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Odicta’s firearm licenses revoked

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

EFFECTIVE Feb. 1, 2016, controversial businessman Melvin Odicta Sr. is gun-less.

Well, at least legally.


This, as the PNP Firearm and Explosives Office approved the recommendation of the FEO License Revocation and Restoration Board (FLRRB) to revoke/cancel the License to Own and Possess

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P1M lost to pawnshop heist

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

MORE OR less P1 million worth of pawned jewelries and cash were lost in a pawnshop robbery in Passi City, Iloilo early morning of Feb. 11, 2016.


Christine Factora, 30, of Tinucuan village, Dingle reported to the police that Christine & Grace Pawnshop on F. Palmares Street, Passi City was robbed.

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6 towns probed for violating waste mgt laws

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos and Louine Hope Conserva

SIX LOCAL government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas are under investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged recurring and blatant violations of Republic Act No. 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000).


Violations include the use of open dump sites, and failure to submit Priority Corrective Action Plan (PCAP) to be implemented within a six-month period and/or the submission of a 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan.

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5 Iloilo bets seek private guards

By: Louine Hope Conserva

FIVE CANDIDATES in Iloilo province requested for private security from the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) for the campaign period.


Police Chief Inspector Vicente O. Vicente, chief of the IPPO’s operation branch, said one candidate is from the 1st district, another from the 2nd district, and three from the 5th district.

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Babe killed in fire

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

A 7-MONTH-old baby died in an evening fire in Zone 13 Calaparan village, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Feb. 10, 2016.


Fire fighters found the charred body of baby “John” (not his real name) near a mattress in their living room.

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By: Lilibeth A. French

THE DEPARTMENT of Education (DepED) in Region 6 will conduct a two-day conference-workshop on the revised criteria for the selection of Brigada Eskwela Best School Implementors from April 25 to 26 in this city.

Dr. Eden Deriada said the activity will be participated by some 150 Adopt-A-School Program/Brigada Eskwela coordinators, selected elementary and secondary school principals, and district supervisors from the 18 divisions of the region.

Aside from updates on the revised criteria, Deriada said the activity will provide a venue to ask and hear the experiences and best practices of participants in implementing the program in their respective schools.

Since 2004, the DepEd has been recognizing the Brigada Eskwela Best Implementors through the Adopt-A- School program.

The ASP Secretariat has revised the criteria as a result of the consultation meeting with the ASP Regional Coordinators in November last year at Cebu City and as part of its effort to further improve the selection process, according to a DepEd press report.

The revised criteria will be implemented this school year 2012-2013.

In a national awarding held last year, two schools from the region were recognized as Brigada Eskwela Hall of Fame awardees after they were chosen as Best School Implementors in the region for three consecutive years. These are the Minuyan Elementary School of Murcia in Negros Occidental and Maayon National High School in Maayon, Capiz.

Brigada Eskwela, also known as the National Schools Maintenance, ensures that public schools in the country are ready for the opening of school year in June through the support and cooperation of all education stakeholders both from the private and public sectors. This year, it will be held from May 21 to 26.

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4Ps, Mar Roxas, and the Presidency

February 12, 2016 03:38 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

THE STANDARD-Laylo poll survey published a few days ago determined that much of Mar Roxas' 22% rating for the period Jan 27-Feb 4 could be attributed to the 4Ps program of the national government. Read more...

Gamboa reacts-2

February 12, 2016 03:36 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LET’S CONTINUE examining the reaction of Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. contained in his press release on my series on the report of the Commission on Audit and the findings of a group after Acting Mayor Greg Gasataya took over from suspended Mayor Monico Puentevella.

Petilla for senator

February 12, 2016 03:24 AM

By: Limuel Celebria

SHOULD HE reach the Senate, former Energy Secretary Carlo Jericho Petilla who’s now running for senator under the Liberal Party would have Health and Education as top priorities in his legislative agenda. Read more...

Prof. Copernicus thinks I am right (Last of 2 parts)

February 12, 2016 03:29 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you." – Robin Williams

NEW YORK CITY – Three big historical events in February, March and April juxtaposed in the calendar of topics Dr. Jozef Copernicus wanted to discuss with me one breezy afternoon in the blizzard-drenched Central Park. Read more...

All roads lead to Miagao

February 12, 2016 03:26 AM

By: Benito T. Jimena

ALL ROADS lead to Miagao for the celebration of its 300th founding anniversary. It is a first class municipality, 40 kilometers south of Iloilo City, an hour ride passing the towns of Oton, Tigbauan, and Guimbal. Read more...

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