Evasco to lead SVI honorees

MARIBOJOC – The San Vicente Ferrer Institute Alumni Association, INC. (SVIAIAAI) will honor19 Maribojocnons who recently hurdled board examinations and excelled in their respective fields of professions during a Eucharistic celebration on December 30 at the San Vicente Shrine where Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. will head the honorees.

This was according to HNU Mentor and UCPB Executive Precilliano Echavia, who is the president of SVIAAI in an exclusive interview with the Post Friday last week at his office. Echavia further said that Ester Racho Yokuya, class 1968 valedictorian and academic dean of Dr. Aurelio Mendoza Memorial colleges in Zamboanga-Sibugay will be the guest speakers during the 32nd Honoring and recognition of Successful Maribojocanons.

The others achievers who will each receive a certificate of recognition from the aggrupation include Dr. Shary Manuta in the field of medicine; Judith Galo and Emma Pintor, certified public accountants; and Emmanuel Sarabia, Laianne Canoy Aragon Elvie Basilad, Maria Joanne Pagaran, Darlene Elcana Caña and Fanshen Isha Evasco, registered nurses.

Robert Bacareza, Joel Bagondol and Eugene Jay Morgia excelled in the field of law enforcement as criminologists; Jelyn Abelada, Carmelo Pantollana Jr., Portia Ruaya, Nancy Jeanette Fermo, Tito Amando Pantollana and Lucy Mae Padillo, teachers; and Mary Rose Merlas, forester.

Gino Silva will receive a special award as a cadet of the year. Meanwhile, 10 retirees from the Department of Education received Friday from Mayor Evasco, plaques of appreciation during honoring rites at the Saya’s Restaurant, in Tagbilaran City.

The retired mentors were former District Supervisor Florante Evasco, municipal Councilor Cecilia Pantollana Autentico, JuVenal Busalla, Juliet Romea Escabarte ,Leovigilda Tuazon, Cynthia Echavia Roscioc, Norma Redulla Descalla, Teresita Chiu Alcoseba, Procesa Veloso Gabaisen and Anecita Oraño Rante. (Fred C. Fuertes)

Lincod grabs MCBL

MARIBOJOC. The Lincod basketball came from behind Sunday night to clinch the 2007 Maribojoc Christmas Basketball League (MCBL) crown at the expense of the SVI Goodah players at the Maribojoc Sports and Cultural Center, this town. Goodah suffered a heart-rending 84-80 defeat after leading in the early minutes of play and midway in the last quarter.

It was Goodah’s second loss in two outings in their best-of-three seriefor the MCBL crown. Enjoying a three-point cushion at 11-8 and 13-10 in the initial start of play, Lincod overhauled Goodah’s lead at the end of the first quarter, 20-19.

The Lincod cagers thru the heroics of skipper Albryann Redilla and point Due to persistent requests by student-players, the organizers of Pob.II Inter-purok Basketball Tournament 2008 have decided to move to January 20 the opening of the pre-fiesta presentation. The month-long tournament was originally set to start today at the K of C hard-court in time for the annual guard Mark Sarmago, widened their lead in the early part of the second quarter, 29-19. The continued occupying the driver’s seat until buzzer time when the half-time score settled at 40-35 in their favor.

In the ensuing play, the powerful Goodah combination of Rene Dumandan, Jr, Joshua Genovia and Dondon Redulla staged a rally and overturned the game in their favor, 57-48. But foul trouble haunted Goodah’s camp going into the fourth quarter. With Goodah’s mainstays fouling out in succession, Lincod went on a rampage and evened the score 75-all with a minute and 37 seconds left before regulation period.

Series of Blunders compounded Goodah’s woes as the Lincod players went on a scoring spree in the dying seconds of play. They were up by four points at 84-80 as the buzzer signaled the end of the crucial game. Lincod’s slippery guard Mark Sarmago received from Mayor Boy Evasco the Engr. Paulito Fuertes Cup as the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Legaspi-based lawyer Eddie Busalla, an original MCBL cager, donated the trophy to perpetuate the memory of the founding organizer of the 47-year-old league. On the other hand, three-point artist Albryann Redillas romped away with the league MVP award.

Mayor Evasco also awarded cash prize and trophies to the following top winners: Champion – Lincod; 1st Runner-up – SVI Goodah; 2nd Runner-up – Dipatlong; and 3rd Runner-up – Bayacabac. The awarding rites were emceed by Municipal Kagawad Liling Villas.

