Cordillera Month renews pursuit for reg’l autonomy

>> Tuesday, July 19, 2016


By Carlito Dar, Gina Dizon and June B. Bacbac

BAGUIO CITY --  The Regional Development Council’s “Unity Gong” once again toured Cordillera provinces last week to sound the call for support and strengthening of ties of local government units and communities for economic growth and progress through attainment of regional autonomy.
RDC Cordillera officials, in a media forum, Wednesday, launched the 29th celebration of Cordillera Month, which for this year adopts the theme, “CAR @29: Working together for an Autonomous and Empowered Cordillera”.
 The journey of the Unity Gong was among the highlights of Cordillera Month celebration the past four years, given a gong’s significance among different cultural communities in the region.
For this year, the Unity Gong relay kick off program was in the morning of July 9 at Baguio City hall grounds.
City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan administered a Cordilleran practice called “Pitik” during the kick-off ceremony. 
Pitik which is the same as prayer is a practice observed by many Cordillerans as a sacred procedure when invoking the name of Kabunian, the supreme ruler and other deities who have control over all events.
After the pitik, officials of this city together with Mayor Salda of La Trinidad, regional directors Milagros Rimando of the National Economic Development Authority-Cordillera and Marlon Iringan of the Dept. of Interior and Local Government guests, took part in the toasting of wine amid the beat of the gongs and the Cordillera hymn sung with fervor by the City Hall Choir.
Following this, the gong  was brought to Lagawe, Ifugao for the July 10 turn-over program.
From Ifugao, it moved to Tabuk City, Kalinga   then to Luna, Apayao on July 11; Bangued, Abra on July 12; Bontoc, Mountain Province on July 13  and La Trinidad, Benguet in the morning of July 14, then back to Baguio in the late afternoon of the same day.
DILG Regional Director Marlo Iringan said the gong’s journey was coordinated with the provincial governors and local chief executives as their presence for the turn –over ceremony had been part of the tradition.
DSWD regional director Janet Armas, in a statement, outlined the importance of the local chief executives as well as the local communities’ support for the pursuit of regional autonomy for Cordillera and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, which is mandated by the Constitution.
Armas said they are bringing the autonomy advocacy to their program beneficiaries, down to the grass root level, to explain to them what benefits autonomy could bring in their respective localities.
DSWD, who chairs the RDC Regional Social Development Committee, was the chair of this year’s technical working group for the celebration.
In the capital town of Bontoc, Mountain Province, the Abra delegation was welcomed by Mountain Province led by Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr.  in a turnover ceremony at the  grounds of the Multipurpose Building June 14.
Lacwasan  noted that construction of  the access road Tubo,Abra - Mountain Province would boost relations among  people between the two provinces- Itnegs and Tingguians from Abra and the people from Mountain Province especially adjoining  tribes Kankanaey, Applai and Bontoc.
Abra Vice Gov. Ronald Balao-as who led the Unity Gong caravan from Bangued, called  for regional autonomy saying Cordillera people’s cultural composition makes a united distinct  region.
Dept. of Interior and Local Government egional director Marlo Iringan forwarded that the event encourages people of the Cordillera to act as one to achieve regional autonomy.
The  unity gong caravan kicked off July 9 in Baguio City on to Lagawe, Ifugao; in Tabuk, Kalinga  to Luna, Apayao; to Bangued, Abra then  to Bontoc, Mountain Province on July 14 to La Trinidad, Benguet  then  back to  Baguio City.
Visiting delegate officials from Abra and officials from Mountain Province represented by  Sangguniang Panlalawigan members and mayors from the towns of the Province  along with  participating government line agencies  struck the Unity Gong  signifying  unity in the celebration of Cordillera Month this July and the pursuit for regional autonomy.
Regional Development Council co chairman and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) regional director Milagros  Rimando  traced the  beginnings  of regional autonomy in the ‘80s till the passage of EO 220 by then President Corazon Aquino in July 15, 1987 preparing the way for the realization of  regional autonomy.   
Prior to the ceremony held at the capital town, Tadian Mayor Anthony Wooden shared the best of ‘pinikpikan with etag’ for lunch in Tadian to the visiting delegates.


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Drug crackdown - 30 slain; hundreds surrender in Northern’ Central Luzon


CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – The government’s intensified, all-out war on illegal drugs is showing no signs of slowing down with surrender and arrest of hundreds and killing of 30 persons in Northern and Central Luzon last week.
     Eight more suspected drug pushers were killed in separate incidents on July 9 and 11.

