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Lawyers: City traffic aides, cops can’t confiscate driver’s licenses

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THREE lawyers asked the Regional Trial Court to nullify an Iloilo City ordinance authorizing traffic enforcers to confiscate driver’s licenses issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Lawyers Daniel V. Cartagena, John Warren P. Gabinete, and May Flor E. Pacete filed a petition for declaratory relief and injunction September 21, 2015 against City Regulation Ordinance No. 338 of 1992 which bestowed to traffic aides or policemen the power to confiscate driver’s licenses in cases of traffic violations.

The respondents in the case are Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, the Iloilo City Council through Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III, and the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office headed by Donna Acap.

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Biron group forges alliance with LP

By: Louine Hope Conserva

BACK in each other’s arms?

After separating ways in the 2013 elections, former Iloilo 4th district congressman Ferjenel Biron and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. are allies once more.

Defensor confirmed October 8 that Biron’s partylist group, Abyan Ilonggo (AI), forged an alliance with the Liberal Party in Iloilo province.

Biron chairs AI while former 5th district congressman Rolex Suplico is party president.

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Mayor orders BAC members to answer tire clamp charges

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog ordered three members of the the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) to answer the tire clamp charges filed against them by Councilor Plaridel Nava before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Mabilog’s political spokesman, Jeffrey Celiz, said the order were directed to BAC chair Joren Sartorio, department head II Jess Sio and city administrator Norlito Bautista, both BAC members.

“The three have 72 (working) hours to give their answers or explanations, which BAC member and city legal officer Atty. Daniel Dinopol would consolidate and report to the mayor,” Celiz 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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City Lights: LGBT vs Jaundice

October  09, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Limuel Celebria

THERE will be an opposition in Iloilo City after all when election time rolls around in 2016. Sources at Madge Cafe, the traditional hotbed of political intrigues, say the opposition will be fielding candidates for the top three positions – congressman, mayor, and vice mayor. Read more...

Ghosts in BCGC-2

October  09, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WE MENTIONED yesterday that the Commission on Audit issued a Notice of Suspension. This is actually a warning that gives the official concerned time to comply with what COA requires to clear the irregularity. It is some sort of suspending the action to discipline the official by giving him or her opportunity to answer and satisfy COA. Read more...

Parents in pain

October  09, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"My upbringing is why I am the person I am today. I have very wise parents." – Keira Knightley

NEW YORK CITY – Nothing can bring much sadness and pain for parents than to see their children engaged in a bitter quarrel. Read more...

Stir up hunger and thirst for Christ

October  09, 2015 03:08 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THIS WE have to deliberately do. We cannot and should not expect that this hunger and thirst would just come about automatically, as if it is going to be physically felt and biologically dictated. This is a spiritual hunger and thirst that needs the impulses of our faith, the dynamics of grace and the cooperation of our spiritual faculties. Read more...

Unpayable IOU

October  09, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

(We submit for readers' column a personal account on Joker Arroyo. There were 22 of us journalists arrested in the first wave of Martial Law detention. Joker defended us, pro bono, before the dummy Supreme Court of the Marcos dictatorship.)

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