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Congress probe looms over Aksyon Radyo raid, drug ring

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

CONGRESS has taken notice of the attempted raid of a local radio station involving suspected drug ring leaders in the city and province of Iloilo.

At the Senate, a staff member of Senator Grace Poe said they have set a tentative date for the inquiry to be held in Iloilo City.

The inquiry will focus on the failed invasion of the building where Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo station is located in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.


Poe chairs the Senate committees on Public Information and Mass Media and Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.

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Support for press freedom snowballs

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

STUDENTS of the University of the Philippines Visayas joined the Ilonggo community in condemning the recent harassment against Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo by lighting candles and holding a vigil in front of Carlos Uy Building along Diversion Road in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, November 26.

The students also held placards bearing the message “No to Media Repression, Yes to Press Freedom”.


The Advocate’s Movement for Free Media, which has been calling for a stop to media repression, organized the vigil.

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Ilonggos mourn former guv Tupas

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

FAMILY and supporters sang the saddest birthday song for the late former assemblyman and Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr., who should have been 83 years old Friday, November 27, 2015.

The Tupas patriarch succumbed to multiple organ failure November 24 at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City after being hospitalized for about a month for prostate cancer.


Senate President Franklin Drilon, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., 2nd District Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta and Sara Mayor Neptali Salcedo Sr. and Vice-Mayor Neptali Jr. were among Tupas’ friends and political allies who waited for his remains at the Iloilo International Airport yesterday morning.

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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."



"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.



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!



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?



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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Poe leading, Duterte running

November 28, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

IT HAS BEEN almost two months since the day candidates for local and national positions in the 2016 election filed their certificates of candidacy. The scenes on the political front since then had taken an interesting twist. Read more...

Letting Monico be

November 28, 2015 03:26 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

ON TWO press conferences held by Monico Puentevella, misty eyes were the common denominator. The message is clear: sympathize with our plight. It is a plea for critics to let the Puentevellas be. It is an effort to gain public understanding of their situation and perchance for the public to vote for Puentevella in the 2016 elections.  Read more...

Where divine providence would take us

November 28, 2015 03:16 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE have to be ready for wherever divine providence would take us. We have to be open to it all the time. Even as we make our plans and pursue them truly as our own, we should not forget that nothing in our life is actually outside the providence of God who can adapt Himself to us, even in our worst situations and predicaments, and still lead us to Himself. Read more...

Why we remain “third world”

November 28, 2015 03:10 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THE ANSWER: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” says Peter Drucker.

He could not more emphasize the role of a country’s beliefs, values and norms that downplay our best efforts to move us from the backseat into the limelight. Unless we understand what holds us back, our government can only make ostensible programs while the citizenry continuously becomes recalcitrant towards change.  Read more...

Peaking at the right time

November 28, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Norwin L. dela Cruz

After opening the season by dropping three of their first four games – their only win a 93-92 squeaker over the Alaska Aces in faraway Dubai, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings were given up for lost, an apparent victim of failing to adapt to the new system introduced by two-time grandslam coach Tim Cone as well as of the constant roster changes in the squad. Read more...

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