Mangaoang is Kalinga Rep; protest looms over governor- elect win by 10-votes

>> Monday, May 20, 2019

By Jesse Maguiya 

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Rep. Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang retained his seat as congressional representative of Kalinga while Ferdinand B. Tubban won as governor during the May 13 elections.
Mangaoang won by a large margin over his rival – outgoing governor Jocel Baac.
Tubban is outgoing mayor of Tabuk City.
An election protest is reportedly in the offing in here after a neck and neck match between the two gubernatorial bets that boiled down to a 10-vote difference in favor of Tubban, who has since been proclaimed governor-elect.
 His primary opponent, Vice Gov. James Edduba, was said to be leading earlier on but was narrowly overtaken by Tubban.
The transmittal of election results from certain towns were also delayed, according to reports.
 In an interview Thursday evening, Edduba confirmed that his camp is preparing to file an election protest that would demand a recount in some areas.
“I was telling them (supporters and volunteers) to just let go as I am already very tired but the volunteers are insisting because they also want to know what happened,” he said.
Edduba noted that volunteers were demanding an explanation about 25 missing ballots and the delayed transmittal of results from Sucbot in Pinukpuk, which supposedly changed the outcome of the elections.
“The lawyers are the ones in charge. They are doing what needs to be done,” he said.
Kalinga provincial election officer, lawyer Ricardo Lampac, in a separate interview said the delay of the result and the transmission from Sucbot was due to problems related to the vote counting machine (VCM), prompting the change to a substitute machine.
 He said they initially thought that it was merely a problem with the memory card but it turned out to be a defect in the VCM itself. 
The difficulty of the terrain located on mountains, rains, and the absence of internet signal have prevented the transmission of results from the highland municipalities of Kalinga evening of May 13.
“Some of the vote counting machines (VCMs) will have to be carried with people manually transporting them to the municipal town halls or where the signal reaches the villages,” lawyer Ricardo Lampac, Kalinga provincial election supervisor said on Monday evening.
As of 9 p.m. that day, the provincial electoral board of canvassers has not convened.
Before midnight, only a few of the precincts from lowland towns have transmitted the results.
At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Lampac said the towns of Lubuagan, Pasil, Rizal, and Tanudan have fully transmitted results to the provincial electoral board in Tabuk City.
“Medyo nahirapan ang mga presinto kasi yung iba walang signal, yung iba naman kailangan pa lumakad sa lugar kung saan may signal at hindi madaling gawin lalo at parang bagyo ang ulan kahapon hanggang kagabi (it is quite difficult because some of the [voting] precincts do not have signals while the other areas have to be walked and hiked to reach the places where there is signal which was difficult especially with the typhoon-like rains that was experienced on Monday afternoon until evening),” Lampac said.
Due to the rains and the slippery terrain, an accident occurred and killed one of the three persons who went to Barangay Mangali in Tanudan to cast their votes.
Lampac said there were few incidents that affected the conduct of the elections in Kalinga.
He said one incident was in Balangayon, Pinukpuk town where the voting was delayed for about two hours after the arrival of the VCM was stalled.
He said security personnel first scoured the area for safety before Comelec personnel finally decided to transport the VCMs and arrived at the village almost 8 a.m.
Lampac also said there were 20 VCMs that malfunctioned or had corrupted SD cards. He said they hope to finish the provincial canvassing by Wednesday. -- PNA


