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Mabugat explains controversial resignation, totally cuts off Capitol ties

Resigned warden (retired) Police Senior Superintendent Juan Mabugat finally came out and broke his silence on his now controversial decision to leave the Iloilo Rehabilitation Center (IRC) management.

Docs welcome probe on fraudulent cataract claims

Private hospitals in Western Visayas and the national organization of ophthalmologists have called on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to fast-track its investigation on alleged irregularities on claims by doctors and hospitals.

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Iloilo Rehabilitation Center
A. Chris Fernandez

The complaints of the inmates about the quality of food being served to them, which reached the media last week, was believed to be the reason why the relationship between former Iloilo Rehabilitation Center warden Juan Mabugat and Gov. Niel Tupas Sr. turned sour.

After Treñas, groups file Ombudsman raps vs. Mabilog

Environmental groups filed criminal and administrative charges against Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jed Mabilog for going on a trip to Taiwan sponsored by a company proposing to put up a coal-fired power plant in the city, a few days after they filed a similar complaint against Mayor Jerry Treñas.

Lawyer Romeo Gerochi filed the case against Mabilog before the regional office of the Office of the Ombudsman on Monday in behalf of the Responsible Ilonggos for Renewal Energy (Rise).

In his complaint, Gerochi accused Mabilog of violating Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees for going on an all-expenses paid trip to Taiwan on Oct. 12-14 along with seven city councilors.

The round trip from Iloilo to Manila and to Taiwan including accommodations was shouldered by the Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC)-Panay Power Corp. (PPC) and its technical partner, Taiwan-based Formosa Heavy Industries Corp. (FHIC).


Criminology stude dies in frat fight

A sophomore criminology student was stabbed dead in what is believed to be a fraternity-related fight Monday afternoon in Dumangas town.

Spanish organization to help boost RP's tourism industry

With the fast growing opportunities, the Fundacion Santiago will now focus its program in the promotion of the tourism industry. Helping Small and Medium Enterprises used to be the priority of the foundation.

WV cops nab 30 gun ban violators

As the nation moves halfway to Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election 2007, the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO 6) collared 30 violators of Comelec Resolution No. 8298 or Gun Ban.

DTI envisions harmonized provincial SMED plan

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Diosdado Cadena Jr. said they will be crafting a doable "Harmonized Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Plan" after the series of summits on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development in Western Visayas.


Search for Aklan's cleanest, greenest towns on

The go signal for this year's search came officially through Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez' Executive Order No. 40 organizing Aklan's 2007 Gawad Pangulo Sa Kapaligiran Provincial Search Committee and Assessment Team.

WV entry cited best Poster for the Visayas

Western Visayas entry for the Nationwide on-the-spot poster making contest was cited by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as the best poster for Visayas in line with the celebration of the World Food Day 2007 last October 9, 2007.

4th National Organic Farming Congress in Iloilo City

Secretary Arthur Yap, of the Department of Agriculture is the keynote speaker for the 4th National Organic Agriculture Congress which opens in Iloilo City on October 17-18, 2007 at the Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center. The theme of the Congress is "Converging Thrusts for the Organic Industry Development in the Philippines."


Anything Under the Sun
World's greatest naval battle started off Panay
Consumers Domain
Of Coal Plants and Junkets
Without the Whitecoat
Taking hypertension for granted
Bridging the gap
Labor and employment in Iloilo, early 1900s
Volunteers:  Helga and Betsy, Rinus and Jim
Health @ Heart
Scary data on smoking risks


Bull's Eye:
Which is real?

Desperate Housewives slur

/By Philip S. Chua, M.D.


By Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz

Servant Leadership

/By Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, Supreme Court

Coffee Thursdays Just Brewing Thoughts:
Let me talk about…

/ By Paolo Carreon

Dark night of the soul

/ By Rhea B. Peñaflor

Bona fide TEXT:
SPELL it out

/ By Nicfranz C. de los Reyes


/ By Fr. Roy Cimagala

Eye Opener:
Let's give Mike Arroyo his day in the Senate

/ By Rodolfo P. Gumabong

Life through our eyes

/ By Kathy M. Villalon

Young Voice:
Of jumbo-sized crayons and pancit canton

/ By Maria Reylan M. Garcia

Blessed Assurance:
Only one way

/ By Karen Mae Barredo

Rational Insanity:
Ten things to do on a Sabbatical

/ By Bryan Mari Argos

Etiquette in restaurant dining

/ By Miner del Mundo


Sonya Balmores in Beyond the Break

Beyond the Break

Invited guests were asked to come in their beachwear. That night, a contest for the Best Beachwear Attire was held. Sky Cable raffled out freebies from the company and Star World.


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6th Philippine Tatler Ball

Cosmopolitan Manila, a haven for charity parties and glamorous events, was once again abuzz when one of the country's most prestigious Philippine Tatler Ball celebrated its 6th year with elegance and aplomb at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel a few weeks ago for the benefit of Gawad Kalinga.

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Janiuay rediscovers abaca

The Tuburan Abaca Weavers Association (TAWA) revived and managed this town's One Town One Product (OTOP) seen to increase the income of rural families in the area

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Celebrating Robinsons' 6th birthday

The eclectic and choosy shoppers and mall goers of Iloilo were not disappointed over the first weekend of October as they celebrated Robinsons Place Iloilo's sixth birthday with loads of wholesome events.



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