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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Abortion drugs trader nabbed in Kalibo

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

A suspected trader of illegal abortion drugs was nabbed by operatives of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Aklan on Tuesday afternoon in Kalibo, Aklan.
CIDG-Aklan chief Senior Inspector John Paul Tovera presented the prohibited abortion drugs recovered in an entrapment operation on September 16. The CIDG operation resulted to the arrest of a nursing graduate involved in illegal abortion pills trading in Western Visayas / PHOTOS BY AKLAN FORUM
Arrested by the police was Neil Dann Baldeviso Mabaquiao, 29, a nursing graduate of 115 Lopez Jaena Street, San Isidro, Jaro, Iloilo City.
 
Senior Inspector John Paul Tovera, chief of CIDG-Aklan, said the suspect is involved in the rampant trade and proliferation of abortive products in Western Visayas.
 
Tovera said a confidential agent tipped off to CIDG-Aklan the illegal operation of Mabaquiao involving sale of Cytotec abortion pills. 
 
Last Monday, a CIDG poseur buyer made an order to buy ten pads of Cytotec (Compridos Misoprostol 200 mcg via oral), two pads of Metyhylergometrin (Methergin) and two vials of Ceftriaxone Sodium (Fergram) powder for injection from the suspect at around 3 p.m.
 
The following day, the CIDG poseur buyer and the Cytotec seller, who came from Iloilo City, agreed to meet at Gaisano Capital Kalibo food court for their transactions at around 9:30 a.m.
 
Tovera said the suspect was immediately arrested in an entrapment operation after the police buyer handed the P32,500 including the P500 marked money in exchange for the banned pills in plain view of other CIDG operatives. 
 
“Matagal na dati itong tinatrabaho ng operatives natin. Ginagawa ng suspect ang transactions via text at on order basis pa. Itong mga gamot ay nabibili lamang pag me resita sa doctor,” Tovera said.
 
Police said the abortion-inducing Cytotec drugs are being sold by Mabaquiao, who started his business in March this year, for P450 per tablet.
 
Other items recovered from Mabaquiao were two ampules sterile water for injection, mobile phones, syringes, and handwritten instructions on how to take the drugs for abortion.
 
The drugs will be subjected for examination by the local Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) to determine if the “drugs could be sold without prescription.” 
 
Tovera said the suspect will be facing charges for violation of Section 11 of Republic Act 3720, as amended by Republic Act No. 9711 otherwise known as Food and Drug Admin Act of 2009.

Cave sites in Kalibo’s Tigayon Hill trace artifacts of cultural, historical value

BY BOY RYAN B.ZABAL



Archaeological exploration in Tigayon Hill in Kalibo, Aklan will uncover the missing links to the rich history and cultural heritage of Aklan.

Tigayon Hill is a limestone formation in Barangay Tigayon, three kilometers away from Poblacion, Kalibo, Aklan. It was once a secret sanctuary for the province’s freedom fighters against Spain.

Museo it Akean curator Sumra Dela Cruz-Rojo said the recent four-day test excavation  of Tigayon Hill caves by archaeologists from the National Museum of Philippines could also help answer questions about the past civilizations. 

“They started the exploration and it was just a quick look on portions of the caves. The local government has to request for another team to resume the archaeological exploration and excavation activities of the two caves. There is a possibility of burial jars under the caves surface,” she said in an interview.

Rojo stressed that the local government through Mayor William Lachica plans to put up a mini-museum in Tigayon Hill this October to preserve the artifacts and evidences of cultural history. 

In 2004, National Museum archaeologists Rey Santiago and Noel Escultura were invited by Anna India Legaspi and Rojo to look into the discovery of ancient artifacts in the excavated portion in Kalibo Pastrana Park that led also for the archaeologists to survey the Tigayon Hill. 

