JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - “We are being pitted against each other. In time, we might end up killing each other,” warns Leopoldo Caballero (third from right), a Panay-Bukidnon elder in Calinog, Iloilo. In a press conference yesterday, the Council of Elders of the Panay-Bukidnon indigenous peoples expressed fear that the prolonged delay in the second feasibility study for the Jalaur River mega dam project would end in bloodshed.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - A woman from Oton, Iloilo demonstrates how to weave hablon, a local fabric, using this contraption. The demonstration is part of the Iloilo Provincial Cooperative Month celebration. Local weavers have formed cooperatives to ensure the survival and business viability of this ancient weaving tradition.
GOING, GOING, GONE?
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - This is Iloilo City’s Freedom Grandstand, a venue of many socio-political, religious and cultural activities. The city government plans to move the Freedom Grandstand from its present location on JM Basa Street to beside the Iloilo Post Office so it faces the Iloilo River and the new Iloilo-Bacolod ferry terminal. Where the Freedom Grandstand stands now, Sunburst Park previously stood. The city plans to restore the park.
MAYOR SPEAKS UP
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - City councilors questioning the executive department’s allotments for the supplemental budget should run for mayor so they can have a say on it, says Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City. Mabilog has defended the P800,000 budget allotted for the procurement of a multicab for the city police.
DIALOGUE WITH SEMIRARA FISHERS
DENR-6 PHOTO - Key officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources talk to fisherfolk from Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique regarding the alleged environmental violations of Semirara Mining Corp. The fisherfolk claimed that the company expanded its mining operations without the necessary requirements. They also raised concern on the reclaiming of mangrove areas, contamination of their shorelines and possible titling of their lands.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - In this photo, which came out on the front page yesterday, this team captain (left) participating in the 19th University Games (UniGames) in Iloilo City has been erroneously identified as from the University of Santo Tomas (UST). US T is not joining the UniGames this year.
FREDA MAE SORSANO/PN - UAAP Season 77 Most Valuable Player Kiefer Isaac Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eagles receives an Excellence in Sports Award, a symbolic Lin-ay of Iloilo statue and P10,000 cash from Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. Ravena was born on Oct. 27, 1993 in Mandurriao, Iloilo City but was raised in Manila. His father, Bong, is an Ilonggo. Ravena’s achievement in sports is an inspiration to young Ilonggo sports enthusiasts, the plaque citation read.