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Nava probes Bilibid gun

By: Louine Hope Conserva

GUIMARAS Lone District Rep. Joaquin Carlos Rahman A. Nava has evaded requests for media interviews following reports that a handgun registered in his name was recovered from a convicted drug lord inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Sources close to Nava and a report in bomboradyo.com said Nava immediately went to Metro Manila yesterday to validate if the caliber .22 handgun recovered from the quarters of convicted drug lord indeed belongs to him

According to records of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office, the Walther PPK (Serial No. 2004695) pistol is owned by Nava and was registered in his name in December 2011.

Nava’s camp refused to comment until the verification is done.

Several firearms were found in Co's quarters that are named after a village councilman, former government employee and former candidate for representative.

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DOT-6 sees higher tourist arrivals in 2014

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

DEPARTMENT of Tourism regional director Helen Catalbas said she is optimistic that tourist arrivals in 2014 will exceed last year’s numbers.

“That, notwithstanding the loss of Chinese tourists following the advisory early this year of their government which discouraged their citizens from visiting Boracay and other places in the country,” she said.

The Koreans topped the list of tourist arrivals in 2013 at 451,636. China came next at 363,803, or about 30,000 a month.

“Their (Chinese tourists) number can easily be covered by the continually increasing number of other foreign tourists, especially from Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore and also the increasing number of

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Suspect in ex-Marines’ slay killed in road mishap

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE suspect in the killing of a former Philippine Marines member was killed in a motorcycle accident in Pototan, Iloilo Thursday afternoon.

Crispen Hipolito, 44, of Solinap St., Poblacion, Pototan died after his motorcycle collided with a truck.

Hipolito was on his way home from Iloilo City when the accident happened in the vicinity of Amamaros village.

The victim was navigating the highway when his motorcycle swerved to the opposite lane and collided with an Isuzu truck.

Truck driver Roland Lachero, 51, of Barangyay Jaguimit, Dueñas town, Iloilo, surrendered to the Zarraga Police Station after the incident.

He was later turned over to Pototan police's custody.

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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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December 21,2014 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THE holiday spirit of Filipinos was wrecked this week with a discovery that shocked and outraged the nation. Notorious drug lords had carved out an enclave in a highly secured government facility. Add sex, drugs, guns and money and the result is an exceedingly embarrassing scene for the government. Read more...

Citizens fight back

December 21,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT IS AN axiom in our system of government that sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them, from the consent of the governed.

When governments depart from this, the citizens have the right and the duty to take the governments to task. Read more...

Drug lords Co, et al won’t name Iloilo, Bacolod cohorts

December 21,2014 12:55 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“I used to have a drug problem, now I make enough money.” – DAVID LEE ROTH

EVEN if they will kill him, authorities can’t force big time drug lord Peter Co to name his associates in various regions all over the country, even if he and 19 other fellow drug lords have been transferred from the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters. Read more...

Need for faith to overcome our fears and doubts

December 21,2014 12:54 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Gospel Reading: Luke 1,26-38

IT HAS often been said that modern man lives in an age of anxiety, fear, dread, etc., and this is true. Until thirty-five years ago or so, for example, anxiety was not included in the diagnostic category of mental illnesses. Today its scope is becoming more and more pervasive, going beyond distinctions of age, gender, culture, nationality, and so forth. Read more...

Master of adoption and adaptation

December 21,2014 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WITH Christmas, we are somehow reminded of that beautiful and awesome truth that God loves us so much that in spite of our sins and unworthiness, he continues to love us by adopting us as his children and adapting himself to our condition so we can have a way to be like him and to regard him as our Father. Read more...

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