Items filtered by date: Monday, 11 September 2017

Why Meralco traded for RDO, according to coach Norman Black

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Currently a contender for the Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup crown, the Meralco Bolts made a bold move on Monday after trading for veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo in a three-team deal involving sister team TNT and Phoenix.

The former Gilas Pilipinas stalwart was acquired by the Bolts from the Fuel Masters who earlier nabbed De Ocampo from TNT in exchange for Norbert Torres and a 2017 first round pick.

The Fuel Masters then shipped the veteran stretch four to the Bolts for center Justin Chua and their 2017 first round pick.

Phoenix also sent Chua to TNT in exchange for a 2019 second round pick.

Getting a player like De Ocampo is a huge boost to the Bolts, according to coach Norman Black.

“We’re doing well this conference even without Ranidel. What more if we will have him?” said Black who once coached TNT.

“He played for me before, so I know what he can bring to the table. More than his experience and his skill set, we felt that we need more floor spacers so that any time Allen Durham gets double teamed, we have people who can shoot from the perimeter and that’s one of the things Ranidel can provide for us.”

De Ocampo will also help Meralco when it plays without an import. In the past two Philippine Cups, the Bolts finished at the bottom of the standings.

“We didn’t do well in the last two all-Filipino tournaments and we felt that we need to strengthen our frontline to improve our chances in the all-Filipino,” Black said.

“Looking at the coming rookie draft, we’re picking No.7 if the draft is to be held this time, and we felt there’s nobody better than Ranidel at the no.7 pick.”

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Henry Walker on Ginebra: ‘They got no weaknesses’

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Blackwater import Henry Walker is now in his third PBA stint, and he was impressed by the improvement of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

The former NBA veteran praised LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar for being the guys behind the Gin Kings’ rise as a league contender.

“You can see the level in experience. They’ve been in that situation many times. Looking at LA (Tenorio) he’s just ice cold. It doesn’t matter what he does, but you’ve got to be ready for him in those clutch moments. They’ve got a guy like that, doing the right plays, then the team need not to worry,” Walker told InterAksyon.

“I was surprised with Japeth. He’s gotten a whole lot better since my first year. If you ask me, this group of guys (Ginebra) is one of the better teams in the league. Period. They got no weaknesses.”

Aguilar swatted away a looper by Walker in a play that sparked a Ginebra rally against Walker’s Blackwater last Friday.

Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone heaped praise on Aguilar’s big play.

“That’s what you kinda look for. Those game-changing shots or plays, that was one of them,” Cone said. “When Japeth made that block on Walker, I thought that was the game-changing play out there. He had a free lane to the basket then Japeth came from nowhere and blocked that shot. That kinda lifted us up. We got into a transition scored.”

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Irma knocked out power to over 3 million homes, businesses in Florida

Destroyed roofs at a residential areas are seen as Hurricane Irma passes south Florida, in Miami, U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses in Florida on Sunday, threatening millions more as it crept up the state’s west coast, and full restoration of service could take weeks, local electric utilities said.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a dangerous Category 4 storm, the second highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, but by afternoon as it barreled up the west coast, it weakened to a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (177 kph).

So far, the brunt of the storm has affected Florida Power & Light’s customers in the states’ southern and eastern sections, and its own operations were not immune, either.

“We are not subject to any special treatment from Hurricane Irma. We just experienced a power outage at our command center. We do have backup generation,” FPL spokesman Rob Gould said on Sunday.

FPL, the biggest power company in Florida, said more than 2.9 million of its customers were without power by 7:40 p.m. (2030 GMT), mostly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. More than 200,000 had electricity restored, mostly by automated devices.

The company’s system will need to be rebuilt, particularly in the western part of the state, Gould said. “That restoration process will be measured in weeks, not days.”

FPL is a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc.

Large utilities that serve other parts of the state, including units of Duke Energy Corp, Southern Co and Emera Inc, were seeing their outage figures grow as the storm pushed north.

Duke’s outages more than tripled between 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., rising to 178,053, and the company warned its 1.8 million customers in northern and central Florida that outages could ultimately exceed 1 million.