Top Cordillera suspect slain
In Baguio City, the top drug personality in the Cordillera was killed while his three alleged cohorts were arrested by police operatives and anti-narcotics and intelligence agents in his hideout at Manuel Roxas St. Lower Brookside, here night of July 9.
Senior Supt. George D. Daskeo, city police director identified the fatality as Testy Sotero, of Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. Daskeo named the cohorts as Reservoir Pablo Quelala, 35, apartment owner and of Lower Brooksid; Leopoldo Prigilla Helaryo, Jr., 35, and Jonard Wansi Manuel, 26.
Confiscated from Sotero and his cohorts were a loaded Cal. 22 revolver, shabu and drug paraphernalia,
The city’s top cop here said no elected public official in the city is a “protector” of lucrative drug trade in the city, except for a barangay kagawad and two barangay tanods who voluntarily submitted themselves for having allegedly used prohibited drugs.
Daskeo, said despite non-involvement of elected city officials in the drug trade, law enforcers are validating reports on the drug trade in the city to ascertain protectors.
Meanwhile, Virgilio Madrid, 43; Prince Michael Lagmay, 22, and Guillermo Piliton, 47, were gunned down by unidentified men in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon police acting director, said.
Madrid was reportedly driving his motorcycle on his way home to Barangay Catalanacan when he was shot.
Lagmay was ranked eighth on the drug watchlist in the city.
Two of the victims have yet to be identified. Their bodies, which were found along the road in Barangay Sumacab in Cabanatuan City, bore gunshot wounds in the head.

Pangasinan’s suspects slain
Jeffrey Fernandez, one of Pangasinan’s top drug suspects, was killed after shooting it out with police officers, according to Senior Superintendent Ronald Lee, Pangasinan police director.
     Lee said police raided Fernandez’s house at around 3:10 p.m. on Sunday based on a warrant signed by Judge Melvin Jovito Samadan of the Pangasinan Regional Trial Court Branch 70.
     Police arrested Fernandez’s companions identified as  Shane Alcantara and Joan Geonzon.

Vigilantes strike again
Meanwhile, a lady drug pusher survived a deadly attack by two unidentified gunmen in Nueva Ecija afternoon of July 10.
      Police said Liza Hementera Flores, 37, of Barangay Diversion, San Leonardo town, was lucky to have survived the gun attack or could have been the 20th person to be eliminated by supposed vigilantes in the province.
     To date, 19 people known to be involved in illegal drugs in the province have turned up dead, allegedly slain by vigilantes, according to local police reports.

Cagayan top suspect slain
In Enrile, Cagayan, Roberto Dayag, 33, who was ranked fifth on the list of drug personalities in the town, was gunned down in Barangay San Jose on July 10.
     Police Officer 2 Moris Palattao said two unidentified men on a motorcycle shot Dayag as he was riding his bicycle along Cumigad street at around 6:30 p.m.
     Dayag was brought to the St. Paul Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
     In Mangaldan, Pangasinan, Supt. Benjamin Ariola, town police chief, arrested his brother, Mamerto Ariola, 38, a resident of Barangay Malabago, to prove that no one would be spared in the campaign against illegal drugs.
     “I am humiliated (by his acts)… I have given him all the advice,” Ariola said.  
      He said he applied for warrants from the Burgos regional trial court to arrest the suspects, including his brother. 
Ariola said their family agreed to detain his brother for six months and allow him to join local government programs for drug users.

