Kampo ng mga Reyes, handang makipagtulungan sa imbestigasyon sa pagkamatay ni Dennis Aranas

admin   •   February 14, 2013   •   2648


Ang wanted poster para sa magkapatid na Reyes dahil sa pagpatay umano kay Doc Gerry Ortega. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Bukas ang kampo ni dating Palawan Governor Joel Reyes sa anumang imbestigasyong isasagawa ng Department of Justice (DOJ) sa pagkamatay ng isa sa mga testigo sa Ortega slay case na si Dennis Aranas.

Unang iniulat na nagpakamatay si Aranas sa loob ng kulungan subalit ayon naman sa forensic investigation ng Public Attorney’s Office, pinatay ito.

Dahil sa magkasalungat na resulta ng imbestigasyon, sisiyasatin ng DOJ ang selda ni Aranas gayundin ang mga preso na nakasama nito Lucena Provincial Jail.

Ayon naman kay Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, abugado ng mga pangunahing suspek na sina Joel at Mario Reyes, hindi sila natatakot humarap sa anumang imbestigasyon kung ipatatawag sila ng DOJ.

Hindi rin umano dapat pagdudahan ang magkapatid na Reyes sa pagkamatay ni Aranas dahil hindi naman nito idiniin ang dalawa sa mga nauna niyang testimonya.

“Kung may nangyari kay Aranas kasalanan siguro ng security ng BJMP o whatever pero hindi pwedeng pinatay yun na wala namang value yung kanyang testimonya against my client bakit ipapapatay.”

Nananatili namang palaisipan sa pamilya Ortega kung bakit hanggang ngayon ay nagtatago ang magkapatid na Reyes gayung sinasabi ng mga ito na wala silang kinalaman sa pagkamatay ni Dr. Ortega.

“Until now Joel T. Reyes refuses to appear before the court and face the charges against him. If he is really innocent as he claims, then why is he still in hiding,” pahayag ni Maika Ortega, anak ni Doc Gerry Ortega.

Paliwanag naman ni Topacio, pinayuhan na niya ang dalawa na huwag munang magpakita dahil maaaring malagay sa panganib ang kanilang buhay. (Grace Casin & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Palawan hailed as ‘Best Island in the World’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 10, 2020

Palawan is again hailed as the “best island in the world,” by international travel magazine Travel+Leisure.

“It’s dramatic at sea level, with mountains rising directly from the ocean palm-edged beaches. Though it’s difficult to reach from many parts of the world, once travelers get there they can dive in World War II wrecks, explore old-growth rain forests, and paddle one of the world’s longest subterranean rivers at Puerto Princesa,” according to Travel+Leisure magazine.

The magazine released its Top 25 Best Islands in the world on Wednesday (July 9), in which Palawan ranked first with a score 94.83. This is the fourth time the island topped the list.

One of the fans wrote, “The landscape and scenery are just gorgeous. It offers the most beautiful beaches, resorts, and scenery anywhere.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism celebrated Palawan’s recognition. DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the “rehabilitation and sustainable development efforts last year, especially in El Nido and Coron, were well-received by tourists everywhere.” AAC

Duterte to visit tourist sites to boost tourism amid COVID-19 threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to board a helicopter after gracing the inauguration of the Sangley Airport Development Project in Cavite City on February 15, 2020. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte will visit popular tourist sites in the Philippines to promote local tourism amid the COVID-19 threat.

READ: It’s more fun in the Philippines: Duterte invites Filipinos to visit local tourism sites amid Covid-19 fears

The President may travel to Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol to attract more visitors and potentially make up for the losses of the current travel ban in China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

“He’s a magnet. His presence attracts people from attending an event,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Usec. Art Boncato said they will schedule a trip as soon as possible.

“We’re of course lining up destinations like Boracay, Cebu for instance even Bohol, as the initial list of destinations for the president most probably visit within the next couple of weeks,” he said.

READ: Duterte asks local carriers, hotels to help boost PH tourism amid COVID-19 threat

Tourism industry stakeholders agreed to help boost domestic travel by offering discounted airfare and hotel rates following a meeting with President Duterte.

“Come with me and be my travel companion. I’ll be traveling around the Philippines. Pasyal tayo dito sa atin. Unahin natin ‘yung atin. Mabuhay ang Pilipino. Mabuhay ang turismo ng Pilipinas,” Duterte said on his video message.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning, red tide toxins in waters of Palawan, parts of Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   February 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has raised the alarm over consumption of shellfish and ‘alamang’ from the coastal waters of Palawan and several areas in the Visayas due to high level of red tide toxin.

Based on the latest laboratory results, the level of paralytic shellfish poison is beyond regulatory limit in the coastal waters of the following:

  • Puerto Princesa Bay (Palawan)
  • Puerto Princesa City (Palawan)
  • Dauis (Bohol)
  • Tagbilaran City (Bohol)
  • Irong-irong Bay (Western Samar)
  • Cancato Bay, Tacloban City (Leyte)
  • Lianga Bay (Surigao del Sur)

Meanwhile, high level of red tide toxin is present in the waters of:

  • Carigara Bay (Leyte)
  • San Pedro Bay (Western Samar)

“All types of shellfish and Acetes s. or alamang gathered from the areas stated above are NOT SAFE for human consumption,” the BFAR said in its advisory.

The agency added, however, that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs in the area are safe for human consumption provided that they are “fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.”


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