Ex-LEEO chief answers raps
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
FORMER Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) chief Vincent de la Cruz answered Friday the charges hurled at him during the fact-finding probe by the Iloilo City Council on the alleged anomalies in public markets.
The latest charges levelled at de la Cruz in Thursday’s hearing is his alleged illegal agreements with market collectors who failed to remit their collections.
He acknowledged that he entered into compromise agreements with the two accountable officers so they can pay back the embezzled collections instead of sanctioning them.
“When I learned that they failed to remit their collections from the complaints of the affected stallholders, I immediately removed them from their assignments as collectors and reassigned them to the administrative division. Of course, that is a punishment,” de la Cruz explained.
De la Cruz said he asked the two erring LEEO employees to make a promissory note that they will return the collections out of humanitarian reasons.
Human trafficking rate in WV increases
By: Angelica L. Tapalla
HUMAN trafficking cases increased by 10 percent in 2014, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6).
DSWD Regional Office VI spokesperson Ruth D. Sibolinao said 33 trafficked victims were detected this year.
Sibolinao said the victims were mostly women – 12 from Negros Occidental, 8 from Iloilo, 4 from Capiz, 1 from Aklan and 9 minors who were rescued in Boracay Island.
Sibolinao could not provide the 2013 data for trafficked persons they monitored.
The data was revealed during the whole-day media forum on human trafficking at MO2 Westown Hotel in Mandurriao, Iloilo Friday. The forum was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Drilon blames Mejorada for ICC project delay
By: F. Allan L. Angelo
SENATE President Franklin M. Drilon blamed former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada for the delay in the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) project.
“The baseless allegations weaved from Wikipedia articles and whispered rumors are to be blamed for the latest delays on the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), which is gunning for completion in time for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Iloilo City,” said in an emailed statement.
Drilon said that the accusation of overpricing in the ICC which is now the subject of a Senate probe is “directly responsible for the failure of bidding for the second phase of the ICC’s construction.”
“Because of the malicious and baseless allegations against the construction of the ICC, contractors and other participants are getting afraid that their names and businesses will be the next target of lies being concocted, and that their names will be dragged into the issue,” said Drilon.