Sen. Gatchalian: Defiant Taal Evacuees To Be Arrested For Own Safety

Sen. Gatchalian: Defiant Taal Evacuees To Be Arrested For Own Safety


Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Inc. Chooses 100% Clean Energy From EDC

Agriculture-based manufacturing company SPMI is now being powered by clean, renewable, reliable energy from EDC!

1st ARISE Virtual Annual General Membership Meeting Focused On Business Resilience

ARISE Philippines discusses the need to focus on key priority areas in its advocacies on disaster risk reduction in its first virtual Annual General Membership Meeting.

PAGEONE Group CEO Included As Expert In The Social Media Trends 2021 Global Report

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal, APR included as one of the industry experts in the Social Media Trends 2021 Global Report by Talkwalker and Hubspot.

Transport Coop. Provides More Than 25k Free ‘Green Cards’ For Cashless Transactions

A transport cooperative operating in Las Piñas provides 25,735 passengers with the means to safely board and ride their solar electric jeepneys along the route of Alabang to Zapote.

Amid reports of evacuees insisting in going back to their homes despite a lockdown in Taal danger zones, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday suggested that local government officials and the Philippine National Police (PNP) should arrest these “defiant” evacuees for their own safety.

In a media forum, Gatchalian said the lockdown imposed on several towns in Batangas following Sunday’s eruption of Taal Volcano is meant as a preventive measure because of the imminent danger under an Alert level 4.

“We should be very persistent na bawal sila pumunta dun. At kung mayroon mang talagang magpipilit, i-aresto. dahil yung kanilang pagpipilit ay makakadisgrasya sa kanilang sarili (that they are prohibited from going there. And if they really insist, arrest them, because their insistence will endanger their lives),” Gatchalian said.

He said that it is within the powers of the local government officials, including barangay officials, under the realm of public order and safety of the Local Government Code, as well as in the general powers of the PNP in public order and public safety.

He said evacuees who will be arrested could be taken to the barangay hall or the police station “to calm them” and to explain to them fully the risk they are taking if they go back to their homes.

Furthermore, Gatchalian said that it is not only the lives of the evacuees who are at stake when an explosive eruption or earthquake suddenly happens while they are at their homes, even if only for a few hours.

Naintindihan natin ang gusto nilang gawin dahil ang kabuhayan nila ay naapektuhan, pero kapalit nito yung sariling buhay nila. Sinabi ng mga eksperto na delikado pa rin at pwede sila maipit doon (We understand their sentiments because their livelihoods were affected, but they are putting their lives at stake. Experts say that the situation is still serious and they could be trapped there),” he said.

Ang nakakalungkot, kung naipit sila doon at pumasok yung ating mga rescuers at maipit din mga rescuers natin, mas maraming buhay ang mabubuwis (What would be more frustrating is that if they get trapped, and the rescuers who enter the area also get trapped, more lives would be lost),” Gatchalian stressed.

Because of this, the lawmaker urged evacuees to cooperate and heed the authorities.

“We are on Alert Level 4 so we can never be sure what will happen next. It can happen in one hour or two hours. Kaya pinakamabuti para sa mga nakatira doon ay ibigay ang kanilang kooperasyon dahil ito naman ay para sa kanilang kaligtasan (So the best thing for the residents there is to give their cooperation because it is for their own safety),” Gatchalian said. (PNA)

First COVID-19 Diagnostic Center In Capiz Opens In Roxas City

Western Visayas has opened its 10th diagnostic laboratory center at the Hortus Botanicus in Roxas City on Tuesday.

Palace Assures COVID-19 Vaccine’s Affordability

ROQUE: “Hindi naman po ganoon kamahal ang estimate natin sa bakuna. Ang estimate po ni Secretary Dominguez, USD10 per dose at kinakailangan dalawang dosage so USD20 per person."

Baguio Eyes Easing Tourist Restriction Rules

According to Mayor Benjamin Magalong, adjustment in the entry protocols of the tourism bubble, which initially allows residents from the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte, is being finalized.

Charo Leads Inspiring Conversations In New FYE Show ‘Dear Charo’

A celebrity who birthed a now famous meme is set to guest on the first episode of "Dear Charo". Can you guess who she is?

World War II Heroes Honored For Service 76 Years Ago

The 76th Leyte Gulf Landing commemoration highlights the valor of World War II heroes who fought for the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation.

DSWD Completes Assessment Of 14.4M Poor Families For Listahanan 3

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says they have completed assessing the 14.4 million poor families included in the initial list of the third-round of assessment of the “Listahanan 3” or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

Churchgoers Thankful As Manila Raises Seating Capacity To 30%

Churchgoers from different religions express gratitude after seating capacity inside churches, mosques, and chapels in the city of Manila was raised to 30 percent from the previous 10 percent.

AFP Units, Offices To Forego Christmas Parties This Year

Just like majority of offices in the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has decided to cancel their Christmas Party this year.

Gov’t To Allow Non-Essential Outbound Travel Starting Oct. 21

Non-essential travel is finally allowed again!