Meanwhile, the MCBL management committee chose the following top players of the yuletide tournament: Nick Kromwell Vencilao and Moraga of Punta Cruz; Albryann Redillas and Mark Sarmago of Lincod; Jaylord Cañones and Poncardas of Dipatlong; Ronie Petagaran and Glen Geñoso od Punsod; Abecia Lagtangon; Napiere, Jandig; Bryan Jerusalem, Bood; Carlo Jabines, Cabawan; Cruz Estomata, Sesame; Arsenio Cimefranca, Jr., Bayacabac; and Rene Dumandan, Jr., SVI Gooda. They will represent this coastal town in future tournaments out-of-town. (Fred C. Fuertes)

Evasco plays Santa to casual employees

MARIBOJOC– Far merrier that the past Christmases, this year’s came ten times more for the casual employees of the municipal government. From P200 that each used to received every Christmas during the administration of former mayor Gabino Redulla, the present municipal government led by Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr., multiplied their cash gifts by ten, making it P2, 000 each.

They received the cash bonanza Friday, last week during the municipality’s Christmas party and program at the Maribojoc Sports and Cultural Center. After the casual employees had expressed gratitude, Evasco attributed the increased Christmas benefits to the town’s people who had dutifully paid their taxes, especially water consumers who used to be delinquent in their obligations.

They now learn to pay religiously, their monthly water bills, following Evasco’s political will. In Evasco’s policy, a consumer is only allowed a one-time promissory note, since the next delinquency automatically means disconnection.

47th MCBL games reel off Saturday

MARIBOJOC. The 47th edition of the annual Maribojoc Christmas Basketball League reeled off yesterday with 15 cage teams vying for the top prizes. A parade around the town’s main thoroughfare preceded the opening rites at the Maribojoc Cultural Center. Ffteen tandems from the municipal’s 22 barangays featuring their beauteous muses displayed their wares before the townspeople who lined up the side streets and cheered the youthful players, who paraded with the top officials of the league’s management committee.

Concedely the province’s oldest cage festivity, the yuletide tournament fires off last Night and is set to end on Jan. 2, next year Mayor Leoncio “ Boy” Evasco Jr., himself a cage standout during his seminary days and early years as a clergyman, gusted the opening program. He recalled the youth to shy away from the dreaded drug menace and instead, concentrate on sports development.

Fifteen teams will exchange the spheroid aimed to clinch the championship plum. These include Poblacion’s Goodah, Tinibgan Hilltop Hikers, Punsod, Bayacabac, Jandig, Punta Cruz, St. Isidro Foundation of the Agahay-Busao-Toril combination, Bood Kcabser, Cabawan, Aliguay-Lincod Cagers, San Roque Reptiles, Pagnitoan, Lagtagon, and Anislag.

The champion team will be richer by P5, 000 including gold medals for all players, courtesy of the Philippine Sports Commission: 1st runner-up P3, 000; 2nd runner-up P2, 000; and 3rd runner-up P1, 000. Legaspi lawyer Eddie Buslla, original cager of this 47-year old tourney will sponsor the Engr. Paulito Fuertes Cup to be given to the Most Valuable Player (MVP). Fuertes is the founding organizer of the yearly MCBL.

Winners of the Mythical Five Awards will also receive medals from the Philippine Sports Commission. Veteran Sports leader Moises “Boy” Descallar is this season’s MCBL commissioner.

Busao brgy chief claims Liga reign

MARIBOJOC- In the hotly-contested municipal chapter elections of the Liga ng mga Baragnay Tuesday last week, the soft-spoken barangay captain of Busao grabbed the throne from a former DILG director. Busao Barangay Captain Marcelino Dapiton dethroned Vicente Castillon of Boody by a two vote edge.

Dapiton had the backing of Tribu Kauswagan headed by Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. While. Castillon had the camps of Provincial Board Member Jose Veloso and Vice- Mayor Gabino Redulla behind him. Trill packed the initial canvassing as Dapiton took the early lead, but later loosely permitted Castillon to an even score of 5-5. It reached two more tie stop-over at 8-8, then 10-10 until the canvassing clinched at two ballots favoring Dapiton for the edge.

Strictly observing the DILG directive, MLGOO Victor Lapiz Jr. disallowed anybody inside the venue expert the 22 barangay captains, the members of the Board of election Supervisors, and three observers. Lapiz heads the BES with Comelec Officer Bibian Anquilero and SB scribe Erlinda Castillon.

The Liga vice presidency bout traced a reversed trend as Cabawan Barangay Captain retired police inspector Marcial Quiwag, who got the backing of Mayor Evasco and his top guns, lost by two votes to Veloso backed Dipatlong Barangay Captain Hermes Cimafranca.

Jandig Barangay Captain Brigido Panogo was uncontested for the position of auditor, while Barangay Captains Clarita Abecia of Lagtangon, Crusila Saraña of Lincod, Pedro Jamial of San Vicente, Florentino Gentalla of San Roque, and Gregorio Duterte of Punsod were elected members of the Board of Directors.