Dalog Jr, Lacwasan get top MP posts; incumbents rule

By Mark Baybay, Gina Dizon and Epifano Agbulos

BONTOC, Mountain Province –Incumbent provincial officials retained their posts as shown in the result of the May 13 elections.
Maximo Dalog, Jr., 40 (Nationalista Party) won the lone congressional post vacated by his late father who died midway through his term.
The death of the former lawmaker handed the responsibility to Kalinga congressman Sonny Mangaoang as congressional caretaker who continued his advocacies until the end of the term.
Mangaoang won in Kalinga during the May 13 polls as congressional representative.
Dalog garnered 25,701 votes to fend off Avelino Amangyen (17,778), Jupiter Dominguez (17,366), Anthony Wooden ((11,004), and Allen Ocden (8,880).
Candidates Abrian Libang substituted by one Angel Libang and Albert Paday-os received 185 and 182 votes respectively.
In an interview, Dalog expressed his gratefulness to the people of Mountain Province who supported and voted in his favor. “I wish to thank everyone for the expression of love, trust and confidence in favor of my candidacy and such will be our strength and challenge as we brace up and prepare to represent the citizenry of Mountain Province in the House of Representatives for the next three years starting July 1, 2019,” he said.
Dalog said he will pursue unfinished legislative agenda, plans and programs of his late father, former governor and congressman Maximo B. Dalog, Sr. with the hallmark flagship program anchored in the acronym PRESTIGE 2.
He added he will introduce innovative measures that will favor Mountain Province and its constituents especially on empowerment of the youth, women, senior citizens, LGBT, indigenous peoples, farmers and employees.
Incumbent governor Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr., 60, cemented his hold on the governorship with 31,908 voters against contenders, former Sagada mayor Eduardo Latawan, Jr.   (25,010) and Natonin mayor Mateo Chiyawan (20,189).
Lacwasan was elected vice governor three years ago but assumed the provincial chief executive position by succession when then governor Leonard Mayaen died just as the election campaign was to start.
Vice governor Francis Tauli held on to his position when he overtook his opponents in an interesting race.
Tauli who was awarded the vice governorship in 2016 by way of succession being the most senior member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan got 29,020.
His closest pursuer Ezra Gomez had 27,611 votes while Raul Lapon accumulated 16,654 votes.
Winners for board member of District 1 were Federico Onsat-13,066 votes; Janice Liban-12,586; Alexandre Claver-11,434 and Joshua Fronda-11,267 on the top 4.
Winners for Board Member in District 2 were Henry Bastian-18,007 votes; Donato Danglose-17,864; Salvador Dalang-17,180 and Randy Awisan-16,983.
In an interview after his proclamation, Lacwasan said he welcomes efforts from other elected officials including those who did not make it to unite for the good of the province.
“There is no problem with that. Anyway, we are all politicians and we share the same vision for our people,” Lacwasan said when asked if he intends to work cooperatively with all those who won in the election.
In the capital town of Bontoc, mayor Franklin Odsey won after warding off the threat posed by Siegh Fred “Pitawen” Fatongkeg.
Other incumbent mayors who were re-elected were James “Payko” Pooten of Sagada, Abraham Akilit of Bauko and Johnson Bantog of Besao who ran unopposed.
Jose Limmayog of Sadangga and Genesis Changilan of Barlig were not as lucky when they were dislodged by former mayors whom they beat three years ago.
Sadanga’s Gabino Ganggangan and Barlig’s Clark Ngaya will retake their seats on July 1.
Another former mayor will be retaking his turf come July.
Former Tadian mayor Constito Masweng won over Rene del Amor and Ruben Bayugan.
Three municipalities will have first time mayors. Marcial Lawilao, Jr. defeated Rudy Mencion and Joey Dominguez to seat as the next mayor of Sabangan.
In Natonin Jose Agagon will take his oath on June 30 while Marcos Ayangwa will soon start his first term as mayor of Paracelis.
Elected vice mayors are: Bontoc –  Eusebio Kabluyen (unopposed), Sabangan – Dario Esden (unopposed), Natonin – Christopher Bayowan (unopposed), Paracelis – Lester Carlos, Barlig – David Osborn Fomocod, Sadanga – Albert Ayao-ao, Sagada – Felicito Dula, Besao – June Lopsoten, Tadian – Alfonso Polan and Bauko – Bartolome  Badecao.  
This as Cynthia Villar, Roland ‘Bato’ de la Rosa and Imee Marcos topped the list for the Senate in Mountain Province.
Lone candidate and uncontested mayoral candidate for Besao was incumbent mayor Johnson Bantog and incumbent June Lopsoten for vice mayor who won over Alfredo Beyden. 
Winning councilors in Besao among 21 candidates were  Butch Bacwaden, Joel Lacsigen, Elizabeth Buyagan, John Atinyag , padding Bing-il, Edna Kidangen, James Badonge Sr. and William Beswilan.
In Sagada, incumbent mayor James “Payko” Pooten Jr. won over engineerIsrael Dontogan and businesswoman Fely Omengan.
Incumbent councilor Felicito Dula who ran for vice mayor won over former vice mayor engineer Richard Yodong.
Winning Sagada councilors among 21 candidates were Paul Domoguen, Benjamin Capuyan, Felicito Lumbaya, Angel Beleo, Kapon Gomgom-o, Dave Gulian, David Buyagan, and Ezra Wadingan.
In Bontoc, incumbent mayor Franklin Odsey won over Sigfried Fatongkeg.
Unopposed incumbent Eusebio Kabluyen  is automatically the vice mayor.
Winning councilors of Bontoc among 18 contenders were Alsannyster Patingan, Viola Okko,  John Enggeg, Jerome Tudlong, Peter Kedawen, John Pelew, Robert Dacyon, and Esteban Nguddo.
In Tadian, former mayor Constito Masweng won the mayoral position over co-contenders Rene de Amor and  Ruben Bayogan; while  incumbent vice mayor Alfonso Polan  won over Gilbert Lao-ay.
Victorious councilors of Tadian among 24 candidates were William Ladiong, John Malamnao, Jane Saong, Jayne Bisen, Taxter Taclobao, Johnson Balaoas, Louie Buned and Juniper Kidit.
In nearby Bauko,   incumbent mayor Abraham Akilit beat Mario  Gaoken while  incumbent vice mayor Bartolome Badecao won over Ricky Samidan and Salvador Liked.
Winning councilors for Bauko were Ashley Sili, Simon Lacwasan, Sabado Pusan, Labor Masidong, Stanley Dangatan, Tomas Tanggacan , Cornelio Matias and  Arcadio Taganas.
In Sabangan, former Sangguniang Kabataan chairman and incumbent punong barangay Marcial Lawilao Jr. won over opponents  Rudy Mencion, Jowee Dominguez and Martin Budod for the  mayoralty race.
Vice mayor candidate Dario Esden ran unopposed. 
Winning councilors among 23 candidates of Sabangan were Henrico Boguilis, Hector Mantias, Roger Bas-ilen, Enrico Litilit, Fausto Ballakis, Wily Malamion, Thomas Begnaen and Crispin Altaki.
In Sadanga, comebacking former mayor Gabino Ganggangan beat Geraldo Ackut and Joe Limmayog. Winning as vice mayor was Albert Ayao-ao over Paul Farong-ey, Mario Galingan and incumbent vice mayor Joseph Apopot.
Winning councilors among 48 contenders in Sadanga were Dungpop Dawadeo, Juliet Chinalpan, Napoleon Sarang-ey,  DOminga Chaluyen, Rufina Chakiwag, Ruben Atiwen, Moises Agmeyeng, and Dimas Feng-ag.       
Comebacking former mayor Clark Ngayya of  Barlig outran incumbent mayor Genesis Changilan, Marlyn Agpawan and Rudy Longid while incumbent vice mayor David Osborn Fomocod  beat Simplicio Nabunat and Ayson Naulgan.
Winning councilors in Barlig among 27 contenders were Delio Focad, Johnson Ingson, Rolly Agyao, Benjie Sapguian, Rodrigo Layao, Abner Ayoga, Fernando Cablog and Rodrigo Awe.
In Natonin, candidate for mayor Jose Agagon beat Rafael Bulawe, Patrick Baguingan, Bernard Foryasen and Fernandez Linggayo for the mayoral post.
Unopposed Christopher Bayowan is vice mayor.
Winning councilors among 28 candidates in Natonin were Raymundo Lapasen, Jose Biangalen, Spassky Manayos, Jimmy Todco, Patricio Corcha, Jimmy Chumilang, Cornelio Tawaran and Rodofo Liwanen. 
Candidate for mayor of Paracelis Ayangwa Marcos won over Benjamin Manat while Lester Carlos got the vice mayorship over co-aspirant Lorenzo Carpio.
Emerging victorious among 27 councilors in Paracelis were Ruben Vicente, Lito Basungit ,  Marcelo Ambatali, Victorino Bannaue, John Banggolay, Ateneo Gusimat, GastonTodco and Marc Lappao.
Party lists PhilReca (Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association), ACT-CIS (Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support) and Bayan Muna were among the top party lists voted in the province.


