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Let’s trust Pacquiao; he’s not Marcos Maidana

“Only in death will I relinquish by belts.” Manny Pacquiao

By Alex P. Vidal

WE doubt if Marcos Rene Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) would survive in six rounds against Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs).

But orthodox Maidana, an ex-convict from Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, nearly pulled the rug from under Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) in the first of their two 12-round 147-lb duels in Las Vegas on May 3, 2014.

Shorter by one inch, Maidana, 31, was the first boxer to give Mayweather real hell.

Nicknamed “El Chino”, Maidana, who defeated the fading 38-year-old Erik Morales (52-9, 36 KOs) by 12-round majority decision for WBA super-lightweight title on April 9, 2011, turned out to be Mayweather’s biggest mistake.

It was Maidana who exposed Mayweather as a sucker to body attack.

Only the likes of Maidana, Saul Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs), Ricky Hatton (45-3, 32 KOs), Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KOs), Mayweather’s sparring partner for the May 2 fight, and Pacquiao can muster the guts to penetrate Mayweather’s ribcage and risk being bundled out by a Mayweather counter combinations.

BUSIER

In their first rumble, Maidana tried to finish off the busier and taller Mayweather with body punches in the early rounds.

If it is impossible to hit Mayweather in the face during a fierce exchange, he could be smothered by a non-stop bombing in the body.

Fighting like a matador, Maidana stayed in front of Mayweather most of the time and refused to backpedal.

He even trapped Mayweather in the ropes in the fourth canto and obliged the black American to engage him in a risky waterfront brawl.

Using Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope tactics employed against George Foreman in the 15-round “Rumble in the Jungle” world heavyweight championship in Kinshasa, Zaire on October 30, 1974, Mayweather survived Maidana’s assaults and eked out a controversial 12-round majority decision at the MGM Grand.

Unimpressed by the result, both camps agreed to a rematch on September 13, 2011 in the same arena.

Mayweather learned from his mistake in the first fight of allowing Maidana to engage him in lips-to-lips and bicycled his way to a 12-round unanimous decision.

Against hard-hitting opponents, Mayweather can attract rats in his stomach.

Maidana doesn’t possess even half of Pacquiao’s power and yet, he was able to wobble Mayweather on various occasions in their first meeting.

If Maidana used at least one fourth of Pacquiao’s brains, he would have been the first prizefighter to flatten Mayweather.

INTELLIGENT

But unlike Pacquiao, Maidana is not an intelligent fighter. He fights like a brainless bull; but when Maidana connects his opponent crumbles to the canvas like being gored by a bullet train.

Against Pacquiao in their fight of the century on May 2, Mayweather, 38, will face a human being who can solve a mathematical puzzle, while at the same time marshal his forces to dismantle an opponent’s defense.

He will face a robot who hits like Mike Tyson and thinks like a university magna cum laude, not a boxing derelict or an idiot from the slums of Santa Fe and Villahermosa.

“Mayweather’s strength is defense. But I am not worried about that. I can easily break that,” Pacquiao, 36, recently boasted.

Fans should continue to give their trust on Pacquiao.

He is not Marcos Maidana who allowed two golden opportunities to scalp Mayweather slip away.

Pacquiao is a thinking one-man wrecking crew.

In his recent media appearance, fire and brimstone were visible in Pacquiao’s eyes, a sign that he won’t let all his fans and countrymen down.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in NEWS!!!NEWS!!!NEWS!!!, SPORTS

 

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Garin loses bargaining chips with Janette’s appointment

“I don’t wanna talk about things we’ve gone through. Though it’s hurting me, now it’s history. I’ve played all my cards. And that’s what you’ve done, too. Nothing more to say; no more ace to play.” ABBA in “The Winners Takes It All”

By Alex P. Vidal

NOW that Dr. Janette Loreto-Garin has been officially appointed by President Simeon Benigno “Nonoy” Aquino III as secretary of the Department of Health (DOH), father-in-law Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr. loses his political bargaining chips in the 2016 elections.

When Mr. Aquino delayed Loreto-Garin’s appointment (he was supposed to install her after the visit of Pope Francis in January), there were speculations that the president “has changed mind” as he is now notoriously known.

February came and still Loreto-Garin and her fans were anxiously waiting on tenterhooks; her fate wasn’t clear.

The scuttlebutt was the “dark forces” within the department prevailed upon the president to forego with Loreto-Garin’s appointment as DOH chief and retain her as undersecretary.

Lo and behold, Malacanang delivered the coup de grace on March 12 when everyone’s attention was somewhere else: Loreto-Garin is now officially the new full-fledged DOH secretary.

