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Probe human rights violations in Philippines : UN ‘Special Rapporteurs call for investigation’

UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS have urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines, citing a sharp deterioration in the situation of human rights across the country, in-

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cluding sustained attacks on people and institutions defending human rights. “Given the scale and seriousness of the reported human rights violations we call on the Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigation into the human rights violations in the

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Philippines,” said the independent human rights experts, referring to the body made up of 47 UN Member States elected by the UN General Assembly. “We have recorded a staggering number of unlawful deaths and police killings in the context of the so-called war on drugs,

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UKO NA UMANO ang Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kanyang tungkulin bilang pinuno ng bansa at nagsisisi ng malaki sa pagtakbo nito bilang Presidente noong 2016. Ayon kay na itong ganang magpat- nang motrabaho. Actually, Duterte, matindi umano uloy bilang Pangulo at nagmahay gyud ko. Nagang korapsyon sa pama- nais na umanong magpa- mahay ko nidagan ko og presidente,” ani Duterte. halaan at isa ito sa mga hinga. “Nawad-an ko og gaContinue on page 2 dahilan kung bakit wala

PNP nagpahinumdom sa mga investment scams DIPOLOG CITY Human nga nagkaguliyang ang katawhan sa dihang gi-pang raid sa National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group ug taga-Securities and Exchange Commission ang mga opisina sa mga investment scheme sa nagkadaiyang suok ni pulo sa Mindanao ug sa uban pang lugar dinhi sa Pilipinas.

Ang kapulisan karon dinhi sa probinsya sa Zamboanga del Norte nagpahinumdom ngadto sa katawhan nga dili gayud magpalingla sa mga scammer o mo invest bugti sa dagkong porsyento. Naghatag ug timailhan ang kapulisan kalabot sa investment scam, una mao ang pagsaad ug dakong bahin gikan sa kwarta nga gi invest; makakuha ug commission kun maka enganyo

ug bag-ong member; ipasalig nga ang kwarta nga gi invest siguradong mo tubo ug dali ang kwarta; mag offer ug limited-time discount price; ug danihon pinaagi sa mga tamis nga testimonya . Kung inyo kining masugatan, mao kani ang timailhan nga dakong scam ang ila gi offer. Kung kahibaloan bilyones ka pesos ang nalambigit sa sa giingong Continue on page 2

President Rodrigo Duterte (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

Sabah beefs up security due to Sayyaf threats SABAH CONTINUES to beef up its security due to persistent threats posed by the pro-ISIS group Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines. Military forces have been called to back up the police in securing Sabah from militants. Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador, the Inspector-General of Police, said threats of

Protesters confront policemen in Hong Kong. (Iran Press)

Mass demonstration, protests in Hong Kong worry OFWs families FAMILIES OF FILIPINOS working in Hong Kong have expressed concern over the safety of the

workers following massive street protests and mass demonstration over a proposed extradition law.

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kidnappings and cross-border raids by the Abu Sayyaf remain high, adding, attacks could happen any day at any time. He said the threats remain despite the establishment of Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) and martial law in several areas in the state. “As such, Esscom will be

restructured on the placement of security forces involving the Malaysian Armed Forces, police as well as the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Among others, the restructuring will involve the structure of security in the areas and the change of security posts which have Continue on page 2

Chinese fishing militias sink Filipino trawler DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin Lorenzana has called for “diplomatic steps” after a Chinese fishing militia vessel allegedly rammed and sank a Filipino trawler while anchored near Reed Bank in the disputed South China Sea.

Nearly two dozen fishermen survived the incident and were eventually rescued by Vietnamese fishermen. Lorenzana condemned the “cowardly action” and called for investigation and diplomatic steps to prevent similar

incidents in the future. The Chinese boat hit the fishing vessel anchored near Reed Bank, being claimed by the Philippines, causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen to the mercy of the Continue on page 2


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Duterte, suko na! President Rodrigo Duterte (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

