Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Guv rallies Aklanons to help displaced Guimaras families
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

KALIBO, Aklan – Gov. Carlito Marquez is rallying his provincemates to help Guimaras residents affected by oil spill.
"We are urging our fellow Aklanons to support our call for relief goods and assistance for fishermen and residents directly affected by the oil spill," Marquez appealed to Aklanons.

He said, "there is a need to organize relief assistance – old clothes, canned goods, rice – to the residents.” The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) is the “drop off center" of the donations.
Marquez also coordinated with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan through Vice Gov. Ronquillo Tolentino to allocate financial assistance to the displaced families in Guimaras.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited Nueva Valencia, Guimaras last Saturday and ordered the Department of Justice to investigate the sinking of the 998-ton ill-fated M/T Solar I off the coast of Guimaras on August 11; it had two million liters of bunker oil.
Arroyo also demanded that oil refiner Petron Corp., that chartered the tanker, and tanker owner Sunshine Maritime Development Corporation for the immediate and massive clean-up of the oil spill.
The spill is affecting the livelihood of fishermen, killing mangroves and destroying marine reserves.
"The oil spill is a big and serious problem, but it is very remote for the oil spill to affect the beaches of Boracay Island," Marquez pointed out, adding, the governors agreed during the Regional Development Council (RDC) 6 meeting last August 18 in Iloilo City to prioritize hydropower and coal instead of bunker oil in power generation projects because of the widespread effect of the oil spill in Panay Island.

Fil-Am nabbed for wife’s death in US
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

KALIBO, Aklan – A Filipino-American wanted for his wife’s death in 1992 in the United States was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Kalibo Philippine National Police (PNP) at his house in Brgy. Tigayon here.Acting police provincial director Supt. William Macavinta identified the suspect as Abelardo “Larry” Tasa, 59.
Tasa faces a charge for first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder before the Superior Court of California.
Tasa is presently a professor in a college here. His wife, Rebecca, a nurse, was killed in January 22, 1992.
Two former employees of the Tasas were already convicted for Rebecca’s death.
Timothy Shawn Victor and Jose Daniel Flores once worked with the Tasas’ Taco Time restaurant in Grossmont Center Mall, La Mesa, California.
Rebecca was killed during a burglary in their residence at 11507 Green Lane, Lakeside, California.
Investigators believed that Rebecca’s death had something to do with insurance.
“The suspect (Tasa) bought insurance policies for Rebecca worth $300,000 a month before the murder,” Macavinta said.
Tasa now faces extradition proceedings so he could face the charges in the US, added Macavinta.
Tasa returned to the Philippines on September 1992. He settled in Brgy. Tigayon here with his adopted daughter.
On December 23, 1997, Tasa’s two former employees were issued warrants of arrest for murder, burglary and conspiracy to murder. Victor was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment without parole while Flores was sentenced to 26 years to life imprisonment.
On July 27, 2006, a warrant of arrest was issued by a Manila Regional Trial Court against Tasa.

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