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Ex-LEEO chief now ‘markets collector’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE former head of the Iloilo City government’s Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) is now the “collector” of public markets.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he has reassigned Vincent de la Cruz to handle certain operations of the public markets effective October 1, 2014.

De la Cruz was relieved from the LEEO after reports on insufficient funds for the electricity consumption of public markets came out in the media.

De la Cruz also courted more controversy after it was discovered that many vendors in major city markets are considered illegal stall occupants.

The LEEO manages the public markets and the slaughterhouse.

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Mejorada: Drilon using bully tactics

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

A COLUMNIST and former Iloilo provincial administrator claimed that Senate President Franklin Drilon is bullying him through a libel case filed by the latter.

Manuel Mejorada said the libel case filed by Drilon is “pure harassment, a strong message to dissenters that legitimate criticism of public officials will be dealt with an iron fist.”

Drilon sued Mejorada before the Pasay City Prosecutors Office in Metro Manila for alleged libelous articles published in the latter’s blog hosted by

Mejorada used to be a consultant and one of the media relations officers of Drilon in Illoilo province. He also campaigned for the senator in the 2010 elections

In his complaint affidavit, Drilon said he hired the former provincial administrator from September 2010 until June 2011.

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Another 'budol' car abandoned in Jaro

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A CAR reportedly used by a notorious group of swindlers was abandoned in Jaro, Iloilo City.

A police informant found the vehicle, a white Kia Avella with license plate GTA-518, around 12 noon at Brgy. Calubihan, Jaro.

There was no sign of the suspects but the riders left three bags containing clothes, a net bag containing identification cards of a couple with address at Tubod, Surigao City, and 9 assorted gold and silver plated wrist watches believed to be part of their swindling loot.

Senior Inspector Herbert Ballego, Jaro police chief, the suspects may have been forced to abandon the vehicle “because the police are closely zeroing in on their tail.”

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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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Building bridges

October 02, 2014 01:08 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT HAS been the dream of the people of Western Visayas that a bridge will be constructed connecting the two huge islands of the Visayas and bringing closer about ten million people. The easy access from one province to another will have a tremendous impact on the lives of the residents and propel a new era of prosperity. Read more...


October 02, 2014 01:04 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“CHIZ, your ‘Heart’ is not in the right place.”

Phil Cruz e-mailed that in reaction to “Macabre joke.” This Inquirer Sept. 27 column discussed Sen. Francis Escudero’s proposal to bury the embalmed remains of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Come February, the senator is to marry fiancée Heart Evangelista.

Duterte can’t shoot all people

October 02, 2014 01:02 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

THE alleged threat of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he would shoot those behind the “Duterte for president movement” is just pakitang tao. It’s hogwash. Read more...

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