Good news for the Garin clan of Iloilo and the Loreto clan of Leyte.

How about to the older Garin’s political plans in 2016?

Garin Sr., father of Loreto-Garin’s husband, Iloilo first district Rep. Oscar “Richard” Garin Jr., is reportedly planning to run for vice governor of Iloilo in 2016.

UNCLEAR

It is still unclear though, as of this writing, whether Governor Arthur “Art” Defensor Sr. is inclined to accommodate a fellow Liberal Party (LP) stalwart Garin Sr. as Defensor’s runningmate in 2016.

Garin Sr. could have used the delay or rejection of Loreto-Garin’s appointment in the DOH as a bargaining chip to compel Malacanang to consider him as Defensor’s runningmate in 2016 or he will make tampo or sunggod and bolt the party and embrace the opposition owing to the “double whammy” (if Loreto-Garin didn’t bag the DOH’s top portfolio and the nomination as Defensor’s runningmate).

Now that Loreto-Garin’s appointment is moot and academic, Garin Sr. has no more reason to make tampo or sunggod  to Malacanang or to the LP hierarchy.

A political debt of gratitude today could mean a death blow to any ambition for higher posts in the future.

If Garin Sr. can’t clinch LP’s vice gubernatorial slot in Iloilo, he has no more aces in his sleeves to pressure President Aquino and the LP bigwigs.

We have given your daughter-in-law the biggest pork. Leave to us the beans, Malacanang and the LP bosses can always tell Oca Garin straight in the eyes.

After all, beggars can’t be choosers.

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THE claim of West Visayas State University (WVSU) professor, Ma. Rosario Victoria E. De Guzman, that some college students, mostly below legal age, are engaging in “survival sex” or prostitution to finish their studies, is not new.

Parents have heard this story in the 80’s and 90’s and even in the early years of the new millennium.

Each time the issue is tackled in the media, school authorities and social scientists almost always blamed the economic dilemma that bedevils the students involved in selling their bodies for sex.

We agree to some extent. There really is a need to seriously address this gnawing problem with the active participation of the parents.

Economic realities force students to perform lewd acts in the internet and sexual services to patrons who take advantage of their plight.

Concerned authorities should trace the problem’s origin at home.

Financial problem may not be the only reason why some young students engage in prostitution.

Many members of the younger generation nowadays are hooked on a lot of vices and even illegal drugs.

They need not only money but attention, as well. Attention from their parents, guardians and guidance counselors; attention from their friends, boyfriends and girlfriends.

In their confusion, some of these young students get the “quickest” and the “most practical” answers to their questions about their sexuality from non-experts or from those outside their homes and schools.

Here’s another catch: Ninety-nine percent of “experts” in the sexual problems of women never had a menstrual period, a hot flash, or a baby—and never will, according to Dr. David Reuben, an expert in human sexuality.

“In fact they will never have any female sexual experiences at all—because they are men,” he added.

 

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One-punch KO win possible for Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

“You can’t find anything better than boxing because of the trials and errors, the ups and downs, the struggle when you get knocked down to get back up. Use it symbolically and interchangeably for life.” DON KING

By Alex P. Vidal

BASED on what we observed during the face-to-face meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on March 11, we can conclude that both fighters are in excellent shape.

With six weeks to go before the richest showdown ever in the history of prizefighting, both Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) and Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) appeared to be ready even if the duel will happen next week.

We don’t want to spoil the excitement of boxing fans eager to witness a donnybrook when the fight of the century unveils on May 2 in Las Vegas, but we don’t see neither Mayweather nor Pacquiao winning by a one-punch knockout.

Should there be a knockout in the 12-round world welterweight duel, it would be the result of an accumulation of punches or a volume of “finishing touches” where the referee is obliged to terminate the bout to save the crestfallen.

Owing to his higher KO percentage of 59.38 percent, Pacquiao has the upper hand if flamboyant Mayweather, who tots a 55.32 percent KO percentage, elects to engage the Filipino phenom in a toe-to-toe brawl in the first three stanzas.

FAMILIAR

Fight fans all over the world are so familiar with the styles of both fighters.

They fear that in order to save his ass, Mayweather might use the ropes and the clock to avoid a bloody brawl and to just leave his fate on the judges’ scorecards.

Intelligent fans are also aware that bull-strong Pacquiao will go for the kill in the early rounds as he is wont to do against high caliber rivals in the past like Ricky Hatton (KO2), Erik Morales (rematch KO3) and David Diaz (TKO9).

With all the sportswriters writing voluminous stories about Pacquiao and Mayweather these past weeks, fans almost have memorized even their childhood hobbies and how they treat their respective families when there are no cameras on.

