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Congress probe looms over Aksyon Radyo raid, drug ring

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

CONGRESS has taken notice of the attempted raid of a local radio station involving suspected drug ring leaders in the city and province of Iloilo.

At the Senate, a staff member of Senator Grace Poe said they have set a tentative date for the inquiry to be held in Iloilo City.

The inquiry will focus on the failed invasion of the building where Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo station is located in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.


Poe chairs the Senate committees on Public Information and Mass Media and Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.

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Support for press freedom snowballs

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

STUDENTS of the University of the Philippines Visayas joined the Ilonggo community in condemning the recent harassment against Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo by lighting candles and holding a vigil in front of Carlos Uy Building along Diversion Road in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, November 26.

The students also held placards bearing the message “No to Media Repression, Yes to Press Freedom”.


The Advocate’s Movement for Free Media, which has been calling for a stop to media repression, organized the vigil.

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Ilonggos mourn former guv Tupas

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

FAMILY and supporters sang the saddest birthday song for the late former assemblyman and Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr., who should have been 83 years old Friday, November 27, 2015.

The Tupas patriarch succumbed to multiple organ failure November 24 at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City after being hospitalized for about a month for prostate cancer.


Senate President Franklin Drilon, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., 2nd District Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta and Sara Mayor Neptali Salcedo Sr. and Vice-Mayor Neptali Jr. were among Tupas’ friends and political allies who waited for his remains at the Iloilo International Airport yesterday morning.

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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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Poe leading, Duterte running

November 28, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

IT HAS BEEN almost two months since the day candidates for local and national positions in the 2016 election filed their certificates of candidacy. The scenes on the political front since then had taken an interesting twist. Read more...

Letting Monico be

November 28, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

ON TWO press conferences held by Monico Puentevella, misty eyes were the common denominator. The message is clear: sympathize with our plight. It is a plea for critics to let the Puentevellas be. It is an effort to gain public understanding of their situation and perchance for the public to vote for Puentevella in the 2016 elections.  Read more...

Where divine providence would take us

November 28, 2015 03:16 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE have to be ready for wherever divine providence would take us. We have to be open to it all the time. Even as we make our plans and pursue them truly as our own, we should not forget that nothing in our life is actually outside the providence of God who can adapt Himself to us, even in our worst situations and predicaments, and still lead us to Himself. Read more...

Why we remain “third world”

November 28, 2015 03:10 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THE ANSWER: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” says Peter Drucker.

He could not more emphasize the role of a country’s beliefs, values and norms that downplay our best efforts to move us from the backseat into the limelight. Unless we understand what holds us back, our government can only make ostensible programs while the citizenry continuously becomes recalcitrant towards change.  Read more...

Peaking at the right time

November 28, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Norwin L. dela Cruz

After opening the season by dropping three of their first four games – their only win a 93-92 squeaker over the Alaska Aces in faraway Dubai, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings were given up for lost, an apparent victim of failing to adapt to the new system introduced by two-time grandslam coach Tim Cone as well as of the constant roster changes in the squad. Read more...

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