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‘Emerging drug lord’

Braga group slapped with drug raps

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon and Louine Hope Conserva

THE alleged drug peddler arrested in Sara, Iloilo the other day is the leader of an emerging drug ring in the province, according to the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) director, said suspected pusher Renante Braga of Brgy. Bacabac, Sara is the main source of shabu in northern Iloilo.

Braga, 34, and three others were charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) after IPPO and Sara police officers busted them for selling and possessing P1.2 million worth of suspected shabu Tuesday.

Aside from Braga, police also filed a string of charges against Romel Plogio, Kenneth Obillos and Joesan Superal also of Sara town.

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‘Sacrifice for the greater good’

By: Tara Yap

ILONGGOS should understand what it means to sacrifice for others as the Lenten season crescendos this Holy Week.

This is the reminder of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo to the Roman Catholic laity in Iloilo.

Lagdameo urged the faithful to emulate Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself to save sinners.

“We fasted, we sacrificed. We should do this to help others who are less fortunate or those who need help,” Lagdameo said in a message that was largely delivered in Hiligaynon.

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IPPO probes alleged Lemery rubout case

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE Iloilo Provincial Police (IPPO) will probe the death of a man who was accused of killing his former lover in Lemery, Iloilo last Saturday.

Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, IPPO director, said he ordered Senior Insp. Ronnie Brillo of the IPPO investigation branch to lead the investigation into the death of Ricel Tolentino of Lemery.

Tolentino, along with two other persons, is the prime suspect in the stabbing to death of his former live-in-partner Lanilyn Palmes in Brgy. Anabo, Lemery.

Senior Marius Amar, Lemery police chief, said Tolentino was arrested in Brgy. General Luna, Barotac Viejo Sunday.

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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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Revelation: visions, prophecy & politics

April 17, 2014 02:24 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THE Book of Revelation is the most controversial chapter of the Bible. Throughout the ages, its visions of the end times, with graphic images of horrible monsters and beasts; the final cosmic war at the end of the world; of the great red dragon and the whore and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse haunted the Christian world and humanity.  Read more...

Reflections on the Holy Week

April 17, 2014 02:22 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Holy Week is a most important episode in Christian faith. It is during this time that Christians reminisce the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Read more...

Raised from the dead

April 17, 2014 02:20 AM

By: Henrylito D. Tacio

“FEAR nothing; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised again; he is not here!” That was what the angel told Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome (the mother of James and John) when they went to the burial site of Jesus Christ. Read more...

Women and the resurrection of Jesus

April 17, 2014 02:18 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

EASTER SUNDAY (Year A)

Gospel reading: John 20,1-9

WE SEE opposing representations of women in the Bible. In the Old Testament they are sometimes considered as subordinate to men and as enjoying an inferior legal position (cf. Gen 12:12-20; 20:2; 19:8; Jgs 19:24-27; etc.), while in other passages they are presented as having high social position and dignity. Read more...

‘Father, forgive them…’

April 17, 2014 02:16 AM

By: Ranie Z. Jangayo

ACTS of sacrifice are most common among Catholic devotees and believers of Jesus this Holy Week. As Christians, some fast and abstain from worldly pleasures as their way of reflecting this Lenten Season. But others are inflicting physical pain to themselves as a way of atonement for their sinful acts.

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