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Special for The Capiz Times


MAMBUSAO, CAPIZ—On July 2, 2014, a team composed of representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Commission on Election (Comelec) visited this town’s municipal hall to serve Mayor Leodegario Labao, Jr. a writ of execution. Said notice orders Vice-Mayor Jose Alba to replace Labao as the town mayor.

The team was composed of DILG Region 6 Director Anthony Nuyda; DILG Capiz Director Clyne Deocampo; Atty. Cedric Jaranilla, DILG 6’s chief legal officer; and Atty. Wil Arceño, Comelec supervisor of Capiz.

When the team went to Mambusao Municipal Hall on said date, Labao was not in his office to personally receive the writ.

Engr. Arnulfo Victoriano, Mambusao municipal administrator, did not also know Labao’s whereabouts. When the team asked him to receive the writ, Victoriano refused, citing that he was not authorized by Labao to receive it in his behalf.

Previously, per Order dated May 21, 2014 by the Regional Trial Court Branch 20 in Mambusao, the murder charge against Labao had been dismissed for lack of probable cause.

For his part, Vice-Mayor Jose Alba’s willingness to assume Labao’s post was halted after Mambusao Judge Rommel Leonor advised him to ensure that the Office of the Mayor should be officially vacant before he takes oath to avoid legal complications.

Per verification by legal experts, Labao’s application for temporary restraining order before the Supreme Court might be questionable once the writ of execution is implemented against Labao and Alba takes oath as mayor.

Published in June 30 - July 6

DID YOU know that the human body needs more than 40 different nutrients everyday for good health?

There is no single food that can supply the body with the needed nutrients in proper amount and balance starting at age six months and onwards.

The revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos recommends eating a variety of foods everyday to get the nutrients needed by the body. The NGF was developed by nutrition experts led the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

The three major food groups are the go, grow, and glow foods.

Go foods like rice, bread, noodles, pasta, and corn give us energy. Other go foods include root crops like sweet potato, cassava, and potato. Sugars and jams, oil, margarine and butter that make our food tasty give energy as well.

Grow foods build and repair body tissues that make children grow tall. Grow foods also make the muscles strong.

Examples of grow foods are meat and meat products, chicken and other poultry products, fish and seafood, milk and dairy products, beans and nuts, and eggs.

Glow foods, like fruits and vegetables help regulate body processes by providing vitamins and minerals. Glow foods give us fiber that makes our digestive system healthy.

However, other than these food groups, the intake of water is also necessary. Water and other beverages also regulate body processes as they play an important role in digestion, absorption, metabolism, transport, and utilization of nutrients.

Water and beverages also help us excrete waste products and toxins from our lungs, skin, kidneys, and large intestines.


Remember to eat a variety of foods and drink at least eight glasses of water everyday.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, e-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or m a r _ v _ c @ y a h o o . c o m , Telefax: (02) 8372934, (02) 8273164, or call (02) 8372071 local 2296 or visit our website: (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Services: Info Bits – Czarina Teresita S. Martinez)

Published in June 30 - July 6
Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00

PBA legends visit Tiza

ROXAS CITY—Three Filipino basketball legends recently came to this city to unveil an outdoor basketball Court of Inspiration in Malipayon Village in Brgy. Tiza here.

Despite rains, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legends Johnny Abarrientos, Ronnie Magsanoc and Benjie Paras met with their fans and trained young basketball players through drills like the ones practiced in the professional league.

The Court of Inspiration was made possible by Alaxan FR, an analgesic brand, who worked with the local government unit and provided construction materials for said project. Volunteers helped build the court.

In a press release, Alaxan Assistant Brand Manager Missy Cheah said: “We want to empower the people of the communities; we reach out to work hard to achieve their dreams, and one way of achieving that is through the Filipino quality of the bayanihan spirit,” which has been seen in the building of the Court of Inspiration.

In a press conference, Alaxan Brand Manager Toby Manlapat said: “The Courts of Inspiration also aims to turn bodily pains into something positive.”

