Will Buang’s laptops, phones ‘sing like canaries’?

WITH Richard “Buang” Prevendido, Western Visayas’ alleged drug kingpin, now dead, he can tell no tales. But hopefully his laptops and mobile phones would, said Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) director Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag. Binag also warned policemen, and possibly politicians, who coddled Prevendido that they will be held accountable. The four laptops […]

Iloilo tourism impervious to Espenido hullabaloo

THE Department of Tourism (DOT-6) clarified that the tourism industry in Iloilo is unfazed by the scuttled transfer of controversial cop Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido to Iloilo City. DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the change in command in the local police does not affect the tourism environment. “Tourism is adversely affected only by kidnapping […]

GAMBLING RESURGENCE: IPPO probes new financiers

THE Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) said it is investigating reports that financiers from Manila are involved in illegal gambling operations in the province. During the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Sept 5, 2017, 4th district board member Domingo Oso revealed that outsiders also bankroll illegal numbers or bookies operations in Iloilo. IPPO […]

Mayors’ league head mulls jump to PDP-Laban

THE head of the mayors’ league in Iloilo province wants to follow the “butterfly act” of Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. by jumping over to the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Parroting Defensor’s practical politics line, Mayor Jett Rojas of Ajuy town, president of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP-Iloilo), said […]

GLOCK FELL ‘DRUG LORD’: Amulets failed to save Buang

LUCK, answered prayers, and a determined spirit come into play in the successful neutralization of Richard Prevendido, Western Visayas’ alleged drug kingpin. On the part of Prevendido, his belief in amulets failed to save his life. And for Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, the Iloilo police chief who led the operation, his fully-loaded, government-issued Glock 17 […]