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Opinion: The resurrection of Jesus

A young one’s concern for her senior mom during ECQ



VOL. 74

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020





Visual artists step up to help medical frontliners



n this time of crisis, the role of art becomes more important and meaningful in our lives. People may easily take art for granted with the grand buffet of media available. However, the Davao art community has - once again - proven that there's more to art than just being adornments on the wall.

“KUDLONG”, pen and ink by Reagan Deiparine

Seeing the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners, the local art community rose up to the challenge with their pens and brushes and started painting for a great cause. "It all started when our friend, fashion designer Steffy Misoles-Dacalus (aka Steffy de Mylo, who's producing modified PPEs suits), approached me if we can do a fundraiser to produce PPEs for our frontliners," shared classical painter, master muralist, art teacher and gallery owner Alfred Galvez. This gave Galvez the idea of holding an online exhibit where artists can share their works. "At first, this was just for Steffy's production but I decided to look for a bigger organization to receive our donations. Fellow artist Nina Custodio suggested Generous Davao. Then artists Wilfred Dexter Tañedo (Davao) and Jessa Almirol (Manila) pitched in to volunteer in the logistics of collection of payments and artworks," he added. The online exhibit project is open to all artists - seasoned, professionals, hobbyists, students, aspiring artists." We want that every artist be given a chance to be part of this endeavor," said Galvez. Upon informing them about the project, they immediately volunteered their artworks, and sent photos with details and pricing to Galvez. They were given a choice of either donating the entire amount of the sale or a 50% donation. The latter is a win-win situation for the artists since they can also earn while helping raise funds for the frontliners. So far, more than 40 artists are now involved in the fundraiser, with more artists showing interest to join. Aside from local artists, they also have artist friends from Manila and the Visayas joining their cause. "We are all part of this community, even if most (

"Orbit 1" by Alfred Galvez

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"BRAVING the Currents", oil in canvass by Connie Leah

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"TREE IS LIFE", acrylic by Alex Alagon

AQUARELLE series on Indian cotton paper by Maru Aihara

"THE PRIZE OF SOLITUDE", watercolor on arches by Isang Ondon






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MAYOR Sara Duterte, together with officers from Davao City Police Office and Task Force Davao, leads the simple commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9 by laying a wreath and a short prayer. BING GONZALES

Residents, visitors to city must fill contact tracing form - solon Ashes of soldier believed to succumb to COVID arrives BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE CREMATED remains of the Davaoeño soldier arrived on board a C-295 aircraft at the Tactical Operation Wing (TOW) EastMin Ramp, Davao Air Station in Sasa on Holy Thursday. The urn containing the ashes of 2Lt. Vince Magbanua was carried by his twin, 2Lt Vico Magbanua, from Manila

and turned over to their parents, who were waiting at the flight ramp. A simple religious blessing was officiated by Lt. Peter Esarza, district chaplain of Coast Guard District-Southern Mindanao. Finally, the men and women of TOW, led by Wing Commander, Col. Dennis Estrella, gave ( / ASHES / 14)


A CITY councilor has passed an ordinance for the mandatory submission of a contact tracing form for all persons entering Davao City by land, air or sea. Councilor Mary Jo- in the event that a highly selle Villafuerte, committee transmissible illness will chair on health, passed the occur, we can trace them ordinance under suspended through their address and rules on Wednesday, April phone numbers,” she said. 8, during the regular sesShe said this will be a sion. permanent process for all Villafuerte said that persons entering the territothis will be intended for rial jurisdiction of the city. contact tracing not just durIn the initial filing of ing the current pandemic the ordinance, the contact but in future public crisis. tracing form will include “The purpose of this is the date of arrival, full to keep a record of people name, nationality, age, sex,

500 night market vendors receive first salary - exec NEARLY 500 vendors from the Roxas Night Market have received their first salary from the city government. On Thursday, Mayor Sara Duterte supervised

the releasing of salaries at the Davao City Recreation Center. She wanted to monitor if the people are following the physical distancing protocol and the activity was well-organized.

The vendors have been enrolled under the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced Workers (Tupad) program after City Hall

ordered a halt to the Roxas Night Market to contain COVID-19. According to the City Information Office (CIO), 498 Tupad beneficiaries are ( / 500 NIGHT / 14)

birthdate, flight number or bus company and number, vessel name, name of hotel or address in Davao city, residence in the Philippines, a Philippine mobile number and email address. The information, Villafuerte said, shall become the property of the city government. This will only be used for the purpose of tracing people in the event of public emergencies. The printing and the safekeeping will be in the care of City Hall. Mayor

Sara Duterte will also be the one to make the implementing rules and regulations of the ordinance. Initially, Villafuerte said non-compliance or falsification shall be grounds for a fine not exceeding P5,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or both at the discretion of the court. However, the ordinance will also be undergoing some amendments for it to be fully implemented. (


867 healthcare workers now enjoying free accommodation Around 900 health workers are now housed in the lodging facilities prepared by the city government and the private sector. Mayor Sara Duerte said in an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio on Thursday that as of Wednesday, 26 lodging (

facilities in the city have sheltered 867 health workers. Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, who also helped healthcare workers secure a temporary unit, convinced one facility to accommodate 13 health workers and another facility to house 61 / 867 HEALTHCARE / 14)

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Sting operation catches seven for selling overpriced thermometers BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

SEVEN alleged sellers of overpriced infrared thermometers were arrested by authorities in an entrapment operation conducted along R. Castillo Street, Barangay San Juan, Agdao District on Holy Thursday. Meanwhile, around ing the operation. single, jobless; Michael 60 pieces of infrared therThey were identified Tenchavez, 31, with livemometers were seized dur- as Mark Ed Mapa, 27, in partner, jobless; Mae

Heruela Tripole, 28, single, receptionist, all residents of Spring Valley, Buhangin; and Raymon Serapion, 27, with live-in partner, jobless, a resident of Barangay San

Nicolas, Agdao. Also arrested were Maria Lourdes Yap, 22, with live-in partner, a resident of Barangay San Nicolas, Agdao; Aiza Denia Nar-

ciso, 32, married, a resident, Hillside Subdivision, Bajada, and Ramil Callano de Leon, 39, married, a resident of Km. 7, Matina ( / FOOD / 14)

338,499 relief packs already distributed BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

