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‘Emerging drug lord’

Braga group slapped with drug raps

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon and Louine Hope Conserva

THE alleged drug peddler arrested in Sara, Iloilo the other day is the leader of an emerging drug ring in the province, according to the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) director, said suspected pusher Renante Braga of Brgy. Bacabac, Sara is the main source of shabu in northern Iloilo.

Braga, 34, and three others were charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) after IPPO and Sara police officers busted them for selling and possessing P1.2 million worth of suspected shabu Tuesday.

Aside from Braga, police also filed a string of charges against Romel Plogio, Kenneth Obillos and Joesan Superal also of Sara town.

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‘Sacrifice for the greater good’

By: Tara Yap

ILONGGOS should understand what it means to sacrifice for others as the Lenten season crescendos this Holy Week.

This is the reminder of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo to the Roman Catholic laity in Iloilo.

Lagdameo urged the faithful to emulate Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself to save sinners.

“We fasted, we sacrificed. We should do this to help others who are less fortunate or those who need help,” Lagdameo said in a message that was largely delivered in Hiligaynon.

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IPPO probes alleged Lemery rubout case

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE Iloilo Provincial Police (IPPO) will probe the death of a man who was accused of killing his former lover in Lemery, Iloilo last Saturday.

Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, IPPO director, said he ordered Senior Insp. Ronnie Brillo of the IPPO investigation branch to lead the investigation into the death of Ricel Tolentino of Lemery.

Tolentino, along with two other persons, is the prime suspect in the stabbing to death of his former live-in-partner Lanilyn Palmes in Brgy. Anabo, Lemery.

Senior Marius Amar, Lemery police chief, said Tolentino was arrested in Brgy. General Luna, Barotac Viejo Sunday.

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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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Revelation: visions, prophecy & politics

April 17, 2014 02:24 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THE Book of Revelation is the most controversial chapter of the Bible. Throughout the ages, its visions of the end times, with graphic images of horrible monsters and beasts; the final cosmic war at the end of the world; of the great red dragon and the whore and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse haunted the Christian world and humanity.  Read more...

Reflections on the Holy Week

April 17, 2014 02:22 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Holy Week is a most important episode in Christian faith. It is during this time that Christians reminisce the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Read more...

Raised from the dead

April 17, 2014 02:20 AM

By: Henrylito D. Tacio

“FEAR nothing; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised again; he is not here!” That was what the angel told Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome (the mother of James and John) when they went to the burial site of Jesus Christ. Read more...

Women and the resurrection of Jesus

April 17, 2014 02:18 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

EASTER SUNDAY (Year A)

Gospel reading: John 20,1-9

WE SEE opposing representations of women in the Bible. In the Old Testament they are sometimes considered as subordinate to men and as enjoying an inferior legal position (cf. Gen 12:12-20; 20:2; 19:8; Jgs 19:24-27; etc.), while in other passages they are presented as having high social position and dignity. Read more...

‘Father, forgive them…’

April 17, 2014 02:16 AM

By: Ranie Z. Jangayo

ACTS of sacrifice are most common among Catholic devotees and believers of Jesus this Holy Week. As Christians, some fast and abstain from worldly pleasures as their way of reflecting this Lenten Season. But others are inflicting physical pain to themselves as a way of atonement for their sinful acts.

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