‘PETMALU’: Mar Roxas twits illegal drugs yarn

BACOLOD CITY – “Petmalu.” This is how former interior and local government secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II described allegations linking him to the illegal drug trade in Western Visayas. Petmalu is a slang Filipino word meaning “super amazing to connote an unbelievable claim.” Its root word is “malupit” or cruel or unkind. Self-confessed drug syndicate […]

DEMOLITION JOB?: ‘Drug peddlers’ tag pols to narco trade

TWO suspected drug peddlers in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental made sensational exposés tagging prominent politicians to the illegal drugs trade days before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte joins the MassKara revelries this weekend. Ricky Serenio, self-confessed bagman or finance officer of an illegal drug syndicate in Negros Occ., and Maui Huelar, a Bacolod City village chief […]

‘NO PRIVATE ARMY HERE’: Salcedos deny link with Balume Group

MAYOR Ermelita Salcedo of Sara, Iloilo denied allegations that their family is using the “Balume Crime Group” as private army. But Salcedo confirmed that Arturo “Master Pedik” Balume Sr., leader of the alleged crime ring, worked as security aide of her husband, former mayor Neptali Salcedo, for about five years more than a decade ago. […]

Another probe on ill-fated chickens

AN AD HOC Committee was created Oct. 19, 2017 to conduct another fact-finding investigation into alleged irregularities in the P3.4-million chicken dispersal program of the Iloilo City government. Acting Mayor Jose Espinosa III created the committee through Executive Order No. 96. The Committee is tasked to investigate the alleged irregularities in the implementation of the […]

Bidding for P19.8-million Sunburst Park project begins

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) opened the bidding for the P19.888-million Sunburst Park Development Project in Iloilo City. TIEZA posted the Invitation to Bid in a national daily Oct. 19, 2017 after Acting Mayor Jose Espinosa III and TIEZA signed the Development Plan of Sunburst Park and Proposed Site Development for the […]