May 18, 2019
(Left) LOSERS: Alex Centena and Mariano Malones (Right) WINNERS: Siefredo Betita and Julius Ronald Pacificador
TWO mayors who were labelled as alleged illegal drugs protectors by President Rodrigo Duterte failed in their respective election bids.
Alex Centena of Calinog town and Mariano Malones of Maasin, Iloilo ran for vice mayor in their respective towns.
Centena, who is on his third term and ran under Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), only garnered 9,880 votes, a far cry from Renata Casinao’s 15,877 votes.
In Maasin, Malones lost to Itik Albacete by only 818 votes. Albacete garnered 9,680 over Malones’ 8,862 votes.
Malones, who was also on his last term, fielded his daughter, lawyer Sweet Malones, to run for mayor against incumbent Vice Mayor Francis Amboy.
Sweet lost her mayoralty bid with her 8,727 votes compared to Amboy’s 10,061 votes.
But observers believe that the failed bids of Centena and Malones had nothing to do with the narco-list.
Instead, voters were perceived to have experienced “longevity fatigue” since both mayors have been in office for more than a decade already.
But while the two were trounced by their opponents, another mayor on Duterte’s narco list won his re-election.
Mayor Siegfredo Betita was reelected after getting 15,474 votes. He defeated Merlie Tupas with 14,368 votes.
The two other mayoral candidates, Jesus Bartolome and Selfa Pabon, only got 286 and 175 votes, respectively.
Another mayor in the narco-list, Julius Ronald Pacificador of Hamtic, Antique won as vice-mayor over Noel Seguera.
His father, incumbent Vice Mayor Julius Pacificador, trounced his opponent in the mayoralty race.
The elder Pacificador garnered 17,425 votes while Arnold Javier only got 4,076 votes.
In August 2016, Duterte named the four mayors as alleged drug protectors.
All denied the accusations hurled against them.
According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEA), 25 of the 36 politicians in Duterte’s narco-list won in the May 13 elections.
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May 18, 2019
DUE to the exigency of the last phase of the recent political season, I deferred the continuation of this column on a serious case raised against Pope Francis. Leading theologians and Catholic Church leaders believe the Pope had stepped outside the boundaries of faith into the realm of heresy. This is alarming because it can create a schism and mislead the faithful with horrible consequences to their salvation.
The theologians raising this issue have called on the bishops of the world to confront the Holy Father on his series of pronouncements and actuations that they deemed heretical. In their published letter, they said they “fervently (ask) that other true shepherds will come to the rescue, in ways that we cannot. If they fail to do so, that is not our problem, but theirs to answer for (before God).
On April 30, Fr. Joseph Fessio and Mark Brumley of Ignatius Press published a short video asking that Church leaders should answer the open letter accusing Pope Francis of being “guilty of the delict of heresy” and “show how Francis’s statements could be consistent with Catholic doctrine…it shouldn’t just be left to people to wonder.”
“There’s seven different … heresy counts,” Fessio continued. “Each one is clearly stated. Each one of them is backed up by previous Church teaching, either councils or popes. And then they show where Pope Francis has made statements that seem to contradict these Church teachings, and then also how by his actions and his inactions, in some cases, he was to corroborate that understanding.”
The heresies the authors of the “Open Letter” attribute to Pope Francis are:
- A justified person has not the strength with God’s grace to carry out the objective demands of the divine law, as though any of the commandments of God are impossible for the justified; or as meaning that God’s grace, when it produces justification in an individual, does not invariably and of its nature produce conversion from all serious sin, or is not sufficient for conversion from all serious sin.
- A Christian believer can have full knowledge of a divine law and voluntarily choose to break it in a serious matter, but not be in a state of mortal sin as a result of this action.
- A person is able, while he obeys a divine prohibition, to sin against God by that very act of obedience.
- Conscience can truly and rightly judge that sexual acts between persons who have contracted a civil marriage with each other, although one or both of them is sacramentally married to another person, can sometimes be morally right, or requested or even commanded by God.
- It is false that the only sexual acts that are good of their kind and morally licit are acts between husband and wife.
- Moral principles and moral truths contained in divine revelation and in the natural law do not include negative prohibitions that absolutely forbid particular kinds of action, inasmuch as these are always gravely unlawful on account of their object.
- God not only permits, but positively wills, the pluralism and diversity of religions, both Christian and non-Christian.
Fessio said the theologians who raised the issues “are not extremists, that because of modern technological advances the document is widely circulated instantly and because of the high stature of its authors, the document (should) be addressed by the highest pastoral authorities…rather than ignore it”.
He fears that the controversial statements “can be interpreted and should be interpreted as consistent in meaning with the Church’s teaching and the doctrine of the faith.” A response from the Pope will be “good of the Church and for the good of the Holy Father” and should be responded to “in such a way that we can reunite people together under the one mind of Christ which is represented by His bishops.”
“You can’t ignore these things,” he said. “They pile up. They create a narrative. They reinforce bad attitudes in people. And even people of good begin to say ‘Well, there must be something to this. Why does the Holy See not speak out? That’s what I’m worried about.”
Indeed the silence would only create the belief that the accusations are true. That would be catastrophic.
Philippine Catholics wait for their pastors to act. I’ll pick up some of its point for later.
May 18, 2019
ROXAS CITY, Capiz – A 39-year-old village councilor or kagawad is being hunted by the police for shooting a resident afternoon of May 15, 2019 at Poblacion, Tapaz, Capiz.
Noemi Dimas, 19, is now in critical condition due to a gunshot wound inflicted by Solomon Galomero, a kagawad of Agpalali village also in Tapaz town.
Police investigation indicated that Dimas and his father were on their way home on board a motorcycle when he allegedly sideswiped Galomero.
Galomero confronted the victim until a heated argument ensued.
