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26th November 2016
Bato: Ex-CIDG chief has long been involved in illegal drugs
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 26, 2016, 3:42 pm

(By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr. (philstar.com) | Updated 26 November 2016 - 3:42 PM)

Marvin Marcos, former chief of the regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in eastern Visayas, led the team that killed Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in a sub-provincial jail cell. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Saturday confirmed that Superintendent Marvin Marcos, who led the raid in the Baybay City, Leyte jail that resulted in the death of Albuera, Mayor Rolando Espinosa last November 5, has long been involved in illegal drugs.

Kerwin Espinosa, the alleged big-time drug lord of eastern Visayas, during the Senate hearing last Wednesday, named Marcos as among the police officials who have received drug money from him in exchange for protection.

Dela Rosa said Marcos is now in the “restricted custody” of the PNP in Camp Crame, Quezon City while undergoing investigation.

He added that based on intelligence reports he received even before Kerwin testified in the Senate, Marcos has long been “tainted” with illegal drugs

Marcos, former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in eastern Visayas, has denied receiving drug money.

23rd June 2016
In Leyte, expense statements show no bet spent more than P1M
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 23, 2016, 4:17 am

(By Joey A. Gabieta, 23 June 2016, 4:17 AM)

TACLOBAN CITY -- No candidate for high elective positions in Leyte province spent more than P1 million during the campaign for the May 9 elections, according to statements of contributions and expenditures (Soce) submitted to the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) office.

The top spender was Violeta Codilla, who spent P774,116, according to the Soce she submitted to Comelec.

Codilla lost to Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez in the race for the House seat representing Leyte’s fourth district. Gomez, according to her Soce, spent P746,571 for her campaign.


20th June 2016
New road seen to perk up Leyte's economic development
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 20, 2016, 7:29 pm

(By Restituto A. Cayubit, 20 Jun 2016)

Tacloban City, Leyte -- The office of the governor of this province has expressed support for the Leyte 2nd Engineering District’s intent to construct a new road from Jaro town, to Ormoc city.

Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla told reporters here that  opening of the new road from Jaro to Ormoc City will help hasten economic development in the upland villages of the two local government units. 

Petilla also said that the infrastructure project will greatly help perk up economic activities in the area as it will also serve as a farm-to-market road easing efforts of farmers to gain from their farm products.

The Leyte governor said the road will also help government agencies in addressing continuing problems with insurgency in the area and in checking the illegal cutting of trees in the forests bordering the town of Jaro and Ormoc City.

He said that the road is also expected to boost tourism in Lake Danao, one of the leading tourist destinations in the province.


3rd June 2016
Leyte board aligns thrust with incoming admin
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 3, 2016, 9:31 pm

THE new set of Leyte Provincial Board members will once again set their priority legislation aligned with the thrust of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Vice Governor Carlo Loreto said they will pass ordinances that will address problems and issues on the grounds, such as criminality and proliferation of illegal drugs.

“This is the first time that we will focus on illegal drugs and criminality because as far as my mind can reach, our thrust was always food security and livelihood,” said Loreto.

The problem with drugs, according to Loreto, is two-fold -- access to the product and demand.

“For our part in the local level, we think by passing an ordinance, which would require all teachers, professors to contact the parents in case they will notice actions that are indicative of drug use of the students,” Loreto said.

The vice governor is expecting different approaches to different problems especially with the participation of board members with varied background, experience, and education.

The composition of the Provincial Board is a mix of new and old officials. In the first district, both Gina Merilo and Ranulfo Abellanosa were re-elected. The second district will be represented by third-termer Nicollo Villasin and former vice governor and congresswoman Trinidad Apostol.

Second-termer Alan Ang and Mayor Maria Corazon Remandaban will represent the third district. Incumbent Mesias Arevalo will be joined by neophyte Matthew Torres in the fourth district.

Voters in the fifth district elected the incumbent board members -- Florante Cayunda and Emmanuel Gasis.

Association of Barangay Chairman President Edwin Faller, who just won as town councilor of Hilongos, will be replaced next month as an ex-officio member of the Provincial Board.

Palo town Councilor Wilson Uy will remain a board member as president of Philippines Councilors League Leyte Chapter. (PNA)

2nd June 2016
Elected councilor shot dead in Leyte
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 2, 2016, 9:27 pm

(By Felix N. Codilla III, 2 June 2016)

Ormoc City, Leyte -- A newly elected councilor of a sleepy town here was shot dead a month before he could occupy his post.

Killed on the spot last Tuesday morning, May 31 was Vicente M. Jabon, 66 of Lower Bintoan, Zone 5, Brgy. Doña Maria, in Albuera, a town adjacent to this city.

Jabon was shot by two men riding in tandem on board a motorcycle.

Based on a police spot report, Jabon, who was also the barangay chairman Doña Maria, was sitting outside a sari-sari store across the barangay hall located at the village proper, a kilometer away from his house.  He was with three barangay tanods at that time. A motorcycle carrying two men came around at about 8:30 in the morning.


23rd March 2016
'Who are we to say no to him,' Gov. Mercado on Duterte run
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 23, 2016, 7:50 pm

March 22, 2016

MAASIN CITY -- Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado, a member of the Liberal Party (LP), stopped short of endorsing the presidential bid of his "fellow Maasinhon" Rodrigo Duterte, who came home to his hometown for a campaign sortie on March 22.

"Please I have an announcement to all and sundry, we cannot disassociate ourselves in terms of culture, blood, and relationship. Here is a person who claims and is very proud to claim that he was born in Maasin, Southern Leyte. Who are we to say no to him?" said Mercado as he settled across Mayor Duterte, who arrived several minutes ahead of the governor. The mayor was set to leave when Mercado arrived.

