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8th General Assembly of Panay’s Tumandok People


By Pet Melliza Over a thousand converged at the Calinog Campus of the W. Visayas State University October 28, 2011 for the General Assembly of the Tumandok, the indigenous people of Panay Island. Calinog town is 55 kilometers northwest of Iloilo City. The gathering kicked off with a parade at the town center. The shouted […]

Students sent to slaughter at Al Barka


In 1977, my elder brother of PMA class ’77, was a casualty in Luuk, Sulu, from an explosion that threw the armored personnel carrier (APC) he was riding to the air. Initially, it was a landmine planted by the rebel Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) guerillas. It turned out it was a wayward but “friendly” […]

Ilonggos doomed as power, tax rates surge


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper Iloilo City consumers may yet end up paying more than P3 per kilowatt-hour after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved the supply contract between supplier Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) and distributor Panay Electric Company (PECO). That’s on top of the approved P0.30 per kilowatt-hour that ERC already granted to […]

Ilonggos doomed as power, tax rates surge


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper Iloilo City consumers may yet end up paying more than P3 per kilowatt-hour after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved the supply contract between supplier Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) and distributor Panay Electric Company (PECO). By year-end, should ERC grant the bid of the National Grid Corporation of the […]

No accident in Calinog town


THE BEEKEEPER By Pet Melliza   The “accident” in Calinog town is no accident. It is a disaster-waiting-to-happen as Iloilo’s agriculture deepens its dependence on chemicals.   Fifteen farmers of that town, 60 kilometers north of Iloilo City, fell ill; one of them, a child, succumbed later. The culprit: chemical sprays that contaminated their shallow […]

Tawa-tawa as cure


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Corridors of hospitals in Metro Manila were crowded in July through September this year as dengue hemorrhagic fever struck down hundreds. TV footages showed stricken kids sharing beds as the hospitals already overstretched their capacities. In Iloilo, dengue cases are less this year compared to last year’s but just the […]

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 […]