Jul 01, 2019
Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza
By: Gerome Dalipe
NEWLY-installed elected officials in Iloilo province have been urged to always consider God, family, and their country in carrying out their functions.
Speaking during the inaugural of Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. and other provincial officials at the Capitol lobby on June 28, 2019, Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza said public officials often face difficult decisions.
“As you do your work, always remember God, family, and your country,” said Jardeleza, a native of Jaro, Iloilo City.
Jardeleza was the guest speaker to the oath-taking ceremony of Defensor Jr., Provincial Board members, and various town officials at the Capitol lobby.
A mass was officiated by Most Reverend Angel Lagdameo prior to the oath-taking.
Defensor Jr. has called on his constituents to help him in dispensing social justice.
“Ladies and gentlemen help us in the administration of social justice in the Province of Iloilo,” Defensor said in his speech after taking his oath of office.
“The administration of social justice is always a collaboration. This is not only a call for public service, but for unity. We can only do it together,” said Defensor.
Defensor Jr., the former congressman of the 3rd district of Iloilo, will assume office as the Province’s chief executive today, July 1, replacing his father and namesake, Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.
In his speech, Justice Jardeleza reminded newly assumed elected officials to put God first in the discharge of their official functions.
He considered his concurring opinion with the SC en banc in allowing the holding of Masses and other religious practices in all courts in the Philippines as one of his landmark decisions at the Supreme Court
“More than the majority of the Court took the position and I joined them that there is a place for God in our government. And so I voted in favor of allowing Masses to be held in our courts,” said Jardeleza.
“I am sure that in the discharge of our official functions, we make difficult decisions, there is always a Supreme Being from whom we can get help. Nobody is too bright to know it all, and nobody is too smart to be able to do it all,” he said.
Secondly, public officials should also keep in mind their family in the discharge of their functions.
“The foundations of our families are our parents, and from good parents come good children,” said Jardeleza.
He urged parents to raise their children as God-living and country-loving persons.
Jardeleza also said the country should be considered in dispensing official functions.
“Your oath today essentially says that you are in office because you won in an election and your office is a public trust,” said Jardeleza.
“Public trust is you are accountable to the people. You will face difficult choices, but at the end of the day, look forward to what is best for the country.”
Several other Provincial Board Members-elect and town officials also took their oath of office before Defensor Sr.
How will the younger Defensor deal with members of the Provincial Board who are not his political allies?
Defensor Jr. urged the Provincial Board to help him in carrying out the needed legislation beneficial to their constituents.
“Please join me as we craft the policies and ordinances that will not only facilitate prosperity in the Province but distribute the wealth and resources and all opportunities to everyone equally,” said Defensor.
Defensor’s brother and former provincial board member, Lorenz Defensor, succeeded him as representative of Iloilo’s third congressional district.
Board Members June Mondejar, Matt Palabrica, and Jason Gonzales are known allies of Defensor Jr. in the Provincial Board.
On the other hand, Board Members Marcelo Valentine Serag, Renee Valencia, Rolito Cajilig, Rolando Destura, Domingo Oso, Carol Espinosa-Diaz, and Nielito Tupas are allies of former congressman Ferjenel Biron, Defensor’s rival in the last election.
In his speech, Defensor Jr. appealed to the mayors to join him in implementing the programs and projects of the Province that “will uplift the lives of farmers and fisher folks in the barangays.”
He stressed that works in government are both delivering services to the people while adhering to good governance.
“My work, our work is not only good governance. It is also the administration of social justice. And it goes to the recognition that those who have less in life should have more in law,” said Defensor.
The governor said he intends to place social justice even in the aspect of investments and businesses.
“We will include social justice in the jobs and works we create, and opportunities for people not just for their survival, but for them to have a better way of life,” he said.
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Jul 01, 2019
ONE inaugural speech was as simple as it could be. The other was filled with dreams and promises.
Politics, indeed, brings out the extreme in every person.
In the case of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., he elected for a single-themed speech on social justice, a turn of the century idea that remains a dream for some nations, like the Philippines.
On the other hand, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas reiterated his promise of leveling up the city by building on and improving what he started in his previous 9-year term as mayor (2001-2010).
In a very, very simple speech, Defensor called for collaboration to deliver social justice to the province. And by social justice he meant equitable distribution of wealth and resources. How he will do it is also the question that boggled the minds of many observers and commentators.
Anyway, we will have three years of guessing games and “what if” moments at the provincial capitol, so let’s wait and see.
Treñas was more definite and concrete in his inaugural. In fact, we daresay that he enunciated and gave flesh to social justice very clearly, unlike the “wishful thinking” if not muted tone of Defensor’s initial oration as governor.
For the returning mayor of Iloilo City, he has a vision for Iloilo City as embodied in his WHEELS program – Welfare, Health and Sanitation, Education, Environmental Management, Livelihood, and Sustainability.
“We will make the city more child-, PWD-, senior citizen-, youth-, and LGBTQ-friendly. I also plan to utilize the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for effective traffic management. This ITS will encourage responsible drivers on the road, and will reduce serious injuries and road accidents,” Treñas stressed.
Aside from Treñas, the first lady representative of Iloilo City, Julienne “Jam-Jam” Baronda also delivered her plans and programs in a loud and clear manner. She wants to boost the city’s economy by pushing for an economic zone that caters to innovative industries under the internet-fuelled Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Defensor, on the other hand, was pleading for help instead of stamping his foot like every real leader should.
The next three years for Iloilo City will be very exciting as we have a better vision of the future basing on what Treñas and Baronda presented to the people.
In Iloilo province, all we can hear is sweet talk amid a hazy and cloudy terrain, which reminds us of the dreaded Sirens in Greek mythology as described by Homer in The Odyssey:
“To the Sirens first shalt thou come,
who bewitch all men, whosoever shall come to them.
