Pres. Aquino set here tomorrow

Pres. Aquino set here tomorrow by ATTY DANDAN A. BANTUGAN Pres. Aquino will be here tomorrow, his 6th visit here after the great earthquake last Oct. 15, 2013. The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here sent an advice to all media entities in the city to make at least three questions while the President will be meetingthe local press while he will be in Panglao town. Primary among the President’s itinerary tomorrow is the inspection and briefing of the Panglao Airport and its development. Other than that, the President would most likely listen to the briefings by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) on the Panglao airport. Pres. Aquino will also be updated on the Purok Electrification Program of the National Electrification Administration in Bohol. He will also be listening to the progress of the shared service facility with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Panglao. While the President is in Panglao town, he is set to meet the local media. Rey Anthony H. Chiu, PIA-Bohol manager, said that if the media conference pushes through, three questions coming from the representatives of the local media outlets will be asked to the President. However, the questions will be cleared first with the Presidential Management Staff (PMS). Chiu said that if ever the questions got the PMS clearance, the President and his staff will be enabled to answer the questions with local inputs and for the President to known which questions need his action and what concerned local authorities have done. There was no indication that the President will be joining political activities during his visit tomorrow. The details of his trip are highly...

Another man killed in city

Another man  killed in city TAGBILARAN CITY – When will the killings end? This seems to be the nagging question haunting city residents here as another man shot dead at past 1 o’clock early morning Nov. 11, 2015. A day before also at dawn (not in broad daylight as reported by this paper), a man was killed by still an unknown assailant near Camp Dagohoy, police said. The latest victim is identified as one Dennis Sebandal Villariasa, 32, single, a tricycle driver and a resident of Purok 3, Dao District in this city, initial investigation said. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds while he was still on his tricycle bearing body number 0392, the report said. Following the information of the shooting incident, elements of city police station led by Adriano Bacus, officer of the day composed of PO3 Silvan L. Palacio, duty criminal Investigator and members of Quick Response Team headed by PO3 Canales, together with PO1 Fornulles and PO1 Bancury and personnel IBT precinct led by SPO2 Sevilla and PO1 Awelon were immediately dispatched to the crime scene. Also, rescue members of the Telephone And Radio System Integrated Emergency Rescue 117 tried to assist the victim but to no avail. The place where the victim was shot dead “was not well lighted and the place was so muddy,” the report said. Scene of Crime Operatives (SOCO) team recovered three fired cartridge cases; and one slug on the crime scene. Also found on the victim’s possession were a wallet containing one plastic cellophane containing white crystalline substance believed to be “shabu;” two small plastic straw; one Sony Cellphone; and two Micro Sim, the...

2 shot dead in city ambush last night

TAGBILARAN CITY – Another two victims were shot dead in what could be an ambush incident last night. Initial report reaching Bohol News Today said that Marcos Alangade, married, age unknown and resident of Muslim village, barangay Taloto of this city and his companion Joseph Otero “Choychoy” Bumaat, Jr., single, and former security guard of a pawnshop were waylaid dead. The two were riding on a single motorcycle when shot by unidentified gunmen along the Pres. Carlos P. Garcia north national highway near the city cockpit. The victims were hit on their heads, the report said. A certain Ruth Alangade, the sister of one of the victims, hinted that the shooting could be illegal drugs related. Investigators found three bullet empty shells on the crime scene. But no other details yet given by the police investigators as of 11: 45 last night. The cadaver of Alangade was taken care of by Muslim brothers apparently to observe their practice in burial while that of Bumaat was brought to Holy Name funeraria here. Meanwhile, the family reportedly still seeks justice of the killing on Aug. 26 of Steve Pocoy Bolatete, said to be a youngster, a resident of Sta. Cruz, Poblacion III in this city. He was shto dead infront of the provincial Capitol. Other victims of dreaded shooting included William Tan Velez, alias “Godo,” 34, married and resident of Upper Dela Paz, Cortes town was shot to death at past ten PM along Tamblot street near Camp Dagohoy in this city. Former P02 Jaime Perdigon, alias “Jimmy,” was shot to death in barangay Manga, this city. Initial report said that...

