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June 3 - 9, 2017



Seated (L-R): Attorneys Ana Maria Gono, Lyn Mulaan, Menchie Ann Salinas, Standing: Attorneys Melfa Salidaga, and Shiela Marie Reyes

L-R): Attorneys Medardo Basco Jr., Leyson Bert Rio, Marvin Magaipo, and Jovanni Christian Plateros


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






Two residential houses razed in Padre Burgos last May 25. No one was reported hurt or injured in the incident


MAASIN CITY – For every hour that passes, one Southern Leyteño baby is born. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed this to the press based on the agency’s vital statistics for the year 2016...read more

No more “shoulder road” parking!

MAASIN CITY – In its bid to ease traffic congestion, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will soon be deputizing personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field offices to catch illegally parked vehicles on the national highways of the province...read more

Fire eats up two residential houses in Padre Burgos town

PADRE BURGOS – At least P350,000 worth of property was eaten up by a fire that hit two residential area in Barangay Poblacion, Padre Burgos last May 25. Bureau of Fire Protection declared fire out after an hour of intense operation...read more

Gonzales is first local “Doctor to the Barrios”

MAASIN CITY - Coming from a family of engineers, 26-year-old Lesgard John Gonzales, from Maasin City, still pursued his passion of becoming a doctor...read more

Maasinhon officer grateful for 2017 TOPS nomination

TACLOBAN CITY- Army major Arturo M. Dumalagan, of the Office of Civil Military Operations, 8th Infantry Division based in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, has expressed his thanks for the support he got from the public after he was included in the final list of eligible nominees for this year’s The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS)...read more

UV Green Lancers top St. Bernard basketball cup

SAINT BERNARD - The University of the Visayas Green Lancers made sure not to make the same mistakes as they scored a 78-63 revenge win over the Southwestern University Cobras to bag the 2017 St. Isidore Parish Fiesta Inter- Collegiate Invitational Basketball Cup in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte...read more

“Oplan Balik Eskwela” launched

MAASIN CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to ensure the smooth and orderly resumption of classes this June 5 through Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE), to be implemented during the first week of the school year...read more

SJC produces 13 new accountants

Thirteen Saint Joseph College (SJC) graduates successfully hurdled last May’s Certified Public Accountant licensure examination, and posted for the school a 26.53 percent passing rate...read more

A residential house in Barangay Mantahan, Maasin City was hit by fire last Wednesday afternoon, May 24.No one was reported hurt or injured in the incident


MAASIN CITY – Southern Leyte province is on “full alert” after Maasin City born President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao after elements of the Maute terrorist group laid siege of Marawi City...read more

LTO bans small children from riding motorcycles

MAASIN CITY – The Land Transportation Of fice (LTO) here officially issued a statement that children below 18 years old will no longer be allowed to ride on motorcycles starting May 19, as the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015, is now officially in effect...read more

Cebu basketball stars to visit St. Bernard

Dubbed as “The Place Where Champions Meet,” in Saint Bernard town in Southern Leyte will be the venue of Cebu’s top collegiate basketball squads waging war against each other as they vie for top honors in the St. Isidore Parish Fiesta Invitational Cup 2017 on May 27- 29 at the Saint Bernard Gymnasium...read more

Man hangs self for fear of “Tokhang”

MAASIN CITY – A 26-year-old man, who has been reported by police to be hiding for the past few months from the local cops, took his own life by hanging himself using a nylon rope last May 21, around 1:20 pm at Barangay Mantahan, Maasin City. The victim was identified as Joselito Maraon...read more

DepEd needs 186 teachers for SL

As the opening of school approaches, Southern Leyte needs at least 186 new teachers in the elementary and secondary levels for its full implementation of the K- 12 education reform program according to Department of Education (DepEd) Human Resource Officer Filma Olor...read more

Fire hits residential house in Mantahan

MANTAHAN – A residential house in Barangay Mantahan, Maasin City was hit by fire last Wednesday afternoon, May 24...read more

So. Leyte eyed as tourism zone

SOUTHERN LEYTE – Renowned stalactites and stalagmites in Cambaro,
Macrohon, historical and cultural viewing of the Magellan Shrine in Limasawa...read more


HINUNANGAN - World Bank (WB) engineers and consultants made a thorough inspection of two of its road projects in Southern Leyte last May 15, Monday, to ensure that the implementation of their two farm-to-market road (FMR) projects adheres to world quality standards...read more

City Drug Rehab Center to rise soon

In support of the anti-drug campaign of Maasin-born President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the government is set to build a drug rehabilitation complex in Maasin City, among other places in Eastern Visayas...read more

1st Provincial Director’s Cup Shootfest set

The Southern Leyte Provincial Police Office (SLPPO) will hold its first Provincial Director’s Cup shooting competition at the shooting range of the Alfredo Bantug camp on May 27-28...read more

SLSU to absorb MCC

MAASIN CITY - Due to the strain on the financial resources of the city government, the city council is recommending that the Maasin City College be absorbed by the state-owned Southern Leyte State University (SLSU)...read more

Hazardous school supplies to be monitored

MAASIN CITY – With the school year starting in less than three weeks' time, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is closely monitoring the prices and quality of available school supplies in the local market...read more



