FOM meeting 2nd February

Hey, Friends of Mindanao!
(and/or anyone who wishes to have coffee and socialize with us!)

Just a reminder that we will meet on Wednesday the 2nd of February at 0900 @ Gardena Fresca Restaurant and Garden pond.

*We will need a head count for the Ma-a Jail visit on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2011.

We have no speaker for the 2nd, so bring some fun facts to share, maybe a recent trip or interesting vacation location inMindanao.

Think about questions you would like to ask the Philippines Bureau of Immigration about Visa’s. We will be brainstorming to come-up with questions to ask!

See you all on Wednesday

Weekend News

Fire razed at least 200 houses in Davao City on Saturday, leaving hundreds of people homeless and one person dead.

The Davao City fire bureau identified the fatality as Joselle Bautista, 35, a shoe repairman.

Arson investigators said that the fire broke out that in Purok 6, Barangay 31-D started from Bautista's home. The main cause was an unattended water heater, investigator said.

Authorities said that the blaze reached the general alarm and was put out after 3 hours.

At least 1,000 families were displaced and 5 more residents were injured, including a certain Sam Ampa.

And

An explosion that ripped through a warehouse of firecrackers and chemicals and triggered a fire in several buildings at the Canelar district of Zamboanga City Friday afternoon has been put out, a police official said.
Police Superintendent Jose Bayani Gucela, spokesman of Western Mindanao Police Office, said the three-hour fire was put out at 6:15 p.m., saying it is now "contained," there are no casualties, and authorities are conducting "clearing" operations.
Gucela, who is also the chief of the city’s bomb squad unit, said "We cannot determine yet what [started] the explosion of firecrackers but [according to] witnesses, there was some kind of blast ... inside the tightly closed warehouse."

Also
The death toll in the road accident involving a passenger multicab and a delivery van at Kilometer 47, Barangay Bingcungan, Tagum City here on Thursday rose to seven, after one of those injured died at the Davao Regional Hospital.
Police said Norma Fuerzas 55, former chair of Barangay Bingkungan, passed away while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

FOM at Malagos Gardens


Several members of FOM went on a trip last Sunday to the Malagos Gardens.








Pictures by Janice J

More Fish and Chips

As mentioned before, some of the FOM members enjoyed a great night last week at Als and Robalyns Diner in Davao City where we all enjoyed REALLY good Fish N Chips.

Sorry to say it is only available on Fridays.




Regulations on travel to the Philippines by foreign children

Bandar Seri Begawan – The Philippine Embassy explained yesterday new Philippine immigration regulations on travel to the Philippines by foreign children who are under 15 years old, unaccompanied by their parents, or not coming to visit a parent.
These children travelling individually or in groups to the Philippines have to notify the Commission of Immigration in writing their intent to travel to the Philippines at least 72 hours before arrival, the Philippine Embassy said. An inquiry emailed to the Philippine Immigration Department on the new immigration regulations has not received a reply at press time.
On the special Philippine medical visas for foreigners as reported in the foreign press, Charge D’ Affaires Celeste Vinzon-Balatbat said yesterday the Philippine Embassy has not received any guidelines from the Philippine Bureau of Immigrations.

Severe Rain

Continuing heavy rains in South Cotabato resulted in landslides in four villages this week displacing 100 families. The situation has prompted the provincial government to provide permanent resettlement sites for their safety.

The four villages, all on the list of landslide-prone areas prepared by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region are: Barangay El Nonok in Banga; Canahay in Surallah; and Linan and Palkan in Tupi.

Nelida N. Pereira, provincial disaster risk reduction management council action officer, said "a one hectare lot has already been acquired by the provincial government to ensure safety of affected families." Another two one-hectare lots would be divided into the families affected in Barangays Palkan and Canuhay. 

Mines bureau’s geologist Jaime G. Flores said "the villages are located in topographically unsound areas in danger of landslides in times of heavy and continuous rains." Besides being located in mountainous and steep areas, these barangays are also surrounded by plantations, or are near the Allah and Banga river tributaries.

