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‘Four villains’ ratting on Jed?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A CITY councilor claimed that “four villains” within the circle of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog are to blame for the latter’s woes.

In an interview with Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo Thursday, Councilor Plaridel Nava said these four villains are the cause of problems and issues of corruption being attributed to the present administration.

Nava made the revelation as they questioned alleged “ghost employees” and non-existent task forces at the City Hall.

The controversy also surfaced as the City Council approved Supplemental Budget No. 5 which included salaries for casual employees who are mostly assigned to the task forces.

“Not us - me and Councilor Joshua Alim - as we have shown the mayor our full loyalty to him. In fact, in questioning Supplemental Budget No. 5,

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Red tide in Isla Gigantes

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FOLKS who love to eat shellfish from Isla de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo must refrain from indulging in their favorite fare due to the red tide toxin.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued the warning as the coastal waters around Gigantes Island tested positive for the toxin.

Test results from the BFAR indicated that the paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin level in shellfish samples from Gigantes is 45 – 104 µgSTXeq/100q/100g of shellfish meat.

The safe regulatory limit for red tide toxin is 60 µgSTXeq/100g.

BFAR National Director Asis Perez issued an advisory last October 17 refraining the public from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing of shellfish from the area.

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Health offices gear up vs. Ebola

By: Louine Hope Consevrva

HEALTH offices at all levels are in close coordination to prevent the entry of Ebola virus in the country.

Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon of Iloilo Provincial Health Office said local, regional and national health agencies are now on alert.

“Just like any communicable diseases, the Department of Health central office informing us if there is a suspected person under investigation (PUI) in the region. Our disease surveillance officers in the region and province are helping each other,” she said.

Upon the advisory of the Health Emergency Management Bureau, a person suspected of contracting Ebola virus will be subjected to 21-day quarantine period.

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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?

 

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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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Tragic refrain

October 25,2014 12:48 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

ANOTHER Filipino died in the hands of a US serviceman. This is a tragic refrain to the never ending abuse and mistreatment Filipinos suffered since American troops landed in Philippine soil more than a century ago. Read more...

Festival notes-2

October 25,2014 12:46 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

DURING the Media Night at GT Hotel on October 18, Councilor Jun Gamboa announced that the budget for media had already been approved. That was a surprise to most and they asked who got what and each said “not me”.  Read more...

Love should motivate all our actions

October 25,2014 12:44 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22,34-40

OUR GOSPEL reading this Sunday invites us to search our heart to determine what really motivates us in everything that we do. It is quite easy to lose sight of what is essential when we do and think about so many things simultaneously. Read more...

Double speak

October 25,2014 12:42 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THERE are confusing actions which President Benigno Aquino should rethink: turning a blind eye on the PNP chief Purisima, and the Commission on Appointment’s promotion of officers implicated in the massacre of journalists in Maguindanao among others. Read more...

Much given, much expected

October 25,2014 12:40 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE are all familiar with that gospel lesson that those who have been blessed and gifted much, much is also expected and demanded. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Lk 12,48) Read more...

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