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LOOK WHO’S TALKING!

SERIOUSLY now, Cong. Boboy is suing Sen. Frank, Gov. Art and Mayor Cadio for vote-buying?

What can we say? He who has no sin cast the first stone?

The most that can be said about this political stunt of the balding congressman is that he appears to know what vote-buying is all about. And why not? Hasn’t he perfected the practice to the level of art, Inday Judy?

In all the years that Boboy has served as congressman, the people of the 2nd District has learned a lot about vote-buying.

Say mo, Inday Dang-dang?

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE IN POLICE SECURITY RE: YNION, LABAO CASES

WHEN Rommel Ynion, candidate for Iloilo City mayor, was taken to St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo after he was arrested in Brgy. Bitoon, Jaro district, city policemen were immediately deployed in and around the hospital. The area was tightly guarded.

Tanan nga pusod may pulis; tanan nga pulis, may pusod,” observed one patient who was disturbed by the presence of myriad policemen.

Senior Supt. Ruperto Floro, city police director, declared there was no way Ynion could escape from the hospital.

Floro’s bravado is admirable. But not a few commented that he should have shown the same zeal in a more recent case — the confinement in the same hospital of murder suspect Engr. Leodegario Labao Jr.

Rommel’s tax evasion case is picayune compared to the murder case of Labao, and yet the Iloilo City Police Office did nothing to secure the hospital when Labao was confined there.

As a result, Labao was able to escape right under the flaring nostrils of naïve — or should we say moronic? — city policemen.

It was such an embarrassment any self-respecting city police director would have resigned immediately. But not Floro.

What can we say; some have thicker skins than others.

Say mo, Gen. Cruz?

Jojie “dies-dies” laughing!

ILOILO ELECTION WATCH LIST AREAS

THE following are election hotspots:

1) Miag-ao

2) Tubungan

3) Leon

4) Alimodian

5) Maasin

6) Calinog

7) San Enrique

8) Passi City

9) Lemery

10) San Dionisio

11) Estancia

12) Sara

13) Concepcion

These towns have histories of election-related incidents in the past — the primary reason that they were identified as election hotspots, says the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO).

Their present status means these towns are the priority of the IPPO in the deployment of troops.

But the police should not just concentrate in these areas. There are other Iloilo municipalities where political rivalries are so tense they could erupt violently any time.

Don’t you agree, Inday Ramona?

Nikko “dies-dies” laughing!

PH ONE OF MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES FOR JOURNALISTS

NEW YORK-BASED Committee to Protect Journalists says the Philippines remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

In fact, it ranks the country third in its “impunity index” this year — for the fourth straight year.

“Journalists are slain and the killers go free,” laments the Committee.

Indeed, the cases of our fallen brothers have remained unsolved.

This paper has reported extensively on the assassinations of Ilonggo journalists like Bombo Rino Arcones and Bombo Eddie Suede, radio broadcasters Lito Jimena and Herson Hinolan, etc. Up to now, their souls are crying for justice.

Another organization has agreed with the findings of the Committee — the Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders).

It says the Philippines fares poorly in the press freedom index despite PNoy’s vow to reverse impunity in journalist murders.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. We need more than words, Mr. President!

GREETINGS

WE would like to greet more avid readers of this column. Their day is not complete without reading Lapsus:

Iloilo City Treasurer Katherine Tingzon and City Legal Officer Jose Junio Jacela; Marilou Zamora, chief of staff of Department of Public Works and Highways Region 6 Director Edilberto Tayao; Rosario Sanagustin, social welfare officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 6; Inday Annabel Java-Petinglay of the Philippines News Agency 6; Julie Cepe, Antique provincial planning and development coordinator; Iloilo Pamunit Festival Association chief, Manuel San Agustin; Iloilo Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Gideon Umadhay; and Inday Charity Perea, regional sexually transmitted infections coordinator of the Department of Health in Region 6.

Please accept our high esteem and best wishes.

CANDIDATES IN BINGAWAN, ILOILO

For Mayor:

1) Faldas, Lony

2) Palabrica, Matt

For Vice Mayor:

1) Celeste, Jofe

2) Palabrica, Mark

For Councilor:

1) Belloga, Omal

2) Cachite, Mening

3) Casipe, Gerardo

4) Celeste, Botsok

5) Cerbo, Dolfo

6) Compas, Ronel

7) Dalipe, Eddie

8) Javellana, Inday Wen

9) Laplana, Romalie

10) Morales, Onyok

11) Palmejar, Doy-Es

12) Patriarca, Patri

13) Plaga, Lally

14) Plagata, Ted

15) Rabago, Rol

16) Saladar, Jonelito

17) Sumilig, Tony