DON’T FREEZE MIWD FUNDS
By: F. Allan L. Angelo
METRO Iloilo Water District (MIWD) will try to secure a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals (CA) against the Writ of Preliminary Attachment issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 39 on the properties and funds of the water district.
Lawyer Cyril Regalado, corporate secretary of MIWD board of directors, said they will also seek a clarificatory order from the RTC as regards the writ to avoid confusion among the water district’s depository banks.
Regalado said they also asked the CA to review the writ as they believe that properties of a public utility like MIWD could not be held or frozen to the detriment of consumers.
PDEA agent positive for drug use, faces axe
By: Angelica L. Tapalla
A PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-6) agent tested positive for drug use following a random test.
PDEA-6 Regional Director Paul Ledesma declined to name the agent but claimed the latter has been working for the agency for almost 5 years.
Ledesma said he ordered the surprise mandatory drug test to more or less 80 PDEA agents in from their regional office early this week.
“Unfortunately, one tested positive during the initial screening,” Ledesma said.
Ledesma said the result became prima facie evidence for a pre-charge investigation against the unnamed agent.
Vice-Gov Tupas: I’m vindicated
By: Louine Hope Conserva
ILOILO Vice-Gov. Raul Tupas said he felt vindicated by controversies surrounding the release of the Emergency Shelter Assistance in the fifth district.
This, a national TV personality exposed alleged irregularities in the release of ESA in Estancia, Iloilo.
“I saw the program and I feel vindicated with what Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said that the assistance should be given to the beneficiaries and should not be marred by politics,” he said.
Vice-Gov. Tupas is referring to his brother, 5th district Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. who was seen in Ted Failon’s report August 22 participating in the release of ESA.
The vice governor had claimed that congressman barred him from witnessing the distribution of the shelter aid in Concepcion town.