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PDEA: Drugs dumped in towns around city

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE suburbs around Iloilo City have become the “bagsakan” or drop off points of illegal drugs, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

PDEA-6 regional director Paul Ledesma reported the concern during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)-Iloilo meeting Tuesday.

The suburbs or so-called “first towns” in Iloilo province are Oton, Pavia, Leganes and San Miguel.

“Damo man gyapon drugs sa province. But now we are dwelling more on very small groups of personalities operating in tandem, each with their own supplies from different sources. So they cannot claim that there is an existing monopoly in the drug trade in the city or province,” said Ledesma.


He added that drug personalities also changed their major players or peddles to avoid arrests.

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14 WV schools seek tuition fees increase

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

THE Commission on High Education (CHED) said 14 colleges and universities in Western Visayas want to increase tuition fees in the next school year.

Dr. Rex Casiple, CHED-6 education specialist, said the 14 schools sent letters informing their office that they will initiate consultations on the tuition fee increase (TFI).

Casiple said the letter of intent triggers the TFI process.


While declined to name the schools which already expressed their intent to express tuition and other fees, Casiple said seven schools are in Iloilo, two in Negros Occidental and one each in Roxas, Aklan and Antique.

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City Hall mulls ban on smoking workers

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

BOUYED by the Iloilo City government’s achievement in the anti-smoking campaign, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he is contemplating to hire non-smoking job hires to make the City Hall a haven of non-smokers.

Mabilog revealed his plan after the City government received for the third consecutive time the Red Orchid trophy for outstanding achievement in the Department of Health’s non-smoking program.

The feat installed Iloilo City in the Hall of Fame of the DOH program.


“Let us go forward. I am contemplating of employing only non-smokers as job hires next time,” he told city hall beat reporters.

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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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Duterte and federalism

February 27, 2015 02:28 AM

By: Limuel Celebria

THE man who threatened to shoot people who were endorsing him to be the  next president of the republic,  will be in this city  today  and,  in  all  likelihood, announce  that  he  is  indeed running for president. Read more...

Dream on – 2

February 27, 2015 02:37 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

WELL it seems that Monico Puentevella’s pompous claim that the Bacolod Economic Highway and the sugar road “are one and the same” is a dud. Read more...

Adaptation and consistency

February 27, 2015 02:41 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

THIS is a question whose answer we have to figure out everyday. We are asked to adapt ourselves as much as we can to every person and to every situation of our life, and this can expose us to a dizzying variety of possibilities. Read more...

Ilonggos don’t want a repeat of Manila film center tragedy

February 27, 2015 02:48 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” – Karl Marx

WE are worried that the incessant and continuous pressures applied on contractors to finish the P700-million Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) before Read more...

You need not catch the culprit; just check on his travel data

February 27, 2015 02:57 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

GATE collectors at the Lapuz fastcraft terminal are worse than barkers. Aksyon Niel agrees. Read more...

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