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Lawyers: City traffic aides, cops can’t confiscate driver’s licenses

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THREE lawyers asked the Regional Trial Court to nullify an Iloilo City ordinance authorizing traffic enforcers to confiscate driver’s licenses issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Lawyers Daniel V. Cartagena, John Warren P. Gabinete, and May Flor E. Pacete filed a petition for declaratory relief and injunction September 21, 2015 against City Regulation Ordinance No. 338 of 1992 which bestowed to traffic aides or policemen the power to confiscate driver’s licenses in cases of traffic violations.

The respondents in the case are Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, the Iloilo City Council through Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III, and the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office headed by Donna Acap.

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Biron group forges alliance with LP

By: Louine Hope Conserva

BACK in each other’s arms?

After separating ways in the 2013 elections, former Iloilo 4th district congressman Ferjenel Biron and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. are allies once more.

Defensor confirmed October 8 that Biron’s partylist group, Abyan Ilonggo (AI), forged an alliance with the Liberal Party in Iloilo province.

Biron chairs AI while former 5th district congressman Rolex Suplico is party president.

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Mayor orders BAC members to answer tire clamp charges

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog ordered three members of the the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) to answer the tire clamp charges filed against them by Councilor Plaridel Nava before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Mabilog’s political spokesman, Jeffrey Celiz, said the order were directed to BAC chair Joren Sartorio, department head II Jess Sio and city administrator Norlito Bautista, both BAC members.

“The three have 72 (working) hours to give their answers or explanations, which BAC member and city legal officer Atty. Daniel Dinopol would consolidate and report to the mayor,” Celiz 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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City Lights: LGBT vs Jaundice

October  09, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Limuel Celebria

THERE will be an opposition in Iloilo City after all when election time rolls around in 2016. Sources at Madge Cafe, the traditional hotbed of political intrigues, say the opposition will be fielding candidates for the top three positions – congressman, mayor, and vice mayor. Read more...

Ghosts in BCGC-2

October  09, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WE MENTIONED yesterday that the Commission on Audit issued a Notice of Suspension. This is actually a warning that gives the official concerned time to comply with what COA requires to clear the irregularity. It is some sort of suspending the action to discipline the official by giving him or her opportunity to answer and satisfy COA. Read more...

Parents in pain

October  09, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"My upbringing is why I am the person I am today. I have very wise parents." – Keira Knightley

NEW YORK CITY – Nothing can bring much sadness and pain for parents than to see their children engaged in a bitter quarrel. Read more...

Stir up hunger and thirst for Christ

October  09, 2015 03:08 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THIS WE have to deliberately do. We cannot and should not expect that this hunger and thirst would just come about automatically, as if it is going to be physically felt and biologically dictated. This is a spiritual hunger and thirst that needs the impulses of our faith, the dynamics of grace and the cooperation of our spiritual faculties. Read more...

Unpayable IOU

October  09, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

(We submit for readers' column a personal account on Joker Arroyo. There were 22 of us journalists arrested in the first wave of Martial Law detention. Joker defended us, pro bono, before the dummy Supreme Court of the Marcos dictatorship.)

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