The number of new COVID-19 cases in Catanduanes rose to 184 during the past seven days, slightly higher than the 170 recorded during the Oct. 10-16, 2021 period.
This total included four patients who were swabbed in other health facilities, presumably outside the island, and a case of reinfection (a nurse from EBMC).
The new cases came from Virac (49), San Andres (41), Caramoran (24), Pandan (21), Bato (15), San Miguel (10), Gigmoto (8), Bagamanoc (6), Viga (5), Panganiban (2) and Baras (2).
Among the 184 new cases were 10 teachers, 13 health care workers, two police officers, two bank employees, six government agency staffers, and an elderly priest.
There were also 28 seniors aged 60 and above while there were 19 minors.
Patients belonging to the same family or barangays were noted in Sapang Palay, Batong Paloway, Belmonte and Palawig in San Andres; Solong in San Miguel; Sta. Teresa and Poblacion in Bagamanoc; Dororian in Gigmoto; San Pablo in Virac; Napo, Del Sur, Del Norte, Bagawang and Cobo in Pandan; and, Bothoan and Baybay in Caramoran.
The total of confirmed cases is now at 2,131, with 1,666 recoveries.
As of Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, the pandemic has caused the deaths of 71 Catandunganons, with six or seven of them added during the past week, for a fatality rate of 3.33%.
The capital town accounts for nearly half of the dead at 34, followed by San Andres (8), Pandan (7), Caramoran (4), Bato (4), Viga (4), Panganiban (3), Baras (3), San Miguel (2), and Bagamanoc (2).
With the rest of the target population already being vaccinated, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has now fully-vaccinated 46,131 residents while 21,000 more are awaiting their second doses.
The DILG recently warned all candidates running in the 2022 national and local elections not to pay extortion money or the so-called “permit to campaign fees” to the CPP-NPA-NDF.
Otherwise, it will actively seek their disqualification even if they already filed their certificates of candidacy, Sec. Eduardo Año said, citing Memorandum Circular 2019-26 which calls the PTC modus operandi as a “clear form of extortion and defilement of the sanctity of the right to suffrage.”
The same directive enjoins LGUs and the PNP to ensure that all candidates are allowed unhampered entrance in every LGU and guarantee peace and order in all areas especially those considered as hotspots for insurgency.
In 2018, the DILG divulged a watchlist containing 349 local government officials who were identified to have ties and are supporting the CPP-NPA by means of extortion money in the 2016 polls. In the 2019 elections, only 63 local officials were reported by intelligence sources as having supported the CPP/NPA, it said.
According to the DILG, Section 4 of Republic Act 10168 known as ‘The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012’ states that any person who finances terrorist groups to carry out or facilitate the commission of any terrorist act, by a terrorist organization, association or group, or by an individual terrorist, shall be guilty of the crime of financing terrorism.
The crime of financing terrorism is punishable by the penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua and a fine of not less than Five hundred thousand pesos (Php500,000) to not more than One million pesos (Php1,000,000).
Such is also punishable under Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines which can render the accused “permanent disqualification to hold public office” with imprisonment of one to six years, Sec. Año underscored.
THE ERRAND. A man came into the bar and ordered a martini. Before drinking it, he removed the olive and carefully put it into a jar. Then he ordered another martini and did the same thing.
After an hour, by which time he was full of martinis and the jar was full of olives, he staggered out.
“Well, `remarked a customer, “I never saw anything as strange as that!”
“What was strange about it?” asked the barman. “His wife had sent him out for a jar of olives.”