Joshua "The Passion" Pacio, 23, of the Philippines will defend his ONE Strawweight World Championship title from Alex "Little Rock" Silva, 37, of Brazil at "ONE: Fire and Fury." The Filipino defending champion is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines while the Brazilian challenger is training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore.
ONE Championship will hold "ONE: Fire and Fury" at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 31, 2020. It will the Singapore-based martial arts organization's second event in 2020.
The 23-year-old Pacio, who hails from Baguio City, captured the strawweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito in September of 2018, but surrendered the title to another Japanese warrior in Shooto World Champion Yosuke Saruta in his first defense. Months later, Pacio avenged that defeat by knocking Saruta out with a head kick to regain ONE Championship gold.
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"The Baguio-Benguet area is somehow one of the places with the least amounts of cases of people that have tested positive for the coronavirus and I believe that it's because of how disciplined the Igorot people are," Pacio explained.
"We listen and we take seriously what the government says. We stay at home and we don't go out and we make sure that our health and safety is a must."
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Magalong's statement on San Juan City Mayor's Quarantine Protocol breach
There is utmost need to re-assert the policy position of the City Government, that no one, regardless of rank and position, is exempted from the established and long-held health and safety protocols when entering the city. I reiterate this as an uncompromising measure for everyone, whether public or private status, to comply with the city's border control checkpoints upon entry in Baguio boundaries, to ensure that no one is put to undue health risk while in the city.
This policy is strongly iterated in view of the apparent violation of existing health protocols by a group of visiting officials led by San Juan, Metro Manila Mayor Francis Zamora --- ignoring the border control checkpoint at Kennon Road, and proceeding to their place of destination (Baguio Country Club) without their having to undergo the mandatory triage health examination.
These were the facts of the unfortunate incident that has drawn much comment in the social media. As reported to me (at that time I was in Metro Manila on an official business matter) by PNP Baguio city director Allen Rae Co, Mayor Zamora of San Juan, Metro Manila, arrived at the Kennon Road quarantine checkpoint at around 2:30 PM of June 5, 2020, on board a convoy of 6 vehicles, with uniformed personnel inside. When his group was flagged down for inspection, the driver of the lead vehicle just slowed down a bit, and merely told the checkpoint personnel that he was part of a convoy, pointing out the vehicles tailing his police car, then forthwith sped off with the Mayor's entourage in tow.
Accordingly, checkpoint personnel radioed the BCPO traffic operations center about the incident and followed the Zamora vehicles enroute to the Baguio Country Club. Upon arrival, the group was asked for the required medical health clearance, but since none was presented, was politely told to undergo triage examination. Considering that they were already at their destination, medical personnel from the City Health Service Office were dispatched to BCC to set up the triage facility, purposely to ensure that containment and isolation, if needed, were done.
From this narration of facts, it can be reasonably sensed that Baguio's health and safety protocols have been violated and the regulatory mechanism of quarantine check and triage examination at the Naguillan facility was not followed.
To his credit, Mayor Zamora took the effort to inform me about this incident and apologized for the serious lapse on the part of his police escorting officer. He profusely expressed deep regrets that while asleep in his car at the time, the PNP escort leading his convoy mindlessly took it on his own to ignore what has long been a standard border protection measure prescribed not only in his but our own city.
It is clear that the San Juan City-based police officer who served as lead escort of his City Mayor's convoy has committed a serious breach of standing quarantine protocols. While in Metro Manila at that time, I gave stern instructions to my office staff and the city health authorities to see to it that the visiting Mayor's group, including himself, go through triage examination, for containment purposes should anyone be tested positive of the virus. Quick action on the part of the CHSO led to the installation of the triage at the former's facility to ensure that the procedure will be conducted and to minimize the movement of said persons before they were properly checked.
Subsequent complaints have also been lodged with concerned police officials, namely no less than the PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Police General Camilo "Picoy" Cascolan, the San Juan City Police City Director Jimmy Santos, and even our Baguio PNP city director Col. Allen Rae Co, to call their collective attention on this incident that put Baguio at serious health risk by the simple act of ignoring health and safety protocols.
I am confident that appropriate steps are forthcoming for this breach of health quarantine protocols, even more so in ensuring that absolutely no one, with or without rank, be allowed to transgress safety measures put in place to keep everyone out of harm.
Let this incident --- of avoidable mistakes and lapses in judgment --- serve to make us even steadfast to keep Baguio at zero or less health risk as possible.
- BENJAMIN B. MAGALONG, Baguio City Mayor
June 7, 2020
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Bishop Victor Bendico of the Diocese of Baguio on Saturday assailed the cutting of 53 pine trees and one Norfolk fir by a real estate developer, which also caused an uproar among officials and city residents.
The property developer on June 20 began clearing the trees on the heavily forested hills of Barangay Outlook Drive for a 12-story residential condominium.
Bendico said the diocese "strongly opposes and considers as unacceptable the continuing mass killing of full grown and healthy trees."
He said in a statement that the developer's move "gravely rejects the moral principle of the social doctrine of the Church on safeguarding the environment."
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'In replacement of the 54 pine trees, we are turning over a total of 10,800 seedlings,' says Vista Residences, which is under fire from environmentalists for cutting trees in one of Baguio City's last pine forest stands.
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Apparently, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong was also unaware of the cutting.
"We are saddened because we feel it is a big blow to our Re-greening Master Plan amid our request to the Office of the President for a tree-cutting moratorium," Magalong said in a statement.
"While the proposed moratorium has been taken over by this health crisis, we need to follow this up to ensure that our remaining trees will be preserved," Magalong said.
One of his campaign promises is a moratorium on the cutting of trees in the city.
He met with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional officials and Ferdinand Salcedo, representative of the Vista Residences Inc Thursday afternoon.
A special private land timber permit No. CAR-58-2020 was granted to VRI during the pandemic. It was signed by Jim Sampulina, DENR undersecretary for field operations and Muslim affairs.
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