“Kapag may pinaglalaban [ka] at pinaghihirapan, maski na ang sakit ng katawan, mayroon pang positive outcome (If you are working hard for something and fighting for it, you tend to gain more despite having body pains),” Manlapat said.

The initiative also aims to discover and develop the Filipinos’ basketball talents, the press release said.


Since its launch in 2011, the court was the first to be built in this capital city and the 25th in the country, Manlapat said.

He said that Brgy. Tiza was chosen as beneficiary because it does not have its own basketball court and its barangay officials were eager for the project.

For his part, Paras said that the project is one way of giving back. He said that when he was a young boy, he also looked up to his PBA idols. Abarrientos, meanwhile, said that the three PBA legends are one with the people in achieving their dreams; while Magsanoc said that basketball is a “simbolo na pwedeng sakyan ng mga kabataan.” For Magsanoc, a sport of any kind also teaches values to people. (Ralph John Mijares)

Published in June 30 - July 6

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Due to the rising sea levels caused by global warming, parts of Capiz might be under water in a few years, an environmental specialist here said.

Edwin Borja, forest management services specialist of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Capiz, said in a press conference and climate change mitigation and adaptation advocacy campaign recently at the Urban Manor Hotel in Brgy. Lawaan of this city.

Borja cited a study by Dr. Rosa Perez, a former scientist of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), which claimed that if sea levels continue to rise on a global scale, it could increase by 30 centimeters (cm) by year 2020.


According to Borja, Roxas City is only 25 cm above sea level, making it vulnerable to submerging particularly its low-lying barangays if the sea level would rise by 30 cm, putting the city 5 cm below sea level.


The same might also affect the towns of Pilar, Pontevedra, Panay, Panitan, and Sigma, Borja said. He did not say whether or these areas would be partially or totally submerged.

Thus, Borja advised the people to move away from or not to stay along the seashore.

Mr. Valentin Talabero, Capiz provincial environment and natural resources officer said that it is everyone’s duty to protect the environment.

Members of the private, public and religious sectors and the media persons signed the pledge of commitment to take care of the planet Earth.

Published in June 23 - 29

ROXAS CITY—The 28-year-old Electronics and Communication Engineering student of Filamer Christian University (FCU) who was allegedly mauled to death by four security guards inside the university’s annex campus died of cardiac arrest.

This was the finding of the medico-legal officer, Chief Insp. Joe Martin Fuentes, Roxas City Police Chief Supt. Julio Gustilo, Jr. said.

Quoting Fuentes’s autopsy report, Gustilo said that this could be because of Casipe’s “aggressiveness during his scuffle.”

The report also found Casipe to have had “traumatic injuries” on his head and hematoma on different parts of his body which could have been caused by being beaten by hard objects.

Gustilo refused to provide the media a copy of the medico-legal because he said that it has to be submitted to the court first.

Radyo Bodyong quoted the medico-legal offi cer’s findings as “heart failure secondary to cardiomyopathy with multiple traumatic injuries in the head and extremities.”

Casipe’s family reportedly wanted to keep the autopsy results confidential.

According to the police blotter, the incident happened when Casipe allegedly tried to enter the university’s annex campus on the evening of June 22. He allegedly went out of control after Borbon, the guard on-duty, would not let him enter.

Borbon and Casipe had a scuffle; but Borbon freed himself until three other guards came for backup.

Cops and members of the Capiz Emergency Response Team later found Casipe lying on the ground near the basketball court of the said campus with a yellow nylon cord tied around his legs.

The area is reportedly surrounded by boarding houses that anything happening nearby could be seen in full view by residents and tenants.

Also, if shots were fired, residents in the area could have heard it. Some residents in the area did not hear any shots, according to radio reports.

Police records quoted Security Guard Rojien Borbon, the guard on duty that night, as saying that he fired three warning shots during his scuffle with Casipe.

Erlinda Casipe, the victim’s mother, filed murder charges against security guards Rojien Borbon, Wilbert Opeñano, Hubert Villaluz, and Henry Brillo on June 25. Four guards are employed at the Golden Eye Security Agency.

