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Newks ignores P50-M fund mess

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Mayor Monico “Newks” Puentevella could not care less for the malversation charges filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for the alleged misuse of the P50.5-million fund of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (BASOC).

The Ombudsman has ordered Puentevella to answer in 10 days the malversation and technical malversation case filed by Samuel Montoyo of the Save Bacolod Movement

Indi salapakon (Not worth my attention)” was how Puentevella reacted when asked for comment by ABS-CBN TV-4 here.

One of the mayor’s executive assistants, Sarah Esguerra, told reporters that the complaint is a rehash even as she accused Montoyo of engaging in forum shopping or filing the case with various offices.

In an order dated September 12, 2014, Acting Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Rodolfo Elman said they "found enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of the case" filed against Puentevella when he was still congressman and chairman of the BASOC in November 2005.

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‘Tuklo’ victims at Super afraid to testify

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

VICTIMS of the co-called “tuklo” or thieves at the Iloilo Terminal Market (ITM) or Super are afraid to testify in the investigation to be conducted by the Iloilo City Council on alleged irregularities in city public markets.

The probe will focus on City Hall officials and employees who are in charge of market operations.

Dante Mangalisan, president of the ITEM vendors group, said the charges against market officials and employees are serious, thus “it should not be surprising if the victims should fear of coming out and testifying.”

“They are afraid of reprisal and losing their livelihood at the market,” Mangalisan said.

Mangalisan is asking the investigating committee to provide the witnesses ample protection once it starts its investigation on November 13.

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‘Assistant city agri head not urgent’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO CITY Agriculturist Geraldine Hautea said there is no urgent need to hire an assistant department head of the City Agriculture Office.

“We have been handling ourselves quite well even without that position,” Hautea said.

Hautea said the CAO has over 50 regular and casual employees.

But she admitted that it is the “executive prerogative” of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to hire an assistant head of the CAO.

“If I asked for it, it is because there is a vacant position in our office whose occupant can serve as my assistant department head. That position is the supervising agriculturist with Salary Grade 22,” she said.

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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."

 

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"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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Saints and sinners

November 01,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THIS weekend is another time in the Philippines when Filipinos will go back home to visit the resting places of their beloved departed. For those who could not return home or go back to their roots, the churches would suffice for them to light a candle, pray and remember their parents or their forebears, friends and relatives. Read more...

Beyond the stutters

November 01,2014 12:56 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

LISTEN beyond Vice President Jejomar Binay’s flustered stutters whenever a sensitive question is lobbed.

The queries range from the P15.6-million Redwood-type, three-bedroom unit of The Woodlands at Tagaytay Highlands to overpriced beds at the Ospital ng Makati to the whereabouts of top aides, like Gerry Limlingan, who have dodged below the radar screen.

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True meaning of All Souls’ Day

November 01,2014 12:54 AM

By: Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Gospel Reading: John 6,37-40

THE short passage of our Gospel reading this Sunday is part of the account of the miraculous multiplication of the bread and Jesus’ long discourse on it (Jn 6:1-71), which served to help those who were present understand that he was the true bread of life which people needed to attain eternal life (Jn 6:35).

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The mystery deepens

November 01,2014 12:50 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

THIS ONE is for sleuths. To future Sherlock Holmes, help unravel the mystery of the buried treasures of the Binay family. Read more...

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