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April 8 - 14, 2017


PNP on Holy Week alert

The PNP is now on alert status in advance preparation for the coming Holy Week. “Holy Week is part of the PNP Oplan Ligtas SumVac 2017,” Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Warren De Leon informed SLT. He added that the seaports, bus terminals, churches and all areas of public convergence will be deployed with enough police personnel to ensure safety and quick response in case of emergency. “Checkpoint in strategic areas will also be established to pre-empt criminality and assist motorists,” De Leon ended.


A rustic scene of Guinsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte

Rio Cahambing is a local diving, tourism & photography enthusiast, whose photos reveal the different beautiful places of Southern Leyte province.


Former Maasin Councilor Hatayna passes away

Former Maasin City Councilor Rene Hatayna passed away peacefully in his sleep last April 11, Tuesday. According to his relatives, Hatayna was admitted to the Living Hope hospital after he reportedly suffered from chest pains. One of his staff said that the wake will be held at his residence in Barangay Soro- Soro, Maasin City. Hatayna was a well known three-term city councilor and a good businessman.


The Law is Almost Optional

What coastal road?

Alternative fact fake news, anyone?


Overpriced basketball goals?

Jackstones/tetrapods or wavebreakers

Hot number 8888


Phone shop’s suspected robber apprehended

Pintuyan’s “Most Wanted” caught

Store merchandiser found dead in rented house


A Big Voice with a Big Heart

Tatay Mian celebrates 62nd birthday

There is forever for Estrella & Antonio


Abuse of priviledge

Online comments from netizens

Delayed salary of Bantay Dagat






Coast Guard & PNP task forces conducts seaborne patrols along the Maasin City-Canigao
route and coastlines to detect and deter probable terror attacks. (Photo by: PCG Maasin)


MAASIN CITY - A 35-year-old farmer was recently arrested by local police for allegedly being the prime suspect in the murder of EJ Elms Drical Morales, a young boy who was reported missing over a year ago...read more

Maasin City on “Full Alert”

MAASIN CITY – Security forces have been placed on full alert in this city after “heavily armed lawless elements” attacked Barangay Napo, Inabanga town in Bohol province that killed some members of the military and police forces...read more

Tokhang yields 9,118 So. Leyteños

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG - Since Maasin born President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assumed office, at least 9,118 suspected Southern Leyteño “drug-inflicted” persons have voluntarily surrendered to the different PNP stations in the province. This was disclosed by Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Warren de Leon recently during a press conference at the PNP provincial headquarters...read more

“Loonie” to rap in Maasin

MANTAHAN – “Crazy master of rhymes” Filipino rapper Marlon Peroramas, also known as “Loonie,” who made a name for himself in the battle rap community, will be holding a free performance this coming May 18 at barangay Mantahan, Maasin City...read more

Dead body found on Liloan beach

LILOAN – Police authorities were baffled on the identity of a female cadaver found along the shoreline of barangay Old Catig, Liloan, Southern Leyte last April 6, Thursday afternoon...read more


Talavera, Nueva Ecija – It seems that Maasinhons really do have each other back, as Maasin-born President Rodrigo Roa Duterte showed his support for his fellow Maasinhon, National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino, as the president fired former Undersecretary Halmen Valdez because of a reported policy disagreement with Aquino regarding the importation of foreign rice into the country...read more

More tourists visiting So. Leyte

MAASIN CITY - The Provincial Tourism Office disclosed recently that the number of tourist arrivals in Southern Leyte has increased in the past three years...read more

Pot-pot driver returns lost wallet

MAASIN CITY – The value of returning, as they say, is an exemplary virtue. Indeed it is. An honest pot-pot driver from Brgy. Bato II won praises from local residents for returning a wallet he found to the authorities last Tuesday, April 4...read more

Avoid posting on-time vacation photos

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG – Going out of town for the Holy Week? You might want to think twice before posting your vacation photos on any
social media application...read more

Oarfish returns

TALISAY, LIBAGON - A huge oarfish has again beached itself in this town, the third for the last three months, as its frail body washed ashore on the beach of Libagon last April 4 in the evening...read more


MAASIN CITY - The proposed 4.71 kilometer coastal road which was originally planned to traverse the shorelines of barangay Lib-og and barangay Mambajao is now expected to get significantly shorter as city officials reveal that the planned road will go through only five coastal barangays.

Hottest day reaches 40°C

MAASIN CITY - People should exercise extreme caution when staying outdoors this summer due to recent daytime temperatures which reached a health threatening 40 degrees celsius (40°C), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) office at the capitol hills.

Water supply enough to get through dry season

MAASIN CITY – The Maasin Water District (MWD) has assured the public that there would be enough potable water for the city amidst the coming dry season.

New ship to ply Benit-Surigao

BENIT PORT, SAN RICARDO – Southwest Ferries will soon be plying the Southern Leyte to Surigao route with its brand new $11 million Japanese-made ship the M/V SWM Stella Del Mar.