Benguet surrenderees
In Camp Dangwa,La Trinidad, regional police director Chief Supt. Elmo Sarona identified surrenderees In Buguias, Benguet: Roderick Daoilang Galao-ey, 37; Arnel Wilang Abalos, 25; Efren Gatab Liwayan, 37; Arnel Elias Gatawa, 35; June Nagayos Rosendo, 28;  Jeoffe Mon Sacla Diando, 28; Charito Marcelino Domingono, 37;Rosebel Galano, 28; Amor Eusibeo Tiglao, 24; Sheenamae Lesiques Sampayan, 23; Mary Grace Galang Marcial aka”Grace”, 23;
Mathes Singwa Pa-ayas, 61; Samuel Guzman Punasen, 54 and Brando Galap Padaco, 31.
         Still in Buguias, more surrendered  on July 12. They were named as:    Reightser Angsoban Felipe, Benjamin P. Tayog Jr.,Lesly Rey Guevarra Ganase, Moises Abluen Guzman Jr., Joram Dayao Bagnaden, Wilmor Guillao Camti, Jesus Paje Ferrer, Joven Pulo Langbis, Polo Butag Basite, Tauelber Bugtong Sitoy, Delmor Luis Kidoyan, Munar Compalas Semeon, Heron Baliusan Guay, Clark Jemory Ganado Urban, Aldrin Canute Dulas, Jayson Albades Abde, Danner Sangao Bayan,  Ryan Carino Bigoet,  Arnel Bugnay Budas,
        Brander Igualdo Waclin, Romel Bandao Gayaso, Benje Domingo Waclin,  Charlie Pacio Magciano, Janray Dumalos Bayacsan, Abren Waclin Bisaya, Jestoni Waclin Liwan, Darwin Albades Abde Jr., Frank M. Nay-osan, Jimran Bugtong Igualdo,. Bencio Igualdo Waclin, Manwel Taynan Atas  and Rico Butag Basite.
       In Tuba, Benguet, four alleged drug users submitted themselves: Randy Oribello, Jones D Paciteng Lamsis, Joram Aliteg Paran and Hubert Lisking Galvey who claimed that his marijuana supplier was a certain Joel Lauyan of Tinok, Ifugao.
       In Baguio, arrested was Rufino Yamoyam Soriano, 35. Confiscated from him were shabu valued at P10,888 and drug paraphernalia.
      On July 12, authorities also destroyed in Tacadang, Kinbungan, Benguet around P100,000 worth of marijuana plants on a plantation.
      In Ifugao, police convinced more than 30 people in this corn-producing municipality to voluntarily surrender for their names to be cleared.
      The youngest to surrender was 12 years old and the oldest was 61. They were allowed to go home after the proper documentation conducted at the Sangguniang Bayan hall witnessed by police and local officials.
       Mayor Glenn Prudenciano acknowledged the drug personalities for their determination and in response to the call of the police to surrender and stop indulging themselves in illegal drugs.
     Prudenciano said the local government will find ways to send these individuals into rehabilitation if necessary as part of his full support on the campaign against illegal drugs.
     Acting Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Constancio Chinayog, Jr. expressed his gratitude to the LGU of Alfonso Lista for the full support to their peace and order program.

Abra
In Abra, 47 persons surrendered: Amante Labanen Borreta, 45 of Penarubia. From Sallapadan:  Alphine Begnalen Andallo, 25; Antonino Paligutan Carino, 48; Aries Trongco Balangcad, 27; Vladimer Agbilay Manggad, 29; Florante Altero Tanora, 40; Philip Bugtong Talingdan, 28; Eric Valer Viernes, 22; Bobby Lumadao Viernes, 41; Pepito Carino Donato, 45 and Arsenio Lumong-oy Siagan, 47.
        Surrenderees of Tayum town were:  Michael Arzadon Taeza, 30; Guillermo Arzadon Taeza 27 and Jeffre Talledo Tacanay, 29.
      At press time, 34 others surrendered in Abra.

4,186 surrender; 228 arrested in Ilocos
In Camp Florendo, San Fernando City La Union, police authorities said around 4,186 drug personalities surrendered and 228 persons involved in illegal drugs were arrested in Region 1 from July 1 to 12. 
Chief Supt. Ericson T. Velasquez, regional police director, said 4,186 drug personalities surrendered in police stations while 228 persons were arrested.
        Velasquez disclosed in two weeks, 989 drug personalities surrendered in Pangasinan, 2,030 in La Union, 766 in Ilocos Sur and 401 in Ilocos Norte.
       A total of 134 persons were arrested in Pangasinan, 31 in La Union, 25 in Ilocos Sur and 38 in Ilocos Norte. 
Seven drug personalities were also killed in separate armed encounters in Pangasinan during the implementation of anti-illegal drugs operations. 

La Union haul
About 1,545 individuals involved in illegal drugs voluntarily surrendered to authorities, Senior Supt. Angelito Dumangeng, La Union’s police director, reported last Wednesday.
        Two hundred of those who surrendered, including a former barangay captain of turned themselves in  at Farmers Civic Center in Balaoan, La Union on Tuesday.
         Insp. Antonio Dasalla, Balaoan police chief, said that those who surrendered vowed to discontinue their illegal activities.
         The youngest surrenderee was a 17-year old college student together with his 19-year-old colleague who said that they used marijuana since they were 14 and admitted that many of their schoolmates use it as well.

