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Newks ignores P50-M fund mess

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Mayor Monico “Newks” Puentevella could not care less for the malversation charges filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for the alleged misuse of the P50.5-million fund of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (BASOC).

The Ombudsman has ordered Puentevella to answer in 10 days the malversation and technical malversation case filed by Samuel Montoyo of the Save Bacolod Movement

Indi salapakon (Not worth my attention)” was how Puentevella reacted when asked for comment by ABS-CBN TV-4 here.

One of the mayor’s executive assistants, Sarah Esguerra, told reporters that the complaint is a rehash even as she accused Montoyo of engaging in forum shopping or filing the case with various offices.

In an order dated September 12, 2014, Acting Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Rodolfo Elman said they "found enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of the case" filed against Puentevella when he was still congressman and chairman of the BASOC in November 2005.

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‘Tuklo’ victims at Super afraid to testify

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

VICTIMS of the co-called “tuklo” or thieves at the Iloilo Terminal Market (ITM) or Super are afraid to testify in the investigation to be conducted by the Iloilo City Council on alleged irregularities in city public markets.

The probe will focus on City Hall officials and employees who are in charge of market operations.

Dante Mangalisan, president of the ITEM vendors group, said the charges against market officials and employees are serious, thus “it should not be surprising if the victims should fear of coming out and testifying.”

“They are afraid of reprisal and losing their livelihood at the market,” Mangalisan said.

Mangalisan is asking the investigating committee to provide the witnesses ample protection once it starts its investigation on November 13.

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‘Assistant city agri head not urgent’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO CITY Agriculturist Geraldine Hautea said there is no urgent need to hire an assistant department head of the City Agriculture Office.

“We have been handling ourselves quite well even without that position,” Hautea said.

Hautea said the CAO has over 50 regular and casual employees.

But she admitted that it is the “executive prerogative” of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to hire an assistant head of the CAO.

“If I asked for it, it is because there is a vacant position in our office whose occupant can serve as my assistant department head. That position is the supervising agriculturist with Salary Grade 22,” she 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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Saints and sinners

November 01,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THIS weekend is another time in the Philippines when Filipinos will go back home to visit the resting places of their beloved departed. For those who could not return home or go back to their roots, the churches would suffice for them to light a candle, pray and remember their parents or their forebears, friends and relatives. Read more...

Beyond the stutters

November 01,2014 12:56 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

LISTEN beyond Vice President Jejomar Binay’s flustered stutters whenever a sensitive question is lobbed.

The queries range from the P15.6-million Redwood-type, three-bedroom unit of The Woodlands at Tagaytay Highlands to overpriced beds at the Ospital ng Makati to the whereabouts of top aides, like Gerry Limlingan, who have dodged below the radar screen.

True meaning of All Souls’ Day

November 01,2014 12:54 AM

By: Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA



Gospel Reading: John 6,37-40

THE short passage of our Gospel reading this Sunday is part of the account of the miraculous multiplication of the bread and Jesus’ long discourse on it (Jn 6:1-71), which served to help those who were present understand that he was the true bread of life which people needed to attain eternal life (Jn 6:35).

The mystery deepens

November 01,2014 12:50 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THIS ONE is for sleuths. To future Sherlock Holmes, help unravel the mystery of the buried treasures of the Binay family. Read more...

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