Local, international groups slam arrest of Rappler CEO

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE arrest of Rappler’s chief executive officer (CEO) Maria Ressa on Wednesday for cyber libel raps sparked protests from local and international media groups. In its official statement, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) considered Ressa’s arrest as “an act of persecution by a bully government.” “The arrest Rappler […]

Army: Five politicians maintain link with rebels

THE Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion has identified at least five politicians who maintain links with the New People’s Army (NPA). But Lieutenant Colonel Sisenando Magbalot Jr., 61st IB commander, declined to name these elected local officials who are serving in the battalion’s areas of responsibility. The 61st IB covers 81 municipalities in the provinces […]

46 ‘HOTSPOTS’ IN W. VISAYAS: Calinog is only town in Red category

THE Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) identified 46 towns in Western Visayas as election areas of concerns or the so-called election “hotspots.” PRO-6 records broke down the number according to color classifications: Yellow (Areas of Concern) – 6 Orange (Immediate Concern) – 39 Red (Grave Concern) – 1 The PRO-6 report is in contrast to […]

Iloilo City eyed as premier MICE destination by 2021

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo ILOILO CITY will become a primary Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) destination in the country by 2021. This is the target of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-6 during the launching of its P50-million, three-year marketing plan at Richmonde Hotel in Mandurriao district on February 12-13, 2019. In his presentation of the […]

DOH-6 searches for 714 missing HIV cases

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD)-6 is tracing the 714 missing cases or persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Western Visayas as of November 2018. According to DOH-6 HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator Adrian Hort Ramos, DOH Regional Director Marlyn Convocar ordered them to find the missing persons. “Ang mandate sang director […]

Speaker GMA supports Iloilo Airport expansion

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo FORMER President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is personally pushing for the expansion of the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. According to Arroyo, she already asked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for the expansion plans of the Iloilo Airport. “We had […]