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‘MOLEN MAGIC’

Can former GM make miracles at MIWD?

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

AT 80 YEARS old, returning Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) general manager Moises Molen Jr. could hardly qualify as “miracle worker.”

But the MIWD board of directors chaired by Dr. Teodoro Robles is willing to bet on Molen’s experience and track record as main ingredients to put things in order at the water district.

Robles said Molen appeared sprightly and decisive when they met the latter for an interview.

“He is 80 years but he is still strong and quick to make decisions,” Roble said.

Seven persons, including a former MIWD manager and two insiders were considered as permanent general manager but Robles said Molen appeared the most qualified and willing to assume his old post.

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Priest on BBL: First things first

By: Louine Hope Conseva

A KEY leader of the Catholic Church in Iloilo has apprehensions on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Monsignor Meliton Oso, chairman of the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center (JASAC), expressed his doubts on the BBL in a briefing and forum on the proposed law Tuesday.

“I do not know what to think right now whether I will say yes or no. I am here because I want to understand it,” he said.

Oso cited the case of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which according to him is a “failure.”

“It is a very corrupt country and corruption was replaced by ARMM. We have to look into how they use the funds that will be given to them,” he said.

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DBM: PEI now performance-based

By: Louine Hope Conserva

TRUE to its name, the productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) for state workers will be based on the actual performance of the recipient.

This, after President Benigno Aquino III issued Executive Order 181 which sets "the one-time grant of the PEI (is) equivalent to either P5, 000 or one month basic salary as of 31 May 2015."

Alfonso Bedonia, Department of Budget and Management (DBM-6) regional director, said the EO is based on Joint Resolution No. 4 passed by Congress on the salary standardization law.

“PEI is a guarantee benefit given to employees. They want all compensation to be performance-based,” said Bedonia.

Agencies need to meet three requirements on the performance aspect:

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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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The comprehensive water ordinance of Pavia

July 01, 2015 03:38 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

Last June 8, 2015 the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Pavia, Iloilo unanimously passed Regulation Ordinance No. 2015-07: “AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE EXTRACTION OF SURFACE WATERS FROM CREEKS AND RIVERS, Read more...

Who is the true Filipino?

July 01, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Atty. Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco, LL.M

FILIPINOS always ask this question in November because on the 30th of this month we commemorate the birthday of the quintessential nationalist, Read more...

New sugar industry-11

July 01, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

BECAUSE of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program that parceled off farm lands into small units, most of the sugar lands today are undersigned for sugar cultivation. Read more...

#LoveWins, Human Society Loses

July 01, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Robert Z. Cortes

BY NOW no one has not seen those rainbow-colored #LoveWins memes. Or those rainbow-colored hearts that Twitter tacked on to the hashtag to celebrate the victory of same-sex marriage in the Land of the Free. Read more...

Master of living and working piety

July 01, 2015 03:16 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

LAST June 26 was the feast of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. It also was the 40th anniversary of his death in Rome, his transit to heaven in 1975. His cause for canonization was opened soon after his death, Read more...

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