Special Barangay and SK elections in Silvino Lubos and Lavezares

Six villages in Northern Samar had a special Barangay and SK elections on December 15, 2007. These were conducted in the villages of Imelda, Victory, Geparangan de Tunag, Senonogan de Tubang and Diit de Turag, in Silvino Lubos town, and Barangay Balicuatro in Lavezares town.

The October 29 Barangay and SK elections in those areas were postponed when armed men disrupted the village and SK balloting.

Meanwhile, the special elections held Saturday were generally peaceful, the Comelec deploying soldiers in the pollingvenues and three policemen were deployed in each of the polling precincts.

The board of election tellers proclaimed all winning candidates right after the counting was completed.


Catarman Bridge opens to traffic

The Catarman Bridge opened to traffic after 9 long years of construction marred by man made corruption and natural disasters. And more than P200 million pesos expenditure later, not to mention not meeting its April 2007 expected completion date.

The Catarman Bridge though is still closed to medium to large-sized public utility vehicles, they have to go the long route of the Diversion Road a short portion of which traverses the Catarman's Forsaken Road. All other vehicles from pedicabs to tricycles and private vehicles can now cross the bridge.

The Catarman Bridge connects Catarman town proper to the University town of UEP, and the eastern part of the province of Northern Samar.


Pambujan Church Scandal

This youtube video (along with a so-called part 2) is causing a stir in Pambujan.


Toddler Amateur Boxing in Pambujan

wtf! was my initial reaction when i saw a boxing match yesterday involving toddlers. Imagine 5-6 year-old kids( some even say younger), boxing it all out like Manny Pacquiao complete with all the hullabaloo of a boxing ring, referee, handlers and of course the spectators.

I don't think this is even legal and to think that it was held right infront of the Municipal hall (which houses the local police too and the DSWD) and the Municipal Legislative hall. Anyway, absurd as it may be, according to reports, it was all done under the guise of promoting boxing to the future generation bs..


Jollibee Catarman Opens to Pandemonium

Jollibee Catarman opened the last week of July 2007 and because it is the first ever major fastfood chain to open in the province, it proved to be a big hit among the Nortehanons. Oh the queu, my first hand account would attest, it took me 2 hours to ever get a taste of its chickenjoy and palabok.

The Jollibee floors are dirty, its comfort rooms stuck, the staff harangued and the customers at the slightest irritation would definitely snap.

I hope these only happened because of the opening pandemonium...

Catarman's Forsaken Road

This by-way or roadway to the Catarman central terminal building is an eyesore and a pain when traversed. This rough, unpaved road felt like Mt. Pinatubo when it exploded because dust scatter whenever you pass it especially if it is not raining. And don't get me started about the potholes too...

What are the local or provincial officials doing about it? God knows what, it has been there for ages.

Pambujan Dengue Epidemic

Pambujan figured on national news (and even international, since it's being shown worldwide too) and the culprit is the outbreak of dengue fever in the town.

This, after only a few weeks into the administration of the newly elected officials of the town.

Here is GMA's 24 Oras account of the dengue epidemic:


And contrary to the DOH's policy of not encouraging the use of fumigation, that was the only action that was taken by reportedly the regional office. As i remember it right, the DOH encourages a community to clean it's sorroundings and not rely on fogging operations as it does not kill the dengue-carrying mosquitos but only shooes it away.


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