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IBP-Guimaras files civil case against GIFT project

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr. and Lara Jeunesse I. Villaruel

NEGOTIATE or rescind.

These are the demands of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Guimaras Chapter and local officials in the island province as they filed a civil suit against the Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) project before the Iloilo Regional Trial Court Tuesday afternoon.

The plaintiffs in the case are IBP-Guimaras president Vincent Pascal T. de Asis, Guimaras Vice Governor Vicente de Asis, lawyers Roma Joy Jordan, Danilo Lamparero, Ben Galve, and Jovito R. Atienza.

They were assisted by Atty. Eugenio Original.


The case is for the rescission of the GIFT contract, injunction with prayer for issuance of restraining order/preliminary injunction.

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Ombud pries into delayed repairs of Capiz classrooms

By: Florence F. Hibionada

THE Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas is closely monitoring the repairs of some 2,041 classrooms that were damaged by super typhoon Yolanda in Capiz province in 2013.

The anti-graft body took cognizance of the delayed repairs following a request for assistance (RAS) and investigation by the Capiz Baptist Ministers Association (CBMA).

“We want the people behind this to be held accountable… (The delay) is detrimental to the plight of our schoolchildren,” the CBMA said in a letter to the Ombudsman.

The signatories in the letter also included member-pastors of the Evangelical Ministers Fellowship of Iloilo City.

The case, docketed as RAS-V-ILO-14-0199, has been the subject of a series of clarifications made by the Ombudsman with the Department of Education (DepEd) as the main implementer of the projects.

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Gov. Defensor out of ICU

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. will be discharged from the Intensive Care Unit today and transferred to a private hospital room.

His son, 3rd district Rep. Arthur Defensor Jr. said the governor is “recovering well.”

“I asked his cardiologist and surgeon and they told me na maayo ang iya recovery. It would be best for him to be transferred to a private room so he could walk around,” Rep. Defensor said as to his father’s latest medical bulletin.

The congressman added that his father is also on full diet.

“Maayo na iya kaon (He is eating well). Even the apparatus attached to him were already removed. But as to the days of his recovery, I still cannot confirm that,” he added.

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Rail train BBL

May 27, 2015 03:40 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WELL, if this bill was railroaded in the House of Representatives then it must be a rail train going to where only the future will tell. But like the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao train, it languished into nothing except that billions of precious currency disappeared and the Commission on Audit does not know who received the money, where it was spent or who is accountable. Worse, there is no peace there. Read more...

Marcos and Aquino

May 27, 2015 03:36 AM

By: Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino

IN MONDAY afternoon's hearings by the Senate Committee headed by Sen. Bongbong Marcos on the BBL, this time listening to the indigenous peoples and to the representatives of the Mindanao and Sulu sultanates was most enlightening.

It was enlightening to see in Senator Marcos true statesmanship: no attempt at playing to the gallery, no grandstanding, but presiding with the confidence of a true statesman. He was courteous without being obsequious, demanding of responses without being intimidating. Read more...

The Red Cross 72-hour lifeline kit

May 27, 2015 03:38 AM

By: Ellen Tordesilas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist in Metro Manila who writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)


GOVERNMENT agencies and private companies are reactivating their emergency drills with the release by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of its latest findings about the West Valley Fault. Read more...

Collision with China

May 27, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Jesus "Jess" Dureza

THE Philippines is now on a collision course with China over disputed territories that can be an international flashpoint.

A few days ago, a US spy plane making a "fly-by" over disputed territories in the "Spratlys" was "challenged" over radio by Chinese military and told to "go away". Another commercial airplane flying overhead was similarly challenged. Earlier, Philippine vessels supplying provisions to Filipino soldiers stationed in the area were blockaded. Read more...

Moral ascendancy

May 27, 2015 03:32 AM

ONLY a handful of local officials of Guimaras are riling at the controversial Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) project in Parola, Iloilo City.

Except from Vice-Governor Vicente de Asis and the provincial board members, the top two officials of the island-province are eerily silent (deaf-mute?) on the issue, especially the onerous P11 terminal fee to be imposed on every passenger who will pass through the terminal. Read more...

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