary assembly from July 9 to 1

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PBBM wishes good health, blessings for mother who turns 93

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 17:38

MANILA - President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. wished his mother, Imelda Marcos, "continued [good] health, blessings, and joy" as she turns 93 on Saturday.

Marcos' birthday message was posted on his official Facebook page.

"I join the country in greeting our mother the happiest of b

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Puto vendor hurt in shooting incident

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 17:32
A 50-YEAR-OLD puto vendor was injured in a shooting incident at his house in Sitio Luna, Barangay Lagtang, City of Talisay, Cebu on Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2022.

Police Officer 1 Ariel Balde, investigating officer of Talisay City Police Station, identified the victim as Jose Ronaldo Todacio Coronel of Barangay Lagtang, City of Talisay, Cebu.

Balde said around 1 p.m. Saturday, the wife of the victim Ermelinda personally appeared at their station to report the shooting incident and told police that her husband was admitted to the Cebu South Medical Center.

Based on the account of the victim, around 12:40 p.m Saturday, while he was walking on the pathway toward his house, two suspicious individuals followed him.

Coronel then heard a gunshot behind him. When he looked back, the suspects pointed guns at him.

The victim tried to run but was hit by a bullet in the back of his thigh that exited his penis.

He managed to jump off a dike and hid inside the house of his friend.

Coronel's friend immediately called the assistance of barangay tanods who immediately rushed Coronel to Cebu South Medical Center for medical attention.

Balde said that Coronel is already in a stable condition but needs operation.

The victim said he has no idea who did the crime as he had no known enemies.

Balde said investigation is ongoing. (GDC)
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Sellers of wild birds intercepted in Surigao Norte

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 17:12

BUTUAN CITY - Police officers of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Surigao del Norte arrested two sellers of wild birds in an entrapment operation on Thursday afternoon.

In a report on Saturday, the CIDG said personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources

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Bike rider dies after collision with truck in Toledo

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 17:10
A 30-YEAR-OLD motorcycle driver was killed after colliding with a dump truck along national highway, Barangay Poog, Toledo City on Friday morning, July 2, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Ryan De Gracia of Toledo Traffic Enforcement Unit identified the victim as Ariel Sinangoti, a native of Barangay Anopog, Pinamungajan town.

De Gracia said that at 7:17 a.m of July 2, Sinangoti was traveling toward Barangay DAS Lutopan, Toledo City and was ascending in a curved portion of the road while overtaking another motorcycle when he accidentally bumped into the front left portion of the dump truck from the opposite direction.

De Gracia identified the dump truck driver as Jerame Piscante Canlubo, 40, of Barangay Poog.

Personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) rescued Sinangoti and brought him to the Toledo City Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physician.

De Gracia said that Canlubo, along with the dump truck, is now temporarily placed under the custody of Toledo City Police Station.

Lieutenant Colonel Dennis de Guzman, chief of Toledo City Police Station, told SunStar Cebu that the accident was a result of reckless driving.

"Mabilis ang takbo ng motorcycle, nag-overtake ng dalawang motor, sumablay sa kaliwang harapan sa bahagi ng sasakyan ng (The motorcycle driver was very fast, he overtook two motorcycles, then hit the left portion of) Howo dump truck," De Guzman said.

De Guzman said that Canlubo settled the case amicably with the family of the victim as he promised to shoulder the burial expenses and give cash assistance. (GDC, TPT)
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Suspected NPA rebel killed in Negros Oriental clash

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 16:43

DUMAGUETE CITY - A suspected member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) was killed in an encounter with government troops in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental on Friday.

Lt. Col. Roderick Salayo, commanding officer of the 11th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Phil

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Cuarto loses IBF world title in Mexico

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 16:25
THE Philippines lost another one of its world champions after Rene Mark Cuarto was dethroned by Mexican challenger Daniel Valladares of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight belt via a close split decision in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Saturday (PH time).

Two judges scored it 116-111 and 115-112 in favor of Valladares, while the other judge saw it the other way around with a 114-113 score for Cuarto.

Valladares started out the fight strong and dictated the distance.

Cuarto started to heat up and exchange blows with the Mexican challenger in the second.

The 25-year-old Cuarto started to land solid right punches on Valladares in the following round.

In the fourth Valladares suffered a gash on the corner of his left eye following an accidental clash of heads.

Valladares found his rhythm and seemed to control the fight in the next three rounds.

Cuarto retaliated in round eight and landed some combinations.

Cuarto suffered a huge blow in the 10th after he was deducted a point after several warnings for the tape of his gloves to be fixed.

The 28-year-old Valladares made a huge impression on the judges after finishing the 12th round strong.

Cuarto dropped to 20-3-2 with 11 knockouts, while Valladares improved to 26-3-1 with 15 knockouts.

Following Cuarto’s loss, the Philippines only has one champion left — undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight king Mark Magsayo.