Dapiton and newly-election SK Federation president Albryann Redillas will sit as sex-officio members of the Sangguniang Bayan.

Maribojoc cited for clean polls covenant ploy

MARIBOJOC- Having wrenched the vote-buying tradition in the recent barangay election through the clean polls covenant, the municipal leadership here gathered admiration amid the prevailing dirty politics throughout the country.

The latest to express compliment is the Full Gospel Businessman Fellowship International-Bohol chapter, which awarded Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. with a statement of appreciation in a ceremony on December 1 at the Metro Center Hotel, in Tagbilaran City.

The aggrupation’s president, Joshua Namoc and vice-president, Dr. Gideon Robillos, and secretary, Orlando Bemals Jr. signed the award.

The award was given to the chief executive and the municipal “for the valiant efforts to prevent vote-buying which resulted in credible, clean and honest election in the October 29 synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.” Evasco had all the candidates then sign covenant for clean and honest elections. (FRED C. FUERTES)

Maribojoc SK polls results in a draw

MARIBOJOC – Another history is notched in this history-rich coastal municipal. For the first time in the political history of this town, the final count in the canvassing of votes in the last Thursday’s Sangguniang Kabataan election ended with the two contenders for the SK municipal presidency attaining identical 10 votes.

With 22 barangay SK heads participating, the declaration of the Election Committee chaired by Busao SK prexy Romeo Aldonza, Jr. that the two questionable ballots shall be deposited to the box for invalid ballots caused the tie when the last vote was counted.

Earlier, during canvassers time, whose membership emanated from the ranks of the youthful leaders, discovered two ballots with spurious entries. In the first ballots in question, the voter wrote his choiced candidates at the back of the official ballot. The entries were blank in the second controversial ballots.

This brought speculations from local political analysts that the two invalid ballots are part of a game plan of a seasoned politician who reportedly meddle in the SK’s politician affairs and was seen in the campaign trail a day before the SK pollos.

The SK leader’s right there and then asked for the advice of the Board, of Election Supervisors (BES) co-chaired by DILG officer Victor Lapiz, Jr. and members COMELEC Officer Bibian Bolasco Anquilero and acting SB scribe Erlinda Castillon.

The body, per provision of the Omnibus Election Code, proposed either toss-coin or drawing of lots. The lady candidate opted for toss-coin while her male counterpart from Lincod preferred lot drawing. The later both agreed to break the tie via drawing of lots.

Whoever gets the rolled paper with the word PRESIDENT written inside it wins while the paper bearing the word SORRY will mean a loss for the bearer?

Lincod Chair Redillas made it. He was proclaimed the winner by the chairman of the Election Committee. In the votation that followed the hotly- contested SK presidency, the following winners emerged out: Anislag SK chair Corwin Jude Quimado, vice president; Bayacabac SK chair Alma Laluna, secretary; Aliguay SK Franc Louie Diez, treasurer; Busao SK Chair Romeo Aldonza, Jr., auditor; Jandig SK Chair Richard Napiere, press relations officer; and Punsod SK Chair Ronie Petagara, sgt-atarms.

It may be recalled that a pre-election imbroglio erupted in this town ended famous by the Covenant on No Vote Buying signed by all candidates during the last barangay political exercise. An inquiry aired in a public service program by one who claimed as “concerned citizen” started everything. The caller alleged that the moyor’s official car was used in campaigning for candidates of his choice.

This prompted radioman Chito Visarra, Inyong Alagad anchor to contact the Office of the Mayor. With the chief executive out on official travel abroad and his PR man, the town’s MPIO not around, Visarra and broadcast partner Jerry Fabe got the voice of Executive Assistant Amor Maria Vistal on the line.

Vistal explained that there has never been an instance that the mayor’s car was used for personal matters, much more for political purpose. She further averred that every trip of the vehicle was covered with a trip ticket. “The caller’s allegations were wrong because Mayor Evasco, before departure for the US, advised his men not to meddle with the SK election because that is purely their affair,” Vistal further bared.

The Maribojoc info officer and Senior Municipal Kagawad Fructuoso Redulla, Jr. joined Vistal in the defense of their boss. They exchanged valuable information in the two Bohol’s leading stations. In a radio released, the information officer narrated his conversation last Dec.3 with a former colleague in the DILG organization, MLGOO Lapiz. Lapiz told Fuertes that he called the 22 SK chair of the town to pre-election meeting Sunday at the Poblation barangay hall.

He further revealed that he saw the mayor’s car nearby but it was being washed by its drive, one Peter Anquillero. The driver’s residence is in front of the barangay hall. A top leader of Tribu Kauswagan, Evasco’s political aggrupation, Danilo Badilla told the Post after Thursday’s polls that a top provincial official was hot on the campaign trail a day before the SK election – the lady presidential aspirant is closely related to him.