‘Our medicines are not fake’

‘Our medicines are not fake’

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The general manager of the Sincere Drug Store raided recently by the UNILAB with assistance from the National Bureau of Investigation asserts that their medicines are not fake.

Ricky Enriquez said the medicines seized from his bodega came from the Negros Grand Ventures Industries, Inc., sole distributor of UNILAB in Negros.

In a press conference yesterday morning, Enriquez presented documents related to the case.

Enriquez also revealed that he is mulling the filing of charges against UNILAB and those behind the raid including the NBI, lamenting that the raid was traumatic for him and his family especially his children as they were supposed to celebrate the birthday of his eldest child June 19. The raid was conducted June 16.

He said there was no advisory from UNILAB that there are fake medicines circulating in the city, but the firm proceeded to accuse him manufacturing fake drugs without presenting a single equipment or evidence to prove its claim.

Bidding for Capitol prime property failed anew, negotiations underway

Bidding for Capitol prime property

failed anew, negotiations underway

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The bidding participated in by SM and Ayala for the prime property owned by the Negros Occidental provincial government failed anew.


Because of technicalities, according to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. As alternative, he said both parties have agreed for a “negotiation” for the 7-hectare (not six as earlier reported) prime property located at the back of the capitol building.

Under the Commission on Audit (COA) rules on bidding, there should be at least three companies participating in the bid for it to be considered valid.

Marañon, however, stressed that there are other technical reasons why the July 7 bidding failed. He did not elaborate.

Hans Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings, recently personally submitted their unsolicited intent to purchase the Capitol property, offering a P2.5-billion investment package that features a convention center, two hotels and shopping centers.

Program gives squatters chance to own homes

Program gives squatters

chance to own homes


By: Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr.

BACOLOD City – Many informal settlers dream of owning a lot where they can build their home.

The Community Mortgage Program (CMP) of the National Housing Authority (NHA) here has turned that dream to reality, at least to more than a thousand of them.

Implemented several years ago, the CMP is based on the mutual agreement where legal owner of the lot agrees that squatters purchase the piece of land.

Once a deal is reached, the NHA provides the technical assistance to both parties. A funding agency pays the lot owner while squatters form an association and pay NHA their monthly dues that will all go to the funding agency.

The National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. used to finance the project but has now been turned over to the Social Housing Finance Corporation in 2007.

BFAR offers use of research vessel

BFAR offers use

of research vessel


BACOLOD City – Asis G. Perez, newly appointed director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, offered the use of the research vessel MV DA-BFAR of the bureau to Negros Occidental.

The MV DA-BFAR is equipped to determine the characterization of the larval settlements or planktonic population in the water column in the waters of the province.

This research undertaking will feed scientific data to the various programs of the province on sustainable coastal resources management.

Perez met with Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. to discuss the urgency of reducing, if not totally eliminating, destructive fishing practices in the country, going after one target area at a time.

On the third day of assumption of office in June, Perez personally led an enforcement operation against coral smugglers in Zamboanga resulting in the seizure and recovery of 13,000 pieces of black sea corals weighing around a total of 40 tons.

Proper compensation for brgy officials pushed

Proper compensation for brgy officials pushed By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Rep. Anthony Golez (Lone District of Bacolod City) is seeking to properly compensate both elected and appointed barangay officials including the tanods. In House Bill 4784 he filed recently, Golez also seeks the enrollment of village officials in the Government Service Insurance System […]

Ferrer says inquiry on premix importation will push through

Ferrer says inquiry on premix importation will push through   By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District, Neg. Occ.) said that the congressional inquiry on the importation of premix sugar will push through amid reports that Coca Cola has stopped importing the sugar substitute. “We have questions regarding importation,” Ferrer said […]

Illegal drug raps against contractor now in RTC

Illegal drug raps against

contractor now in RTC

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – “A vindication.”

S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz, police chief here, said that the filing of the drug charges against suspected drug lord Angelo Bongco by the City Prosecutor’s Office to the Regional Trial Court here is a vindication on their part.

Dela Paz confirmed that the prosecutor’s office has filed three charges against Bongco in court Friday.

Earlier, policemen who testified against Bongco were accused of framing up the suspected drug lord.

Bongco’s relatives said his arrest was a set up, and that the seized 717 ecstasy tablets were planted.

Dela Paz said two of three cases against Bongo are not bailable, explaining that the illegal drugs found in Bongco’s possession amounted to 30 grams.

Aside from the drug charges, Bongco also faces a case for illegal possession of ammunitions that commands a bail of P80,000, Dela Paz said.

Sugar Watch to continue boycott drive vs Coca Cola

Sugar Watch to continue

boycott drive vs Coca Cola

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Sugar Watch will continue with their boycott against Coke despite the pronouncement of some sugar industry leaders that Coke has stopped importing premix sugar.

Wennie Sancho, a convenor of Sugar Watch, pointed out that they are not bound to honor whatever agreement Coke and the Sugar Producers Alliance in Manila will strike.

“We were not part of it so we do not have any commitment as far as their agreement is concerned,” Sancho said.

Sugar Watch spearheaded the call to boycott Coke products for allegedly importing premix sugar which is detrimental to the sugar industry.

Sancho said Sugar Watch will issue their official stand on the matter in a press conference at the Negros Press Club today.

P3M ruined in NPA raid

P3M ruined in NPA raid


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon yesterday ordered the beefing up of security at the different mining firms in southern Negros after suspected New People’s Army rebels raided the Philex Mining Corporation and inflicted damage to properties estimated at P3 million.

Marañon said he talked to Col. Francisco Patrimonio, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade of the Army, and discussed the security concerns of the mining firms

Earlier, S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director, claimed that there was security lapse on the part of the company which the NPA rebels took advantage of.

Marañon said the raid on Philex mines will adversely affect the tourism industry in the area and the province’s economy in general.

‘They were paid to kill my brother’

‘They were paid to kill my brother’


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The sister of the inmate who was stabbed dead by two fellow inmates claimed that the suspects were paid to kill her brother.

Marybeth Montales, who was at the governor’s office July 8, 2011 to seek the help of Governor Alfredo Marañon, lamented that the provincial jail warden did not do anything to secure her brother despite being informed of the threats on his life.

This, as Valladolid mayor Rommel Yogore also filed a letter complaint to the Office of the Governor seeking the suspension of Provincial Jail Warden Dionisio Silva and jail guard Nelson Mabus for negligence.

Irish Enrile, 28, who was facing homicide charges, was allegedly stabbed to death inside the provincial jail by suspects Mario Aburido and Rolando Ramos.

The sister said both suspects were hired by a certain Arlie Bacia, who was stabbed by Enrile.

Bacia is a close relative of Mabus, according to Montales.

Wanted person arrested

Wanted person arrested   CADIZ City – The joint operation by operatives of Station 2, BCPO and Cadiz City PNP led by S/Insp. Lester Leada, Insp. Gil John Despi and PO2 Jorge Napilan resulted to the arrest of a robbery with homicide suspect at about 8pm Wednesday. Ernesto Layon Esclares alias “Langlang”, 42, single, beautician, […]