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Should we want to be dying witnesses?

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Stop Calling 911

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Hundreds of public utility jeepney drivers risks their safety at the City Transport and Management Office on March 20, as they apply for cash assistance under the TUPAD program of the Department of Labor and Employment. BING GONZALES

• At least for suspected COVID-19 cases, Sara pleads BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

Mayor Sara Duterte has reminded Davaoeños to refrain from calling 911 for suspected COVID-19 concerns to avoid overwhelming the thin staff. “We have to under- can still experience other Central 911 is dedicated for stand that although we emergency situations not emergency purposes only,” have this pandemic, we related to COVID-19. Our she said in an interview

with 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio. She lamented that people are still ignoring her reminder not to call contact the Central 911 services. “Every time you call (

/ STOP / 15)

P300-K worth of shabu seized in police buy-bust MORE THAN P300,000 worth of shabu were seized by authorities from an alleged drug pusher in a buy-bust operation

conducted in San Rafael, Barangay 10-A, Agdao District last Friday afternoon. ( / P300-K / 15)

2 new positive cases in DC; couple now asymptomatic

TORIL Police Station commander Maj. Jason Baria wakes up a trisikad driver sleeping at the roadside as the curfew hours is already in force from 9 p.m. up to 5 a.m., as part of the community quarantine measures of Davao City. BING GONZALES

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THE DEPARTMENT of Health XI (DOH) recorded two new positive cases of COVID-19 in Davao City. The DOH said in its official announcement on Saturday that the two patients are a couple with a travel history in Metro Manila. Based on the data,

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PH262 is a 47-year-old male who is a resident of the city, while PH263 is also 47 years old. They both arrived in Davao City on March 6, 2020, and shown symptoms for colds and body malaise. A specimen was collected from each of the patients on March 13,


which was sent to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine for confirmatory tests the next day. According to DOH, both are already asymptomatic as of Saturday and now on strict home quarantine. They will also ( / 2 NEW / 15) mindanaotimes

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City gov’t purchases personal protective gear for frontliners BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

THE CITY procured medical supplies for frontliners working 24/7 to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. Mayor Sara Duterte purchased from China. Southern Philippines Medibared that the medical Hopefully, they can help cal Center (SPMC) avoid equipment and kits were health personnel in the being contaminated by the.

The SPMC is the only hospital in the city designated to accept COVID-19 patients. “These supplies were bought last week

after doctors at SPMC reported the lack of supplies. They are our frontliners for COVID-19,” she said. The medical supplies

acquired by the city include masks (surgical, N95, N90 dust cover) goggles, disposable surgical gloves (

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Reg-12 asks Duterte to set up COVID-19 test center in MSU

A PATROL car of the Davao City Police Office makes the rounds in the city, equipped with a blaring sound system to remind the public to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. BING GONZALES

Hotels asked to pitch in vacant rooms for non-COVID-19 cases BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

A L AW M A K E R h a s urged hotels and inns to provide space for nonCOVID-2019 patients as hospitals are expected to deluged with cases in the coming days or weeks. Councilor Ralph Abella, chair of the committee on agriculture and food, authored the resolution urging hotels, inns and other similar establishments near hospitals to consider utilizing their vacant rooms to be used by

non-COVID-19 patients in the event that the hospitals will run out of space. The said resolution was read and passed by Councilor Javi Campos, committee chair on international relations, on Friday’s emergency session. As of March 19, Thursday, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 96 persons under investigation (PUIs) and 5,403 persons under monitoring

Man wearing army camo apprehended at checkpoint A MAN was arrested for the unauthorized wearing of military uniform with insignia in Barangay Kinuskusan, Bansalan, in Davao del Sur on Saturday. Police identified him as of Harvey Julz Bayawan Daggon, 22, single, and a

resident of Purok 1, Barangay Tamayong, Davao City. Maj. Eudisan Gultiano, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office XI, said the PNP personnel from the 2nd Company Davao ( / MAN / 15)

(PUMs), and one confirmed case in the region. DOH also said that there are 217 positive patients for COVID-19. “There may be an influx of COVID-19 PUI in Davao City in the coming days,” Abella said in his resolution. The DOH, during a Facebook live press conference, said that they are currently conducting contact tracing of people who (

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Alleged amazon arrested


AN ALLEGED leader of the alleged NPA-linked group, Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (Mapasu), was arrested in a joint PNP-AFP operation in Lianga, Surigao del Sur on Thursday. 1Lt Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan, the civil-military operation officer of the 3rd Special Forces Battalion, (

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) — Officials of this city and the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani have appealed to the national government to consider putting up a testing center here for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the wake of the increasing number of suspected cases in the area. South Cotabato first district Rep. Shirlyn BañasNograles made the request in a letter submitted on Friday to President Rodrigo Duterte, Health Secretaryh Francisco Duque and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go. It was supported by South Cotabato second district Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez and Sarangani lone district Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao. Nograles pushed for the designation of the city, which is part of South Cotabato’s first legislative district, as host of one of the Covid-19 testing centers in southern Mindanao and especially for Region 12 or Soccsksargen. She said the proposed testing center can be established at the Mindanao State University (MSU)-General Santos campus, which is equipped with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine and has a microbiology laboratory with biosafety level 2 cabinet. “We are requesting that the DOH makes the necessary evaluation for the feasibility of the testing center,” she said. In a separate letter signed by the three officials addressed to DOH-Region 12 director, Dr. Aristides Tan, they cited that MSU has “ex-

pressed willingness to allow the use of its facilities in order to help in fighting the spread of COVID-19.” They urged the agency to assess the proposal “the soonest possible time” and if found viable, provide the necessary assistance to make it fully operational. Nograles, who initiated the move based on requests from concerned stakeholders, said the presence of a testing center in the city will facilitate the early detection of possible Covid-19 cases and allow local health personnel immediately contain its spread. She said the DOH has assigned the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City as the first testing center for COVID-19 in Mindanao but was also “studying the possibility of establishing more centers throughout the island.” “(MSU-General Santos) has graciously offered the use of their PCR machine,” she said in a Facebook post. General Santos is a threehour ride from Davao City. Nograles assured that the protocols laid down by DOH will be strictly followed since the proposed testing center’s operation will involve the handling of live virus. “Let us hope for the best in this matter. Again, we are one in our fight against the spread of COVID-19,” she said. Alfredo Hebrona Jr., private sector representative of the Regional Development Council of Region 12, said a proposal was earlier crafted


