ANOTHER JOURNALIST SHOT DEAD

A news reporter was killed almost instantly when two unidentified gunmen riding in tandem on a motorcycle shot him in close range in Manila yesterday. The victim was identified by the National Press Club of the Philippines as Alex Balcobo, 56 years old and a reporter of the Peoples Brigada. He was the 174th media man who was killed since 1986. What is astonishing is the fact that assassins of journalists are rarely apprehended by the authorities. The highest number of journalists killed was in 2009 in Maguindanao when some 32 print and broadcast journalists were killed in a period of two weeks. The Philippines has always been described by International media as the most dangerous place for journalists. BENNEX NEWS...

EDUCATORS UNDERGO ARTS and CULTURE TRAINING FOR A STRONGER BOHOL

“NEW PROGRAMS HAVE birth pains, but you are not alone.” Gov. Edgar M. Chatto gave this assurance to at least sixty school teachers of different public schools from Bohol’s three congressional districts Wednesday. That day was the first of the three-day Summer Trainers Training and Workshop on Choir Music and Traditional Boholano Dances facilitated by both the DepEd Bohol Schools Division and the Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD) of the Governor’s Office. Boholanos are passionate when it comes to culture and heritage and the Provincial Leadership is now undertaking programs to promote Boholano life “as it was” and “as it is” as part of the province’s eco-cultural tourism. In so doing, educators are playing a very vital role for they are now being trained to handle music and traditional dances as part of the curricula that they teach their students. It is to start with elementary school teachers who would then cascade their learnings to their students. Collaborating in the flow of activities for the workshop were SEEM Cluster Head Liza Quirog, CCAD Head Romulo Tagaan, Culture and Arts Consultant Enriqueta Butalid, Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage (BACH) Council Chair Marianito Luspo, Edison Gumapac and Glenda Dote. DepEd Educational Program Supervisor Cirilo Calatrava stood in for Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos on opening day. The governor admitted that “no one has a monopoly of ideas” so that collaboration and cooperation are much needed for easy and efficient implementation. He added that he is always inspired to talk to educators for “you are the future of the country.” The program, he explained, is for the conservation, preservation and promotion...

Official canvass of poll results in Bohol done

Official canvass of poll results in Bohol done TAGBILARAN CITY – The provincial board of canvassers (PBOC) has completed the counting of votes cast in the local and national elections after three days of hard work since election day. And now it’s official. PDP-Laban bet and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Roa Duterte garnered a total of 310,114 votes cast in entire province with a total of 682,608 votes (actual) or 83% turnout from the total of 798,768 voters. Following Duterte is Mar Roxas with 200,544 votes; Grace Poe, 68,097; Jojo Binay, 42,245; and Miriam Santiago, 6,018, provincial certificate of canvass CEF No. 21, a copy of which is obtained by BNT, showed. Liberal Party bet for vice-president Rep. Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur province won the race with a score of 272,649 votes cast. She defeated her rivals — Duterte’s runningmate Alan Peter Cayetano got 169,085 votes; Bongbong Marcos, 79,514; Chiz Escudero, 54,139; Trillanes, 10,747; and Gringo Honasan, 9,879. In the gubernatorial race, reelectionist Gov. Edgar Chatto won the race garnering a total of 330,751 votes. He is followed by May Imboy with 222,222. Senior board member Atty. Dionisio Balite came out the victor in the vice-gubernatorial duel, defeating his long time political enemy incumbent Vice-Gov. Conching Lim. Balite scored a total of 277,199 while Lim’s 256,124 votes. Those who made it to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan board members after final count are the following: LP’s reelectionists Atty. Benjie Arcamo, 109,556 votes; Atty. Abeleon Damalerio, 103,283; and neophyte Ricky Masamayor, 85,821 for first district. Second district board members: reelectionist Atty. Tomas D. Abapo, Jr., 86,000; outgoing Bein-Unido mayor Nino Rey Boniel, 67,064; and Agapito Avenido, 52,902. Third...

