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City Council majority pooh-poohs failed invasion of radio station

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE MAJORITY bloc of the Iloilo City Council virtually junked a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry into the attempted invasion of a radio station as it could “damage the image of the city.”

During their regular session November 24, Councilors Rodel Agado, who happens to be a former radio broadcaster; Lyndon Acap, Lady Julie Grace Baronda, Reyland Hervias, Jose Efrain “Jay” Treñas, Liezl Joy Zulueta-Salazar, Eduardo Peñaredondo and R Leone Gerochi abstained from voting on the resolution authored by Councilor Joshua Alim, another ex-radioman.


Under parliamentary procedure, a vote of abstention usually indicates the voting individual's ambivalence about the measure, or mild disapproval that does not rise to the level of active opposition.

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Ex-guv Tupas passes away

By: Louine Hope Conserva and Jennifer P. Rendon

FORMER ILOILO governor Niel Tupas Sr., 82, passed away early morning of November 24 due to multiple organ failure.

The three-termer governor would have been 83 years old Friday, November 27.

Tupas had been confined at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City for about a month for suffering prostate cancer.


His son fifth district representative Niel Tupas Jr. confirmed his father’s death and thanked those who extended their prayers and support to their family.

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Two inmates test positive for drug use

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

TWO INMATES of the Iloilo Provincial Integrated Jail (IPIJ) in Pototan, Iloilo tested positive for illegal drug use.

Senior Superintendent Rex Delarmente, regional director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), confirmed that the two inmates were made to undergo random drug test morningof November 24, 2015.

Senior Inspector Jimmy Britanico, BJMP-6 spokesman, identified the two inmates as George Doromal and Anthony Araña.

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By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao

SAN JOSE, Antique – Student organizations in Guintas National School, Hamtic, Antique joined the nationwide movement for tree planting for the National Greening Program.

More than 200 students members of Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) and Students Supreme Council of the said school joined the tree planting activity on Wednesday.

About 600 seedlings of fruit and timber trees were planted in about 1.5 hectares planting site near the school.

Aside from the students, the Parents Teachers Association, barangay officials from Guintas, Dangcalan and Linaban and neighboring barangays also joined in the activity.

Leila Butiong of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and NGP coordinator for the town of Hamtic said the tree planting activity is part of the series of activities instituted by CENRO San Jose and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Hamtic in support to NGP.

The town of Hamtic has targeted five hectares as tree planting site under the Tree Park project and has already planted on more than four hectares.

Four schools in the town are supportive of this program, namely the General Leandro National School in Fabrica, Gov. Julio Macuja National High School in Caridad, Guintas National School and University of Antique-Hamtic Campus.

Nelda Eustaquio, adviser of YES-O, and Principal Jose Angel Cordero appealed for community support to this program by providing tree guards, watering the plants during summer months and keeping stray animals away from the site.

This is to ensure 100 percent survival of the trees, said Cordero.

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Apathetic stupor (with snores on the side)

November  25, 2015 03:20 AM

THE MAJORITY bloc of the Iloilo City Council is in deep stupor best described as apathetic, insensitive and callous.

By abstaining from voting on a resolution calling for a Senate probe into the attempted assault on Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo last November 19, 2015, Councilors Rodel Agado, Lyndon Acap, Lady Julie Grace Baronda, Reyland Hervias, Read more...

Witches and Santa

November  25, 2015 03:12 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WE JUST had the Halloween and as replicas of the witches and all the ugliness of the underworld and the undead are wrapped up for next year, people are putting up Christmas trees, bright-colored decors and Santa Claus. Read more...

The grand old man

November  25, 2015 03:04 AM

By: Manuel "Boy" Mejorada

ONE OF THE lessons I got from working with former Iloilo Governor Niel D. Tupas, Sr. was about doing good in public service to leave a lasting legacy to our children and grandchildren. "Always keep in mind that we exist in this world only for a short time," he would tell me time and again. "Let's make sure we leave a legacy that would be carved in stone." Read more...

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