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Nava denies links with convicted drug lord

By: Louine Hope Conserva

GUIMARAS Lone District Rep. Joaquin Carlos Rahman A. Nava confirmed that he owns the handgun recovered from the prison quarters of convicted drug lord Peter Co but denied any links to the latter.

In an interview with Aksyon Radyo over the weekend, the congressman said he was even surprised and puzzled as to how his gun ended up in Co’s quarters at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa.

He confirmed that he owns the Walther PPK (Serial No. 2004695) caliber .22 pistol found in Co’s room.

Nava said the gun was registered in his name in November or December 2011. The gun permit was issued on Jan. 4, 2012 and will expire on Nov. 19, 2015.

Nava said he returned the gun to Nashe Gun Store in Manila in 2012 after he found a crack in its frame.

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FLO Water nixes MIWD projects

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

A BULK water supplier of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) opposed two major projects of the water utility which aims to improve supply and service to consumers.

In two letters dated December 12 and 15, 2014, FLO Water Resources, Inc. of businessman Rogelio Florete Sr. nixed the proposed installation of a transmission line from Leganes to Ungka (along Circumferential Road area) and the new Bulk Water Supply Project (BWSP) of MIWD.

The transmission line and the BSWP projects are up for bidding after invitations to bid were posted in the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) portal.

FLO Water and the Villar-led Iloilo Primewater Ventures Corp. have an existing 10-year bulk water supply agreement (BWSA) with MIWD.

FLO Water is required to deliver 15,000 cubic meters daily (CMD) but it could only deliver 5,000 CMD due to pipe restrictions on the part of MIWD.

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With or without ICC

Mabilog: APEC hosting will push through

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THERE is nothing to worry if the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) is not completed in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Iloilo City.

This was the assurance of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog last Saturday to City Hall reporters on the fate of the city’s bid to host two APEC ministerial meetings late next year.

The ICC is being rushed to serve as main venue for the two meetings.

Former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada filed a case before the Office of the Ombudsman against Senate President Franklin Drilon and other top government officials and the project contractor for the alleged overpricing in the ICC project.

“With or without the Iloilo Convention Center, our hosting of the two ministerial meetings of APEC by next year will proceed as planned,” the mayor confidently said.

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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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Why do we celebrate Christmas?

December 22,2014 12:58 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

ON DECEMBER 25, the whole world will cap another grand spectacle marked by the giving of gifts, well-wishing, partying, singing of carols, gathering around especially decorated trees and enjoying their colorful lights.  Read more...

A bridge too far

December 22,2014 12:56 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE TITLE is not mine. It is the title of a World War II movie of the famous battle of the Remagen Bridge spanning the Rhine River between Cologne and Koblenz that opened the way for the Allies to cross to Germany. Read more...

Have we ever wondered?

December 22,2014 12:54 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

CONGRATULATIONS to the senior citizens of PHHC housing project in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, particularly Barangays 17 and 22 led by Mrs. Marilou “Chit” Cava, for their successful Christmas activity last Saturday Dec. 20. Read more...

Prayer’s new relevance

December 22,2014 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

PRAYER is always relevant. It’s as indispensable as breathing. Our spiritual life would be detached from its life-source, exposing itself to great dangers, when one stops to pray. But with today’s confusing developments, when we have to learn to blend truth with charity, justice with mercy, prayer becomes even more relevant and indispensable. Read more...

Monuments of Injustice

December 22,2014 12:50 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

MONUMENTS remind of honorable men and women who—through gallantry and great sacrifice—vanquished a phalanx and restored a people’s pride. Aside from a civilization’s penchant for such monuments, societies are also capable of building monuments of folly—a lagging economy due to red tape and corruption, Read more...

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