The company updated its website on Sunday evening with a warning to customers that outages may last a week or longer.

Emera’s Tampa Electric utility said the storm could affect up to 500,000 of the 730,000 homes and businesses it serves.

The utilities had thousands of workers, some from as far away as California, ready to help restore power once Irma’s high winds pass their service areas. About 17,000 were assisting FPL, nearly 8,000 at Duke and more than 1,300 at Emera.

Tampa Electric told customers on Sunday, however, that response crews were halting work because of the high winds.

FPL said on Friday that Irma could affect about 4.1 million customers, but that was before the storm track shifted away from the eastern side of the state. Its customers are concentrated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.


The utility said its two nuclear plants were safe. It shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant about 30 miles (48 km) south of Miami on Saturday, rather than both, because the storm shifted. It plans to leave both reactors in service at the St. Lucie plant about 120 miles (193 km )north of Miami because hurricane-force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

There is also spent nuclear fuel at Duke’s Crystal River plant, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Tampa. The plant, on Irma’s current forecast track, stopped operating in 2009 and was retired in 2013.

In a worst-case scenario, the spent fuel could release radiation if exposed to the air, but a federal nuclear official said that was extremely unlikely.

“That fuel is so cold, relatively speaking, it would take weeks before there would be any concern,” said Scott Burnell of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Duke was transferring the spent fuel to dry cask storage as part of the work to decommission the plant but suspended the effort temporarily ahead of Irma.

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DRAMATIC RESCUE | Army, PNP, civilian rescue units pluck 25 people from roof of bus swamped by floods in Quezon

Map showing Pitogo, Quezon. EN.WIKIPILIPINAS.ORG

MANILA – A bus driver and his passengers’ presence of mind, and prompt action by police, military and local civilian authorities made possible a dramatic rescue of 25 people stranded on the roof of a bus swamped by floodwaters in Pitogo, Quezon early Tuesday morning.

At about 3am Tuesday, a Bicol-bound bus from Pasay driven by Joseph Serrano took a detour from the Atimonan-Plaridel-Gumaca road in a bid to avoid floods, but got into worse straits: it took a road that turned out to be beside a swollen river. This, according to an account pieced together by Senior Supt. Roderick Armamento, provincial PNP chief of Quezon, in a radio interview.

The river water, combined with rampaging flashfloods from nearby mountains quickly submerged the DLTB Bus in neck-deep water, forcing all 24 passengers including three minors to climb out and seek safety atop the roof of the bus.

Timely SOS alert by driver Serrano prompted Police Insp. Ginalyn de Leon to send out alerts, but rescue teams could not reach the place at once owing to bad weather and flood-submerged roads, Armamento told radio DZBB.

The Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion based in Gumaca was called, and sent several trucks.

Local governments in Quezon also deployed rescue teams. Catanauan town sent a couple of bancas.

By 7 am, the rescue was well under way, and all 25 people, including driver Serrano, were finally safely plucked out of harm’s way at past 9am.

Senior Supt. Armamento cited Serrano for his presence of mind and timely alert to authorities. He also praisedthe civilian, police and military outfits that helped in the dramatic rescue.


Cotabato City mayor finalist for Lingkod Bayan award

Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi (right) received on Monday from Grace Belgado-Sequeton, director of the Civil Service Commission-12, a plaque stating she is a candidate for the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award.    

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — 

Local sectors were elated with the city mayor’s having been voted regional finalist for the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award.

Grace Belgado-Sequeton, director of the Civil Service Commission for Region 12, turned over to Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi on Monday a plaque stating that she is a finalist candidate for the award, from among 58,000 nominees from across the country.

The symbolic event, held at the Cotabato City People’s Palace here, was witnessed by employees of the city mayor’s office and local sectoral leaders.

The search for Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardees is an annual activity of CSC, meant to honor government workers with accomplishments worthy of recognition by the national government.

Traders welcomed positively the CSC’s announcement here Monday that Guiani-Sayadi is a regional finalist for the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award.

Merchant Pete Marquez, a senior member of various business organizations in the city, said the city mayor deserves the award.