Mass demonstration, protests in Hong Kong worry OFWs families Continued from page 1 policemen who fired pepper spray and tear gas and rubber bullets on the demonstrators. “We are worried over our girl working in Hong Kong because of the dangerous situation there now. We are concerned over her safety, over her job if the situation worsens,” said 63year old Ernesto Maturan, whose daughter works as a domestic helper in the former British colony the past 4 years. One mother in South Cotabato said she was also worried over her daughter. “I am scared for her. I pray for her safety,” she told the Mindanao Examiner. The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong also told Filipinos there to stay away from demonstration areas, which are generally concentrated outside government central offices, particularly the Legislative Complex, in Admiralty and in Tamar Park. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Fernandez said they also advised Filipinos to reschedule their consular transactions at the Con-

sulate General, which is located near the demonstration areas. He said the Consulate General headed by Consul General Antonio Morales continues to monitor the situation and will provide public advisories from time to time as necessary and is ready to provide assistance if needed. A report by the Iran Press said the proposed law has been met with widespread opposition and prompted more than one million of the city’s more than 7 million populations to take to the streets in protest since last week. Up to 5,000 policemen in riot gear have been deployed to guard the legislative building after demonstrators tried to camp near there. The clashes resulted in a violent confrontation with protesters who were seen wearing helmets, goggles and heavy-duty workman’s gloves, and pulling bricks from the sidewalks. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of works and school to show their opposition to the bill. Although Hong Kong is part of China, it has sepa-

rate laws unlike mainland China. Many people fear that the proposed extradition law means they could be taken from Hong Kong by Chinese authorities for political or inadvertent business offenses. Despite the mass demonstrations, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has refused to withdraw the extradition bill, saying it is needed to plug loopholes to prevent the city from becoming a haven for mainland fugitives. She said safeguards had been added to the bill to protect human rights and had received no instruction from Beijing to push it forward. “Hong Kong people are furious. Our chief executive just ignored the people’s voice, despite the peaceful rally of a million Hong Kong people,” said Senior Democratic Party lawmaker James To. In 2014, pro-democracy protesters known as the Umbrella Movement also took to the streets of central Hong Kong after China reneged on an agreement for a free elections. (Iran Press, Mindanao Examiner)

Continued from page 1 Inihalimbawa pa nito ang umano’y korapsyon sa Nayong Pilipino at sa V. Luna Medical Center ng Armed Forces of the Philippines. Sinabi ni Duterte na pumasok sa isang lease contract ang Nayong Pilipino Foundation Inc. sa Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp. na subsidiary ng Hong Kong’s Landing International Development Ltd. upang maitayo ang $1.5-bilyong casino resort sa Entertainment City ng wala umanong public bidding. “They allowed a casino to be erected without a public bidding. Nisurop akong dugo. What’s the essence of a casino inside Nayong Filipino? Nga-

nong ibutang nimo diha? How stupid,” wika pa ni Duterte. At iginiit rin nito ang umano’y matinding katiwalian sa militar matapos na matuklasan ang P17 milyong “irregular deals” sa V. Luna Medical Center. Tinawag ni Duterte na “systemic” ang korapsyon sa militar. Mariin ang pag-amin ni Duterte na hindi na ito nasisiyahan sa kanyang panunungkulan. “Moingon mo karon nga happy ko, ‘di ko mamakak. Nganong mamakak man ko? I don’t have any obligation to you to tell a lie. I’m sick and tired of the system,” sabi pa nito. Makailang-ulit na rin na sinabi ni Duterte na ito ay pagod at gustong-gusto ng

magpahinga, subali’t hindi naman magawa dahil kung ito ay bababa sa puwesto ay si Bise Presidente Leni Robredo ang siyang papalit sa kanya na wala umanong kakayahang dahil sa pagiging mahina at babae nito. Sa kabila ng reklamo ni Duterte ay maugong naman ang balita sa ambisyon at plano ng anak nitong si Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio na tumakbo bilang Pangulo sa 2022. Ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit binuo ni Sara ang political party na Hugpong ng Pagbabago at nakipag-alyansa sa iba’t-ibang political parties sa buong bansa at naglagay ng sariling senatorial bets at nagwagi sa nakalipas na halalan. (Mindanao Examiner)