Said respondents opted for preliminary investigation and sought to be allowed to submit a counter-affidavit before July 7 in exchange of 15 days of prison detention, Jornales said. A clarificatory hearing on the case was scheduled on the same date.

Jornales said that the decision to whether junk, proceed or file a different case must be resolved on or before July 10. (Ralph John Mijares)

Published in June 23 - 29

ROXAS CITY—Some 500 gift packs were by the members of the Roxas City Police (RCP) on June 18 to the pupils and households of island barangay of Olotayan here.

The gift-giving was complemented by a supplemental feeding activity for the Olotayan Elementary School pupils who were given cups of nutritious soup and bottled drinking water.

The police initiative led by Chief Supt. Julio Gustilo, Jr. was backed by the Kiwanis Club of Roxas City and the Metro Roxas Water District.

In the same day, Gustilo also awarded Mr. Manuel Aninang, their barangay captain, a certificate of recognition for achieving zero-crime rate in the first quarter of 2014.

Police also led a beach cleanup at the white sand beach of the island, some 45 minutes boat ride from the city’s mainland.

“We collected some six bags of waste during the cleanup,” RCP Public Information Officer PO3 Ramil Arcangeles said.


Said initiatives formed part of the monthly barangay consultation and visit of the city police’s community relations activities. (Alex Lumaque)

Published in June 23 - 29
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Buses, trikes skip transport holiday

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Despite a transport holiday organized in the province of Capiz on June 19, the transportation in this capital city did not seem paralyzed even as a big number of tricycle and bus drivers here did not participate in said boycott.

Mr. Jobert Carandang, president of Hukbong Transport sa Capiz said that the transport holiday sought to protest against changes made in the fines and penalties for violators of land transportation rules and regulations put into effect by the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Offi ce (LTO).

In a radio interview, Carandang said that jeepneys and L300 vans for hire in the province and 90% of the city based tricycles took part in the strike.

But there were still a big number of tricycles that serviced parts of the city proper and the new integrated transport terminal in Pueblo de Panay in Brgy. Lawaan here. Some tricycle drivers even overloaded their vehicles with passengers.

A tricycle driver said that he did not join the strike because there is no Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) giving orders regarding such matters after TODAs were abolished a few years ago.

Some commuters also experienced overcharging by tricycle drivers. One Veronica Makaya, a 31-year old mother, came to Roxas City from Dumarao to make a withdrawal from a local bank in this city. Makaya, who brought her child with her, were the only passengers in the tricycle. She said that after they rode from the grocery store branch near the Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center in downtown Roxas to the integrated terminal in Pueblo de Panay in Lawaan, she was charged P30. She added that she was unaware of the transport holiday.


The buses of the Ceres Liner, Ciudadano Liner, and Charis Bus Liner were also available in the terminal; while almost no jeepneys and L300 vans were available.


Some employees from the different bus liners said their bosses did not give them any memo to join the transport holiday. Also, a Kalibo-based L300-van driver said that he did not join the strike since there is no transport strike in Kalibo.

A security guard, who requested anonymity, said that the transport holiday was “useless” because commuters especially in other parts of Capiz, found other ways to get rides by waiting for a bus along the highway or a motorcycle to bring them to their destination.

Even as classes in all levels in the city were suspended as per Mayor Angel Alan Celino’s declaration, the Roxas City government also prepared coaster buses for stranded commuters.

Meanwhile, Gov. Victor Tanco said that they also placed the dump trucks and buses of the provincial government on standby in front of the capitol to help facilitate the transport of commuters. He also asked school heads, principals and office heads to decide whether or not to suspend their respective classes. (With reports from PIA Capiz, Bombo Radyo Roxas andRMN Roxas)

Published in June 16 - 22

ROXAS CITY—The Capiz Provincial Police Office (CPPO) has taken pride in empowering the Mutya ng Pilipinas, Inc. Capiz (MPICapiz) candidates through women’s rights orientation and a training on gun handling and safety here in Camp Apil here.

The pageant contestants were led by Mr. Ronald So, executive producer and Capiz Search director and Ms. Jean Benedicto, pageant directress.

