39 leptospirosis deaths in WV

THE Department of Health (DOH-6) in Western Visayas) on Friday reported that from Jan. 1 to Aug. 11 this year, the region has recorded 313 leptospirosis cases with 39 deaths. Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, head of the Local Health Support Division of DOH-6, reminded the public, especially those who have wounds, to avoid wading in […]

Municipal hall offices robbed

By: Gail T. Momblan BURGLARS attacked the treasurer’s and accounting offices of the municipality of New Lucena, Iloilo evening of Sept 16, 2018. Municipal hall employee George Sumbilla reported the incident to the police at around 8 a.m. of Sept 17, 2018. Police Officer (PO)-3 Rodel Umahag of the New Lucena police said the suspect/s […]

Wanted persons netted

By: Gail T. Momblan POLICE arrested two wanted persons in separate operations morning of Sept 17, 2018. The Carles municipal police collared Ritz Bandojo at Barangay Bancal, Carles, Iloilo. Bandojo is facing charges of qualified theft with a bail bond of P600,000. In a separate operation, the San Dionisio municipal police arrested Marlon Bela-ong, 47, for […]

Boy drowns to death

By: Gail T. Momblan A 10-YEAR-OLD boy was drowned to death while swimming at the shorelines in Barangay Sto. Niňo Sur in Arevalo, Iloilo City afternoon of Sept 16, 2018. At around 1 p.m., Jessie Rey Ponsaran was swimming with his aunt Emma Ponsaran, 24, when he was swept by the sea waves and drowned, said […]


By: Emme Rose Santiagudo DAYS after assuming office, the officer-in-charge of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) said they will continue with the “intensified” anti-illegal drugs operations. But Sr. Supt. Martin Defensor assured that the operations will be aboveboard and follow due process. “Expect more buy-bust and more saturation drives kasi identified na namin ang mga […]

Minimal damage from Ompong in W. Visayas

THE Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) reported minimal destruction when Typhoon “Ompong” (international name Mangkhut) hit the Philippines. Ma. Aletha Nogra, chief of Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-6 Disaster Risk Reduction Management, explained that heavy rains over the weekend were due to monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Ompong. Unlike in the Luzon area, […]

DENR eyes investment breaks for Peoples’ Organizations

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wants to provide markets to products of peoples’ organizations (POs) in Western Visayas. This was the focus of the Visayas-wide P.O. Summit 2018 themed, “People’s Organization: Environmental Synergy Amidst Project Diversity; Linking People to Market Opportunities” held Sept 13, 2018, at the Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City. […]

Four fall in drug sting

By: Gail T. Momblan FOUR SUSPECTED drug peddlers were arrested in two consecutive buy bust operations conducted by the Iloilo City Police Station 1, afternoon of Sept 15, 2018. At 5:30 pm, Shiena Cabahug, 34, of Barangay General Hughes, City Proper and Michelle Apostol, 38, of West Habog-habog, Molo were netted after handing over a sachet […]