Mercados dominate again, Duterte wins by 20k over Roxas Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 10, 2016, 1:32 pm
By JANI ARNAIZ
May 10, 2016
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – The Mercado dynasty continued their dominance in the Southern Leyte province and in the city with an addition to a son-in-law winning as Board Member.
Gov. Roger Mercado, who switched place with younger brother Rep. Damian as lone Representative of the province winning with a big margin (111,340 ) against lawyer and former St. Bernard mayor Rico Rentuza(56,882).
Rep. Damian Mercado who slide down to run as governor won by a landslide (108,190) against Vice Governor Sheffered Tan(68,800).
Association of Barangay Captain Federation president Nacional Mercado swept his rival former Maasin mayor Gerry Dator in the mayoralty position in the city with 27,946 votes vs. Dator’s 10,811. Nacional is the son of gov. Roger Mercado.
Gov. Mercado’s son-in-law Leoncio Uy, Jr. won as board member in the second district.
The Mercados run under LP banner.
Three days before the election a viral video posted in So Good Southern leyte FB page showing a man berating five men allegedly with high-powered firearms asking who hired them. The five fearfully answered Damian Mercado.
In loud voice, the man (supposedly Vice Gov. Tan) repeated the question to answer also in loud voice.
The Mercados, however, denied the allegations saying “why would we do it when we were winning.”
Tan filed as vice governor of Gov. Roger Mercado under Liberal Party but days before the deadline for substitution he substituted Board Member Albert Exclamado who run as Governor under UNA.
At least 15 mayoralty bets under LP won in the province’ 19 municipalities including the city of Maasin.
In the Presidential race in Maasin, Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte got a small margin of only over 3,000 with 20,789 votes against LP bet Mar Roxas’ 16,925. Duterte was born in Laboon village in the city and even studied in grade one at the Laboon elementary school.
Duterte volunteers in the city reportedly blames small winning margin to alleged straight vote-buying campaign of the administration party.
In the province, Duterte got 85,114 votes against Roxas’ 68,309. Poe garnered 8,,072.
For vice president Leni Robredo won with 88,013. While Duterte’s got 36,919 and Marcos, 29,395.
In June last year Duterte attended the Roa clan grand reunion in Laboon where his mother came from. He has not declared a presidential candidate.
In march this year, he was practically mobbed in his campaign sortie at city’s bus terminal.
9th May 2016
Update on VCM malfunction Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 9, 2016, 2:31 pm
By JANI ARNAIZ
May 9, 2016
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – Voting continued in two clustered precincts even without using of Vote Counting Machines (VCMs)as voters consented that they will proceed with voting.
Though VCM replacement arrived hours later in the clustered precinct located at Tomas Oppus Pilot school in Mantahan village this city, however, the one in Guadalupe has no replacement yet as of 2:00 p.m., Richy Blasabas, Smartmatic technician assigned at the city poll office told the Inquirer.
He said the VCM that malfunctioned in Guadalupe will be replaced as soon as the go signal from the National Technical Service Office arrives. “The voting will continue and the ballots will be kept by the BEI. All these have the consent of the Comelec.”
Voting stops in two cluster precincts Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 9, 2016, 10:10 am
By JANI ARNAIZ
May 9, 2016
MAASIN CITY – Voting stops in 2 cluster precincts in Mantahan and Guadalupe villages after the VCMs misread or come out without results.
The cluster precincts comprise eight precincts or roughly more than thousand voters.
According to Richy Blasabas of Smartmatic technician assigned at the city Comelec office, after they tried cleaning or inspection of the VCMs still no result comes out prompting them to call the National Technical Service Office what to do. He said they have standby VCM for replacement.
The voting stops after more than ten tries which rendered the same results.
7th May 2016
The ugly face of Southern Leyte politics Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 7, 2016, 10:30 am
By JANI ARNAIZ
May 7, 2016
MAASIN CITY – Politics in Southern Leyte revealed its ugly face at the homestretch of the campaign period when father and son who are in the opposite side washed dirty linen in campaign sorties.
Only on Friday, allegation of hired goons to harm a mayor went viral in the social pages of Southern Leytenos.
Vice governor Sheffered Tan, who is running for governor under UNA and his father former Vice Gov. Orlando Tan, who is allied with the camp of Southern Leyte Rep. Damian Mercado who is running for Governor against the younger Tan, exchanged their personal grudge in their respective rallies.
“Don’t vote for Sheffered Tan because he is disrespectful of his parents and remiss in his job as the vice governor of the province,” said the elder Tan in a meeting de avance of the Liberal party in San Juan town where he was the formal mayor.
In an interview, Vice gov. Tan said he has a controversial childhood because he really didn’t know who his real father is.
