TACLOBAN CITY – The An Waray party-list is number one in Eastern Visayas and 11 other party-list groups turned out to be the top picks in 33 of the 143 cities and municipalities, counting results showed.
An Waray party-list Representative Neil Benedict Montejo said this is inevitable considering that nominees and officials of some existing party-lists hail from the region, too.
TACLOBAN CITY– Leopoldo Dominico “Dominic” Petilla was proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers as the new governor of Leyte. He ran unopposed.
The 48-year-old new governor was proclaimed at 10 p.m. Thursday by the board of canvassers, chaired by Leyte elections supervisor Richard Alvin Japzon, after the town of Calubian was able to transmit their result at 8:10 p.m.
TACLOBAN CITY - After proclaiming outgoing Councilor Jerry “Sambo” Yaokasin as the new vice mayor of this city, the information officer of the City Government said she expects a good flow of legislative action at the Sangguniang Panlungsod for the next three years.
City information officer Bernardita “Bering” Valenzuela said that they are happy that Mayor Alfred Romualdez won in the mayoralty race over out-going An Waray Representative Florencio “Bem” Noel, who was endorsed by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.
TACLOBAN CITY – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Pedro Noval Jr. said he would personally talk with newly elected members of the council of this city and that of Samar province.
These two councils were the most “controversial” as most of the members failed to attend their respective regular sessions, Noval said adding that this resulted to the non-passage of important measures like the annual budget of Samar.
MAJOR ruling political families in Eastern Visayas are still assured to continue with their dominance on their respective turfs with the only exception of the Dazas in Northern Samar, ironically supposed to be the bailiwick of President Benigno Aquino III's Liberal Party (LP).
In Leyte, the dominance of the Romualdez and Petilla families remain, as both Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and Ferdinand Martin Romualdez were unopposed on their respective bids for governor and congressman.
SAN, ISIDRO, Northern Samar -- Tension arose as supporters of congressional candidates for the first district of Northern Samar Harlin Abayon and incumbent Representative Raul Daza occupy the municipal hall to protect the votes of their candidates.
Men of 803rd Infantry Brigade and the police are securing the premises of the building to ensure that the tension would not escalate.
PRESIDENTIAL and celebrity endorsements, truckloads of campaign posters, overwhelming public support and countless media ads are paths to poll victory, but why An Waray party-list Representative Florencio "Bem" Noel failed on his bid to become the mayor of Tacloban City?
A political analyst tagged several factors why Noel lost on his bid despite endorsement from the President Benigno Aquino III and his sister, Kris, so-called queen of all media.
PALO, Leyte -- About 913 uniformed police personnel have safely returned to the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Eastern Visayas office after rendering election duties for two weeks in various parts of the region.
Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, PNP-Eastern Visayas director, has tendered a cordial and joyous welcome to the returning policemen who were augmented to secure a fair, honest and peaceful elections.
BORONGAN CITY -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas will give proper recognition to a 47-year-old policeman who singlehandedly prevented an attempt by several armed men to sow violence in a remote village in Eastern Samar simultaneous to the elections.
Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, PNP-Eastern Visayas director, identified the police officer as Senior Police Officer 3 Jorge Tiunayan who was manning the security assistance desk in a polling center in Mantang Elementary School, some five kilometers away from the town proper of Taft in Eastern Samar.
CALBAYOG CITY – The city board of canvassers (CBOC) was not able to proclaim the winners Tuesday evening as it is still waiting for the election returns (ERs) from remaining barangays, said Calbayog City assistant election officer Carina Amante.
Amante said the ERs from Pinamorotan, Cag-anahaw, San Policarpo, Cabicahan, Balud, and Higasaan are all expected to be delivered today, Wednesday.
RESIDENTS of Tacloban City decried the statement of President Benigno Aquino III that Tacloban is languishing in poverty since the Romualdezes took hold of its leadership.
Angry callers flooded the airwaves of dyBR and a TV station PRTV 12 and rebuked the President for allowing him to be manipulated by An Waray Representative Florencio “Bem” Noel, who is challenging Mayor Alfred Romualdez.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has identified three areas in Eastern Visayas as priority in the elimination of child labor this year.
Dole-Tacloban Director Exequiel Sarcauga said that in addition to Northern Samar, Leyte and Tacloban City were also identified as priority where child labor is more prevalent.
WITH no major hitches encountered as of morning of the balloting, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Eastern Visayas declared the elections as “generally peaceful.”
This early, lawyer Vironico Petalcorin, acting Comelec-Tacloban director, said the conduct of elections across the region was successful as no major problem was encountered, especially on the functionality of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.
CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- Violence continues to rise as the election gets hotter in this province with the recent incidents that killed two identified supporters of politicians here.
Police identified the first victim as Ernesto Caparal, 40, resident of Barangay Balnasan and known supporter of Jocelyn Curso, mayoralty candidate of the Liberal Party in San Roque town.
CALBAYOG CITY -- The local election conducted here Monday ended without any recorded violence, despite few reported incidents before the start of the polls, police said.
