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More city market anomalies bared

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A FORMER city councilor blamed several Iloilo City Hall officials for the various controversies hounding public markets.

Executive Assistant for Finance Perla Zulueta hit former Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) chief Vincent de la Cruz for heaping the blame on the city accountant for the unpaid electricity bills of public markets.

Zulueta was one of the resource persons present in Thursday’s investigation by the Iloilo City Council on the alleged anomalies in public markets.

Present in the hearing were City Councilors Rodel Agado, Joshua Alim, Plaridel Nava, R Leone Gerochi, Liezl Joy Zulueta-Salazar, Nielex Tupas, Love-Love Baronda, Lyndon Acap and Armand Parcon.

De la Cruz claimed that that the city accountant realigned the surpluses from the markets to other accounts instead of using the funds to pay for electricity bills that had accumulated to about P35 million.

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16K households delisted from CCT

By: Loune Hope Conserva

A TOTAL of 16,589 households in Western Visayas were delisted from the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Iloilo City and Iloilo Province got the highest number of delisted beneficiaries with a total of 8,125; Antique with 3,866; Aklan – 1,587; Negros – 1,507; Capiz - 1,121; and Guimaras - 386.

Western Visayas has 326,214 beneficiaries according to the National Household Targeting System (NHTS).

Jonathan Anteza, regional program coordinator said fraudulent activities are the main reasons for the delisting of some beneficiaries.

"About 80 to 90 percent of them are not qualified as poor," he said.

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VG Tupas gets ‘erased’

By: Louine Hope Conserva

POLITICAL propaganda continues to widen the rift between two Tupas brothers.

This, as allegations surfaced that the name of Vice Governor Raul “Boboy” Tupas was erased from the opening program of the 5th Congressional District Sports Association (CDSA) meet held in Sara, Iloilo last November 25.

Tupas said he was informed about the erasure but had no idea who made the program.

He said he came to the event, considering that he is from the 5th district and also to represent Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr.

Tupas is currently the acting governor as Defensor is on an educational trip in Singapore.

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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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Malones has the last laugh

November 28,2014 12:48 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton

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Which one?

November 28,2014 12:46 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

I WAS out of the province for two days. The trip was very enlightening, talking to people who are not our usual contacts and whose political affiliation is unknown to me. After discussing several topics one question propped up: Which one will President Aquino endorse to the Liberal Party to be the standard bearer to succeed him? Read more...

'Naming and shaming is what we do': Speaking truth to power is an Asian value

November 28,2014 12:42 AM

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By: Sheila Coronel

(Adapted from keynote address at Uncovering Asia: The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, November 24, 20014, Manila)

IN TERMS of topics, Asia is a muckraker’s paradise. The range of stories is infinite. Let me list some themes of contemporary investigative reporting in Asia:

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Have a good sense of the liturgical year

November 28,2014 12:50 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE have just ended a liturgical year with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Christ the King. We are now beginning a new one with the season of Advent, the proximate preparation for the birth of Christ. Read more...

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