“I could still remember how he brought me up as a child. It’s like I am not his son. I’m like Poe (Grace),” said Tan.
He added that when he was a mayor of Sogod, he made a mistress one of my employees. “This might be the reason why I’m estranged with him.”
Vice governor Tan on Friday at around 10:00 in morning called the Sogod Police station that they accosted five persons with arms including the van driver who he believed was hired by his rival Rep. Damian Mercado to kill his wife, Sogod mayor Emmie Tan after he reportedly berated and hit the alleged suspects.
According to Tan, his attention was called when his leaders saw a suspicious van in Mabicay village. He said he immediately went to the area with his men and confronted the suspects.
When he asked who hired them they said Rep. Damian Mercado.
“I admit I hit some of them because they said they were hired by Mercado to kill his wife,” Tan told The Reporter online in an interview at the police station.
How would you react to that. It’s my wife they are going to kill? Tan said justifying his action to hit.
His rival though belied the accusation of Tan saying it’s his desperate move to gain sympathizers. It’s a drama to say the least, Mercado said in mobile interview Saturday morning.
“We are winning why we should do that. Everybody in Sogod or Southern Leyte for that matter knew who I am. I don’t employ with that kind of action in all my political life.” Mercado said adding his line of questioning to the suspects was bereft with motives.
“I don’t know who they are. It’s their drama.”
Earlier in an interview with the driver, Rodulfo Vargas of Hilongos town said he was told by his employer, Vanvan transport, to go to Sogod because somebody would hire their van.
He said he didn’t know who hired the van. When asked if his passenger were bringing with them guns, he said he didn’t know.
The suspects did not make any statement.
According to the police chief Police senior Inspector Kenny Tantiado a policemen assigned near the area called us and we responded. “When we arrived the five were already sitting on the ground.”
He said they will conduct further investigation on what really transpired.
Tantiado identified the five as Fromencio Alconten Diolas, 46 married of Papaya, San Vicente, Butuan City, Wilfred Agustin Penig, 33, of Poblacion, Sibugat, Agusan del Sur, Leo Diolan, 53, married Bgy. Makasil, Butuan City, Ben de Paz, 47, married of Bgy. Rizal, Sogod, Southern Leyte and the driver, Rodulfo Vargas, 49 married of Hilongos town
Viral video on “hired killers”
A video showing four persons berated by a man, supposedly Vice Gov. Tan, repeatedly asking who hired them and what gun they use. Each of the four answered Damian Mercado but the man asking told to make it louder. The video also showed guns sprawled in the ground. The video was posted in So Good Southern Leyte went viral. It earned 171,462 views, 3,775 shares and 800 comments.
Two other videos residents in the village narrating what transpired at the “crime scene” posted by FB account Sogod So. Leyte Terrorism, also went viral with combined 28,700 views and 800 shares in just few hours. The two videos supposedly posted by the Mercado camp.
25th April 2016
Building Better Stories, Block by Block Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 25, 2016, 11:44 pm
A series of seminar-workshops for media practitioners on the links between the con-struction industry and sustainable growth is set to kick off next week.
The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and Holcim Philippines, Inc. are undertaking this joint initiative, which builds on a similar, albeit more basic, training two years ago.
The new round of seminar-workshops by PPI, the national association of newspapers, and Holcim, a building materials and aggregates company, aims to see more nu-anced and in-depth reporting on the construction sector, highlighting its role in help-ing achieve sustainable and inclusive growth while focusing the spotlight on relevant issues affecting Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
With the theme “Taking the High Road to Better Construction Stories,” the training series also seeks to help the media explore unreported and underreported issues sur-rounding the industry, ideally set within the framework of civic journalism, PPI’s flag-ship program.
Holcim Philippines advocates sustainable construction practices that contribute to lasting and broad-based development.
PPI's thrust of “Building Better Communities through Civic Journalism” is in line with its goal of giving voice to the concerns and aspirations of communities and sectors that otherwise are not being heard in the public sphere or in the mainstream media.
The PPI-Holcim trainings call to mind two of the 17 United Nations Sustainable De-velopment Goals (SDGs) that replaced the Millennium Development Goals and were adopted by world leaders last year.
Goal 9 of the SGDs falls within the purview of the construction industry, among other concerned sectors: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrializa-tion and foster innovation.”
Goal 11 is a call to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”
The PPI-Holcim training will be held in each major island group, with the Luzon leg scheduled for April 27 to 29 in Padi, Bulacan. Participants from the Visayas will gath-er in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on May 4 to 6; and those from Mindanao in Malaybalay, Bukidnon on May 18 to 20.
Non-PPI members have also been invited to participate in the training workshops.
