Teen prisoner commits suicide using cop’s gun

By:Jennifer P. Rendonand Felipe Celino

A TEENAGER detainee of Ivisan Police Station lock-up cell in Capiz province instantly died after he allegedly shot himself Wednesday afternoon.

Worse, Toto (not his real name), a resident of Brgy.Basiao, Ivisan town, used the firearm of PO2 John Cordovera, a member of the Ivisan PNP patrol team, in committing suicide.

How Toto stole and sneaked Cordovera’s gun inside his prison cell remains a mystery.

Cordovera claimed he discovered that his gun was missing when he was about to go home around 8am Wednesday.

“So, I told him to look for it. He could not allegedly remember where he put it,” said Inspector Bryant Fallera, Ivisan police chief.

He even warned Cordovera of his accountability for the government issued caliber .9mm pistol.

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Ilonggos vulnerable to leptospirosis

LEPTOSPIROSIS remains a big threat to Ilonggos, according to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth-6).

Philhealth-6 reported that Iloilo province has the most number of leptospirosis cases in the entire region for two consecutive years already.

A total number of 216 leptospirosis cases were recorded in Iloilo for the 1st semester of 2013, roughly 77% of the total 279 cases in Western Visayas.

Last year, Iloilo recorded 810 cases vis-a-vis the 992 Leptospirosis cases in the entire region.

For January to June this year, PhilHealth 6 has already disbursed a total of P1,437,933 for leptos cases for the entire region, including P1,050,548 in Iloilo province alone.

Last year, a total of P3,298,516 was spent in Iloilo province against P4,656,331 for the whole of Western Visayas.

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After Napoles surrender, what now?

MANILA — “What happens now?”

This was the question posed by one of the organizers of the Million People March following the surrender of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Napoles, who is facing charges for the serious illegal detention of key whistleblower Benhur Luy, is the alleged mastermind behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

She surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III Wednesday night while his brother Reynald Lim, also charged with serious illegal detention, is still at large.

In an interview with radio dzMM Thursday afternoon, netizen and activist Monet Silvestre said that while he is happy that Napoles is now finally in government custody, the country has still yet to see lawmakers charged for the alleged misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Silvestre was one of the thousands of people who attended the Million People March at Luneta Park last Monday calling for the abolition of the pork barrel.

“Oo [happy] kasi nahuli na si Napoles,” Silvestre said.

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Mabilog to delay CPBO enforcement

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he will delay the implementation of the Comprehensive Perimeter Boundary Ordinance (CPBO) to 2014.

“I prefer to have it enforced after all the present road and bridge projects shall have been completed and that may still be by next year,” Mabilog said.

The mayor was referring to continuing works on major roads in the city and the repair of Jaro Bridge, which will take at least three months to finish.

A City Hall source said delaying the CPBO, which the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved by a vote of 8-5 last Tuesday, is possible.

“All it needs to happen is to delay its publication,” he said. The newly-approved ordinance will take effect only 15 days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

“This may not happen, however, if the vice mayor will not agree to delaying its publication in a newspaper of general circulation in Iloilo City,” the City Hall source said.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, author of the CPBO, could not be reached for comments.

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Husband stabbed dead by wife’s lover

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A PEDICAB driver was stabbed to death Wednesday evening inside Iloilo Central Market in City Proper district, Iloilo City.

Fredelio Peñaverde, 41, of Brgy. San Isidro, Jaro, Iloilo City, suffered multiple wounds allegedly inflicted by his wife’s lover.

The suspect, Antonio Manjo of Brgy. San Juan, Molo, fled after the incident and remains at-large.

According to the victim’s 12-year old son, they went to the area to look for Manjo, a butcher working for a meat vendor in the market.

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Guv calls for probe on SWAT assault

By: Tara Yap

ILOILO Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. is calling for a thorough investigation on the assault of special police forces on the station of Aksyon Radyo Iloilo.

Defensor said a thorough investigation is still needed before he issues a final statement.

The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) stormed the station of Aksyon Radyo Iloilo in Mandurriao district past 2am of August 25. 

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he has been briefed on the incident but he said he was surprised when the City Council called for an investigation on the alleged assault.

