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The Office of Civil Defense in Calabarzon (OCD 4A) has recommended that people living near trees and big structures be evacuated during storms, after typhoon “Glenda” caused many casualties in the region.

“Those living near large structures like billboards, walls, electric and communication posts, as well as trees, should also be warned and encouraged to evacuate,” OCD 4A director Vicente Tomazar said in a report to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who chairs the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Currently, only people living in areas prone to floods, landslides, and storm surges are covered by plans of pre-emptive evacuation.

But it was observed that most of the 66 people killed and 96 injured as of Sunday in Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon were hit by uprooted trees, collapsing walls, and other falling debris, said Tomazar, who also chairs the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

In a full council meeting of the RDRRMC 4A on Friday, it was also recommended that trees along highways and major roads be trimmed, or the planting of trees in such areas be discouraged altogether.

Toppled trees and posts left roads impassable, especially for rescuers, Tomazar said.

Meanwhile, Tomazar recommended that the government also come up with an “emergency communications strategy” that could be used during disasters, as regional authorities were practically cut off from national and local agencies for hours, after Glenda struck.

“The storm crippled telecommunication facilities, disrupting emergency services. Due to this, information at the higher DRRMC was limited,” he said.

As of Sunday morning, the RDRRMC 4A recorded 667,497 affected persons, 106,539 destroyed houses, and P661.37 million worth of damage, but has yet to receive information from some areas in Quezon, Laguna, and Batangas because of communication problems.

Glenda’s effects on the region’s economy “have yet to be fully reckoned,” the council said.

Tomazar cited the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as one of the national agencies inaccessible during Glenda’s onsluaught.

“The forecasting capability of DOST-PAGASA was very much appreciated, it was very accurate. But its accessibility on the website was a major issue during the passage of the typhoon” he said.

Tomazar admitted that current incident management plans and procedures “fell short” and that the local DRRMC system, though well coordinated, was “overwhelmed” by Glenda, which is now considered as one of the most destructive storms that hit Calabarzon.

“Improved operational plans could have better mitigated the typhoon’s tragic effects,” he said. (John Roson)

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The number of fatalities caused by typhoon “Glenda” (Rammasun) surged to 51 Thursday, as authorities recieved more reports of casualties from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region, where the storm knocked down many power and telecommunication lines.

Storm-caused deaths rose to 33 in Calabarzon alone and three people are still missing, according to a report from the Office of Civil Defense 4A.

Eleven died in Laguna, followed by eight in Quezon, six in Batangas, five in Cavite, and three in Rizal.

Most of the fatalities were hit by falling trees, collapsing walls, and other storm debris, while some drowned and one suffered heart attack while being rescued, according to the report.

One of the fatalities in the OCD-4A report, identified as Mario Moral, was captain of a fishing boat that capsized off Cavite City on Wednesday because of rough sea conditions caused by “Glenda.”

Navy personnel found Moral’s body near their base in Sangley Point past 3 p.m. and rescued his four companions, according to a report from the Cavite provincial police.

“Quezon province is the hardest hit by typhoon ‘Glenda.’ The region is still waiting for reports of local governments whose communication lines were damaged, which resulted in the slow generation and submission of reports,” OCD 4A director Vicente Tomazar said in his report.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, meanwhile, said 18 people died in Metro Manila (2), Central Luzon (4), Mimaropa (5), Bicol (4), Western Visayas (1), and Eastern Visayas (2).

One of the fatalities in Central Luzon, identified as 69-year-old Pacita Janggui, suffered a stroke when the roof of her house in Sto. Tomas, Pampanga, was blown off by the typhoon’s strong winds, according to the NDRRMC.

The fatality in Western Visayas, Felipe Royo, was previously reported as missing. He was carried away by waters of a river that he tried to cross in Janiuay, Iloilo.

One person remains missing in Marinduque, according to the NDRRMC.

“Glenda” damaged 19,257 houses and destroyed 7,002 others in Ilocos region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Metro Manila.

The storm also destroyed at least P1.135 billion worth of crops and livestock in Central Luzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol, and left at least P49.1 million worth of damage to infrastructure in Bataan, Nueva Ecija, and Metro Manila, according to the NDRRMC. (John Roson)

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Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Ten people were injured when the bus they were riding fell and landed upside down into a ravine in Tagkawayan, Quezon, early Saturday, police said.

Driver Gonzalo Joble, 65, was injured along with passengers Jinky Agra, 43, Josephine Bailey, 45, Manuel Lagramada, 56, Maria Reina Lagramada, 54, Ma. Cecilia Orain, 27, Emmlon Orain, 20, Monica Siaton, 25, all of Naga City; Arnel Doroteo, 31, of Antipolo City; and Roland Sibajon, 31, of Damulog, Bukidnon, Chief Insp. Edcille Canals, Quezon provincial police spokesman, said.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

The 10 were brought to the Maria Eleazar Memorial District Hospital, with Joble placed under the Tagkawan Police’s custody, Canals said.

