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Oca links mayors, cops to gambling

But why only now?

By: Louine Hope Conserva

SEVERAL mayors and chiefs of police are being linked to rampant illegal gambling in the first district of Iloilo.

Former congressman Oscar Garin Sr. revealed the alleged illegal gambling in their home district before members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Tuesday after he himself was being linked to the racket.

Garin said several local chief executives and police chiefs are allegedly receiving money from the illegal gambling operation.

“Not all of the mayors and chiefs of police are receiving money. But I have talked with one police chief and he admitted to it. He said he receives money depending on the mayor. He said he is a professional and he follows the direction of the town. If the leadership tolerates it, he will accept the money. But if the leadership prohibits it, he will resist it,” he said.

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Who’s in charge of TMTRO?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog disputed observations of a topsy-turvy management of the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO).

“I think everything is fine with TMTRO’s management. Rhodora Katipunan handles the administrative function while Donna Acap handles the operational function,” he told city hall reporters.

Katipuanan is the administrative officer of the TMTRO while Acap took over the operations office after Engr. Jose Tengco suffered a stroke last year.

Mabilog also designated former traffic office head Neuens Mitch Antiqueña as his “point person” at the TMTRO.

A radio report pointed to Councilor Plaridel Nava as one of those who complained of the overlapping functions at the TMTRO after a fire that razed down two homes in La Paz district last Jan. 21.

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Reyes murder case remains in limbo

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

JUSTICE remains elusive for the family of a 20-year old woman who was murdered a year ago in front of a mall at Quezon St., Iloilo City.

Enrico Robles Jr., 37, a former worker of the Iloilo City government is being tagged to the murder of Frances Lei Reyes on January 27, 2014 but he remains at large.

Senior Inspector Edgar Anonoy, La Paz police chief, said they are zeroing in on the trail of Robles, Jr. who is a native of Barangay Caingin, La Paz.

Regional Trial Court Judge Fe Gayanilo ordered Robles’ arrest in a warrant issued on Aug. 20, 2014.

Reyes, a resident of Barangay Santa Rita, Oton, Iloilo, was shot dead while waiting for a ride home.

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October 24, 2012 12:18 AM

ENJOY A WACKY and wicked Halloween at SM City Iloilo on October 31, 2012.

The event is open to all girls and boys, 3-12 years old.

Interested participants may register and purchase a ticket worth P250 from October 15-31, 2012 at Jollibee, SM City Iloilo, SM Delgado and SM Jaro branches.

A ticket is inclusive of two (2) SM bottled water, Jollibee Meal good for two (2) persons, one (1) Ride-All-You-Can tag of SM Storyland, Mascot Show, Games and Prizes

Contestants may join in any of the following categories: Cutest Costume, Spookiest Costume and Wackiest Costume. Prizes at stake for each category are: 1st Prize-5,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates, 2nd prize-2,500 worth of SM Gift Certificates, 3rd prize-1,500 worth of SM Gift Certificates.

Costumes will be judged according to Visual Impact-30% ,Creativity-30%, Adherence to theme-30% and Stage presence-20% for a total 0f 100%.

All SM Supermalls employees, its affiliates, anchors, organizers and advertising agencies up to              the second level of infinity and consanguinity are not qualified to join this competition.

The Halloween Costume Contest is brought to you by: Cadbury, Jem Junior, Bibo, Jollibee, SM Foodcourt, SM Storyland and Picture City.

Meanwhile, other exciting events are in store for shoppers to enjoy.

On October 27, Anigumi Joukai Halloween Cosplay Party will color the stage with their beautiful costumes, 3pm at the Toy Kingdon area.

The Pavia Dog Lovers Association will hold the Bow Wow Wacky Dog Show on October 28, 2pm at the Toy Kingdom area.

A trick or treat activity is also in store for kids on October 31 10am to 3pm, wherein they can get treats from SM mall tenants.

To document your experience at SM, you can also post your wackiest Halloween photo with SM City Iloilo background and win special prizes, through the Wacky photo contest from October 27-31.

Celebrate your Halloween with SM because everything’s here for the family to enjoy!

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Sloppy job for killers of Mayor Apura’s husband

January 28, 2015 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety.” – Confucius

WHOEVER masterminded the murder of John Apura, husband of Lemery Mayor Ligaya Apura, is stupid.

John and friend Epaldon Lope were killed when gunmen ambushed them before the elections on May 6, 2013 at around 8 o’clock in the morning. Read more...

Tarpaulin goes viral

January 28, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE national election in 2013 thrust the tarpaulin into the national limelight and into the records of the Supreme Court when the Diocese of Bacolod utilized this new method to express its opposition to the Reproductive Health Law and printed on it the names of senatorial candidates that voted for the controversial law and those who didn’t. Read more...

Dinky’s family camping: Senseless and hypocritical

January 28, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Ellen Tordesillas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist based in Metro Manila. She also writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

PRESIDENT Aquino has not yet spoken on reports, confirmed by Social Services Secretary Dinky Soliman, about the government banishing 490 homeless persons to a Batangas resort during the five-day visit of Pope Francis. Read more...

Traffic congestions

January 28, 2015 12:52 AM

I GOT this from my e-mail. The insights from the sender (who is a close friend) reflect the realities in our streets:

On January 15 this year we could read here an article about “Coping with traffic related stresses” which mentioned one of Iloilo’s problems. So, what are some more causes of the traffic congestions in Iloilo City?

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