Archive | July 2012

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Amnesia, Mabilog style


BY PET MELLIZA/The Beekeeper   Where are the private businesses supposed to occupy the first two levels of the new city hall of Iloilo?   That was among the justifications proffered by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog when he revised the design that served as his excuse in adding P262 million to complete the seven-storey structure. […]

Raising pensions, blocktiming aka Boy M, Kamlon, Ibrahim


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper What would happen if the Social Security System (SSS) stopped collecting contributions from members? That’s not a problem, answers Rep. Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna Partylist). “Even if it stops collecting, the SSS has cash on hand that can enable it to pay pensioners until the next 40 years,” he told […]

Boy Scout Roy B. Babas, in memoriam


By Pet Melliza/The Beekeeper By now, he could have been 53 and, if he married at 20, he would have grandchildren. However, Roy B. Babas, gave up his life at a tender age because of a freak accident 41 years ago, January 24, 1971. He was 12 years old and a grade six pupil. Babas, […]

Celiz – Alim rift at City Hall


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper So far, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has patched up the spat between two factions in his management team. The camp of Kgd. Joshua Alim and that of his political liaison officer, Jeffrey Celiz, have stopped hurling brickbats at each other on the airlane. The tiff unreeled earlier but […]

Virginia Palanca-Santiago’s exercise of raw power (45)


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Virginia Palanca-Santiago, “assistant ombudsman” for Visayas, a non-existent position in RA 6770, must have retired by now amid charges filed by her superior Pelagio Apostol, Sr. and by Mactan Rep. Arturo Radaza. Radaza charged her for grave misconduct. She rigged a resolution holding him guilty for graft. As her good […]

Where is the PESO man?


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Where is Allan Zaldivar head of the PESO of Iloilo City?  The word stands for “public employment service office”, a program initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to connect employers to the labor force or, simply put, to match job seekers with their prospective employers. Ironically, the […]

‘Robbery’ in broad daylight


 BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER We’ve heard people complain about Globe Telecom ‘robbing’ them in broad daylight. And the company still gets away with it. We have heard of people in the past cursing the company for its alleged thievery. And we could only commiserate with them. Now, it is my term to curse it. […]