A one-punch knockout victory for any of the protagonists can only happen by accident, which is a remote possibility given the solid reputation they both possess as world class fighters.

The closest that we can compare the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is with the epic war between Marvelous Marvin Hagler (62-3-2, 52 KOs) and Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns (61-5-1, 48 KOs) for the WBC middleweight title at the Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on April 15, 1985.

BLACK, TALL

Like Mayweather, Hearns was black, taller and used his footwork effectively to befuddle his rivals.

Hearns, who had earlier pulverized another Pacquiao-like Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran in 2 rounds for the world super-welterweight tiara on the same venue, predicted a third round KO victory against Hagler.

Hagler, who, like Pacquiao, did not have a solid defense, was an easy target but who carried molotovs in both fists, was the heavy underdog even if he was the undisputed middleweight world titlist in that era.

The first round of that explosive fight went down in history as the best ever with both Hearns and Hagler determined to maim each other without let up.

Due to the intensity of the Mayweather versus Pacquiao rivalry, we expect the first three rounds to be similar to the Hearns versus Hagler fisticuffs.

END

The end came in the third round as Hearns had predicted. But it was Hearns who ended up with glassy eyes laying flat on the mat.

Hagler did not mow him down with a single blow.

It was Hagler’s follow up that ended the argument.

As Hearns backpedaled after throwing a three-punch combination to Hagler’s severely damaged face, Hagler, with blood oozing from a wound on the right eye, chased Hearns with murderous intent.

A solid right caught Hearns flushed on the left face. While Hearns was reeling backward on spaghetti legs, Hagler made a follow up and sent Hearns to the canvas like a sack of potatoes.

If Mayweather is not careful and keeps on underestimating Pacquiao, he could suffer Hearns’ fate.

Like Mayweather, Hearns was the toast of the boxing community in the world, treated by the press and the Hollywood stars like a demigod, the same marquee status being enjoyed by Mayweather today.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in NEWS!!!NEWS!!!NEWS!!!, SPORTS

 

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Premature campaign soliloquy

“Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action.” Aaron Burr

By Alex P. Vidal

THE constant power blackouts experienced by residents of Iloilo City these past weeks didn’t augur well with the metropolis’ forthcoming hosting of the two Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meetings in September and October this year.

In 1993, when the Panay Electric Company (PECO) sought for a renewal of its franchise for another 25 years, a feisty cooperative group threatened to block PECO’s application if it could not assure the local consumers of a sustained and uninterrupted power supply for the next 25 years.

The cooperative group’s swashbuckling opposition came to a screeching halt when the power firm’s application for renewal of franchise went on a smooth sailing in the Iloilo City Council and in the House of Representatives.

Now that Iloilo City is in the thick of preparation for the important international confabs, PECO is giving the Ilonggos legitimate reasons to be jittery by the off and on power blackouts.

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IT’S very apparent that June Mondejar is using his power and privilege as a member of the Iloilo Provincial Board to get undue advantage in his vitriol against Iloilo second district Rep. Arcadio “Cadio” Gorriceta.

If Mondejar did not reveal his intention to run against Gorriceta in 2016, people would not suspect that he was already launching a premature campaign assault to disparage the neophyte congressman from Pavia, Iloilo.

In his privilege speech on Tuesday’s regular session of the Iloilo Provincial Board, Mondejar scored Gorriceta for claiming credits in the implementation of various infrastructure projects in the second district of Iloilo by placing his name on the billboards.

Mondejar, a former mayor of New Lucena, bewailed: “When the old box culvert at Sayang, Baclayan in New Lucena was replaced with new box culvert with a bigger cross-sectional area, there was a printed name of a congressman. People believe or agree that it is his project because of the billboard. But, is it really his project? What effort did he exert so that this project was implemented on that part of the second district? Do not lie. Be honest.”

Since the speech was neither an expose involving an anomalous transaction and misuse of public funds, nor an inquiry on questionable deals “in aid of legislation”, Mondejar’s speech sounded like a premature campaign soliloquy.

If Gorriceta will also use his privilege hour in congress to blast Mondejar as a tit-for-tat, public service will derail.

If Mondejar wants to devote his time attacking his future rival for a congressional seat in the second district of Iloilo, he must resign as a board member and buy a radio blocktime program at a risk of electioneering.

A privilege speech in any legislative body—local or national–should not be wasted and exploited to launch a political assault and promote a political agenda.

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ILOILO provincial administrator, Dr. Raul Banias, is reportedly being prepared to spoil former Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) administrator Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr’s bid to become vice governor in 2016.