The Allah and Banga rivers connect 341 barangays in South Cotabato to Maguindanao and Cotabato City. Adjacency areas to the rivers are prone to flooding and land slide. Mr. Flores said that plantations reduce the vegetation in the affected areas and heavy rains may loosen the soil, thus landslides could happen.
 
More from BWONLINE
ABOUT P850 million worth of infrastructure and crops were damaged and 810 families rendered homeless after days of heavy rains that caused floods in the Davao Region, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported.
Rebecca Lopez, officer in charge of the agency, said in the Kapehan sa PIA yesterday that Barangay Darong in Sta. Cruz sustained the most damage with 391 houses destroyed. “The families are currently housed in evacuation centers within their municipality,” Lopez said.
The International Pipe Industries in Brgy. Darong also sustained about P200 million in damages.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration-XI confirmed that Sta. Cruz attained more damages as a tornado hit the municipality, causing the Sibulan River to overflow.
The situational report of the OCD-XI further said that P1.9 million worth of buildings and other structures in the city were destroyed, and that about P130,000 worth of vegetables, bananas and cacao were also damaged due to flashfloods that peaked on Jan. 16 to 17.



95th foreigner killed since 2009

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Task Force Usig said yesterday a German hotel executive shot dead in Makati City last June 17 is the 95th foreigner killed in the country since January 2009.
Police will invite for questioning the eight reported girlfriends of Sergio Mazza, 38, a German hotel executive who was killed as he was walking to work Thursday morning.

The task force was created in May 2006 to investigate the killings of journalists, but in January 2009, President Arroyo expanded the scope of task force’s mandate and included the fatal attacks on foreigners.
Of the 95 cases of slain foreigners, 30 cases or 32 percent are pending with the prosecutor’s office or with appropriate courts and 65 cases or 68 percent are still under investigation.
Chief Superintendent Henry Libay of the Task Force Usig said Indian nationals topped the list with 29 victims followed by Korean nationals with 15 victims.

Libay said American nationals ranked third with 14 victims. The PNP also recorded the killing of nine Germans, eight Japanese nationals, six British, four Chinese, three Canadian, three Australian, two French, two Finnish, and one Norwegian, Dutch, Taiwanese, Pakistan, Iranian, Malaysian, Spanish, Slovenian and Swiss national.

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Fish And Chips at Al's & Robz Diner Davao

This Friday a number of FOM members went to Als and Robz Diner for the new Friday night Fish and Chips menu. Judging by all the empty plates it was a great success.


Hotels in Davao City

ALJEM'S INN
49 J P Rizal Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2216394 |+63(82)2216162|+63(82)2213059

ALJEMN'S INN
A. Pichon Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2213060

ALTA PENSION HOUSE
J P Laurel Av Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2211843

ANTON-ROSE INN
Quimpo Blvd Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2975558

B S INN
B Gempesaw Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2213980

BAGOBO HOUSE HOTEL
Gov Duterte Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2224444

CAPITOL HOTEL
58 R Magsaysay Av Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2276451

CARDIAL HOTEL
Km. 7 J.P. Rizal Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2350011

CARPEL'S PENSION HOUSE
J Camus Ext Davao City Davao
Phone: +63(82)2211641

CASA LETICIA HOTEL
J. Camus Street 8000 Davao City
Phone: +63(082)2240501

CHATEAU VERONICA APARTELLE
Araullo Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2270488

CROWN REGENCY RESIDENCES DAVAO
J P Cabaguio Av Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2258088 | +63(82)2258188

D'FABULOUS VENEE'S HOTEL
Mcarthur Highway Davao City
Phone: +63(82)8973241

DAVAO FORTUNE INN INC
127-D R Magsaysayav Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2228332 | +63(82)2210819 | +63(82)2213627

DAVAO HOLIDAY SPA INC
F Torres Davao City
Phone: +63(82)3008000

DAVAO HOTEL
C.M. Recto Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2224931 | +63(82)2224930 |+63(82)2224932

DAVAO TOWER INN
E Quirino Av Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2213500 | +63(82)2213477 |
+63(82)2211099 |+63(82)2218034 |+63(82)2213400

ELLES PENSION HOUSE
Mt Apo Davao City Davao
Phone: +63(82)2218499

EMERALD INN
J Camus Ext Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2254825 |+63(82)2211641