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32 foreigners, locals arrested for violating quarantine, curfew GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews) — Authorities have arrested at least 32 persons, a dozen of them foreigners who refused to stay home Friday night despite the intense campaign to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease

(COVID-19). Police Capt. Vicent Wise Panuelos, the chief of police of General Luna said those arrested spent the night at the police station and in the prison cell “for failing to abide by the preventive community quarantine measures and

curfew hours.” The curfew is from 9 p.m to 5 a.m. Panuelos said the recalcitrant ones were locked up in the cell while the rest spent the night around the police station, observing social distancing. (

“These people are still outside the house even w hen ev er y th in g w as closed late at night,” he said. The police chief released them Saturday morning. Meanwhile, at least / 32 FOREIGNERS / 15)


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Hoarders to face penalties NICOLE BURLAS

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) released a new se of guidelines to prevent hoarding amid the COVID-19 pandemic as it warned those violators that they would face penalties. Under the MemoranDisinfecting liquids - size), 3 pcs. per type and dum Circular no. 20-07, 2pcs., regardless of size per brand (big size) DTI said consumers are Bath soap - 5 bars (if Canned regular milk encouraged to buy products individually sold), 1 pack - 5 cans per type and per that are good for seven days (if sold as a pack) brand (small), 2 cans per in order to maintain the Toilet paper - 10 pcs. type and per brand (other supply and prevent profi- (if sold per roll), 1 pack (if than small) teering and hoarding. sold as a pack) Powdered milk in saIn order to achieve Face mask - 5 pcs. N88 chet - 2 bundles per brand that, the following items (surgical), 5 pcs. N95 (inInstant coffee in sachet will be regulated and vio- dustrial), both are regard- - 2 bundles per brand lating consumers shall be less of type or brand Mineral water - 10 botpenalized: Locally produced in- tles any brand (small), 8 70% antiseptic or dis- stant noodles - 5 pcs. per bottles any brand (meinfectant alcohol - 2 pcs., type and per brand dium), 5 bottles any brand regardless of volume L o c a l l y p r o d u c e d (large), 2 bottles any brand Hand sanitizer - 2pcs., canned sardines - 5 pcs. per (extra large) regardless of size type and per brand (regular Loaf bread - 4 packs

Firm allots P900-M for workers amid crisis THE ABOITIZ Group has earmarked P900 million in assistance to help its team members cope with the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic following the announcement of a national state of calamity. This amount covers the early release of the endMarch salary and the 13th or 14th month pay of the Group’s over 11,000 team members across its strategic business units in power, banking and financial services, food, infrastructure, and land. The Aboitiz Group will also cover COVID-19-related medical expenses of any affected team member. Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sabin M. Aboitiz admits there is a ( / FIRM / 4)

any kind and any brand (half loaf), 2 packs any kind and any brand (whole loaf) Aside from that, sellers are required to post notices where consumers can see them in order for consumers to be informed of the regulation of necessities. As the entire country is already under public health emergency, the prices of basic necessities will be frozen at its prevailing price. There shall be no price increase in basic necessities. Violators shall be penalized with a fine ranging between P5,000 and P2,000,000, and imprison( / DTI / 4)

Ample supply of goods assured amid quarantine Ad (8x5.5in).pdf 1 1/29/2020

MANILA – Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said giant food manufacturers assured that there is an adequate supply of their products in the market during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Lopez made the statement after the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI) claimed that they anticipate a “severe shortage of goods by mid-April” because of the restrictions at checkpoints. “Shortage is not true. They are producing every day. All food companies are allowed to produce every day and cargoes [are] allowed to move unhampered,” he told reporters in a text message. Lopez added that the glitches in implementation at checkpoints since the quarantine was imposed on March 17 prompted the PAMPI to write his office. “The manufacturer has inventories in their ware-

house, in their distributors, and in the supermarkets up to the sari-sari and convenience stores, which if you add up can be around one and a halfto two-month inventory,” the trade chief said. San Miguel Corp. said its facilities can manufacture 1.96 million kilograms of fresh meats, 524,000 kilograms of processed meats, and 2.11 million kilograms of flour and baked goods. Canned goods producer Century Pacific Food Inc. also assured the DTI that they have enough raw materials and ingredients to continue its manufacturing operations. On Friday, DTI amended its previous memorandum circular, now allowing all types of cargoes to move within, to and from the island of Luzon. “No discretion in decision making at checkpoints that will result in different treatments. So, all cargoes are allowed,” Lopez said. (PNA)


Mall operators wow to help workers, tenants

MALL OPERATORS in the city have vowed to help their employees and tenants who have been affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a press statement on Friday, SM Supermalls, operator of SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier, said it has prepared packages for employee compensation as well assistance to guards and janitors of its malls. All employees will receive their regularly 3:06:14 PM scheduled salaries during the enhanced com-

munity quarantine period without deductions made against their vacation and sick leaves. Rank-and-File employees up to department managers who have been frontliners in the scaled down operations are also to be provided with premium pay while security guards and janitorial staffers are going to receive P5,000 in assistance during the period, it added. Tenants, on the other hand, will have their rentals waived during the quarantine period. Aside from that, SM also ( / MALL / 4)