No quake aid to Choco Hills hit

TAGBILARAN CITY – Even before the formal campaign period kicks off, former Carmen town councilor Atan Binlod, a trusted aide-de-camp of congressional bet Conchita “Che” Toribio delos Reyes, fired off an opening salvo, slamming the provincial government for providing no aid for the rehabilitation of the Chocolate Hills complex situated in one of the hills, barangay Buenos Aires in his town. The complex frequented by hundreds of tourists from afar everyday has been destroyed by the earthquake that shook the province in October 15, 2013. He said that the provincial government has been receiving 30% share of the income generated by the complex managed by municipal government of Carmen town. Carmen town carried out the management and operation of the complex pursuant to an agreement which has not yet been reportedly revisited after its expiration. This surfaced during the press conference held at Bohol Tropics Resort Club here called by Delos Reyes camp along with gubernatorial candidate Loay lady Mayor Rosemarie “Mae” Imboy, who is on her last term that will end on June 30, 2016. Meanwhile, reports reaching Bohol News Today said the provincial government of Bohol has not yet acted favorably the move of this town to increase the entrance fee of the Chocolate Hills complex. The fact remains that the Choco Hills complex situated in barangay Buenos Aires is still owned by the provincial government but operated by this town on a 70-30 share of the net income under an agreement. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) passed Resolution No. 2015-123, “Urging the Honorable Mayor Ricardo Francisco A. Toribio of Carmen, Bohol to hold in abeyance the implementation...

Carnappers strike, again

TAGBILARAN CITY – A certain Valentin Tagapulot Belarmino, 53 years old reported to city police that his motorcycle was stolen by still unidentified carnapper, police report said. Belarmino, who is married, a resident of Banban, Dimiao, Bohol and works as Security Guard under Tamblot Security Agency and presently detailed at Amarela Beach Resort, that his motorbike Honda XRM 125 with plate number 9267 GJ was parked yesterday morning within the vicinity of Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital. After he came out of the said hospital and proceeded to PAG-IBIG Office located at Galleria Luisa to transact loan thereat and came back to Provincial Hospital at around 8:45 AM, he was shocked to discover that his motorcycle was nowhere to be found at the place where it was parked. Police said they’re still investigating the incident. Meanwhile, P03 Joemer Miculob of this city station has recovered a unit of Honda Wave 100 Motorcycle, bearing Plate No. GA 33102, with Engine No. KWY01E104773, Chassis No. KWY01104765. The said motorbike was stlen at around 2:33 AM on Septembr 11, 2015. The said motorcycle was registered under the name of Joel D. Remeticado, a resident of Sta. Cruz, Sagbayan, Bohol, police said. Miculob has responded to the request of a certain Ryan Laswe Bantugan, 30, single and resident of Poblacion Ibabao, Loay, Bohol after the former spotted the said motorbike being driven by a minor with a minor backrider traveling along J. A. Clarin street in this city. The police accosted the two minors and brought the said motorcycle to the station. (W/Ern Pahayahay’s...

Warning: predator in city!

TAGBILARAN CITY. – The city police station here reported yesterday a predator at a secluded place in Dampas district this city. A report reflected at the city police blotter yesterday indicated that a family became the first victim of this armed predator found along the so-called Binayran Road in Dampas District this city. Rosalina Rivera y Udtohan, 47 years old, married and a residentof Libertad Heights, Baclayon, described the predator as a male suspect who was wearing a bonnet, wearing ¾ white sleeve shirt with blue or black sleeve, wearing pants with slipper around 20 years old, tall and thin in built, The suspect was armed with a handgun believed to be a .357 caliber revolver and was reportedly hiding at a grassy area in Binayran road and keeps on preying on the passers-by in the road. At around 1:30 yesterday afternoon, the suspect eyed his victims who were aboard a motorcycle. Rivera together with his live-in partner and their two children were suddenly stopped by the suspect who came out from the grassy area and blocked their way. Then and there, the unidentified suspect pointed a gun at Rivera and her family and took the victim’s sling bag which contained a wallet with P850.00 in cash, SSS ID, reading eyeglass, Nokia cell phone and diver’s watch of her live-in partner. P/Supt. George A. Vale immediately ordered his men yesterday to conduct a follow-up operation upon noting the incident which already preyed upon the innocent motorists passing by the secluded areas in the city. A concerned city resident told Bohol News Today said most of the carnapping incidents here...

Certiorari eyed vs. Ombudsman order

TAGBILARAN CITY. – The legal panel of the respondents in the Salcon deal is pushing for the fling of a certiorari with the appropriate curt against the Ombudman order denying the motion for reconsideration. This developed after Rep. Rene L. Relampagos of Bohol’s first district met his legal team last Sunday night in order to map out plans in order to abort the issuance of a warrant of arrests by the Sandiganbayan against him and the other respondents in the graft case filed by the Association of Concerned Tagbilaranons (ACT). Atty. Lord Marapao IV, one of the members of the legal team of Relampagos, told a radio interview that part of the plan was to immediately file a Petition for Certiorari under Rule 65 of the Rules of Court with prayer for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Ombudsman from filing the Information with the Sandiganbayan. The petition will raise various legal questions pertaining to the orders of the Ombudsman especially on its denial of the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Relampagos and Dennis Villareal, president of Salcon, a Malaysian based company which entered into a joint venture with the provincial government in the year 2000 when Relampagos was still the governor. According to Marapao, the move will eventually be a battle of pleadings in order to delay the issuance of a warrant of arrest. Relampagos had to take the baton of the legal maneuvers against the Ombudsman order considering that Gov. Edgar M. Chatto is still in the United States attending the convention of the Confederation of Boholanos in the United States and Canada (CONBUSAC). Marapao also...

