Convicted drug peddler nabbed

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

A CONVICTED drug peddler, suspected burglar and third most wanted person in Mandurriao, Iloilo fell in the hands of the Iloilo City Police Office Wednesday evening.

Ryan Rolando, 29, of Brgy. Bakhaw, Mandurriao was arrested by the Iloilo City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Group headed by Supt. Noel Lamsis on the strength of a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Evelyn Salao.

Lamsis said Rolando was recently convicted for selling and possession of illegal drugs and is due to be transferred to the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa.

Rolando is also believed to be part of an akyat bahay group or cat burglars operating in Iloilo City.

Defensor junks child abuse rap vs Lujan

By: Tara Yap

THE ADMINISTRATIVE complaint in connection with the alleged child abuse case against the chief of the Public Information and Community Affairs Office (PICAO) of the Iloilo Provincial Government has been dismissed.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. trashed the administrative complaint against Nereo Lujan after the fact-finding team recommended it for dismissal.

It can be recalled that the then17-year-old niece of PICAO staff Ma. Victoria Defensor filed a complaint against Lujan last March for violating Republic Act No. 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

The then minor complainant claimed that Lujan harassed her verbally last March 2.

HK, Singapore tourism board to visit Iloilo

SOME 20 members of the tourism boards of Hong Kong and Singapore will visit Iloilo City September 18 to promote travel in their respective places.

Tourism regional officer-in-charge, Helen J. Catalbas said local groups from General Santos and Puerto Princesa will join the visitors in their promotional tour.

The product presentation is in line with the opening of Iloilo airport as an international hub with direct flights to Hongkong and Singapore all set to take off in November.

Catalbas said DOT 6 will also organize sales mission to Hongkong and Singapore to promote Iloilo.

Capitol backs small irrigation projects

ILOILO Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, who represented Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., lauded the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) for initiating the Regional Congress for Small Water Impounding System Association (SWISA) held at Punta Villa Resort in Arevalo, Iloilo City from August 16-18, 2012.

The congress organized by the BSWM of the Department of Agriculture aims to tackle issues and concerns with regard to irrigation and agricultural production.

He shared that the provincial government has allotted substantial budget for irrigation projects all over the province.

Banias said the governor gives priority to agriculture programs and projects reason why last year the province became the third top rice producing province in the country.

Outstanding lady cop has lupus

By: Tara Yap THE LADY cop from Pavia, Iloilo who has been named by Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) as one of the ten outstanding officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for 2012 is also battling lupus. Senior Police Officer 3 Rhia B. Sotomil doesn’t only consider the award as a personal achievement, but as […]

Governor suspends 3 municipal councilors

By: Albert T. Mamora BELISON, Antique – Three town councilors here were suspended from office for dissolving the position of municipal agriculturist two years ago. In an executive order, Governor Exequiel Javier suspended for 60 days Sangguniang Bayan Members Michelle Ann M. Acuña, Helen E. Baldivino and Elmer J. Elio. The trio was suspended for […]


PHILIPPINE Consul-General to Hongkong Atty. Noel M. Servigon (4th from left) accompanied by Department of Tourism regional director, Atty. Helen Catalbas (2nd from left) and his wife Marichu Torato-Servigon (extreme left) pay Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. a visit August 16, 2012. Servigon, a true-blooded Ilonggo who hails from Baluarte, Molo, Iloilo City, is the first […]


MAYOR “Bing” Leonardia amidst a sea of VAGRES (Vista Alegre-Granada Relocation Elementary School) pupils who were given the first batch of school supplies. With Leonardia (L-R) are SP Member El Cid Familiaran, Vice Mayor Thaddy Sayson, SPMs Al-Victor Espino, Caesar Distrito, DepEd City Supt. Mrs. Gemma Ledesma, SPM Homer Bais (behind Ledesma).