PNP nagpahinumdom sa mga investment scams Continued from page 1 scam karon nga mibuto didto sa General Santos City kini mao ang KAPA, nag hanyag ug 30 porsyento nga tubo sa P5,000 nga i-donar. Pero human nga wala

kini naka comply sa mga document, gi pasirado kini, pero matod pa sa mga myembro niini nga dili matawag nga scam tungod kay kada bulan man sila maka dawat ug love gift. Bisan paman ni ana

ang Katawhang Zamboanga Nortehanon gipahinumduman sa dili pag invest ug kwarta bugti sa dagkong tubo para inig abot sa katapusan dili kini mahayan. (Mark Bacroya - RMN)

Sabah beefs up security due to Sayyaf threats Continued from page 1 been taken over by police and MAF would be updated,” he told Bernama. Abdul Hamid said the restructuring process is being carried out by the National Security Council (NSC) to further strengthen Esscom. “The threats to the islands of Sabah were there every day. This is because Sabah is very near to the Philippines and it only takes 15 minutes by speed-

boat to reach Philippines waters,” he said, noting that it is easy for the Abu Sayyaf to intrude into Malaysian waters. He said the Philippine government earlier created an overall security control in Sulu (Archipelago) islands near Kunak, as well Lahad Datu in Sabah, and the new measure has eased our concerns,” Abdul Hamid said, but nonetheless, Esscom needed to be on the alert on any

threats when conducting operation. Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu previously announced that Esscom would be restructured to improve security on the eastern coast of the state and that the NSC is discussing the decision, including efforts to acquire additional equipment to boost security teams under Esscom. (Bernama and The Zamboanga Post)

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Chinese fishing militias sink Filipino trawler Continued from page 1 elements, according to Lorenzana, who was quoted by AFP. “We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the suspected Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew. This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people,” he said in a statement. China has claimed almost all the islands in the disputed area and built

artificial islands with military facilities and airstrips there. The Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia also have claims in the South China Sea. Reed Bank is about 150 kilometres (93 miles) off Palawan province and within 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone and far from China’s nearest major landmass. In 2011, the Philippines accused Chinese vessels of harassing an ex-

ploration vessel off Reed Bank. Manila won a key 2016 ruling against China’s claims in the waterway, but President Rodrigo Duterte opted to set it aside to court Chinese investment and trade. Duterte in May warned that the South China Sea was becoming a “flashpoint”. “I love China... but it behooves upon us to ask, ‘is it right for a country to claim the whole ocean’?” he asked. (AFP, Mindanao Examiner)

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco with Administrator Apple Go during a meeting with representatives of the Crown Investment Holdings, Inc. and Desco Inc. and Western Mindanao Power Corp. (Photo by Kathy Wee Sit) ZAMBOANGA CITY Through the intervention of Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative now managed by Crown Investment Holdings, Inc. and Desco Inc. paid some P73 million in billings for the month of May to Western Mindanao

Power Corporation. The payment was made after Climaco met with representatives of the electric cooperative and the power supplier and appealed to both sides to thresh out their differences and provide Zamboanga with uninterrupted power supply.

Western Mindanao Power Corp. consultant Ruben Conti said the payment is stipulated under a contract/ agreement that both parties signed earlier, but Climaco’s intervention paved the way for the swift action by Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative. (Kathy Wee Sit)


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Continued from page 1 the independence of the judiciary is undermined,” the experts said in a recent statement. They expressed grave concern over the continued killings carried out across the country. “We are extremely concerned over the high number of killings which are being carried out across the country in an apparent climate of official, institutional impunity,” they said, adding, in the past three years, they have repeatedly brought to the attention of the Philippine government cases alleging a range of gross human rights violations, such as extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, including of children, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, trade union and land right activists. Those cases, the Special Rapporteurs claimed, also included allegations of arbitrary detention, torture or inhuman or degrading treatment, gender-based violence against women human rights defenders, attacks against