EVERGREEN HOTEL
R Magsaysay Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2213861 | +63(82)2213860 |+63(82)2213862

FM AND A SUITES
407-B Artiaga Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2279392 | +63(82)2222645

GRAND MEN SENG HOTEL
Magallanes-Andas Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2219040 |+63(82)2242431

GRAND REGAL HOTEL DAVAO
Km. 7 J.P. Laurel Avenue Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2350888 | +63(82)2343858

HOTEL ELENA
Avenida Santos Nova Tierra Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2331887 | +63(82)2331941 |+63(82)2331805

HOTEL GALLERIA
Governor Duterte Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2212657 | +63(82)2212480 |+63(82)2218162

HUMBERTO'S PENSION
311 J Palma Gil Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2224105 | +63(82)2223831

LANANG BUSINESS INN
Banawe Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2215864

LAS CASITAS
185 Rizal Street Davao City
Phone: +63(082)2223001 | +63(918)2203040 |+63(82)2240945

LE MIRAGE FAMILY LODGE
San Pedro Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2263811

LE MIRAGE II PENSION INN
E. Quirino Avenue Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2212707

LINMARR DAVAO
Lakandula Agdao Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2212915

LISPHER INN
Juna Avenue Juna Subdivision Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2991610

MANOR HOTEL
D.A. Building A. Pichon 8000 Davao City
Phone: +63(082)2212511 | +63(082)2212511

MARBELLA MANSION
Rizal Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2215917 | +63(82)2220890

MERCURE HOTEL
Km. 7 J.P. Laurel Avenue Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2350888

MICROTEL INN AND SUITES DAVAO
Mamay Road Damosa Gateway Complex Davao City
Phone: +63(905)3039840 | +63(82)2332333

MIDLAND INN
F. iƱigo Davao City Davao
Phone: +63(82)2211775 | +63(82)2240444

MIRAGE PENSION INN
E Quirino Av Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2241490

MOUNTAIN BREEZE RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER
Catalunan Grande Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2960810 | +63(82)2960810

MY HOTEL DAVAO
San Pedro Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2222021 | +63(82)3004040

OCEAN VIEW BEACH
Daliao Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2981749

ORANGE GROVE HOTEL
123 Crossing Buhangin Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2410787

PARK SQUARE INN
Quimpo Boulevard Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2980256 | +63(82)2980259 and +63(82)2980258

PETER LOU LODGING INN
Davao-Agusan Hwy Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2351627

PONCE SUITES
Road 4 Dona Vicenta Subdivision Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2279073 | +63(82)2279070 and +63(82)2279071

QUALITY PLAZA INN
South Bay Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2275055

REGENCY INN INC
Villa Abrille Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2274333 | +63(82)2225819

ROADWAY INN
Km. 4 J.P Laurel Avenue Bajada Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2219000

ROYALE HOUSE
34 C M Recto Av Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2273630 | +63(82)2218106

SAMPAGUITA TOURIST INN
Mt. Mayon Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2272958

SEQUOIA INN
72-74 T. Monteverde Avenue Davao City
Phone: +63(082)3003636

SOUTHERN TOURIST INN
Villa Abrille Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2277659 | +63(82)2218125 | +63(82)2217431

SUNNY POINT LODGE
167 A Pichon Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2210155

SYCHAR HOTEL
148 J.P. Laurel Avenue 8000 Davao City
Phone: +63(082)2240603 | +63(82)2240605 | +63(82)2240604

THE APO VIEW HOTEL
J. Camus Street 8000 Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2216440 | +63(82)2216430

THE MARCO POLO DAVAO
Claro M. Recto Street Davao City
Phone: +63(82)8930888 | +63(82)7520888 |+63(82)2210888

THE ROYAL MANDAYA HOTEL
J Palma Gil Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2258888 | +63(82)2213430

VENEE'S HOTEL D'FABULOUS INC
Mc Arthur Hwy Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2973241

WATERFRONT INSULAR HOTEL - DAVAO
Lanang Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2332801 | +63(82)2332881 |+63(82)2350900

WHITE MANSION
Rolling Hills Bacaca Davao City
Phone: +63(82)2221048

Poor to get easier Annulment

A bill has been put forward in the Philippine Congress aimed at making it easier for poor people to get their marriages annulled.
The bill would make violence, infidelity and abandonment all grounds for annulment.
The Philippines is one of the few places in the world - alongside the Vatican and Malta - where divorce is still prohibited.
First, couples have to prove that their marriage licence is not valid or that one person is, in legal terms at least, psychologically incapacitated.
It is an expensive procedure, and Congressman Neri Colmenares says the system discriminates against those who cannot afford to hire lawyers and psychiatrists.