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AID TO TEAM MEMBERS. Aboitiz team members from various business units nationwide will be receiving several forms of assistance amounting to a total of P900M amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. (File Photo ℅ Aboitiz)


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(from page 7) - and staying the night in one classroom. 2. PICNICS- we went to trek to Times Beach a lot - one had to make a trail thru Talahib, Maisan, and Trees. But what a beach - isolated, clean, and pristine (sadly now a CESSPOOL!). The Jesuits also had a retreat house near Penaplata that we went to on week-ends. We took a motorized banca - then as we neared, we would jump off and swim ashore. Again, the sea-water was plastic-free then. SOCIAL LIFE Parties were called "JAM-SESSIONS" and many were held at the Munda residence because it was easy for the girls to ask permission from their parents since my mom was with PWC. And most - if not all - the girls were from PWC and let me see if I can recall some: Baby Abella, Carmen & Emily Uy, the Carriedo sisters and cousins, de la Serna sisters; the Rosellos, the Garridos.


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the spread of the virus. - Health systems not ready At the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako, Doumbia runs Mali's only laboratory meeting the required biosafety standards to study the new disease. In the confined enclaves of the laboratory, built and maintained with American funding, 13 researchers tirelessly analyse samples. "Yesterday, we finished at midnight. Imagine when we get the first case," says one researcher, Amadou Kone. Three other laboratories, on a lower level, are planned to supplement this one if necessary. "Our health systems are not ready," acknowledged the minister of health, Michel Sidibe, former head of UNAIDS. Mali, ranked 184th out of 189 on the UN Human Development Index, has made a plea to its financial partners to release funds. Some $30-35 million will be given or lent to Bamako to fight against the virus in "the days and weeks to come," according to the government. At Point G University Hospital, the money will be most welcome. "If we have the means, we'll be able to start work very quickly and increase our reception capacity," says a hospital official. AFP

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lot of anxiety as “during these trying times, we understand financial security is critical for all.” He noted the best way the Aboitiz Group can support the government’s campaign against COVID-19 is to let its team members stay home. “The COVID-19 pandemic remains at large, and we wish that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy in your homes,” Aboitiz said in a message sent to Aboitiz team members. Malacañang and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) cited the Aboitiz Group as one of the top Philippine conglomerates that have extended benefits to its employees during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. Malacañang thanked the Aboitiz Group and other conglomerates for helping ease the financial burden on their workers. “Given that the Palace considers this current situation as a time for solidarity, it also appreciates most of these companies for stepping up to the challenge through their significant donations to various entities which are at the front of this battle. We can only hope that other businesses will follow

suit within their means,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said. “My sincerest gratitude to the large companies who heeded my appeal to provide their workers full payment of their salary for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine, without using up their available leaves, advance payment of 13th/14th month pay and other financial relief,” DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said. The Aboitiz Group also provides regular updates to all its team members, especially on quarantine guidelines. Live conversations and frequent messages from the Group CEO assure team members that their welfare is of utmost importance to the company and ensure business continuity amid the COVID-19 crisis. To safeguard the welfare of its team members, the Aboitiz Group has implemented work-fromhome schemes in Luzon and Visayas. The company will also be providing or paying for adequate communication access for team members who need it. Online courses that build workfrom-home competencies have been rolled out, and a team member donation and management program

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ment from five to 15 years under Illegal Acts of Price Manipulation of Price Act. The memorandum was imposed to ensure the availability of basic necessities at this time where the pandemic caused some consumers to hoard

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and panic buy. If left unchecked, this would lead to artificial shortage and price hike. Moreover, the memorandum shall be effective starting March 19 until the state of public health emergency is lifted.

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donated P100 million worth of protective equipment, testing kits, and supplies as they express their support to health workers who are combatting the said disease. Other malls have also released statements on employee compensation amid the health crisis the country is facing.. T h e Ay a l a G r o u p adopted a COVID-19 emergency response package worth P2.4 billion consisting of wages, bonuses, leave conversions, and loan deferments for the extended workforce of its partner

employers so they may continue to be paid for the duration of the quarantine period. In New City Commercial Center (NCCC), all affected employees will receive their wages as per the usual schedule and closed tenants will not be required to pay rental, said Thea Septann Padua, company public relations manager. Other malls in the city have yet to release a statement regarding their response to the temporary closure and its actions towards their affected workers and tenants.

support for No-Work, NoPay personnel was also launched. The company also implemented reduced work hours (in keeping with local curfews where applicable) and provided adequate accommodation, food, and transportation for the skeletal workforce, particularly

for its banking and financial services units UnionBank and CitySavings, who handle critical functions and have to report to work. It also ensured new office disinfection procedures have been implemented and personal protective equipment and other viral prevention items are available.





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Should we want to be dying witnesses?

Compassion is needed JUST like during the early days of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), people are role-playing as experts of the Covid pandemic even as the world continues to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). What makes the situation worse is the use of technology, particularly soEDITORIAL cial media, which is mong the venues of bogus reports, memes and other nonsensical matters. The situation is even worse compared with the early days of the HIV period because the fact is that fake reports could easily spread even in a matter of seconds because of these new media tools. The saddest thing is how most people, even the so-called educated, become vulnerable in terms of believing the ridiculous stories. Lurking within these tools are the chatgroups that are set up to share information. Within chatgroups, are harmless discussions of issues related to the pandemic, possible cures and other related issues. But the sad thing is that these chatCorrespondents:

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groups also become the place in identifying individuals who might have been infected with the virus, even when nobody should have not identified them. We all know how stigma is sometimes attached to those suffering from illnesses, despite their nature, and how people are being looked down even when it is not their fault to get infected. In these trying times, aside from being extra careful, what the people need to give those suffering from the disease is compassion as they continue to struggle to survive. Sometimes, those afflicted with the disease suffer more from the uncalled humiliation brought about the discrimination that their fellow humans slap on them. It is time to change this attitude.