The SWAT team was augmenting responding police officers after receiving information that young men involved in a brawl from nearby Smallville Complex sought refuge inside the radio station.

But the young men already surrendered when the SWAT team barged in the radio station in full battle gear.

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Playful Patriotism: What next?

By: Limuel S. Celebria

WHEN our current President’s father, Ninoy Aquino, was assassinated about a week and three years ago today, the nation was shocked. We all stayed glued to the radio waiting for details and explanations as to how so blatant and brazen a deed can happen in our society.

I was already a jaded journalist back then thinking that, sure, there will be outrage but this will all die down and disappear eventually.

My cynicism stemmed from the fact that, except for the Left which put up an armed struggle that continues to this day, the majority of Filipinos didn’t put up any struggle against Martial Law and the curtailment of their freedoms. Even now I find it funny (pathetic, actually) that some would view the Marcos years as “the good old days” and that some would welcome their return to power. Really stupid.

 

Still, I was wrong. The rallies and yellow confetti pouring out of Makati’s high rise buildings became a regular afternoon occurrence with the so-called yuppies (Young, Urban Professionals) providing the warm bodies to these mass actions and shouting “Sobra Na, Tama Na, Palitan Na!” No doubt great seeds of dissent were sown in this highly middle if not upper class neighborhood, giving birth to passive resistance (such as non-payment of taxes and a general boycott of products made by Marcos-crony companies). Three years later, the Confetti Revolution would bloom fully at EDSA, where a peaceful, People Power revolution booted out the Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdie and Meldy.

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A matter of trust

By: Modesto Sa-onoy

Malacanang declared last Tuesday that the presidential pork called by different names but with one purpose – to provide the President with discretionary fund to meet certain exigencies and situations – will not be affected by the demand for the abolition of the congressional pork barrel.

 

It seems that the sauce is good only for the goose but not for the gander. You can take whichever meaning you want for the “gander” – the fowl, the man or the system.

The Malacañang decision places the Aquino loyalists in a bind, a dilemma for they cannot demand that the members of Congress should not have the pork but the president with such huge pork can have his lechon. Credibility becomes the issue.

But pork is pork, whether it is paksiw, lechon, barbecue, sinigang or chop. A rose is a rose and smells just as sweet, the poet declares. So it is with pork, whether it is the pig or the money contributed from the sweat and brows of the citizens and dispensed by Congress or the President, it remains the burden of the people.

To me the issue of the pork is a matter of trust. Will you trust Ali Baba and his forty thieves to guard your treasury? On the other hand, will you trust Blessed Mother Teresa with the same task?

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For the love of ‘pork’

By: Efren N. Padilla

THE Good Old Book admonishes us that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” I’d say, the love of “pork” is the root of all political corruption!

And why not?

Why covet for political power if there is no “pork” to be had?  Why risk political defeat if one cannot expect to recoup campaign expenses apart from “pork?”  What incentive is there for a candidate to aspire to a higher political position if there is no “pork barrel” to dip one’s hand into? It is a tempting prospect indeed.

And here lies the problem.  Because of “pork” no one is really serious of being a politician anymore.   So who are the people likely responsible in running the various branches of our government?  Patrons?  Yes.  Politicians?  I don’t think so.

Why is this so?

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Directory for priests

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

I’M happy to know that the Vatican issued early this year a new edition of the Directory on the Ministry and Life of Priests. The first edition came in 1994, under Blessed John Paul II’s watch, after an extensive review of all pertinent documents and reports on priesthood that came from different places. It was a very rich document.

This new edition is one of the last documents that Pope Benedict XVI approved before he resigned in February. It puts in more data as to the new challenges priests today face.

Let’s hope that this directory gets to reach all the clergy, from bishops to priests and even to those studying for the priesthood, since it truly gives a global picture of who the priest is and how he should be. Now with all the communication technologies we have, that concern should be no problem at all.

Still, priests need to be encouraged to study and assimilate this manual. Thus, I encourage even our lay faithful, especially those who occupy some positions of prominence in society, to be familiar with its content.

The laity can do a lot in helping the clergy, just as clergy can also do a lot in helping the laity. This, I believe, is part of what is called as organic mutual relation between clergy and laity that is highly valued in the Church.

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