Thursday, May 1, 2008

Boy Eaten by A Monster Crocodile in River

The province of Palawan, Philippines is gripped with shock when one of its boys was swallowed by a giant crocodile of an unknown size. One crocodile, 14-foot long, was captured but the opened belly contained no remnants of the eaten Filipino kid. The Philippine News Agency reported:

A seven year-old boy was swallowed by a crocodile while swimming with a teen-aged brother at the waters in Palawan province on Wednesday, a top official of the PNP in the region reported Thursday.

Chief Superintendent Luisito Palmera, MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), identified the victim as Mostaqem Ibrahim of Sitio Sumorom, Ransang village in Rizal town.

Citing initial information, Palmera said Ibrahim was swimming with his 12-year-old brother Jadnor when they were attacked by a crocodile at around 1 p.m.

"Said incident was witnessed by his brother Jadnor who immediately shouted for help. His father immediately responded together with their neighbors," said Palmera.

An hour after the incident, Palmera said residents caught a crocodile - measuring at least 14 feet and 9 inches long and two feet in width. He said the residents cut the crocodile's stomach but did not found the victim's body.
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Philippine President Warns Rice Hoarders

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has served notice to both rice hoarders and law enforcers that she will not settle for less than a "jail-the-culprits" drive against saboteurs of the country's rice supply.

This appeared to be the unspoken message that the President wanted to put across to both rice hoarders and members of the joint task force composed of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the National Food Authority (NFA) investigating rice-hoarding cases.

From the Villamor Air Base in Paranaque -- where her plane landed yesterday at the end of her four-day trip down South for the launching of the Central Nautical Highway (CNH) of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway(SRNH) -- the President went straight to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Padre Faura St., Malate, Manila to look into the status of cases of rice hoarding being investigated by the joint probe team.

Late last month, the President had directed the NBI and the DOJ to assist the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) in the "investigation of hoarders and price manipulators of rice."

The presidential directive led to the creation of the Joint NBI-NFA Task Force on Anti-Rice Hoarders, with the specific task of unmasking rice hoarders and filing the appropriate charges against the suspects.

Aside from the joint NBI-NFA task force, the DOJ also created its own Anti-Rice Hoarding Task Force (ARHTF) to "adopt prompt, expeditious and urgent measures to stop and prevent rice hoarding and related crimes as these are considered pernicious acts of economic sabotage."

The ARHTF was formed to "handle proceedings on inquest, preliminary investigation and prosecution of all cases relating to unlawful acts or omissions inimical to the preservation and protection of the country's rice supply under Section 29 of Presidential Decree No. 4," which provides for the "development of the rice and corn industry." - Source: Philippine News Agency
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Labor Day in the Philippines Peaceful and Orderly

Workers' groups from different labor organizations celebrated international Labor Day in Manila and other key cities in the country without any untoward incidents.

PNP chief Director General Avelino Razon Jr. directed all Regional Directors to continue implementing their respective security and public safety plans even after the Labor Day activities have been concluded.

Razon said there were no significant reports of violence or confrontation involving workers' groups that staged mass action and public assemblies in Manila, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Baguio City, Calamba City, Legazpi City, and Cavite.

In Metro Manila, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) under Police Director Geary L. Barias raised its readiness condition to Full Alert.

As of press time, NCRPO personnel remain in their posts at the Chino Roces Bridge, Liwasang Bonifacio, Mabuhay Rotonda and Bonifacio Monument where labor groups held their programs.

"Our preparations and the cooperation of those who took part in the public assemblies were instrumental to the generally peaceful outcome of the event," Razon said.

"This only goes to show that peaceful and orderly public assemblies can be held if everyone will cooperate," said Razon.

Razon congratulated all Police Regional Directors for making early preparations that resulted in the successful implementation of the security operations for Labor Day.

The preparations include advance coordination with labor groups and militant organizations that were given permits to hold public assemblies outside Freedom Parks.

This developed as the officers and rank-and-file personnel of the Philippine National Police welcomed the 10 percent salary hike for government workers ordered by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo thru an Executive Order which she signed early Thursday.

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