Comment on Joe III denies rift with Council on MIWD, PECO by Nick Rivas, Jr.

This is the result of the joint venture proposal not being presented in a public hearing. PD 198 mandates that for any changes in the water rates, or a new organization coming in to help run the water district, public hearings are required.....»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJan 13th, 2018

Comment on PROBE MIWD, METROPAC DEAL: Mayor asks council to look into P12.4-B joint venture by Nick Rivas, Jr.

Under PD 198, a public hearing is required for any increase in water rates. Mayor Espinosa should ask the NEDA Regional Office what its position was on the joint venture since it reviewed the agreement ......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Joe III denies rift with Council on MIWD, PECO

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose Espinosa III and his former colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) seem to be on opposite sides in dealing with issues hounding public utilities in the city. During its regular session on Jan 9, 2018, the SP merely noted, instead of referring to the concerned committee, the request of Espinosa to […] The post Joe III denies rift with Council on MIWD, PECO appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Comment on TRANSPARENCY DRIVE: MIWD, MetroPac to present plans to city, town officials by Nick Rivas, Jr.

To be presented after the fact! An insult to the consumers of Iloilo and the City Government!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Comment on City officials ‘clueless’ on proposed water rate hike by Nick Rivas, Jr.

Sec. 40 of P.D. 198 requires public hearings in case of rates increases. I have not heard of MIWD calling any hearing for such purpose. Thus, any rate increase adopted is illegal. Also, P.D. 198 states that any increase should not be more than 60 percent of the current rate......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Comment on THE MORE, THE MERRIER?: Mayor welcomes more players in public utilities by Nick Rivas, Jr.

The SP should identify who specifically should take over the power requirements of Iloilo City in the event PECO's franchise is not renewed. Saying that the national government should run it is not well thought of proposal since the government has never effectively managed a public utility that satisfies people's needs. A case in point are the water districts, quasi-government entities, whose services are as ineffective, corruption-ridden, as any other public utilities (LRT, MRT ?). SP should instead look into, or work for the possibility of reducing PECO's power rates and improving its services rather than espousing a complete disenfranchisement of PECO since no organization, or other power providers have the capability of securing the power requirements of Iloilo City and other related areas on a short notice. Billion of pesos to run the system? Who has such money available now? To be honest I have this uncanny feeling of deja vu, or to be precise a feeling of: "here we go again!" about the present brouhaha about PECO's franchise extension seeing that this same thing happened several years when PECO's franchise was up for review. Basically, the same people opposed such extension; signature-takings were made, rallies were held, harsh words were uttered, ERC meetings were attended, but after a while nothing came out of it. I heard (emphasis on heard) that it seems some things were exchanged to keep certain personalities quiet. Here we are talking about billion of pesos involved. I'm sure PECO would not hesitate to part with a few million to keep its franchise. Good luck and more power (pun intended) to the people of Iloilo City. hahaha!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Comment on NOTHING TO FEAR: 'NoToPECO supporters to hold rally at City Hall by Nick Rivas, Jr.

The principal question that needs to be addressed is: Who will take over the provision of power in the event PECO's franchise is not renewed? Pointing to the Constitution as basis for government or other entities to run the system is not overly dependable and sensible since government has other priorities, and other power groups may not have the financial capabilities to buy out PECO to effectively provide Iloilo City's power requirements. What should be worked on instead by those for aiming non-renewal is to prod the government (ERC) to lower the power rates PECO is charging its consumers and to institute an all-round improvement of services. While I, too, am not favorable of PECO's present rates and services, I would rather suggest a status quo to ensure that power is readily available instead of opting for a new and untested power provider who may not efficiently answer/provide Iloilo's power needs......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Comment on Bravest ever city council by atty. perla garganera-gauzon

yes, i am one of the many, who have faith in the iloilo city council whose members have demonstrated courage in bringing this PECO issue to the fore. councilors allim and gerochi supported by vice-mayor ganzon should be lauded for their sustained support on behalf of the consumers. without the city council's backing, the consumers would be left at the mercy of PECO's unrelenting method of overcharging their customers, the erratic yet frequent brownouts and promises unkept to date. alex vidal's op-ed clearly articulates the granting of franchise to PECO's up to where we are now. Hopefully, the congressional hearing on november 22, 2017, would be held in iloilo and...televised by "tatak ilonggo" or any other local television station for us ilonggos to watch......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017
Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Comment on We can win vs Lucifer, but not against PECO by atty. perla garganera-gauzon

