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Odicta, pals rapped for radio station raid

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A STRING of criminal charges was filed against several suspects in the failed attempt to invade a radio station in Iloilo City last November 19, 2015.

Senior Superintendent Khasmir Disomangcop, Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, said charges for grave threats, robbery with the use of force upon things, and qualified trespass to dwelling were slapped against businessman Melvin Odicta, Sr., and alias Vin-Vin Odicta, both residents of Barangay Tanza-Esperanza, Iloilo City; Jesus “Jing-Jing” Espinosa, Jr. of Barangay Monica Blumentritt, City Proper; and several other John Does.


Odicta Sr. is the alleged leader of a suspected drug group in the city, based on the files of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Western Visayas.

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‘Probe illegal drugs angle’

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and intelligence officers should make an in-depth investigation into the involvement of an alleged illegal drugs operator in the recent attempt to barge in the building where Aksyon Radyo Iloilo station is located.

Defensor said the name of Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. being involved in illegal drugs has been circulating “in the grapevine."

“I’ve been hearing that there is such a thing as an Odicta group involved in the trade of illegal drugs but I cannot confirm it. So I sternly suggest the PNP, NBI and intelligence officers should conduct

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Unexplained wealth raps vs city councilor

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog’s political consultant Jeffrey Celiz told city hall reporters that he is filing a case for “unexplained wealth” against opposition Councilor Plaridel Nava.

“He has to explain his excessive, luxurious and lavish lifestyle. Nava travels to Europe, stays in exclusive hotels, attends exclusive events on tickets costing him P50,000 or P100,000, and goes on a lavish shopping spree,” Celiz said.

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Nava unfazed by looming charges

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Councilor Plaridel Nava said he is not bothered at all by the looming Ombudsman case to be filed against him for alleged “unexplained wealth”.


“That is just a diversionary tactic. This is to divert the issues on illegal drugs that link the mayor to some drug personalities with whom he is known to be close,” Nava said.

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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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Rest in peace, Gov. Niel

November  27, 2015 02:11 AM

By: Limuel S. Celebria

I HAD COVERED the Capitol beat since the time of Governor Conrado Norada in the early 80s. Heck, I even founded the Iloilo Capitol Press Corps during the term of Governor Simplicio Griño. Read more...

Duterte endorses Poe

November  27, 2015 02:19 AM

By: Modesto P. Sa-onoy

HE PROBABLY is not aware of it or he seemingly does not intend it but Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is endorsing Senator Grace Poe. Duterte admits Poe will win the elections so he declared that the only way to stop Poe from Read more...

An act of cowardice and stupidity

November  27, 2015 02:32 AM

By: Manuel "Boy" Mejorada

AS A LEGISLATIVE body, the Iloilo City Sangguniang has earned the notoriety of being an expensive rubber stamp. Read more...

From God’s point of view

November  27, 2015 02:45 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

NOWADAYS, we are seeing a lot of people depending solely on their senses, judgments and reasoning in tackling all their temporal affairs with hardly any reference to God’s will and plans. Read more...

​​​​Advice to a lameduck president​

November  27, 2015 02:51 AM

By: Atty. Manuel J. Laserna, Jr.

(The author is a retired law professor of the Far Eastern University, founder of the Las Piñas City Bar Association, former vice-president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-PPLM Chapter Read more...

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