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Chasing Fire: The Ups and Downs of Beverly May Grimaldo of Torrijos, Marinduque

Inspector Beverly May P. Grimaldo While most people are told to run away from fire, there are those who are meant to chase it. Firefighters spend everyday of their lives waiting to be called to respond to hazardous fires, teaching communities about fire prevention, and inspecting buildings to make sure they adhere to the Fire Code. It’s a job dominated by men, but this did not stop Inspector Beverly May Grimaldo from chasing fire. While most people are told to run away from fire, there are those who are meant…

Nevada Court Hears Barrick Gold – Philippines Province Appeal

The protest in Nevada on the Marinduque, Philippines caseagainst Barrick Gold has generated a lot of press LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Philippine island province that experienced mining waste disasters in the 1990s but has been unable to find a court to hear its claim for damages is asking Nevada’s highest court to rekindle a nearly 10-year-old state lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corp. Attorney James McCarthy pleaded with six Nevada Supreme Court justices Tuesday to let the Province of Marinduque sue in Nevada because the Toronto-based mining company has substantial…

Ex-Marinduque Rep, 7 Others Face Charges Over Fertilizer Scam

Former Congressman, Edmund O. Reyes MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of charges – including graft and malversation – against former Marinduque Representative Edmundo Reyes, Department of Agriculture officials for their alleged involvement in the P728-million ($16.3 million*) fertilizer fund scam. Aside from Reyes, set to be charged before the Sandiganbayan are DA officials Dennis Araullo, Raymundo Braganza, Balagtas Torres, Rodolfo Guieb, Lucille Odejar, and Dory Iranzo, the Ombudsman said in a statement on Wednesday, December 10.Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has also ordered charges…

Ruby’s heavy rains threaten Marinduque with flash floods

LUCENA CITY, Quezon – Flash floods threaten Marinduque as Boac River continued to swell and sea water rose amid heavy rains spawned by Typhoon “Ruby,” now weakened to the category of a tropical storm, the head of the provincial disaster coordinating council said Monday. “Our rain gauge monitor registered a maximum rainfall data of 30.8 millimeters which exceeded the forecast rainfall brought by Ruby,” Eleuterio Raza, acting head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview. “Low-lying areas and those…

Strong rains raise fear of Marinduque mine dams collapse

LUCENA CITY, Philippines – The provincial disaster coordinator of Marinduque expressed fears that the abandoned mine dams of the former Marcopper Mining Corporation might collapse under the onslaught of approaching Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). “We’re closely monitoring the condition of Tapian pit, Makulapnit and Maguila-guila dams,” Eleuterio Raza, acting provincial disaster risk reduction management council officer, said in a phone interview Sunday morning. He said the people were afraid that strong rains from Ruby could trigger the abandoned dams to collapse as it could no longer hold more water. “The weather…