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PACMAN DRUBS ALGIERI

But KO remains elusive for Pacquiao

By: Alex P. Vidal

AS EXPECTED, Manny Pacquiao walked past unbeaten WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri, but he failed to score the knockout demanded by his fans since November 2009.

The Pacman won by a lopsided decision after 12 rounds to keep his WBO welterweight crown at the Cotai Arena inside the Venetian Resort in Macao, China.

Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) scored a tension-filled unanimous decision over Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), who was downed six times and became the seventh man to finish the distance with the Pabansang Kamao since March 13, 2010 when the latter beat Joshua Clottey via12-round unanimous decision in Arlington, Texas.

Pacquiao, 35, stalked Algieri, 30, the whole fight, as Algieri used his footwork to backpedal and box from outside.

Algieri slipped in round two but referee Genaro Rodriquez credited it as a knockdown for Pacquiao.

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De la Cruz: I’m not qualified as assistant agriculturist

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

FORMER Iloilo City Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) head Vincent de la Cruz said he is not interested in the position of assistant agriculturist which is believed to be reserved for him.

“I am a B.S. in Economics and a law graduate. I may have some management experience but I don’t think I can handle the job where it similarly requires the training and experience of the agriculturist, which I do not have,” de la Cruz told The Daily Guardian.

Under Article 12, Sec. 482 of the Local Government Code: “No person shall be appointed agriculturist unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the local government unit concerned, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree in agriculture or any related course from a recognized college or university, and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent.

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Roxas City councilors defy TRO

By: Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS City, Capiz – Majority of councilors here defied the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Regional Trial Court against their special session Thursday afternoon.

RTC Executive Judge Ignacio Alajar granted the 72-hour TRO sought by Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas out of “extreme urgency.”

Dadivas filed a civil case for “Injunction with Prayer for Issuance of Preliminary Injunction and / or Temporary Restraining Order” against Councilors Erwin Sicad, Trina Marie Ignacio, Mathew James Viterbo, Cesar Yap, Jennifer Anisco-Poliran, Erllynne Lim, Virgilio Santos, Jose Agdalipe and Abela.

Unfortunately, the TROs did not stop the special session as it was served late, according to Councilor Julius Abela, rules committee chairman.

In his civil suit, Dadivas alleged that the holding of the special session is “contrary to the Internal Rules and Procedure” and will cause “great and irreparable damage” to him.

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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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City public markets need an anti-corruption system

November 24,2014 12:59 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AFTR two fact-finding hearings on the alleged market anomalies and irregularities at the Iloilo Terminal Market, it is clear that these occurred because of a management and collection system that is highly vulnerable to corrupt activities.

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NVC phenomenon

November 24,2014 12:58 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LAST November 8, I wrote briefly on the Negrense Volunteers for Change as part of my belief that under the leadership of Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. change for the better is inevitable.

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Our Islamic past did us proud

November 24,2014 12:56 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

THE widespread influence of Islam throughout the Philippines predates the arrival of the Spaniards by at least 200 years. And yet the imposition of Christianity by a colonial power with a predatory appetite for gold and natural resources swiftly destroyed the various Muslim communities that dotted the large expanse of the archipelago from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  Read more...

Hong Kong media forum

November 24,2014 12:54 AM

By: Jesus "Jess" Dureza

LAST November 15 on my way home from Hong Kong, I was worried while airborne at 38,000 feet on board PAL’s PR307 that I would miss my connecting flight from Manila to Davao to catch up with an event I did not want to miss.  Read more...

The Year of the Poor

November 24,2014 12:50 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THE Church, through our bishops, has declared 2015 the Year of the Poor. It’s part of grand 9-year plan of new evangelization in preparation of the celebration of the fifth centenary of the Christianization of the Philippines in 2021. Read more...

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