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Cops to face admin raps
 for Urbano slay: Guisihan

The identities of the policemen believed administratively liable in the death of Police Officer 2 Johnny Urbano in Escalante City, is expected to be answered today.

Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, has confirmed that several policemen will face administrative charges, as recommended by the task group organized to conduct an impartial probe in the series of extra-judicial killings in Escalante City.

Guisihan, however, declined to name the policemen but promised to release the full report and recommendations of the task force today.moremoremore

 ‘DPWH authorized to remove illegal
structures on nat’l roads’


The Department of Public Works and Highways Bacolod District Office has been directed by DPWH Manila to remove all illegal structures along the national roads including those in Bacolod City.

Acting Bacolod District Enginer Josefino Melgar Jr. said in his letter to Mayor Evelio Leonardia dated Dec. 1, 2010 that they are implementing “operation baklas” where they will remove various illegal structures within the national roads in Bacolod City.

He cited Section 23 of Presidential Decree No. 17 which provides that it will be unlawful for any person to usurp any portion of a road-right-of-way, to convert any part of any public highway, bridge, wharf or trail to his own private use or to obstruct the same in any manner.

Kabankalan eyed as center
 for trade, banking -- Zayco


Mayor Isidro Zayco said yesterday that trade, banking, and education will be the  paths  Kabankalan City will take to compete with other cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental.

Zayco said the 35th Sinulog Festival was a success in bringing in foreign tourists from European and Asian countries and visitors from  neighboring cities and  towns.

The 10-day celebration highlighted local band presentations, fireworks display competition, various sports activities like water rafting, Hara Sang Negros, and the tribal competition, he said. moremoremore

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