Ex-LEEO chief tagged to alleged illicit agreements in market
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
THE participation of former Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) chief Vincent de la Cruz in alleged questionable transactions was exposed in the second leg of the fact-finding hearing conducted by the Iloilo City Council Thursday.
De la Cruz was absent from the hearing.
Former Iloilo Terminal Market (ITM) in-charge Shirley Conte claimed that de la Cruz “illegally” entered into a compromise agreement with a certain Enrique Billena to pay the rents of six stallholders from Oct. 2008 to Oct. 2010.
Billena allegedly failed to remit the payment and appropriated the money.
CREBA supports Drilon amid ICC controversy
By: Louine Hope Conserva
AN ORGANIZATION of real estate players came up with a resolution supporting Sen. Franklin Drilon and his pet project, the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).
The Iloilo Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (I-CREBA), Inc. passed Board Resolution No. 003-11 resolution during its special meeting on November 7.
The resolution expressed support for Drilon, the Iloilo Convention Center and all his projects in the city and province of Iloilo.
“Franklin Drilon has encouraged the building of the Iloilo Convention Center, and is actively and unselfishly leading the infrastructure development and legislative
Mejorada: Value engineering violated procurement law
THE ACCUSER of Senate President Franklin Drilon insisted Thursday that government agencies violated the procurement law when it used value engineering in the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center.
In a memorandum emailed to the Senate blue ribbon committee and addressed to panel chairman Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada said the Departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Tourism (DOT) disregarded the bidding process when the agencies utilized value engineering which should have been used in the early stages or during the planning of the project.
Comelec junks vote-buying charge vs Defensor, et al
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE Commission on Election (Comelec) dismissed the vote-buying case filed by former congressman Augusto Syjuco against Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor and eight others.
The other respondents in the case are 2nd district Rep. Arcadio Gorricta, Sen. Franklin Drilon, Mayors Enrique “Ike” Rojas, Dennis Superficial, Lito Cahilig, Rigor Brazas, Romulo Cabana and Geefrey Alonsabe for violation of Section 261 (a) (1) and (b) of Batas Pambansa Blg. 881, otherwise (Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines.)
Gorriceta defeated Syjuco in the congressional seat during the May 13, 2013 elections.