The incident occurred around 12 a.m. while the Peñafrancia Tours bus (TYV-282) was travelling along the Quirino Highway in Brgy. San Vicente.

Joble was reportedly driving the bus from the Bicol region to Manila.

Investigation indicated that while maneuvering a descending section, Joble swerved to the right to avoid a newly-constructed portion of the road but lost control of the steering wheel, Canals said.

The bus fell and landed upside down into a ravine about 12 feet deep, he said.

A concerned citizen reported the incident around 12:10 a.m. so members of the Tagkawayan Police, Municipal Health Unit, and civilian volunteers conducted a rescue operation and pulled out the bus occupants, Canals said. (John Roson)

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Photo courtesy of Quezon Police Provincial Office

Photo courtesy of Quezon Police Provincial Office

Nine people, including four minors, died after a passenger bus collided with and dragged the tricycle they were riding, along the Maharlika Highway in Calauag, Quezon, early Sunday, police said.

Passengers Natividad Breva, 51; Federico Ebiernas, 44; Letecia Ebiernas, 43; Jackielyn Casabon, 29; Krizel Pera, 14; Glicel Casabon, 9; Daniela Olanda, 9; and Kathleen Casabon, 7, died on the spot while their driver Redentor Olanda, 37, was declared dead at the St. Peter Hospital, Quezon provincial police spokesman Chief Insp. Ediclle Canals said.

The incident occurred around 7:25 a.m., while Olanda was driving the tricycle along the highway’s portion in Brgy. Biyan.

The tricycle was heading towards Calauag town proper when it was hit by the Arandia Bus Line unit (EVN-970) being driven by Albert Oli from Manila to Bicol, Canals said.

The bus dragged the tricycle some 56 meters from the point of impact, he said.

Investigation showed that Oli overtook another bus by using the opposite lane, causing his bus to collide head on with Olanda’s tricycle.

Oli’s bus suffered heavy damage due to the strong impact, while the tricycle was totally wrecked, Canals said.

The fatalities’ bodies have been brought to a local funeral parlor while Oli is now detained at the Calauag Police Station.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property are now being prepared against the bus driver, Canals said. (John Roson)

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Armed men abducted a radio reporter and commentator inside a restaurant in Candelaria, Quezon, early Sunday, police said.

Melinda Jennifer Glifonea, of 103.1 FM Edge Radio, was abducted shortly before 4 a.m., while she was eating at the Lugawan ng Masa restaurant along Argao st., Brgy. Poblacion, Chief Insp. Edcille Canals, Quezon provincial police spokesman, said.

Two men wearing bull caps and had their faces covered with handkerchiefs arrived at the restaurant on a silver Toyota Innova, drew short firearms, and declared a heist, Canals said.

The gunmen ordered everyone inside the restaurant to lie on the floor, forcibly took Glifonea to their vehicle, then fled towards the direction of Brgy. Pahinga Norte and the Candelaria Bypass road, he said.

The incident was captured on the establishment’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.

The abductors’ vehicle had its registration plate covered, but its conduction sticker 7858 was seen, Canals said.

Members of the Candelaria Police are still tracking down the abductors and the victim as of this writing. (John Roson)

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Two consultants of re-electionist Quezon Gov. David Suarez were found dead after being “ambushed” by armed men in Tiaong on Monday night, police said.

Supt. Laudemer Llaneta, Tiaong Police chief, identified the fatalities as Genesis Castillo and Sharon Matibag, both “rural development consultants” at the provincial governor’s office.

Castillo and Matibag were found dead at a grassy lot in Sitio Dela Fuente, Brgy. Lagalag, around 10:30 p.m.

“Inambush sila, sakay sila ng motorsiklo. Nung unang makita ng mga residente, inakalang regular na traffic accident lang kaya itinayo pa ‘yung motorsiklo nila,” Llaneta said in a phone interview.

Responding policemen found eight spent shells of an M14 Carbine rifle and two slugs of a still undetermined type of firearm at the scene.

Residents, however, told police that they did not see what actually happened as the area was dark, Llaneta said.

“Sa di kalayuan may isang bahay kung saan may nakadinig daw ng mga putok ng baril pero akala rebentador lang kaya hindi pinansin,” the police official added.

Llaneta said investigators are still studying some “documents” recovered from Castillo and Matibag, in hopes to determine the motive for the killing.

