Wednesday, September 27, 2006

P15-million Graciano Lopez-Jaena Shrine to Rise in Iloilo City

Demy Sonza, former Iloilo Vice Governor and current President of the Graciano Lopez-Jaena Foundation (GLJF), announced that a memorial shrine will be erected in honor of the great Ilonggo orator and national hero. Estimated to cost around P15 million, the memorial shrine will be built on a 500-square-meter lot on Fajardo Street, Jaro, Iloilo City where the Lopez-Jaena ancestral house once stood.

In other news, Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon expressed alarm over the reported P17-billion unliquidated cash advances of various government offices. Drilon's sidekick, Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, has threatened to arrest STL bet collectors (or cobradores) caught soliciting bets outside the territorial jurisdiction of Iloilo City. I guess Ilonggos from the interior towns would just have to go to Iloilo City to place their bets in STL. The City Government of Silay, in a press release, said that they have released a female green turtle.

Finally, the Bacolod City Prosecutor's Office has filed reckless imprudence charges against 19-year old Lorenzo Suatengco (who is a incumbent Provincial Board Member representing the youth sector in Negros Occidental) and 17-year old Marvin Ortiz. News reports say that the two were drag-racing their Honda Civic cars along the main streets of Bacolod when they figured in an accident that killed pedestrian Augusto de Leon, a public school teacher.

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