Nava denies links with convicted drug lord
By: Louine Hope Conserva
GUIMARAS Lone District Rep. Joaquin Carlos Rahman A. Nava confirmed that he owns the handgun recovered from the prison quarters of convicted drug lord Peter Co but denied any links to the latter.
In an interview with Aksyon Radyo over the weekend, the congressman said he was even surprised and puzzled as to how his gun ended up in Co’s quarters at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa.
He confirmed that he owns the Walther PPK (Serial No. 2004695) caliber .22 pistol found in Co’s room.
Nava said the gun was registered in his name in November or December 2011. The gun permit was issued on Jan. 4, 2012 and will expire on Nov. 19, 2015.
Nava said he returned the gun to Nashe Gun Store in Manila in 2012 after he found a crack in its frame.
FLO Water nixes MIWD projects
By: F. Allan L. Angelo
A BULK water supplier of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) opposed two major projects of the water utility which aims to improve supply and service to consumers.
In two letters dated December 12 and 15, 2014, FLO Water Resources, Inc. of businessman Rogelio Florete Sr. nixed the proposed installation of a transmission line from Leganes to Ungka (along Circumferential Road area) and the new Bulk Water Supply Project (BWSP) of MIWD.
The transmission line and the BSWP projects are up for bidding after invitations to bid were posted in the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) portal.
FLO Water and the Villar-led Iloilo Primewater Ventures Corp. have an existing 10-year bulk water supply agreement (BWSA) with MIWD.
FLO Water is required to deliver 15,000 cubic meters daily (CMD) but it could only deliver 5,000 CMD due to pipe restrictions on the part of MIWD.
With or without ICC
Mabilog: APEC hosting will push through
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
THERE is nothing to worry if the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) is not completed in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Iloilo City.
This was the assurance of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog last Saturday to City Hall reporters on the fate of the city’s bid to host two APEC ministerial meetings late next year.
The ICC is being rushed to serve as main venue for the two meetings.
Former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada filed a case before the Office of the Ombudsman against Senate President Franklin Drilon and other top government officials and the project contractor for the alleged overpricing in the ICC project.
“With or without the Iloilo Convention Center, our hosting of the two ministerial meetings of APEC by next year will proceed as planned,” the mayor confidently said.