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.
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.
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.