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More city market anomalies bared

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A FORMER city councilor blamed several Iloilo City Hall officials for the various controversies hounding public markets.

Executive Assistant for Finance Perla Zulueta hit former Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) chief Vincent de la Cruz for heaping the blame on the city accountant for the unpaid electricity bills of public markets.

Zulueta was one of the resource persons present in Thursday’s investigation by the Iloilo City Council on the alleged anomalies in public markets.

Present in the hearing were City Councilors Rodel Agado, Joshua Alim, Plaridel Nava, R Leone Gerochi, Liezl Joy Zulueta-Salazar, Nielex Tupas, Love-Love Baronda, Lyndon Acap and Armand Parcon.

De la Cruz claimed that that the city accountant realigned the surpluses from the markets to other accounts instead of using the funds to pay for electricity bills that had accumulated to about P35 million.

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16K households delisted from CCT

By: Loune Hope Conserva

A TOTAL of 16,589 households in Western Visayas were delisted from the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Iloilo City and Iloilo Province got the highest number of delisted beneficiaries with a total of 8,125; Antique with 3,866; Aklan – 1,587; Negros – 1,507; Capiz - 1,121; and Guimaras - 386.

Western Visayas has 326,214 beneficiaries according to the National Household Targeting System (NHTS).

Jonathan Anteza, regional program coordinator said fraudulent activities are the main reasons for the delisting of some beneficiaries.

"About 80 to 90 percent of them are not qualified as poor," he said.

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VG Tupas gets ‘erased’

By: Louine Hope Conserva

POLITICAL propaganda continues to widen the rift between two Tupas brothers.

This, as allegations surfaced that the name of Vice Governor Raul “Boboy” Tupas was erased from the opening program of the 5th Congressional District Sports Association (CDSA) meet held in Sara, Iloilo last November 25.

Tupas said he was informed about the erasure but had no idea who made the program.

He said he came to the event, considering that he is from the 5th district and also to represent Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr.

Tupas is currently the acting governor as Defensor is on an educational trip in Singapore.

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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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Malones has the last laugh

November 28,2014 12:48 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton

IN soccer, they call it a “hat-trick” or a head goal. Read more...

Which one?

November 28,2014 12:46 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

I WAS out of the province for two days. The trip was very enlightening, talking to people who are not our usual contacts and whose political affiliation is unknown to me. After discussing several topics one question propped up: Which one will President Aquino endorse to the Liberal Party to be the standard bearer to succeed him? Read more...

'Naming and shaming is what we do': Speaking truth to power is an Asian value

November 28,2014 12:42 AM

(2nd of 3 parts)

By: Sheila Coronel

(Adapted from keynote address at Uncovering Asia: The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, November 24, 20014, Manila)

IN TERMS of topics, Asia is a muckraker’s paradise. The range of stories is infinite. Let me list some themes of contemporary investigative reporting in Asia:

Have a good sense of the liturgical year

November 28,2014 12:50 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE have just ended a liturgical year with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Christ the King. We are now beginning a new one with the season of Advent, the proximate preparation for the birth of Christ. Read more...

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