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Iloilo City resident under MERS watch

A RESIDENT of Iloilo City who arrived last April 8 from Middle East is under observation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) infection.

City Councilor Carlos Guarin, Liga ng mga Barangay-Iloilo City president, said the punong barangay of the village where the patient lives informed him about the said person after the City Hall ordered the monitoring of individuals who recently returned from the Middle East.

“He (patient) is already confined in a hospital. We are awaiting the results of the swab test,” Guarin said.

Attempts to contact the barangay captain were to no avail until late Tuesday afternoon.

The city resident arrived ahead of the 21 Western Visayas residents who boarded an Etihad Airline flight along with a Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS virus.

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Cop in drug bust got fair warning

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE police officer who was arrested in a buy-bust operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Monday afternoon was warned by his superior officer to avoid dabbling in the illegal drug trade.

Senior Police Inspector Tranquilino Querubin Jr., Arevalo police chief, said he learned of PO1 Charlie Balsomo’s alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade a week after assuming the helm of Arevalo PNP station.

Balsomo, who served as warrants and subpoena officer of Arevalo, and former cop Avelino Ane were arrested in a PDEA buy-bust in Oton, Iloilo.

The agents recovered from the duo 11 sachets of suspected shabu.

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L300 deal snags budget approval

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AN ILOILO City Hall executive admitted before the City Council on Tuesday that a potential supplier “lent” two L300 vans to the city government while they are preparing the bidding process for the acquisition of similar units.

But Joren Sartorio, General Services Office (GSO) chief, assured that the actuation of Avescor Motors, Inc., an exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi cars, to lend the two van units to the City Hall will not influence the bidding.

The controversy came to light as the council discussed the P7.415-million Supplemental Budget (SB) No. 1 which Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, appropriations committee chairman, presented for approval during their regular session.

The supplemental budget included Item 5-A which allocated P2.7 million for the purchase of an L300 van for “peace and order purposes.”

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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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April 23, 2014 02:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE order of the Department of Agrarian Reform for Francis Cabuga of Metro Safari for the illegal conversion of awarded land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program is a light in the dismal story of defiance of our laws.

That DAR took time to issue the order can be excused but we know also that the distance between the issuance of order and the enforcement of the law takes a lot of time. Read more...

‘Transparency’ mocked

April 23, 2014 02:05 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

A BASIC tenet in government procurement is transparency. Nothing about a government transaction should be concealed to show to everybody that everything is above-board. To achieve this purpose, Congress even enacted a law called the “Government Procurement Reform Act” and even put into effect a system utilizing the Internet. It’s not perfect, but the intention is there: make every aspect visible to avoid suspicion and encourage the widest dissemination of transactions involving procurement. Read more...

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