Allan Llaneta

Arestado ng mga awtoridad sa isang drug buy bust operation ang isang Criminology student sa bahagi ng barangay Uno sa Lucena City nitong Miyerkules ng umaga ( Sept 21 ).

Kinilala ni Lucena City Police Chief Colonel Reynaldo Reyes ang naarestong suspek na si John Dave Ariles , 22 anyos isang graduating Criminology student.

Ayon sa mga pulis pasado alas 8:00 ng umaga nang masakote ang suspek makaraang nagpanggap na bibili ng marijuana ang isa sa mga operatiba.

Nakuha sa pag-iingat ni Ariles ang 12 piraso plastic ng hinihinalang tuyong dahon ng marijuana na nagkakahalaga ng 498 thousand, drug paraphernalia at isang 500 peso bill na ginamit bilang buy bust money.

Nasa kustodiya na ngayon ng Lucena City Police ang suspek habang inihahanda ang kasong isasampa rito.


Sonny T. Mallari

Anti-narcotics agents arrested six suspected illegal drug traffickers on Tuesday and Wednesday and seized more than P435,000 worth of shabu (crystal meth) in buy-bust operations in Rizal province.

The Region 4A police in a report said the suspects, John Carlo Santos, Janice Sesbreño, Mark Nelson Belleza and Efraim Hernandez were collared at around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday in Barangay Looc in Cardona town.

Authorities reportedly found the suspects in possession of 10 plastic sachets of meth weighing 50 grams with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P340,000.

Meanwhile, Antipolo City anti-illegal drugs operatives on Tuesday nabbed Leonardo Virgin in a drug sting operation in Barangay Sta. Cruz at around 11:07 p.m.

The suspect yielded two sachets of shabu with a DDB value of P40,800.

Earlier, Antipolo policemen also arrested suspected drug pusher Joseph Gascon in the village of Cupang at around 10:07 p.m.

Authorities seized P54,400 worth of shabu from the suspect.

All suspects were detained and are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.


Sonny T. Mallari

Two drug suspects were wounded in a buy-bust operation that ended in an alleged armed encounter in Imus City, Cavite on Thursday night.

The Cavite police public information office reported that a local drug enforcement unit conducted a drug sting operation in Barangay Malagasang 2-D at 11 p.m.

Report said one of the targets, Riuz Alpeler, 57, sensed that he and his younger brother, Aladin, 56, were dealing with an undercover cop during the transaction.

Riuz drew his caliber .38 revolver, and shot at the anti-illegal drugs operatives but missed his targets.

The police returned fire and hit Riuz on his left shoulder. The bullet exited and consequently hit the right eye of Aladin.

The wounded suspects were rushed to the nearest hospital for medical treatment.

The police seized Riuz handgun loaded with four empty bullet shells and one live bullet.

Authorities also recovered four plastic sachets of shabu (crystal meth). The report did not state the total volume and street value of the confiscated illegal drugs from the suspects.

The report tagged the Alpeler brothers as identified drug pushers in the city.

Police are preparing criminal complaints against the suspects for violations of Section 5 & Section 11 Article 2 of the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002”.

Riuz will also face cases for illegal possession of a firearm and attempted homicide.



Anim na drug personalities ang naaresto sa isinagawang buy-bust operations ng mga operatiba ng Batangas Police Provincial Office sa pamumuno ni BPPO Officer-In-Charge PCOL Pedro D. Soliba noong Lunes, September 12.

Unang naaresto si Argie Malubag y Abanes alyas “Jopay”dakong ika-1:50 ng hapon sa Purok 5, Brgy Banay-banay, Lipa City, Batangas. Nakumpiska mula sa kanya ang nasa 0.12 gramo ng shabu at buybust money.

Sunod na naaresto ay si Bernard De Castro sa ganap na ika 4:30 ng hapon sa Purok 1, Brgy Balintawak, Lipa City, Batangas at nakuha sa kanya ang .01 gramo ng shabu, buybust money at 1 itim na Honda TMX tricycle na walang plaka.

Arestado rin ang mga suspek na sina Marry Jean Garcia y Dela Cruz at Aileen Manila y Sioting alyas “Marlene Manila” na kasama sa drug watchlist ng Sto Tomas CPS  dakong alas 4:25 ng hapon sa Brgy. San Joaquin, Sto Tomas City, Batangas kung saan nasa 3 gramo ng shabu ang nakumpiska sa kanila kasama na ang buybust money.

