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Wars of ancient history were about territory, power, family or lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion is always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?


Marikina City
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How to get the best out of the Malunggay
Moringa (Malungay) leaves compared to common foods
Values per 100gm. edible portion
Nutrient Moringa Leaves Other Foods
Vitamin A 6780 mcg Carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C 220 mg Oranges: 30 mg
Calcium 440 mg Cow's milk: 120 mg
Potassium 259 mg Bananas: 88 mg
Protein 6.7 gm Cow's milk: 3.2 gm

Man dies in Marikina fire

A 65-year-old man was killed in a fire that gutted several homes in Marikina City Monday morning, a fire official said.

Fire Officer 2 Enrique Quilla said that Patrico Bala died after fire swept through several houses in their community along Malaya Street in Malanday, Marikina at 5:45 a.m.

He said that arson investigators have yet to determine what caused the fire which reached third alarm before it was completely put out at 6:53 a.m.

Drunk off-duty cop killed after falling off motorbike

An off-duty Marikina policeman who had a drink too many died after being thrown off his motorcycle when he hit a pothole in Quezon City on his way home early Saturday, police said.

Traffic investigator Senior Police Officer 4 Henry Se said Police Officer 1 Roel Gagala, 29, suffered severe head injuries as his face hit the concrete of E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue corner Eastwood Avenue in Barangay (village) Bagumbayan. Gagala was a resident of Marikina where he was also assigned.

Gagala, believed to be on his way home, was cruising on the northbound lane of E. Rodriguez Avenue on his Honda Brava motorcycle when the accident happened around 2:20 a.m., Se said.

The traffic investigator said Gagala, who was drunk at the time, must have failed to see the pothole and was thrown off the vehicle when he hit the rut. Gagala fell heavily on the concrete road, his face bearing the brunt of the impact, Se added.

Even though he wore a helmet, the victim suffered fatal injuries, according to a member of a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority rescue team.

The police officer was rushed to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center but succumbed to his injuries at 4:19 a.m., Se said.

2 shot dead at barangay festivities in Marikina

A man and a woman were shot dead by a motorcycle rider during a fiesta celebration at a barangay in Marikina City on Sunday afternoon.

The woman was identified as Monica Garcia, 39, a resident of Pasig City, based on the documents found in her possession. Her companion, however, has yet to be identified.

According to Senior Inspector Eduardo Cayetano, head of the Marikina police investigation unit, the victims were walking in an alley near Reposo Street in Purok 5, Barangay Malanday when a man shot them in the head at a few minutes past 5 p.m.

The two were about to meet up with some of their relatives and friends who were joining the activities scheduled for the yearly celebration of the barangay’s feast day when they were killed.

Shooter leaves motorcycle

Cayetano said that earlier, the man had parked his motorcycle (PM 1399) near the alley. He then walked up to the victims, shot each one once in the forehead before he fled on foot, leaving his vehicle behind.

Investigators said a witness had told them that she heard two consecutive shots which sounded just like someone had opened two soda bottles.

When she tried to find out where the noise came from, she saw the victims sprawled on the ground in front of a sari-sari (retail) store.

No motive yet

Other witnesses, meanwhile, said they did not know who the shooter was or why the victims were killed.

The police have ruled out robbery as the motive for the killings since their initial investigation showed that nothing was taken from the victims.

Cayetano said they were looking into the possibility that the killing was drug-related after they received reports that Garcia used to be involved in the illegal drug trade in the 1990s.

Another report claimed that she was linked to a policeman who was later dismissed from the service after he got hooked on drugs. Niña Calleja with Christine Exevea, trainee

Marikina turns junk styros into patios

Garbage in, garden delights out.

The Marikina City government since Monday has been churning out hundreds of paving blocks out of used styrofoam packaging and plastic wastes, in a project that shows how recycling can both protect and beautify the environment.

It only takes two workers, a shredder, and a “styro-plastic densifier” (a three-meter-high piece of equipment fed with raw materials through a cylindrical mouth), to turn trash into two-inch thick blocks durable enough for parks, indoor flooring, or sidewalks.

