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22nd July 2015
Girl reported as missing found
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 22, 2015, 10:16 am


July 22, 2015

MAASIN CITY – The girl who has been reported missing last week has been found in a shallow grave near her house in Soro-soro village this city.

In a live report, DYDM reporter Monchng Buyser, said that the victim, identified as Shalene Milloren Liwag 14 years old, was positively identified by her aunt.

Buyser said the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) operatives is putting chemicals to the victim’s body to prevent it from emitting foul odor.

The DYDM reporter gathered that a group who was looking for the victim, incidentally found the victim’s body in shallow grave while walking along the banks of Canturing river.

“After our motorcycle got flat in the second bridge of the Canturing, we decided to walk along the river bank looking for victim we incidentally found a newly scoured area and combed it with a stick, there we saw a human foot,” Buyser told The Reporter online quoting one member of the group, whowas  looking for the victim.

As of this posting the authorities are still in the area investigating.




20th July 2015
Authorities bag top pusher in Ormoc
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 20, 2015, 11:20 pm

By Elvie Roman Roa

ORMOC CITY, July 18, (PNA) – The illegal drug business here is expected to decrease following the arrest of country’s known drug pusher and seven others that yielded a large quantity of suspected illegal drugs, firearm and explosive in a raid on Thursday, said Ormoc City Police Office Director Senior Superintendent Ferdinand M. Garay. 

Arrested was Ricardo Rondina, 47 who was tagged as the country’s number one in the watch list of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for drug pushing category. 

A search at his house in San Jose village, this city, yielded various drug paraphernalia, roughly 88 grams of suspected illegal drugs, a cash amounting to Php36,735. 9 millimeter caliber firearm, several wrist watches that were believed exchanged with drugs by customers who have no cash. 

Rondina’s common-law wife, Loida Malinao, 32 also possessed several small sachets of suspected illegal drugs inside her bag.  She was included in the warrant. 

The couple did not refute having the illicit trade but Rondina denied he owned the five large sachets of suspected drugs also found inside his room.

A built-in one-way mirror put-up in one of his rooms to check for coming visitors unnoticed. 

Rondina's errand, Oliver Salvo, 38, was also arrested.  

Salvo is in the region’s drug watch list, said Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs and Special Operations Task Group team leader Senior Inspector Jovie Espinido. 

another one-way mirror was also found inside a room where the alleged repacking of drugs was done. 

In not less than 50 meters, the house of Joel Chu and common-law wife Janet Camposano was also searched which yielded four large sachets of suspected prohibited drugs.

Espinido confirmed Chu is also in the region’s watch list.

Earlier, Presidio Saguiped, Jr., 37 was held shortly after the operatives bought from him a sachet of suspected prohibited drug in his house in Valencia village, also of this city.

A grenade was seized from his alleged bodyguard 37-year old Eugene Palilio.

Incidentally, Palilio’s common-law wife, Felicitas Malto, 46, was seized for possessing small sachets of prohibited drugs.

The RAIDSOTG operation delighted village chairman Ramon Conopio but expressed mixed feelings, saying, “I am sad that my constituents are captured but at the same time happy for their arrests mean reduction of drug activities in my village.”

Espinido said the conduct of series of surveillance confirmed that the three subjects used their houses as drug dens.

RAIDSOTG confiscated approximately 150 grams of suspected illegal drugs with estimated cost of Php1.2 million.

The search warrants were issued by Executive Judge James Clinton C. Nuevo of Regional Trial Court Branch 12 on July 15.


Sec. Dinky awards Gawad Kalahi to DSWD-8
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 20, 2015, 10:23 pm

The Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan– Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) DSWD Field Office VIII once again received a national recognition from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Office. 

The Highest Community Grants Disbursed in NCDDP Award under the Extra Large Coverage Category and the First Region to Deliver 1B in Community Grants Award were presented by Secretary Dinky Soliman to Region VIII Program Management Team besting 16 regions all over the country. Said awards were given on July 14, during the Mid-Year Project Review and Evaluation Workshop held at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City where Kalahi-CIDSS’ regional and national performance were assessed.

On June 5, 2015, Kalahi-CIDSS Field Office VIII hit the 1-Billion disbursement target making it the first region to deliver the said grant to communities where total of Php 1,008,526,165.63 billion has been released to 1, 865 barangays across six provinces in Eastern Visayas. As of this writing, a total of 3, 885 community-managed sub-projects were already funded under the NCDDP (National Community-Driven Development Program) fund source in the region, 37 of which are already completed. Sub-projects that are basic access infrastructure get the highest portion of NCDDP-funded projects.

These projects include the construction of barangay pathwalks, footbridges, and farm-to-market roads. On the other hand, about 30% of these projects are basic social services chosen by community folks such as construction of elementary schools, day care centers, health station, streetlights, and water system while community production, economic support and common service facilities obtain 20%. Due to CDD approach, communities are becoming more disaster-conscious in the region where 16% of subprojects in the region deal with environmental protection and conservation such as mangrove planting and construction of sea wall. Sub-projects funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in 21 municipalities, on the other hand, are set to be completed this December 2015.