Witnesses said that the kagawad drew a gun tucked in his waist and shot the victim.
The victim was brought to the hospital in Tapaz and later transferred to Iloilo City for further treatment while the suspect fled.
Police believe that the two have long-standing grudges against each other.
May 18, 2019
THE slow inflation in Guimaras province in the first quarter of 2019 inched up to 2.6 percent in April due to accelerated indices of eight commodity groups of both food and non-food.
Two indices remain unchanged (communication and education) while health slowed down in April.
The food and non- food commodity groups which pushed the inflation a bit higher in April to 2.6 percent were:
- Transport increased by 4.9 percentage points to an index of 102.9% from 98.0% in March ;
- Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco by 1.5 percentage points to an index of 220.0% from 218.5%;
- Recreation and Culture by 1.0 percentage points to an index of 101.9% from 100.9%; and
- the remaining food groups which showed increments of 0.4 percent and below were:
- Food and Non -Alcoholic Beverages increased by 0.4 percentage points
- Clothing and Footwear by 0.4 percentage points
- Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and other Fuels by 0.1 percentage points
- Furnishing, Household Equipment and Routine Maintenance of the House by 0.2 percentage points
- Recreation and Culture by 0.1 percentage points; and
- Restaurant and Miscellaneous Goods and Services by 0.1 percentage points
However, Heath fall from 112.9 rate in March to 112.6 rate in April while, Communication and Culture remain unchanged with 99.9 and 116.6 rates, respectively.
Comparing inflation rates of the provinces in Western Visayas region, only Guimaras province marginally increased its index while the other five provinces showed a slow price growth in the first month of the second quarter.
Guimaras remained at rank No. 4 in terms of slowest inflation rate from January to April 2019 while Antique was at rank no.1 in the first two months, however, on the third and fourth months Aklan outranked other provinces with a slowest rate of 1.0 and 0.6 percent.
Meanwhile, Antique which occupied rank No. 2, Iloilo at No. 3 and Capiz at No. 5 also revealed consistent price dropped in the first four months of the current year, on the other hand, Negros Occidental recorded the fastest inflation rates in the first four months of 2019.
May 18, 2019
WHAT seemed to be a petty quarrel led a 31-year-old man to violently attack his elder brother evening of May 16, 2019 in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.
Police identified the victim as Salvador Padecio, Jr., 32 and a resident of Barangay Lagubang, Barotac Nuevo town.
He was proclaimed dead immediately after he was brought to Don Jose Sustiguer Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo town.
The suspect, Francis Val Padecio, 31, was arrested after the gun attack.
Police Captain Kenn Albert Lepsia, Barotac Nuevo police chief, said the Padecio brothers were both drunk when they met at their father’s house at Lagubang village.
The two had a confrontation over past misunderstandings.
The confrontation turned into a heated argument until the suspect drew a caliber .32 pistol tucked in his waist.
Francis Val then shot his brother thrice hitting the latter in the right side of the neck, chest, and back of his body.
Lepsia said the suspect kept shooting at the victim even though the latter was already down.
Responding police officers arrested Francis Val as he was turning his gun at his father.
The brothers’ father claimed the victims had a long-standing grudge but did not expect a fatal conclusion.
Lepsia said the brothers’ parents already told police officers that they will not pursue any charge against Francis Val.
But Lepsia said they would file a case against the suspect for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) and the Omnibus Election Code.
May 18, 2019
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 is happy to welcome the arrival of Euro 4 Modern Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJ) in Iloilo City.
In his message during the inauguration of the Euro 4 Modern PUJs, DENR Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla Jr. underscored the importance of vehicle modernization in attaining clean air.
“Alam nyo po ang ating bansa bilang developing country ay matagal ng inaasam ang implementation nitong Euro 4 na tinatawag. Ang Euro 4 po ay isang standard na ginawa ng Europian Union noong 1992 para mabawasan, masolusyunan ang polusyon na naggagaling sa mga sasakyan. Ang magagawa po nito ay lalong gaganda at lilinis po ang ating hangin,”he said.
Milla said the DENR is happy and proud of this milestone in bringing the environmentally-friendly modernize jeepney in Iloilo City.
An official of Hino Motors-Panay, maker of the modern jeepneys, disclosed that this is the first provincial launching outside Metro Manila.
“We implemented this in Boracay Island. Boracay is now becoming an e-Island dahil wala na pong e a-allow na gasolina or makina na hindi po Euro 4 standard doon. Necessary po itong pag shift ng bansa sa Euro 4 dahil gusto nating bigyan ng mas maganda at malinis na environmental future ang susunod na henerasyon ng mga Pilipino,” he added.
The modern jeepneys are fully air-conditioned and have a seating capacity of 23-25 persons. The minimum fare for the modernized jeepneys is pegged at P10.50-P12.00. Each unit costs Php2,040,000
The twelve units modern jeepneys will serve four routes:
-From Iloilo Terminal and General Services Inc. (ITSGI) in Brgy. Ungka, Jaro district to City Proper via Jaro CPU and vice versa
-Jaro CPU Derecho route (from Brgy. Sambag, Jaro to the City Proper and vice versa)
-From the ITSGI Terminal in Brgy. Ungka, Jaro to the City Proper via Diversion Road and vice versa
-From Arevalo district to the City Proper and vice versa.
The Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) was launched by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of the Philippines in 2017, with the goal of making the country’s public transportation system efficient and environmentally friendly by 2020.
The program calls for the phasing-out of jeepneys, buses and other Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) that are at least 15 years old and replacing them with safer, more comfortable and more environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Passenger vehicles are a major pollution contributor, producing significant amounts of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and other pollution on air. (DENR-6)
May 18, 2019
THE Central Philippine University (CPU) Golden Lions will see action in 12 games as they represent Western Visayas in the 2019 National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) in Davao City from May 19 to 25.
