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LTO gears up for anti-drunk driving law enforcement

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) 6 reiterated its reminder to motorists: “don’t drink and drive.”

Or “if you drive, don’t drink.”

LTO-6 regional director Mario Singzon said he would advise drivers to dropping the usual “one for the road” drink or “it will cost you a fine of at least P20,000 and a 3-month imprisonment.”

Singzon made the warning as he announced that LTO-6 already acquired 5 breath analyzers, or breathalysers, for the enforcement of the Republic Act 10586 (Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013).

A breathalyser is a device which estimates blood alcohol content (BAC) from a breath sample.

He admitted, though, that the five units won’t be enough given LTO-6’s wide area of jurisdiction.

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Gorriceta, Mondejar clash on honesty

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE political rivalry of 2nd district Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta and Iloilo Board Member June Mondejar has focused on the issue of honesty.

This, as Gorriceta wrote the office of Iloilo Vice Governor Raul “Boboy” Tupas and all members of the provincial board last Monday to present the documents relative to the proposed concreting and rehabilitation of 11 provincial roads in the second district.

The documents include a letter dated Nov. 3, 2013 from District Engineer Honorato Saldua of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) addressed to Gov. Arthur Defensor relative to the proposed road projects of Gorriceta.

The letter asked the provincial government for an update on the ongoing concreting of the provincial roads for them to assess the remaining portion to be included in the congressman’s proposal.

Another document dated Nov. 18, 2013 was the reply of Provincial Engineering Office Head Gracianito Lucero to the letter of Saldua.

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Antiqueña tops 2014 Bar Exam

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

A NATIVE of San Remegio, Antique topped the 2014 Bar Examinations.

Irene Mae Berano Alcobilla, who graduated from West Visayas State University with a degree in Political Science, studied law at the San Beda College in Manila. She got an 85.5 percent score to top one of the toughest examinations in the country.

In a radio interview Thursday, her father Rito shared his family’s happiness with Irene’s success.

Though his wife and one of their six children cannot share the happiness as they died during Typhoon Frank in 2008, he said he is grateful to God for the blessing, and to his two seafarer siblings who helped finance his daughter’s studies.

On Wednesday, a day before the result of the Bar was released, Irene posted in her Facebook, “I declare that tomorrow my dream will come true in Jesus name. Amen.”

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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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March 27,2015 01:12 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

The first time I set foot on Boracay was August 1985. I was on assignment for Asiaweek Magazine, the Hongkong-based news magazine patterned after Time (it was later acquired by Time). Its editors heard about the grumblings of local residents about “over-development” on the island and sent me to investigate. Read more...

Money, money, money

March 27,2015 01:10 AM

Isn’t there a ditty or song about money making the world go round? But more than the world it infects, money also makes peoples’ heads go round and round. Scenes of humanity’s idolization of money are everywhere. It seems that the more money one has, the better his or her life. That is the delusion we are made to believe. Money becomes a god but as human experience attests, money cannot buy happiness. Oftentimes they make people unhappy, empty and sad. Read more...

What happened to the ‘Triple A’ slaughter house of Iloilo City?

March 27,2015 01:06 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

A READER of this paper was surprised to learn that the Iloilo City slaughter house or abattoir in a 1.1-hectare complex in Barangay Tacas, Jaro is not even accredited.

That story appeared in this paper in its March 17, 2015 issue. Read more...

Iloilo sugar planters should’ve lobbied in congress

March 27,2015 01:04 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“That’s what mayors do. They lobby Congress to provide resources for their city.” – Maxine Waters

TRAFFIC gridlock is worsening in the Bonifacio Drive, City Proper due to the on-going road-widening construction project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) from the foot of Forbes Bridge (the bridge that connects Iloilo City Proper to the districts of La Paz and Jaro across the Iloilo River). Read more...

Offer ‘excess’ classrooms for K to 12 use – study

March 27,2015 01:02 AM

AMID the apprehension of some sectors and leaders over the viability of the K to12, state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) released a timely policy note offering possible solutions to some of the challenges cited by the reform program’s critics. Read more...

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