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SAF commandos mourn, hail fallen comrades

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

AMID their grief and anger over the death of their 44 comrades, members of the elite PNP Special Action Force (SAF) stationed in Iloilo province still called for peace in Mindanao.

But they all believe that justice must be served to their slain colleagues.

“They should surrender. Dapat may managot sa nangyari,” said Inspector Andan Calib of the 63rd Special Action Company based in Barangay Alibunan, Calinog, Iloilo,

If Calib would have his way, he would still push for the peace process.

However, the peace process must be temporarily suspended so long as justice has not been served to the 44 SAF members who were brutally killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

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2 cops linked to colleague’s slay disarmed, restricted


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The two police officers who rented the car allegedly used in the murder of another cop have been disarmed and restricted to their units.

Sr. Supt. Milko Lirazan, acting Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) director, said PO1 Jackie Aizpuro and PO1 Randy Gelbor are under investigation relative to the death of PO2 John Gallenero.

Aizpuro is a member of the La Carlota City Police Station while Gelboria is assigned at the Bacolod City Police Office Public Safety Company.

Gallenero was shot dead Wednesday by an unidentified gunman at Brgy. 2, La Carlota City.

The suspect fled onboard a gray Mitsubishi Adventure which was later traced to Meca J Rent-A-Car owned by a certain Jessie Jimenez.

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Oca: I just want to clear my name

By: Louine Hope Conserva

“I AM not stopping illegal gambling. I just want to clear my name.”

This was the justification offered by former 1st district congressman Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr. when he tagged town mayors and chiefs of police to illegal gambling operations.

Garin said he is not in a position to stop illegal gambling as he is not an elected official, but he only wants to clear his name on the issue.

“There was this impression that I am behind the illegal gambling operation in the first district because of those people near me who operate under my shadow. Gapalapit sila sa akon ti abi sang tanan ako ang utok sang gambling pero ang matuod wala gid ako da ya. Indi ko na iya kinahanglan sang kwarta (These people approach me and then everybody thought I am the brains behind the gambling when in truth I have no involvement. I don’t need money),” Garin told The Daily Guardian.

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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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Calm and sobriety

January 31, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

CRIES for blood and war reverberated across the land as news of the death of 44 (government figures) or 64 (Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF count) members of Special Action Force (SAF) spread. Emotions ran high as social media immediately showed gruesome pictures of the dead law enforcers, stoking the fire of revenge. Read more...

Antique on brink of chaos as Mar Roxas dilly-dallies

January 31, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.” – Albert Einstein

INSTEAD of an ounce of prevention, a pound of cure is now needed to solve the leadership crisis that hit Antique, which now has two governors. Read more...

Christians are challenged to become “persons with authority”

January 31, 2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 1,21-28


OUR Gospel reading this Sunday narrates one of those usual instances in which Jesus goes to a synagogue to perform the traditional Jewish duty of attending a religious service and, being of the right age, of reading a Biblical text in public and commenting on it. Aside from this, we have one of those many accounts of Jesus curing a possessed man by expelling the evil spirit in him. Read more...

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