Pangasinan 
A total of 107 drug personalities surrendered Tuesday in Dagupan City and  Aguilar town.
         Supt. Christopher Abrahano, Dagupan City police chief said 48 self-confessed drug users and pushers from Malued, Lasip Grande and Barangay Lucao voluntarily surrendered
     In Aguilar, Senior Inspector Arturo DC Melchor Jr, said 59 drug personalities from different barangays voluntarily surrendered and were accompanied by barangay officials to the police station.

Pampanga jailhouse bust
Two inmates of the Pampanga Provincial Jail were busted for possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and  drug paraphernalia during an anti-illegal drugs operation last Tuesday.
        Retired Police Supt. Edwin Mangiliman, jail warden,  identified the suspects as Ericson Panoy Tungab, 36, and Michael Torres, 34.

12,000 drug suspects
At least 12,000 drug suspects have surrendered in Central Luzon, said Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office -3 acting director.
       Aquino said the regional police community relations office would conduct counseling for the suspects. 
He appealed to local officials and police directors to put up their respective reformatory centers to accommodate those who surrendered.

400 yield in Tarlac
Out of fear of being killed in legitimate police operations, more than 400 drug personalities have surrendered to local and police officials in Capas, Tarlac last week.

Nueva Vizcaya

Meanwhile in Nueva Vizcaya, at least 19 drug personalities from the different villages of Bagabag town submitted themselves to the Municipal Police Station for documentation.-- With reports from Mar T. Supnad, Erwin G. Beleo, Dexter A. See, Daniel Carino, Marcelo B. Lihgawon, Mydz Supnad ,Liezle Basa Iñigo, Freddie G. Lazaro, Franco G. Regala and Jerry J.Alcayde 

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3 Cordillera generals now in PNP top posts


By Redjie Melvic Cawis

BAGUIO CITY -- Cordilleran police officers were chosen to lead the police force with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.  
Newly installed Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has named three highly decorated Cordillerans police officials to join him in leading police force under the new administration.
Dela Rosa  picked  Deputy Director General Francisco Uyami Francisco Uyami of Lagawe, Ifugao as PNP Acting Deputy Chief for Administration while Police Director Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City is now Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Chief for Operations, the second and third highest posts in the PNP, respectively.
Uyami and Magalong are both members of Philippine Military Academy Sandigan Class of 1982, and classmates of retired PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez.
Uyami is the first general from the capital town of Ifugao. He was the Acting Chief of Directorial Staff before being promoted to his new position.
         As an officer, he received numerous medals, wards and commendations. He was recently recognized as one of the outstanding sons of Ifugao who received the Ifugao Achievers award during the 50th Founding Anniversary of the province.
 Magalong served as police chief of Baguio and Cordillera.
He was lauded for being the recipient of the Regional Presidential Lingkod Bayan award and for qualifying as a semi-finalist to the national search for his outstanding work performance.
He was the chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and chairman of the PNP Board of Inquiry of the bloody Mamasapano clash in 2015, who stood his ground and fought for the truth particularly for his fellow Special Action Force brothers.
Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Benjamin Macli-ing Lusad of PMA Class of 1985 was named by de la Rosa as acting director of the Special Action Force.
He will lead mostly Igorot police officers in the SAF who are considered the bravest among police units.
Lusad who hails from Bontoc, Mountain Province led the Benguet Provincial Police Office as the Best Police Provincial Office in the Cordillera Region in 2010. During his stint, Lusad strengthened the province tourist police program as well as training for the highland force.
He was the executive officer of the PNP directorate for operation in Camp Crime prior to his new assignment.


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Ex-Pangasinan governor pleads not guilty to graft


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr. pleaded not guilty to graft charges stemming from his alleged involvement in illegal black sand mining before the Sandiganbayan yesterday.
          Espino appeared before the anti-graft court’s Sixth Division to be arraigned and will now be tried along with his co-accused, including former provincial administrator Rafael Baraan and former Pangasinan Housing and Urban Development coordinating officer Alvin Bigay.
The Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges against Espino and the other respondents four months ago for their supposed roles in illegal black sand mining operations in the Lingayen Gulf.
A small-scale mining permit was allegedly issued in favor of Alexandra Mining in June 2011.
The mining permit was later cancelled and the firm was ordered to vacate the area.
         In August 2011, a memorandum of agreement was signed between Espino and Xypher Builders for the removal of metallic materials from the sand pile vacated by Alexandra Mining.
The ombudsman said Espino issued a mineral ore export permit in favor of the private firm which, along with Alexandra Mining, was not registered with the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board.

