Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. giving away relief goods at Barangay Paitan, Escalante City last Saturday.*
Criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 9287 were filed against a resident of Escalante City following the raid Wednesday evening at Brgy. Mabini Proper.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) Special Operations Group led by PSInsp. Antonio P. Benitez Jr. in coordination with Escalante City Police and personnel of 2nd Platoon Provincial Public Safety Company arrested Ernesto Ondoy alias Nonoy through the service of search warrant for illegal gambling.
Recovered during the search were; 55 pieces of intermediate pad used as tally sheet, 37 pieces tipsters with number combination and codename ‘Fronton, 40 pieces of cotejo with number combinations, six bundles of cotejo, one calculator, one box staple wire, one carbon paper, 19 pieces assorted ballpoint pen, one cellular phone and P1, 299.00 cash believed to be proceeds from the illegal gambling activities.
Nine young boxers who were champions of the just ended 4th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. Provincial Open Boxing tournament will represent the province in the upcoming 2013 National Batang Pinoy slated November 19 to 23 in Bacolod City.
Named to compose the province’s boxing team are Dindo Sabillo of Bacolod City in the 26-28 kgs; Vincent Castillo of Escalante City in the 30-32 kgs; Paulo Dato-on of Escalante City in 34-36 kgs; Elmar Duoma of Salvador Benedicto in 36-38 kgs; Ryan Pabracuer of San Carlos City in 42-44 kgs;
Aruel Jude Rendon of Bacolod City in the 44-46kgs; Renz Orcada in 46-48 kgs;
Greg Pableo of Escalante City in 28-30 kgs; and Roque Librado, also of Escalante City in 32-34 kgs.
A candidate for barangay died and another was wounded when they were shot Tuesday in two separate places in Negros Occidental, police reports disclosed.
Dead on the spot was identified as Alfred Burgos Lucero, 57, married, of Purok 3, Brgy. Linaon, Cauayan. He was running for kagawad of the barangay when shot dead by unknown suspect about 7:30 a.m. while campaigning in Sitio Sualig of the barangay.
He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the different parts of the body and failed to make it to the nearest hospital.
After the 4th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Provincial Open Boxing Tournament held Sunday in La Carlota City, some potential winners were offered scholarship grants by the province.
Provincial Sports Coordinator head and Western Visayas Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, Inc., (ABAP) president Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor has chosen among them Toboso’s Jojo Bulanon, Sagay’s Loren Aldivera, Bacolod City’s Dindo Sabillo & Renz Orcada, and Binalbagan’s Jordan Bautista.
These boxers will be added to the two female boxers, sisters Sarah Jane and Shiela Mae Mag-usara of Escalante City, who are enrolled at Negros Occidental High School (NOHS).
For the first time, it has now been revealed the occupants of the black car belonging to the late Northern Negros strongman Armando "Armin" Gustilo and this was during an interview with broadcaster, Ferdinand "Bambi" Yngson last Saturday, during the period the Escalante Massacre happened. For years since it took place September 20,1985, there have been so many speculations about the occupants of the black car, a Mercedes Benz, which entered the town hall, now the City Hall compound, the day that massacre took place.
Yngson disclosed in the radio program "Tungkaron Ta Ini" over radio station DYRL that the occupants or passengers, were then blocktime broadcasters Noel Katalbas, Arturo Ganza, the late newspaperman and columnist Primo Esleyer, and now US-based Romy Niere.
Yngson recalled that he and several others were then part of a negotiation team along with his girlfriend then activist Jovy Jaravelo were inside the town hall that fateful day.
The families of the victims of the recent extra-judicial killings (EJKs) in Escalante City have renewed their call for justice, in a rally Saturday, Sept. 21, that also marked the 28th anniversary of the infamous Escalante Massacre in 1985.
It was also the 41st anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the country.
The rally held around the city proper was spearheaded by the Save Negros Movement (SNM), an alliance of the families of the victims of EJKs and their allies in Negros Occidental.
SWM said from 2007 to 2013, at least 28 people in Escalante were killed by still unknown assailants.
ESCALANTE CITY – Boxers from Philippines and Indonesia are ready to rumble in the much-awaited first edition of the "Idol Boxing Series" that will feature hometown hero and undefeated Melvin "Topgun" Gumban (14, 6KOs-0) against Indonesian John "Geli" Bajawa (11, 6KOs-4) in a 10-round bout of the super flyweight division (115 lbs) tomorrow, August 24 at the Escalante City Coliseum.
IDOL 1 ESCALANTE PRESS CONFERENCE. (from left) VP & GM Dennis Cañete delivers his opening message while gym trainers Edito Villamor & Peter Cuizon, fighters Mark Magsayo, Mark Bernaldez, Melvin Gumban, Indonesian boxers John Bajawa & Marangin Marbun, and trainer Suragah Rambing look on.* (H.James G. Toga/NDB)
The 21-year old Gumban will be fighting a foreigner for the first time and promised to do his best to snatch a win for his fellow Escalantehanons.
During the press conference, he did not assure a knockout but if God wills it he will do. "I’m already excited for this Saturday’s fight," he added. Bajawa said that the people of Escalante will surely enjoy the fight, at the same time, issued a warning to Gumban’s fans that they might get dissapointed of the outcome.
ESCALANTE CITY - Local boxing aficionados and residents here will present upcoming professional boxer son, undefeated prospect Melvin "Topgun" Rosales Gumban (14-0, 6KOs) before sports writers at 11am today at the city hall.
This press presentation was initiated by City Mayor Melecio "Biboy"Yap and City Tourism Office to inspire Gumban whose family came from nearby Barangay Jonob-Jonob.
Gumbans rise to professional boxing is expected to boost the sports tourism of the city as it is keeping formidable sports program in athletics, boxing, chess and other sports.
The 23 years old Gumban, who just sign a contract with ALA promotions, is set to face 22-year-old Indonesian John "Geli" Bajawa (11-4, 6KOs) in a 10-round fight at 115 lbs. in the inaugural "IDOL 1" - Philippines vs. Indonesia on Saturday, August 24 at the Escalante City Big Square Coliseum.
Escalante City pride and undefeated prospect Melvin "Topgun" Gumban (14-0, 6KOs) is ready for 22-year-old Indonesian John "Geli" Bajawa (11-4, 6KOs) in a 10-round fight at 115 lbs. in the inaugural ‘IDOL 1" – Philippines vs. Indonesia on August 24 at the Escalante City Coliseum.
Despite fighting a foreigner for the first time, the 21-year-old Gumban said that he has underwent 3 months of rigid preparation for this fight. "I’m already excited for this Saturday’s fight."
Gumban, meanwhile, expunged doubts that his fight might only gather few spectators because, of its distance from the province’ capital – Bacolod City. "I’m confident that the place will be filled up with city-based crowd because lots of people in our city knew me," he said.