TUBAO, La Union -- Police declared
Thursday this town an “area of immediate concern” or an election hotspot
following series of violent incidents after filing of certificates of candidacy
last Oct. 5.
Supt. Ramon Purugganan, La Union police director, told the media at police
provincial headquarters in Camp Diego Silang, San Fernando City they declared
Tubao a poll hotspot after Rodolfo Estoque, 56, a councilman of Barangay Leones
West, Tubao town, was gunned down by motorcycle-riding men at around 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in Macalva Sur, Agoo town.
already declared in our report that Tubao is a hotspot because of its past
election history and the recent killings which we believe are connected with
politics. Based on our investigation, some of the victims are allied with
politicians,” Purugganan said.
showed that Estoque was driving his car at the boundary of Agoo and Tubao when
his assailants got near him and shot him several times with a Cal. 45 pistol,
killing him on the spot.
gunmen fled immediately toward the east onboard a Kawasaki motorcycle.
said Estoque’s killing was politically motivated.
Sept. 16, Tubao Mayor Dante Garcia survived an ambush after several armed men
onboard a Toyota Innova peppered his Toyota Fortuner with bullets while on his
way home along the Aspiras Highway in Barangay Lloren.
now on his third and last term, is seeking the vice mayoral post this time with
a relative as his mayoral running mate.
is pitted against his brother, incumbent Vice Mayor Wilfredo Garcia.
said the bodies of at least three victims of “salvaging” (summary execution),
all males and believed to be political supporters, were found recently in
separate places in Tubao.
and other police officials in La Union have agreed to enforce tighter security
and increase police visibility in Tubao.
(deployed) additional forces in Tubao to address the worsening situation in the
area. We think that there are other planned killings until the elections,”
DEL PILAR, Baguio City – The Philippine Military Academy Wednesday awarded a
bronze cross to Alfonso Aviles, the cadet who slipped into a coma after trying
to foil a robbery in Quezon City last August.
superintendent Maj. Gen. Nonato Peralta presented the award to Aviles at the
Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC) in Manila, where the
cadet remains confined.
are truly proud of you. PMA is truly proud because you are a sterling example
of the character that we represent,” Peralta told Aviles.
bronze cross is given to military and civilian personnel of the AFP as well as
members of the armed forces of friendly foreign nations for heroism.
was wearing a blue hospital gown when he faced reporters for the first time
yesterday since Aug. 25.
had a hard time speaking to reporters because his jaw needs to be restructured
through a titanium plate implant due to a fracture.
a very soft voice, the cadet thanked God and those who prayed for his recovery.
of all, I thank God for everything,” Aviles said.
you to all who prayed for me,” he added.
father, Rodolfo, believes his son will not hesitate to do another act of
heroism when necessary.
happy because I can see the improvements in my son. At first, I was very sad, I
was angry at the one who did this to him,” the elder Aviles said.
is a retired Marine sergeant.
was also given another PMA bull ring to replace the one that was taken by the
robber last August.
was riding a jeep along Mindanao Avenue, Barangay Lagro in Fairview when an
unidentified man pulled out a gun and announced a heist.
was shot in the head and shoulder after he tried to grab the gun from the
Medardo Millares, chief of the AFPMC surgery department, said Aviles has to
undergo physical rehabilitation three times a week.
the improvements in his condition, the hero cadet still needs to stay in the
hospital “because of the mandibular fracture and the physical rehabilitation he
is undergoing,” said Brig. Gen. Normando Sta. Ana, commander of the AFP Medical
said Aviles’ doctors are still waiting for a bullet on his shoulder to surface
but have given assurance that he is “much closer to full recovery.”
a member of PMA “PudangKalis (Sacred Sword)” Class of 2013, was shot in the
head and shoulder when he grabbed the gun from a robber while he was in a
jeepney last Aug. 25.
Mountain Province -- The Sangguniang Bayan here urged Dept. of Public
Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Singson to investigate the
controversial Sabangan-Sagada road project.
after DPWH regional director Edilberto Carabaccan thumbed down an SB resolution
calling for preparation of program of work for the road which should
pass Balili and likewise ignoring request setting aside a blueprint
prepared for the Sabangan-Sagada road via Madepdeppas,
project has been submitted by the DPWH-CAR to the central DPWH
office for review and approval.
