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‘Wedding fixer’ victimizes couples

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

MORE than 100 couples are believed to be victims of an alleged wedding fixer in one of the courts at the Iloilo Hall of Justice (HOJ).

Some of the victims contacted by The Daily Guardian claimed that the fixer identified only as Jen-Jen of Lapuz, LaPaz, Iloilo City asked P4,000 to P5,000 to process the requirements for their civil wedding before one of the HOJ courts.

The fixer is not an organic employee of the HOJ but she is believed to be well-connected among court employees.

She also frequents the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) at the Iloilo City Hall where she also offers her services to couples who want to get married in court.

The fixing controversy came out in the open when several victims of Jen-Jen who got married in the past four months were surprised to discover that their marriage contracts have yet to be forwarded to the LCR.

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Malones-Gallar tiff heats up

By: Louine Hope Conserva

MAYOR Mariano Malones of Maasin, Iloilo said he will soon present the witness who will prove claims that provincial Board Member Emmanuel “Manny” Gallar has ghost employees in his office.

Malones accused Gallar of hiring six to eight ghost employees who only receive their salaries without reporting to Gallar’s office.

“The witness is even his relative and can testify that these ‘employees’ only sign their daily time card and then they are each given P100 to P200,” Malones said.

Malones also questioned Gallar’s assets, including his P15-million house, Ford Everest vehicle and being able to send his children to private schools.

“He was able to buy all these because of his ghost employees,” Malones said.

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IPPO misses drug clearing target

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) was able to clear 36 of the 82 drug-affected barangays in the province as of August 31.

The IPPO reported that 14 municipalities were able to clear two barangays of illegal drugs, in keeping with the orders of Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, provincial police director.

Eight towns were able to clear one barangay each.

The towns which met the challenge are Igbaras, Oton and San Joaquin from the first district; Leon and Zarraga from the second district; Lambunao, Mina and Pototan from the third district; Passi from the fourth district; and Estancia, Lemery and San Rafael from the fifth district.

The IPPO aimed to clear 82 of the total 372 drug-affected villages in the province.

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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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A coming out party

September 03, 2014 12:48 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

THE 4-point loss of Gilas Pilipinas to world-ranked number 3 Argentina on Tuesday night must have been heart-breaking for most of its fans. It was definitely a game that could have ended with the Filipino team winning it. Read more...

Trusting America

September 03, 2014 12:44 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WHILE the bombs and artillery shells were pounding Corregidor during World War II, Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon remonstrated against America. He said America went to help a distant cousin while his daughter is being raped at the back door. Read more...

Hu Shuli: Investigative reporting in China

September 03, 2014 12:42 AM

(1st of 2 parts)

By: Melinda Quintos De Jesus

IT WAS wonderful to welcome Hu Shuli once again to Manila, on the occasion of her receiving her Ramon Magsaysay Award.

I recall first meeting her in 1998 when she came to Manila for a conference on Women and the Media organized by a US based organization. Read more...

Rosalie’s hell begins

September 03, 2014 12:40 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"All men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, and their codes." – Marilyn French

NOW that 66-year-old Himamaylan City Councilor Harry C. Sian has been formally charged in the city prosecutor’s office for violation of Republic Act 7610 or Anti Child Abuse Act, life will never be the same for Rosalie (not her real name) and her family. Read more...

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