Arrested NPA commander transferred to Bacolod BJMP

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Romeo Nanta, the top-ranking commander of the New People’s Army in Negros island arrested recently by elements of the Cadiz PNP and 303rd Brigade, was transferred from his detention cell in Escalante City to the Bacolod BJMP here for security reasons.

Col. Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade, said that Nanta was transferred to the Bacolod BJMP last Thursday where security is more assured.

Aside from the security aspect, Lactao said that Nanta was transferred to provide easy access to court hearings as he is also facing other charges in Himamaylan City – four charges ranging from robbery in band, attempted murder, murder and arson.

Benitez sees approval of Sugar Act before 2015

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Rep. Alfredo Benitez, (3rd District, Neg, Occ.) said that he would work for the approval of the Sugar Act before 2015 when the zero tariff on imported sugar is effected as he urges stakeholders to submit their position papers to him so that the bill can be passed in the Lower House when session resumes this month.

Benitez was in Victorias City Saturday and in Silay City Sunday for the series of Jobs Fairs to address unemployment woes.

He has distributed the draft of the bill to various stakeholders to get their comment and suggestion so that the consultation process can be fast-tracked.

Querol orders all out war vs illegal numbers games again

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Police regional director, C/Supt. Cipriano Querol has ordered anew all police forces in the region to wage an all out war against all forms of illegal numbers game.

S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz, police chief here, told The Daily Guardian yesterday that Querol will not hesitate to relief any station commander found remiss in the campaign against illegal gambling.

Dela Paz said Querol issued the directive amid insinuations from some quarters that the PNP regional director is being selective in running after operators of jai alai here.

Capitol’s revenue clerk axed for malversation

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas dismissed a revenue collection clerk at the Negros Occidental Provincial Treasurer’s Office for serious dishonesty for malversation of public funds.

The Ombudsman decision said there is substantial evidence to hold Eden Rosario Dasas, revenue collection clerk I, “administratively guilty for serious dishonesty.”

The Ombudsman ordered Dasas dismissed from service with forfeiture of benefits and perpetual disqualification to hold public office.

Sayson: We will act on garbage woes

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Acting Bacolod City Mayor Thaddeus Sayson said the City Government is acting on its garbage problems even as he asks the public to give them more time to cope with the backlog.

Sayson said garbage collection in the city is back to normal after the city government borrowed a 10-wheeler truck from the family of Councilor Bobby Rojas to pick up the trash.

The City government has 37 dump trucks but 27 to 30 units are working.

SP to tackle P1.8B budget next week

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan will tackle next week the proposed P1.8 billion budget for 2012.

The proposed appropriating is P70.2 million more than this year’s budget of the province.

Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado said the budget will be up for review and approval by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The bulk of the proposed budget or P1,692,654,028 will be sourced from the province’s Internal Revenue Allotment share, P16 million from back IRA and the rest from local income.

Firm to come up with reorg recommendation this month

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Provincial Admnistrator Enrique Pinongan said Friday that the provincial government is awaiting the recommendation of the consultancy firm hired to conduct a feasibility study on the planned reorganization at the Capitol.

Pinongan said CPRM consultancy firm is expected to submit its recommendation within this month.

The Capitol will have to pass supplemental budgets if the recommendations of the firm are not included in the 2012 budget which is scheduled to be approved in the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan next week.

BCPO puts up checkpoints anew as another taxi driver held up

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz, police chief here, said the Bacolod City Police Office will put up checkpoints again after another taxi driver was held up Wednesday night here.

Dela Paz said this is the 9th hold-up incident since January victimizing taxi drivers.

At least two taxi drivers were killed by their assailants.

Dela Paz believes the hold-uppers are individually acting on their own, dismissing the possibility that a syndicate is behind the series of robberies.

Valencia says plaint vs provincial agriculturist being taken seriously

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Provincial legal officer, Atty. Jose Maria Valencia yesterday said that the complaint against provincial agriculturist Igmedia Tabianan is being taken seriously despite the fact that the accuser remains anonymous.

“We are looking at it seriously,” Valencia said.

He, however, added that they could not ask Tabianan yet to answer the charges because he can invoke his right against self-incrimination.

But he pointed out that he cannot brush it aside because the complainant seems to be persistent having sent three letters to his office already.

6th Negros Island Organic Festival slated in December

BACOLOD City – The 6th Negros Island Organic Farmers’ Festival is slated December 16 to 20, 2011 at the Provincial Capitol with new activities and more than 100 exhibitors from various organic groups in the Negros Island and around the country.

The five-day activity will feature various events such as the Organic Cookfest, a cooking demonstration of special organic menus by celebrity chefs, well-known restaurateurs and participants from selected culinary schools; and talks on the latest updates in organic agriculture, songwriting contest, quiz bees, and a concert.

It will also feature exhibits of organic, healthy, local and vegetarian food, and eco- friendly products and technology; talks by nationally and internationally known experts on organic food production and business and related topics; and agri-tourism health and wellness fair.

Comelec dismisses residency case vs former Moises Padilla councilor

BACOLOD City – The Commission on Elections en banc-Manila dismissed the case questioning the residency of a former councilor of Moises Padilla town, Negros Occidental.

In a decision penned by Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes, the charges against former councilor Maria Dolores Yasa for falsification of public documents, perjury and gross dishonesty were dismissed for lack of merit.

The complaint was filed by a certain Ronilo Gasanggan who alleged that on March 29, 2007, Yasa made false entries in her certificate of candidacy filed under oath before the Comelec.

Task Force against sugar smuggling eyed

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Rep. Jack Enrile (1st District, Cagayan Province) said the creation of a task force against sugar smuggling  under the Department of Agriculture  will provide additional protection to the industry.

This is one innovation, he said, will be included in his proposed House Bill 4626 dubbed “An act providing for a system of determining the minimum food requirements of Filipinos, reorganizing the National Food  Authority, establishing the national strategic food supply and reserve corporation and for other purposes.”

Enrile was here yesterday as part of his consultation sortie with various stakeholders and sugar industry leaders.