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Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (left) swears in  the new officers of the IBP Negros Occidental chapter: Enrique Tabino - president, Pearl Montesino -  vice president,  Leopoldo Cioco Jr. - secretary, Edmundo Manlapao Jr. - treasurer, Arnel Sigue – public relations officer, and  Marie Crystal May Vega, Meddie Arbolado Jr., Michael Sunio, Marianne Carmel Alvior-Corgos and  Ma. Jezzel Carpen-Rasimo  - directors (l-r)*
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Give LGUs bigger slice,
tap customs fund: Koko


“Bigger pie, bigger slice”

That is what Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said yesterday he will seek for local government units in a bill he is set to file.

Pimentel, who was in Bacolod City for the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Negros Occidental Chapter induction, told the DAILY STAR that the bill he will file will seek a bigger share of funds for the LGUs beyond what is available through the Internal Revenue Allotment.

The IRA fund comes from taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, with 60 percent allocated for the national government and 40 percent divided among the country’s LGUs, he said.moremoremore

Negros on alert
for Napoles, Lim


A Bureau of Immigration alert is up for businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and her brother, Reynald Luy Lim, in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, too, Bacolod Alien Control Officer Mita Chuvy Arguelles said yesterday.

The pictures of the two that have been posted at airports and seaports, are also posted at the BI office in Bacolod City.

Arguelles said BI officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison, in a memorandum, directed her to exercise utmost vigilance and to report any sightings of the two in the province for proper action.moremoremore

Support 2 bills, IBP asked

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yesterday sought the support of the members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines–Negros Occidental chapter for two bills that he will file soon to strengthen the justice system in the country.

As the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights chairman, Pimentel said he wants to report to the IBP members that he intends to continue shepherding into law, bills that will strengthen the country’s legal institutions.

Pimentel told the DAILY STAR he is seeking the IBP support for his “Anti-Chamber Practice Bill” that aims to preserve objectivity in the justice system, and will also propose some amendments to the Speedy Trial Act in order to speed up trials and dispensation of justice in the country.moremoremore

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