August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

There's no such thing as "permit to campaign"

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 23, (PIA)— There is no such thing as "permit to campaign," slams police regional director Manuel Gaerlan, during an informal press encounter at the Governor's mansion, February 22. 

Commenting on the possible entry of rebel groups to ask for money as campaign access fees in communist rebel groups affected areas, the officer in charge of the regional Philippine National Police (PNP) said, "politicians are not paying permits to campaign but are merely paying for plain and simple extortion."

Military intelligence sources have warned the Provincial Peace and Order Council in Bohol over the reported re-entry of the fleeing communist rebels in time for the elections. 

The same military reports bared that the return of the insurgents would be to raise funds from politicians they can threaten into paying "permit to campaign and access fees to rebel-controlled areas," despite the fact that the Philippine Army has declared Bohol freed from insurgency since 2010. 
Also, PPOC sources add that the rebel's white area committee members have been in a flurry of organizing activities and propping up their mass base to be able to present a threat which would also stir contractors and disaster rehabilitation project implementers into submitting what the former rebels claim as revolutionary taxes from their reconstruction project spending. 

Recently, amid the incidents of police being hard up in quelling drugs and seemingly summary killings happening in Bohol, the New People's Army through its legal front the National Democratic Front (NDF) issued a statement urging people to report to them drug lords, criminals and politicians who are involved in the drug trade. 

The press material, signed by Bohol Island NDF liaison officer Jose Ignacio, asked citizens to report to them any person into the illegal drug trade. 

Military intelligence sources however claimed that the letter was a cheap attempt to fool politicians into thinking that the insurgents have returned, when in fact, there is nothing to support such claims.

As to the police, CSuperintendent Gaerlan asked politicians to reports to anybody they fell comfortable with, when they receive any extortion letter demanding for the said fees. 

"Go and report to the chiefs of police, Camp Dagohoy, the Civilian Armed Forces for Geographical Units (CAFGU) detachment heads, Regional Public Safety Battalion heads or the Army's Special Forces when you get any of these demand letters," Gaerlan said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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