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Iloilo City resident under MERS watch

A RESIDENT of Iloilo City who arrived last April 8 from Middle East is under observation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) infection.

City Councilor Carlos Guarin, Liga ng mga Barangay-Iloilo City president, said the punong barangay of the village where the patient lives informed him about the said person after the City Hall ordered the monitoring of individuals who recently returned from the Middle East.

“He (patient) is already confined in a hospital. We are awaiting the results of the swab test,” Guarin said.

Attempts to contact the barangay captain were to no avail until late Tuesday afternoon.

The city resident arrived ahead of the 21 Western Visayas residents who boarded an Etihad Airline flight along with a Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS virus.

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Cop in drug bust got fair warning

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE police officer who was arrested in a buy-bust operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Monday afternoon was warned by his superior officer to avoid dabbling in the illegal drug trade.

Senior Police Inspector Tranquilino Querubin Jr., Arevalo police chief, said he learned of PO1 Charlie Balsomo’s alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade a week after assuming the helm of Arevalo PNP station.

Balsomo, who served as warrants and subpoena officer of Arevalo, and former cop Avelino Ane were arrested in a PDEA buy-bust in Oton, Iloilo.

The agents recovered from the duo 11 sachets of suspected shabu.

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L300 deal snags budget approval

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AN ILOILO City Hall executive admitted before the City Council on Tuesday that a potential supplier “lent” two L300 vans to the city government while they are preparing the bidding process for the acquisition of similar units.

But Joren Sartorio, General Services Office (GSO) chief, assured that the actuation of Avescor Motors, Inc., an exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi cars, to lend the two van units to the City Hall will not influence the bidding.

The controversy came to light as the council discussed the P7.415-million Supplemental Budget (SB) No. 1 which Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, appropriations committee chairman, presented for approval during their regular session.

The supplemental budget included Item 5-A which allocated P2.7 million for the purchase of an L300 van for “peace and order purposes.”

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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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April 23, 2014 02:10 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE order of the Department of Agrarian Reform for Francis Cabuga of Metro Safari for the illegal conversion of awarded land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program is a light in the dismal story of defiance of our laws.

That DAR took time to issue the order can be excused but we know also that the distance between the issuance of order and the enforcement of the law takes a lot of time. Read more...

‘Transparency’ mocked

April 23, 2014 02:05 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

A BASIC tenet in government procurement is transparency. Nothing about a government transaction should be concealed to show to everybody that everything is above-board. To achieve this purpose, Congress even enacted a law called the “Government Procurement Reform Act” and even put into effect a system utilizing the Internet. It’s not perfect, but the intention is there: make every aspect visible to avoid suspicion and encourage the widest dissemination of transactions involving procurement. Read more...

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