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‘BASOC FUND SCAM’

Puentevella told to answer malversation complaint

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas ordered Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella to answer the malversation case involving the P50.5-million fund of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (BASOC).

In a two-page order dated Sept. 12, 2014, a copy of which was made available to the media Thursday, Acting Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Rodolfo Elman said they "found enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of the case" filed against Puentevella when he was still congressman and chairman of the BASOC in November 2005.

Bacolod co-hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2005.

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‘ICC raps meant for media mileage’

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE plunder and malversation case filed by a former Iloilo provincial and newspaper columnist against a senator and some cabinet officials is only meant to get more media attention, a Malacañang spokesperson said.

At a press briefing Thursday, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda said the case filed by Manuel Mejorada against Senate President Franklin Drilon and two cabinet secretaries relative to the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) project is rife with personal motives.

Aside from Drilon, Mejorada also sued Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. for the alleged overpricing in the ICC project.

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COA raps DAP-funded multi-cab vehicles in Capiz

By: Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS City, Capiz – The Commission on Audit’s (COA) cited “various deficiencies” in the 184 units of multi-cab vehicles procured in 2012 by the Capiz provincial government, using the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fund.

The multi-cab vehicles, which cost P40 million, were procured through public bidding from three suppliers and were delivered and accepted by the General Services Office (GSO) then distributed to various barangays of the province of Capiz.

In its 2013 Annual Audit Report, COA said that 76 multi-cab units “bear private plate numbers contrary to COA circulars thus, rendering the ownership of these vehicles doubtful.”

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5 Capitol employees tagged to checks scam

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FIVE employees of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office are facing a charge for simple neglect of duty relative to the alleged checks scam at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

Gov. Arthur Defensor said he already received the report of the fact-finding committee headed by Atty. Suzette Mamon which probed the alleged scam.

“Although there was no evidence of dishonesty on the part of the employees and no loss on the part of government, there is still falsification of public documents,” said Defensor.

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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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Feud between Drilon, Mejorada deepens

October 30, 2014 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." – Alexander Hamilton

THE BRIDGE has been burned.

Now that the recent graft and plunder charges filed by former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada against Senate President Franklin Drilon, Read more...

SRA replies-2

October 30, 2014 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LET’S CONTINUE with the listing of the new powers proposed in HB 6880 filed by Rep. Alfredo Benitez.  In her letter quoted last week SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin denied that the bills filed in Congress had given the agency additional powers. Read more...

Spruced-up graves

October 30, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“WE GIVE back to You who first gave them to us: our faithful dead, whose beauty and truth are even now in our hearts.” That line from Rufus Ellis resonated as the wife and I, like thousands of other families, spruced up the graves of our kin for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day rites this coming weekend. Read more...

Hope

October 30, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

GEORGE Bernard Shaw is perhaps most renowned as a free thinker and liberal philosopher. In his last writings we read, "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the suicide of Europe. Read more...

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