iRemit signs partnership with Indonesian bank

THE PHILIPPINES’ leading non-bank remittance company, iRemit,  recently signed an agreement with Bank Internasional Indonesia, one of Indonesia’s biggest banks by assets, to provide fast, and reliable money transfer services for overseas Indonesians.

The agreement was signed by Rahardja Alimhamzah, Wholesale Banking Director and Bansan C. Choa, Chairman and CEO of I-Remit and witnessed by Dato’ Khairussaleh bin Ramli, President Director of BII, Harris D. Jacildo, President and COO of I-Remit and Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary H.E. Ma. Rosario C. Aguinaldo.

Tigum-Aganan board accepts output of technical working groups

  THE GOVERNING board members of the Tigum-Aganan Watershed Management Board (TAWMB) and the Tigum-Aganan Watershed Water Quality Management (TAWQMA) has accepted the joint output of their respective technical working groups after the two-day Workshop on the Indicators for the State of the Watershed Report (SoWR) for Tigum-Aganan. In partnership with the Canadian Urban Institute […]

Leonardia-Golez word war over Charter Day heats up


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The verbal tussle between Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Rep. Anthony Golez on the city’s Charter Day celebration on June 18 continues to heat up.

Leonardia slammed Golez after the latter called him and other city officials as liars in trying to make the people in the city believe that June 18 is the city’s charter anniversary when in fact it is just the day the charter was signed.

Leonardia stressed they will continue to request Malacañang next year to declare June 18 as a special non-working public holiday in Bacolod City.

“We are not giving up, although we respect the decision of Malacañang,” Leonardia said.

Binay no show in city’s celebration


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Vice President Jejomar Binay did not show up in yesterday’s celebration of the 74th Charter Day anniversary of the city, instead he was represented by his son Makati City mayor Junjun Binay amid reports that controversies related to the celebration of the event reached the second highest official of the country.

Meanwhile, parents of public school students here complained that they were not properly informed that there will be no classes yesterday morning as most of them brought their children to school after it was announced that Malacañang disapproved the request of the city council to declare June 18 as a special non-working holiday.

Win-win solution urged for Ayala-Capitol deal


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Provincial Board member Patrick Lacson said that a win-win solution is what is needed to resolve the dragging case of the Ayala-Capitol land deal with the Commission on Audit.

“It is sad that development had not started and since it is in the courts of law, it all boils down to legality of things,” Lacson said.

When asked whether the province needs to wait until the case filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. against the provincial government is resolved, Lacson waxed legalese, stressing “that is all that matters to in legislation.”

He pointed out that “half measures availed us nothing”.

Lacson stressed that “may we find wisdom and all together settle for win-win solution”.

Aklan wins bid for WVRAA 2013


BACOLOD City – The 2013 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) meet will likely be held for the second time at Aklan Sports Complex in Barangay Calangcang, Makato, Aklan.

The same venue also hosted the 2010 edition with some parts of the sports complex was still unfinished. With the refurbished tartan track oval and construction of the grandstand, they won the bid again this time.

Sixteen sports disciplines are contested in the WVRAA with Negros Occidental hosted the regional meet last March and Iloilo in 2011.

Heat burn Thunder for 2-1 series lead


MIAMI’S dominance from the free-throw line proved strong enough to quell the Oklahoma City Thunder in a fierce fourth-quarter battle as the Heat claimed a 91-85 Game Three victory on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) and a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.

The Heat outscored the Thunder 31-15 from the line, making all but four of their attempts as they cashed in on opportunities won with their relentless attacks on the rim, while Oklahoma City made just 15-of-24 from the charity stripe.

Pacquiao-Marquez IV to be held in Mexico?


A POTENTIAL fourth fight between great rivals Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico may be held in Marquez’s hometown of Mexico City.

Talks of a fourth Pacquiao-Marquez bout has been gathering steam lately, and Marquez fanned the flames further in an interview with RingTV.

“Maybe I’ll fight with Manny on November 10. (Promoter Fernando) Beltran said that, but I need to wait for Bob Arum,” Marquez said.

Pacquiao recently lost his welterweight title to American Timothy Bradley Jr., and the two may engage in a rematch on November 10.

COMELEC to voters: ‘Beat October deadline’

By: Florence F. Hibionada


WANT TO be counted in the May 2013 elections? Ready to go out and vote on May 13, 2013 national and local polls?

For the Commission on Elections (Comelec), all it takes are simple steps to register and if already registered, check your status as a voter.

This, as the Commission in a continuing call to the general public laid down provisions of Republic Act 7166 setting next year’s voting.

PDEA seeks teachers’ help in fight vs. illegal drugs


THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Western Visayas mounted a new offensive against illegal drugs by seeking the support of school teachers in public and private schools.

PDEA Region 6 Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz made the call following reports that illegal drugs abuse among students continues to grow despite the raids by the PNP, National Bureau of Investigation and the PDEA on drug dens.

El P-Noy matador

By: Herbert Vego

ONE day last week, I barely caught up with United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Bishop Roel Marigsa bewailing the “extrajudicial killings” under the Aquino presidency in an interview on Aksyon Radyo by Joel Tormon.