Police Senior Inspector Sotero Abrito of Calbayog City Police Station (CCPO) said in a phone interview late Monday evening that they did not receive or monitor any violence during and after the voting in the three districts of Calbayog.
CATBALOGAN CITY – Brigade General Gerardo Layug, of 8th Infantry Division, said they will deploy five hundred military units to voting centers in the region, in addition to 900 units from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to have a peaceful election despite Samar’s inclusion on election “hotspots” of the PNP and Commission on Elections (Comelec).
THE head of the Tacloban City Police was relieved from his post barely two days before election day – a move that surprised residents here.
Senior Superintendent Romulo Cleve Taboso was removed from his post and was transferred to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters.
THE senatorial bid of former Las Pinas representative Cynthia Villar has earned endorsement of the country’s Catholic and non-Catholic independent bishops, citing candidate’s poverty alleviation advocacy.
In a simple rites at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan on Wednesday, Reverend Efraim Perez, president of the Independent Bishops Conference of the Philippines (IBCP), said they picked Villar due to her track record, competence, and leadership as shown in her nine years’ stint in Congress.
WHILE employees in public and private offices are largely on vacation today to utilize the time to cast their votes, judges and clerks of courts in lower courts and all public attorneys and staff of Public Attorney’s Office across the archipelago are duty-bound to serve not in the polling precincts but in their respective courts and offices.
In separate circulars issued by Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and Chief Public Attorney Persida Rueda-Acosta on April 25 and April 29 respectively, both stated the need to ensure that free legal assistance will be provided to public school teachers who may be harassed while in the performance of their election duties.
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Eastern Visayas has declared the entire province of Northern Samar as area of immediate concern less than a week before the May 13, 2013 midterm elections.
With this declaration, security in the province was beefed up to prevent any possible untoward incidents during the elections, Comelec Acting Regional Director Veronico Petalcorin said.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas (PRO 8) Director Elmer Ragado Soria said Wednesday that they will deploy close to 5,000 policemen to render election duties for the May 13 polls.
This came as the Philippine National Police (PNP) high command raised to full alert status all police units nationwide effective 6 a.m. Monday.
THE Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) national office has taken cognizance of the alleged harassment and intimidation of a radioman by outgoing An Waray Representative Florencio "Bem" Noel, a mayoralty candidate in Tacloban City.
Virginia Velasco, standard authority performance officer of KBP national office, in her letter-response to lawyer Ma. Corazon Sudario, general manager of Philippine Collective Media Corp. who operates dyBR, acknowledged receipt of the complaint filed against Noel last May 3, 2013 regarding the incident last April 26.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Police have filed criminal charges against two persons tagged as responsible for a gun attack that injured a town mayor and his son in Northern Samar.
The shooting incident, which happened last May 2, injured reelectionist Victoria town Mayor Jose Ardales and his son Jorge. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) considered the incident as an election-related violence considering the personalities involved, but did not yet put the area under its control.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is still waiting for the Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) work plan, more than a month after the landslide that killed 14 workers inside the geothermal complex in Kananga, Leyte.
Citing revised timetable, Dole Eastern Visayas Director Exequiel Sarcauga said the EDC is expected to submit its complete geotechnical plan on or before May 30.
“IT’S game over!” said the presidential sister and popular TV-host Kris Aquino, as she addressed a huge crowd of about 30,000 at the Leyte Sports Development Center in Tacloban City on Friday.
Aquino endorsed the mayoralty bid of An Waray party-list Representative Florencio “Bem” Noel together with his coalition team.
TV HOST and actress Kris Aquino will seek for a local position instead of a national position for 2016 election.
Aquino was in Tacloban to campaign for re-electionist Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chair Grace Poe, both candidates of the administration coalition Team PNoy.
DESPITE the turnover ceremony sanctioned by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the reassignment of two police officials in Eastern Visayas has yet to be carried out.
Senior Superintendent Brigido Unay is supposed to be transferred to the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) to replace Senior Superintendent Ramil Ramirez.
THOUSANDS of supporters joined the grand rally conducted by the coalition team of mayoralty bet Florencio “Bem” Noel last Friday afternoon at the Leyte Sports Development Center (LSDC) in Tacloban City.
Presidential sister and movie television host-actress Kris Aquino, Senator Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero and senator bet Grace Poe served as the guests of the slate’s grand rally.
LAWYER Maria Victoria Jasmin, Department of Tourism (DOT) undersecretary, recently visited Eastern Visayas to assess and interact with stakeholders of the Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED) assisted private sector and LGU-NGA stakeholders in Ormoc and Palompon.
Jasmin is the DOT undersecretary for tourism regulation, coordination and resource generation. She also inaugurated and formally turned over the jetty ports in Basey, Samar together with An Waray representative Neil Montejo.
BILIRAN remain peaceful said Police Senior Superintendent Felix Diloy as no election related incident yet reported to the Philippine National Police (PNP) since the start of campaign period.
He said PNP is prepared for securing the conduct of May 13, 2013 midterm elections.