let us not be doomsayers and naysayers who are tempted to throw in the towel. surely, the complaints of 25 thousand consumers and counting, as well as the majority -- except 1-- of the city councilors, clearly point to the dissatisfaction of peco's service! so, trenas and penaredondo -- with espinosa -- are deemed to have clout over the city council? of course it's understandable. his hidden agenda is rearing its ugly head. trenas would favor the renewal of peco's franchise. after all his law firm has been peco's legal counsel since time immemorial. and espinosa, the "bilas" of trenas who has just recently become iloilo city's mayor? for sure he wouldn't want to rock the boat! staying neutral is his best stance. as to penaredondo's not joining the rest of councilors? let me just quote the legal dictum..."res ipsa loquitur." as long as we consumers stand united against peco, the classic david vs goliath bible story will be re-enacted in iloilo city with david, still the victor! let's keep the faith for "it's not over until the fat lady sings." let's keep the faith......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

City Council clueless on MIWD rate hike hearing

By: Maricyn A. De los Santos and Louine Hope Conserva MEMBERS of Iloilo City Council were surprised that Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) conducted a public hearing without them being informed or even invited. In a privilege speech Feb.27, 2018, Councilor Joshua Alim said he wants to be clarified if there is indeed a petition for […] The post City Council clueless on MIWD rate hike hearing appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Swiss gov’t seeks to bar minors from tanning salons

  GENEVA --- Switzerland's government is thinking of barring its minors from using tanning salons because of the long-term risk that radiation from ultraviolet (UV) beds could cause skin cancer.   The seven-member Federal Council took the position on Wednesday as it sought public comment on a package of safety measures meant to protect the population from exposure to UV radiation and excessively loud noises.   The proposals also include limiting medical lasers in cosmetic treatments as well as rules for electronic amplifiers at demonstrations, such as requiring organizers to provide ear protection if sound levels exceed an average of 93 decibels. &nbs...Keep on reading: Swiss gov’t seeks to bar minors from tanning salons.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Senator’s help sought in PECO franchise hearing

ALL IS NOT lost for Iloilo City Councilor Joshua Alim as regards his opposition to the franchise renewal of Panay Electric Company (PECO). On Feb 6, 2018, Alim and the rest of the City Council passed a resolution requesting Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of Senate committee on public utility, to conduct a public hearing relative […] The post Senator’s help sought in PECO franchise hearing appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Cam denies launching smear campaign with Ang against Balutan

LEGAZPI CITY --- "That's a bullshit lie." That was how Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam denied the accusation that she and gaming operator Charlie "Atong" Ang were behind the smear campaign against the PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan. "On the first day that I assumed [my post] in PCSO, it was he [Balutan] and[PCSO Chairman Jorge] Corpuz who bullied me on my first day," Cam told reporters here on Monday. Cam, a former "jueteng" whistle-blower, had a rift with Balutan after she slammed the PCSO for staging an "extravagant" Christmas party. Cam had also told a hearing of the Senate that she would want to expose corruption in the PCS...Keep on reading: Cam denies launching smear campaign with Ang against Balutan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

Iloilo lawmaker mum on Cha-cha rift

REP. Raul Tupas (5th district, Iloilo) refused to comment for now on the rift between the House of Representatives and the Senate on Charter change (Cha-Cha). Tupas said he cannot comment on the claim of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that congressmen can continue amending the 1987 Constitution sans the participation of the Senate. While the […] The post Iloilo lawmaker mum on Cha-cha rift appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

Comment on Council urges closure of ‘smelly’ Oton piggery by Sonie D. Nadala

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Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Trump denies shithole countries remark

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – US President Donald Trump tweeted a denial on Friday, January 12, after he was quoted as describing African and other states as "shithole countries," amid an international furor over the remarks. Trump, who reportedly made the comment during a meeting with legislators Thursday on immigration reform, drew ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

