FOR CAPITOL PROPERTY SUIT
Order SM to pay P40.4M
in damages, Ayala asks
BY CARLA GOMEZ
AyalaLand Inc. is asking the Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 48 to dismiss for lack of merit a suit filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. against it and to order SMPHI to pay P40.5 million in damages and attorney’s fees.
In May, SMPHI filed Civil Case No. 14-14323 against Negros Occidental provincial government officials, led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., and ALI before RTC Branch 48, seeking the nullification of a deed of conditional sale and contract of lease the defendants entered into involving the Capitol’s 7.7-hectare prime property in Bacolod City.
In its complaint, SMPHI claimed that the provincial government fraudulently circumvented the law in executing the deed of conditional sale and contract of lease in favor of ALI. Both the provincial government and ALI have denied that fraud was committed, in their answers to the suit.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency led by Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac, PDEA director general, destroyed P4.4 million worth of assorted illegal drugs at the crematorium of the Acropolis Gardens in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City, yesterday.
The destruction of the illegal substance, that had been used as evidence in drug-related cases filed in various Regional Trial Courts in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, was witnessed by Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, the police, media, and representatives from the RTC.
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Pa, son nabbed for rape
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
A father and his son were arrested for charges of statutory and incest rape of two minor family members in Barangay Najandig, Zamboanguita town, Negros Oriental at around 11:30 p.m. Monday.
The suspects were arrested by virtue of the warrants issued by Judge Mercedita Sarsaba of the Regional Trial Court Branch 31 in Dumaguete City dated August 5, 2014, special investigator Nick Tagle of the National Bureau of Investigation said.