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‘All systems go for APEC meets’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

LOCAL organizers of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Iloilo City said they are ready to host thousands of delegates amid reports that the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) might not be ready.

Junel Divinagracia, executive director of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC-Iloilo), revealed their preparations in a press briefing September 3.

Divinagracia said the subcommittees on food, accommodation, security and other aspects of the APEC meetings already put in place their preparations.

“We’re ready for the arrival, accommodations in at least 15 accredited hotels, the food, the minister’s programmed activities, security, and so on. And even the daring of some of the delegates to sneak out to enjoy the things around on their own,” Divinagracia said.

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Guv undergoes nonsurgical procedure again

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. underwent endoscopy at St. Luke's Hospital in Metro Manila, August 31, due to a problem in his bile duct.

Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure which seeks “to examine the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum (first portion of small bowel) using a thin, flexible tube called the upper endoscope through which the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum can be viewed using a TV monitor.”

Defensor said he went to St. Paul’s Hospital last week of August due to abdominal pain. He underwent several tests and his doctor suspected the pain might be due to bile problems because of his yellowish eyes.

The doctor then referred the governor to a hospital in Manila as they have “sophisticated medical equipment.”

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JALAUR MEGADAM

NIA to finish one dam before PNoy steps down

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) assured it will finish one of three dams in the multibillion peso Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) project before the end of Pres. Benigno Aquino III's term.

The Jalaur megadam in Calinog, Iloilo is composed of three components – Jalaur Reservoir, Jalaur Afterbay and Alibunan Catch Dam.

"The Alibunan Catch Dam that we are constructing is 10-meter high. We are confident that we can finish it before the president's term ends," said NIA-6 regional director Gerardo Corsiga in a press conference September 3.

Corsiga said construction of the Alibunan dam is expected to commence before the year ends.

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Based on the BIR’s investigation, the PNP paid RJP International a total of P77.25 million in 2007 for the services and parts of the armored vehicles.

RJP International, however, only declared sales and service revenues of P10.82 million for 2007.

The BIR computed RJP International’s total deficiency tax at P46.33 million for 2007, including taxes and surcharge.

The BIR also filed two counts of attempting to evade and defeat taxes and eight counts of wilful failure to supply the bureau with correct and accurate information against the Quezon City-based Temps and Staffers Inc. and its responsible officers, Arturo C. Guerrero III (president and chairman) and Vivian A. Guerrero (treasurer and chief operations officer).

Temps and Staffers Inc. has among its clients Samsung, BDO Insurance and Globe Telecom Inc. Based on the BIR’s investigation, Temps and Staffers Inc. supplied services worth P135.4 million to Samsung, BDO Insurance and Globe Telecom. The company, however, declared only P72.6 million for an underdeclaration of P52.43 million.

The BIR computed Temps and Staffers Inc.’s total deficiency tax at P42.65 million, including surcharge and interest, that can be broken down into P29.98m in deficiency income tax and P12.67m in deficiency value added tax.

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Magsie’s governance

September 04, 2015 02:32 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IF THERE is one most controversial personality in Occidental Negros today that man would be Atty. Magdaleno Peña, popularly known as “Magsie”.

I was reminded of him when I was with a group who was pushing for the presidential bid of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Read more...

Eh di wow

September 04, 2015 02:22 AM

By: Ellen Tordesilas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist in Metro Manila who writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

MONDAY morning, while commuters in Metro Manila were bracing for another day of agony with the already bad traffic situation made worse by the rally staged by the Iglesia ni Cristo, Eagle News PH, posted this breaking news: Read more...

To a newly-ordained priest

September 04, 2015 02:18 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

I ALWAYS get very moved every time I attend a priestly ordination. I can't help but pray hard for the new priest. With eyes of faith, I see in that event a radical, miraculous transformation of a man, usually young, from an ordinary person-yes, Read more...

Why you wouldn’t want to mess with porn

September 04, 2015 02:12 AM

By: Abraham V. Llera

NO DISEASE has struck more fear in man than leprosy.  The disease often turns the patient into a hideous creature.  And, inasmuch as it is contagious, patients are usually forced to live far apart from other human beings, Read more...

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