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Mejorada, 6 others face probe for alleged overpricing

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A DOSE of his own medicine?

Columnist Manuel “Boy” Mejorada, who filed plunder case against Senate President Franklin Drilon for the alleged overpricing of the Iloilo Convention Center, is also facing a graft case for an alleged overpriced laptop deal in 2008.

The Ombudsman found enough basis to proceed with the preliminary adjudication of the criminal case against Mejorada, provincial administrator; Ramie Salcedo, Property Officer; Danny Baldemor, Inspection Officer; Rosalie San Luiz, End User Representative; Patricia Grace Trabado, Provincial Health Officer II and Acting Provincial Nutrition Action Officer; Edgar Piansay, Inspection Officer/ Bids and Awards Committee Member; and Cristina Te, Owner/Supplier of The Seven-Seven Trading for violation of Republic Act 3019 Section 3(e) or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The Field Investigation Office of the Office of the Ombudsman filed the criminal case after investigating the news articles reported in the July 16, 2009 issue of The Daily Guardian and The News Today.

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Village chief gunned down

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A BARANGAy captain was shot dead Monday evening inside his neighbor's house in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.

Rufino Bilan, Jr.,, 47, of Cabilauan village, succumbed to three gunshot wounds on his neck and back.

A certain Roland Jordan found Bilan lying on the pavement near the house of Rolyn Trestiza around 11:45 p.m. the other day.

The victim was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.

Inspector Sullen Domingo, Barotac Nuevo police chief, said investigators have yet to establish the motive for the shooting.

No witness has come out to shed light on what happened to Bilan.

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Rep. Nava blames illegal arms trade for ‘Bilibid gun’

GUIMARAS Rep. Joaquin Nava said he may have been a victim of the illegal arms trade after his firearm ended up in the hands of drug convict Peter Co inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Nava ahd admitted that the caliber .22 gun discovered in Co’s prison cell last week is registered under his name.

He said the gun was registered on January 4, 2012 and its license will expire on November 19, 2015.

But Nava insisted that he does not know how it ended up in Co’s possession inside the NBP’s maximum security compound, suggesting that he may be a victim of illegal arms trade.

He said that in July 2013, he returned the gun to Nashe Gun Store where he bought it supposedly to have it delivered to Germany due to a defect.

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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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In the year of His Lord

December 24,2014 12:46 AM

(The Wall Street Journal first published this editorial in its Christmas issue in 1948. It has been republished every year since then. )

WHEN Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar.     Read more...

Sugar accounting–7

December 24,2014 12:44 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

BEFORE we proceed on the demand for accounting of the “D” sugar, news reports say that there is optimism that by February next year President Aquino will sign the recently approved bicameral committee version of the sugarcane bills. Indeed, time has lapsed and the Philippines has not been prepared for the possibilities of cheaper foreign agricultural products entering the country and easing out local produce, price wise.  Read more...

Traffic rules and regulations

December 24,2014 12:42  AM

WHILE we normally don’t entertain anonymous contributions, we have a friend who has very valid points on some issues in the city and province of Iloilo. Here’s one analysis from D’Observer:

Let me start with a question: "why do we need rules and regulations?"   Read more...

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