Who so draws nigh them unwittingly and hears the sound of the Sirens’ voice,
never doth he see wife or babes stand by him on his return,
nor have they joy at his coming;
but the Sirens enchant him with their clear song,
sitting in the meadow, and all about is a great heap of bones of men,
corrupt in death, and round the bones the skin is wasting.
Jul 01, 2019
FORMER congressman Alfredo Benitez (left) administers the oath of office for his younger brother, Dr. Francisco ” Kiko” Benitez, who succeeded him as 3rd district representative. (Dolly Yasa)
By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Former Negros Occidental third district congressman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez will continue to serve Negrenses as one of the top consultants at the Capitol.
Benitez announced during his State of the District Address (SODA) last week that he has accepted the consultancy post offered to him by Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.
Benitez is now the economic and investments czar of the province on a pro-bono basis.
In his SODA, the former congressman expressed satisfaction with his performance in nine years as congressman with the implementation of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Care Program (NOCHP) as his flagship program.
“Definitely, this is not goodbye,” Benitez said.
To recall, Benitez was being prodded to run for governor in May 2019 but he gave way to Lacson.
Benitez reported that 77,013 families in the third district were enrolled in the NOCHP and 123,036 individuals had been served.
The program was started in 2010 by the provincial government of Negros Occidental in tandem with Benitez and other Negros solons.
NOCHP provides free health services to its members upon confinement in government managed hospitals.
More than 300,000 families have been enrolled in NOCHP.
The Nikki Cares Foundation, which was organized by the former congressman’s wife, Nikki Benitez, in tandem with the Makati Medical Center and other private health care facilities as well as volunteer doctors and nurses, also offers free surgical services and medicines. The program benefited 854 patients since it was launched in 2017.
The actual cost of free surgical services is estimated at more than P30 million, Benitez added.
He also facilitated P53.3 million worth of medical assistance to two local hospitals in Negros, through the help of Department of Health. At the same time, P29.2 million worth of burial assistance was extended to 6,061 beneficiaries in the district.
Records also showed that the office of Benitez helped 14, 286 students who availed of his scholarship program, while 37 schools were given Alternative Learning Boards.
Benitez said he want his younger brother, Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, to continue the programs he had started in the 3rd district, including those that have yet to be finished, stressing that he has the skills, talent and support of everyone.
In his nine years as congressman, Benitez reported that 214.7 kilometers of roads in the district had been constructed and rehabilitated, with a total budget of more than P6 billion, including the tourism loop project in Silay City, as well as the ongoing Bacolod-Negros Occidental economic highway.
This was on top of P1.2 billion worth of bridges that were constructed and P1.8 billion worth of flood control projects, in tandem with concerned government agencies.
30 kilometers of farm-to-market roads were also built, as well as farm-to-mill roads with a budget of P471.6 million.
Benitez also reported that 1,221 hectares of farms were irrigated in the district, construction of 77 barangay halls and 1,317 classrooms through the Department of Education and PAGCOR.
He also authored the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, which provides funds for the modernization of the sugar industry, and the creation of Department of Human Settlement, as the chairperson of the Committee on Housing and Urban Planning.
Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, who admitted to be reluctant in joining politics, said that he is ready to face the challenges ahead of him, as he is also banking on the support of his brother.
There is much work to be done, the younger Benitez said, as he vowed to continue the transformation of the 3rd district started by his elder brother.
Jul 01, 2019
By: Modesto P. Sa-onoy
THE positive reactions to the two previous columns on my observations on the traffic flow in New York and New Jersey were quick. So I continued observing the vehicles and pedestrians not only to find out how this melting pot of races and mixture of cultures interact but also to learn how we can improve our own. Of course, our officials implement the best means of ensuring the free, smooth and fast movement of people and transport, save on time, and avoid stress. We can only present information but they make the decisions and take or not take action.
We know our officials are well traveled, officially and at people’s expense and they should have been aware of many things and processes in other countries. What I write are not alien to them. Surely they have seen or known what I observed here but whether they learned enough or intend to widen their knowledge, expertise and perspectives is another matter. Chances are some have not become better from their travels. In fact, few of our officials submit a report of their travels and how much they have learned to justify the money spent on them.
Anyway, there are always good things and undesirable things in every country and clime, so it is with the places I have visited here. After New York and New Jersey, I will continue research in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. So far, the results here have been more than expected.
So let’s get back to the traffic and the roads that I wrote about as they compare to the malaise in Bacolod. Last Monday I took a walk to the library and along the way were two women sitting on chairs by the sidewalk with a man in a coat and tie standing beside them. His suit was unusual for this summer time. Anyway, there they were. They invited me to talk about “God” but I just smiled and walked by thinking that here in this progressive city the proselytizers are as active as the men in the afternoon at the Bacolod plaza.
There are sidewalk vendors as well but they are on wheels – they don’t erect structures and obstruct traffic or pedestrians. The food sellers, especially of the iconic hot dogs, have increased their fare with green salads that has apparently become popular because people sat under the trees in the parks for salad lunch – men in business suits and ladies in office attire.
As I wrote, the apartment where we stayed is right at an intersection with the usual traffic lights – one for vehicles and one for pedestrians. The lights in effect control traffic flow and are truly effective because most people obey the law. There are, I wrote last week, violators.
One afternoon, I watched at the balcony two people carry their chairs at the sidewalk where a table had been placed earlier. They took their coffee they bought from the “Coffee Grind”. After about 30 minutes of talking, they folded their table, brought the chairs inside and left. The sidewalk was clear again. They probably just love to take coffee at the sidewalk, like the Italians.
But one defiant driver parked right at the pedestrian lane, a “no parking” place, left the car and went inside one of the lines of apartment buildings about 50 meters away. Another parked his car at the sidewalk, crossed the street and went inside the wine and liquor store. He came out a few minutes later, sat several minutes in his car drinking. After a while, he left.
