Cordi gov’t directors hit for ‘tokhang’ vs media, groups

>> Tuesday, March 2, 2021

RPOC urged: Reject RLECC resolution 




BAGUIO CITY — National media organizations like the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and the biggest media group in Cordillera assailed a resolution of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) adapting a “tokhang-type” campaign against “left-leaning” groups and individuals in media and government in the administration’s drive against communist insurgency.
    The NUJP dubbed the resolution “anathema to democracy. Not only does it violate basic civil rights by arbitrarily judging people sans due process, it also poses a real danger to life and limb given the trail of bodies tokhang has left in the drug war,” the NUJP said in a statement. It called on the RLECC to junk it.
    Under RLECC Resolution No. 4, series of 2021 signed by 45 government regional directors, government teams will visit so-called "left-leaning personalities," including government personnel and members of media, as part of counterinsurgency campaign.
    “The latest resolution of the RLECC enjoining members of law enforcement agencies together with representatives of local government units to conduct tokhang to known "left-leaning" personalities in the government, media, and other entities is sending a chilling effect to the people who believe in the freedom of expression and who have still faith in democracy,” the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) said in a statement Thursday.
    Among others, the BCBC said the intent of the resolution was unconstitutional.
    In a separate statement, human rights alliance Karapatan pointed out that the “tokhang operations have been bloody, prompting relatives of victims to file a complaint before the International Criminal Court against President Duterte for crimes against humanity”.
    In its preliminary examination, the ICC has found “reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity of murder, torture and the infliction of serious physical injury and mental harm as other inhumane Acts were committed.”
    By adopting the same tactic, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said the resolution “is a direct violation of people’s right to due process, to freedom of association, against illegal search and right to life.”
On Thursday, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Cordillera Director Romel Daguimol withdrew his signature from the RLECC-CAR resolution.
    “Insurgency must be addressed, but it must be done with human rights at its core,” he said in a statement.
    “We continue to condemn terrorism, as well as the use of armed struggle to topple the government. But we continue to stand that activism is not a crime. Our people should be free to express legitimate dissent and grievances for the government to act on,” he added.
    Daguimol said the resolution was “inconsistent” with the CHR’s official position.
    “As an independent national human rights institution, it is best that CHR maintains its observer status in this and similar committees,” he said. 
    The BCBC said they, welcomed CHR director Daguimol’s withdrawal of his signature from the resolution and standing by the rights of the people of the freedom of expression.
    “We appeal to the other signatories to do the same. May we appeal also to members of the Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) to reject the RLECC resolution on Constitutional grounds.” (See Behind the Scenes in page 4 for complete text of BCBC statement).
    "Tokhang", or "knock and plead", operations were launched in 2016 as the government began its "war on drugs."
As originally planned, police officers would go to people on their "narco-lists" to convince them to surrender and to go into drug rehabilitation problems.
    "Tokhang" has since come to be associated with the deaths of "drug personalities" either in law enforcement operations or by unknown killers. 
     It is unclear how "Tokhang" will be implemented against "left-leaning" personalities since being a leftist is not illegal.
    The government has been equating activism and dissent with taking up arms against the government.
    In its 2021 World Report entry on the Philippines, rights watchdog Human Rights Watch noted "leftist activists and human rights defenders were key targets of physical and online attacks."
    "On August 17 (2020), unidentified gunmen shot dead Zara Alvarez, a legal worker for the human rights group Karapatan, in Bacolod City in the central Philippines. Alvarez’s killing came a week after peasant leader Randall Echanis was found dead, apparently tortured, in his home in Quezon City. Alvarez was the 13th Karapatan member killed during the Duterte administration."
    Rights monitor Karapatan also tallied 328 extrajudicial killings of activists and rights workers between July 2016 and August 2020, according to its May-August 2020 monitor, its most recent report.
    Cordillera police director Brig. Gen. R’Win Pagkalinawan, who co-chairs the RLECC with National Bureau of Investigation Cordillera regional director Hector Geologo said police officers are now undergoing special training to operationalize the "tokhang-style" campaign that will be implemented at the barangay level.
    According to RLECC Resolution No. 4, series of 2021, police officers will be joined by church leaders and members, NGOs, and barangay officials for the "tokhang."
    The plan of the RLECC members, according to Pagkalinawan, will be brought to the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) for their concurrence and adoption to convince LGUs to support the campaign.

