Archive | November 2012

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Sana mapikon man lang

By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper If you can’t beat the, maake them “sana mapikon man lang”. Harry Roque said that in one break of the ASEAN Media Litigation Defense Conference which he and another UP Law professor Romel Bagares convened in Cebu October 2009. He was referring to the brazen indecency of Malacanang, to be  […]


BY PET MELLLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Two employees accused for grave misconduct and dishonesty still remain jobless despite the order of the Ombudsman clearing them of any administrative liability. Pio Elumba, accounting clerk, and Cynthia Cabanero, municipal treasurer, both of Igbaras, Iloilo, were kicked out of office August 2009 by order of  Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. They […]

Feeding the filled, starving the hungry

BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER It is just baffling how government could spend money repairing functional roads in Iloilo City while neglecting those in need of one. The sides of Luna Road, formerly “McArthur’s Highway”, the stretch fronting San Agustin University and the Iloilo City PNP station, doesn’t need repair at all but is now […]

Mayor defies Ombudsman

By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper Vicente Escorpion, lawyer and mayor of Igbaras, Iloilo, continues to defy orders from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Ombudsman to reinstate two employees. We don’t know his reasons. The latest order came two weeks ago from Pelagio Apostol, Jr., Deputy Ombudsman – […]

Tourism ek-ek, again

BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog does it right by just taking in stride Iloilo  Gov. Arthur D. Defensor’s remark. The media blew up the governor’s commentary  as derogatory of the city. Mabilog’s mouthpiece Jefrey Celiz took that as declaration of war and tersely reminded Defensor he had already too […]

Bloated casuals of Iloilo city hall

By Pet Melliza/The Beekeeper A radio commentator queries: if Iloilo Gov. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. can afford to allot P35,000 in “productivity enhancement incentive” (PEI) on top of Christmas bonus and 13th month pay to each capitol employee, how much will Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog give? The anchorman chuckled after raising that question. […]

Justice eludes UI-Phinma nursing grads

By Pet Melliza/The Beekeeper In school year 2010-2011, the University of Iloilo’s – Phinma’s college of nursing had 699 senior nursing students. That’s only the graduating class and not counting those of lower years which could be more than four times that figure. Today, had management not gone astray, its entire nursing student population might […]