Importers of Korean cars behind Camiña’s death plot


By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE head of the regional office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO-6) is willing to provide information and evidence on the links of a group trying to import Korean cars in Western Visayas to threats against his life.

Gerard Camiña, LTO-6 regional director, said he welcomes the investigation initiated by the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) on the threats he received the past weeks.

“Of course I will provide what the police wants because I want to get to the bottom of this,” Camiña said.

Two months ago, unidentified suspects lobbed a grenade at Camiña’s ancestral home in Arevalo, Iloilo City, an incident he linked to disputes with certain transport groups.

But Camiña said he has reason to believe that the threats and bombing of his house are connected to a group who wants to dump imported second hand Korean cars in the region.

RPOC chair focuses energy on minors

RPOC chair focuses

energy on minors


By: Florence F. Hibionada

FOR the first time ever, a new enemy has been identified by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Western Visayas and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC).

Or so at least if the new RPOC chairman is to be believed.

In a news release from Iloilo City Hall, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that focus of his RPOC leadership is on “petty crimes, vandalism and youth hooliganism.” He based this on a purported police report that “crime syndicates engaged heavily in crimes are using minors.”

Mabilog said he has no problem supporting moves to lower down the age of criminal minors and wants to see close coordination between various law enforcement agencies and the community alongside family-based mobilization to fight criminalities.

14 bridges worth P700-M completed

14 bridges worth P700-M completed


THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed 14 bridge projects worth P753.2 million in Western Visayas as of June this year.

The DPWH disclosed it in its website that the completed bridges are part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development implemented by the DPWH President’s Bridge Program Office.

In the Province of Antique, completed are the construction of nine single span reinforced concrete deck girder bridges along Anini-y-Tobias Fornier-Hamtic Road: 12.90 linear meter Igdalaguit Bridge costing P15.863 million; 15.90 linear meter Bayo Bridge costing P24.969 million; 12.80 linear meter Butuan Bridge, P22.846 million; 15.90 linear meter Siraan Bridge, P28.908 million; 18.90 linear meter Dapog Bridge, P21.694 million; 25.70 linear meter Panabigan Bridge, P24.285 million; 20.90 linear meter Iba Bridge, P29.507 million; 15.80 linear meter Bongalonan Bridge, P30.448 million; and 18.70 linear meter Dapdap Bridge, P 27.748 million.

Also completed in the province are the construction of 10.80 linear meter Bongol Bridge along Valderama-Bugasong Road costing P19.812 million and 15.80 linear meter Bia-an Bridge along Hamtic-Bia-an-Egaña-Sibalom Road, P30.871 million.


RICE TRESHING – A group of farmers in Pototan town, known as Iloilo’s rice granary, uses a rice tresher to process their latest harvest. National Food Authority (NFA) assures that there is enough rice supply for Iloilo during the lean months due to the monsoon season. (Photo by Tara Yap)

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.