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‘Ecumenical’ reunion of CICM alumni


ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES ( 24 August 2011) — The reunion was some sort of “ecumenical”. We all came from the same religious trunk which splintered or gave rise to several branches. We may have went our separate ways but we share common roots. This night, we converged at the house of Jime Gatusang, class 1977 […]

ICC’s double standard deal for Libya


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Atty. Edre Olalia, president of the International Alliance of People’s Lawyers (IAPL), deplores the International Criminal Court’s stand on Ghadaffy as “double standard”. “We have no quarrel here: if indeed Ghaddafy were responsible for violating the rights of his people, then he must stand trial before the ICC,” notes Olalia. […]

Good thing happens at MIWD


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper One good thing that happened  in Iloilo City after Jedd Patrick Mabilog took his oath as mayor last year was that he joined the conspiracy to sabotage the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD). I call it “good” because he merely stepped into a booby trap. His cabal failed in scuttling MIWD […]

Virginia Palanca-Santiago’s exercise of raw power (38)


THE BEEKEEPER BY Pet Melliza Since your Beekeeper started running this series, our heroine Virginia Palanca-Santiago, director of the Office of the Ombudsman in Western Visayas, made her presence scarce in Iloilo. Even after her boss Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez resigned on the eve of Labor Day (May 1, 2011), Palanca-Santiago still frequented the national office […]

Chemicals ensure food insecurity


THE BEEKEEPER By Pet Melliza * Dengue carrying mosquitoes multiplied exponentially as chemicals wiped out natural predators like dragon flies, fish, spiders and frogs Freshwater fish – catfish, mudfish, puyu, and tilapia to name a few – are a making a comeback in Mandurriao, a district in Iloilo City. These bounties, along with ulang (shrimp), […]

Pre-stressed concrete transmission poles replace PECO’s aging log posts


ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES (13 AUGUST 2011) — TODAY’S GUEST AT REKLAMO PUBLICO, RANDY PASTOLERO, VICE-PRESIDENT FOR OPERATIONS AND GENERAL MANAGER OF PANAY ELECTRIC COMPANY (PECO) EXPLAINS THAT PECO’S RATE IS NOW THE CHEAPEST IN WESTERN VISAYAS IF NOT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, AT P7.30 PER KILOWATT-HOUR. However, that is only for a limited period. PECO power […]

Virginia Palanca-Santiago’s exercise of raw power (37)


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper Rommel Ynion, businessman and president of the Iloilo Press Club (IPC) should not expect the law to catch up with thieves behind the Pavia Housing Scandal. He can con only grit his teeth: the suspects are already beyond reach. The records of the cases are all gone. The complaints that […]