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By Lalaine Marcos & Inka Sanchez

Newly minted “actor” Wesley Chu is seen posing with wife Mennen and colleagues from the Rotary Club of Ormoc Dr. Sandra Fiel-Chiong, Atty. Joy Mejia-Romero and Troy Bumagat with himself in the background in the movie.

THE MOVIE “Three Words to Forever”, top-billed by Mayor Rich-ard Gomez himself, the country’s bright-est young star Kath-ryn Bernardo, and the mayor’s former flame, megastar Sharon Cu-neta, is eliciting pride among Ormocanons who were once called “taga-bukid” by police officer Jovie Espinido for voting an actor into office. read more

By Dailyn Cabarse, Marie Tonette Grace Marticio & Lalaine Marcos

ORMOC CITY – Three resi-dents of Brgy. Cabingtan here, the vegetable basket of the city, claiming to be members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have ‘surrendered’ to the police on Friday, November 23, after an ISIS member was killed by au-thorities the day before.

They are Artemio Genido a.k.a Abdul Qahar, 63, Jonnifer Tano a.k.a Rajah Ahmad Talhu Ansar, 18, and Rommel Compues-to a.k.a Abdul Ghafoor, 17. They are converts into the Islam faith that was brought into their com-munity by the QM Builders, Inc. which has since taken residence in the area after Yolanda.

Police deputy city director Sr. Supt. Carlito Gallardo, however, clarified that the three did not sur-render but was voluntarily report-ing to their office about how they were recruited into the MNLF. The three has also disavowed any ties with the killed ISIS member, one Joseph “Dawud” Anulga Jr, who was reportedly active in recruiting for the “Balik Islam” movement.

The three men, accompanied by their kagawad-in-charge for peace and order Ruben Parco, are reporting to the police to clear themselves of any involvement with the ISIS.

Artemio Genido said they just became MNLF members because the group who recruited them said that they are legally connected with the government. They were further told that the group is basically a barangay “task force” that would lend help to the community in times of disaster, may it be natural or man-made disaster. However, they said that there was no official orientation, meetings, nor any other activities conducted after the said “recruitment”.

Kagawad Ruben Parco, on the other hand, said “Wala gyuy angayng kahadlokan ang mga tawo sa pag-adto sa among barangay. Safe ang barangay. Ang atong Peace and Order ngadto okay kaayo.”

“Kini silang tulo, nahulog ra pud gyud ni silang inosente sa pagpa-member anang grupoha kay wala man nah sila gani proper briefing kabahin anah. Wala silay seminar, wala sila giorient”, Parco added.

“Kami didto nagpuyo lang gyud as mag-uuma. Ni-anhi lang gyud mi sa kampo kay para ma-clear ang among mga pangalan ug para pud nga dili na mangahadlok ang mga tawo sa pagbisita sa among lugar kay wala gyud angay kahadlokan. Wala gyud mi na-involve gani ug mga kagubot. Amo na pud ni undangon ang among pagkamember aning MNLF karon nga nakahibawo mi nga dili gyud ni legal ug dili ni connected sa gobyerno”, said Mr. Genido when asked of a message to the Ormocanons.

The alleged ISIS member who was also into gunrunning killed by a joint team of the 802nd Brigade, military intelligence, and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Thursday morning in Brgy. Airport, this city, was identified as as Joseph “Dawud” Anulga, Jr., a member of Dawlah Islamiyah affiliated with ISIS.

The alleged ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) member, a former OFW, was killed in a buy-bust after he reportedly resisted arrest during a buy-bust operation. Recovered from his body were an IED (improvised explosive device) made from a 60mm mortar with a Samsung cellular phone as trigger, a single switch with 9-volts battery and battery snap, a silicon controlled rectifier and LED indicator, and a caliber 45 pistol with magazine.

BGen. Lope Dagoy of the 802nd Brigade said that the dead man was set to join comrades in Mindanao, wanting to become a martyr.

Meanwhile, two people were killed and another two hurt in a suspected bomb explosion in Brgy. Bobolosan, Laoang, Northern Samar, also on Thursday. Police clarified it has nothing to do with the ISIS. The victims are linked to dynamite fishing.

The incident transpired at around 3:00 P.M. inside the house of a certain Natalia Capas, which resulted to the instantaneous death of Ome Inocentes and Gaga Solana, both residents of San Antonio, Northern Samar.

Wounded were one Junjun Donato, 32, married, a driver and Nilo Cuanico, separated, farmer and a resident of Purok 9 Poblacion, Lope De Vega, Northern Samar.

Laoang PNP disclosed that said house was rented by one Dario Ayes, 55, a retired policeman and a resident of Poblacion 9, Lope De Vega, Northern Samar together with the said victims.

Also recovered from the area were one sack of detonating cords, undetermined number of improvised blasting caps, and undetermined number of time fuse.

The cause of explosion is yet to be determined by Northern Samar Explosive Ordnance Division.

ORMOC CITY – The first ever SM mall in Eastern Visayas finally opened its doors to in this city, 16th of November 2018 at around 11:00am with a cutting-of-ribbon ceremony led by Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, Congresswoman of the 4th District of Leyte Lucy Torres-Gomez, Ormoc City Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin Jr., and Mabuhay Capital CEO and President Lito Sibayan.

They were joined by Chair-man for Executive Committee Hans T. Sy, SM Markets Vice Chairman Herbert T. Sy, SM Prime Holdings Inc. President Jeffrey Lim, and Most Reverend Felomino Bactol.

Located in the heart of Or-moc City, along the banks of the Anilao River, SM Center Ormoc is SM Prime Holding’s 72nd mall and the 7th in the Visayas region. Ormocanons flooded SM Cen-ter Ormoc, literally, as the mall opened its doors to the public at exactly 3:00pm of the same day.

Employees, together with Ms. Elevator Girl, entertained the opening guests and welcomed all the shoppers who, accordingly, were waiting outside the mall doors since 9:00am.

Everybody then went gaga and crazy over actress, Barbie Emperial, who came to greet and meet her fans later in the afternoon. The appearance of Rhian Ramos who was at the mall to promote her movie, “Kung Paano Siya Nawala”, was warmly welcomed as well.

The Ormoc skies were then lighted up by the Grand Fireworks Display courtesy of SM Center Ormoc at around 7:00pm. The following day, 17th of November, the techies were given an opportunity to meet internet sensation and influencer, Hay Malaya, at the mall’s ground level activity area.

Furthermore, on November 18 and 25, Christmas comes to SM Center Ormoc with their Christmas Parade at 5:00pm around the mall to bring joy and cheers to all kids and the kids-at-heart.

SM Center Ormoc is located on a 15,782 square-meter site. Together with SM mainstays such as BDO, Ace Hardware, Appliance Center, Watsons, Sports Central, Simply Shoes, Miniso and Crocs, the SM Hypermarket is the mall’s major anchor, which paves the way to shopping fun.

The mall also has a National Bookstore, an eyewear center in the EO shop. Customers might also like David’s Salon located on the third f loor of the mall.

Meanwhile, for those who love to go on food trips, the mall has a lot of options to choose from international and national food chains to include Max’s Fried Chicken, Macao Imperial Tea, Dimsum Break, BreadTalk and so many more.

Finally, there is the 64th SM Cinema of the SM chain of malls inside SM Center Ormoc. SM Cinema Ormoc has three digital cinemas and, a f irst in the province, SM Cinema Ormoc also has one Director’s Club, “a level up to the usual cinema experience complete with reclining seats and on-call butlers to give viewers the most relaxed and comfortable movie experience.” By Krista May Gubalane

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