THE LONG WAIT IS FINALLY OVER

          Ombudsman denies recon on graft raps vs Bohol Guv et al   QUEZON CITY. – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Rep. Rene Relampagos of Bohol’s first district and Dennis Villareal, SALCON boss, in the graft and corruption charge filed by Association of Concerned Tagbilaranons (ACT), reports reaching Bohol News Today yesterday said. The case stemmed from the sale of the Provincial Public Utilities Department (PPUD) twin enterprise of light and water by the provincial government to Salazar Construction (SALCON) , Inc. in the early 2000 through a transaction styled as a joint venture. Among the respondents in the graft case included Relampagos who was the governor at the time of the signing of the joint venture with Salcon and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan at that time then led by Vice-Gov. Edgar M.Chatto and the board members who approved the transaction. They are incumbent Board Member Tomas D. Abapo Jr., former BM Arnold Lungay who is now based in the United States, former BM Eufrasio Mascarinas who is also abroad, former BM Isabelito Tongco who now serves as the consultant in the office of Gov. Chatto and Villareal. Then Board Member now Vice Gov. Concepcion Lim was also included as among the respondent. Lim is now the acting governor as Gov. Chatto is in the United States. Former Provincial Atty. Inocentes Lopez was also included. The other respondents include the late Board Members Exequiel Madrinan, Francisco Alesna Sr., Severino S.Caberte, Renato Lim Lemuel Digal and the late former Provincial Planning and Development Officer (APPDO), Atty.Juanito Cambangay....

Mayor orders probe on “mass dog poisoning”

PANGLAO, Bohol – Was there really “mass dog poisoning” in this town? Who were the perpetrators? What were the motives? These are some nagging questions on dog poisoning report which were raised during the press conference convened at posh Bellevue resort in this town yesterday. Mayor Leonila P. Montero of this town vowed to conduct an investigation on the “mass dog pisoning” to find out the truth. Details of the probe were not known yet as the mayor is expected to form a body and define their roles, said an official. But she reminded those who are dog lovers to be responsible pet owners, citing a certain law. The news report of mass dog poisoning” came out in the weekly Bohol Tribune. It caught tourism industry players off-hand. Bellevue resort manager Rommel Gonzales sharply reacted to the news. He said that the news item was insinuating that Bellevue was pictured to be involved in the alleged dog poisoning since there was no other resort in this town that sponsors triathlon. And triathlon was mentioned in the news and it is even implying that the next triathlon would back out because of the mass dog poisoning incident recently, he said. He categorically said that Bellevue was not involved in any way in mass dog poisoning, saying the resort management condemns the report. “This is not good journalism for tourism,” he said. He added that Belleveu is not only badly affected in this news report but all other stakeholders in tourism industry. One media practitioner raised the use of “mass dog poisoning” when in the news there were only two mentioned...

Hold-up men in 24/7 stores again

TAGBILARAN CITY. – Armed hold-up men are back again in the city victimizing 24/7 convenient stores. A sketch report from the city police station indicated that a convenient store at the corner of J. Borja and Gallares streets this city was victimized by an unidentified hold-upper armed with a yesterday afternoon. That was not the first time that a convenient store was victimized by hold-uppers. Several 24/7 stores have already closed being the favorite targets of hold-uppers. Initial police investigation revealed that at around 2:45 o’clock yesterday afternoon, a male person allegedly wearing a hooded jacket with short pants, stands 5 feet to 5 feet and`6 inches in height, thin to medium in built, entered the convenient store and pointed a handgun of unknown caliber to the cashier who was alone inside the store. The cashier, whose identity is still being withhold by the police, said the suspect then demanded the cash earnings of the store. Thus the cashier took the cash inside the cash drawer but the suspect added in vernacular “naa pa na sa ilawon” (there is still money below the table). Police investigators said the suspect must be a veteran hold-upper considering that he knows the placement of the cash registry. Police said the suspect was referring to the previous earnings of the store placed under the table. Later, a male customer came to buy cigarettes and the suspect allegedly pretended to be the owner of the store. This prevented the cashier to inform and seek assistance from the male customer due to the fear and panic. When the customer stepped out from the store, the...
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