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Nava probes Bilibid gun

By: Louine Hope Conserva

GUIMARAS Lone District Rep. Joaquin Carlos Rahman A. Nava has evaded requests for media interviews following reports that a handgun registered in his name was recovered from a convicted drug lord inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Sources close to Nava and a report in said Nava immediately went to Metro Manila yesterday to validate if the caliber .22 handgun recovered from the quarters of convicted drug lord indeed belongs to him

According to records of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office, the Walther PPK (Serial No. 2004695) pistol is owned by Nava and was registered in his name in December 2011.

Nava’s camp refused to comment until the verification is done.

Several firearms were found in Co's quarters that are named after a village councilman, former government employee and former candidate for representative.

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DOT-6 sees higher tourist arrivals in 2014

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

DEPARTMENT of Tourism regional director Helen Catalbas said she is optimistic that tourist arrivals in 2014 will exceed last year’s numbers.

“That, notwithstanding the loss of Chinese tourists following the advisory early this year of their government which discouraged their citizens from visiting Boracay and other places in the country,” she said.

The Koreans topped the list of tourist arrivals in 2013 at 451,636. China came next at 363,803, or about 30,000 a month.

“Their (Chinese tourists) number can easily be covered by the continually increasing number of other foreign tourists, especially from Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore and also the increasing number of

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Suspect in ex-Marines’ slay killed in road mishap

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE suspect in the killing of a former Philippine Marines member was killed in a motorcycle accident in Pototan, Iloilo Thursday afternoon.

Crispen Hipolito, 44, of Solinap St., Poblacion, Pototan died after his motorcycle collided with a truck.

Hipolito was on his way home from Iloilo City when the accident happened in the vicinity of Amamaros village.

The victim was navigating the highway when his motorcycle swerved to the opposite lane and collided with an Isuzu truck.

Truck driver Roland Lachero, 51, of Barangyay Jaguimit, Dueñas town, Iloilo, surrendered to the Zarraga Police Station after the incident.

He was later turned over to Pototan police's custody.

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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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Fire them

December 21,2014 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THE holiday spirit of Filipinos was wrecked this week with a discovery that shocked and outraged the nation. Notorious drug lords had carved out an enclave in a highly secured government facility. Add sex, drugs, guns and money and the result is an exceedingly embarrassing scene for the government. Read more...

Citizens fight back

December 21,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT IS AN axiom in our system of government that sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them, from the consent of the governed.

When governments depart from this, the citizens have the right and the duty to take the governments to task. Read more...

Drug lords Co, et al won’t name Iloilo, Bacolod cohorts

December 21,2014 12:55 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“I used to have a drug problem, now I make enough money.” – DAVID LEE ROTH

EVEN if they will kill him, authorities can’t force big time drug lord Peter Co to name his associates in various regions all over the country, even if he and 19 other fellow drug lords have been transferred from the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters. Read more...

Need for faith to overcome our fears and doubts

December 21,2014 12:54 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Luke 1,26-38

IT HAS often been said that modern man lives in an age of anxiety, fear, dread, etc., and this is true. Until thirty-five years ago or so, for example, anxiety was not included in the diagnostic category of mental illnesses. Today its scope is becoming more and more pervasive, going beyond distinctions of age, gender, culture, nationality, and so forth. Read more...

Master of adoption and adaptation

December 21,2014 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WITH Christmas, we are somehow reminded of that beautiful and awesome truth that God loves us so much that in spite of our sins and unworthiness, he continues to love us by adopting us as his children and adapting himself to our condition so we can have a way to be like him and to regard him as our Father. Read more...

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