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HIV/AIDS cases in WV increase

By: Louine Hope Conserva

WESTERN Visayas posted an increase in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases, according to the Department of Health (DOH-6).

Dr. Elvie P. Villalobos, head of DOH-6’s infectious disease and EOH cluster, told the media Monday that the region recorded an increase of 183 cases from January to September this year. The latest number brings the accumulated HIV/AIDS cases in the region from 1984 to 2014 to 700.

Villalobos said 99 percent of the cases were through contracted sexual transmission while one percent remains unknown.

About 89 percent of the cases involve male having sex with male (MSM).

For the month of September, 14 new cases were reported – 13 males and one female.

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‘Compromise deals illegal’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

UNFORTUNATELY for former Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) head Vincent de la Cruz, the ordinance regulating city public market activities does not allow compromise agreements, even for “humanitarian reasons” when it comes to embezzled collections.

Councilor Joshua Alim, committee on rules and ordinances, said compromise deals between de la Cruz and LEEO employees who failed to remit their collections is patently illegal.

“A compromise agreement (to clear market personnel of misappropriating market collections) is not allowed by the ordinance regulating city public markets, hence illegal,” Alim told The Daily Guardian.

Former Iloilo Terminal Market in-charge Shirley Conte said they are strict about collecting rentals and fees from vendors.

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Military civilian worker shot dead

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A CIVILIAN employee of the Philippine Army was shot dead while taking his early morning walk Monday at NHA Mandurriao, Iloilo City

Roberto Tabhan, 59, a non-uniformed personnel assigned at the 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office, died of two gunshot wounds on the head.

According to his wife Guy, the victim left their house around 2:30 a.m. together with their house help, Agnes Doroteo, to take his routine morning walk around the village.

It was around 4:30 a.m. when Tabhan and Doroteo came across two men walking on the opposite side of the road.

Tabhan and Doroteo continued to walk but one of the men came back and ran after them while the other one stayed behind and acted as look-out.

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Big injustice for boxing if Floyd vs. Pacman is off

November 25,2014 12:59 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.” – Sugar Ray Leonard

THERE should be no more excuses.

Fight fans will never forgive those behind the careers of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. if the two won’t face each other next.

SRA replies – 9

November 25,2014 12:58 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IN HER Letter of October 14, Sugar Regulatory Administration Administrator Regina Martin said, “The sugar statistics are held vital to the formulation of sugar policies by SRA and to the business decision of stakeholders. Enshrined with utmost transparency, SRA cannot and does not manipulate sugar data, nor feed them in advance to favor a few.

Graft and corruption: An obstacle to social and economic development

November 25,2014 12:56 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

IN AUGUST 2014, seven retired and active employees in Iloilo were fined and dismissed from government service, respectively, for grave misconduct in connection with a multi-million peso fertilizer fund scam.  Read more...

Here’s what journalists miss when they don’t leave the office

November 25,2014 12:54 AM

By: Butch Ward

TODAY let us pay tribute to reporters who, in their quest for a good daily story, boldly defy the Production gods and do the unthinkable: Hang up the telephone and leave the office.

Granted, doing a “phoner” often seems like the only recourse when your responsibilities for the day include preparing a story (or two or more) for multiple platforms, posting to social media, and any number of other special projects. Read more...

Politics and charity

November 25,2014 12:50 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

GETTING into this topic, I know, is like pushing a lamb into the company of wolves. Implausible as it may seem, we just have to pray that the lamb can survive by following what Christ indicated: be shrewd like serpents but innocent like doves. Read more...

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