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Odicta’s firearm licenses revoked

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

EFFECTIVE Feb. 1, 2016, controversial businessman Melvin Odicta Sr. is gun-less.

Well, at least legally.

 

This, as the PNP Firearm and Explosives Office approved the recommendation of the FEO License Revocation and Restoration Board (FLRRB) to revoke/cancel the License to Own and Possess

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P1M lost to pawnshop heist

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

MORE OR less P1 million worth of pawned jewelries and cash were lost in a pawnshop robbery in Passi City, Iloilo early morning of Feb. 11, 2016.

 

Christine Factora, 30, of Tinucuan village, Dingle reported to the police that Christine & Grace Pawnshop on F. Palmares Street, Passi City was robbed.

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6 towns probed for violating waste mgt laws

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos and Louine Hope Conserva

SIX LOCAL government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas are under investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged recurring and blatant violations of Republic Act No. 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000).

 

Violations include the use of open dump sites, and failure to submit Priority Corrective Action Plan (PCAP) to be implemented within a six-month period and/or the submission of a 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan.

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5 Iloilo bets seek private guards

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FIVE CANDIDATES in Iloilo province requested for private security from the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) for the campaign period.

 

Police Chief Inspector Vicente O. Vicente, chief of the IPPO’s operation branch, said one candidate is from the 1st district, another from the 2nd district, and three from the 5th district.

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Babe killed in fire

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

A 7-MONTH-old baby died in an evening fire in Zone 13 Calaparan village, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Feb. 10, 2016.

 

Fire fighters found the charred body of baby “John” (not his real name) near a mattress in their living room.

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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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4Ps, Mar Roxas, and the Presidency

February 12, 2016 03:38 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

THE STANDARD-Laylo poll survey published a few days ago determined that much of Mar Roxas' 22% rating for the period Jan 27-Feb 4 could be attributed to the 4Ps program of the national government. Read more...

Gamboa reacts-2

February 12, 2016 03:36 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LET’S CONTINUE examining the reaction of Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. contained in his press release on my series on the report of the Commission on Audit and the findings of a group after Acting Mayor Greg Gasataya took over from suspended Mayor Monico Puentevella.

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Petilla for senator

February 12, 2016 03:24 AM

By: Limuel Celebria

SHOULD HE reach the Senate, former Energy Secretary Carlo Jericho Petilla who’s now running for senator under the Liberal Party would have Health and Education as top priorities in his legislative agenda. Read more...

Prof. Copernicus thinks I am right (Last of 2 parts)

February 12, 2016 03:29 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you." – Robin Williams

NEW YORK CITY – Three big historical events in February, March and April juxtaposed in the calendar of topics Dr. Jozef Copernicus wanted to discuss with me one breezy afternoon in the blizzard-drenched Central Park. Read more...

All roads lead to Miagao

February 12, 2016 03:26 AM

By: Benito T. Jimena

ALL ROADS lead to Miagao for the celebration of its 300th founding anniversary. It is a first class municipality, 40 kilometers south of Iloilo City, an hour ride passing the towns of Oton, Tigbauan, and Guimbal. Read more...

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