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Mayor hits BM for ‘ghost employees’

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A MUNICIPAL mayor accused a member of the Iloilo provincial board of maintaining alleged ghost employees in his office.

Maasin Mayor Mariano Malones dropped the accusation on Board Member Emmanuel “Manny” Gallar in retaliation to the latter’s alleged link to an administrative case against the mayor.

Elsa Maternal filed the administrative case against Malones before the provincial board for “illegally terminating” her as the town’s assistant human resource management officer.

Material bought the case to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the latter issued a decision in her favor her and ordered her reinstatement.

Maternal sought the help of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan citing its power to recommend the suspension or dismissal of local government officials as stipulated in the Local Government Code.

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Pandac residents offer compromise on Deca 3

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

A FORMER vice-mayor of Pavia, Iloilo vowed to support his neighbors at Brgy. Pandac against the construction of a purported high-density housing (HDH) project in their village.

Former Vice-Mayor Guillermo Hisancha, an internationally-renowned architect, said they are not buying the justifications set by 8890 Housing Development Corp. (HDC) which is proposing to put up Deca III at Brgy. Pandac, Pavia.

In a public hearing at Pandac Elementary School last Sunday, Deca Homes assistant general manager Glenn Romanillos said they will construct single-attached houses with a lot area of 80 to 100 square meters (sq. m.) and a floor area of 38-52 sq. m.

Hisancha said the design does not matter as the project is still a form of high-density housing.

“The 100-sq. m. lot proposal is not acceptable because it is still high density housing. Their previous proposal of row house is super high density,” Hisancha said.

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K to 12 may lead to jobs mismatch

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE effects of the K to 12 education curriculum on the manpower potentials of Western Visayas is a major challenge in the investment promotion efforts of the business sector.

Under the new curriculum, college enrollees are expected to drop in 2016 during the transition period from a 10-year curriculum to a 12-year program.

It is estimated that over a million students then will be in grade 11 in 2016 when they would have been enrolled as college freshmen.

In 2017, enrollment will roughly double to 2.06 million to 2.324 million because two years of senior high school will be running simultaneously.

Iloilo Business Club Executive Director Lea Lara said the challenge on the part of the business industry is to match the skills of high school graduates with the demands of investors.

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ordered a thorough investigation on the senseless killing of radioman Niel "Lito" Jimena in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental last August 22, expect police probers, led by E.B. Magalona police chief, SP04 Leonardo Cobing, to make no stone unturned to solve the grisly crime soon.

 

We expect a breakthrough in the case at least before the year ends when witnesses start to come out in the open and pinpoint the perpetrators and the masterminds after the Iloilo Press Club (IPC) dangled a P500,000 reward for anyone who can provide information for the culprits' immediate arrest.

We still maintain that Jimena's murder could have something do to with his part time job as police Senior Inspector Musa Amiyong's "runner" or "hitman" during the police officer's controversial stint as intelligence chief of the Iloilo City Police Office where they became widely known in the underworld community as "Batman and Robin."

 

CARTOON

"Batman and Robin" were hero cartoon characters and partners in fighting the bad guys in society. They tackled their foes in a hand-to-hand combat side by side. One of them was useless if the other was missing.

The Amiyong-Jimena romance that romped off some five years ago, became the object of gossips and constant discussions among coffeeshop habitués in Iloilo City.

How they became infatuated with each other was something that intrigued some rank-and-file cops and fellow radio reporters. One time in a coffeeshop inside SM city, an enraged Jimena punched fellow mediaman Francis Terania "for spreading a gossip about Jimena and Amiyong." Terania, who did not fight back, denied his friend's allegation but theorized "there was something fishy" when a cop and an off-and-on broadcaster form a team purportedly to run after illegal drugs syndicates.

 

FAR-FETCHED

It was not far-fetched for the Amiyong- Jimena tango to hit off since Amiyong is one of the only few police officers closed to members of media in Iloilo City. In fact, he is a "fast drawer" when it comes to picking up the tab for his media friends' coffee and tea.

As Iloilo's "Batman and Robin," they were dreaded and merciless against the small fries but haven't bagged a single big fish despite their well-oiled operations, something that dismayed Amiyong's superiors and lent credence to suspicions they were doing some "monkey business."

We are not saying that Amiyong and Jimena were bad guys and had circumvented the laws or used their power and influence for their own whims and caprices. But one thing's for sure, they are not immaculate!

 

JUSTICE

If he is hell-bent to give justice to his murdered subaltern, Amiyong should disclose to investigators all their botched and successful operations against suspected traders of illegal drugs in the past.

How many arrests have they made during the period of their notoriety as "Batman and Robin?" Who were the personalities involved and how did Amiyong deal with them even if they were known to be untouchables? What is the status of the cases, if there are any, filed against the suspects?

Furthermore, what qualifications did Jimena possess that prompted Amiyong to recruit him to his team? What was Jimena's real job prescription? What step did Amiyong undertake when Jimena was ambushed and survived in 2009 also in Victorias City? What could be the motive of that slay attempt on Jimena's life?

 

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We are glad Amiyong has started to open his mouth. He should talk more and help ferret out the truth. Jimena has been eliminated. Amiyong is still standing—and talking!

Meanwhile, we appeal to some eager-beaver amateurs not to muddle the issue by prematurely pointing to an Iloilo City politician as the possible mastermind in the murder.

We believe Jimena was killed not because of his role as "anti-graft crusader" and for lambasting politicians in his blocktime programs.

These issues are peanuts vis-a-vis the major angles being doggedly pursued by cracked probers that somebody could have double-crossed or hoodwinked someone in a very complicated transaction that turned awry.

 

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The effect of ME Law enforcement on education, employment and safety

September 02,2014 12:58 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

THE latest survey conducted on 25 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Western Visayas offering engineering programs showed that the engineering discipline ranked 5th among the 10 disciplines in higher education in terms of enrolment.

Out of four traditional engineering programs, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering ranked 3rd in terms of enrolment and graduates. Read more...

Rain in Spain

September 02,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

“THE rayn in Spayn staiys maynly in the playn”. Remember this cockney English in the musical “My Fair Lady” and the tongue twisting comedy? Well, the rain in Spain did not stay mainly in the plain. It did not rain in Spain at all. It was all sunny there last week and the roar was not from the thunder but the voices of football fans. Read more...

Transition curve?

September 02,2014 12:54 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

BRAZIL today loses less than 6,000 square kilometers of forests – down from 20,000 a decade back, the Economist reports. It spearheads the Amazon Region Protected Areas which is 20 times Belgium’s size. This is the “transition curve, a turning point in a seemingly irreversible deforestation.”  Read more...

Widow’s Mite Village by Jake

September 02,2014 12:52 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

A VISIONARY friend from San Diego California, Jacob “Jake” R. Quimpo, enlightened me with his philanthropic project—the Widow’s Mite Village. The concept comes from the Biblical allusion in Luke 21: 1-3 which tells of Jesus commending a widow for giving in the temple treasury all she had to live on.  Read more...

‘I can forgive but I can’t forget’

September 02,2014 12:50 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

WHAT happened to Virgilio Orquiola early morning on August 31, 1996 or 18 years ago will forever be etched in his memory. Read more...

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