Eastern Visayas Mail issue of November 17-23, 2014

by EVMail News on December 1, 2014

NOVEMBER 17-23, 2014 LAYOUT

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Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati loves Kalanggaman

by EVMail News on December 1, 2014

RICHARD GUTIERREZ AND SARAH LAHBATI AT KALANGGAMAN ISLAND, PALOMPON.  Photo is a screengrab from Sarah Lahbati’s instagram account, detailing how they relaxed and enjoyed in the island one fine day this week. Picture was taken by Richard’s drone.

RICHARD GUTIERREZ AND SARAH LAHBATI AT KALANGGAMAN ISLAND, PALOMPON.
Photo is a screengrab from Sarah Lahbati’s instagram account, detailing how they relaxed and enjoyed in the island one fine day this week. Picture was taken by Richard’s drone.

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Villaba vice mayor gunned down

by EVMail News on December 1, 2014

Manila vice mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno, president of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines, condoles witht he family of slain Villaba vice-mayor Claudio “Calaw” Larrazabal whose photo can be seen on the right side of the picture. Beside him on the right is Juliet, the widow. From the left are Catherine L. Tan, sister and her daughter Andrea. On the far right is Julca, the vice mayor’s daughter.

Manila vice mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno, president of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines, condoles witht he family of slain Villaba vice-mayor Claudio “Calaw” Larrazabal whose photo can be seen on the right side of the picture. Beside him on the right is Juliet, the widow. From the left are Catherine L. Tan, sister and her daughter Andrea. On the far right is Julca, the vice mayor’s daughter.

VILLABA, LEYTE – “Bakit kung mayor ang pinapatay, isang bus nga pulis ang dumarating? Kung vice-mayor lang or barangay chairman, nag-tra-tricycle lang? Mga halal din naman kami, di ba?”, Manila vice mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno told media in a visit to the wake of slain vice-mayor Claudio Martin “Calaw” A. Larrazabal on Thursday, November 20. (Why is it that when it is the mayor who is slain, police comes in drove but if it is only the vice-mayor, or barangay official, they just come in a tricycle?)

Moreno’s pointed allegory puts a voice to the unspoken questions of the vice-mayor’s family who feel that the police did not do enough to immediately solve the crime.

Vice Mayor Larrazabal was killed at around 11:45 noon of Monday, November 17, by two unidentified assailants just as he started eating at the Midpoint Restobar, which they own.

Witnesses said that a gunman approached the vice mayor from behind and shot him on the head. After one shot, the gun apparently jammed, giving the vice mayor a chance to run away. However, another gunman met him outside the hospital and peppered him with bullets. [click to continue…]

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Savemore Tacloban opens

by EVMail News on December 1, 2014

(L-R) Tacloban vice mayor Jerry Yaokasin, Manila vice mayor Francisco Moreno who is also president of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VLMP), Leyte 1st district Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Ms Philippines-Water 2014 Kim Covert, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, SM Prime Holdings chairman Hans T. Sy, Jr., Palo Archbishop Msgr. John Du, Herbert T. Sy, Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla and Tanauan Mayor Pel Tecson cut the inaugural ribbon to open Savemore in Tacloban, during a grand opening of Savemore Market Tacloban on the morning of November 20. (Photo from the FB account of Mayor Alfred Romualdez)

(L-R) Tacloban vice mayor Jerry Yaokasin, Manila vice mayor Francisco Moreno who is also president of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VLMP), Leyte 1st district Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Ms Philippines-Water 2014 Kim Covert, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, SM Prime Holdings chairman Hans T. Sy, Jr., Palo Archbishop Msgr. John Du, Herbert T. Sy, Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla and Tanauan Mayor Pel Tecson cut the inaugural ribbon to open Savemore in Tacloban, during a grand opening of Savemore Market Tacloban on the morning of November 20. (Photo from the FB account of Mayor Alfred Romualdez)

TACLOBAN CITY – SM Savemore opened in this city to a huge crowd that started queuing on November 20, Thursday, at 5:00 in the morning yet.

Hans T. Sy, president and chief executive officer of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI), said the show of force of the Taclobanons excited to be among the early bird shoppers indicated that indeed, the city was already recovering from Yolanda.

He said Savemore’s opening was delayed by around six months. They would have opened earlier had Yolanda not set them back, but it was not a reason for them to abandon Tacloban.

“We are always confident of Tacloban City.  We are delayed in our opening by six months because of logistics and transportation concerns brought by typhoon Yolanda, but this is all worth it” as he surveyed the shoppers that came during opening day. [click to continue…]

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Swiss Red Cross Country Representative Robert McKerrow urges the graduates to help rebuild their lives and their communities.

Swiss Red Cross Country Representative Robert McKerrow urges the graduates to help rebuild their lives and their communities.

ORMOC CITY – 69 men from nine barangays in this city graduated from a 15-day carpentry course from TESDA, thanks to the Philippine and Swiss Red Cross which footed the bill for their training.

The graduation rite was held at the convention hall of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints on the morning of Friday, November 21.

The graduates come from the villages of Bayog, Biliboy, Boroc, Cabintan, Mahayahay, Mas-in, Magaswe, Quezon Jr., and RM Tan. They will also be the ones to rebuild the totally destroyed and damaged homes in their villages, in a rebuilding program that will span until the end of year 2015.

In attendance during the awarding of the certificates to the newly minted carpenters was Robert McKerrow, country representative of the Swiss Red Cross. It was learned that the Swiss Red Cross donated 4-million US dollars to fund the program that would not only train the carpenters but also build 628 typhoon-resilient houses and repair almost 900 partially damaged houses. [click to continue…]

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Ormoc dads ask where the cash donations have gone?

November 26, 2014

• Mayor wants to use it for streetlights • Last admin used P 7.9-M for CCTV ORMOC CITY – The matter of where the cash donations for Yolanda disaster relief and rehabilitation are going or have gone seem to be bugging everybody, everywhere. In the case of Ormoc City, the legislative committee on finance has […]

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Pope’s final sked out, Leyte visit on Jan. 17

November 26, 2014

ORMOC CITY – The Vatican issued the final itinerary of the visit of Pope Francis I to the Philippines, this week, and he will be here in the country from January 15-19. Barring any hindrance, the Roman pontiff is scheduled to be in Leyte on January 17, and not January 16 as previously announced. In […]

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P 1.44-M ‘shabu’ confiscated in Tambulilid, PDEA says drug trading done quite openly

November 26, 2014

ORMOC CITY – 11 people were arrested including three minors and a 21-year old mentally impaired man, in a buy bust operation led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at Brgy. Tambulilid, this city, on November 13, at around 4:30 in the afternoon. The bust was done in cooperation with Ormoc City cops who […]

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Kalanggaman is No. 1 “amazing sandbar” in the Philippines

November 26, 2014

KALANGGAMAN ISLAND in Palompon, Leyte earns another accolade after Skyscanner, a leading sky travel advisory website, has named it as the number one of nine “amazing sandbars” in the country. Another sandbar in Eastern Visayas, the one in Higatangan Island in Biliran Province, is on the 3rd spot. Palompon Mayor Oñate, who recently received the […]

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10,000 fishermen, 40,0000 boats & 2 packets of pinakbet seeds

November 16, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY – Emilina P. Poliquit opened her talk crying. Ms. Poliquit, the president of the Kananga Women’s League, is the face of Yolanda-ravaged coconut planters in Leyte who, until now, have yet to see the “promises” of the Philippine Coconut Authority come to fruition. Except for giving coconut planters two packets of “pinakbet” seeds, […]

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