From a total of 1, 089 MCC-funded sub-projects, 660 were already accomplished while 429 sub-projects are still for implementation. MCC has also funded eight Gender Incentive Grant (GIG) projects in Samar and Leyte focusing on non-traditional skills training for women. These projects are now opening opportunities to women who are mostly housewives which will also allow them participate in paid labor.

“The awards bestowed to DSWD-8 deserve celebration. Again the merit should go to every Kalahi-CIDSS worker who are dedicated; one who knows their responsibility as public servant whose value worth emanating”, Regional Director Nestor Ramos proudly said. Kalahi-CIDSS is the poverty alleviation program of the national government that seeks to empower community members using the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy.

In Eastern Visayas alone, 617, 131 households across 134 municipalities will benefit from this program; 239, 328 families of whom are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries

12th July 2015
Serge likes Duterte's numbers in surveys
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 12, 2015, 3:56 am

No less than Sen. Sergio Osmena III likes the survey results of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Sources who refused to be named said Osmena, a season campaign strategist, himself presented recent survey results showing Duterte’s rising numbers in a recent meeting held at the senator’s residence.

The sources declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak for the mayor.

“Sen. Osmena himself showed the survey results to Mayor Duterte when he invited the latter to his house,” one source revealed.

During that meeting, Osmena told Duterte that the mayor’s survey results are “very good”.

“Mayor Duterte is very strong in Moslem areas where he received 47%,” another source intimated.

Aside from being the only presidential timber from Mindanao, Duterte has also earned the respect of various Muslim groups in his previous dealings with them both in his official and personal capacity.

Duterte has direct access to Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari, former Cotabato Mayor Muslimin Sema who heads a separate faction and Macapanton Abbas.

He has open lines to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other splinter organizations.

A third source revealed that the survey results showed Duterte posting a phenomenal 90% approval rating in Southern Mindanao which is considered the mayor’s bailiwick.

These figures prompted Osmena to join the growing list of people urging Duterte to join the presidential race.

Without elaborating, Duterte acknowledged the meeting with Osmena and the impressive survey results in a recent gathering of relatives in Dumaguete.

“Serge Osmena invited me to his house,” the mayor confided to his audience in Bethel Hotel which included members of the local media.

Duterte said Osmena was trying to convince him by showing him the survey results.

“Ang iyang ingon gwapo ang ako kay taas kaayo ko (He said that mine was good because I rated very high),” Duterte recalled Osmena telling him.

The mayor said he felt awkward to admit it but Osmena told him he scored very high in his region.

Osmena’s attempt to convince Duterte is significant because the senator is a close confidant of Sen. Grace Poe.

He was credited for running Poe’s successful campaign in 2013 and was conceded to take charge in the event that she pushes through with her bid for a higher office. 

While he had previously declared that his decision not to run is “final”, Duterte admitted to his relatives that he might just be obliged “if there is a moral crisis”, generating applause from his audience.

Former Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, himself reported to be eyeing his old post, organized the reunion.

When he introduced Duterte, Remollo joked that there is “no truth to the rumor that the next reunion will be in Malacanang”.

Responding to this near the end of his talk, Duterte said “basig madayon to nga ang sunod nga meeting adto na sa Malacanang (just maybe this will materialize that the next meeting will be in Malacanang).

This is music to the ears of never-say-die Duterte rooters. (CHITO A. FUENTES)

8th July 2015
Pilar town declares state of calamity, mourning
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 8, 2015, 12:44 am

By Elvie Roman Roa

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, July 7, (PNA) – The town of Pilar has been placed in a state of calamity and mourning after more than a hundred of its residents were among the victims of the sinking of MB Nirvana- B. More than 50 of them perished in the sea mishap on July 2.

Pilar town has approximately 12,000 population.

Town Vice Mayor Eli B. Borinaga confirmed this in a phone interview.

He said, the declaration of the town’s state of calamity was through a special session on Friday, a day after the tragic incident happened.

And the state of mourning was declared during their regular session on Monday.

With the declaration of state of calamity, the town is given the authority to use its calamity fund.

Borinaga however was not informed if the municipality has already used up their disaster fund.

However, the municipal social work office distributed food packs to the victims, he said.

During the visit of Vice President Jejomar Binay to the city on Sunday, Borinaga received cash assistance for the families of the casualties.

As they mourn, the entire populace of Camotes islands grieves with them in this heartbreaking sea history.

Camotes has two islands that consist of four towns. The smaller island is the town of Pilar and the one nearer to the city of Ormoc. And the bigger one has three municipalities, namely San Francisco, Poro and Tudela.

Survivor Bano de la Cruz, 33, a resident of this city said this disaster gave them misfortune even more than typhoon Yolanda.

The strong typhoon left them homeless, but the sea disaster claimed the lives of his wife and three young children, one of which remains missing.

During typhoon Yolanda, Ormoc recorded 38 fatalities. But this sea tragedy almost doubled the number.

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