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27 July 2022 • 5 minutes Read
4 killed, 60 injured in powerful Abra earthquake |PHILSTAR.COM – The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Abra on Wednesday morning has left four people dead and 60 injured, Interior Minister Benhur Abalos told a news conference in Malacañang. Of the four deaths, two were recorded in Benguet, one in Abra and one in the Mountains Province, Abalos said. After being clarified by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Abalos said all four died in a landslide. Earlier, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that they were verifying reports of the death of a construction worker trapped under falling debris in La Trinidad, Benguet, although the office of Rep. Eric Go Yap sent photos of the incident to reporters, saying the death was confirmed. Citing data from local officials, police and firefighting units, Abalos reported that the quake caused road closures in parts of Abra, power failures in Abra and Benguet, communication cuts in Region 1 and landslides in several areas of the Cordillera Administrative Region. CAR, where Abra is located, was badly damaged as 29 city roads were damaged, as well as three bridges in Abra, and 137 public and private buildings. In the Ilocos Region, damage has been reported in Ilocos Sur but the council assured the public that there was no threat of a tsunami.
Galvez mourns murder of ‘peace process ally’ former Mayor of Furigay | PHILSTAR.COM – Secretary Carlito Galvez, Advisor to the President for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, has joined the voices of mourning the passing of the former mayor of Lamitan, Basilan Rose Furigay, among the victims in the tragic shooting of Ateneo over the weekend. The attack took place before the graduation of Ateneo Law School on the Katipunan Avenue University campus, killing a member of Furigay’s staff and a security guard and injuring three others, including Furigay’s daughter who was supposed to graduate that day. In a statement, Galvez condemned “in the strongest terms” the killing of the former mayor as he recalled Furigay’s track record in development efforts in Lamitan City. “He will always be remembered… the peace process has lost a strong ally especially in the island province of Basilan. Mayor Rose is known for his integrity and credibility in good governance, which is why it is impossible to believe the accusations and innuendos leveled against the late mayor and his family,” Galvez said. “I have known the former mayor for more than a decade… I have witnessed how the former mayor spearheaded change [and] his initiative fosters interfaith dialogue, respect and mutual understanding among the three people in the city.” To recall, the shooter, Chao Tiao Yumul turned himself in to police on 26 counts of cyber defamation in 2019 over a Facebook post he wrote defaming the mayor and his family. The Furigay family are said to be behind the defamation complaint after a long history of conflict between the two sides. Galvez said Furigay “played an important role” in implementing programs and projects that “transformed Lamitan from a formerly conflict-ridden area, into a showcase of progress and economic development.” “I am deeply saddened and outraged by this brazen act of violence… our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. We also pray that the daughter of the former mayor has a speedy recovery,” Galvez said. “The culture of violence has once again raised its ugly head. We must not allow such incidents to happen. Violence has no place in a peaceful and democratic society, as we move toward our collective goal of achieving a just and lasting peace across the country.”
Raps filed vs Yumol; 1 gun traced to Army officer | INQUIRER.NET – Police have filed criminal charges for the multiple murder and abortive murder of the suspected killer of former Lamitan City Mayor Rosita Furigay who was slain at Ateneo de Manila University. The complaint filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) at the Quezon City prosecutor’s office on Monday night charged Chao Tiao Yumol, a 38-year-old doctor, with three counts of murder for killing Furigay, 58, his aide. Victor Capistrano, 49, and security guard Ateneo Jeneven Bandiala, 35. Furigay’s daughter, Hannah Rose Marian Furigay, 25, was also hit by a bullet fired by Yumol, with doctors facing charges of frustrated murder, according to the complaint. Police also reported that another victim was injured, Julia Manabat, 54, the mother of another law school graduate. Police investigators said that Yumol attacked Furigay when he arrived Sunday afternoon at the Ateneo campus in Quezon City to attend his daughter’s graduation from Ateneo Law School. The Furigays were accompanied by Capistrano, a senior administrative assistant at the Lamitan city government. Apart from the three counts of murder and aborted murder, the police also filed a car theft and criminal misdemeanor complaint worth P80,000, on behalf of car owner Johnny Palma. According to the QCPD investigation report, Yumol boarded a Grab vehicle driven by Ronald Minor to enter the Ateneo campus on Sunday at 3pm. To escape after the shooting, Yumol took Palma’s car, a yellow Honda Civic, at gunpoint, the police report said. A driver identified by police as Raffy Degones reported to the Anonas Police Station, which has jurisdiction over Ateneo, that a yellow Civic with a gunshot hole was left by a man at a gas station along Aurora Boulevard. The man is seen trying to catch a ride on a tricycle but is unable to do so. He instead took a “mini modern bus jeep” to Cogeo, Rizal. The Anonas Police and the QCPD Tactical Motorcycle Riding Unit chased the fleeing suspect until they managed to stop the minibus. Degones positively identified Yumol, who was immediately arrested, QCPD reported.
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