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Supplier, Capitol employees face charges, sanctions

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE supplier and Iloilo provincial government employees involved in the alleged checks scam are facing formal charges and possible sanction after a fact-finding committee has completed its preliminary investigation.

Atty. Suzette Mamon, fact-finding committee head, said they already completed their report to be submitted to Gov. Arthur Defensor, who is on a three-day trip to Korea.

“Upon the return of the governor, we will formally submit to him the report for approval.  After which, he will create another committee but this time, it will be for the filing of a formal charge against the persons involved,” she said.

Mamon said the committee has updated the governor last week on their findings.

“Right now, we already have the recommendations on the liabilities and violations of Diomar Trading plus some measures on the whole system of the offices in the Capitol,” she added.

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City Hall to pay P5M only to PECO

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City government will only pay some P5 million of its P80-million bill to Panay Electric Co. (PECO).

The payment is included in Supplemental Budget (SB) No. 5 amounting to P51,646,990 which was approved by the City Council Tuesday.

A total of P5,281,963 was set aside to pay part of the City Hall’s P80-million arrears to PECO.

In fact, the payment will only cover the power consumption for April along with the P660,000 for the telephone services of PLDT.

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Cops seize shabu sent thru courier again

By: Dolly Yasa

Bacolod City – Police intercepted again another shipment of suspected shabu sent through a commercial courier

The City Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSTOG) headed by Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta also arrested two persons who received the contraband – Rey Steve Esteban, 46 of Casiano Street, Brgy. Mandalagan and Randolf Padilla San Luis, 34, of Purok Talaba, Magsungay, Brgy. Singcang-Airport here.

The team recovered from the duo two big sachets of suspected shabu weighing about 10 grams.

Mullet said the contraband is worth P140,000 at P7,000 per gram.

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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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Rising from the ruins

October 22, 2014 12:49 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IN MY latest trip to my province of Bohol, a few days after the first anniversary of the deadly earthquake, I happen to pass by the ground zero of the destroyed church of the town of Loon. Read more...

Powerful SRA -7

October 22, 2014 12:48 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT IS GOOD news that the proposed Sugarcane Industry Development Act is on its way to approval. Rep. Albee Benitez says he expects approval “maybe in a couple of weeks.” That means before 2014 comes to a close. Read more...

Welcome candor

October 22, 2014 12:46 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

AN EPIDEMIC of political scumbugs clutter our days. Think Binay or “Tanda,” “Pogi” and “Sexy.” So, it’s a relief to read comments from the best Supreme Court justice the country never had.

We must concentrate on creative industries

October 22, 2014 12:44 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

WHEN MY friends ask me why I am passionate with art making, I tell them that this is my calling not just a hobby. They must now realize that though they may not think of money as an incentive for the artist nowadays, the creatives have become the major forces in our times. Read more...

Duterte’s Destiny

October 22, 2014 12:42 AM

By: Limuel S. Celebria

MAYOR Duterte is running out of bullets, one of the movers in the Duterte for President Movement (DPM) enthused.  Lawyer John Castriciones, DPM Area Coordinator for Luzon, issued  the witticism to  underscore claims that the number of  people who want  the Davao  City  Mayor to Read more...

Press Councils: Affirming news media’s loyalty to the public

October 22, 2014 12:40 AM

THE news media have always been regarded as a vital component in a democracy like the Philippines. However, where does one go to when the press errs in its reporting? Who then watches the watchdog? Read more...

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