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NEARLY 400,000 relief aids were distributed to families affected by the impact of COVID-19. As of Thursday, Mayor Sara Duterte said that 338,499 relief goods have been delivered already to almost all barangays in the city under the supervision of the City Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). She said they are almost finished with the first round of distribution of relief packs since their aim is to give relief aid to 3:06:14 PM all 350,000 families in 182

barangays in the city. “We are almost done with the first round, as we are nearing to hit our target numbers,” she said, adding that the distribution has resumed on Saturday, April 11. The second round of relief goods distribution will also take place next week. With this, the city government demanded the repacking team for round-the-clock shifts and they will also continue to work during holi(

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DESPITE the Enhanced Community Quarantine, some catholic devotees continue the yearly pilgrimage to Shrine Hills for the Station of the Cross on Good Friday. BING GONZALES

Council okays ordinance curbing discrimination vs health workers

A L E G I S L ATO R h a s passed two ordinances imposing penalties on those who will defy the protocols and discriminate frontline workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Councilor Mabel Acosta, committee chair on peace and public safety, passed two ordinances under suspended rules on Wednesday, April 8. The first ordinance is to institutionalize the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) policies under Executive No. 23 issued by the city government. In her ordinance, Acosta said that this shall be imposed upon all person, entities, and establishments until the existing ECQ is lifted. “To further suppress the spread of COVID-19, stricter implementation of existing guidelines and health and security measures shall be conducted,” she said. The ordinance covers all the implemented protocols in EO 23, which include food and medicine passes, land, sea and air travel, curfew hours, spe-

cial curfew to vulnerable sectors, liquor ban, funerals, persons under monitoring (PUMs), persons under investigation (PUIs), disclosing of travel histories, and false information. Failure to comply to these protocols will face a fine of 3,000 for the first offense and 5,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than one year at the discretion of the court for the second offense. The second passed ordinance is an ordinance prohibiting any form of harassment, discrimination, prejudice, or inflicting any shame or humiliation against frontline workers, confirmed infected patients, PUMs/PUIs and close contacts during the state of a national health emergency. “Incidents ranging from displacements of frontliners, patients, (and) suspected cases from their rented premises, dishonoring contractual obligations such as contracts of employments, refusal to provide basic services such as public transport to actual

physical assaults and harassment have been threateningly prevalent,” Acosta explained. She said this ordinance will protect those who were assaulted due to the stigma caused by COVID-19. “As harassments and discriminations acted upon to health workers who are tirelessly working at the frontline and risking their own lives can lead to demoralization and post grave threats to their safety and security,” she said. Guilty individuals will face a fine of P5,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than one year for each offense committed. Disclosure of important Data On the same day, Majority Floor Leader Melchor Quitain also passed an ordinance penalizing people who lie about previous travels or contact with a COVID-19 patient. “That is why I think the reason why we have some doctors and nurses who have become infected also is that some of the patients







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TEMPERATURE CHECK. A police officer checks the body temperature of motorists passing through the Novaliches proper entry point on Friday (April 10. 2020) on Quirino Highway, Quezon City. The measure is part of the extended enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. (PNA photo by Robert Oswald P. Alfiler)

Food security, medicine access raised by PH in ASEAN meeting Bishop asks authorities to allow priests to go around the parishes MANILA – The Diocese of Balanga is asking authorities for its priests to be allowed to go around their parishes while the

enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is in effect due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Bishop Ruperto Santos

said they are requesting for clerics to be issued quarantine passes for them to visit their parishes. (

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MANILA – The Philippine government raised the need for stronger regional cooperation to ensure food security as well as access to medicine and essential medical supplies amid the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. The recommendation ASEAN foreign ministers ASEAN Member States was made during the tel- were present. in ensuring food security, econference for the 25th During his interven- particularly a stable rice Meeting of the Association tion, Foreign Affairs Secre- supply, as well as access to of Southeast Asian Na- tary Teodoro Locsin Jr. em- medicines, personal protections (ASEAN) Coordinat- phasized the need for con- tive equipment, and other ing Council (ACC) where tinued cooperation among ( / FOOD / 15)

PRRD never said gov’t funds are already exhausted: Palace MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte never claimed that public funds are running out amid the government’s fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Malacañang said on Saturday. Duterte’s recent state-

ment that the PHP275-billion budget earmarked for COVID-19 response will not last long merely meant that funds are “not infinite,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. “PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte)

didn’t say we have exhausted our funds, he said the funds are not infinite,” Panelo said in a text message. Panelo made the remarks after Senator Leila de Lima dared Duterte to first prove that the remain-

ing funds in the 2019 and 2020 budgets have already been totally used before considering the sale of government properties to augment the funds for the country’s COVID-19 response. (

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1.4K seafarers repatriated on Good Friday, DFA says MANILA – More than 1,000 seafarers in six batches returned to the Philippines on Good Friday amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported. On the morning of the same day, 440 seafarers

of the Norwegian Pearl, Sky, and Sun cruise ships arrived, followed by 450 crew members of the Carnival Fantasy, Freedom, Glory, Legend, and Valor from the United States. The third batch to arrive consisted of 275 crewmen of MV Oceana (

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Virus deaths top 100-K ahead of Easter

THE GLOBAL coronavirus death toll topped 100,000 Friday as Easter celebrations around the world kicked off in near-empty churches with billions of people stuck indoors to halt the pandemic's deadly march. It came as the World the world now faces the worst Health Organization issued a downturn since the Great Dedire warning that prematurely pression of the 1930s. lifting lockdown restrictions More than 1.6 million -- affecting more than half the people have been infected planet's population -- could globally and the death toll spark a dangerous resurgence hit 100,859 on Friday -- with of the disease. nearly 70 percent of fatal cases Extraordinary measures in hard-hit Europe. from New York to Naples to The United States, now New Delhi have seen busi- the pandemic's epicentre, nesses and schools closed in a became the first country to desperate bid to halt the virus's record more than 2,000 virus spread, and the IMF has said deaths in one day, with 2,108

fatalities according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. With almost 18,600 deaths overall, the United States is closing in on the 18,849 dead in Italy, which has the most fatalities so far in the pandemic. The United States also surpassed half a million confirmed cases of COVID-19, by far the most of any country, according to Johns Hopkins University. Officials in the US and Europe nevertheless expressed some hope the curve could be starting to flatten.

Russia opens investigation as Prague removes Soviet statue RUSSIA said it would launch a criminal investigation on Friday after Czech officials removed a statue of a Sovietera general in Prague. The bronze statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev was taken down last week to make way for a World War II memorial, prompting the Russian embassy to protest. City officials in the Czech capital said the statue would be moved to another site. Removal of Soviet statues by Western-leaning countries once loyal to Moscow often sparks outrage in Russia as a visible sign of its waning influence.