Chavit, Sanidad win mayoral, vice mayor race in IS

By Freddie Lazaro

NARVACAN, llocos Sur — The charisma of former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis Chavit Singson, who is the touted political kingpin in the province, still captivates as he won the mayoralty race in this town, “dubbed the heart of Ilocos,” against his archrival, former town Mayor Edgar D. Zaragoza.
In the vice mayoralty race, Chavit’s partymate and human rights lawyer Pablito Sanidad Sr. won the race after he earned a total of 14,081 votes against his rival, Fayinna Zaragoza, Edgar’s daughter, with 10,099 votes.
At about 11:22 p.m. on Monday, members of the Comelec’s Municipal Board of Canvassers chaired by municipal election officer Gaudelia C. Agpalo proclaimed Chavit as new mayor of Narvacan town after defeating Zaragoza with a great margin of votes in the May 13 midterm national and local elections..
Based on the official and final result, Singson got 16,551 votes as against Zaragoza with 7,995 votes.
Narvacan town is one of the biggest towns in the province with a total of 29,096 registered voters.
However, this May 13, 2019 polls, a total of 25, 250 voters trooped to the precincts to cast their votes, an 86.78% voter turnout.
Meanwhile, all of the councilors in Chavit’s line-up also won in the race beating the slate of ex-mayor Zaragoza.
The newly-elected councilors in Narvacan town are Edna Sanidad, Joseph Tejada, Joveniano Ampo Jr., Charito Viloria, Bernadette Lim, Loreto Caballes, Emiliano Clarin and Alexander Antolin.
In an interview, Singson said that he will focus on the implementation of more infrastructure projects to benefit the town’s residence.
He called for reconciliation of all the winners and the losers after this election to truly achieve unity and peace in the province.


Widow, daughter of slain ex- lawmaker win reelection bid

By Erwin Beleo

AGOO, La Union – The widow and daughter of former Rep. Eufranio “Franny” Eriguel overwhelmingly won on their reelection bid for the second term as Congresswoman for the 2nd district of La Union and mayor of this town as reflected in the results of the May 13, 2019 elections.
Rep. Sandra Young-Eriguel won by a wide margin in the congressional race against her opponent Mayor Dante Garcia of Tubao town while her daughter Mayor Stefannie Ann Eriguel won by a landslide against her two opponents in the mayoral race.
The victory of Sandra and Stefannie came a year after the death of Franny on May 12, 2018.
Franny was speaking before a barangay caucus meeting when he was shot and killed by unknown assailants.
Three of his supporters were also killed in the attack.
Sandra said that despite the lingering pain, she finds consolation with the outpouring of love and support shown by her friends, allies, and supporters, especially during the campaign period.
“One year has passed since the brutal murder of my husband; this dastardly act was perpetrated by individuals whose only intention is to sow fear in our constituents. Though up until today, we have yet to find justice for the deaths of Franny, Patrick Manabat, Mac Roel Tubera, and Bobby Ordinario, I am consoled by the outpouring of support from our constituents here in the Second District of La Union,” she said.
Congressman Franny treated everyone as his family. With his vision of hope and unity, he transformed the 2nd District of La Union to what it is today. Eleven towns were united to attain a single goal, to ensure that no one is left behind,” said Eriguel.
“I implore our dear constituents, our 2nd District family, to remember Congressman Franny, who to his last day did what he loved most, to be with the people. Let us remain hopeful that justice will soon be served, and peace may once again reign in our beloved La Union,” said Sandra.
Meanwhile, Mayor Herminigildo Gualberto of San Fernando City, La Union, who has been suspended for six months by the Office of the Ombudsman starting April 15, 2019, regarding the P90-million plaza rehab anomalies, has won for his reelection bid against former provincial board member Pepe Ortega.