Mayor Richard Yodong here said the legislative body here is appealing
to Singson to inspect the Madepdeppas route in view of the intention of the
SB’s earlier 2011 resolution requesting Singson to extend the
length of the Dantay-Sagada national road to Sagada-Suyo-Balili
Gomgom-o said the project should refer to the earlier inspection
and endorsement of the Department of Tourism regional director Purificacion Molintas on the Balili
said he was one among members of the SB who
accompanied Molintas inspect the said road February this year
on the occasion of the municipality’s Etag festival.
his letter to SB secretary reneus Tauli, Carabaccan said
the Sabangan-Sagada road is a declared strategic
tourist destination site in the DPWH-DOT tourism convergence
program for 2013.
said the selection under said category was based using the tourism road
infrastructure project prioritization criteria (TRIPPC) in coordination
with the DOT and the research, education and institutional
Foundation is a Metro-Manila based policy research and advocacy
institute focusing on infrastructure, transport, tourism, education and
is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
and The Asia Foundation.
part of criteria asked by TRIPPC, selection of a project under DOT’s
priority infrastructure rates high road network importance near a primary
rates superior on road near a tourism service center and number of tourist
accommodations and tourist arrivals. Consultation with stakeholders rates high
along with other economic and development impacts as decongestion of
very act of Carabaccan ignored endorsement and prior inspection
of Molintas on said Balili route, councilor Venancio Baybay
proposed Sabangan-Sagada road via Balili is an upgrading of an
existing road exiting to the Baguio-Bontoc national road and located near
road passes tourist spots- Balangagan cave and Pongas Falls- and
links the much visited Sumaguing cave near the town proper.
Balili route also serves as an alternate route to the Dantay-Sagada Road
leading to the tourist town.
LAOAG CITY – This early,United Nationalist Alliance senatorial bet Margarita
"Tingting" Cojuangco may have found
a lucky charm in her name in her bid to gain a seat in the Upper House.
braved strong rains brought about by typhoon Ofel Thursday to meet market
vendors and leaders to launch her opening campaign salvo preparatory to the
2013 midterm elections.
and supporters of President P-Noy's aunt waved broomsticks (walisTingting) to
welcome their guest inside the city market before she met in an informal
tete-a-tete with Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos whose families were former
also dropped by at the Bishop's residence to pay her respects to the Most
Reverend Ian Rabago, caretaker of the Diocese of Laoag.
on her political slogan "Para sa Malinis at Tuwid na Daan, si Tingting ang Kailangan,"
Cojuangco also met with key business figures of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of
Commerce and Industry and other socio-civic clubs to discuss the business
aspect of her political platform and also a press briefing with
local and national media practitioners of northern Luzon.
also expressed her admiration to the leadership of Gov. Marcos and was
impressed by the rapid economic growth of the province and the preservation of
heritage sites particularly Hispanic churches and buildings which promotes
TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Three elusive shabu distributors, to include a member of a
prominent political family and a former marine engineer, were cornered by
agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Cordillera around 12:30 a.m.
on Oct. 19, in a buy-bust operation.
W. Galuten, Carlito Esyaben Jr. and Jonifredo Bekesan were nabbed at Pico, Km.
4, here after resisting arrest.
Cayandag Fama, regional PDEA information officer said Galuten’s group was
allegedly responsible in distributing shabu to street pushers in three towns along
the Halsema Highway namely, Buguias, La Trinidad and Mankayan, all
reportedly usually rented a car and utilizing such as service vehicle in
illegal drug dealings to mislead law enforcers.
white Toyota Grandia van, which the trio used for the entrapment deal was
seized, among other evidence against them.
PDEA press statement said Galuten, 37, was a resident of ofCada, Balili,
Mankayan, while Esyaben Jr. 38, was from Upper Tabio, Balili, Mankayan.
Bekesan, 23, was a college graduate in Marine Engineering, farmer, was also
resident of Balili.
from the trio three sachets of shabu weighing 0.16 gram, valued at
three suspects were charged before the provincial prosecutor’s office for
another incident, a porter at the La
Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post and his "supplier" were arrested here
in a drug bust last week.
Limos alias “Isaac”, 35 from Ninoy, Aguilar town, Pangasinan; and DemerCapulong
alias “Bal”, 23, single, porter and native of Tibag, Tarlac City and resident
of Km. 5 here were arrested with P16,000.00 worth of shabu, packed in two
shabu weighed .65 gram.
