LTO: More “colorum” vehicles ply in Bohol

    TAGBILARAN CITY – There are more unregistered or “colorum” vehicles for hire plying in different routes in Bohol than in Negros Oriental, Roland Ramos, head of operations of Land Transportation Office (LTO), said.   He bared that Negros Oriental’s passenger vehicles are only about a third of Bohol’s total without franchises. He did not give figures, however.   But despite this situation, the operations team under him was unable to apprehend a single violation in the last three days last week of what he called “saturation” drive, Ramos told DyTR radio program last week.   The situation (without a single apprehension) is somewhat he described as “respect” each other. The colorums showed respect to the LTO officers, he said. “Manago na lang” (They’re just hiding), he said.   He warned those passenger and private vehicles running without papers or registration and licenses for they won’t think twice but apprehend them for they’re just implementing the mandate of the agency.   Under Joint Administrative Order No 1 by LTO and other agencies, the smallest fine for violations, such as driving LTO-issued current registration, is Php1,000 for motorcycles. For bus, Php1 million; vans, Php200,000; jeepneys, Php150,000; and automobile, Php100,000 plus accessory fines.   A concerned passenger said that he always fails to to go home in Hanopol, Balilihan town on weekends since no single passenger bus or jeepney plying here everytime the LTO conducts anti-colourm drive.     Majority of the passenger bus or jeepneys plying in Tagbilaran-Balilihan-Hanopol route are colorums, he said. Some of these are allegedly owned by a family of top town official. But lately, he...

One of Lapulapu City’s most wanted arrested here

    TUBIGON. – The suspect in a murder case pending before the sala of Judge Amora Marie P. Militante of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 7 in Lapulapu City was arrested by the composite police team last Thursday afternoon. The suspect, identified as one Amorino Hiyas y Gelig, 42 years old, married, carpenter and presently residing in Barangay Cantoyoc, Clarin. Hiyas is a native of Sitio Gisi, Agus, Lapu-Lapu City. He was arrested by the combined elements of the Provincial Intelligence Brancyh (PIB) led by P/Senior Insp. Jojit Manaquil, Crimnal Investigation and Detection Group in Bohol led by SPO3 Genaro Boja and the Clarin PNP personnel led by P/Senior Inps. Jesus C Daplin in coordination with Lapu-Lapu City police office. Hiyas was facing Criminal Case No. R-LLP-12-O6907-CR. Reports said Hiyas has been a fugitive for almost five years after he migrated in Cantoyoc, Clarin, where he established his temporary residence and to elude arrest under the guise of an ordinary carpenter. Police has tagged Hiyas as the one of the 10 most wanted persons in Lapu-Lapu City . He was brought to the Clarin police station to undergo procedural process before he was turned over to Camp Dagohoy in Tagbilaran City for proper...

Piezas orders a massive probe in the killing of Agus barangay captain

  CLARIN.- Mayor Rey Alien Piezas has ordered yesterday a massive probe on the killing of Punong Barangay Jovencio Lauron of Agus, Lapulapu City in barangay Cabuy here last Sunday morning. Mayor Piezas said that the slain barangay captain already received death threats prior to the shooting. This angle is being sought by the police investigations as the prime motive behind the incident. Initial investigation conducted by the Clarin police revealed that Lauron was on his way to Sagbayan town to attend a fiesta together with his children and a kagawad in his barangay. Mayor Piezas believed that Lauron was already tailed by the suspects when he left Lapulapu City to the Clarin port. He was ambushed by four unidentified suspects who were riding in tandem in two motorcycles who were all wearing helmets and bonnets to avoid being identified...

