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Top communist leader slain in Bukidnon clash

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City: A top commander of the comunist movement in the Philippines was killed in an encounter with government troops in Bukidnon on Saturday..

George Madlos a.k.a. “Oris,” 72, of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army- National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) was killed, together with another rebel in a 30-minute gunfight and ground assault in Sitio Gabunan, Dumalaguing, Impasugong, said Maj. Francisco Garello Jr., chief of the Army’s Division of Public Affairs Office.

The other casualty was identified as Eighfel Dela Pena alias Pika/Maui, communications and medical staff of the National Operation Command (NOC).

The military launched the operations about 12:30 a.m. after receiving reports about the presence of heavily armed men conducting indoctrination and teach-ins in the area.

Military intelligence reported that the armed group were believed to be members of the NOC of the CPP-NPA Komiteng Mindanao (KOMMID); Regional Operations Command (ROC), HQ NEO, RSDG COMPAQ; and Guerilla Front 89 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Command.

Garello said that the military called for an airstrike before assaulting the heavily defended area that was surrounded by anti-personnel mines (APM).

During the clearing operations, the soldiers recovered two bodies, one M14 Rifle, one KG9 Rifle and ammunition of different caliber and other war materiel.

In a statement released on Saturday evening, Maj. Gen. Romeo S Brawner Jr, commander of the 4ID, confirmed that one of the fatalities was Madlos alias Ka Oris, the commander and spokesman of NOC-NPA nationwide; member, Central Committee – EXECOM/Politburo; spokesman of the NDF– Mindanao, and husband of Myrna Sularte alias Maria Malaya, secretary of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC)

Ka Oris is facing multiple criminal cases of murder, robbery, homicide and damage to property.

BSP assures adequate supply of banknotes, coins

IN anticipation of the heightened currency demand during the Christmas season, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) assured the public that there will be an adequate supply of new banknotes and coins.

In a statement on Saturday, the BSP said currency demand peaks in October and continues to rise through December of each year. Historically, during the holiday season, demand for 1000-, 100-, and 20-Piso banknotes, as well as 20-, 5-, and 1-Piso coins, has been higher.

“There will be no shortage of new banknotes in the Yule season. As in previous years and to support seasonal demand, 40 percent and 50 percent of the total volume of banknotes and coins, respectively, will be serviced in the fourth quarter of the year,” BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said in the statement.

According to the central bank, the public is recommended to exchange their old banknotes and coins for new ones with their banks.

It also encourages the public to use correct banknote and coin handling techniques as part of its Clean Note and Coin Policy, which aims to extend the life of banknotes and coins, lowering the cost of currency manufacture.

Finally, the Bangko Sentral urged Filipinos to adopt digital money in order to achieve its goals of digital payment transformation and financial inclusion.

“Digital wallets offer a safe, efficient, and convenient way to transfer funds to family and friends during the season of giving,” Diokno said.

The central bank said that in the midst of the ongoing health crisis, using digital money is highly advised for reducing virus transmission.

Nagoya routs Shiga; Parks Jr. leads way

RAY Parks Jr. continued his stellar playing, leading the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins to a 39-point, 107-68 drubbing of the Shiga Lakestars that featured fellow Filipino import Kiefer Ravena in Japan’s B.League at the Park Arena Komaki on Saturday.

Parks Jr. poured in 22 points on an efficient 9-of-15 shooting while also tallying four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of play.

The 6-foot-4 Parks Jr. led the home team’s 13-2 opening assault, scoring seven in the rally to set the tone for Nagoya D’s demolition of Shiga.

Scott Earthon backstopped Parks jr. perfectly with 19 markers and 10 boards, helping the Diamond Dolphins to lead by as much as 41 points multiple times late in the contest.

Coty Clarke also came through for Nagoya D with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Takumi Saito chipped in 12 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench for the Diamond Dolphins, which won its last four games after losing three in a row at the start of the season.

On the other hand, Ravena struggled with shooting 1-of-13 from the field for five points. He added three assists, three steals and two rebounds though.

While the Lakestars fell to a 5-2 record, Ovie Soko did the heavy lifting for the team with 27 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Sean O’Mara cashed in 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals in a losing effort.

Shiga and Nagoya D lock horns anew on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (Philippine time).

Three more Pinoy imports, namely Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras and Juan Gomez de Liaño, also saw action during the day, but their respective teams lost.

Ravena cashed in 14 points on a 6-of-10 shooting clip plus four assists, two rebounds and a block for good measure. His production wasn’t enough though, as the San-en NeoPhoenix fell to the Ibaraki Robots that showcased another Pinoy import, Javi Gomez de Liaño, who wasn’t fielded in the game unfortunately.