On Thursday, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu wrote to his Czech counterpart Lubomir Metnar asking him to hand over the statue to Russia. The Czech minister responded this was not possible because the figure belongs to the city. Russia's Investigative Committee, which examines serious crimes, said it had opened a probe into "defiling symbols of Russia's military glory", a charge punishable by a fine or community service. Although the move is largely symbolic, the issue could affect diplomatic relations between the two coun-

tries. The Czech foreign ministry called Russia's move "unacceptable" in a statement, adding it rejected "any interference of the Russian Federation's government bodies in the Czech Republic's internal affairs." "The Czech Republic respects all victims among Red Army soldiers, including Ukrainians, Belarussians and other nations of the former Soviet Union who fought for our liberation side by side with Russians," it said. The ministry added that while the Czech Republic


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President Donald Trump said that with his country's infection trajectory "near the peak" and social distancing working well, he was considering ways to open up the world's biggest economy "as soon as possible". "Without question, it's the biggest decision I've ever had to make," Trump said. He acknowledged the risk of increased death tolls if shuttered businesses re-open too soon. "But you know what? Staying at home leads to death


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Putin, Trump speak RUSSIA'S President Vladimir Putin on Friday spoke with US counterpart Donald Trump for the third time in two weeks, discussing the coronavirus pandemic and global oil prices. Putin earlier told the USRussian crew aboard the International Space Station that the ISS is "an example of an effective partnership of our countries" as the world fights


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Passengers from virus-hit cruise ship arrive at airport PASSENGERS from an Australian cruise ship stranded off the coast of Uruguay for two weeks with more than 100 novel coronavirus infections on board arrived at Montevideo's international airport Friday. Following an agreement between the governments of Uruguay and Australia, about 110 passengers from the Greg Mortimer are due to board a medically equipped Airbus A350 plane to take them to Melbourne and bring to end weeks of virus nightmare. The Australians and New Zealanders were taken along a "sanitary corridor" from Montevideo's port to its international airport after the ship was finally allowed to dock following two weeks anchored in the Rio de la Plata, around 20 kilometers off the Uruguayan coast. "Everything (is going) as planned," Uruguay's Defense Minister Javier Garcia told reporters as he awaited the passengers' arrival at the Carrasco airport. Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne tweeted (

her thanks to her Uruguayan counterpart Ernesto Talvi "for your sincere assistance in recent times to ensure the (Australian) passengers have been able to head home." The Australian and New Zealand tourists -- including people who tested negative and others confirmed ill with the virus -- traveled by bus with a police escort, sirens blazing along Montevideo's long promenade, straight to the runway without entering the terminal. The plane is due to take off in the early hours of Saturday. "If everything goes well, Uruguay will be completing a complex but necessary humanitarian mission," said Talvi at the port. Some passengers hung a banner from the boat with the words: "Thank you Uruguay." "We don't consider it an option, but rather an ethical obligation," said Talvi. Of the 217 people -- passengers and crew -- on board, 128 have tested positive.




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The resurrection of Jesus

John saw the empty tomb and believed (We yield this space for reflection on the Holy Week - Ed)


HAT did John see in the tomb that led him to believe in the resurrection of Jesus? It was certainly not a dead body. The dead body of Jesus would have disproved the resurrection and made his death a tragic conclusion to a glorious career as a great teacher and miraSUNDAY cle worker. When John REFLECTION saw the empty tomb he must have recalled Jesus' prophecy that he would rise again after three days. Through the gift of faith John realized that no tomb on earth could contain the Lord and giver of life. John saw and believed (John 20:8). John had to first deal with the empty tomb before he could meet the risen Lord later that evening along with the other apostles who had locked themselves in the upper room out of fear of the Jewish authorities. John testified as an eye-witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: What we have seen, heard, and touched we proclaim as the eternal word of life which existed from the beginning . John bears witness to what has existed from all eternity. This "word of life" is Jesus the word incarnate, but also Jesus as the word announced by the prophets and Jesus the word now preached throughout the Christian church for all ages to come. One thing is certain, if Jesus had not risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples, we would never have heard of him. Nothing else could have changed sad and


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despairing men and women into people radiant with joy and courage. The reality of the resurrection is the central fact of the Christian faith. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord gives us "eyes of faith" to know him and the power of his resurrection. The greatest joy we can have is to encounter the living Christ and to know him personally as our Lord and Savior. Do you accept the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection with skeptical doubt and disbelief or with trusting faith and joyful wonderment? "Lord Jesus Christ, you have triumphed over the grave and you have won for us new life and resurrection power. Give me the eyes of faith to see you in your glory. Help me to draw near to you and to grow in the knowledge of your great love for us and your great victory over sin and death." (c) 2020 Servants of the Word, source: www. dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager

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TODAY is Easter Sunday. It is the third day after the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. Today the Christian world commemorates His Resurrection from the dead. In Luke 24.2-12 it says: Very early in the morning of Sunday, the women (those who were following Jesus in his journey) went to the tomb carrying the spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, 3 so they went in; but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 They stood there puzzled about this, when suddenly two men in bright shining clothes stood by them. 5 Full of fear, the women bowed down to the ground, as the men said to them, “Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive?” 6 He is not here; He has been raised. Remember what He said to you while He was in Galilee? 7 “The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later, rise to life.” 8 Then the women remembered His words, 9 return from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven disciples and all the rest. 10 The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James; they and the other women with them, told these things to the apostles. 11 But the apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; he bent down and saw the grave cloths but nothing else. Then he went back home amazed at what had happened. In Luke 24.36-49 Jesus Appears to His disciples. 36 While the two were telling them this, suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you”. 37 They were terrified thinking that they were seeing a ghost. 38 But He said to them, “Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is my self. Feel me and you will know, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you can see I have.” 40 He said this and showed them His hands and feet. 41 They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder; so He asked them, “Do you have here anything to eat?” 42 They gave Him a piece of cooked fish, 43 which He took and ate in their presence. 44 Then, He said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true. 45 Then, He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later. 47 and in His name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. 48 You are witness of these things. 49 And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you”. Indeed the resurrection of Jesus has been the most difficult puzzle that people who have long wanted to discover all things about the Lord have been cracking their heads if only to give them light. But it is said that man, no matter how high is his intellect, cannot pretend to play God. The best thing that he can do is: believe in Him and he will understand the meaning of life. (NB: Our thanks to the Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc., publisher of the book Bible Diary 2019 where we source the Word of God that we are sharing to our fellow faithful this Resurrection Sunday.)


