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MIWD asks for more water from supplier

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) is in talks with one of its bulk water suppliers to augment water supply to consumers.

In a press statement, the MIWD said it is negotiating with the Villar-led Prime Water Ventures Corp. to supply an additional 8,000 cubic meters (cu. m.) of water daily to fill in the supply shortage.

The negotiation began after the MIWD Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 104-2015 directing the MIWD officer-in-charge to implement the recommendation of its Bulk Water Supply Management Committee (BWSMC).

Prime Water and MIWD have an existing bulk water supply contract which requires the Villar-owned firm to supply 10,000 cu. m. daily at P9.45 per cu. m.

The resolution was approved during the MIWD board’s emergency meeting on April 22, 2015.

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Drugs behind botched relief of Capiz top cop?

By: Jomarie A. Billones

ROXAS City, Capiz — The relief of the officer-in-charge of the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) was stalled following orders from the Police Regional Office (PRO-6).

In a radio interview, Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion confirmed that he received his relief order from Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, PRO-6 director, on April 22.

The following day, however, Nacion received another instruction from the PRO-6 holding in abeyance his transfer from the CPPO to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office.

Nacion said he could not ascertain the cause for his transfer from Capiz but he believes it could be due to his relentless campaign against illegalities, particularly illegal drugs, in the province.

Since his assumption as CPPO interim chief last March 1, Nacion said they conducted several drug bust operations why resulted in the arrest of some big-time suspected drug pushers allegedly protected by some influential persons here.

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Murder raps up vs. ‘kap killers’

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

POLICE in Lambunao, Iloilo filed a case for murder against two suspects in the shooting to death of a village chief Thursday morning.

Chief Inspector Elmer Armada, the town police chief, said three witnesses tagged Crisanto Caro, 25, of Barangay Poblacion Rizal Ilaya, Calinog and his cousin-in-law Joey Miranda, 28, to the death of Punong Barangay Raul Ganadillo, 51, of Pandan village.

But Armada declined to go into the details of the case and the identities of the witnesses for security reasons.

Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas, Iloilo police chief, said they are looking at three angles behind the killing: politics, a case Ganadillo filed against a barangay kagawad; and the growing quarry operations in the village.

“There was a person who earlier talked to Ganadillo to go slow on his criticisms against the quarry operations,” he added.

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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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Chinese bullies

April 25, 2015 02:30 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy


UNTIL THE communists took over power in China, the Chinese had never been known to bully other people, much less the smaller nations. This is the reason that for centuries the Philippines and China had been friends. Read more...

National mood

April 25, 2015 02:34 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez


ELECTION fever is beginning to heat up as the clock ticks towards 2016. What is the current national mood in relation to next year’s presidential election?  Read more...

Witnessing to Jesus’ resurrection by behaving like good shepherds

April 25, 2015 02:40 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez


Gospel Reading: John 10,11-18

We have been reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus these past three weeks. This Sunday seems to take a completely different turn as the Gospel reading proposes a passage that apparently has nothing to do with the Read more...

Only Michael Buffer is like Caesar’s wife on fight night

April 25, 2015 02:46 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal


“Yesterday I was lying. Today, I’m telling the truth.” – Bob Arum

NOW that the names of ring officials in the Fight of the Century in Las Vegas on May 2 have been revealed, the Doubting Thomases among Filipino fight fans are getting restless and paranoid. Read more...

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