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May 18,2013 12:15 AM

By: Tara Yap

CONGRESSMAN Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. and his wife will end their 15-year rule in the 2nd district of Iloilo province on June 30.

Syjuco lost to Pavia Mayor Arcadio Gorriceta in the May 13 elections in a three-way race with I-Care party list Rep. Salvador Cabaluna III in the 2nd district.

“The people have finally been awakened,” Gorriceta said.

The Provincial Board of Canvassers proclaimed Gorriceta the other night after all results from the eight municipalities of the district were transmitted.

Gorriceta garnered 56,846 votes while Cabaluna had 46,140 votes and Syjuco only got 31,818 votes.

Syjuco had claimed he was cheated in the election using manipulated Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines used last May 13.

Syjuco was first elected in 1998 and served until 2004 after unsuccessful bids in Makati City. His wife Judy Jalbuena-Syjuco replaced him from 2004 to 2010.

While he was away from congress, Syjuc was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Earlier this month, the Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order against Syjuco and 10 others for the P302.12-million alleged overpricing in the procurement of TESDA training equipment.

The Ombudsman also filed graft charges against the Syjuco couple for the alleged P20-million illegal transfer of funds from TESDA and then Rep. Judy Syjuco’s pork barrel to a non-government organization the couple established.

The funding was supposed to be allocated for the Education For All Program, but the Ombudsman found alleged overpricing in the multi-million peso purchase of school uniforms, school bags and notebooks.

 

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March 07,2015 01:02 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT IS NOT a surprise that last week the students of the University of the Philippines have begun a protest movement against the clumsy operation and facile management of the aftermath of the Mamasapano massacre. They joined their voice to the demand from several sectors that President Aquino resigns. Read more...

Don’t worry about Ariza as Floyd’s conditioning coach

March 07,2015 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“When people show loyalty to you, you take care of those who are with you. It's how it goes with everything. If you have a small circle of friends, and one of those friends doesn't stay loyal to you, they don't stay your friend for very long.” – John Cena

A LOT of Manny Pacquiao fans have expressed apprehensions that his former conditioning coach who now works for the enemy “might reveal Pacquiao’s strong points and expose his weak points” to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s camp. Read more...

Opportunist unmasked

March 07,2015 12:56 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

CRISIS brings the best and the worst in people.  It is also one of the excellent ways to unmask people for who they really are. After all, a person reveals his real self not by sharing his life story but by how he spontaneously reacts to a particular situation.

The Mamasapano fiasco created a situation that exposed the opportunists among the leaders of the land. There are numerous of them and this is one of the positive outcomes of the debacle.   Read more...

Self-discipline in times of floundering

March 07,2015 12:54 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

“WHAT we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline,” averred H.P. Liddon.

I could not agree more about the role of virtue and continence. If someone says I was lucky to win an individual research grant from the national government last 2010—a single slot selected nationwide—he must think again. It did not come as ten pro bono I-Phones (not counting the prestige) that comes to one with a golden hair. Read more...

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March 07,2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

3RD SUNDAY OF LENT

Gospel Reading: John 2,13-25

THE fourth Gospel – that of Saint John – is fond of using contrasts and symbolism. We have one example of this in our Gospel passage this Sunday. The readers’ attention may immediately be drawn to the unfolding of the scenes in the account – namely, Read more...

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