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RIGODON AT ICPO

Mabilog picks Disomangcop as city’s top cop

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

A MAJOR revamp is looming at the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO).

This, as Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog handpicked Senior Supt. Kashmir Disomangcop as the next ICPO director vice Senior Supt. Ruperto Floro.

Disomangcop, who joined the PNP in 1991, currently heads the Regional Personnel Holding and Accountability Office at Camp Delgado and formerly headed the Regional Intelligence Division and the Roxas City Police Station.

Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, confirmed Mabilog’s decision in a text message to journalists.

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Can Donna Acap solve city’s traffic woes?

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

MIXED reactions met the designation of Donna Acap as officer-in-charge of the Iloilo City Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMRO) last March 2.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, transportation committee chairman, said Acap’s designation to the TMTRO helm is “a welcome development”.

“I believe that Donna can handle the office well,” he even added.

Raymundo Parcon, president of the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Associations (ICLAJODA), said they will support Acap’s plans for the TMTRO but they will reserve further comment a month after her appointment.

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Driver faces raps for destroying bridge

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A TRUCK driver is facing criminal charges for damaging a bridge in Mina, Iloilo.

Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said he will file a criminal case against the driver who wrecked the Amiroy Bailey Bridge at Brgy. Amiroy, Mina.

The bridge links the Jelicuon-Amiroy Mina provincial road.

While they have yet to pinpoint the owner of the truck, Defensor said he was informed that it is owned by either Mina Mayor Rey Grabato or his son.

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P10M glass elevator for Iloilo City Hall

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Engineer Roberto Divinagracia said a glass elevator will be installed at the City Hall soon.

Divinagracia said the special elevator will allow passengers a 180-degree view of the nearby Iloilo River and the downtown area.

It will be installed at the west wing of Iloilo City Hall which faces de la Rama Street.

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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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Unity amid plurality

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Uncommon alliance

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By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

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Graft conviction a hell for retiring public servants

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By: Alex P. Vidal

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