Fama, PDEA-Cordillera spokesperson, said the duo sold the shabu to an
undercover agent in a graveyard bust conducted
said that Limos travels to the Cordillera region from time to time to deliver
shabu to Capulong.
gray-colored Hyundai Starex van, which the duo used for the deal was seized by
the PDEA operatives.
charges have been filed against the two suspects.
CITY – Two persons, including the brother of a vice mayor, were killed when a
speeding funeral car collided with a tricycle in Barangay Upi, Gamu, Isabela
last Oct. 21
identified the fatalities as Reynaldo San Buenaventura of Barangay Alinguigan,
Ilagan City and Mario Lungan, brother of Vice Mayor Roberto Lungan of Benito
Soliven town. The victims were both passengers of the tricycle.
tricycle driver, Filomeno Prado, a resident of Burgos town, remains in critical
condition while the driver of the funeral car had minor injuries.
– Charlie Lagasca
Cagayan -- The country's largest environmental coalition slammed the recent
arrest of an anti-mining activist in this province using a Facebook post as
main evidence for a libel suit.
a statement, the Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment and
Sustainable Economy (Green Convergence) condemned the arrest of Esperlita
Garcia for the facts that she stated in Facebook about the destructive black
sand mining in Gonzaga and local authorities' unbecoming behavior in dealing
with those who oppose mining.
is the basis of this arrest? Publicizing information is not libelous and should
not be stopped whether it appears in print or online," said Marie
Marciano, vice president of Green Convergence.
the Cybercrime Prevention Law does not mean to prevent such publication.
If this law were the purported basis for her arrest, the judge who issued
the warrant for her arrest should have known that the law has not taken effect
as the Supreme Court has issued a 120-day Temporary Restraining Order on
it," Marciano added. "Garcia's arrest is clearly illegal and
should not be tolerated by the Department of Justice nor by any freedom-loving
is president of the Gonzaga Alliance for Environmental Protection and
Preservation (GAEPP), a network-member of the Federation of Environmental
Advocates in Cagayan Province (FEAC) and of the national alliance pushing for
mining policy reforms, the Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM). Garcia is also a member of
the board of trustees of Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance (SSMNA). Both ATM
and SSMNA are members of Green Convergence.
view of climate change, it is criminal to minimize by even an inch the stretch
of land that serves as buffer between human settlements and the rising sea
level," said Dr. Angelina Galang, environment professor at Miriam College
in Manila and president of Green Convergence.
Manila, Galang said it is terrible enough that local officials have been
approving such business ventures which benefit only foreign countries where our
land will be exported.
arrest a citizen who has been fighting against this activity and spreading
awareness on the harm it has done is a great disservice to our country. Green
Convergence, supports Esperlita Garcia in her brave campaign for our country’s
environment and we call on President Benigno Aquino and the relevant government
agencies to stop this obvious harassment and to correct this great
injustice," Galang said.
Convergence is an environmental coalition of individuals, organizations and the
following networks: AlyansaTigil Mina (ATM), Network Opposed to GMOs (NO to
GMO), EcoWaste Coalition, Save Sierra Madre Network (SSMN), , Environmental
Education Network of the Philippines (EENP), Justice, Peace, and Integrity of
Creation Commission - Association of Major Religious Superiors of the
Philippines (JPICC-AMRSP), Partnership for Clean Air, Earthday Network of the
Philippines, Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly (YSDA), Civil Society
Counterpart Council for Sustainable Development (CSC-CSD), Philippine
Federation for Environmental Concerns (PFEC), among others.
BAGUIO CITY – Almost half of Cordillerans are
still undecided on whether the region should pursue autonomy, a government-initiated
survey found out.
Regional officials are now planning how the
constitutional mandate would be pursued as the survey bared only one third of
regional constituents are for autonomy.
Two Organic Acts for regional autonomy have not
been ratified in plebiscites.
A recent survey by the Regional Development
Council in the Cordillera found that almost half (48.8 percent) of Cordillerans
cannot decide which to favor.
Regional officials held a meeting here at the
City Lite Hotel Thursday on “prospects for autonomy” but had differing points
of view on how the process should be done.
