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Wednesday, 28th January 2015
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Oca links mayors, cops to gambling

But why only now?

By: Louine Hope Conserva

SEVERAL mayors and chiefs of police are being linked to rampant illegal gambling in the first district of Iloilo.

Former congressman Oscar Garin Sr. revealed the alleged illegal gambling in their home district before members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Tuesday after he himself was being linked to the racket.

Garin said several local chief executives and police chiefs are allegedly receiving money from the illegal gambling operation.

“Not all of the mayors and chiefs of police are receiving money. But I have talked with one police chief and he admitted to it. He said he receives money depending on the mayor. He said he is a professional and he follows the direction of the town. If the leadership tolerates it, he will accept the money. But if the leadership prohibits it, he will resist it,” he said.

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Who’s in charge of TMTRO?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog disputed observations of a topsy-turvy management of the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO).

“I think everything is fine with TMTRO’s management. Rhodora Katipunan handles the administrative function while Donna Acap handles the operational function,” he told city hall reporters.

Katipuanan is the administrative officer of the TMTRO while Acap took over the operations office after Engr. Jose Tengco suffered a stroke last year.

Mabilog also designated former traffic office head Neuens Mitch Antiqueña as his “point person” at the TMTRO.

A radio report pointed to Councilor Plaridel Nava as one of those who complained of the overlapping functions at the TMTRO after a fire that razed down two homes in La Paz district last Jan. 21.

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Reyes murder case remains in limbo

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

JUSTICE remains elusive for the family of a 20-year old woman who was murdered a year ago in front of a mall at Quezon St., Iloilo City.

Enrico Robles Jr., 37, a former worker of the Iloilo City government is being tagged to the murder of Frances Lei Reyes on January 27, 2014 but he remains at large.

Senior Inspector Edgar Anonoy, La Paz police chief, said they are zeroing in on the trail of Robles, Jr. who is a native of Barangay Caingin, La Paz.

Regional Trial Court Judge Fe Gayanilo ordered Robles’ arrest in a warrant issued on Aug. 20, 2014.

Reyes, a resident of Barangay Santa Rita, Oton, Iloilo, was shot dead while waiting for a ride home.

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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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Sloppy job for killers of Mayor Apura’s husband

January 28, 2015 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety.” – Confucius

WHOEVER masterminded the murder of John Apura, husband of Lemery Mayor Ligaya Apura, is stupid.

John and friend Epaldon Lope were killed when gunmen ambushed them before the elections on May 6, 2013 at around 8 o’clock in the morning. Read more...

Tarpaulin goes viral

January 28, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE national election in 2013 thrust the tarpaulin into the national limelight and into the records of the Supreme Court when the Diocese of Bacolod utilized this new method to express its opposition to the Reproductive Health Law and printed on it the names of senatorial candidates that voted for the controversial law and those who didn’t. Read more...

Dinky’s family camping: Senseless and hypocritical

January 28, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Ellen Tordesillas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist based in Metro Manila. She also writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

PRESIDENT Aquino has not yet spoken on reports, confirmed by Social Services Secretary Dinky Soliman, about the government banishing 490 homeless persons to a Batangas resort during the five-day visit of Pope Francis. Read more...

Traffic congestions

January 28, 2015 12:52 AM

I GOT this from my e-mail. The insights from the sender (who is a close friend) reflect the realities in our streets:

On January 15 this year we could read here an article about “Coping with traffic related stresses” which mentioned one of Iloilo’s problems. So, what are some more causes of the traffic congestions in Iloilo City?

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