Guv makes another prediction on COA decision re ALI deal

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has made another bold prediction as to the decision of the Commission on Audit on the long-delayed lease and purchase contract between the Capitol and Ayala Land Inc.

He said he is expecting the approval of COA central office on June 7, 2012 concerning the development of the 7.7-hectare prime capitol property.

This, after the May 22, 2012 supposed date he expected to receive the COA’s decision did not materialize.

This time, Marañon said, he is more optimistic that COA will finally come out with its approval. 

Benitez to sign waiver for bank accounts

By: Teresa D. Ellera

BACOLOD City – Third District Rep. Albee Benitez said he will be signing a waiver that will open his bank accounts for scrutiny.

This is in response to the challenge posed by Senator Chiz Escudero as an offshoot of the impeachment trial where 20 senators rendered a guilty verdict on Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona.

Benitez, who is the second richest member of the House of Representatives next to Filipino boxing champ and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, said that he has already declared everything in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). It bares his peso, dollar and Euro accounts.

Checkpoints up; PNP, Army on red alert

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Checkpoints are up since yesterday as police and army forces in the 4th, 5th and 6th congressional districts are on red alert in line with the 5th District special elections today.

S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director, told reporters that all security preparations are in place to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the special elections.

PNP and Army forces were deployed in perceived critical areas.

Existing police forces in the area have been reinforced by 350 more police forces.

Talisay, Murcia bets rule 2012 Brainsbee

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Two bets from Talisay and Murcia won the grand Brainsbee Championship trophy and were declared as the best and the brightest in spelling, math and science in the district grand finals held May 31 at the Victorias Sports and Amusement Center in Victorias City.

Miles Audrey R. Marilla, Grade VI pupil at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College – Talisay campus and resident of Barangay Concepcion, Talisay, won the best in spelling trophy, P30,000 cash and a laptop from Provincial SK Federation  president and Board Member Thea Mae Dino.

Murcia’s bet in math and science, Jian Frynz F. Demonteverde, a recent high school graduate of the Negros Occ. National Science High School and a native of Barangay Zone 4, bested all other bets from the cities/towns of the Third District and won the same prizes.

Talisay, Murcia bets rule 2012 Brainsbee

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Two bets from Talisay and Murcia won the grand Brainsbee Championship trophy and were declared as the best and the brightest in spelling, math and science in the district grand finals held May 31 at the Victorias Sports and Amusement Center in Victorias City.

Miles Audrey R. Marilla, Grade VI pupil at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College – Talisay campus and resident of Barangay Concepcion, Talisay, won the best in spelling trophy, P30,000 cash and a laptop from Provincial SK Federation  president and Board Member Thea Mae Dino.

Murcia’s bet in math and science, Jian Frynz F. Demonteverde, a recent high school graduate of the Negros Occ. National Science High School and a native of Barangay Zone 4, bested all other bets from the cities/towns of the Third District and won the same prizes.

PALACE PUSHES FOR INT’L FLIGHTS AT ILOILO AIRPORT

  By: Tara Yap MALACAÑANG is pushing for direct international flights at the Iloilo Airport. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III did not directly address the request to declare the airport as another international gateway of Western Visayas, but instructed Secretary Mar Roxas of Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for the full implementation of the […]

PNoy parrots Drilon on HoJ anomalies

  By: Francis Allan L. Angelo PRESIDENT Benigno S.C. Aquino III was non-committal on the alleged substandard construction of the P200-million Iloilo Hall of Justice (HoJ). The HoJ issue was one of the issues raised to President Aquino when he arrived at Iloilo City to grace the International River Summit and inaugurate some projects in […]

Roxas dodges question on Defensor LP jump

  By: Francis Allan L. Angelo THE TOP leader of Liberal Party gave a rather strange answer when asked about the reports that Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has transferred or planned to move to the ruling party. Transportation and communication Sec. Manuel Roxas III, LP chairman, sported a poker face when asked by Inquirer reporter […]

PNoy: Govt to pursue more cases vs Corona

By: Lydia C. Pendon

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is going to pursue other corruption cases against impeached Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in the light of several pending criminal cases against the chief justice.

The President, here as keynote speaker during the closing rites of the First Philippine International River Summit, said the Filipino people must not forget the cases and justice must prevail.

“Dapat patas ang batas para sa lahat and no one is above the law as we embarked on justice and equality for all,” the President said referring to the impeachment case and subsequent guilty verdict against Corona.

1st PH Int’l River Summit bares 5 major policy recommendations

By: Lilibeth A. French

DELEGATES to the First Philippine International River Summit identified five major policy recommendations after a three-day discussion in Iloilo City.

The policy recommendations were presented to President Benigno Aquino III by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio during the closing ceremony of the summit held at the Centennial Resort and Convention Center in Jaro district.

Ignacio said the first recommendation is a request for a Presidential Proclamation declaring March 22 of every year as the Philippine River Day which will coincide with the celebration of the World Water Day.  

Youth groups hit Iloilo rivers, Jalaur Mega-Dam projects

MILITANT youth group Anakbayan-Panay and youth environmental group Oikos Ecological Movement yesterday slammed the railroading of the Iloilo and Batiano Rivers Rehabilitation Project and the inauguration of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II.

Jesa Aligasen, Anakbayan-Panay spokesperson, said the youth stands with the urban poor and tumandoks who are going to be displaced by the infrastructure work and beautification of the Iloilo and Batiano Rivers and the construction of a mega-dam in the Jalaur River.

“We are against ‘development’ projects that are in fact nothing more than opportunities for corrupt bureaucrats and their foreign partners to cash in at the expense of marginalized sectors,” she said.

Busy Pacquiao has time for boxing, govt, God

EIGHT-DIVISION world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao admits he always has a full schedule as he balances his boxing career, his duties as a Congressman, and his newfound commitment to God and religion.

But the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion told RingTV recently that he “enjoys” his busy schedule, adding that he is “lucky” to have the ability to be “mentally organized.”

“How difficult is it to juggle training with my congressional schedule is a question I am asked a lot, and it is a good one,” Pacquiao said.

“Training for a fight or being a congressman takes a great amount of discipline individually, but combined, I have to be very diligent in sticking to planned schedules,” he added.

“It’s not something I can do alone.”