Mayor: Baciwa acting GM's appointment 'fake'

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 02:22 p.m.

MAYOR Monico Puentevalla assailed the move of the three directors of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) in appointing an acting general manager in the person of former bank manager Darwin Destacamento, calling the appointment fake.

Board chairman Lawrence Villanueva and directors Lorendo Dilag and Marichi Ramos passed Resolution 178 to approve the appointment of Destacamento during an emergency meeting held at the Baciwa Board Room on Thursday.

Council urges LWUA to act on GM's suspension

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 02:21 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod passed a resolution on Thursday requesting Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) chief Andres Ibarra to settle the controversy involving the suspension of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) general manager Juliana Carbon.

Authored by Councilors Wilson Gamboa Jr. and Alex Paglomutan, the resolution is consistent with the call of Mayor Monico Puentevella on the LWUA to intervene after three members of the Board of Directors suspended Carbon for 30 days.

Capitol opens hotline for kin of OFWs in Libya

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 02:19 p.m.

THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental is offering free calls for Negrenses who want to contact their relatives working in the war-torn Libya.

Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said those who have problems communicating with their families in Libya or who want updates from the embassy and consular office there may proceed to the Public Affairs Division office at the Capitol.

Ex-guv hits plan to create Agrarian Reform Commission

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 02:18 p.m.

FORMER Negros Occidental governor Rafael Coscolluela revealed Thursday the plan to create an Agrarian Reform Commission that will go after the violators of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp), a move he considers a waste of time and money.

Coscolluela said they expect the proposal to be presented in the 16th Congress.

No. 1 'most wanted' in Station 5 arrested

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 02:16 p.m.

THE number one "most wanted" person in Police Station 5 was arrested in a joint operation conducted by operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office Intelligence Unit and Police Station 5 inside his house at Zone 3, Abada Escay in Barangay Vista Alegre Wednesday evening.

Police identified the suspect as William Bandiola, alias "Boy," 53.

One regional guv for Negros ‘not true’

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 02:26 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. denied Wednesday reports circulating in Negros Oriental that an Ilonggo regional governor will be appointed when the one-island region for Negros provinces pushes through.

LWUA officials sent to probe Baciwa row

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 02:25 p.m.

TWO officials of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) arrived in Bacolod City on Wednesday to gather information on various issues hounding the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa).

Capitol allots P12M for separation pay, benefits

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 02:24 p.m.

THE Province of Negros Occidental has allotted P12.2 million for the separation pay and benefits of 18 employees who will be affected by the ongoing reorganization.

Of the total amount, P9.667 million will go to the separation pay while P2.535 million will go to the terminal leave benefits.

Marañon backs term extension for Aquino

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 02:24 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he is in favor of giving President Benigno Aquino III another term though it is unconstitutional.

"That is unconstitutional unless we amend the Constitution. I am in favor of giving him another term but there is no law that covers it," the governor said.

Lawmaker, other officials cleared on Arao lot purchase

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 02:23 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman has cleared former Bacolod City mayor and now Representative Evelio Leonardia, former vice mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, members of the City Council and some department heads on the purchase of the Arao property, which now serves as the city’s relocation site.

Fire hits grocery store; fastfood crew hurt in LPG blast

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 02:23 p.m.

A FIRE hit a two-storey commercial establishment at North (Burgos) Public Market in Barangay 19, Bacolod City on Wednesday afternoon, causing an estimated damage of P200,000, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.

Police: Foreigner making up rob scenario

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 02:22 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is looking into the possibility that the foreigner who was allegedly robbed in the city was not telling the truth.

Senior Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO, said Wednesday that complainant Shi Chi Tang, 32, a resident of Miao Street 3, Hong Kong, refused to cooperate in the investigation.

Water district manager gets backing from group

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 03:12 p.m.

THE Association of Negros Occidental Water Districts (ANOWD) composed of general managers condemned the acts of three directors of the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) that led to the 30-day preventive suspension of general manager Juliana Carbon “without due process.”

Diaz named City Legal Office chief

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 03:12 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella appointed Rayfrando Diaz II as city legal officer, replacing Sarah Villamor who resigned after her year-long service as chief of the City Legal Office.

Diaz's appointment was announced by the mayor during a press conference on Tuesday.

11 Escalante employees undergo lie detector test

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 03:11 p.m.