Color or creed has nothing to do with the violations. A white couple parked right at the intersection, talked or perhaps argued for some time and then drove off. While waiting for our Uber ride, a man parked at the “no parking” area, came out to fetch his wife inside a building but not after distributing to us a yellow paper with an invitation to a meeting of the “Church of Christ”. He identified himself as a Filipino and an “Iglesia” and his wife must have heard us talking in Hiligaynon, said “I am from Bacolod” and “amon na simbahan.” I was almost tempted to reply “that is yours but ours is truly of Christ.” Small world indeed and violators run across all kinds of people.
Let’s continue tomorrow.
Jul 01, 2019
NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson takes oath as the 35th governor of Negros Occidental before San Carlos City Regional Trial Court Judge Catherine Go at the capitol grounds on June 29, 2019. With Lacson are his partner Emily Yanson and his immediate family. (Dolly Yasa)
By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson’s battle cry in the next three years is “Abanse Negrense.”
Lacson was sworn in as the 35th governor of the province over the weekend, alongside Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer and provincial board members in ceremonies held at the capitol grounds.
In his inaugural address, Lacson said it has been a long road for him since becoming mayor of San Carlos City.
Lacson said they will continue the hard work and deepen the unity to attain the visions they have set for the people.
“We can set aside differences, and make sacrifices for the next generation. We are indeed a great province and people, but we need to reach greater heights,” Lacson said.
The governor said the provincial government will pursue programs and projects that would touch lives and change the course of the people’s socio-economic conditions.
“We hope to transform our economic gains and advancement to trickle down to every aspect of Filipino society,” he said.
Lacson said his administration will also concentrate on agriculture, education, health, tourism and the economy of the province.
“We want to continue to bring food to the table by making our farmers play a greater role in ensuring that goods will be of quality and available, and the people will have the power to purchase them,” Lacson said.
The governor further stated that he would continue the mechanization programs pushed by the previous administration as well as the continuity of the province’s crop insurance program in order to protect farmers in times of natural disturbances.
He said the province will continue reaching out to the poor through education.
Lacson said the provincial government will further improve the facilities of the provincial and district hospitals, promote a more efficient delivery of services to their constituents, and increase the number of enrolments to the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP).
“There will be difficult calls to make, decisions that would not necessarily please everyone. However, history will eventually be the judge of the merits of our work,” Lacson said.
“I call on our people to join me and our provincial officials as we pursue a vision, our shared vision and deserve our ideals for the common good,” he added. “We are connected as one family, one community and one solid government.”
Jul 01, 2019
JOVEN BEDIC of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo continues to pace the club which has notched its fifth straight win in the ongoing 2019 Philippines Football League. (Kaya FC photo)
KAYA FC–Iloilo’s perfect start to the 2019 Philippines Football League continued on Saturday, with a 5-0 shutout of Philippine Air Force at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Goals from Jordan Mintah, Alfred Osei, Jovin Bedic, and Darryl Roberts ensured a comfortable victory, which pushed the club’s winning streak to five.
Philippine Air Force set out to be compact and difficult to break down against the league leaders, but Eric Giganto unlocked the defense just after a quarter of an hour. From the left flank, the winger delivered a perfect cross for Alfred Osei to head in the opener.
Six minutes later, Giganto was at it again. Utilizing his lightning pace, Eric broke free on the left flank and teed up Jordan Mintah for an easy tap in.
Iloilo continued to control proceedings leading into the break, but the Airmen did well to plug the holes and avoid conceding. After the restart, the resistance was broken once more.
Arnie Pasinabo was brought down inside the box, allowing Jovin Bedic to fire in an unstoppable penalty into the top right corner.
The match settled into a simmer once more, with Kaya dictating proceedings without creating too much. But with the introduction of Darryl Roberts from the bench in the 69th minute, Iloilo got an immediate fourth.
From a short corner, Marwin Angeles whipped in a ball that the forward, making his first touch on the ball, chested and slotted in.
Mintah added the icing to the victory seven minutes from time, gobbling up the rebound after Arnel Amita had cleverly cut inside his man and fired a stinging effort on goal. The result improved Kaya’s record to a perfect 15 points from five matches.
“I’m happy for the five straight wins, and I’m looking forward to how we can continue. We have three crucial games in the first two weeks of July, so it’s very important for us. It’s going to be a real test on whether or not we can continue the streak,” said Noel Marcaida.
On the horizon for Kaya are matches against Green Archers United, Ceres Negros, and Stallion Laguna.
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Jul 01, 2019
By: Jennifer P. Rendon
A NURSE employed by the local government of Numancia, Aklan died of dengue early morning of June 28. 2019.
Edniel Gamboa, a resident of Barangay Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan, was being treated for dengue when he died at the Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital (IDH) in Iloilo City.
According to reports, Gamboa, Numancia’s public health nurse, had been experiencing fever days before he decided to seek treatment.
He was allegedly looking after his sick mother prior to being hospitalized.
While confined at IDH’s intensive care unit as early as June 19, several friends asked help through social media for type A+ blood donors because of his critical condition.
Meanwhile, a report from RMN DYKR-Kalibo said that dengue cases in Aklan spiked to 82 percent.
According to Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr., Aklan’s Provincial Health Officer I, said that from January 1 to June 22, they recorded 14 deaths due to dengue, with Gamboa as the latest victim.
Kalibo town recorded the most number of dengue cases at 355; followed by Balete with 155; Banga, 130; New Washington, 121; and Numancia, 115.
The town of Altavas reported 69 dengue cases while Madalag recorded 11 cases.
Jul 01, 2019
By: Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – A man died while a member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) was injured in two separate shooting incidents here and in Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental in the past three days.
