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THREE HEISTS IN ONE NIGHT

Burglars hit municipal halls in northern Iloilo

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

UNIDENTIFIED suspects ransacked three town halls in Iloilo province.

Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas, Iloilo police chief, said only one group is behind the burglary in the treasurer’s offices in the towns of Ajuy, Concepcion, and San Dionisio.

In the three robbery incidents, which happened over the weekend, the assailants used a crow bar to open the steel cabinet and vault of the treasurer’s offices.

According to Senior Inspector Jonathan Pinuela, Concepcion police chief, the town’s treasurer’s office lost P281,290.55.

The suspects entered through the main door of the municipal building and headed straight to the treasurer’s office. They then destroyed the padlock and forcibly opened the vault.

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School principal sues accusers

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

DR. Lynette Trinidad, principal of the Mandurriao Elementary School, has filed a civil case against several parents who accused her of misconduct.

Civil Case CV-R No. 11-15 for Damages with Prayer for Preliminary Injunction was filed before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 4, in Iloilo City.

The defendants are Emily Tribunal, Jeralyn Lactupo, Remia Rapista, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) president Ricardo Juanillo, Reynan Vergara and broadcaster Jun Capulot.

The preliminary hearing on the case has been set April, 7, 2015.

Trinidad accused the 5 defendants for “falsely and maliciously” imputing on her several instances of child abuse committed against the students of the school through various media including radio, newspaper and rallies.

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Passi City abattoir loses Double A grade

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE slaughterhouse of Passi City, Iloilo has been downgraded to a conditional Double A status, according to the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) regional office.

Citing their recent evaluation, Dr. Maria Ancilla-Zartiga, NMIS regional director, said the Passi City abattoir failed to meet the Double A standards for structure and operations.

“It is now on conditional Double A status for 6 months effective February this year, during which it was subjected to an evaluation audit,” she said.

In fact, the Double A accreditation of the Passi City abattoir already expired on Sept. 5, 2013, the NMIS evaluation audit report dated March 16, 2015 revealed.

The same report did not mention the Iloilo City slaughterhouse as a Double A facility.

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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?

 

OPEN

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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Energreen contract-5

March 31, 2015 01:14 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

I HAD time and again asked that Energreen or CENECO make available to the public their contract and the supplementary agreement. But it seems that it was to the benefit of both that these two documents were kept among themselves. However since these are public documents a copy must be somewhere. Read more...

Thieves in 3 town halls armed and dangerous?

March 31, 2015 01:12 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Poverty is the mother of crime.” – Marcus Aurelius

THE thieves who recently ransacked the treasurer’s offices of the municipalities of Ajuy, Concepcion and San Dionisio and carted away cash and valuables, could be members of a robbery gang operating in the fifth district of Iloilo.

Based on their boldness and blazing attacks, they were probably organized and not just ordinary bandits. Read more...

Incarnation today

March 31, 2015 01:10 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE’VE just celebrated the solemnity of the annunciation of the Lord, and we’re reminded of that most heart-warming truth of our faith that God became man in the purest womb of Mary to reach us, to be with us, to save us. Read more...

Another ‘first’

March 31, 2015 01:06 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

CHALK up another stunning first in the just over two years that Francis was elected as 265th successor to the chair of Peter.

Francis has approved a miracle so that, for the first time, a married couple can be canonized together, reports Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service. Read more...

Same sex marriage – an advantage or a curse ?

March 31, 2015 01:04 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

IN THE Philippines, same sex marriage is taboo for all religions and that’s primarily why there is no move by Congress to legalize it. Not so in the U.S. More than 70% of US states now allow same sex marriage, the most prominent marriage is that of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, a finalist in the World’s best mayor contest together with our own Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City. Read more...

K-12 Program: The Element of Change

March 31, 2015 01:02 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

THERE is nothing PERMANENT in his world but CHANGE. Yes, it is normal to resist change. Education is a form of art that subjects to change.

Many of our K-12 detractors are against change in number of years in basic education. To answer the demand for quality education, demand of the global market and employment in the country, the present administration is proposing changes in number of years as well as in curriculum in basic education.  Read more...

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