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.

Mining firm ordered to stop operations

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

MEMBERS of the Leyte Provincial Board (PB) had approved a resolution in their 131th regular session ordering Strong Built Mining Development Corporation to stop its operation in MacArthur, Leyte.

The move was the PB’s response to the letter of Governor Maria Mimmiette Bagulaya ordering for the stoppage of the operation of the mining firm after members of the Sand and Gravel Inspection Team of the province intercepted four-wing vans transporting concentrated black sand (magnetite sand) reportedly to Cebu and then to Japan.

Priest reacts to ‘My Husband’s Lover’

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 08:20 p.m.

IT’S still a no-way for homosexuals to get married and be tolerated by the church in their homosexual acts, said the director for Social Communications office of the Archdiocese of Palo in reaction to today’s most-talked-about gay-themed GMA drama “My Husband’s Lover.”

“We respect the homosexuals, but the homosexual act is already a different story. A homosexual act is considered as a sin,” said Fr. Amadeo Alvero.

Policewoman wins ‘Pulis Got Talent’

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 09:12 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – A policewoman in Biliran was hailed Wednesday as the first division winner of “Pulis Got Talent” singing contest, besting 11 other contestants at the RTR Festival Parks in Tacloban City.

“I was surprised when my name was called. It was totally unexpected,” said Police Officer 2 (PO2) Venus Abrigo, 28, the Police-Community Relations Non-Commissioned Officer of Naval Municipal Police Station in Biliran province.

Manual audit of votes shows 100% accuracy

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 09:12 p.m.

THE random manual audit (RMA) of the votes cast in the May 13 elections showed nearly 100 percent accuracy compared to the results of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, said an official of the Commission on Elections in Eastern Visayas (Comelec-8).

Lawyer Veronico Petalcorin, officer-in-charge of Comelec-8, said ballot boxes from nine randomly selected areas in the region have so far been checked to determine the accuracy of the votes counted by the PCOS machines.

4 gang members fall

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 09:11 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Police authorities have arrested four members of a criminal gang involved in assassinations, armed robberies and working as an armed group of a local politician in Leyte.

Eastern Visayas Police Director Elmer Ragadio Soria said the suspects were identified as Vincent Lonzaga, Aldin Mago, Norman Tojong and Ritchie Bactol were nabbed Tuesday at their hide-out in Sitio Tinago, Barangay Benulho in Albuera town

Myanmar minister visits Eastern Visayas

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 09:11 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – A Myanmar deputy minister visited Eastern Visayas to study key features of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Deputy Minister Zaw Win of Myanmar Ministry of Border Affairs led the delegation from Myanmar and did an on-site visit and observed more about the projects in the municipalities of Paranas in Samar and Hernani in Eastern Samar.

DepEd urged to let LGUs hire new teachers

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 08:07 p.m.

MANY parents in Eastern Visayas are urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to reconsider their issued moratorium for local government units (LGU)-hired teachers to address the lack of teachers in the region.

DepEd officials in the region admitted that another reason which triggered to the lack of teachers in the region is the moratorium issued by DepEd on teachers being hired by the LGUs.

Kalanggaman Island had 13,000 visitors in summer

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 08:07 p.m.

ALMOST 13,000 domestic and foreign tourists have visited Kalanggaman islet, the jewel destination of Palompon, Leyte during the summer months of April and May.

In an interview with Raoul Bacalla of the municipal eco-tourism office, he said the arrivals last April for domestic tourists were 5,474 and 485 foreign. In the month of May, there were 7,143 recorded tourist arrivals composing of 6,569 domestic and 574 foreign tourists, he said.

186 violators nabbed in gun ban

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 08:06 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte - Eastern Visayas police will now focus on the prosecution of offenders of election laws particularly the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-imposed gun ban as the region’s top cop has ordered his men to ensure the conviction of all arrested violators.

This after the generally peaceful conduct of the May 13 synchronized national and local elections and the election period over.

