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‘NOT GUILTY’

PDEA defends embattled agent

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-6) defended one of its agents against allegations that he has links to a suspected drug pusher in the 4th district of Iloilo.

Atty. Ronnie Delicana, PDEA-6 legal officer, said they will prove that PDEA prison guard Randy Rutor has no connection to Michael Palmares of Passi City, Iloilo.

The Iloilo Police Provincial Office’s (IPPO) Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Taskgroup (PAIDSOG) arrested Palmares, Rutor and two others last week in an anti-illegal drugs operation.

Inspector Jan Ryan Doceo, PAIDSOG head, claimed that Rutor “delivered illegal drugs” to Palmares.

Delicana said they are now preparing Rutor’s counter affidavit to the charges filed against him.

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Capitol submits P2.2-B budget

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE provincial government of Iloilo proposed a P2.287-billion executive budget for 2015.

The exact budget for next year is pegged at P2,287,702,862, which is higher than this year’s budget of P2.044 billion and  P1.681 billion in 2013.

Based on the summary of the entire budget, a total of P1.774 billion is set aside for the General Fund and P513.246 million for the Local Economic Enterprise.

Under the General Fund, some P1.060 billion will be spent on general public services; P308.775 million for economic services and P402.245 million for social services.

General public services will focus on the promotion of order and public safety and the judiciary, administrative overhead and regulatory functions of the province.

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City Hall budget: P1.69 billion

By: Wenceslao Mateo

ILOILO City’s executive budget next year is pegged at P1.69 billion.

Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, committee on appropriations chairman, said the 2015 budget of P1,696,399,917 is higher by P218,510,122 compared to this year’s P1.477-billion budget.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog submitted the proposed budget to the City Council Thursday last week.

Peñaredondo cited three factors in the increased budget.

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SM City Iloilo is in partnership with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month.

The month long celebration kicked off last July 1-7, 2012 when the Iloilo City Emergency Responders(ICER) set up an exhibit featuring the group’s up-to-date facilities ready to be used in times of disaster.

Last July 10, The Department of Health conducted a Basic Life Support, Cardio Pulmonary and First Aid demo at the Event Center which was open to all shoppers interested to learn these life saving techniques.

The lead agency of the celebration, Office of Civil Defense VI, will hold a poster making and essay writing contest on July 30 at the Event Center.

This year’s theme is “Ligtas na Bayan: Maunlad na Pamayanan”.

 

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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.

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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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