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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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False charity-2

August 29, 2015 03:36 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LET US continue from last Saturday the discussion on the article of Fr. John A. Perricone entitled “Caricature of Charity”. This article poses certain critical views relating to the now popular presentation of the social teaching, “preferential option for the poor”. Read more...

Destroyer of justice

August 29, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

FILIPINOS thought the nightmare of the gang holding the Supreme Court hostage is over with the impeachment of its leader Renato Corona.

How wrong they are. The head of the gang is gone but the ignoble Arroyo Court is very much alive and continues to wreck havoc on the judiciary.  Read more...

Pharisaism in the world today

August 29, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 7,1-8.14-15.21-23

THE Jewish tradition requires the observance of particular laws concerning ritual purification. We have one example of this in our Gospel reading this Sunday – that of eating meals with clean or purified hands done through a very precise process of ablution (cf. v.3). Read more...

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