The most recent incident was reported here June 30 which resulted in the death of Hans Kristian Concepcion, 24, of Barangay 14.
Police Major Jovil Sedel, head of Police Station 1, said Concepcion, who was reportedly drunk, went to the house of suspect Metchel Maningo, 40, of the said village past 4 a.m.
Concepcion allegedly broke a pot, rousing Maningo from his sleep.
A heated argument ensued between the two which led to the shooting.
Both had grudges against each other as well, Sedel said.
Concepcion succumbed to a lone gunshot wound on his head.
Police recovered from the scene a fired cartridge case and a magazine with live ammunition of a .45-caliber pistol.
Sedel said the suspect fled but was arrested at the house of his family in the village through a follow-up operation.
A murder case is being prepared against Maningo, who is detained at Police Station 1.
Meanwhile, in Moises Padilla town, Cafgu member Marty Villarma was injured after he was allegedly shot by a colleague inside their patrol base at Barangay Montilla on June 28.
Investigation showed that Villarma and suspect Adonis Villanueva, 32, of Toboso town were drinking liquor when they figured in an argument.
Villanueva allegedly fired his issued calibre 9mm (Glock 17) pistol at Villarma who was wounded on his neck.
Villarma is now confined in a hospital.
Both are Cafgu members under the Army’s 12th Infantry Battalion (IB) based at Montilla Patrol Base Delta Company in the said village.
Villanueva fled fearing possible retaliation from the victim’s relatives inside the detachment.
He went to the house of a retired policeman and sought assistance for his safety.
He then surrendered to the responding police officers when they arrived at the scene.
Villanueva is detained at Moises Padilla Municipal Police Station.
Jul 01, 2019
Russia Ambassador Igor Khovaev, South Korea Ambassador Dong-man Han and US Embassy Political Section – Internal Political Unit chief Joshua Morris
By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia confirmed that three top diplomats will grace the inauguration of city officials at the Bacolod City Government Center, 5:30 p.m. today, July 1, 2019.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Ambassadors Igor Khovaev of Russia, Dong-man Han of South Korea, and US Embassy Political Section-Internal Political Unit chief Joshua Morris all confirmed their attendance to the inauguration.
Khovaev visited Bacolod on May 3-5, 2019 after Leonardia invited him as guest of honor at the 1st Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival on May 5.
Han was in Bacolod on Nov. 14, 2018 for a courtesy call to Leonardia. The mayor said he invited the Korean ambassador to his inauguration, as he wants to maintain the good relationship between Bacolod and South Korea.
For two years now, Bacolod’s MassKara dancers have been invited to perform in South Korea three times already: at the 2018 Andong Mask Dance Festival in Andong City on Sept. 28 to Oct. 7, where they bagged the bronze medal; at the 2019 Daegu Colorful Festival in Daegu City on May 4-5, where they were declared champion in the Best Foreign Group category, besting 21 other foreign contingents; and the 2019 Maduhee Festival of Ulsan City on June 7 to 9, the first time in the festival’s 320-year history that a foreign group was invited to perform there.
Morris had visited Bacolod twice – in October 2017 and October 2018 – for the MassKara Festival.
Meanwhile, the country’s three highest-ranking Senate officials will also grace the inauguration.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III will swear in re-elected Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia; Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri will swear in re-elected Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya; while Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon will swear in re-elected Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran.
The three top Bacolod officials all belong to Grupo Progreso.
Of the 12 winning councilors, 11 are also from Grupo Progreso: Cindy Rojas, Renecito Novero, Simplicia Distrito, Carlos Jose Lopez, Al Victor Espino, Archie Baribar, Israel Salanga, Dindo Ramos, Bartolome Orola, Ana Marie Palermo, and Elmer Sy.
The 12th councilor is Wilson Gamboa Jr. from the rival AAB-MKK.
Also set to arrive for the inauguration is Rep. Michael Romero of 1-Pacman Party-list .
He will swear in the newly elected and re-elected councilors.
Romero, who has recently been elected as president of the 54-member Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. which has vowed to vote as one bloc in the election of the next House Speaker, is the richest lawmaker in the House of Representatives in the 17th Congress, with a total net worth of P7.86 billion.
Romero is also the majority shareholder and vice chairman of budget airline AirAsia Philippines.
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Jul 01, 2019
By: Lucell Larawan
In the age where people desire more independence and financial stability, many start their own business; but they are mostly ill-equipped and prone to a deluge of well-meant advices that turn out destructive.
Let me discuss some:
- Fit in by dressing like anyone else. For Alexis Maybank, she felt uncomfortable when she tried this. Later, she broke away from it and built her own personal brand. If you are comfortable, you will become more confident.
1) Listen to a few feedbacks about your product. Getting the grassroots feel of a service or product is a good idea; however, if only three out of hundreds are allowed to make the whole picture, you are simply listening to the loud minority. That is biased information.
2) Be fearless. A bad advice because in reality, we need a little amount of fear to be doughty in facing what we dread. For Julia Hartz, being just fearless has been unattainable because fear is normal. But she admonishes that we must examine our fears.
3) Call no attention to your work. This false humility at best. Tim Chen’s parents told him to keep his head down, work hard and show values through his work rather than his mouth. For him, this might sometimes work; nevertheless, even in those cases, communicating and speaking up is more beneficial.
4) Do not try new ideas. This is the worst advice for Heidi Zak. This means imitating the product of restaurants with mere bihon to serve because it worked for them for a long time. We could have missed Solar Charged Jacket or Gravity Jet Suit. Most regrets come as a result of not taking steps to seize opportunities as they knock once.
5) Growth is the best indicator of success. For Scott Harrison, this is a bad suggestion. It is also important to stay the course staying true to the values of the business and its vision.