Marquez said there have been dramatic improvements in trading activities in Cotabato City in the past three years.

“Malls and other commercial establishments have been emerging around the city, a clear indication that capitalists are certain their investments being poured around are safe,” Marquez said.

Barangay officials and peace activists wrote on Facebook their optimism Guiani-Sayadi would get a Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award.

“For me, our mayor's being named a regional finalist is enough. That is already a recognition that in Region 12, our mayor is an icon of good governance,” said an official of the Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, who resides in the city.

Cotabato City landed last August 16 on the second top spot for the government efficiency category of the 2017 search for most competitive cities in the Philippines.

The yearly grant of awards to competitive cities in the country is an activity of the National Competitiveness Council.

No fewer than a hundred cities in the country vied for this year’s NNC efficient governance awards, according to a report from the council.

Belgado-Sequeton, in a message, said the mayor here was nominated to the national search for the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award for her being “an architect of development” and for her active involvement in law-enforcement activities intended to improve the local business climate.

Members of the local business community said the mayor’s having been included among the finalists for the award will certainly improve the confidence of foreign investors on the city’s investment atmosphere.


Minority senators back call for Aguirre's resignation

Members of the Senate minority reiterated their call for the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after Sen. Risa Hontiveros (left) accused him of conniving with the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption to build a case against her. Senate PRIB/Released, File photo

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the senate minority have expressed support to the call of Sen. Risa Hontiveros for Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to resign from his post.


On Monday, Hontiveras said that Aguirre's continued occupation as Secretary of Justice is a "vulgar insult."

Hontiveros also claimed that Aguirre has been conniving with the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption to build a case against her.

Sens. Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Leila de Lima, Kiko Pangilinan and Antonio Trillanes IV noted that the recent developments highlight his "unethical actions as a public official."

"Now, he has been caught red-handed plotting against a sitting Senator during a hearing where he is supposed to be paying his utmost attention," the minority senators said in a statement.

The minority senators have earlier called for Aguirre's resignation following his spreading of fake information on individuals he tagged as "dilawan."

"His actions signify a lack of competence for a man who holds the highest office on justice. His actions clearly violate the norms of conduct for public officials under the law," the statement read.

In her privilege speech Monday afternoon, Hontiveros revealed a photo showing a text message exchange on the phone of Aguirre.

“Babasahin ko po ang nakalagay. "Text ng Kausap niya: ‘Naturuan na ni Hontiveros ang testigo. Her questions are leading questions.’ Reply ni Sec. Agurre: ‘Yon nga sinasabi ko dito. Very obvious. Kaya nga expedite natin ang cases niyo vs her," Hontiveros quoted Aguirre.

Last July, youth group Millennials Against Dictators filed a collective administrative ethics complaint against Aguirre for allegedly violating Republic Act 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Official and Employees, when he issued false allegations against several politicians and individuals.


Caloocan bishop: We're facilitating, not obstructing justice

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Tuesday denied the claim that he is guilty of obstruction of justice by protecting the witnesses to the slay of Kian Loyd delos Santos. Facebook photo

MANILA, Philippines — Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Tuesday said the Catholic Church is not "obstructing justice" by protecting witnesses to the killing of school boy Kian Loyd delos Santos.


"I wonder in what way we in the Church have 'obstructed justice' if all we did was provide sanctuary for witnesses upon the parents' own request, and at no expense from the government at that," David said.


On Monday, Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said the Caloocan bishop could be guilty of obstruction of justice because he is taking custody of the witnesses.

"I honestly think we are actually facilitating, not obstructing justice. Within the specific circumstances of the case at issue, can they blame the witnesses if they feel safer with the Church than with CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group)?" David said.

"Kapag mga pulis mismo ang akusado, kanino pa sila lalapit at hihingi ng proteksyon? Sa amin sila kusang lumapit at humingi ng tulong, hindi sa gobyerno; 'criminal offense' bang maituturing iyon?" he added.

Over the weekend, the father of a witness chose to seek protection of David instead of the CIDG.

The father was initially with the CIDG and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption tried to convince him to change his decision. However, the father made up his mind and placed his child under the custody of the Caloocan diocese. 