Magalong new Baguio mayor; Go retained rep; Olowan now vice mayor

BAGUIO CITY —Former police general Benjamin Magalong won as city mayor here saying it is time to “deliver results” and go with the commitment of a “breath of fresh air” for the more than 400,000 residents of this mountain resort city.
This, as Marquez “Mark” Go retained his seat as congressional representative while councilor Faustino Olowan won as for vice mayor.
The city board of canvassers Tuesday proclaimed the winning candidates for local elected positions during the May 13, 2019 mid-term elections.
The board composed of city Election officer lawyer Renan Sorbita, City Prosecutor Elmer Manuel Sagsago and City Schools Davison Superintendent Dr. Federico Martin initially proclaimed Go, Magalong and Olowan winners of said positions.
Proclaimed city councilors for the 12 slots in the city’s local legislative body were Joel Alangsab, Benny Bomogao, Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Elaine Sembrano, Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon, Isabelo Cosalan, Jr., Francisco Roberto Ortega VI, Arthur Alad-iw, Vladimir Cayabas, Fred Bagbagen, Lilia FariƱas and Philian Louse Weygan-Alan.
The winning candidates were supposed to be proclaimed by the board shortly after midnight Monday but the inability of some precincts to transmit the generated results from their vote counting machines (VCMs) to the centralized canvassing center based at the PFVR Youth Action Center compelled the members to suspend the proceedings and resume the canvassing several hours later.
The board also decided to summon the members of the board of elections inspectors of the precincts that failed to transmit the results from their VCMs for the manual uploading of the results until there was a 100 percent transmission that paved the way for the proclamation of the winning candidates shortly before noon Tuesday.
Among problems encountered during the casting of votes in the precinct level were the alleged malfunctioning of the designated VCMs with some being immediately replaced, missing names of voters, and poor signal of the telecommunication companies in some areas in the city.
After the proclamation of the winning candidates in the local elected positions, the board subsequently transmitted to the national canvassing center at the Philippine International Convention Center for the canvassing of votes for the 12 slots in the Senate that will be vacated and the party-list organizations to have their representatives in the House.
There were over 165,000 registered voters in the city during the May 13, 2019 with only nearly 70 percent actually casting their votes in the over 257 clustered precincts based in 57 polling centers in the different parts of the city.
The poll body provided some 22 contingency VCMs in the city as back up for VCMs that may malfunction during the course of the casting of votes and the canvassing that followed after the precincts closed operation at around 6 pm Monday.
“The people have a high expectation, so we really have to start hitting the ground,” said Magalong in a media interview after the Comelec proclaimed him as the mayoralty winner before midnight on May 13.
“We are so lucky that the clamor of Baguio is change. At the end of the day, we just simply have to deliver results. Rest assured that I won’t fail you,” Magalong said. “Right timing. Tamang-tama breath of fresh air. At the end of the day we just simply have to deliver,” he added.
“My only commitment to the people of Baguio is we will strongly and aggressively pursue our strategy and programs to be able to fix the issues affecting Baguio,” Magalong said.
He called on Baguio residents to work together and cooperate with him, saying “there’s a lot of things to be done”.
“Kung kayang pagtuunan ng pansin ng sabay-sabay bakit hindi. Magtulungan tayo (If we can address all the issue at the same time, why not. Let’s work hand in hand),” he said.
He said that as the city’s new mayor, he would continue to engage with the different sectors,
Magalong served the Philippine National Police in various capacities, both operational and management, in his over 38 years in the service.
He said he wanted to give back to Baguio, where he intends to continue living with his family.
Born and raised in Baguio, Magalong completed his education from Saint Louis University and at the Philippine Military Academy, graduating magna cum laude in 1982.
After retiring from the service in December 2016, he served as senior vice president for operations of Steel Asia Corp., a major firm in the Philippines.
Magalong started to hit the ground after filing his certificate of candidacy on the last day on October 17, 2018.
He said he consulted his family, and it took him a while to decide whether to run for the 2019 polls.
Being a first timer, he had to introduce himself personally to the people of Baguio. Magalong took every opportunity to be with the residents, meeting different sectors — starting the day early and going home past midnight.
For him, the grueling part was before and during the campaign period. Like any other candidates, he lacked sleep, felt exhausted, but said all was worth it.
“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the margin would he like this. We pushed ourselves too much. We are so lucky that the clamor is change,” he said. – With reports from PNA, Freddie Lazaro and Dexter See


