'Budol' member falls in Capiz
By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon and Felipe V. Celino
A Suspected member of the Budol-Budol gang was arrested in a police operation in Ivisan town in Capiz.
The arrest came a day after police in Iloilo City warned the public against suspected swindlers who were on a rampage lately.
Kirk Vincent Peñarosa, 38, who hails from Davao City, was collared after his companions fled.
According to Superintendent Julio Gustilo, Roxas City police chief, Peñarosa served as the driver of the alleged swindling group.
Peñarosa is believed to be one of the four suspects who leeched on Visitacion Boysen, 64, of Brgy. Lawa-an, Roxas City Monday afternoon.
Megaworld to build tallest tower in region
By: Louine Hope Conserva
MEGAWORLD, one of the country’s giant real estate developer, is building the tallest residential tower in Western Visayas.
Standing at 80 meters high, The Palladium is a 22-storey residential condominium dubbed the “building of firsts” and the fifth tower to be built at Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
The Palladium is the first building to have four multi-level skygardens overlooking the serene beauty of Iloilo City, infinity pool and exclusive loft units ranging from 76 square meters to 115 square meters.
“The skygardens will provide our residents their own private sanctuary and relaxation with nature. We want our residents to have that ‘home feel’, the reason why we provided the loft units,” said Jennifer Palmares-Fong, head of marketing of Iloilo Business Park.
The building will also house 482 units ranging from studio (29.50 square meters), executive studio (39.50 square meters)
DENR-6 halts retrieval of ‘illegal logs’
By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) suspended the retrieval of illegally cut logs in a virgin forest in Sitio Wilderness, Brgy. Damutan in Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer (PENRO) Andres Untal said DENR-6 regional director issued the order which took effect Monday.
The suspension is in reaction to the controversy that arose after Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinobaan and a private contractor agreed to retrieve the illegal logs from the forest.
The retrieval of the logs estimated at 400,000 to 500,000 board feet will cost some P16 million.
The retrieval is seen to pose danger to the forest aside from legal questions on the agreement.