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OPAPP calls violent US embassy rally dispersal ‘pure insanity’

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) criticized the manner of dispersal of protesters at the US embassy last Wednesday, October 19, calling it as ‘pure insanity,’ while awaiting swift results on the investigation by the Philippine National Police to determine the culpability of those involved in the incident.

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Mandaluyong blaze

A pre-dawn fire broke damaged two residential buildings in Barangay Vergara, Mandaluyong City yesterday and rendered seven families homeless. An initial report disclosed that the fire originated from the second floor of the two-storey homes rented by the displaced families. Estimated damage to property was pegged at P500,000.  Further investigation on the exact cause of the blaze is ongoing.  No fatalities or serious injuries were reported. The fire was controlled by 1:30 a.m. Last Tuesday, fire struck a residential area in along F. Banaag Street in Barangay Pineda, Pasig City.

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German lawmakers express support to peace initiatives in PH

German parliamentarians expressed their support to the peace and development initiatives of the government in their recent visit to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). Members of the Bundestag, Germany’s Lower House of Parliament received information from OPAPP Undersecretary for Peace Accords Nabil A. Tanabout the Duterte administration’s Peace and Development Road map focusing on plans to implement massive socio-economic interventions and the full implementation of the signed peace agreements with rebel groups. “We wish you all the success, because it could be a very good time,not just for the Philippines, but for the reason to sit together; and this can be a positive sign that could help end conflict,” German parliamentarian Dr. Thomas Gambke said in a media statement that quoted him during the meeting. Gambke, who …

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Red Cross ships aid to Batanes

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has sent a shipload of emergency supplies and shelter repair materials to Batanes which was recently battered by typhoon “Ferdie.” According to the relief agency, the emergency shelter repair materials and other supplies were loaded on a Philippine Navy ship that left Sangley Point in Cavite yesterday. The ship carried corrugated galvanized iron sheets for 348 families, sleeping kits including blankets, plastic mats, mosquito nets and hygiene kits for 1,208 families and tarpaulin for 1,170 families.

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Police says area where actor was shot not covered by CCTV

No CCTV unit was installed in the area where actor John Wayne Sace was shot by unidentified armed men the other day but policemen vowed to continue gathering eyewitness accounts to shed light on the incident. Investigators at the Pasig Police station said there was no CCTV unit installed along Dr. Sixto Avenue corner Col. Licsi street in Barangay Caniogan so there was no actual footage of the crime that transpired on the night of October 10. However, cops found a CCTV unit installed in front of Rizal high school but there was also no record of the suspects' escape in the October 10 footage. Before midnight on October 10, two armed men onboard a motorcycle, fired shots at Sace and companion Eric Sabino who were both standing along corner Licsi street. Sabino …

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Matinee actor fighting for life

Actor John Wayne Sace is currently fighting for his life at a hospital in Pasig City after two men riding on a motorcycle gunned him down Monday night, October 10. A friend who was with Sace when the shooting happened was pronounced dead on arrival. Sace, once a  teen idol, was a member of the ABS-CBN Star Magic Circle and is now connected with another television station, TV5. He made a showbiz comeback a year ago after a three-year hiatus due to “several personal issues.” The 27-year-old actor, in an earlier interview with the Philippine Entertainment Portal (pep.ph), admitted having used drugs to escape his personal problems.

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Pasig jail yields zero drugs

A surprise inspection at the Pasig city jail where at least 75 percent of its 1,237 inmates hold drug cases, yielded only a few improvised bladed items and some other prohibited objects, but proved negative for illegal drugs. A long knife with a wooden handle, a smaller one made from an empty can of sardines, water jugs and sharp steel electric fan blades were among the prohibited items presented to the media yesterday following a 6 a.m. surprise inspection or 'Oplan Greyhound' initiated by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and assisted by the Pasig City police station. BJMP personnel frisked each of the 1,066 male detainees and 171 female detainees early morning on Saturday as they vacated their prison cells in 'Gusali ng pagbabago' and transferred to …

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Red Cross mobilizes chapters to help in Zika virus drive

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) mobilized its chapters nationwide to help in the information campaign on how to prevent and deal with the Zika virus in the country. PRC Chairperson Richard Gordon tasked the PRC chapters to post in social media sites information about the Zika virus, especially in Western Visayas where recently confirmed cases were recorded. “As the World Health Organization (WHO) considered Zika as a global health threat, I immediately advised all our staff and Red Cross 143 volunteers nationwide to lead the campaign to prevent the spread of the virus by closely monitoring affected area and providing all necessary information and preventive measures to the public,” PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said in a statement. The Department of Health (DOH) said six people have already been tested positive for Zika …

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Gov’t peace negotiators optimistic of bilateral deal with rebels

Government peace negotiators are  optimistic that a bilateral agreement with communist rebels will be reached as another round of discussions is set to resume next month in Oslo, Norway. In a press statement, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said the unilateral ceasefires agreed upon by the government and the rebels "appear to be holding with no reports of major clashes and incidents." In the same statement, government chief negotiator and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he is optimistic a bilateral agreement will be reached between October 4 to 10, also in Oslo, Norway. “It is indicative of the sincerity of both parties in the (peace) process which augurs well for peace,” Bello said of the lull in the fighting. The National Democratic Front extended its seven-day goodwill ceasefire …

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Philippine Red Cross launches first aid app

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) recently launched a mobile application demonstrating first aid techniques. The mobile application, available for android and ios system users, was developed by the American Red Cross and is easily understood even by children. Once downloaded, the First Aid PH application can be accessed when the user is offline. It also includes the PRC hotline 143 which users can call in times of emergencies. The mobile app provides video on how to conduct bandaging and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patients. It also includes information on Zika virus, dengue fever, Chikungunya virus and heart ailments. The First Aid PH mobile application can be downloaded for free on the App Store for Apple users and Play Store for Android users. FIRST AID DEMOS, LECTURES Today, the PRC is providing a lecture on First aid treatment to …

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