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'Budol' member falls in Capiz

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon and Felipe V. Celino

A Suspected member of the Budol-Budol gang was arrested in a police operation in Ivisan town in Capiz.

The arrest came a day after police in Iloilo City warned the public against suspected swindlers who were on a rampage lately.

Kirk Vincent Peñarosa, 38, who hails from Davao City, was collared after his companions fled.

According to Superintendent Julio Gustilo, Roxas City police chief, Peñarosa served as the driver of the alleged swindling group.

Peñarosa is believed to be one of the four suspects who leeched on Visitacion Boysen, 64, of Brgy. Lawa-an, Roxas City Monday afternoon.

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Megaworld to build tallest tower in region

By: Louine Hope Conserva

MEGAWORLD, one of the country’s giant real estate developer, is building the tallest residential tower in Western Visayas.

Standing at 80 meters high, The Palladium is a 22-storey residential condominium dubbed the “building of firsts” and the fifth tower to be built at Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

The Palladium is the first building to have four multi-level skygardens overlooking the serene beauty of Iloilo City, infinity pool and exclusive loft units ranging from 76 square meters to 115 square meters.

“The skygardens will provide our residents their own private sanctuary and relaxation with nature. We want our residents to have that ‘home feel’, the reason why we provided the loft units,” said Jennifer Palmares-Fong, head of marketing of Iloilo Business Park.

The building will also house 482 units ranging from studio (29.50 square meters), executive studio (39.50 square meters)

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DENR-6 halts retrieval of ‘illegal logs’

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) suspended the retrieval of illegally cut logs in a virgin forest in Sitio Wilderness, Brgy. Damutan in Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer (PENRO) Andres Untal said DENR-6 regional director issued the order which took effect Monday.

The suspension is in reaction to the controversy that arose after Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinobaan and a private contractor agreed to retrieve the illegal logs from the forest.

The retrieval of the logs estimated at 400,000 to 500,000 board feet will cost some P16 million.

The retrieval is seen to pose danger to the forest aside from legal questions on the agreement.

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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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Remembering Ivan Suansing

October 01, 2014 01:06 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

ONE of the best journalists I’ve ever known was the late Ivan P. Suansing. He brought to the craft the right attitude and the right tools. His elegant prose made his articles come alive. He treated his profession like a sacred vocation. Ivan could easily have become an editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Read more...

Powerful SRA-2

October 01, 2014 01:04 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE primary purpose of the Benitez bill is to cover all products derived from sugarcane, the reason that the title of the bill uses the name of the plant (sugarcane) rather than the product (sugar) as the subject of the measure. It speaks not only of food but also of energy and the control of these products from the time it comes out of processing to where it will go. This is the essence of classification, the power vested in the SRA.  Read more...

Remembering ‘Thrilla in Manila’

October 01, 2014 01:02 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” – Muhammad Ali

ON October 1, 1975 or 39 years ago, the biggest heavyweight boxing title fight in the world was held at the Araneta Colesium in Cubao, Quezon City. Read more...

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