Governor Suarez is seeking re-election under the National Unity Party, according to the Commission on Elections’ list of candidates. (John Roson)

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Thirteen suspected members of a criminal group were killed while a police official was injured in a clash between Atimonan and Plaridel, Quezon, on Sunday afternoon, police and military officials said.

Members of the Calabarzon regional police intelligence division and Quezon Provincial Police encountered suspected members of a “partisan armed group” around 3 p.m., PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo said in a text message.

Col. Generoso Bolina, spokesman of the Armed Forces’ Southern Luzon Command, said the policemen, along with members of the Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion, flagged down two Montero sports utility vehicles at a checkpoint in Brgy. Tanauan, Plaridel, but were fired upon by the vehicles’ occupants.

The shooting prompted the policemen and soldiers to retaliate, Bolina said.

Thirteen were killed on the criminal group’s side while a certain Supt. Marantan was injured on the government side, Cerbo said.

Supt. Hansel Marantan was rushed to the Dona Martha Hospital due to bullet wounds to the left arm and left foot, but was later transferred to a hospital in Lucena City, according to Chief Supt. James Melad, Calabarzon regional police director.

The suspects’ SUVs were also destroyed during the shootout, Bolina said.

Troops recovered an M14 rifle, M16 baby armalite rifle, and at least eight caliber-.45 pistols from the slain suspects, he added. (John Roson)

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13 hurt in Quezon bus-truck mishap

Thirteen people were injured in an accident involving a passenger bus and two 10-wheeler trucks in Tagkawayan, Quezon, early Friday, police said.

An RSL bus hit an incoming truck before the latter was sideswiped by another truck, Quezon Provincial Police director Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon said.

Twelve passengers of the bus and truck driver Buhay Tolentino were injured and brought to the Maria Eleazar Memorial District Hospital for treatment, De Leon said in a text message.

The incident occurred around 5:15 a.m. along the Quirino Highway in Brgy. San Vicente.

Jose Batola was driving the bus (EVP-976) towards the south when his vehicle hit a 10-wheeler truck (RFR-312) being driven by Avelino Bagangan towards Manila, De Leon said.

Initial investigation indicated that Batola tried to overtake the 10-wheeler truck (UVB-833) driven by Tolentino which, in turn, sideswiped the tail of Bagangan’s truck, the police official said.

All vehicles suffered a still undetermined amount of damages. (John Roson)

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A barangay treasurer in San Francisco, Quezon, lost her legs while her live-in partner was also injured when a suspected grenade went off beside their bed, police reported Wednesday.

Miriam De Villa, 33, treasurer of Brgy. Poblacion, and Ernesto Genovaña, 31, were rushed by relatives to a nearby hospital and were later transferred to Lucena City, PO2 Bernard Buñag, investigator at the San Francisco Police, said.

De Villa’s legs were both mutilated while her live-in partner suffered injuries in both feet, Buñag said in his report.

According to Buñag, a certain Donna Rocas called police past 11 p.m. Monday to report the explosion in Purok 3, Brgy. Poblacion.

Members of the San Francisco Police went to the area and found De Villa and Genovaña already being transported by their relatives.

The victims were said to be sleeping when the explosion occurred, Buñag said.

Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, a safety pin believed to be that of the grenade was found at the headboard of the victims’ bed, he said.

Police have asked Anthony Ronnie Arbon, Lenelyn Lamo, and Nick Nabora to explain why the victims mentioned their names after the explosion.

Arbon and Lamo denied any knowledge of the incident while Nabora failed to appear at the police station, Buñag said.

Police are still conducting a follow-up investigation to identify those responsible for the blast. (John Roson)

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Anti-narcotics agents arrested a barangay chairman of Lanao del Sur and his two companions for selling shabu, during an entrapment operation in San Pedro, Laguna, authorities said Saturday.

Salpoden Mampao, chairman of Brgy. Mapoling, Lumba-Bayabao, was arrested inside a popular fast food chain outlet along the National Highway in Brgy. Nueva, on Monday, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Arturo Cacdac said.

Also arrested were Mampao’s companions Matuan Badong, 22, and Jalal Rinanandang, 28, both residents of San Lorenzo Village, Brgy. Balibago, Sta. Rosa City.

“An undercover agent was able to hatch a drug transaction with Mampao, who agreed to rendezvous inside a restaurant,” Cacdac said in a statement.

Members of the PDEA Regional Office 4A and policemen seized Mampao and his companions after they received the marked P500 bill in exchange for two sachets with 10 grams of shabu worth P20,000, Cacdac said.

The operatives also confiscated two loaded caliber-.45 pistols, a caliber-.38 revolver, and a sports utility vehicle from the suspects.

Another companion of Mampao, identified only as a certain Nasser Afdal, was able escape.

Charges of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are now being prepared against the 28-year-old Mampao and his companions. (John Roson)

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