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55% yes vote eyed in Bohol cha cha drive

NOBODY from among the ranks of Bohol's high officialdom are confirming this—55% of the province's voting population were committed to gather signatures for charter change, as the barangay assemblies went on smoothly nationwide yesterday. From Gov. Erico Aumentado to the three Bohol lawmakers—Edgar Chatto, Roberto Cajes and Eladio Jala, nobody confirmed that they were under instruction to produce a 55% majority during the barangay assemblies to collect the signatures in a bid to change the Constitution. Full story

Swertres is dead!

SWERTRES, the illegal numbers game shivered and then breathed its last Tuesday after assistant provincial director, police superintendent Ernesto Agas found the chance to get his hands into it. This illegal numbers game came as a throwback of the three number combination drawn nightly by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Sold at a peso bets, swertres has also morphed from the P10 bets fielded at PCSO betting stations. Instead however of remitting the bet money to the PCSO, small town swertres operators pocket the money while luring more bettors of P450 per share winning take. Full story

Divers swept at sea back safe in Bohol

Three American scuba divers and their companions returned safely in Bohol after they were rescued after being swept at sea when their boat engine malfunctioned. The divers were identified as Ali Swandal, 28, a human resource training specialist based in Arizona , Pierre Dufrene, 39, single, a biologist who hails from Minnesota , and Ian Willis, 30, single and an electrician from Colorado. Full story

Bohol peace efforts to model for the country?

PREPARATIONS are now in place to document Bohol 's efforts and model the provincial peace initiatives for replication in other places with similar efforts. Bohol peace efforts came to the attention of the government after the Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process recorded successes in the collaboration of sectors here as a crucial step in lessening local resistance and beckoning insurgents back to the folds of the law. Full story

As exports raise at 60% . . .

Bohol ships about 40,000 MT copra

MPHILIPPINE Coconut Authority senior agricultural technologist Carmelo Tandugon said Bohol accounts for more than 40,000 metric tons of copra shipped out of the province every year raising the country's capability in alternative oil. The Bohol data is based on the estimated 9,806,290 fruit bearing coconut trees in the province, each tree averaging 25.64 nuts every year. Bohol 's copra is transported to Cebu and Mindanao , where it is processed into crude oil, the leading coconut export product. Full story

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