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Mejorada, 6 others face probe for alleged overpricing

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A DOSE of his own medicine?

Columnist Manuel “Boy” Mejorada, who filed plunder case against Senate President Franklin Drilon for the alleged overpricing of the Iloilo Convention Center, is also facing a graft case for an alleged overpriced laptop deal in 2008.

The Ombudsman found enough basis to proceed with the preliminary adjudication of the criminal case against Mejorada, provincial administrator; Ramie Salcedo, Property Officer; Danny Baldemor, Inspection Officer; Rosalie San Luiz, End User Representative; Patricia Grace Trabado, Provincial Health Officer II and Acting Provincial Nutrition Action Officer; Edgar Piansay, Inspection Officer/ Bids and Awards Committee Member; and Cristina Te, Owner/Supplier of The Seven-Seven Trading for violation of Republic Act 3019 Section 3(e) or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The Field Investigation Office of the Office of the Ombudsman filed the criminal case after investigating the news articles reported in the July 16, 2009 issue of The Daily Guardian and The News Today.

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Village chief gunned down

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A BARANGAy captain was shot dead Monday evening inside his neighbor's house in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.

Rufino Bilan, Jr.,, 47, of Cabilauan village, succumbed to three gunshot wounds on his neck and back.

A certain Roland Jordan found Bilan lying on the pavement near the house of Rolyn Trestiza around 11:45 p.m. the other day.

The victim was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.

Inspector Sullen Domingo, Barotac Nuevo police chief, said investigators have yet to establish the motive for the shooting.

No witness has come out to shed light on what happened to Bilan.

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Rep. Nava blames illegal arms trade for ‘Bilibid gun’

GUIMARAS Rep. Joaquin Nava said he may have been a victim of the illegal arms trade after his firearm ended up in the hands of drug convict Peter Co inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Nava ahd admitted that the caliber .22 gun discovered in Co’s prison cell last week is registered under his name.

He said the gun was registered on January 4, 2012 and its license will expire on November 19, 2015.

But Nava insisted that he does not know how it ended up in Co’s possession inside the NBP’s maximum security compound, suggesting that he may be a victim of illegal arms trade.

He said that in July 2013, he returned the gun to Nashe Gun Store where he bought it supposedly to have it delivered to Germany due to a defect.

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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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In the year of His Lord

December 24,2014 12:46 AM

(The Wall Street Journal first published this editorial in its Christmas issue in 1948. It has been republished every year since then. )

WHEN Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar.     Read more...

Sugar accounting–7

December 24,2014 12:44 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

BEFORE we proceed on the demand for accounting of the “D” sugar, news reports say that there is optimism that by February next year President Aquino will sign the recently approved bicameral committee version of the sugarcane bills. Indeed, time has lapsed and the Philippines has not been prepared for the possibilities of cheaper foreign agricultural products entering the country and easing out local produce, price wise.  Read more...

Traffic rules and regulations

December 24,2014 12:42  AM

WHILE we normally don’t entertain anonymous contributions, we have a friend who has very valid points on some issues in the city and province of Iloilo. Here’s one analysis from D’Observer:

Let me start with a question: "why do we need rules and regulations?"   Read more...

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