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‘BASOC FUND SCAM’

Puentevella told to answer malversation complaint

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas ordered Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella to answer the malversation case involving the P50.5-million fund of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (BASOC).

In a two-page order dated Sept. 12, 2014, a copy of which was made available to the media Thursday, Acting Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Rodolfo Elman said they "found enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of the case" filed against Puentevella when he was still congressman and chairman of the BASOC in November 2005.

Bacolod co-hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2005.

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‘ICC raps meant for media mileage’

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE plunder and malversation case filed by a former Iloilo provincial and newspaper columnist against a senator and some cabinet officials is only meant to get more media attention, a Malacañang spokesperson said.

At a press briefing Thursday, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda said the case filed by Manuel Mejorada against Senate President Franklin Drilon and two cabinet secretaries relative to the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) project is rife with personal motives.

Aside from Drilon, Mejorada also sued Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. for the alleged overpricing in the ICC project.

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COA raps DAP-funded multi-cab vehicles in Capiz

By: Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS City, Capiz – The Commission on Audit’s (COA) cited “various deficiencies” in the 184 units of multi-cab vehicles procured in 2012 by the Capiz provincial government, using the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fund.

The multi-cab vehicles, which cost P40 million, were procured through public bidding from three suppliers and were delivered and accepted by the General Services Office (GSO) then distributed to various barangays of the province of Capiz.

In its 2013 Annual Audit Report, COA said that 76 multi-cab units “bear private plate numbers contrary to COA circulars thus, rendering the ownership of these vehicles doubtful.”

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5 Capitol employees tagged to checks scam

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FIVE employees of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office are facing a charge for simple neglect of duty relative to the alleged checks scam at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

Gov. Arthur Defensor said he already received the report of the fact-finding committee headed by Atty. Suzette Mamon which probed the alleged scam.

“Although there was no evidence of dishonesty on the part of the employees and no loss on the part of government, there is still falsification of public documents,” said Defensor.

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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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Feud between Drilon, Mejorada deepens

October 30, 2014 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." – Alexander Hamilton

THE BRIDGE has been burned.

Now that the recent graft and plunder charges filed by former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada against Senate President Franklin Drilon, Read more...

SRA replies-2

October 30, 2014 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LET’S CONTINUE with the listing of the new powers proposed in HB 6880 filed by Rep. Alfredo Benitez.  In her letter quoted last week SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin denied that the bills filed in Congress had given the agency additional powers. Read more...

Spruced-up graves

October 30, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“WE GIVE back to You who first gave them to us: our faithful dead, whose beauty and truth are even now in our hearts.” That line from Rufus Ellis resonated as the wife and I, like thousands of other families, spruced up the graves of our kin for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day rites this coming weekend. Read more...

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October 30, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

GEORGE Bernard Shaw is perhaps most renowned as a free thinker and liberal philosopher. In his last writings we read, "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the suicide of Europe. Read more...

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