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Milestones of 2016

December 17 - 23, 2016

Chikungunya virus outbreak, dismissal of some government officials and apprehension of Shallene’s primary suspect are but a few of the major events that defined the year that was.

Here is looking back on the news that dominated the headlines in 2016.

JANUARY - The first month of the year was started on a high note as Souther n Leyteña Rosette Pagpaguitan ranked first during the 2015 National Dentistry Licensure Examination.

FEBRUARY - The month of hearts was filled with excitement to all “Dutertards,” as the “son of Maasin,” Rodrigo Roa Duterte, was set to visit his hometown for his presidential campaign. February was also extra sweet to some present and past Sogod town officials, after they were cleared by the Ombudsman for alleged charges of violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices law.

MARCH - The end of the school year and the start of the mid-term election campaign period saw the local Liberal Party and United Nationalist Alliance party start their campaigns for the May polls. This was also the month when then presidential candidate Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited the province, amidst thousands of Southern Leyteños showing support.

APRIL - The summer month saw some City Hall officials relieved from office, as the Department of Interior and Local Government implemented the Office of the Ombudsman’s order of dismissal. This month also headlined that Southern Leyte coconuts were found by authorities to be being smuggled to China.

MAY - The hot election month witnessed the Mercado brothers continue their dominance in Southern Leyte politics as the local Liberal Party won most of the local elective positions during the elections.

JUNE - The start of the school season saw residents complaining on the slow progress of the city park project. June set a milestone as Maasinhon President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was sworn in as the new President of the Republic. Duterte later on appoints Southern Leyteño Ramon Fernandez as one of the new Philippine Sports Commissioners.

JULY – A heart-breaking day for Souther n Leyteños as previously unbeaten local boxing prospect Albert Pagara, reeled back and suffered the first defeat of his career. This month also saw the DOH conducting fogging operations as the dreaded Chikungunya virus epidemic was reported in Ichon, Macrohon.

AUGUST – Waves and cheers greeted the month of August as Weesam Express had its maiden voyage in Maasin City, amidst strong waves caused by the Habagat monsoon. In contrast, a tragic incident happened before the city fiesta as Jess Andrew Biong sacrificed his life to save a child from drowning. Also, the skeletal remains of a young male were found in Badiang village that police claimed were probably that of the missing boy AJ Elmsdrical Morales.

SEPTEMBER – The Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) achieved a perfect passing rate during
the September Electrical Engineering licensure examination. It was also this month when Maasin City hosted the 7th National Scout Venture Camp that was participated by scout delegations from the different regions of the country.

OCTOBER – It was a sad and mournful month for the Southern Leyte Times (SLT) as its founder and publisher, Antonio Mendoza Reyes, passed away peacefully at Chong Hua Medical Hospital. His passing was immortalized as most of the national and community newspapers in the country wrote and paid tribute to Publisher Reyes.

NOVEMBER – It was a red-letter day for Southern Leyte as Saint Bernard town and brgy. Hingatungan in Silago town were big winners of good governance awards. A great achievement for our local police was also cited for the apprehension of the primary suspect of the gruesome slaying of 14-year-old student, Shallene Melorin Liwag.

DECEMBER – The holiday season is the season to be vigilant and extra careful as the cases of robberies and thefts were reported rising in the province. This month also saw Shallene’s murder suspect transferred to a detention center in Tanauan, Leyte province.

(by: Dahlia A. Orit)






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