Paras went for six points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, but his team, the Niigata Albirex BB, suffered its fifth straight loss at the hands of the SeaHorses Mikawa, 75-77.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Niigata as it nearly sent the game into overtime, following Paras’ clutch floater. However, Davante Garner scored the go-ahead skyhook basket.

Dwight Ramos registered 16 points and three rebounds, but he missed the game-tying triple, and the Toyama Grouses absorbed their seventh straight loss in as many games at the hands of the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 88-95.

With 38 seconds left on the clock, Ramos’ missed trey paved the way for Ryukyu to pad the lead and win the match by seven points.

Kemark Cariño made his debut in the B.League with two rebounds and one assist in eight minutes of action. His team, the Aomori Wat’s, lost though to the Kagawa Five Arrows, 83-88, dropping to a 1-6 record.

Meanwhile, Juan Gomez de Liaño’s squad, the Earthfriends Tokyo Z, fell to an 0-7 win-loss card after losing to the Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya, 56-71, in the Division 2 action.

Fouling out midway through the fourth period, the younger Gomez de Liaño put up eight points and two assists in 11 minutes of play.

Nagoya routs Shiga; Parks Jr. leads way

RAY Parks Jr. continued his stellar playing, leading the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins to a 39-point, 107-68 drubbing of the Shiga Lakestars that featured fellow Filipino import Kiefer Ravena in Japan’s B.League at the Park Arena Komaki on Saturday.

Parks Jr. poured in 22 points on an efficient 9-of-15 shooting while also tallying four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of play.

The 6-foot-4 Parks Jr. led the home team’s 13-2 opening assault, scoring seven in the rally to set the tone for Nagoya D’s demolition of Shiga.

Scott Earthon backstopped Parks jr. perfectly with 19 markers and 10 boards, helping the Diamond Dolphins to lead by as much as 41 points multiple times late in the contest.

Coty Clarke also came through for Nagoya D with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Takumi Saito chipped in 12 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench for the Diamond Dolphins, which won its last four games after losing three in a row at the start of the season.

On the other hand, Ravena struggled with shooting 1-of-13 from the field for five points. He added three assists, three steals and two rebounds though.

While the Lakestars fell to a 5-2 record, Ovie Soko did the heavy lifting for the team with 27 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Sean O’Mara cashed in 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals in a losing effort.

Shiga and Nagoya D lock horns anew on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (Philippine time).

Three more Pinoy imports, namely Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras and Juan Gomez de Liaño, also saw action during the day, but their respective teams lost.

Ravena cashed in 14 points on a 6-of-10 shooting clip plus four assists, two rebounds and a block for good measure. His production wasn’t enough though, as the San-en NeoPhoenix fell to the Ibaraki Robots that showcased another Pinoy import, Javi Gomez de Liaño, who wasn’t fielded in the game unfortunately.

Paras went for six points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, but his team, the Niigata Albirex BB, suffered its fifth straight loss at the hands of the SeaHorses Mikawa, 75-77.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Niigata as it nearly sent the game into overtime, following Paras’ clutch floater. However, Davante Garner scored the go-ahead skyhook basket.

Dwight Ramos registered 16 points and three rebounds, but he missed the game-tying triple, and the Toyama Grouses absorbed their seventh straight loss in as many games at the hands of the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 88-95.

With 38 seconds left on the clock, Ramos’ missed trey paved the way for Ryukyu to pad the lead and win the match by seven points.

Kemark Cariño made his debut in the B.League with two rebounds and one assist in eight minutes of action. His team, the Aomori Wat’s, lost though to the Kagawa Five Arrows, 83-88, dropping to a 1-6 record.

Meanwhile, Juan Gomez de Liaño’s squad, the Earthfriends Tokyo Z, fell to an 0-7 win-loss card after losing to the Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya, 56-71, in the Division 2 action.

Fouling out midway through the fourth period, the younger Gomez de Liaño put up eight points and two assists in 11 minutes of play.

6 LGUs in Metro Manila roll out Covid-19 jabs for minors

AT least six local government units (LGUs) under the National Capital Region (NCR) rolled out their vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for children aged 12 to 17 on Friday.

As early as 9 a.m., Pasay, and Las Piñas held its pediatric inoculation initiatives in their public hospitals, Marikina and Malabon in their sports venues, San Juan inside the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and Mandaluyong inside the SM Megamall trade hall.

Between 100 and 140 minors in each LGU are set to receive the Covid-19 antigen jab.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Sept. 30, 2021, approved the vaccination of minors under the A3 list of priority sectors, with the jabs being issued Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Taguig, Caloocan, Pateros, Manila, Pasig, Muntinlupa, and Parañaque launched their respective inoculation drives for minors mid-week of October 2021.

