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Bunker oil stench lingers in Botongon

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

TEACHERS and students of Botongon Elementary School (BES) in Brgy. Botongon, Estancia, Iloilo cannot anymore bear the stench of bunker oil emanating from their contaminated coastline.

More than 100,000 liters of oil leaked out of a power barge owned by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) office at the height of super typhoon Yolanda almost a year ago.

Beulah Coloso, BES Head Teacher II, recounted their ordeal which was highlighted by the facial mask she wore in order to minimize the stench.

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Drilon calls ICC raps malicious, ridiculous

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

SENATE President Franklin M. Drilon branded the allegations concerning the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) project as “totally baseless, utterly ridiculous and malicious.”

Drilon was reacting to the graft and plunder case filed by his former consultant and columnist Manuel Mejorada before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Drilon said Mejorada has ill motives in filing the case as he sacked the latter for misusing his social media accounts to attack certain politicians.

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Feria operator threatens to spill Jaro plaza mystery

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A FERIA operator who questioned the contract on the December fair at the Jaro Plaza in Iloilo City said he will reveal more “mysteries” if his concerns are not addressed by the local government.

Juvy “Bobot” Sequiza, operations manager of Coney Island Fiesta Feria and Carnival Rides made the threat before filing his complaint against the officers of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC)-Jaro before the Office of the Ombudsman Wednesday.

The respondents in the case are ABS-Jaro president Eva Palmejar, Punong Barangay Rey Bion of Luna, Jaro and all the officers of the association.

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‘Market thieves’ told to surface, defend selves

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE SUSPECTS in the alleged anomalies in Iloilo City public markets were asked to defend themselves from accusations hurled against them.

Councilor Rodel Agado, market committee chair, dished out the challenge as he set a series of investigative hearings on public market anomalies starting November 13.

“Except for one who has already been dismissed for tapping on city power lines to run his dormitory and water business, at least eight of these suspects will be invited to come to that hearing to defend themselves,” Agado 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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Feud between Drilon, Mejorada deepens

October 30, 2014 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." – Alexander Hamilton

THE BRIDGE has been burned.

Now that the recent graft and plunder charges filed by former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada against Senate President Franklin Drilon, Read more...

SRA replies-2

October 30, 2014 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LET’S CONTINUE with the listing of the new powers proposed in HB 6880 filed by Rep. Alfredo Benitez.  In her letter quoted last week SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin denied that the bills filed in Congress had given the agency additional powers. Read more...

Spruced-up graves

October 30, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“WE GIVE back to You who first gave them to us: our faithful dead, whose beauty and truth are even now in our hearts.” That line from Rufus Ellis resonated as the wife and I, like thousands of other families, spruced up the graves of our kin for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day rites this coming weekend. Read more...


October 30, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

GEORGE Bernard Shaw is perhaps most renowned as a free thinker and liberal philosopher. In his last writings we read, "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the suicide of Europe. Read more...

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