FOM meeting 19th Report

Friends of Mindanao, January 19th 2011 Meeting Minutes


- Opened new members. Lots of new faces and some old friends whom have come back to us.

 -Book & DVD exchange working well. Lots of DVD’s and books changed hands today.

- Paul, is setting a date for another visit to Ma-a Jail. I’ll get that date out to you as soon as possible. Please go, if you sign up. The inmates are counting on us to show!

-Short break and Raffle w/treasurers report. Congrats to John B. for winning.

- The Philippines Eagle Preserve and Malagos Park day trip is this coming Sunday morning, 23rd January at 0800. Meet at Gardena Fresca no later than 0800. We pull out at 0815 SHARP!

-Bogser’s Pub tonight (Weds. 19th) at 6:30. Drinks, dinner and socializing. Bogser’s is located at Times Beachbehind SM Mall.

- Paul brought up information about an American inmate that is having a difficult time inside Ma-a Jail. We hope all goes well and he is released soon. Keep him in your prayers!

- Reminder, don’t forget to visit the B.I. this month or next for annual reporting.

- Our next meeting will be February 2nd.

FOM meeting 19th

Friends of Mindanao
 
2nd meeting of 2011.
 
19 January, 2011 at Gardena Fresca @ 9 am
 
See you all there!
 

Cinemarehiyon Film festival

More than 30 short films and 12 full-length movies produced and made by regional filmmakers from all over the archipelago will be featured in the 3rd Cinemarehiyon Film festival in Davao City.
The festival will be held this February 9-13 at the Cinema 6 of Gaisano Mall. The event is part of the Philippine International Arts Festival under the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
“We are so glad that the NCCA cinema committee has chosen Davao to host this year’s cinemarehiyon. This will give an opportunity for Dabawenyos and also Mindanaoans to be exposed to the different regional cinemas from across the country.” Dax Canedo, president of the Mindanao Film and TV Development Foundation said

Harley Boulevard Motor Cafe

From the desk of Steve Baker;
 
I told some people I would get the information for Harley Blvd Motor Cafe, so here it is.....finally!
 
 
 
 
Harley Boulevard Motor Cafe
 
Juan Luna Street, Door # 3
 
Davao City
 
(corner of  Juan Luna st. and Juan Dela Cruz st.)
 
Tel# 302-8986
 
Great Steaks, Hamburgers, Chili fries....  big menu with really good food!
 
Ask for Harley's homemade hot sauce.... delicious!

Dream Holiday Pearl Farm

Fish And Chips at Al's & Robz Diner

Al's & Robz Diner will feature Fish and Chips on Fridays starting on Jan. 14th 2011.
They will be serving their regular menu as well.


Al's & Robz Diner  


Crooked Road, Davao City

Telephone
: 222-5555... give them a call for better directions!
Open: Monday - Saturday

Last Love

Measles Outbreak


At least three children have died in a measles outbreak that hit two towns in southern Philippines, local authorities on Wednesday said.
The measles epidemic that hit Talaingod and Kapalong towns in Mindanao's Davao del Norte province came as the region is still reeling from rain-induced flooding and landslides that have already killed at least 15 people.
Over thirty people are also hospitalized due to the viral disease, and eight of them were confirmed to have contracted the disease, according to Basilio Libayao, mayor of the upland Talaingod town.
"What alarmed us was that even our town physician was not spared from the disease although he was lucky to have recovered from it," Libayao said.
The continuous rains and landslides hampered medical teams from reaching far-flung communities of this landlocked town, where most of the 20,000 inhabitants belonging to the Ata-Manobo tribe rely on crude farming and occasional hunting for subsistence, according to municipal health officer James Ian dela Cruz.