Police Supt. Ulysses Caton and his officers afforded the visiting party a welcome ceremony held at the CPPO Parade Ground here.

In his message, Caton assured MPI-Capiz organizers and beauties of Capiz PPO’s support most especially in terms of security.


In reply, So said that MPI Capiz is thankful that Caton has agreed to the partneship.

“I appreciate the accommodation you afforded us. Thank you,” So said.

Said event was also joined by members of the Capiz Gun Club, Inc. led by their president , Mr. Anthony Malvar Barcas who extended assistance during the shooting exercises.

Retired Police Insp. Efren Alovera , served as lecturer during the orientation; Dr. John Paul Anisco, Mr. Robert Santos, Mr. Dax Alovera, and Dr. Nicky Mejia served as range officers.

Published in June 16 - 22

ROXAS CITY— Reporting tobacco-related violations is now just a text or click away after a text and online campaign for said purpose was launched recently here.

Everyone can text NOYOSI (space) violation/ name of establishment/ exact address of incident/ city or municipality/ province to 2256. Each text costs P1 for all Smart, Sun, and Globe subscribers.

Concerned citizens or netizens can also submit an incident report by filling out a form available on

Said program was launched by the Department of Health 6, the Capiz Provincial Health Office, and Roxas City Health Office in time with the No Smoking Month celebration at the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center in this city.

According to Mr. Joeffry Espiritu, health education and promotion officer of the Capiz Provincial Health Office, this method of reporting helps identify people and establishments violating tobacco-related violations even if authorities do not roam around top monitor them.

For her part, Dr. Julia Villanueva of DOH 6 stressed that a smoke-free environment is one where people smoke only in designated areas, not in enclosed spaces, which can spread the harmful effects of second-hand smoke to nonsmokers.

As per Presidential Proclamation No. 183, s. 1993, the celebration of the No Smoking Month every June aims to spread awareness of the ill effects of smoking and to discourage smokers from their habit. (Ralph John Mijares)

Published in June 16 - 22
Monday, 09 June 2014 00:00

Capelco to have lower rates by 2015

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—The Capiz Electric Cooperative (Capelco) might have lower power rates than the Iloilo Electric Cooperative (ILECO) II and III, and Antique Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Anteco) in January 2014, General Manager Edgar Diaz said, during their meeting with the Sangguniang Panlungsod recently here.

The Roxas City Council invited Capelco’s representatives to answer questions about its issues, rates, services, and plans in the light of the city’s business development.

Engr. Edgar Diaz said that the increase of power rates of other electric cooperatives is due to Capelco’s contracts between the ILECOs II and III, Anteco, and the national government, who charge cheaper generation costs through the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) expiring on December 31, 2014.

In response to Councilor Matthew James Viterbo who asked why Capelco has the highest power rates in Western Visayas, Diaz said: “By January 2015, pwede naton ma-compare kung sin-o ang mas mataas nga power rate (We can compare who has the highest power rate in January).”

In a press conference in April 2014, Diaz said that its contract with PSALM had expired; thus, they have to get their power supply from private companies, who charge more.

Capelco tried to contract PSALM but failed because of the privatization of power plants, Diaz said.

Guimaras Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Guimelco) has the highest per kilowatthour (kWh) charges for residential and low-voltage consumers; while Ileco I has the highest high-voltage charge, Diaz said in April. All these rates are exclusive of value-added tax. Capelco ranks second to the said cooperatives.

Capelco was tagged as the on-grid cooperative with the highest power rates in the country as of December 2012 in a position paper filed by Capiz Halaran Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Dale Bernas, Roxas City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Leny Apaitan, and Pueblo de Panay, Inc. president and chief executive offi cer Jose Nery Ong.

Diaz said that the data presented by the three business leaders was “insufficient” since it did not include Guimelco’s rates.

He stressed that Capelco is tasked to collect and remit passed-on charges such as generation and transmission costs, and taxes.

Diaz added that as a distribution utility, Capelco gets its revenues from the distribution costs. Further, passed-on charges have to be collected or else power supply will be cut off in Capelco’s service areas.

Published in June 9 - 15

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