NODJ warden welcomes investigation

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental District Jail warden Felixberto Jagurin said he is open to any investigation as far as the management of the NODJ is concerned.

This, after Provincial Legal Officer, Atty. Jose Maria Valencia, also the chief of staff of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, ordered to investigate the management of NODJ for incurring huge electric bills.

Valencia also hinted that capitol may ask for the relief of Jagurin.

“I am open to any investigation,” Jagurin told The Daily Guardian here, explaining that the electric bills covering at least three months amounting to P300,000 is not surprising considering the lightings at the NODJ.

NPA burns sugarcane field, truck in Himamaylan City

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A sugarcane field and truck owned by a barangay captain in Himamaylan City was allegedly burned by about seven armed New People’s Army yesterday morning.

Col. Francisco Patrimonio, commanding officer of the 302nd Brigade of the Philippine Army, which has jurisdiction over the area, said the 11th Infantry Battalion was conducting pursuit operations against the culprits.

Initial spot report from the 11th IB said that at about 6am, a ten-wheeler truck owned by Barangay Captain Titular was flagged down by more or less seven rebels, three of them in camouflaged uniforms and armed with high powered firearms, at the sugar farm of Titular at sitio Poblador, Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City.

PNoy okays P100M for Fabrica bridge

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon said that President Benigno Aquino III has granted his request for P100 million to fund the construction of the alternate Fabrica Bridge in Sagay City.

Marañon said he thanked the President for granting his request when he welcomed him at the Bacolod Silay airport Thursday.

Aquino made an unscheduled trip here late Thursday afternoon to visit the wake of Senator Cerge Osmeña’s mother at the Redemptorist Church here.

DSB dad faces suspension

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Charges of illegal possession of firearms was filed yesterday against Don Salvador Benedicto councilor Vicente “Oti” Bacordo and seven other suspects who figured in a shootout late Wednesday afternoon in Barangay Rizal, San Carlos City.

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he will suspend Bacordo once the charges are filed against him.

Supt. Harold Tuzon, San Carlos City police chief, said also charged with the same offense are four members of Bacordo’s group – Roberto Villena Esconde Jr.,  Jopil Berbo, Danilo Abedensya  and Renato Lacson – and three members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army.

BPO firm eyes Bacolod

BACOLOD City – This city is among four cities being evaluated by Genpact Services LLC Philippine Branch for their expansion outside of Metro Manila sometime next year.

Marie Ampeloquio, vice president for human resource and hiring, and Michelle Quimson, assistant vice president for infrastructure and logistics of Genpact Philippines, paid a courtesy call to Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. last Wednesday.

Marañon invited Genpact to consider the Negros First Cybercentre as their location.

Top rebel leader arraigned in Dec

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Arrested New People’s Army top leader in Negros, Romeo Nanta will be arraigned for the charge of robbery in band, the first of the multiple charges filed against him, during the first week of December.

According to Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Brigade commander, Nanta, 54 was transferred to the Escalante Jail recently considering that the case of robbery in band happened in Escalante City.

Lactao said it will be the first in a series of arraignments for Nanta as he is facing other charges aside from robbery in band.

DSB councilor, 7 others nabbed for illegal guns

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A municipal councilor of Don Salvador Benedicto town and seven others including three alleged members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army were arrested for illegal possession of firearms.

S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director here, said that municipal councilor Oti Bacordo was arrested after he reportedly went to the San Carlos City jail to see some of his men who were arrested for their involvement in a shooting incident with alleged members of the RPA in Rizal St., San Carlos City Wednesday afternoon.

Guisihan said that Bacordo armed with an Ingram was with two companions who were armed with .45 caliber pistols.

Distrito wants SP secretary suspended

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Councilor Caesar Distrito is seeking the suspension of Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary Nilo Alejandrino pending the investigation of the administrative case he filed with the Office of the Vice Mayor.

Distrito also reiterated his opposition to the motion of reconsideration filed by the latter for the inhibition of Vice Mayor Thaddeus Sayson in conducting the probe.

Distrito in his motion submitted to the Office of the Vice Mayor cited the need to preventively suspend the respondent claiming that the continued stay of Alejandrino in office might prejudice and defeat an impartial investigation.

City’s revised revenue code approved on 2nd reading

BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod here passed on Second Reading the Revised Revenue Code of Bacolod City during its Special Session November 10, 2011.

The Proposed Revenue Code was sponsored by Councilor Al Victor A. Espino, chairman of the committees on Appropriations and Finance and on Ways and Means.

Espino said that prior to the approval of the ordinance, the requests and suggestions given by the stakeholders, particularly SM City Bacolod, were incorporated in the ordinance and also the requests of tax exemptions were evaluated and included, as well as the tax on idle lands which was removed based on the request of CREBA and adopted the municipal rate in the imposition of the real property taxes that is based on the Local Government Code.

Leonardia forging friendship pact with Carson

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Carson City mayor Jim Dear have mutually promised to work with their respective councils towards forging a friendship pact between the two cities.

Leonardia and Dear made the vow when they met in Carson City for a historic event—the groundbreaking ceremony for Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal statue at the International Sculpture Garden of Carson recently.

Leonardia is in the US to be with Team Pacquiao in connection with the scheduled boxing bout of Congressman Manny Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez.

3rd District job fair Nov 19


BACOLOD City – The Office of Congressman Alfredo Benitez of the Third District of Negros Occidental in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment, PESO-Victorias City and PESO-Silay City will hold a Job Fair on November 19, 2011 at the Victorias Cultural Center, and on November 20, 2011 at the Silay Public Plaza Covered Court.

Benitez launched the Job Fair  project this month to provide work opportunities for residents of  Murcia, Talisay, Silay, E B Magalona and Victorias, and also neighboring communities.

The Congressional District Office confirmed that close to 20 local and national companies have already confirmed their participation. Among those joining are Convergys, PanAsiatic, Teletech, Transcom, Robinsons, SM Supermall, SM Surplus, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Greenwich, SM Blazing Star Recruitment and MMML Recruitment Services, Inc.

Alejandrino cries ‘bias’ in motion for reconsideration

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary Nilo Alejandrino  filed an omnibus motion with the Office of the Vice Mayor asking that its order dated Nov. 2, 2011 relative to the  administrative case filed against him by Councilor Caesar Distrito be reconsidered, reversed and set aside.

But Distrito stated he will file an opposition to the said motion.

Alejandrino in his motion also asked Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson that instead an order be issued inhibiting himself from further trying the case at the same time transfer the venue of the hearing with the Civil Service Commission, which he said  exercises concurrent jurisdiction over the case.