Mercado ended with "Mayor, we are proud of you as a Southern Leyteño. We will pray hard that you will become the president of this country."

When a reporter asked Mercado if it was an endorsement, Mayor Duterte stopped him saying, “I respect their position. I have been in politics for several years. I visited the LP governor to pay respects, no impositions."


18th March 2016
PAL Express slates test flight
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 18, 2016, 5:36 am

March 17, 2016

MAASIN CITY – PAL Express will conduct a probing flight to check the air traffic safety of the Panan-awan airport this city before they will go for the much-awaited commercial operations.

According to Nedgar Garvez, Southern Leyte tourism officer, the probing flight, which will be slated any day before the First Mass commemoration on March 31, was planned after a six-member technical team of the low-fare PAL Express of the Philippine Airlines made an ocular inspection at the airport.

PAL express management team led by its vice president, Rabbi Vincent Ang, made an ocular inspection at the airport on the first week of March, while the technical team led by Capt. Ramoncito Arbis made their inspection a week after to check the airport facilities, other necessary support services like medical, security, emergency rescue, and fire-fighting capacity.


16th March 2016
Bosch Philippines Yolanda reconstruction initiative reaches completion
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on March 16, 2016, 10:59 am

Andrew Powell, Bosch Philippines Managing Director (center) and Charlie Ayco, Habitat for
Humanity CEO (far right) joined by representatives of Alang-Alang National High School


  • Inauguration of Industrial Center in Tanauan II Central School
  • Turn-over of additional library and classroom in Alang-Alang National High School
  • Round-up of Bosch Philippines’ rehabilitation efforts under Tindog Pilipinas  

Leyte, Philippines - Bosch Philippines announced the completion of the Tindog Pilipinas reconstruction initiative in Leyte with the official inauguration of the Tanauan II Central School industrial center.  Andrew Powell, Bosch Philippines Managing Director, led the inaugural rites,together with Charlie Ayco, Habitat for Humanity Philippines CEO.  An additional library and a classroom were also turned over to Alang-Alang National High School.

"Our first visit to Tacloban left us shocked because the devastation was vast and massive," Andrew Powell shared during the ceremonial turn-over.  "Oftentimes, it tested our resolve and commitment; but Bosch delivers what it promises.  Now, to see a spark of hope shining among the faces of the students and teachers makes me proud to be a part of a company that is both commercially-driven and socially-aware", he said.

"Bosch has always been a strong advocate of education.  As our rehabilitation initiative reaches full circle, our commitment for innovation and skills development are even stronger.  As we open these amenities, we hope to equip the students with the tools and knowledge to become the next innovators of their community,” Powell added.


10th January 2016
Mayor Codilla lauds government workers for performing well in 2015
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 10, 2016, 11:24 pm

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, (PNA) – During the first flag-raising ceremony for 2016, Monday, Mayor Edward C. Codilla lauded all government workers for soundly carrying out their functions in the past year (2015).

He specially mentioned the Philippine National Police (PNP) for maintaining peace the whole year and throughout yuletide season where no report of unpleasant incidence surfaced.  Also extolled was the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for their quick response to the recent fire in Lilo-an village Sunday morning.

Despite the inevitable circumstances and challenges met, the city workforce still triumphantly overcame them for which Codilla sincerely thanked.

The mayor’s short message following the weekly ceremony did not spare those less performing personnel.  They were praised by pushing to oblige themselves of sharing efforts to attain the city goals and deliver excellent services to the clients. (ELVIE ROMAN ROA)

2nd August 2015
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 2, 2015, 6:19 am

Duterte confident he won’t go to prison for corruption

“If ever I will go to prison, it will not be about money,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte confidently declared before a gathering of judges, lawyers and law students.

Duterte issued the statement during the testimonial dinner for the four new lawyers of the Liceo de Cagayan University College of Law.

The mayor was enumerating the reasons why he does not want to be president when he made the declaration.

“What will I get from that? So many problems: China, Mindanao, ask any mayor who your friend what is the problem and he will tell you ‘drugs,” he said in the vernacular.

Duterte said the problem is so enormous that it can never be solved under prevailing conditions.

“You cannot fix what is unfixable,you cannot save democracy because democracy is fractured,” adding that “it is only for the elite and moneyed people”.

The mayor said there are now three million addicts in a country with a population of 101 million.

If by accident God makes him president, Duterte said going after the criminal syndicates will be “bloody”.

It did not come as a surprise to his audience many of whom are already familiar with his uncompromising stance against illegal drugs and criminality. 

Duterte recalled what it was like when he first assumed as mayor in 1988.

“Davao was a ghost country, my city suffered so much,” he narrated.

During the violent years, Duterte said the city lost 410 policemen, soldiers and militiamen.

The prosecutor-turned-mayor, however, was up to the challenge such that Davao is now the country’s safest city.

Duterte says he has “so many accolades to last me a lifetime.”

“Just thinking about it makes me happy,” he confessed.

Duterte insists that he needs the presidency “like a hole in the head”.

Acknowledging the persistent call for him to join the presidential race, Duterte said the enormous problems are what makes him avoid it “at all cost”.

“How do you deal with police who are into criminality? By what stretch of imagination can you really define due process if you want to reform this government?” he asked.

Duterte said that if anybody can answer these questions, “maybe I will consider it”.

“I will never give a space to criminals,” he vowed.

But if it is his destiny to be president, Duterte told his audience what to expect.  

“After six years, I’m going to give you a new government and a new order,” he categorically declared.

Pointing to the jail time that befell the last two presidents, Duterte hinted that he would be ready to suffer the same fate when he steps down.

If ever that happens, however, the mayor was sure it will never be about corruption.

“It will be about multiple murder or genocide,” he suggested. (CHITO A. FUENTES)


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