Tricycle biblical saying goes viral

Tricycle biblical  saying goes viral TAGBILARAN CITY.- This one goes for the records. A biblical saying posted at the back of a passenger tricycle here goes viral art the social media yesterday not because of its content but due to its wrong spelling. The operator of tricycle no. 0650 must be simply thinking about simply complying the requirement of the city government ordering that bible passages and sayings be posted at the back of the motorcycle before it is being approved for operation. The unidentified operator or the driver of the motorcycle, simply picked the shortest biblical passage in John 11:35 when Jesus visited the tomb of his best friend, Lazarus wherein Jesus wept. This verse occurs in John’s narrative of the death of Lazarus, a follower of Jesus. Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus of their brother’s illness and impending death, but Jesus arrived four days after Lazarus died. Jesus, after talking to the grieving sisters and seeing Lazarus’ friends weeping, was deeply troubled and moved. After asking where Lazarus had been laid, and being invited to come see, Jesus wept according to the Gospel of John, 11:35. Jesus went to the tomb and told the people to remove the stone covering it, prayed aloud to his Father, and ordered Lazarus to come out, resurrected. But lo and behold, the operator, the driver or the artist simply manifested his utter dullness by painting the shortest Bible verse: JESUS WEFT. As if the reader is a If this remains unchecked by the city government, visitors may think that we are that dull, a concerned city resident said....

Virgin of Simala

Virgin of Simala   We just started our series on presidential system versus federalism in yesterday’s issue but we have to suspend it outright because today is a Wednesday and our timetable dictates that we resort to regular column writing on Wednesdays and Sundays. At any rate, those who were not able to read our column yesterday because the issue came out late due to some technical problems in this paper’s printing press, here is an overview of our first installment in comparing the presidential system that we presently have and federalism of which we just concluded after running a total of 48th installments. We pointed out that the face of federalism will be here on March 26 as the commencement speaker of the Bohol Institute of Technology-International College (BIT-IC). The BIT-IC school administration has already confirmed the arrival of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as its commencement speaker. * * * * * *           By the way the Virgin of Simala has painted the town with pilgrims from all over the province since its arrival here late afternoon last Monday through a fluvial parade all the way from Carcar, Cebu.           The throng of pilgrims not only filled the St. Joseph Cathedral to the brim but it also caused a monstrous traffic jam in the surrounding streets. One can hardly see the Virgin of Simala as the cathedral became a beehive of activities since last Monday evening.           The pilgrim did not stop lining up just to venerate the Virgin of Simala while being here in the city rather than go to visit its shrine in Carcar, Cebu.. * *...

Who will constitute the People’s Transitional Council?  

Who will constitute the People’s Transitional Council?    The “Resign Pres. Aquino” call has spread to the provinces especially where groups who initiated the move in the metropolitan capital have local chapters like Gabriela and some religious aggrupation.  In Tagbilaran City, Gabriela took the opportunity to echo the call by riding on the celebration of the International Women’s Day last Sunday.   So instead of heaping on unresolved women issues, Gabriela did what they thought was a national issue that would put a dent on President Pinoy’s armor of popularity by making him responsible for the Mamasapano debacle.  Some 44 Special Action Force commandos of the Philippine National Police died trying to serve arrest warrants for international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alyas Marwan and his Filipino protégée Basit Usman.   To Gabriela and the rest of those calling for the President’s resignation, Pinoy cannot escape responsibility for the debacle and therefore must step down so that a People’s Transitional Council can replace him.   Everyone and every group in this country are entitled to their opinion and they can shout to their hearts content for what they believe in.  They might even get support from those who constitute the majority, albeit the silent majority.   The problem is that they have not and are not presenting convincing arguments why all the rest of the Filipinos should join them.  Okay they are asking for the President to step down so that a People’s Transitional Council can take over.  Yet they have not named a single person who will constitute this Council.  How can the people know or be assured that the People’s Transition Council are really persons who...

“Illegal suertres coordinator” nabbed

LOBOC, Bohol – The Loboc PNP Municipal Anti-illegal Gambling Special Task Group nabbed inflagrante delicto a known illegal suertres coordinator at 7:30 pm last night. Loboc PNP led by Police Inspector Joseph Lopena, chief of police, identified the supect as one Margarito Rollarata y Espejo, 68 years, married and resident of Camayaan, Loboc, Bohol, a publicly known illegal suertres coordinator. Rollarata was allegedly engaging in illegal suertes by accepting bet from a bettor at the national highway of Camayaan, Loboc, Bohol, police said. Confiscated from the suspect are one piece one thousand peso bill, one piece five hundred peso bill, three pieces one hundred peso bill, 4 pieces fifty peso bill, 1 piece twenty peso bill, 2 improvised illegal suertres tally sheets, 4 pieces ten peso coins, 5 pieces five peso coins, 1 unit cherry mobile cellphone, 1 piece ballpen, 7 pieces improvised illegal suertres stubs, and 1 unit CB110 motorcycle. The inventory was witnessed by Camayaan, Loboc Barangay Kagawad’s Ana Fe Managuing, Elsa Lapura, Joeay Anino ug media representative Dave Responte of dyTR. The arrested suspect is detained at the Loboc Municipal Police Station while charges will be filed against him for violation of Republic Act 9287 or Illegal Numbers Game. (Dave...