Magsayo is scheduled to defend his belt against unbeaten former world champion Rey Vargas on July 9 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Mandaue brgy execs launch 4-month feeding program

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 16:22
OFFICIALS of Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City launched a 120-day feeding program for malnourished children on Friday, July 1, 2022, as the country observes National Nutrition Month.

The 120-day feeding program is Subangdaku’s way of defeating malnutrition in the community.

Rebecca Colina, barangay councilor and chairman of Subangdaku’s committee on health, told reporters that the feeding activity is annually done and starts in July.

Under the program, malnourished children in the barangay identified by health personnel through a survey are given food packages that include fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food to help them achieve the ideal weight for their age for 120 days or four months.

The food packages will be delivered straight to their houses by the assigned barangay health officer in their area.

Colina said they had identified about 15 children, originally from 18 in 2021, who are malnourished. These children have ages one to four years old.

They will be monitored by barangay health officials right after the end of the feeding campaign to check for any changes, such as if they have already improved their weight, said Colina.

Once the children achieve the standard weight for their age, they will be removed from the list of beneficiaries for the feeding program, Colina added.

Promote proper nutrition

Colina and the rest of Barangay Subangdaku’s officials urged people, particularly the parents, to attain a healthy lifestyle the best way they can, especially for their children.

“Proper nutrition is really important for our children, especially this rainy season. Good health comes with good nutrition,” said Mona Manatad, one of the barangay’s councilors.

Malnutrition is one of the prevalent problems in the Philippines.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed deaths caused by malnutrition increased by almost 40 percent for the January to October 2021 period, one of the highest on record.

The PSA cited poverty as one of the main reasons for malnutrition in the country.
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Church execs break ground on shelters for Odette-affected families in Boljoon

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 16:22
SEVERAL families living in Lower Beceril-Granada, Boljoon town, southern Cebu who were affected by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021 will soon have their own core-progressive shelter units.

These housing units, usually measuring 12 square meters of floor space, are environment-friendly and are built to withstand typhoons, flooding and mild earthquakes.

Materials for the construction of these shelters are locally sourced. They are called “progressive” because the beneficiary-family can expand and upgrade their unit.

Caritas village

These shelter units, to be built on land owned by the Archdiocese of Cebu, will form part of the Caritas Village in Lower Beceril-Granada.

It is a five-minute uphill drive from the center of Boljoon, a town in the south of Cebu. The housing project is a collaborative effort of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu Caritas Inc., and the Municipality of Boljoon, with support from the Relief and Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) of the Cebu Archdiocese, Caritas Philippines, Caritas Internationalis and the Patrocinio de Maria Parish of Boljoon.

A perspective of the shelter unit, dubbed “Balay Caritas: Puy-anan sa Gugma ug Paglaum (Caritas House: Home of Love and Hope), was unveiled in a groundbreaking ceremony last June 27 at the settlement site.

In attendance were Msgr. Jose Dosado, the episcopal vicar for District 3 parishes, who led the rite of blessing together with Cebu Caritas president Fr. Alex Cola, Cebu Caritas program director Fr. Alden John Baran and RRU head Fr. Charles Jayme, Cebu Caritas trustees lawyer Maria Jane Paredes, engineer Charlie Taguiam, Dr. Jesus Ravanes and Dr. Greta Canoy. Boljoon Mayor Merlou Derama and other local government officials were also present.

Cola said Cebu Caritas and RRU will soon roll out a livelihood program for the beneficiary-families. (PR)
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Toledo City, 3 towns now have CTU regular campuses

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 16:18
TOLEDO City and three towns in Cebu’s Third District now have their own Cebu Technological University (CTU) regular campuses.

​This is after the bills authored by Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, Third), which were approved by the Lower House and the Senate, lapsed into law last month.

Aside from Toledo City, the other three CTU campuses are situated in the towns of Pinamungajan, Asturias and Balamban.

​“I am overjoyed to learn nga finally, nahimo na gyung balaod ang paghimog regular CTU campuses sa tulo ka mga lungsod ug usa ka dakbayan sa atong distrito. The amount needed for their operation will be included in the national annual budget. We can just imagine how many families will benefit from a more accessible education for the youth. Dili na kinahanglan moadto sa Cebu City,” said Garcia, who is starting a fresh term after running unopposed during the May 9, 2022 elections.

​The four new CTU campuses were made possible after Garcia filed several house bills converting the satellite CTU campuses in the four areas in his district into regular campuses.

While Garcia’s house bills were eventually signed by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, they lapsed into law last June.

This led to the approval of Republic Act (RA) 11787 (CTU Pinamungajan Campus Act), RA 11788 (CTU Toledo Campus and CTU Asturias Campus Act) and RA 11757 (CTU Balamban Campus Act).​

6 of 7 towns have regular campuses ​

With the passage of these laws, six of the seven local government units in Cebu’s Third District now have a CTU regular campus.

The first ones were in Barili and Tuburan. These government-run universities are offering short-term technical-vocational courses, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses.

Garcia was instrumental in providing buildings and equipment for these schools. He also distributed scholarship grants and educational assistance for the students. (PR)
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