Young Mercado delivers first SOCA

MAASIN CITY - “Maasin, uswag pa more!” was the mantra of newly elected city mayor, Nacional Verano Mercado, as he delivered his first state of the city address (SOCA) to an assembly of city hall officials and employees, and barangay officials last March 28 at the city gymnasium.

“El Presidente” to promote sports development

MANILA – Maasin-born Basketball Legend, Ramon S. Fernandez together with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is calling on all Local Government Units (LGUs) throughout the province to support the reactivation of Presidential Executive Orders 63 and 64, which mandated the creation of Physical Fitness and Sports Development Councils in all municipalities, cities, and barangays.

Ombudsman clears former city treasurer

MAASIN CITY - The Office of the Ombudsman has given recourse and cleared former Maasin City Treasurer Eliseo Costillas who was earlier dismissed from service by the Ombudsman, in regards to the alleged anomalous procurement by the city government in 2007 of 40-sets of long range telephones which COA and city hall records show were worth ten million pesos.


MAASIN CITY - Decades after it's inaugural groundbreaking in the mid- 1990s, the provincial airport project located in Barangay Panan-awan, Maasin City seems to find closure as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is planning to finish the airport project by the year 2019.

Mercado to replace GMA

Last week, at least nine fishermen, one of whom is a minor, were arrested by local authorities in the towns of Libagon, Liloan and Padre Burgos due to illegal fishing activities in various parts of the provinces’ sea waters.

Aquaman swims Limasawa channel

PADRE BURGOS - Raising his fist in triumph, Attorney Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine, successfully conquered the shark-infested waters of Limasawa Island to Padre Burgos town, traversing one of the most turbulent waters in the province, during his 10.34 kilometer open water swim last March 19, to commemorate the coming 496th First Mass Celebration in Limasawa island.

DPWH Junia suggests 2 alternative routes to help ease traffic

MAASIN CITY - To address the increase in vehicular traffic, the Department of Public Works and Highways – Southern Leyte District informed the press of two other possible solutions to help decongest traffic along Tomas Oppus and Ruperto Kangleon streets, aside from the proposed “coastal road.”

Cops get surprise drug test

Some 120 police personnel underwent random mandatory drug test last March 20, to support the interest of President Rodrigo Duterte in weeding out rogues in uniform.

First Mass celebration security

CAMP BANTUG – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday that it has eyed its preparation in securing the public on any possible threats during the 496th First Mass commemoration in Limasawa Island.


SAN FRANCISCO - The office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently implemented the Ombudsman’s order for the dismissal of the town’s municipal accountant from holding public office last March 9.

Administrator Aquino at odds with NFA Council

QUEZON CITY - Newly appointed National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Laureano Aquino is at odds with the NFA Council over the system of rice importation.

Government to buy “palay" from farmers

MAASIN CITY - The National Food Authority (NFA) recently announced that they will buy unhusked rice (palay) from Southern Leyteño farmers at P17 pesos, especially now that harvest season is approaching.

Delinquent Taxpayers urged to compromise

MAASIN CITY - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is now willing to enter into easier compromise settlement agreements with delinquent taxpayers, as a means to generate more revenues for the taxcollecting agency.

China to fund San Ricardo-Surigao “Mega Bridge"

The national government is planning to build a 23-kilometer cable-stayed long span bridge that will connect the province of Southern Leyte and Surigao.

LTO conducts surprise inspection

MAASIN CITY - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has recently conducted a surprise motor vehicle inspection last March 15 (Wednesday morning) which caught violators by surprise and temporarily caused traffic at Tomas Oppus street near NOVO fashion and general merchandise.


MAASIN CITY - A group of environmentalists and netizens are highly critical of the proposed 4.7 kilometer coastal bypass road planned by the national government, whose primary purpose is to decongest traffic in the city...read more

Bags of Marijuana found floating at sea

SAN RICARDO – Diosdado Bakhawon was fishing at the seawaters of Kinachawa village in San Ricardo town here last Tuesday morning when he got the biggest surprise of his life...read more

Another oarfish washes ashore Macrohon town

SAN JOAQUIN, MACROHON - The Oarfish (Regalecidae), a mysterious deep sea creature has found itself again at the center of a conspiracy theory that suggests it can predict earthquakes, after local residents found another oarfish at the shores of Barangay San Joaquin last March 5, Sunday morning, the same day when a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck again the neighboring province of Surigao...read more


CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG - After the Philippine National Police’s war on drugs was temporarily put on hold by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, due to the controversial killing of the South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, the Maasin born president once again ordered the police to spearhead his war versus the illegal drug trade...read more

SSS-Maasin releases P1,000 additional pension

MAASIN CITY – Social Security System (SSS) Branch Head Gregorio Baroza disclosed recently that the agency has already implemented the additional P1,000 pesos additional benefit for the first two months of the year to all retirees, surviving and disabled pensioners...read more



Sights & souunds in Maasin

Sinugdan Festival 2017

Summer time in So. Leyte 2017






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