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Ex-LEEO chief answers raps

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

FORMER Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) chief Vincent de la Cruz answered Friday the charges hurled at him during the fact-finding probe by the Iloilo City Council on the alleged anomalies in public markets.

The latest charges levelled at de la Cruz in Thursday’s hearing is his alleged illegal agreements with market collectors who failed to remit their collections.

He acknowledged that he entered into compromise agreements with the two accountable officers so they can pay back the embezzled collections instead of sanctioning them.

“When I learned that they failed to remit their collections from the complaints of the affected stallholders, I immediately removed them from their assignments as collectors and reassigned them to the administrative division. Of course, that is a punishment,” de la Cruz explained.

De la Cruz said he asked the two erring LEEO employees to make a promissory note that they will return the collections out of humanitarian reasons.

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Human trafficking rate in WV increases

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

HUMAN trafficking cases increased by 10 percent in 2014, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6).

DSWD Regional Office VI spokesperson Ruth D. Sibolinao said 33 trafficked victims were detected this year.

Sibolinao said the victims were mostly women – 12 from Negros Occidental, 8 from Iloilo, 4 from Capiz, 1 from Aklan and 9 minors who were rescued in Boracay Island.

Sibolinao could not provide the 2013 data for trafficked persons they monitored.

The data was revealed during the whole-day media forum on human trafficking at MO2 Westown Hotel in Mandurriao, Iloilo Friday. The forum was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Drilon blames Mejorada for ICC project delay

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

SENATE President Franklin M. Drilon blamed former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada for the delay in the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) project.

“The baseless allegations weaved from Wikipedia articles and whispered rumors are to be blamed for the latest delays on the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), which is gunning for completion in time for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Iloilo City,” said in an emailed statement.

Drilon said that the accusation of overpricing in the ICC which is now the subject of a Senate probe is “directly responsible for the failure of bidding for the second phase of the ICC’s construction.”

“Because of the malicious and baseless allegations against the construction of the ICC, contractors and other participants are getting afraid that their names and businesses will be the next target of lies being concocted, and that their names will be dragged into the issue,” said Drilon.

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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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Houston air is cleaner than Beijing

November 22,2014 01:10 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

Even in just the short 4-hour layover at the Beijing Airport from Manila on my way to Houston, one can observe the obvious air pollution in Beijing City.

On a very clear day and good weather, the sun in Beijing is not visible to the naked eye even at noon time. There is always a smoke like haze or smog that blankets the entire city (Manila is a little bit better), making noontime look like six o’clock in the evening.   Read more...

Laud to SSS but…

November 22,2014 01:08 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

AN EARLY schedule out of Bacolod prevented me from attending the “Kapihan sa SSS Bacolod” called by the AVP of Western Visayas Cluster Manolito Tagalog last Tuesday. However, news reports and radio commentaries provided enough information to comment on the agency’s latest moves. Some good news but most are disappointments. Read more...

Disgraceful retreat

November 22,2014 01:06 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

“SO HARAP tayo para malaman ano talaga ang totoo (Let’s face off to bring out the truth),” Vice President Binay issued this challenge to Senator Antonio Trillianes IV, one of his tormentors last October 22, 2014 after he spoke before businessmen at the Manila Hotel.   Read more...

Desiring to see and to be with God at the end of time

November 22,2014 01:04 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez

34TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25,31-46

OUR Gospel reading this Sunday confirms our faith in the glorious return of Jesus at the end of time to judge both the living and the dead. It will be the fulfilment of the promise he made on many occasions before he embraced his passion and death on the cross (cf. Mt 16:27; 24:37-44; 25:1-12; Mk 8:38; Lk 12:37-40; 21:34-36; Jn 14:1-3; etc.). On that day the Son of God will manifest all His power and glory as the King of the universe! Read more...

With the end in mind

November 22,2014 01:02 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IT’S understandable that with the approach of the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 23, the readings of the Masses these days bring us to consider the end of time, judgment, heaven and hell.

The Solemnity of Christ the King marks the end of the liturgical year. And we would begin another one with the onset of the season of Advent, the proximate preparation for Christmas, the birth of Christ, our Redeemer.

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