THE planned unification of the United Negros Alliance and Love Negros is uncertain following reports that Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will have Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer as his running mate instead of Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.
THE request of former Bacolod City Water District board chairman Lawrence Villanueva from the court to issue a subpoena to Baciwa officers and employees relative to his complaint against Mayor Monico Puentevella has been opposed by the City Legal Office.
The case was heard by Judge Fernando Elumba of Regional Trial Court Branch 42 Tuesday.
NEGROS Occidental Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Wednesday that the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ cooperatives, that are composed of small sugarcane planters, should be assisted with their problems on the one percent withholding tax on raw sugar, including molasses.
“The small planters are having problems on documentation because they used to be laborers and became landowners. So they are not used to the process while in transition, so we should help them," the vice governor said.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Wednesday that the implementation of the no parking rule at Rizal Street will start on March 16.
"Vehicles are not allowed to park in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.," he said.
THE Ayala Land Inc. will ground break today its Capitol Centre Project located at the Capitol property and the adjacent Coscolluela property in Bacolod City.
The P6 billion project will have a shopping mall, hotel, and residential condominium.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Wednesday that the city’s sidewalks at the downtown area will be rehabilitated for the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) Meeting on Credit Bureau and Finance on April 29 to 30.
The mayor, who visited the sidewalk vendors at the Central Market on Wednesday, suggested to make the canvas stall covers uniform in color for it to look more organized and attractive.
THE Bacolod City Council has passed an ordinance authorizing the city mayor to exercise the power of eminent domain or pursue expropriation proceedings over Lot No. 204-A in Barangay 10 for the public purpose and use of widening the Burgos Street along San Juan-Reclamation Area junction.
The ordinance, authored by Councilor Ana Marie Palermo, was approved by the City Council on first, second, and third reading Tuesday.
A JUNKSHOP caretaker was killed by two unidentified men who tried to rob him inside a shop at Purok Namin-Nami 1, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City Wednesday morning.
Police identified the fatality as Nino Laurilla, 38, of Ambusao, Capiz.
A SUSPECTED illegal firearms dealer was arrested in a joint operation conducted by personnel of Cadiz City Police Station and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo)-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at Villena Street, Barangay Zone 2, Cadiz City Tuesday afternoon.
Police identified the suspect as Rommel Palma, 43, of Barangay Mabini, Cadiz City.
THE City Council has passed a resolution requesting the City Legal Offic-Ordinance Enforcement Unit to strictly enforce the regulation of noise levels of public sound systems used during fiestas and other community celebrations.
This is in pursuant to City Ordinance No. 356, Series of 2004 or “An Ordinance Regulating Noise Pollution in the City of Bacolod” which became a law in the City of Bacolod as of February 13, 2004 and took effect upon compliance of Art. 114 of the IRR of R.A. 7160.
BACOLOD City Police Office chief Pedrito Escarilla is stepping down from his post as he retires from the Philippine National Police (PNP) service on March 11.
Escarilla, who stayed as BCPO officer-in-charge for almost nine months, said he he’s been satisfied with what he has done for Bacolod, citing the arrests of several drug pushers and robbery suspects in different areas in the city.
BACOLOD City Legal Office (CLO) chief Rayfrando Diaz II said on Tuesday that they are preparing for the filing of the ejectment case against the AVM Bernardo Engineering, the private operator of the city-owned slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan.
“We are ready, but there are certain documents that we need to reproduce so that it can be attached as annexes to our complaint,” Diaz said.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Tuesday that he plans to meet with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner Kim Henares on Thursday to discuss the tax woes of the small sugar planters in Negros Occidental in relation to the implementation of Revenue Regulation 11-2014.
RR 11-2014 imposes one percent creditable withholding tax on the release of raw sugar.
DEFEND Patrimony-Negros reiterated on Tuesday their call to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 and rescind all permits granted to mining companies.
“The scrapping of the Mining Act of 1995 (Republic Act 7942) is an immediate and urgent call of the people. There is no compromise on that call,” said Defend Patrimony-Negros chair Rev. Bob Menguito in a press statement.
GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Negros Occidental is planning to join the Unlad Pamahalaan money market program of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
Marañon said the DBP's offer is advantageous to the province.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said the city is doing well economically with the entry of more investments recently.
Puentevella cited the SM City Bacolod Annex that houses the SMX Convention Center and new businesses such as the recently opened Korean coffee shop Tom n' Toms at Lacson Street.
