Monday, November 13, 2006

Witchcraft Paraphernalia Discovered in loilo City

The Guardian, a local newspaper in Iloilo, has this intriguing news item today:

‘HIWIT’

Skull and bones, tools of witchcraft recovered in Mandurriao house
By Francis Allan L. Angelo

HALLOWEEN is long over but chilly tales of a suspected witch is gripping the residents of a village in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The tale began after Edison Paredes, 37, of Brgy. Hibao-an Norte, Mandurriao found Thursday afternoon a strange-looking bag in the house of his brother Marcelito.

Edison said he was horrified by the contents of the bag—a human skull, two pieces of bones, four pieces of black candles, five photographs with burnt marks and two T-shirts.

A strip of red cloth was tied around the skull’s forehead.

Even more chilling was Edison’s discovery of a piece of paper tucked in the remaining teeth of the skull—his name was written on the paper.

Edison suspected that he is a victim of hiwit or witchcraft perpetrated by a certain Luz Elbanbuena, the live-in partner of his brother Eduard. The couple stayed in Marcelito’s house until they left for Maasin several days ago.

Edison claimed that Elbanbuena, a native of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, threatened to harm him using her knowledge of black magic.

“We had a fight in August and she threatened to kill me in two days. My hunch was confirmed when I found these items,” Edison said.

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Senator Drilon has transferred his voter registration to Iloilo City yesterday (read here). "I am keeping my options open" was Drilon's reply to persistent questions by local reporters whether he is indeed running for the city's Lone Congressional District post. Although he refuses to make a categorical statement, I think it is good as go that the veteran Ilonggo politician will vie for the said post in the May polls. This is a "make or break" election for Mr. Drilon's political career. What's at stake here is not only who will represent the district of Iloilo City but also the leadership of the Liberal Party since if he loses, Drilon will also lose his preeminence among the "anti-GMA" wing of the Liberal Party. In other words, this local election will have a significant impact on national politics.

4 comments:

bananas said...

uh...uh...this reminds me of the movie The Covenant now being shown in theaters around the country.

only that Mandurria is not spelled as Ipswitch.

mong said...

do you think mananalo si drilon? sino ang mga makakalaban niya?

Iloilo City Boy said...

Drilon will be facing Congressman Raul Gonzalez, Jr. (the son and namesake of DOJ Secretary Gonzalez). I predict that it will be a close, exciting fight, the outcome of which will largely depend on how well the two contenders will manage issues and mobilize resources during the campaign.

Rustika Padilla said...

Franklin Drilon is the most traidor, corrupt, balimbing and TRAPO all in one. Bilang Ilonggo, ginakahuya ko gid ang pag traidor niya. Sang Coritot time, he's pro cory, tiempo ni Tabako, he's pro FVR, tiempo ni Erap, he's pro Erap, Tiempo ni Gloria, nag pro Gloria man siya.. pero sa ulihi nag guwa gid ang iya pagka traidor kag pagka ambisyoso. Kahuluya sa iya! I'm more proud of Miriam, kay si Miriam naglisinsya sang maayo kay Erap nga mabalhin siya kay Gloria, siya iya? Tungod sa ambisyon niya, nag burn bridges siya ya. Gusto niya mangin presidente without election kay pa resignon niya si Gloria kag si Noli. Kanami sa iya buyayawon. Kung ano siya kalaw-ay, amo man ina kalaw-ay sang iya nga batasan. Amo na, na karma siya, sa diin siya subong? Bisan sa LP gina sipa na siya!