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WE ARE fully in accord with the policy that the national government is adopting as a response to the deadly threat of the coronavirus disease 2019. And we also agree with the procedures being taken by the government of Davao City in implementing at the local level the national response guidelines. What we feel we do not fully conform with is the order of the regional task force on the corona virus prevention mandating for only one person to undertake deliveries of food and other basic necessity items to the city proper. That is, to the markets, the big-time compradors both public and private. We believe this is not appropriate and unfair. Yes, allowing only the driver of cargo trucks delivering food and related items or merchandise to proceed to the city proper where the consignees are located, to us, does not help control the virus infection. The helper or hand-help must be left behind at the checkpoints in boundaries of the entries to and exit points from the city the South, the entry or exit area in the north somewhere in the boundaries of the city and Panabo, and in Barangay Buda the city’s boundary with Bukidnon Province. Imagine how pitiful the cargo truck driver if he had no one to help him unload his cargo of say, vegetables, fist, rice, etc.! This scenario happened last Thursday at the Bankerohan Public market. The cargo vehicle was fully loaded with various kinds of vegetables from Barangay Kapatagan, Digos City, Davao del Sur. When the truck reached the Task Force-Davao checkpoint in Sirawan the driver’s helper was ordered to disembark in accordance with the enhanced quarantine policy imposed in the entire Davao Region. The driver’s assistant, as well as the driver himself, could not do anything but comply as the checkpoint personnel were unflinching. When the vegetable-loaded vehicle reached the Bankerohan market, according to a close friend of ours who was at the scene in Bankerohan exactly at the arrival area, the driver had a hard time maneuvering his vehicle in a place with so limited a space. Our friend added that when the unloading of the vegetable cargo was to be done, the driver requested for support from the vegetable consignee. But he was told that under the agreement between the buyer at the farms and the consignee labor on the unloading is on the account of the seller. Said our friend, the issue was only settled when the driver proposed to the consignee that the cost of labor be deducted from the proceeds of the sale. But just the same the driver had to help in the unloading. And we are certain what was deducted from the sale proceed would most likely also be pruned from the driver’s pay. Meanwhile, his assistant had to wait for him at the checkpoint, probably bored of doing nothing, and possibly thinking that he might lose a portion of his expected pay. Or he may even be wondering if his failure to help his driver would result to non-payment of his wage for that particular trip. And what if between the checkpoint and the final destination of the cargoes to be delivered the vehicle, most likely a truck, will have a flat tire or two? Will not the driver be put in a more precarious situation where he has to focus his attention on changing the tire leaving his cargo vulnerable to the street thieves? The possibility is that after the flat tire or tires are fixed, half of the cargoes would already be in the hands of the robbers. In such a situation the driver could end up even more penniless. What a tragedy brought about by the best of intention but possibly not well-thought of policy of the regional task force charged of finding ways to prevent the spread CoViD 19 in the Davao Region. On the other hand, we can clearly observe the disturbance of the life routine of the residents of Metro Manila as a consequence of the lockdown. It pains us to see tricycle drivers, street and small shop vendors, public utility vehicle drivers and operators suddenly deprived of (

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The battle against an invisible enemy QUEZON CITY (MindaNews) -- In war, you know who the JUN ALONTO DATU RAMOS enemy is. You can look him in the face, and map out a plan based on his known moves and actions. You know what to do. This crisis we are having is of a different nature. It is war, but the battles are against enemies we can not see. It’s not just the fight against the contagion which is microscopic and not visible to the naked eye. We are also fighting against political selfishness, incompetence, social injustice, and insecurities. Health workers are quietly working like good soldiers in the frontlines. Unsung heroes in the heat of battle, unlike politicians who keep on making noise without corresponding action. I am proud to be a physician, and I am volunteering my expertise against this war we are fighting. I have not been practicing since I returned to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos in March 2018, but I can still help. My services will still be relevant. Since I can’t go home to Marawi for my mother’s wake because of the lockdown, I volunteer my services as a physician as my gift to her. I am also anticipating that medical societies and the Department of Health will be calling on all consultants and family physicians to man hospitals low on staff. Practicing on non-practicing, surgical or non-surgical in training, we will all be called to be good soldiers in the frontlines. Our only request from the general public is to stay at home. Please. Healthworkers are already tired, and we have barely started the fight against the unseen enemy. Do not make things harder by ignoring the guidelines. Stop going out. Stop gathering in small groups. Self quarantine if you have symptoms. Be patient and buy only what you need. Do not panic. Help us help you. This is just beginning. Things will get worse before we begin to recover. We must brace ourselves for the coming storm. Do not make the work harder than it already is. We will all be called to fulfill our sworn duty to mankind. All of us. I will be waiting. -Dr. Jun A. Datu-Ramos [Dimapuno A. Datu-Ramos Jr. MD, RN, MHA is Bureau Director for External Relations SpokespersonNCMF ( National Commission on Muslim Filipinos). He posted this on his FB page on March 20. MindaNews was granted permission to publish this]


DAVAO Ca. 1950-1960 (Part 3)