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‘Bombing, strafing by gov’t troops terrorize MP villages’

BESAO, Mountain Province  - Continuous bombing and strafing by joint combat units of the 7th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police Special Action Force in Mountain Province this February have brought terror and great disturbance to communities here.
    This, according to Magno Udyaw, spokesperson of Leonardo Pacsi Command - New People's Army Mountain Province.
In a statement sent to media outfits, Udyaw said a bomb was dropped Feb. 11 while four rounds of strafing was done in pasture lands here at Barangay Tamboan.
    This was reportedly followed with nine rounds of strafing in the boundary of Besao, and Tubo, Abra, pasture land and hunting grounds of communities last Feb. 15.
    "The bombing and strafing was done even if there was no armed encounter between government troops and the NPA this February in the province. It has only terrorized village folks and disturbed their livelihood,” he said.
    Udyaw said, “after the successful tactical offensive by a unit under the Augustin Begnalen Command - NPA Abra, government troops dropped at least 14 bombs in the boundary of Tubo and Besao which killed a pasture animal.
    According to Major Rogelio Dumbrigue of the 7th ID, bombing and strafing are reportedly standard operating procedures of the military with or without armed encounter with the NPA.
    “This only means that they have no concern about the lives and livelihood of innocent civilians. These bombings and strafing is only meant to bring fear among the people," Udyaw added. 
    Udyaw called on people of Mountain Province to condemn such  acts of the AFP and PNP and demand indemnification for killed pasture animals, environment al destruction, and trauma experienced by the people.
    The LPC-NPA urged Mountain Province folks to call for total stop of military operations in this time of Covid-19 pandemic. 

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P11.5 billion Baguio mass transport monorail pushed

By Dexter A. See

BAGUIO CITY -- A multinational holdings company is proposing to the local government a P11.5 billion mass transport project composed of a 4-km elevated monorail around the central business district area and a series of feeder lines  composed of battery-powered buses to make Baguio City the first urban center to pilot green ecosystem and electric-powered monorail system.
    The prosed monorail project will consist of eight strategic stations around the central business district which will be powered by electricity and some 300 battery-powered buses that will service transportation of residents from their residences to monorail stations and to their places of work.
    Robert John Sobrepen֮a, chairman of the Metro Global Holdings Corp., said the project will be inclusive of all sectors involved in the city’s public mass transportation to ensure alignment with existing policies.
    He told city officials during recent executive-legislative meeting that initial estimates for the project was based from a pre-feasibility conducted by the company.
    The company was authorized by the city government to conduct a pre-feasibility study for the proposed mass public transportation solution to help address worsening traffic problem, air and noise pollution with the goal of bringing back the city’s greenery through various environmental programs and projects.
    “The project will be fully funded by the company through the public-private partnership over a 50-year period of the franchise,” Sobrepen֮a said.
    Under the company’s proposal, the local government will be entitled to five percent of the fixed fare that will be collected from the single use ticket system.
    Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong urged the company to submit its unsolicited proposal for evaluation and assessment by the city’s Public Private Partnership for the People Selection Committee.
    He added proponent should also consider public utility drivers directly affected or displaced by the project.
    He said there are other companies that have made similar proposals to the local government, thus, the same will be subjected to evaluation and assessment by the city’s P4 committee once proposal is submitted.
 