the independence of judges and lawyers, freedoms of expression and of assembly, as well as people’s right to food and health. “Sadly these cases are just the tip of the iceberg with many more cases being reported regularly. It is time for the Human Rights Council to take action against these sustained attacks on human rights defenders and independent watchdog institutions,” the experts said, stressing that, in many incidents the alleged perpetrators of killings are members of the armed forces, paramilitary groups or individuals linked to them. “Instead of sending a strong message that these killings and harassment are unacceptable, there is a rising rhetoric against independent voices in the country and ongoing intimidation and attacks against voices who are critical of the Government, including independent media, human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists,” said the experts. They said President Rodrigo Duterte has himself publicly intimidated

human rights defenders, United Nations Special Rapporteurs and even the Supreme Court judges. He has publicly degraded women through sexist statements and has incited violence against alleged drugs pushers and others. He has also threatened to bomb the schools of indigenous peoples in Mindanao. “The Government has shown no indication that they will step up to fulfil their obligation to conduct prompt and full investigations into these cases, and to hold perpetrators accountable in order to do justice for victims and to prevent reoccurrence of violations. There are now thousands of grieving families in the Philippines. We call on the international community to do everything possible to ensure there will be no more,” the Special Rapporteurs said. The experts also expressed serious concerns about the decision of the Philippines to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. “This is the last of many actions demonstrating that the

Government is seeking to evade scrutiny and reject accountability,” they said, noting repeated personalised attacks on independent international actors and undermining their credibility. Independent human rights experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council have raised their concerns with the Duterte government on 33 occasions over the last three years. The Special Rapporteurs are composed of Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Meskerem Geset Techane, Chair of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice; Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the right to food; Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Clément Nyaletsossi Voulé, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom

of peaceful assembly and of association; José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Chair-Rapporteur, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Dainius Pras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health; Victoria Lucia Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people; Dubravka Šimonovi, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; Diego Sayán, Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. The Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not

receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. Duterte said he never ordered police to kill suspects in his anti-drug campaign. “I did not say kill this person because he’s a drug pusher or drug importer. What I said to them: ‘Destroy the apparatus of the drug organization’,” Duterte said. But he admitted that poor drug suspects are vulnerable to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. “Remember, shabu is the commodity of the poor. Mao nang daghang pobre namatay kay walay kataguan. Ang mga dato cocaine. Alam ninyo ‘yan. Naay mga yate, dagko’g bay. Unlike Tondo, mo-hit ka og shabu, masimhotan ka man gyud,” he said. Thousands of drug suspects, mostly small time pushers and users, were killed across the country – either during police operations or murdered by motorcycle gunmen. (With a report from the Mindanao Examiner.)


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Duterte tells Muslims to exploit BARMM natural resources PRESIDENT DUTERTE has urged Muslims to exploit their resources and take advantage of the transition

from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Re-

gion in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as mandated by the ratified Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

DOLE limits deployment of Filipino nurses abroad THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is planning to slow down the deployment of nurses abroad due to shortage of medical professionals in the country. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said many government and private hospitals have inadequate number of nurses and that is why they have to decrease the deployment of medical professionals. “There could be a slowdown in the deployment of nurses because we also need our nurses, especially senior citizens,” he said. DOLE has already slowed down deployment of construction workers overseas because of similar problems. “We slowed down the deployment of construction workers earlier. Now, we want to include our nurses,” he said. Many nurses work abroad because of the high salaries. Nurses working in Saudi Arabia earn as much as P90,000 a month while

those in the United States or United Kingdom can earn as high as P200,000 a month compared to those working at government or private hospital back home who only earns less than P20,000 a month. Filipino nurses are in demand in countries in Europe, the Middle East, among others. Bello noted that he is contemplating on the plan after a dialogue with the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), who sought his assistance to address the shortage of nurses in the country. “All the while, I thought there is an oversupply of nurses. But I just learned that those graduating with nursing degrees and have passed the Board only train for two years and will go work abroad,” he said. Bello said the government should do something and increasing the salaries of nurses for them to stay and work in the country. “In order for them to not want to work

abroad and just stay here, we should also consider increasing their salaries. And the President appears amenable to giving them that,” he said. He said the salary increase for nurses would be discussed with the Department of Budget and Management. Early this year, the government has implemented a slowdown in sending construction workers to other countries, by as much as 90 percent due to the reported manpower shortage in the local construction industry stemming from the “Build, Build, Build” program in 75 projects. Under the program, the government is set to construct roads, bridges, airport, railways among others, covering 2017 to 2022, with a total budget of P8 trillion. But many Chinese contractors for these projects are using Chinese workers. (Ferdinand Patinio. With a report from the Mindanao Examiner.)