Let me recall how life was lived during the prudish 50's to the swinging 60's, during our high school years 1956 to 60 at the all-boys school, Ateneo in Matina. FASHION "Androgynous" - the girls and women tried their best to look like males, favoring the shape-less: H-line, long-hemmed dresses buoyed up at times with petticoats; definitely no CLEAVAGES seen (makes you wonder now if women had boobs then). No short-shorts or tight fitting jeans or pants (maybe they didn't have LEGS either). PWC girls wore "BLOOMERS" (my mom would be SCANDALIZED(!) if she saw what women tracksters or volleyball players wore today). What did the GUYS wear then? From the HIGHwaisted, double-pleated front of the pants of Sinatra the style evolved to the pants-style of the LOW-waist gang (Zaldy Zhormack, Benting Labra, and Romeo Vasquez). Many guys had their shirts and pants custom-tailored at shops like CHIEW's, Raymundo's, Paramount (still around) Tailoring ("saan ang kargada mo?"). The mid 50s and 60s REVOLUTIONIZED the fashion for gals and guys. the MINI-skirt of Twiggy and BELLBOTTOMS of the Beatles arrived from the U.K. Elvis the king was coup d 'tad by the Beatles and other British invaders, Chad & Jeremy, Mick Jagger, Peter & Gordon. SHOES - no Nike, no Adidas or Puma, but Converse Chuck Taylor high-cut was there but hardly affordable so we wove the "CUSTOM BUILT" look-alike. Gilmore (a shop in MLA) made available a local Beatle boots. MUSIC- In the 50s, American music dominated he radio-waves: Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Fabian, Fats Domino, Sinatra, Como, Mathis, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Bros., Ventures Beach Boys, Connie Francis, Julie London, ATBP. The BRITISH Invasion took over: Beatles, Dave Clark 5, Mati Monro, Cliff Richard & the Shadows, and many more European musicians. ATENEO HS (1956-1960) One of the 1ST programs I attended as a HS freshman featured Assandas Balchand (now an S.J. and Pribhu's older brother) delivering his winning speech in the VOICE of DEMOCRACY contest, then the most prestigious

speech contest. AdD's other national V.O.D. winner was NICK SOLANA (Joe's younger brod; both R.I.P. now). Sonny Dominguez placed 2ND to my AdM classmate, Rufo Gonzalez (now R.I.P). A de D HS was a barn-like building with a basketball gym in the center (also a program venue) with classrooms on the sides and on the 2ND floor. There was a chapel and Jesuit priests quarters on the 2ND floor. One grade level had about 3 sections of 30-35 students. To be a campus figure, one had to be a VARSITY, basketball player, and HONOR ROLL student, and a winner in SPEECH or DRAMATICS. And one had good at mano-a-mano fighting like Biliong Luna and Jimmy Ventosa (now R.I.P.); SAMMY LUTZ (now a retired Dr.). Every afternoon, our friends boxing (w/ oversized leather gloves) in our Juna garden, so we could take melty good care of ourselves. DISCIPLINARY MEASURES There was a "DEAN OF DISCIPLINE" usually the TOUGHEST Jesuit who'd call you to office - and asked you to pull down your pants for an ass-beating;or if you preferred, BOXED with him. Kids today have gotten soft thus discipline is lacking: "SPARE THE ROD THUS, SPOIL THE CHILD". Teachers were allowed to exact corporal punishment - and relished this power. But the boys will always be boys. For example, DUT (as he was known then) was EXPELLED during 2ND years for shooting at the white-suited Jesuit with a water-gun he loaded with BLACK INK! And if you failed one subject - you were made to REPEAT the year. Thus, many opted to transfer to Holy Cross. PROFESSIONAL BOXERS There were 3: Jimmy Johnson who fought as "CLAVLAZ"; Butch Togle as "BARNEY ROSS Jr." and Paquito Cabonce as himself. Of the 3, Paquit had the SHORTEST career - 1 round! Paquit's foe who was a heavily-muscled pro who threw 1 punch, knocked him down, threw up the pancit canton, so he QUIT for good. FUN TIMES 1. CLASS NIGHTS- the class would spend the evening at school playing basketball, having dinner together ( / SEÑOR / 4)

Woefully unprepared and no suitable thermal cameras to AT A seven-bed isolation centre in detect fevers. Mali's capital Bamako, medical staff - War on two fronts are scrambling to prepare for an AMAURY HAUCHARD This vast country in the Sahel has outbreak of the new coronavirus. already been grappling with a war There, they have the West African for eight years: first against independence movements in country's only respirator. Although no cases have yet been declared in the war- 2012, then against a jihadist insurgency that has spread torn country, health authorities are bracing for an onslaught from northern Mali to its centre, as well as to Niger and Burkina Faso on its southern border. of patients with few resources to accommodate them. The fighting has caused thousands of civilian and A total of some 20 isolated beds are available in Mali, out of reach to entire regions due to jihadist violence and military deaths. On Thursday, the army said around 30 Malian soldiers were killed and five more injured in a inter-community conflicts. "We are preparing for the worst," conceded Prime suspected jihadist attack. "Today, added to our classic challenges is that of Minister Boubou Cisse on Thursday. "The means we have succeeding in the war against the coronavirus," President do not allow us to be behind every Malian." The World Health Organization has called on the Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on Tuesday at a Defence African continent to "wake up", after the first death in Council meeting. The war is mostly one of awareness. Fear of the corosub-Saharan Africa from the pandemic was announced on navirus has not yet taken hold in Bamako: tea glasses are Wednesday in Burkina Faso, which borders Mali. Millions of people could die from the new coronavirus, still being shared and hands are still being shaken. In buses and taxis, customers still huddle together. It particularly in poor countries, if it is allowed to spread unchecked, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned is only in the upper echelons of power that people greet on Thursday, appealing for a coordinated global response. each other with an elbow. "We have to communicate so that Malians become "Global solidarity is not only a moral imperative, it is aware of the magnitude of the pandemic," said Seydou in everyone's interests," he said. In Bamako, Dr Ilo Bella Diall said he did what he Doumbia, dean of the medical school in Bamako where could to prepare as soon as the epidemic began to spread 143 tests of the virus -- all negative -- have been carried outside China. The director of Point G University Hospi- out. The option of confinement has so far been ruled out tal had unused hospital buildings converted for isolating in a country whose economy is heavily dependent on the COVID-19 patients. "We are preparing for all possible scenarios," he said. informal sector, with the majority of the population earnBut according to the Ministry of Health, Mali has only ing a meagre day-to-day living. The government has, however, suspended flights from 600 litres of hydro-alcoholic gel despite a need for 500,000 litres, and 59 medical infrared thermometers, well short affected countries and closed schools in a bid to prevent of the 20,000 needed. The country has only 2,000 test kits ( / ANALYSIS / 4)



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their means of living. Yes, there is promise of government assistance to the most affected sectors of the population. But how fast can these reach the families of those whose cooking pan are already turned upside down? And how long will the inventories at the local and national government levels last? Can the available stocks of basic family commodities outlast the prevalence of the CoViD 19? For now no one can provide definitive answers to all these queries. We can only hope that we would not end up “dying witnesses” to our fellowmen while their health is also slowly slipping away by the minute.

