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REHAB PLAN APPROVED

PNoy signs recovery program for Iloilo

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE P17-billion rehabilitation and recovery plan for typhoon survivors in Iloilo was finally signed and approved by Pres. Benigno Aquino III.

Pres. Aquino mentioned the approval of the plan in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday.

The rehabilitation and recovery plan was initially estimated to cost P27 but it was later slashed to P17 billion.

The plan was sent to the cabinet for evaluation and later forwarded to the President for his approval.

Aside from Iloilo, the President said he also approved similar plans for other Yolanda-stricken areas.

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‘Fiery’ anti-Aquino rally in Iloilo City

By: F. Allan L. Angelo & Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

MORE OR LESS 5,000 protesters gathered in downtown Iloilo City Monday in what could be the biggest protest so far against the administration of President Benigno Aquino III here.

The main protest against the President Aquino’s State of the Nation (SONA) was held at the Freedom Grandstand where participants burned an effigy and held a torch parade, among other activities.

The protesters also partook in a symbolic lunch and public viewing/listening of the President’s State of the Nation (SONA).

The Iloilo City police through spokesman Supt. Gilbert T. Gorero estimated the protesters at more or less 2,000.

Gorero said the rallies were generally peaceful and uneventful.

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‘Deploy EWDs or lose your contract’

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Public Works and Highways-Iloilo City Engineering District Office (DPWH-ICDEO) issued guidelines requiring contractors to install early warning devices (EWDs) in ongoing infrastructure projects.

ICDEO chief Rodney Gustilo said the guidelines aim to protect motorists and pedestrians following the series of incidents involving road diggings.

One case is that of an elderly couple who fell in an open drainage along Tanza, City Proper where an ongoing road project is implemented. They suffered injuries and landed in the hospital.

The guidelines require contactors to use standard EWDs such as yellow tapes, blinkers and enclosures to warn pedestrians and motorists.

“It is stipulated in their contract and it is also part of the funding. Failure to comply would lead to the termination of their contract,” he 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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Iloilo pedestrian overpass ‘not friendly’ to elderly, PWDs

July 29, 2014 02:09 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“The world worries about disability more than disabled people do.” – Warwick Davis

IF WE follow the law, contractors of the old pedestrian overpass in front of a Read more...

Offensive defense

July 29, 2014 02:35 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

OFFENSE is considered to be the best defense. President Benigno Aquino III appears to believe in this tactic as he launches his offensive against the Supreme Court and at the same time telling the nation he will accept the

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Tutorial

July 29, 2014 02:40 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

MARNURSURO ti tunggal kaaruba, an Ilocano proverb says. “Each neighbor is a teacher.” Read more...

PDAF and DAP in Education

July 29, 2014 02:57 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

THE Priority Development Assistance Fund, popularly known as PDAF or “pork barrel,” is a lump-sum discretionary fund granted to each member of Congress for spending on priority development projects of the government, mostly on the local level. Read more...

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