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Iloilo City resident under MERS watch

A RESIDENT of Iloilo City who arrived last April 8 from Middle East is under observation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) infection.

City Councilor Carlos Guarin, Liga ng mga Barangay-Iloilo City president, said the punong barangay of the village where the patient lives informed him about the said person after the City Hall ordered the monitoring of individuals who recently returned from the Middle East.

“He (patient) is already confined in a hospital. We are awaiting the results of the swab test,” Guarin said.

Attempts to contact the barangay captain were to no avail until late Tuesday afternoon.

The city resident arrived ahead of the 21 Western Visayas residents who boarded an Etihad Airline flight along with a Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS virus.

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Cop in drug bust got fair warning

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE police officer who was arrested in a buy-bust operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Monday afternoon was warned by his superior officer to avoid dabbling in the illegal drug trade.

Senior Police Inspector Tranquilino Querubin Jr., Arevalo police chief, said he learned of PO1 Charlie Balsomo’s alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade a week after assuming the helm of Arevalo PNP station.

Balsomo, who served as warrants and subpoena officer of Arevalo, and former cop Avelino Ane were arrested in a PDEA buy-bust in Oton, Iloilo.

The agents recovered from the duo 11 sachets of suspected shabu.

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L300 deal snags budget approval

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AN ILOILO City Hall executive admitted before the City Council on Tuesday that a potential supplier “lent” two L300 vans to the city government while they are preparing the bidding process for the acquisition of similar units.

But Joren Sartorio, General Services Office (GSO) chief, assured that the actuation of Avescor Motors, Inc., an exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi cars, to lend the two van units to the City Hall will not influence the bidding.

The controversy came to light as the council discussed the P7.415-million Supplemental Budget (SB) No. 1 which Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, appropriations committee chairman, presented for approval during their regular session.

The supplemental budget included Item 5-A which allocated P2.7 million for the purchase of an L300 van for “peace and order purposes.”

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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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April 23, 2014 02:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE order of the Department of Agrarian Reform for Francis Cabuga of Metro Safari for the illegal conversion of awarded land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program is a light in the dismal story of defiance of our laws.

That DAR took time to issue the order can be excused but we know also that the distance between the issuance of order and the enforcement of the law takes a lot of time. Read more...

‘Transparency’ mocked

April 23, 2014 02:05 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

A BASIC tenet in government procurement is transparency. Nothing about a government transaction should be concealed to show to everybody that everything is above-board. To achieve this purpose, Congress even enacted a law called the “Government Procurement Reform Act” and even put into effect a system utilizing the Internet. It’s not perfect, but the intention is there: make every aspect visible to avoid suspicion and encourage the widest dissemination of transactions involving procurement. Read more...

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