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is awaiting the results of the polygraph or lie detector test conducted on 11 employees of Escalante City assigned at the Cashiering Division of the Treasurer's Office relative to the investigation on the P2-million robbery last July 13.

Arnel Pura, special investigator of NBI-Bacolod who is investigating the case, said the 11 employees include six disbursement officers, three watchmen, a janitress, and a janitor.

Victorias typhoon victims get P7.5M in housing materials

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 03:10 p.m.

THE City Government of Victorias distributed housing materials to families affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) using the P7.49-million grant sourced from the Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Based on the Damage Assessment Report, there were 651 destroyed and 5,300 damaged houses in the city.

Foreigner robbed

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 03:09 p.m.

A BUSINESSMAN lost his cash and belongings to two unidentified men who robbed him at 24th-Gatuslao Streets, Barangay 3, Bacolod City, Monday evening.

Police identified the victim as Shi Chi Tang, 32, a resident of Miao Street 3, Hong Kong.

Man gets 10 years for molesting 8-year-old boy

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 03:09 p.m.

A MAN was meted a 10-year imprisonment by a court in Bacolod City for molesting an eight-year-old boy.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43 Judge Philadelfa Pagapong-Agraviador found the accused, Mokey Poblador, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the crime through sexual assault and sentenced him to suffer the indeterminate penalty of six years to a maximum of 10 years in prison.

‘No direct order’ to demolish BGC replica

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.

A TECHNICAL consultant of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) clarified that the agency did not directly order the demolition of the replica of the Bacolod Government Center (BGC) located at the plaza.

The legal opinion of Jose Dalisay III was endorsed by NHCP Executive Director III Ludovico Badoy to Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella in a letter dated August 25.

Puentevella asks LWUA to take over Baciwa

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella asked on Monday the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) headed by Administrator Andres Ibarra to take over the management of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) amid the leadership crisis besetting the water firm.

TWG to release study on 1-island region bid

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 03:20 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson revealed on Monday that a Technical Working Group (TWG) will come up with a feasibility study on the proposed one-island region for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental in two weeks.

House approves Sugarcane Bill

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 03:20 p.m.

THE House of Representatives approved on third and final reading on Monday the Sugarcane Bill authored by Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez.

19 provincial gov’t employees served notice of separation

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 03:19 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan revealed on Monday that 19 Capitol employees were served of notices to retire and separate from service as part of the ongoing reorganization.

Pedestrian hit by deepney dies

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 03:19 p.m.

A PEDESTRIAN died while being treated at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital after he was hit by a public utility jeepney at Rizal-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City Sunday evening.

Carbon, employees holed up in Baciwa

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 02:25 p.m.

SUSPENDED Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) general manager Juliana Carbon and some employees have stayed at the water district’s compound over the weekend to protect its facilities from alleged saboteurs.

They received reports that four vehicles were patroling the vicinity of Baciwa and there was an attempt to enter the main building.

Escudero assures passage of sugarcane bill in 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 02:24 p.m.

SENATOR Francis Escudero has assured industry stakeholders of the passage of the Sugarcane Bill in the Senate within the year.

Escudero made the assurance as the Senate committee on agriculture continues to conduct hearings on the proposed measure.

Ex-village chief killed in Escalante

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 02:22 p.m.

A FORMER village chief of Dian-ay, Escalante City was gunned down by two unidentified men at his home Saturday evening.

Supt. Leo Batiles, chief of Escalante City Police Office, identified the victim as Romeo Romo, 47, of Purok Bagong Lipunan, whose term as village chief ended in 2013.

Kabankalan City opens evacuation center

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 02:21 p.m.

KABANKALAN City opened its P16-million evacuation center, the first in Negros Occidental, during its 17th Charter Day celebration Saturday.

Mayor Isidro Zayco said the Evacuation and Command Center (Evacom) will serve as temporarily shelter for families affected by calamities until they can go back to their homes.

Laborer killed by co-workers

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 02:20 p.m.

A LABORER died after he was shot and stabbed by his two co-workers at Hacienda Dresden, Barangay Inolingan, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental Friday evening.

Police identified the fatality as Ponciano Calsis, 40.

Drug peddler, 2 others fall in buy-bust

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 02:18 p.m.

A SUSPECTED drug peddler and two others were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Purok Sto. Domingo, Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police identified the suspects as Gilberto Agbut, 39, Rico Rebuton, 34, and Nathaniel Mahilum, 44, all residents of Barangay Handumanan.

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