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Pres. Aquino throws weight behind Roxas

By: Jennifer P. Rendon, Maricyn A. De los Santos, & Louine Hope Conserva

PRESIDENT Benigno S.C. Aquino III and the Liberal Party (LP) pulled all stops and strings to bolster the chances of presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and the entire administration ticket in Panay, their perceived political bailiwick, in the May 9, 2016 elections.


Confronted by Roxas’ laggard performance in recent poll surveys, Pres. Aquino and his cabinet presented the case why Ilonggos should show solid support for the ruling party’s standard bearer during LP’s campaign kickoff in Capiz and Iloilo City, Feb. 9, 2016.

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Stairway piques PNoy

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A LOWLY STAIRWAY stole the thunder from Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s official visit-cum-political sortie in Iloilo, Feb. 9, 2016.


During the turnover of new classrooms at Pavia National High School in Pavia town, Pres. Aquino could not help but notice the stairway which he referred to as “parang hagdanan sa kanto (like a corner stairway).”

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Mayor’s aide quits for ‘personal reasons’

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

PERSISTING “personal issues” compelled Jeffrey Celiz to quit his post as executive assistant for political affairs of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.


In his letter of irrevocable resignation dated Feb. 9, 2016, Celiz said these “personal issues” distracted his focus on his work as one of Mabilog’s aides.

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Freedom Grandstand to be demolished, transferred

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

ILONGGOS can look forward to a bigger Freedom Grandstand and better Sunburst Park in 2017.


This, as the Iloilo City Council authorized Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to sign in behalf of the city a memorandum of agreement (MOU) with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) as regards the project.

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By: Venus G. Villanueva

KALIBO, Aklan – Physically and mentally fit Aklanons who wish to work with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) can now have their chance to do so by taking the Penology Officer Examination on August 12, 2012 in Iloilo City.

According to Ma. Cynthia P. Aranas, Director II of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Field Office-Aklan, the examination is open for incumbent personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, personnel of Provincial and Sub-Provincial Jails and other interested applicants.

Aranas said successful examinees will be conferred the Penology Officer Eligibility, considered appropriate to second level ranks in the jail management and penology and functionally related services only, except for ranks under the Philippine National Police (PNP).

To pass the test, the examinee should get a grade of at least 80, according to Aranas.

Aranas said interested applicants can now file their applications at the CSC Regional or Field Officers.

Incumbent employees of the BJMP, on the other hand, may file their applications at the BJMP Regional Office.

“Application forms are available at the CSCROs/FOs and can also be downloaded at

To qualify, applicants must be a Filipino citizen; must be of good moral character; must be mentally and physically fit; must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs and must not have been dishonorably discharged from the service.

A waiver for height requirement will be granted to applicants belonging to cultural communities, subject to submission of certification of membership to a cultural community issued by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the CSC emphasized.

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The race is on

February 10, 2016 03:34 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

ILOILO CITY was literally locked down yesterday for the kick-off rally of the Liberal Party at the historic Freedom Grandstand. I am writing this column in the Bo’s Coffee at the Mactan International Airport while waiting for my flight back to Iloilo City at 2:05 p.m. Read more...

The Chinese in us

February 10, 2016 03:28 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WE JUST closed the celebration of BacoLaodiat, the city’s event that coincides with the festivities of the Chinese New Year. It has been celebrated for ten years and in that sense it enters into our tradition. Read more...

‘Comedy of Errors’

February 10, 2016 03:26 AM

(Unedited statement of Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa in reaction to the series of columns by Modesto Sao-noy published in this paper)

BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. bluntly described Modesto Sa-onoy’s “Voodoo Massive Vote Buying” series of articles printed in another local daily as the climax of comedy of errors from ghosts to robbery extortion to massive vote buying. Read more...

Prof. Copernicus thinks I am right (Part 1)

February 10, 2016 03:22 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." – Thomas Jefferson

NEW YORK CITY – Around past three o'clock one afternoon inside the cold Central Park, Professor Jozef Copernicus told me he instantly recalled having visited Manila after the 1986 EDSA Revolution. Read more...

The beauty of suffering

February 10, 2016 03:14 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE NEED to expand our understanding and appreciation of beauty. If by beauty we mean only the physical beauty of a scenic landscape, the romantic hue of a sunset, or a Miss Universe, then we are missing not only a lot of things but also the one thing that is most necessary to us. Read more...

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