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SAN ISIDRO, LEYTE – The municipal administrator of this town, Levi “Bambam” Mabini, 43 years old, from Barangay Daja Dako, died in a shooting incident on May 8, 2019 at 7:45 in the morning.

The incident happened near Alsan Gasoline Station, which is owned by re-electionists Leyte 3rd District Board Member Allan Ang and San Isidro, Leyte Mayor Susan Ang. The said gasoline station is located just in front of the Angs’ residence in Barangay Capiñahan.

Aside from being a municipal administrator, Mabini, accordingly, also serves as chief of the town’s Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO).  read more

TACLOBAN CITY (PIA) – The economy of Eastern Visayas grew by 5.9 percent in 2018 from the 1.8 percent in 2017, according to the regional chief of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA-8).

In a news conference, Regional Director Wilma Perante said the Services sector, which shared the bulk of the region’s economy at 44.4 percent, accelerated to 10.5 percent in 2018 from its 6.2 percent growth in 2017.

“Among the three major industries, Services contributed most to the region’s overall growth rate at 4.5 percentage points, followed by Industry at 1.5 percentage points, while Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing (AHFF) pulled down the region’s growth by 0.1 percentage point,” Perante said.  read more

Comelec junks DQ vs. Lucy

MANILA – The Second Division of the Commission on Elections has dismissed the disqualification case filed against Leyte 4th district Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez by two Ormocanons for having no basis.

The congresswoman is seeking her last term in office on May 13, 2019, however, the petitioners against her are claiming it is her fourth term, which is a violation of the three-term rule. 

Petitioners Noelito Wagas and Jeffrey Dubal, known loyalists of Torres-Gomez’s political foe Eufrocino Codilla Jr., claims that even if Rep. Gomez was ordered disqualified in 2013 after she substituted husband Richard Gomez, she continued to report to Congress and functioned as congresswoman.  read more

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