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KANANGA, LEYTE – A joint posse of the local police here, the Provincial Anti-illegal Drugs Specialization Operation Team and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested a suspected drug pusher and confiscated from his possession 121.03 grams of shabu, with an estimated street value of P 720,000, said to be the biggest haul in the province for the year. 

The suspect was identified as Roel Oliverio alias “Kawi”, a resident of Bantiller Street, Poblacion, this town.

This is the third time that the suspect has been charged criminally but the other previous two cases were for illegal possession of firearms, police here said.  read more

TACLOBAN CITY – The An Waray, a regional party list that has already put two “Warays” in Congress, has survived the Comelec purge, disappointing detractors from “progressive groups” in the region. 

To recall, An Waray was one of those that Kontra Daya wanted expelled from the list of party lists. A local umbrella of left-leaning groups, the Bayan-Sinirangan Bisayas also filed their own opposition against the party list.

However, the Commission on Elections already announced that it would allow 79 partylist groups to participate in next year’s mid-term polls, and the list included An Waray. read more

2ND LAWIG FESTIVAL QUEEN. Ms Dindee Athena Maguikay is the triumphant winner of the crown as 2nd Lawig Festival Queen of Palompon, Leyte during the festival queen pageant in the evening of December 2, 2012. She was crowned by Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez and Leyte board member Atty. Carlo P. Loreto, who is also said to be the incoming vice-governor of Leyte. Ms. Maguikay, incidentally, is a full scholar of the Congressional Spouses Foundation through the auspices of its vice-president Richard Gomez.

PALOMPON, LEYTE – The 2nd Lawig Festival held in this town on December 2 in honor of its patron saint, St. Francis Xavier or “Señor San Iko’, as some residents fondly call him, was equally a success as the first one last year, as organizers moved to adopt changes to improve on gaps it encountered in 2011. 

And it seems that the saint likes the festival in his honor too, quipped Mayor Ramon Oñate who noted that for the past two fiestas it was held, the town has had sunny weather. He said that before the 1st festival last year, it would always rain but now, even with “super typhoon” Pablo said to be coming straight to Leyte, the skies were cloudless and sunny throughout the day. read more

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