David said it is his duty as the bishop of Caloocan to protect the people he is heading.

“For many centuries now, the Church has provided sanctuary for innocent people who fear that their lives are in danger. Walang bago sa ginagawa namin, at hindi kami tumutulong dahil sa pulitika. Tungkulin lang namin ito bilang mga pastol; wala akong alam na batas na nilalabag namin,” he said.

David added the Church would accompany the witnesses once they are summoned for hearings.

The bishop, an outspoken critic of the administration's war on drugs, said the government should treat them as allies not enemies.

“But if their agenda is not justice, then indeed they might have a basis for treating us as their enemies. We are motivated only by faith, never by politics,” he said.

David will be the vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines starting December 1. 


PMAyers’ links to drug shipment exposed in Senate

Ruben Taguba Jr. Allen Capuyan–PHOTOS BY GRIG C.MONTEGRANDE

The Senate inquiry into the P6.4-billion “shabu” (crystal meth) shipment from China has uncovered the participation of graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
The blue ribbon committee was able to tie up on Monday the background of some of the alleged key players in the shabu shipment and smuggling in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
Sen. Richard Gordon, committee chair, pointed out that some of the key players were from the PMA. “It’s an old boys’ club,” he told reporters.

Gordon was referring to Teofilo Joseph Bacud, a certain Jack Cabalza, retired Col. Allen Capuyan, BOC Command Center chief Gerardo Gambala and former BOC Deputy Commissioner Milo Maestrecampo.
It was the father of customs fixer Mark Taguba II, who disclosed the identities of Cabalza and Bacud.

Bacud was the one who helped Taguba connect with contacts to help him facilitate the release of flagged shipments without BOC inspection.
Among these contacts were a certain Tita Nani and Jack, who Taguba said were part of the so-called “Davao Group,” which allegedly facilitated smuggling at the BOC for a fee.
Taguba’s father Ruben Jr., a former customs policeman, told Gordon that Bacud was a classmate of Jack whose full name was either Jack Baesa or Jack Cabalza.
“Colonel Capuyan knows (Bacud),” the older Taguba said, referring to retired Col. Allen Capuyan, assistant general manager at the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), who is also a PMA graduate.
Big Brother
Sen. Panfilo Lacson said the full name of Jojo Bacud was Teofilo Joseph Bacud.
Taguba identified Capuyan as “Big Brother,” who belonged to another group from which he had sought help for the release of his shipment flagged by the BOC.
Gordon showed text messages between Taguba and Tita Nani in which Capuyan was mentioned four times.
Taguba said he had met with Capuyan once in a meeting attended by Tita Nani to seek help for his shipment.
He said he gave Capuyan a check for P1 million through
Tita Nani.
But Capuyan denied getting the check, although he confirmed meeting with Tita Nani and Taguba.
The MIAA assistant general manager said Taguba did not speak much at the meeting and that it was Tita Nani who told him about Taguba’s concerns.
Capuyan said he knew Bacud and last talked to him last week.
PMA underclass
“Jojo Bacud was an underclass and acquaintance way back at PMA being my battalion mate,” he said.
Capuyan said he met Bacud again when he was assigned at MIAA while the latter was conducting customs intelligence gathering.
He said Bacud introduced to him Tita Nani and a certain Noel as Bacud’s business partners in March.
Capuyan said his meeting for lunch with Tita Nani, Noel and Taguba was the first and last meeting he had with Taguba.
He said he submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a report on the shabu shipment, which he noted incriminated Taguba.
Capuyan said he knew President Duterte because he was assigned in Mindanao from 1997 to 2003 and in 2008.
The BOC Command Center chief, Gerardo Gambala, who is also a PMA graduate from Class 1995, said Bacud had a service contract with the BOC from January to June this year. He said Bacud was a former PMA cadet.


IN PHOTOS:Hundreds of passengers stranded by Tropical Depression Maring

WAITING GAME. Passengers at the Cebu City Pier 1 wait for the go-signal from the Philippine Coast Guard before they can board their vessel to Manila on September 12, 2017. Photo by Michael O. Ligalig/Rappler 

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of passengers were stranded in different ports in the country on Tuesday, September 12, because of Tropical Depression Maring.