Samantala, sa kaparehong Barangay, bayan pa rin ng Sto Tomas bandang alas 6:10 ng hapon, arestado si Jay Ann Manila y Sitiong, anak ni Aileen Manila at kabilang rin sa drug watchlist. Nakuha sa kanyang pagmamay-ari ang nasa 1 gramo ng shabu at buybust money.

Sa Tanauan City arestado naman si Avelino Llanova y Regalado alyas “Pare” sa ganap na ika 7:17 ng gabi sa Collantes Street, Poblacion 2, Tanauan City, Batangas at nakuha mula sa kanya ang nasa 0.5 gramo ng shabu.

                “Sa walang humpay na pagpasasagawa ng law enforcement operations nating ating kapulisan, tiyak na mapapanatili ang kaayusan at kapayapaan sa lalawigan. Patuloy ninyo kaming suportahan para sa ating kaunlaran,” banggit ni Soliba.


Tent booths set up in front of the Quezon provincial capitol in Lucena City offer native food and products.

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY – The Niyogyugan Festival in Quezon province has been scrapped this year so it can be refocused to improve the lives of local coconut farmers, Gov. Angelina Tan said. “We will be recalibrating some changes in next year’s Niyogyugan Festival,” Tan said in her speech at the opening ceremony of Quezon Day 2022 on Wednesday.

Tan hinted that the planned transformation would focus on the purpose of the celebration, where the province’s coconut industry takes center stage.

The governor on her Facebook page, said: “Dapat ay hindi lamang puro selebrasyon na wala namang malinaw na benepisyo para sa mga magsasaka at magniniyog.”

She added: “Nasaan ang paglakas ng kabuhayan ng mga magsasaka at magniniyog na Quezonian? Bakit nananatili pa ring baon sa kahirapan ang marami nating kababayang umaasa sa pangunahing produktong niyog ng ating lalawigan?”

Tan, however, recognized the contributions of the annual festival to the growth of tourism in the province.

In 2016, the festival was named by the Department of Tourism as the destination of the year in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region.

Tan made it clear that in the coming years, her administration will continue to call the event “Niyugyugan Festival” because of its popularity.

In an interview with local reporters, she said the provincial government had no sufficient budget and time to prepare to hold the festival this year.

Tan, a former representative of Quezon’s fourth congressional district, defeated former Gov. Danilo Suarez, the patriarch of Suarez political clan, in the May 9 election.

Tan on Wednesday also led the opening of the “tagayan” booth, where guests take a swig of “lambanog” (coconut gin) inside a coconut-inspired pavilion set in front of the provincial capitol and Perez Park.

Maria Cristina Diasanta-Decal, a Quezon-based restaurateur and heritage conservationist, said the booth represented the indigenous custom of welcoming guests in the province by offering them a shot of lambanog.

Tan bravely took a swig of the fiery native wine.

The coconut-inspired “tagayan” pavilion set up in front of the provincial capitol and Perez Park offers visitors a shot of “lambanog.”

“Tree of life”

The Niyogyugan Festival, first held in 2012, was conceptualized by former Quezon Rep. Aleta Suarez, wife of Danilo, to highlight the coconut, also known as the “tree of life.” “Niyogyugan” is coined from the words “niyog” (coconut) and “yugyog” (to shake or dance).

 Booths set up in front of the Quezon provincial capitol in Lucena City offer native food and products unique to the province’s 39 towns and two cities as the province celebrates Quezon Day through activities spread out in five days, including the commemoration of the birth of former President Manuel L. Quezon on Aug. 19.

The event aims to contribute to the cultural and historical development of the province, and also promote tourism and locally produced coconut products.

The festival was canceled in 2014 after Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) devastated coconut farms in the province. The event was also not held in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participated in by the province’s 39 towns and two cities, the festival featured colorful and aesthetically designed booths in front of the provincial capitol building and Perez Park.

The booths, all made from parts of the coconut tree, depict the unique character of the towns, local culture and their people.

The rows of booths offer various products like “tinapa” (smoked fish), honey, herbal tea, fresh seafood and dried fish, “longganisa” (pork sausage), native bags, hats, and home decor using seashells, among many others native products

On the last part of the 10-day festival, spectators lined up along Lucena City’s streets to watch the street dancing parade and float competition.

Nestor Louies Almagro, Quezon tourism officer, explained that local government units have asked to do away with the traditional coconut-inspired booths this year.

“Lack of funds because of the pandemic,” he explained in an interview.

He said he will submit a proposal which will allow private companies to sponsor the construction of booths in next year’s festival.

