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Small businesses vulnerable to wage hike

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE newly-approved P11.50 wage increase in the region could lead to closure of small businesses, a top official of the Iloilo Business Club said.

IBC Executive Director Lea Lara said that the salary increase is giving undue pressure, especially on the operations of small businesses.

“Here in the city we are more into retail businesses. They are concentrated on services and consumer goods. So they really suffer especially that the competition is fierce,” said Lara.

Lara said that last year, they have received information that some retailers have opted to close following the wage increase.

“Their compliance will really suffer. Those who employ more workers, their benefits will also be affected,” she added.

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Biron denies meeting with political nemeses

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FORMER 4th district congressman Ferjenel Biron shot down reports that he met with members of the Tupas clan to talk politics in the city and province of Iloilo.

Talks have been swirling that Biron sat down recently with former Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr., his son Iloilo City Councilor Nielex Tupas and former Iloilo City congressman Raphael “Paeng” Lopez-Vito.

But Biron quickly dismissed the report.

“No meeting happened. I was even wondering where that information came from but let me assure you that we didn’t meet,” Biron said in an interview with Bombo Radyo-Iloilo.

Biron said he does not have any reason to meet with the Tupases and Lopez-Vito.

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Molo parish offers ‘Shroud’ to devotees

By: Reina Tacardon and Paolo Arnaldo

THE faithful can find a special way of reflecting on the passion and death of Jesus Christ at the St. Anne Parish Church in Molo, Iloilo City.

Rev. Fr. Espiridion R. Celis Jr., Molo parish priest, said they introduced the icon of the Holy Shroud of Turin for the first time in Iloilo City to provide a more meaningful and profound way of observing the Holy Week.

The Shroud is believed to be the burial cloth which was used to wrap Jesus Christ’s remains. Imprinted on the linen cloth are the face and body of the Christ.

Fr. Celis said the icon was donated by an unnamed donor “with a magnanimous heart” from Iloilo.

“Adopt the wound that was caused by your sin. Kiss it... so that, it will not hurt.”  Fr. Celis said as to the significance of the shroud.

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The origin of Satan

April 01, 2015 12:58 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

NO figure in human history has achieved the highest notoriety more than Satan. The name is synonymous with evil, the ultimate symbol of the dark side of the universe. How did this entity become the most maligned character in history, the prince of darkness and the archenemy of God and humanity? Read more...

We understand

April 01, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Ellen Tordesillas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist based in Metro Manila. She also writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

HE COULDN’T even mention the incident that he was asking the public for understanding. Read more...

The reluctant conscript

April 01, 2015 12:56 AM

By:  Juan Mercado

LIKE many of us, Simon of Cyrene “was merely at the wrong place at the wrong time,” writes Oblate priest Fr. Ron Rolheiser

"Yet, through earthly accidents, we are made responsible for what is heavenly.”

Karl Rahner wrote those words to describe what happened to Saint Joseph when he was asked by an angel to be husband to Mary. Read more...

Muhammad Ali’s love for Manny Pacquiao

April 01, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you-until you get your revenge.” – Muhammad Ali

IT’S not surprising why Muhammad Ali (56-5, 37 KOs) is enamored with Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs).

Ali, 73, personally likes Paquiao, 36, and his admiration has more to do with how the Filipino congressman conducts himself outside the ring rather than Pacquiao’s fighting style. Read more...

Need for signs of the Lord’s resurrection today

April 01, 2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

Gospel Reading: John 20,1-9

THE resurrection account we read in the fourth Gospel is replete with signs. The first disciples who went to the tomb – Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter and John – did not immediately see the risen Lord.


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