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Bunker oil stench lingers in Botongon

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos

TEACHERS and students of Botongon Elementary School (BES) in Brgy. Botongon, Estancia, Iloilo cannot anymore bear the stench of bunker oil emanating from their contaminated coastline.

More than 100,000 liters of oil leaked out of a power barge owned by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) office at the height of super typhoon Yolanda almost a year ago.

Beulah Coloso, BES Head Teacher II, recounted their ordeal which was highlighted by the facial mask she wore in order to minimize the stench.

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Drilon calls ICC raps malicious, ridiculous

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

SENATE President Franklin M. Drilon branded the allegations concerning the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) project as “totally baseless, utterly ridiculous and malicious.”

Drilon was reacting to the graft and plunder case filed by his former consultant and columnist Manuel Mejorada before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Drilon said Mejorada has ill motives in filing the case as he sacked the latter for misusing his social media accounts to attack certain politicians.

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Feria operator threatens to spill Jaro plaza mystery

By: Louine Hope Conserva

A FERIA operator who questioned the contract on the December fair at the Jaro Plaza in Iloilo City said he will reveal more “mysteries” if his concerns are not addressed by the local government.

Juvy “Bobot” Sequiza, operations manager of Coney Island Fiesta Feria and Carnival Rides made the threat before filing his complaint against the officers of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC)-Jaro before the Office of the Ombudsman Wednesday.

The respondents in the case are ABS-Jaro president Eva Palmejar, Punong Barangay Rey Bion of Luna, Jaro and all the officers of the association.

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‘Market thieves’ told to surface, defend selves

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE SUSPECTS in the alleged anomalies in Iloilo City public markets were asked to defend themselves from accusations hurled against them.

Councilor Rodel Agado, market committee chair, dished out the challenge as he set a series of investigative hearings on public market anomalies starting November 13.

“Except for one who has already been dismissed for tapping on city power lines to run his dormitory and water business, at least eight of these suspects will be invited to come to that hearing to defend themselves,” Agado said.

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By: Edson J. Bañares

STARTING FEBRUARY 1, applicants for the PNP entrance and promotional exams scheduled on April 29 can access the On-Line Exam Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) of the National Police Commission.

Napolcom vice chair and executive officer Eduardo U. Escueta said the innovative project is the answer to the perennial problem of both civilian and police officers who have been bearing the long queues during the exam application period.

Under the new system, applicants are required to utilize the on-line system to request the Napolcom regional offices for their schedule on the filing of examination application after which they will personally appear only at the date assigned to them, with their printed on-line confirmation letter and other required documents.

The period for on-line scheduling is on February 1 to 13, while February 14 to March 16 is set for the filing of application.

Applicants for the PNP Entrance Exam are required to bring the printed letter-reply confirming the scheduled appointment, duly accomplished form (Napolcom Form 1-A) and Index card provided by the office, three recent and identical 1”x1” colored ID pictures with white background and with complete name tag, examination fee of P400, one legal-sized window envelope with P12 worth of mailing stamps, applicant’s transcript of scholastic records or diploma, and authenticated birth certificate.

On the other hand, applicants for the PNP Promotional Exam are required to bring the following, printed letter-reply confirming the scheduled appointment, duly accomplished form (Napolcom Form 1-A) and Index card provided by the office, two recent and identical 1”x1” colored ID pictures with white background and with complete name tag, one legal-sized window envelope with P12 worth of mailing stamps, certified true copy of attested appointment, plantilla appointment or absorption order, and report of rating/certification issued by the Napolcom Central office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board certificate.

The examination fees for the PNP promotional exam are P400 for the Police Officer Exam, P450 for Senior Police Officer exam, P500 for the Police Inspector exam and P600 for the Police Superintendent examination.

The applicants for the PNP entrance exam is required to wear plain white t-shirt (with or without collar) or white polo shirt, dark pants and shoes and a GOA Type B or patrol shirt are required of applicants for the PNP promotional exam.

Napolcom will not accept walk-in applicants who have not gone through the OLEASS. 

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Feud between Drilon, Mejorada deepens

October 30, 2014 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." – Alexander Hamilton

THE BRIDGE has been burned.

Now that the recent graft and plunder charges filed by former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada against Senate President Franklin Drilon, Read more...

SRA replies-2

October 30, 2014 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LET’S CONTINUE with the listing of the new powers proposed in HB 6880 filed by Rep. Alfredo Benitez.  In her letter quoted last week SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin denied that the bills filed in Congress had given the agency additional powers. Read more...

Spruced-up graves

October 30, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“WE GIVE back to You who first gave them to us: our faithful dead, whose beauty and truth are even now in our hearts.” That line from Rufus Ellis resonated as the wife and I, like thousands of other families, spruced up the graves of our kin for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day rites this coming weekend. Read more...


October 30, 2014 12:50 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

GEORGE Bernard Shaw is perhaps most renowned as a free thinker and liberal philosopher. In his last writings we read, "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the suicide of Europe. Read more...

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