6) Scale-up before you are ready. This does not make sense for Oliver Kharraz. Even if investors tell him to go nationwide during the early stage of his Zocdoc, he had to stay focused early on to succeed.
7) Your idea will go to the trash bin. This is what David Bladow encountered as he started Bloomthat. He was glad that he made it pass his other ear. He kept pushing. As an artist, some of my friends and even family would say making art is not practical. I might have my own world—they, too, have built their own–but I see to it that I will survive. The naysayers, on the other hand, float about the mundane because art for them is too spiritual or lofty.
8) Be lead by someone. This is bad for Bastian Lehmann because it is totally okay to have a different playbook. Just listen to your heart and find out what your DNA is made for. An entrepreneur should lead his business.
9) Play safe. There might be some reason not to leave a full-time job immediately when one is building his own business; nevertheless, not taking calculated risk will stop the birth of a Phoenix.
10) Dwell on mistakes. Entrepreneurs tolerate mistakes as a learning process. Bea Fischel-Bock attributes her achievements in the mantra: “Fail fast, fix fast, learn fast.” If she listened to a venture capitalist who admonished her to stay underground while building her product for a year, she could have wasted her resources for a wrong product.
11) Try what you are not passionate about. John Zimmer, the founder of Lyft, was advised to shut down Zimride (a ride-sharing startup which is the precursor to Lyft). He refused and realized he did the right move.
12) You cannot have interests beyond your business. Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media, found this the worst advice. In Silicon Valley where being 24/7 in one’s startup is a norm, this is the usual playbook; otherwise one is not serious enough. That is why Zuckerberg was counseled to shun art and theater—a suggestion she ignored.
13) Do not trust your own intuition. People tell Alexa von Tobel that it is dangerous to pursue her dreams because she is young and inexperienced. She trusted her instincts instead and established LearnVest.
Jun 30, 2019
By Lcid Crescent Fernandez
“I never imagined or expected to be in this position.”
These were the first words that Dr. Janine Dalisay said when she described the feeling of receiving the honor of graduating as the top student in CPU Medical School. Her story is one of quiet grinding, fighting through her anxiety, and introverted nature.
Janine was never a consistent honor student throughout her life in school.
She took the National Medical Admissions Test twice with an average score of 76.
She is now the valedictorian of CPU Med Batch Medici Dei.
It was her father, a surgeon, who first inspired her to pursue Medicine. “After I graduated, I was not satisfied. I saw how Papa’s life was so fulfilling and how he always made himself available to help. Experiencing what it was like to be him is a dream fulfilled.”
However, inspiration lacked in another field. Dr. Janine Dalisay is still NBSB! And she’s out looking for love! If you’re looking to be that one lucky guy, her Instagram handle is @papsturr!
“I would like to give my heartful thanks to:
My family. I really appreciate everything you did. At this age, I should be giving back but you were so patient and supportive of me,
My friends in med, WOWZA, you lightened my experience and made everything easier,
My college and high school barkada who always make me happy every time I see them,
My mentors and consultants who guided us,
Batch medici for being fun for making med a chill experience just because you were you. We did it!
To my future boyfriend, where na u here na me”
Jun 30, 2019
NIGHT creatures of Iloilo City will have longer party hours with the looming repeal of an executive order setting the 2 a.m. curfew on leisure establishments.
By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
PARTYPHILES should rejoice as nightspots can now operate beyond 2 a.m. under the administration of Mayor Jerry Treñas.
Treñas said he will repeal Executive Order (EO) 146 issued by his predecessor Jose Espinosa III in 2017 which sets the 2 a.m. curfew on bars, restaurants, and other leisure establishments.
“I think Iloilo City is responsible enough to take care and to serve alcoholic drinks beyond 2 a.m. I will just talk to the police if they can assure me that we have the necessary personnel to make sure that the peace and order situation will be maintained, and then I will immediately repeal that executive order,” he said in an interview on Sunday.
According to Treñas, he does not see the point of imposing the curfew on leisure places especially that the city is positioning itself as a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) destination.
“We are a highly urbanized city and ginatulod ta pa nga mangin MICE destination ang siyudad so I don’t think it is proper for us to have that kind of curfew,” he said.
Treñas said he talked to some businessmen in the city and they decided to come up with certain guidelines to ensure the safety of their establishments.
“I have asked them that they will have to come up with certain guidelines para man sa ila kag ipasiguro ang kalinong man ang seguridad kag katawhay sang ila establishments. They are very happy and pleased about it I am sure it will be a boost to our tourism sector,” he said.
EO No. 146, series of 2017 directed the mandatory closure at 2:00 in the morning of all bars, night clubs, disco bars, resto bars and other similar establishments.
Former Mayor Jose Espinosa III issued EO No. 146 on December 14, 2017 following the rising number of incidents and crimes, which were reportedly committed by or involved drunks.
Jun 30, 2019
ILOILO City Mayor Jerry Treñas gets a hug from his successor, lone district Rep. Julienne “Jam-Jam” Baronda during their inauguration on June 28, 2019 at the Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriao district. (Emme Rose Santiagudo)
By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
ILOILO CITY Mayor Jerry Treñas’ first official act is to cancel all allegedly overpriced transactions in the City Hall.
This, he confirmed in a phone interview on Sunday.
“I have decided to cancel all purchases nga para sa aton daw allegedly overpriced and with proper consultation and legal opinion coming from the city legal and all the other agencies,” Treñas said.
He clarified that the purchases, especially of vehicles, will continue as long as there is no overpricing.
“Sigehun man naton gihapon kay kinahanglan sang salakyan but we will purchase nga husto lang. Tanan nga purchases nga tam-an ka taas, will be cancelled,” he said.
Treñas added that purchases that were already delivered will also be investigated.
The Treñas administration officially starts today, July 1, 2019.
