DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya. PCOO MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) slammed the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army for casting doubts of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unilateral ceasefire declaration. President Duterte on Wednesday declared a ceasefire with the communist rebels that took effect on Thursday and will expire on April 15. DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya expressed dismay over the hesitation of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison to reciprocate the ceasefire declared by the Duterte administration. Sison, however, responded that the “militarist” lockdown on the entire Luzon was meant not to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 but to “intimidate the people, suppress democratic rights, commit human rights violations and prevent the working people from going to their workplaces, and immobilize even the health workers and people who wish to tested and treated for COVID-19 and serious ailments.”/PN Malaya also said that DILG chief Eduardo Año has already ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to terminate all on-going and planned offensive police operations against communist rebels across the country. “Ready naman ‘yan kung sakaling sila ay tirahin ng mga New People’s Army, lalaban sila. Ngunit, sana naman po ilagay naman po ang national interest above their own interest,” Malaya said. Should the communist rebels launch their attacks despite the country’s problem on coronavirus disease, Malaya said that the PNP is ready to defend themselves. “Lumalabas po sa kanilang mga aksyon na wala po talaga silang pakialam sa sitwasyon na kinahaharap ng ating bansa,” he added. “Nakakalungkot na ang naging tugon naman po ng Communist Party of the Philippines ay wala pa raw basehan para sila din ay magdeklara ng ceasefire,” Malaya said during the Laging Handa Public Briefing on Thursday.
According to WHO, people can catchCOVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person toperson through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when aperson with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects andsurfaces around the person. The city government also placed anorder for 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to be used by cityhall personnel at risk of exposure to COVID-19 such as those assigned to mancity government ambulances. On the other hand, the city governmenthas started giving out food assistance to people in barangays adverselyaffected economically by the ongoing enhanced community quarantine. Two local medical technologists werealso sent to RITM for on-site training. The city government’s communitykitchen in daycare centers have also started cooking meals, said Treñas. The said amount was a cumulativedonation from businessman Henry Chusuey of the Hennan Group of Resorts (P3.5million), Iloilo Supermart and Que family (P1 million), and another P1 millionfrom businessman Edgar “Injap” Sia. “Mayara na kita standby nga orders,” said Treñas. According to Mayor Jerry Treñas, thecity government is currently finalizing the purchase of an initial 2,500 testkits from South Korea worth P5.5 million. “Nagapasalamatgid ako sa mga negosyante nga nagabulig,”said Treñas. Iloilo City has 180 barangays. Excess PPEs would be distributed tovarious hospitals, said Treñas. Treñas confirmed the arrival of twomedical technologists from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)to do COVID-19 testing at the Western Visayas Medical Center. They brought withthem 300 test kits. “These businessmen were kind enough todonate kag ibulig sa aton,” said athankful Treñas. Other people then catch COVID-19 bytouching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if theybreathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhalesdroplets. This is why it is important to stay more than one meter (three feet)away from a person who is sick. As of Sunday, the city government haddistributed food packs to 62 barangays. ILOILO City – The city government isprocuring 3,800 test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) using cashdonations from the private sector. Photo by REUTERS “Gustonaton ang tanan nga healthcarepersonnel naton fully protected,”Treñas said. The city government also receivedpledges totalling P1.6 million from businessmen Manuel Po and Tony Jon andUnitop. These will also be used to procure 1,300 test kits developed by theUniversity of the Philippines. COVID-19 testing, then isolation andcontact tracing, are the backbones of the response to the pandemic, accordingto the World Health Organization (WHO). The enhanced community quarantine inthe city is scheduled to end on April 15 unless lifted earlier or extendedfurther./PN
Rebalde – resident of the village – was caught after he sold suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 4 p.m. on May 19, it added. BACOLOD City – He allegedly sold illegal drugs.Arnel Rebalde, 42, was nabbed in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Talaban, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, a police report showed. Rebalde was detained in the custodial facility of the Himamaylan City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN When frisked, the suspect yielded two more sachets of suspected illegal drugs.
The Ripley County High School Track Meet was held at Batesville High School.The host Bulldogs won both the Boys & Girls Team Championships.Girls Team Scores: Batesville 121, Jac-Cen-Del 53, South Ripley 35, Milan 22.Boys Team Scores: Batesville 126, South Ripley 62, Jac-Cen-Del 26, Milan 19.Ripley County Track Meet Results (5-8)Submitted by Greg Stuart-Stuart Road Racing.
Medalist: Thomas Hatcher-Batesville (38)———————Junior Varsity ResultsTeam Scoring: (3 scores)Batesville: 141Jennings County: 153Jacob Vogelsang 45Jake Flaspohler 46Keegan Straub 57Brandon Rose 50Medalist: Jacob Vogelsang-Batesville (45) Batesville vs Jennings County Golf at Hillcrest Country Club.Team Scoring: Batesville 157, Jennings County 184.Individual Scoring for Batesville:Dominique Schildknecht 41Thomas Hatcher 38Alec Giesting 39Henry Luchow 39Ryan Harmeyer 47Billy Carroll 44
Batesville’s No. 1 doubles team of Kelli Hartman and Brooke Bradford suffered a loss to Brebeuf in the first round of regional play at Carmel on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs were defeated 6-4 and 6-3.“Brooke and Kelli played very good tennis, but came up short against a very talented team. It was probably the best tennis they played all season and they were great representatives of BHS.” Batesville Coach Bryan Helvie.
The Milan Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Jac-Cen-Del in 4 games 25-10, 26-28, 25-15, 25-12.JCD JV won in 3 games 24-25, 25-11, 15-14.Courtesy of Shelli Voss.
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — A Sunday afternoon crash in Ripley County claimed the life of 2 Greensburg men.Around 12:45 PM, Ripley County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a single vehicle accident with injuries on Brownstown Road near the intersection of County Road 625 West, West of Napoleon.When officers arrived on scene, they found a car driven by John T. Schwering, 53, of Greensburg, was traveling east on Brownstown Road.For unknown reasons, Schwering’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, colliding with a culvert before becoming airborne and flipping several times, finally coming to a rest on its top in a field on the south side of the road.Both Schwering and a passenger, Boin W Cain, 66, of Greensburg, were not wearing seatbelts, and were ejected from the vehicle.The Ripley County Coroner’s Officer declared both men deceased on the scene.Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.
VERSAILLES, Ind. — The Ripley County Health Department will be hosting a Community “Bed Bug Talk” on Thursday, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room in the Ripley County Government Annex Building.The Indiana State Department of Health Entomology Department will provide an educational presentation to the community regarding Bed Bugs.For further information contact the Ripley County Health Department at 812-689-5751.
Area Baseball Sectional ScoresThursday (5-24)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ MadisonGreensburg 2 Rushville 1Batesville 10 Madison 2Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland CountySouth Ripley 10 Southwestern 0Switzerkand County 6 Austin 5