Salda re-elected Trinidad mayor

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Mayor Romeo Salda got new mandate as mayor of this capital town.
Salda gained 23,814 votes, getting another term and edging incumbent Vice Mayor Joey Marrero, who garnered 8,187 votes.
             In the vice mayoralty race, incumbent Councilor Roderick Awingan won with 13,469, defeating Councilors Horacio Ramos and Henry Kipas with 10,467 and 7,521 votes, respectively.
Nestor Fongwan Jr. topped the municipal council race with 15,970, followed by newly elected Jason Dangwa with 14,030 votes, incumbent Councilor Renato Tereng with 13,795 votes, Councilor Guiller Galwan with 13,446 votes and Councilor Arthur Shontogan with 13,052 votes.
Others who made it to the town council are former councilors John Botiwey (13,265), Francis Lee (10,668) and Ted Walang (9,524).
Final results from the 57 precincts in the 16 barangays were released at 10:45 p.m., May 13, following proclamation of Board of Canvassers led by Commission on Elections lawyer Rodante Salpaten.
Salpaten acknowledged the orderly and peaceful elections in the municipality with the help of the teachers, local government unit of La Trinidad, Philippine National Police, candidates and their supporters.
Salda, meanwhile, acknowledged all volunteers, supporters, coordinators and the municipality of La Trinidad for giving him another chance to serve the town.
Salda, for his second term, plans to continue his programs and plans for the progress of La Trinidad.
He also thanked Marrero for his support.


Most Apayao elective posts uncontested

By Pamela Mariz Geminiano 

BAGUIO CITY -- All candidates for elective positions in the provincial level in Apayao -- congressman, governor, vice governor and members of the provincial board including the elective posts in five out of the seven towns, from mayor down to councilor were unopposed during the May 13 polls.
Records at the local Commission on Elections also showed that the contest is only in the towns of Conner and Sta. Marcela, where there is more than one candidate running for mayor, vice mayor and councilors.
The capital town Luna including Calanasan, Flora, Kabugao and Pudtol were all uncontested.
“What makes Apayao peaceful in terms of election is that they are united. They have this culture of cooperation where they sit and discuss among themselves who vies for a position," said lawyer Julia Elenita Tabangin-Capuyan, provincial election officer of Apayao.
Tabangin-Capuyan, appointed as Apayao election supervisor at the start of the election period in 2018, attributed the peaceful polls to the legacy of former governor Elias Bulut Sr.
She said months prior the election period, incumbent officials discuss and agree on plans with other aspiring politicians.
"Probably because the people of Apayao respect the old man Elias Bulut Sr. for what he started in the past when candidates talk about the political situation, they continue the practice until now, especially considering that Apayao had progressed immensely in the last decade making the old man’s name more respectable,” Tabangin said.
“Sa Apayao, may culture of cooperation. Kakaiba kasi they will wait for the term of an official para matapos. Walang nagki-criticize at nagsu-suportahan ang lahat. Nadadaan sa pakiusap and pagtakbo sa anumang posisyon (Apayao has a different culture of cooperation where people wait for an elected official to finish his term before aiming for the post. Nobody criticizes anybody but they simply support each other. They talk among themselves and agree who will run for what position),” Tabangin said.
She said what is agreed upon during the talks, even if they are not in writing, is honored.
“I see it as a form of democracy na maayos, hindi naman bawal tumakbo sa kahit anong posisyon, wala rin nagbabawal pero voluntary na sumusunod ang mga tao. Walang takutan na nagyayari. Walang kaguluhan. Wala, dahil maayos na napag-uusapan ang lahat at napagkakasunduan ang mga bagay bagay (I see it as a good form of democracy where nobody is prohibited to run in any position, but the people voluntarily adhere to the agreement. There is no coercion. No crimes that result from it because they talk and agreement on things).”
Tabangin said Apayao is located about 14 hours away from Baguio City but the roads, to the farthest far flung village, are paved, some of which are as wide as the national road.
“Violence, criminality are non-issues in the Apayao,” she said.
Comelec-Apayao expects a 60 to 70 percent voter turn-out, which is usual in the province.
 In an earlier interview, Apayao Rep. Eleanor Bulut-Begtang said they are happy that the people of the province continue to respect and honor their father's legacy.
"The people of Apayao felt pure intention and good work ethics of incumbent officials in serving the community. And I think that is what makes us united and different from other provinces," she said.
She said people who are not united get embroiled in conflict, which will prevent progress.
She added that the main objective of the administration is to maintain the peaceful image of the province and boost its economy.
"It is unity that we have here in Apayao. Honestly if the people know that the administration is performing its duties well, they respect them and sometimes they opt to run in lower positions," she said.
She said if there are new politicians, they often sit with them and discuss their plans.
She said Bulut's legacy will always continue to lead the people toward economic growth.  -- PNA