Apart from providing the city government with an alternative source of construction materials, the project can help reduce Marikina’s garbage output and its P30-million annual budget for collecting and hauling household waste to a landfill in Rodriguez, Rizal province.

The shredder and densifier were acquired by the city government for P400,000 under a project dubbed “From Wastes to Landscape.”

“The savings the city will get and the benefits to the environment will definitely surpass the cost of acquiring the technology,” according to Oliver Villamena, the assistant city environmental officer.

The recipe is quite simple: For every 20 kilos of styrofoam and a corresponding amount of used cooking oil, the machines can produce at least 21 blocks.

“These products will never be wasted. Imagine an area measuring 2 meters by 3 meters that must be covered with 150 blocks. How much styrofoam would that require? Perhaps around 150 kilos,” he said.

For a steady supply of cooking oil, Villamena said, residents had been asked to keep their used oil for collection every Sunday.

“Despite the costs, the city will benefit from the project in many ways,” Villamena said. Among the other the items the technology can produce are table tops, chairs, boards and synthetic timber planks, he said.

The City Environmental Management Office (Cemo) of Marikina pushed for the project after its personnel learned about the system in seminars held by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) last year.

The Cemo has since been collecting styrofoam and plastic wastes from households across the city, which are initially stored and then sorted at a facility in Barangay Sto. Niño. The materials are then shredded into flakes and then melted in used cooking oil under controlled temperatures through the densifier.

Richard Cruz, one of the workers who operate the machines, said the job was definitely an “upgrade” from his previous work as a street sweeper.

“It’s still a bit complicated for now, but we are trying to perfect the shapes,” Cruz said of his first-week output.

Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman said the entire process had passed DOST’s gas emission tests, proof that the technology itself is environmentally sound.

Fires hit Marikina, Navotas, 1 hurt

At least one person was reported injured in two fires that hit residential areas in Marikina and Navotas Cities Thursday.

In Navotas City, at least one person was reported hurt after a fire razed five houses along Estrella Street in Navotas City, radio dzBB reported Friday.

The report said the fire started past 3 p.m., with arson investigators suspecting an overheating electric fan triggered the fire.

Arson investigators said the fire reached the third alarm and caused P300,000 in damage to property before it was eventually put out.

Residents had to form bucket brigades to fight the fire.

Meanwhile, a fire razed the house of a doctor in Concepcion II village in Marikina City past 10 p.m.

The fire razed the house of Dr. Salvador Samson and spread quickly throughout the house. No one was reported hurt in the fire, which reached the fourth alarm.

Marikina cop’s heroics reap praise

‘Lucky’ officer thwarts road robbers while off-duty–for 3rd time

Once was enough, twice was too much—but thwarting highway robbers while off-duty for the third time in his life finally earned some accolades for Senior Police Officer 2 Herbert Salazar Baylon.

Officials of the Eastern Police District are all praises for the Marikina City police officer who shot dead one of the two men who declared a holdup on a passenger bus travelling on Edsa on Monday night.

But what made Baylon, 39, stand out was his peculiar experience of being caught in a road robbery thrice while commuting to or from work.

Before Monday’s incident, he also shot a robber who terrorized his fellow jeepney passengers in Cubao, Quezon City, in 2003. Last year, again he encountered an armed robber on a jeepney and arrested him after a foot chase.

EPD director Chief Supt. Miguel Laurel said “we will submit a recommendation for (Baylon’s) promotion. He risked his life and did what he thought was the right thing to do even if he was off-duty.”

“He chose to go above and beyond the call of duty,” Laurel said in an Inquirer interview.

Reached on the phone, Baylon said he was heading home on a bus to Laguna when the two armed robbers, who boarded the vehicle on Edsa in Guadalupe, Makati City, at around 11 p.m., ordered the passengers to hand over their wallets, mobile phones, and other valuables.

Sensing that he was a policeman, one of the robbers began badmouthing him. “All of a sudden, a woman shrieked and caught the attention of the robber. It gave me time to draw my gun,” he said.

He said he was able to shoot the robber in the back and then used the robber’s body as a shield when his partner started firing at him.

The second robber ordered the driver to pull over, then made his escape. Once he was out of sight, the other passengers also rushed out of the bus.