No serious contender against Gov. Arthur “Art” Defensor Sr. has been spotted in Iloilo’s gubernatorial radar in 2016 except, perhaps, perennial loser Toto Serapio Camposano (Independent).

Thus all eyes are in 2019 when Defensor will be prevented by the constitution from seeking a fourth term.

The hypothesis is that Defensor will walk away unscathed for his third and last term in 2016.

As a matter of strategy, anyone who wants to be remembered by voters in 2019 must secure a mandate in 2016 as the next three years will be crucial for name recall.

Garin Sr., an astute political strategist, must have anticipated this.

He is aware that former Iloilo fourth district congressman, Dr. Ferjenel Biron, has been patiently waiting for Defensor’s three terms to expire in 2019 and shoot for the slammer.

If Garin Sr. won’t make his move earlier, the well-rested and well-oiled Biron will decimate him.

Garin has been reportedly trying to inch his way to Defensor’s graces in a hope to secure the dream Defensor-Garin tandem in 2016.

If he wins as vice governor, Garin will be a breath away from the office of the governor.

As Vice Governor Garin, he will have leverage over his rivals, including Biron, for governor in 2019.

But it appears Defensor isn’t yet ready for a political marriage with Garin Sr. although they both belong in the Liberal Party.

The grapevine says Defensor is eyeing Banias, not Garin Sr. as his runningmate in 2016.

 
 

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Miag-ao mayor to ambulant vendors: police your ranks

By Alex P. Vidal

The first-ever protest rally in front of the municipal hall of Miag-ao, Iloilo on March 9 ended three hours after ambulant fish vendors, aided by General Assembly Binding Women for Reform Integrity Equality Leadership and Action (Gabriela)-Panay, agreed to the suggestion of Mayor Macario Napulan during a dialogue that they “police your own group” and to form an organization.

The rally started at past one o’clock in the afternoon spearheaded by Lucy Francisco, Gabriela regional coordinator.

“We came from Antique province and we are here to help the ambulant vendors (in Miag-ao) because we are celebrating the International Women’s Month and we don’t want their rights to be violated,” Francisco said.

Some15 minutes after the rally started, Senior Inspector Cyril Octavio, Miag-ao police chief, approached Francisco and Ma. Leonora Egarde, leader of ambulant fish vendors, and invited them to the municipal hall.

Municipal administrator Joselito Eiman, municipal legal officer Ramil Naciongayo and Councilor Ma. Teresa Jambre faced them in a dialogue in the conference hall.

ARREST

Egarde protested the arrest of their three members and the seizure of their fishes saying the municipal government violated the verbal agreement they entered with Napulan allowing them to sell inside the public market from 5:30 in the afternoon up.

Egarde said Napulan issued them a business permit after paying a fee of P495 on January 20, 2015.

The permit, issued in the name of Rosine Montalvo and approved by licensing unit chief Stephen Intal, is good until December 31, 2015.

“If we will be arrested and our fishes are confiscated, we will lose our livelihood and we will go hungry,” Egarde sobbed.

But the municipal officials chided Egarde’s group for its failure to honor a previous agreement to sell only in designated areas.

Some of Egarde’s fellow ambulant vendors sell their fishes outside the public market and even before five o’clock in the afternoon in violation of the municipal ordinance, Naciongayo disclosed.

Jambre said she herself caught several ambulant vendors selling beyond what was contained in the agreement.

ABUSE

Napulan, who came late in the two-hour dialogue, rapped the ambulant fish vendors for “abusing the privileges” he extended them.

“They abused our agreement. I myself saw some of them selling in the gates of the public market as early as six o’clock in the morning,” the mayor said.

Napulan said he also discovered that some ambulant vendors allowed themselves to be used in a hocus pocus committed by some registered or authorized vendors inside the public market.

“Some ambulant vendors are relatives of registered vendors. Sometimes three vendors are using one permit,” Napulan said.

To resolve the problem, Napulan urged ambulant fish vendors to form an organization and “police your own group” by doing the following:

-get a certification from the barangay showing that they are bonafide residents of Miag-ao; and

-produce identification cards that they are indigent.

Napulan said through a regulation they can protect and prioritize Miag-ao-based ambulant vendors since there are transient ambulant vendors from other municipalities who come in from time to time.

ENCOURAGE

He also encouraged them to sell fishes taken from the shores of Miag-ao.

“Our own fishermen are at the mercy of wholesale buyers who sell the fishes taken from the Miag-ao shores to the Iloilo fishing port (in Iloilo City). The ones that are brought back here are sold to us in a higher price,” Napulan stressed.

“We are developing the Baybay Norte and Baybay South and we will give priority to those who catch the fishes here in shores of Miaga-ao and sell them direct to the local residents.”