60 student-athletes left Iloilo to start their National PRISAA campaign, hoping to retain their stellar performance in the week-long competition.
The university will field players in men’s and women’s volleyball, boys’ volleyball, women’s, boys’ and girls’ tennis, women’s softball, girls’ chess, mens’ and boys’ taekwondo, and sepak-takraw.
Several schools also selected Golden Lions in boys’ football, athletics, womens’ basketball and taekwondo, karatedo, boys’ chess, girls’ volleyball, and swimming.
According to Edwin Laru-an, CPU officer-in-charge in sports, they are wishing for the safe travel and play of the players.
“Please pray for the safety of our players, coaches and delegation officials. In behalf of the CPU Golden Lions, I would like to thank the CPU Administration headed by President Dr. Teodoro Robles, CPU AAI and Officer – President Engr. Isagani Jalbuena. Thank you also to Generika Drug Store, Giligan’s Restaurant, More Power, and the Daily Guardian,” Laru-an said.
More or less 10,000 delegates from 500 private universities and colleges in 17 regions all over the Philippines will compete in this year’s PRISAA National Games.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, showbiz and sports celebrities will be invited to the opening of the annual games.
Officials from Commission on Higher Education of 17 regions, National Sports Association and the commissioners of the Philippine Sports Commission will also attend the event.
PRISAA Games sports events include athletics, badminton, basketball, baseball, boxing, beach volleyball, chess, dancesports, football, karatedo, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table Tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and weightlifting. Other academic and cultural events include oratorical, vocal duet, vocal solo, PRISAAyawan and Mutya ng PRISAA.
The event is a joint undertaking of the Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Education and Skills Authority.
May 18, 2019
MEGAWORLD’S Iloilo Business Park (IBP) aims to open 1,000 hotel rooms in the next five years to accommodate travellers and guests of Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions tourism. (Emme Rose Santiagudo)
By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
AFTER the Department of Tourism (DOT)-6 successful launched its P50-million, three-year marketing plan for Iloilo to become a premier MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) destination in February 2019, the Iloilo City government unit is now gearing its efforts to shift from festival to MICE tourism.
City Tourism and Development Officer Junel Ann Divinagracia said that since last year, conventions that are being held in Iloilo have been attracting more tourists and have eventually overtaken festival tourism.
“Statistics show that before we are festival driven but now we are MICE driven because most of the tourists that come here are attendees of the regional conventions in the city,” she said.
Of the city’s 1.2 million tourist arrivals last year, 50-70 percent are attendees of various conventions, according to Divinagracia.
Divinagracia added that the temporary six-month closure of Boracay Island in 2018 also boosted the MICE tourism in Iloilo City since some conventions in Boracay diverted to the city.
By October 2019, Divinagracia announced that they will launch MICE packages since they will be expecting two to four large conventions every month in Iloilo.
“The product portfolio of Iloilo City now does not only include arts and culture, culinary, and faith, but also the MICE. We are thankful with tourism stakeholders here especially the accommodating sector for their cooperation,” Divinagracia said.
She added that a MICE alliance composed of tourism stakeholders was created to prepare for the influx of conventions in the metro.
IBP AS MICE TOURISM HUB
Meanwhile, with the shift of Iloilo City from festival to MICE tourism, property giant Megaworld Corp. is now gearing up to become the center of conventions.
Jennifer Fong, vice president for sales and marketing of Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park (IBP), said that in the next five years, the IBP will have around 1,000 hotel rooms, up from 475 rooms in order to accommodate travellers and guests of MICE tourism.
“We will have more rooms to accommodate all the travelers. This will further help bridge the gap in the hotel requirements of the city as we remain optimistic on the growth of MICE tourism. We want IBP to be a premiere destination for the MICE,” Fong said in a press conference on May 6.
Currently, Megaworld’s IBP 72-hectare township boasts of the four-level Festive Walk Mall, and two high-end hotels – the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo and Richmonde Hotel Iloilo.
The IBP also houses the Iloilo Convention Center which can accommodate to 3,700 persons.
Fong said the park is 60 percent complete.
Harold Brian Geronimo, senior vice president and head of public relations and media affairs of Megaworld said that the remaining 40 percent will be the commercial district, composed of business and corporate building and boutique hotels.
“In the commercial district, we will have a combination of business and corporate buildings and boutique hotels. The other components we are looking at are recreation and sports facilities, that would make IBP more exciting apart from parks and open spaces,” he said.
By 2023, Belmont Hotel will also open at the park to cater to more convention guests.
On top of these, Geronimo added that they are targeting to fully operationalize one of their transport hubs sometime this year.
The transport hubs would cater to tourism and P2P buses, shuttles, and other vehicles with routes to Southern Iloilo, Iloilo International Airport, Boracay Island and other destinations.
On March 5, 2019, the City Council approved the proposal of Megaworld to construct, establish, operate, and maintain a transport hub at the IBP.
“The facilities that we are building here at the IBP would be geared towards MICE tourism,” Mr. Geronimo said.
Aside from high-end hotels, Divinagracia said other budget hotels, and destinations are also stepping up their efforts to prepare for the MICE tourism.
“We want to balance it. We have been talking to other hubs and destinations and they are also stepping up their efforts. We are helping them so that they will not be left behind,” she said.
In 2018, Divinagracia reported that even budget hotels recorded high occupancy rate because of the regional conventions and events that are being held in the city.
She also underscored the challenge to enhance Iloilo City’s Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta Festival and create more ways to entice more visitors.
“It’s a challenge because they see na it’s not only January and February that we expect an influx of tourists, its whole year round na so in a way, we are challenged to create more activities,” she said.
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May 18, 2019
Dictators evolve and tyrants adapt to the post-modern era. They have changed to meet the challenges of the present era to preserve their power. This is the main thesis of William J. Dobson in his book “The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.”