Duterte reminded BARMM residents of the BOL ratification as part of his commitment to addressing historical injustices against them. “Now that you have the BOL, I guarantee you exploit your resources,” Duterte said. “You don’t have the money, look for partners, exploit your territory of the riches. That was really reserved for our children. Exploit it. Exploit the natural resources and make the Moro rich.”

He also reminded them that the Liguasan Marsh in Maguindanao province which is believed to be rich in natural gas and possibly oil, is only one of many areas in BARMM rich in natural resources. “Ang sabi ninyong Liguasan Marsh, walang makikialam niyan, sa inyo ‘yan. That was my commitment to you,” Duterte said. “You have the place already. It was surrendered to you and it was given to you as a brotherly act of all

Filipinos. Take advantage of it and hurry up the progress of the place.” “Yan Liguasan Marsh, if there’s oil, you can have it. We will not allow other Christians to benefit from it. Kayo muna,” Duterte said. He also said that he will work for release of salaries of BARMM officials. “For the BARMM guys, ‘yung wala pang sweldo, I will work on it when I come back,” Duterte said. (Azer Parrocha)

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with publication requirements and in pursuant to OCRG Memorandum circular No. 2013-1. Dated January 16, 2013 Guidelines in the implementation of the administrative order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on RA 10172), Notice is hereby serve to the Public Entry in the Date of Birth from DECEMBER 14, 1985 to JUNE 10, 1985 in the Certificate of Live Birth of JAKIELYN TEO USMAN at Luuk, Sulu and whose parents are SANDRA M. TEO and USMAN A. JALAH Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposion with this Office not later than date of this publication.


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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC Notice is hereby given to the public that an extrajudicial settlement among heirs has been executed by the legal heirs of the late Felix M. Wagas Sr. namely; surviving spouse DEMETRIA C. WAGAS, widow, and a resident of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur; ILLUMINADA W. YAP, widow, with residence address at Cebu, Philippines; GERVACIO C. WAGAS, married, with residence address at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; HEIRS OF SILVINO C. WAGAS, represented by Marissa Wagas per Special Power of Attorney executed before Atty. Marti Gregorio, Notary Public of Zamboanga City under Doc. No. 399, Page No. 80, Book No. I, Seiries of 2019; FLORITA W. MONTECILLO, married, with residence address at Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay; JOE MARLOU C. WAGAS, married, with residence address at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; FELIX WAGAS Jr., married with residence address at Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur; MERSALYN W. GREGORIO, of legal age, married, with residence address at Tetuan, Zamboanga City; and EVERLIE W. ADOLFO, married with residence address at Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur; all of legal age, Filipino citizens, over parcels of land all situated in the Municipality of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur more particularly described as: 1. TD No. 00031 consisting an area of 4 hectares more or less; 2. TD No. 00032, Lot 408 consisting an area of 5 hectares more or less; 3. TD No. 00047 consisting an area 4 hectares more or less; 4. TD No. 00061 consisting an area of 3 hectares more or less; 5. TD No. 00090 consisting an area of 4 hectares more or less; 6. TD No. 00091 consisting an area of 4 hectares more or less; 7. TD No. 00432, Lot 12,270 consisting an area of 378 square meters more or less; Adjudicating said real properties between themselves per deed executed on May 22, 2019 at Zamboanga City before Notary Public Atty. Marti Gregorio per doc. No. 401, page no. 81, book No. I series of 2019. Demetria Wagas, surviving spouse of the late Felix Wagas Sr. covenanted and agreed to waive and renounce her shares, rights, and participation over the above-described real properties in favor of her legitimate children and heirs per deed executed on May 22, 2019 at Zamboanga City before Notary Public Atty. Marti Gregorio per doc. No. 403, page no. 81, book No. I series of 2019.

