Negrenses sign the  people’s initiative against the pork barrel system in front of the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City* (Andy Alvarez photo )

Signature drive
vs. pork kicks off
Solons say its no longer necessary

Negrense militant groups marked National Heroes Day with the launching of a people’s initiative against the pork barrel system signature drive in Bacolod City yesterday, but Negros officials said it really is no longer necessary.

Bayan Muna led a rally in front of  the Bacolod Fountain of Justice at Araneta Street where they set up a table to gather anti-pork signatures.

They are also setting up a table to gather signatures in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral, Christian Tuayon, Bayan Negros secretary general, said..moremoremore

PNoy calls Bacoleña
student remarkable


President Benigno Aquino III yesterday called a 13-year-old Bacoleña “truly remarkable” in his National Heroes Day speech for an article she wrote about her disappointment at people resorting to the blame game instead of giving change a chance.

The article titled “The Blame Game” written by Ma. Francesca Santiago, an 8th grade student at the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod City, was published in a national newspaper.

“For the first time in a long time, here we have a president who is willing to set things right, put us on the daang matuwid (straight path). I’m not saying that just because his parents were remarkable people, he is one, too. He has earned his title as one of those remarkable people. Don’t believe me? Check our economic growth since the start of his term,” she wrote.. moremoremore

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Dumaguete gov’t vs. COA;
legal battle likely on PEI


A legal battle is in the offing between the Dumaguete City government and the Commission on Audit that had issued a notice of disallowance of the 2013 Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) of around 500 to 600 casual plantilla workers of City Hall.

The move was described by City Administrator William Ablong as unfair citing instances during the administrations of former mayors Felipe Antonio Remollo and the late Agustin Perdices when this practice went on without being questioned by the COA.

He said the notice of disallowance will not yet take effect, and allayed the fears of City Hall workers, some of whom are already negative in their wages. Many of them are still subject to garnishing of their paychecks from the disallowances of additional cash incentives given them in past yearsmoremoremore