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COA raps overflowing, underused prisons in W. Visayas
By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon
THE ideal ratio of jail personnel to inmates is 1:7 but the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Region 6 is has to grapple with 1:40 ratio.
Lack of jail personnel is one of the main factors why some Western Visayas jails are cramped while others are unused, said Senior Superintendent Rex Delarmente, BJMP regional director.
In a 2014 report released by the Commission on Audit (COA) last week, it was learned that the region has seven detention facilities that are overpopulated by 393 percent each while six others are unused.
Opposition defends standoff with mayor
By: Maricyn A. De los Santos
"THIS is not about politics. This is about checks and balances."
This was the retort of the vice mayor and several Sangguniang Bayan member of Maasin, Iloilo to the accusations of Mayor Mariano Malones that they caused the delay in salaries and other financial obligations of the town.
Vice-Mayor Rene Mondejar and SB members Inocencio Velasco, Ritchelle Mondejar, Vicente Albacete, and Romulo Joquino Sr., Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president, explained their side on the impassé over the town’s finances.
Militants, cops clash in Iloilo City
By: Maricyn A. De los Santos
STONES were hurled while policemen tried to protect themselves as more than a thousand protesters from different towns of Iloilo and other parts of Panay held a rally along Rizal Street, Jaro, Iloilo City October 4.
The rallyists, carrying the banner "People's Forum on APEC 2015," were composed of members of different militant groups including Bukluran ng Progresibong Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (BPMP) and Alab Katipunan, among others.
They staged the rally to condemn the ongoing APEC Food Security Meeting at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).
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Who is in the majority?
October 05, 2015 03:32 AM
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
A POLITICAL group, in the legislature for instance, may count less, thus numerically in the minority, but then as a Republican senator once said: “If you act like you’re in the minority, you’re going to stay in the minority.” Read more...
Let's stop bellyaching; we don't need Rio
October 05, 2015 03:24 AM
By: Alex P. Vidal
"You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball." – Bobby Knight
NEW YORK CITY -- So what's the big deal if we wound up second to China in the recently-concluded 2015 FIBA Asia Men's Championship in Changsha City, China on Sept. 23-Oct. 3? Read more...
Where’s the sugar?-3
October 05, 2015 03:18 AM
By: Modesto P. Sao-noy
LAST WEEK’S reports say the Bureau of Customs intercepted another P10 million worth of smuggled sugar. The Bureau is expecting more and it is good that it has brought the Sugar Anti-Smuggling Office or SASO on board to help. This task force is being financed by the industry and is expected to have the industry interest as its prime obligation. Read more...
The missionary today
October 05, 2015 03:12 AM
By: Fr. Roy Cimagala
SOME drastic updating of our understanding of what a missionary is is now in order. We should not get stuck with the common textbook idea that a missionary is usually a priest or nun who goes to a far-away place and literally starts a settlement there. Read more...
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