Mayors’ league head backs guv’s jump to PDP-Laban

THE League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP-Iloilo) is optimistic on the possible transfer of Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. to the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). LMP-Iloilo President Jett Rojas said unity will be achieved if Defensor and congressmen in Iloilo province will join the party of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. “Mas maayo gani […]

Why the tacit approval of Duterte’s drug war

“HOPING against hope.” This could aptly explain why some Filipinos are relatively reticent and passive on the bloody war waged by the Duterte administration against illegal drugs. For Prof. Pepito “Sonny” Fernandez, who teaches political science at UP-Visayas in Miagao, Iloilo, said this “quiet stance” on the war on drugs can be attributed to two […]

Days of Boracay polluters are numbered – DENR

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) aims to finish by end of 2017 the crackdown on business establishments which pollute Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. DENR-6 Director Jim Sampulna said they already investigated 30 percent of establishments which do not connect to the island’s sewerage treatment facilities. The sewerage treatment plants are operated […]

DENR: Capitol can handle quarrying operation

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) proposed that the Iloilo provincial government handles the quarry operation in the entire Iloilo Province. DENR-6 Director Jim Sampulna said it would allow the province to regulate and control excessive quarrying that destroys major rivers systems. Sampulna said no local government unit has ever considered the said […]

DENR: Real-time watch of power plants’ emissions

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) said emissions of two power firms in Iloilo are under real-time monitoring. DENR-6 Regional Director Jim Sampulna said they have inked an agreement with independent power producers Palm Concepcion Power Corporation (PCPC) in Concepcion, Iloilo and Global Business Power Corporation (GBP) in La Paz, Iloilo City on […]

MAKE OR BREAK – Guv: Transfer to PDP-Laban could affect pact with congressmen

WHILE everything remains uncertain, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said his transfer to the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) might break the “gentleman’s agreement” between him and the four Ilonggo congressmen on the 2019 elections. Defensor, who is currently with the Liberal Party, has a standing agreement with Reps. Arcadio Gorriceta (2nd district), […]