NEGROC Occidental's health officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang has advised the public to stay cool this summer and has warned the Negrenses against sore eyes that is expected to proliferate with the onset of the summer season.
"Always practice hand washing to prevent the spread of sore eyes," he said.
THE 10th most wanted person in Bacolod City was arrested by personnel of Police Station 8 (PS8) at Bangga Cegasco, Barangay Pahanocoy Monday afternoon.
Police identified the suspect as Lazaro Cordero, 45, a fish vendor, and resident of Purok Sto. Nino, Barangay Sum-ag.
A CIVILIAN guard and his unidentified companion robbed a bakeshop at Purok San Antonio, Phase 6B, Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Monday.
Police identified the suspect as Christopher Balosa, 28, a civilian guard, of Arbee’s Bakeshop and resident of Purok Kawayanan, Barangay Handumanan.
ENERGREEEN Power Development and Management Inc. through its project company Central Negros Power Reliability Inc. has been given by the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) until May this year to deliver the contracted power of 18 megawatts.
This was confirmed yesterday by Energreen counsel Ernesto Tabao, who said the extension granted by the Board of Ceneco will enable Energreen to deliver power on a staggered basis from March until May 2015.
THE much talked about unification between the United Negros Alliance (UNA) and the Love Negros team will be complicated, said former Governor Rafael Coscolluella.
Coscolluella said on Monday that “it is easy to talk about the merger in the higher level but when it goes down to the lower level, it becomes complicated.”
THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has recorded 42 fire incidents in Bacolod City from January 1 to February 28 this year, including the blaze that hit a three-storey commercial building in the downtown area.
For the period January 1 to February 26 last year, there were 57 fire incidents in the city.
NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., along with small sugarcane planters and the Philippine Sugar Alliance (PSA), is asking the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to suspend the implementation of the one percent withholding tax on raw sugar, including molasses, until the next milling season.
“The BIR has to resolve the issue. I believe the BIR will lose in the issue that's why the sugar planters should bring the matter to the court," Marañon said Monday.
THE Roxol Bioenergy Corp., the bio-ethanol subsidiary firm of the Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI), is appealing to lift the cease and desist order (CDO) issued against them by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for violation of the Clean Water Act.
“Roxol immediately appealed for the lifting of the CDO with the Pollution Adjudication Board and complied with all the required documentation of the DENR,” said Florencio Mamauag Jr., Roxas Holdings Inc.'s vice president of legal and administration.
A NATIONAL coalition of non-government organizations will create a criteria form from which Filipino voters can select possible candidates for next year's polls, former Negros Occidental Governor Rafael Coscolluela said Monday.
Coscolluela, consultant of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., said the Movement for Good Governance (MGG) chaired by Economics professor and TV host Solita Monsod is in the process of formulating the criteria.
THE Bacolod City Dog Pound in Barangay 35 has been ransacked by unidentified persons.
Rex Juplo, of the City Veterinary Office, said the drawers were all locked, but they were able to open it. A drawer contained the pay slips of an employee who is due to retire, and these were burned.
TWO men were arrested on Monday by personnel of the Police Station 2 for illegal possession of firearm.
Police identified the suspects as Severino Pinonsalan, 18, Purok Riverside, Barangay Montevista; and his friend Jomar Garperio, 24, of Purok Maligbasa, Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia, Negros Occidental.
SIX people were arrested in a drug raid conducted by personnel of the La Carlota City Police Station at Virtu Street, Barangay 2 around 6:30 a.m. of Sunday.
Police identified the suspects as Emily Gan, 24; Jessie Roldan, 22, both residents of La Carlota City; Joan Jetes, 24, of Barangay Batuan, San Enrique; Mary Grace Rosalejos, 25, of Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City; Mary Ann Vilardi, 22, Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City; and Rose Romiero, 21, of Barangay Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental.
A MOTORCYCLE driver was killed while his companion was injured in a road accident at Barangay Manghanoy, La Castellana, Negros Occidental at 11:30 a.m. of Sunday.
Police identified the victims as Marthy Araguin, 19, and JR Panagsagan, 18.
THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) Board of Directors passed a resolution extending the delivery date of contracted power supply of Energreen Power Development and Management Inc.
Energreen is constructing an 18.9-megawatt diesel-fired power plant in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City through its project company Central Negros Power Reliability Inc.