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15th December 2016
5 die in Leyte road mishap
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on December 15, 2016, 4:01 pm

By Elvie Roman Roa

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Dec. 14, (PNA) – A collision between two passenger vans owned by father and son from Palompon, Leyte left at least five passengers dead along national highway of A. Tumamak village, Villaba town in Leyte, the town police said.

A police report stated, that the van E.R. Jr., a Toyota Hi Ace owned by Ephraim Requitillo, Jr. bound to Palompon town from Ormoc City failed to control the steering wheel due to slippery road and bumped to Gee Rhaim, of opposite route. 

The vehicle glided and ran crisscross before it finally head going to the lane of the other vehicle.  The head-on collision caused severe damage to both vehicles but the five passengers including the driver of Gee Rhaim, also a Toyota Hi Ace van, sustained only minor injuries.

Three of E.R. Jr.’s seven passengers reportedly died on the spot including the driver Boy Salvador while another casualty was declared dead on arrival at the community hospital. Other injured commuters were rushed to Ormoc City hospital where one was pronounced dead.

Gee Rhaim driver Themestocles Hortelano who had minor injuries said he stopped upon noticing that E.R. Jr. was unstable while approaching. 

“I stopped when I saw the van moving unstable after it glided while stirring down near our direction”, the driver said.

The vehicle bound to Palompon was severely damaged that caused deaths and major injuries to its passengers while Gee Rhaim’s right front was also heavily damaged..

The Requitillo family immediately showed up and provided the needs of the victims.



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.

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."


21st March 2016
SSS collects P12.51-B in Visayas, records 14 percent increase
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on March 21, 2016, 5:09 am

(By SSS Media Affairs Dept.; 21 Mar 2016, 0509 hours)

ORMOC, Leyte --- The Social Security System (SSS) collected P12.51 billion in contributions from employers and members in the Visayas last year, which was higher by 14 percent from the P10.99 billion total for the same area in 2014.

SSS Senior Vice President for Visayas Operations Group Helen C. Solito said the steep jump in remittances from branch account employers, which refer to those with less than a hundred employees, helped propel collections in Visayas to a double-digit growth last year.

“Branch account collections surged by 26 percent to P4.53 billion last year, which is a good implication that our current initiatives in implementing stricter SSS policies and promoting employer compliance have been effective in our Visayas operations,” Solito said.

Collections from large account employers, which are companies with 100 workers or more, grew by seven percent from P5.70 billion in 2014 to P6.08 billion last year, and accounted for nearly half of the total contributions paid in Visayas in 2015.


15th January 2016
Ormoc welcomes 50 police trainees
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 15, 2016, 6:08 am

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Jan. 13, 2015 – The Ormoc City Police Office (OCPO) accepted 50 police trainees coming from its regional office to undergo Field Training Program (FTP) in the city for five months. They were presented to Mayor Edward C. Codilla Tuesday.

 The new police recruits will be assigned in police station 1 to undergo practical exercises in various fields of actual police works, according to Sr. Supt. Ferdinand M. Garay, City Director.

 All of them are set to undergo trainings on basic police patrol, traffic and criminal investigations including observation in real court proceedings under the professionalized program of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

SPO2 Maria Rachel I. Salas, police non-commissioned officer said two Field Training Officers (FTO), one from Leyte Provincial Police Office (LPPO) and one from Southern Leyte were augmented to OCPO’s six FTO to handle these FTPs. 

These new members of the country’s friendly force are part of the 283 personnel who took oath on July 1, 2015, the first cycle of last year’s recruits. 

50 of them were assigned in Tacloban City and 83 in Palo town in Leyte. 

Mayor Codilla welcomed them at his office as they paid him courtesy visit. 

These are part of the 283 new police recruits admitted during the first cycle in 2015.

Man nabbed for killing a woman over neighbor's grudge
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 15, 2016, 5:57 am

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Jan. 15, 2016 – Jeffrey V. Tojong, 19, was nabbed in a police manhunt operation following information that he allegedly killed a woman and wounded her son in Danhug village about an hour earlier.

Wounded victim Yojiero M. Hirayama identified the suspect that led to his arrest while hiding at his uncle’s house in nearby mountain village of Mabini Wednesday dawn, said police station 1 investigator SPO1 Ruben Orsolino.

Tojong allegedly stabbed Helen Hirayama, 40, and wounded her 21-year old son, a person with disability (PWD) inside their house.  The two were rushed to the nearest hospital but the woman, who sustained 10 stab wound was declared dead on arrival.  The younger victim is now in stable condition.