Changing of the guards

Changing of the guards       The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Bohol chapter elected yesterday the uncontested presidential bid of Atty. Ted Lagang at the Bohol Tropics Resort this city. Lagang will replace Atty. Menedio Thadeus P. Bernido, the outgoing IBP president. Lagang’s ticket from vice-president down to the auditor and press relations officers were also uncontested. What happens to the other perennial contenders? Well, they are no longer interested in the IBP positions unlike in the previous elections where there was a battle between the old and the new generations among local lawyers. * * * * * * It appears that there was “politicking” in the IBP elections before. As the old timers wage their battles with the aid of those who are in power.           There would be invitations for dinner and happenings by the prospective candidates. The demarcation line between those who support a candidate for the IBP presidency is quite clear.           That’s why there are indications in the past that the newly elected IBP president resorted to going after those who did not support their candidacy. We were a victim of this situation but that’s another story to tell. * * * * * * Today, the IBP election is now in a very low profile. In fact, we were expecting surprise candidates in the last minute but there was none. Besides, Lagang’s young generation has now practically lorded it over in the local IBP chapter. The old ones preferred to be just at the sides.    In other words, the new generation has now taken over the leadership of the IBP Bohol chapter. Congratulations...

A theory on Marwan being proven

A theory on Marwan being proven Now the truth is unfolding about why Zulkifli bin Hir, Alyas Marwan, was tracked down and killed in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindnao last January 25. Fr. Eliseo Mercado Jr., OMI of the Graduate School of Peace Studies at Notre Dame University (my Alma Mater) informed media reporters that an informant , identified only as Hashim, reportedly received an initial P15 million from the US Rewards for Justice Program. Hashim is purportedly a mole inside the MILF. The program offers rewards for information that prevents or favourably resolves terroristic attacks against American citizens worldwide. It has already paid out more than P125 million since its establishment by law in 1984. Whether mole or not, it is clear that the tipster came from inside the MILF camp. For all we know Hashim is also a double agent. Fr. Mercado said Hashim was tapped by the US in the manhunt for Marwan. Fr. Mercado said he got his information from the locals when he visited Mamasapano after the bloody incident. If our readers will remember I wrote in this column my theory about what could be the truth about Marwan’s death from the hands of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) of the PNP. Unfortunately SAF had to sacrifice 44 commandos to get him. The revelation of Fr. Mercado who happens to be my classmate during my seminary days in Cotabato is now proving that I was somehow correct in my theory that it was actually the MILF who tipped the authorities about the whereabouts of Marwan since he was becoming too hot to keep. He has anyway already trained new bomb experts...

A call for concerted action on illegal drugs

A call for concerted action on illegal drugs Almost every day Boholanos hear on local radio stations report of police operatives arresting drug pushers either through buy-bust operations or through search warrants issued by court judges. For this we commend our Bohol police forces under the leadership of P/SSupt Denis Palo Agustin for the relentless campaign against illegal drugs since his assumption as provincial police director of Bohol. On the other hand this accomplishment of the local police is telling us how widespread is the problem of illegal drugs in Bohol, and this should alarm everyone because the implications to the lives of the people from every sector can be unimaginable if this situation will continue. The police cannot continue arresting illegal drug traffickers, pushers and users all their life. There may come a time when we won’t have space anymore in our jails. We should work for a situation where the police will no longer arrest anyone because we have cleansed the streets and the homes of drug pushers and users. This situation cannot happen if we just leave everything to the police or law enforcers to do their jobs. Everyone should be doing his or her job of helping create a Boholano society that is illegal drug-free. We have done this in the problem on insurgency. We can also do this on the problem of illegal drugs. Addressing illegal drugs is not just an elimination of the supply and getting rid of those who peddle them. It is also eliminating the demand for it. Law enforcers call the first supply reduction and the second demand reduction. The police are doing now their job for the...