Bacolod diocese removes ‘Team Patay’ tarp

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 03:04 p.m.

THE Diocese of Bacolod removed on Monday the controversial “Team Patay, Team Buhay” tarpaulin on the facade of the San Sebastian Cathedral, two years after it was mounted and became controversial.

Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of San Sebastian Cathedral, said the tarpaulin was removed around 2:30 p.m. and was brought to the San Sebastian Pastoral Complex.

Ramos brings appeal on Garcia case to CA

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 02:57 p.m.

MARICHI Ramos, former director of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa), appealed her case against Architect Ramiro Garcia with the Court of Appeals (CA), and will file a contempt case against Garcia if he decides to sit in the board of the water district.

This was announced by Ramos’s lawyer Roger Reyes, who joined her in a press conference held Monday.

Isabela declared ‘peaceful, ready’

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 02:56 p.m.

RESIDENTS of 30 barangays of Isabela town declared their locality on Monday “peaceful and ready for the infusion of new developments and investments.”

Mayor Enrique Montilla III spearheaded the signing of the Municipal Council Resolution No. 2015-18 which covers such declaration of their town.

SP gives Marañon authority to clear Capitol properties leased by Ayala

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 02:54 p.m.

THE Provincial Board or Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has authorized Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to clear all liens and encumbrances annotated on the land titles owned by the provincial government of Negros Occidental.

These include the properties being leased by the Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) where it would construct an 8-storey hotel and a 4-storey commercial building.

700-MW solar plant eyed in 1st District

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 02:53 p.m.

ANOTHER solar power plant is being proposed to be constructed in the 1st District of Negros Occidental.

A German company is looking for a 1,000-hectare land in the 1st district to be developed into a solar farm that will generate a total of 700 megawatts (MW) of energy.

Bizman decries slow justice

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 02:52 p.m.

A BACOLOD businessman who filed a lawsuit against employees of a commercial bank has decried the alleged "inaction" of the city prosecutor handling his case.

Joemarie Sy said that he "cannot understand why the prosecutor who is reviewing my case has not yet acted on it."

Capitol aids fire victims

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 02:43 p.m.

THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has extended relief assistance to the fire victims in Caballero Subdivision, Barangay 2, San Carlos City whose houses were either destroyed or damaged by fire on March 7.

Provincial Social Welfare Officer Liane Garcia said that food and other items were extended to the victims, who had sought temporary shelter at Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School or in their relatives’ houses.

62 families lose houses to fire

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 01:48 p.m.

SIXTY-TWO families in Caballero Subdivision, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental lost their homes to an early morning fire on Saturday.

Visayan bloc opposes 1 percent tax on sugar

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 01:46 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez said the Visayan Bloc at the House of Representatives is opposing the Revenue Regulation 11-2014 that imposes one percent withholding tax on raw sugar, including molasses.

Rep. Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod party-listduring the Visayan Bloc meeting last March 3 said majority of the members said they are against the RR 11-2014, and they will take it up in the House.

New taxi flag-down rate takes effect today

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 01:44 p.m.

DESPITE the opposition of taxi drivers and operators, the rollback in flag-down rate for taxicabs from P40 to P30 starts today.

Fernando Latayan, president of Metro Bacolod Taxi Association, said they were informed only on Saturday by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Bacolod Head Arturo Gepes about the fare rollback.

NPC prexy vows media advancement

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 01:43 p.m.

NEWLY-INDUCTED Negros Press Club (NPC) president Dolores Epacta has promised to work for the development and advancement of the Negros media by adopting the battlecry "Make it Happen".

In her inaugural address over the weekend, Epacta said her battlecry "Make it Happen" was the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day that was celebrated Sunday, March 8.

Locsin: 'Just tell the story'

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 01:43 p.m.

LAWYER and noted journalist Teodoro Locsin Jr., who was the guest of honor and speaker at the Negros Press Club (NPC) induction on Sunday, cited the Mamasapano encounter to illustrate how journalism should be.

“The best stories tell themselves; no need for editorial comment; for special pleading let alone official defense. Mamasapano was a story begging to tell itself but media would not let it. Media had to give it a spin or it wouldn’t be the kind of news that would produce the effect media wanted,” he said.

Bacolod diocese honors 5 lawyers

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 01:42 p.m.

THE Diocese of Bacolod honored on Sunday five lawyers who served as legal counsels and consultants of the court case against the Commission on Elections regarding the controversial posting of a Team Patay, Team Buhay tarpaulin on the San Sebastian Cathedral.

Navarra has conferred the St. Thomas More Diocesan Award to lawyers Ralph Sarmiento, Raymundo Pandan, Romulo Macalintal, and Lyndon Cana at the San Sebastian Cathedral.

Guv seeks bishops’ backing for NIR bid

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:26 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. sought the support of the church hierarchy as well as military and police officials for the Negros Island Region initiative in a bid to achieve integrated and sustainable development, and in efforts to attain lasting peace.

Speaking at the 7th Founding Anniversary of the Church-Military and Police Advisory Group-Negros held recently at Mambukal Resort, Marañon said that after a series of consultation-dialogues, meetings, and studies made by a leading academic institution, it appeared that 90 percent of the people from Oriental and Occidental sides are in favor of the one-island region because of the unlimited benefits it will bring to Negrenses.

4 lawyers to get awards for anti-RH law defense

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

FOUR lawyers, who served as legal counsels of the Diocese of Bacolod on the Team Patay, Team Buhay tarpaulin case, will receive the St. Thomas More Diocesan Award tomorrow at the San Sebastian Cathedral.

