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SRDC tries to placate buyers

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE developer of Providence Subdivision in Pavia, Iloilo met with disgruntled home buyers Wednesday in a bid to resolve various problems caused by its former manager.

Realtor Rey Deang said the meeting happened at the office of Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) regional head Pilar Jamandre.

The meeting was called after some Providence buyers filed complaints with the HLRUB regional office.

Among the problems raised by the buyers is the failure of SRDC to transfer and release the titles to buyers who paid in full.

Other home buyers claimed that their dream homes have yet to be constructed despite complying with the standard down payment.

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IPs seek PNoy’s help on mega dam delay

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Indigenous People’s (IP) Organization of Calinog, Iloilo asked Pres. Benigno Aquino III to intercede in the perceived delay in the construction of the P11-billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) II.

The IPs attributed the delay to the slow deliberations of the second Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC-2) to the mega-dam project.

The members of the community said they already sent manifestos to Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the National Irrigation Administration urging them to speed up the process.

They also plan to send the same manifesto the office of Senate President Franklin Drilon, the House of Representatives and the Office of the President.

The manifesto aims to push the NCIP to fast track the FPIC2 so that the actual construction could start and the IPs will be assured of the payment for their property which will be affected by the project.

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Bizmen to discuss Muelle Loney redevelopment

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo Economic Development Foundation (ILED) will hold a stakeholders’ meeting October 28-29 on the proposed redevelopment of the Muelle Loney area at the waterfront of downtown Iloilo City.

Senate President Franklin Drilon pushed the consultation during a meeting with ILED officers last October 6.

The Department of Finance (DOF) is firming up plans to redevelop the Muelle Loney particularly the 8,000-square meter Iloilo Customs House complex  or Aduana.

Drilon is also planning to extend the Iloilo Esplanade project to the Iloilo River Wharf which is adjacent to Muelle Loney area.

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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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