The findings and recommendations for further explorations of Tigayon Hill were submitted to then Mayor Raymar Rebaldo, but, it has been 10 years after that an archaeological work in caves with a P300,000 grant from the Department of Tourism was pushed through by the National Museum of the Philippines.

Prior to exploratory study of Tigayon Hill caves, the National Museum archaeologists oriented the Kalibo Sangguniang Bayan members and tourism stakeholders on cultural heritage protection and archaeology on September 11.  

During the recent excavation, archaeological cave sediments such as shards of potteries with deep and shallow ethnic, wave-like patterns and human bones and teeth that existed between the Metal Age, 400 B.C. – 800 A.D. were discovered in the first cave. 

The archaeologists also found yesterday shards of Chinese trade wares ceramics aside from terracotas, carnelian bead of Indian origin and a glass bead, a by-product of metal smelting in the second cave.  

Rojo said the archaeologists are “trying to piece out the missing link of the Aklan’s culture that the artifacts can answer, once they bring the samples and carbon dated, they will know the period of time of its existence.”

“The artifacts in Tigayon Hill caves have historical and cultural value not only for us Aklanons, but also for the Philippines, Asia and the world,” Rojo added.  

Museum researcher/archaeologist Giovanni Bautista, head of Research Section, Cultural Properties Division; Jose Santiago, first cousin of Rey Santiago; and Antonio Penalosa, archaeologists of the Archaeology Division of the National Museum of the Philippines conducted the site inspection, mapping and excavation of Tigayon Hill caves.

Monday, September 15, 2014

More Ati-Atihan tribes and devotees expected in 2015 Kalibo fest

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Ati-Atihan festival organizers remain upbeat of the number of Kalibo Ati-Atihan street dancing contest tribes.

They expect bigger than usual number of tribes and devotees to fulfill their ‘panaad’ for Senor Sto. Niño de Kalibo by January 2015. 

Twenty-five competing tribes registered in the Ati-Atihan street dancing contest last January celebration and hundreds of thousands of devotees flocked to Kalibo for the festival. 

Last Saturday, 18 tribe leaders bannered by participants from out-of-towns of Makato and Malinao such as Pangawasan Tribe, Vikings, Lezo Tribe, Malipayong Ati, Maharlika, Lilo-anong Ati ag ro Mananggeti, D’Kamanggahan Tribe graced the first meeting of tribes at Kasafi office.

Other groups that took part in the meeting were those from Kabog, Black Beauty Boys, Tribu Ninolitos, Alibangbang, Anono-o, Malogonians, Piktaw-Piktaw, The Andagao City, Tribu Bukid Tigayon and Tribu Bakhaw Sur.


Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) chairman Albert Menez said the religious fervor that comes with the Sto. Niño celebration makes it unique from other festivals in the regions.
 

Menez said the religious festival celebrated all throughout the week before the third Sunday of January was unmatched and well-attended by pilgrims and devotees of Senor Sto. Niño de Kalibo. 

Known as the wildest among the Philippine fiestas, people of all ages, young and old, will start dancing and merrymaking on the streets to the endless beat of drums, attend masses and come to pray at Senor Sto. Niño de Kalibo Shrine comes January. 


It has grown to a major event not only in Aklan’s tourism calendar but also in Canada, Middle East countries, California, and New York where overseas Aklanons are also celebrating the Feast of Santo Nino.  


“The Ati-Atihan tribes have been preparing for next year’s festival as early as last July. They are ready to display their creative costumes and to pitch their rhythmic drumbeats by January,” Menez said during the meeting.

Menez added that a workshop and costume critiquing of the Ati-Atihan designs of tribe designers will also take place with local designer Nina Candelario.  

Though Kasafi is offering subsidies to competing tribes and groups, which is a meager amount for their transportation, food, allowances and tribe uniforms,  tribe leaders as far as San Roque and Lilo-an in Malinao, Aklan would willingly spend their time and resources just to join and to prepare for the Ati-Atihan festivities. 