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AEON Luxe Properties Inc. President and CEO Ian Y. Cruz (center) and PAREB officers led by their President Samuel Lao (5th from the right) during the event at Aeon Towers Showroom on March 7, 2020.

ON MARCH 7, 2020, Davao-based developer Aeon Luxe Properties, Inc. hosted a luncheon for members of the Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards, Inc. at Aeon Towers Showroom, J.P. Laurel Avenue, in Davao City. More than 30 members of PAREB, Inc., the first

MATIAS Regis, Jr., Unit Head of Investment Promotion and Generation Unit of the Davao City Investment Promotion Center, with Aeon Luxe Properties, Inc. Marketing Communications Director Almira Mariano.

and largest national real estate service organization in the country, were welcomed by Aeon Luxe Properties, Inc. headed by its President Ian Y. Cruz. During the event, a Product Knowledge Seminar was conducted among the guests to inform them about the company, its iconic 33-story project Aeon Towers

PAREB Inc. President Samuel Lao (3rd from right) and members enjoy an exclusive site visit of the 33rd level at Aeon Towers, which is overlooking Davao City and Samal Island. Together with them is Aeon Luxe Properties Business Unit Head Fauziah Jamsuri (center).

REPRESENTATIVES from BPI Family Savings Bank led by Rommel Geyrozaga (left), Market Head for Housing Loans of Davao and Gensan Retail Loan Center, receive a token of appreciation from Aeon Luxe Properties, Inc. Marketing Communications Director Almira Mariano (2nd from left).

and future development Aeon Bleu. Aeon Luxe also invited guest speakers to share relevant information with the PAREB members. Matias Regis, Jr., Unit Head of Investment Promotion and Generation Unit of the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC), addressed the PAREB members on behalf of DCIPC Chief April Marie Dayap and talked about the various developments in the city. BPI Family Savings Bank led by Mr. Rommel Geyrozaga, market head for housing loans of Davao and Gensan Retail Loan Center Bank, discussed on bank financing. After the presentations and socials with Aeon Luxe sales representatives, the PAREB members led by their President Mr. Samuel Lao were given a tour of Aeon Towers. “I would like to express my gratitude to the participating members from the Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards, Inc. for giving us the time and opportunity to present to them our promising properties, most especially our flagship project Aeon Towers. We hope that this business partnership will take us to greater heights in the future,” Mr. Ian Cruz, Aeon Luxe President and CEO said. This partnership is just the beginning of Aeon Luxe’s expansion program to gear up with a stronger and larger sales force with a nationwide reach. The company envisions to extend beyond the Mindanao market and tap other key cities across the Philippines.

AEON Luxe Properties, Inc. representative William Braza discuss reasons to invest in Davao City and in Aeon Luxe with the members of the Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards, Inc.


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My top Mindanao quarantine destinations THE CORONAVIRUS that is currently plaguing this planet has definitely changed the way we live in just a matter of weeks. It has affected every aspect of our lives, including the way we think. Seven days into quarantine got me thinking, "if not in my scrubby abode, where would I prefer to get stuck alone in 30 days?" Good question. After more than 30 years of traveling, I made a rundown of my preferred places in Mindanao where I can enjoy solitary isolation. Mainit Sulfuric Hot Spring in Maco, Davao de Oro. Taking daily hot spring showers from mineral-rich water that cascades over a huge boulder ain't a bad thing. Also, heat or humidity is said to decrease the virulence and infectivity of certain viruses. Who knows, this could be the antidote to my boredom. Camiguin Island. Isolated from mainland Mindanao, Camiguin is quarantine heaven. With just more than 88,000 population scattered in a 23,794-hectare area, there's social distancing guaranteed. With waterfalls, white sand island and dietary fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants-rich lanzones, what's not to love? Fetam Klego in Columbo, Sultan Kudarat. This piece of paradise is so remote that not many tourists visit it. Hidden behind cogon grass-covered mountains, it has fresh spring water from an underground river and waterfalls, and vegetation in nearby valleys. While this was also the epicenter in one of last year's earthquakes,

TURTLE Islands in Tawi-Tawi has one of the best sunsets I have seen

IMAGINE having daily natural sauna at Mainit Sulfuric Hot Spring

MT APO is the ultimate in social distancing

there's not much to worry since there are no buildings in the area. I can live here for a month. Dinagat Islands. The tiny island province is surrounded by sparsely populated islets, such as Cabilan Island in Dinagat, La Isla Aga and Lalaking Bukid in Basilisa, Kisses Islets in Libjo, and Hibuson, Stingray Islet, and Puyo Islet in Loreto municipalities. Now, which one should I choose? With crabs, lobsters and other kinds of seafood as a staple food, this is what bliss is all about. Municipality of Turtle Islands in Tawi-Tawi. It is one of the few remaining major nesting sites of the Green Sea turtles in the world. Social distancing, check. It only has 4,727 inhabitants. Yes, I don't mind sharing my space with turtles. Availability of necessary provisions, check - procured from nearby Lahad Datu, Malaysia (180 kilometers away - roughly the distance between Davao City and Trento, Agusan del Sur). Talikud Island in the Island Garden City of Samal. If I can't afford to go too far, I can settle for Talikud. I just need to stay away from those pesky bats in the ENJOYING daily baths in natural tubs in Fetam Klego isn't a bad idea island's caves. But besides that, with the availability of fruits, vegetable, seafood, and the beach, who am I to complain? Mount Apo, Davao City. It is far enough - highest peak at 9,692 feet - to sever me from the rest of the population. There's freshwater supply, vegetation for food, and data signal, in case I want to post my daily grind on Instagram. And the view? Priceless. For a nature lover, like me, Apo is the ultimate in confinement. Now, if given a chance to choose, where would you want to be quarantined?

