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Newks ignores P50-M fund mess

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Mayor Monico “Newks” Puentevella could not care less for the malversation charges filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for the alleged misuse of the P50.5-million fund of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (BASOC).

The Ombudsman has ordered Puentevella to answer in 10 days the malversation and technical malversation case filed by Samuel Montoyo of the Save Bacolod Movement

Indi salapakon (Not worth my attention)” was how Puentevella reacted when asked for comment by ABS-CBN TV-4 here.

One of the mayor’s executive assistants, Sarah Esguerra, told reporters that the complaint is a rehash even as she accused Montoyo of engaging in forum shopping or filing the case with various offices.

In an order dated September 12, 2014, Acting Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Rodolfo Elman said they "found enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of the case" filed against Puentevella when he was still congressman and chairman of the BASOC in November 2005.

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‘Tuklo’ victims at Super afraid to testify

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

VICTIMS of the co-called “tuklo” or thieves at the Iloilo Terminal Market (ITM) or Super are afraid to testify in the investigation to be conducted by the Iloilo City Council on alleged irregularities in city public markets.

The probe will focus on City Hall officials and employees who are in charge of market operations.

Dante Mangalisan, president of the ITEM vendors group, said the charges against market officials and employees are serious, thus “it should not be surprising if the victims should fear of coming out and testifying.”

“They are afraid of reprisal and losing their livelihood at the market,” Mangalisan said.

Mangalisan is asking the investigating committee to provide the witnesses ample protection once it starts its investigation on November 13.

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‘Assistant city agri head not urgent’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO CITY Agriculturist Geraldine Hautea said there is no urgent need to hire an assistant department head of the City Agriculture Office.

“We have been handling ourselves quite well even without that position,” Hautea said.

Hautea said the CAO has over 50 regular and casual employees.

But she admitted that it is the “executive prerogative” of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to hire an assistant head of the CAO.

“If I asked for it, it is because there is a vacant position in our office whose occupant can serve as my assistant department head. That position is the supervising agriculturist with Salary Grade 22,” she said.

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It can be traced back to the juicy position of the Secretary of Labor during the time of former Pres. Corazon Aquino. It could have been for King Arthur but then Executive Secretary Drilon gave it to Ruben Torres. Now you know what that means!

But in politics there are no permanent friends or enemies only permanent interest. Thus, I predict the eventual reconciliation of the two Ilonggos before the upcoming 2013 election. This is not good, however, for Niel Tupas Sr. who had long planned his return to the Kingdom by the River as governor.

The entry of Defensor with the Liberal Party could be good for Sen. Drilon. This may also be an assurance of his solid political leadership among kingpins and warlords of the province. What about its consequences? I just hope this beautiful dream is not a nightmare for others.

Once Gov. Defensor decides to join the Liberal Party, for sure, as a precondition, he is entitled to seek reelection. Because of the equity of the incumbent, this would surely deprive the elder Tupas his dream of a comeback and rule once again the Kingdom by the River in 2013.

This is a dream comes true for King Oca of the First District if the Defensor-Garin tandem remains unbroken until 2013. King Oca knew that he lagged behind King Niel in the competition for expansion of political empires in the province.

The Tupas family has control of the Fifth District and their patriarch has gained a foothold in the Fourth. This was proven in the last election when Niel Sr. ran for congressman against Cong. Ferj Biron. But the parameter of King Oca’s turf is only confined in the First District of Iloilo.

Without Tupas’s interference, the unbroken Defensor-Garin tandem in 2013 elections would ensure the warlord from the First District that in the event King Arthur resigns in 2016, a member of the Garin family could eventually become ruler of the Kingdom by the River.

This is not good for King Niel Sr. But peace must stay that Sen. Drilon must offer an appointive but enticing position the King will accept. If not, another option is to run for Congress in the Fourth District against Mayor Hernan Biron Sr. or son Biron Jr..

There is a growing public belief that the planned transfer of Gov. Defensor to the Liberal Party is the handiwork of King Oca. He is probably alarmed by the expanding empire of King Niel in the province and fears its affect on his foothold in the nearby municipalities of his turf. In fact, Lex Tupas, the youngest Tupas son, has already invaded the city as member of the city council.

No wonder if all the Garins will join the fray in 2013 to stay in tune for 2016. King Oca may field his wife or daughter-in-law for vice governor and/or board member vice versa. His vice governor son Richard may settle for mayor of Guimbal and his daughter Sharon, mayor of the town will run for Congress.

If the transfer of Defensor to the Liberal Party pushes through, King Niel has no choice but to abide with the ruling on “equity of the incumbent.” The Tupases are now “in sequenter” - not in the proper order of succession. King Niel may run for Congress in the Fourth District, but is the prize at stake in that war more worthy than the Capitol battles he has been fighting?

Here’s something for coffee habituates. A neophyte politician wants to challenge Cong. “Boboy” Syjuco but failed to get the nod of Sen. Drilon who prefers Mayor Kadz of Pavia, Iloilo. So he went straight to the temple of gods at the northern part of the island for blessing. A bright boy indeed, good luck Jojo!

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Saints and sinners

November 01,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THIS weekend is another time in the Philippines when Filipinos will go back home to visit the resting places of their beloved departed. For those who could not return home or go back to their roots, the churches would suffice for them to light a candle, pray and remember their parents or their forebears, friends and relatives. Read more...

Beyond the stutters

November 01,2014 12:56 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

LISTEN beyond Vice President Jejomar Binay’s flustered stutters whenever a sensitive question is lobbed.

The queries range from the P15.6-million Redwood-type, three-bedroom unit of The Woodlands at Tagaytay Highlands to overpriced beds at the Ospital ng Makati to the whereabouts of top aides, like Gerry Limlingan, who have dodged below the radar screen.

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True meaning of All Souls’ Day

November 01,2014 12:54 AM

By: Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Gospel Reading: John 6,37-40

THE short passage of our Gospel reading this Sunday is part of the account of the miraculous multiplication of the bread and Jesus’ long discourse on it (Jn 6:1-71), which served to help those who were present understand that he was the true bread of life which people needed to attain eternal life (Jn 6:35).

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The mystery deepens

November 01,2014 12:50 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THIS ONE is for sleuths. To future Sherlock Holmes, help unravel the mystery of the buried treasures of the Binay family. Read more...

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