BambooArtist-designer Bamboo Tonogbanua has added Olaf, Elsa and the rest of the characters¬† from “Frozen” to¬† the 20th edition of his Christmas Village in Bacolod City that opens to the public today.*
(Philip Loyola photo)


2 groups ask mayor
to veto tax ordinance
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations and the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, called on Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella in a joint statement yesterday to use his veto powers to prevent what they called the “oppressive” real property tax ordinance from becoming a law.

The two groups said they appeal to the mayor to exercise his wisdom and compassion for the sake of unity and progress of Bacolod City.

The mayor, when asked for his comment, however, said he had not received a copy of the CREBA and SHDA joint statement yet.moremoremore

Jogger raped at
gov’t center annex
BY SHIELA GELERA

A jogger was raped allegedly by a mechanic in the comfort room of the annex building of the Bacolod Government Center in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, the police said.

The woman, 20, whose name the police withheld, went to one of the cubicles to answer the call of nature when suddenly the man, 27, whose name they also withheld, entered the C.R. and locked the door, Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias, Station 4 commander, said yesterday.

The victim told the station’s Women and Children Protection Desk personnel that the suspect turned off the lights, approached her, pulled her hair and hit her head against the wall, Villarias said. moremoremore

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Lack of medicines rued
BY RENE GENOVE

Liga ng Mga Barangay president,  Arnie Teves,  recently questioned  the complaints allegedly from patients  at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital about  lack of medical supplies in its pharmacy.

In a  session  of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Teves said that in spite of the hospital’s surplus income, there is still a severe shortage of medicine.

In the 2015 proposed annual budget of  Negros Oriental, around P34.6 million is allotted  to  the purchase of medicine, or medical assistance, broken down into: medical and surgical mission, P15 million; P11 million to purchase medicine; P3.5 million medical assistance for indigent patients confined at the NOPH and the district hospitals of Bayawan, Canlaon, Bindoy, Bais, among others;moremoremore