No sweep for LP; BUO reaps posts

No sweep for LP; BUO reaps posts TAGBILARAN CITY – Bohol United Opposition (BUO) has shattered the myth that this province is an administration bailiwick as it garnered key posts in the provincial government with challenger senior board member Atty. Dionisio Balite at the helm being the next vice-governor of Bohol in last Monday’s elections. Balite (PDP-Laban) defeated incumbent Vice-Gov. Conching Lim of Liberal Party with much-vaunted well-oiled machinery. He harvested a total of 265,274 votes cast against Lim’s 246,844, based on Provincial Cavass Report obtained by BNT. But his proclamation set yesterday afternoon was postponed today by Atty. Jerome Brillantes, chair of the Provincial board of canvassers, due to “destroyed SD card” in the towns of Sierra-Bullones and Lila and transmission problem in some towns. Reelectionist Rep. Aris Aumentado trounced his challenger board member Gerry Garcia who failed to get even half of what the former got —– 134,537 against Garcia’s 49,909. BUO also got three seats in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan with the election of reelectionist (2nd district) board member Atty. Tomas D. Abapo, Jr with 86,000. He is followed by outgoing B-Unido Mayor Nino Boniel with 67,064 votes and third seat went to LP’s Agapito Avenido who got a total of 52,902 votes to complete the three-seat board of the district. Those who did not make it: BUO’s Tonypet Ouano with 47,209; LP’s Jonel Torregosa, 51,290; and LPs Gierhjem Puracan, 52,081. Balite’s youngest son Victor Balite is the only BUO bet who survived the race in 3rd district board member with 93,195 votes that made him second to LP’s neophyte Alexie Tutor, wife of reelectionist Candijay Mayor Christopher Tutor, who garnered a total of...

SD cards for VCMs broke; proclamation suspended

TAGBILARAN CITY – The provincial board of canvassers (PBOC) yesterday suspended the proclamations of the remaining local winners in Monday’s elections, provincial election supervisor and PBOC chair Atty. Jerome Brillantes, who presided over the canvassing held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall yesterday. Vice-gubernatorial candidate senior board member Atty. Dionisio Balite’s proclamation yesterday was moved today by Atty. Jerome Brillantes due to “destroyed SD card” of vote counting machines (VCMs) in the towns of Sierra-Bullones and Lila. Also suspended was the proclamation of provincial board member-winners —- neophytes board members-elect Alexie Tutor, Victor Balite, Jade Bautista and reelectionist Elpidio Jala —- in third district. Balite of the PDP-Laban defeated reelectionist Vice-Gov. Conching Lim of the Liberal party. Comelec in some towns encountered problems in transmission of the results due to slow or no signal. Some of the clustered precincts in the municipalities of Alicia and Antequera had the hard time to make their election results transmitted to PBOC due to slow or no signal at all, according to PBOC during the canvassing yesterday. Earlier or during the voting day, two of the VCMs in barangays of Buenavista town were replaced with contingency ones for they did not function, according to vice-mayor-elect Atty. Dave Duallo in exclusive interview. In Garcia-Hernandez town, some ballots after they’re filled up were rendered invalid due to ink stain in the ballots, Comelec said. But the conduct of the elections was relatively peaceful and orderly with little hitches encountered by some voting places, reports reaching BNT said. Meanwhile, LP in Bohol failed to deliver votes to its presidential standard bearer Mar Roxas, who was defeated...

Duterte’s name shaded but receipt printed Roxas – report

TAGBILARAN CITY – “Duterte’s name was shaded on the ballot but the receipt showed the vote went to Roxas” during the vote counting machine (VCM) testing yesterday, according to fb post of Clement Lofranco Ingking. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) held the VCM testing during the DepEd teachers and Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) training held at Alta Bohol Resort and Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol, Ingking’s post said. Ingking asked the Comelec to do something about this error. The OFW Update, an online publication, had this to say: “An OFW from HONG KONG was enraged after she cast her vote and choose Rodrigo Duterte as her president but the receipt printed Mar Roxas.” “Cecile Caluya voted on April 30, 2016, at Bayanihan Kennedy Town Center polling center at around 12 noon. She went at room 402, and she made sure she shade the ballot properly, and according to Caluya, she even double checked everything to make sure everything is correct.” “To her surprise, the receipt printed the name Mar Roxas instead of the one she voted, Rodrigo Duterte. She approached the poll official and she was asked if she shaded it properly, which she says, yes.” “The poll official suggested to make an affidavit which Caluya agreed.” “Voting in Hong Kong will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Hong Kong statutory holidays until May 10.” “The overseas Filipinos could cast their vote through the PCOS machines located in Hong Kong and Singapore, by personal voting or postal voting.” “The DFA said voters using the...