FOM 1st Meet 2011

 

Friends of Mindanao

January 5th 2011 Meeting Minutes

- Opened meeting with new members. Lots of new faces this week. Welcome and “Happy New Year” to all.

-Thanks to Richard for a great meeting today.

-Our speaker was from Filtrepreneur Franchise Inc. The ladies gave a great introduction to owning and operating a franchise in Davao area. Members asked lots of questions.  Filtrepreneur Franchise Inc. can be contacted at 304-2641/0923-8533575 (Davao office) for more information.

-We are back after the New Year with a proper rotation of 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Paul will M.C. Jan 20thmeeting.

-Book & DVD exchange working well. Lots of DVD’s and books changed hands today.

-Short break and Raffle. Congrats to Chris for winning today.

-Paul F. spoke about the Christmas show at the Davao Ladies Jail. Members asked about going back to the jail again to visit.
-- Paul, would you please look into another visit to Ma-a Jail by FOM? We will discuss this item on 20 Jan.

- The Philippines Eagle Preserve and Malagos Park day trip has been set for 23rd January at 0800. Meet at Gardena Fresca no later than 0800. We pull out at 0815 SHARP!

- Bring a suggested Holiday you would like to celebrate this year. The most obscure the holiday, the better. We will plan an evening out around your favorite holiday.
 
-Cricket team start-up by Chris. This idea was widely supported by the FOM group. Chris started a list of interested members today. If you’re interested and want to be added to the list; email sbake12@gmail.com and I’ll get you on the list. You don’t have to know how to play to join. We already have a match set with the Cagayan De Oro City Expat’s group.

- Please bring your funniest (clean) joke to the meeting. Leon will tell joke next meeting.

- The Gardena Fresca owner, Jojo B. Sevilla has provided us with a great venue for more than a year now. He keeps us going with a sound system, breakfast snacks, coffee and refreshments. Just a reminder, the buffet table cost 100P. If you only drink coffee, it’s still 100 P. Jojo needs his investment in FOM back in order to keep his doors open for us.

- Al & Robz Diner will be featuring English Fish & Chips on Friday nights starting January 2011. I will get this info and we can go eat some great food at Al & Robz.

- Reminder, the FOM crisis phone list is being put together. Please email me your contact info or give it to me at next meeting and we will get cards made up and distributed.

- We have some great speakers in our future, such as, Davao Superintendent of Jails. Ma-a Jail’s Chaplain and more. Paul will ask the Davao BI to come speak to us about VISA information. Lots happening so don’t miss a meeting!

- Reminder, don’t forget to visit the B.I. this month or next for annual reporting.

- A good discussion about Visa’s and immigration popped-up today.

- Thanks to all members for your participation today. We had a very informative and interesting meeting.

HIV infections

This from Global Nation

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most alarming, the HIV-AIDS problem in the Philippines is now "five nationally."

But it is "already eight to nine in specific sites (nationwide) mainly associated with officially-reported HIV prevalence," according to Teresita Marie Bagasao, country coordinator of the United Nations Program on HIV-AIDS (UNAIDS).

At the national level, "only those who are aware of the situation have expressed grave concern over the sharp increase in reported new HIV infections."

"But most are not alarmed, possibly due to lack of visible information, as well as being lulled into a false sense of security by the average national HIV prevalence of under 0.1 percent," Bagasao told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.



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Davao del Norte Provincial Rehabilitation Center



Of the combined over 700 inmates of the provincial jails of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley only a few know how long they would be in jail as almost all have cases not decided yet by courts.
“There is even an inmate here who is already serving 11 years while his case remains to be undecided,” said Davao del Norte Provincial Rehabilitation Center assistant provincial warden Marilyn Erulon in an interview.
In the country’s penal system, provincial jails are supposed only to incarcerate people who committed crimes whose sentence is three years and below. Those sentenced three years above will to go to Davao Penal Colony.
Female inmate Suzette Lupranco, 43 years old and Panabo City resident, for one, said she is languishing in jail for six years already after their house was raided and found out by the police to have 1.3 grams of shabu allegedly owned by her husband, who is out of jail. She was in their house when the raid was made. Her case would give her a maximum 12-year imprisonment.
Lupranco though is given freedom to move around within the compound to help jailers in housekeeping chores, she being considered as one of the trusted inmates for good behavior.
On the other hand, Fernando Magbanua, 50 years old, told the Valley & City Chronicle that his homicide case was already closed of hearings last June but he still have to hear of his court decision while he is already in Davao del Norte provincial jail for over eight years already.