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Rethink NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNewsl) WILLIAM R. ADAN, PH.D. – There is a need to examine and possibly to overhaul the entire plan and corresponding guidelines of the Social Amelioration Program. The Bayanihan Act targeted for cash assistance 18 million Filipino households, which accordingly comprise the poorest of the poor in our society that are badly hit by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the government draconian strategy in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Government planners have come up with a budget of P200 billion for the purpose, with more accordingly is coming to respond to and jibe with developments or exigencies, along the way. But, before everything, let us look at the figures. How’s the 18 million-household target arrived? The figure was apparently reached this way. The current population of the country is 109M. Computed at an average of 6 members per household, that would yield 18M total households. Clearly then, the 18 million-target is the entire households nationwide, not just the poorest of the poor. The assistance is for all citizens across the board affected by the lockdown. Consider this. If the cash aid is placed at P5K/household, that would be a total of P90B. If given at P8k/household, that would give us a total of 144B for all households across the country. If we put the cash aid at the maximum range, then we still have a surplus of P66B (P200b-P144b) from the P200B budget. The DSWD guidelines do not operate in the frame above. It remains focused on the poorest of the poor from out of the 18M households, looking for them through a discriminatory guideline that excludes a great number, which it presumes will survive the difficulties caused by the lockdown. For instance, pensioners are excluded from the cash dole-out. A great number of pensioners, especially those who retired 15 or 10 years ago, received mediocre GSIS pensions, which are likely below the poverty line, like DepEd teachers, support personnel – like clerks, utility workers, drivers, etc. The SSS pensioners, who are mostly wage earners in private establishments, cannot be in a better place, but are likely in far worse plight. And consider the pensioners who retired 10 or 15 years ago; by this time, they would already be 75 and 80 years old, all are likely suffering from an illness or two, some of which are needing medical care, maintenance medicines, therapy, and a caregiver. And these retirees possibly receive only from P3K - P12 k/month. Exempted also, reportedly, are households with members working outside the country (OFW), on the presumption that they are well off because they have bigger and well-furnished houses. But appearances in these crazy times are no good basis for judgment. Families with OFW members are in far more gripping circumstance, not only financially but also psychologically, and greatly, because their loved ones, mostly domestic or construction workers, are also locked down in distant land, penniless like everyone. The emergency financial assistance applies to all in the 18M households, unless a beneficiary waves his privilege. The recently announced P600B reinforcement to the fund, as a cushion to the possibility of ECQ extension, will now cover, accordingly, the “middle class” who have just been recognized recently to have also been reeling from the crisis, will make everyone a little secured and happier. For what is now, the distribution of the cash aid to the needy suffers from so much unnecessary red-tape delay. In this emergency, what was the need for the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the national and the local government? Cannot the President simply order the local executives to do what need to be done to hasten the delivery of urgent services to the people? A simple non-discriminatory distribution strategy should be immediately adopted to accommodate those left out from the current measure. We thought the emergency power was granted to do away with red tapes. Those responsible for the life-threatening delay should be made accountable, if not fired right away. With the P600B infusion to the Social Amelioration Fund, no citizens should be left out in the harrowing darkness of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rise of birth control products in pharmacies


(MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.)


Amalia B. Cabusao The Editor-in-Chief Mindanao Times


When the Philippines began its Metro Manila-wide community quarantine in the middle of March, various jokes on possible increase of population in the next nine months had dominated the social media. For many pharmacists, this speculation may be regarded as a reality. On the face of it, there has been an increased demand for birth control products in pharmacies. Sure these are blockbuster products and their market has a strong pipeline base, but their sales flourished further while we are all put under home quarantine to combat COVID-19 pandemic. As a pharmacist myself, I have already anticipated this to happen. When I asked my colleagues who are working in community pharmacies if they experienced a high demand of birth-control pills, they laughed in agreement, adding that not only birth-control pills they find more fast-moving but also condoms, pregnancy test kits, even male enhancement drugs (sex boosters). And the funny part is… customers purchase them in either creepy or hilarious approaches. My best friend, who owns a pharmacy herself, said she encountered customers who bought male enhancement drugs in an angry manner. My best friend, who I’ve known since college, has always been a calm and accommodating person (a female monk I want to describe her) so I can understand that such customer-related anger is not because of her; probably it is coming from someone or something else. In addition, another female colleague shared she witnessed a customer attempting to hoard condoms, with an alibi of preparing for the “lockdown,” a term that has

probably one or more meaning to her. This colleague also mentioned that her stocks of birth control pills and pregnancy test kits were already out, despite her being employed in a major pharmacy chain in the country. Just recently, a former classmate of mine shared on her social media that she is disappointed to encounter some customers that leave their house to buy sex enhancers only, despite her recommendation to buy vitamin supplements and other health essentials, too. On one hand, a male colleague shared that he is glad to encounter many parents who prioritized buying vitamins and minerals for their children rather than on contraceptive products. Despite these customer differences though, my pharmacists-friends worry that various birth-control products will soon go unavailable, in spite of them ensuring stocks and coordinating closely with suppliers. There have been reports that global shortage of condoms is looming. And sooner, other similar products might follow the same path if manufacturers will not restart producing. In case we reach such kind of wide-range shortage, which I hope not, various sectors should ensure that the shortfall of these commodities will not run in months, especially that the Philippines continues to increase in population and the country facing an economic fallout brought about by this coronavirus pandemic. (Teresa May B. Bandiola is a licensed pharmacist, a published writer, and a university Pharmacy instructor. She can be reached at bandiolateresamayb@gmail.com)

