FRESH FRUITS. A common sight along the highway to Manapla, Negros Occidental, are fruit stands selling local fresh produce such as fruits of the season.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Ombudsman junks raps
vs. Leonardia, 20 others


The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas has dismissed the complaints filed by Sarah Esguerra and retired policeman Victor Eduardo, involving the acquisition of Arao property, a relocation site in Vista Alegre, Bacolod City, for informal settlers, saying it found no probable cause to hail former Mayor and now Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia and 20 others to Court, and for lack of substantial evidence to hold them administratively liable.

Esguerra and Eduardo who, are both identified with now mayor Monico Puentevella, filed the administrative complaints against Leonardia et al for grave misconduct, dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest, and criminal complaint for violation of Sec. 3 of R.A. 3019 and Sec. 85-87 of PD 1445 and for plunder, pertaining to the loan by the city from Philippine Veterans Bank intended for the relocation site..moremoremore

Driver gets 10 years
for rape of boy

A Bacolod trisikad driver found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of rape through sexual assault committed against a 7-year-old boy has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 43 Judge Philadelfa Pagapong Agraviador sentenced Mokey Mondejar Poblador on Monday to suffer the indeterminate penalty of six years in its minimum to 10 years in its maximum for the rape of the boy on Oct. 3, 2007, in Bacolod City.

The judge also issued a Permanent Protection Order in favor of the boy, whose name is being withheld to protect his identity, against Poblador. She also ordered Poblador to pay the boy P30,000 in civil indemnity, P30,000 in moral damages, and P20,000 in exemplary damage.moremoremore

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DENR pushes for rehab
of Apo marine sanctuary


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Negros Oriental is pushing for the immediate rehabilitation of damaged coral reefs in the Apo Island of Dauin town in the province, a government press release said.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer, Charlie Fabre, said the Protected Area Management Board, the Silliman University, and the Dauin government are working to restore the Apo Island's marine sanctuary that was severely damaged by typhoons Sendong in 2011 and Pablo in 2012.

The study on the preservation of marine sanctuary in Siquijor Island, and other places by SU revealed that fish sanctuary structure can be reconstructed by mixing the corals with cement to get them back to their original form, the press release said.moremoremore