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Former secretary admits filching church donations

By: F. Allan L. Angelo


A FORMER secretary of the Barangay Sang Virgen (BV), a Catholic community organization, admitted to filching more than P400,000 in donations to the group.

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Media banned from gov’t hospital in Capiz

By: Jomarie A. Billones


ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Journalists are banned from the premises of the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH), a government hospital in Capiz, sans clearance from the management.

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Boy Mayor: Be honest, don’t cheat

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos


OVERFLOWING with idealism and excitement, 48 student-leaders from different high schools in Iloilo City are having the time of their lives as they sit as City Hall officials for a week, Oct. 24-28, 2016.

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‘Regulate free WiFi’

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

IS FREE internet wireless fidelity (WiFi) connection in Iloilo City truly free, unlimited, and safe?


This question popped in the mind of Iloilo City Councilor Plaridel Nava II when he called for

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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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Books I missed in Manhattan

October 28, 2016 02:14 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry." – Emily Dickinson

NEW YORK CITY – Early this year, I received a gift from a friend, lawyer-historian Boy Cabado, Dr. Ariel Durant's The Complete Story of Civilization epub version. Read more...

Terrorism – The Black Chapter

October 28, 2016 02:20 AM

By: Prof. Dr. Mohammad Asaduzzaman Chowdhury

(The author is the head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology or DUET in Gazipur)

FORENSIC psychiatrist Marc Sageman of the University of Pennsylvania performed his survey on 400 extremist terrorists and critically followed that these people are far from being changed mind through force and tricks which means brainwashed or socially separated far from others.  Read more...

Abiding sense of purpose

October 28, 2016 02:26 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THIS will definitely help us to have passion and direction in our daily life. We need to develop an abiding sense of purpose so we can avoid getting entangled in distractions or, worse, lost in the maze of concerns or stranded in idleness, laziness, loneliness, worries and the like. Read more...

Remollo’s highway

October 28, 2016 02:32 AM

By: Modesto P. Sa-onoy

TODAY is the feast day of St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of impossible cases and it is significant to write about the idea of Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Remollo that given the intercession of St. Jude in human affairs is not farfetched. Read more...

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