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Court asked: Order FLO Water to fulfill contract

By: Louine Hope Conserva

METRO Iloilo Water District (MIWD) asked the Regional Trial Court to oblige FLO Water Resources Iloilo Inc. to deliver its contracted volume of 15,000 cubic meters daily (CMD).

This, after MIWD filed an Interim Measure of Protection with prayer for Writ of Preliminary Mandatory Injunction with RTC Branch 39 Judge Victorino Maniba three weeks ago.

Roy Villa, MIWD legal counsel said the petition aims to compel FLO Water to deliver its undelivered water through a parallel pipeline of PrimeWater Ventures, another bulk water supplier of the water district.

FLO Water of businessman Rogelio Florete Sr. is supposed to deliver 15,000 CMD but it can only supply 5,000 to 6,000 CMD due restrictions in MIWD’s injection point in Leganes, Iloilo

MIWD proposed to divert the undelivered supply to Prime Water’s pipeline but both suppliers asked for additional charges.

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Bidding for ICC audio-video, lighting systems postponed

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE completion of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in Mandurriao, Iloilo City hit another snag after the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) postponed the bidding for the audio/video and lighting systems of the building.

“The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) hereby announces the postponement of the submission and opening of bids for the design, supply, install, commission and training for the audio/video lighting system of the Iloilo Convention Center scheduled on August 24, 2015 until further notice,” said Atty. Guiller B. Asido, TIEZA BAC chairman, in a bulletin dated August 20.

TIEZA, which will manage the ICC, allocated P19.731 million for the audio/video and lighting systems of the convention center.

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PECO mulls power deal with Aboitiz

By: Louine Hope Conserva

PANAY Electric Co. (PECO) is eyeing to buy electricity from Aboitiz Power Corp. to keep up with surging demand for power in Iloilo City.

Engr. Randy Pastolero, PECO vice president for operations and general manager, said they might purchase electricity from the 340-megawatt coal-fired power plant Aboitiz Power is constructing in Toledo City, Cebu.

“We will soon be connected to the Visayan grid so we can partake of that capacity in the event that they have the plant already,” said Pastolero.

Pastolero said they have yet to decide how many megawatts they will buy from Aboitiz.

Roland Gaerlan, Aboitiz Power vice president for energy sales, said they are actively seeking out more markets, especially in Western Visayas.

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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."



"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.



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!



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?



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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SRA order assailed-4

September 01, 2015 02:22 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE case filed against Sugar Regulatory Administration Board Members and an executive assistant to the SRA Chairperson is for graft and corruption. The complainant, Steven Chan, chairman of the Central Azucarera de Bais, cited Section (3) of Republic Act No. 3019 which declares some practices of public officers as corrupt and unlawful. Read more...

Small and big

September 01, 2015 02:18 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IN life we cannot help but deal with things both small and big. We have to learn how to handle this aspect which can be very tricky at times, especially when we get subjected to a lot of pressures. Read more...

Bullying and school discipline

September 01, 2015 02:12 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

On AUGUST 20, 2015, news spread in Iloilo City and even countrywide of a freshman Hotel and Restaurant Management student who stabbed and killed his classmate inside the school campus. Read more...

Do values make a difference?

September 01, 2015 02:02 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THE consensus view of subjective well-being is that it is one domain of quality of life and is concerned with one’s subjective perception of and feelings about life, commonly operationalised in terms of “happiness” or “life satisfaction.”

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