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City Hall confirms missing properties but...

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City General Services Office (GSO) confirmed that some City Hall properties are indeed missing.

GSO chief Joren Sartorio said the missing equipment and other items listed by the Commission on Audit (COA) in its Annual Audit Report cannot be accounted by his office.

“In fact, COA learned of these missing items from us. We lately conducted an inventory of the city’s properties, the physical inventory being mandatory as they form part of the Property, Plant and Equipment account. We reported to COA this inventory which noted these ‘missing’ items,” he said.

“These items have been assigned to certain officials, which makes them accountable for these materials. We have already advised those concerned to account for the missing equipment, otherwise, they will be liable for the loss.”

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Stringent clearance policy slows down importation

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A BUREAU of Customs (BOC) official in Western Visayas said the mandatory import commodity clearance (ICC) imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has made importation at Iloilo ports “prohibitive.”

“In fact, for years now, some products that used to be received at the Iloilo ports are no longer delivered here,” the customs official said.

The BOC official said the problem lies with the quality testing of imported materials.

“The importation at the Iloilo piers of wall and floor tiles had been quite consistent for years until testing for clearance by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) took a slow pace. Today, it now takes the BPS about three months to release its testing results, which has become bothersome to Iloilo importers,” the Customs official said.

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Council wants road contractor banned

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Council asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to blacklist the contractor of an ongoing road project in Jaro-LaPaz districts.

The request was made through a resolution the council unanimously passed Tuesday.

The resolution authored by Councilor Joshua Alim asked the DPWH to ban Metro Manila-based Arcenwe Corp. from undertaking future government projects.

Arcenwe is the contractor of the repairs on Commission Civil Street which traverses through Jaro and LaPaz districts.

The road project remains unfinished after one year and two months, causing traffic jams in the busy street.

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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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Traffic jams

September 24, 2014 01:08 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

BACOLOD Traffic Authority chief Butch Ebreo is being taken to task for a job that is as difficult as Sisyphus pushing the rock to the top of the hill. The guy is doing a yeoman’s job that like the floods that visit the Philippines on a regular basis and occasionally in Bacolod, traffic in this city is a Gordian knot that needs a surgical solution. Read more...

Other prisms

September 24, 2014 01:06 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

A DIFFERENT prism on martial law came, over the weekend, from a Filipino who grew up in Argentina. To mark the 42nd anniversary of Marcos’ saving “democracy by bayonets,” Bino A. Realuyo wrote about “my belated awakening (that) came mostly from a Buenos Aires education.” Read more...

Why I write

September 24, 2014 01:04 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

I OFTEN encounter people who couldn’t understand why I am making column writing a living. There’s no money in it, they tell me. I could easily find more profitable pursuits, they add. And those who like the fact that I write regularly add another element to the equation: fear. They are afraid for my safety because of what I write about. Read more...

Money can’t buy happiness

September 24, 2014 01:02 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” – Benjamin Franklin

DESPITE their fortune, some of the wealthiest people on earth are also the loneliest if not the saddest. Read more...

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