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MIWD asks for more water from supplier

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) is in talks with one of its bulk water suppliers to augment water supply to consumers.

In a press statement, the MIWD said it is negotiating with the Villar-led Prime Water Ventures Corp. to supply an additional 8,000 cubic meters (cu. m.) of water daily to fill in the supply shortage.

The negotiation began after the MIWD Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 104-2015 directing the MIWD officer-in-charge to implement the recommendation of its Bulk Water Supply Management Committee (BWSMC).

Prime Water and MIWD have an existing bulk water supply contract which requires the Villar-owned firm to supply 10,000 cu. m. daily at P9.45 per cu. m.

The resolution was approved during the MIWD board’s emergency meeting on April 22, 2015.

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Drugs behind botched relief of Capiz top cop?

By: Jomarie A. Billones

ROXAS City, Capiz — The relief of the officer-in-charge of the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) was stalled following orders from the Police Regional Office (PRO-6).

In a radio interview, Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion confirmed that he received his relief order from Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, PRO-6 director, on April 22.

The following day, however, Nacion received another instruction from the PRO-6 holding in abeyance his transfer from the CPPO to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office.

Nacion said he could not ascertain the cause for his transfer from Capiz but he believes it could be due to his relentless campaign against illegalities, particularly illegal drugs, in the province.

Since his assumption as CPPO interim chief last March 1, Nacion said they conducted several drug bust operations why resulted in the arrest of some big-time suspected drug pushers allegedly protected by some influential persons here.

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Murder raps up vs. ‘kap killers’

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

POLICE in Lambunao, Iloilo filed a case for murder against two suspects in the shooting to death of a village chief Thursday morning.

Chief Inspector Elmer Armada, the town police chief, said three witnesses tagged Crisanto Caro, 25, of Barangay Poblacion Rizal Ilaya, Calinog and his cousin-in-law Joey Miranda, 28, to the death of Punong Barangay Raul Ganadillo, 51, of Pandan village.

But Armada declined to go into the details of the case and the identities of the witnesses for security reasons.

Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas, Iloilo police chief, said they are looking at three angles behind the killing: politics, a case Ganadillo filed against a barangay kagawad; and the growing quarry operations in the village.

“There was a person who earlier talked to Ganadillo to go slow on his criticisms against the quarry operations,” he added.

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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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Chinese bullies

April 25, 2015 02:30 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

 

UNTIL THE communists took over power in China, the Chinese had never been known to bully other people, much less the smaller nations. This is the reason that for centuries the Philippines and China had been friends. Read more...

National mood

April 25, 2015 02:34 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

 

ELECTION fever is beginning to heat up as the clock ticks towards 2016. What is the current national mood in relation to next year’s presidential election?  Read more...

Witnessing to Jesus’ resurrection by behaving like good shepherds

April 25, 2015 02:40 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez

4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Gospel Reading: John 10,11-18

We have been reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus these past three weeks. This Sunday seems to take a completely different turn as the Gospel reading proposes a passage that apparently has nothing to do with the Read more...

Only Michael Buffer is like Caesar’s wife on fight night

April 25, 2015 02:46 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

 

“Yesterday I was lying. Today, I’m telling the truth.” – Bob Arum

NOW that the names of ring officials in the Fight of the Century in Las Vegas on May 2 have been revealed, the Doubting Thomases among Filipino fight fans are getting restless and paranoid. Read more...

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