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Bohol Towns Under Comelec Control

Two places here have been placed under tight Comission on Elections watch following intense political rivalry claims and peace and order assessment by authorities. Tagbilaran City and Trinidad town has been placed under Comelec Category A area; or that which has intense political rivalry and recorded election related violence in the past two elections. Bohol's main city, according to newspaper reports showed an intense political rivalry between reelectionist Mayor Dan Lim and Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso. An ambush attempt for Governor Erico Aumentado was also recorder in 2004 has been reportedly the primary reasons of its being under the watchlist.  Reports also alleged that the incumbent's organized city monitoring task force as being used to harrass and threaten voters. On the other hand, Trinidad town on the northern part of Bohol has become an election area of concern with tight election rivalry between Governor and congressional candidate Erico Aumentado running against th…

Bohol Army During the Philippine Election

Rising to the occasion to help the Commission on Elections conduct peaceful, honest, credible and free elections, 802nd Brigade Commanding General Alan Luga promised full military support. With Bohol, Cebu, Samar and Leyte under his command, the Camp Rajah Sikatuna based BGen. Luga said the 2nd Special Forces Batallion of about 400 officers and men are now scattered all over Bohol to make sure that people can go out and vote without fear and intimidation from any party or individual. "Your army forces will ensure that all voters are not terrorized by anybody," BGen. Luga said. For every area, there is a Special Forces team, he assured while stressing that any act of voter intimidation would be responded immediately by his men.  The army Special Forces are experts in the military's civil operations althoough these are also trained combatants when the occasion calls for. Pinpointed as one of the major factors for Bohol successes in insurgency operations, the SF are the ones org…

Bohol Election: Comelec Reshuffle

A reshuffling of elections officers all over Bohol came in effect last April 19 has assured the people that no election officer may show bias to his local chief executive. New Tagbilaran City Election Officer Atty. Ricardo Villares bared this as he stressed that the rigodon should put election officers away from the allegations that they are conniving with the mayors and other local officials to assure their victories. Villares, who came from vote-rich Loon also said the Commission on Elections has almost finished its preparations  for the elections. Other than testing and sealing the Prescint Count Optical Scanners (PCOS) the Comelec would also have to attempt to transmit the results of a test run within the next few days. Bohol election officer Eliseo Labaria Jr also said he hopes polls in Bohol would go smooth and peaceful, urging losing candidates to candidly accept defeat and stop being sore losers by spinning tales of being cheated. - PIA

Government Corruption in Bohol Island Philippines

By Bohol Chronicle
For alleged "rigged" bidding and overpriced purchase of heavy equipments, Gov. Erico Aumentado and members of the Provincial Bid and Awards Committee are now facing charges at the Ombudsman Visayas. 
Of all people, the complainant in these cases is Aumentado's erstwhile political protégée, second district congressman Roberto Cajes. 
The solon is now on his third and last term and is running for mayor of Trinidad town, while his wife, the outgoing town mayor, is Aumentado's opponent, contesting his return bid to the congressional district which he represented for three terms; 1995, 1998 till 2001. 
Charged together with Aumentado are Atty. Handel Lagunay, PBAC Chairman; Engr. Edwin Vallejos, Vice Chairman; Laura Boloyos of the Budget Office and Felix Mejorada of the Office of the Governor, in their capacities as PBAC members. 
First cited in the Cajes complaint was the purchase in 2006 of one (1) unit hydraulic excavator (backhoe) which inc…

Protecting Bohol Heritage

THE country can now start its formal reference to a law, which guides cultural protection and preservation.
And for the rejoicing Boholanos, the enactment of the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 adds more power to the earlier Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage Code.
Leading the country's efforts on formal heritage protection and conservation, Boholanos had been guided by BACH Code as the bible for local cultural workers.
And the local law fits snugly into the new law, says cultural lobbyist and enthusiast Lutgardo Labad.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has finally inked into law an act which provides a backbone for efforts in aggressive advocacy for better cultural heritage protection and conservation of the country's priceless heritage.
For Bohol, the development also puts into formal gear the efforts of communities and cultural workers to protect, preserve and conserve built heritage best exemplified in centuries-old churches, watch and bell towers, public buildings, arch b…