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Newks ignores P50-M fund mess

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Mayor Monico “Newks” Puentevella could not care less for the malversation charges filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for the alleged misuse of the P50.5-million fund of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (BASOC).

The Ombudsman has ordered Puentevella to answer in 10 days the malversation and technical malversation case filed by Samuel Montoyo of the Save Bacolod Movement

Indi salapakon (Not worth my attention)” was how Puentevella reacted when asked for comment by ABS-CBN TV-4 here.

One of the mayor’s executive assistants, Sarah Esguerra, told reporters that the complaint is a rehash even as she accused Montoyo of engaging in forum shopping or filing the case with various offices.

In an order dated September 12, 2014, 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.

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‘Tuklo’ victims at Super afraid to testify

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

VICTIMS of the co-called “tuklo” or thieves at the Iloilo Terminal Market (ITM) or Super are afraid to testify in the investigation to be conducted by the Iloilo City Council on alleged irregularities in city public markets.

The probe will focus on City Hall officials and employees who are in charge of market operations.

Dante Mangalisan, president of the ITEM vendors group, said the charges against market officials and employees are serious, thus “it should not be surprising if the victims should fear of coming out and testifying.”

“They are afraid of reprisal and losing their livelihood at the market,” Mangalisan said.

Mangalisan is asking the investigating committee to provide the witnesses ample protection once it starts its investigation on November 13.

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‘Assistant city agri head not urgent’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO CITY Agriculturist Geraldine Hautea said there is no urgent need to hire an assistant department head of the City Agriculture Office.

“We have been handling ourselves quite well even without that position,” Hautea said.

Hautea said the CAO has over 50 regular and casual employees.

But she admitted that it is the “executive prerogative” of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to hire an assistant head of the CAO.

“If I asked for it, it is because there is a vacant position in our office whose occupant can serve as my assistant department head. That position is the supervising agriculturist with Salary Grade 22,” she said.

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By: Lilibeth A. French

THE REGIONAL Achievement Tests for this school year in Western Visayas will go on, according to Department of Education 6 Regional Director Mildred Garay.

Garay said that the Dep-Ed in consultation with the different school division superintendents has decided to go on with the holding of the RAT for this school year 2011-2012 to assess the performance of the schoolchildren and to know which subject area needs to be improved on.

She said the order of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to discontinue the conduct of the Regional and Division Achievement Tests will take effect next school year 2012-2013.

In his DepEd Order No. 7, Luistro has ordered the discontinuation of all scheduled RAT and DAT or any similar assessment tools used by the regions and the divisions in the public system beginning school year 2012 to 2013 with the start of the transition phase in the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

Luistro said in his directive that the “National Achievement Test held March every year shall be the sole assessment tool that will be recognized in measuring the performance of pupils and students attributing to the performance of individual schools, municipalities, congressional districts, school city divisions, provinces and region.”

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Saints and sinners

November 01,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THIS weekend is another time in the Philippines when Filipinos will go back home to visit the resting places of their beloved departed. For those who could not return home or go back to their roots, the churches would suffice for them to light a candle, pray and remember their parents or their forebears, friends and relatives. Read more...

Beyond the stutters

November 01,2014 12:56 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

LISTEN beyond Vice President Jejomar Binay’s flustered stutters whenever a sensitive question is lobbed.

The queries range from the P15.6-million Redwood-type, three-bedroom unit of The Woodlands at Tagaytay Highlands to overpriced beds at the Ospital ng Makati to the whereabouts of top aides, like Gerry Limlingan, who have dodged below the radar screen.

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True meaning of All Souls’ Day

November 01,2014 12:54 AM

By: Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Gospel Reading: John 6,37-40

THE short passage of our Gospel reading this Sunday is part of the account of the miraculous multiplication of the bread and Jesus’ long discourse on it (Jn 6:1-71), which served to help those who were present understand that he was the true bread of life which people needed to attain eternal life (Jn 6:35).

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The mystery deepens

November 01,2014 12:50 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THIS ONE is for sleuths. To future Sherlock Holmes, help unravel the mystery of the buried treasures of the Binay family. Read more...

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