“Niyogyugan Festival” draws thousand of tourists

Tent booths

This year, the 34 booths are now made of orange-colored tents with minimal designs. The rows of tents also offer native products from the localities.

The Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Coconut Authority, and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology also have their respective tent booths.

Among the activities for the Quezon Day celebrations from Aug. 17 to Aug. 21 are agritourism fair, Quezon coconut farmers’ summit and “cocolympics,” art and photo exhibits, on-the-spot painting contest, competitions in songwriting and singing, and film viewing.

The participants to creative and modern dance virtually compete through video recording taken in their respective towns.

Other events are the commemoration of the birth of former President Manuel L. Quezon on Aug. 19, and the launching of the Niyogyugan Festival Committee for 2023.

Meanwhile, a national farmers group, with coconut farmers from Quezon as members, welcomed Tan’s plan to refocus the thrust of the festival.

Danny Carranza, secretary general of the Kilusan Para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo at Katarungang Panlipunan (Katarungan), has expressed hope that Tan “will take the situation and plight of poor small coconut farmers of Quezon at the center of the celebration”.

“Her (Tan) acknowledgment of the need to take the plight of small coconut farmers…is very much welcome and a very good starting point,” he said.

He noted that similar to other coconut farming provinces, the small coconut farmers in Quezon are also the poorest sector.

“Low farm productivity, continuing dependence on copra and whole nut, unstable price of copra that results in very low income, lack of value-chain development in most communities, and lack of access to technology are some of the reasons for the continuing poverty of the great majority of coconut farmers,” Carranza said.

Street dancers in “Niyogyugan Festival”.

Carranza urged Tan to help the coconut farmers in the “recovery and pro-poor utilization of the coconut levy fund”.

“It has been an important, long-time struggle of small coconut farmers in Quezon,” he stressed.

Farmers in Quezon, a major coconut-producing province, are believed to be the biggest contributors to the coco levy fund.

The fund, now with the government, was estimated to be around P100 billion, at least P75 billion of which is in cash and the rest in assets, such as coconut mills.

The use of the fund will be implemented through the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act (Republic Act No. 11524) that was signed by former President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 26, 2021.


Lyka Manalo

Binigyang buhay ng mga Batangueño Artists sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga obra ang interpretasyon ng pagpapasuso ng mga ina sa kanilang mga anak bilang bahagi ng programa  ng Breastfeeding Awareness Month sa Batangas City.

Inilunsad noong Lunes sa SM City Batangas ang Art with a Heart Exhibit ‘ARUGA’ kung saan matatagpuan ang mga paintings na likha ng mga miyembro ng Bagsik (Batanguenong Grupo sa Sining at Kultura) na pinangugunahan ni G. Remo Valenton.

Napili ng SM Batangas ang Bagsik upang maging katuwang sa pagpapalaganap ng kaalaman tungkol sa kahalagahan ng pagpapasuso ng mga ina sa kanilang mga sanggol.

Nagbigay ng kanilang mensahe sina Batangas City Vice Mayor Alyssa Cruz, Senior Board Member Claudette Ambida, Soroptimist past president Aileen Montalbo at Aisa Uy, JCI Batangas Caballero president at ibinahagi ang kanilang mga naging karanasan sa breastfeeding sa kanilang mga anak.

Sa pamamagitan ng mga sining ay naipamalas ang iba’t ibang interpretasyon ng mga artists sa bawat sitwasyon na kinakaharap ng isang ina habang nagpapasuso sa kanilang mga anak.

Naging bahagi din ng programa sina Bauan Mayor Ryanh Dolor bilang pagsuporta sa mga kababayang artists, art curator Mr. Virgilio Quizon ng KUNST, Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste, kinatawan ng Batangas Provincial Tourism Office, at iba pang mga alagad ng sining.

Ang Aruga Art Exhibition ay tatagal hanggang August 21 na matatagpuan sa Mall Atrium 2.

Hinikayat naman ni SM Batangas City Manager Gemina Buenaflor ang mga ina na magpasuso ng kanilang mga anak kahit nasa loob ng mall dahil mayroon silang breasfeeding stations.


Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY – Anti-narcotics agents seized more than P403,000 worth of shabu (crystal meth) from nine alleged drug pushers in two operations Saturday (Aug. 13) and Sunday (Aug. 14) in Rizal province.

Members of police drug enforcement unit in Morong town collared Reden Delas Armas, Catherine Niegas, Benjie Poliquit, Armin Diaz and Bernie Doria at 2 a.m. Sunday after they allegedly sold shabu to an undercover cop in Barangay Guitnang Bayan II.

