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Mar Roxas plays cat and mouse with media, ducks ESA anomalies

By: Jennifer P. Rendon and Dolly Yasa

JOURNALISTS got a taste of interior and local government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s “snobbish” side during his sorties in the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod this weekend.

Roxas, the standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party in the 2016 elections, was in Iloilo City September 3 for the Visayas Congress of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.

After his speaking engagement, Roxas led the ceremonial awarding of P7 million to Iloilo province for winning the 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance.

Seven Iloilo journalists then staged an “ambush interview” with Roxas, who traces his roots to Capiz, to get his thoughts on local issues.

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El Niño could propel demand for power

By: Louine Hope Conserva and By Lara Jeunesse I. Villaruel

PANAY Electric Co. (PECO) sees a nine percent spike in demand for electricity in Iloilo City at the height of extended El Niño phenomenon.

Engr. Randy Pastolero, PECO vice president for operations and general manager, said they are formulating contingency measures to counter the effects of prolonged drought on consumers and their system.

Pastolero said solar power could augment their supply on top of their traditional sources.

PECO has been in talks with several renewable energy firms in a bid to purchase electricity from so-called clean sources.

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TIEZA: Convention center will be ready for APEC

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) said it will soon resume the postponed bidding of the audio-video and lighting system of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid said the bidding was originally scheduled August 24 but it was deferred for technical reasons.

“We postponed it because we hired a sound engineer to verify and make sure that the equipment we bought is right. But right now we will push through the bidding again. We will be posting it this week,” Lapid said during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Meeting in Iloilo City September 3.

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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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Mar’s cat-and-mouse with media

September 05, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

MAR A. ROXAS knows he has to build mileage in his home region to make a formidable fortress that would deliver to him millions of votes in next year’s presidential elections. Read more...

False charity-3

September 05, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LAST SATURDAY, I quoted Fr. John Perricone who wrote that “the obligations of charity are always discharged within an exquisite order, principally stamped by humility.” Read more...

Having ears to listen and mouth to proclaim our faith

September 05, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 7,31-37

TOWARDS the end of the baptismal rites in the Roman Catholic Church we have the so-called “Prayer over Ears and Mouth” or “Ephphethah.” The celebrant touches the ears and mouth of the child (or of the adult candidate to be baptized) with his thumb, saying: “The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the dumb speak. Read more...

First-hand account of corporate misbehavior

September 05, 2015 03:12  AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THE New Technology, Work and Environment journal by Wiley & Sons Ltd. published an explosive case of suicide survivor Tian Yu, a victim of an unconscionable workplace. In an article entitled, “A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Worker.” Read more...

The losers

September 05, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

LAST WEEK, millions of commuters in Metro Manila, already groaning at the terrible traffic situation of the metropolis, further suffered traffic torture when thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members(20,000 at its peak) staged a protest action at EDSA.  Read more...

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