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DON’T FREEZE MIWD FUNDS

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

METRO Iloilo Water District (MIWD) will try to secure a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals (CA) against the Writ of Preliminary Attachment issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 39 on the properties and funds of the water district.

Lawyer Cyril Regalado, corporate secretary of MIWD board of directors, said they will also seek a clarificatory order from the RTC as regards the writ to avoid confusion among the water district’s depository banks.

Regalado said they also asked the CA to review the writ as they believe that properties of a public utility like MIWD could not be held or frozen to the detriment of consumers.

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PDEA agent positive for drug use, faces axe

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

A PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-6) agent tested positive for drug use following a random test.

PDEA-6 Regional Director Paul Ledesma declined to name the agent but claimed the latter has been working for the agency for almost 5 years.

Ledesma said he ordered the surprise mandatory drug test to more or less 80 PDEA agents in from their regional office early this week.

“Unfortunately, one tested positive during the initial screening,” Ledesma said.

Ledesma said the result became prima facie evidence for a pre-charge investigation against the unnamed agent.

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Vice-Gov Tupas: I’m vindicated

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILOILO Vice-Gov. Raul Tupas said he felt vindicated by controversies surrounding the release of the Emergency Shelter Assistance in the fifth district.

This, a national TV personality exposed alleged irregularities in the release of ESA in Estancia, Iloilo.

“I saw the program and I feel vindicated with what Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said that the assistance should be given to the beneficiaries and should not be marred by politics,” he said.

Vice-Gov. Tupas is referring to his brother, 5th district Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. who was seen in Ted Failon’s report August 22 participating in the release of ESA.

The vice governor had claimed that congressman barred him from witnessing the distribution of the shelter aid in Concepcion town.

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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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False charity-2

August 29, 2015 03:36 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LET US continue from last Saturday the discussion on the article of Fr. John A. Perricone entitled “Caricature of Charity”. This article poses certain critical views relating to the now popular presentation of the social teaching, “preferential option for the poor”. Read more...

Destroyer of justice

August 29, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

FILIPINOS thought the nightmare of the gang holding the Supreme Court hostage is over with the impeachment of its leader Renato Corona.

How wrong they are. The head of the gang is gone but the ignoble Arroyo Court is very much alive and continues to wreck havoc on the judiciary.  Read more...

Pharisaism in the world today

August 29, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Mark 7,1-8.14-15.21-23

THE Jewish tradition requires the observance of particular laws concerning ritual purification. We have one example of this in our Gospel reading this Sunday – that of eating meals with clean or purified hands done through a very precise process of ablution (cf. v.3). Read more...

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