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Ex-LEEO chief now ‘markets collector’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE former head of the Iloilo City government’s Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) is now the “collector” of public markets.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he has reassigned Vincent de la Cruz to handle certain operations of the public markets effective October 1, 2014.

De la Cruz was relieved from the LEEO after reports on insufficient funds for the electricity consumption of public markets came out in the media.

De la Cruz also courted more controversy after it was discovered that many vendors in major city markets are considered illegal stall occupants.

The LEEO manages the public markets and the slaughterhouse.

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Mejorada: Drilon using bully tactics

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

A COLUMNIST and former Iloilo provincial administrator claimed that Senate President Franklin Drilon is bullying him through a libel case filed by the latter.

Manuel Mejorada said the libel case filed by Drilon is “pure harassment, a strong message to dissenters that legitimate criticism of public officials will be dealt with an iron fist.”

Drilon sued Mejorada before the Pasay City Prosecutors Office in Metro Manila for alleged libelous articles published in the latter’s blog hosted by wordpress.com.

Mejorada used to be a consultant and one of the media relations officers of Drilon in Illoilo province. He also campaigned for the senator in the 2010 elections

In his complaint affidavit, Drilon said he hired the former provincial administrator from September 2010 until June 2011.

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Another 'budol' car abandoned in Jaro

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A CAR reportedly used by a notorious group of swindlers was abandoned in Jaro, Iloilo City.

A police informant found the vehicle, a white Kia Avella with license plate GTA-518, around 12 noon at Brgy. Calubihan, Jaro.

There was no sign of the suspects but the riders left three bags containing clothes, a net bag containing identification cards of a couple with address at Tubod, Surigao City, and 9 assorted gold and silver plated wrist watches believed to be part of their swindling loot.

Senior Inspector Herbert Ballego, Jaro police chief, the suspects may have been forced to abandon the vehicle “because the police are closely zeroing in on their tail.”

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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."

 

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"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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Building bridges

October 02, 2014 01:08 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT HAS been the dream of the people of Western Visayas that a bridge will be constructed connecting the two huge islands of the Visayas and bringing closer about ten million people. The easy access from one province to another will have a tremendous impact on the lives of the residents and propel a new era of prosperity. Read more...

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October 02, 2014 01:04 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“CHIZ, your ‘Heart’ is not in the right place.”

Phil Cruz e-mailed that in reaction to “Macabre joke.” This Inquirer Sept. 27 column discussed Sen. Francis Escudero’s proposal to bury the embalmed remains of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Come February, the senator is to marry fiancée Heart Evangelista.

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Duterte can’t shoot all people

October 02, 2014 01:02 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

THE alleged threat of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he would shoot those behind the “Duterte for president movement” is just pakitang tao. It’s hogwash. Read more...

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