Judge files motion for reconsideration

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 08:06 p.m.

JUDGE Rosabella Mondragon Tormis of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 4 in Cebu City has filed a motion for reconsideration after the Supreme Court (SC) issued a decision to dismiss her from service on April 2.

Teachers irked on delayed release of poll honoraria

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 08:05 p.m.

A MONTH after the election, some teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) are complaining about the delay in the release of their honoraria.

Some teachers in various parts of the region have complained about the process they have to undergo before they could receive their allowance.

EDC to submit work plan to resume operation

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 07:10 p.m.

THE work stoppage order is still in effect at the landslide site of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) after the geothermal energy producer failed to submit a work plan on May 30.

Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga said there has been no feedback from EDC after the May 30 deadline as to when they will submit the completed geotechnical plan.

Groups call for Samar forest protection

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 07:10 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- Officials of the Samar Island National Protected Area (SINP) and the Regional Eagle Watch are urging Samar folks, especially those in upland communities, and the local government units (LGU) to help protect Samar wildlife from hunting and trade.

The nation observed Philippine Eagles Week from June 4 to 10 this year with the theme, “Saving our eagles, protecting our forest and securing our future.”

Tacloban Karate Team to represent country in SEA Games

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 07:09 p.m.

FOUR members of the Tacloban Karate Team (TKT) are sure to represent the Philippines to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar this coming December.

After winning several gold medals during the recently concluded Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission National Games in Manila, the TKT is now all-efforts to hardcore trainings for its members who will become part of the Philippine team to compete in the forthcoming SEA Games.

Mining operations still continue in Leyte towns

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 07:09 p.m.

THE Nicua Mining Corporation (NMC) has temporarily ceased its operation in Macarthur, Leyte but the town is not completely free from mining as another mining operator braces for full operation while a junior firm seeks an exploration permit.

Since 2012, Cebu-based Strong Built (Mining) Development Corporation (SBDC) has been extracting minerals in Barangay San Pedro for testing in preparation for commercial production, according to the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

Village chief nabbed for drugs

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 07:08 p.m.

A BARANGAY chairman of Tacloban City is facing charges for possession of prohibited drug after he was arrested by the members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in a buy-bust operation last Tuesday night.

Arrested by the anti-narcotics agents was Reynaldo Abrematea, chairman of Barangay 50-A of this city, who was caught in possession of one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu”, one unit Cherry Mobile phone, and a P500 bill marked money used for the buy-bust operation.

Regional police holds talent search for cops

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:29 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –- Ever heard a policeman singing to the latest pop tune? Maybe. But how about cops dancing to the groove of Psy’s “Gentleman”, Zedd’s “Clarity” or even the “Harlem Shake”? Beat it?

Fire hits Catarman commercial center

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:29 p.m.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- A fire razed a commercial building located at the business center of this town Tuesday morning.

The fire started around 8:20 a.m. in Old Catarman Market Chenda Comercial Building located in Barangay Narra near Jollibee Fast Food and Land Bank of the Philippines. It was declared under control around 9:45 a.m.

Tacloban celebrates 60th Charter Day anniversary

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:28 p.m.

THE Tacloban City Government joined the entire nation in celebrating today's 115th Philippine Independence Day and at the same time commemorated its 60th Charter Day Anniversary at Plaza Rizal.

Poll winners warned: Submit expenses

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 09:56 p.m.

NON-FILING of statement of election contributions and expenditures (SECE) will bar proclaimed winners of the May 13 midterm elections to assume office in June 30.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said they would be strict on implementing the March 2012 agreement enforcing campaign finance rules.

An Waray to continue programs

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 09:55 p.m.

THE An Waray party-list group vowed to continue its program of extending assistance to the indigent patients at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) and its scholarship program in the different universities and colleges across the region.

An Waray representative Neil Benedict Montejo said the organization would also focus on tourism-related projects.

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