THE Arles family, through their legal counsel Agnes Maranan, has filed a petition before the Supreme Court for a change of venue relative to the hearing of the Judge Henry Arles murder case.
They filed the petition to transfer the conduct of the hearings in Manila considering that those implicated are influential political personalities in the Sixth District of Negros Occidental, where the case is also being heard.
AS the provincial government of Negros Occidental begins its recovery and rehabilitation efforts, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that President Benigno S. Aquino III has assured him of assistance from the national government for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the province.
ALTHOUGH electric power supply has been totally restored in all coverage areas of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), consumers could still experience rotating blackouts due to supply deficiency of major power generators.
Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said power was restored on Monday in the remaining areas of barangays Sum-ag and Handumanan that experienced blackout due to Typhoon Yolanda.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella enjoined the more than 300 village chiefs and kagawads in the city to set aside divisive politics and move forward for progress.
The mayor made the appeal after he administered the oath of office of the barangay officials in rites held at the BAYS Center yesterday.
SINCE Bacolod City residents have not suffered much from the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda, Mayor Monico Puentevella said the City Government will give a financial assistance of P300,000 to Tacloban City.
Puentevella announced the plan on Monday during the mass oath-taking rites of barangay officials held at the BAYS Center.
THE devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda in Negros Occidental, particularly in the north, reached unparalleled level, causing more than 100,000 Negrenses to flee their homes and seek shelter and leaving massive destruction to houses and properties.
“This is the worst and the strongest typhoon or calamity that had hit Negros Occidental to date,” said Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.
THE Bacolod City Council has declared its city under state of calamity following the onslaught of Super Tphoon Yolanda which battered the Philippines on Friday.
Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said they have granted the declation request of Mayor Monico Puentevella because many residents were affected and the power and water supply in the city were also disrupted.
SENATOR Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, is set to hold an inquiry on the plight of the sugar industry in Negros Occidental on November 14.
A report from the office of Villar said that Agriculture Secretary Proseso Alcala is also set to arrive in the province to attend the hearing along with sugar stakeholders and industry leaders.
A DAUGHTER of an outgoing village chief died while being treated in a hospital in Bacolod City on Saturday morning, the police reported.
Maribeth Yelo, 26, daughter of Barangay 35 chieftain Marianito Yelo, died after she was shot by Raffy Pascual, of Purok Dasuk, Barangay Tangub because of a misunderstanding last week, police record shows.
A CALL center agent and a crew of a chicken store lost their personal belongings to unidentified persons in separate incidents in Bacolod City Friday and Saturday.
The victims were identified as Melissa Belnas, a call center agent and a resident of Purok NGO, Barangay Handumanan; and Erald Aguilos, 29, of East Homes 2, a crew of Chooks To Go, and a resident of Barangay Estefania.
THE Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) placed the initial damage to agriculture brought by Typhoon Yolanda in Negros Occidental at P 36.739 million as of Sunday.
A report of Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan showed that the damage to palay and corn was valued at P31.912 million; fisheries at P3.475 million; and high-value crops at P1.35 million.
A TOTAL of 6,596 families in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, have been displaced by Typhoon Yolanda as of Friday afternoon.
In Bacolod, 1,805 families sought shelter in 37 evacuation centers, a report of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office showed.
TOP officials of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City enjoined their constituents to come together in prayers and attend a thanksgiving mass as Typhoon Yolanda spared the province and the city from devastation.
Public storm warning signal number 4 was raised in northern Negros Occidental, including Bacolod, but the so-called super typhoon did not make a landfall in Negros.
POWER has not been restored in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, Friday night even several hours after Typhoon Yolanda hit the province.
The power blackout were reported encompassed areas covered by Central Negros Electric Cooperative, including Bacolod, and areas in south Negros under the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative and in the north covered by VMC Rural Electric Service Cooperative.
THE Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) under the Office of the Governor warned that based on forecast, Negros Occidental especially northern Negros could be placed under storm signal number 4 as Typhoon Yolanda is expected to make landfall today.
PDMPD chief Eric Villaluna said their tracking showed that Negros Occidental would not be in the eye of the typhoon but could be within the diameter of the typhoon.
A VEGETABLE vendor from Bacolod City won the P73,811,464-jackpot prize of the 6/45 Megalotto draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on November 6.