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Sandigan clears former Cagayan gov of graft

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- A former governor of Cagayan has been acquitted of graft charges in connection with the allegedly anomalous construction of the P213-million Cagayan Town Center (CTC), which was funded through the province’s bond sales.  
    In a 67-page decision promulgated on Feb. 19, the Sandiganbayan said the Office of the Ombudsman failed to prove that former Cagayan governor Edgar Lara acted with malice, in bad faith and partiality when he awarded the contracts for the construction of the CTC or the Paseo Reale Mall.
Lara was acquitted of two counts of violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
    The anti-graft court said local government units have the power to issue bonds to finance their development projects in accordance with law.
    The Sandiganbayan ordered the release of the P60,000 bail that Lara earlier posted for his provisional liberty. It also withdrew the hold order it issued against him.
    Filed by the ombudsman in 2011, one of the cases stemmed from the provincial goverment’s award of a financial consultancy service contract to Preferred Ventures Inc. (PVI) in November 2001.
    The PVI helped the provincial government source funds for the construction through bond flotation.
    The company was paid three percent of the total amount of the bonds issued and floated.
    Records showed that of the P205-million bonds floated, P6.15 million was paid to the PVI for the services it rendered to the provincial government.
    The other case stemmed from the award of a design and construction contract amounting to P213.795 million to the Asset Builders Corp. (ABC) in September 2003.
    The ombudsman said both contracts were awarded without public bidding and prior authorization from the provincial board.
    It said the ABC was overpaid by P8.33 million as the contract price for the project was only P213.732 million.
    The Sandiganbayan said the existing procurement rules in 2001, when the contract with PVI was entered into, did not yet require public bidding.
    As to the contract with ABC, the anti-graft court said a public bidding was conducted as shown in the Resolution of Award.

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Ilocos Sur peace gab gauds NPAs to surrender

 


By Joyah Mae C. Quimoyog

GREGORIO DEL PILAR, Ilocos Sur – Army and other government officials held a peace forum here recently to entice members of the New People’s Army to lay down their arms and join mainstream society.
    The forum was also aimed to raise awareness on recruitment tactics of communist groups and scheme of organizing the masses in barangays.
    Some 50 barangay officials, tanods, and residents from the seven barangays of the municipality attended.
    Initiated by the Army’s 81st Infantry Battalion (IB), 702nd Infantry Brigade, topics included government's fight against terrorism and insurgency, and benefits for former rebels and members of Militia ng Bayan such as the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (E-CLIP).
    Informative videos in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 that institutionalizes a “whole-of-nation approach” were also presented during the gathering.
    “The essence of the 'whole-of-nation approach' is the involvement of everybody, all sectors of our society, especially our front liners, the people in the vulnerable communities. Educating them and enhancing their awareness against the evils and deception of the communist group is one of our important tools in ending the local communist armed conflict in the province,” said Lt. Col. Rodrigo A. Mariñas, Jr., commander of 81st IB.
    A former rebel also shared his testimony and experiences on rexcuitment tactics of communist groups.
    A covenant signing denouncing the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as terrorists and declaring them as persona non grata in the municipality was conducted led by Mayor Henry S. Gallardo, Lt. Col. Mariñas, Jr., 702nd Brigade Civil-Military Operations Officer Major Rogelio A. Dumbrigue, Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office Provincial Intelligence Officer Police Lt. Col. Ariel C. Celino and Chief Provincial Operations Management Unit Police Major Rodel U. Ularte, GDP police station chief Lt. Rodel Marzan and the barangay officials.
    In his message, Mayor Gallardo told the residents, “What the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and DILG brought here for this activity is the solution to the problem that we are facing. If we had in any way been doing something before for those on the other side, let’s stop it already. I encourage you to, instead, support our government agencies on this campaign.”    
    With the theme, “Unity and solidarity for peace and development of our communities”, the forum was held in coordination with the Peace and Law Enforcement Development Support Cluster of the municipal task force to end local communist armed conflict (MTF-ELCAC) of Gregorio Del Pilar. -- PIA Ilocos Sur

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LTFRB Ilocos urged: Allow Pangasinan bus operations

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The chief of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Ilocos region has been asked to explain his alleged inaction on a request of the provincial government of Pangasinan to resume public transportation to Metro Manila.
    Gov. Amado Espino III sent the letter-request on Dec. 29, 2020, fourth district board member Jeremy Agerico Rosario said Tuesday.
    Rosario said LTFRB-Ilocos director Nasrudin Talipasan has yet to respond to the request of resuming the operation of the inter-provincial bus.
    Espino noted in the letter that all local government units in Pangasinan were in favor of the resumption of the provincial bus operation.
    He asked the LTFRB to issue special permits to the Five Star Bus Co. Inc., Victory Liner Inc. and First North Transit Inc. to operate on a limited capacity.
    Rosario said public transportation including buses in other provinces in the region have resumed operations, but not in Pangasinan.
    Rosario said they wanted Talipasan to attend their session and clear the issue.

