Barangay head accused of grave abuse of authority

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A CARP beneficiary and her son are accusing a barangay chairman in Hinoba-an town for grave abuse of authority for allegedly threatening them to vacate the lot they have been tilling and occupying since 1997.

Herminia Colasisang and her son Bermie together with their lawyer, Atty. Nilo Sorbito in a press conference yesterday said they have also filed a case for violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices law against Edtih Tacdoro, barangay captain of Talagacay.

In her affidavit, Herminia claimed that last May 7, 2012 at around 5pm, Tacdoro harassed and told them to vacate their house saying that “should we refuse, she will be the one to order our eviction and the dismantling of our house and to uproot our plants.”

Calatrava nurse tops Army training

BACOLOD City – A registered nurse from Calatrava, Negros Occidental emerged number one among 96 army trainees who underwent the Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) Class 291-2011 in Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz.

Marc Henri Fermin from Barangay Look, Calatrava in northern Negros opted to join the Philippine Army and with other PA trainees cross-trained with Jungle Welfare Mountain Operation Course (JWMOC).

He graduated with a general average of 90.26% in all evaluated subjects both academic and non-academic in the training conducted from December 2, 2012 to May 16, 2012.

Fermin received the Commander 3rd Infantry Division Award.

Major General Jose Mabanta Jr, 3ID Commander, congratulated the people who spent for the training of the new breed of soldiers.

Court hearing of SM case vs. capitol reset

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The hearing scheduled yesterday morning on the petition for the nullification filed by SM Prime Holdings, Inc. against the contract for the sale and purchase of the 7.7-hectare property of the provincial government to Ayala Land, Inc. was reset.

Judge Estefanio Libutan, Branch 50 of the Regional Trial Court, scheduled the hearing on June 29 after the legal counsel for the provincial government, Atty. Mary Ann Lamis filed a motion to reset the hearing.

A doctor’s certification was submitted before the court that she had gastroenteritis.

Atty. Vince Patrick Bayhon, counsel for SMPHI, said they were supposed to cross examine the witness.

2 jai alai collectors nabbed

By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – The Games and Amusement Board (GAB) continues with its drive against the proliferation of jai alai in the province and this city. Jai alai proliferation using the ‘tipstir target’ was again proven after GAB along with the police personnel of Police Station 2 caught in the act two target […]

NBI warns public vs confidential agents

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Bacolod head Ferdinand Lavin warns the public against dealing with persons claiming to be confidential agents of his office in the province.

Lavin made the warning as he confirmed that since January, 2012, the Department of Justice cancelled all authorizations and certification for confidential agents all over the country. He said Justice Secretary Leila De Lima has issued a statement that such authority to hire confidential agents would be given to the director of the NBI.

The President has not appointed yet a full-fledged NBI director after the term of former director Magtanggol Gatdula.

Relief of Dela Paz, Rapiz untrue

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The reports on relief of Bacolod City Police Office chief, S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz and his deputy, Supt. Santiago Rapiz are untrue.

According to S/Supt. Manuel Felix, deputy regional director for operations, they have not come across such information.

The reported relief of Dela Paz and Rapiz was triggered by a text message that circulated in the local media here Thursday night.

The text message stated that “reports circulating that effective 30 May 2012, the following PNP personnel will be relieved from their posts and will be subjected to reassignment due to rampant illegal gambling that was not addressed”.

Aussie kills man in road mishap

  By: Francis Allan L. Angelo AN AUSTRALIAN national is facing criminal charges after he killed the father of a police officer in a road accident in Molo, Iloilo City Thursday evening. Erwin Massa, a native of Australia but married to a Filipina, was on his way to the downtown area from Arevalo onboard a […]

Completion of P121-M Jaro assured

By: Tara Yap

DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) assured that the road leading to the venue of the 1st Philippine International River Summit will be completed.

“It will be ready by then,” said Engr. Leo Bionat, project engineer of the P121-million widening project of the Jaro-Zarraga road.

Bionat said DPWH-6 is closely monitoring project contractor F. Gurrea Construction to expedite the road work leading to Eon Centennial Resort in Alta Tierra Village, where the summit will be held on May 30 until June 1.

The priority work has started at Montinola Bridge in Tabuc Suba and all the way to the entrance of Alta Tierra Village.

City wetlands, bird sanctuary ready for visitors

By: Lydia C. Pendon

VISITORS and guests to the first Philippine International River Summit here slated on May 30 to June 1, 2012 will be treated to a spectacular site at the more than 20 hectares of wetlands and bird sanctuary in the boundaries of barangays Hinactacan and Banuyao in La Paz district.

City environment and natural resources officer Noel Hechanova reported recently to city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog the almost completed viewing deck for Summit participants to see several species of migratory birds and mangroves growing naturally in the wetlands.

Hechanova disclosed that the Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) and sister company Panay Power Corporation (PPC) are in public private partnership (PPP) with the city government in developing the area as the city’s last remaining wetland and home of migratory birds.

MO2 told to install waste water treatment facility

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

A POPULAR night spot at Smallville complex in Mandurriao, Iloilo is becoming a headache for the Iloilo City government.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he has ordered the City Legal Office and the Business and Licensing Division to require MO2 Bar and Restaurant to install waste water treatment facility.

Mabilog said notices will be sent to the restaurant’s management to comply with the prerequisite.

“The waste water treatment system is now a requirement for the issuance of business permits. If the bar does not comply, we will cancel their permit and shut it down,” he added.