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P590K reward for of 'Buang', others

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

THE Iloilo City Government and the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) are hell-bent on arresting the very elusive top drug personality, Richard "Buang" Prevendido, of Bakhaw, Mandurriao.

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DPWH: P12.9B for road widening, flood control projects in 2017

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) will spend P12.9 billion for road widening and flood control projects in Western Visayas in 2017.

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Dinagyang invited to four countries

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

ILOILO'S prime tourism event, Dinagyang Festival, was invited to perform in four countries in 2017.

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ICPO mulls changes to Dinagyang security

By: Jennifer P. Rendon

THE recent celebration of the Dinagyang Festival followed previous years’ peaceful streak but police are still keen on adjusting security preparations for 2018.

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Leonardia hopeful to get CA injunction

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia of this city and his allies are confident that they can secure an injunction from the Court of Appeals (CA) after the latter

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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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What Mabilog needs to hear from Drilon

January 24, 2017 01:25 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much." – Blaise Pascal

NEW YORK CITY – When President Duterte called Iloilo City as the "most shabulized" city in the Philippines and named Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog as among the 159 local government executives in the entire country allegedly linked to narcotics trade in August 2016, Senator Frank Drilon expressed "hurt" and "sadness" that the City of Love has been "tarnished." Read more...

Newspeak is the devil’s sophistry

January 24, 2017 01:32 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

GEORGE ORWELL invented the word Newspeak. It means "a deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language used to mislead and manipulate the people." Read more...

Good work

January 24, 2017 01:36 AM

By: Modesto P. Sa-onoy

THE SOLUTION of the murder and robbery case of Chang Le Wu so quickly is a refreshing thought that sticks out different from the norm. For this we congratulate the police and the city for the speedy action that gives the people of this city, the businessmen particularly the feeling that their city is safe. Of course the case is not finished but action is done. Read more...

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