Jambre suggested that ambulant vendors should indicate if the fishes they are selling are catch locally so they can be given priority.

Eiman said there is a need to regulate the ambulant fish vendors “because we are looking for the revenues.”

Out of 60 registered vendors inside the public market, only 10 were able to renew their business permits this year, Eiman said.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in POLITICS

 

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‘Dreams were made possible in Kilometraje 40’

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

By Alex P. Vidal

IT started as a ragtag group of young men who didn’t care about their lives.

When Justice Ramon B. Britanico (mayor of Miag-ao, Iloilo from 1968-1971) spotted them in the public plaza sometime in 1971, the mayor exhorted them to do something about their lives.

“That’s when (Vicente) Bugoy (Molejona) gathered them and named the group as Kilometraje 40,” disclosed Rene Monteclaro, station manager of Radyo Ng Bayan Iloilo.

Moncteclaro, who also hails from Miag-ao, Iloilo, some 40 kilometers southwest of Iloilo City, said the name “Kilometraje 40” was taken from the landmark of “KM 40 SJ 14” near the historic Miag-ao Church where the group gathered regularly.

KM 40 means the distance from the municipality to Iloilo City while SJ 14 is the distance from the municipality to San Joaquin, the last Iloilo municipality going to Antique province.

There are many many disputed etymologies for Miag-ao. One of the most popular, and probably the most widely accepted version is that the name of the town was derived from a plant named Miagos or Osmoxylon lineare, a flowering plant from the family Araliaceae that used to grow abundantly in the area when the Spaniards came.

REST

Molejona, who was laid to rest at the Miag-ao Catholic Cemetery on March 9, was Kilometraje 40’s founding president.

“Among the group’s original members was Jomar, my older brother. From a small group, Kilometraje 40 rose to become a serious organization,” narrated Monteclaro, 57, who became the group’s president in 1978.

Monteclaro, an ex-seminarian like Molejona, said the group later on welcomed women as members. The males are called the “pinasahi” (rare) while the females are the “pinasulabi” (priority)

They launched the “Kauswagan”, a cultural show and became actively involved in organizing socio-civic cultural activities.

Kilometraje 40 produced “The Legend of Maya and Gao”, a cultural presentation and dance drama.

They also launched the “Mutya kang Miag-ao” beauty contest that became an institution in 1978.

“Our group was non-sectarian, non-political and non-profit,” explained Monteclaro. “We were independent. We raised our own funds. We didn’t realy on others, and we have our own constitution and by-laws.”

Monteclaro said the members considered Molejona, a retired director of the Population Commission (Popcom) before his death on February 22, as “a mentor and a source of our inspiration.”

“Bugoy was a role model. In Kilometraje 40, so many dreams and projects were made possible. We engaged in interaction. In fact, I learned my master’s degree in management from Kilometraje 40,” Monctelaro said.

VALUES

Monctelaro added: “We learned so many values from Bugoy. He taught us how to become responsible; how to lead an organization; not to give up.”

During difficulties, Monteclaro said “Bugoy never said harsh words to his people. When his friends approached him and apologized for a wrongdoing, Bugoy would tell them they committed no wrong to him but to the organization. And he was always smiling.”

Monteclaro continued: “Because of Bugoy, we didn’t afraid to accept responsibilities. He simply had a knack of simplifying things. He would always tell us, ‘kaya natin yan’ (we can do it).”

Former president Bernard Montealto said the group became inactive for awhile and regrouped when Molejona died.

Around 70 members joined Molejona’s funeral on March 9.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in EDUCATION

 

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Is ‘Boy J’ Javellana involved in illegal STL?

“There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being Smart.” Hunter S. Thompson

By Alex P. Vidal

FORMER Iloilo board member Boy J Javellana has been reported to be “involved” in the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL) in Iloilo province.

His alleged involvement wasn’t clear.

But the late board member Vicente “Bugoy” Molejona, Javellana’s colleague during the time of Governor Simplicio “Sim” Grino, confirmed Boy J, who hails from Calinog, Iloilo “was either a financier or just a supporter.”

Boy J quit politics after his term expired in 1992.

“Since STL has no legal status in the province of Iloilo, its operation is illegal,” sources told us.

Boy J could not be reached for comment.

The provincial board recently passed a resolution pushing for legalization of STL.

Its proponent, board member, Manny Gallar, a resident of Cabatuan, Iloilo, also hails from the third district of Iloilo like Boy J.

Gov. Arthur “Art” Defensor of Mina, Iloilo, also of the third district of Iloilo, has already given his green signal for the STL.