Graft investigators said the former governor and his co-accused should be held liable for authorizing unlawful magnetite extraction activities in favor of an unqualified contractor.

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3 dead in Quezon, Benguet mishaps

Itogon mayor’s brod injured 

ITOGON, Benguet -- Three men died in separate vehicular accidents in the provinces of Benguet and Quezon last week.
A man died while a brother of the mayor of Itogon was injured when their van fell into a ravine in La Trinidad Morning of July 9.
Danny Vallo died at the scene while Nestor Palangdan, brother of Mayor Victorino Palangdan, was brought to the Baguio City General Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.
        Palangdan, who was driving the van, reportedly lost control of the wheel, causing the vehicle to roll into a ravine in Barangay Beckel at around 7:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, Eduardo Aguilar and Dean de Gracia, 39, died at the scene after their tricycle collided with a van in Atimonan, Quezon on Feb. 8.
Their companions – Edgar Deza, Alfredo Galindo and Charlie Erandio – were taken to the Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City for treatment.

Van driver Eric Maupan escaped after the incident. 

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LTFRB suspends 17 VL units over deadly Nueva Ecija crash

Bus driver asks forgiveness 

By Princess Enriquez

CARRANGLAN, Nueva Ecija -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended 17 Victory Liner bus units after a deadly crash, which left five persons dead and 30 injured here Tuesday.
           A Victory Liner bus with plate number AYK 552, was traveling from Tuguegarao City to Manila when it rammed into a concrete barrier in Maharlika Highway, Barangay Puncan, Carranglan around 1:30 a.m.
According to an interview on Bombo Radio with Police Senior Insp. Adriano Gabriel Jr, Carranglan police chief, their investigation found out that human error caused the said collision.
Police authorities identified that it was the miscalculation and reckless driving of Ryan Manuel, 28, resident of Rugao, Ilagan City which led to the demise of five individuals including an 8-months pregnant woman.
The bus tumbled over after the driver abruptly applied the brakes as they traversed a downhill slope.
Manuel is detained at the Carranglan Police Station and the authorities have charged him with multiple homicide resulting in physical injuries. Manuel admitted that he was at fault and apologized to families of the victims even though, he said, that he cannot turn back time to save them.
Those who were injured were sent to hospitals in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija and some of them are reported to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) according to Senior Insp. Gabriel.
Gabriel, withheld names of the fatalities as well as the 20 injured, pending validation of their identities and information relayed to their relatives.
He said most of the victims were from the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela.

          It was reported that the accident happened about 1:30 a.m. and that Manuel, driver of the Victory Liner bus (AYK-552) has been taken into police custody.

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Reward set for money-changer’s killers in Baguio


By Dexter A. See 

BAGUIO CITY – Anti-crime advocates and family members of a murdered local money changer raised P100,000 as reward money to whoever can provide probers with vital information that will lead to the arrest of his killers, a top police official said here.
Senior Supt. George D. Daskeo, city police director declined to identify the donors of the reward money, saying it will help in the arrest of the perpetrators considering their identities are already with law enforcers.
“We take every information leading to the arrest of the murder suspects positively and we want the public to help in solving one of the cases in the city last month,” Daskeo said.
In the late afternoon of June 15,  the 65-year old money changer died while his brother was injured after they were fired upon by two still unidentified gun-wielding suspects during a robbery holdup at Purok 5, Bakakeng Norte.
The fatality was identified as Larry Oliva Haya Sr. 65, married, businessman, and a resident at Purok 5, Bakakeng Norte, while his injured brother was named as Randolph Oliva Haya Sr., 67, married, and a resident at the same purok.
Initial police investigation showed the businessman was walking towards his house when he was approached by two still unidentified individuals and at gun point allegedly announced the heist.
          At this juncture, the two suspects were able to grab the sling bag of the victim containing a huge amount of money in various currencies before he was shot on the face and chest.
His brother tried to come to his rescue after hearing the commotion but as soon as he came out of his house, he was fired upon by the suspects hitting him on his hips.
The suspects fled on foot while the two victims were brought to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) for but the businessman was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physicians.
According to the victim’s wife, the sling bag contained 50,000.00 US dollard (P2,330,000.00); 10,000.00 Malaysian ringgit (P112,000.00); 1,150.00 Pounds (P76, 475.00); 1,900.00 Euros (P99,370.00);  and P320,000.00.
Daskeo said the identities of the suspects were known through the assistance of witnesses and with the help of the anti-cyber crime division of the PNP that enhanced the footages that were taken by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera that was able to take footages of the suspects while they were escaping from the crime scene.