Being a Filipina nurse I AM a Filipino nurse. I'm sure you're giving an ordered antihypertensive drug wondering why I have a foreign-sounding to a patient with an already abnormally surname. Those who don't know me usulow blood pressure. In times when a JOHANNA P. ZEHENDER, RN ally mistake me as being married to a patient’s other vital signs are below or foreigner but I'm actually half-German johanna zehender <jzehender@yahoo.com above normal, or when there’s a decline and half-Filipino, and I was born and in his level of consciousness, we make raised in Davao City. Despite having two employment lifesaving referrals. opportunities during my "working vacation" in Germany Basically, we work the way we do all for the safety and four years ago, I chose to come back to the Philippines to well-being of our patients - the people we truly work for. work as a contractual nurse in the Southern Philippines According to renowned motivational speaker and Medical Center - one of the biggest government hospitals author Donna Wilk Cardillo (whose clinical expertise in the country. includes Emergency Room and Psychiatric nursing) , we Now, while on a break from hospital work since Janu- are the "heart of healthcare". We choose to view a patient ary, I write for my fellow-nurses. as a whole and not just as a disease. We use proper assessLast year (February 26 to be exact) nurses all over ment and therapeutic communications skills to identify the country called for a pay hike - a petition that was not and determine their problems. We then use the next steps approved because it had no legal basis and that it violated of the nursing process (Diagnosis, Planning, Implementathe "hierarchy of courts". I, like so many of my fellow- tion and Evaluation) to give the proper care. Everything nurses, were disappointed and saddened by the turn of we do in hospitals or in our respective communities is for events. Despite a more favorable Supreme Court ruling the benefit of our patients, as well as for their loved ones. this year, the same petition was junked. Sadly, the current healthcare system just doesn't seem To be a nurse in the Philippines takes a lot of hard to work for us. TO BE CONTINUED work, with four to five years in a college or university offering nursing and six months to one year to prepare for Johanna Zehender, is a graduate of the San Pedro our licensure examinations. In this regard, we are consid- College of Davao. a Registered Nurse who writes to upered degree holders and skilled professionals like doctors, lift nurses and fellow-healthcare workers everywhere. accountants, engineers and teachers. Also, like soldiers Despite leaving hospital work temporarily, she remains and policemen, we serve and protect our countrymen. In a nurse at heart. When not writing, she enjoys making terms of healthcare, that is. Way before COVID-19, nurses brush lettering pieces mostly with Karin Markers. You were always known as the frontliners of healthcare, being can see her work on Instagram under the handle @ the first to cater to patients before doctors step in. If you liveandletliph which means "Live and let love inspire don't believe me, try looking for an Emergency Room positive happenings!". without nurses. We nurses not only use our hands at work but we use our brains as well. We don’t work “under”doctors as we are equipped with the knowledge and the skills to act independently and competently within the scope of our practice. To clarify again, we work WITH doctors, not for them. We are trained to review and clarify doctors' orders before carrying them out especially for medications and certain procedures like administering blood transfusions. Using sound clinical judgement, we help avoid doing grave harm to patients, like, for example, not


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A young one’s concern for her senior mom during ECQ S

ELAINE Campo – Oplanic

ince this pandemic caused by Covid 19 is felt not only in our own country but worldwide, we have extended our concern to friends and loved ones beyond the boundaries of our own country, particularly in the United States, where most of our friends and family members now reside. We reached our former PWC classmate, Agnes OngCampo, through Viber, to ask how she was doing during this time of quarantine. Agnes joined our class in First Year, high school, from her hometown in Gumalang, Calinan. She graduated from a nursing course at the San Pedro College, worked and retired from Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She also brought her four sisters and sent them to school. She brought her parents with her to stay in the USA. Agnes’ brothers Van and Oscar graduated from the Brokenshire nursing school in Davao. Oscar,”Oca”, a classmate of Dr. Leopoldo Vega of the SPMC in Davao City, brings a team of thirty doctors – surgeons and nurses to conduct a medical mission every year in Davao City. OCA – Operation Care Abroad is based in Detroit, Michigan, USA,

(Extreme left) , Alana, (extreme right) , Anika Oplanic with friends

having consistently done this for almost ten years. Agnes thanked us for asking about her and only daughter, Elaine Campo –Oplanic, who said “Elaine did grocery errands for me last week, and this is a perfect time to check my freezer. I miss my daily walk and gym, but I can really walk outside, but it’s still cold.” Agnes lives by herself now since her husband, Randy Campo passed away some two years ago. She and her daughter’s family spent their vacation in Davao City last July 2019. Elaine works at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital where she works as a frontliner four nights in a row, assigned as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. She considers the Covid 19 pandemic “a war, feeling terrified”, working to save lives, not only of their patients and their babies but of their own, hoping there will be enough protective equipment to last until the end of this pandemic. Elaine is married to Tom Oplanic and has two daughters, Alana and Anika. L-R ELAINE Campo Oplanic, Alana, Agnes Ong Campo, Anika and Tom Oplanic

ELAINE’S parents Randy and Agnes Campo

L-R ELAINE Campo-Oplanic, daughters Anika, Alana and Agnes Ong Campo


DAVAO GEVIN PAWNSHOP, INC. All pawned items that expired during the month All pawned items that expired during the of JANUARY 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on month MAY, 14, 2015 notberenewed reor beforeof MARCH 2020ifwill sold to theorpublic deemed on or before JULY 14, 2015 will be on MARCH 16, 2020 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop sold to the public on JULY 16, 2015 at 9:00 premises.

a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang FIRST COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired Gipahibalo na prenda ang FIRST sa bulan sa ENEROang 2020.tanan Ang tanan ibaligya COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa 9:00 tanansa sa publiko karong MARSO 16, 2020 sa alas buntag. nga nag-expired sa bulan sa MAYO 2015.


Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong HULYO 16 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.


#47 Lao St., Toril, Davao City Tel. No. 295-2460

Anino Bldg., Prk 28 Villafuerte Street, Calinan, Davao City

Tel. No. 295-0751


All pawned items that expired during the month of FEBRUARY 2020, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00am. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang DAVAO GEVIN PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nagexpired sa bulan sa PEBRERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES



CALINAN, Villafuerte (Main) APRIL 03, 2020


MINTAL, Sampaguita St.


APRIL 03, 2020

All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00am. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GOLDVALUE PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag.

BRANCHES AUCTION DATE TEL. NOS. BAJADA MARCH 03, 2020 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL MARCH 24, 2020 301-4019 SAN PEDRO MARCH 6, 2020 227-6772 CABAGUIO MARCH 27, 2020 321-6223 TIBUNGCO MARCH 30, 2020 222-2494 (OPENING)



All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior to the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang NARDING PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES Lapu-lapu, Agdao Matina Crossing Tibungco

AUCTION DATE MARCH 10, 2020 MARCH 24, 2020 MARCH 17, 2020

TEL. NOS. (082) 222-3524 (082) 297-5786 (082) 296-4130

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) MARCH 16, 2020 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) MARCH 16, 2020 (084) 628-842

9GEMS Pawnshop Inc. Egger Bldg., Matina Crossing Davao City Tel. No. (082) 285-7069

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, must be renewed or redeemed on or before MARCH 07, 2020. If not redeemed or renewed, it will be sold to the public on MARCH 10, 2020 at our pawnshop premises from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days before the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 A.M. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang DIAGOLD PAWNSHOP INC., magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan ENERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa na nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES

All pawned items that expired during the month of DECEMBER 2019, if not renewed or redeemed on or before FEBRUARY 15, 2020 will be sold to the public on FEBRUARY 17, 2020 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang AL-JOS PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa DISYEMBRE 2019. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong PEBRERO 17, 2020 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.