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Mayor orders construction sites checked; outbreak on

By Aileen P. Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY -- Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered inspection of all construction sites and workers’ barracks in the city following Covid-19 outbreak among workers in one construction site near a condominium.
    The mayor ordered City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña, City Health Services Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo and City Buildings and Architecture Officer Johnny Degay to spearhead the inspections.
    Violation of health standards and protocols will result in cancellation of building permits.
    The move came on the heels of the contact tracing team report on the investigation done on the construction workers and their contacts who turned positive.
    Contact tracing reports showed gross violations of the health and safety protocols in construction and barracks sites like overall unsanitary condition of the premises, conduct of drinking sprees, failure to wear face masks and disregard of quarantine requirements.
    It was also gathered that some of these laborers undertake jobs in other construction sites furthering the risk of transmission.
    The construction workers were the city's latest Covid-19 cluster which prompted orders for a hard lockdown over the area.

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Tattoo artist arrested in La Trinidad

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A tattoo artist was arrested by town police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Benguet operatives in a buy-bust operation here in Barangay Balili Feb. 22. 
    Christian Gray Cuna aka “Ischan”, was arrested after he sold  P14,076 worth of shabu to a cop, said a report from the regional police headquarters here in Camp Dangwa.  
    A plastic sachet of suspected shabu weighing 2.07 grams was seized from the suspect. 
    Inventory of confiscated items was done in the presence of punong barangay Billy Bilango and media representative Joel Cervantes. 
    Cuna is now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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Ilocos Sur: 4 Covid- 19 deaths, 348 cases

By Joyah Mae C. Quimoyog

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur -- The province of Ilocos Sur recorded its fourth Covid-19 death Monday night, making the province with a total of 348 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 34 of which were active confirmed cases with 311 recoveries and deaths as of Feb. 23.
    In a statement, Gov. Ryan Luis Singson said the patient was a 60-year-old male from Barangay Pudoc West in Tagudin town.
    The patient was the third recorded Covid-19 death in the said town.
    On Feb. 8, the patient sought consultation at a private clinic where diagnostic procedures were done.
    He was admitted at the Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Tagudin, due to incidental detection of cough and the result of the radiologist test, where he stayed in a private room soon after thoracentesis was completed.
     Investigation bared no history of travel or exposure to a known confirmed case where his initial antigen test result was negative to SARS-Cov-2.
    On Feb. 17, he manifested difficulty of breathing which prompted immediate intubation and subsequent transfer to Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union.
    He was swabbed upon admission and his RT-PCR rendered a positive result.
    The patient died Feb. 23 with final diagnosis of septic shock secondary to pneumonia, severe Covid-19 confirmed-critical case; chronic kidney disease, diabetes and pneumothorax.
    “We are deeply in sorrow and we empathize with the family of our deceased provincemate,” said Singson. “Despite stringent protocols and steadfast implementation of mitigation measures, he added, Covid-19 remains difficult to abate.”
    Ilocos Sur recorded its third Covid-19 death on Dec. 2, 2020.
    He was a 45-year-old male from Barangay Maynganay Sur, Sta. Maria, who died of acute respiratory failure secondary to asphyxia secondary to achalasia; Covid-19 and severe community acquired pneumonia. -- PIA Ilocos Sur

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Illegal settlers refuse to vacate Vizcaya danger zone; DENR sets cases