Dobson argued that totalitarianism is a twentieth-century thing and dictators like Ferdinand Marcos, Idi Amin and their kinds are passé. In-your face despot belong to the past. The desire for democracy is so widespread and powerful that leaders who behave and act like brutal autocrats are universally derided, condemned, and reviled. Dictators of the old mode like Kim Jong-un of North Korea and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad are scorned and despised by the global community.
Keenly aware of the dangers of becoming an international pariah, tyrants of the 21st century are repackaging themselves Dobson claims. Twenty-first century autocrats recognized that old-school dictatorship no longer works today. The temper of the times calls for a new brand of despot. The world is now witnessing the emergence of a new brand of autocrat, the post-modern dictator according to Dobson
The post-modern dictator is still a dyed-in-the wool tyrant but with a new clothing. He is now sporting a democratic look. In word, deed and act, he is a dictator but with a face of a democrat. A dictator today carries democratic credentials and is pious in observing the rituals of democracy. In the twentieth century, dictators raze down the edifice of democracy, twenty-first dictators on the other hand are taking shelter in it.
A post-modern dictator comes to power and stays in power through elections (rigged) and not through a coup or by overturning democracy. Under his rule, the institutions of democracy are intact and are maintained. The opposition is tolerated and a certain degree of dissent is allowed. But all of these are just a façade for power is concentrated in the hands of the dictator. What is being foisted is “managed democracy.”
Russian president Vladimir Putin is the embodiment of a post-modern dictator. He came to power through elections and has stayed in power through re-election. When he reached the limit prescribed by the constitution, he stepped down instead of amending the constitution. But after a term, Dmitry Medvedev handed back the presidency to Putin who was then the prime minister. He is now serving his fourth term as president after winning the 2018 election with a token opponent. Putin announced after his victory he will step down in 2024 in compliance with the constitution. But it will be a repeat of the 2008 Putin-Medvedev charade.
Democratic trappings are alive in Russia but democratic institutions are gelatinous and weak entities. Putin defanged and castrated institutions that could check his actions. He is a democrat only in name but a dictator in every sense of the word.
Dictators hijacked democracy today and are using its processes and institutions to perpetuate themselves in power. Democratic institutions – court, legislature, bureaucracy, are weaponized against the opponents and critics of the dictator and used as tools to serve the dictator’s agenda.
Has the curse of post-modern dictatorship reached the Philippine shore? In the last three years, it appears a post-modern dictator is rising in the country. The rule of Du30 had all the markings of a post-modern dictatorship.
The country just had an election, a key component of democracy. The constitution remains operational and Congress and the judiciary are still functioning. It seems democracy is working in the country and it is far from a dictatorship.
But a closer examination of the situation reveals that of a “managed democracy.” Congress is firmly under the thumb of Du30. The Supreme Court is pliant and its subservience to Du30 rendered it inutile and servile. The bureaucracy has become a big stick and is being used to hound, harass, and silence the antagonists of the regime. Du30 utilized democratic institutions to force people to “bend the knee.” After all, he never hid his school boy admiration of Putin and even proposed he and Putin (together with Xi Jinping) form an alliance against the world.
Results of the just concluded election where Du30 and allies swept the Senate seats, a question is raised if the fall of the Philippines to the hands of a post-modern dictator is now inevitable. With a super majority, Du30 using democratic process can overturn the current democratic set-up and replace it with the structure that suits his dictatorial design.
After the dust settles and post-election normality returns, it will be interesting to see how the Senate will behave. Will the senators abolish themselves or agree to an arrangement that allows them to stay in their position within the illiberal order presided by Du30? Will the Senate become the Lower House, a mere appendage of the Executive? Can Du30’s executive assistant in the Senate weld the senators together and make them sing to the tune of the administration?
The most important question is, is the transformation of the Philippines into a post-modern dictatorship now complete? Will the senators become the midwives of a post-modern dictator and assist him deliver a new baby – managed democracy? Are there enough decent senators with good sense to hold the democratic line against the charlatans, clowns, con artists, comedians, boxers, and plain idiots?
Should a post-modern dictator succeed in imposing post-modern dictatorship in the country, how will Filipinos take the move? Can Filipinos live with a “managed democracy,” which is in reality a tyranny?
Answers to all these questions will be interesting.
May 18, 2019
LANDSLIDE victory for NPC candidates in Pres. Roxas, Capiz led by reelected Mayor Receliste Escolin (center). (Contributed photo)
ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) slate in Pres. Roxas, Capiz under reelectionist Mayor Receliste “Tanoy” L. Escolin scored a landslide victory during the May 13, 2019 midterm elections.
According to Escolin, issues hurled against his administration and the rest of the NPC local candidates did not hamper their reelection and election bids.
He said that the people acknowledged the various projects and accomplishments he implemented during his three years in office.
He sincerely thanked the people of Pres. Roxas for supporting their group.
Escolin got 10,094 votes to defeat his two opponents Boboy Buenafe of the Liberal Party (4,698 votes) and Bebing Baltar, an independent candidate (60).
In the vice mayoral race, SB member Edvil John Alfaro got 7,095 votes, defeating reelectionist vice mayor Boy Diosaban of the LP (3,800) and independent candidate Luis Garra (3,506).
The elected SB members were Lalaine Badana (8,124); Poldo Bereber (7,797); Doydoy Bereber (7,058); Anjoe Samson (6,934); Rosauro Buenafe (6,881); Bernie Loretizo (6,540); Butch Asis (6,523); and Bojit Bieles (5,573).
The newly-elected municipal officials were proclaimed by the Municipal Board of Canvassers at the municipal town hall.
May 11, 2019
*Gunman linked with a retired general who is running mayor under the Defensor group
A PUNONG barangay (village chief) in Sara, Iloilo was shot by purported supporters of a mayoral bet in the town at around 2 p.m. of May 11, 2019.
