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MERS scare grips Bacolod

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The public went into “panic-buying” of surgical masks after it was reported that a Korean student is under observation for suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) infection.

The Korean was admitted at the Doña Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) here after manifesting symptoms of the dreaded viral disease.

Dr. Julius Drilon, CLMMRH chief, clarified the issue in a press conference yesterday.

“There is no positive result,” he said.

Dr. Carmela Gensoli, officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Health Office, said they are awaiting the results of the patient’s swab samples which were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.

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Guv: Don’t count me out yet

By: Louine Hope Conserva

Makandidato pa ako (I’m still running).”

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. has this to say to people who pounded the heavens with prayers that he will not recover from his recent medical operations.

Defensor underwent angioplasty on May 18 and cholecystectomy or removal of gallbladder on May 20.

He returned to work on June 11, just in time for the Independence Day Celebration and vin d’ honneur the next day.

Defensor, however, worked at home so he can rest.

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Village chief defies demolition order

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

TE Iloilo City Task Force Anti Squatting and Illegal Structures (ASIS) will push through with the demolition of eight “squatter” homes in Lapuz district today, July 3, despite the defiance of the barangay captain.

Engr. Robert Dumanil, Task Force ASIS chief, said they will seek police assistance should Punong Barangay Maricon Sumpio of Alalasan, Lapuz block the demolition.

Dumanil said Sumpio told him that she will oppose the demolition “no matter what happens.”

The village chief said the eight families were evicted from a private lot and they have no place for shelter.

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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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Negative progress

July 03, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE TITLE is a contradiction in terms. When we speak of progress, we mean moving forward or into something better, therefore positive. Most often we can see only growth without realizing the negative results of this apparent progress. Read more...

Coast Guard warning on waste dumping in oceans

July 03, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) warned against the dumping of non-biodegradable wastes like plastic, toxic wastes and other harmful substances in the ocean or any body of water in the country under its maritime jurisdiction. Read more...

Fact–or hypothesis?

July 03, 2015 03:16 AM

By: Juan Mercado

BLESSED Mother Teresa of Calcutta may be canonized next year, forecasts a top Catholic Church authority. Hold it, cautioned a Vatican spokesman. That’s just a hypothesis—for now. Read more...

Can a lousy sex life be a ground for annulment?

July 03, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Reeza Singzon

IN THIS installment, we answer a question sent by an interested reader: Can a lousy sex life be a ground for annulment of marriage? Read more...

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