Issue date: April 17, 2017

nationataglance (04/17/17)

Number coding back on Monday

THE city government of Makati announced that it will resume the implementation of the number coding scheme on Monday, April 17, which bars vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 from city roads from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays. Heavy vehicular volume is expected this Monday after the Lenten break. Under the number coding scheme, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are barred from city roads from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays, and 9 and 0 on Fridays.

Rains expected as Crising down to LPA

RAINS are expected to prevail in Central Philippines with Tropical Depression Crising downgraded to a Low Pressure Area (LPA), according to an advisory by the weather bureau PAGASA on Sunday noon, April 16. The LPA was estimated at 70 kilometers east-northeast of Iloilo City and is “expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Northern Cebu, Northern Negros Island, Capiz, Aklan, Romblon, Masbate and Mindoro,” the advisory said. An updated forecast Sunday afternoon said “cloudy skies light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of Visayas, of Bicol Region, of Mimaropa, Calabarzon and the province of Bataan. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of the country.”

No Holy Week break for drug ops: 4 minors, 6 others arrested for drugs

THERE was no break in the government’s war on drugs as ten suspects found trafficking in shabu, including four minors, were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Lapu-Lapu City, Talisay City, and Consolacion town. In Lapu-Lapu City, a drug bust in Sitio Kadulang, Barangay Marigondon Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of 31-year-old Emil Garret Baba after he handed one heat-sealed sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur-buyer in exchange for P300. Also arrested during the operation was 45-year-old Al Paypa Violanda of Barangay Pajo, who was at Baba’s home. Last Maundy Thursday John Paul Kababanay, 24, and his 17-year-old brother did not resist arrest when police collared them during a buy-bust operation in Lapu-Lapu City. Their confiscated shabu weighed an estimated 20.84 grams, valued at P245,912. In Barangay Gun-ob, police confiscated an estimated P18,880 worth of drugs from 24-year-old Kristoffer Boiser and 25-year-old Wilmar Comendador of Punta Rizal Street, Barangay Poblacion. In Talisay City, 32-year-old Lyn Ortega, a former detainee at the City Jail, was apprehended there for attempting to sneak in one small sachet of suspected shabu inside the facility. In Consolacion town, three minors and one suspected drug pusher were arrested during a buy-bust operation in District 4 Barangay Pulpogan last Maundy Thursday. -- The Freeman

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Magnitude 5.2 quake, aftershocks hit Lanao del Sur

A magnitude 5.2 quake shook Wao, Lanao del Sur on Easter Sunday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake jolted the province at 4:40 a.m. Its epicenter was traced 14 kilometers north 59° West of Wao, Lanao Del Sur with a depth of focus of 3 kilometers. --

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Mindanao development pushing Abu Sayyaf out -- security officials

THE MASSIVE socioeconomic interventions meant to address underdevelopment in southern island provinces is pushing the Abu Sayyaf out, security officials said. Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, on Sunday said in Basilan, for instance, isolated areas where the Abu Sayyaf once ruled with impunity became peaceful after the completion of arterial networks that gave government health, social welfare and public works personnel access to villages to serve marginalized folk. Mr. Galvez said the isolated hinterlands in Basilan where the Abu Sayyaf once operated well-fortified camps are now connected to town centers by concrete roads. Reports obtained by The STAR from the municipal peace and order councils in Basilan indicated recent successes in the peaceful settlement of deadly feuds among local clans. “The military and the police cannot do the work alone. The local officials there and the ARMM government are actively experimenting on joint interventions to lure Abu Sayyaf members to return to the fold of law and their experiments are bearing fruits,” Mr. Galvez said. --

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Mexico eyeing investment opportunities

DAVAO CITY -- Mexican ambassador to the Philippines Julio Camarena Villaseñor said his country is exploring investment opportunities in Davao and Mindanao. The diplomat arrived in Davao last week and had been meeting with Davao officials, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and representatives in the business sector here. “What we are looking here is to try at looking at the portfolio in the last two days and look for investment areas and that is what we have been doing here in Davao. We are looking at the areas to further investments,” he said, citing hydro technology, tourism, manufacturing, telecommunications, infrastructures, and agro-industry as investment possibilities. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Undersecretary Janet M. Lopoz and Assistant Secretary Romeo M. Montenegro also met with Mr. Villaseñor and presented various investment areas needed by Mindanao including infrastructure and renewable energy. -- Maya M. Padillo and Carmencita A. Carillo

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