WORLD-CLASS FERRY TERMINAL
THE good news is that the Iloilo-Guimaras Ferry Terminal will push through.
The Iloilo City Council has given a new authority to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to sign a Joint Venture Agreement with Double Dragon Properties Inc.
The developer will finish the P135-million project within next year.
It will also build a mall at the Parola.
Without spending a single centavo, the city government will earn One Percent not only from terminal fees but also from berthing fees, gross rental of business enterprises and cargo services.
After the 25-year agreement, all the developments and business interests in the terminal will go to the city.
Once finished, the project will boost the tourism industry, employment opportunities and economic activities as the terminal itself is another layer of economic growth for Iloilo City.
We congratulate the mayor for this project.
UNFAIR TO RENE VILLA
YESTERDAY’s (December 8) headlines of national papers are unkind and unfair to our international lawyer Rene Villa, whose resignation as chair of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has been accepted by President Noy Aquino.
For instance, the Philippine Star’s front page story about Rene was titled “LWUA chief linked to Napoles quits.”
Manila Bulletin’s front page carried the story, “Aquino Accepts Resignation of Former Napoles Lawyer.”
The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s page 2 banner headline (with picture of Rene) was “Villa, Napoles lawyer, quits gov’t.”
Take note that attached to their titles was “Napoles” – which makes them catchy and attractive to readers.
But attaching Napoles to the titles bears negative a connotation on Rene. This is uncalled for.
Without Napoles, readers would not mind who Rene is.
Napoles’ name tarnishes the popular lawyer’s name and reputation – which is very unfair and unjust.
DR. MELBA BEDONIA SULLIVAN
ACCORDING to Provincial Board member Demy Sonza, historian par excellence, Dr. Melba is not only the provincial treasurer of Iloilo; she is in fact a “Provincial Treasure” of Iloilo.
She has complete mastery of local government finance, especially now that the province is in a crisis situation brought about by super typhoon “Yolanda.”
Dr. Sullivan is not only a bureaucrat; she is also a scholar in her own right.
She graduated Fifth Honorable Mention at the Iloilo National High School and Cum Laude at the West Visayas State University.
Despite her heavy schedule as provincial treasurer, she also teaches at the Graduate Schools of prestigious universities in Iloilo City.
How true, indeed, the recognition as “Provincial Treasure” given her by Board member Demy Sonza.
JAVIER’S COMELEC CASE IS TRIVIAL
WE would like to tell the anti-Javier camp in the province of Antique that the Comelec vs Gov. Boy Ex Javier – a criminal case that is – is nothing at all as too significant, and therefore a reason for jubilation.
We advise them not to behave like jumping chimpanzees.
Please remain calm and wait for the final determination of the case which will go way up to the Supreme Court.
Friday last week, the Commission on Elections filed its resolution accusing the governor of alleged violation Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code when he suspended Mayor Joyce Roquero of Valderrama, Antique on January 23, 2013, which act is prohibited during the campaign period.
On the other hand, Gov. Boy Ex argues that he has basis for suspending the mayor based on the Local Government Code.
Under our due process, the accused is entitled to defend and prove he is not guilty of the crime charged.
Until proven otherwise, he remains innocent.
If finally convicted by the highest tribunal, the governor will go to jail and stay there for six years as he would no longer be qualified for parole.
But, as we often said here, it will take many years for this case to be finally decided – aside from the fact that many things will still happen while the case is in progress.
The justice system in our country grinds exceedingly slow.
CONG. JERRY’S BIRTHDAY
WE inadvertently missed the birthday of Cong. Jerry Treñas on December 4, as he celebrated it silently just with his family members in deference to the present calamities we are facing.
As point man of the President, he is too busy going around the provinces of Panay Island monitoring the victims of “Yolanda” and the activities of our local officials relative to the recent devastation.
Looking 10 years younger, Cong. Jerry’s only secret is Inday Rosalie’s sweet loving care.
Please accept our high esteem and best wishes.
1) WILKIE NAVARRO of Ever Green Finance is facing scores of criminal cases, mostly estafa, for failure to return the investments of his clients amounting to billions of pesos. How is he now, many are asking.
2) LANDO LAYSON, Lions Club governor, is very busy nowadays because of his many engagements as leader of the prestigious club. As a civic leader, the popular guy has many other social functions to attend to.
3) TONY VILLANUEVA, owner of Harbor Town Hotel on JM Basa Street, Iloilo City, is fond of collecting high-end watches.
4) MELCHOR TAN, former Iloilo City administrator, operates his restaurants, Café Laguna and Figaro Café at SM City, Iloilo City. He is seldom seen in social events, according to our source.
5) MS LANIE HO-UY, manager of Security Bank, has been elected president of the Iloilo Bankers Association.