Catholic Church to move US priest over sex scandal

Manila,Philippines –Leaders of the Catholic Church have decided to relocate an American priest after having found out that he was convicted of sexual misconduct when he was a seminarian in Detroit,Michigan in 1988.

Father Joseph Skelton is to be moved from his ministry in Central Tagbilaran city, to a still undisclosed place, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference said Monday.

“The CBCP will issue an official statement on the matter within the next few days,” a spokesman for the conference who did not want to be named, told the AFP.

The website story on the website said the bishops only found out in November that Skelton was convicted of sexual misconduct when he was a seminarian in Detroit, Michigan, in 1988.

“Had I known of his conviction, I would not have ordained him,” the website quoted Tagbilaran’s former bishop, Leopoldo Tumulak, as saying.

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Manag-uyab gitulis samtang nag date sa tulay sa Causeway

Manag-uyab gitulis samtang nag date sa Suarez Bridge sa Causeway Drive, dakbayan sa Tagbilaran niadtong Sabado sa kaadlawon.

Ang mga biktima mao sila John Jay Olaivar, 21 anyos ug nagpuyo sa Habitat, Tabalong, Dauis, Bohol ug Reche May Areja, 19-anyos, dalaga ug nagpuyo sa dalan Gallares, ning siyudad.

Nahitabo ang insidente mga alas 12:30 sa kabuntagon samtang nag date ang duha sa nahisgutang dapit. Matud sa duha ka biktima, dihay miduol nila na duha ka mga lalaki ug nagpasumangil kini ug pangutana kabahin sa usa ka tawo unya mikalit ra ang usa ka tawo ug bunlot ug dekalibre nga pusil ug gitutok ngadto sa mga biktima.

Nakuhaan ang duha sa ilang mga cellphone apan na rekober ra kini nila sa dihang nadakpan ra ang duha ka tulisan.

Police warns City to be careful of burglars

SPO4 Adriano John Backus, Head Police for Theft and Robbery Section, warns people to be careful since more cases are being reported in the past months. Backus adds that there are already gangs that they are doing surveillance on and they have observed that these gangs use the tiempo style to victimize. He adds that these gangs are probably not locals from the city. As of September – October of this year, there have 25 cases reported and 23 have yet to be solved.

Catigbian hopes to bag Bohol best market feat

EAGERLY awaiting deliberations of the recently wrapped-up Pamilihang Panlalawigan search by the evaluation team, Catigbian residents hope to finally bag the “best market award” this year.

Mayor Roberto Salinas however stressed that it is the unrelenting effort to dispense better service to the people that should an, but winning the provincial feat may come as a huge bonus.

Ranked only second to modern public market in Ubay in 2006, Catigbian pulled one ace off its sleeves when it edged the provincial winner in the regional competitions of that same year.

Bagging the region’s 3rd best market after Bayawan City in Negros and Pardo in Cebu, Catigbian now hopes their public market can finally be recognized as Bohol’s best, a huge feat for a public market that was constructed a few years after the war.

The provincial plum is a version of the Pambansang Pamilihan Search conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Bohol this year.

It is set to motivate public and private run markets to comply with trade rules including price tags, weights and measurements regulations and safety and quality standards, said DTI’s Concordia Erano, in a phone interview recently.

This year, the Bohol search only includes 11 markets, DTI sources said.

Evaluated together with Catigbian in this year’s search for Bohol’s best public markets were Jagna, Guindulman, Ubay, Talibon, Carmen, Inabanga, Tubigon, Loon, Antequera and Tagbilaran City, Erano enumerated.

In Catigbian, market Administrator and assistant municipal treasurer Cresilda Rulida said the town has not ceased innovating its public market since they earned the regional award in 2006.

The administration under Mayor Roberto Salinas has put in the market a better drainage system and revamped the market’s drainage culverts to assure the efficient and unimpeded flow of liquid wastes, further eliminating foul odor, Rulida shared.

The market gathered as much asP1.7M in revenues in 2006 and P1.4 M in 2007, despite the fact that the town livestock income was separately computed in 2007 following its independent operations, municipal records revealed.

In 2007, the town livestock center also netted about P.5M, Information officer Ardissa Estavilla said. (PIA/rachiu)

Choco Hills gains 3rd spot in new 7 wonders search

DISPERSED Boholanos across the globe have organized campaign groups to generate the most number of votes cast for their favorite Chocolate Hills, which has earned a notch up in the new wonders of the world search.

Governor Erico Aumentado said one of his missions upon embarking on a journey to the US is precisely to campaign for more votes for the Chocolate Hills, during Friday’s Governor’s Reports.

He added as he would invite Boholano organizations to come home for the global gathering of Boholanos, thje Chocolate Hills campaign would get in the way.

Practically in almost every nook of the globe, Boholanos in their own capacity, or via the vast information superhighway is spreading the word about rooting for the Chocolate Hills, support groups based in Bohol said.

The move to hoist the Chocolate Hills in the new seven wonders of the world search gained its initial foothold after Provincial Government officials in Bohol led by Governor Erico Aumentado gathered all internet operators in Tagbilaran City to help in the campaign which Bohol Capitol adopted as its singular mission for tourism promotion.

The move also pushed the chief executive to name Tagbilaran City Mayor Dan Neri Lim to lead the campaign to propel Bohol’s wondrous hills to the top of the list. The official campaign head then headed for the US to tap Boholano organizations in attempts to gain the necessary votes.

Tourism stakeholders here, led by Carmen Mayor Manuel Molina also pitched in their campaigns by organizing support groups, asking local tour guides to include in their spiels the support for the Chocolate Hills.

This as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself, in her sorties across the country never fail to mention her own campaign for agenda for the country’s natural wonders to get into the top seven list of modern-day Wonders of Nature.

As of June 13, Friday Wednesday, Chocolate Hills ranked third in the global search after Tubbataha Reef east of Palawan, which is at number 2. The Underground River in Palawan, still in the Philippines is at Number 5.

The Chocolate Hills in Bohol, is an “unusual geological formation… composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers, the hills are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, giving them the name ‘Chocolate Hills,’” proclaims the New7Wonders site.

Tubbataha Reef, on the other hand is an atoll coral reef in the Sulu Sea east of Palawan. It is a marine sanctuary protected by the Philippine government as the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.

The reef is composed of two atolls – the North and South Reefs, separated by a channel of about 8 kilometers wide. The atolls each have a single small islet that rises out from the water.

Over 1,000 species, including many that are endangered, can be found at the reef, including manta rays, lionfish, tortoises, clownfish and sharks, according to the website literate on the well-known scuba-diving site.

Meanwhile, Palawan’s Underground River – also dubbed the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park — features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 kilometer-long navigable underground river.

Located about 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, the river winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea.

The underground river features amazing formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers, with the lower portion of the river subject to tidal influences.

The website enthuses that “the underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest.

At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.”

In Number 9, or just two places short landing in the Magic 7 is another Philippine wonder – the perfectly-shaped Mayon Volcano.

“Mayon Volcano is an active volcano on the Filipino island of Luzon, 15 kilometers northwest of Legazpi City. It is classified by volcanologists as a stratovolcano (composite volcano). Its symmetric cone was formed through alternate pyroclastic and lava flows.

“Mayon is the most active volcano in the country, having erupted over 47 times in the past 400 years, and is part of what is called the Pacific Ring of Fire.” (rachiu/PIA)