Meanwhile, the cities of Valenzuela and Navotas are finalizing their lists and are expected to launch soon.

6 LGUs in Metro Manila roll out Covid-19 jabs for minors

AT least six local government units (LGUs) under the National Capital Region (NCR) rolled out their vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for children aged 12 to 17 on Friday.

As early as 9 a.m., Pasay, and Las Piñas held its pediatric inoculation initiatives in their public hospitals, Marikina and Malabon in their sports venues, San Juan inside the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and Mandaluyong inside the SM Megamall trade hall.

Between 100 and 140 minors in each LGU are set to receive the Covid-19 antigen jab.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Sept. 30, 2021, approved the vaccination of minors under the A3 list of priority sectors, with the jabs being issued Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Taguig, Caloocan, Pateros, Manila, Pasig, Muntinlupa, and Parañaque launched their respective inoculation drives for minors mid-week of October 2021.

Meanwhile, the cities of Valenzuela and Navotas are finalizing their lists and are expected to launch soon.

Canadian wins Chopin piano competition


The winner the 18th Chopin competition Canada's Bruce Xiaoyu Liu smiles after the results were announced in Warsaw on October 21, 2021. AFP PHOTO

WARSAW: Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Liu was awarded first prize in the Chopin piano competition in Warsaw on Thursday, clinching one of the world’s most prestigious music awards.

“Being able to play Chopin in Warsaw is one of the best things you can imagine,” 24-year-old Liu said as the jury announced their decision at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall.

Previous winners of the Chopin Competition include some of the greatest names in classical music, such as Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman.

Held every five years since 1927, the Chopin competition would normally have been held last year, but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic — a first since World War II.

“It was challenging to get all the competitors into Poland,” Artur Szklener, director of the National Institute of Frederic Chopin, which organizes the competition, had told Agence France-Presse.

But one of the 17 jury members, Argentinian concert pianist Nelson Goerner, believes that pandemic-related lockdowns helped raise the standard of this year’s competition.

“The level this year is remarkable,” Goerner told AFP earlier in the competition.

“The pianists have had more time to prepare and I think the pandemic has awakened in all of us a desire to go further, to surpass ourselves,” he said.

“You can hear it in how these young pianists are playing.”

Japan’s Kyohei Sorita, 27, came joint-second with 26-year-old Italian-Slovenian Alexander Gadjiev.

Spain’s Martin Garcia Garcia, 24, came third.

Born in Paris, Liu graduated from Montreal Conservatoire.

He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Americas.

This year’s event drew 87 pianists from across the globe, including 22 from China, 16 from Poland and 14 from Japan.

Broadcast live on YouTube and via a bespoke mobile app, the contest attracted record online interest.

Some 70,000 people watched the result streamed online.

All the finalists will now perform in gala concerts until October 23.

Canadian wins Chopin piano competition


The winner the 18th Chopin competition Canada's Bruce Xiaoyu Liu smiles after the results were announced in Warsaw on October 21, 2021. AFP PHOTO

WARSAW: Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Liu was awarded first prize in the Chopin piano competition in Warsaw on Thursday, clinching one of the world’s most prestigious music awards.

“Being able to play Chopin in Warsaw is one of the best things you can imagine,” 24-year-old Liu said as the jury announced their decision at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall.

Previous winners of the Chopin Competition include some of the greatest names in classical music, such as Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman.

Held every five years since 1927, the Chopin competition would normally have been held last year, but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic — a first since World War II.

“It was challenging to get all the competitors into Poland,” Artur Szklener, director of the National Institute of Frederic Chopin, which organizes the competition, had told Agence France-Presse.

But one of the 17 jury members, Argentinian concert pianist Nelson Goerner, believes that pandemic-related lockdowns helped raise the standard of this year’s competition.

“The level this year is remarkable,” Goerner told AFP earlier in the competition.

“The pianists have had more time to prepare and I think the pandemic has awakened in all of us a desire to go further, to surpass ourselves,” he said.

“You can hear it in how these young pianists are playing.”

Japan’s Kyohei Sorita, 27, came joint-second with 26-year-old Italian-Slovenian Alexander Gadjiev.

Spain’s Martin Garcia Garcia, 24, came third.

Born in Paris, Liu graduated from Montreal Conservatoire.

He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Americas.

This year’s event drew 87 pianists from across the globe, including 22 from China, 16 from Poland and 14 from Japan.

Broadcast live on YouTube and via a bespoke mobile app, the contest attracted record online interest.

