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Civil works pricier than traffic lights

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Councilor Plaridel Nava said the civil or construction works of the P29-million traffic lights system in the city cost more than the gadgets themselves.

Citing figures in documents he secured, Nava noticed that the construction of platforms and installation of steel foundations of the traffic lights cost more or less 500,000.

“Aside from the questionable price per traffic lights set, the civil works cost the city a lot,” Nava said.

He also noticed that one of the contractors rented a boom crane four times for the installation of traffic lights in four areas.

“They could have rented the crane for the four sites instead if four separate rentals to save money. They spent more or less P500,000 also,” Nava added.

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CPP-NPA leader questions arrest

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE topmost leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in Panay Island questioned her arrest by a joint PNP and military operation August 1 in Molo, Iloilo City.

Maria Concepcion “Concha” Araneta-Bocala, who turns 65 on August 6, was arrested in a rented house at Juntado Subdivision, Calumpang village, Molo.

Bocala, the CPP-NPA-NDF secretary general of Komiteng Rehiyon Panay (KRP), was arrested for murder in Criminal Case No. 1494 filed with the Regional Trial Court Branch 2 in Kalibo, Aklan and a rebellion charge in Antique.

The PNP-AFP team also arrested Bocala’s nephew Joseph Cariaga, 34, and their househelp Annielyn Soldevilla, 39.

Authorities placed a P7.8-million reward for Bocala’s arrest based on the joint DND-DILG Reward List No. 14-2012 dated Nov. 12, 2012.

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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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Changing names

August 03, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

A PERSON who wants to change his name, gender or marital status has to go through the judicial process because a name means a lot regardless of what the poet William Shakespeare says about a rose smelling just as sweet by any other name. Read more...

Why support the anti-dynasty bill

August 03, 2015 03:20 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AS A believer in Freedom and Democracy and the Dignity of Man, I have always opposed dictatorship or a monarchical rule, and the rule of political dynasties in the regional or local levels. Read more...

The MRT is the state of our nation

August 03, 2015 03:18 AM

By: Malou Tiquia

TO ANY Juan dela Cruz, a government is defined by the basic services and social justice it provides. After all, government is there to fulfill a social contract as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau wrote centuries ago. Read more...

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