SOLITARY coffee session with a volcano in the background? Only in Camiguin

UNLIMITED supply of fresh buko and the beach make Dinagat Island a quarantine paradise


LEGAL NOTICE Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the New Rules of Court, Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased VIRGINIA M. AMARILLENTO, who died on May 13, 2018 and deceased RODOLFO AMARILLENTO, who died on November 23, 2018, both died at Davao City, left a certain parcel of land covered by TCT No. 146-2018012621, containing an area of 234 sq. meters, more or less, has been the subject of an EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION WITH DEED OF SALE, executed by their heirs per Doc. No. 506; Page No. 103; Book No. V11; Series of 2020 of the NOTARY PUBLIC JOAHNNA EVE S. TEJERO.

(MT- March 11, 16 & 23, 2020)


Davao Ros-Ver Pawnshop, Incorporated

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

Ilustre St., Davao City Tel # 224-1204; 222-6086


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

FOR RENT OFFICE SPACES Along University Ave., Juna Subd Matina, Davao City CALL

(0932) 372 7799

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


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

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

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

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

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 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.

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.

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 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


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

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



MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020


MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020



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911 for your queries (on COVID-19), you are barring much more important calls such as for emergencies disasters,” she said. In the same vein, the Central 911 ambulances should not be treated as private chauffeurs that will ferry suspected cases to the Southern Philippines Medical Center. The city government already has standby vehicles for that purpose. Previously, the mayor said that Davaoeños may call 911 for medical consultations. But the objective was to encourage people to stay at home rather than making the trip to the clinics or hospital. Some doctors in the city have volunteered to help provide free checkups over the phone. “If you are not experiencing any alarming or critical manifestations, then you are advised to not go to the hospital. Instead, you call be consulted by doctors by just dialling 911 in your landlines and cellphones,” the statement from the city reads. The service is avail-


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The suspect was identified as Amerel Ejara Asari, 33, jobless, and an original resident of Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur. He was also reportedly included in the Directorate for Intelligence drug watchlist of the Talomo station. Asari was busted after he sold a sachet of shabu worth P10,000 to an undercover operative. Recovered from him were seven sachets containing suspected shabu, and weighing about 19 grams valued at P304,000, a cellphone, and P150 in cash. Lt Col. Ronald Lao, the commander of Talomo

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able from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Again, for any COVID-19 concerns, the public is asked to call only the operation center, which is open 24.7. “We have operationalized the center so that all your questions and queries about COVID-19 will be catered. Report to the center immediately when you have experienced some symptoms like colds, cough, fever, chills, headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and sore throat,” she said. The operation center can be reached through: Globe – 0917 508 6548; Smart – 0919 071 1111; PLDT hotline – 082 244 0181 E-mail adderess – covidtf@davaocitya.gov.ph She said that the center is manned by city health personnel who will give instructions on what to do. The goal is to prevent people from rushing to the different centers and hospitals, which could increase the risk of community transmission.

Police Station, said that the police personnel continue to make sure to go after criminal elements, even as they play support to the contain the threat of COVID-19. “I appreciate the hard work and dedication of these officers,” Lao said. “The result of this investigation and operation is indicative of their dedication to duty and to their sworn oath.” The suspect is detained in the Talomo Police Station, facing a case for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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be subjected to retesting. Before they can be cleared for COVID-19, they should show negative results on tests taken 48 hours apart. On the same day, the DOH bared that there are 77 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing a total number of 307. Of these 77 new cases, two are from Davao Region. Meanwhile, the DOH Davao Center for Health Development (DCHD) confirmed that two of the four persons under investigation (PUI) who died while waiting for their tests results tested negative to COVID-19. The 71-year old PUI from Matanao, Davao del Sur due to septic shock secondary to generalized peritonitis secondary to perforated peptic ulcer last March 15, 2020 in Southern

Philippines Medical Center. The other PUI was a 68-year-old Korean national who resided in Panabo, Davao del Norte who died last March 17, 2020 In Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC)  The results of the two other PUIs have not yet come in. Mayor Sara Duterte has reiterated her reminder to the public to stay calm amid the pandemic. “I told you already that we should expect for (COVID-19) positive cases in the city. And finally, we already have cases in our city, but do not panic. What we should do is to make sure we are taking the precautionary measures set by the doctors. Let us stay at home, wash your hands regularly and observe social distancing,” she said. By Samantha T. Burgos


Lockdown starts in South Cotabato; P34.7-M allotted to fight COVID-19 KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 21 March) -- South Cotabato closed its borders to non-residents starting Saturday as it allotted P34.7 million to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the area. Through Executive Order 18 Series of 2020, Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo Jr., however, assured those transporting food and other essential consumer supplies unhampered entry to the province to ensure enough supply for the lockdown that will last for 14 days, or until April 6, 2020. Those transporting food and other essential supplies will be given special fast lanes without the stringent checking accorded by those manning the checkpoints on private vehicles, he said. Only those who are in-

volved in the medical, peace and order, rescue, COVID-19 prevention interventions, civil servants, media, public utilities and those seeking immediate medical attention are allowed to enter and go out of the province, he said. “I am apologizing if this decision to lockdown the province is disrupting our public lives, but this is one of the major solutions to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our province,” Tamayo told reporters. Residents of South Cotabato who will go out on non-essential travels shall be allowed to return home after undergoing a 14-day quarantine period, he said. During the 14-day lockdown, public transport services such as buses, vans, jeepneys and tricycles are

CITY... (from page 2) (ordinary and for intensive care unit), and personal protective equipment (PPE) for ICU and ordinary use. The PPEs, she said, will be handed over to SPMC. The City Health Office, barangay health workers, and personnel of the Task Force Davao and Philippine National Police assigned at the checkpoints also received the supplies. In a previous report, the city mayor said only SPMC will cater to COVID-19 patients to avoid overwhelming the healthcare industry of the city.

