Tropical storm ‘Nona’ threatens Marinduque, Romblon

Situation in Buenavista, Marinduque | Photo by Jay-ar Villavicencio‎ QUEZON CITY – Authorities are calling on kababayans in Marinduque and Romblon as both provinces are on the forecasted track of Tropical Storm Nona. Based on Severe Weather Bulletin No. 5, Pagasa DOST may raise Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 (PSWS No. 1) over Marinduque at Romblon tonight. Right now, the provinces under PSWS No. 1 are Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including the islands of Burias and Ticao, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte,Dinagat…

Ombudsman Asked to Stop Marinduque Loan Deal

Office of the Ombudsman, Quezon City The Marinduque Reform Movement (MRM) yesterday asked Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to stop the signing set today of the P300-million loan agreement between the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the provincial government of Marinduque. MRM president Eliseo Obligacion said that Marinduque Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes cannot sign the agreement because she was suspended on Oct. 8, 2015 by the Sandiganbayan. Reyes’ suspension stemmed from Criminal Case Nos. SB-11-CRM-0100 and SB-11-CRM-0113 entitled “People vs. Carmencita Reyes” for technical malversation of P5 million and for…

Marinduque’s Gov Suspended

Marinduque Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes The Sandiganbayan Second Division has ordered the preventive suspension of Marinduque Governor  Carmencita Reyes over her involvement in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam. In a resolution dated October 13, the graft court granted the motion of state prosecutors and ordered “the suspension pendente lite of Carmencita O. Reyes as Provincial Governor of Marinduque, and from any other position which she may now or hereafter be holding, for a period of sixty days.” The graft court also sent a copy of the resolution to the Department…

Philippine Activists Call for End to Foreign Mining

Marcopper Site in Sta, Cruz, Marinduque MARINDUQUE, PHILIPPINES – The Philippines has suffered numerous disasters from its mining industry over the decades, creating a legacy of health problems that continue to the present day. Now there is a proposal to reopen one foreign-owned mine with a checkered history, and the backlash from activists who are trying to stop it. When a typhoon or heavy rain hits Marinduque island, many residents along the Mogpog River are evacuated to higher ground. That is because the Philippine government says an upstream dam that…

Dengue Cases Up in Marinduque

The World Health Organization says there is no specific treatmentfor dengue fever and severe dengue is a potentiallylethal complication | Photo: Financial Tribune Four members of the family of my wife in Marinduque are now battling with dengue. Icon, our 14-year-old niece, had fever Wednesday last week. Her mom, my sister-in-law, immediately brought her to Dr. Damian J. Reyes Memorial Hospital, the Marinduque provincial hospital, where she was diagnosed with dengue.   Unfortunately, the provincial hospital could no longer accommodate our niece. She and other dengue and suspected dengue patients…