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Mentally-ill man kills ma, nephew; injures 2 others in Mambusao

By: Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Tragedy struck two families in Mambusao, Capiz after one of their kin went on a murderous rampage on Christmas Day.

Charlie Ocate-Delicano could not believe that he brutally hacked to death his mother Amanda and nephew Ronnie, 4 in the morning of December 25.

He also hacked his nieces—Hanacer, 9, and Rezalene, 3 – while at the house of his parent in Brgy. Caidquid, Mambusao town.

Based on police investigation, Charlie went to their parents’ house to spend Christmas. The suspect’s own family resided in nearby Brgy. Burias also in Mambusao.

It was around 3 a.m. of December 25 when the suspect woke up, took a bolo and first hacked Ronnie on the head. He then hacked Hanacer and Rizalene also on their heads.

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5 injured in Christmas firecrackers

By: Louine Hope Conserva and Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE Department of Health (DOH-6) reported five victims of firecracker blast during the Christmas celebration.

The first case was recorded on December 23, that of a 7-year-old boy in Dumangas, Iloilo.

He sustained an eye injury due to a “boga” and was sent home for immediate care.

Another case was recorded on December 24, a 39-year-old male from Negros Occidental who suffered burns on his right hand due to a “5-star” blast.

The victim, believed to be under the influence of liquor, was given tetanus toxoid shots and was sent home.

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DPWH increases ICC-2 budget

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) has increased the approved budget for the second phase of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) by P1 million.

From the original approved budget for the contract (ABC) of P187,602,253.15, the ICC Phase 2’s budget is now pegged at P188,684,036.64.

The figures are reflected in the invitation to bid (ITB) published on the DPWH website on December 19, 2014.

The ITB set the new date for the bidding of the ICC-2 on January 13, 2015.

According to the invitation, DPWH-6 assistant regional director Lea Delfinado asked interested bidders to attend a pre-bid conference on Monday, December 29, so that questions on ICC Phase II can be clarified before they drop their bids.

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By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao

SAN JOSE, Antique – Student organizations in Guintas National School, Hamtic, Antique joined the nationwide movement for tree planting for the National Greening Program.

More than 200 students members of Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) and Students Supreme Council of the said school joined the tree planting activity on Wednesday.

About 600 seedlings of fruit and timber trees were planted in about 1.5 hectares planting site near the school.

Aside from the students, the Parents Teachers Association, barangay officials from Guintas, Dangcalan and Linaban and neighboring barangays also joined in the activity.

Leila Butiong of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and NGP coordinator for the town of Hamtic said the tree planting activity is part of the series of activities instituted by CENRO San Jose and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Hamtic in support to NGP.

The town of Hamtic has targeted five hectares as tree planting site under the Tree Park project and has already planted on more than four hectares.

Four schools in the town are supportive of this program, namely the General Leandro National School in Fabrica, Gov. Julio Macuja National High School in Caridad, Guintas National School and University of Antique-Hamtic Campus.

Nelda Eustaquio, adviser of YES-O, and Principal Jose Angel Cordero appealed for community support to this program by providing tree guards, watering the plants during summer months and keeping stray animals away from the site.

This is to ensure 100 percent survival of the trees, said Cordero.

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The last relic

December 27,2014 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

ONE week before Christmas day, the global community is presented with a rare gift of high historical significance. The last relic of the Cold War is finally dismantled.   Read more...

Legalized use of marijuana for medicine and recreation – a blunder and destructive to the nation



December 27,2014 12:57 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

COLORADO SPRINGS, USA – One of the hottest and controversial issues here in Colorado, USA since two years ago was the legalization of RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.

By the way, use of MEDICAL MARIJUANA was legalized in the state of Colorado in 2000 and other 23 states later followed. Read more...

How family members can help one another become holy



December 27,2014 12:56 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA



Gospel Reading: Luke 2,22-40

THE Jewish religion is ultimately founded on the relationship between God and the “chosen people of Israel.” Read more...

Let Negosyo Centers also help the ‘discouraged workers’

December 27,2014 12:54 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

IF THERE is anything that we must really value about Christmas, it is Hope – the hope of mankind’s salvation with the birth of Christ, the hope we are able to ignite in the lives of the least of our brethren by sharing our blessings with them, and the hope for sustainable peace and progress in continuing mutual concern for each other which Christmas also teaches. Read more...

How sex got a bad reputation

December 27,2014 12:52 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.” – Bertrand Russell Read more...

Prayer’s new relevance

December 27,2014 12:50 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

PRAYER is always relevant. It’s as indispensable as breathing. Our spiritual life would be detached from its life-source, exposing itself to great dangers, when one stops to pray. But with today’s confusing developments, when we have to learn to blend truth with charity, justice with mercy, prayer becomes even more relevant and indispensable.

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