The recipients are lawyers Ralph Sarmiento, Raymundo Pandan, Romulo Macalintal, and Lyndon Cana.

Mayor: New investments to boost in Bacolod

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said the city is gearing towards economic progress as new investments are being put up, the latest of which is the P6-billion Capitol Central development of Ayala Land Inc.

Puentevella, together with Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and ALI's representatives, attended on Thursday the groundbreaking of the ALI's Capitol Central development held at the Provincial Capitol and Coscolluela properties in Bacolod City.

CLO to evaluate DOJ decision nullifying tax ordinance

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:24 p.m.

BACOLOD City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II has said his office will evaluate the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ), declaring City Ordinance 08-14-700 null and void.

The nullification is contained in the order signed by Secretary Leila de Lima dated on Feb. 18, which states that “(t)he said ordinance is hereby declared null and void for its failure to comply with the prescribed procedure under the Local Government Code in the enactment of tax ordinances.” [Read the related story here.]

Guv: GMO ban in Negros stays

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:23 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Friday that genetically modified organisms (GMO) products are still banned in the province.

“GMO is banned from Negros. We’re an organic island," Marañon said.

Gov't hospitals to comply with DOH standards

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:22 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Friday that Provincial Government-run hospitals all over the province will gradually comply with the standards of the Department of Health (DOH) in relation to the implementation of hospital reorganization.

“We already have the budget for that and soon we will meet the DOH standards in terms of the nurses' ratio to bed capacity,” the governor said.

Negrense charged for lover’s death

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:21 p.m.

POLICE filed on Thursday a homicide complaint before the Bacolod City Prosecutor's Office against a man who allegedly killed his live-in partner in Barangay Taculing last month.

Senior Insp. Charles Gever, chief of Police Station 6, said the suspect Jerry Garnica, 28, of Guiljungan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, was charged with homicide in relation to the Republic Act 9262 or "The Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004".

Laborer stabbed to death by co-worker

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:21 p.m.

A LABORER was stabbed to death by his co-worker at the wake of the latter’s sister in Purok Sunflower, Barangay Binubuhan, Bago City, Negros Occidental Thursday night.

Police identified the victim as Joselito Robles, 40.

Man arrested for illegal gun possession

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:20 p.m.

A MAN was arrested by personnel of the Victorias City Police Station for illegal possession of firearm at Bangga Daan, Barangay 1 Thursday night.

Police identified the suspect as Alljun Cotamin, 22, of Purok Cubay, Barangay Madalag, E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.

DOJ: New RPT, land valuation schedule null, void

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:53 p.m.

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has declared null and void City Ordinance No. 08-14-700 that updates the schedule of fair market value of real properties in Bacolod.

The order of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima dated Feb. 18, 2015 was based on the appeal filed by Proxima Centuari Realty and Development Corp. and Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) that have expressed their opposition to the implementation of the ordinance.

City files ejectment case vs AVM

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:52 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Government filed on Wednesday a case for ejectment or unlawful detainer against city slaughterhouse operator Antonio Valeriano M. Bernardo (AVM) Engineering and plant manager Glorydee Cometa before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities.

City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II sought relief by asking the court to order Bernardo and Cometa to turn over the possession of the slaughterhouse located in Barangay Handumanan to the City Government.

Capitol Central to bring more investors

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:52 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Thursday that the Capitol Central development will bring more investors in the province.

“Let me welcome with excitement Ayala Land as it opens its signature development in the province. You opened the floodgates for more investment potentials for Negrenses. What makes today's event rewarding is that, what used to be a non-productive piece of land for many decades will now be transformed into a center of economic activity,” Marañon said.

Energreen first delivery of power set April 26

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:47 p.m.

ENERGREEN Power Development and Management Inc. is eyeing the first delivery of 4.1 megawatts (MW) of power supply to Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) on April 26 should the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) approve its connection agreement.

Energreen corporate communications officer Emmanuel Canto, in a press conference in Bacolod City Thursday, said: “Supposedly the first delivery of power is on March 26, 2015. However, Ceneco did not allow us to deliver the 4.1 MW to their 13.2 KV line, so our first delivery will now fall on April 26. We hope that NGCP will finalize our connection agreement.”

Court denies Ramos's motion on Baciwa post

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:46 p.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Branch 46 judge Estefanio Libutan has denied the motion for reconsideration filed by former Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) director Marichi Ramos in relation to the case filed by former Bacolod Vice Mayor Ramiro Garcia Jr. against her.

Garcia filed a petition for quo warranto against Ramos on Aug. 20, 2014 asking the court to declare her not entitled to sit as member of the Baciwa Board representing the professional sector, ousting her from the position, and to declare him as the person entitled to be a member of the Baciwa Board.

Onopra pushes ban on golden rice

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:46 p.m.

THE Organik na Negros! Producers and Retailers Association (Onopra) has joined the opposition to the commercialization of golden rice by 2016.

Onopra headed by its president Ramon Uy Jr. expressed “its deep concern that the country is now counted as among the world’s ‘biotech mega-countries.’”

Paglumotan still with NPC

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:46 p.m.

Paglumutan was a member of the Grupo Progreso of Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Evelio Leonardia, but Paglumutan said the group is not a political party.

“It is just a fusion of some political personalities. It is just an aggrupation, but not considered as a political party,” Paglumotan added.

Hospitals reorganization approved

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:44 p.m.

THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental has approved the reorganization of government-run hospitals.

Second District Board Member Miller Serondo, chair of the committee on health, said the first phase of the reorganization will affect Teresita L. Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Cadiz District Hospital, Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, and the Calatrava District Hospital.

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