Some 70,000 people watched the result streamed online.

All the finalists will now perform in gala concerts until October 23.

‘Red tagged’ student leader freed

A student leader who was detained for alleged illegal possession of firearms has been released, according to a post on Facebook by the Kabataan and Anakbayan Party-list groups on Tuesday.

Maria Jesusa “Sasah” Sta. Rosa of Jovenes Anakbayan-Bicol was arrested last May 2, 2021, during a joint police and military raid in her home in Naga City where several types of ammunition were seized.

Lawyers Ricky Tomotorgo and John Bongat, a former mayor, helped Sta. Rosa secure a dismissal of the charges against her after they discovered that the search warrant that was used had a different address.

The Kabataan Party-List and Anakbayan Naga City called out for justice for Sta. Rosa following her 5-month detention, which they blamed on the government’s “red tagging” or those who are accused of having links with the communist rebels.

Bagunas shines in Oita Miyoshi season opening win

FILIPINO volleyball star Bryan Bagunas shone as Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler won its first game of the V.League 2021 to 2022 Men’s Division 1 season, defeating Osaka Blazers Sakai in four sets, 25-19, 25-20, 21-25 and 28-26, at the Nippon Steel Sakai Gymnasium on Saturday.

The 6-foot-5 Bagunas poured 22 points in the contest, built on four blocks and a service ace. Emerson Rodriguez backstopped him with 19 points on 18 attacks and one service ace.

Kota Yomada produced 16 points on 12 attacks and four service aces while Ichitoshi Hayashi chipped in seven markers in the match that lasted for 2 hours and 6 minutes.

After a Sakai Blazers point that put the team within set point in the fourth frame, Bagunas’ squad scored three straight points to finish the match and take the first of Oita Miyoshi’s back-to-back matches.

Sharone Vernon-Evans paced the home team, Sakai Blazers, with 20 markers on 16 attacks, three blocks and one service ace. Yuki Higuchi provided 12 points on eight attacks, three blocks and one service ace.

Bagunas and the Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler team face the Osaka Blazers Sakai anew on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Meanwhile, another Pinoy import, Mark Espejo, also played splendidly during his return to the V.League when the 6-foot-3 player unloaded 15 points on 13 attacks and two service aces.

However, his production was not enough as his team, FC Tokyo, bowed to the defending champion, Suntory Sunbirds, in five sets, 24-26, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 11-15.

Over at the women’s side, Filipino middle blocker Jaja Santiago came out triumphant as the Saitama Ageo Medics outlasted the Okayama Seagulls, 28-30, 26-24, 23-25, 25-13 and 15-11.

Playing the whole match, the 6-foot-5 Santiago put up 17 points to support Yuka Sato, who led Saitama with 40 huge points on 38 attacks, one block and one service ace.

Bagunas shines in Oita Miyoshi season opening win

FILIPINO volleyball star Bryan Bagunas shone as Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler won its first game of the V.League 2021 to 2022 Men’s Division 1 season, defeating Osaka Blazers Sakai in four sets, 25-19, 25-20, 21-25 and 28-26, at the Nippon Steel Sakai Gymnasium on Saturday.

The 6-foot-5 Bagunas poured 22 points in the contest, built on four blocks and a service ace. Emerson Rodriguez backstopped him with 19 points on 18 attacks and one service ace.

Kota Yomada produced 16 points on 12 attacks and four service aces while Ichitoshi Hayashi chipped in seven markers in the match that lasted for 2 hours and 6 minutes.

After a Sakai Blazers point that put the team within set point in the fourth frame, Bagunas’ squad scored three straight points to finish the match and take the first of Oita Miyoshi’s back-to-back matches.

Sharone Vernon-Evans paced the home team, Sakai Blazers, with 20 markers on 16 attacks, three blocks and one service ace. Yuki Higuchi provided 12 points on eight attacks, three blocks and one service ace.

Bagunas and the Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler team face the Osaka Blazers Sakai anew on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Meanwhile, another Pinoy import, Mark Espejo, also played splendidly during his return to the V.League when the 6-foot-3 player unloaded 15 points on 13 attacks and two service aces.

However, his production was not enough as his team, FC Tokyo, bowed to the defending champion, Suntory Sunbirds, in five sets, 24-26, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 11-15.

Over at the women’s side, Filipino middle blocker Jaja Santiago came out triumphant as the Saitama Ageo Medics outlasted the Okayama Seagulls, 28-30, 26-24, 23-25, 25-13 and 15-11.

Playing the whole match, the 6-foot-5 Santiago put up 17 points to support Yuka Sato, who led Saitama with 40 huge points on 38 attacks, one block and one service ace.