The authorities confiscated 15 plastic sachets of meth weighing 50 grams with a Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P340,000.00

The police tagged Delas Armas as an alleged member of a crime group and included on the drug watch list as an “HVI” or high-value individual in the local drug scene.

In Antipolo City, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives and local policemen busted the group of Charlie Estabilla, Romeo Dominador, Richard Saysay and Rickrod Gegania in a drug sting operation in Barangay Sta Cruz around 4:49 p.m. on Saturday.

The suspects yielded 15 grams of meth worth P103,500 as per DDB valuation.

All suspects were detained and are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.


Marlon Luistro

Lungsod ng Tanauan, Batangas – Inilunsad  ng pamahalaang lalawigan ng Batangas sa pamamagitan ng Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) at ng Batangas Forum for Good Governance and Development Association, Inc. ang Doon Po Sa Amin sa Batangas Digital Film Festival 2022 kahapon, ika-10 ng Agosto.

Sa ginanap na press conference sa Batangas Forum headquarters sa Barradas Airstrip ay sinimulan na ang panawagan para mangalap ng mga digital film entries sa nasabing patimpalak.

Ang nasabing digital film festival ay hango sa Doon Po sa Amin Pride Campaign ng Batangas Forum, na kathang-isip ng kilalang direktor at actor na si Leo Martinez. Layon nitong makapagtipon ng de kalidad na short digital films patungkol sa mga bagay na ipinagmamalaki ng Batangas batay sa kultura at sining, turismo, kasaysayan, pamanang lahi, kalikasan at kaunlaran ng  lalawigan.

Ito ang kauna-unahang digital film festival sa Batangas na magbibigay karangalan at papremyo sa mga namumukod-tanging Batangueno sa larangan ng digital films na magpapakitang-gilas sa pamamagitan ng kanilang pagka-malikhain at talento.

Mahahati sa Youth at Open Category ang nasabing patimpalak kung saan magkakamit ng P50,000 cash prize ang magwawagi sa unang puwesto; P30,000 para sa ikalawang puwesto at P20,000 ang sa ikatlong puwesto. Pagkakalooban din ng P15,000 cash prize ang magwawaging entry para sa People’s Choice Award.

Ayon kay Martinez, inaasahang nasa 170 entries o tig-lima kada bayan ang lalahok sa nasabing festival. Pararangalan ang mga magwawaging kalahok sa darating na ika-8 ng Disyembre kasabay ng taunang pagdiriwang ng foundation day ng lalawigan ng Batangas.

Titipunin ng festival ang iba’t-ibang short digital videos na isasagawa ng mga amateur o propesyonal na film makers at film practitioners na tubong-Batangas o naninirahan sa lalawigan partikular na ang mga kabataan. Layon din nitong maitatag ang Batangas bilang siyang nangungunang lalawigan sa bansa sa pagkakaroon ng kakaibang pamamaraan tungo sa socio-cultural-educational development na maghahatid ng positibong pagtataguyod ng lalawigan at ibat-ibang bayan at lungsod nito.

“Sa gitna ng mga hamong hinaharap natin sa panahong ito, huwag nating kalimutang ipagdiwang ang mga ipinagmamalaki nating mga Batangueno at ng ating probinsya sa larangan ng kultura at sining, turismo, kasaysayan, pamanang lahi, kalikasan at gayondin sa ekonomiya,” ani Gobernador Dodo Mandanas. “Layunin ng ating digital film festival na maisa-pelikula ang mga ito upang maipamahagi natin sa lahat ang galing at giting ng mayaman at masaganang diwa ng mga Batangueno. Sa paraang ito maipapakita natin ang RichBatangas na ating ipinagbubunyi sa lahat.”

Ayon kay Martinez, malaki ang maitutulong ng film festival sa mga malikhaing Batangueno filmmakers at film practitioners upng maihanda sila sa napipintong “creative economy” na layong isagawa ng Philippine Creative Industries Development Act.

Bukod sa may pagkakataon silang magwagi ng premyo, ani Martinez, ay may pagkakataon din silang kumita sa pamamagitan ng  pagbebenta ng intellectual property sa kanilang nilikhang content material, gaya na lamang sa bansang Sweden kung saan ani Martinez ay umaabot sa 25 porsyento ng gross domestic product ng bansa ay galing sa kita mula sa intellectual property ng musika gaya ng mga kantang pinasikat ng ABBA; gayundin ang K-Pop music at Koreanovela ng Korea na binibili naman sa Amerika at sa iba pang mga bansa sa daigdig.