By Benjamin Moses M. Ebreo

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya - The Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to file charges against illegal settlers who refuse to leave the geo-hazard areas at Barangay Runruno in Quezon town where people were killed were recently killed during a landslide.
    Edgar Martin Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer said the legal move is needed since many of the illegal settlers who come from the provinces of Quirino, Isabela and Ifugao provinces continue to defy their order to leave their homes as they are situated in geo-hazard areas.
    "We have been continuously telling them of the risks and their violations in living in the geo-hazard and forest zone areas. So far, many have complied with our order and there are still some who refuse to leave the area," he said.
    Martin recently attended the Sangguniang Panlalawigan hearing on environmental issues and concerns in Runruno headed by Board Member Flodemonte Gerdan.
    Martin said since the Runruno tragedy that killed 10 illegal settlers during the onset of typhoon 'Ulysses', a series of dialogues and information campaign activities have been conducted by the DENR, MGB, PNP, LGU and other agencies to convince the illegal settlers to leave their high risk abodes.
    He said that out of the 411 illegal settlers, only 28 families refuse to leave the geo-hazard areas in sitios Bit-ang 1 and 2, Balcony and Compound.
    "Most of these illegal settlers have been compensated properly by the FCF Minerals Corporation since the previous years," Martin said.
    He added that a 21-hectare relocation area in Barangay Boliwao is now being procured by the local government unit of Quezon for the illegal settlers.
    Martin however said that only 37 families from Quezon town have qualified to be relocated in the area, based on criteria set by the National Housing Authority(NHA) which also pledged P50 million for the development of the relocation site.
    He said that checkpoints have been set-up in barangay Runruno to prevent illegal entrants from entering the geo-hazard areas including installation of billboards warning the entry of entrants.
    Martin said the move to relocate the illegal settlers in the geo-hazard areas in barangay Runruno is part of the government's Build Back Better Program after typhoon 'Ulysses' severely flooded most of Cagayan Valley region's provinces and cities. -- PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya

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3 Bontoc schools to get Starbooks from DOST

By Alpine L. Killa 

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Three public schools of this capital town will soon have the first digital science library in the Philippines -- the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks (Starbooks) of the Dept. of Science and Technology (DOST). Recipients are Dalican National High School (NHS), Guina-ang NHS, and Guina-ang NHS- Mainit Extension.
    The schools are located in End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) identified barangays.
The DOST allocated P150, 000 under the ELCAC funding for the procurement of Starbooks.
Starbooks is a stand-alone information kiosk, hence information access is possible even without internet connection that is why it is for isolated areas.
The information kiosk contains educational videos, library materials, DOST publications including the Philippine Science Journal, DOST technologies, interactive Science and Math course ware, and other education-related materials.
Prior to turnover of Starbooks kiosks to recipients, a memorandum of agreement was forged between the DOST represented by DOST Mountain Province chief Alfonso Berto and Bontoc government represented by Mayor Franklin Odsey and Labor and Employment Officer II/ Science and Technology coordinator Jenelyn Caluza . Also present was Municipal Accountant Yolanda Comafay.
The signing of the MOA was held Feb. 17 at Bontoc Municipal Capitol.

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Surprise market inspection yields 600 kg spoiled meat

By Aileen P. Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY --  - A surprise inspection at the city public market Feb. 18 yielded close to 600 kilograms of meat unfit for human consumption up for sale to consumers.
    City Veterinarian Brigit Piok in a report to Mayor Benjamin Magalong said a total of 574.3 kg of meat and chicken were confiscated from six sellers in the operation jointly conducted by the City Veterinary Officer, the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and the Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) headed by Marvin Herrera.
    Piok said the confiscated meat were found to be either hemorrhagic or pneumonic, mishandled, decomposed or with foul odor while the chicken products were found to have been color-enhanced.
    Piok said they turned over confiscation documents to the City Market Superintendent Fernando Ragma Jr. for filing of cases against the erring sellers.
    City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias said his office will work with the Permits and Licensing Division on the cancellation of business permits, if any, of the offenders.
    Magalong lauded the team members for their effort which he said is necessary at this time when some people take advantage of the problem on meat supply shortage.
    Piok said the meat market task force decided to conduct the surprise inspection and random monitoring as part of its mandate to safeguard public health by preventing consumers from buying meat that are not safe.
    "Although meat vendors are aware of the safe and hygienic meat handling laws and regulations, there are still violators hence we do inspections regularly and at random but this time, it was done in surprise to catch those who do not comply with our laws," Piok said.