‘WE’RE MORE THAN CAPABLE’: MIWD, MWIC defend P12.34-B venture before City Council

OFFICIALS of MetroPac Water Investment Corp. (MWIC) and Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) presented their latest joint venture project to the Iloilo City Council, Jan 9, 2017. MIWD requested for the presentation in December 2017 and coincided with Mayor Jose Espinosa III’s request for the council to investigate in aid of legislation the P12.349-billion water […] The post ‘WE’RE MORE THAN CAPABLE’: MIWD, MWIC defend P12.34-B venture before City Council appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Popovich s odd alliance with red state fans

By Shaun Powell, SAN ANTONIO -- About 400 people gathered at the Oak Hills Country Club in June 2016 and paid $500 to $250,000 to sip iced tea and nibble hors d’oeuvres next to a golf course designed by noted architect AW Tillinghast, who built many. One is owned by the man who was feted at this political fundraiser, Donald J. Trump. The presidential campaign was in full blast and saltier than the crackers on the cheese plate being passed around. Fresh off the plane, Trump thanked the Republicans for the big ‘ole Texas welcome, witnesses say, before launching a blistering attack on the usual targets: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, illegal immigration. Then, near the end of his 30-minute lunchtime appearance, in an effort to connect with the locals, he pivoted and mentioned perhaps the most famous man in town: Gregg Popovich. Witnesses say Trump called Popovich “a great coach” and said “he does a good job” and then there was some fidgeting in the room when the soon-to-be polarizing leader of the free world said this: “I don’t know if the coach is on my side.” Confirmation came emphatically, right after Trump won a divisive election that November. The coach of the Spurs lit into the President over the next several months with a handful of rants that had the stealth of Kawhi Leonard ambushing a timid ball-handler. In no particular order, here were Pop’s Greatest Hits, all issued through the media and without prompting or provocation: “The disgusting tenure and tone and all the comments … have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic. I live in a country where half the people ignored that to elect someone.” And: “He is in charge of our country. That’s disgusting.” And: “The man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks he can only become large by belittling others.” And: “We have a pathological liar in the White House ... You can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth.” Popovich didn’t stop there with a President whose sensitivity and intelligence he questioned and accused of being guilty of “gratuitous fear-mongering.” When he took Trump to task for criticizing NFL players who knelt during the National Anthem and defended their rights to do so, Popovich also suspected a measure of the public outrage was racially motivated. “Our country is an embarrassment to the world,” he said. A 68-year-old wealthy white man, therefore, became a sports voice with weight in the political and social justice arena, where the NBA league office has greenlighted players and coaches to speak up. Popovich has done so with clarity and insight to gain national applause in certain corners. He wasn’t the first or the last in sports to verbally spank the president or tackle right-leaning sensitivities, yet he’s certainly the most unique in one respect. As a graduate of the Air Force Academy who works in a military town, and a five-time NBA champion coach who might symbolize the city more than The Alamo, Popovich has long been elevated to icon status, perhaps permanently so, in San Antonio, where folks are mad about the Spurs. Still, this is mostly conservative Texas, one of the most Republican of states based on the state legislature and the congressional delegation, a state that voted Republican in 10 straight presidential elections and saw 52.6 percent of voters punch for Trump. While voters in San Antonio-proper lean liberal, the surrounding areas swing solidly the opposite. Julianna Holt, the Spurs CEO and Popovich’s boss since March after assuming the position held for 20 years by her husband Peter, supported various Republican presidential candidates before eventually donating $5,400 to Trump’s campaign and $250,000 to the Trump Victory Fund, according to Federal Election Commission records. Popovich is therefore a blue blood in a red state and the contrast makes for strange if not uncomfortable alliance between a beloved coach and a group of conflicted Spurs worshippers. His views have in fact shattered the sacrilege by generating hostility from a segment of the basketball flock, something no coach with his credentials would ever feel. The constant winning and acts of charity do not insulate him from those who would prefer Popovich stuff a sweat sock in his bullhorn. Party lines not Popovich's focus “While we all believe Gregg Popovich has the right to his opinions, where was Popovich when Hillary called half of us a 'basket of deplorables?’Many were Spurs