Alvarez confirms Negros NPC mayors meeting with Danding


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Vice Governor Genaro “Lim-ao” Alvarez yesterday confirmed the meeting of mayors under the Nationalist People’s Coalition with the party’s chairman, former ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco in Manila Friday.

Again the meeting took place without the presence of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. who is the NPC provincial chairman.

According to Alvarez, 12 mayors including his son, Ilog mayor John Paul Alvarez, attended the meeting. But he declined to identify the other mayors.

Distrito says Ombud dismissal of case vs SP secretary expected

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Councilor Ceasar Distrito said the dismissal of the case he filed against the late SP Secretary Nilo Alejandrino with the Ombudsman is expected.

“It was expected already and it was not decided on the merits as I was in fact the one who moved for its dismissal,” Distrito said in an email sent to local media here.

He added, “I did not file a case before the Ombudsman but they just wrongfully took cognizance of the administrative case, as I only filed a criminal case before them.”

Marañon giving up on Capitol-ALI deal


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is apparently fed up waiting for the decision of the Commission on Audit on the Capitol-Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) deal covering the 7.7-hectare prime property of the provincial government.

“Tak-an na ko (I’m fed up),” Marañon said when asked by reporters on the status of the Capitol-ALI deal.

“Why don’t you ask COA yourselves,” Marañon further told reporters in an interview at his office yesterday morning.

It’s unclear and there seems to be many problems, he said.

Saratan, scholars join coastal cleanup


BACOLOD City – In connection with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, Mayor Doc Eric M. Saratan joined hands with the city’s scholars in a coastal cleanup activity August 4, 2012.

The activity was originally set July 28, 2012 but was rescheduled due to bad weather condition.

Thousands join prayer rally for Ilog mayor

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Thousands of residents in Ilog town joined the mass and prayer rally for Mayor John Paul Alvarez at the Ilog plaza at around 8am yesterday.

According to SB Ron Cabral, president of the Association of Barangay Captains, the people in their locality do not believe that their mayor has anything to do with the assassination of Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles.

This developed as the daughter of the slain judge, Atty. Ria Arles texted media reporters here about the effort of the Alvarezes in disseminating propaganda against their family through the media.

‘Barriga protest not handled properly’


SPORTS analysts Ronnie Nathanielsz believes AIBA, the governing body of amateur boxing, acted questionably when it junked the protest made by the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) in behalf of Filipino boxer Mark Anthony Barriga.

“First, let us establish the fact. It was a close fight and it could have gone either way,” he said in an interview with TJ Manotoc on ANC’s Headstart.

“But the timing of the deduction, the infraction called against Barriga, was very, very suspect. On top of that, there were hardly any warnings given to Barriga,” he added.

Lin dodges China, Taiwan question

TAIPEI – Jeremy Lin on Sunday sidestepped questions about whether he considered himself Taiwanese or Chinese, as the issue of the basketball star’s true ancestral homeland came into focus on a visit to Taipei.
A war of words has raged between Taiwan and China with both keen to lay claim to the US-born sensation. The Houston Rockets player’s parents are from the island but his maternal grandmother is from mainland China.

Huey, with partner Inglot, claims Citi Open title

PHILIPPINE Davis Cup mainstay Treat Huey teamed up with partner Dominic Inglot to claim the Citi Open Doubles title, the duo’s first ATP championship, Sunday (Monday, PHL time), defeating Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-7, 10-5.

It was a case of David versus Goliath, as the 5’10” Huey and the 6’4″ Inglot gave up considerable height to their opponents, the 6’8″ Anderson and the ‘6’6″ Querrey, but the duo, which reached the third round of the French Open back in June, managed to come away victorious, winning $74,620.

Anti-RH rallyists prove themselves wrong

SOME 3,000 die-hard Catholics, so the radio broadcast said after a live coverage last Saturday afternoon, had converged at the EDSA Shrine to denounce the Reproductive Health bill for a number of reasons. One of the reasons was because the bill advocates population control in violation of God’s command: “Go ye and multiply.”

Propaganda war

By: Modesto Sa-onoy

THE CASE involving the alleged gunmen and accomplices in the murder of RTC Judge Henry Arles has deteriorated into a propaganda war and in the process the avalanche of contradicting information has muddled the issues with serious implications in politics in the province.