Most Cordillera solons are pushing for House
Bill 5595 or the autonomy bill pending in Congress, while two of the closest
political allies of the Aquino administration, especially Benguet Rep. Ronald
Cosalan, are still taken aback into approving the measure while citing its
practical legislative mill hitches and still lack of grassroots consultations.
Ifugao Rep. TeodoroBaguilat, Jr. meanwhile,
still believes more exhaustive consultations should be conducted especially on
villagers who will benefit from an autonomous region.
Both Cosalan and Baguilat are members of the
Liberal Party and close to the president who has not regarded the autonomy bill
as among the over-100 priority bills.
According to the survey results, of the 5,083
respondents all over the region, 48.8 percent remain undecided, 33.9
percent said yes to autonomy and 17.5 percent said no.
However, RDC Co-chairman and one of the prime
movers of autonomy Virgilio Bautista sees the opportunity in the 48.8 percent
undecided Cordillerans as “a sizable potential vote to sway”.
The results show an improvement from the 2007
perception where those undecided have decreased.
Bautista said the 48.8 percent undecided
votes mean there is still much work to do as far as information education
campaign is concerned.
This as the survey also bared that 76.8
percent of the respondents are unaware of House Bill 5595, now pending with the
Committee on Appropriations in the House of Representatives while a meager 23.2
percent know the measure.
Meanwhile, less than half (42.9 percent) of
the 23 percent who are aware of the autonomy bill, know about its content. More
than half (57.1 percent) are unaware of what the measure contains.
With such, much is to be done in the campaign
to reach out to the large portions of Cordillerans who are still unaware of the
autonomy bill and to educate the wide majority about the new bid for autonomy,
This comes after some sectors pushed for a
“bottom-up” approach in the consultations amid traditional approaches by
autonomy movers in the government sector. The consultations, in the form of
“half-day meetings,” were held in provincial capitals wit the government
shelling out sums of money to supposed “media consultants.” The Commission on
Audit reportedly found the practice irregular.
In addition, the study which was commissioned
by the RDC to students from the various state universities and colleges in the
region showed that the majority of respondents in provinces of Apayao, Ifugao
and Kalinga said yes while majority of Abra, Benguet, Mountain Province and
Baguio City respondents voted no and undecided.
The survey, conducted from July to September
this year, covered 144 barangays in the all the towns and cities in the
BONTOC – The Municipal Peace and Order
Council crafted a resolution strongly
supporting Chief Insp. Dyann B. Bangcawayan to be retained as chief of police
of this municipality.
Earlier, a letter from the municipal police
station was received by the municipal mayor saying there was a pending order
from the regional police office for the relief of Bangcawayan and that she will
be assigned in the region.
This prompted mayor Pascual Sacgaca to call for
an MPOC meeting to discuss issues concerning peace and order of the
municipality which includes the issue against the Bangcawayan.
During the meeting, Sacgaca informed the body
that on Sept. 3, he received a petition letter against Bangcawayan calling for
her immediate relief as the chief of police.
Prior to the petition received by the mayor,
he sent a letter to regional police director Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong
reiterating his stand against the petition.
The proponent of the petition was not
identified but the mail originated from Baguio City without the signature of
the sender per verification made with the local mail courier.
The mayor said there was no reason to relieve
Bangcawayan from her position and that she be retained as Bontoc police chief
to continue her exemplary performance.
It was made known to the council that the
reason for her relief could be obviously due to the persistent and constant
sending of a lot of speculative and unfounded reports without any legal basis
and were purely accusations to the regional office by some anonymous authors.
Meanwhile, it was also learned during the
meeting that a resolution was directly submitted to the PNP regional office
requesting Magalong to investigation
alleged misconduct committed by Bangcawayan.
The resolution was sent without the knowledge
of the mayor.
The resolution was extracted from the minutes
of the regular meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council.
Since there were no legal cases filed against
Bangcawayan, reports being circulated were merely allegations, the council
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Benguet got P20 million worth of financial assistance
for province’s program against man-made and natural disasters.
The United Nations World Food Program
(UN–WFP) launched Phase II of its project Oct. 12 to help Tublay, Atok,
Kibungan and Kapangan towns’s capacity-building efforts in disaster preparedness
UN- WFP Philippines coordinator Michelle McGonagle
said “beneficiaries of Phase I project implementation were Tublay and Atok
She said these towns were chosen because of
their vulnerability to disasters like landslides.