fans who are now tired of being insulted ... many of us will never pay to see a Spurs game again.” -- Donna Howington  “The money I will save this year not attending Spurs games should buy me a nice set of golf clubs. Thanks Pop!” -- Jake Ingorgia  “I will never watch them again until Popovich is gone. He is just like all the other leftist celebrities.” -- Lee Harbach, Bulverde They arrive on cue, most from the dusty towns that orbit around San Antonio, some from the city itself. Popovich has unloaded three times this year on Trump, once after the election, once at the start of training camp and most recently by cold-calling Dave Zirin, a friend and liberal writer from The Nation, a progressive magazine. And each time, the letters land in the office of Ricardo Pimentel, the editor who coordinates the comments section of the Express-News, San Antonio’s newspaper of record. “It’s a cycle,” says Pimental, with a sigh. “He speaks out. People who disagree with him send us letters to the editor, then people who object to their disagreement write us letters to the editor defending Pop. Then they respond to one another.” The initial reaction, he said, is always stacked against Popovich and many identify themselves as Spurs fans ripping up their tickets or promising to never attend or watch games again. Even if those who made threats actually carried them out, the change in the Spurs’ home attendance is a blip, from 99.2 percent capacity last season to 98.6 so far this season. Popovich, of course, has been big for business since his first full season as coach in 1997-98. Besides the titles, the Spurs have reached the playoffs every season and won 50 games every season (except for the lockout-shortened 50-game 1998-99 campaign, when they won 37). In short, Popovich's Spurs have a track record beyond reproach in the NBA. If the 2017-18 Spurs stay on pace, it’ll be 20 straight winning seasons for Popovich, one more than Phil Jackson for the all-time NBA record. He hasn’t been this politically vocal until lately, due to Trump, yet was always politically aware, say those who know him. Well-versed through his readings and observations, Popovich welcomes discussion with acquaintences about classism, leadership, government and preferably over a bottle of wine. His two-decades exposure to young black men from humble beginnings raised his awareness and sensitivities about race and bias. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr once played for the Spurs and lately has echoed many of the same thoughts as Popovich. But Kerr coaches in the Bay Area, where folks nod their heads in agreement. Kerr said he can only imagine the flak Popovich catches in Texas. “Here’s this iconic coach who stands for everything that’s right and for honor and integrity, he served in the military, you see him stand at attention for the American flag — man, Pop loves his country,” Kerr said. “And in the middle of Texas for him to be questioning the Republican President, some of the people down there are probably confused. Like, 'I don’t get it, we love this guy but he’s on the other side from us.' “What I love about Pop is that it’s not about party, not about politics. It’s about integrity and character and that’s what people need to pay attention to. It’s not about some policy, not about how much we pay in taxes. If we can just get back to the point where character matters, then we’ll be in better shape. The problem is, it’s clear character has gone down the tubes in many leadership positions in our country. That’s what Pop is calling out.” True enough, Popovich never publicly attached himself to a political party; to suggest he is against Republicans might be as misleading as believing Colin Kaepernick is against the military. When he played for Popovich, Kerr couldn’t recall a time when the coach was this annoyed by the country’s leadership. “The country was in a better place in terms of a relatively peaceful time back then,” Kerr said. “Yes, 9-11 happened and the whole world changed. But we didn’t have quite the same partisan nature, not only in politics but the national conversation. And so people could just admire Pop for who he was and people might not have been aware of his political leanings because they didn’t ask. When we won and went to the White House, Pop and the team went when Bush was in office. We went in ’99 when President Clinton was there. Republican, Democrat, didn’t matter. The times are so different now.” Kerr laughed quickly when asked about the semi-serious groundswell of social media support for a Kerr-Popovich ticket in 2020. Kerr said he hopes to be on his fifth NBA title as a coach then, but turned semi-serious about Popovich. “Our country needs somebody like Pop who can actually lead and unite from a position of authority and credibility,” Kerr said. “This guy served in the military, grew up in a melting pot, understands leadership. More than anything, he’ll cut through all the [expletive].” Since going nuclear on Trump, Popovich declined invites from the national political shows (and wouldn’t comment for this story). That proves what friends have