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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesFriday, April 29, 2011
Negros Oriental
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CITIES CONVERSION
Impeachment charge
eyed vs. SC justices

BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

An impeachment complaintbeing mulled against justices of the Supreme Courtwith theirflip-flopping decisions on the conversion of 16municipalitiesinto cities.

Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva, however, said thiswillbe discussed during the national executive board meeting of the League of Cities in the Philippines, that started yesterday and ends tomorrowin Davao City.

Villanueva said the league is preparing for their next move onthe latest High Court decision declaring their application for cityhood as constitutional.

Anti-child labor teachers
awarding rites set today

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Fourteen teachers from Negros Oriental are vying for this year’s 2nd Gawad Anti-Child Labor Award for Teachers,  under the ABK2 Initiative of the  World Vision Development Foundation-Philippines.

The  categories in the competition are: teachers,  para-teachers, little teachers, and the special awards in the city level.

Mentors from Mabinay town and the cities of Bayawan and Bais who are  competing for the awards  are Arlene Esmille, Bemar Torres and Rosemarie Cañete (teachers); Diosdada Sablada, Merle Zerna, Jason Babor and Imelda Sumadia (para-teachers); Erchelyn Dominguez, Melody Torreña, Marijane Suarez and Benjamin Cauntod, Jr. (little teachers); and Myrna Sumagaysay, Henedina Caroro, Marivel Oriola, Groselie Ragay and Carmelita Valencia (special awards in the city level).

NegOr solon welcomes
probe on fertilizer scam

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd district) yesterday said he welcomes the move of the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate him, 10 other lawmakers and Sen. Lito Lapid in relation to the P728-million fertilizer scam in 2004.

Arnaiz gave his reaction to an online news article yesterday that said that he and the other politicians named in the report were in a list of “proponents” of fertilizer funds who had purportedly received P5 million each from the Department of Agriculture.

Arnaiz confirmed that, indeed, he received the fertilizer funds when he was still governor of Negros Oriental, and he is not in the least bit worried over the announcement of an investigation. He said there are records at the Provincial Treasurer’s Office, the Commission on Audit and the Provincial Agriculture that would show that the funds were disbursed accordingly to beneficiaries.

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