But with the second phase, more towns were
In the first phase of the effort, a strong
partnership with local government units, the community and other groups for the
attainment of a common goal was built.
With the past implementation, they were able
to reduce flooding, more evacuation centers were provided, and quick response
operations were conducted.
With the help, the Benguet towns were happy
with the assistance from the agency, said Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan.
UN partnered with local groups -- Jaime V.
Ongpin Foundation Inc. and the University of the Philippines–Baguio for these
LAGAWE, Ifugao --The Department of Interior
and Local Government here is closely monitoring implementation of the Full
Disclosure Policy established by former DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo.
Municipal Local Government Operations Officer
WilbertoUmalco said that they are now nearing the completion of their
evaluation and assessment of all the municipalities of Ifugao on compliance
with the policy which requires all local
chief executives to follow the guidelines on period of posting required financial
documents as mandated by the full disclosure policy.
Umalco said the result of their assessment of
the municipalities will also determine whether the concerned LGU complied and
therefore qualify for the incentives
under the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) program of the DILG for 2012 .
This will entitle the municipality to the
award of P2 million worth of infrastructure projects under
the Performance Challenge Fund of the
Under the Full Disclosure Policy, LGUs are
mandated to post annually in their bulletin boards their local budget and
finances and their bids and public offerings which have been considered and
proven as an effective measure against the commission of graft and corruption
The annual budget report must be posted on or
before January 20 of each year or not later than 20 days after the approval by
the local Sangguniang, the Statement of Debt Services 20 days after the
approval by the local chief executive (LCE) of the Statement of Debt Services
Annual Report, the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures 20 days after approval by the LCE of the
Statement of Receipts and Expenditures Annual Report and the Quarterly
Statement of Cash Flow within 20 days after the end of every quarter.
For Procurement Reports, the Annual
Procurement Plan or Procurement List must be posted on or before January 31 of
each year, the Items to Bid within the prescribed period under the Government Procurement
Reform Act, the Bids Results on Civil Works, Goods and Services and Consulting
Services within the prescribed period under the Procurement Act, the Abstract of Bids as Calculated also
within the prescribed period under the Procurement Act and the Supplementary
Procurement Plan not later than 20 days after the approval by the Head of
Under the Special Purpose Fund Reports
consisting of the Special Education Fund (SEF) Income and Expenditure Estimates
must be posted 20 days after the approval by the Local School Board of the SEF
Income and Expenditure Annual Report, the Report of SEF Utilization 20 days
after the end of each quarter, the Annual GAD Accomplishment Report not later
than the end of January of the ensuing year, the Trust Fund Utilization 20 days
after the end of each quarter, the 20% Component of the IRA Utilization 20 days
after the end of each quarter and the Report of Local Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Fund Utilization 20 days after the end of each quarter.
All documents must remain posted until the
first quarter of the ensuing year and the glass-covered bulletin boards
containing the said documents must not be locked to allow the general public to
view and read each and every page of every financial document.
TAGUDIN, Ilocos Sur—“Only the financers of
jueteng gain from its operations,” so said Mayor Roque Versoza Jr., as he
declared this town jueteng free.
This town will remain jueteng free, Versoza
“I have been pressured by operators and
other politicians to give a green light for jueteng operations in my town, but
I said no,” he said.
If one wants to stop jueteng
operations, it only takes political will, he added.
Tagudin is the only town in the region
that is jueteng free.
Versoza, a multi awarded mayor is a
member of Kaya Natin, a political group for good governance.
The group is co-founded by the late
interior and local government Sec. Jessie Robredo, who himself was a staunch
advocate against the illegal games.
According to Versoza, his office is now
on the process of gathering the names of the bet collectors and will be
priority with the government’s 4Ps program and other livelihood programs of the
Owing to the increasing volume of passengers
come Christmas season, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has
lowered its airport terminal fee.
CIAC President and Chief Executive Officer
Victor Jose Luciano announced that “such reduction, which is now lower to Ninoy
Aquino International Airport’s P500 fee is meant to attract more abroad-bound
air travels and passengers to CIA.
Nevertheless, domestic terminal fee remains
Luciano said during first six months of
year 2012, CIAC recorded a 54 percent growth in passenger volume because of the
increased flights of the budget carriers and full service airlines.