Punong Barangay Ronnie Dorde of Preciosa, Sara was rushed to a hospital in Iloilo City for gunshot wounds inflicted by a gunman accompanied by two others.
The shooting happened amid the massive deployment of police officers and military soldiers in the fifth district of Iloilo on orders of Brigadier General John Bulalacao, Police Regional Office-6 director; and Colonel Marlon Tayaba, Iloilo police provincial director.
Bulalacao and Tayaba flooded the district with cops to curb alleged vote buying activities but their presence did not stop armed persons from roaming the town of Sara.
On Wednesday, suspected New People’s Army members mounted a checkpoint in Miagao, Iloilo
A witness identified the gunman as a supporter of retired general Jon Aying, a mayoralty bet in Sara town and supporter of Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr., son of incumbent Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.
According to eyewitness accounts and initial reports from the area, Dorde tried to stop the gunman and four other companions from alleged vote buying activities in Preciosa.
Dorde tried to talk to the suspects but they resisted which led to a scuffle. The shooter later drew a handgun and repeatedly shot the village chief.
In their haste, the suspects left one of the motorcycles they used in the incident and is now in police custody. The motorcycle bore the registration plate MC-1023-FB.
Police also recovered the driver’s license of one of the suspects.
This is a developing story.
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May 11, 2019
THE final testing and sealing of the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) and Voter Registration Verification Machines (VRVM) was conducted at the Apolinario Mabini Elementary School in Iloilo City in preparation for the May 13, 2019 midterm elections. (Emme Rose Santiagudo)
By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Western Visayas said more than 21, 000 teachers will render election duties on May 13, 2019.
According to Comelec-6 Director Jose Nick Mendros, the more than 21,000 teachers will be deployed to the 7,109 clustered precincts in the region.
In an interview on Thursday, Dr. Lea Belleza, regional information officer of the Department of Education (DepEd), assured that they are ready to fulfill their election day tasks.
“The DepEd is prepared as always and the teachers are all well-oriented with their tasks. DepEd is ready to accept their fellow Ilonggos who will exercise their right to vote on Monday,” she said.
Belleza added that all schools in the region that will serve as the polling precincts on Monday are also ready.
A task force composed of the division and regional offices of DepEd will be receiving election-related concerns and issues, according to Belleza.
“We have a task force and the division offices will be receiving issues and concerns from the grounds. Then, the regional office will receive all consolidated reports and if there is a need to intervene, we can act on it. It’s a 24/7 monitoring,” she said.
As part of their security measures, Belleza said they will be utilizing Facebook Workplace and election monitoring application.
“During our conference in Cebu, they introduced as an app where we can instantly report and upload cases of harassment on teachers,” she said.
On May 10, 2019, Comelec led the simultaneous final testing and sealing of Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and Voter Registration Verification Machines (VRVM) in the region.
Atty. Mavil Majarucon-Sia, Iloilo City Elections Officer, said the main purpose of the activity is to check if there are malfunctions on the machines and provide the necessary repair or contingency/replacement units.
“The main purpose is so that we can have an idea if there are machines that are not working so at least if something went wrong, we still have enough time to make the necessary repair or provide them with contingency units,” Sia said.
Mendros said there are 7,109 clustered precincts and 3,554 voting centers in the region
“We have 7,109 clustered precincts. In Aklan, we have 560, Antique (710), Capiz (745), Iloilo (2,572), Guimaras (169) and Negros Occidental (2,353),” he said.
Each of the clustered precincts will have a VCM while the VRVMs will only be used in the province and city of Iloilo and Negros Occidental.
Meanwhile, Mendros assured that they have sufficient contingency/replacement election machines.
“We have 741 contingency units in the region and once there are failures on our machines, we are more than ready to respond,” he said.
A total of 4,808,839 voters from the region are expected to troop down the voting centers on Monday, based on the data from Comelec-6.
Aklan has 390,360 voters; Antique, 371,244; Capiz, 513,329; Iloilo, 1,525,168; Guimaras, 119,538; and Negros Occidental, 1,889,200.
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May 11, 2019
The Philippines’ most awarded and most trusted broadcast news organization, GMA News and Public Affairs, mounts the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art reportage of the Midterm Elections in “Eleksyon 2019: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special Coverage”.
On air, the election coverage begins at 4:30 a.m. on May 13 and will carry on until the following day at 10 am.
Leading the Eleksyon 2019 special coverage are GMA News pillars Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, Vicky Morales, Arnold Clavio, Howie Severino, and Jessica Soho. Joining them are anchors Pia Arcangel, Ivan Mayrina, Rhea Santos, Connie Sison, and Atom Araullo together with the most reliable team of journalists and stringers here and abroad who will deliver election-related news and developments live and straight from the field, as the events unfold.
Working with 40 election coverage partners all over the country—including GMA’s flagship AM radio station Super Radyo DZBB 594khz, Dobol B sa News TV, Barangay LS FM, RGMA Network, Inc., GMA Regional TV, and Catholic Media Network (CMN)—the GMA News and Public Affairs teams are strategically positioned nationwide to cover the conduct of elections, as well as report on some colorful local races and the most critical hotspots.
Together, they bring the brand of news reporting only GMA News and Public Affairs can deliver: “Walang kinikilingan, Walang pinoprotektahan, Walang kasinungalingan. Serbisyong totoo lamang.”
GMA News also unveils this Election Day its brand new 360-degree news set, featuring two Barco video walls, LED floor, LED video wall, and nine LFD monitors—all powered by the latest technology and equipment from world leaders in media technology. Eleksyon 2019 also features augmented reality executions illustrating election-related content. GMA Network allocated P63 million solely for the acquisition of the said state-of-the-art equipment and technology to provide more engaging and compelling content for today’s viewers.