49 persons arrested for violating poll liquor ban

CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet -- A total of 49 persons were arrested for violation of election liquor ban which started 12 a.m. of May 12.
Of the 49 arrested persons, 47 were arrested in Baguio City while the other two were nabbed in Bontoc, Mountain Province.
Arrested around 12 a.m. at Akira Bar along Magsaysay Road caught drinking liquor despite announcement of the liquor ban were: Marcia Padong, Jaisie Manongtong, Jessica Aspillaga, Gaudencio Lino, Arlyn L Casionan, Azer Fritzie C. Basilio, Jiselle Sixto, May Joy T. Edic, Jocelyn B. Olowan, Satelyn M. Lambino, Geneva B. Lacbao, Marciana P. Awis, Nita L. Lawingan, Carol L. Santos, Bert A. Eneci, Paul Brian C. Tango, Byron D. Chumacog, Raddy R. Antonio, Jhendol M. Changilan and Jayson W. Buyagao.
Also arrested were Napoleon T. Senovilla, Jason A. Lopez, Gerald C. Galiling, Jarren P. Gaddang, Dan T. Menzi, Brenda G. Ramos, Ronie T. Sianen, Edson on B. Kawi, Alexander O. Sumilao, Allen B. Refugia, Robert W. Salicon, Felix L. Pasino, Ruben W. Tabao-ican, Anexis P. Lensing and Jordan P. Gaddang,.
Also around 2:10 a.m. on May 12, personnel of Baguio City Police Office Tourist Police Unit and Women's and Children Protection Center arrested seven persons for violation of liqyor ban at Cabana Bar and Eatery along Otek St.
Nabbed were John Mike Soriano Bautista; Nick Baggao Calvero, Jaime Evangelista Pacheco Jr.,Richard Maliones Mendigorin, Gerald Pardito Tenaza, Francia Petrati Rivero and  Divina Sotelo Olanday.
Also around 11p.m. of May 12, police five persons for violation of liquor ban at Tapao West Quirino Hill.
Arrested were Jimmy Castillo Marianito, Gerwin Abuan Gonzales, Jun Osboken Lomsec, Clyton Esoen Dagoyan and Delbert Kis-Eng Laweng.  
In Bontoc, Mountain Province, police also arrested two persons at Bryan Lee’s Food House located at Kalang-ad Bldg., Pakkil, Caluttit for violation of liquor ban.
Nabbed while drinking liquor were Greg Batoto Catriz and Roldan Solliar Gandonez.

Man arrested in Kiangan for adultery

KIANGAN, Ifugao – Police arrested here Wednesday for adultery.
Nabbed by Kiangan, provincial police office and Baguio cops was Clyde Christian Dait at Sitio Pico, Tuplac.
This after warrant was issued against him by Judge Leody M. Opolinto of MTCC Branch 3, Baguio City. The judge set bail of P24, 000 for Dait’s temporary liberty.

Most wanted person in Kalinga captured

LUBUAGAN, Kalinga -- The top most wanted person in Kalinga identified as Leslie Alicog Pannogan alias “Tullangao” 47, single, small scale miner and resident of Middle Balatoc, Pasil town was arrested for murder here in Barangay Lower Uma on Tuesday. 
Pannogan was arrested by cops of Pasil and Lubuagan, 2nd Kalinga Provincial Force Mobile Company, Regional Intelligence Division, Kalinga CIDG-PFU, and Kalinga Highway Patrol Group.
Arrest warrant was earlier issued against Pannogan by Judge Marcelino K. Wacas of the Regional Trial Court Branch 25, 2nd Judicial Region in Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga,

DPWH employee robbed of P200-K gadgets, cash in Itogon

ITOGON, Benguet – A DPWH employee reported to police he was robbed of personal belongings worth around P200,000 like expensive gadgets by still unidentified persons at his boarding house in Slide, Tuding between May 13 to 14 .
The victim was identified as Kiethly K. Pio, 46, married.
Investigation disclosed thieves gained entry by destroying the padlock of the door and took away the following: 43-inch flat screen TV worth ₱15,000, Acer laptop worth ₱22,000, government-issued laptop worth ₱110,000, computer CPU worth ₱13,000, jewelry worth ₱8,000, Samsung tablet worth ₱5,000.00 and P1,000 cash.

 Man nabbed for estafa posts P500-K bail

BAGUIO CITY – A man was arrested for estafa here Wednesday but was released after he paid his bail bond of P500,000.
A police report said it was around 9 a.m. that day that they served warrant and arrested suspect Darwin Pascua Benemerito inside Justice Hall.
Judge Roberto R. Mabalot of MTCC Branch 1, Baguio City earlier issued warrant against Benemerito.

Man lands in Abra jail for violence

MANABO, Abra – Police nabbed a certain Jerome Reyes Divine here at Catacdegan Viejo after warrant was issued against him by Judge Elizabeth G. Bringas of RTC Branch 58, Bucay, Abra for violation of Republic Act 9262 (violence against women and children) with bail set at P80, 000.

 Widow cornered for faking documents

BAGUIO CITY – An unemployed widow was arrested here around 11 a.m. Wednesday inside Justice Hall for falsification of public documents.
Nabbed was Susan Paeng Sacuyan aka Clara Paeng Nevado, 65, resident here of Simsim Compound. This, after warrant was issued against here by Judge Roberto R. Mabalot of MTCC Branch 1, Baguio City.
Bail was set by the judge of P12,000 for her temporary liberty and another P12,000 for another case.

