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Baguio woman shot while waiting for friend

By: Kimberlie Quitasol - Correspondent / @kquitasolINQInquirer Northern Luzon


BAGUIO CITY, Benguet—A woman from La Trinidad was waiting for a friend on her way to work on Wednesday morning when she was shot in the forehead.

Jenalyn Rosimo, 21, from the capital of La Trinidad town in Benguet province, was brought to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center where she is being treated for the head wound.

The attack took place on Otek Street near the waiting area for public utility jeepneys bound for La Trinidad.


Jessica Changa-as, Rosimo’s friend, informed the police that she was walking toward their meeting place when she heard a gunshot ring out at 9 a.m. She saw Rosimo lying on the street.

The police are investigating the incident. No witnesses have come forward to identify Rosimo’s attacker.



Duterte: Robredo is only legitimate successor to presidency

By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / 


Only Leni can succeed me--DuterteNews

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo was the only legitimate successor to the presidency as provided for in the Constitution.

Duterte made the remark as he laughed off the self-proclamation of lawyer Ely Pamatong as the President of the Philippines.

He said Pamatong was “pretender to the throne.”

“Kaya sasabihin ko sa inyo na may problema rin tayong isa because there is a pretender to the throne, assuming that I die within maybe tomorrow, next year, or next month,” Duterte said in a speech on Wednesday during the celebration of the 120th founding anniversary of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

Earlier, he also led the groundbreaking ceremony of the new PSG Station Hospital Compound at Malacañang Park. He was assisted by Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial and Col. Lope Dagoy, PSG chief.

“There are two claimants to the presidency. Ang isa, nag-organize na at he has claimed that he has deposed me, presidential candidate Amato – si Pamatong,” he added.

Duterte dismissed the self-proclamation of Pamatong, saying it was only Robredo who could replace him should the presidency become vacant.

“Sabi niya (Pamatong), nag-takeover na siya,” Duterte said. “Eh ngayon, nandiyan si Leni. Baka magkamali kayo ng kampo ha. Dito tayo sa Constitution. There is a successor there.”

Robredo is facing an electoral protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal after losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. questioned the results of the elections. /atm/rga



Pasay shop owner slain

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Pasay shop: Photo from Google

A furniture shop owner was shot dead in front of his store by a still unidentified gunman in Pasay City on Sunday night.

Police identified the victim as Michael Ian Versoza, 40, a resident of Pestañas Street.

Versoza was about to padlock the steel sliding door of his shop on Arnaiz Avenue when the lone assailant appeared and shot him on the right side of the face.

The gunman then fled on foot toward Taft Avenue.

The victim was declared dead at 10:32 p.m. while undergoing treatment at Pasay City General Hospital.

According to the victim’s shop helper, Jaylord Morfe, 21, he was closing the door of the store when Versoza told him to go.

Morfe was walking toward Roxas Boulevard to fetch his common-law wife when he heard the gunshot.

Investigators are reviewing CCTV footage in the area for possible identification of the suspect. —Erika Sauler and Erma Edera



MMDA needs help to fix this other ‘traffic’ problem

By: Jovic Yee - Reporter / @jovicyeeINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will discuss with two other government agencies within the week how to remove the “carpet” of water hyacinths in the Pasig River that has disrupted ferry operations for the past few days.

Julia Nebrija, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, said on Tuesday that the agency would talk to officials of the Laguna Lake Development Authority and Department of Public Works and Highways on how to get rid of the large swaths of water hyacinths that have covered huge portions of the waterway.

“We have to work on that so we can make our ferry services regular,” Nebrija added.

The Pasig River Ferry System was forced to stop operations for at least three days last week and once this week as navigating through the water hyacinths became dangerous as the plants could get entangled with the propeller and cause damage.

Nebrija said the MMDA was looking for ways to divert the water hyacinths somewhere upstream where these could be collected.

According to her, it was important for the MMDA to immediately address the problem since it was proposing to hold in August an art cruise along the Pasig River to better promote the ferry as an alternative transport mode. The ferry service currently caters to an average of 400 passengers daily.



Hit men kill Manila village chair, take P100K necklace

Philippine Daily Inquirer

A barangay chair in Manila was shot dead by motorcycle-riding assailants early on Monday morning.

Barangay 670 chair Dante Gonzalo was building a wooden table in front of the bar he owned on Mabini Street, Ermita, when four men approached him around 4:30 a.m.

SPO1 Joseph Kabigting of the Manila Police District’s homicide section said two of the four suspects wearing face masks and ball caps shot Gonzalo in the head and chest.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the officer said one of the attackers was seen snatching the victim’s necklace worth P100,000 as he lay bleeding, before they fled on their motorbikes.

