Food agency intensifies campaign on I-rice

By: Jemin B. Guillermo ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Officials of the National Food Authority are stepping up their advocacy efforts for iron-fortified rice (I-Rice) consumption. Capiz NFA information officer Rose Andalecio said the Provincial I-Rice Advocacy Team (PIRAT) is conducting a series of assembly with the local government units (LGUs) to intensify the campaign on […]

Arles hitman a ‘local’ – NBI

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Atty. Ferdinand Lavin, head agent of the National Bureau of Investigation here, revealed that the hitman who shot and killed Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles is a local hired killer.

“It appears that the hitman is from that area,” he said.

Arles was on his way home to Ilog town from the RTC-Kabankalan when he was followed and ambushed along the highway in Barangay Bulad, Ilog town April 25, 2012.

Lavin said the NBI which is conducting a parallel investigation will leave no stone unturned in their search for the killers.

He said NBI agents have been combing the areas of Ilog and Kabankalan and are working overnight including weekends to get to the bottom of the case.

Bizman to sue airline

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A businessman from Binalbagan town is planning to file appropriate charges against Cebu Pacific for not allowing them to board the plane for their 10:55am flight last May 19, 2012 from Bacolod to Manila.

Emmanuel Casador said they have secured tickets for him, his wife April and their son from Victorina Arcade ticket outlet last Friday a day before the scheduled flight.

Cebu Pacific’s regular rates cost P11,798 for the three of them.

Casador said that on the day of their flight, they have already secured their boarding passes.  However, upon arrival at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, he claimed they were stopped by Cebu Pacific manager Lanie Ferrer from boarding the plane. 

Mrs. Villar reaffirms commitment to OFWs

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Former Congresswoman Cynthia Villar reaffirmed her commitment to the cause of Overseas Filipino Workers especially those who need to be repatriated back to the country with their foundation helping the return to the country of three more OFWs from Dubai last week.

Villar was here Wednesday afternoon and called on Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Genaro “Lim-ao” Alvarez, her former colleagues in the House of Representatives, and also attended the UNO-R@50 Urban Greening Grow a Heritage Tree at the University of Negros Occidental –Recoletos here.

Villar described her meeting with the top two officials of the province as “a renewal of ties”.

Defensor downplays Biron political split

By: Tara Yap ILOILO governor Arthur Defensor Sr. downplayed reports that there is a split of political alliance with Iloilo Fourth District Rep. Ferjenel “Ferj” Biron. But Defensor could not directly react to reports that Biron may soon announce his candidacy for governor, disclosing that he and Biron were together Sunday and Monday night. “That […]

Man strafes police checkpoint

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo A MAN strafed a police checkpoint in Arevalo, Iloilo City Wednesday evening due to personal grudge with a PNP official. S/Insp. Learose Peña, Arevalo police chief, said they were conducting a checkpoint at Brgy. Dulonan, Arevalo past 11pm when suspect Michael Angki, 30, of Tigbauan, Iloilo passed through going to […]

Strict enforcement of city’s security ordinance pushed

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE COMMITTEE on police matters and public safety of the Iloilo City Council is looking for ways to enhance the implementation of an ordinance heightening security measures of private and public establishments.

Councilor Joshua Alim, committee chair, said he is monitoring the enforcement of Regulation Ordinance 2012-045 which requires businesses and public buildings to use metal detectors and firearm deposit boxes as part of their security measures.

Passed in February 1, 2012, the ordinance was in response to the shooting incident inside a popular mall chain in downtown Iloilo City early this year resulting in the death of one person.

Another man shot dead in Brgy Tacas

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

BARELY three weeks after four persons died in a shootout at Brgy. Tacas, Jaro, Iloilo City last May 12, another man was killed there in a shooting incident Thursday afternoon that may have stemmed from a love triangle.

Victim Melvin Alquizar, 28, a native of Buenavista, Guimaras, died of a single gunshot wound in the abdomen at the West Visayas State University Medical Center.

Alquizar allegedly got shot when he barged inside the house of Ryan Martirizar who was sleeping with his live-in-partner Inday (not her real name) who happened to be a former lover of the victim.

Corona to appear at trial today after signing hospital waiver

MANILA – After doctors refused to allow him to appear before the Senate impeachment court on Friday, impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona on Thursday afternoon signed a hospital waiver, clearing his doctors of any responsibility if he falls ill after appearing in court.

“I am voluntarily going out on pass on May 25, 2012 to attend the Senate hearing and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Corona says in his waiver.

Earlier, doctors at The Medical City said Corona’s condition was stable but he was still at risk.

Corona was brought to the Medical City at past 7pm on Tuesday after appearing before the Senate impeachment court and delivering a lengthy statement.

Ombudsman orders ex-capitol official to answer raps on SALN

By: Lydia C. Pendon

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman Visayas had asked former Iloilo capitol administrator Manuel Mejorada to answer the charges filed by Jeffrey Celiz regarding his non-filing of his Statement of Assets and Liabilities Networth (SALN) within 10 days from receipt of the order.

The Ombudsman order dated April 17, 2012 was received by the complainant early this week requiring Mejorada to submit proof of service of his counter affidavit indicating his full name, salary grade, actual designation or position and residential address.

Celiz, a city hall employee, complained that Mejorada, provincial administrator during the time of former governor Niel D. Tupas Sr. until May 2010, failed to file his SALN for five years, notably in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Mejorada was only able to file a joint SALN with his wife Droliza Alabe Mejorada in 2010.

Expert cites need to restore mangroves

A MANGROVE expert urged local government units and non-government organizations to take the lead in sustainable mangrove conservation programs.

Speaking before the Iloilo Watershed Management Council meeting recently, Dr. Rex B. Sadaba of the Biological Sciences Division of UP-Visayas said there is a need to restore the thinning number of mangroves.

Sadaba said mangrove conservation is important due to the low survival rate of mangroves of only 10 to 20 percent.

Most of the local government and non-government organizations overlooked the proper way of restoring mangrove areas which led to the low survival of species, he added.