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Tragedy calls for repeal of mining act


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper Where have the seaweed farms and salt beds of northern Antique gone? Vicente Edjan says they are disappearing. Semirara Mining Corporation (SMC) killed them. Semirara was a forested island with abundant marine life. Residents say its white beaches are comparable, even more beautiful, than Boracay’s. Its bounties – fisheries in particular […]

PBO fattens racketeers


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER ILOILO CITY – The Terminal Market, also known as “Super Market” or “Super” is cursed with congested streets five years since the measure intended to declog them, took effect. We are referring to the Perimeter Boundary Ordinance (PBO) which solves everything except traffic gridlocks. Before, roads surrounding the Super teemed […]

PNoy visits Iloilo (na naman?)


ILOILO CITY (21 February 2013) — I have to find a place to write after we were told in our office this morning that all of us had to go down and sit on the chairs at the Iloilo Capitol ground to watch the large screen of a certain Pres. P-Noy Aquino delivering his speech […]

Citizens’ access to information


By Pet Melliza The Beekeeper Cayman, what is that? It’s a group of islands in W. Caribbean of only 55,000 inhabitants, less than that of Miag-ao town, Iloilo. This British protectorate is blessed with a legislature whose majority consider transparency indispensable to good governance. In 2007, Cayman enacted its Freedom of Information Law that took […]

Build a new Hall of Justice now


BY PET MELLIZA/ The Beekeeper For judges and lawyers, Sen. Franklin Drilon is covering up the obvious about the ill-fated Iloilo Hall of Justice. RTC Judge Adrian Sabillo tells reporters that six judges are opting for early retirement than return to the hall of justice at Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. He is not among the […]

Nail posters on trees with impunity


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper Last Saturday, February 10, when we assembled at the new Iloilo Press Club (IPC) Building, my eyes got caught by posters on plants. We were launching the first module of the Iloilo Media Institute, a series of seminars to enhance the skills and perspectives of journalists whose rank of experienced […]

Esmeralda, Escorpion, Igbaras politics


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Jaime Esmeralda, vice-mayor of Igbaras did not intend to shock first district LP head Oscar Garin Sr when he refused to file his certificate of candidacy (COC). When the deadline for the filing came, October 30, 2012,  Garin and Mayor Vicente Escorpion panicked seeing the LP slate in Igbaras empty. […]