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Ilocos Region updates

Ilocos Region updates

LATEST UPDATE: March 1, 2021 - 1:35pm
LOCATION:
ILOCOS NORTE
ILOCOS SUR
PANGASINAN
LA UNION
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The interior department has served the Sandiganbayan's order to suspend San Fernando City, La Union Mayor Hermenegildo “Dong” Gualberto for 90 days from March 1.

San Fernando City Interior and Local Government Officer Lily Ann Colisao said the preventive suspension order is connected to a criminal case filed by the Ombudsman against Gualberto for allegedly violating Sec. 3 (e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act over alleged misuse of the 20% Development Fund of San Fernando City for the upgrading of the City Plaza.

Barangay chairpersons of San Fernando City in January last year filed a complaint of grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, grave abuse of authority and technical malversation of funds in the use of P66.5 million from the 2017 and 2018 internal development fund of San Fernando for the development of the City Plaza.

San Fernando City Vice Mayor Alfredo Pablo Ortega will be acting mayor while Gualberto is suspended. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

February 22, 2021

Nesting of the vulnerable Olive Ridley sea turtles in La Union have reached an all-time high.

Conservation group Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions (CURMA) coordinator Carlos Tamayo is even anticipating the most number of hatchlings this season (October-March). More than half of 65 nests have already produced 4,606 pawikan hatched and released to the sea.

CURMA is a Science of Identity Foundation (SIF-CARE) assisted pawikan conservation and protection program started by Tamayo’s family several years ago at barangay Ili Norte, San Juan.

What excites Tamayo is, the 65 nests at the hatchery are still growing because Olive Ridley turtle mothers keep on coming to the shores of San Juan all the way to Bacnotan shores to lay their eggs.

“We see 6,500 to over 7,000 hatchlings (at the end of the season this March),”  Tamayo said. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

February 15, 2021

 A 16-year old motorcycle rider immediately died while his pillion rider suffered multiple injuries from an accident along the national highway in Barangay Bitalag, Bacnotan, La Union Sunday night. 

Christian Joshua Rivera from Barangay Guinabang, Bacnotan together with his back rider Archimedes Oredina, 21 from Barangay Bitalag, Bacnotan, were heading south along the highway when they attempted to overtake a truck driven by Christopher Agustin, 41, from Baresbes, Dingras, Ilocos Norte but hit a north-bound bus and went wayward. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

January 11, 2021

Three people died in separate vehicular accidents in three different locations in Ilocos Sur Sunday.

A motorcycle rider lost control and fell into an irrigation canal at Barangay Vical, Sta. Lucia town in Ilocos Sur on Sunday evening. The victim was identified by the Sta. Lucia town police as Jomarie Lucena Festejo, 25, from Barangay Catayagan.

According to the Sta. Lucia Police Station, the victim was heading south of the barangay road when the accident occured.  

Festejo, who according to police was drunk, was rushed to the Ilocos Sur District Hospital (ISDH) but was declared dead on arrival.

Another motorcycle rider smashed into a ten-wheeler truck along the national highway in Barangay Barbarit, Magsingal,  also in Ilocos Sur that same evening. 

The victim was identified as Nathaniel Bueno Abo, 39, from Barangay Camindoroan in San Juan.

On Sunday afternoon, a woman died on the spot where she was ran over by a mini dump truck at Barangay Poblacion Sur, Gregorio Del Pilar.

The victim was identified as Mila Pautan Gregorio, 33, married and from Barangay Dapdappig, in that town. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

January 4, 2021

Two individuals died while three others suffered multiple injuries after the pickup truck they were riding fell from the Caba bridge along the national highway in Barangay Gana, Caba, La Union 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The fatalities were: machine operators Lemuel Sebio, 32, married, from Green Valley, Baguio City and Mark Lardizabal, 49, from Tuba, Benguet.  Jay Nabus, 27, from La Trinidad, Benguet; machine operator Alexander Padilla, 26, from Baguio City and construction worker Norian Dagyapan, 37, also from Tuba, Benguet were rushed to the hospital for various injuries.  All five are employees of renewable power firm Hedcor operating in Benguet.

Caba policemen said the pickup truck driven by Nabus was traversing the highway when a motorcycle from the opposite direction occupied the lane the vehicle was in.  Nabus avoided the motorcycle but lost control over the steering wheel and plunged below the bridge.

The victims were rushed to the Caba District Hospital but Sebio was declared dead on arrival while Lardizabal died early Monday morning. —  The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

January 4, 2021

Two people died while three others suffered multiple injuries after the pickup truck they were riding fell from the Caba bridge along the national highway in Barangay Gana, Caba, La Union on Sunday night.

The fatalities were: machine operators Lemuel Sebio, 32, married, from Green Valley, Baguio City and Mark Lardizabal, 49, from Tuba, Benguet. 

Jay Nabus, 27, from La Trinidad, Benguet; machine operator Alexander Padilla, 26, from Baguio City and construction worker Norian Dagyapan, 37, also from Tuba, Benguet were rushed to the hospital for various injuries. 

All five are employees of renewable power firm Hedcor operating in Benguet. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao
  

January 1, 2021

Three died in two separate road mishaps involving motorcycles in Santiago, Ilocos Sur before New Year and after it was welcomed.

At around 1 a.m. of the first day of January 2021, two motorcycles smashed into each in Barangay San Roque, Santiago. 

The Santiago town police said a Honda Beat motorcycle driven by Keith Bongolan Borja, 17, with his cousin Jayson Bongolan, 16, as backride both from Barangay Gabao, Santiago occupied the other lane of the road. 

The police revealed that the driver lost control of his motorcycle then smashed into a Honda TMX driven by Charles John Flordeliza, 45, from Barangay San Roque, also in Santiago. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

Follow this thread for updates from the Ilocos Region, which comprises Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.

Photo: The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

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