A mass will be held at the San Jose De Placer Church in Plaza Libertad which will be followed by a flag ceremony, blessing of the offices of the City Hall, and the ceremonial tree planting.
According to Treñas, the tree planting activity, which is part of his “WHEELS” roadmap under Environmental Management, will be a regular and sustained tree effort.
“This is only part of our efforts to mitigate climate change. Nakita nga sang nagligad nga summer, grabe gid ka init and ang aton lang gid di mabulig, aside sa use sang renewable sources of energy kag iban pa like rainwater harvesting, amo ni ang pagtanom kahoy. Masyado ka hapos but it has to be sustained,” he said.
Treñas’ added that he already talked with the budget officer to allocate funds for the tree planting activity.
The mayor also mentioned his plan to put up a “Tree Park” in the metro.
“Gapangita pa kita sang lugar because ang ginapangayo sang Lopez group of Companies is between one to five hectares. I am still talking to other people with regards to the other land areas in the city,” he said.
After the tree planting activity, Treñas said he will meet with the finance committee of the city government.
“I will have a meeting with the finance committee para mag-istorya sa budget and also to meet the department heads. We have to find out the present finances in the city para we can move forward,” he said.
Recently, Treñas has announced through radio reports that he will investigate the alleged overpricing in the purchases of the Espinosa administration, particularly the vehicles, drone system, and other equipment.
Last week, the City Engineering Office clarified the controversial drone and its system, justifying that the P800,000 budget was not just limited to the drone but also includes other components, accessories, and trainings of personnel who will handle the equipment.
Meanwhile, Former Mayor Jose Espinosa III has denied overpriced purchases during his administration.
He has mentioned in a previous interview that he is open to any investigation.
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Jun 30, 2019
JAPHET ZERRUDO is the 86th drug personality slain during police anti-drug operations in Western Visayas. (Photo courtesy of Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 6)
By: Jennifer P. Rendon
AN OMEN of a new chapter in “bloody” anti-drugs campaign?
Two days after the new director of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 signified that illegal drugs will still be one of his top priorities, an alleged underling of suspected Western Visayas drug lord Melvin Odicta was killed in a police anti-narcotics operation.
Japhet Zerrudo alias Katoi, 30, was killed after he allegedly traded bullets with cops during a buy-bust operation at his house in Barangay Tanza-Esperanza, City Proper, Iloilo City around 12:50 a.m. of June 29, 2019.
Two police poseur buyers from the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU)-6 bought a sachet of shabu worth P7,500 from Zerrudo.
The sale was consummated when the alleged shootout happened.
Police Captain Marc Dado, RDEU team leader, said Zerrudo had earlier instructed the two “buyers” that no mobile phone will be allowed during the transaction.
“But one of our poseur buyers had placed a missed call to signal us that the transaction was already completed,” he said.
This allegedly irked Zerrudo who allegedly drew a caliber .357 revolver from his waist and aimed it at the two policemen.
The two cops returned fire hitting Zerrudo on different parts of his body.
The suspect sustained six gunshot wounds. He was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.
Recovered from the crime scene were Zerrudo’s revolver chamber loaded with four live and two fired ammunition and a pouch containing nine sachets of suspected shabu.
Based on police records, Zerrudo is the 86th drug personality slain during police operations. His father, Levi, was a suspected right-hand man of Odicta.
Dado said the Zerrudos claimed that Levi is already dead.
“We’re asking for a death certificate or any proof that Levi is dead but they could not present any,” he said.
In 2007, when he was still a teenager, Japhet was arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Earlier, the newly-designated police director of Western Visayas said that illegal drugs would still be one of his priorities.
Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, who assumed the PRO-6 helm on Thursday, said he would still go hard against illegal drugs.
Jun 29, 2019
WHETHER you’re a tourist or a local, we’ve got you covered!
Iloilo Business Park is known to be the most festive in dining, shopping, and entertainment experience in Iloilo City. Want to know what you can do here? Check out this list and start gathering your buddies ASAP.
FEAST ON SPANISH FOOD AT CASA IBERICA
Home-grown resto Casa Ibérica recently opened its doors to its fellow Ilonggos serving classic and authentic Spanish dishes and wines. The first and only of its kind in Iloilo City, it is but appropriate that Ilonggos can relate its Spanish heritage with the gastronomy of Spain as they’ve preserved its cultural heritage up to this date.
Casa Iberica is located at G/F Festive Walk Mall.
BRING YOUR FURRY PALS AT BARKING CAFÉ
Did you know that Barking Cafe is the first-ever pet cafe in Iloilo? Bond with your pawtastic furry friends while munching over your favorite comfort food like burgers, fries and sandwiches and finish ‘em off with coffee and desserts!
Barking Cafe is located at 3/F Festive Walk Mall.
CHILL WITH YOUR FRIENDS AT MAMUSA ART BISTRO
Enjoy coffee in the morning and cocktails at night with your squad here at Mamusa Art Bistro. Another first of its kind bistro with an art gallery in Iloilo. For locals and tourists who love art and contemporary, good food and drinks plus live musical performances from local artists.
Mamusa Art Bistro is located at G/F Casa Emperador, Festive Walk Parade.
BOOZE UP AT FESTIVE NIGHTS
Looking for a boozy night perfectly partnered with barchows to wrap up your stressful week from work? Or you just want to catch up with your friends over a few bottles of beer? Chill with your best bud at Festive Walk Iloilo’s Festive Nights.
Festive Nights is located along Festive Walk Parade every Thursdays – Sundays.
VISIT ILOILO MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Appreciate art at its finest! The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) is the first art institution in the region that is devoted exclusively on the works of Filipino and foreign modern and contemporary artists.
ILOMOCA is located at: Casa de Emperador, Festive Walk Parade, Iloilo Business Park.
