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MIWD calm amid privatization blitz

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE METRO Iloilo Water District (MIWD) management is unperturbed by moves from various sectors to push for its privatization.

Dr. Danilo Encarnacion, MIWD board chairman, said they heard “rumors” that Iloilo City Rep. Jerry P. Treñas is gathering support from various quarters in an effort to turn over the water utility to private hands.

Encarnacion said the MIWD is not disturbed by the privatization issue as it will take a long time before it can be realized.

Treñas recently filed House Resolution No. 1363, which urged the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) and the MIWD to initiate the privatization process.

He also met with the business sector elders to discuss his move and to get their support.

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Congressman delaying rehab, repair of schools?

By: Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS City – Two Baptist ministries in Capiz and Iloilo accused Rep. Antonio del Rosario (1st district, Capiz) of delaying the rehabilitation of public school buildings damaged by super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ last year.

The Capiz Baptist Ministry Association (CBMA) and the Evangelical Minister Fellowship of Iloilo City(EMFIC) asked Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco Sr. and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Capiz through Vice Gov. Esteban Evan “Nonoy” Contreras to investigate the implementation of the P500-million post-Yolanda rehabilitation program for damaged schools.

This, as Del Rosario allegedly moved to delay the implementation of the repairs due to the questionable bidding proceeds.

Del Rosario admitted to being the one to delay the implementation for the program after he alerted Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro on the bidding system.

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DOH: PHL spreads measles

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Philippines is an “amplifier” of measles infections in other countries, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Dulce Elfa, National Nurse Coordinator for Expanded Program on Immunization, said Filipinos transport the disease to other countries such as Japan, United States, Singapore and Australia, among others.

“It is because Filipinos travel a lot either for work or leisure,” said Elfa.

Elfa said the whole county is already measles-affected since last year, with majority of cases coming from under 2-year-old and unvaccinated children.

Most cases were recorded in National Capital Region, Region 4A and Region 3 which are densely populated areas.

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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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Prostituted

August 29,2014 12:59 AM

By: Editorial

CONGRATULATIONS to the Iloilo City Council for passing an ordinance prohibiting public solicitation of sexual services on the streets and other public places. Read more...

Don’t nominate, we’ll just donate

August 29,2014 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.” – Rachel Carson

PLEASE don’t nominate us for the ice bucket challenge. Read more...

Listen to your mother

August 29,2014 12:56 AM

By: Ellen Tordesillas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist in Metro Manila who writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

HAD FORMER President Cory Aquino not died on Aug. 1, 2009, her son, Benigno Aquino III would not be in Malacañang today. Read more...

Fried in pork

August 29,2014 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

Certain groups are collecting six million signatures to force passage of a law that would ban pork barrel from the hands of Congress. Since the Congress is tainted with the abuse of public money through the system of fund allocation to members of Congress, the signatories intend to use the People’s Initiative for such a law. Read more...

Learned helplessness

August 29,2014 12:52 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

IF THERE is widespread indifference among Ilonggos on the abuses and anomalies taking place in our city government, it’s not really because they don’t care anymore, or are blind to the truth. This is more the result of what is known as “learned helplessness”. It describes a situation where people feel there’s nothing they could do to change things. Corruption has become institutionalized in Iloilo City, so why bother? Read more...

Being watchful

August 29,2014 12:50 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE can’t help but be watchful in life. We are in a journey, needing to reach a certain destination. And there are just too many elements we have to contend with, and not all of them are good and proper to us. In fact, many of them can be dangerous. Read more...

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