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‘IRON LADY TO DROP BOMBSHELL’

Zulueta vows to reveal more market anomalies

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

FORMER Iloilo City councilor Perla Zulueta said she will make some revelations on more alleged anomalies in public markets when she attends the third hearing to be conducted by the Iloilo City Council today.

Zulueta, who is Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog’s executive assistant for finance, said her exposés are nothing like the issues that surfaced in the first two hearings.

“The things that I will reveal are things they never heard before in the continuing controversy over these alleged anomalies, and I am sure these things will shock these people,” Zulueta told The Daily Guardian Wednesday.

But the Iron Lady of the City Council refused to give a preview of her revelations.

She did confirm that her exposés will target former Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) chief Vincent de la Cruz, City Legal Officer Daniel Dinopol and City Administrator Norlito Bautista.

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SP mulls Ombudsman raps on ‘market rackets’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Councilor Rodel Agado said they are planning to sue before the Ombudsman certain City Hall officials and workers who are behind alleged anomalies in public markets.

Agado, committee on markets and slaughterhouse chairman, is leading the City Council probe into alleged irregularities at the Iloilo Terminal and Central Markets.

Agado said they will not file any case before the Investigating Administrative Board (IAB) which is under the executive department.

“Unlike the (Executive) Market Committee, which is filing its charges before this Investigating Administrative Board, we will be filing our own charges before the Ombudsman,” he said.

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Firm eyes mega-bridge project

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A PRIVATE firm asked for endorsement of the Iloilo provincial board for the proposed construction of a 4-lane suspension hanging bridge which will span Negros, Guimaras and Iloilo.

Jose V. Jungco, president and CEO of New Negros Integrated North & South Realty Development Corp. (New Negros) wrote Vice Gov. Raul “Boboy” Tupas to signify their intention to build a hanging bridge which will link Valladolid, Negros Occidental, Guimaras and Leganes, Iloilo.

Tupas said they already referred the letter to committee on infrastructure chaired by Board Member Dennis Valencia.

“We really do not know as of now the capacity of the corporation, as long as it is of help to the province, the SP might issue an endorsement next session,” Tupas 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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It might have been

November 27, 2014 01:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

AN ENGLISH essayist once wrote, “of all the saddest words ever said, the saddest are these: it might have been.”

Indeed of the so many words we have said and the deeds we have done, the ones we regret eventually turned out to be words and deeds that could not have been said or done at all. Read more...

'Naming and shaming is what we do': Speaking truth to power is an Asian value

November 27, 2014 01:08 AM

(Part 1st of 3 parts)

By: Sheila Coronel

(Adapted from keynote address at Uncovering Asia: The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, November 24, 20014, Manila)

TWENTY-five years ago, the term “investigative reporting” was little known in Asia. The media landscape was dominated by pliant newspapers, insipid TV news programs and journalists who saw themselves as mouthpieces of government. Read more...

‘Ilonggos are not corrupt; I am proud to be an Ilonggo’

November 27, 2014 01:06 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“There is no compromise when it comes to corruption. You have to fight it.” – A. K. Antony

WHILE others claim they felt “ashamed” when Iloilo was recently referred to as “a bird’s nest of corruption”, the former economic planning chief of the Iloilo provincial government said the issue did not shake his faith in the Ilonggos. Read more...

Bicycle Lanes
November 27, 2014 01:04 AM
By: Rolf Dieter Harder
SOME time ago I read the article about the bicycle lanes in your news paper. I thought, “Wow, what a great idea, a step to cleaner air in Iloilo City.”
Recently I spent some time with my family in a European country with bicycle lanes, where I worked and lived for several years. The idea of bicycle lanes is a relatively new thing, but what had these European countries in place before starting with bicycle lanes? Well, quite a lot. Read more...
The new pharisaism

November 27, 2014 01:02 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IN writing this column, I wish to make the caveat that the topic is meant to clarify matters and to warn us of certain dangers that we may not be aware of. It’s not to condemn anyone or any group, but simply to point out that there are occasions when we think we are doing right when in fact we are doing wrong in the eyes of God. Read more...

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