FIND YOUR PEACE AT ST. JOSEPH CHAPEL
A quick visit to the chapel is always a good idea. St. Joseph Chapel holds a mass every Sunday at 11:00 am and every first Friday of the month at 5:00 pm.
St. Joseph Chapel is located at 3/F, The Deck, Festive Walk Iloilo.
Whether you’re on a quick vacay or you just want a place to hang out, Festive Walk Iloilo has got you covered! Find out more on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Jun 29, 2019
General Manager Cleofe Albiso
(As shared by Cleofe Albiso, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo)
BLESSED with a year of successful operations having opened the first Internationally Branded Hotel in Iloilo City with hearts and minds full of the many lessons to keep and learnings to make us stronger, we look back at the experience of the pre-opening team and how utterly challenging it has been and how the Team conquered the deliverables one by one until its completion. Fueled by the eagerness and anticipation of the community to the long awaited opening of the first Marriott International select brand in this side of the country, The Courtyard Iloilo.
The inspiration emanates from the circle of people involved. Starting from the ownership back then Megaworld Corporation to the property acquisition of Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. both companies being under the Alliance Global Inc., the holding company under Dr. Andrew Tan who is a visionary whose life story himself is a solid testament of how hard work and paying-it-forward creates positive ripples in the lives of the people he touches and provides opportunities for.
Dr. Andrew Tan’s entry to the business landscape through the mixed use development of the Iloilo Business Park is life changing for Iloilo. The place has basked in the glory of preserving the history and heritage of the City through the decades and on the most apt of timing the creation of the 72-hectare master planned development opened the doors to the City’s urban and contemporary showcase of the new side of Iloilo City that slowly made it competitive with other highly urbanized cities of the Philippines.
This, alongside the many concerted efforts of the Local Government and the private sector, to Dr. Tan’s vision, an International Brand of a Hotel will take the transformation of the old Mandurriao Airport and the preparedness of Iloilo City to a whole new level.
When you start with good intentions, you attract the same good and whole-hearted desires from others. Indeed we expected a major turn-out when we mounted our job fair and initial screening of applicants in November of 2017. We gathered more than 1,700 aspirants who lined up to get the chances to work for what would be the biggest hotel brand in the City. The pride and joy did not come from the numbers, it came from the individual stories that each of the applicants had to share that made us know that providing them these opportunities did not only mean giving people a job but offering them a chance to change their lives.
the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo Family
HR, Executive office, and Sales family with GM Cleofe Albiso third from left
HR Manager Carmen Siongco with Nivea, MJ, Al, and Angelica of F&B
HR Manager Carment Siongco, GM Cleofe Albiso, Gideon Hilarde, Den Gaurana, Jacqeu Caputulan, Nisha Gopaldas
Loss Prevention Manager Mr. Raul Fernandez in maroon and his family
HR Manager Carmen Siongco, GM Cleofe Albiso, and Dir. Of Operations Maia Israel
HR Manager Carmen Siongco with the F&B Family
Events Manager Gail Bangeles with neice Raffa
Pabitin games with the kids
Dian Ledesma, Dir of Sales Joy Alonte, and Executive Chef Chachpol Suaisom
Arpee with mom Alyn Sardon
Nivea Amorte in white with her family joined by Kevin Balomit in his grey suit
HR Manager Carmen Siongco in grey with the family of Loss Prevention Officer Roderick Bausin and family
Antonio Llena in black together with his family
Fast forward to the full year of delivering the brand promise of service excellence, the associates that we gathered to be part of the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo Team hurdled together the ups and downs of running a 326 room hotel in an emerging City like Iloilo. Learning to become better with every guest complaint and solidifying confidence and motivation with every positive guest feedback. The only single way to make it work was to live by Marriott International’s core value of putting people first. PUT PEOPLE FIRST by creating a culture of being family within the hotel work area and caring for their individual and personal lives outside. Career plans and paths that are best fitted to support their own vision and unique family situations. Associate meals that best fit a happy meal description in an ambience that is really decent and presentable, our associate cafeteria that we call Cocina Saboroso. Weekly Take Care programs where we hold group activities not only to do physical exercises but to polish the intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of our associates’ lives. We just recently concluded our first run of our Marriott Associate Appreciation Week and highlighted the celebration with a Family Day that allowed our associates to bring their families for one day and enjoy the facilities.
We do not only take pride that we are working for Marriott International, we take more pride in the persons we have become because of the culture it has inculcated in us. We are far from perfect, we are a work in progress. Our daily inspiration springs from the lives we touch through our guests and associates by showing that while life is never easy, we can face it with a confident heart for we have someone up above who never forsakes us. Much like God’s numerous lessons to our lives that come through life lessons, how hardships make us tougher and how experience gives us wisdom. As long as we keep trying and never give up, there is always something great in stored for us. The best take away after a year is how our associates have found home in their workplace where they are given chances to become the best versions of themselves and how our loyal guests have made The Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo their home while they are in the City of Love – Iloilo! Indeed we are here for a reason.
Jun 29, 2019
By: Gerome Dalipe
A FACT-FINDING committee at the Iloilo Capitol has ordered a provincial guard to answer accusations that he sexually assaulted a masseuse last May 25, 2019.
Provincial Legal Officer Manuel Gemarino gave provincial guard Roen Ledesma 10 days to submit his verified answer to the administrative complaint filed against him for disgraceful and immoral conduct.
The 10-day period for Ledesma to answer the charges will lapse on July 1.
Ledesma, of Brgy. Bugnay, Barotac Viejo, has not yet submitted his answer to the complaint as of press time Friday afternoon.
When the period lapses, the four-man probe committee will convene and discuss their next legal action on the complaint, said provincial lawyer Mae Therese Albacete.
Ledesma was accused of raping a masseuse inside the office of Provincial Board member Nielo Tupas.