Meanwhile, providing insights and analyses during this national event are experts and resource persons to help the public make sense of the political landscape and the significance of this elections on key national issues.
And as soon as voting closes and election returns are transmitted, viewers can expect Eleksyon 2019 to deliver the latest partial and unofficial results of both national and local elections.
Netizens can also catch the live stream of GMA News and Public Affairs’ coverage, including up-to-the minute election results, through GMA News Online’s Eleksyon 2019 website (www.gmanews.tv/Eleksyon2019).
Prior to Election Day, information and tools to help voters choose the right candidate have been made available by GMA News Online. These include the MyKodigo app, which allows users to create sample ballots that they can print out and bring to their respective voting precincts, and the Stand on Issues app, which allows users to check the position of senatorial candidates on 11 key issues.
Other GMA News and Public Affairs videos—including profiles of each senatorial candidate; video and reports from Debate 2019; and demographic data on the electorate—can also be accessed online.
On radio, Super Radyo DZBB 594khz begins its special coverage of #Eleksyon2019 from May 12 to 14 while Dobol B sa News TV will have its Special Coverage from May 13 to May 14.
GMA Network’s regional arm, GMA Regional TV, on the other hand, presents its comprehensive coverage of Eleksyon 2019 thru its local newscasts Balitang Amianan, One Western Visayas, One Mindanao, and Balitang Bisdak, and for the first time, via its official website www.gmaregionaltv.com.
Meanwhile, GMA Network’s online newscast Stand For Truth, deploys its millennial, mobile journ reporters all over the country to cover Eleksyon 2019.
Overseas, the “Eleksyon 2019: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special Coverage”, has a simulcast airing via GMA Pinoy TV, GMA life TV, and GMA News TV International.
“Eleksyon 2019: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special Coverage” brings together the partnership of GMA Network with GMA News TV, GMA New Media Inc. (NMI), GMA Radio (RGMA, DZBB and WLS-FM), GMA Regional TV, GMA News Online, GMA News and Public Affairs Social Media, GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, GMA News TV International, and GMA Kapuso Foundation.
The said coverage is fortified by partners from various sectors—Commission on Elections (COMELEC), PLDT-Smart Communications, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), Inquirer.net, Catholic Media Network (CMN), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), University of the Philippines (UP), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), AMA Education System, PHINMA – University of Pangasinan in North Central Luzon, University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Silliman University in Dumaguete City, West Visayas State University in Iloilo City, Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon, Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City, and Holy Cross Davao College in Davao City, Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), the Philippine Bar Association (PBA), the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI), YouTube, and Twitter.
On air and online, GMA News and Public Affairs remains the Philippines’ undisputed news authority. The “Eleksyon 2019: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special Coverage” reaffirms GMA Network’s election advocacy, “Pusuan ang Totoo”—a call to stand for what is true, to fight against corruption and disinformation, and to choose leaders who will truly serve the country.
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May 11, 2019
By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
THE Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Thursday said it is ready to offer air support to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Western Visayas, especially in the delivery of election paraphernalia for the May 13, 2019 elections.
According to Lt. Col Dennis Alcarde, Group Commander of the PAF Tactical Operations Group 6 (TPG 6), they have prepared and coordinated with the Comelec.
“We had series of preparations before the elections and we invited Comelec to brief us with regards to our role as military personnel as well as situational awareness as to the foresight of the needed air support, who will be deployed, and who will take the lead,” Alcarde said in an interview on Thursday.
Alcarde said they have at least two helicopters on standby that they can deploy once the Comelec needs air capability.
“We have air assets that we can deploy in case they need air capability. We are just waiting for the directive from our Central Command and we will take our cue from the requirements of the Comelec,” he said.
Meanwhile, Atty. Jose Nick Mendros, Comelec-6 director, said that as of Friday, only the municipality of Tapaz in Capiz has requested for air support for the delivery of election paraphernalia.
“As of now, only Tapaz in Capiz has requested for air support and we already sent the letter to our chairman,” he said in an interview on Friday.
According to Mendros, one voting center in Tapaz can be reached after a two-day travel on foot.
“So far, there are no other towns that have requested but if there are, we can immediately send it to our chairman,” he noted.
May 11, 2019
IN THIS election, we have several candidates for the Senate who come from Occidental Negros. I had mentioned Raffy Alunan and Neri Colmenares who are truly Negrosanons. Others, like Mar Roxas and Grace Poe trace their lineage from here through their parents. There is Gary Alejano that I had not written about because I don’t know him or his lineage and I never met him. Anyway, he has media handlers here so he is not shortchanged in terms of publicity.
I wrote about Alunan without meeting him because he was excluded by the group that tended to show that they speak for the sugar industry. Sadly, they did not include Alunan although more than anyone in the list of candidates that Tatak Kalamay endorsed, Alunan has the greater claim for linkage in industry. That being the case, he should have been included. But why was he not?
Tatak Kalamay justified its choice that the seven had helped the industry and had promised to come to its aid when the need arises.
To a certain extent we should thank Tatak Kalamay. Because of their exclusion of Alunan and the concern raised in this column in relation to this issue, it created curiosity and then sympathy for Alunan. Feedbacks show that many planters asked who decided on the exclusion of a real son of Negros and a scion of the leading clan in the industry.
Even non-planters were surprised but glad that this matter came out. Now they will vote for Alunan not only because he is a planter and a province mate but more so because he is highly qualified, not for dancing, singing and making himself a clown but because of his competence for the Senate.
There are only two persons from this province who served two cabinet posts – Alfredo Montelibano, Sr. and Raffy Alunan. Alunan served at the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Tourism. His experiences in these departments are vital in drafting of legislations. I learned only this week that he holds a reserve army rank of Major General as the commander of the First Standby Division.