Agdao MARCH 12, 2020 (Toy Bldg., Lapu-lapu St.)


ROSEGOLD PAWNSHOP & JEWELLER Main – San Pedro Cor. Anda Street Davao City Tel. Nos. (082) 221-1477; (082) 221-0355; (082)222-5039 Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, CellPhones and Any Valuable Items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all kinds of jewelry Rosegold Pawnshop Lapu-lapu Street, Agdao Davao City Tel. No. (082) 225-3637

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre St., Davao City (Fronting Limso Hospital) Tel. No. (082) 222-2104

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre Street, Davao City (Beside NCCC Hardwaremaxx) Tel. No. (082) 295-6199

Rosegold Pawnshop KM6 Crossing Buhangin, Div. Road, Davao City Tel. No. (082) 241-2355

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All Jewelry and other articles pawned at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main, Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre, Rosegold Pawnshop Bolton, Rosegold Pawnshop, Agdao and Rosegold Pawnshop Buhangin from SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 to OCTOBER 15, 2019. If not redeemed or renewed on or before MARCH 13, 2020 will be sold to the Public Auction on MARCH 16, 2020 at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main from 9:00am to 6:00pm.


San Pedro street, Davao City (Fronting Queen Bank) Tel. No. (082) 222-1561 ; (082) 321-0128 Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, Cellphones and any valuable items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all Kinds of Jewelry


All jewelry and other articles pawned at Goldstandard Pawnshop San Pedro, Goldstandard Pawnshop Ilustre from SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 to OCTOBER 15, 2019 if not redeemed or renewed on MARCH 13, 2020 will be sold to the Public Auction on MARCH 16, 2020 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before MARCH 13, 2020 will be sold to the public on MARCH 17, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. Ginapahibalo ang tanan na ang METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong MARSO 17, 2020 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

2nd Level, Gaisano Mall of Davao, J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City Tel. No.: (082) 221-3355 • (082) 305-9496 2nd Level, SM Lanang Premier, J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City Tel. No.: (082) 295-1505 • (082) 321-0525 email: jrosejewels@yahoo.com • www.jrosejewels.ph


DAVAO GOLDWIN PAWNSHOP, INC All pawned items of GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, if not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises at 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expire sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES


General Lao, Toril


Agton. Toril Buhangin Magallanes Tagum Saavedra, Toril Agdao

17, 2020 17, 2020 13, 2020 10, 2020 26, 2020 17, 2020 19, 2020

TEL. NO. 291-2406 291-2952 241-0223 224-3138 216-3425 291-1349 327-2348

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior to the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00A.M. BRANCHES




MARCH 17, 2020 297-8081 MARCH 17, 2020 235-3473 MARCH 17, 2020 327-8832


All pawned items that expire during the month of JANUARY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @9:00a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GABBY’S INFINITE PAWNSHOP INC. magasubasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES




MARCH 16, 2020



MARCH 02, 2020


MARCH 13, 2020

All pawned items from SEPTEMBER 2019 – OCTOBER 2019



DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC. NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expire during the month of JANUARY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag.





MARCH 10, 2020 MARCH 17, 2020

225-0033 241-1071

Davao Ros-Ver Pawnshop, Incorporated Ilustre St., Davao City Tel # 224-1204; 222-6086

AUCTION SALE! The DAVAO ROS-VER PAWNSHOP, INC. and NEW PAG-ASA PAWNSHOP will be having its JOINT AUCTION on all unredeemed pawned items left during the month of November 2019. The said items will be sold to the public at the following VENUE AND DATE. Gipahibalo ang publiko na ang DAVAO ROS-VER PAWNSHOP, INC. og ang NEW PAG-ASA PAWNSHOP; magsubasta sa tanang prenda nga naremata atong Nobyembre 2019. Ang tanang prenda dungan nga ibaligya sa publiko sa mga sumusunod nga dapit og petsa:

DAVAO CITY Digos Rizal Digos Luna Digos Magsaysay Tagum Rizal Tagum Roxas Tagum Pioneer Tagum Public Market Tagum Quezon Santo Tomas Nabunturan Davao Branches Mati Burgos Kidapawan Panabo

Tel.#234-2268/cell#09078756193 ask for Ram and Jen between 8am-5pm

Digos Magsaysay March 6, 2020 At 9:30am

Venue and Date

Tagum Pioneer – GRAND AUCTION March 6-7, 2020 At 9:30am Santo Tomas March 11, 2020 At 9:30am Nabunturan March 14, 2020 At 9:30am Ilustre – GRAND AUCTION March 19-21, 2020 At 9:30am Mati Burgos March 21, 2020 At 9:30am Kidapawan March 25,2020 At 9:30am Panabo – GRAND AUCTION March 30-31




APRIL 09, 10, & 11, 2020

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of our artists belong to the low income group of our society, they share a substantial amount. All because it is innate to all artists to be concerned and to protect humanity and the environment. Artists will always step up," Galvez said. The Davao artists send their gratitude to all those who participated in the project, and to those who are still coming in. They are also thankful for the generosity of art patrons who are supporting their noble cause. As of April 11, they have raised a total of PhP211,990.00 from the sale of their paintings. You can visit their online exhibit on Facebook.com/davaoartistsforthefrontliners.


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medical personnel. This is in response to complaints by healthcare workers who were kicked out of their premises and experienced harassment in relation to their jobs. “SPMC (Southern Philippines Medical Center) have smoothly dispatched and assigned healthcare workers to their lodging facilities,” she said. She also said that some utilities, like beds, were also provided by the local government to health workers. “We have some stock folding beds and beds usually utilized during DAVRAA and Palarong Pambansa. These were the beds used when there is a need for a rush of supplies

of beds,” she said. She said that as of Wednesday, 30 folding beds were referred to the SPMC. The mayor also reiterated her warning to avoid discriminating health care workers asthey have been in the frontline battling the current pandemic. On Thursday, Duterte personally visited healthcare workers during the Araw ng Kagitingan to express her moral support. “The passion, interest, and skills of our health care workers to treat the patients are very vital for their recovery,” she said. “The decision of the doctors is a big contribution to the high recovery rate in the city.” By Samantha T. Burgos


their final salute to the fallen soldier Also, the physical distancing protocols and other disinfection procedures were strictly implemented all throughout the conduct of the activity led by Lt Col Florante Baterina, the Group Commander of Tactical Operation Group (TOG) 11. Vince, a member of the Philippine Army, hailed from Buhangin, Davao City and was a member of PMA 'Alab - Tala Class of 2018. He was suspected to have died from COVID-19, but the test results have not yet arrived. He was on duty during Luzon's Enhanced Com-



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munity Quarantine. He was a platoon leader/executive officer of the Weapons Company, Headquarters Service Battalion, 48th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division based in Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan. "We salute 2Lt Vince Magbanua for his dedication to the service and his courage to bring government relief to those affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine despite the inherent risks of this task," his brother said. Vico said that Vince’s favorite line to his family and fellow soldiers was “Stay alive! I love you all.”

