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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, February 17, 2011
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SC flip-flops, affirms
Guihulngan cityhood
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Mayor Ernesto Reyes of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, yesterday expressed optimism that the latest ruling of the Supreme Court on the creation of 16 new cities in the Philippines will be final.

The Supreme Court yesterday reversed its decision last August 2010 that declared as unconstitutional the cityhood laws and Republic Acts converting 16 municipalities into cities, including Guihulngan.

Reyes said he is happy with the latest ruling but hopes that this will be final as the Supreme Court had already flipped-flopped on the issue for the third time.

‘Ceasefire violated
with slay attempt’

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The mutual agreement on the suspension of military operations for seven days was violated on Tuesday, when the Special Partisan Unit of  the New People’s Army attempted to liquidate a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit member in Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Lt. Col. Ramil Bitong, 11th Infantry Battalion commander, said.

However, the target of the assassination, CAFGU member Lustino Temperatura, was not hit when one of the five SPARU hitmen shot him with a .45 caliber pistol, Bitong said.

Bitong said Temperatura, who was unscathed, sought refuge in his house, while the five rebel hitmen, one of them identified as Renje Sereno, immediately withdrew towards Sitio Casanday in the barangay.

Sanggunian mulls measure
to monitor unused buildings
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The Sangguniang Panlungsod is studying the possibility of requiring owners of unused buildings within the commercial district of Dumaguete City to secure occupancy permits every year, in order to check if their structures are safe, whether used for business or not.

This was disclosed yesterday by city legal officer Neil Ray Lagahit, who supervised the demolition of the Tan Optical and Gen Merchandize building, at Locsin Street, Tuesday.

A report about rumbling sounds coming from the building prompted city engineer Edwin Quirit, city fire chief William Tacaldo and Councilor JV Imbo to inspect the area.

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