 Thieves steal valuables in bizwoman’s house

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Still unidentified thieves forcibly entered a house here at  JA 186-1, Upper Cogcoga, Pico around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and carted away valuables worth around P11,500 which included a television set and gas tank.
The victim was identified as Emely Bantic Pudsoc, 32, businesswoman, single, of Guinsadan, Bauko, Mountain Province and a resident of place of incident.
According to the victim, her daughter locked their house before she left around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and went to their stall in Hanger Market, Baguio City where they both slept that night. Around 11 a.m. the following day, they went home and discovered that the door of their house was open and their valuables stolen. The padlock of their house was found outside the house destroyed. No CCTV camera was installed at the crime scene.

 Korean nabbed for unjust vexation against Korean

BAGUIO CITY – A Korean national filed a complaint against his compatriot for unjust vexation which transpired around 9 a.m. on May 12 at Happy Evangelical Mission Church here in Campo Sioco, Ferdinand Barangay.
The complainant was identified as In-ae Hwang while the arrested suspect was named as Changkung Sung. The latter reportedly went to the place of incident holding a placard with hurtful and unsavory words written in Korean language.
These were later translated by Joseph Kim, vice president of United Korean Community Association in Northern Luzon, Philippines.

 Man arrested for guns, ammunition in Pinukpuk

PINUKPUK, Kalinga – A certain Ronnie Gongob Dangiwan, 36, married, farmer here of Barangay Wagud, was arrested by police for illegal guns and ammunition here Tuesday.
Judge Jerson E. Angog of RTC Branch 25, 2nd Judicial Region, Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga issued bail bond of P100, 000 for Wagud’s temporary liberty.

 Man nabbed for entering  mayor’s poll headquarters

DANGLAS, Abra – Police arrested a certain Randel Valdez Balneg, 22 for allegedly illegally entering the campaign headquarters of Mayor Dennise Bragas at Barangay Cabaruan around 8 p.m. on May 12.
A police report said they received a call from Ronnel Bernal Buenaventura, staff of Bragas stating that a man illegally entered their headquarters. The suspect was brought to Danglas police station for questioning.

 Farmer arrested for shooting driver in Tabuk

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – A farmer was arrested after shooting a tricycle driver and seriously injuring him here last week.  
A police report said the incident happened Tuesday around 8 p.m. in Sitio Banneng, Barangay Calaccad wherein the victim was identified as John Lastimosa Balanguio, 23, single.
He was allegedly shot by Dante Wanson Baggas, 48, married, farmer. Both were residents of said place.
The victim was brought by his relatives to Kalinga Provincial Hospital for medical treatment. Motive was not revealed in the police report.

Man cornered in Conner for rape

CONNER, Apayao – Police recently arrested here a certain Mark Dave Banayos, 25, single of Barangay Baduat, Kabugao Apayao for rape.
Banayos was nabbed at Sitio Turayoc, Buluan after warrant was issued against him by Judge Victor Gumigad of RTC Branch 26 Luna, Apayao with no bail recommended.

Electrician wanted for slay in Flora nabbed in Caloocan

FLORA, Apayao – An electrician wanted for murder in this town was tracked down by cops at his hideout in No. 168 Bagong Silang, Caloocan City recently.
Nabbed was Felizardo Mittay Batlong, 34, married, native 
of Barangay Poblacion West, Flora.
Judge Francisco Donato of RTC Branch 26 Luna, Apayao earlier issued warrant against the suspect in August 2, 2016 with no recommended bail bond.
Batlong was brought to Amma Jadsac District Hospital in  Pudtol, Apayao for medication and later incarcerated at the town police station.

Two men arrested for possession of chainsaws

BANGUED, Abra – Two men were arrested here recently for illegal possession of two chainsaws.
Nabbed were Avelino Acena Bandilas Jr, 24 and Mario Ducayag Malayan, 60 for having a chainsaw each.

 PNP revamps Abra town police, intel unit chiefs

BANGUED, Abra -- The Police Regional Office Cordillera has revamped the leadership of the town police here to dispel any suspicion of biases among personnel last May 13 elections.
 During the relaunch of the Abra Shield, PROCOR director, Brig. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson, said Maj. Dominador de Guzman was replaced by Maj. Daniel Bandoc as Bangued chief of police, while Lt. Col. Crisante Sadino was replaced by  Maj. Lory Parrazona as intelligence branch head.
De Guzman was recalled to the police regional office while Sadino was detailed at Mt. Province police provincial office. 
He said the 180th Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB), originally serving Abra province, was also relieved of its duty and replaced by the 1504th RMFB, originally based in Mt. Polis in Ifugao province.
It is therefore imperative that Abra Shield must again be raised against the remaining elements that propagate the bloody politics of the province," he said.
Abra Shield is a security plan conceptualized to serve as a "handbook" in handling the elections in the province.
Meanwhile, Dickson thanked the Philippine National Police for turning over five Mahindra Scorpio police patrol vehicles, and 16 XRM 125 Honda motorcycles for additional mobility for the PROCOR.
Aside from the vehicles, Abra police also received a repeater, a base radio, 10 mobile radios with a global positioning system, 60 handheld radios with GPS, a desktop computer, two high-frequency coded tactical packs for communication, and six drones. -- PNA