CIA is the only airport in the country
that has six budget carriers namely AirPhil Express, Air Asia Philippines, Air
Asia Malaysia, Cebu Pacific, Jin Air and Seair that operates 24 hours a day.
The Clark airport is one of the biggest
aviation complexes in Asia with two runways in parallel configuration that can
be easily extended to four kilometers to accommodate new generation wide-bodied
The London-based Financial Times
business group recently ranked CIAC third best airport in the world.
Luciano, in a statement, said “the
government wanted to develop a long-term program [for CIA] like the development
of a new passenger terminal to house a massive number of passengers as well as
aircrafts for budget carriers and legacy carriers.”
With this undertaking, the Aquino
administration is keen on transforming CIA as the main airport of the country,
During the first six months of year 2012,
CIAC has recorded a 54 percent growth in passenger volume because of the
increased flights of the budget carriers, and full service airlines.
The Clark airport is one of the biggest
aviation complexes in Asia with two runways in parallel configuration that can
easily be extended to four kilometers to accommodate new generation wide-bodied
The primary runway has a length of 3,200
meters and a width of 61 meters and is fully equipped with all navigational
aids and lighting facilities and has a Category One rating for precision
approach while the secondary runway has a length of 3,200 meters and a width of
CIA is well equipped with a Terminal Radar
Approach Control, Navigational Aids, Meteorological Equipment, Airfield Ground
Lighting System and Crash, Fire and Rescue facilities.
In a related development, Financial Times
Business Group also ranked the Clark Freeport Zone, the seat of the CIA, as the
8th best Freeport zone in the world, making Clark joining the roster of elite
list of Freeport zones worldwide.
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Officials are inviting
investors to engage in the tourism industry of the province to develop it as an
Kalinga provincial Tourism officer Lorraine
Ngao-i said the province is looking at a tourism industry that promotes beauty
of nature, heritage, culture and its people.
“This is the reason why its development
should be planned with the involvement of all sectors especially those
currently investing and planning to invest in the industry.”
she said, could chose from the
various available eco-tourism packages in the province especially in Tabuk City
which is only an hour away from Tuguegarao Airport.
“Though we are promoting the province as a
tourism destination, this should not be a one-shot approach for we need to plan
well the programs and take every necessary step to ensure that what we are
promoting will be protected and preserved,” she said.
Ngao-i said Kalinga should not experience
mistakes made by other tourist destinations in the country where the industry
that they hoped would bring economic prosperity became a problem as it resulted
to various violations of the law, including emergence of moral, social and
“We want Kalinga tourism to be selective with
the people and visitors respecting what they come to see,” she said.
Currently, the province is visited by several tourists. At least
14,593 arrivals from January to August this year was
reported by accommodation service providers in the city with 2,853
foreigners of said number.
To enhance the industry, the province she
said is encouraging the participation of key stakeholders from the private
sectors to support the program with the active participation in the various
While waiting for investors to take part in
developing their tourism packages, the province is giving focus to three vital
steps to improve the industry.
Nueva Vizcaya – President Aquino bestowed recently the Dangal ng Bayan
Award on a worker of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources who
was killed in Cagayan earlier this year.
Dirain, a former forestry specialist, was cited for her exemplifying commitment
as a public servant, the regional office of the state-run Philippine
Information Agency said yesterday.
award is given by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to government workers who
displayed exemplary adherence to the norms of conduct and ethical behavior in
the performance of their duty.
three sons received P200,000 cash assistance from the President. Her trophy,
which was received by her sons, was designed by National Artist for sculpture
the Earth Day celebration last April 22, Dirain was posthumously named as one
of the 2012 Fr. Nery Satur Environmental Heroes along with an Italian priest who
was killed in Mindanao.
42, was shot dead inside her office by a lone gunman on Feb. 7 this year.
gunman, Adorable Caligan, of Claveria town was later charged with murder.
the mastermind in the killing of Dirain remains at large.
said Dirain’s murder could be in connection with her office’s discovery of
illegally cut logs and interception of more than 20,000 board feet of lumber
along the Cagayan-Ilocos Norte border.
FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The realization of the construction of Bocboc Bridge,
the “dream bridge” connecting the 3rd and 2nd congressional districts of
Pangasinan will help promote tourism, Department of Public Works and Highways
Region 1 director Veniedo O. Reyes said Tuesday.
than a decade, the dream construction of Bocboc Bridge connecting San Carlos
City and Aguilar town has been elusive.
this year, the Department of Tourism has allocated P100 million to help realize
the project expected to boost tourism in central and western Pangasinan.
GEN. TINIO, Nueva Ecija – The anti-illegal logging task force here led by
Mayor Virgilio Bote seized some 10,000 illegally cut logs last Thursday.
said the log haul, consisting of red lauan, was intercepted while being
transported through the Sumacbao River in Barangay Rio Chico by 15 local
residents. The cut logs came from Barangay Ibuna in Dingalan.
shows our determination to stop the scourge of illegal logging in our
jurisdiction which has been there since time immemorial,” he said.
of those arrested, identified only as a certain Ogie, called on President
Aquino to provide them with a stable source of alternative livelihood to wean
them away from illegal logging.
39, told newsmen he was involved in illegal logging since he was 15.
CITY, Isabela -- Anti-narcotics agents arrested the leader of a drug ring
operating in Isabela during the serving of search warrants, the Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency said on Wednesday.
director general Arturo Cacdac Jr. said Roderick Dela Cruz, 31, leader of the
Dela Cruz Drug Group, of SitioQuirat, Barangay Rizal, Santiago City was nabbed
last Oct. 21
said Dela Cruz is ranked Number 9 in the agency’s target list of drug
personalities in Santiago City.
showed that agents of PDEA Regional Office 2 and the National Bureau of
Investigation Cagayan Valley Regional Office, served the warrant against Dela
Cruz in his residence which he used as a drug den in Barangay Rizal.
said the operatives recovered 10 pieces of transparent plastic sachets of shabu
and assorted drug paraphernalia.
also arrested inside Dela Cruz's house Carlo Corpuz, 35; Modesto Cajas Jr., 41;
and Tristan de Leon, 26, who were all reportedly caught sniffing shabu.
MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – Lantern makers here advised consumers that now
is the best time to buy Christmas lanterns when prices
are much cheaper since most people are preparing for the coming All Saints’
is the time to buy lanterns since it will be peak season after Nov. 1 then, the
prices could go up as much as 40 percent,” said Mary Anne San Pedro, 33, a
lantern businesswoman from this province that is reputed to be the world’s
Christmas lantern capital.
Pedro said that unlike pyrotechnic products whose prices plunge on New Year’s
Eve, the prices of Christmas lanterns are not expected to dip substantially
even after Christmas Day.
because the demand for Christmas lanterns remains even up to the Chinese New
Year (in January),” she said.
Pedro, who owns the Santa Sleigh Lantern store along the Dau highway near the
exit of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) here, said that balikbayans and
foreigners often buy lanterns to bring back to their homes or friends abroad
after spending the Christmas holidays in the Philippines.
do this after Christmas, so we convert the volts of the lanterns from 220 to
110 for use abroad,” she said.San Pedro said a capiz star lantern measuring
three feet in diameter costs P2,800. The lantern has 21 light bulbs that dance
in five patterns.
similar sized lantern with colored plastic cover would cost much less at P700,
but they have only six light bulbs each with only two lighting patterns.
CITY – The city council last week approved on first reading and referred to the
appropriate committee a proposed ordinance of Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda
as to regulation of children participation during parades.
lady councilor maintained that though children are always a delight during
parades, it may be that they would be exposed to elements “that endanger their
health and well-being.” “Their developing bodies cannot endure the physical
strain,” Councilor Tabanda said.
thus said that children should participate in parades only when necessary;
children below 7 years of age should always be accompanied by adults, from
assembly time up to finish; and that they should assemble not earlier than 6:30
in the morning. Also, the children should not be allowed to participate in a
parade that extends beyond 6:30 in the evening.
measures should also be taken during the activity, thus, security and medical
personnel should always be on hand.
children should go first in the parade, so as not to keep them waiting.
much as practicable, the distance to be covered by children must be shorted
than the rest of the participants,” Councilor Tabanda added.
for organizers/sponsors would be first offense: fine of P1,500; second offense,
fine of P3,000; third and succeeding
offenses, fine of P5,000 and perpertual disqualification to organize/sponsor
any event in the city.
thorough study, the proposed ordinance is expected to be back at the council