This was confirmed by a source of Sun.Star Bacolod who refused to divulge the winner’s identity for security reasons.
THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Negros Occidental has set up a round-the-clock command operations center as part of its preparations for the expected landfall of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the province Friday.
Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan and Provincial Disaster Management Program Division OIC Eric Villaluna are the designated contact persons for the command center situated inside the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC).
THE Bacolod City Council passed on Wednesday an appropriation ordinance allocating P40 million for various essential needs of the city.
This was the second supplemental budget requested by Mayor Monico Puentevella this year.
THE Department of Interior and Local Government in Negros Occidental warned politicians and local officials to refrain from intervening in the affairs of the barangays especially on the election of the new set of officers of the Liga Ng Mga Barangay or the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC).
Joy Maredith Madayag, provincial DILG officer, said that local officials are aware that barangay elections should be non- partisan.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said he is not in a hurry to kick out a woman, referring to Director Marichi Ramos of the Bacolod City Water District, even if her appointment, representing the professional sector is under question.
He said they will wait until the 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) granted by the court to Ramos expires before they will implement the order of Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) which is to look for her replacement.
THE Bacolod City Council endorsed to the Office of the City Mayor and the City Treasurer’s Office the minutes resolution of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc pertaining to the holding of the plebiscite to ratify the creation of Barangay Paglaum on Jan. 11, 2014.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairperson of the committee on laws, ordinances, and good government, said the resolution requested the City Treasurer’s Office to remit the amount of P3.6 million to the Comelec which will be used for the conduct of the plebiscite.
NEGROS Occidental province has been placed on full alert status by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. on Wednesday as he called for prayers for the province to be spared from Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (international codename: Haiyan) expected to enter the country on Thursday.
Marañon said he has already directed all the mayors to be on alert, and to prepare evacuation centers and relief goods.
TANGUB village chief Noli Villarosa has been chosen the coalition candidate of Magbinuligay Kita sa Kauswagan (MKK) party of Mayor Monico Puentevella and Abang Lingkod party-list for the leadership of Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) in Bacolod City.
Villarosa, a known rice trader, so far enjoys the support of 24 out of the city’s 61 village chiefs in the city. Of the 24, 16 took their oath before Puentevella in rites held Wednesday at the grand lobby of the Bacolod Government Center.
THE Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a criminal and an administrative case against Bacolod Representative Evelio Leonardia and several city officials and employees filed when he was still mayor.
Dismissed last month were cases Omb-V-C-09-0082-C and Omb-V-A-09-0076-C which were filed by Sarah Teresa Esguerra and Othello Ramos, known allies of Mayor Monico Puentevella.
THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) has filed before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bacolod City a petition for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the warrant of distraint issued by the Municipal Treasurer's Office of Murcia to freeze its bank accounts.
Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said they filed the petition Monday before the RTC Branch 44 presided by Judge Franklin Demonteverde.
COUNCILOR Rex Jalandoon of La Carlota City said he will bring up before the City Council the alleged sexual and child abuse cases filed against a teacher of La Carlota City South Elementary School.
Jalandoon confirmed the complaints based on a police blotter report for violation of Republic Act 7610 filed by the parents of eight pupils against Grade 6 teacher Carmelino Labtik.
ENGINEER Isidto Sun, head of the Office of the Building Official of Bacolod City, explained the expansion project of SM City Bacolod for its North Wing already has a valid building permit which the first contractor paid at the graduated rates starting at P23 per square meter.
Thus, the interior structural works to be done by Mainstream Business Inc. is considered as renovation only which he assessed for a building fee of P5 per square meters, he said.
A TOTAL of 147 gun holders in Bacolod City secured Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) during the two-day caravan of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that offered a one-stop-shop for processing of permits at the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) headquarters last week.
NEGROS Occidental Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson urged Negrenses of today to understand that the observance of the special non-working holiday every November 5th is above all, meant to reflect on the sacrifices of the Negrense forefathers who fought for freedom.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by a local court that enabled Marichi Ramos to remain as director of Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) is not a hindrance for him to appoint a replacement who can truly represent the professional sector.
The mayor issued the statement in reaction to the comments of the Ramos camp regarding the appointment of a new director by November 15.