Police had also filed a rape complaint against Ledesma before the Office of the Iloilo City Prosecutor.
In her judicial affidavit, the 45-year-old complainant said she was attending to her mother at a public hospital when Ledesma called her for a “massage service” last May 25, a Saturday.
Since she also needed money at that time, the victim agreed. Ledesma then instructed her to go to the Provincial Capitol.
Ledesma then ushered her to the 6th floor of the building and entered the office of Board Member Tupas.
Ledesma then locked the office’s main door and took a bath. The guard also kept on praising the complainant for having an appealing body despite having six children.
While she was massaging him, the victim said Ledesma suddenly held her left arm and hugged her tightly.
She resisted, but the guard overpowered her. She struggled to free herself, but the guard allegedly threatened to kill her.
After raping her, Ledesma opened the office’s main door and the victim ran outside towards the elevator.
She went to the ground floor and ran outside of the Capitol, while she was trembling.
The following day, Ledesma reportedly called the victim’s brother and asked for apologies.
The guard offered the victim monetary consideration in exchange for a settlement of the case.
But the complainant declined the offer and pursued the rape case against Ledesma.
Ledesma has been detailed at Tupas’ office since 2013. However, he was recalled for reportedly harassing some female employees in December 2018.
Jun 29, 2019
By: Artchil B. Fernandez
PRESIDENT Du30’s true color is being revealed as the controversy on the sinking of F/B Gem-Vir 1 by a Chinese vessel at Recto (Reed) Bank drags on. If Filipinos felt insulted when Du30 dismissed the incident as a “little maritime accident” what he said this week infuriated the nation.
Rubbing salt on the wounded pride of country Du30 further downgraded the hit-and-run incident saying the Filipino fishing boat was merely sideswiped by the Chinese trawler. Acting more like a Chinese spokesperson than the leader of the Philippines he is exactly parroting the Chinese version of the incident. But this is not worst thing that Du30 uttered this week.
Filipinos were shocked and jolted when Du30 announced this week that he is willing to allow Chinese fishermen to fish in Philippine waters. China is a friend of Du30 and he wanted to “give a little something back” to the rouge and bully neighbor. This statement of Du30 is not only traitorous but has dangerous and treacherous implications to the Philippines.
Allowing the Chinese to fish in Philippine waters is culpable violation of the Constitution. Article XII, Section 2 (2) is clear. “The State shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its archipelagic waters, territorial sea, and exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipinos citizens.”
The Constitution is unequivocal, Philippine waters is for the exclusive use of Filipinos. It never said friends of Filipinos can also enjoy the blessings of Philippine seas. Is Du30 struggling to understanding the meaning of “exclusive?” Du30 cannot just lamely use as alibi that he misread “exclusive” as “inclusive.” He is a lawyer and has taken the subject Constitutional law.
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio slammed Du30’s devious and fake generosity. “The Philippine government cannot allow Chinese fishermen to fish in [the] Philippine exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea because it will violate the Constitution.”
Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea warned about the implication of Du30’s disloyal offer. “It throws open the floodgates to foreign fishing. Considering the Chinese’s destructive fishing methods, our fisheries and maritime resources will be completely exhausted in the next few years at the rate that they are doing their activities.”
Opening Philippine waters to Chinese fishermen is plain treason and Du30 has committed an impeachable offense. Du30’s complete control of the Lower House prevents his impeachment but it does not change the fact that Du30 has betrayed the country and the Filipino people. His stale justifications for his disloyalty only worsened his offense against the nation.
Salvador Panelo, Du30’s spokesperson sourly explained that since China loaned money to the Philippines, “we should give a little something back to them.” Filipinos must understand that these loans (with higher interest than what Japan offered) are to be paid. China will earn huge money from these loans. These loans benefit China and are burden to the Philippines which is likely to be hooked in Chinese debt-trap. What do Filipinos owe China? It is only Du30 and cahoots who wanted to borrow from China.
The administration mantra that China is a friend is a huge lie. China is not a friend of the Philippines. This rogue nation is a bad neighbor. It has stolen Philippine territory. Its naval forces harass Filipino fishermen and prevent them from fishing in Philippine territory. Lately, China’s naval militia hit a Filipino fishing boat and left the crew to the mercy of the sea, a cruel and barbaric act. These are not actions of a friend.
China is a rising imperial power and wanted to subjugate and exploit other nations. It is obsessed with global domination starting with the colonization of its neighbors. China had been bullying the Philippines, using its economic and military might to intimidate and threaten the country. A true friend does not do terrible things to a friend. Filipinos should not trust this thug neighbor.
But the tragedy of Filipinos is, the big, bad wolf China that is salivating over the rich natural resources of the Philippines is being aided in its evil design by the present administration with Du30 leading the sell-out. Du30’s willingness to allow Chinese fishermen to fish in Philippine waters is part of the step by step process of China’s colonization of the Philippines. This legitimizes China’s grabbing of Philippine territory.
It is becoming clear that Du30 is in the pocket of China. His strange behavior in the hit-and-run incident of Filipino fishing boat by Chinese vessel only cements the long-held perception that Du30 is a Chinese puppet.
If Du30 is not a puppet of China, why would he take the side of China instead of the Filipino fishermen? Why is Du30 making a painstaking effort to extricate China from the cowardly and criminal act?
If Du30 is not a Chinese puppet, why would he allow Chinese fishermen to fish in Philippine waters? Why is Du30 willing to violate the Constitution and his oath of office? Why is Du30 risking national ire and condemnation just to give China access to the natural resources of the country? Why is pleasing China more important to Du30 than defending the national interest of the Philippines?
The answer to these disturbing questions is alarming. Du30 is China’s Manchurian candidate.
What should we do? Shall we stand by and do nothing as the country is becoming a vassal of China? This is the biggest challenge facing us, Filipinos today.