Under the STL charity fund sharing scheme, the host city or municipality gets the biggest slice of the STL revenue share at 10 percent.

Capitol and the PNP will get five percent apiece.

Each of the five districts of Iloilo will earn 2.5 percent.

The move to legalize STL was first broached in 2010 when then vice governor now Iloilo first district Rep. Oscar “Richard” Garin Jr., acting as chair of the committee as a whole, introduced a board resolution.

Garin Jr’s committee in 2010 held public consultations and concluded that “the operation of STL in the province will not contribute in cultivating a culture of immoral gambling among the Ilonggos; the societal value of STL as a tool to eradicate jueteng, an illegal numbers game, may be enhanced by allowing its operations, and from the standpoint of government as the primary agency charged with addressing the needs of its people, it can be prudently argued that the funds generated from STL appear to promise available resources for a more responsive and effective delivery of basis services to its constituents.”

Weeks after former Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) administrator Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr. stirred the hornet’s nest on illegal gambling activities in the first district of Iloilo, Gallar came out swinging with his resolution pushing for STL’s legalization in the province.

STL is already legal in Iloilo City.

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THE guts and glory of Senior Superintendent Khasmir Disomangcop, the newly-installed Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, will be tested in the campaign not only against criminalities but most particularly against illegal drugs.

When he was still commander of Precinct 3 (Jaro Police Station) in 2006, Disomangcop was among the four ICPO precinct chiefs who submitted a zero accomplishment relative to the campaign against illegal drugs.

The other zero performing precincts in the war versus illegal drugs were Police Precinct 1 (City Proper) under Insp. Dande Deocampo, Police Precinct 5 (Mandurriao) under Senior Insp. Kim Legada, and Police Precinct 6 (Arevalo) under Insp. Hari Decena.

Their zero performance was reported by no less than by their superior officer, then ICPO director, Senior Supt. Norlito Bautista to then mayor and now Rep. Jerry Treñas

Since Bautista is now the city administrator and one of those who have direct access to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, he can perhaps give additional pointers to the city mayor regarding the record and performance of the new ICPO chief.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Don’t worry about Ariza as Floyd’s conditioning coach

“When people show loyalty to you, you take care of those who are with you. It’s how it goes with everything. If you have a small circle of friends, and one of those friends doesn’t stay loyal to you, they don’t stay your friend for very long.” John Cena

By Alex P. Vidal

A LOT of Manny Pacquiao fans have expressed apprehensions that his former conditioning coach who now works for the enemy “might reveal Pacquiao’s strong points and expose his weak points” to Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s camp.

Alex Ariza left the Team Pacquiao on a sour note three years ago after a falling out with Freddie Roach, his former boss in the Wild Card Gym, for breach of schedule policy.

Because the rift was kept under wraps from the media, there was a guessing game as to whether the separation was true or not.

The bad blood between Pacquiao’s two top caliber trainers was confirmed when a melee broke out inside the gym in Macao before the fight between Pacquiao and Brandon Rios on Nov. 24, 2013.

Ariza, 43, a Colombian, tried to kick Roach, 55, during a heated word war when the American coach and Team Rios disputed the schedule of the training gym.

Ariza’s departure from the Team Pacquiao became crystal clear to all unsuspecting fans: he was now working for Team Rios.

The training camp imbroglio was not a gimmick to drumbeat the Pacquiao-Rio fight.

Ariza really was determined to eat alive his former superior in the Team Pacquiao.

CAPTURED

The episode was even captured by a Chinese TV.

I first had an inkling that something bad was brewing up in the Team Pacquiao coaching staff in 2009, days before Pacquiao TKO’d Cotto in 12.

Dr. Allan Recto, a Texas-based pediatrician, Ariza and I had a lunch at the Jollibee in Las Vegas (We all ordered Chicken Joy).

Ariza was saying something unsavory about some people in the Team Pacquiao. I never bothered to press him for details but I could sense he wasn’t happy.

Several months later Ariza was involved in a scuffle with Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s most trusted legal adviser, when they were in Baguio City where Pacquiao trained for his fight against Antonio Margarito in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 13, 2010.

Ariza allegedly punched Koncz during an argument.

The Canadian lawyer did not retaliate.

He denied Ariza attacked him. Koncz decided “not to make a mountain out of a molehill” and did not press charges. Case closed.

It was when Ariza went back to the United States for unclear reasons and abandoned Pacquiao’s training camp in the country’ summer capital that reportedly infuriated Roach.

He fired Ariza.

But there was no official confirmation of Ariza’s sacking.

We heard it only in the whispers.

JOIN

Ariza officialy joined Team Pacquiao when the world’s best boxer pound-for-pound pounded out a controversial 12-round split decision win in a rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on March 15, 2008.