The tropical depression made landfall in Mauban, Quezon, at 9 am on Tuesday, and then headed for the Laguna-Manila area. It was expected to cross Metro Manila Tuesday afternoon.

At the Cebu City Pier 1, passengers headed to Manila waited since early morning Tuesday, September 12, after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) put on hold the departure of 2Go vessels due to the bad weather.

ANXIOUS. A passenger anxiously waits at the Cebu City Pier 1 after Philippine Coast Guard holds the departure of her vessel bound of Manila due to Tropical Depression Maring heading toward the National Capital Region. Photo by Michael O. Ligalig/Rappler

ANXIOUS. A passenger anxiously waits at the Cebu City Pier 1 after Philippine Coast Guard holds the departure of her vessel bound of Manila due to Tropical Depression Maring heading toward the National Capital Region. Photo by Michael O. Ligalig/Rappler 

Passengers in Cebu City said they were supposed to leave at noontime Tuesday, but they were told that they had to wait for further notice from the PCG headquarters in Manila.

As of 8 am on Tuesday, the PCG said there were 257 passengers stranded in various ports in the Bicol region, after it imposed a no-sail order on 46 rolling cargoes and 16 vessels due to Tropical Depression Maring.

CATANDUANES. Stranded passengers at the Port of San Andres in Catanduanes on September 12, 2017. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

CATANDUANES. Stranded passengers at the Port of San Andres in Catanduanes on September 12, 2017. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard 

STRANDED CARGO. Trucks carrying cargo are not allowed to load at the Port of San Andres in Catanduanes. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

STRANDED CARGO. Trucks carrying cargo are not allowed to load at the Port of San Andres in Catanduanes. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard 

LONG WAIT. Passengers at the Tabaco port in Albay. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

LONG WAIT. Passengers at the Tabaco port in Albay. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard 

NO-SAIL ORDER. Vessels comply with the Philippine Coast Guard's no-sail order at the Tabaco port in Albay. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

NO-SAIL ORDER. Vessels comply with the Philippine Coast Guard's no-sail order at the Tabaco port in Albay. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard 

– With a report from Michael O. Ligalig/


Self-reported common crimes drop to record low – SWS survey

SAFER STREETS? Police line up to secure parts of Metro Manila during the ASEAN Summit in April 2017. Rappler file photo 

MANILA, Philippines – Is the government’s war on crime and illegal drugs working?

According to a 2nd quarter 2017 survey by the Social Weather Survey (SWS), less families reported being victims of common crime – pick-pocketing, robberies, car theft, or physical violence – in the last 6 months.


In the survey, released first through Business World, only 3.1% of respondents, representing roughly 706,000 families, reported being victims of property crimes.

It’s a 3.2-point drop from the 6.3% of respondents asked in 2017 and a 1.4-point drop from the previous record-low of 4.5% in December 2016.

Only 3.7%, meanwhile, reported being victims of common crimes. The figure represents roughly 840,000 families. It’s a 3.1-point drop from the 6.8% in March 2017 and a 1.2-point drop from the 4.9% reported in the December 2016 survey.

Respondents were asked this question, according to SWS:

Ngayon, nais po naming malaman ang karanasan ninyo at ng iba pang miyembro ng inyong pamilyang nakatira dito, tungkol sa krimen. Nitong nakaraang 6 buwan, kayo ba o kahit na sinong miyembro ng inyong pamilya ay naging biktima ng... (Pandurukot o pagnanakaw ng pansariling kagamitan; Pagpasok o break-in sa tahanan; Pagnanakaw ng kotse o sasakyang de motor o wala kayong sasakyang de motor; Pambubugbog, pananaksak o iba pang karahasan)? Kung OO: Ilang beses po?

[Now, we would also like to know your experiences and those of other family members residing here, regarding crime. In the past 6 months, have you or any member of your family been a victim of... (Pick-pocketing/robbery of personal property; Break-in at respondent’s residence; Carnapping or no motor vehicle; Physical violence)? IF YES: How many times?].

