Bukidnon Grenade

The Philippine military says an accidental grenade blast killed a communist rebel and wounded 11 civilians, including seven children.
Col. Leopoldo Galon said rebels were conducting lectures in a village in southern Bukidnon province’s Kibawe township when a guerrilla accidentally dropped a grenade.

Flooding in Southern Mindanao

Hundreds of people were evacuated in two Southern Mindanao provinces as floods struck several towns following heavy rains, authorities said.

Several towns in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley were under water, forcing villagers to flee their homes.
Maj. Jacob Obligado, civil military officer of the 10th Infantry Division, said as of 7 a.m. on Saturday villages in the municipalities of Laak, Asuncion, New Corella and Kapalong, all in Davao Del Norte, were under water.

American Murdered in Davao City

REPRESENTATIVES from the US Embassy in Manila arrived in Davao City to gather information on the death of an American national who was killed inside his house at a posh subdivision in Ma-a, Davao City.
US Embassy representative Richmond Jimenez and Megan Bartholome, deputy chief of the Non-Immigrant Visa Unit, visited the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to get updates on the development of police investigation on the killing of Basil Joseph Griffin, 73, a retired auto salesman and native of Oregon, USA.
Griffin was found with head injuries inside the comfort of his house at Woodridge Subdivision on January 3.
Griffin's sister Carol Malta wrote a letter and requested the US Embassy in Manila to look into the death of her brother.

Rat Urine Now Killing Survivors

The Philippines is struggling to help about 429,000 people on the southern island of Mindanao after the country’s worst storm in three years as the first outbreaks of disease are reported and more rains forecast.
Tropical Storm Washi, locally known as Sendong, killed 1,257 people on Mindanao, many as they slept, as rivers overflowed and inundated coastal cities in the early hours of Dec. 17. As anger over a slow government response mounted, Civil Defense Administrator Benito Ramos said by phone yesterday that five people have died from leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that spreads in water contaminated with rat urine.

Australian Pleads For Release

A former Australian soldier kidnapped in the southern Philippines is seen in a video sent to his family pleading for his life and urging Manila and Canberra to raise a $2 million ransom being demanded by his captors.
The video of 53-year-old Warren Richard Rodwell, along with four photographs showing him in handcuffs and apparently wounded in the right hand, were mailed to his Filipino wife before Christmas, Philippine police officials said. The Associated Press saw a copy of the video and pictures Thursday.

Immigration Sign Up

A TOTAL of 101 foreigners in Davao City appeared before the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for their annual report.
"We do expect more than 3,000 registered aliens in Davao to report towards the end of the first 60 days of this year," said lawyer Nimfa Edroso, BI-Davao officer-in-charge.
In the BI's official website, BI commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the annual report is provided under the Alien Registration Act of 1950, which directs foreigners to report to the bureau within the first 60 days of every calendar year.

Rat Fever

he health authorities declared an outbreak of a deadly rat fever on Monday in the flood-hit areas in the southern Philippines.
At least five people were already dead and as many as 200 were diagnosed in the southern city of Cagayan de Oro with leptospirosis, a fatal animal-borne disease that can result in high fever, internal bleeding and organ failure.
The latest fatality, an old woman, died late Monday due to complication.
Dr. Jaime Bernadas, regional health minister, said they fear the number of patients displaced by typhoon Washi could increase in the coming days.
Congressman Rufus Rodriguez has called on people affected by the floods that killed over 1,200 people to avail of the government's vaccination against the deadly disease.

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