Drug suspect in Antique nabbed

Drug suspect in Antique nabbed   By: Albert T. Mamora SAN JOSE, Antique – The number five most wanted illegal drug suspect here was arrested by police in a buy-bust Sunday. Roberto “Berto” Juanitas, of Purok Pigado, Brgy. 8 here was busted after allegedly selling marijuana to operatives of the PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement […]

AIDS cure yarn may drive geckos to extinction

AIDS cure yarn may

drive geckos to extinction


By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

RUMORS of a cure for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) might drive geckos or tuko to extinction, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Reynato Andraje, chief of DENR-6’s biodiversity conservation section, said they are alarmed by reports that geckos are being hunted to be sold at a high price to persons believed to be researching a cure for AIDS.

While they have yet to record cases of wanton capture of geckos, Andraje said it should be monitored closely as it could wipe out its population.

Department of Health regional director Ariel Valencia denied reports of geckos as potential AIDS cure.

Valencia said they have not received or read any medical report that the four-legged animal can help stem the spread of the dreaded infection.

Country’s 1st e-medical network system in Iloilo

Country’s 1st e-medical

network system in Iloilo

SHINE ILOILO. DOH Usecs. Teodoro Herbosa and Gerardo Bayugo (center) lead the launching of Secured Health Information Network and Exchange (SHINE), the country’s first e-medical network system developed by Smart Communications in Iloilo City. Joining them are (from left) DOH 6 regional director Dr. Ariel Valencia, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Smart chief wireless advisor Orlando Vea, and Smart chief for public affairs Ramon Isberto. (Photo by Tara Yap)

Ilonggo Archbishop is new CBCP president

Ilonggo Archbishop is

new CBCP president

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

A NATIVE of Dingle, Iloilo was elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Saturday amidst reports that some members of the clergy have received assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office under the Arroyo administration.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will assume the CBCP helm December 1

MAYHEM DEBUNKED Iloilo crime rate down


Iloilo crime rate down


By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE CRIME rate in the province of Iloilo, particularly in the 5th district, is on a downward trend based on data from the provincial and regional PNP offices.

The project brief on Task Force Northern Iloilo/Kalinung from the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) showed a total of 163 crimes committed in the 5th district from July-December 2010.

Provincewide for the same period, 880 crimes were recorded, with the 5th district contributing 18.52% to the total crime volume in Iloilo.

From January-May 2011, a total of 128 crimes were recorded in the 5th district, which is 23% of the 558 total crimes recorded by police in Iloilo province.

PRO-6 has proffered rising criminality as the justification for the imposition of a total gun ban in eight of the 11 towns of the 5th district.

Permits to carry firearms outside residence have been suspended in Ajuy, Sara, Estancia, Balasan, Carles, Concepcion, Batad and San Dionisio while the towns of Barotac Viejo, Lemery and San Rafael were exempted.

A breakdown of the crime statistics from PRO-6 showed that Sara,

New law protects disaster volunteers

New law protects disaster volunteers


By: Jaime S. Cabag Jr.

HERMAN Saraza decided to join an emergency communications group to live his dream of serving others in need, especially during emergencies.

Saraza is witness to calamities that hit his community at Brgy. San Jose, San Miguel, Iloilo and performed his work as a disaster volunteer.

This volunteerism is shared by many other individuals in Iloilo who, like Saraza, are members of other volunteer groups working with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) or their respective local government units or private and community organizations.

Saraza is the operations officer of volunteer emergency communication group SMARTCOM which stands for St. Michael Action and Rescue Team of Communicators, Inc.

The local emergency group does not only provide communication support but also performs rescue operations.

Now, accredited community disaster volunteers are recognized and protected by Republic Act No. 10121 (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010).

Notice of temporary power interruptions on Saturday July 9 at 7am – 8am and Sunday July 10 at 12:01am – 1am

Notice of temporary power interruptions on Saturday July 9 at 7am – 8am and Sunday July 10 at 12:01am – 1am


due to replacement of low voltage neutral bushing of the 50/62.5 MVA substation at Baldoza, La Paz.

