NFA-Iloilo in hot water
By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon
OFFICIALS of the National Food Administration (NFA) in Iloilo will be made to explain why government grains ended up in a private warehouse in Leganes, Iloilo.
Secretary Francis Pangilinan, Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, and NFA Administrator Arthur Juan arrived in Iloilo Friday to inspect the warehouse of Dennis Devicente where 1,047 sacks (not 1,400 as reported earlier) of NFA rice were discovered.
Devicente is also the owner of Rescha Marketing which has an NFA license for warehousing, transporting, retailing and wholesaling of rice.
Members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-6) regional office raided Devicente’s warehouse at Brgy. Napnud, Leganes Wednesday after receiving tips that NFA rice were being diverted and re-bagged in the area.
According to the NBI, they got a lead on Devicente's warehouse after they saw three Elf trucks coming out of the NFA warehouse in Jaro, Iloilo City around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Iloilo town officials caught dozing, texting during SONA
By: Louine Hope Conserva
TWO officials of San Dionisio, Iloilo were caught sleeping and texting while Pres. Benigno Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 28.
Photos published in The Philippine Star last July 30 showed Vice Mayor Jhun Albania in deep slumber while Sangguniang Bayan Member Roger Niel Lopez was busy sending text messages from his phone.
Albania admitted that he fell asleep before and during the President’s speech due to exhaustion from their travels in Luzon.
“We entered the plenary between 1:30 and 2 p.m. and the speech began at 4 p.m. So while waiting for the president’s speech, I admit that I fell asleep. During his delivery, there were also instances that I fell asleep,” Albania said.
Albania said he was exhausted after travelling from Ilocos to Metro Manila.
Endangered shells seized
By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon
THREE persons were arrested Thursday evening for transporting a truckload of endangered shells in Batad, Iloilo.
The suspects were identified as Christopher Mancia, 31, of Barangay Punao, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and driver of the Isuzu Elf truck (license plate YFJ-462); Cipriano Umbrero, 53, San Julio Subdivision, San Carlos City; Rene Boy Rusiana, 38, of Barangay Rizal, San Carlos City.
Combined elements of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) intelligence branch, PNP Regional Maritime Office and Batad Police Office, together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) intercepted 95 sacks of helmet or “budyong” shells and smooth top shells in a checkpoint at Brgy. Batad Viejo.
An inventory of the seizure showed that the hoard included 1,708 pieces of budyong shells and 616 pieces of smooth top shells. Both shells are considered endangered, according to BFAR.