Banks That Use Paypal In The Philippines

This information is posted from Philippine Review
Country
Bank
Bank Code
Philippines
ALLIED BANKING CORP
010320013
Philippines
AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND
010700015
Philippines
ASIA UNITED BANK
011020011
Philippines
BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS
010030015
Philippines
BANGKOK BANK
010670019
Philippines
BANK OF AMERICA
010120019
Philippines
BANK OF CHINA
011140014
Philippines
BANK OF TOKYO
010460012
Philippines
BANCO DE ORO (& EPCIBank)
010530667
Philippines
BANK OF COMMERCE
010440016
Philippines
BANK OF THE PHIL ISLANDS
010040018
Philippines
CHINA BANKING CORP
010100013
Philippines
CHINA TRUST COMML BANK
010690015
Philippines
CITIBANK N.A.
010070017
Philippines
DEVT BANK OF THE PHILS
010590018
Philippines
DEUTSCHE BANK
010650013
Philippines
EAST WEST BANK
010620014
Philippines
EXPORT & INDUSTRY BANK
010860010
Philippines
FUJI BANK
010640010
Philippines
HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANK
010060014
Philippines
INTL COMML BANK OF CHINA
010560019
Philippines
INTL EXCHANGE BANK
010680012
Philippines
JP MORGAN CHASE BANK
010720011
Philippines
KOREA EXCHANGE BANK
010710018
Philippines
INTL NEDERLAND BANK
010660016
Philippines
LAND BANK OF THE PHILS
010350025
Philippines
MAYBANK OF THE PHILS
010220016
Philippines
METROPOLITAN BANK & TRUST CO
010269996
Philippines
PHIL BANK OF COMMUNICATION
010110016
Philippines
PHIL TRUST COMPANY
010090039
Philippines
PHIL NATIONAL BANK
010080010
Philippines
PRUDENTIAL BANK
010150018
Philippines
PHIL VETERANS BANK
010330016
Philippines
RIZAL COMML BANKING CORP
010280014
Philippines
SECURITY BANK & TRUST CO
010140015
Philippines
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
010050011
Philippines
UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK
010299995
Philippines
UNION BANK OF THE PHILS
010419995
Philippines
UNITED OVERSEAS BANK
010270189

FOM meeting 2011


Friends of Mindanao
 
First meeting of 2011.
 
5 January, 2011 at Gardena Fresca @ 9 am
 
See you all there!
 

New Years Deaths

Stray bullets from guns fired at the height of the revelries to welcome the New Year killed 2 people in Pangasinan and Compostela Valley, police said Saturday.
Seventeen-year-old Francisco Corpuz was hit by a stray bullet around past midnight in Barangay Carmen in Rosales, Pangasinan.
The victim was standing in front of their house with his family when the incident occurred.
He was hit in the head.
Corpuz was immediately brought to a hospital in the town but died, according to police.
A stray bullet also claimed the life of a 20-year-old mine worker at the Diwalwal mining area in Barangay Diwata, Monkayo, Compostela Valley, authorities said.
Joran Bat-ongon, a resident of Esperanza in Agusan del Sur, was standing near a window to watch a fireworks display when suddenly he was hit by a bullet in his chest.
He was brought to a hospital but also died.
In Panabo City, Davao, a 6-year-old boy survived after being hit by a stray bullet in the right thigh.
The victim, Xander Gutual, was resting inside his room when he was hit, his relatives said.
 His uncle, Jun Salig, said the bullet pierced the roof of their house.
Gutual was brought to the Davao Regional Hospital (DRH), where he received treatment.

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