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Pres. Aquino prods Congress to pass anti-dynasty bill, but misses FOI in SONA

By: Louine Hope Conserva

PRESIDENT Benigno S. C. Aquino III asked Congress to pass the anti-dynasty law in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) July 27.

Pres. Aquino said he once opposed passing a law preventing a person from running for office just because of his last name or family but his fear of a “greedy leader” is the very reason why he thumbed down the proposal to extend the term of presidents.

"Bakit nga naman tayo gagawa ng batas para pigilan maglingkod ang gustong maglinkod? Pero napapaisip po ako, may mali din sa pagbibigay ng pagkakaton na habang buhay na magpakasasa sa kapangyarihan ang isang tiwaling pamilya o indibidwal. Hindi tayo makakasiguro kung malinis ang intensyon ng mga susunod o kung nanaisin lang nila na habang buhay na maghari-harian para sa pansariling interes, panahon na para ipasa ang isang anti-dynasty law," Mr. Aquino said, eliciting a loud and long applause from the gallery.

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Triune’s bidding papers ‘missing’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) failed to submit the complete documents pertaining to the purchase and installation of traffic lights in the city.

Councilor Jason Gonzales, chairman of the committee on good government which leads the probe into the traffic lights project, said the office of BAC chairman Joren Sartorio delivered a bundle of documents around 10:15 a.m. July 25.

But Gonzales said the documents he received pertained to the transaction with KIV Marketing.

“Not a single paper was about the transaction with Triune Electronics System,” he added.

The deal with Triune, which supplied four sets of traffic lights, is under fire after the firm received P14,820,439.64 when its contract was only P13,936,023.56, or an excess of P884,416.14.

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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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Great expectations

July 28, 2015 03:18AM

“IT'S a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations.” – Danny Boyle

Mr. Boyle was right after all. President Benigno S.C. Aquino III offered us expectations but he came short of reviving our hope. Read more...

Protest vs. DAR-2

July 28, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

ASIDE from the absence of a legal Notice of Coverage, the second basis for this protest is the “unresolved question of the validity of issuance of notice of coverage of subject landholding. A valid notice of coverage is a mandatory requirement before any further action maybe done to implement the program.” Read more...

Good from evil, evil from good

July 28, 2015 03:08 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THE twists and turns of life today have been such that we can derive good from evil, and vice-versa, evil from good. We have to learn how to properly deal with this peculiar phenomenon so that we can manage to reach our ultimate goal without getting lost along the way.

Hard to believe

July 28, 2015 03:02 AM

OUR “road warrior”, D’Observer, sent this corner another list of experiences on the traffic management (or the lack of it) in Iloilo City. Read more...

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