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Liberal Party invited our group – Dr. Biron

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

UNITY and common good are two main reasons why former Iloilo 4th district congressman, Dr. Ferjenel G. Biron, and his partylist group Abyan Ilonggo (AI) decided to coalesce with the ruling Liberal Party.

In an interview with Don Dolido of Bombo Radyo-Iloilo, Biron said the alliance came to fore when he visited Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. in the hospital where the latter underwent minor surgery four months ago.

Biron, who is also AI chairman, said the governor offered the possibility of renewing their alliance for the sake of unity and support an Ilonggo as the next president of the country in the person of LP standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

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One new HIV case in Region 6 daily

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

ONE person is diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Western Visayas every day of July, according to latest data from the Department of Health (DOH-6).

The same data also indicated that new HIV cases recorded in the region are the fifth highest in the country.

“Five percent of these new cases in the country is from the region, while 38 percent are from the National Capital Region (NCR), 16 percent are from CALABARZON, 12 percent from Central Luzon, and four percent each from Davao Region and SOCCSKARGEN,” reported Christine Mosqueda, DOH-6 regional Sexually Transmitted Infection nurse coordinator.

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City Hall lawyer explains why tire clamp bidders passed

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A MEMBER of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Iloilo City Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) explained why they did not disqualify two bidders in the tire clamp deal believed to be related to a key City Hall executive.

Lawyer Hernando Galvez said the names of Pacita Sio Uy of Narita Electronics and her husband Felix Uy of Nippon Engineering did not appear in the Request for Quotation (RFQ) for the said 2012 purchase.

The Uy couple are believed to be close relatives of assistant department head Jess Sio, who is also a BAC member and end-user of the tire clamps.

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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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Clarity out of chaos

October  10, 2015 03:42 AM

WE AGREE with the move of three lawyers – Daniel V. Cartagena, John Warren P. Gabinete, and May Flor E. Pacete – to bring to court the issue of local government units (LGU) and its agents confiscating driver’s licenses issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO). Read more...

Wanderings 2

October  10, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

JOSE ALOVERA Dureza, architect, urban planner and visual artist presents the fruits of his wanderings, the solo exhibition of his paintings at the Negros Museum. The exhibits that opened October 2 will last till end of October. Read more...

Politics a monster to be tamed

October  10, 2015 03:24 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IN fact, more than to be tamed, politics needs to be humanized and Christianized. It has to have a soul, proper to our human dignity as persons who by nature also belong to a society, and more, who are the image and likeness of God, children of his. Read more...

Will there be a political coalition shift?

October  10, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A LARGE coalition is not always a guarantee of political victory in an election.

This has been shown locally in the case of the group of the late congressman Raul Gonzalez, Sr., which claimed a coalition group of 165 of the 180 village chiefs in the city.


October  10, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THIS week, those planning to run in the 2016 national and local elections will file their respective certificates of candidacy. Candidates and political groups in the last few days are in a mad rush to finalize their plans and complete their slates. Read more...

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