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Guv dares Garin to identify cops in gambling payola

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. challenged former 1st district congressman Oscar Garin to name the chiefs of police who allegedly receive bribes from gambling operators.

Earlier, Garin said one chief of police even admitted to receiving P5,000 in monthly payola.

Lihog hambal kay former Congressman Garin nga isugid nya kun sin-o kag ipaexecute nya affidavit. Isugid lang niya kun sin-o kay ipatawag gid namon dayon kag pa-imbestigahan (Please ask former Congressman Garin to name the person and have him execute an affidavit. He should bare all so we can summon and investigate them),” Defensor said.

Defensor said Garin’s statement, even if it is true, will remain hearsay for lack of evidence.

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Mayors deny links to illegal gambling

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE mayors of the first district of Iloilo denied alleged links to illegal gambling.

The chief executives made the denial after former congressman Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr. claimed that some mayors and police officers in their district are receiving payola or bribes from gambling operators.

Mayor Vicente Flores of Oton said his town does not tolerate such illegal activity.

“On our part here in Oton we do not accept payola. Diri sa Oton kun may pulis madakpan involved sa illegal gambling, illegal drugs kag illegal fishing ako mismo gapahalin sa ila kag ga-request relief (In Oton, if a police officer is involved in illegal gambling, illegal drugs and illegal fishing, I personally request for their relief),” said Flores.

Flores said he is satisfied with the performance of Senior Inspector Jose Rey Pabalan, Oton police chief, who was assigned to the town two months ago.

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Employee spills beans on market ‘anomalies’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

NEW evidence on the alleged anomalies at the Iloilo Terminal Market or Super surfaced through the statements of an employee.

The development prompted the committee on markets of the Iloilo City Council to hold its report on its previous probes on the market last Jan. 8.

“Monday, this week, my committee received a copy of an affidavit from administrative Officer I Emmalene Diana providing us very revealing information on what is really happening at the Iloilo Terminal Market,” Councilor Rodel Agado told The Daily Guardian Wednesday.

Diana was mentioned in the report of the Executive Committee on Markets headed by City Administrator Norlito Bautista as the one whose official receipt book was used by a casual employee for an illegal transaction.

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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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Garin’s nitpicking: No names, no glory

January 29, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.” – Thomas Aquinas

THE so-called “bombshell” uncorked by former Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) administrator Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr. against several unnamed municipal mayors and police chiefs in the first district of Iloilo who supposedly “received” a regular payola or protection money from illegal gambling operators, was a dud. Read more...


January 29, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE END of the world has been predicted many times over but all the predictions had been for naught. I remember in the 1960s when there were people going around in several American cities carrying placards proclaiming that the “end is near.” But I think those people who carried this message are already dead, in a word, their world had ended. Read more...

Message to the champ: Less is more

January 29, 2015 12:52 AM

By: Ronie Ticaya

FOR those who care to know, let me just say this: The chanting was weird.

Was that an exaggeration? Perhaps. The truth of the matter is that the chanting was perplexingly annoying. It was toxic to the ears. The longer you hear them, the more irritating it was. Read more...

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