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SRDC tries to placate buyers

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE developer of Providence Subdivision in Pavia, Iloilo met with disgruntled home buyers Wednesday in a bid to resolve various problems caused by its former manager.

Realtor Rey Deang said the meeting happened at the office of Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) regional head Pilar Jamandre.

The meeting was called after some Providence buyers filed complaints with the HLRUB regional office.

Among the problems raised by the buyers is the failure of SRDC to transfer and release the titles to buyers who paid in full.

Other home buyers claimed that their dream homes have yet to be constructed despite complying with the standard down payment.

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IPs seek PNoy’s help on mega dam delay

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Indigenous People’s (IP) Organization of Calinog, Iloilo asked Pres. Benigno Aquino III to intercede in the perceived delay in the construction of the P11-billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) II.

The IPs attributed the delay to the slow deliberations of the second Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC-2) to the mega-dam project.

The members of the community said they already sent manifestos to Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the National Irrigation Administration urging them to speed up the process.

They also plan to send the same manifesto the office of Senate President Franklin Drilon, the House of Representatives and the Office of the President.

The manifesto aims to push the NCIP to fast track the FPIC2 so that the actual construction could start and the IPs will be assured of the payment for their property which will be affected by the project.

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Bizmen to discuss Muelle Loney redevelopment

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo Economic Development Foundation (ILED) will hold a stakeholders’ meeting October 28-29 on the proposed redevelopment of the Muelle Loney area at the waterfront of downtown Iloilo City.

Senate President Franklin Drilon pushed the consultation during a meeting with ILED officers last October 6.

The Department of Finance (DOF) is firming up plans to redevelop the Muelle Loney particularly the 8,000-square meter Iloilo Customs House complex  or Aduana.

Drilon is also planning to extend the Iloilo Esplanade project to the Iloilo River Wharf which is adjacent to Muelle Loney area.

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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."



"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.



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!



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?



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 God of surprises, etcetera

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By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

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‘Pingpong children’

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By: Juan L. Mercado

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A homophobia that kills

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By: Antonio P. Contreras

WHAT happened to Jennifer Laude is undeniably a hate crime. Her life was brutally ended because of who she was. And yes, I am going to use “her” and “she” as a Read more...

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