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Pangi. According to the report, in the two operations launched, police officers were able to buy 30 pieces each for a price of P156,000 and P124,500, respectively. The suspects reportedly sold them at P5,200 and P4,150 each, which is above the suggested retail price of P3,400 based on DOH Department Circular 2020-0161. Also seized from their possession were one Huawei Nova 5T, an iPhone 6, 60 pieces 9-volt Eveready

batteries, and two dusted 500 peso bills, boodle money, and one Toyota Hi-Ace van. The joint operation was conducted by Davao City Police Office-Special Operations Group, led by Maj. Milan Naz; City Intelligence Unit, led by Lt. Col. Noel Asumen; Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Davao City Field Unit, led by Maj. Milgrace Driz; Philippine Air Force, led by 1Lt. Manny Lisaran; and Regional Anti Cyber Crime unit XI, led by Col. Noel Espinosa. Col. Kirby John Kraft, the city police director, said the operation stemmed from the information gathered by the Intelligence Unit of the Air Force. The suspects were reportedly selling the thermometers online.


Councilors also approved an ordinance authorizing the city mayor to execute a deed of acceptance of donations in relation to the deed of donation dated March 31st 2020 executed by Panhua Group Company Limited represented by its president Lee Xinghua and received for in behalf of city government the various personal protective equipment (PEEs). Villafuerte said that Panhua group from Panhua group from Jiangsu province of China China donated various PPEs for the city.

500 NIGHT,...

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food vendors and massage therapists who lost their source of income after the city government closed the Roxas Night Market on March 12, 2020. The affected workers were immediately enrolled under TUPAD to cushion the impact of the protocols set to control the spread of the virus. Their job includes the cleaning of public facilities, cleaning/declogging of canals and other community-based maintenance work. "They each received P4,356 for 11 days of service from March 17 to 31," TUPAD spokesperson Nor-


She said that there will be 300,000 pieces of disposable masks, 2,000 protective clothing, 5,000 pairs of protective goggles and 50,000 pieces of polyvinyl chloride gloves. The shipment will be leaving China on April 14 and will hopefully arrive at the Davao City port on April 25. Villafuerte also filed a resolution urging all barangay captains to mobilize government-issued vehicles to transport persons in need of specialized medical care/treatment or maintenance during the period of the effectivity of the ECQ.

man Baloro said. Tupad is a communitybased package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work. Aside from the Roxas Night Market vendors and massage therapists, the city government also enrolled public utility drivers to the same program. Baloro said PUJ drivers are due to receive their salaries next week. By Samantha T. Burgos

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days. “This has been part of their service. And we really need to catch up, so there will be no families who will

be left out,” she said. Additional trucks have also been provided to quickly transport goods to the barangays.

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seeking treatment or admission do not divulge their true condition or symptoms that they have, therefore, compromising the life and limb of the health workers,” he said.


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He said those who make false and untruthful statement and or withhold important information not limited to travel histories, experienced symptoms, medical condition and oth-

er important data will be penalized. For this, a penalty of P5,000 will be charged to violators and/or imprisonment of 30 days. By Samantha T. Burgos

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“Here in Bataan with ECQ, we appeal and asked that our priests especially town parishes be given quarantine pass in their towns in order for them to go around the parishes,” he said in a statement. “I also asked from the Provincial (authorities) for me to go around Bataan,” the Catholic prelate added. Santos also thanked the local government unit (LGU) and assured that the church is one with them in serving the people. "Here we are partners, cooperating and collaborating for the common good of our people. We work hand in hand,” he said.

“It is only the doors of the churches which are closed. But our priests here are mandated to go out to help and be of service especially to the elderly. I asked them to be visible,” the Balanga bishop added. Since the implementation of the ECQ last month, Church activities including public masses on the island have been suspended. The faithful are en-

couraged to visit social accounts of their diocese for online live streaming of Eucharistic Celebrations. The original schedule of the end of the one-month ECQ is on April 12, but President Rodrigo Duterte extended it until the end of the month. The Luzon-wide quarantine was implemented last March 17 to contain the spread of COVID-19. PNA


SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020


essential medical supplies. Locsin also highlighted the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region during this crucial time, particularly in the South China Sea. At the meeting, the DFA said measures recommended by the ACC Working Group on Public Health Emergencies during their inaugural meeting on March 31 were also endorsed. These include continued sharing of information and best practices,


measures to mitigate the negative socio-economic impact of the pandemic, and the establishment of a COVID-19 Asean Response Fund. In delivering his message of solidarity, Locsin in Hiligaynon said: “Katuwang ang Pilipinas sang mga pungsod nga miyembro sang ASEAN sa madinalag-un nga pagtapna sang COVID-19 (The Philippines stands united with other ASEAN Member States in the fight against COVID-19).” PNA

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On Thursday, de Lima said she could not understand why Duterte is already eyeing selling public assets when he can still use all available funds for the government’s COVID-19 response programs. Panelo said de Lima was obviously “blabbering from ignorance.” ”She is not listening to the message of the President. She should read the transcript of his televised message,” he said. Panelo also advised de Lima to shut her mouth, if she would only criticize Duterte’s way of addressing COVID-19 pandemic. “If she cannot help in the government’s efforts to fight COVID-19 she should at least lockdown her mouth,” he said. Under Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, Duterte can reallocate, realign and reprogram the 2020 budget toward government programs against COVID-19. In a televised speech aired on state-run PTV-4 on late Wednesday night, Duterte raised the pos-



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sibility of selling government properties, in case the government lacks funds to combat COVID-19. Duterte said his last option was to sell public properties, including state-owned institutions Cultural Center of the Philippines and Philippine International Convention Center, both located in Pasay City. The government has PHP275-billion that would be spent to curb the spread of COVID-19 and help poor families affected by the health crisis. As of Friday, the Philippines recorded 4,195 COVID-19 cases. O n T h u r s d a y, F i nance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III floated the possibility of borrowing USD5.6 billion from the Asian Development Bank to help the Philippines respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The World Bank on Friday announced that it approved USD500 million loan to support the Philippines’ efforts in the fight against COVID-19. PNA