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Ongoing construction of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway. (Photo courtesy of Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. )

NBI builds case vs. Kapa founder, Cebu manager CEBU CITY - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said it is now building a legal case against the founder of the Kapa Community Ministry International, Inc. and the manager of its Cebu office for operating an investment firm without authority from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Lawyer Tomas Enrile, NBI regional director, said they will investigate its Kapa’s founder, Pastor Joel Apolinario, and Cebu branch manager Christopher Abad. Enrile’s group, backed by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group also raided Kapa’s Compostela branch recently after the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 Judge Marivic Umali issued a search warrant. “Kami dito sa NBI-

7, nag-serve lang kami ng warrant. It’s NBI-Manila that will initiate the case build-up against the founder,” he said. Enrile said no official or staff member of Kapa in Compostela faced the raiding team. He clarified that the raid was not conducted because of a complaint about the investment firm’s transactions with the public. “The violation subject of the court process was not pertaining to scam because no complainant ever showed up. But the organization violated certain provisions of the Securities Regulation Code of the Philippines,” he said. Kapa allegedly violated Sections 8 and 26 of Republic Act 8799 or the Securities and Regulations Code of the Philippines following reports that it has been operating an investment business without authority from

SEC. And President Rodrigo Duterte also ordered authorities to shut down Kapa. (John Rey Saavedra)

EBU CITY – The construction of the P30-billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is going on smoothly according to plans and it is now 21.5% complete since the project began on July 5, 2018, according to contractor Allan Alfon. tion of the CSCR ramps’ Alfon, president of the 2021,” Alfon said. He said the third columns and piers are Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC), bridge is scheduled to be also going on. CCLEC, a subsidiary said all the bored piles completed by August 2021 for the foundation of the and that they are now of Metro Pacific Tollways 8.5-kilometer bridge proj- looking at March 2021 or Corporation, will build, ect have been completed. five months ahead of tar- operate and maintain “The project is now at 21.5 get. The completion will CCLEX under a joint percent accomplished in be in time for the com- venture agreement with all phases, from design, memoration of the 500th the local governments of procurement, and con- year of Christianity in the Cebu City and Cordova. The CCLEX project will struction. We are on our Philippines. Alfon said the con- have two lanes in each timetable too,” he said. “We are delighted to crete pours for the pile direction and will feagive this update that we caps of the two towers on ture the main navigation hurdled this major mile- Mactan Channel are al- span twin pylon stay castone of completing the most done and self-climb- ble bridge, viaduct appiling works for the py- ing formworks for the proach bridges in Cebu lons of the main bridge building of the twin py- City and Cordova sides, and almost done with the lons or towers will follow. CSCR on and off ramps, large concrete pouring for So far, a total of 1,519 per- causeway and toll plaza. CCLEC is targeting the pile caps. We are work- sonnel have been fielded ing hand in hand with for the construction of the to price the toll fee at our team to complete the CCLEX project.At present, P89 and expects CCLEX works on the other com- onshore piling contin- to handle around 40,000 ponents of the project ues for the Cordova via- vehicles daily once it completed. (Luel and be able to deliver the duct from the temporary is CCLEX, as committed, in causeway while construc- Galarpe)

Thai Princess Maha visits Cebu’s Basilica CEBU CITY - The Augustinian friars of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu said the recent visit here of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, was a memorable history since its foundation more than four centuries ago. The Princess, along with her entourage of 57 royal guards, visited the Basilica and spent 70 minutes to learn about its history, according to Father Ric Anthony Reyes, the museum director. The visit proves that no religion can repel the true essence of faith and humanity during her visit at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. The visit was part of the annual educational tour of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy where the Princess is the

head of the History department. Chainarong Monthienvichienchai, Chancellor of Saint John’s University in Ladphrao in Bangkok, said: “This is an educational tour so that they (students) will understand about Christianity. They are all Buddhists.” The Augustinian friars toured the Princess and the whole delegation around the Basilica compound where she carefully listened to historical backgrounds of the interior and exterior architectures and the exhibition at the museum. The friars said they are “blessed to have the Royal Princess of Thailand paving her historical visit in the Philippines specifically in Cebu, the cradle of Christianity.” The Philippines will celebrate the 500th year of Christianity in 2021. (John Rey Saavedra)

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