The 71-year-old Gonzalo was later pronounced dead at Manila Doctors Hospital. The motive behind the attack remained under investigation. —Faith Brown



159 bullets found among donations for Marawi

By: Hannah Perez, Jodee A. Agoncillo - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer


Photo: A Mandaluyong condo resident received these ‘relief goods’ from a still-unidentified donor. —CYRILLE CUPINO

It was not the kind of “help” Mohaimen Mutalib had in mind when he initiated a relief operation for the displaced residents of his native Marawi City.

Around 6 p.m. on Monday, the 28-year-old Mutalib was sorting the goods he had so far gathered at his condominium unit in Mandaluyong City when he noticed a particularly heavy eco bag among the donations.

Written on the bag was the name “Lito Grey,” while inside were two boxes of 9-millimeter bullets, a gun holster, a gun cleaning kit and a pistol magazine.


In total, the bag contained 159 rounds of ammunition, according to the Mandaluyong police who were alerted by Mutalib, a software engineer who said he had personally started a relief drive for the besieged Islamic city, where his brothers were based.

Senior Supt. Joaquin Alva, Mandaluyong police chief, said the initial investigation showed that the bag came from the office of Aj Salvani Cubarrubia, an employee of Pavilion Mall also in Mandaluyong.

Lito Grey, meanwhile, is reportedly a Quezon City resident. A man by that name was found by the Mandaluyong police to be working in a Quezon City restaurant, but he denied making any donation for Marawi.

“The donor might be trying to mislead people,” Alva said. “Either the boxes [of bullets] were accidentally sent [to Mutalib] or the sender really wanted to help Marawi residents [by arming them].”

According to SPO1 Gregorio Acbay, the case investigator, Mutalib was planning to send the donations through Edicute Inc., a nongovernment organization helping Marawi refugees.

It turned out that the bag had been at Cubarrubia’s office for five days before it was sent to Mutalib’s condo on Reliance Street, Alva said. “They should have checked the contents of the donations first before accepting anything. What if there’s [a] bomb in it?”

Acbay said Cubarrubia later executed an affidavit saying he could no longer remember who brought the bag to his office.

“Once [the source of the bag] is identified, we will look into his criminal liability, if he has connections with Marawi terrorists. We are still waiting for feedback,” said Eastern Police District director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, adding that closed circuit television cameras in Cubarrubia’s office and Mutalib’s condo building were being checked.



LRMC also extends hours, adds trips on weekends, holidays

By InterAksyon

Photo: LRT-1 cars. (File photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon)

MANILA – Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1) operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) announced Friday that it is also extending the hours and adding more trips to its weekend and holiday operations.

This is following the new timetable being implemented during weekdays in the 20-kilometer train line running from Baclaran to Roosevelt.

According to LRMC President and Chief Executive Officer Rogelio L. Singson, “This new scheme will aid in enhancing LRT-1’s service by cutting passengers’ waiting time and lessening the crowds on the platforms even on weekends and holidays”.

Dry runs for the new holiday and weekend schedule will be done on June 24 to 25 and July 1 to 2. Full implementation will begin on July 8.

Under the new timetable, the first trip on weekends and holidays will be earlier at 4:30 am, compared to the previous 5:00 am.

The number of trips on Saturdays and holidays will increase from 423 to 472, while Sunday trips will increase from 323 to 353.

LRMC said the move to extend the hours and add trips on weekends and holidays was also driven by the positive feedback garnered from the current new timetable during weekdays. In the new weekday schedule, LRT-1 service is available as early as 4:30 am and as late as 10:15 pm. The number of daily trips increased from 512 to 554.


BLACK FRIDAY PROTEST | Rally at Mendiola greets Martial Law one month on

By Romel Lopez, News5

Photo: Black Friday protest outside Malacañan Palace against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Garbed mostly in black, militants marched and brought their rally to the gates of Malacañan Palace, brandishing black placards articulating their sentiments against the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao.

They were stopped by barricades and barbed wires, and it was all they could do to respond by tying black ribbons of protest.

Going by the prescribed term of a martial law proclamation, they said it has to end after 31 days.

Under the 1987 Constitution, martial law is allowed for only 60 days, but for many, the damage incurred has already gone more than far enough.

For Diamond and Uztad, both from Marawi, the military air strikes should be stopped, because the conflict, instead of defeating the jihadist extremists, has ironically decimated substantial property, infrastructure, and, worse, taken a huge toll in non-combatant, innocent civilian lives caught in the crossfire.

What’s more, accusations have recently surfaced, though firmly denied by the military, of soldiers threatening women they would rape them if they don’t pack up and evacuate.

Gabriela partylist Representative Arlene Brosas thinks this may partly be fueled by pronouncements earlier made by President Rodrigo Duterte to soldiers when he apparently tried to humor them by saying he would take the heat for them if they happen to be accused of rape in the course of implementing martial law.

But the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) maintained that it was the Commission on Human Rights itself that has indicated it has not encountered any report or complaint of military abuse.

Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, martial law spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said: “We’d like to assure the public that we shall continue to work for the safety and security of everyone, as mandated to us, with utmost respect to human rights and the rule of law.”

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