Regional police to get new guns

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 07:18 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-7) will receive 594 brand-new Glock 17 Generation 4 safe action 9mm pistols from the initial 22,603 units distributed to police units nationwide, the region’s top cop informed.

“With this development, our law enforcers who are at the forefront of combating crime and regularly deployed in the field can better serve and protect the people,” said PRO-7 Director Elmer Ragadio Soria.

Mercado tops list of Eastern Visayas lawmakers with absences

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 07:18 p.m.

A THREE-TERMER lawmaker registered the most number of absences among members of the House of Representatives in Eastern Visayas, while a party-list representative got a perfect attendance in all session days of the 15th Congress.

Of the 168 session days, then Southern Leyte representative Roger Mercado attended 141 days with 27 absences, including 15 plenary days without notice, the highest among 14 lawmakers from the region in the last Congress, according to an electronic copy of attendance record obtained from the House website.

Convergence of agencies, LGUS to address poverty eyed

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:16 p.m.

PALO, Leyte -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) is eyeing convergence of National Government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to address the high poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas.

RDC’s Social Development Committee Chairman Edgardo Esperancilla, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology, said LGUs have no ownership of poverty reduction targets.

Cases filed vs 41 ‘stone-throwers’

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:15 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police has filed formal complaints against 41 civilians believed to be behind the stone-throwing incident during Sunday’s rally in Baybay City.

Superintendent Carlito Gallardo, chief of Baybay City police station, said that of the 720 protesters arrested Monday dawn, 41 of them, including three women, were identified as directly involved in a violent protest tagged by defeated mayoralty Marilou Galenzoga as “People Power Movement of Baybay.”

Arrested rallyists decry maltreatment

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:14 p.m.

BAYBAY CITY -- The demonstrators arrested in this city last Monday have complained of maltreatment by the police.

Police Superintendent Carlito Gallardo, chief of police, said 722 demonstrators were arrested after the violent rally reportedly led by defeated mayoralty candidate Marilou Galenzoga stormed the City Hall last Sunday afternoon.

Palawan Pawnshop in Catarman robbed

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:14 p.m.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- Two unidentified men robbed Tuesday morning the Palawan Pawnshop in this capital town of Northern Samar province and killed one of the two tellers.

The pawnshop is located in Barangay Zone 3, University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) campus. The pawnshop is located in front of the College of Arts and Communication (CAC) and Laboratory Elementary School buildings at UEP.

Guv vows a ‘better’ Northern Samar under his admin

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:13 p.m.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- The newly seated governor of this province, Jose Ong Jr., vowed to create a “Better Northern Samar” under the three years of his administration.

Speaking before a huge crowd that endured the heat of the sun during his inauguration on Sunday at the Capitol grounds, the 65-year-old governor announced major changes at the Provincial Government.

Stronger police-community relations pushed

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 08:34 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas kicked off Monday the 18th Police-Community Relations Month highlighted by the awarding of medals to its personnel, police offices and civilian organizations.

“Even as we intensified the campaign against all forms of criminal activities, we must also provide the momentum towards long-lasting partnerships and active participation from our partners in the community in the promotion of proactive approaches in reducing crime and criminality,” said PRO-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer Ragadio Soria.

Top NPA members arrested

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 08:33 p.m.

TWO high-ranking officers of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Eastern Visayas were nabbed Friday in a manhunt operation in Marikina City.

The Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) said Juan Paolo Rodrigo Versos and his wife Grace were arrested by a joint team of the Philippine National Police Catbalogan City and the military in Barangay Fortuna, Marikina City.

10 of 20 ‘fattest dynasties’ lost ground in May polls

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 08:33 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Half of the country’s “fat” political families have been trimmed down in the recent midterm elections, but a “significant” percentage still remain in place, according to an analysis of Manila-based policy research center.

Prof. Reynaldo Mendoza, director of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center, said 10 of the 20 fattest dynasties in the Philippines had lost ground in the May 2013 elections.

Several wounded in Baybay rally

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 02:26 p.m.

BAYBAY CITY -- Several rallyists and policemen were wounded in an indignation rally initiated by a group led by defeated mayoral candidate Marilou Galenzoga at the City Hall here last Sunday.

The rallyists were condemning and dramatizing their opposition to the Commission on Elections’ proclamation of reelectionist Mayor Carmen Cari last May 14.

Romualdez calls for unity among city officials

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

MAYOR Alfred Romualdez called on his supporters and non-supporters to set aside politics and “work together for the future” of Tacloban City during his oath-taking witnessed by officials at City Hall grounds Sunday.

“I would like to ask my supporters, as well as the supporters of other elected officials for a ceasefire. Let us work together and give our best service to the Taclobanons,” he said.

Disaster consciousness celebration launched

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:23 p.m.

THE Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) launched Monday the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) to highlight the importance of disaster-resilient communities.

The month-long celebration kicked off Monday with a motorcade from Palo, Leyte, followed by a short opening program at the Robinsons Mall activity area.

Nutrition month kicks off

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:23 p.m.

THE National Nutrition Council (NNC) launched the month-long celebration of Nutrition Month Monday to increase public awareness on hunger and malnutrition issues.

The regional opening rites started with a motorcade participated by pupils, students, teachers, government employees, non-government organizations and Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

Close to 2,000 passengers stranded

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:23 p.m.

TROPICAL Storm Gorio (international name: Rumbia) left almost 2,000 passengers stranded in two ferry terminals in Allen, Northern Samar, following the imposed "no sailing" policy in all ports in Eastern Visayas last Friday.

Catbalogan City Coast Guard said 1,723 passengers boarded on 37 buses, 76 trucks and 26 light vehicles were stranded in Balwarteco port, while 274 passengers boarded on four buses, 40 trucks and four light vehicles were stranded at the Dapdap port.