Brgy. Ubujan wins for 3rd time Saulog ‘mardi gras’

Brgy. Ubujan wins for 3rd time Saulog ‘mardi gras’ TAGBILARAN CITY – Barangay Ubujan contingent became a hall of famer when it grabbed the grand prize in the street dancing competition during the 4th Saulog Tagbilaran 2016 and annual feast day in honor of St. Joseph, the Worker on May 1, 2016. It grabbed the grand prize in mardi gras competition in 2015 and 2014. Brgy. chairperson Jane Ruiz received from City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II and other officials the cash prize of Php150,000 and trophy. Completing the top five of the 16 contingents were: barangay Tiptip, first runner-up with Php100,000; barangay San Isidro, 2nd RU (Php80,000); barangay Taloto, 3rd RU (Php50,000); and barangay Cogon, 4th RU (Php20,000). Barangay Ubujan also harvested three other minor prizes: Best in Streetdance; Best in Choregraphy; and Best in Costume; and Best in Field Performer with Php5,000 each category. Barangay Tiptip also got the Best in Musicality and Best in Production Number with similar amount of prize. Mayor Yap thanked all the barangay officials and the street dancers for their cooperation and hard work to make the Saulog 2016 successful....

Comelec to hold FTS on Friday

TAGBILARAN CITY – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that the final testing and sealing (FTS) of vote counting machines will be simultaneously held on May 6, (Friday) regionwide. Malou Cempron said in interview yesterday that the FTS will be centralized in each of the 47 towns in one place considering that holding FTS every barangay wouldn’t be practical due to lack of policemen, except this city. Security measures are all set to ensure a peaceful and oderly May 9 elections but police personnel deployment during election is inadequate. Police provincial director Col. Dennis Agustin told Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting recently that a total of 988 men in uniform are needed to comply with the Comelec’s order. Agustin said that Comelec requires that at least two police officers should be assigned in every clustered polling center. If the total of 1,066 poll centers province-wide multiplied by two PNP men, there would be 2,132 police officers needed to man the election, he said. There’s only a total of 1,144 policemen excluding those already assigned on other tasks, hence the balance of 988. Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) led by Agustin reportedly ordered its men in uniform especially in the municipalities to be always alert to prevent any commission of crime as the elections are just six days away. One concrete example of police duty, the source said, is the conduct of check points daily in strategic areas and other police visibility. Based on the minutes of previous meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, political violence has been well considered. The Council identified as ingrdients that...

Sara Duterte: It’s all “black propaganda”

TAGBILARAN CITY – “It’s all black propaganda,” thus said Sara Duterte, daughter of PDP-Laban standard bearer Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The daughter of tough-talking Duterte answered queries to select media last night on the issues regarding the millions of bank deposits being trumpeted by senator Trillanes. She said in quick ambush interview that his father had already answered the issue when he called a press conference yesterday. She hinted that all the mud slinging against her father point to his being the front runner in different opinion polls on presidential preference. Sara Duterte, who is gunning for mayor in Davao City come May 9, 2016, expressed her gratitude to Boholanos who volunteered and other supporters here for their trust in her father. Sara Duterte and company arrived in Tubigon in late afternoon and arrived here at past six last night where her fathr’s supporters were waiting at Plaza Rizal for a glimpse of the Duterte bus on tour. Today, the bus tour will visit the interior part of Bohol particularly Carmen town and make minute stopovers in towns leading to Talibon then back to this city. The following day (May 1, 2016), the bus will bring them to eatern part and stopover in Jagna town, where they would continue to travel by boat on the way to Camiguin island, the source. Meanwhile, press release of Duterte had this to say. Presidential candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte said government programs that benefitted the Filipino people will continue. “It is crazy to stop them just because they are programs implemented by previous administrations,” Duterte told more or less 7,000 residents...

Quirog dares Freda: Stop lying and resign

DECLARING that her time is already up, Provincial Agriculturist and Social Economic and Environmental Management (SEEM) Cluster Coordinator Liza Quirog said that Board Member Freda Tirol should now resign and withdraw her candidacy for another term in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for being blatantly dishonest in her campaign sorties. In her open letter to the editor published in some weeklies here last week, Quirog has given Mrs, Tirol only 48 hours to show and point to the lady agriculturist where to find a female carabao fit for breeding which only costs P5T each. And if Tirol could show this to Quirog, the latter would then resign so as not to “taint the image of the Provincial Government with corruption.” But as of presstime, Tirol has “not shown or pointed to me where is that P5T female carabao, so she should now resign because she has outrightly lied to the people.” Quirog has been reiterating her dare to the lady board member in the social media and even in the print and broadcast media hoping that what remains of those wanting to serve the public and the Boholanos, be it the incumbent officials or candidates, are “people with dignity and integrity to serve the public in utmost honesty.” And with these character requirements, Mrs. Tirol did not possess. This dare stems from the issue where Tirol has been heard brandishing lies in her campaign speeches in the third district of Bohol and dragging the names of Quirog and former board member and now chief of staff of the Governor’s Office, Isabelito “Tay Billy” Tongco as the hands that manipulated the overpricing...
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