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13th April 2016
"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.

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8th April 2016
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.

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29th March 2016
Local campaign to boost Roxas rating--Drilon
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 29, 2016, 1:15 am

By JANI ARNAIZ
March 28, 2016

MAASIN CITY – Senate President Franklin Drilon reiterated the LP camp’s belief that when the local campaign starts, the rating of their LP bet for President Mar Roxas will improved.

“It’s a big thing for us (local campaign) because our LP party has the biggest campaign machineries in terms of local candidates and we are confident that it will help a lot for Mar, Roxas,” Drilon told Maasinreporter.com in an ambush interview.

He also lambasted their opponents for claiming that the LP is using 4Ps program for their political propaganda. “They said we are using the bridge program for politicking but now they said they will continue the 4Ps and even said they will expand it into 5Ps.”

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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

By JANI ARNAIZ
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."

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DOH distributes TSeKaP packages to health stations in Southern Leyte
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on March 23, 2016, 7:07 am

(By Rebecca G. Cadavos, 23 March 2016)

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Mar. 23 (PIA) – Around 128 “Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya” (TSeKaP) packages were distributed to Rural health Units/Barangay Health Stations in Southern Leyte in a ceremonial turn-over ceremony held March 22, 2016 at the Provincial Coliseum here.

The turn-over ceremony was led by Department of Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin and Gov. Roger G. Mercado with DOH8 Regional Director Minerva P. Molon, SOYMPH Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Edmund Villa, DOH Representative in Southern Leyte Dr. Verna Fernandez, among the few.

Each TSeKaP health package includes (1) Blood Pressure Apparatus with Stethoscope; (1) Glucometer for measurement of blood sugar; (2) No contact Thermometers; (2) Nebulizers for Asthma relief; and a Dressing Kit which include scissors, clamp, needle holder, kidney basin, etc.

In an orientation presented by Dr. Perla Ernacio from the regional DOH, the distribution of TSeKaP packages aims to equip LGUs with essential medical equipment that will allow them to provide basic health services to PhilHealth beneficiaries. “This showed that the DOH continuously support and upgrade primary care services while focusing on public health efforts in areas where most families are poor and can access the health services of the government,” Ernacio stated.

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

By JANI ARNAIZ
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.

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10th March 2016
Giving nationalism a shot in the arm
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 10, 2016, 2:57 am

The inexplicable decision of nine justices of the Supreme Court to dismiss the disqualification cases filed against Grace Poe has stirred the proverbial hornets’ nest.

Suddenly, the law and jurisprudence is no longer the monopoly of lawyers, magistrates and students of the law. Suddenly everybody possesses knowledge that would qualify him or her to come up with a legal opinion on the controversial decision.

This is not an attempt to posit an argument for or against the said decision notwithstanding the personal belief that it is not fit for human consumption. It is a dark day for Philippine jurisprudence and the legal system - no matter how articulate and verbose the decision may be.

At the end of the day, it is neither about foundlings (although that is how Poe’s partisans cleverly package it to be) nor about politics and her being a major threat to her rivals (as many are inclined to put it simply).

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2nd March 2016
PAL express shows interest in plying Maasin-Manila route
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 2, 2016, 12:02 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

March 2, 2016

MAASIN CITY – The management of PAL Express, the low cost carrier of Philippine Airlines has shown interest to ply the Maasin to Manila route and vice-versa, says a top tourism official of Southern Leyte province.

Nedgar Garvez, tourism officer of the province said that PAL express management team led by its vice president, Rabbi Vincent Ang, made an ocular inspection at the airport on Tuesday and assessed the commercial viability of plying the route.

The team also asked raw data, like how many vans going to Tacloban each day, said Garvez.

Although the airport at Panan-awan airport, 15 km from the city proper, is still undergoing expansion and has no passenger terminal yet, The PAL Express team is optimistic they can operate.

In a telephone interview, Garvez told the Reporter (maasinreporter.com) that the airline company will be using a 75 seater propeller driven plane.

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26th February 2016
Task force formed to remove unlawful campaign materials
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 26, 2016, 4:53 pm

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte –The Department of Public Works and Highways Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDEO) is bracing for the removal of prohibited campaign materials in compliance to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) rules.

District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia said the SLDEO will deploy a 15-man task force that will join the Comelec and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the lawful campaign drive.

The poll body has set the rules for campaigning through Comelec Resolution No. 10049 or the “Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Fair Elections Act for May 2016 elections.”“The Comelec is the lead since they know where these common poster areas are and what the legal and illegal campaign paraphernalia are. 

DPWH will provide the manpower to remove campaign materials while the PNP will provide security personnel,” Junia said.The DPWH-SLDEO will meet with Comelec and PNP officials to discuss plans and formally sign a deal on the “Oplan Baklas” program in Southern Leyte.The poll body has allowed the following sizes for the materials in common poster areas: 12 feet x 16 feet (for political parties and partylist groups), 4 feet x 6 feet, (for independent candidates), and 2 feet x 3 feet (for individual posters).

During public rallies and meetings, considered as lawful are streamers not exceeding 3 feet by 8 feet in size displayed at the site and on the occasion of a public meeting or rally.

According to Comelec rules, said streamers maybe displayed five days before the date of the meeting or rally and should be removed within 24 hours after said meeting or rally.Candidates may not put up campaign materials at highways, bridges, center islands, flyover, sky walks, under pass, trees, and other public places not designated as common poster areas.

Display or exhibit of any election campaign or propaganda material outside of authorized common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner is deemed illegal.

In headquarters or residence of candidates, only lawful campaign paraphernalia may be displayed.The election period for candidates running for national positions has started on February 9. For local candidates, the campaign period will kick off on March 25. (PR)

 

 


25th February 2016
Duterte emotional in Danao homecoming
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 25, 2016, 5:05 pm

DANAO CITY – Neither the searing heat nor the threat of a downpour could dampen the homecoming of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte was in Danao City Thursday, not as a visitor but as a native. 

Few would argue with that. The mayor’s father, the late Gov. Vicente Durano, once served as Danao mayor before the family migrated to Mindanao where he went on to serve as the last governor of the undivided Davao. “Sa helicopter pa lang, kahilakon na ko (I was close to tears while still aboard the helicopter),” the mayor confessed.

At the landing area behind the venue, Duterte was met by a throng composed of relatives, friends and supporters led by youngest son Sebastian after he disembarked from the chopper that ferried him to Danao from Mactan. When he walked into the venue, the crowd obediently broke into two lines - like the parting of the Red Sea – to allow him to pass. Not a surprising welcome for the long-lost son of Danao who has captured the imagination of the whole nation.

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