P1.2M worth of ‘shabu’ seized
By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon
OPERATIVES of the Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) seized more or less P1 million worth of suspected shabu from an alleged peddler in Sara, Iloilo Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, IPPO director, members of the IPPO Intelligence Branch arrested Renante “Bimbo” Braga, 34, of Brgy. Bacabac, Sara in a buy-bust operation at the latter’s house.
Salinas said they also arrested Romel Plogio, Joesan Superal, and Kenneth Obillos, who yielded a caliber .45 pistol (ParaOrdnance).
Seized from Braga and company were 250 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated value of P1.2 million based on prevailing street price.
Trouble simmers in Sicogon again
By: Tara Yap
STRIFE is brewing in a once famous island resort in northern Iloilo as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is poised to eject claimants in the area.
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) recommended the ejection of settlers who staged a campout protest within the 351-hectare timberland area of Sicogon Island in Carles, Iloilo.
CENRO chief Salvador Manglinong Jr. pushed for the eviction of members of the Federation of Sicogon Island Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (FESIFFA) who have been claiming portions of the island under the agrarian reform program.
Manglinong said the settlers illegally occupied the timberland area located in Brgy. Buaya, one of Sicogon’s three villages, which is a violation of Presidential Decree No. 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines) and Republic Act No. 7161 (Unlawful Occupation or Destruction of Forest Lands).
DENR ‘scolds’ DPWH for tree massacre
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will send a letter reprimanding the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for its failure to seek clearance before trimming the roots of trees on General Luna Street, City Proper.
The DPWH ordered Good Fortune Corp. to trim the roots of 29 of the 41 trees in the said street to give way to a road widening project.
During the technical conference between the two government agencies Tuesday, Ildefonso T. Tuliva, DENR land management officer III, said they agreed on a commitment sheet defining the roles of each office in the project.
“We will subject them to reprimand as a form of administrative sanction. We will send them a