maintained all along: Popovich doesn’t want to be anyone’s political hero or pundit. He’d rather speak when the moment calls for it, then be left alone. That last part is tricky, though. Empathy often marks Popovich's way “Can you imagine being Republican on the Spurs? Would you feel welcome? He’s like Berkeley -- for free speech unless you disagree with him. Shut up and coach, Gregg.” -- Shannon Deason  “When it comes to coaching basketball or drinking wine, Popovich has experience. When it comes to our country, his opinion is no better than anyone else’s." -- Harold Siemens, Seguin  “Open letter to the NBA referee who ejected Pop from the Warriors-Spurs game: Don’t feel bad about what Gregg Popovich called you. He called the POTUS worse and got away with it.” -- Larry Peabody Once the wheels touched down, the pilot jokingly announced over the loudspeaker: “Welcome to Gregg Popovich International Airport,” and one particular passenger noticed that nobody on the plane thought it was strange. Sean Elliott always knew how deeply rooted Popovich is with San Antonio. Aside from the famous Spanish missions and the River Walk, the city is known for the only professional sports team in town. And while George Gervin, David Robinson and Tim Duncan have come and gone, the one lingering reminder is a sometimes gruff and scruffy coach, maybe the NBA’s best ever. “He’s one of the pillars of the community,” said Elliott, twice an All-Star with the Spurs. “He’s looked at with great admiration. He is as respected as anyone who has ever lived in or been part of the city. It’s not just because he’s a basketball coach. Pop has been a big part of the community, huge contributor to charitable functions, good leader.” Elliott was a Spurs rookie in 1989 when their relationship began and he saw the start of Popovich’s reach in the region. Popovich then was an assistant coach under Larry Brown and just planting his feet in the NBA. That summer, Elliott and Popovich piled into a van with the team's "Coyote" mascot and conducted basketball clinics in San Marcos, Corpus Christi, Laredo and similar places. They were signing autographs in malls and running kids through drills in 100 degree heat, never hearing a complaint from the coach. Elliott said folks in those small conservative towns loved him. “If you sit and hear him talk about something, you tend to agree with him,” Elliott said. “He’ll put it in a logical way and he’s very thoughtful, well read and super intelligent, maybe the most intelligent person I’ve ever known.” The owner of the Spurs then was Red McCombs, a homespun Texan who made his fortune in car dealerships and media companies. McCombs didn’t give Popovich the coaching job after firing Brown, telling Popovich “you’ve got a chance to be a great coach” if he got more experience, which he did, going to the Warriors to work for Don Nelson. Popovich returned to San Antonio two years later as general manager, then became coach and the rest is history. Now 90, McCombs said: “Popovich has become the distinguished part of the franchise. He wears it well. Can’t say enough about what kind of man he is and what he’s meant to San Antonio. God has blessed us with Gregg Popovich.” McCombs loves to tell how Popovich, by chance, learned that a local family needed a car. The coach wrote a check, gave it to the father and walked away. McCombs said it was “typical Popovich” who has empathy for those with less. McCombs, curiously, has traditionally been one of the biggest Republican bankrollers in the state, who gave to the Trump campaign and is fully aware of what Popovich thinks of his choice for President. And so one of the most powerful men in Central Texas, who leans politically to the color of his nickname, had a strong reaction to that. “He’s earned the right to give his comments about citizenship or Trump or anything else,” said McCombs, voice rising. “Yes, he made some statements that others might disagree with. But I’ll tell you this: Popovich would be elected to anything he wants to in San Antonio.” Remaining silent never an option “Our country is not an embarrassment to the world. I will tell you what an embarrassment is. It is an American citizen who got a free education from the great Air Force Academy ... and then has the audacity to say that the greatest nation in the world is an embarrassment because the President rightly demands that Americans stand for the anthem. Popovich should be ashamed of himself.” -- Nick DeLouis, Fair Oaks Ranch  “Nowhere on God’s green Earth do they have the right to disrespect our flag and the men and women who died to keep us free. I’m appalled that you stooped so low to join in that disrespect. Shame on you!” -- Fred Martin, Fair Oaks Ranch  “Coach Pop has squashed my love and enthusiasm for the team. A national treasure, he is not. Coach Pop has a voice, but not my voice." -- Jo Ivan A few years ago Popovich was in New York with his daughter to catch a Broadway play when the coach had a last minute change in strategy. He learned that John Carlos was giving a lecture at New York University that night. So Popovich told his daughter