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Probe on L300 purchase looms

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Council is looking for compelling reasons to investigate the plan of the Office of the City Mayor to buy three L-300 vans from an exclusive distributor for P2.7 million.

Councilor Jason Gonzales, committee on good government chairman, said they have to determine several factors before conducting the investigation.

“I have yet to find out what procurement method was used, then act accordingly,” Gonzales said.

The probe is likely to focus on the statement of General Services Office (GSO) chief Joren Sartorio before the council last Tuesday that two Mitsubishi L-300 vans were “already delivered” by Avescor Motors Inc., an exclusive supplier of Mitsubishi cars, to the mayor’s office.

Sartorio later changed his statement before the media saying that the vans were “on loan” from the supplier. He also assured that the arrangement will not affect the bidding of the three L-300 vans.

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DBM nixes budget for City Hall’s electric bills

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) barred the Iloilo City government from paying electricity bills incurred in 2012 and 2013 using funds from the 2014 budget.

The DBM shed light on the issue after Councilor Joshua Alim sought clarification on the payment of electric bills incurred by the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) from 2012 to 2013.

The LEEO, which manages public markets and the slaughterhouse, owes some P15,344, 549.90 in unpaid power bills covering the period of December 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog asked the council to pass a resolution to use part of P66.2-million appropriations for electricity in the 2014 budget to pay LEEO’s debts.

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Capiz, NegOcc MERS-CoV free

By: Dolly Yasa and Felipe V. Celino

HEALTH officials in Capiz and Negros Occidental declared their respective provinces free of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV).

This, as the 10 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who may have been exposed to MERS-CoV tested negative for the virus.

The OFWs were part of the 21 Western Visayans who flew on an Etihad Airlines flight from the United Arabs Emirates. Also in the same flight was a Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS-CoV.

Dr. Ernell Tumimbang of the Negros Occidental health office said the six OFWs who were quarantined have been cleared of the virus and allowed to go home.

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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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