“Yung mga nagtitik-tok, ayan, content material yan. Yung mga sumasayaw pag gani ganire, content material iyon. Yung ating kababayang si Quinay na Batangueno accent, content material yon. Lahat ng ginagawa ng mga vloggers, content material yon. Ang ano nga ngayon libre ang compose non, etc. Pero pag umiral na nga yung creative industries law, yung creative industries development act, kikita na yan kasi mandated na yon ay gaya ng ginagawa ng Korea ngayon at Sweden, India, United States, Great Britain. Yan ang content material, pelikula ang content material. TV show ay content material,” aniya.

“Kailangang bumalik tayo sa Philippine literature. Hindi pwede tayong yung Korean Telenovela ang lagi nating pinapanood. Hindi natin kultura yon. Tayo ang magawa ng ating content material reflecting our culture,” dagdag niya.

Para sa karagdagang kaalaman sa  pagsali sa Doon Po sa Amin sa Batangas Digital Film Festival 2022, mangyaring bisitahin ang link na ito:


Ylou Dagos

Pagkaraan ng dalawang taong pagkatengga dahil sa pandemic, pinaghahandaan na ang muling pagdiriwang ng Niyogyugan festival sa lalawigan ng Quezon.

Nagsimula noong 2011, ginaganap ang festival sa provincial capitol ground sa Lucena City tuwing buwan ng Agosto na  naglalayong mabigyang parangal ang mga magsasaka ng niyog sa lalawigan ng Quezon.

Ang Quezon ay isa sa mga probinsyang nangunguna sa produksyon ng niyog at ganoon din ang pagpapasigla ng turismo.

Nagsimula ito bilang pet project ng noon ay Quezon 3rd district Congresswoman Aleta Suarez at ina ng dating gobernador David Suarez.

Hinango ito sa pangalang “Niyog” na pangunahing produkto ng Quezon at “Yugyugan” na may kahulugang kasamahan tv para sa mga lalahok at mga manonood.

Unang inakala ng mga magsasaka at mga turista na mawawala na ang long week festival na isa sa mga highlights ng Quezon day kasabay din  ng  paggunita  ng  lalawigan  ng kapanganakan ni dating Pangulong  Manuel L. Quezon tuwing  August 19.

Subalit laking tuwa ng mga taga Quezon at maging ang mga turistang dumadayo ng mag-anunsyo ang kapitolyo na ipapagpatuloy ang pagdiriwang  ng festival ng bagong Gobernador Angelina  Tan na tumalo sa mga Suarez nitong nakaraang halalan.

Subalit sa opisyal na pahayag ni Tan, magkakaroon ng ilang pagbabago at recalibration sa pagdiriwang upang makamit anya ang tunay na diwa ng Niyogyugan festival- ang bigyang halaga ang   produktong niyog at ang mga taong nasa likod nito.

Bahagi ng festival ay ang paglalagay ng mga makukulay at mga gawa sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng puno ng niyog na mga booth o kubo ng 39 na bayan at dalawang  lungsod sa Quezon at ang pagtatampok dito ng mga pangunahing produkto ng bawat bayan.


Ylou Dagos

Natimbog ng mga awtoridad ang isang babaeng 7-buwan ng wanted sa kasong  parricide sa operasyon ng Quezon PNP sa Sto. Tomas City, Batangas nitong Miyerkules.

Kinilala ang naarestong suspek na si Ma. Teresa Matalog , tubong Guinayangan, Quezon at most wanted person sa nasabing bayan, matapos  nitong mapatay ang kanyang sariling ina noong bisperas ng bagong taon.

Ayon sa report ng Guinayangan PNP, naaresto ang suspek alas 11:00 kagabi matapos na matunton ng mga operatiba sa pinagtataguan nito sa Brgy. San Rafael, Sto. Tomas City.

Batay sa record ng pulisya, umaga ng December 31, 2021 nang mapatay nito ang kanyang 60-anyos na ina na si Mercedita Gutierez nang hindi ito makahingi ng pera.

Hinampas umano ng suspek ng palo-palo sa mukha ang ina na siyang ikinamatay nito habang ginagamot sa ospital.

Mula noon nawala na ang supek at nagtago hanggang sa may makapagbigay impormasyon sa mga pulis na sa Batangas ito nagtatago.

Nakakulong na ang suspek sa Guinayangan Municipal police station lock up cell.