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SENATORS DESTROYING SENATE

Bondal, Mercado willing tools for Binay demolition job

VICE PRESIDENT Jejomar Binay junked the challenge of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to face the Senate investigation into the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

In a TV interview, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Binay's spokesperson for political affairs, said the vice president is ready to answer all the allegations against him but not in the halls of Senate.

Remulla said the Senate probe only serves as a venue for "grandstanding" ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

Both Binay and Cayetano have expressed intention to run for president in 2016.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who proposed the Senate investigation, will reportedly run for vice president in tandem with Cayetano. The two senators are members of the Nacionalista Party.

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MIWD loan awaits BSP opinion

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

METRO Iloilo Water District’s (MIWD) plan to borrow money from a government bank to finance its projects will depend on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Dr. Danilo Encarnacion said they plan to borrow more or less P200 million from the Development Bank of the Philippines – Iloilo.

The money will be spent on MIWD’s pipeline extensions in different areas, water meters, repairs and non-revenue water reduction (NRW) projects.

The fate of MIWD’s loan application will be known next month as the BSP’s Monetary Board is set to issue an opinion on the matter.

In an interview, Jessica Juanico, DBP Iloilo branch head, said domestic government borrowings of local water districts, local government units, government-owned and –controlled corporations and state universities and colleges are subject to MB opinion under Section 123 of Republic Act No. 7653 (New Central Bank Act).

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Will ‘exorbitant’ zoning fees take effect in city?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AFTER the increase in real property taxes, property owners and realty brokers are hoping that the Iloilo City government will suspend the implementation of revised fees for land classification certificates.

The new fees are embodied in a newly-passed ordinance authored by Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo.

The City Council recently passed a resolution temporarily suspending the implementation of the new zoning certification fees.

Since it is only resolution, Councilor R Leone Gerochi said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog can either implement or suspend the imposition of the new fees.

Landowners and brokers have been asking Mabilog to suspend the implementation of the “exorbitant fees.”

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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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Dead yet it lives

August 30,2014 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

“WHAT pork?  There is no such thing in budget,” was Malacañang’s response to protest actions against pork barrel on National Heroes Day.  The Abolish Pork Movement that spearheaded the mass actions also launched a people’s initiative to remove the pork barrel in the national budget for good.

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Vulnerability window

August 30,2014 12:56 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“TALK does not cook rice.” That does not refer to Vice President Jejomar Binay twisting in the wind for the overpriced Makati buildings. The proverb is tailor-fit for Senator Cynthia Villar, who chairs the committee on agriculture.

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The Augustinians

August 30,2014 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

OF ALL the religious congregations that served the Church in Negros, the most notable are the Augustinians who planted the seeds of Christianity in this island in 1575. Read more...

The constant challenge to fight evil

August 30,2014 12:50 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez,OSA

22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16,21-27

JESUS explicitly speaks to  his disciples about his imminent passion, death and resurrection.Peter steps  forward and reacts negatively to  it.  Apparently the idea of his  master  having toundergo suffering and death results unacceptable to him and we do not know why.

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