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3 ELCAC dev't projs set in Rizal, Kalinga

By Peter A. Balocnit

RIZAL, Kalinga -- Three projects with total fund of P20 million were approved for Barangay Babalag East in this town under the End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) and Retooled Community Support Program of the Dept. of Interior and Local Government.
    These are the construction of water system for Purok 3 worth P3 million; construction of health center building  worth P2 million and concreting of the Barroga-Baggas road with box culvert worth P15 M.
    Municipal Planning and Development coordinator Cynthia Vicente said the local government unit of Rizal received notice these projects were included in the General Appropriations Act of 2021, and funds will be downloaded to the provincial government per Dept. of Budget and Management circular.
    She said the projects were selected from a checklist of priority projects during the barangay development plan enhancement Oct. 27-29 last year.
    Babalag East is one among eight recipient barangays in the Cordillera Administrative Region of ELCAC development projects that include four in Malibcong (Bayabas, Buano, Dulao and Duldulao), two in Sallapadan (Naguilian and Ud-udiao) in Abra, and Tambaon in Besao, Mountain Province.
    Babalag East has an area of more than 536 hectares with population of 1,196 of different ethnic tribes.
    Majority of the populace are engaged in farming and poverty is prevalent in the area. – PIA Kalinga

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PCSO: Closure of Isabela STL operation up to Du30

ILAGAN, Isabela -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is waiting for Malacañang’s order to suspend the operation of the small town lottery in Isabela province following allegations of violation of health and safety protocols as well as existence of unlicensed STL operators.
    Being under the Office of the President, the PCSO left it to President Duterte to decide to either stop or continue the STL operation in the province, according to PCSO general manager Royina Garma.
    “We respect the decision of the local government. However, the PCSO is under the Office of the President. We will have to wait for a directive from the Palace,” Garma told journalists recently.
    In a joint hearing of the House committees on good government and accountability, and games and amusement on Tuesday, lawmakers questioned Garma regarding the continued operation of PCSO’s authorized agent corporation (AAC) in Isabela, despite a closure order issued by Gov. Rodolfo Albano III and Cauayan Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy.
    Isabela Rep. Faustino Dy V, who sought an inquiry into the matter, said a majority of the province’s COVID cases were bet collectors of STL operator Sahara Games and Amusement Philippines Corp.
    Dy said Sahara was found to be operating without a business permit and license from the provincial and city governments.
    In his speech, Dy said STL bet collectors go around towns and cities, and could easily contract and spread the COVID virus.
    He said as of Feb. 8, Cauayan had 601 COVID cases, 188 of whom were employees of an STL operator.
    The town of San Marcelino recorded 199 cases, 117 of whom were STL workers, Dy said.

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Baguio night market reopens

BAGUIO CITY– The famous Baguio night market along Harrison Road here resumed operations Wednesday night after the city government through a task force approved its reopening.
    The night market was ordered closed when the national government imposed the enhanced community quarantine in March last year as the country declared national health emergency due to coronavirus pandemic.
    On Dec. 1, 2020, the night market was reopened in time for Christmas. 
    But Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered its immediate closure after a day due to violations of health and safety protocols.
    The night market vendors were allowed to sell their wares after the city government approved resumption of the night market on Dec. 11, 2020 with stricter regulations and tighter security measures imposed.
    The night market was again closed as the whole Cordillera Region was put back under a General Community Quarantine Status starting Feb. 1. Last Wednesday, 352 stalls were reopened  — 304 for dry goods and 48 for food.
    The original number of stalls before the quarantines was over 1,000.
    Strict entry and exit points including safety protocols were observed during the reopening.
    The night market is open to the public from 8 to 11:30 p.m. every night.

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