Simban GAbiSIMBANG GABI. Catholics flocked to the San Sebastian Cathedral and other churches in Bacolod City for the traditional dawn mass that started yesterday.*
(Andy Alvarez photo)

Suit filed vs. city gov’t
to nullify tax ordinance

A civil case for the declaration of nullity of Bacolod City Ordinance No. 08-14-700, that will result in increased real property taxes, has been filed by the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations and the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, Negros Occidental chapters, against the Bacolod City government.

The case was raffled off yesterday afternoon to Bacolod RTC Branch 42 Judge Fernando Elumba.

CREBA and SHDA claimed that the ordinance is unconstitutional, unlawful, unjust, oppressive, excessive and confiscatory, in Civil Case No. 14-14437 for declaration of nullity with preliminary prohibitory and/or mandatory injunction, with prayer for temporary restraining order.moremoremore

Bidding set for
Bacolod airport expansion

The P20.26-billion expansion project for the Bacolod-Silay Airport has started, Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia announced yesterday.

The Department of Transportation and Communication launched the bidding process for the project with the publication of the required Invitation to Pre-Qualify and Bid in the country’s national newspapers Monday.

“Finally, here it is,” Leonardia said, while urging the people to continue being vigilant until the project is finished. “This is now reality, not ‘fantasy’ as someone had claimed when we first announced it,” he added.moremoremore

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P165,000 ‘shabu’,
gun confiscated in buy-bust


Police arrested a suspected drug pusher and seized from him suspected shabu, a firearm and ammunition, in a buy-bust operation at around 1:30 a.m. yesterday in Barangay Taclobo, Dumaguete City,

Senior Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, head of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said Romeo Amoma Jr., 31, of Sitio Canday-ong in Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete, was arrested when he allegedly sold suspected shabu to a police poseur-buyer.

Seized from Amoma were three big transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu granules, weighing about 15 grams and worth P165,000 based on the Dangerous Drugs Board pricing, Orapa said..moremoremore