Guv: Degamo’s position
could delay island region
It’s not about politics,
Oriental governor says
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that if Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo does not want the creation of the one-Negros Island region, it could delay its take-off.
Marañon was reacting to a report, quoting Degamo as saying, that 70 percent of the residents of Negros Oriental are against the island region plan.
He does not believe most of the people of Negros Oriental are against the island-region proposal because, except for Degamo, the majority of Negros Oriental officials, who attended two meetings on the island region held in Negros Occidental, said they are for it, Marañon said.
Abattoir won’t get biz permit
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
Bacolod Mayor Monico said yesterday that the business permit of AVM Bernardo, which operates the Bacolod City Slaughterhouse in Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City, will not be released.
Puentevella said he is even planning to ask the City Council of Bacolod City to terminate its contract with the city government on the ground that it is paying the city only P30,000 a month when it is earning about P30 million a year.
True confessions coming out
Don’t curse the rains that we are experiencing now. They may be making us uncomfortable but they are easier to deal with than if Typhoon Florita had decided to stay in our area of responsibility. After moving away, under her international name of Neoguri, she was reported late yesterday to be heading for Okinawa with winds at 265 kilometers per hour. Just imagine how much destruction that could cause if it ever hits land.
More and more “true confessions” are coming up from fraternity members, themselves survivors of the bestial practice of hazing during their time, to give credence to all our suspicions of what goes on during such rituals. The “confessions” are being published in various media, with some of those making them hiding their identities behind aliases, while others bravely using their real names, in a do-or-die manner. Their revelations will surely save a lot of lives, especially when they are given the widest publicity possible.
Two suspected drug pushers were arrested, and 20 grams of suspected shabu and two loose guns and bullets were seized in Barangay Looc, Dumaguete City, yesterday.
Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said operatives from various law enforcement units swooped down on the house of Diosdado Chavez, “alias Andok” of Zone 4, at around 10:50 a.m., and confiscated suspected shabu worth P242,000, two unlicensed .357 Magnum caliber firearms with four rounds of ammunition, two sticks of alleged marijuana cigarets, a digital weighing scale, several cell phones and other paraphernalia.
Chavez and his wife, Darren Devera, were the subjects of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 40 Judge Gerardo Paguio Jr. of Dumaguete City. Devera managed to escape, but the raiding team arrested Chavez.