Orsolino narrated that suspect Tojong has been distressed from previous encounters with Helen who suspected him of stealing various belongings from her.

Early that night, the suspect had a drinking session with friends nearby.  Around midnight, he entered the victims’ house alone through the manhole at the back portion of the house while the victims were asleep.

The woman was his target but the son woke up hearing the shouts of the mother, Orsolino continued.

The cops recovered drug paraphernalia at the vicinity where Tojong and friends hanged earlier.

The suspect apparently denied the intention of killing the woman despite anguish over her suspicions.

He also alleged being with younger Hirayama along with other friends in a drinking session at the victims’ yard early that night.

As other buddies left around midnight, Tojong was surprised when Hirayama, who has a foot defect, equipped with a knife, stabbed him but did not hit, the suspect narrated.

In a commotion, he got hold of the weapon and retaliated.  However, Helen was accidentally hit instead who was already awake then, Tojong continued.

Apologetic, the suspect claimed he was drunk but said he had no intention of doing the crime.

He is detained at the station 1 while the police are preparing the documents for filing of charges against the suspect.

10th January 2016
Fugitive nabbed for rape of minor
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 10, 2016, 11:51 pm

By Elvie Roman Roa

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Jan. 9, 2015 – The police here nabbed Ramon P. Liston Saturday afternoon for allegedly raping a minor sometime in 2011. 

The 42-year old fugitive has a standing court case of rape since 2012 and the top wanted in police station 3. 

Chief Inspector Joel R. Camacho said the suspect initially resisted during the arrest but eventually cooperated with the cops. 

Liston was charged of raping a minor and his arrest warrant was issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 12 Presiding Judge Clinton C. Nuevo on March 29, 2012. 

Acting on the civilian’s tip-off, Senior Supt. Ferdinand M. Garay right away formed a composite team from City Public Safety Company (CPSC), Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), City Intel Branch (CIB) and police station 3 who successfully arrested Liston at a city hospital. 

Garay complimented his men for the capture of the station’s top wanted.

Thief arrested
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 10, 2016, 11:46 pm

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Jan. 8, 2015 (PNA) – With the help of “Lambat Sibat” volunteer, a 19-year old who has standing warrants of theft was arrested Saturday morning after a year of hiding. 

A joint team of police composed of City Public Safety Company (CPSC) led by Chief Insp. Joel Camacho and police station 1 headed by Chief Insp. Hilario Monteron, Jr. conducted manhunt Charlie and arrested Carl Jayson Rios in his house in Macabug village, this city. 

Initially, Rios showed resistance but eventually cooperated, said Camacho. 

Three charges of theft were filed against Rios resulting to the release of his arrest warrants in 2014.  Hon. Clinton C. Nuevo, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 12, Ormoc City issued Rios’ alias warrants with bails recommended at PhP10,000, Php20,000 and Php10,000 for each case. 

The arrested fugitive is ranked 10 of wanted persons at station 1 level. (ELVIE ROMAN ROA) 

OCPO joins nationwide conduct of check point
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 10, 2016, 11:28 pm

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Jan. 10, 2016 – The Ormoc City Police Office (OCPO) joined the countrywide conduct of synchronized check point as the clock signaled for the official start of Commission on Election (Comelec) gun ban Saturday midnight (January 10).

Police director Senior Supt. Ferdinand M. Garay informed that four teams composed of personnel from Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and OCPO were initially formed and set up at four strategic areas in the city to make the sure of road users’ safety.

Garay requested for public cooperation and understanding that on the process might cause them slight delay and inconvenience for which the police director guaranteed utmost respect while carrying out their duty.

He recounted that the inspection is performed through plain visuals only, except for some reasonable grounds, like seeing some suspicious items and actions wherein further scrutiny will surely be executed.

“We are doing this to ensure that no bad elements are strolling around especially this election season so as to attain a peaceful election come May”, Garay narrated.

“Also, warrantless arrest to those carrying illegal contrabands and seizure of the items are implemented,” he further informed.

On the first night, the commuting public displayed cooperation by accommodating the officers peacefully while carrying out their task.

Traveler village councilman Apolinario Roble together with his wife voluntarily opened the hood of their single motorcycle for the police to check on their vehicle and driver’s license.

“It’s all right, no problem, in fact, I am happy having this check point to discover car napped vehicles”, Roble gaily said.

No record of violation was noted as of Sunday.

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