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Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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3 former Bacolod cops
get 120-year jails terms
For kidnap-murder of Salabas, 2 others

One hundred twenty years!

That was what Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 27 yesterday meted to three former policemen for the kidnapping and murder in 2003 of a former barangay captain and two maritime instructors in Bacolod City.

Found guilty beyond reasonable doubt by Judge Teresa Soriaso were former Senior Police Officer 2 Freddie Natividad, Chief Inspectors Clarence Dongail and Jimmy Fortaleza.

Soriaso also ordered the former policemen to pay P300,000 to the families of former Brgy. Pahanocoy Captain Eleuterio Salabas, Ricardo Suganob and Maximo Lomoljo as indemnity for their death and for moral damages.moremoremore

Mayor seeks ERC help
vs. high-priced power

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said he hopes the Energy Regulatory Commission will help ensure that Central Negros Electric Cooperative buys power from the cheapest and most reliable source.

Leonardia Tuesday attended an Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary conference to review the Power Sales Contract between Manta Energy Inc. and Central Negros Electric Cooperative at the ERC headquarters in Pasig City.

The ERC Case No. 2011-053 is the application for approval of the contract between MEI and CENECO entered on March 17, 2009 involving 22 megawatts of intermediate power with the price pegged at P6.67 p/kwh, but CENECO general manager Sulpicio Lagarde does not believe the contract is binding.moremoremore

SP intervening
for consumers

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod will intervene for and in behalf of the power consumers of Bacolod City in any petition made by the Central Negros Electric Cooperative or by any power provider of CENECO before the Energy Regulatory Commission.

It will also oppose any power contract CENECO had entered into, particularly that with Panay Energy Development Corp., should this be prejudicial to the consumers, as recommended by the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government chaired by Councilor Caesar Distrito and the Committee on Energy chaired by Councilor Archie Baribar, during  a public hearing last week.

The public hearing was conducted to clarify all issues surrounding the Power Sales Contract entered into by CENECO and to address the concerns raised by Roy Cordova, convenor of the Electricity Consumers Advocacy of the Philippines, in his letter-complaint that was endorsed to the SP by Rev. Fr. Aniceto Buenafe of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod.

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