Tess Bacalla, PPI’s training director, said the seminar-workshops will also be high-lighted by discussions on relevant regional issues, which will be facilitated by re-source speakers. These will be followed by field visits that will allow the participants to take a deeper look into such issues and how these manifest on the ground, while pursuing stories that will serve as their group outputs during the workshop.
Journalists from Luzon will look into the status and quality of relocation shelters in Bulacan, which continues to be among the top relocation areas for informal settlers from Metro Manila.
Media participants from the Visayas will focus on the state of reconstruction and re-habilitation programs in Bohol, three years since the province was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that reduced infrastructure gems such as centuries-old churches and ancestral houses to rubble.
In Mindanao, participants will learn about the living conditions of lumad, or indigenous groups, including those that have been displaced from their communities and are cur-rently staying in temporary facilities in Bukidnon.
The workshop-seminar series complements the Journalism Awards on Sustainable Construction Reporting (JASCOR), a Holcim-sponsored program undertaken in part-nership with PPI. National and community newspapers vie for the yearly awards, which are given out in ceremonies held in October.
Now on its third year, JASCOR hopes to promote excellent reporting on the construc-tion industry through the lens of sustainability, and thus generate increased public awareness and appreciation of, as well as support for, sustainable construction ef-forts.
23rd April 2016
Magsayo stops Avalos in 6th round Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 11:19 pm
(By Roy Luarca, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 April 2016, 11:19 PM)
Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo. FACEBOOK PHOTO
CEBU CITY--- Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo recovered from a third round knockdown to stop Chris Avalos in the sixth and capture the WBO international featherweight crown before a huge crowd at the Cebu City Sports Complex last night.
Pouncing on a groggy Avalos, who was saved by the bell in the fifth round, Magsayo was landing a flurry of punches when Referee Danrex Tapdasan stepped in to stop the carnage at the 1:55 mark.
True to their word, Magsayo and Avalos went after each other every round, with the Boholano staggering the Mexican-American in the second with two hard lefts coupled with bunches of punches.
Duterte on Trillanes: 'Be careful with that idiot' Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 7:48 am
(By Nestor Corrales, Inquirer.net, 7:48 AM, 23 April 2016)
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday minced no words against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who claimed that the tough-talking mayor told him in a casual conversation how he had shot people in the head while on their knees.
"I don’t know him. I only met him twice," Duterte said in a rally in Pandacan, Manila.
Trillanes said Duterte, shared the story with him during a meeting set up by a "common friend" in April last year to explore the possibility of running together.
Duterte confirmed that he indeed met with Trillanes.
Registered voters in So. Leyte surpasses 250k mark Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 19, 2016, 2:43 am
By Marcelo M. Pedalino
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte -- The number of qualified voters in this province who are expected to troop to voting centers on May 9, 2016 to exercise their right of suffrage has reached 261,148 individuals.
Records obtained from the provincial office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) also showed that there are 468 designated voting centers province-wide, equivalent to 612 clustered precincts in all of the 500 barangays.
The total number of registered voters divided by the number of grouped precincts results to a little over 400 voters each precinct, arguably a manageable size compared with previous polls in which 1,000 voters crowded per precinct.
"Rod" show conquers San Miguel, Bulacan Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 13, 2016, 6:28 am
SAN MIGUEL, Bulacan – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte just added this town to the list of its conquests. Duterte’s admirers swiftly demolished perceptions he is weak in this town by a riotous welcome reserved only for hometown favorites. No one could miss the landing site because of the long lines of vehicles waiting for the arrival of the front-running presidential candidate.
There was no hint of any effect of the desperate demolition job resorted to be his pursuers. If any, it served only to fire up the welcoming party even more. After a brief press conference at the landing site after Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, organizers aborted the announced motorcade due to time constraints, but it made little difference.
Duterte rewarded the patience of those who stood in line to wait for him when he opened the door of the van carrying him to the rally venue to wave and smile at them as he passed by. Some were more fortunate because they were able to shake his hands during the time Duterte’s convoy had to stop due to heavy traffic. Mobile phones and cameras were aimed at the passing convoy, recording the moment to prove how important it was to their owners.
Maasin Police nabs man with 20K worth shabu Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 8, 2016, 9:30 am
By JANI ARNAIZ April 7, 2016
MAASIN CITY – A 32-year old jobless man suspected of dealing illegal drugs was arrested after a crack team from the city police office pounded on his rented apartment at around 3:00 pm. Thursday.
PSupt. Alex Dang-aoen, who led the police team identified the suspect as Jomar Balboa Escuyos of Combado village this city.
On the strength of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court of Hilongos, Leyte Judge Ephraem Abando, Dang-aoen and his team went to the suspect’s rented apartment at KSJ street, Manatahan village this city to serve the search warrant but the suspect did not open the door prompting police operatives to knock the door open.