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‘CHECKS SCAM’

Supplier, Capitol employees face charges, sanctions

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE supplier and Iloilo provincial government employees involved in the alleged checks scam are facing formal charges and possible sanction after a fact-finding committee has completed its preliminary investigation.

Atty. Suzette Mamon, fact-finding committee head, said they already completed their report to be submitted to Gov. Arthur Defensor, who is on a three-day trip to Korea.

“Upon the return of the governor, we will formally submit to him the report for approval.  After which, he will create another committee but this time, it will be for the filing of a formal charge against the persons involved,” she said.

Mamon said the committee has updated the governor last week on their findings.

“Right now, we already have the recommendations on the liabilities and violations of Diomar Trading plus some measures on the whole system of the offices in the Capitol,” she added.

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City Hall to pay P5M only to PECO

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City government will only pay some P5 million of its P80-million bill to Panay Electric Co. (PECO).

The payment is included in Supplemental Budget (SB) No. 5 amounting to P51,646,990 which was approved by the City Council Tuesday.

A total of P5,281,963 was set aside to pay part of the City Hall’s P80-million arrears to PECO.

In fact, the payment will only cover the power consumption for April along with the P660,000 for the telephone services of PLDT.

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Cops seize shabu sent thru courier again

By: Dolly Yasa

Bacolod City – Police intercepted again another shipment of suspected shabu sent through a commercial courier

The City Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSTOG) headed by Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta also arrested two persons who received the contraband – Rey Steve Esteban, 46 of Casiano Street, Brgy. Mandalagan and Randolf Padilla San Luis, 34, of Purok Talaba, Magsungay, Brgy. Singcang-Airport here.

The team recovered from the duo two big sachets of suspected shabu weighing about 10 grams.

Mullet said the contraband is worth P140,000 at P7,000 per gram.

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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?

 

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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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Rising from the ruins

October 22, 2014 12:49 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IN MY latest trip to my province of Bohol, a few days after the first anniversary of the deadly earthquake, I happen to pass by the ground zero of the destroyed church of the town of Loon. Read more...

Powerful SRA -7

October 22, 2014 12:48 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT IS GOOD news that the proposed Sugarcane Industry Development Act is on its way to approval. Rep. Albee Benitez says he expects approval “maybe in a couple of weeks.” That means before 2014 comes to a close. Read more...

Welcome candor

October 22, 2014 12:46 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

AN EPIDEMIC of political scumbugs clutter our days. Think Binay or “Tanda,” “Pogi” and “Sexy.” So, it’s a relief to read comments from the best Supreme Court justice the country never had.

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We must concentrate on creative industries

October 22, 2014 12:44 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

WHEN MY friends ask me why I am passionate with art making, I tell them that this is my calling not just a hobby. They must now realize that though they may not think of money as an incentive for the artist nowadays, the creatives have become the major forces in our times. Read more...

Duterte’s Destiny

October 22, 2014 12:42 AM

By: Limuel S. Celebria

MAYOR Duterte is running out of bullets, one of the movers in the Duterte for President Movement (DPM) enthused.  Lawyer John Castriciones, DPM Area Coordinator for Luzon, issued  the witticism to  underscore claims that the number of  people who want  the Davao  City  Mayor to Read more...

Press Councils: Affirming news media’s loyalty to the public

October 22, 2014 12:40 AM

THE news media have always been regarded as a vital component in a democracy like the Philippines. However, where does one go to when the press errs in its reporting? Who then watches the watchdog? Read more...

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