The panaad,  great blessing from Senor Sto. Niño and their trust to the festival organizers, they said, helped preserve the tradition and the celebration of the Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Focus on crime-prone areas, APPO chief told cops



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Senior Superintendent Iver Apellido has directed his chiefs of police to identify crime prone-areas to enhance the police campaign against petty and street crimes.

Apellido, who assumed as officer-in-charge of Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) last week, held its first command conference last Saturday with the chiefs of police.

In an interview, Apellido called on the chiefs of police present in the command conference to intensify the peace and order situation and to focus their anti-crime campaign on these crime prone areas.

“I also emphasized strict implementation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) integrated PATROL system to enhance the crime prevention and solution. They have also to maintain and supervise their personnel, identify and take necessary measures by deploying more policemen in those crime-prone areas,” he stressed. 

PNP PATROL (Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law) Plan 2030 is a comprehensive plan to achieve the vision of a highly capable, effective and credible police service in collaboration with a responsive community.  

Apellido, from Talisay City, Negros Occidental and who rose from the ranks of the defunct Philippine Constabulary, also urged them to ‘zero-in’ on crime hotspots by encouraging the public to report to the police any information or concern for crime prevention and solution.

During the conference, Apellido said theft incidents registered the highest number of crimes committed in Boracay and the capital town of Kalibo.

No MERS-Cov in Aklan



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. assured the public that the province of Aklan remains free from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

A 31-year old Filipino cook from Aklan who was a co-passenger of the Filipina nurse on board a Saudia Airlines flight from Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Manila last August 29 was tested negative for MERS-CoV.

Cuachon said health authorities in Aklan contacted the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on September 4. He was admitted at the Aklan provincial hospital for observation and monitoring of his health conditions. 

The OFW was cleared by doctors the following day.

“Sa makaron owa gid it ika-alarma dahil MERS-CoV free pa gihapon kita,” he stressed.

A Filipina nurse from General Santos City who was initially diagnosed with the MERS-CoV in Saudia Arabia also yielded negative results on confirmatory tests done by the Philippines' Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. 

MERS-Cov is a highly fatal respiratory illness characterized by cough, fever and often with diarrhea. It can be transmitted through direct contact, the Department of Health advisory said.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Aklan police director calls for public support


Senior Superintendent Iver Apellido of Aklan Police Provincial Office

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The newly-installed Aklan police provincial director appealed on the cooperation of everyone to support the programs of the local police force. 

Senior Superintendent Iver Apellido formally assumed on Friday the post of Senior Superintendent Samuel Nacion, who served for seven months as Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) officer-in charge. 

 On Saturday, Apellido held its first command conference with the chiefs of police in Aklan including the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center at Camp Pastor Martelino in New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan to lay down his proposed programs.  

Apellido said the success of the police programs and the fight on criminality relies on the support and cooperation of the community. 

He will also address the peace and order situation and will implement the PNP Integrated P.A.T.R.O.L. system in Aklan to enhance crime solution efficiency and prevention. 
 
He also directed the chiefs of police to actively conduct checkpoints, chokepoints, foot and mobile patrols at random to strengthen police visibility.

Apellido also warned all his policemen to refrain from going to cockpits and from engaging in criminal and illegal activities.

Also on top of his priorities are the intensified campaign against the entry of illegal drugs and the conduct of info-drive on drugs in the barangays and schools in Aklan. 

Apellido also vowed to continue the thrusts and programs implemented by his predecessor in support to the Philippine National Police (PNP) priorities.  

Prior to his assignment in Aklan, Apellido headed the Regional Public Safety Company (RPSP) as battalion commander. He was also assigned at the Regional Personnel Holding Office of the Police Regional Office (PRO-6).

He had already served as deputy of the Regional Police Community Relations (PCR) in Western Visayas.

Apellido, who hails from Talisay City, Negros Occidental, was also assigned in the police stations of the cities of Bago and La Carlota in Negros and Silang, Cavite.