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Wednesday, 25th November 2015
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City Council majority pooh-poohs failed invasion of radio station

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE MAJORITY bloc of the Iloilo City Council virtually junked a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry into the attempted invasion of a radio station as it could “damage the image of the city.”

During their regular session November 24, Councilors Rodel Agado, who happens to be a former radio broadcaster; Lyndon Acap, Lady Julie Grace Baronda, Reyland Hervias, Jose Efrain “Jay” Treñas, Liezl Joy Zulueta-Salazar, Eduardo Peñaredondo and R Leone Gerochi abstained from voting on the resolution authored by Councilor Joshua Alim, another ex-radioman.


Under parliamentary procedure, a vote of abstention usually indicates the voting individual's ambivalence about the measure, or mild disapproval that does not rise to the level of active opposition.

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Ex-guv Tupas passes away

By: Louine Hope Conserva and Jennifer P. Rendon

FORMER ILOILO governor Niel Tupas Sr., 82, passed away early morning of November 24 due to multiple organ failure.

The three-termer governor would have been 83 years old Friday, November 27.

Tupas had been confined at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City for about a month for suffering prostate cancer.


His son fifth district representative Niel Tupas Jr. confirmed his father’s death and thanked those who extended their prayers and support to their family.

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Two inmates test positive for drug use

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

TWO INMATES of the Iloilo Provincial Integrated Jail (IPIJ) in Pototan, Iloilo tested positive for illegal drug use.

Senior Superintendent Rex Delarmente, regional director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), confirmed that the two inmates were made to undergo random drug test morningof November 24, 2015.

Senior Inspector Jimmy Britanico, BJMP-6 spokesman, identified the two inmates as George Doromal and Anthony Araña.

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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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Apathetic stupor (with snores on the side)

November  25, 2015 03:20 AM

THE MAJORITY bloc of the Iloilo City Council is in deep stupor best described as apathetic, insensitive and callous.

By abstaining from voting on a resolution calling for a Senate probe into the attempted assault on Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo last November 19, 2015, Councilors Rodel Agado, Lyndon Acap, Lady Julie Grace Baronda, Reyland Hervias, Read more...

Witches and Santa

November  25, 2015 03:12 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WE JUST had the Halloween and as replicas of the witches and all the ugliness of the underworld and the undead are wrapped up for next year, people are putting up Christmas trees, bright-colored decors and Santa Claus. Read more...

The grand old man

November  25, 2015 03:04 AM

By: Manuel "Boy" Mejorada

ONE OF THE lessons I got from working with former Iloilo Governor Niel D. Tupas, Sr. was about doing good in public service to leave a lasting legacy to our children and grandchildren. "Always keep in mind that we exist in this world only for a short time," he would tell me time and again. "Let's make sure we leave a legacy that would be carved in stone." Read more...

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