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Judges, court employees continue fight for ‘judicial independence’

By: Louine Hope Conserva

EMPLOYEES of the Iloilo Hall of Justice continued their fight to uphold judicial independence by wearing black on Monday.

Dubbed the Black Monday Protest, 90 percent of the judges and court employees wore black and red shirts as well as arm bands to silently protest moves that allegedly aim to undermine their independence from other branches of the government.

The black shirts were emblazoned with the words “Uphold and Defend Judicial Independence.”

The protest is the judiciary’s reaction to the “threatening pronouncement” of Pres. Benigno Aquino III against the Supreme Court for its ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

The protest started last June 14, the same day that the President delivered a nationally televised speech on the issue.

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Domestic violence against women up

By: Louine Hope Conserva

DOMESTIC violence against women and children in Iloilo City increased in the first half of 2014 compared to last year.

Violence against women is categorized into physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuses.

According to data from the Women and Children Protection Desk of the Iloilo City Police Office, cases on violation of Republic Act 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children or VAWC Act of 2004) increased from 398 in the first six months of 2013 to 443 cases this year.

The ICPO recorded a total of 765 cases last year.

Majority of the violent cases happened in Jaro and Molo. No death was recorded by the police.

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Provincial PUJs in city are colorums

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

PROVINCIAL public utility jeepneys (PUJs) that ply Iloilo City under the Comprehensive Perimeter Boundary Ordinance (CPBO) will be apprehended for being colorum vehicles.

This is the stand of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as to the revised rules on traffic violations.

In a meeting with local transport groups and City Councilor Plaridel Nava, transportation committee chairman, LTFRB regional director Romulo Bernardes said province-based PUJs entering the city could be fined P50,000 for violating their franchise.

Selected provincial jeepneys enter the city on authority of car passes issued by the city government under the CPBO.

But Bernardes said provincial jeepneys entering Iloilo City on car passes are operating as colorums because “they are taking an extra mile beyond their authorized routes in their franchises.”

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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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Saving face

July 22, 2014 01:58 AM

ILOILO City Councilor Plaridel Nava will surely end up a hero in the eyes of the business community should he decide to disapprove the proposed real property tax (RPT) pushed by the executive department. Read more...




July 22, 2014 01:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE initials stand for a non-government organization that the Commission on Audit said means Monico O. Puentevella Development Foundation. This foundation was identified by an article of the Philippine Center for Investigative Reporting as among the recipients of the P728 million fertilizer funds of the Department of Agriculture.  Read more...

The Francis Effect

July 22, 2014 01:54 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

IT DIDN’T make as many waves as the 1986 Catholic Bishop’s Conference pastoral letter did by denouncing the 1986 snap election vote count by the Marcos dictatorship. That helped trigger People Power One.

Tax increase zugzwang

July 22, 2014 01:52 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.” – Lao Tzu

WHEN people are hungry and desperate, they steal food, commit crimes like robbery and holdup, and vandalize government offices. Read more...

Rules on the Suspension of Classes Due to Natural Calamities

July 22, 2014 01:50 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

ON JULY 7, 2014, heavy rains and strong winds caused by the southwest monsoon aka “habagat” and strengthened by typhoon “Florita (Neoguri)” hit Iloilo City.

Classes in Iloilo City were suspended in the afternoon session due to the half-meter deep flood and heavy rains. It took more than 4 hours of heavy rains and flood in the morning before the declaration of suspension was issued. Read more...

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