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Ombudsman charges former, incumbent Capitol officials anew

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Office of the Ombudsman ordered incumbent and past officials of the Iloilo provincial government to answer the alleged anomalous medicine and medical supplies worth P5.3 million for the victims of Typhoon Frank.

This, as the Ombudsman pursued the criminal complaints against former governor Niel D. Tupas Sr., provincial accountant  Lyd P. Tupas, former provincial accountant Sandra C. Bionat; Salvador P. Cabaluna III and Claudio Sumido, both chairmen of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC); and BAC members Romeo C. Andig, Levy Buenavista, Corazon Estelita Beloria, Glenda Losanta, Ramie Salcedo, Antonio M. Muralla, and Julius O. Tidon.

The said former and incumbent officials are facing charges for violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and R.A. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act).

The provincial legal office received the Ombudsman case on November 18.

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‘Explain your absence’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod, which is investigating the alleged anomalies at the Iloilo Terminal Market, wants City Hall officials who did not show up in the hearings to explain their absences.

The move was compelled by the absences of invited resource persons during the third hearing last Nov. 27.

The first and second hearings were held on Nov. 13 and 20, this year.

Those absent from the Nov. 27 hearing were former Local Economic Enterprise Office chief Vincent de la Cruz, City Legal Officer Daniel Dinopol, City Administrator Norlito Bautista, City Veterinarian Tomas Forteza, market personnel Wenona Juadian and Marcela Ymalay and several verifiers and collectors of the Iloilo Terminal Market, among others.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, committee on markets and slaughterhouse vice chair, said he will write the mayor about the absence of some personnel under the latter’s office.

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SEC: Beware of pyramid schemes

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday warned local investors of the proliferation of pyramiding schemes.

The warning was made through a forum conducted by the SEC on investor protection held at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center in Iloilo City.

Director Jose P. Aquino, SEC Enforcement and Investor Protection Department (EIPD) director, offered a warning to the local investors: "Don't invest in strangers”.

“So far, the illegal pyramid scheme has conned victims in the Philippines out of hundreds of thousands of millions (of pesos),” Aquino said.

Pyramid schemes have cost many people their hard-earned savings. The concept behind them is simple but they're often presented to investors in a disguised form.

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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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Evil alliance

November 29,2014 01:00 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

FIVE years ago, 58 people were mercilessly slaughtered in the worst election related violence in the country and the world’s biggest butchery of journalist in a single incident.

On November 23, 2009, a convoy composed of the women members of the Mangudadatu family, their lawyers, friends and 32 journalists was on its way to Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao to file the certificate of candidacy of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu for governor.   Read more...

Money, more money

November 29,2014 12:59 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

AS THE government’s fiscal year is about to end, the news that dominate these days involve money and more money from the taxpayers. National and local government budgets never go down. They just keep on increasing each year and every three years the government raises taxes to fund their budgetary increment. Read more...

Going home for Christmas


November 29,2014 12:56 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

YES, there’s such a beautiful song entitled, “I’ll be home for Christmas!” But I’m not going to sing that with the sentimentality it evokes so vividly. I’d like to render it in a different way, bringing it to another level. This time, I would like that we realize that Christmas, properly understood and celebrated, is where our true home is. Read more...

Intensifying our desire for Jesus’ coming

November 29,2014 12:54 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 13,33-37

VIGILANCE is one fundamental attitude expected of Christians. It is also one biblical theme that is emphasized in the readings both toward the end and at the start of the liturgical year. However, in the former case – that is, the end of the liturgical year, the invitation to stay awake or remain watchful is in view of the Lord’s “second coming” on Judgment Day (“parousia” in Greek), Read more...

Road widening

November 29,2014 12:52 AM

By: Rolf Dieter Harder

WE ALL have witnessed road widening projects in the last few years in various areas of Iloilo City and had our own experiences, which may be good or not so good.

When I first saw the notice by the DPWH along the road from Jaro to Leganes: “We are building wider, better & safer roads for you”, it made me excited to see the outcome of it.  Read more...

'Naming and shaming is what we do': Speaking truth to power is an Asian value

November 29,2014 12:50 AM

(Last of 3 parts)

By: Sheila Coronel

(Adapted from keynote address at Uncovering Asia: The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, November 24, 20014, Manila)

ALL over Asia, there is growing inequity. The Wealth Report, which tracks so-called high net worth individuals, projects a 66% increase in number of Asian billionaires and a 52% increase in centa-millionaires in the next 10 years. While Asia has made great strides in poverty reduction in the past decades, the pendulum is swinging the other way.

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