Of course, his top positions in several large corporations, including international companies are added bonuses to his wealth of information. He had not been speaking about his qualifications but his classmates in the University of St. La Salle have come to his aid by telling me about him.
He is not as “shy” that I wrote about but rather described by a classmate as “a regular guy” who is great in any conversation. I can understand that considering his breeding, education, experience in public service and management in the corporate world and contacts in the international scene.
I learned that President Duterte who included him among his choices for the Senate, offered him the post of DILG but he preferred to run for the Senate where he will best serve the country and the administration with progressive legislation. Being in the Cabinet is a surefire way of getting into the government, after all he had been there, but the Senate is a place where one makes a real mark.
I don’t know his legislative agenda, but usually experience in and outside government is the best source of ideas for the drafting of laws. With his credentials, he is in the best position to do so.
I was informed several planters associations disassociated from the Tatak Kalamay list and while they will pick up some in the list, they will definitely include Alunan. That is a wise decision.
The most important is that now industry leaders and down the line are supporting him. I hope he makes it because now is the opportunity for a highly qualified senator from Negros.
We had been complaining that for over half a century Occidental Negros never had a senator. They point to the great economic strides in other provinces where they had a senator assisting their congressmen get a bigger share of the country’s opportunities.
While we complain our politicians are also unable to unite enough to rally behind one. We always rely on the senators with family roots here, and they did help, the best we can do.
Alunan and Colmenares are our best bets. Let’s not lose this “one more chance”. One or two more in the ballot can make a lot of difference.
May 11, 2019
POLICE Colonel Romeo Baleros, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), speaks during the send-off ceremony of security forces for the May 13, 2019 elections at Nocppo headquarters in Bacolod City last May 6. (Glazyl Y. Masculino hoto)
By: Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – We are on top of the situation.
This was stressed by Police Colonel Romeo Baleros, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), when asked about their security preparations in the province, two days before the elections on May 13, 2019.
In a press briefing, Baleros said police officers and soldiers were deployed to their respective areas of responsibility starting May 9.
A total of 3,251 security officers composed of cops and soldiers were sent off last Monday for poll security duties.
Two policemen will be assigned in every polling precinct with an additional personnel from the local police, and augmentation forces, Baleros said.
The Negros top cop said the deployment of personnel is based on the situation on the ground.
Baleros said they are aiming for peaceful and safe elections, as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte who visited the town of Moises Padilla last Wednesday for a security conference.
He said the president reiterated that policemen and soldiers should remain apolitical and neutral.
He also warned the New People’s Army (NPA) to never disrupt the electoral process on Monday.
“Let the people choose their own candidates,” Baleros quoted the President as saying.
May 11, 2019
THE fate of the nation in the next three years will be decided tomorrow. Tomorrow, the moral and intellectual state of the nation will also be revealed. All these will be known when Filipinos vote for the next leaders of the land, both at the local and national levels.
Will Filipinos give the administration a blanket authority to overturn the current democratic set-up of the country and allow it to impose its illiberal vision of the future? Will election results proclaim that Filipinos prefer clowns, charlatans, thieves, morally bankrupt and patently corrupt people as their leaders?
Here are the voting parameters that will gauge if Filipinos are still committed to democratic values and what kind of leaders they want to lead the country. These should be the primary considerations when choosing public officials.
Leaders of the nation must be committed to the ideals of democracy, loyal to the rule of law and value human rights. During the heyday of the Marcos dictatorship, Filipinos have experienced the horrors of authoritarian rule and losing their basic human and democratic rights. Democracy is imperfect but it is much better than dictatorship. Democratic process maybe frustrating at times and could be taken advantaged by bad elements of society but dictatorial rule is worse with the absence of due process.
Tomorrow, vote for candidates who are steadfast in their adherence to democracy and dedicated to advance and uphold democratic ideals. Do not be deceived by candidates who promise paradise in exchange for your basic democratic and human rights. Hell on earth is the absence of the rule of law and the denial of people’s rights.
Honesty is still the best policy. Contrary to the lies propagated by some senatorial candidates and their backers that honesty is not a requirement in public service, it is not only enshrined in the Constitution but the highest law of the land demands that public servants must be honest at all times.
Section 27, Article II of the Constitution declares, “The State shall maintain honesty and integrity in the public service and take positive and effective measures against graft and corruption.” Honesty is the policy of the Philippine state and all Filipinos, especially public employees and officials must reflect it in their lives.
“Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.” Sec. 1, Article XI of the Constitution further emphasizes the trustworthiness of public servants. Dishonest people cannot be trusted. Dishonesty breeds lies, deception, corruption, and ultimately abuse of power and authority.
Examine the lives and background of candidates particularly those running for senators. Who among them embody honesty? Definitely not candidates who fake their academic credentials!
Do not put dishonest people in public office. Reject those who do not believe honesty is a paramount criterion in voting public officials. Nations have been destroyed by dishonest leaders. It is national suicide to elect dishonest people and give them power. If you care for the future of the country, do not give your vote to dishonest people.
Public officials must be clean, decent, honorable, respectable, upright, and virtuous. Candidates tainted with graft and corruption must be outright discarded. Corruption is embedded in the DNA of many candidates for local and national posts.
Three senatorial candidates who are charged with stealing hundreds of millions of public funds are shamelessly seeking to reclaim their former post, pretending to be oblivious to the albatross of corruption they are carrying around. These thieves must be given a harsh lesson and must be consigned to the garbage can where they truly belong.
Aside from possessing lofty moral integrity, public officials must also be of high intellectual caliber. Alongside probity, competence is an important criterion in selecting public officials, especially in the Senate.