MAASIN CITY - Southern Leyte’s Governor Damian G. Mercado breaks his silence after recent accusations against him by the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) regarding the alleged act of falsification of public document...read more

Libagon to have wider highway road

MAASIN CITY - Works to convert a major road in Southern Leyte into a four-lane highway is now up and running with the national government setting aside P235.79 million to develop a road section...read more

Padre Burgos to conserve sea turtles

PADRE BURGOS, Southern Leyte - The local government here is stepping up conservation efforts for sea turtles after discovering that town is one of the favorite nesting sites of this endangered marine species...read more

Two centenarians receive 100k cash gift

MAASIN CITY – For the first time in Maasin City, two centenarians received their 100,000 pesos cash gifts from the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) in recognition to their longevity during a simple awarding ceremony at the Maasin City Hall last May 6, Saturday...read more

DepEd gears up for school opening

MAASIN CITY – The Department of Education is gearing up towards a safe opening of classes this June by making our local public schools conducive to learning through the launching of its Brigada Eskwela 2017 campaign set to start this May 15-20...read more

PALAWAN Express sponsored a four-day tennis clinic tournament at Barangay Combado, Maasin City tennis arena that welcomed local athletes to show off their skills in tennis. The sports program aims the help the youth to engage in sports than in illegal activities. (by S.M.)


MAASIN CITY - Southern Leyte is fast becoming known not only as the birthplace of the current President but also the province which produces topnotch lawyers...read more

Local cop fires off in regional shootfest

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG – A police woman shooter from Hinundayan, Southern Leyte won the first Regional Director’s Cup shootout competition last April 27-28, outgunning other police officers from the different police stations in Eastern Visayas...read more

39 caught in LTO operation

MAASIN CITY - At least 39 traffic violators were arrested along the Tomas Oppus highway in a surprise one-hour, two-day operation conducted by a 4-man team from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) last Wednesday and Thursday, May 3 and 4...read more


MAASIN CITY - All open dumpsites in Southern Leyte should be closed on or before May 31 2017, to comply with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act...read more

EV 12th in Palarong Pambansa

Antique Province - The 60th edition of the Palarong Pambansa, scheduled from April 23 to 29 saw Eastern Visayas improve its ranking to 12th place...read more

Man stabs his own nephew?

MANTAHAN - A heated altercation prompted a 40-year-old fisherman to allegedly stab his own nephew in Barangay Mantahan, Maasin City last April 17 early dawn, according to city police officers...read more

So. Leyte soil prone to landslides

SAINT BERNARD – A study conducted by the Department of Agronomy and Soil Science of the Visayas State University in Baybay, Leyte, showed that the soils of Southern Leyte hold too much water and can possibly inundate rice farms downstream since rain batters the province almost 12 months a year, the only territory in the country that has no real pronounced dry season...read more

Mishap in Panan-awan

PANAN-AWAN - More than 5 passengers, including two cops, onboard a HI-ACE Commuter van were hurt when their vehicle bound for Sogod town swerved suddenly after it hit a utility vehicle along the road’s curved portion in Panan-awan village on Wednesday afternoon, April 26...read more

Monitoring of crops enhanced

MAASIN CITY - Summer time is harvest time in Southern Leyte, and the importance of the harvest of our farmers’ products to feed our growing population is fast becoming a major concern for food security...read more

Earth Day Forum

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...read more

GO Negosyo Forum: Entreprenures from the different towns of the province, PNB and PLDT converge during DTI’s “Mentor Me Program” last April 21


CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG – Due to the growing rumors circulating in the community and also in social media on alleged sightings of suspected terrorists in some parts of the province, the Southern Leyte Provincial Police (SLPPO) appealed to the public to stop making or sharing fake news regarding a supposed terror threat which might cause panic and fear to tourists and residents...read more

Baby Pawikans hatch along Padre Burgos

PADRE BURGOS – Monitoring almost a hundred baby sea turtles this summer season is quite a chore for the whole Ebuenga family after their small nipa hut near the beach of Barangay Sta. Sofia, Padre Burgos was chosen as a nest by a mother sea turtle last April 13, Thursday morning...read more

“Ganda Pulis” visits So. Leyte

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG – Instead of a gun, a lady police officer walked with a crown and a bouquet of flowers during her visit in Maasin City police station and Camp Alfredo Bantug provincial police headquarters last Wednesday afternoon...read more

400 College Scholarships

MAASIN CITY - The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) - Maasin Branch is now accepting applications for it's college scholarship program for school year 2017-2018 to children or dependents of persons with disabilities, indigenous people, and single parents of its active members and pensioners...read more

Local entrepreneurs suggest involvement in the province’s progress

MAASIN CITY - The businessmen in Maasin City and other parts of the province expressed their willingness to partner with the government, specifically the local government units, in the formulation of the development plan and implementing guidelines...read more

Barangay and SK registration deadline

MAASIN CITY - Commission on Election (COMELEC) Officer Atty. Antonio Gulay Jr., is urging the public, especially the youth and qualified adult voters who are not registered, to go to the nearest COMELEC office and have themselves registered from now up until April 29, the last day set by the national voting agency as the deadline for voter’s registration...read more

NGCP intensifies safety campaign

MAASIN CITY – The flying of kites near transmission lines and the climbing of transmission towers this summer season are dangerous and strictly prohibited according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)...read more


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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