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ICC PHASE 2 KICKS OFF

Hilmarc’s withdraws from bidding

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

IS THE company that tendered the lowest bid for the second phase of the P1-billion Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) capable of undertaking the project?

The question surfaced after WERR Corporation International was declared the lowest responsive bidder of the ICC Phase 2 project which has an approved budget of P187.602 million.

The bidding was held October 20, 2014 at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office.

Muntinlupa City-based WERR was declared the lowest responsive bidder after tendering P166.094 million for the project.

The second responsive bidder is JD Legaspi Construction which tendered P178.388 million while HSO Construction Corp.’s bid was P179.991 million.

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Super vendors threaten to strike vs. DOTC order

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

VENDORS at the Iloilo Terminal Market or Super are up in arms against an administrative order imposing stiffer fines on illegal and out of route public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Dante Mangalisan, interim president of the Super Market vendors group, said the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communications and two other agencies affected their livelihood.

Mangalisan said the order prevented PUVs from ferrying goods and buyers to Super, putting a dent on their income.

Under the JAO, provincial PUVs cannot go beyond the terminals and enter the city skirts, lest they will be penalized by as much as P1 million for violating their route assignments.

The vendors threatened to hold a strike by refusing to pay their rental fees for at least two months.

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Megaworld aims to make Iloilo City PHL’s bike capital

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park (IBP) will be the official home of the annual Iloilo Bike Festival in the next 10 years.

This, as Megaworld and the Iloilo City government joined forces to hold the annual bike festival from 2015 until 2024.

The partnership was sealed through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Friday, October 24 between Megaworld represented by Senior Vice President Jericho P. Go and the Iloilo City government represented by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The partnership aims to boost the Ilonggos' healthy lifestyle, road-sharing culture as bike lanes emerge in the city and public safety practices.

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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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Tragic refrain

October 25,2014 12:48 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

ANOTHER Filipino died in the hands of a US serviceman. This is a tragic refrain to the never ending abuse and mistreatment Filipinos suffered since American troops landed in Philippine soil more than a century ago. Read more...

Festival notes-2

October 25,2014 12:46 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

DURING the Media Night at GT Hotel on October 18, Councilor Jun Gamboa announced that the budget for media had already been approved. That was a surprise to most and they asked who got what and each said “not me”.  Read more...

Love should motivate all our actions

October 25,2014 12:44 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22,34-40

OUR GOSPEL reading this Sunday invites us to search our heart to determine what really motivates us in everything that we do. It is quite easy to lose sight of what is essential when we do and think about so many things simultaneously. Read more...

Double speak

October 25,2014 12:42 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THERE are confusing actions which President Benigno Aquino should rethink: turning a blind eye on the PNP chief Purisima, and the Commission on Appointment’s promotion of officers implicated in the massacre of journalists in Maguindanao among others. Read more...

Much given, much expected

October 25,2014 12:40 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE are all familiar with that gospel lesson that those who have been blessed and gifted much, much is also expected and demanded. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Lk 12,48) Read more...

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