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COA raps overflowing, underused prisons in W. Visayas

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE ideal ratio of jail personnel to inmates is 1:7 but the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Region 6 is has to grapple with 1:40 ratio.

Lack of jail personnel is one of the main factors why some Western Visayas jails are cramped while others are unused, said Senior Superintendent Rex Delarmente, BJMP regional director.

In a 2014 report released by the Commission on Audit (COA) last week, it was learned that the region has seven detention facilities that are overpopulated by 393 percent each while six others are unused.

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Opposition defends standoff with mayor

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

"THIS is not about politics. This is about checks and balances."

This was the retort of the vice mayor and several Sangguniang Bayan member of Maasin, Iloilo to the accusations of Mayor Mariano Malones that they caused the delay in salaries and other financial obligations of the town.

Vice-Mayor Rene Mondejar and SB members Inocencio Velasco, Ritchelle Mondejar, Vicente Albacete, and Romulo Joquino Sr., Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president, explained their side on the impassé over the town’s finances.

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Militants, cops clash in Iloilo City

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

STONES were hurled while policemen tried to protect themselves as more than a thousand protesters from different towns of Iloilo and other parts of Panay held a rally along Rizal Street, Jaro, Iloilo City October 4.

The rallyists, carrying the banner "People's Forum on APEC 2015," were composed of members of different militant groups including Bukluran ng Progresibong Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (BPMP) and Alab Katipunan, among others.

They staged the rally to condemn the ongoing APEC Food Security Meeting at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

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Iloilo’s Gay Fairest crowned Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012

STATUESQUE Ilongga gay stunner Erriz Erikha Lanceta bagged the much-coveted star-studded Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012 crown held recently at the cool Teatrino Greenhills.

Lanceta, a multi-awarded sultry beauty expert, who is at 5’10” tall, bested 23 other lovely gay hopefuls from around the country. Coming close is Ms. Philippines-World Stephie Zanora of Cebu City, followed by Ms. Earth Michelle Biñas of Sultan Kudarat, Ms. International Bem Bem Radaza of Cagayan De Oro City and Bacolod City’s Crystal Elizalde as Ms. Asia Pacific.

Other than winning the crown, Lanceta also bagged the Best in Swimsuit award. Meanwhile, Biñas took home the Best in National Costume and Best in Gowns awards and Elizalde was cited as Ms. Photogenic.

The stellar members of the Board of Judges were former beauty queens Ms. World 1st runner-up Evangeline Pascual, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe titlists Peachy Veneracion and Maria Ysabel Lopez, the reigning Ms. Earth Athena Imperial, veteran actress Liza Lorena, Lani Lobangco and movie director Boboy Tan.

Now on its 33rd edition, the Miss Gay Philippines beauty pageant was founded and produced annually by famed celebrity columnist Chito Alcid.

“Ms. Gay Philippines beauty pageant is not produced to glorify gays. This is a platform for them to further develop their personality, how to be more productive gays, to be professional in dealing with people, to have positive outlook in life, remind them the importance of moral values and their relationship to society,“ stated pageant producer Chito Alcid.

2012 Ms. Philippines-Universe Erriz Erikha Lanceta will represent our country to the Ms. Gay-Universe 2012 beauty pageant in Thailand this coming November.


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Who is in the majority?

October  05, 2015 03:32 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A POLITICAL group, in the legislature for instance, may count less, thus numerically in the minority, but then as a Republican senator once said: “If you act like you’re in the minority, you’re going to stay in the minority.” Read more...

Let's stop bellyaching; we don't need Rio

October  05, 2015 03:24 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball." – Bobby Knight


NEW YORK CITY -- So what's the big deal if we wound up second to China in the recently-concluded 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship in Changsha City, China on Sept. 23-Oct. 3? Read more...

Where’s the sugar?-3

October  05, 2015 03:18 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LAST WEEK’S reports say the Bureau of Customs intercepted another P10 million worth of smuggled sugar. The Bureau is expecting more and it is good that it has brought the Sugar Anti-Smuggling Office or SASO on board to help. This task force is being financed by the industry and is expected to have the industry interest as its prime obligation. Read more...

The missionary today

October  05, 2015 03:12 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

SOME drastic updating of our understanding of what a missionary is is now in order. We should not get stuck with the common textbook idea that a missionary is usually a priest or nun who goes to a far-away place and literally starts a settlement there. Read more...

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