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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.


20th November 2016
A Peek at Imelda Marcos' Wild Shopping Spree Splurges
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 5:02 pm

(By Jacqueline Arias, Inquirer.net via preen | 20 Nov 2016)

A Peek at Imelda Marcos' Wild Shopping Spree Splurges If you still don’t believe that the Marcoses owe us a fortune, Imelda Marcos’ shopping list serves as a brief reminder.

Titled “5 Shopping Sprees So Wild, They Made History,” The Cut shows how extravagant the former first lady was.  The article first notes that Imelda “left her collection of 3,000 shoes when they fled the country in 1986.”

It also goes into detail of her wild sprees in New York where she spent $2 million in jewelry and buying a $3.5 million Michelangelo painting in Rome.  For some reason, she also spent $2,000 for chewing gum in San Francisco and asked a plane to make a U-turn back to Rome so she can buy cheese.  Seriously, did she really need all this stuff? Not to mention that she spent $10.3 million to renovate the entire town of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte for the wedding of her daughter Imee.

And yes, if you’re going to do the math, the government would’ve built two major airports and can feed the hungry for generations with the ill-gotten wealth she embezzled from the Filipino people.
 


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.

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22nd June 2016
P2.21-billion upgrade set for 7 Eastern Visayas airports
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 22, 2016, 8:58 am

(By Philippine News Agency, 22 June 2016, 8:58 AM)

 TACLOBAN CITY -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has lined up P2.21-billion upgrading projects for seven airports in Eastern Visayas between 2016 and 2020, in the bid to comply with current aviation standards.

About P1.59 billion worth of projects this year are intended for Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport in this city, the region’s busiest and premier airport, said CAAP Eastern Visayas area manager Danilo Abareta

Projects scheduled for DZR Airport are the P120.4 million leveling of runway strip, P11.4 million provision of runway end safety area, P2.1 million installation of bird control system, P201.5 million construction of new vehicle parking areas, P300.1 million restoration of shoreline protection.

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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.

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1st June 2016
DPWH Leyte office reports 31% accomplishment midway into 2016
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 1, 2016, 9:37 pm

(By Sun Star, 1 June 2016)

THE Second Leyte Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH 2nd LED) posted 31 percent of accomplished projects programmed and budgeted for 2016.

Out of the 68 total number of infrastructure projects being undertaken in the second district, 17 of these have already been completed, while 32 are still ongoing.

However, 18 projects have yet to be started.  These include the P48-million completion of the remaining parts of the Burauen-Albuera Road and the P23.4-million Pinamitinan Bridge in Pinamopoan, Capoocan, Leyte.

The DPWH is keen on completing the Burauen-Albuera road this 2016, after being under construction for eight years now. The road, when fully completed, would allow transportation along this route from Tacloban to Albuera, a town next to Ormoc City.

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23rd April 2016
Imelda campaigns for Bongbong in Tacloban
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 9:48 pm

(By Frances Mangosing, Inquirer.net / 23 April 2016, 9:48 PM)


Ilocos Norte Representative and former First Lady Imelda Marcos campaigned for her son vice presidential candidate
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in her hometown in Tacloban City on Saturday. She also campaigned for her
nephew Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez, who is seeking a Senate seat.

TACLOBAN CITY --- Ilocos Norte Representative and former first lady Imelda Marcos campaigned for her son vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. here in her hometown on Saturday.

The former first lady said life became more difficult for Filipinos after her husband then president Ferdinand Marcos left because the leaders who succeeded him did not care enough for the country.

"Thirty years kami sa Amerika, umalis kami dito [at nanatili] sa mga estranghero kahit na nanalo kami nung snap election noong 1986, pero ano ang nangyari naghirap ang mga kapatid na Pilipino dahil ang mga sumunod sa Marcos kasi hindi nag-isip para sa kapwa tao, walang puso, kaya nandito ako, ang edad kong 86 na pero ang aking puso nandito pa rin malakas pa rin ang aking pagmamahal sa kapwa lalo na sa bansang Pilipinas," she said in Waray at the Remedios T. Romualdez Gym with hundreds of barangay captains from Leyte and Biliran in in attendance.

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21st April 2016
McDonald's opens second store in Tacloban, Leyte
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 21, 2016, 4:46 pm

(By Sun Star Tacloban, Thursday 21 April 2016)

MCDONALD'S Philippines continues to expand its presence in Visayas as it opened its second store in Tacloban City, Leyte.  The event also signifies that McDonald's is close to having 500 stores nationwide.

"We are proud and happy to open our second store in Tacloban. It is the first McDonald’s store in the city equipped with a Drive-Thru. More than offering Taclobanons the convenience of eating great-tasting food like Big Mac, Chicken McDo, and our World Famous Fries, the new store also brings more job opportunities for the youth," said Kenneth S. Yang, McDonald’s Philippines president and chief executive officer.

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20th April 2016
Public asked to help protect Philippine eagle in Leyte
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 20, 2016, 5:11 pm

(By Restituto A. Cayubit, 20 April 2016, Manila Bulletin)

 Tacloban City, Leyte --- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Eastern Visayas (DENR-8) is appealing to the public to help government efforts to protect the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) in  Leyte  as it confirms the existence of the national bird in the Island.

DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca told reporters in an interview that his office is appealing for and soliciting support from the general public, the  local government units, private organizations, stakeholders and concerned  other concerned government agencies to help preserve the Philippine Eagle now freely flying in the mountain ranges of Leyte island.

Sibbaluca said his men in the field have spotted the bird recently in the forest boundaries of the town of Burauen and Ormoc City.

Based on an initial assessment, the Philippine eagle is roaming along the forests in the Anonang-Lobi mountain ranges located at the boundaries of the towns of  Burauen-Jaro-Albuera and Ormoc City.  He added that his men in the field is further conducting studies on the range or how far is the coverage of the Philippine eagle forest habitat in the Island of Leyte.

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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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