Whole of La Paz district, Iloilo National High School, del Carmen, Javellana, San Jose, portion of Jalandoni St., portion of E. Lopez St., D.B. Ledesma, Iloilo Mission Hospital, Mission Road and Extension, WVSU Hospital, WVSU Compound, portion of Jalandoni, Villa Matilde, portion of E. Lopez, San Vicente, San Jose College, Seminary Road, Brgy. CC El 98, Jaro Cathedral, Cuartero St., Fajardo St., Arguelles St., Brgy. Desamparados, portion of Dungon A, CPU Compound, Westwoods Subd., portion of Brgy. Calubihan, Commission Civil, Plaza Jaro, Hypermarket in Jaro,

Also, whole of Delgado, portion of Mabini and Quezon (from corner Gen. Luna to corner Delgado), Liberation, Valeria (from SM Shoemart to PNB), portion of Solis St. (Bangko Sentral), Amigo Terrace Hotel, portion of Gen. Luna, portion of Ybiernas, Sarabia Manor Hotel, Assumption, Aurora Subd., St. Paul’s Hospital and University, The Atrium, Casa Plaza, NIA, DOT, portion of Muelle Loney, portion of Arroyo, portion of Arsenal, part of Aldeguer, part of Guanco, Solis, BPI, B&C Square Bldg., Landbank, Iloilo Midtown Hotel, and Yulo St. in City Proper.

Developers eye agro-industrial park in Iloilo

Developers eye agro-industrial park in Iloilo


TWO developers are eyeing to establish an agro-industrial park within the convergence areas covered by the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II (JRMP II).

This was disclosed by Ricardo Provido, chairman of the Regional Agri-Fisheries Council (RAFC), during the culminating activity of the 35th anniversary celebration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the second year of implementation of the CARP extension with reforms (CARPER) in Iloilo.

“This can become an eco-zone but it will be based on the processing of agri-fishery products. This is what they call the agri-fishery development park, it is an eco-zone,” Provido said.

Provido said the developers, which he did not name at this time, were very specific that “they wanted to be in the convergence area; hopefully it will be within the Jalaur River Basin.”

He said the project site makes delivery of raw materials and finished products for shipping easy because it can be facilitated without traffic.

Three RPA-ABB men nabbed for illegal guns

Three RPA-ABB men

nabbed for illegal guns


By: Tara Yap

THREE suspected communist rebels belonging to the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) were arrested in Jaro, Iloilo City for illegal possession of firearms.

Arrested by the Jaro PNP at the relocation site in San Isidro village were Alex Jaranilla, 43, Manuel “Tacs” Montaño, 33, Jeanny Panado, 32

According to Jaro PNP chief, S/Insp. Joseph Almaquer, the three rebels were caught after they abducted 20-year-old Teddy Jagorin.

The Jaro PNP rescued Jagorin, who was found tied up with a black rope. Jagorin was said to have been pistol-whipped several times by the three rebels belonging to the breakaway group of the New People’s Army (NPA) before he was rescued.

Scientist: Region 6 needs climate change action plan

Scientist: Region 6 needs

climate change action plan


By: Lydia C. Pendon

WESTERN Visayas must come up with specific policy decisions to meet the challenges of the climate change situation.

Sandee Recabar, a scientist and senior science research specialist of the Climate Change Commission, said such decisions should be embodied in a comprehensive climate change action plan.

Recabar was speaker during the quarterly meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council conference held in this city the other day.

Recabar said the Philippines is vulnerable to climate change and natural calamities but its vulnerability is small as compared to other countries in the Pacific rim.


BETTING ON LOTTO. A traffic enforcer takes a shot at winning the lotto. The Iloilo City government is complaining over the lack of coordination by Police Regional Office (PRO 6) Director, C/Supt. Cipriano Querol Jr. who initiated the move to deputize cops to enforce traffic laws within city boundaries. City Hall it has an existing […]

Manila wants to balance interests with China, US

Manila wants to balance interests with China, US


MANILA – The Philippines hopes to balance its interests between the United States and China when tackling its territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea, a presidential adviser said on Friday.

Addressing a conference in Manila before a meeting between the Philippine and Chinese foreign ministers in Beijing, the adviser also suggested that smaller claimants to stretches of the sea should work together to protect their interests.

“We should know how to balance our interests between the two superpowers,” Ronald Llamas, political adviser to President Benigno Aquino, told the gathering, saying Manila should negotiate through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“Smaller states must work together as a bloc and avoid taking any side. ASEAN should be a fulcrum to balance the interests of the US and China. The problem can be avoided by not being partisan.”

Rival claims to parts of the South China Sea were expected to figure in the talks on Friday between Philippine Foreign Minister Alberto del Rosario and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.