Ariza was no longer with the Team Pacquiao when Juan Manuel Marquez kayoed in 5 Pacquiao on December 8, 2012.

When Mayweather Jr. started to rev up for his May 2 “Fight of the Century” duel against Pacquiao, he confirmed Ariza would be his conditioning coach.

The revelation sent shivers down the spine of Pacquiao fans who feared Ariza would leak to the enemy camp the Filipino congressman’s training secrets.

There is nothing to be leaked, in the first place.

Ariza is in charge only of the fighter’s conditioning, his diet, exercises and stamina, not how the fighter should deliver his killer uppercuts and hooks.

He will merely apply to Mayweather Jr. the formula of conditioning he had applied to Pacquiao.

In fact, hiring Ariza is not necessary for Team Mayweather.

The undefeated American champion had the best conditioning coaches in the past.

Mayweather Jr. only probably hired Ariza in order to out-psyche Roach, et al.

The brash-talking black fighter only probably wanted to send a curt message to Team Pacquiao: I know where the dead bodies are buried.

THREAT

Ariza is not a security threat to Pacquiao.

He won’t guide Mayweather’s jabs to the Filipino ringster’s jaw and breadbasket that would result in Pacquiao’s imminent defeat on May 2.

Because of his good relationship and memories with Pacquiao, Ariza can’t afford to wish for Pacquiao’s destruction.

His role in Mayweather’s training camp is purely job-related.

He was hired for his professional services.

Even Pacquiao won’t take it against Ariza, who won $10,000 when Pacquiao sponsored a weight contest for all members of the boxer’s La Bria household in Los Angeles in 2009.

Fans will start to worry only if it was Buboy Fernandez or the maestro Roach himself who abandoned Pacquiao and shifted to the enemy camp.

But this scenario is now next to impossible. It won’t happen.

Fernandez is Pacquiao’s childhood friend. They treat each other like brothers.

Roach is like Pacquiao’s father.

The many-time trainer of the year became a byword in world boxing because of Pacquiao.

Ariza’s interest may be with Mayweather Jr., his new boss, but his heart probably is still with Pacquiao, who treated him more than a human being during a four-year ring partnership.

 
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 Graft conviction a hell for retiring public servants

“Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism.” Joe Biden

By Alex P. Vidal

THE worst thing that could happen to any public servant is to be slapped and convicted with a graft and corruption case during retirement age.

If there is a jail term aside from forfeiture of benefits, among other penalties, it’s really hell.

The sorrows, anxieties and stress felt by those convicted and their relatives and friends are doubled.

They also have domino effects.

Their health will be affected. When the mind is in deep sadness, the heart is in pain; the body deteriorates.

The children are traumatized.

Instead of spending the retirement years enjoying the fruits of their labor, they will agonize worrying how to wiggle out from the mess.

Those who are remorseful and bothered by their conscience console themselves by the thoughts that if they could only turn back the time, they would never ever dip their fingers in the cookie jar.

Those who think they are innocent and only unfairly dragged in the fiasco and have not benefited even a single centavo, will fight to clear their names and defend their dignity to death.

But it’s stamina-sapping. Nerve-tingling. Time-consuming.

Not during retirement age.

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JANIUAY Mayor Frankie Locsin, et al can still appeal their conviction for violation of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or Republic Act 3019 in relation to the anomalous purchase of medicine using Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s P15-million  Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) way back in 2001.

In a graft conviction, however, the chances of those who are making an appeal are nil.

The right to file a motion for reconsideration is accorded to anyone convicted of any offense under the principle of due process of law.

The Sandiganbayan is mandated “to give life and meaning to the constitutional precept that a public office is a public trust and to impress upon public officers and employees that they are at all times accountable to the people with their duty to serve with the highest degree of responsibility, integrity, loyalty and efficiency.”

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According to its mission, the Sandiganbayan “carries out this objective by conducting expeditious trials of criminal and civil cases involving offenses committed by public officers and employees, including those employed in government-owned or controlled corporations.”

The conviction by the Sandiganbayan First Division of Locsin, accountant Carlos Moreno Jr., budget officer Ramon Tirador, treasurer Luzviminda Figueroa, Ricardo Minurtio, and businessman Rodrigo Villanueva also carried a penalty of imprisonment from six to 10 years aside from forfeiture of benefits and perpetual disqualification from public office.

If they can reverse their fortune and get away from the hullabaloo with their full faculties intact, the damage on their names has been done.

Until all the legal options and solutions have been exhausted, we can’t say with absolute certainty that they are guilty.

