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Crimes committed by minors getting worse

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos


THE NUMBER of children in conflict with the law (CICL) who were admitted to the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) has been declining in the past years, but the gravity of

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Crackdown ordered on illegal drugs hotspots

By: F. Allan L. Angelo


THE POLICE Regional Office (PRO-6) ordered the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) to conduct saturation drives against suspected illegal drug peddlers,

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MIWD water needs boiling

By: Louine Hope Conserva

CONSUMERS of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD), particularly those in Jaro, LaPaz, and City Proper districts of Iloilo City, must boil the water coming out

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Farmer butchered by jealous colleagues

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon


ONE OF THE suspects in the murder of a vegetable farmer in Oton, Iloilo was arrested morning of May 30, 2016.

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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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Bearing and conquering

May 31, 2016 02:44 AM

By: Fr Roy Cimagala

IF WE WANT to be faithful to Christ, we should expect all kinds of suffering, especially that of misunderstanding and persecution. And sometimes, we can even suffer at the hands of our own people.

The water, the island, and the food

May 31, 2016 02:47 AM

By: Rodolfo Jerome Lacusong

I BOARDED a ship bound to Odiongan Port in Romblon.

The family I stayed with showed lots of hospitality with welcoming hearts, which is truly a Filipino tradition. They oriented me on places to go and food to eat.

March 2016 LET performance

May 31, 2016 02:38 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

THE PROFESSIONAL Regulation Commission (PRC) recently released the results of March 20, 2016 Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET) given in 20 testing centers all over the Philippines.  Read more...


May 31, 2016 02:27 AM

By: Modesto P. Sa-onoy

A FEDERAL form of government for the Philippines is not new. It is as old as the Philippine revolution. Read more...

Pinaka, inoca

May 31, 2016 02:19 AM

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

IN THE vernacular, the move of some politicians to jump from one party to another (especially that of the elected president) AFTER the polls is described as PINAKA or to hop life a frog. Read more...

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