Police later identified the slain robber as Carlo Barcelon, a 35-year-old resident of Pasay City. The passengers’ valuables, mostly mobile phones, and a .38 caliber pistol were recovered from Barcelon.

Baylon, currently assigned as a radio operator at the Marikina police tactical operations center, wryly described the incident as part of his “good luck”—since he had found himself in similar situations twice in the past.

In Cubao, Quezon City, in 2003, he was also off-duty when he shot and wounded one of the seven robbers who held up a passenger jeepney he was then riding. He was stabbed in the abdomen during the scuffle.

Last year, he was on his way to work, again on a jeepney, when he saw a robber victimize a female passenger. When the robber got off on Anonas Street in Quezon City, Baylon gave chase and eventually cornered the robber.

The two previous acts of heroism, however, earned him neither a promotion nor a commendation.

Asked what he thought of EPD’s plans to finally give him a promotion for Monday’s accomplishment, Baylon simply said: “I’d be happy if it happens.”

P5M destroyed in predawn fire in Marikina

At least P5 million in property was destroyed in a predawn fire that razed a two-story building in Marikina City on Monday.

No one was initially reported injured in the fire, which started shortly after midnight and reached the third alarm, radio dzBB's Rodil Vega reported.

The report said the building at Concepcion village housed stalls selling branded footwear.

Marikina fire marshal Chief Inspector Rodrigo Reyes was quoted in the report as saying the fire started at 12:19 a.m. and reached the third alarm at 12:37 a.m.

It was placed under control at 2:30 a.m., even as volunteer firefighter group TXTFire said the fire was put out shortly after 3 a.m.

Faith Museum

A faith museum that will be set up during the three-day Grand Mission Festival on April 18 to 20 at the Marikina Sports Complex in Marikina City will feature the replicas of some of the country’s most popular and well-venerated saints.

The replica of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo, Our Lady of Penafrancia, Our Lady of La Naval, Our Lady of Antipolo, Blessed Pedro Calungsod, Our Lady of the Abandoned, Santa Teresa de Antipolo, San Lorenzo Ruiz, and Saint Francis Xavier, among others, will be exhibited at the museum, said Fr. Socrates Mesiona, national director of the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) and executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines - Episcopal Commission on Mission.

Police catch Marikina’s ‘most wanted’ after 8 years

Marikina police said it had solved at least five murder cases with the arrest of the city’s most wanted man believed to be involved in a series of shooting incidents in the area.

Alex Sultan, of Barangay Tumana, Marikina City, was arrested Tuesday on the strength of a warrant issued by Judge Felix Reyes of Marikina Regional Trial Court Branch 272.

Supt. Emmanuel Tabuena, deputy head of the Marikina police, said Sultan had been linked to a string of robbery and murder cases and had been the subject of a manhunt since 2004.

“His recent victims include SPO Rocco Matic, who was shot dead in front of his children on Sunday and Jaime Naval, a retired Navy officer who was killed inside his home the same day,” Tabuena said.

The other alleged victims were Sheryl Tan, a former bail bondsman or “piyansadora;” Mark Anthony Flores, a security guard of the Land Transportation Office; and a man identified as Joseph Castillo.

Witnesses in the four cases and a video on a closed-circuit television camera in front of the LTO office had pointed to Sultan as the gunman, Tabuena said.

Cop shot dead in full view of his two kids

A police officer was shot dead by a masked man in full view of his two children in Marikina City on Sunday afternoon.

SPO3 Rocco Matic, 42, assigned at the Quezon City Police District’s station 9, was shot eight times while he was inside his white Mitsubishi Adventure at around 4 p.m. He died on the spot.

His two children aged 10 and 11 and a relative were seated at the back of the vehicle but were not hurt, SPO1 Charles Pacquing, investigator on case, said.

Their vehicle was parked at the corner of B.G. Molina and E. del Pilar Streets in front of a public market in Barangay Parang, Marikina City, while they waited for the policeman’s wife who alighted to buy something for dinner.

Matic and his family were all headed home after picking up a relative at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pacquing said.

Suddenly, a man of small build masking his face with a handkerchief and wearing a bullcap suddenly opened the door at the right side of the vehicle and shot the policeman.

