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ICC landscaping, parking lot up for bidding

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

WILL the remaining works on the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) be completed before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in September to October starts?

The completion of the more than P700-million ICC is still under a cloud after it was found out that concerned agencies are still on the bidding process of the construction of the parking area, landscaping and installation of the audio-visual system.

An invitation to bid (ITB) posted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) regional office on PhilGEPS website indicated that the dropping of bids for the P28.863-million parking area and landscaping project will happen August 24 yet.

The ITB also indicated that the project is APEC-related and includes construction of perimeter fence, guard houses, fountain, pylon signage, flag pole and parking areas within 90 calendar days.

Aside from the parking space and landscaping, the ICC’s audio/video lighting system will be subjected to bidding also on August 24.

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Army: Nothing illegal in Concha’s arrest

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division said there was nothing illegal in the arrest of the alleged top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in Panay Island.

Major Ray Tiongson, 3ID spokesperson, said Maria Concepcion “Concha” Araneta-Bocala, believed to be the CPP-NPA-NDF’s secretary general for Komiteng Rehiyon Panay, could not rely on the JASIG or the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees to absolve her of existing criminal liabilities.

JASIG is an agreement entered into by and between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (DFNP) signed on February 24, 1995 in the town of Nieuwegein, the Netherlands

“Since her JASIG document has only an alias in it, anybody may claim that he or she owns it. Since di sila nagpakatotoo, they also become victims of their own lies,” Tiongson said.

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Mabilog hospitalized

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is in sick bed.

Mabilog’s wife and City Hall sources confirmed that the mayor is indeed confined at the hospital.

Mrs. Marivic Mabilog said in her Facebook page that the mayor is resting in a hospital due to fatigue.

“Jed (Mabilog) attended the APEC meeting which lasted for hours. He came home sick and with elevated temperature. Today (August 1) from 8:00 (a.m.) to 4 p.m., he had to be in school for his examinations.

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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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Changing names-2

August 04, 2015 03:24 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE REASON we need to know the contents of the letter of Bacolod to the National Historical Institute is to know what the city told the NHI. On the other hand we need to see the contents of NHI letter to the city. Read more...

Mar as ‘Teleserye King?’

August 04, 2015 03:07 AM

By: Ranie Z. Jangayo

FINALLY, it’s Mar Roxas as Liberal Party’s (LP) standard bearer for 2016 polls. He is the official candidate for president despite his poor survey ratings.

As we all know Mar, has been eyeing the land’s highest post. He even thought that his marriage to famous television personality Korina Sanchez would be a big lift to his ambition of becoming president. Read more...

Dengue prevention and control in school

August 04, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) declared June 15 as the ASEAN Dengue Day. This, as dengue emerged as a public health burden in Southeast Asia and became a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children in the region since its first outbreak in the late 1950s in the Philippines and Thailand.  Read more...

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