High-powered firearms seized from the house of Sara town mayor, Emerlita Salcedo | Courtesy: PRO 6
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – A number of high-powered firearms were seized from the house of Sara mayor, Ermilita Salcedo in a raid held by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 6 on Wednesday (October 17).
Authorities said Salcedo’s husband, former Mayor Neptali Salcedo was the subject of the search warrant.
However, the former mayor was not at their home in Barangay Poblacion, Ilawod.
When the authorities launched the search, they discovered a number of assorted firearms namely an M14 rifle; an M16 rifle; an Ultimax 100 311 rifle; a 12-gauge shotgun; an AK47 rifle; three .45 calibre pistols; and some rounds of ammunition.
According to the PRO6 Director PCSupt. John Bulalacao, Mayor Ermilita failed to present licenses for the firearms discovered that’s why authorities temporarily placed her under police custody.
After initial investigation, the Mayor was released pending further investigation.
“Wala naman pala siyang legal responsibility doon sa kasong maaari naming isampa laban sa kaniya. The initial evaluation of our lawyer ay wala siyang kasalanan. But that does not bar us from filing charges against her kung ma find out naming na mayroon din siyang responsibility,” Bulalacao explained.
Mayor Ermilita refused to make a statement on the incident and the whereabouts of her husband.
PCSupt. Bulalacao meanwhile, called on Neptali Salcedo to surrender.
“It would be better for him to face the charges sumurrender nalang siya at kung mayroon pa siyang ibang hawak firearms that are unlicensed i-turn over nalang niya sa amin para wala na siyang problema,”
The mayor’s stepson, Ricky Salcedo and the couple’s grandson, Nixon Salcedo were both killed in the gun fight during the raid.
The police said the two opened fire so authorities were forced to retaliate.
Ricky was a former cop and the subject of the raid. He was in the house when the police served the search warrant.
Multiple firearms were seized from Ricky including a .9mm submachine pistol, a .38mm revolver and a .22mm rifle.
Seized from Nixon, meanwhile, was a .45mm pistol.
The raid was part of the PNP’s campaign against loose firearms in view of the upcoming 2019 mid-term elections. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)
Iloilo City pushes eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws
Beginning October restaurants in Iloilo City are banned from using plastic straws.
According to City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) head Engr. Noel Hechanova, the city will launch the Throw Your Straw program next month which encourages people to do away with the plastic tubes and use an “alternative straw” instead.
The campaign is a joint initiative of the local government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against the hazards of plastic as exemplified by the tons of plastic garbage that clog the city’s waterways.
And if one insists on using a straw, the agency recommends keeping a personal straw made from silicon, bamboo, paper, glass or metal.
Meanwhile, the city council has approved on first reading the proposed ordinance that seeks to ban the use of plastic straws and stirrers in the city.
“Wala man may ng object sa ordinansa and we’re also grateful na hambal sang mga business establishments naton nga mas maayo gani nga i prohibit naman gid ang plastic straws naton (No one objected to ordinance and even the business establishments agree with the prohibition of plastic straws),” said Councilor Lady Julie Grace Baronda, author of the ordinance.
Under the ordinance, first-time violators will be fined P500; second-time offenders will be fined P800 while third-time offenders will have to pay P1,000.
Food service establishments will be asked to put up a sign that says “no plastic straw and stirrer” policy.” — Lala Moreno
Iloilo barangay captain shot dead
A mug shot of Remia Prevendido (left) when she was arrested for illegal drugs in 2017. (Right) The remains of Analee Antipatia who served as Prevendido’s maid and alleged drug courier. (Photo courtesy of RMN)
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Some armed men killed barangay captain Remia Prevendido at a beach resort in San Joaquin, Iloilo City on Sunday (June 24).
The victim died of multiple gunshot wounds after the unidentified gunmen sneaked into her room and shot her.
Also killed in the incident was the family’s helper Analee Antipatia while Remia’s husband, Bonifacio Gregorio Sr. survived and is now recovering in a hospital.
Remia was the barangay captain of Bakhaw Manduriao, Iloilo. She is the sister of slain Iloilo drug lord Richard “Buang” Prevendido.
She was among the Philippine National Police’s high-value targets for her alleged participation in the illegal drugs trade in the area with her helper serving as a drug courier.
“She is included in the Prevendido drug group…Based on the other interviews with the suspects involve talaga siya because some of them nagasasabi na she is the one receiving money na kinokolekta out of drugs,” explained PCI Joem Malong, Spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) 6.
(She is included in the Prevendido drug group…Based on the other interviews with the suspects, she really was involved because some of them said she is the one receiving money collected from the sale of drugs.) – Lalaine Moreno / Marje Pelayo
12 hospitals in Iloilo lack sewerage treatment facility
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – A total of 12 hospitals in the province of Iloilo lack sewerage treatment plant (STP) according to the DENR-Environment and Management Bureau (EMB) Region 6.
The environment office discovered such hospitals as having conventional septic tanks only, which overflow most of the time due to the volume of users. Such septic tanks need extra work and have to be dislodged from time to time.
The agency explained that conventional septic tanks are inefficient for large establishments such as hospitals. Also, wastewater from hospitals has sensitive contents which require special treatment process before being discharged. They can be harmful especially when it reaches bodies of water.
“Nakita natin na hindi kaya ng kanilang treatment facility sa ngayon that’s why nag-recommend tayo na iparehab nila ang nga mga waste water treatment facility sa lahat ng kanilang hospital,” Atty Ramar Neil Pascua, EMB-6’s OIC, said in local dialect.
(As we have seen earlier, the current treatment facility cannot handle it. That is why we recommended the rehabilitation of waste water treatment facilities of all hospitals in the province.)
EMB has no required design for STP as long as it is efficient and can accommodate the volume of users. Meanwhile, the provincial government and the Department of Health (DOH) have allocated P63 million for the upgrade of wastewater facility in hospitals. The upgrading process is expected to begin next month.
“Ang mga traditional muna na pag-disposed sa ating mga waste material ang ating mga septic tanks but dahil may mga hospital waste tayo iba kasi ang mga requirements nito so we have to comply with that,” said Iloilo provincial administrator Raul Banias.
(We dispose our waste the traditional way, but because there are hospital wastes, there are different requirements for it. We have to comply with that.)
EMB also reiterated to hospitals that proper wastewater disposal is among the requirement of DOH before acquiring a license to operate.— Lalaine Moreno / Marje Pelayo