In the past, intellectual giants like Lorenzo Tañada, Jose Diokno, Jovito Salonga, and Ninoy Aquino walked in the Senate’s hallowed halls. Today, boxers, comedians, and con artists have invaded the Senate. Threatening to join them are candidates whose qualifications to be senators are being personal assistant and butcher of a cult-god. The Senate will sink to a new low if the ball-scratcher and the hatchet man join the clowns. Save the Philippine Senate from further sliding to oblivion by not voting the whisperer and the fake drug-buster who are not even intellectual pygmies but plain idiots.
Lastly, as you enter the polling precinct, remember the Train Law, which is responsible for the skyrocketing of the prices of goods and services you are now paying. If your purchasing power have been considerably reduced and you are now groaning at the high prices of basic commodities punish the re-electionist senators who approved the notorious Train Law. The author and supporters of the harsh and heartless Train Law must be thrown out of the Senate. Let your vote be form of consumer revolt.
Vote tomorrow according to your conscience. Reflect on the present sad state of the nation where people are slaughtered on mere suspicion and extra-judicial killing is becoming the new norm. Think about the future of the country and how it is being mortgaged to China, which stole our territory and snatched jobs from Filipinos.
Restore honesty, decency, integrity, credibility, competence, probity, and the positive values of Filipinos to public service. Reject the politics of death and dirt.
May 11, 2019
Around 200 bikers across the country will converge in Guimaras Island for the Tour de Guimaras and Kiddie Fun Race today, May 11, 2019.
Organized by John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) in partnership with the local government of Guimaras, the various bike events will happen at the Woodland Bike Park in Ravina Sur, Sibunag, Guimaras and Provincial Capitol Canopy.
The Kiddie Fun Race is expected to give electric vibe and fun to all adventure seeking kids. This will be the fifth fun race designed for children aged 14 years old and below.
The race is also a chance for families to get together and have an amazing bike experience at Woodland Bike Park.
Tour de Guimaras will also kick off early morning today, May 10, 2019, and will allow participants to explore the sceneries and tourist spots of the island province. All cyclists will start pedalling from Jordan Municipal Hall to the towns of San Lorenzo, Buenavista, Sibunag, and Nueva Valencia.
R6 Race Leg 2, an extreme bike race for veteran cyclists, will also commence at the Woodland Bike Park.
The Manggahan Trail Ride is also expected to attract 300 bikers from different parts of the country on May 12.
Another competitive biking competition is the 4X/BMX, a mountain-cross game which is a new style of mountain bike racing where four bikers race downhill on a prepared BMX-like track.
These bikes are generally either full suspension with 3 to 4 inches of travel or hardtails and relatively, have strong frames.
The Asian Enduro Series will feature Asian bikers who will try to eke out each other at the Ravina, Sibunag on May 18-19.
The 1st Mango Eco Trail Run 2019 will be joined by 130 bikers from Cebu, Roxas, Aklan, Guimaras, Iloilo, Manila, Antipolo, Antique, Bacolod, and some foreign bikers.
According to Russell Liñgat, race director, the event aims to promote the eco tourism of Guimaras and for the participants to discover the beautiful trails of the island.
“This is one of the side events of the 2019 Manggahan Festival and we want everyone to enjoy while riding their bikes. It’s a race competition and we will give cash prizes to all the winners. We are happy to stage the first ever event that will feature 12km and 21km distances,” he added.
As part of the route, bikers will experience off-road trails, forest trails, and river crossing. “Aside from giving them an extreme bike race, we are also promoting the community and its eco tourism. We are excited to see our participants, especially those from Manila and foreign bikers to witness and experience this unique race,” Liñgat said.
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May 11, 2019
Godofredo Balad-on shows his land title
Happiness can be expressed through smiles. Others express their appreciation through tears.
Godofredo Balad-on of Barangay Caidquid, Mambusao, Capiz, is one of the happy farmers in Capiz when he learned that he will now have a title of the land that he has been tilling for decades already.
“Ginpaadto ako diri sang DAR kay may maabot nga bisita (I was told by DAR to come here because there will be visitors),” Balad-on said, adding he was not aware of the distribution of titles last March 29, 2019. It was a big surprise for him to receive a title of the land in his name.
Balad-on, who is now 70 years old, is one of the 457 farmer-beneficiaries in Capiz who received the Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the government through the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
DAR Secretary John Castriciones personally awarded the 549 CLOAs and Emancipation Patents covering 562.2 hectares of land.
Baladon has been tilling the said granted land to him for more than 20 years already. The land was first tilled by his grandparents, then by his parents before it was passed on to him. It was planted with rice, corn and sugarcane.
“Nakatapos ang akon mga unga tungod sa bulig sini nga duta nga ginaumhan ko (My children were able to finish their studies through the help of this land),” he said, noting the big help the land has given to his family.
Balad-on’s wife Genoveva, is also a recipient of a CLOA for tilling a land which was passed on to her by her parents.
Aside from Balad-on, other farmer beneficiaries had likewise extended their thanks to the government for they are now the owners of the land they have tilled for many years.
Castriciones has considered the farmers and among the country’s true heroes because of their important role in food production.
He also cited the hardships of farmers and what the government is doing to help them change the image of farmers and in making farming easier for them.
“Kung walang mangunguma, walang pagkain sa hapag kainan (If there are no farmers, there will be no food in our table),” Castriciones said, adding the need for the farmers to be honored and be given help. (PIA/Capiz)
May 11, 2019
By: Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – An alleged high value target drug personality from Silay City, Negros Occidental was arrested in a buy-bust at Barangay Banago here early Friday.
Police identified the suspect as Rodin Dicen, 30, of Barangay Mambulac.
Dicen allegedly sold a sachet of shabu to a police agent for P500.
Police operatives recovered from him five sachets of suspected shabu weighing 12 grams worth P150,000, drug paraphernalia, the P500 marked money, and a .22 caliber revolver loaded with two live ammunition.
Dicen is detained at Police Station 3.