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‘ILLEGAL PACTS’

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Algieri sent to Macao to be massacred

November 21, 2014 01:56 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Boxing is not about your feelings. It's about performance.” – Manny Pacquiao

IN TERMS of style and skill, Chris Algieri, 30, pales in comparison to Manny Pacquiao, 35.

Experience wise, the difference is like an automobile and a pushcart. Read more...

On Jennifer Laude, violence, and transgender Filipinos

November 21, 2014 01:54 AM

By: Naomi Fontanos


ONE OF MY biggest fears as a transgender person or someone who identifies as a gender other the one assigned to me at birth is to die a violent death. I morbidly joke with my friends that if ever something terrible happens to me, I can just imagine the next day’s headlines, Read more...

Cut their heads off

November 21, 2014 01:50 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE RECENT beheading of a hostage by the Islamic State of Iran and Syria, popularly known by its acronym ISIS has caused the President of the United States to call the act “pure evil”. The British Prime Minister echoed the same sentiment by calling the decapitation as “evil”. Read more...

Dereliction of the highest order

November 21, 2014 01:48 AM

By: Peter G. Jimenea

IN 2004, a case for Violation of Sec. 3, Par (e) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) was filed against then Iloilo City Mayor now Cong. Jerry P. Trenas, Melchor Tan, Edwin Bravo, Catherine Tingson and Alex Trinidad.  Read more...

Wakeup call

November 21, 2014 01:46  AM

THE grisly accident which led to the death of a very young couple from Guimaras – Julio Nava, Jr., 23, of Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras; and Katreena Alexandra Yarra, 22, of Brgy. Cabalagnan, Nueva Valencia – is a very blaring wakeup call to law enforcers. Read more...

The haunting-2

November 21, 2014 01:44 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT SEEMS that the holding of last October’s MassKara Festival and the failure of Kasadya Foundation to account for the money has started to haunt the administration of Monico Puentevella. He is trying to divert the issue as if the ghost of last October’s festival will simply vanish.  Read more...

Boy Mejorada didn’t deserve it

November 21, 2014 01:42 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

IF THEY call it a mortal sin, the only fault of Manuel “Boy M” Mejorada was to make a sweeping statement that Iloilo is a “bird’s nest of corruption” in the recent Senate blue ribbon committee hearing in Manila. Read more...

Get the name of the dog – and the nickname

November 21, 2014 01:40 AM

By: Roy Peter Clark

THE FIRST writing tool I ever learned came from my city editor Mike Foley: “Get the name of the dog.” What he could have added, but didn’t: “…and get the dog’s nickname, too.” Read more...

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