Unopposed Ifugao mayor wins nat’l Gawad Parangal Award

>> Sunday, May 19, 2019

LAMUT, Ifugao -- Mayor Mariano Buyagawan Jr., who ran unopposed  for the same position in the May 13 elections  added another feather to his cap by winning the 2019 National Gawad Parangal Award as the Most Outstanding Mayor of the Philippines for 4th to 6th class municipalities.
The award was conferred by the Association of Social Welfare and Development Offices of the Philippines (ALSWADOP) during the 23rd National Social Welfare and Development Forum and General Assembly at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City recently.
Buyagawon assumed as mayor in 2010 with the slogan “Umuna Ti Lamut” (Lamut First) which he maintained into his third and last term being unopposed in the May 13, 2019 elections.
Driven by his dedication, hard work and righteousness, he ran to serve the public from his private practice as a lawyer. Slowly he transformed this 4th class municipality into a booming economic hub of Ifugao.
His simplicity in managing the local government unit coupled with the support of his people and officials made the town excel in many areas of governance   resulting to    various national, regional and provincial awards.  
Among the awards include Lamut ranked as the Second Most Competitive LGU for 3rd-6th Class Municipalities of the Philippines by the DTI in 2018, Hall of Famer Award for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by the DILG and the Red Orchid Award by the DOH in 2017.
The municipality under his helm won the Seal of Good Housekeeping since 2011 and became a Hall of Famer for passing the SGLG from 2015-2017, ranked second in the competitiveness score on the four pillars of Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency and the Red Orchid Award from 2015-2018 by passing all the requirements for a smoke -free municipality.
Other awards  include the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance by the DSWD-CAR in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2017 and 2018; the Best Clean and Green Implementation in the province for 2018 and Environmental Award practicing and sustaining Best Practices under Republic Act  90003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Law;Sandugo Award by the DOH in 2017-2018 for regular mass blood donation program; , Fire Olympic Award in the region in 2017 and the Gawad Gabay Award for Galling sa Paggabay sa mga Bata in 2017.  He is also a Lingkod Bayan Awardee in the regional level in 2018.
 Buyagawan attributed   his successes to the strong support and solidarity of all the stakeholders for participatory governance. -- JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao  


84 graduate from Benguet 'School of Living Tradition'

By Krystelle Luken Pangpangdeo

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet-- At least 84 additional young people in Benguet province graduated recently from the School of Living Tradition (SLT), where three traditional skills were taught as part of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts' (NCAA) effort to pass these on to the next generation.
On the second year of the five-year Enhanced SLT Master plan, which started in 2018, 31 learners finished the courses for Kayabang (native basket) making, 27 learners for Tapuey (rice wine) making, and 26 for loom weaving.
“All of you graduates, has the responsibility to impart and share what you've learned, your knowledge to the youths,” said Renee Talavera, NCCA head of cultural community and traditional art section, during the graduation rites at the Benguet capitol.
One of the cultural masters for Kayabang-making, Pelin Contales, discussed the importance of teaching the young people about the cultural practices that remain a part of the lives of the Benguet people.
“Kayabang has always been with us for how many years. It is what our elders use in transporting products such as sweet potatoes, as a support for water gallons, and sometimes we use it for loading our washed clothes before. It is a multi-purpose tool of Benguet” Contales said.
Kayabang is a native basket made of bamboo and originally used by women in Benguet. It is strapped at the back to carry root crops, vegetables and fruits harvested from the farms. Kayabang symbolizes abundance in the Benguet culture and is displayed in Benguet homes.
 Costales said teaching the youth how to make the basket will instill in them a part of Benguet people's identity .
Denton Kelly, a graduate of tapuey-making, said the program has enhanced his knowledge on making the native rice wine.
A half Benguet and half Vizcayan, Kelly has learned to make tapuey based on what he learned from word of mouth of people from different provinces of the Cordillera as a young teen studying in Benguet. Growing up in Kapangan town, he used to make tapuey for special occasions and gatherings.
Tapuey is made with rice yeast or what is locally known as “bubod”, which is mixed with cooked glutinous rice, and placed in a jar to ferment.
Meanwhile, Benguet Tourism Office (BTO) officer-in-charge Eleazar Carias, who taught loom weaving, said that in the olden times, Benguet used to import the products from other provinces, which the elders adopted and practiced and later embraced as part of their culture.
He said the program aims to train, transfer, and preserve the skills and knowledge of the traditions of the community in the first three years. The fourth year is devoted to the promotion and product development training while the fifth year will be for product marketing..
In the first year of the program, three art forms were also taught, such as the Kankanaey performing arts, the Ibaloy performing arts and the Patda embroidery where a total of 198 participants graduated on Sept. 8, 2018.
He said they are now preparing for the next three years of the program, looking at the availability of materials and the cultural masters who will teach the participants.
The cultural masters for kayabang-making are Minda Ciano and Pelin Contales of Banayakeo, Poblacion, Atok while for the tapuey-making, the NCCA has tapped Lucia Sacyat and Lydia Fernandez of Bakun; and Maxencia Pili and Fe Paday from Kabayan for the loom-weaving. -- PNA


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