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and MV Aurora from London while the fourth was composed of 265 seafarers from the United Kingdom, Germany, and the US. The fifth and last batch to arrive was a group of 16 seafarers from Lisbon, Portugal. All seafarers under-

went the appropriate medical protocols as required by the Department of Health and Bureau of Quarantine and will undergo the necessary quarantine as part of the country’s COVID-19 health measures before returning to their respective hometowns. PNA


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also," Trump said, highlighting the massive economic cost to millions of Americans. Easter celebrations that would normally see churches packed with parishioners were replaced by an eerie emptiness Friday. Even such hallowed traditions as the pope's Easter message are being revamped -- Pope Francis will livestream from the seclusion of his private library. "We have to respond to our confinement with all our creativity," the pontiff said. "We can either get depressed and alienated... or we can get creative." Worshippers in Germany embraced social distancing orders to celebrate Good Friday at a drive-in service in Dusseldorf. "It was a sad feeling at first," Catholic priest Frank Heidkamp told AFP, as hundreds gathered in a parking lot. "With this car service, we're trying to create a little bit of community." 'Deadly resurgence' More than four billion people are confined to their homes as governments worldwide have imposed neverbefore-seen measures to halt the virus.


This week, China started to ease months-old lockdown orders in Wuhan, where the outbreak started late last year. Like Trump, governments in Europe are facing pressure to strike a balance between keeping their populations safe and battering economies already bruised by widespread shutdowns. The WHO issued a stern warning Friday. "I know that some countries are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "Lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly." Some countries, especially in Asia, are worried about a possible second wave of infections imported from travellers as life creeps back to normal. Trump said he would name a new "opening our country task force" on Tuesday as he seeks a rapid return to economic stability. But the government's top infectious disease specialist, Anthony Fauci, said that de-


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takes proper care of 4,224 war graves and memorials of Soviet soldiers, Russia "has failed to renew war memorials to fallen Czechoslovak legionnaires... on the Russian territory, despite several years of negotiations." Marshal Ivan Konev is seen as a hero by many in Russia but as a symbol of Soviet-era repression by many Czechs. He led Red Army troops that liberated Prague from the Nazis in 1945 but he was also in charge of Operation Whirlwind, which crushed the anti-Soviet Hungarian Upris-


ing of 1956. Prague district 6 Mayor Ondrej Kolar told the Czech CTK news agency that Konev's statue would be placed in a "museum dedicated to the history of the 20th century in Czechoslovakia". Pro-Russian Czech President Milos Zeman echoed Russian outrage over the move as "an abuse of the state of emergency", referring to a government-imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus. The statue was first put up in 1980, seven years after Konev's death. Agence France-Presse

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On the plane, passengers will be "seated by test results and level of care required by passenger," said Australian company Aurore Expeditions, owner of the Greg Mortimer. The tourists were on an expedition to Antarctica, South Georgia and Elephant Island when their adventure was called off due to the nearest South American countries -- Argentina and Chile -- closing their borders and imposing lockdowns. The ship traveled to Montevideo as it was the nearest port still open. It had been anchored in the Rio de la Plata since March 27. Since then, eight people were transferred to Montevideo hospitals with "lifethreatening" conditions. All are in a stable condition and Uruguay's foreign ministry told AFP three Australians undergoing hospital treatment would be allowed to fly home as they are in sufficiently good health to travel. Two are a couple who were brought ashore and taken to a hospital on Wednesday suffering from pneumonia,

spite signs of progress, "this is not the time... to be pulling back at all" on social distancing efforts. Boris Johnson walking In some countries, glimmers of hope may be emerging. Spain, the third hardesthit country, saw its lowest 24-hour toll in 17 days after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the "fire started by the pandemic is starting to come under control". France reported nearly 1,000 new deaths Friday, but the number of patients in intensive care fell for the second straight day. Italy's toll neared 19,000 Friday, the highest in the world, but daily rises in new infections have slowed dramatically. Still, the government said it would extend lockdown orders until May 3. Britain's toll climbed too, with 980 new deaths, and the government resisted calls to ease lockdown measures. But spirits were lifted there Friday when virusstricken Prime Minister Boris Johnson showed signs of recovery after three days in intensive care. "The Prime Minister has

while the third person had been receiving clinical attention since last week. 'No human contact' Of the other people receiving hospital treatment, two Australians are in intensive care and their partners remained on the Greg Mortimer rather than taking the flight. Two Filipino crew members are due to be discharged and released to quarantine on the ship. The eighth person to have received hospital treatment is a British woman. Uruguay's government considers all people on board infected, even if they haven't tested positive. "There will be practically no human contact" between the passengers and others during the transfer operation, Talvi said this week. Aurore said it was covering the transfer costs for all passengers and that New Zealand was organizing further travel on from Melbourne for its citizens. After the evacuation of more than 80 crew members, as well as around 20 Europeans and Americans, will remain on board.

been able to do short walks, between periods of rest," a Downing Street spokesman said. Oil prices The fallout is shaking every corner of the financial world, and the IMF, which has $1 trillion in lending capacity, said it was responding to calls from 90 countries for emergency financing. G20 energy ministers pledged to work together to ensure oil "market stability" and major oil producers agreed to cut output. A dramatic slump in demand, exacerbated by a Saudi-Russia price war, has sent prices crashing to near two-decade lows. In much of the developing world, there are fears the worst is still to come. War-torn Yemen, which has been experiencing one of the world's most acute humanitarian crises, reported its first case. Authorities in Brazil, which on Friday became the latest country to record 1,000 coronavirus deaths, confirmed the first fatalities in Rio de Janeiro's slums, where overcrowding and poor sanitation have raised fears of a catastrophe. Agence France-Presse

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the pandemic. The two leaders spoke on March 30, after which Russia sent a plane of medical equipment to New York. On Thursday night, they discussed oil prices together with the King of Saudi Arabia. Friday's conversation focussed on the new OPECdriven agreement to cut oil output to shore up prices, according to a readout published by the Kremlin. The two also "discussed issues pertaining the coronavirus pandemic" and cooperation in space, it said. A White House spokes-

man said the presidents "discussed the latest efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and maintain stability in global energy markets." Trump and Putin have had a flurry of contacts since late March, with Trump saying on Thursday that they "get along very well", even though bilateral relations have been at their lowest point since the Cold War. Moscow last week has sent a military plane with medical aid and equipment to New York, the epicentre of the US coronavirus epidemic. Agence France-Presse


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