DUMANGAS PORT, FAVORITE DRUG TRANSIT POINT?
INCOMING and come-backing mayor Roland Distura of Dumangas, Iloilo is alarmed by reports that the port of Dumangas has become the transit point of illegal drugs proliferating all over the four provinces of Panay Island.
Does that mean that the present and outgoing mayor, Ronald Golez, has not done well with regard to the illegal drug problem?
Sa totoo lang, the problem has been going on since the previous watch of Distura. In fact, he discussed the matter in his office with then Philippine National Police regional director, Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas.
And so, we beg of Roland and Ronald not to point an accusing finger at each other.
Try blaming PNoy instead for not fielding enough personnel to the undermanned Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
But of course, we are sure Torni Deli will disagree.
VICE VIC OPTIMISTIC RE: APEC
VIC FACULTAD, former vice mayor of Iloilo City, is optimistic that we could handle a ministerial meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2015.
By the time, he believes, all the hotels now under construction will have opened for business. There will be enough rooms to fill the APEC room requirement. How many rooms?
At least 3,500 rooms kuno for the foreign delegates.
Will there also be enough water to quench the international community’s thirst?
That question is not for Vic but for Le Jayme Jalbuena and Pablo Bercilla, who both claim to be “the real GM” of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).
By the way, Le, if you still supply water in your private capacity, do you have the quantity that Roger Flo and MIWD itself are incapable of delivering?
AN ‘IMPORTED’ KAPITAN FOR BO. OBRERO?
WORD is out that a former barangay captain who has been working in the United States is coming back to reclaim Bo. Obrero from the incumbent, Carding Diño in the forthcoming barangay election in October.
Nakaipon na kuno ng dollars ang ex-kapitana.
Totoo ba ito, Hermie Panes?
TEXTBOOK AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS LIKE LUISTRO
WHILE parents and children agonize over the K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) that would add to basic education compulsory kindergarten and two more years of high school, plus added financial burden, the textbook publishers (Abive, Rex, et al.) are happy. More books have to be written and revised to suit the new curriculum.
The sad thing is that some books may no longer be “inherited” by a younger sibling from a kuya or ate dahil obsolete na.
Noon ay mana-mana.
Ngayon daw ay money-money na.
ICAST TO CAST VOLUNTEER OUT
EMBARRASSED by the news that a volunteer of the Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force was smoking in public, Kagawad Joshua Alim and ICAST head Iñigo Garingalao vowed to fire the volunteer and confiscate his ID.
Those caught smoking will henceforth be cast out of ICAST.
What about those not caught? Will they remain in the cast?
LOOKING UP UPTOWN
WE recently caught our columnist HV across Gen. Luna St. (fronting the University of the Philippines Visayas) looking up Uptown, a multi-storey condo under construction. Is he buying a unit?
He was just being sentimental kuno. He used to live on that exact spot when he was a UP student in “19forgotten.” The site was then where the boarding house of the late Arturo Pingoy was located.
Ed Aguillon, now a millionaire like Edgar Sia, also used to board in the same house. But it seems he does not know HV anymore.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote to Ernest Hemingway, “The rich are different.”
COUNCILOR R.LEONE GEROCHI
HE is giving up the chairmanship of the Committee on Transportation. He said he has become ineffective primarily because of the lack of support from traffic enforcers in the enforcement of traffic ordinances.
We beg to disagree with the young and dynamic councilor. As chairman of the committee, he has steered it well and has not been remiss in reminding traffic enforcers of the many ordinances approved related to traffic.
The enforcement of these traffic ordinances is not within the powers of the councilor – or the City Council for that matter. It is in the hands of the city government’s executive department, more particularly, the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office.
Sadly, the city’s traffic czar himself has admitted that several of his traffic enforcers are remiss in their duties. And he can’t seem to discipline them.
If that is the case, isn’t it more reasonable for Joe Tengco to resign? And for his lousy traffic enforcers to get the boot?
Say mo, Roming?
WE would like to greet more avid readers of this column. Their day is not complete without reading Lapsus:
Lt. Commander Dominador Senador III of the Philippine Coast Guard – Iloilo and Lt. Commander Glenn Daraug of Coast Guard – Bacolod; Bimsy Mapa, executive vice president for the shipping business unit of 2GO Group Inc.; Dr. Mae Delmo, Iloilo Cit Health Office’s focal person in the campaign against dengue; Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office chief Wilfredo Jurilla; Chief Insp. Alexander Rosales of the La Paz police station; Dr. Socorro Quiñon, Iloilo provincial health officer; Department of Interior and Local Government – Negros Occidental Director Joy Madayag; and Mayor Victor Fernandez of Lezo, Aklan.
Please accept our high esteem and best wishes.