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Three witnesses tag cop to Malabor slay

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Dolly Yasa

THREE witnesses pointed to a police officer assigned at Isabela, Negros Occidental as the gunman who killed board member Renato Malabor and his aide Leody “Butch” Jomilla early morning of June 28 outside a cockpit.

One witness, a 19-year-old tricycle driver whose mother sells food at the cockpit in Guintubhan, Isabela, claimed in his affidavit that he saw PO1 Robert Chloe Rito of Isabela PNP shoot Malabor and Jomilla.

The driver claimed that Rito also shot Malabor’s vehicle while fleeing towards the national highway.

The second witness is a 45-year-old gaffer and caretaker claimed that he saw a person wearing a white shirt, short pants and ball cap shoot the victims.

When the man turned around, the witness said he recognized Rito as he personally knew the cop who also frequents the cockpit.

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What’s a ‘change order’ in government projects?

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

DID the Iloilo City government follow procurement rules in changing the location of traffic lights supplied and installed by Triune Electronics System?

The question adds to the mystery surrounding the traffic lights deal on top of the P800,000 “excess payment” to Triune because of changes to its contracts.

“Change order” was the reason proffered by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for the extra payment to Triune whose contract was only P13 million but was paid P14 million.

In his letter dated February 4, 2014, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog ordered the City Engineers Office (CEO) to move the traffic lights intended for Valeria-Delgado Streets in City Proper to Quezon-Delgado Streets.

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Accountant: We lack storage for documents

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Accounting Office (CAO) is where all vouchers and other financial documents are submitted for transmittal to the Commission on Audit (COA) for post review.

Yet, it does not keep copies of these documents as any government office ought to do as discovered by reporters who visited the CBO to ask for documents on the P29-million traffic lights deal.

City Accountant Michelle Lopez said she is aware of the requirement of the New Government Accounting System (NGA) as regards keeping copies of transaction documents.

“But we have no choice. We do not have the stockroom big enough to store all these documents,” Lopez said.

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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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Cold, dry Catholics

August 01, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IN HIS talk before the gathering of the Second Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines in Cebu City last week, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas spoke about the number of Catholics who are dry, hurting, skeptics and those who left the Church to join other religions. Read more...

Daang matuwid

August 01, 2015 03:30 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

Eleven months from now, the era of “daang matuwid” will close. It is up to historians to make a comprehensive assessment of the period, its strength and weakness, deficiencies and achievements. Read more...

Forging character

August 01, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

ONE’S character defines that person and guides him in all the situations of his life. It gives a certain consistency to his thoughts, words and deeds, his choices and decisions, Read more...

Why our laws are not working in the fight against HIV/AIDS

August 01, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Bruce Villafuerte Rivera

MY obsession with the HIV situation in the Philippines is the reason why even if I will lose the interest of my readers, I will not stop talking about it until statistics will change. Read more...

Need to look for God for the right reason

August 01, 2015 03:08 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez

18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: John 6,24-35

OUR Gospel reading this Sunday is a sequel to the miraculous multiplication of bread and fish performed by Jesus (cf. Jn 6:1-13).

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Justice Florenz Regalado

August 01, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Rene Saguisag

JUSTICE Florenz  Regalado, 87, is gone.

He set t he bar exam record of 96.7, followed by classmate and compadre Bobby de la Fuente,  with 95.95, in 1954.

Flor's record may stand until the desert sands grow cold. Read more...

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