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BIG-TIME BUST

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.

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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).

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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

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Iloilo’s Gay Fairest crowned Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012

STATUESQUE Ilongga gay stunner Erriz Erikha Lanceta bagged the much-coveted star-studded Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012 crown held recently at the cool Teatrino Greenhills.

Lanceta, a multi-awarded sultry beauty expert, who is at 5’10” tall, bested 23 other lovely gay hopefuls from around the country. Coming close is Ms. Philippines-World Stephie Zanora of Cebu City, followed by Ms. Earth Michelle Biñas of Sultan Kudarat, Ms. International Bem Bem Radaza of Cagayan De Oro City and Bacolod City’s Crystal Elizalde as Ms. Asia Pacific.

Other than winning the crown, Lanceta also bagged the Best in Swimsuit award. Meanwhile, Biñas took home the Best in National Costume and Best in Gowns awards and Elizalde was cited as Ms. Photogenic.

The stellar members of the Board of Judges were former beauty queens Ms. World 1st runner-up Evangeline Pascual, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe titlists Peachy Veneracion and Maria Ysabel Lopez, the reigning Ms. Earth Athena Imperial, veteran actress Liza Lorena, Lani Lobangco and movie director Boboy Tan.

Now on its 33rd edition, the Miss Gay Philippines beauty pageant was founded and produced annually by famed celebrity columnist Chito Alcid.

“Ms. Gay Philippines beauty pageant is not produced to glorify gays. This is a platform for them to further develop their personality, how to be more productive gays, to be professional in dealing with people, to have positive outlook in life, remind them the importance of moral values and their relationship to society,“ stated pageant producer Chito Alcid.

2012 Ms. Philippines-Universe Erriz Erikha Lanceta will represent our country to the Ms. Gay-Universe 2012 beauty pageant in Thailand this coming November.


 

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Newness of life

April 16, 2014 02:14 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THIS is what we can expect with the celebration of Easter. We are made new! We have a new life. We are actually made a new creature. The old man in us is buried. A new man is formed in each one of us! Read more...

I am for the RH Bill

April 16, 2014 02:12 AM

By: Peter G. Jimenea

In August 1969, Jerome Lejeune, a French doctor and world-renowned expert in human genetics, was awarded by the American Society of Human Genetics the William Allen Memorial Award, the highest distinction granted to a geneticist Read more...

Unemployment: Social exclusion not pleasing to God

April 16, 2014 02:10 AM

By: Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, DD

Bishop of San Carlos, Negros Oriental

Convenor, Visayas Clergy Discernment Group

THERE is poverty and suffering in the country and the world, not because of overpopulation but because of inequality, manifested in the huge mass of people being excluded from gainful livelihood (unemployment). Read more...

The public and foreign policy

April 16, 2014 02:08 AM

By: Melinda Quintos De Jesus

FOREIGN POLICY news do not carry a lot of weight in the news agenda. People generally think that the issues usually couched in diplomatic jargon as too nuanced for them to see the immediate relevance. Read more...

Destroy with a kiss

April 16, 2014 02:06 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

I WAS watching the replay of the television talk of the late New York Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a pioneer in the use of radio and television for evangelization. Read more...

Trapped between cultures: Neither Filipino nor American

April 16, 2014 02:05 AM

By: Eugenio Amparo, MD

(This article was shared by columnist Mr. Juan Mercado. It talks about a retiree’s apprehensions and deep-seated social problems of the country)

I WAS born in the Philippines to Filipino parents but I have lived continuously in America since 1974, the year I started my diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. Read more...

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