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Probe on L300 purchase looms

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Council is looking for compelling reasons to investigate the plan of the Office of the City Mayor to buy three L-300 vans from an exclusive distributor for P2.7 million.

Councilor Jason Gonzales, committee on good government chairman, said they have to determine several factors before conducting the investigation.

“I have yet to find out what procurement method was used, then act accordingly,” Gonzales said.

The probe is likely to focus on the statement of General Services Office (GSO) chief Joren Sartorio before the council last Tuesday that two Mitsubishi L-300 vans were “already delivered” by Avescor Motors Inc., an exclusive supplier of Mitsubishi cars, to the mayor’s office.

Sartorio later changed his statement before the media saying that the vans were “on loan” from the supplier. He also assured that the arrangement will not affect the bidding of the three L-300 vans.

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DBM nixes budget for City Hall’s electric bills

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) barred the Iloilo City government from paying electricity bills incurred in 2012 and 2013 using funds from the 2014 budget.

The DBM shed light on the issue after Councilor Joshua Alim sought clarification on the payment of electric bills incurred by the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) from 2012 to 2013.

The LEEO, which manages public markets and the slaughterhouse, owes some P15,344, 549.90 in unpaid power bills covering the period of December 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog asked the council to pass a resolution to use part of P66.2-million appropriations for electricity in the 2014 budget to pay LEEO’s debts.

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Capiz, NegOcc MERS-CoV free

By: Dolly Yasa and Felipe V. Celino

HEALTH officials in Capiz and Negros Occidental declared their respective provinces free of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV).

This, as the 10 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who may have been exposed to MERS-CoV tested negative for the virus.

The OFWs were part of the 21 Western Visayans who flew on an Etihad Airlines flight from the United Arabs Emirates. Also in the same flight was a Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS-CoV.

Dr. Ernell Tumimbang of the Negros Occidental health office said the six OFWs who were quarantined have been cleared of the virus and allowed to go home.

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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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