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Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokerage Inc. reaffirms commitment to help fire-stricken communities to start anew

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*A fire victim receives assistance from Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokerage, Inc.*

According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), a total of 13,000 Metro Manila fire incidents were recorded in 2022 alone. While the number of fire incidents decreased by 4.02% based on the recent statistics last December, the damage to property and the loss of lives remain high. For the first two months of 2023, a series of fire incidents has already hit the country, especially in Metro Manila, Davao City, and Iloilo; with 94 cases recorded in the first four days of March alone, leaving 20.4 million pesos worth of damages. With the high incidence of conflagration, the BFP further stepped up its awareness-building efforts especially as March is considered Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines.

For many years now, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokerage, Inc. (CLIB) has worked with the BFP in observance Fire Prevention Month. These include information dissemination drives from both organizations, as well as community engagement in driving the importance of prevention and safety especially during summer months where incidents of fire tend to increase. Part of its community-engagement efforts is Cebuana Lhuillier’s constant presence and rapid response to Ka-Cebuanas whose communities fall victim to fire.

“Our efforts in reaching more communities, especially those in the far-flung locations, during incidence of fire has always been part of the service provided by Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokerage to the community it serves. Our goal is to be able to serve the most vulnerable of our kababayans during times of disasters like fires. More than just providing them information on how to protect themselves during emergencies, we also wanted to ensure our clients that we
are actively present and accessible when they need us the most. This highlights our commitment to be our Ka-Cebuanas partners at every stage

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George Alan Kelly accused of killing migrant threatened by armed men: defense

The elderly Arizona rancher accused of killing a Mexican national only fired “warning shots” after a group of men pointed an assault rifle at him and he later discovered the dead man on his property, his defense lawyer claimed.

George Alan Kelly — who is facing first-degree, premeditated murder charges in the shooting death of the Mexican citizen believed to be 48-year-old Gabriel Cuen-Butimea — acted in self-defense when he fired his rifle on Jan. 30, his court-appointed attorney Brenna Larkin said in court filing obtained by Fox News.

Kelly, 78, heard a single gunshot while he was inside his ranch near the border and then saw a group of men dressed in camouflage running through the woods near his home, wrote Larkin, according to the outlet.

“None of them were known to him. He had not given any of them permission to come onto his land,” she said in the filing.

Kelly called the US Border Patrol ranch liaison and then went out onto his porch with his rifle, the court doc stated.

He then found himself staring down the barrel of an AK-47 rifle, his lawyer said.


George Alan Kelly, 78, mugshot
Kelly is facing first-degree, premeditated murder charges.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office

“The leader of the armed group of men saw Mr. Kelly and pointed an AK-47 right at him,” wrote Larkin. “Mr. Kelly, fearing for his life and safety, fired several shots from his rifle, hoping to scare them away from him, his wife, his animals and his home. As he shot, Mr. Kelly took care to aim well over the heads of the armed group of men.”

The group fled and Border Patrol and Santa Cruz County sheriff deputies responded to Kelly’s ranch. They walked through his property but found no remaining men and left.

Hours later,

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