Conducted from June 23 to 26, 2017, the survey interviewed 1,200 adults nationwide. Three hundred individuals were interviewed in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, respectively.

The survey had a margin of error of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% for each of the island regions.

Following trends

The survey also showed a drop in families reporting having members hurt by physical violence at 0.6%, following a trend since the September 2016 version of the survey.

The drop in self-reported instances of common crimes also followed a trend in the past years.

“The group noted further that, except in March 2013 when it was at 10.5%, victimization of families by any common crime was at single-digit levels from March 2012 to June 2017, with the new record-low of 3.7% last June,” said the Business World report on the survey.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) had earlier reported a drop in all crimes – save for murder and homicide – across the country during President Rodrigo Duterte’s first year.

Fear of crime

Less families from Metro Manila said they feared burglaries and unsafe streets, according to the survey.

In the country’s main mega city, 62% of those surveyed said they feared burglaries, a drop from the 65% in June 2017. The difference, however, is within the survey’s margin or error.

Fear of unsafe streets also dropped by the same number of percentage points, from 54% in March 2017 to 51% in June 2017. Again, this is within the survey’s margin of error.

In Balance Luzon, 61% of respondents said they feared burglaries compared to 60% in March 2017. The fear of unsafe streets fell by two percentage points – from 54% in March to 52% in June 2017.

The rest of the country, however, has a different story to tell.

Mindanao, Visayas

In Mindanao, which has been placed under martial law since late May 2017, fear of burglaries rose by 11 percentage points, from 49% in March to 61% in June 2017.

Fear of unsafe streets likewise rose 13 percentage points, from 42% in March to 55% in June 2017.

The difference in the Mindanao numbers is beyond the margin of error for the survey.

In the Visayas, fear of burglaries rose 2 percentage points from 48% in March to 50% in June. Fear of unsafe streets rose by 1 point from 47% in march to 48% in June 2017. All differences are within the margin of error.

In Metro Manila, the reported presence of drug addicts fell by 11 percentage points, from 65% in March to 54% in June. Balance Luzon reported a drop of 9 percentage points, from 57% in March to 48% in June. The differences are outside the margin of error. 

In Mindanao, 48% of those surveyed reported the presence of drug addicts, a 4 percentage point rise compared to the 44% in March 2017. It also rose in the Visayas, from 40% in March 2017 to 43% in June. The differences are within the margin of error, however. 

Respondents were asked these questions, according to the SWS:

Ngayon po, mayroon ako ritong mga statements o pangungusap na maaaring maglarawan sa nararamdaman o naiisip ng mga tao ngayon. Pakisabi po kung kayo ay sumasang-ayon o hindi sumasang-ayon sa mga statements o pangungusap na ito. Pakilagay lang po ang kard na may pangungusap sa naaangkop na lugar sa rating board na ito. (Lubos na sumasang-ayon, Medyo sumasang-ayon, Hindi tiyak kung sumasang-ayon o hindi sumasang-ayon, Medyo hindi sumasang-ayon, o Lubos na hindi sumasang-ayon)

[I have here some statements which may reflect how people feel or think about certain matters at present. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with these statements. You may indicate your answers by placing the card with the statement in the appropriate place on this rating board. (Strongly agree, somewhat agree, undecided if agree or disagree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree)]”:

Fear of burglary: “Sa lugar na ito, ang mga tao ay karaniwang natatakot na baka may mga magnanakaw na makakapasok sa loob ng kanilang tahanan (In this neighborhood, people are usually afraid that robbers might break into their houses).”

Fear of unsafe streets: “Sa lugar na ito, ang mga tao ay karaniwang natatakot maglakad sa kalye sa gabi dahil mapanganib (In this neighborhood, people are usually afraid to walk in the street at night because it is not safe).”

Many drug addicts in the area: “Sa lugar na ito, napakarami na ang mga taong naaadik sa mga ipinagbabawal na gamot (In this neighborhood there are already very many people addicted to banned drugs).”


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