NPA squad leader yields

(The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — A hit squad leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) has surrendered in Madalum, Lanao del Sur. The surrenderee turned over his caliber .45 pistol, Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, said. Vinluan said…

3 dead in Maguindanao gun attack

John Unson (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Three villagers were killed and six others were wounded in a gun attack in Buldon town in Maguindanao on Friday night. Jay-ar Diaz, Bonbon Diaz and Jimmy Manimbula were in a videoke bar in Barangay…

Caloocan churches serve as COVID-19 vaccination hubs

Ghio Ong (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Caloocan City government has tapped local churches to speed up its program to inoculate residents against COVID-19. Last Friday, around 300 parishioners of the Sagrada Familia parish received COVID-19 vaccine at the Cayetano Elementary School,…

Fugitive ex-Leyte town mayor surrenders

Miriam Desacada (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — A former mayor of Carigara, Leyte, who was accused of killing a worker in 2012, surrendered on Wednesday after six years in hiding. Anlie Apostol was allowed to post bail amounting to P150,000 after the court…

5 dead in Monkayo diarrhea outbreak

Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Five persons have died due to a diarrhea outbreak in Barangay Pasian in Monkayo, Davao de Oro. At least 234 people were downed by diarrhea as of 2:30 p.m. yesterday, according to Mayor Ramil Gentugaya.…

Eastern Visayas hospitals reach full capacity

Miriam Desacada (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Twenty hospitals in Eastern Visayas have reached full capacity amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. Five other hospitals were closed for disinfection and contact tracing. Two are in Guiuan, Eastern Samar and one each in Pintuyan,…

Cops in custody for boy’s death in drug ops

Ed Amoroso, Janvic Mateo, Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Ten policemen involved in an anti-drug operation that left a 16-year-old boy and his companion dead in Biñan, Laguna on Wednesday have been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody. “Lahat ng pulis…

Makati, Rockwell open vaccination center

(The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Makati City government has rolled out its partnership with the private sector with the opening of a vaccination center for around 15,000 residents, employees and service providers of Rockwell Land Corp, Mayor Abby Binay said yesterday. She…