to take one of her friends instead; said he was going to see “Dr. Carlos” speak. “When he came in I was surprised and delighted,” Carlos said recently. “Quite naturally, everyone knew who he was but he just wanted to sit and listen.” A year later, in 2015, Popovich flew Carlos to San Antonio to address the team and Carlos admitted to being star struck around Tim Duncan and others. Yet Carlos was most curious about Popovich and why the coach took a strong interest in an Olympic sprinter who raised a fist on the victory stand in 1968, which is frozen as an iconic civil rights moment. “Being with the Spurs gave me an opportunity to check his character out,” Carlos said. “I knew he was a whiz at putting players together to bring out their best ability. But through my conversations with him it became apparent that he was a social activist himself at one point in his life. He was teaching his players about activism and to be concerned about their fellow man and what was going on around their lives, not just basketball. “I was impressed. He just wanted them to know they had a larger role than just playing basketball in the society in which they live.” Carlos, therefore, was not surprised to see Popovich defend the rights of kneeling black football players who came under attack from Trump. On the first day of training camp in September, Popovich said: “Obviously race is the elephant in the room and we all understand that. Unless it is talked about constantly it is not going to get better.” What followed was another swirl of exchanges between Popovich critics and supporters in San Antonio, and Popovich acknowledged receiving mail from both sides. The anti-Pop mail, though, was jarring to Carlos, given the coach’s work in town. “When people write and lambast him for taking leaders to task for what they’re doing to society, that’s like water rolling off a duck’s back, man,” Carlos said. “When they write negative things about him, it encourages him to keep doing what he’s doing. Those people are the problem. Go ahead and throw stones and it just motivates him to do his job. “Look, I’m a black man who spoke out. Imagine what they think of him as a white man who speaks just as strong, to try and get people to see things in a better light? They throw stones at him even more, like, 'Hey you’re white, you have a great life. Keep your mouth shut.’ Well, God points people in certain directions. We know who we are. We do what we do.” And what Popovich does is enlist the help of giants in the social justice world and bring them into his world. He did that with Cornel West, the Harvard professor and civil rights activist, last fall. Popovich invited West to San Antonio to speak at an East Side community center with a few hundred mostly black and Latino students and their parents. Done without TV cameras or media invitation, the discussion was about the importance of education, the imperfect world, self respect and how to help communities. This was an audience that, presumably and unanimously, connected with a white man who didn’t live among them, but was with them. They were the people Popovich had in mind when he attacked present leadership. This was not the audience that writes to the Spurs and the Express-News asking him to take a vow of silence, though he is aware of them, too. “Some responses make you wonder what country you live in,” Popovich said, “and other responses make you very hopeful … overall, it renews my feeling that something must be done because there is enough people willing to listen.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

PROBE MIWD, METROPAC DEAL: Mayor asks council to look into P12.4-B joint venture

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose Espinosa III has asked the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) to investigate the deals of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD), particularly its P12.4-billion joint venture with MetroPac Water Investments Corp (MWIC). “I want a full discussion on this in aid of legislation and for public consumption and public information,” Espinosa said. The mayor […] The post PROBE MIWD, METROPAC DEAL: Mayor asks council to look into P12.4-B joint venture appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Comment on P41 HIKE IN WATER RATES: MIWD to award P12.34-B distribution deal to MetroPac by Fergus Ducharme

What a ridiculous group at the MIWD! Magsuci is reported to have stated recently, as reported above, "we have the supply". If that is in fact the case, why then are we in Oton on water rationing - with water available only 3 days a week? And low, low pressure in the lines. Wow, under this new plan we will have 10 PSI of pressure in the water lines. What does 10 PSI pressure in the lines look like? Is it a trickle as we have suffered with for almost years? The way MIWD works we will have to suffer through more continued rationing and low line pressure for the foreseeable future. Seems like MIWD has never heard of long term planning and they can operate only by "the seat of their pants"......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017