‘Changing of canvassers allowed’

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:46 p.m.

CHANGING the members of the Board of Canvassers is allowed provided it follows the requirement under the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution, a top poll official said.

Lawyer Jose Nick Mendros, Comelec regional director, said Section 9 of Comelec Resolution No. 9648 provides, “In case of non-availability, absence, disqualification due to relationship, or incapacity for any cause, of a Chairman, a ranking lawyer of the Commission shall be appointed as substitute.”

Ex-NPA commander calls comrades to return to law

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:45 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY –- New People’s Army (NPA) commander Lemuel Moreno alyas Ka Kulas appealed to his comrades and followers on Sunday to give up their “hopeless” armed struggle and return to law.

“It is time for us to return (to the folds of law) because the people that we believe to be our mass base would no longer support us,” Moreno, in a statement said as he addressed his former comrades while he was still the squad leader of the NPA.

BIR directive bars media, others from obtaining data

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:45 p.m.

THE new directive of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) bars anyone, including media practitioners, to get official data from their regional office, unless approved by the commissioner.

Hilda Tecson, BIR information officer, said in a text message that the regional office is not allowed to release official figures in compliance to Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 11-2012, issued April 22 by Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares.

Army strengthens bayanihan program

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:43 p.m.

THE Philippine Army said the Samar provinces can be insurgent-free through its strengthened bayanihan program by 2016.

Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesman of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said the bayanihan program has reached majority of remote barangays in Samar and Northern Samar.

Galenzoga: Proclamation of Mayor ‘illegal’

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:22 p.m.

BAYBAY CITY - The proclamation of Mayor Carmen Cari by the members of the City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) was described by mayoralty candidate Marilou Galenzoga as “illegal.”

Galenzoga has filed a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila to declare the elections as a “failure,” saying that the conduct of elections in the city was marred with cheating and terrorism.

BIR: Validation of old receipts moved to August 30

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:21 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has moved the validity of old receipts until August 30, from the original deadline of June 30 in response to mounting complaints on new rules.

In a press statement, BIR regional director Diosdado Mendoza said that with the extension of validity, implementation of the new receipt system would take effect on August 31, 2013 instead of July 1.

Forum held vs extrajudicial killings

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:21 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has conducted a focus group discussion (FGD) to solve extrajudicial killings (EJKs) and tortures.

The forum entitled as “Focus Group Discussion on Extra Judicial Killings, Enforced Disappearance, Torture and Arbitrary Arrest and Detention,” was held at the Leyte Park Hotel Friday.

Group to tackle malnutrition in Samar

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 07:04 p.m.

THE Samar Island for Peace and Partnership for Peace and Development (Sippad) will tackle malnutrition in Samar Island on its 22nd assembly in June 21 at the Nativity of Our Lady College Seminary, Baybay Boulevard, Borongan City.

Segundina Delota Dilao, of the National Nutrition Council-Eastern Visayas, said there are 72,827 malnourished children in Eastern Visayas which is 13.72 percent from zero to five years old children in the region.

Troops deployed to Leyte after amok incident

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 07:03 p.m.

TROOPS from the Philippine Army’s 78th Infantry Brigade were deployed to Barangay Anonang in Burauen Leyte following the amok incident that killed a military official and two militiamen.

Inspector Federico Sanchez, chief of the Burauen police station, confirmed that augmentation force to the detachment while the investigation of the case is ongoing.

Wanted cop nabbed for slay

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 07:02 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) of Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) arrested a police officer tagged as a suspect in a shooting incident in Lapaz town in Leyte last year.

PRO-8 Director Elmer Ragadio Soria said Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Emmanuel Songahid, who was tagged as suspect, is facing murder charges issued by Judge Buenaventura Pajaron of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 for the alleged shooting of Solomon Rapada.

CNN features Leyte geothermal projects

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 07:02 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL news network CNN featured the geothermal fields of Leyte in Ormoc and Kananga citing the energy projects for their positive impact on the Philippines economy.

CNN’s mini-documentary program “Eco Solutions” features the vast geothermal steam fields in Malitbog and Mahanagdong field in Leyte.

Schools also lack dentists

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 07:01 p.m.

PALO, Leyte - Shortage of dentist to check oral health needs of public school learners is more alarming in Leyte, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

DepEd said that Eastern Visayas has only 37 school dentists to attend to needs of projected 1,117,737 enrollees in kindergarten, elementary, and secondary level this school year.

Mayor: No agreement to ‘merge’ festivals

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 08:22 p.m.

THERE was no agreement to “merge” the Leyte Provincial Government-led Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals and the Tacloban City Government’s Sangyaw Festival, also known as The Parade of Lights, said Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla.

“It cannot be called a merger because as far as I know, there was no agreement between our organization and the City Government [of Tacloban]. We only applied a permit for a festival parade around the city’s main streets to be held on June 29 and it was granted. It just so happened that their event is on the same day, but will be held in the evening,” said Petilla, who heads the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals 2013, during Friday’s grand opening of the festival park at the RTR Plaza.

DENR tags Leyte as Philippine eagle rediscovery site

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 08:21 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified Leyte Mountains as a re-discovery site for the Philippine Eagle following the recent sightings of this critically endangered bird species.

In a statement, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said the decision came after receiving reports of sightings of the majestic eagle in Apayao and Leyte provinces earlier this year by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) and the University of the Philippines (UP), respectively.

DOTC to upgrade Tacloban DZR airport

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 08:21 p.m.

THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has announced that it will upgrade the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport at Tacloban City.

According to the DOTC website, the airport upgrade will follow soon after the auction from bidders within this month.

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