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Three witnesses tag cop to Malabor slay

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Dolly Yasa

THREE witnesses pointed to a police officer assigned at Isabela, Negros Occidental as the gunman who killed board member Renato Malabor and his aide Leody “Butch” Jomilla early morning of June 28 outside a cockpit.

One witness, a 19-year-old tricycle driver whose mother sells food at the cockpit in Guintubhan, Isabela, claimed in his affidavit that he saw PO1 Robert Chloe Rito of Isabela PNP shoot Malabor and Jomilla.

The driver claimed that Rito also shot Malabor’s vehicle while fleeing towards the national highway.

The second witness is a 45-year-old gaffer and caretaker claimed that he saw a person wearing a white shirt, short pants and ball cap shoot the victims.

When the man turned around, the witness said he recognized Rito as he personally knew the cop who also frequents the cockpit.

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What’s a ‘change order’ in government projects?

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

DID the Iloilo City government follow procurement rules in changing the location of traffic lights supplied and installed by Triune Electronics System?

The question adds to the mystery surrounding the traffic lights deal on top of the P800,000 “excess payment” to Triune because of changes to its contracts.

“Change order” was the reason proffered by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for the extra payment to Triune whose contract was only P13 million but was paid P14 million.

In his letter dated February 4, 2014, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog ordered the City Engineers Office (CEO) to move the traffic lights intended for Valeria-Delgado Streets in City Proper to Quezon-Delgado Streets.

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Accountant: We lack storage for documents

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo City Accounting Office (CAO) is where all vouchers and other financial documents are submitted for transmittal to the Commission on Audit (COA) for post review.

Yet, it does not keep copies of these documents as any government office ought to do as discovered by reporters who visited the CBO to ask for documents on the P29-million traffic lights deal.

City Accountant Michelle Lopez said she is aware of the requirement of the New Government Accounting System (NGA) as regards keeping copies of transaction documents.

“But we have no choice. We do not have the stockroom big enough to store all these documents,” Lopez 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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Cold, dry Catholics

August 01, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IN HIS talk before the gathering of the Second Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines in Cebu City last week, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas spoke about the number of Catholics who are dry, hurting, skeptics and those who left the Church to join other religions. Read more...

Daang matuwid

August 01, 2015 03:30 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

Eleven months from now, the era of “daang matuwid” will close. It is up to historians to make a comprehensive assessment of the period, its strength and weakness, deficiencies and achievements. Read more...

Forging character

August 01, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

ONE’S character defines that person and guides him in all the situations of his life. It gives a certain consistency to his thoughts, words and deeds, his choices and decisions, Read more...

Why our laws are not working in the fight against HIV/AIDS

August 01, 2015 03:14 AM

By: Bruce Villafuerte Rivera

MY obsession with the HIV situation in the Philippines is the reason why even if I will lose the interest of my readers, I will not stop talking about it until statistics will change. Read more...

Need to look for God for the right reason

August 01, 2015 03:08 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez

18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel Reading: John 6,24-35

OUR Gospel reading this Sunday is a sequel to the miraculous multiplication of bread and fish performed by Jesus (cf. Jn 6:1-13).

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Justice Florenz Regalado

August 01, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Rene Saguisag

JUSTICE Florenz  Regalado, 87, is gone.

He set t he bar exam record of 96.7, followed by classmate and compadre Bobby de la Fuente,  with 95.95, in 1954.

Flor's record may stand until the desert sands grow cold. Read more...

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