 He said probers are now zeroing in on the suspects through the help of concerned citizens with the hope that they will be arrested the soonest for them to answer for the crime they committed against one of the well-known money changers in the city.

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No approved parking plan for Melvin Jones


BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan disclosed that there is no approved plan for construction of a multilevel parking structure within the Melvin Jones grandstand, saying that what is available is the conceptual plan prepared by retired Arch. Ignacio Estipono for a one-floor parking but the surface remains a playing field.
The city mayor explained there is no truth to earlier reports that the pay parking project within the Melvin Jones grandstand was already bid out by the city government, saying building  pay parking facility requires a tedious process that has not yet commenced.
“It is unfortunate that there are still some disgruntled quarters who try to misinform our people on the real issues confronting the conceptual plan for the put up of a one-floor parking facility at Melvin Jones.  The surface will remain as a football ground that will serve its purposes,” Domogan said.
The local chief executive pointed out the conceptual plan will still be subject to a full-blown feasibility study to ascertain feasibility of the parking project and identification of solutions on how to address the various social and environmental issues created once the project will be pursued.
According to him, he earlier gave authority to an Australian company to conduct the required feasibility study for the put up of a one-floor pay parking facility within the football facility and it was found out that the project was feasible.
Domogan said the city did not accept the proposal that there will be commercial establishments that will be put up around the pay parking area considering that the conversion of a portion of thefootball ground into commercial areas is not pursuant to the concept of maintaining the park.
He claimed the conceptual plan remains a plan until such time that there will be a feasibility study that will show that the put up of a one-floor parking facility within the Melvin Jones grandstand will be feasible and that all other social and environmental issues shall have been appropriately addressed for the benefit of the present and future generations of city residents.
Domogan assured local residents that the city government will remain transparent in the conduct of consultations regarding the project and that it was never the intuition of local officials to pursue the project without the conduct of a detailed feasibility study that will address the various issues surrounding the realization of the put up of the pay parking facility within the Melvin Jones grandstand.
It was earlier proposed that there will be a one-floor underground parking underneath the Melvin Jones football ground while the surface of the facility will remain as a playing field.
Domogan encouraged concerned stakeholders of the city to continue submitting their recommendations on how to effectively and efficiently address the current problem on the absence of sufficient parking areas that will accommodate a bigger volume of vehicles so that motor vehicle owners will not just park their vehicles in any vacant spaces along major roads that contribute to the smooth flow of traffic in the city’s central business district. -- Dexter A. See


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Ilocos village chief shot dead


By Raymund Catindig

SANTIAGO, Ilocos Sur -- A village chairman died while two others were wounded in a gun attack in a cockpit in this town Monday.
Edson Locquiao Sr., 54, of Barangay Mambug, was watching a cockfight in Barangay Sabangan when unidentified men opened fire, said Chief Insp. Greg Guerrero, Ilocos Sur police spokesman.
Andres Igido and Alfred Pineda were hit by stray bullets and brought to the Candon General Hospital for treatment.
A task force was created to investigate the killing.


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Pork’ raps filed vs ex- Nueva Ecija lawmaker


SAN JOSE, Nueva Ecija -- The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of charges for graft and malversation against former Nueva Ecija fourth district Rep. Rodolfo Antonino for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
    Former agriculture secretary Arthur Yap; Alan Javellana, Rhodora Mendoza, Encarnita Cristina Munsod and Maria Ninez Guañizo of the National Agri-Business Corp (Nabcor).; Marilou Antonio, representative of Buhay Mo Mahal Ko Foundation Inc. (BMMKFI) and Carmelita Barredo of C.C. Barredo Publishing House were included in the charge sheet.
     Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said Antonino endorsed Nabcor and BMMKFI to the Department of Agriculture as implementors of his livelihood training kits project in 2007.
        “Respondent public officers conspired with private respondents in this disreputable scheme to defraud government coffers by preparing fictitious reports and other liquidation documents that would make it appear that the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund)-funded project was implemented,” Morales said.

       “In a congressional pork barrel system, including the PDAF, it is the legislator who exercises...control and custody of the PDAF share allocated to him,” Morales stated in her ruling.

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