“We should be able to prevent our health personnel in the private hospitals from being contaminated with the virus so that not all of our doctors and nurses and medical workers in the city will acquire it,” she said. She said mild cases will be put in the rehabilitation center in Malagos. The city mayor also said that the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, also in Malagos, will be utilized in case of a surge. The Alternative Learning Center near People’s Park has also been made as a reserve for a quarantine site.

and instead cooperate with the authorities. “ (The) Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and other hospitals may not be able to cater to all patients due to influx of COVID-19 related cases,” Abella added.

MAN... (from page 2) del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company (DSPMFC) were conducting a checkpoint in the barangay when they flagged Daggon. He was allegedly riding a motorcycle passing through the checkpoint, while wearing an ROTC

camouflage uniform with the rank of a cadel colonel. when questioned, he said that he was an Army reservist, but failed to show any ID to prove his claim. He is now under the custody of the Bansalan Municipal Police Station. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

32 FOREIGNERS... (from page 2) 600 visitors, mostly foreigners, are stranded on the island, many of them in the surfing capital town. The provincial government has issued an order to let them out of the island as part of the preventive community quarantine against COVID-19. But since March 18, all passenger flights and

and pharmacy sections while cockfights, small town lottery and lotto operations and other forms of recreational activities and gambling were ordered suspended during the 14-day lockdown. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, South Cotabato health officer, said the province remains free of COVID-19 as of Friday, although there were 2,233 persons under monitoring and 22 persons under investigation (PUI) in the area. The surge in the number of PUMs was largely due to the return of residents from Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon following the enhance community quarantine ordered recently by President Duterte, as well as the return of overseas Filipino workers from countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

REG-12... (from page 2)

HOTELS... (from page 2) might be in close contact with the infected. Mayor Sara Duterte also previously warned that more positive cases and PUIs should be expected in the days to come. But she constantly reminded the public against panicking,

suspended, Tamayo ordered. Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena initially defied the order on the suspension of tricycle operations, saying the city government does not have enough funds to assist the 8,000 drivers that would be displaced by Tamayo’s order. But on Saturday afternoon, Ogena posted on his Facebook page that tricyles will be banned for the safety of residents, noting “we need to follow the directive of the national government.” The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved in a special session on Friday P34.7 million requested by Tamayo to fund the public health emergency management program of the province for COVID-19. Malls were allowed to operate only their grocery

boats plying to and from Siargao Island have been suspended. The Rural Health Unit of General Luna has recorded a total of 269 Persons Under Monitoring and no confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of the 269 PUMs a total of 16 have finished their 14day self-quarantine. (Roel Catoto / MindaNews)

by “a group of minds from government and private sector stakeholders” for the establishment of the COVID-19 testing center in the city. He called for support from the “Soccsksargen community” regarding the proposal and noted that its “major hurdles” include budget, and accreditation by the DOH and the World Health Organization. “The consequence when COVID-19 testing is delayed is that the infected patient could have infected a lot of people already, and proper precaution was not observed because the sickness was only classified as severe pneumonia. That is why we need a COVID-19 testing center in GenSan,” he added. DOH-12 already recorded two deaths involving patients under investigation (PUI) and one confirmed case of COVID-19. A report released on Friday night by the regional epidemiology and surveil-

lance unit said the COVID-19 patient (PH145) was in stable condition and in strict isolation at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center in Cotabato City. The two deceased PUI’s, an 87-year-old male from Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat and a 51-year-old male from Koronadal City, expired last March 14 and 17, respectively, due to suspected symptoms of COVID-19. Swab samples had been taken from the two and were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Manila but the results were still pending. A total of 26 PUIs are currently admitted in various hospitals in the region, 14 were on home quarantine while six have already been discharged. Some 784 PUMs were undergoing the 14-day mandatory home quarantine while 127 were already cleared by DOH-12. (MindaNews)

ALLEGED... (from page 2) said that Gloria CamposTumalon, alias Bae Glo, was apprehended by virtue of the warrant of arrest for Criminal Case No. 6527 for kidnapping and serious illegal detention today in Purok 4, Barangay Diatagon, Lianga. The military said Tumalon, who also has standing warrants for arson and destructive arson, is the sister of Pablito Sinzo Campos, a New People’s Army leader nabbed in 2018 in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, and Emelda Campos Belandres, another NPA leader on the wanted list. He said Campos-Tumalon was also linked in the recent harassment in Diatagon, which wounded civilians in Sitio Emerald last Feb. 21, the failed ambush attempt on government troops in Sitio Simuwao (Km. 9) on Feb. 19. She is also the alleged

liaison officer who collected extortion money to be distributed to teh armed guerrillas. Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr, Police Regional Office XIII director, reminded all private individual, politicians, and local officials to refrain from giving in to the pressure of the NPA to extort money for its operations. Giving money to the NPA is a violation of Republic Act 10168 or the “Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012” and Section 3 of Executive Order No. 773 series of 2009, directing Regional, Provincial, Municipal Peace and Order Councils to apply moral suasion to and/or recommend sanctions against local chief executives who are giving material and political support to criminals and Communist Terrorist Groups.

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