The preponderance of evidence, however, clearly illustrated the presence of a conspiracy as stated by the court decision, to wit: “The Court finds…conspiracy between accused public officials (and) members of the municipal Committee on Awards of Janiuay…as shown by their respective signatures in the Minutes of Meetings which awarded the subject procurement of medicines in favor of AM Europharma and Mallix Drug Center…(this) gave undue advantage to accused Rodrigo Villanueva, owner and proprietor of said companies.”

Penned by Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada and concurred by First Division Chairman Efren dela Cruz and Associate Justice Rafael Lagos, the 34-page decision was dated February 23, 2015.

 
 

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Castañeda a good choice for city LEEO portfolio

“Not everyone can be trusted. I think we all have to be very selective about the people we trust.” Shelley Long

By Alex P. Vidal

IT’S the trust and confidence that matters most.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog made the right decision to appoint Ariel Castañeda as the new chief of the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO).

The apprehensions registered by key leaders of market vendors associations in the metropolis about Castañeda’s “lack of experience” to handle the job are but natural, but experience alone is not the end-all and be-all qualifications to manage and rebuild the anomaly-ridden LEEO.

Castañeda, Mabilog’s hitherto political affairs consultant, is a reformist who carries with him the competence, dynamism and idealism of a leader necessary to streamline and iron out the kinks in the LEEO.

In choosing Castañeda, Mabilog was not entertaining a quick fix solution to the mess left behind by the office’s previous boss, Vicente de la Cruz.

Mabilog wanted to infuse integrity back in the LEEO and revive the people’s faith in the office marred previously by accusations of irregularities and mismanagement.

With Castañeda’s solid background in leadership and good credibility, Mabilog is confident the LEEO will once again experience a renaissance under a new manager.

Marker vendors associations will easily get along with the unassuming Castañeda as he is one of the most accessible and easy-to-approach members of the Mabilog cabinet.

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THE church’s silence on the proposed legalization of the Small Town Lottery (STL) in Iloilo province is deafening.

They have not made a stand or issued a statement since Governor Arthur “Art” Defensor Sr. announced last month that he was in favor of the move of the provincial board which had passed a resolution pushing for legalization of the numbers game.

With Defensor’s full approval, it’s only a matter of time before the resolution authored by Board Member Manny Gallar will bear fruits in favor of the STL.

Three operators have been queuing for the franchise to be issued by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

They are: Around D’ World Gaming Corp., Fairpoint Marketing Corp. and Iloilo Small Town Lottery Gaming Corp.

The grapevine says the PSCO will soon approve the franchise to any of the three.

Like a thief in the night, STL will invade the Iloilo province without any resistance.

The church has been actively spearheading the clamor to halt any attempt from the local government unit (LGU) to legalize any form of gambling in the past.

Priests even used the pulpit to chide those who pushed for legalization of gambling.

Why they are silent on this issue is what boggles the minds of the Ilonggos.

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THE image of Boracay Island will suffer in the global tourism industry if reports were true that the level of coliform bacteria in the beach increased 47,460 most probable number (mpn) per 100 ml and, therefore, “not safe” for swimming.

Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) regional director Jonathan Bulos had clarified that the water sample containing the high level of coliform bacteria was taken from the mouth of Bulabog Beach where there was a drainage system.

For a body of water to be considered safe for swimming, its coliform bacteria level must not exceed 1,000 mpn/ml, according to the EMB, an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The presence in the Boracay waters of coliform bacteria, found mainly in human and animal waste, soil and vegetation, have been reported many years back but the DENR assured beach goers the situation was not alarming.

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FORMER North Cotabato Gov. Manny Pinol, a part time boxing manager and sportswriter, told me recently that he was not sure if he would go to Las Vegas to watch the Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. duel on May 2.

“Ka mahal sang ticket. Makahuluya man kay Manny (Pacquiao). Kon tag P200,000 per ticket e times mo ina sa 50 ka tawo nga mangayu libre mga P10 million na ina. (The ticket is so expensive. If Manny gives each of only 50 persons free tickets it’s already P10 million),” Pinol said.

I told Pinol that Pacquiao spent some P20 million for the tickets he bought from the Top Rank for distribution to fellow congressmen, showbiz characters, friends, hangers-on, and members of the Boston Celtics when Pacquiao fought Ricky Hatton on May 2, 2009.

“Against Mayweather, even if Pacquiao will spend an equivalent of P50 million for the freebie tickets, he won’t mind it,” I told Pinol.

Bisan pa. Kahuluya. Kuarta man ina gihapon. Ang iban ‘ya wala lang naga paminsar. (It’s still money. Those who ask for free tickets should think about it and have some shame.),” he replied.

 
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