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SC clears 3 judges linked to drug trade

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE SUPREME Court on Dec. 7, 2016 said it did not find sufficient proof against three judges whom President Rodrigo Duterte linked to the illegal drug trade in August.

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PNP: Gang wars might be the handiwork of drug peddlers

By: Jennifer P. Rendon


POLICE in Iloilo City said the recent spate of gang wars could be a diversionary tactic of some illegal drug personalities.

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City Hall employees reminded of GMRC

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

THE ILOILO City Government respects the private lives of its employees.


But if their private affairs interfere in their public duties, compromise the image of the city government, and cause “scandals” in public spaces, that’s another story.

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City Hall awaits DPWH word on tree-cutting

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos


THE Iloilo City Government cannot say with finality whether it will favor or not the cutting trees located at the right of way (ROW) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) projects.

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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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Conscience our immediate but not ultimate guide

December 08, 2016 02:40 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WITH ALL this controversy surrounding the "dubia" raised by four cardinals before Pope Francis, the issue of conscience once again comes to the open. It's about how to understand the so-called primacy of conscience which so many people, Read more...

BASOC revisited

December 08, 2016 02:29 AM

By: Modesto P. Sa-onoy

A LOT OF people are asking whatever happened to the BASOC cases filed by the Philippine Sports Commission against then Bacolod Congressman Monico O. Puentevella. It seems that the case had been shelved and kept under lock and key. Read more...

Flooding – an environmental curse we heaped upon ourselves

December 08, 2016 02:17 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

SINCE childhood, it was impressed upon me that the worst thing that can happen to me is if my elders curse me. I was made to believe that a curse from my elders will linger and remain until I die. Read more...

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