“Most of the gunshots were fatal. He was shot in the head and in the chest,” Pacquing said.

The gunman then ran towards another man aboard a motorcycle who seemingly had waited for him.

The gunman and his cohort fled towards an unknown direction.

The police are still investigating the possible motives behind the killing.

“It (motive) could be related to his work. His colleagues at the QCPD said he had taken over big and sensitive cases,” Pacquing said.

Probers said the assailants could have monitored the victim’s movements, followed him from the airport up to Marikina City and waited for the right moment to attack.

Save Marikina Watershed Run set on April 22

MARIKINA CITY- The city government of Marikina will launch the DEL Run (Marikina Marathon) on April 22, Sunday, 5:00 a.m. at the Marikina Sports Park.

The DEL Run (Marikina Marathon) is a fun run open to all which will gather funds to plant tree seedlings in the Marikina Watershed.

“We hope for this event to be a success as the Marikina Watershed is the city’s first line of defense every time rain falls. Either joining the marathon or being a sponsor, this can surely save many lives from floods,” Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman said.

Around 5000 runners are expected to participate in the said marathon which will bring about 50,000 tree seedlings.

Currently, the run committee is eyeing for in-kind or in-cash sponsorships for the race, as it is a marathon benefiting the said watershed.

Three different categories are available in the fun run: 5 km, 10 km, and 21 km. The categories are also divided to male and female divisions. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the runners first to complete each category.

Special awards will also be given away at P1,000 each for the first below 10 years of age to finish the 5- and 10-km race. Meanwhile, P1,000 will also be given to the first 60-year-old and above racer who will finish the 21-km race.

PGT's Alakim may face parricide raps for wife's death

Pilipinas Got Talent Season 1 grand finalist Alakim (real name: Allan de Paz) may face parricide charges, after his wife Maricar allegedly shot herself inside their car in Marikina City on Tuesday morning.

Initial reports indicated the couple came from a birthday party when Maricar allegedly shot herself inside their Honda vehicle, with plate number XJX-476, in front of their house in Lamar Village, Marikina City.

Alakim sustained a wound on his hand after he allegedly tried to stop his wife.

Alakim was rushed to St. Luke's Medical Center Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

In a statement, Alakim admitted he and wife had a misunderstanding but refused to give more details on the reasons behind their rift.

The authorities are now looking into the possibility of foul play. A radio dzMM report quoted unnamed authorities as saying Alakim may face parricide charges over his wife's death.

Police are also investigating who owns the .38 Super pistol used in the incident since Alakim and his wife are both novice shooters.

Last year, Alakim almost lost his wife Maricar, when she suffered from complications over her pregnancy.

2 road projects to improve Metro traffic nearing completion

Two major road projects nearing completion are expected to improve traffic flow in the metropolis, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH said in a statement that Secretary Rogelio Singson led the drive-through inspection and partial opening of the newly constructed flyover that connects Tandang Sora in Barangay Old Balara to Luzon Avenue, crossing over Commonwealth Avenue.

“The opening of this flyover will further encourage motorists from North Luzon Expressway [going] towards South Luzon Expressway and vice versa to skip horrendous traffic at EDSA by taking the convenient route of C-5 and NLEX-Mindanao Avenue link,” DPWH said.

“The 18-meter wide bridge constructed at a cost of P570 million is a vital component of the C-5 Extension Project as it interconnects Luzon Avenue to C-5/Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City,” DPWH added.

Singson also inspected the road widening and improvement project of the stretch of Marcos Highway from Evangelista street in Marikina City to Masinag in Antipolo City.

“The 4.70 kilometer road improvement/widening project will benefit motorists and commuters in the Eastern Metropolitan Manila Area not only the decongestion of traffic but especially in controlling the flood water as it will improve the discharge volume from Cainta and Antipolo City down to the Marikina River outfall during rainy season,” DPWH said.

The improved Marcos Highway will have new features such as a Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) lane, two-meter wide bike lanes on both sides, and a one-meter planting strip for landscaping.

“The project is jointly funded by the government of the Philippines and the World Bank under the National Road Improvement and Management Program Phase II,” DPWH said.