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‘Price dispute’ snags water supply diversion

By: Louine Hope Conserva

METRO Iloilo Water District (MIWD) and its bulk water suppliers have yet to carry out a directive of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) to divert undelivered water to another pipeline due to disagreements over water rates.

Dr. Teodoro Robles, MIWD board chairman, said FLO Water Resources, Inc. and its partner Prime Water Ventures proposed different rates to be charged on MIWD once FLO Water diverts 9,000 cubic meters (cu. m.) of water to Prime Water’s pipeline.

FLO Water is supposed to deliver 15,000 cu. m. daily to MIWD but can only provide 5,000 to 6,000 cu. m. due to restrictions in its assigned injection pipeline in Leganes, Iloilo.


The problem has led to a dispute between MIWD and FLO Water on whether the water district should pay for the entire contracted volume of 15,000 cu. m. or the actual deliveries only.

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Politicians will benefit more from pay hike

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE UPCOMING salary standardization law will benefit politicians more than the ordinary government worker.

Based on the pay hike to be implemented starting January 1, 2016, employee at Salary Grade 1 will only see a P2,000 in their pay in four years.


But in the case of politicians like the Iloilo City councilors, their salaries will shoot up by almost 100 percent in the same time frame.

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Rob suspect falls, pals evade arrest

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

AN ALLEGED member of a criminal gang was arrested in a botched robbery Saturday evening in City Proper, Iloilo City.

Senior Inspector Jojo Tabaloc, Iloilo City Police Station 1 chief, identified the suspect as Jemar Halasan, 27, of Banilad village, Dumaguete City.


For Halasan, it was one thing to be arrested but it was another to be betrayed by his so-called friends.

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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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Leonine Prayer

November 30, 2015 02:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

JUST AFTER the attack in Paris last week, the Holy Father asked the world to pray to St. Michael, the Archangel. Why did Pope Francis call for a universal resort to St. Michael? Read more...

The CBARAD experience

November 30, 2015 02:26 AM

By Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

LET us not ignore our need to be safe from natural disasters. Taking unnecessary risks – like living by a tsunami-prone shoreline, a mountain side vulnerable to landslides, a river that swells on rainy days, or being Read more...

Burying the truth

November 30, 2015 02:32 AM

By: Manuel "Boy" Mejorada

WITH THE public uproar over the failed "invasion" of the Aksyon Radyo Iloilo premises the other week, I had expected Senate President Franklin Drilon to issue a strong statement to condemn Read more...

MIAGAO 300: Weaving heritage into the fabric of history

November 30, 2015 02:49 AM

By: Ben Jimena

ON FEBRUARY 1 to 14, 2016, Miagao celebrates the tri-centennial anniversary of its founding.   Read more...

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